Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

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This is the time of year when we make like the French and take off the month of August. But don’t worry! We’ll be back for Season Three with more tales of adventure, as well as amazing guests!

In the mean time, catch up on some of our past episodes – we’ll be sharing some of our favorites during the month of August.

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Enter to Win a Copy of Hola, Morocha!


Jennifer Poe, one of our favorite guests, has written a book about her experiences as a black woman in Argentina – and we want you to win a copy!

As Jen describes it, Hola, Morocha is:

“…the ultimate companion book for any black woman moving to or visiting Buenos Aires for the first time; it’s also a book for women who are thirsting to read more travel memoirs by women of color. And it’s written with love from yours truly: La Morocha, the black girl Buenos Aires expert! Hola, Morocha is written in the conversational tone of a best friend; it’s kind of like walking around with your best friend in your purse or eBook reader— a companion to make your journey less daunting.”

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S2E23: What Is the Meaning of Home?

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It’s our last episode of the season, and we’re talking about what makes a place a home. Tune in for our philosophical musings, as well as listener stories, on the place that is the beginning and ending to your travel journeys. Special thanks to all our listeners who shared their thoughts on what makes a place a home.

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Every Single Country I Can Visit With Two Passports


On the eve of my citizenship ceremony, I have a lot on my mind. It’s my final day as Maria Ines Bellina Garcia Rosell, for I will be shortening my legal name to Ines Bellina. There are a lot of civic duties I want to uphold, like voting and volunteering. The fact that I won’t have to deal with immigration restrictions ever again is thrilling. There also some other superficial matters to consider. Mainly, that I will now be carrying two passports and that, my friends, gives me an insane amount of mobility throughout the world.

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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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Catch up on all the episodes of our How to Plan a Trip From Scratch series:

Passports, Visas, and Vaccines

Packing Tips


Getting Airplane Tickets


Choosing a Place

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So You’re Thinking of Flying on a Budget Airline

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Budget airlines can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. If you don’t mind forsaking some of the creature comforts offered by commercial airlines (free checked bags, reclining seats, headphones, in-flight entertainment), they can be a great way to get the most bang from your budget travel buck.

A majority of the horror stories that I’ve heard regarding budget airlines come down to one thing: not knowing the rules. I’m not discounting the tales of atrocious customer service or random flight cancellations, but I feel like those things happen when you’re an economy class passenger on any airline. So here are some things to think about if you’re considering flying on a budget airline:

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S2E21: Traveling in Costa Rica with Ann Becker, Experiential Tour Guide

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Photo of Quepos, Puntarenas, Costa Rica courtesy of Flickr user KansasPhoto.

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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