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XX, Will Travel: A Podcast for Independent Women Travelers

22
Feb

S2E12: 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

S2E11: 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

S2E10: NY Times List of 52 Places to Go in 2017

Kathy and Ines take on the New York Times List once again. They discuss where they've been, where they'd like to go and where people should go. They 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

S2E9: 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. Kathy and Ines 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? They have tips for that, too!

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28
Dec

S2E8: 2017 Travel Goals and Listener Questions

Ines and Kathy 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, the ladies of XX, Will Travel dispense advice gleaned from their years of travel experience, as well as copious research. They also share their own travel plans for the year ahead.

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14
Dec

S2E7: How to Road Trip with Meryl Williams of The Sleeper Hit

Writer, podcaster and road trip expert Meryl Williams has crossed the USA by car three times! This intrepid traveler shares her tips for how to make the most of your time on the road. After all, it's about the journey, not the destination, right? For more Meryl, visit her @merylwilliams, and subscribe to her podcast and newsletter, both called The Sleeper Hit.

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30
Nov

S2E6: Midwest Is Best

Flyover country? More like extended layover country! At least that's what Kathy and Ines argue on this week's episode about some of the Midwest's greatest hits. The ladies share their love and travel tips for Milwaukee, St. Louis, Springfield and quaint lake towns, wax poetic over the region's geographic beauty and cultural diversity, and discuss why it's misunderstood. Now, more than ever, it is time to rediscover the secrets and treasures of this underrated travel destination.

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16
Nov

S2E5: Insider’s Guide to Chicago: Winter Edition

Winter visitors to Chicago will not be disappointed. Your favorite Chicago locals, Ines and Kathy, discuss their tips and tricks for making the most of the Windy (Snowy) City. We're not going to lie - they're mostly eating ramen and drinking, but also include our faves in comedy, theatre, and sports. Want more local recs for Chicago? Check out the past, more summery episode that inspired this one, Insider's Guide to Chicago, at https://xxwilltravel.com/2015/06/25/episode-3-the-insiders-guide-to-chicago/

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2
Nov

S2E4: How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Accommodations

Resort, hotels, boutique hotels, hostels, AirBnbs, couchsurfing...with so many options, how do you choose the perfect accommodation for your trip? On our latest installment of our "How to Plan a Trip from Scratch" series, we talk where to stay, when to stay and how to book it. Kathy and Ines discuss their preferred accommodations, give you tips on how to find the best one, describe the perfect host or guest, and also share their favorite hotels around the world and the nightmarish ones they've encountered. 

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19
Oct

S2E3: XX Will Travel LIVE! Presents “Out of Place”

We recreate our first ever live recording of our episode "Out of Place". Listen from Kathy, Ines, and friends of the podcast stand-up comedian Sameena Mustafa (co-host and producer of Simmer Brown) and Danette Chavez (Assistant Editor at The A.V. Club). Stories include feminist awakenings during a Spring Break trip, being a "pocha" on a road trip to Mexico, a short-lived love affair with surfing in Brazil and finding oneself and perhaps love in India and Paris. Thanks to Volumes Bookcafe for hosting us and to Wanderful for making our event one of their official meet-ups. This episode featured music by Jahzzar, used under the Creative Common License. 

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