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XX, Will Travel: A Podcast for Independent Women Travelers

3
May

Black in Buenos Aires with Author, Entrepreneur and World Traveler Jennifer Poe

Writer Jennifer Poe, author of Hola, Morocha!, arrived in Buenos Aires armed with contact info for the only stylist in a 50-mile radius who could do black hair and a sense of adventure. Shortly after, she encountered a word she hadn't heard before: morocha. According to Poe, “I thought people were calling me a roach—granted, some exotic breed of roach that only skittered through luxury—but a roach! When I found out they were basically saying, ‘Hey, black girl, hey!’ I took it as a term of endearment.” This was one of many things Jennifer would learn while living as a black woman in Argentina, where only 0.4 percent of its 41 million inhabitants identified as Afro-Argentine in 2010, the first time in its history that the census counted race.

We also dispel some common Argentine stereotypes (Sexy, steak-eating cowboys dancing the tango in front of technicolor buildings? Think again.), discuss why BA rivals Paris as one of the best cities for artists, and talk about the eternal battle of "vacation self" vs. "real-life self."

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19
Apr

How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Packing Tips

Packing may sound simple but can prove challenging to even the most seasoned travelers. As part of our series "How to Plan a Trip from Scratch", we share our favorite packing trips and strategies for any kind of trip. We discuss the essentials we keep in our carry on, mistakes that have kept us from being our best packing selves, moments of triumph in the world of luggage, and the emotional issues that come up when opening or closing that suitcase. 

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5
Apr

Traveling with Parents

Traveling with parents may be scary, but we're here to help! Kathy recently returned from a successful trip to Iceland and England with her parents in tow, while parental travel has always been a part of life for Ines. Together we give tips and and insights for a successful trip with the people who love you the most (or at least they did before the trip). In addition to offering overall survival strategies, we talk about the importance of picking a place (and a pace) that you can all enjoy, ways to include your folks in the trip planning process and how your parents will surprise you in the most unlikely ways. We also share listener stories and advice for surviving and thriving when traveling with your elders.

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22
Mar

Travel Entrepreneurship with Beth Santos of Wanderful

Beth Santos is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global membership community of over 15,000 independent, adventurous women travelers. She is also the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travel influencers and industry members. Beth joins us to discuss how she became a travel entrepreneur, why she created a women-centered network of travelers, and offers tips on making your own travel-centric business come true. Find out how Wanderful can help you in your own travel journey and discover exciting details on this year's Women in Travel Summit in Milwaukee taking place on April 21-23. 

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8
Mar

Vulnerable Travel with Char Stoever, LGBT Diversity Trainer and Peace Corps Alum

Char Stoever is an LGBT diversity trainer and Peace Corps alum assigned to Nicaragua who coined the term "vulnerable traveler." She joins us to talk about how to view vulnerability as a learning tool and relationship builder instead of as a weakness. Opening up is never easy and does require care, particularly for members of marginalized groups. But, as Char discusses, the rewards often outweigh the risks and can lead to a more authentic travel experience. We also touch on self care while traveling and avoiding the "1000 Things to See Before You Die" trap. 

 

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22
Feb

Making a Film in Ghana with Samantha Bailey of Brown Girls

Creator of the Brown Girls web series Samantha Bailey joins us to talk about her experience shooting her short film, Raina's Not Here, in Ghana. We discuss the logistics of making a movie in a foreign country, why Accra should be on your bucket list, the economic barriers of traveling and the personal freedom she found in the African continent, among other fascinating topics. We left the interview wanting to be Samantha Bailey when we grew up and we're sure you will too. 

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8
Feb

Women’s Health While Traveling with Christina Tanner of Chicago NOW

Certified nurse midwife and Chicago NOW board member Christina Tanner joins us to talk women's health while traveling. We cover menstruation options for long-term travel, yeast infections, UTIs, birth control and reproductive health around the world, traveling while pregnant, scary bathrooms and squat toilets, managing meds and so much more! So join us for a special V-day celebration (where V stands for vagina) by learning more about your lady bits and all the responsibilities that go with taking care of them, especially while traveling.

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25
Jan

NY Times List of 52 Places to Go in 2017

We take on the New York Times List once again. We discuss where we've been, where we'd like to go and where people should go. We also talk about the list's missteps, overlooked destinations, and whether this edition has a sneaky political agenda. 

Check out our episodes that cover destinations mentioned on the list:

S2E2: Detroit

S1E26: Australia and New Zealand with Rachel Grandi

S1E6: Oh, Canada: A Tribute to Our Neighbor to the North

And of course, last year's review:

S1E16: NY Times List of 52 Places to Go in 2016

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11
Jan

Girls’ Trips - Yay or Nay?

From a bachelorette party full of judgy alpacas to a friends' weekend of post-election healing, girls' getaways take many shapes and forms. We expose the good, the bad and the ugly about girls' trips, along with a little help from their listeners. Need help planning your next girls' vacation? We have tips for that, too!

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28
Dec

2017 Travel Goals and Listener Questions

We invited listeners to submit their 2017 travel goals, along with questions on how to achieve them, and they delivered! From space travel to visiting Cuba, dealing with language barriers to logistics of around-the-world trips, we dispense advice gleaned from our years of travel experience, as well as copious research. We also share our own travel plans for the year ahead.

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