Hi! Beth Whitman here.
With nearly 30 years of travel under my belt, I’ve made a bit of a name for myself as a women’s travel expert.
Much of my early travels were on my own. But I realized that not all women had the confidence or know-how to travel independently, so I wrote Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo to encourage more women to travel, well, solo.
Funny thing is, they still wanted guidance and I often got asked if I led tours. Resistant at first, because I wanted these women to have the experience of traveling on their own, I soon realized that not everyone has the time, energy or wherewithal to arrange their own travel. So I launched WanderTours in 2008 and began leading trips to off-the-beaten-path destinations as well as culinary tours to popular cities in North America.
As part of our international tours, we visit and donate to charity organizations at each of our destinations. These usually (but not always) support disadvantaged women and children. The interest in this part of the tour grew to the point that I was inspired to start the WanderWorld Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that allows people to donate to the organizations we support while also being tax deductible.
In order to reach a wider audience, I launched the Be Bold Podcast, to inspire and empower a larger audience of women (and men) into action by covering topics including travel, adventure, athletics, spirituality, nutrition, entrepreneurship and more.
I regularly speak at events throughout North America and the world. My goal is to inspire would-be travelers into action through what I believe to be engaging talks not only about travel but about living a life that helps you become a better version of yourself.
Today I consider myself a contemporary Wanderer. I’ve been fortunate to have combined my love for travel with volunteer work, philanthropy, adventure trips, fitness, travel writing and business.
How I got here
I’ve traveled a lot and have had what many would consider some pretty adventurous trips.
I’ve completed (twice) the 25-day, 220-mile Snowman Trek in Bhutan (one of the most difficult treks in the world), climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and reached the top at 19,341 feet, finished marathons in Hawaii, Tokyo, Portland and Seattle. I ran my first marathon at 50, ran five marathons that year (including two back-to-back marathons where one was an ultra at 31 miles), ran the Seattle Quadzilla (four marathons in four days) and have qualified for the Boston Marathon twice.
I’ve ridden a motorcycle solo from Seattle to Panama and driven the AlCan Highway to Alaska on two occassions.
I now lead tours and get to travel regularly to India, Papua New Guinea, Bhutan, Vietnam & Cambodia, Burma, Thailand & Laos, Bali & Java, Tanzania and Ireland. And on my culinary tours, I get to eat my way through New Orleans, Santa Fe and Seattle (my hometown)!
I’m currently working on my next book, Be Bold: Discover Your Best Self Through Travel and Adventure.
I’ve also written a guide For Women Traveling to India.
Still on my list? An Ironman relay with my very significant other, Jon, a 50-mile ultra marathon and marathons in Rio, Paris and London.
In 2019, I’m running the Epic5 Ultra (5 ultras in 5 days on 5 Hawaiian islands). In 2020, I am planning to run the 4 Deserts which consists of running 150 miles over six days in four deserts–the Gobi, the Namib, the Atacama and Antarctica. I’m seeking sponsors for these events! Are you with a company that would like visibility in the lead up to these events? Lemme know!