Family adventures await!
Having a trusted travel advisor in your corner makes it easier to step outside your comfort zone.
GUEST #1: Jennifer Shanks – Founder of Family Adventures Await
After over twenty years of personal travel to over 50 countries and 6 continents, Jennifer finally decided to turn my passion for travel into a career. She started a travel agency that focuses on family adventure travel when she realized that so many families were spending significant amounts of money and hard earned vacation time going to the same destination year after year simply because it was the easiest to plan. Jennifer realized that if parents had someone they trusted to guide them, they would step outside their comfort zones just a little bit and show their children the world.
Jennifer’s background as a social worker provides her with the skills it takes to listen and understand her clients. She spends time getting to know families and building a relationship with them. The better she knows a family, the more easily she can create a journey to meet their specific needs. Adventure means something different to every family, and Jennifer’s goal is to find that perfect balance between what they are comfortable with and what will challenge and excite them— leaving the family with an unforgettable memory. Jennifer doesn’t want her clients to simply visit a foreign country, she wants them to experience it and get the most out of their precious time together.
GUEST #2: Emily Greenstein – Real life family adventurer
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About Your Host
Aaron Schlein is a family man, entrepreneur, and podcaster who knows first-hand about the transformational power of family travel.
When Aaron was a teenager, he began exploring the world with his grandmother, Shirley Schlein—to whom he is eternally grateful for igniting his passion for travel. Becoming a father inspired Aaron to pay forward his grandmother’s generosity and create media content to inspire parents to travel the world with their kids.
In the summer of 2018, Aaron partnered with the Family Travel Association to produce its official podcast, Family Travel Radio. Aaron lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)
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