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Originally from Brazil, Chies travelled extensively throughout South America before setting roots in London, and her love for connecting with locals on her travels sparked the idea for Let’s GoDo. “Our experiences are authentic and accessible, and our booking platform is designed to be simple and easy. Guests trust us and enjoy the fact that we create a community, which is key to standing out in the travel space.” she says. On this edition of Women Who Launch, The Sybarite speaks with Chies about how she stands out in a crowded market and where her dream destination is.

“When people travel, they typically stay at the same location for 3-5 days. It can take up to three days to meet a local that will give you the best tips or even offer to show you around,” exclaims Juliana Chies, Founder and CEO of experiential travel company Let’s GoDo.

“If you don’t know a local in the place you’re visiting, it’s very hard to find the best things to see and do, so I thought why...

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