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XX, Will Travel: A Podcast for Independent Women Travelers

27
Sep

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

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

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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9
Aug

Fave Episode! Travel Epiphanies with Jessica Kent

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

We sit down with guest Jessica Kent to talk about travel epiphanies. Why does travel help us see life so clearly? What have we learned about ourselves through travel? About others? The world? We tackle these questions and discuss other deep issues including trips that inspired us to relocate, the uncanny way travel puts relationships in a new light, the self-awareness that stems from a solo journey, and the struggle between Vacation You and Daily Life You.

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26
Jul

What Is the Meaning of Home?

We close out our second season by discussing the place where we begin and end our travel journeys: home. Home means different things to different people. And as more people find themselves living as digital nomads, expats, and immigrants, the meaning becomes even more complex. What makes a place a home and what can you do to make it feel more like one? How does the concept of home influence the way you travel? With help from our listeners, we discuss what makes a place home and whether, like soulmates, it's possible to have more than one. 

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12
Jul

How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Trip Planning Timeline

We discuss the ideal timeline for planning a trip: what to do 3 months out, 1 month out, 1 week out, the day before and day of. We also discuss the realities of sticking to that timeline and the challenges that may pop up, ranging from visa issues to coordinating competing schedules to an acute case of procrastination. Learn what is best for the budgest-conscious traveler, when to make hotel/excursion/restaurant reservations, why you may want to hold off on leaving a clean home and other mishaps we've been through (so you don't have to). 

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28
Jun

Traveling in Costa Rica with Ann Becker, Experiential Tour Guide

Ann Becker has been leading experiential group trips to Costa Rica for 11 years where she takes travelers off the beaten path and into the heart of the Central American nation. Ann discusses her journey to becoming a Costa Rica expert after unexpectedly “being bitten” by Costa Rica on a family vacation in 2005 and her recent experiences leading tours Nicaraugua and Panama. Ann also talks to Ines about why she should give Costa Rica another shot, despite her "everything that can go wrong did go wrong" vacation to Costa Rica during Tropical Storm Otto. We also touch upon about how traveling doesn't stop after 30 (even though social media makes it look otherwise) and the importance of traveling where your heart leads you no matter what age you are. 

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14
Jun

Traveling with Peruvian Hip Hop Musicians Menores

Formed by composers Talía Vega and Ana Cabrera and music producer Orieta Chrem, Menores has been taking the local Peruvian music scene by storm and has extended their fan base to all corners of Latin America. We talk to Talía and Orieta about what it's really like to be touring musicians in an industry that's still pretty male-dominated. Find out more about Peru's burgeoning DIY music scene, what it's like to shoot a music video in the middle of the desert, what they pack before they go on tour (less bathing suits and more crazy makeup), and their experience playing at Festival Yavería in Bogota, Colombia. Don't worry, we also asked the one burning question about the rock n' roll lifestyle: groupies. 

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31
May

Traveling in Nashville, Tennessee

Nash Vegas. Music City. The Minneapolis of the South?* That's right - we're talking Nashville, Tennessee. Inspired by Ines's recent impromptu road trip and Kathy's many visits, we talk about what's good in Tennessee's capital city. From music to bars to BBQ, we cover it all. We also delve into the bonds that form between roadtripping friends, bar fights we've been in (What? I know!) and how you, too, can pass yourself off as a music producer to sneak into Jack White parties. 

Special thanks to friend of the podcast (and Kathy!)/Nashville local Shannon Noble for all her recommendations. 

* At one time, Nashville's claim to fame was that it rivaled Minneapolis in flour production. Who knew? At least it's not the Underwear Capital of the World - that's Knoxville, TN, a title which is also disputed by Minneapolis. What's up with these cities? 

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17
May

How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Passports, Visas, and Vaccines

There's no way around it: travel documents are tedious, annoying and a bureaucratic pain...but we are determined to make them sexy! After all, you can't get anywhere without them. As part of our "How to Plan a Trip from Scratch" series, we break down the necessary paperwork for trips. We'll give you tips on getting a passport, explain the differences between being a tourist, a resident, and a citizen, offer our sketchiest stories with immigration officials and consulates, and give you some insight into how the wonderful world of legal statuses affects your ability to travel. 

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