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XX, Will Travel: A Podcast for Independent Women Travelers

3
Jan 2018

2018 Travel Goals and Listener Questions

It's back! Our annual episode on 2018 travel goals and resolutions is here. Listeners sent us what they wanted to accomplish, travel-wise, in the coming year and we have tips on how to help them achieve it. We cover (more) budget issues, tell you our favorite savings apps, cheap ways to save on accommodation like housesitting, pet sitting and couch surfing, give you info on workaway options, suggest some road trips routes,  share our secrets for maximizing your vacation days, and tackle destinations like Amsterdam, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, river boat cruises on the Mississippi, New Zealand, Guadalupe, Argentina, Alaska, the Finger Lakes Region, Turkey, Montreal and much more! Plus, we share our own travel plans for the year ahead. 

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20
Dec 2017

Traveling in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Land of Enchantment or Land of Entrapment? New Mexico is one of the most beautiful states in the country and its capital, Santa Fe, is buzzing with one of the nation's largest art scene, breathtaking scenery and rich history. We discuss everything there is to love about Santa Fe including hard-to-describe Meow Wolf, the monastic experience of Ojo Caliente spa, the Native American resistance in Taos Pueblo, the non-existent nightlife, and more! 

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6
Dec 2017

Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder Tourism with Wendy McClure, Author of the Wilder Life

Wendy McClure has visited nearly every Laura Ingalls Wilder-related site in the US as part of her research for her book, The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie. From Pepin, Wisconsin (the Big Woods) to Walnut Grove (the setting of the Little House TV series) to Burr Oak, Iowa (a lost chapter in Ingalls family history), Wendy has seen it all. She's visited dugouts and lean-tos and even Almanzo Wilder's boyhood home in upstate New York. Kathy also discusses her recent literary tourism pilgrimage to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, the home of Laura, Almanzo and Rose and the place where the books were written. Kathy and Ines were thrilled to expound upon their love of the Little House books with a kindred spirit. They also discuss their love for the Little House on the Prairie TV show, including the more over-the-top episodes (anyone else remember the mime rapist?). Listen as Wendy busts some myths and shares some laughs and helps you decide once and for all: are you an Almanzonian or a non-Almanzonian? 

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22
Nov 2017

How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Dealing with the Post-Vacation Blues and Other Travel Anxieties with Kristen Brendel of Per La Vita Wellness

Sometimes the worst part of planning a trip happens after the trip. Coming back to reality can be tough, but we have a few good ways to cope. In our final installment of our How to Plan a Trip from Scratch series, we sit down with mindfulness expert Kristen Brendel of Per la Vita Wellness. We discuss what we can do before a trip to make our return easier, how to relax in a new setting, what to do if we fear flying, how to deal with a stressful travel partner, and more. 

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8
Nov 2017

Traveling in Baja California, Mexico with Jen Kramer of Baja Test Kitchen & Moon Travel Guides

Jennifer Kramer is one of the founders of Baja Test Kitchen, as well the author of the Moon Baja Travel Guide. In this episode, Jen shares her favorite spots to eat, drink and soak up the Mexican culture, with a special emphasis on Valle de Guadalupe. Over the last several years, Valle de Guadalupe has exploded in terms of amazing wines and creative culinary offerings. Jen also gives us the scoop on the women winemakers who are taking Valle de Guadalupe by storm. Also discussed: how to pick the food and wine tour that's right for you, winetasting etiquette 101, and the truth about all those state department issued travel warnings for Mexico. Mexico's Baja California region is an easy day trip from San Diego, but you'll definitely need more than one day to eat and drink your way through all the deliciousness.

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25
Oct 2017

Spooky Halloween Travel Tales

Just in time for Halloween, we have spooky travel stories from our listeners! The tales of terror include haunted business trips in New Orleans and Puerto Rico (sooooo many haunted business trips), a creeped out camper, animal spirit guides in the Himalayas, mind readers in Quito, ghostly hotels in Illinois, a Cambodian island of doom, and more! 

Thanks to all those who submitted and were willing to share their tales of horror with our listeners!

Interested in learning more about the Howard House Hotel? Read the story here.

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11
Oct 2017

Oneika the Traveller, Travel Journalist and Travel Channel Host

Oneika Raymond has traveled to 100+ countries and has documented everything along the way on her wildly successful blog, Oneika the Traveller. In this episode, Oneika shares the details of her journey as a blogger as well as what’s next, including her new Travel Channel Show, Big City, Little Budget. We examine social media’s increasing role in the blogosphere, our feelings on why Instagram might not be so insta-great (do we really need more pics of boho girls in floppy hats looking out over exotic locales?), and why maybe it’s better just not to care. As strong advocates of travel for everyone, we also discuss the significance of travel for women and people of color and why it’s so important.

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27
Sep 2017

Travel Writing with Gabi Logan, Journalist and Founder of Dream of Travel Writing

We're back! Big time! Our first guest of the season, Gabi Logan, has what some would consider a dream job. As a travel journalist and coach at Dream of Travel Writing, Gabi has been able to explore her favorite travel regions, become location independent and fulfill her vision of encouraging others to fall in love with the world and who they are able to be in it.  We talk how she got her foot in the door (or in this case, the page), what outlets are friendlier than others, her favorite advice for aspiring travel writers, and why the life of a travel journalist is a lot less glamorous than we expect. Plus, we have a brand new segment called Top 3 Tips that will give you quick and dirty hacks for all your travel needs. 

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13
Sep 2017

Season 3 Sneak Peak!

Check out where we've been traveling this summer and what's ahead in Season 3.

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23
Aug 2017

Fave Episode! Travel Disasters with Anita Mechler of Drinkers with Writing Problems

XX, Will Travel is currently on a hiatus until the fall. In the meantime, we're sharing some of our favorite episodes. Enjoy!

It's a flashback to our first guest, writer and archivist Anita Mechler! Anita recounts her harrowing experience during the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. Anita talks about the kindness and take-charge attitudes of her Japanese hosts, her post-traumatic stress, and the new life path she discovered as a result of this experience.  

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