EP 36: Tell Her She Can’t with Kelly Lewis

I am so excited to have my friend, Kelly Lewis on the podcast this week. She is someone I greatly admire in the travel space, especially for how she supports and empowers women.

In this episode, we share about how she does this through her various women focused travel businesses, how her own travel story and life was a driving force for that, and her new, empowering book, Tell Her She Can’t!

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Show Notes: About Kelly Lewis

Kelly Lewis is a women’s travel industry maven and leader in the area of women’s empowerment.

She is most passionate about helping women to tap into their personal power through traveling the world.

She’s the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the world’s first series of travel guidebooks for women, as well as the founder of the annual Women’s Travel Fest conference.

In 2016, she co-founded the boutique tour company Damesly, which has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic.

She is the author of several travel guidebooks. Tell Her She Can’t is her debut book in memoir/ inspirational non-fiction. Tell Her She Can’t shares stories of women who refused to believe that they can’t, especially when told otherwise. They can, they did … and you can too.

We discuss:

  • Kelly’s background in travel – how it’s evolved and why it’s important to her. (including her Moana Moment)
  • Her experiences traveling and living around the world.
  • The Defining moments that told her she could!
  • The power of other people and the impact they have on your life to show you you can!
  • The empowering lessons travel gives you and why you don’t (or can’t really) plan for anything.
  • The power of getting messy and just doing it. Send the email. Buy the ticket. Write the Book.
  • How to stay accountable when you have so many things you want to create.
  • The Women’s Travel Fest – its purpose for empowering women to travel and where it will be going from here.
  • How the COVID impacted the psychology of long term travelers.
  • How COVID may positively impact travel moving forward – a return to more intent and purposeful travel connecting communities and giving back to the interdependent system we all live in.
  • It’s the pausing that helps us absorb so we can move to the next cycle : Creation
  • The background to the book Tell her she can’t and the over 100 inspiring stories within, including Kelly’s own pain story that was healed through the creation of this book
  • Some of the similarities Kelly discovered in interviewing all these women for the book
  • Is making it happen more of following the light and your intuition or applying an XYZ strategy?
  • The power of asking yourself the question “What if” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if?
  • How vulnerability helps others know they can rise above it

tell her she can't

KELLY’S RESOURCE LINKS

Tell Her She Can’t Book


Pull yourself away from the box you think you need to be in and operate from the place of what works best for you.

Kelly Lewis

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Watch the video of the podcast

For those who may prefer watching a video of us podcasting, we filmed that for you too, which you’ll find on YouTube each week.

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  8. From full time travel to full time podcasting with Gary Arndt
  9. Vaccinations and pandemic travel with Dr Nadeen White

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