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Lesson 17: Growing up with a Travel Mindset with Mariana Somaza

Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Mariana Somaza was raised with a travel mindset, tagging along with her travel-obsessed family to almost every one of Venezuela’s 23 states. As part of Venezuela’s national swim team, she saw even more of her own country and soon found herself following in her mother’s footsteps and moving to Barbados to study English. Then, she discovered her love for Paris while learning to take care of children for the first time as an au pair. Her travel mindset served her well when deciding that her own country was no longer a place that she and her family could call home—at least for now. This is her story. We hope you enjoy it!

Covered in this episode:

  • Growing up in a family obsessed with travel and how it can shape your future
  • Learning English in Barbados
  • Working as an au pair in Bordeaux, France as a shortcut to improving French
  • Mariana’s favorite places including the town of Santiago de Compostela. Check out “The Way” – a movie based on hiking Camino de Santiago
  • How Mariana is now able to work from home in Buenos Aires

Meet Mariana

Mariana’s Instagram

The AIESEC Exchange Program — the student program that Mariana used for volunteering in Brazil

For some information on finding out more about becoming an au pair, click here

Mariana & Becky

The School of Travels Podcast

The School of Travels podcast interviews people in many different stages of their travel experience from taking their first trips outside of their hometowns to digital nomads who travel continuously. The series asks questions like: What inspires us to travel in the first place? Have a travel story that you’d like to share? Share it in the Facebook community or submit your story to The School of Travels!

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