Jessica grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with her parents and sister. They traveled often and visited Hawaii every year. She lives by the quote "Not all those who wander are lost", and today she runs her own travel agency. Read on to learn more about Jessica's story!
What are you currently working on?
I own my own business as a travel agent. I joke that my three-year old daughter is the CEO and that I'm her executive assistant. One day, I'd love to spend more time abroad learning about other cultures with her. I have also been considering developing a podcast that features different travel industry professionals and that focuses on culinary travel as well.
How was the idea for your business born?
While working at a culinary school, my position was eliminated due to budget reasons after returning from a work trip. I love everything that's related to culinary and traveling, so I decided to combine the two to make my dreams come true!
How do you balance the demands of a job and daily life with nurturing this dream?
It's something I struggle with. To help, I started a mastermind for moms in business just like me. I'm learning how to ask for help and finally understanding that it's actually a sign of strength, not weakness.
What has been your boldest career or life change?
Having children! I knew I always wanted to have kids and that I was meant to be a mom. I found myself also wanting to have a career that would allow me to contribute financially to my family, continue to remain intellectual stimulated, and keep my passion for the travel and culinary industries. It's important for me to set an example for my children and show them that you can achieve all your dreams and goals. Just because it's hard doesn't mean it isn't worth trying!
We all know travel can bring us to unexpectedly * magical * moments. Tell us about one you’ve experienced.
I love planning milestone trips for people such as destination weddings and honeymoons, but the experience I'd like to tell you about was one of the most spiritual experiences I have had. A few years ago, I went to Hawaii to do a traditional ash scattering for my twin boys who passed away after being born prematurely. I love that I can now come back anytime to the beach where the ceremony was performed to remember this special occasion. Another awesome experience I had was a health and wellness retreat in Utah where I did a sweat lodge.
Can you share your favorite “undiscovered” destination?
Lately, I've been exploring places in Montana such as Lake Como or Morrell Falls in Seeley Lake. But some of my favorites would have to be the Bamboo Forrest in Maui along with Haifa and Eilat, both in Israel.