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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.






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...

Duration: 01:01:38

How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Dealing with the Post-Vacation Blues and Other Travel Anxieties with Kristen Brendel of Per La Vita Wellness

Sometimes the worst part of planning a trip happens after the trip. Coming back to reality can be tough, but we have a few good ways to cope. In our final installment of our How to Plan a Trip from Scratch series, we sit down with mindfulness expert Kristen Brendel of Per la Vita Wellness. We discuss what we can do before a trip to make our return easier, how to relax in a new setting, what to do if we fear flying, how to deal with a stressful travel partner, and more. Subscribe to our...

Duration: 00:42:57

S3E4: Traveling in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico with Jen Kramer of Baja Test Kitchen

Jennifer Kramer is one of the founders of Baja Test Kitchen, as well the author of the Moon Baja Travel Guide. In this episode, Jen shares her favorite spots to eat, drink and soak up the Mexican culture, with a special emphasis on Valle de Guadalupe. Over the last several years, Valle de Guadalupe has exploded in terms of amazing wines and creative culinary offerings. Jen also gives us the scoop on the women winemakers who are taking Valle de Guadalupe by storm. Also discussed: how to...

Duration: 00:33:58

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...

Duration: 01:00:15

S3E2: Oneika the Traveller, Travel Journalist and Host: Beyond the Blog

Oneika Raymond has traveled to 100+ countries and has documented everything along the way on her wildly successful blog, Oneika the Traveller. In this episode, Oneika shares the details of her journey as a blogger as well as what’s next, including her new Travel Channel Show, Big City, Little Budget. We examine social media’s increasing role in the blogosphere, our feelings on why Instagram might not be so insta-great (do we really need more pics of boho girls in floppy hats looking out...

Duration: 00:44:54

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...

Duration: 00:44:49

Season 3 Sneak Peak!

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

Duration: 00:06:15

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...

Duration: 00:28:29

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...

Duration: 00:57:21

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...

Duration: 00:50:21

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...

Duration: 01:16:34

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...

Duration: 00:49:49

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...

Duration: 00:58:07

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

Writer Jennifer Poe arrived in Buenos Aires armed only with contact info for the only stylist in a fifty-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...

Duration: 00:52:40

S2E14: 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...

Duration: 00:57:55

S2E11: Women’s Health While Traveling with Christina Tanner

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...

Duration: 00:56:25

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...

Duration: 00:39:49

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.

Duration: 01:12:01

S2E7: How to Road Trip with Meryl Williams

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. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter here. Like XX, Will Travel on Facebook: Follow XX, Will...

Duration: 00:43:14

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. Subscribe...

Duration: 00:36:27

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