I’m Marie Teather, the founder and editor of Worldette.
Worldette is a travel, style and lifestyle website for intelligent, confident and stylish women who love to travel and who care about their world.
My mission behind the site is to change the way women travel and the way women’s news is presented.
Worldette inspires women to travel so they can experience freedom, confidence and independence. We also place the stories and issues in the world that need coverage directly in the hands of a readership that cares: women who travel.
This is the condensed version of my story. You can read the longer version here.
I have worked as a journalist and editor in Tokyo, London and now in Hong Kong specialising in travel, expat, luxury living, womens’ lifestyle and Asia and work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the globe. I have traveled to almost 30 countries and yet feel like I have only just got started.
Still it wasn’t until I moved back to the UK and reflecting on my seven years in Japan and the nine months spent traveling back that I noticed the need for a site like Worldette.
Let me explain
Dinner in Japan and when I traveled, was the epitome of cross-cultural love. I would look around the table and see friends from Canada, Japan, Israel, USA, UK, Australia, France, Spain, New Zealand, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and more. What we would learn and laugh about in one dinner or lunch was worth hours of academic study.
When I moved back to London and found dinner conversations resigned to mortgages and job status I realized just how amazing were the women and friends I had encountered along the way. I’d been so lucky to spend time with them all. I missed them.
Being an English person living in London, I now felt far removed from the international life I had lived and loved. It was also around this time I noticed that there was nowhere for these amazing women to connect, share their stories and to keep their Worldette spirit alive.
And so Worldette was born.
Worldette started to take shape in 2010 but as I was researching what women wanted on the site I picked up a book that changed my entire understanding of the world – the world which I ignorantly thought I had a good grasp on through my travels and work as a journalist.
Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn changed everything. Even without experiencing first hand many of the situations in the book I knew that I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. My skills in creating content, getting a story out, building websites, and communicating with women who travel could be put to use. I knew I could reach out to women in tune with the world but are humble enough to want to learn more.
My dinner table (albeit a virtual one) is yet again filled with women and friends who have explored the world, only this time it’s even bigger. Pull up a seat, join in the conversation, you are welcome, so very welcome.
There’s just requirement. Promise to ignite your travel life, make a difference and have fun!
My Role on Worldette
Yes, I am editor and journalist by profession and yet in relation to the Worldette community I play a slightly different role. Think of me here to guide your community with the editorial skills and connections I have. What’s most important is that you guide me to make the right decisions for the Worldette network.
Tell me — and each other —what you need to see on the site.
- What do you need to read?
- What will help you on your next trip?
- What injustices in the world must we cover? What charities need our support?
- Who are the most amazing, inspirational and courageous women you know?
- Who do you want to know?
- Where do you want to go?
- Where are the most stylish hotels we all deserve to know about?
- Where do we go for utter relaxation and heavenly pampering?
- What do we need to feel stylish and confident?
- What books must we read?
- What movies must we watch?
- What does Worldette mean to you?
- What’s YOUR Worldette story?
You’ve already done something courageous. You’ve travelled; you’ve experienced other cultures and you got out into the world. Now we get to reach out to each other and to contribute something bigger.
You’ve read this far. Smile. You’re a Worldette. Welcome.
The Worldette guide
The next step is to read the Worldette manifesto: Your guide to experiencing freedom, creating change and tapping into your Worldette spirit. This is the guide by which Worldettes explore and understand our world. YOUR world.
Found out why I started Worldette, how I discovered the world of the Worldette and how our community is working to improve the lives of women around the world.
I also need your help….. Changing the way you travel and understand the world starts here. Download the free manifesto now:
Marie is available for guest posts, speeches, writing articles, ebooks, reports, seminars and events. Contact Marie on firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our contact form.