Get ready for another month filled with interesting and fun virtual events! The Wanderful community hosts online events for travelers and travel content creators to connect, learn, and celebrate our shared love of travel.

Interested in joining the conversation? We’re a welcoming membership community and we would love to have you join us! Learn all about joining the Wanderful community and check out the many membership benefits, including attending events for free.

Here are our top virtual events for travelers and creators in February 2021.

Wanderful’s February Rundown

Virtual Events for Travel Lovers

Feb 3: Wanderful Women Wednesday: Our Cornerstone Travel Chat!

Free for Wanderful members, Open to the public

Virtual event screenshot with women of Wanderful

Meet inspired women travelers and travel-loving locals at our cornerstone monthly community gathering.

Sisterhood, snacks, and socializing: welcome to Wanderful Women Wednesdays!

Wanderful Women Wednesday is our signature monthly event, connecting our travel loving community together in cities around the world. We’ll host themed conversations over our shared love of travel and gain forever friendships in the process.

Each event will be hosted by a different director of one of our 50+ amazing Wanderful chapters who will pick a monthly conversation theme and ask questions so we can share our favorite travel stories.

This event is great for:

  • Anyone who loves to travel
  • Travel creators + small business owners
  • Members of the travel industry
  • And more!

Free for Wanderful Members! Are you a member of Wanderful? All members get *free* access to this event and events in Wanderful chapters around the world, plus an exclusive online member community, monthly webinars and learning tools, and so much more. To learn more about being a member, click here. Prices start at only $9/month, so it already pays for itself from this event alone!

Our Prize this Month: We’re excited to offer a super fashionable DELSEY PICPUS messenger bag to one lucky winner at this month’s Wanderful Women Wednesday! Make sure you’re there live when we do the drawing!

Delsey messenger bag

This Month’s Hostess + Theme: This month, WWW will be hosted by Brittany Quaglieri, chapter director of Wanderful Cape Cod. We’ll be talking about travel + self care, among other topics.

How to Participate: Bring a snack, beverage of your choice, and find a comfortable, relaxing spot. Turn your video on (or leave it off if you feel more comfortable that way). We welcome all for a fun time together!

Feb 5: Moving Forward: An Anti-Racism Town Hall for the Travel Industry 

Free and open to all!

Women in Travel Summit by Wanderful

A solutions-oriented dialogue for Black creators, allies, and brands to discuss actionable steps to foster anti-racism in the travel industry.

At our third and final event, we’ll be offering hands-on workshops to help us take our learnings in to the new year. Join us!

Register to join us at Moving Forward on 5 February 2021. This event is 100% free and open for all travel creators & industry members of any gender.

Feb 8: Guided Meditation + Meditation Tips to Ease Anxiety & Gain Perspective

Free for Wanderful members, Open to the public

Woman meditating on a yoga mat in the grass

Put your mind at ease with this guided meditation to calm anxiety and gain perspective.

Sophia Hyder Hock will take you through a guided meditation designed to ease your anxieties and empower you to be your best self. After the meditation, she will facilitate a discussion on how to start or deepen your meditation practice.

Free for Wanderful Members! Are you a member of Wanderful? All members get *free* access to this event and events in Wanderful chapters around the world, plus an exclusive online member community, monthly webinars and learning tools, and so much more. To learn more about being a member, click here. Prices start at only $9/month, so it already pays for itself from this event alone!

How to Participate: Find a comfortable, relaxing spot and join us on Zoom (link will be shared with all who register). Turn your video on (or leave it off if you feel more comfortable that way). We welcome all for a fun time together!

About Your Facilitator: Sophia Hyder Hock is the Founder and CEO of Papilia, a company committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices for destinations, travel organizations, and content creators. She integrates human-centered design methodologies to empower her clients to be sustainable thinkers and travelers through a greater understanding of diverse perspectives, mindful leadership principles, and communication styles.

As an international yoga instructor and yoga life coach, Sophia incorporates wellness ideologies into all her projects as a holistic way to inspire people to be their best self through life’s many challenges. Her love for travel started at the age of 10 when she moved from California to Sri Lanka. Since then, Sophia has been to 35+ countries and plans to inspire her toddler to be a citizen of the world through mindful travel and learning about his Bengali-American heritage. Learn about Sophia and her mindfulness services, follow her journey on Instagram, and learn about her 14-day virtual self-care retreat.

Feb 12: How to Create a Travel Protection Charm: Live Demo!

Exclusively for Wanderful members

Small bottle and charm

After 2020, we could all use a little extra protection during our travels. In this workshop, we will create and charge a travel protection charm to protect you during your travels. 

You will have the option to purchase your supplies from Teresa Willis (you can purchase here until January 27th to receive your kit on time) or you can gather your own supplies. 

While we are making our protection charm we will explore the elements/materials we are using to create this protective charm. Not just protectors, they are also super cute!

About the Presenter: Teresa Willis, the new chapter director for Wanderful’s St. Louis Chapter will lead this workshop. Teresa is a witch who will complete a 5-year study of witchcraft at the Temple of Witchcraft mystery school in early 2022. She is also the owner of Sparkle Adventures, an adventure travel planning company specializing in outdoor adventure travel in the US.

Virtual Events For Travel Content Creators

Feb 2: Video Portfolio Review + Feedback Sesh with Emmy Award Winning Travel Video Journalist Juliana Broste

Exclusively for Wanderful members

Juliana Broste holding a camera in front of other camera gear | Wanderful membership event

Lights, camera action! As much fun as it is to film in the field, at the end of the day, how do your videos stack up? Was it fun to watch? Did you get your message across? Was it technically on point?

Bring your questions and an example of a work-in-progress or a finished masterpiece to our portfolio review to get individual feedback on your videos! We’ll go around the room and watch one video (time limit will be 1 to 5 minutes depending on group size), and provide constructive feedback to help you reach your goals and level up! 

Join Juliana Broste for this event to learn:

  • How to make your videos more engaging for various platforms
  • How to improve your storytelling with video
  • How to create videos that are technically sound 

About Your Host: Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an Emmy award-winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host! Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! Her adventures have taken her around the globe, from ski slopes in Colorado to markets in Morocco and beyond. Her work has been featured on CNN, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Viator and, of course, her TravelingJules travel vlog! Jules is on a mission to share amazing “things to do” around the world, inspiring travelers to discover new experiences and document them, too. Come along for the adventure on FacebookInstagram and YouTube. Happy travels!

Feb 18: Combatting Misinformation in the Travel Industry

Free and open to all!

As travel creators, what is our role and responsibility to ensure that the content we push out across our platforms are objective and true?

In late 2016, Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as the word of the year, defining it as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Since then, fake news and misinformation has spread at alarming rates and the travel and tourism industry has not been immune to this problem. As travel creators, what is our role and responsibility to ensure that the content we push out across our platforms are objective and true? How do we stay vigilant and ensure we do not contribute to the spread of misinformation? What standards might we need to adopt to ensure that our content is always truthful and valid?

Join Wanderful for a conversation with:

  • Senior Social Media Manager of Condé Nast Traveler, Mercedes Bleth
  • Canadian freelance journalist and founder of New Lens Travel, Jacky Habib
  • Washington Post writer and NYTimes’ inaugural 52 Places Traveler, Jada Yuan

We’ll tackle these difficult questions together and attempt to carve a meaningful – and truthful! – path forward.

This is a FREE event, open to the public. It is an example of a Wanderful event that you otherwise would only find in our member community. Learn more here about becoming a Wanderful member where you’ll have access to daily events like this one all year round + so much more!

About the Panelists

Mercedes Bleth: Mercedes Bleth is the Senior Social Media Manager of Condé Nast Traveler, where she oversees all of the brand’s social platforms—Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.—and distributes content from both digital and print publications. She also leads social for the popular Women Who Travel vertical, and is the lead admin for the Women Who Travel Facebook group of over 150,000 members.

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Jacky Habib: Jacky Habib is a Canadian freelance journalist based between Toronto and Nairobi. Her work focuses on humanitarian issues, social justice, and women’s rights.

She has reported from a dozen African countries on issues including the famine in Ethiopia, refugee policy in Uganda, and the state of emergency with regard to sexual violence in Sierra Leone. Jacky also reported on the Venezuelan migrant crisis from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Previously, she worked as a TV reporter in Kenya and a human rights media trainer in Ghana.

In addition, Jacky is a social entrepreneur. She founded the company New Lens Travel, and hosts trips to Africa that highlight the local storytellers rewriting narratives about the continent. As a social enterprise, New Lens invests its profits into media training for youth, in order to support the next generation of African storytellers.

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Read about Jacky Habib’s socially-responsible trips in Africa

Jada Yuan: Jada Yuan is a political features writer for the Washington Post. She spent 2018 circumnavigating the globe as the inaugural 52 Places Traveler for the New York Times. Before that, she was a culture writer for New York Magazine and Vulture, profiling celebrities like Stevie Nicks, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bill Murray. She can’t wait to get on the road again, once it is safe, and in true nomadic, perpetual-motion fashion, sort of lives in Brooklyn and sort of lives in Washington, DC, but is happiest living out of her suitcase.

Social links:

  • IG: @alphajada
  • TW: @jadabird

Justine Abigail Yu: Justine Abigail Yu (she/her) is an expert for Wanderful’s creator community as well as the head of Communications. She is also the Senior Advisor for RISE Travel Institute. Justine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, an emerging magazine that explores the experiences of living in between cultures as a hyphenated Canadian – that is, an individual who calls Canada home but who has roots elsewhere.

Her work has been featured on national and local media outlets including Yahoo! News, NextShark, CTV National News, and the CBC. Justine Abigail is a fierce advocate for equity and anti-oppression.

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