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XX, Will Travel: A Podcast for Independent Women Travelers

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!

Kathy and Ines 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? The ladies tackle these questions and discuss other deep issues including trips that inspired them 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

S2E23: 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, Kathy and Ines discuss what makes a place home and whether, like soulmates, it's possible to have more than one. 

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12
Jul

S2E22: How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Trip Planning Timeline

Kathy and Ines 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. They 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 they've been through (so you don't have to). 

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28
Jun

S2E21: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

S2E20: 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. Kathy and Ines talked 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, they also asked the one burning question about the rock n' roll lifestyle: groupies. 

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31
May

S2E19: 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, the ladies talk about what's good in Tennessee's capital city. From music to bars to BBQ, they cover it all. They also delve into the bonds that form between roadtripping friends, bar fights they'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

S2E18: 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 Kathy and Ines are determined to make them sexy! After all, you can't get anywhere without them. As part of their "How to Plan a Trip from Scratch" series, the ladies break down the necessary paperwork for trips. They'll give you tips on getting a passport, explain the differences between being a tourist, a resident, and a citizen, offer their 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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3
May

S2E17: Black in Buenos Aires with Author, Entrepreneur and World Traveler Jennifer Poe

Writer Jennifer Poe 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.

Jennifer, Ines and Kathy 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

S2E16: 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 their series "How to Plan a Trip from Scratch", Kathy and Ines share their favorite packing trips and strategies for any kind of trip. They discuss the essentials they keep in their carry on, mistakes that have kept them from being their 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

S2E15: Traveling with Parents

Traveling with parents may be scary, but Ines and Kathy are 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 the ladies 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, they 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. They also share listener stories and advice for surviving and thriving when traveling with your elders.

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