Traveling in Belize with Career Expert Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich

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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 the Cayo District, the surprising cosmopolitan food scene in tiny Cay Caulker, all the not-to-be-missed water sports and tours, and more!

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Meet Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Career Expert and Belize Enthusiast

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This week’s guest is Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, a career expert and content specialist who spent 6 weeks in Belize as a digital nomad. Julie’s career advice chas been featured in many media outlets, including USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s DayHuffPost Live, Crain’s New York, TheStreet.com, and Good Day New York. She is also the Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and President of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media Company and the Vice President of Young Professional Programming for New York Women in Communications. Julie was previously the editorial director of Digital at Alloy Entertainment/Warner Bros. (creators of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries), site director for the Hearst Teen Network (which includes Seventeen.com), and an editor and on-air personality at AOL RED, AOL’s teen channel. In 2014, Julie and her husband decided to leave their busy New York life behind for a 6-week stay in Caye Caulker, Belize.

Let’s learn more about Julie!

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Traveling While Sober with Eileen Tull

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This week we’re addressing a travel perspective that we rarely hear about: traveling while sober. Chicago-based arts educator and storyteller Eileen Tull recently returned from a solo trip to Paris. It was her first time abroad as a sober traveler and an even more unique situation given France’s deep-rooted wine culture. Eileen shares the story of her unexpectedly extended journey (thanks, airlines!), but also details her tactics for traveling as a person in recovery. We learn ways to support  travel partners who are in recovery and discuss the importance of boundary setting. And we can’t forget Eileen’s adventures on French Tinder (oh la la!) and how Harrison Ford is quite possibly the best coping mechanism for the travel weary.

 

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Meet Eileen Tull, Independent Adventurer and Sober Traveler

Eileen Tull Headshot.jpgThis week’s guest is Eileen Tull, an arts educator, storyteller, and one-woman-show person, who speaks to us about traveling while sober. She has performed throughout the country, from San Francisco to New York City, including in the SF Fringe, New Seeds Festival, United Solo, the Cincy Fringe, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Dallas Solo Festival. Her work has been seen all over Chicago in theatres, bookstores, art galleries, bars and other non-traditional spaces. Eileen co-curates Sappho’s Salon at Women and Children First bookstore, a semi-monthly performance series for female-identifying artists exploring gender, sexuality, and feminism. She is a drama instructor with the Chicago Park District, and her work as a creative activist was recognized by The White House in 2016.

Let’s learn more about Eileen!

1) What was your first trip?

My family and I used to travel down to Florida every Christmas, so that’s the first travelling I remember doing. Our enormous family would cram into a van and road trip straight down from Ohio. We would take over a small area near St. Petersburg called Pass-a-Grille and go to beach, catch lizards, and eat lots of oranges.

2) Who’s been your best travel companion?

Hm, honestly I’ve mostly traveled either with my family or by myself. It’s been nice to travel with family members as adults, not kids all packed into a car. My brother, sister, and I took a pretty magical trip to Orlando a few years ago where we spent one day at Disneyworld and one day at an international Star Wars convention. A life highlight.

3) What are three things you always take with you when you travel?

Extra headphones, tennis shoes, too many books I don’t end up reading.

4) What’s your favorite souvenir you’ve acquired?

I like to buy jewelry when I travel. I was in Dallas for a solo performance festival where I was doing my one woman show about Harrison Ford movies, and our theater was on the State Fair grounds. There was a mini-fair going on and I wandered into one of the booths. The woman there was selling some gorgeous jewelry, and I picked out a pair of earrings with little pressed sunflowers. I told her what I was doing in town and she very excitedly told me that her niece just met Harrison Ford in Wyoming at a gymnastics meet and that the two of us meeting must be fate or cosmic timing, this Harrison Ford connection and she took a selfie with me to put on her website and gave me a discount for the earrings, so win-win?

5) Give us one reason why you travel.

I love exploring what it’s like to live in another place. While I like doing touristy things, I really love the corner shops, the dives, the coffee shops, the things that really make you feel like you’re living somewhere day to day. I also think it’s important to leave where you’re comfortable and try something new. It makes you appreciate home more. I always say, everyone should leave Chicago at least once, just so you get to come back.

 

Traveling in Brussels, Bruges and Ghent, Belgium

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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 city, what Ghent does to welcome new babies, and why Brussel’s Museum of Musical Instrument should be on every traveler’s list. Plus, tips on Belgium beer, waffles, and frites!

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Traveling as a Comedian with Stand-Up Comic Mona Aburmishan

 

Mona Aburmishan is this week's guest on XX, Will Travel podcast

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This week’s guest is Chicago-based comedian Mona Aburmishan.  Mona discusses how she came to travel the globe as a comic and how she uses comedy as an instrument for unity and peace. Her Palestinian-American background and her work in international development give her observational humor a global spin that is often missing from mainstream comedy.

Mona recently returned from Dubai where she headlined Comedy Central Presents for Comedy Central Arabia. Visit www.monacomedy.com to see where you can catch Mona performing next.

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Meet Comedian Mona Aburmishan

XX Will Travel Guest Mona Aburmishan

Comedian Mona Aburmishan

We are thrilled to host this week’s guest, comedian Mona Aburmishan who tells us what it’s like to travel as a comedian and perform around the world.

Mona has performed, emceed, and produced comedy shows, competitions and events in major clubs, theaters and universities around the world. In addition to comedy, Mona is a sought-after speaker in various socio-political topics in the United States and the Middle East.

Mona has a Master’s in International Development and is fluent in English, German and Arabic. Having lived and performed in Europe, The Middle East, and Africa, Mona uses her global insight and perspectives as well as her homegrown Chicago-style to offer a fresh look at the funny that’s all around us. 

Recently Mona headlined Comedy Central Arabia’s latest Season 2 Premier “Stand Up Al Waggif” filmed on location in Dubai, UAE. She was the first female to headline this groundbreaking series produced by Viacom.

Mona is currently touring across the country and headed for the U.K., Middle East & South Africa this spring 2018.

Visit monacomedy.com for more detailed information on Mona and upcoming performances and tune in to our interview when it drops this Wednesday, March 28th.

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