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Conversations with the Inspiring Tyler Janeé Ward

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Janeé.

Tyler, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Who would’ve known how much my study abroad experience in Costa Rica during my undergraduate studies would impact my life!

I help people turn their travel goals into a reality. As an educator, I’ve always had the passion for teaching however I had an undying love for traveling to far off places and meeting wonderful people all across the globe.

Documenting my experiences abroad caused an overload of curiosity. How was I able to afford traveling on these trips on a teacher budget? Was I crazy for going solo to most of my trips? Soon, people who were on the fence about making travel a priority in their lives were inspired and ready to go after learning from my years of experience.

My travel blog ELSEWHERE with Tyler Janeé was created with the goal of sharing tips, tricks, and travel stories to inspire action into people that traveling is not prohibitively expensive nor overwhelmingly complicated.

I host in-person workshops and mini-courses that bring communities of people together with one goal in mind. Travel! Whether it be traveling on a budget, traveling solo, or even living abroad, it’s all possible.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest struggle at the beginning of creating my personal brand, website, business, all of the above was getting started. I wanted everything to be perfect and I kept nitpicking until I realized it was an entirely new year and I hadn’t produced anything. Sometimes as women, we self-sabotage ourselves and we get into our own way.

Understanding that your first product or website is not going to be perfect. If you are just starting your journey, don’t be so hard on yourself. Produce and be consistent. Try to not get in your own way of accomplishing your goals.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I help people turn their travel goals into a reality. I host workshops, mini-courses, and local meet-ups to inspire, educate, and connect travelers all around the world. I am proud to be a part of a travel community where women of color are starting to be noticed and represented as travelers.

What sets ELSEWHERE apart from others is that I am not a travel agent. I educate people on the skills required to book travel in a self-sufficient manner to get the most bang for their buck.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
The travel industry is owned by men. If you turn on the Travel Channel, you will most likely see men sipping espressos in Europe. When I was growing up, I definitely didn’t see any female travelers of color. This idea that traveling was more of an activity for men with lots of money was a barrier that caused me to not even picture myself abroad until I was in college.

Representation matters. The more women who take their rightful place at the top can help pave the way for ALL women in the travel industry.

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