Summer is here and we are celebrating travel adventures with Neu Woman of the month Jess Tran. She’s the head of partnerships at Intrepid Travel and lover of all things vintage - check out her side hustle - Ghost vintage!
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jess decided to move to New York 5 years ago for love. Nothing seemed secure back then, she didn´t have an apartment or secured a job and -as she says- she barely knew the man that had suddenly thrown her life upside down, but what could go wrong? After spending the entire afternoon chatting with Jess (and listening to her utterly charming Australien accent) we can tell she is a person of true authenticity. Her sensitiveness and determination have the ability to inspire and transform those around her to engage with the world in meaningful ways. Read on to discover how Jess transformed her passion for adventure and wanderlust into a new career.
This same passion for discovering the unseen and truly connecting with people from different cultures and backgrounds, is what led her to take a trip with Intrepid Travel, a travel b-corporation that has the ability of taking you out of the guidebooks and into the world. What started as a need to find new and conscious ways of travelling, led to taking more tours as a client which then parlayed into a job opportunity. Her vast experience in communications -Exo Protein, Roam International, Dagne Dover among many others- was of paramount importance, no doubt, in being appointed the Senior Partnerships Manager of the agency, but we don’t believe in coincidences. This is the result of living in a more connected way and of being aware of our own surroundings, always listening and creating opportunities both for herself and others.
And it doesn't end here, anyone who knows Jess has picked up on her precise and detailed eye for vintage. Her dreamy loft was furnished for under $1,000 with pieces scouted from Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist (attention NYers, it’s possible!) unique way of styling her favorite Neu Nomads styles with vintage accessories had us wanting go out vintage hunting with her! Her love of vintage and one of a kind pieces began at 12 years old, when she launched the profile series and vintage store, Ghost Vintage. In times when everything is measured by popularity and profitability, Jess´s project aims at celebrating the importance of having a side hustle or a hobby when you have a full time job. Something that you can do creatively, that allows you to connect with your passion without the pressure of turning it into something big or ground-breaking.
There is so much more to say about her and we are happy to share that we will be joining the next Intrepid adventure in Turkey with an inspiring group of women. Now you understand why we are obsessed with Jess's authenticity and ability to inspire others.
In the meantime, read on and discover how "Neu" simple decisions and actions help Jess feel more connected to herself everyday.
SHOP THE STORY
Just days before the lockdown started, we visited the home of actress Kate Rockwell in historic Washington Heights. You might remember her from Legally Blonde or most recently as one of the Mean Girls on Broadway. However, these characters couldn’t be further from her true nature. She is a down-to-earth, brilliant woman who is not only incorporating more sustainable practices into her daily life, but also into the theater industry itself!