“I absolutely am an avid traveler. I love Brazil,” says entrepreneur Beth Santos. “I’ve been to Rio a couple of times and it’s one of my favorite places in the world.”

Santos is someone who can be described as well-traveled. The Durham, New Hampshire native has vacationed and lived in exotic locales. In 2009, after graduating from Wellesley College, Santos was living in Sao Tome and Principe.

Sao Tome and Principe is an island nation off the coast of Africa, where the Portuguese language is dominant throughout. The island is a multifaceted mix of several cultures surrounding southern Africa.

“It’s a very tiny country,” she says. “It’s about 150,000 people.” With a country being small, it wouldn’t be difficult to become accustomed with the culture and people of the area. Santos’ describes her time spent in Sao Tome as becoming one of the locals.

Being on the compact isle is where the start for her company, Wanderful, came from as well.

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