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


Nothing more out of place than evening gowns in your cozy neighborhood bookstore. 

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.

Listen to our episode here.

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Lessons Learned from Our First Live Recording

After months of blood, sweat, and audio tears our first live recording went down last Saturday in Chicago. It was a night full of travel tales, audience love and support from the local community. As with any new venture in life, we learned a few crucial lessons along the way.

1) Women’s stories are important. Let’s keep sharing them. 

Two of our stories touched upon the unequal treatment of traveling-while-woman, another explored the tensions of going back to your roots, and another had us in stitches about the tribulations of pushing one’s physical limits. Women travel writers are still few and far between as are women podcasters (though that seems to be changing!) This is our world too and we have every right to wander through it and report back on our experience.

2) Local businesses are amazing allies.

Volumes Bookcafe was a wonderful place to host an event like this. Not only because we were surrounded by books and had ample beverages at our disposal thanks to their lovely baristas. They also went out of their way to answer our questions, help us out and cheer for us every step of the way.

3) Ask and ye shall receive help.

Asking people for donations, support, or simply their presence can be cringe-worthy–but we rarely heard a “no.” We’re so lucky to be surrounded by people who geniunely wanted us to succeed and we hope we can one day return the favor.

4) Let’s take the “shame” out of “shameless self-promotion.” 

We believe in our podcast and do our very best to create something fun, informative and entertaining. Having said that, we’ve also grown up in a society that tells women to shy away from the spotlight and be meek. (Thanks, patriarchy!)  Thankfully, we’re ignoring those bad little voices more and more and we spread the word EVERYWHERE. And for a Saturday night when 1) the Cubs were in the play-offs 2) Kimye was touring 3) Obama was visiting  and 4) the city was preparing for the marathon, we had a great crowd.

5) Always check your equipment. 

Perhaps the most importan lesson. Our set up looked fancy, seemed to be working and left us full of hope. Unfortunately, the file was corrupted and we lost the night’s recording. We are still fighting the sads. The good news is that our stories do live on through the power of our memories and some good old-fashioned pen and paper. We will be sharing them on an an upcoming episode for those of you who were unable to attend.

In the meantime,  enjoy our pics of a fantastic event!

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Join Us at XX, Will Travel LIVE!

XX, Will Travel is ready to celebrate the launch of our second season with a party! For the first time ever, we’re journeying into the dangerous waters of a live podcast recording. The evening will include storytelling, prizes, evening gowns, and trippy travel tips.

Festivities will begin at 7pm at Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago, IL. The theme of the evening is “Out of Place.” It will feature travel-themed stories from co-hosts Ines Bellina and Kathy Pulkrabek, as well as two very special guests, Danette Chavez and Sameena Mustafa.

Danette is an assistant editor at the The A.V. Club. She is a Chicago native, whose first plane ride occurred in her 20s. So it’s fair to say she has some catching up to do. But she’s become a real pro at avoiding checked bag fees. Clearly a lady after our own hearts.


Sameena Mustafa is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. She has performed stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory and Zanies Comedy Clubs. She has acted in theatrical productions at iO Chicago, Victory Gardens, and Stage 773. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has also studied at the Second City, Acting Studio Chicago, and Vagabond School of the Arts. In 2015, she founded Simmer Brown, a stand-up comedy collective, which has received praise from the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, WGN Radio, Redeye, and the Chicagoist. Sameena also serves on the Sounding Board, an advisory board for Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Vocalo). You should definitely check out the next Simmer Brown show on Oct, 22 at North Bar.


Also, our lovely fans will have the chance to win:

– Distillery Tour Passes from KOVAL Distillery

– Peruvian Ají Sauce from Sobremesa Supper Club

– Movie Passes from Music Box Theatre


– 5-Person Distillery Tour/Tasting from Chicago Distilling Company


We’re asking for a suggested donation of $10.00. We really want to give you guys a better podcast experience, which is why funds raised will go towards:

  • New mics
  • A mixer
  • Digital recorder
  • Annual podcasting hosting fees


We’re honored that Wanderful has chosen our event as one of their official meet-ups. If you’re a member, please stop by and say hi!

Can’t attend? Then subscribe & listen on iTunes (http://apple.co/2d3S5gb) or Podbean (http://xxwilltravel.podbean.com/).

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We’re Back!


Did you miss us? Cause we missed you!

We’re back after a much-needed summer break and are so excited for what our second season has in store. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been developing a few things to make sure we keep inspiring you and ladies everywhere to roam the world. Or your backyard. Whatever floats your boat. The important thing is that you get moving.

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