The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Miami Beach below.
Raised in a devout structured religious household, my future was pretty much preprogrammed. As I became an adolescent, I began to observe the hypocrisy and double standards common in most organized religions. I had the desire to be genuine to myself. I made the decision as a young adult to follow my own desires at the expense of being exiled from my family for choosing to leave their religion. It was been 15 years since we have embraced. I battled own feelings of despondency and loneliness and young adulthood. Poured my trust out of bottles and developing unhealthy relationships. I decided to take a trip and go therapy. I went to Cairo, Egypt alone for a week to remind myself of the greatness that we came from and the responsibility I have to achieve the best version of myself. Once I returned from Egypt, I had just three therapy sessions. It was from that point from where I learned to accept reality and gain the confidence in myself, knowing that I developed the tools to make my own destiny. Read more>>
I’m a naturally ambitious person, so I am constantly brainstorming on my next move. As my background heavily derives from the event planning and interior design industry, I began looking for something that aligned with my preexisting passions and talents, something that was tangible that I could start now and do now, and most importantly, something that people not only wanted but needed! I’ve seen others offering picnic set-ups in a few other states and said, why not bring this to sunny South Florida! After encouragement from family and friends, I took the leap and invested in myself by purchasing all of my supplies that week, starting my page, perfecting my branding, and launching soon after!. Read more>>
Sonny Saner Unal
Saner (Sonny) Unal has years of experience in hospitality and leadership and has opened multiple luxury Resorts, Hotels, Condo Hotels and Leading Hotels Of The World here in the USA and in Europe. His ability to excel in leadership has been awarded several prestigious awards throughout his career, such as The Torchbearer Award and Quality of Excellence Award, the Hilton Hotel Group Renovation of the Year Award, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence as well as the TripAdvisor Hall Of Fame. Saner recently moved to the real estate industry, and he is very excited to be turning his focus toward real estate. With a passion for service in the South Florida area, Saner (Sonny) Unal is ready to help with your property buying and selling needs as well as property investments. As a proud member of the International Realtors Group family, Sonny carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything he does. He currently lives in Miami Beach with his family. Read more>>
I’ve always been a numbers person. My undergraduate degree is in Applied Math, I have my Master’s degree in Actuarial Science and I began my career at a large health insurance company in Boston, MA. Despite the corporate slant to the first part of my career, I was always interested in the dynamics that smaller startups offered, so it wasn’t surprising that I quickly jumped from that corporate behemoth to smaller, more agile companies that offered both unique challenges and great team energy. At each step, I learned a lot about product development, leadership, and how important it is to have empathy for both your team and the customer. Last year, the pandemic opened the opportunity to work remotely and I, like a lot of people, started to assess the “where” part of my work life. I can’t say it was a hard decision to say goodbye to Boston and hello to Miami! After moving, I continued to work for the same health analytics company, running their product development operation. After a year of working remotely, I knew I needed a change, but I didn’t know how to give myself the mental space to decide what that change should be. Read more>>
I think I have lived my entire life by stepping into the unknown. I’ve always just been super curious about life and the opportunities it provides. I grew up in the Washington DC area and went to school at Virginia Tech. One of the first big opportunities that I had to step into the unknown was traveling to New Zealand when I was a sophomore in college. I absolutely loved the idea of traveling to New Zealand, and I knew when I saw this opportunity I couldn’t pass it up. I spent a week with a group of 45 strangers on something called International Student Volunteers. This was really an opportunity for me to leave my comfort zone and travel to the other side of the world, where I had to make new friends and learn new things in an entirely new environment. That trip really changed my mindset on life; it expanded my mind to think more about travel and how important it was to have a worldview on life. We spent that trip both doing volunteer work and then also rappelling in caves, white water rafting, and bungee jumping. That trip showed me the power an immersive experience combined with personal growth can have on creating a strong community of people. Read more>>