Meet Our 2014 Travel Lady Lennia Jennifer Jedda
How old are you?
39 (but I turn 40 in July! Eeeek!!)
I love the discovery and enrichment that travel brings me. It is a thrill to experience new cultures, meet new people, listen and speak in different languages and learn about the vibrant differences across our world. I also love the sense of freedom travel brings and the lesson that no matter what continent we were born or live on, we as humans all strive to live the same…healthy, happy, loved and pursuing our dreams.
How do you budget when you travel to these different places?
Besides English I speak French and Spanish. I minored in Spanish in college because I desired to speak it fluently after visiting Mexico for the first time as a freshman in college. I was so captured by the culture and people during this first visit that I wanted to be able to communicate with them in their own language. French I learned because I lived in Paris for 2 years. I went there not knowing any (maybe un, duex, tois 🙂 ) but committed myself to learning it while I was over there. Knowing a local language (sometimes just a phrase) enhances any travel experience.
Describe your most memorable/favorite trip.
Always the hardest question to answer! 🙂 But definitely one of the most outstanding travel memories I have was my visit to the small village of Kalabougou in the West African country of Mali. My experience there was one of the most fascinating that I have ever witnessed in my life. The heat was staggering yet all the women in the village, clad in the most beautiful and colorful traditional wear and some with babies strapped to their backs, worked around hot flames to bake the clay pots that their village was famous for. The most striking aspect of this weekly endeavor was that this work was left completely to the women (the men sat under trees during the effort as their contribution to the village economy was to create jewelry). I learned that if one was born as a girl into this village, her only choice in occupation was to a clay pot maker. Boys became jewelry makers.
I would love to share some of my tips for solo women travels, favorite destinations that I have experienced thus far, favorite spots in Paris and how I am combining my passion of travel and discovery help create a life and business that is in line with my dreams.
Lady Lennia is a strong, ambitious, talented young woman who realizes she has the world at her doorstep and she is ready to get out there to make her valuable, unique mark in it.
Travels not only allows one to discover new places but it allows one to discover new things about herself. There is much power in this and I hope my story encourages women to go experience all the riches that these journeys will bring her.