NYC Meetup Pics & A New Resource Group for Viajeras!

Travel Latina has its first NYC Meetup last month, and the event was a blast!

Damaly arranged for a wonderful tour of the Spanish Harlem Murals and our group walked around on a gorgeous, early fall day to enjoy some of the area’s rich culture and history.

We rounded out the day with a talk led by Monica, and we all agreed that we’re all very happy to find a network of women who share a love of travel. It was great to see something new in the city, but also meet real Latinas who are better representations than those we see in media. We’re really happy to meet our community members!

We’ve created a new Facebook Group for your fellow viajeras that’s all about talking travel. Check it out!

Here are some fantastic pics by Fredelinda and Victoria, and we hope you join us for the next one.

Where should we meet up  next? Let us know in the comments!

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My Travel Writing Brand in 40 Seconds

Hey y’all! I’m part of the Go Abroad writer’s academy, which means that I’m part of a group of travel writers who, for six months, publish two guides a month in exchange for feedback and online workshops about travel writing, pitches, SEO, etc.

I love being a part of blogging programs like this one because I learn so much from my assignments.

One of our assignments was to pretend that I’d just met the travel writing love of my life and that they’re interested in working with me. So, I came up with a 30-40 second pitch in order to  convince them to join me on my travel writing escapades!

Assignments like this one help us hone in on exactly what it is our brands are (and aren’t) in a quick elevator speech.

I was also a part of Wanderful’s nine-month-long blogging cohort, during which I learned so much about the importance of having a consistent social media presence. I wrote monthly articles and also received feedback on each post, making me a better writer.

If you’re interested in branding yourself as a better travel writer, definitely look into joining an online academy/cohort!

Are there any blogging programs you’ve worked with? Share in the comments!

Featured image by Peace Corps Panama Staff Member Isabel Bauerlein in Guatape, Colombia. Used with permission. 

Introducing: Victoria Gonzalez

Victoria Gonzalez is a Colombian American writer from NJ that’s been traveling non-stop since falling hard for the adventure of the unknown. She studied Journalism and Anthropology as an undergrad at Rutgers University and has worked in broadcast TV and higher education. Her dedication to learning and love of history can be seen in her history based travel blog that focuses on finding stories in the context of their original physical environment. The rule is that you have to be able to walk the same ground upon which history occurred. It’s a photo heavy passion that’s taken her to almost 30 countries!

When not jet lagged or road tripping, she plays roller derby and works with WFTDA, the governing body of the rapidly growing Women’s sport. She’s known as “Tacocat” when on skates, and hopes to play for Team Colombia one day in the Roller Derby World Cup. She’s got two adopted dogs, one of which she rescued from the Dominican Republic and named “Chinola”, or “passion fruit”. She currently resides in Perugia, Italy and can be found on Instagram (link to @Victoriaously) and OpenAirPursuit.com.