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Talking Travel with Barb Jordan

by John Wroblewski

Jul 9, 2023

Barbara Jordan is a legend in softball. Despite her impressive softball résumé, when I interviewed Jordan for Talking Travel, the subject was something much more important.

As a collegiate player, Jordan was a three-time first-team All-American, a three-time National Champion and an inductee in the California State University Northridge Hall of Fame. Jordan went on to play eight seasons with Team USA, including the 1996 gold medal-winning Olympic squad. She has also been a successful coach and broadcaster.Barb Jordan

I could talk softball with Jordan for hours, but for the latest Talking Travel interview, Jordan talked about her career away from the ballpark. In addition to being a softball great, Jordan is a personal safety expert.

In 1988 Jordan’s sister Bev was killed by her fiancé. Jordan founded Always Bev to honor her sister while raising awareness, educating and empowering. Simply stated, Always Bev stands for Be Vigilant, but its meaning, scope and significance go well beyond that.

After a brief history of Always Bev, Jordan gave her travel safety tips. With just a few simple steps taking mere seconds, travelers can feel safer along every part of their journey. A major part of Jordan’s message with Always Bev is overcoming fear through preparation. Always Bev is about enjoying life while eliminating (or greatly reducing) fear through being vigilant. Eventually, those extra steps become part of the natural routine of travel, much like packing.

I wanted to share Jordan’s story and insight because of her background, knowledge and approach. Through her classes or chats, Jordan delivers her message with common sense. Anyone can utilize her defense techniques.

It took a lot of courage to take her sister’s tragedy and create something so positive in the aftermath. Through Always Bev, Jordan is making the world and travel safer for all.

Talking Travel is a new interview series on Global Traveler. Subscribe to the GT YouTube channel to be notified of all future interviews and other travel-related videos.

— John Wroblewski, online writer

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