Kelly Lewis: Get Out There, Girl!

November 9 - On The Dot
 
FIRST THOUGHT: Women on the Move

Some of the best memories I have are from when I’ve been exposed to a totally new setting. Whether it’s a different state or a different country, the sunsets seem a little more picturesque and the people seem a little more exotic.

But oftentimes, we let things hold us back from exploring. Maybe you just moved to a new area and haven’t had time to wander, or are overwhelmed by the thought of planning a getaway. This weekend, instead of holing yourself up in your apartment with your girlfriend, pinot grigio, hit up that restaurant you’ve always wanted to try or visit one of your city’s museums or parks. You may be surprised at how enlightening escaping your confines can be.

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: $1 Million

Increasingly, more women are required to travel for their careers. Part of work travel includes air time and hours upon hours spent navigating airports. But at least us ladies are well prepared. According to a study by a corporate travel firm, women tend to book our flights earlier than men, an undertaking that saves our employers 2 percent in ticket costs.

That might not seem like much, but for a big company with 21,000 traveling employees, that could equal as much as $1 million in savings if men booked their flights as early as women do. Add that to the list of why businesses should hire more women.

WOMAN TO WATCH: Kelly Lewis, CEO of Damesly and Go! Girl Guides

Kelly Lewis is a big-time adventurer. I mean, how else would you describe a woman who has traveled the world solo and backpacked from one end of South America to the other? And after such amazing personal experiences, she knew she wanted to empower other women to embrace their own wanderlust.

Kelly is originally from Hawaii, and as you can probably guess, this wahine has earned countless stamps in her passport since leaving the Aloha State. She was an experienced travel writer for many years, and spent a year in New Zealand and has thoroughly explored the South Pacific. In 2010, after the idea literally came to her in a dream, Kelly started a business called Go! Girl Guides, which publishes the world’s first series of travel guidebooks made specifically for women.

With a small team comprised of a dozen globetrotting women, Go! Girl Guides give women the inside scoop on how to travel safely and affordably. When Kelly was traveling, she relied on guidebooks, but found they lacked the necessary information women travelers often seek. For instance, she says she would’ve appreciated a guidebook letting her know that it’s super hard to find tampons in Buenos Aires. Um, yeah, that’d be nice to know!

Some Go! Girl Guides focus on essential items for female travelers, while others cover a specific destination, like Mexico, London or Argentina. The website also offers loads of informative articles about cities throughout the world.

Kelly is also the CEO of a really cool boutique tour company called Damesly, which connects women with creative and educational adventures. It’s Damsely’s more-than-just-sightseeing offerings that make this the tour of a lifetime. By combining travel with creative workshops, Damesly provides women with hands-on discovery experiences, such as learning how to take expert photographs from a cinematographer, or exploring the Colorado landscape by horseback and mastering the intricacies of writing a memoir.

Once a year, Kelly also hosts a consumer travel event called Women's Travel Fest, a one-day festival aimed at inspiring and empowering women to travel the world. Kelly calls it a "global sisterhood," and is certainly doing her part to make the world more approachable for all exploring women.

QUITE THE QUOTE

As this quote from an anonymous source says:

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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