These 30 experts in the travel & tourism industry will show you the way. Join us to find the education you need to fulfill your travel dreams.
Erika CruzCoach, Speaker, and Founder of Courage Driven Latina
Alexandra JimenezFounder of Travel Fashion Girl
Tinabeth PiñaEMMY® Award winning Multi Media Journalist
Victoria LeandraTravel Journalist | Influencer
Kim HaasHost and Executive Producer at Haas Media
Danny and Laurie NavarroFounders - Latinos With Passports
Stephanie FlorCEO of Around The World Beauty - Beauty Brand & Travel Experiences
Nina ZadehCo-Founder Of Sidewalker Daily
Jonathan CalixtoOn-Camera Host + Content Creator
Robin Elizabeth DeGraciaFamily Travel Blogger
Alex Jimenez is the founder of Travel Fashion Girl, which has helped over 30 million women travel carry-on only in a stylish and efficient way since 2012. TFG empowers female travelers with the confidence to live fearlessly, embrace style, and collect moments, not things.Alex is a regular guest on podcasts and a frequent conference speaker who shares her insights on entrepreneurship, leadership, and growing a business from the ground up. In 2020, she was the closing keynote speaker at the Women’s Travel Fest in New York City.She has also been featured in national news outlets; including the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah, the New York Post, the Daily Mail, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, USA Today, and live on the Fox & Friends Morning Show.
When not creating travel content – Tinabeth is also the managing editor at CUNY-TV – The City University of New York’s EMMY® award winning television station as well as the creator, show runner and host of LATiNAS – the channel’s monthly magazine show that celebrates the women of the Latinx community nationwide.
Previously at VICE and Bloomberg, Victoria is the founder of Leandra Media and has developed herself into a culture and travel influencer sharing entrepreneurial stories from around the world through her podcast, EL ADN, and social media presence: @VictoriaLeandra.
Kim has extensive experience in media and communications. She served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo in Philadelphia. Kim is also the owner of Haas Media LLC, a multilingual community outreach firm located in the Greater New York City area.
Danny & Laurie's Bio
As first-generation Latinos, we’re reclaiming the “first” in first-class flights and lounges and top-tier hotels. Originally from Miami (Danny) and Seattle (Laurie), we now reside in Washington, D.C., where we fuse our Colombian and Mexican heritages in the nation’s capital. When in casa, find us sharing our work in the government and non-profit sectors, hanging out at must-see and eat spots, and enjoying local events around town.
f you’re ready to travel, we hope our travel and dinero tips help you reach the skies sooner! As you’ll always hear us say, “Vamos viajando. The world needs to see us!”
She is the founder of Around the World Beauty, an indie beauty brand & boutique travel company, where she guides women around the globe on exclusive beauty field trips to cultivate roots and celebrate the cultural source for modern day beauty rituals. Stephanie has been featured in Forbes, Oprah, Yahoo, Refinery 29, Marie Claire,Vogue, Instyle, and more.
She is a Dartmouth Fellowship Alumni by Shea Moisture, and Beauty United Mentee Recipient Winner and has been named, Latina magazine’s “Young & Inspiring: Ones to Watch” list. Beauty Vanguard and Marie Claire featured her as “Making Her Mark”.
Nina Zadeh is an Influencer Marketing Expert and Co-Founder of Sidewalker Daily, an Influencer and Creator Consulting Agency that works on both sides of the Industry. On one hand, they have consulted for and worked on Influencer marketing campaigns and social media strategies for companies such as Jetsetter (A Tripadvisor Company), Costa Rica Tourism Board, The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, and many more.
On the other hand, they help their community of over 100,000+ Influencers and Creators build sustainable businesses, monetize their influence, and work with brands. She has helped her clients land partnerships with major brands such as Samsung, Dunkin Donuts, Revolve, Amazon, and Adidas among many others. Nina received her MBA in Marketing from Fordham University in New York City and holds a B.A. in Economics and Communications from Boston College.
Jonathan Calixto is a marketing maven, on-camera host, reporter, editor, and content creator from the Bronx, New York. He covers fashion, lifestyle, travel, and LGBTQ+ topics and has appeared on outlets such as BELLA Magazine, MTV, Snapchat, TODAY Show, Contrast Magazine, Pa’lante! HBO Max, Pix11, and BronxNet TV. Through his work on and off camera, Jonathan is creating representation for queer people of color and showing that they can be anything and everything, something that he felt lacked visibility growing up.
Robin Elizabeth's Bio
With her husband and two kids in tow, she travels near and far and shares tips on traveling with kids, how to save on travel, and detailed destination guides.
Robin is a working professional with her own marketing and strategy consulting firm providing flexibility to take the family on adventures from their home base in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Arianna DavisEditorial Director, TODAY, and Author of What Would Frida Do?
Miguel FriasLuxury Travel Content Creator
Jen RuizFounder of Jen on a Jet Plane
Hector CarvajalFounder of Don Carvajal Café
Mary CallisteFounder of Travel As Healing
Ana CarretoCo-Founder of Let's do it Amigos
Brenda MejiaTravel Blogger
Claudia MendozaFounder | Mami Chula Social Club
Gina PanozzoBlogger | Gina Bear's Blog
Vanessa Fondeur-AdamsFounder, Latino World Travelers
Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Digital & Print Media Master’s program, teaching writing and editing for digital. Arianna is currently working on a novel; she lives in New York City, where she can be found planning her next travel adventure with her dog, Leo, surrounded by way too many stacks of books.
As a creative, he strives to capture the essence of an experience in a way that captures and embraces the unique blend of luxury living all while immersing oneself with the enriching experiences, surrounding nature, culture and history that the destination and property have to offer.
Prior to taking his leap into the professional photography world, he spent almost 4 years serving as a Project Engineer. Fueled by his lifelong passion for travel and photography, it only seems fitting he has been able to merge both mediums together and turn his passion into a business.
She has been featured by The Washington Post, Forbes and ABC News and is the solo female traveler behind Jen on a Jet Plane.
Hector Castillo Carvajal, founder of Don Carvajal Café, is a 26-year-old Afro-Latino entrepreneur
on a mission to reimagine the specialty coffee market. He was born on a small farm in the
Dominican Republic and returned there often while growing up in the Bronx, an experience that
gave him a unique perspective on the coffee supply chain. After pursuing his education at
CUNY-Guttman and the University of Rochester, Hector has returned to the Bronx to build a
coffee business model that is both fair to producers and inclusive to consumers. In just two
years, he’s taken the brand from operating out of a dorm room to a city-wide distribution
Mary is the founder of Travel As Healing. She is an avid traveler, writer, and emotional health life consultant. Her life is colored by more lessons than losses, and she shares reflections about her experience with childhood trauma and how travel helps create a path for emotional healing. Mary believes that one woman’s ceiling is another woman’s floor, and she is on a mission to create a safe space for a global community of women using travel and emotional health tools to facilitate radical connection, healing, and transformation.
She inspired others enough to join her on her adventures, and then she decided to organize her own group volunteering trips all over the world with her NGO called Let’s do it Amigos. She has used her voice to encourage others to travel with purpose.
Her work has been recognized by national media outlets like the New York Times, CBS, and Telemundo. A proud Dove partner and global ambassador, advocating for the inclusion and representation of women of color in the beauty industry. Prior to establishing the Mami Chula Social Club, Claudia worked in public service where she worked on expanding opportunities to immigrants and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Her proudest accomplishments to date are raising $20,000 in 3 days for Latinas y Lideres, an all-girls leadership camp in the Dominican Republic through a bilingual production of the Vagina Monologues in 2020 and creating Mami Chula Social Club so that her mother can make friends.
After staycationing on the gorgeous island paradise of Okinawa until 2015, Gina moved to South Korea. She now resides in Texas. On her social media, Gina gives ultimate destination guides and tips for living your very best life.
She is dedicated to inspiring other women to travel and reach their dreams. She’s also self taught in social media, video and photo editing, and photography.
Claudio E. CabreraWriter & Vice President of Audience at The Athletic
Nikki VargasSenior Editor, Fodor's Travel | Founder, Unearth Women | Published Author
Carlos MartínezAuthor & Content Creator
Grizel UbarryBlogger - Limitedlimitlessliving.com
Taima RamseyFounder, Poor In A Private Plane
Yenelsa DuranTravel Consultant | Founder, Hay Planes to Travel Agency
Andrea MasonFounder, Press PLAY Plan Life According to You LLC
Jose A. Lebron BurgosHidden Gem Traveler
Flavia Cornejo VargasDigital Creator & Founder of Latina Traveler
Claudio E. Cabrera is an award-winning audience development expert who has grown brands such as CBS, The New York Times, and The Athletic. He also is an award-winning journalist who interviewed the likes of former President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, and others. He also writes about race and colorism in Latin America and the Caribbean, and his own experiences within his family and traveling to different parts of the world.
Originally from Colombia, Nikki is a Senior Editor at Fodor’s Travel, a published author, the Founding Editor of Unearth Women, and a freelance journalist. Her first book, Wanderess, is an exhaustive women’s travel resource published by Penguin Random House. Nikki is currently writing her second book, a travel memoir, for Harper Collins.
Nikki’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, CNN, Vogue Spain, and The Washington Post, while her bylines have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Zagat, VICE, Food & Wine, Roads & Kingdoms, and more. As a public speaker, Nikki has spoken at various travel conferences, including the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, Latino Travel Fest, the Travel + Adventure Show, and the former New York Times Travel Show.
Carlos is the first Puerto Rican to visit all 50 states and has traveled to many countries as well.
Her focus is on sharing insider tips and tricks for affordable luxury travel, inspiring her readers to explore the world in style without breaking the bank.
As a travel consultant, she goes beyond the duties of a typical travel agent and supports her clients with researching, providing tailored options, and booking trips. She leverages her own travel experiences to curate the perfect trip for each request.
She believes everyone should have access to travel and aims to take off any stress that can come with planning trips, so all her clients need to do is show up at the airport.
She provides consultations for booking flights, hotels, excursions, dinner reservations, itineraries and even surprises for special occasions. When she’s not traveling, she’s cooking up new recipes and sharing them on her food based social media platforms.
She is Certified as a Global Motivational Speaker and Coach under the mentorship of “The” one & only Dr. Les Brown, as well as, a Certified Small Business Entrepreneur, Certified Professional Organizer, and last but not least, Andrea is Your Personal Accountability Coach and Popular “Your Global Voice.”
Flavia Cornejo started Latina Traveler after traveling to over 25 countries, mainly as a solo female traveler, and getting so many questions about how to do it along the way. What started as a way to showcase her travels has turned into helping Latinas and other WOC how to travel safely and with confidence even when traveling solo. As a Latina herself, Flavia goes against many of the typical stereotypes and lets the world know that Latinas can do anything solo even venturing off on their own.