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Meet @ErinMorawetz, The Author Behind @Wanderful’s Inspiring Bucharest City Guide

 Erin Morawetz is a blogger and relationships manager for Wanderful. She helped create their first city guide on Guidrr - focusing on solo travel insights for Bucharest, Romania 

Erin Morawetz is a blogger and relationships manager for Wanderful. She helped create their first city guide on Guidrr - focusing on solo travel insights for Bucharest, Romania 

Behind every great travel guidance moment, there’s always a human story.

Erin’s #solotravel story began with her opportunity to go to Bucharest and represent the company where she is the brand relationships manager - women’s travel membership community Wanderful – at a locally organized volunteer event for travel influencers.

It just so happened Erin and her family already were scheduled to be in Europe, on a pre-planned trip that ended May 11. After seeing a posting about an event in Bucharest in a blogger Facebook group, she sent in an application on behalf of Wanderful and received an invitation to visit Bucharest from a group of dedicated volunteer ambassadors for the city.

 The event was organized by local hostel owners and travel blogger couple Tudor and Anda Maxim. This husband and wife team, along with a large team of dedicated travel professionals, were behind the hosting of an event and conference called #ExperienceBucharest starting May 12. “The stars just aligned. I knew I had to go and represent Wanderful,” says Erin. “And as a representative of a company that serves solo female travelers, I also knew I wanted to stay beyond the conference and really get to know the city.”

The result of Erin’s two-week stay in Romania – mostly based in its overlooked yet charming capital city Bucharest – included a multi-step Guidrr mobile-first travel guide that showcases how locals enjoy the city, and helps a first-time tourist to discover its insider tips for food, experiences and authentic travel.   

With Wanderful’s City Guide to Bucharest, travelers can download and learn from Erin’s immersive stay to build their own visit with spots to imbibe, chow down and tour around (with Erin making some guest appearances in the guide photos). “Our community has been asking us for travel guidance,” says Erin. “It was so much fun to put together this experience, and use it as a way to go beyond our blog and in-person events to provide really useful tips to women traveling solo or in groups to this part of Europe.”  

“I felt comfortable and safe, and so inspired by the parks, the walks, the coffee - and the food!”
— Erin Morawetz, Wanderful

Her visit was full of wonderful surprises about this under-the-radar destination that may be perfect for a solo female traveler in Europe. “I felt comfortable and safe, and so inspired by the parks, the walks, the coffee - and the food!” Erin credits the extra time she spent trying to really understand the city as important. “I wanted to really get to know it by walking its downtown areas and enjoying all the experiences.”

We’re big fans of the Wanderful team and their inspiring story at Guidrr. As more of us seek to travel more often, and to find new places, being a part of a traveler community - particularly one focused on the travel experiences of women - can be a huge help. Wanderful’s membership community includes a homesharing network, worldwide chapters, and women-to-women support; Wanderful also organizes the highly-influential travel blogging conference, the Women in Travel Summit. Since Guidrr, too, is a female-founded and female-run travel company – we’re in good company with our Wanderful friends.

Click the image below to get a text to preview Erin's guide on the Guidrr iPhone app (if you download and save the experience to your phone using Guidrr's in-app download feature, it's available offline, to avoid data charges when traveling). 

 Download Wanderful’s new City Guide to Bucharest for free on the free Guidrr iPhone app. Simply click on guide image, or  click this link  for us to text you a link to open the experience on your phone inside the Guidrr app.

Download Wanderful’s new City Guide to Bucharest for free on the free Guidrr iPhone app. Simply click on guide image, or click this link for us to text you a link to open the experience on your phone inside the Guidrr app.

Thanks for a great, inspiring guide Erin (Bucharest is SO on our bucket list now) - and welcome to the creator community, Wanderful!

(ps: Erin’s guide was also featured in her musings about the city on the Wanderful blog; you can read her post about her visit here.)

Meet Jennifer Hart: The Life Journey Of A Writer with An Expat’s Eye for Travel Experiences

Jennifer is the writer behind Domestic Bliss Abroad and a subscriber on the Guidrr platform, sharing experiences in small-town Switzerland on the app – with more to come

 Jennifer Hart is a writer based in Morges, Switzerland who hosts self-guiding experiences for her blog Domestic Bliss Abroad on  Guidrr .

Jennifer Hart is a writer based in Morges, Switzerland who hosts self-guiding experiences for her blog Domestic Bliss Abroad on Guidrr.

This week, we welcome Jennifer Hart, a writer, mother and expat by life choice, to our creator community. Her first two experiences, set in Switzerland, draw from the latest home in her expat life journey. Jennifer first arrived in small-town Switzerland by way of a winding and beautiful set of career and family travel experiences that includes stints in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and France.

Born in Thunder Bay, Canada, in what she describes as a “middle of nowhere” town, to a half-Canadian, half-American father and a British-Maltese mother, Jennifer always knew that she needed something more. She shares the story of how she would be mesmerized by her mother’s stories of growing up listening to the Beatles in England, or stories from her grandmother’s “very Southern Belle/American Vogue” life moving between Paris, Barcelona and Milan. “I didn’t fit it in. The life I was living wasn’t the life I imagined for myself.”

For Jennifer, writing was always a haven during her school days. In fact, she won the Canadian youth writing prize two years in a row. “All along, writing kept me sane,” she shares. “I didn’t realize I would make a life out of it.”

For Jennifer, imagining the world was replaced by really experiencing it for the first time at age 19. She set off on a one-way ticket to a gap year in England. But this first travel experience didn’t quite work out the way she imagined. Like many young, aspiring travelers, she experienced the realities of being away and making life work. “I was too young and immature. I wasn’t ready.”

She returned to her small logging town, at a loss and trying to decide what to do next. Her interest in culinary experiences - “I’ve always been a foodie” - led her to chef school and apprenticeships in Toronto. From there, she decided to go a bit further, and spent time studying near Milwaukee, Wisconsin – (ironically the city where our Guidrr team first met Jennifer, at the Women in Travel Summit 2017).

 Jennifer’s  guide  re-creates icon Audrey Hepburn’s life in Morges, Switzerland

Jennifer’s guide re-creates icon Audrey Hepburn’s life in Morges, Switzerland

She was back in Canada completing her master’s degree, when she first connected with her now-husband (the couple have two children, and they live in Morges, Switzerland, the subject of one of Jennifer’s first Guidrr guides, recreating the steps of long time Morges resident Audrey Hepburn in a 24-hour local experience).

“He was a London boy living in Paris. How could I not fall for that?” she says, and the two decided to build a life together. They married in 2006, and together spent 10 years living and working in Paris and starting their own family, while Jennifer navigated a career helping others live holistically via nutrition.

Throughout her husband’s business travels and their life moves, she still kept turning to writing, and when the move to Switzerland happened, she decided to begin blogging for friends as a way to share the story of her life – with a blog titled “Domestic Bliss Abroad.” In the blog, her two kids and husband “Mr H” are featured in adventures that include the outdoors and skiing, along with Jennifer’s own musings on travels and experiences she’s had. The blog is a way for Jennifer to write publicly under her own brand, but all along she’s also been a ghost-writer for others, maintaining a strong connection to the writing world. One of the subjects she is most passionate about is the complicated life of being an expat. It’s the subject of a book to come, and she’s already been published as part of an anthology on the subject.

“As a writer I navigate between cultural norms and understand how to write for different audiences”

— Jennifer Writer and blogger at Domestic Bliss Abroad

“I think for me, says Jennifer, “it goes back to how I ended up here - every time I have moved, I’ve entered somewhere as one person and left as another. All of those people are inside me, all of the time. I can easily blend into a group of Americans. I can do that in England, France, Canada, and here. When I am around people, I’m the foreigner within. And, in fact, all of those versions of me, who live inside me, all of them are looking at my experiences at same time with a very different perspective.”

This has helped her professionally as much as it’s motivated her creatively. “As a writer I navigate between cultural norms and understand how to write for different audiences. What succeeds in Britain is very different, for example, with what succeeds in America. I understand that.” For her, the art of writing is both creativity, but also psychology and sociology. It’s about knowing what buttons to push to have some react to her content, absorb it, and truly enjoy it.

With her first two Guidrr mobile-first experiences, (the second is about how to spend 48 hours in Lausanne – the Olympic town), Jennifer launches her own dedicated mobile travel guidance channel on the app, with plans to share experiences that families like hers can enjoy inside Switzerland and around the world.

 In Jennifer’s 48 Hour  Lausanne guide , she shares her insider tips for visitors to enjoy.

In Jennifer’s 48 Hour Lausanne guide, she shares her insider tips for visitors to enjoy.

In the works are family trips to Malta (where her own maternal family is from) and the UK (where her husband’s family is still based).

 Jennifer Hart is an avid ski-er in additional to being a writer and blogger 

Jennifer Hart is an avid ski-er in additional to being a writer and blogger 

When talking about her personal brand, Jennifer gets reflective about what seventeen years on the road has taught her. “I’m a long-term traveler, and that’s what I understand and am known for in my community of writers, and friends.” Between writing for her own blog, ghost writing and sharing experiences on Guidrr, she’s also focused on her main project – to complete her own book about being an expat, a person who is fundamentally international.

We can’t wait to read it, Jennifer – and to see more of your experiences hit the app. Welcome to the Guidrr subscriber community!

Download Jennifer’s free, insider Lausanne and Morges Switzerland travels guides (note: links will open inside the app if you already have Guidrr’s iPhone app downloaded. Otherwise we’ll text you a link to follow to make the free download and open up directly to Jennifer’s beautiful step-by-step experiences in a mobile-first format. No more squinting to read a blog on a phone!).

View Jennifer’s guides on her own mobile Guidrr channel here (visible from an iPhone inside the Guidrr app)
Follow @DomesticBlissAbroad on Instagram here
View the Domestic Bliss Abroad blog here

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