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Meet Jodi Wei of Travel Her Way in University Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jodi Wei.

Jodi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Traveling around the world has always been my dream since I was a little girl. When I announced that I had finally quit my job to fulfill my dream and embark on a solo expedition around the world. To no surprise, everybody thought I was out of my mind. My friends thought I wouldn’t be able to pull off a solo trip, telling me horror stories about how dangerous the world really was. Even my unfailingly supportive husband believed that it was a mission impossible and that I would return home within my first month. However, with little but my passport and a few changes of clothes in hand, I proved to be a woman of my word and returned home 14 months, 27 countries and 7 continents later, having successfully accomplished my goal of traveling the globe.

Has it been a smooth road?
Making a trip around the world is a dream for many, but yet so few people actually do it. In my case, the biggest obstacle I have overcome is to transform the dream of a lifetime into an executable plan. We all have so many things going on in our lives – families, job, friends, etc. Once I decided to travel around the world, I started to make it as a priority of my life and develop a plan to make it happen.

It was surely not an overnight job. You need to spend a lot of hours doing research and decide when to go, where to go and create a well-designed trip plan. You need to save enough money for long-term travel. You need to communicate with families about your trip which can be the worst part. I vividly remember when I first told my mother about my trip, she thought I was making a joke. I have received many doubts and questions before I embark on the journey, sometimes they were even from myself. During the final hours before my first flight of the trip, I heard my own voice asking the question repeatedly – “What if this is a wrong choice?”. Well, life has its ups and downs. The best thing I can do is to enjoy the ride.

Of course, travel is not always glamorous and as perfect as Instagram pictures. Travel is also long flight-delays, getting lost in strange places, feeling homesick, lots of discomforts and travel scams. I probably can tell stories about how things failed to go along with the travel plan for hours. You need to accept that all of these things may happen, but still, want to see the world in a way you have never seen.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Travel Her Way – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
After coming home from a year traveling the World solo, I decided to build Travel Her Way, a women-focused adventure travel company with a mission to inspire and empower women through adventure travel. Our goal is to gather adventuresses from across the globe and takes them on once-in-a-lifetime expedition trips to the world’s most breathtaking destinations. We currently offer women-only group tours to Bhutan and Nepal (Everest Base Camp). We are working on adding trips to Peru (Machu Picchu), Chile (Torres del Paine) and Tanzania (Kilimanjaro) in the near future.

What makes me proud of the most and set us apart from others is how we give back to local communities. Through our charity initiative, Care Her Way, every woman traveler also gets to give back to the places and people they visit. On our upcoming Everest Base Camp Trek, women are given an inside look into the local culture and the opportunity to hike the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest. Explorers then spend part of their trip teaching Nepalese women life and leadership skills, women’s rights and basic English. Beyond the local women, with every trek group we bring to Nepal, we will also cover a year’s worth of education for one child.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Chicago has the best pizza! That’s something always reminds me that it’s time to go home.

The least-liked part of the city has to be the coldness in winter. Just wish the winter can be two months shorter.

Pricing:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek 15-day – $2,100
  • Everest Panorama View + Yoga 11-day – $1,959
  • Discover Bhutan 10-day – $3,199
  • Discover Bhutan + Festival 11-day – $3,499

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