jetsetters: marcela of @wanderable

As two married ladies — and one still holding newlywed status! — we can happily say that each of our wedding days were among our most amazing to date. They perfectly reflected our relationships, and our post-wedding honeymoons were equally as lovely. And then we found Wanderable and now we want two GIANT do-overs. We joke, obbbviously, but we can tell you this much: if we could go back in time, we would definitely consider their honeymoon registry service. The customized registries are among the prettiest we’ve seen (see some samples here), and — babymoon shmabymoon — their list of partners has us wishing that best-friend-moons would just become a thing and take off already.…

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jetsetters: michael & hilda of @newkidzprojects

The absolute best part of our recent trip to South Africa with Hands Up Holidays was the work we did with local organization Newkidz on the Block. For two extremely rewarding days, we worked alongside two of Newkidz’ co-founders and current CEO and Marketing Director, Hilda and Michael de Beer, renovating four daycare centers and striving to improve the lives of some of South Africa’s orphaned and disadvantaged children. You can read all about their professional backgrounds here, but we can say wholeheartedly that Hilda and Michael are two of the most impressive, caring, and passionate people we have ever met. We could sing their praises for days (and we will, in future posts and…

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jetsetters: @HellvikHanne

Another day, another fellow traveler! Meet Hanne, a Norwegian wanderluster who’s visited over 50 countries and counting! In addition to her personal travel, she’s also devoted serious time abroad to various development projects and founded a “Yo voy a Ti” chapter in Uganda, an NGO that works with at risk children and youth. She’s kind of awesome, and she’s this week’s jetsetter. Ever been (or thought you’ve been) in imminent danger while traveling?: I lived a half year in an armed conflict area named Jos in Nigeria. There were some bombs and killings when I was there, making me a bit scared especially when I was close and heard the explosions. Worst hotel/hostel experience: That…

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jetsetters: chris of @handsupholidays

We’re back in the Jetsetter game, and we’re pretty excited. Today, we’re chatting with Chris — the founder of Hands Up Holidays, and our partner for all things South Africa! Hands Up is a luxury travel company with a major focus on voluntourism — luxury voluntourism, if you will. If that term made you cock your head to the side, you’re not alone. Since sharing our upcoming plans, a few people have asked us how, exactly, that works, because at face value, it sounds counter-intuitive. In reality, it’s the best of both worlds! While dedicating an entire holiday to service-work might be an incredible experience, it’s not going to be the completely relaxed and unplugged…

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jetsetters: @brenontheroad

With the holidays firmly behind us and 2015 in full swing, we’re bringing our Jetsetters feature back front and center! Meet Brendan, a globe-trotting Kiwi who’s been on the road since 2011 attempting to show fellow wanderlusters that you can travel long term while maintaining a minimal budget.  We’d like to travel with him for the following reasons: he thinks most tourist spots are overrated; he’s A-OK with just kicking back and hanging on the beach; and if we ever found ourselves in a bind, we’re pretty sure he could help us martial arts our way out of it. Et voila: Place you can’t wait to return to: Boracay! I spent 4 weeks there in…

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