Writing Great Fiction Based on Real Travels with Gina Frangello, Author of A Life in Men

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Chicago writer Gina Frangello, the author of Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men (one of our personal faves!), sets her novels in locations around the world, and the theme of travel as self-exploration runs deep. We talk to Gina about how travel affects her as a writer and as a woman, as well as some of techniques she uses to incorporate it into her writing. We also discuss how Gina came from a family who never traveled to someone who explores the markets of Nairobi with her daughters in tow. PS: Have you heard of Bombay Beach, California? Gina talks about her recent trip to the post-apocalyptic beach town with its own dead sea.

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Meet Gina Frangello, Author of Every Kind of Wanting & A Life in Men

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This week’s guest is writer Gina Frangello, the author of Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men. Much of Gina’s work takes place in locations around the world, and the theme of travel as self-exploration runs deep throughout her novels.  Learn more about Gina after the jump and listen to the episode on Wednesday to discover how travel affects her as a writer and as a woman, as well as techniques she uses to incorporate travel into her writing.

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2018 Travel Goals and Listener Questions

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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 destinations like Amsterdam, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, river boat cruises on the Mississippi, New Zealand, Guadalupe, Argentina, Alaska, the Finger Lakes Region, Turkey, Montreal and much more! Plus, we share our own travel plans for the year ahead.

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S3E7: Traveling in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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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!

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S3E6: 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 discusses her recent literary tourism pilgrimage to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, the home of Laura, Almanzo and Rose and the place where the books were written. Kathy and Ines were thrilled to expound upon their love of the Little House books with a kindred spirit. They also discuss their love for the Little House on the Prairie TV show, including the more over-the-top episodes (anyone else remember the mime rapist?). Listen as Wendy busts some myths and shares some laughs and helps you decide once and for all: are you an Almanzonian or a non-Almanzonian?

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Meet Wendy McClure, Writer and Laura Ingalls Wilder Tourism Expert

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This week’s guest is Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie. As part of her research, Wendy traced the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family and learned a lot of important things along the way, including how to churn butter like a champion. Wendy stopped by to chat with us about Laura Ingalls Wilder landmarks across the country and to compare notes with Kathy, who recently returned from her own Laura-centric adventure to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.

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S3E5: 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

 

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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.

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