Female Founders to Watch Changing How You Travel

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Amazing female founders aren’t just changing how we work, live and shop — but also how we travel. 

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

Technology innovation is changing every aspect of our lives: streamlining our work and changing how we communicate with colleagues; altering the way we discover products and shop; even reshaping how we teach our kids and choose a doctor. No area is immune — including our vacations.

Some impressive women are hard at work founding startups that aim to revolutionize not only how we choose our destinations and book our tickets, but also how we interact with locals and spend our time once we get there. Thanks to these ladies, travel will never be the same again!

Ruzwana Bashir photographed by Kevin AboschRuzwana Bashir (Co-founder and CEO, Peek)
Self-described travel junkie Bashir has an impressive resume, including a Harvard MBA, a Fulbright Scholarship and a degree from Oxford. Her startup Peek just announced expansion plans. Follow her on Twitter @ruzwana.

 

Heddi-CundleHeddi Cundle (“Big Cheese”, myTab)
Want to travel by don’t have the dosh? myTab allows friends and family to contribute towards your trip and then helps you find travel deals. Follow Heddi on Twitter @HeddiCundle.

 

cata 4Catalina Huidobro (Co-Founder & CEO, Destinalo)
Chilean entrepreneur Huidobro is one of three women behind Destinalo, an online booking platform dedicated exclusively to offering accommodation in environmentally friendly hotels. Follow her on Twitter at @catahuidobro.

 

_MG_2533 (2) (533x800) (533x800)Polina Raygorodskaya (Co-founder & CEO, Wanderu)
Local transportation company Wanderu scooped the prize for Most Innovative Web Technology at SXSW’s Interactive Accelerator Competition this year. It is now a part of PayPal’s StartTank Incubator. Follow Polina @polinatravels.

 

125x125_Aigerim_Shorman1Aigerim Shorman (CEO & Co-founder, Triptrotting)
Co-founded by USC aluma Aigerim Shorman, Triptrotting, which connects travelers with hosts, raised over $1 million in 2012 and counts Google Ventures among its investors. Follow Shorman on Twitter at @aigerimd.

 

131130v2-max-250x250Jamie Wong (Co-founder & CEO, Vayable)
Booking your tickets and hotel is only the start of the trip planning process, according to YC-backed Vayable, which helps travellers find exciting experiences once they reach their destination. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieJWong.
 

 

Are there any other female-founded startups we should add to the list?

jstillman Jessica Stillman is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter @entrylevelrebel.