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Two globetrotting ladies (Ines Bellina & Kathy Pulkrabek) share stories & tips for independent travelistas.

Two globetrotting ladies (Ines Bellina & Kathy Pulkrabek) share stories & tips for independent travelistas.
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Two globetrotting ladies (Ines Bellina & Kathy Pulkrabek) share stories & tips for independent travelistas.






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Traveling in Belize with Career Expert Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich

Back in 2014, career expert and content strategist Julie Hocheiser Ilkovich packed her bags and moved to Belize for 6 weeks with her husband. How ddid she do it? We ask her about her decision to become a digital nomad, how she prepared for the trip, and what she learned about the Central American country of Belize and herself during her stay. Julie and Ines–fresh from her trip to San Ignacio and Cay Caulker–also share their best Belize travel tips including must-see excursions and ruins in...


Traveling While Sober with Storyteller Eileen Tull

Arts educator and storyteller Eileen Tull recently returned from her first trip to Europe, which was also her first trip abroad as a sober traveler. Eileen traveled solo through Paris, a unique situation given France’s deep-rooted wine culture. She not only shares the story of her unpexpectedly extended journey (thanks, airlines!), but also reveals her strategies for traveling as a person in recovery. We also discuss ways to support and be an ally to travel partners who are in recovery and...


Traveling in Brussels, Bruges and Ghent, Belgium

Kathy and Ines discuss Kathy’s most recent trip, which included an extended stay in the tiny but mighty country of Belgium. Kathy tells us why she was charmed by Ghent’s quaintness, why Bruges is the “look at me!” middle child, and why Brussels is so underrated. She also names some of her favorite sites in all three cities, including churches, plazas, churches, museums, churches, swans, churches, and also some more churches. Find out how Maximilian of Austria’s hatred of Bruges shaped the...


Traveling as a Comedian with Stand-Up Comic Mona Aburmishan

Chicago-based comedian Mona Aburmishan has lived and toured all over the world. Mona tells us about how she came to travel the globe as a comic and how she uses comedy as an instrument for unity and peace. Mona’s Palestinian-American background and her work in international development give her observational humor a global spin that is often missing from mainstream comedy. Her fresh and unique voice definitely makes her someone to watch. Mona was the first Arab and Muslim woman to perform...


Traveling in Cusco and Lima, Peru

We’re finally taking on Ines’s home country–Peru! We’re here to answer all your pressing questions abou the land of the Incas from both a local and a tourist perspective. Find out how to get to Machu Picchu either via trekking or the “lazy way”, discover what other sights and ruins there are to see in Cusco, get recommendations on some of our favorite eats, and learn the different ways that the altitude can effect you and what to do about it. Then we take on Peru’s capital city, Lima,...


Travel in Movies and Film

Just in time for the Oscars, it’s our episode on travel and film! We asked for your favorite movies that were either travel-themed or inspired you to take a trip and you answered with more than 200 movies and TV shows. We count down your top 10, discuss our faves and give our takes on the most wanderlust-worthy Academy Award nominees, past and present. Kathy also recounts her 2016 trip to Los Angeles, California for Oscar weekend. (For the full story, check out our episode on LA.) And we...


A Love Letter to Haiti with Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Long seen as a troubled nation, Haiti isn’t usually on many people’s list of travel destinations. But after 45’s very unsavory comments about the country came to light, we wanted to know: What is Haiti actually like? We sat down with journalist Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, who recently visited Haiti for Port-Au-Prince’s International Jazz Festival and considered the trip one of the highlights of her life. Rosalind shares all there is to love about Haiti: from its beautiful mountain landscape,...


New York Times List of 52 Places to Go in 2018

A lot has changed about the New York Times list of 52 Place to Go in 2018 but one thing remains the same: our love/hate relationship with it. Listen as we go on our third annual rant about where we’ve been, where we’d like to go and how (or how not) to use the list to plan your next travel destination. We also discuss the selection of Jada Yuan, who beat out 13,000 other applicants to become the first 52 Places correspondent. Check out our other episodes for more in-depth details on...


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...


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! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter...


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...


S3E3: 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...


S3E1: Travel Writing with Gabi Logan 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...


Season 3 Sneak Peak!

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


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...