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This Woman Wants to Change The Way Women Travel

Founder of travel production company Living Big, Mary Cecchini tells listeners how she produces and joins travel trips, encouraging other women to travel.

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"I've always been a traveler that was based on just my curiosity. I wanted to see the world. I wanted to connect with people. I wanted to understand how we were the same, how we were different."

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How did this start? Are you a travel agent? Or were you a travel agent? - You know, I am not a traditional travel agent. You know, i am affiliated, I am able to sell travel, but the way I travel is pretty none, it's not quite as traditional in the travel agent sense. I've always been a big traveler. Actually, my background though is in corporate brand marketing, that's kind of the corporate path I've climbed through to get to where I am today. Yea, but I've always been a traveler that was based on just my curiosity. I wanted to see the world. I wanted to connect with people. I wanted to understand how we were the same, how we were different. And after, you know, eking out as much as I could in my two weeks of a lot of vacation time every year, I eventually decided that this is the, the travel world needs to play a larger role in my life. - Alright, but you say you want to encourage women to travel independently, but not go at it alone. When you say not go at it alone, do you mean without resources or without a companion? - It's actually a little of both. I'd say that the women that I travel with, they want to travel internationally, but it's those women that don't want to go alone. And it's either because they don't have a travel companion that perhaps wants to go to the same place or at the same at time as they do. Or, they don't have the time to plan. Or, they don't have the resources to plan. I mean, the internet is a fantastic thing, but when it comes to travel world, it's an overwhelming place to go. And especially I think with Americans. You have limited vacation time. There's this pressure to have a really localized experience, where you're at the right restaurant. You know, you're visiting the iconic sights at the right time, the right place. The reality of the time it takes to plan and research all that is overwhelming and so overwhelming to some, it's often leading women to not travel. And so, by joining me on my trips, it's really my goal and hope to be that resource that helps to remove all those barriers that. - So you'll take women anywhere? You will go on the trip with women? I'm looking at your website. I know you give a lot of resources, but you will go along? - Yea! That's part of the fun. - Oh, I didn't get that you were going with women. I see. - So, I do all the planning and production, and than I'm there on the trip hosting it. Making sure all the logistics come together, that you know, everyone comes together. That's also part of my job. The travel production but it's also helping connect women with each other.