S2E16: How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Packing Tips

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Packing may sound simple but can prove challenging to even the most seasoned travelers. As part of their series “How to Plan a Trip from Scratch”, Kathy and Ines share their favorite packing trips and strategies for any kind of trip. They discuss the essentials they keep in their carry on, mistakes that have kept them from being their best packing selves, moments of triumph in the world of luggage, and the emotional issues that come up when opening or closing that suitcase.

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

Accomodations

Getting Airplane Tickets

Budgeting

Choosing a Place

 

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Hipster Excuses for Skipping Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

If you’ve listened to our latest episode on Traveling with Parents, you know that when we were in Iceland, my folks and I skipped the Blue Lagoon. The reasons we skipped it are simple: tickets were sold out weeks in advance and, to be honest, it was a little pricey for these budget travelers in comparison to time and money spent on other activities. Instead, we found a neighborhood hot pot facility and spent an evening soaking with the locals (which I realize, after rereading this sentence, makes me sound like a total hipster).

But, were I a true, off-the-beaten-path, authenticity-seeking, one-upping hipster traveler, there’s no way I would reveal these hum drum justifications. Instead, I probably would’ve casually referenced any one of the following activities that I did instead of visiting the tired Blue Lagoon:

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S2E15: Traveling with Parents

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Traveling with parents may be scary, but we are here to help! Kathy recently returned from a successful trip to Iceland and England with her parents in tow, while parental travel has always been a part of life for Ines. Together the ladies give tips and and insights for a successful trip with the people who love you the most (or at least they did before the trip). In addition to offering overall survival strategies, we talk about the importance of picking a place (and a pace) that you can all enjoy, ways to include your folks in the trip planning process and how your parents will surprise you in the most unlikely ways. We also share listener stories and advice for surviving and thriving when traveling with your elders.

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Poll: Should I Choose Travel or Writing?

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My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 was to save as much as humanly possible so I could quit my job in November and travel for about 3 to 6 months. I was feeling good about this idea. In my mind, it was to be a combination of two goals I had in mind: running away and having the time to write as much as possible. The fantasy was to camp out in some super cheap destination like Nicaragua or Cambodia, squat in an AirBnB or work at a hostel, and write to my heart’s content without worrying about Chicago’s cost of living. I made spreadsheets. I read books. I put away 10% of my paycheck as soon as it was deposited.

But, of course, life got in the way, in both good and bad aspects.

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S2E14: Travel Entrepreneurship with Beth Santos of Wanderful

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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 own travel journey and discover exciting details on this year’s Women in Travel Summit in Milwaukee taking place on April 21-23. Registration is  still open if you’re interested in attending!

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Meet Beth Santos, Founder of Wanderful

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We are so excited to have Beth Santos on our next episode! Beth is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global membership community for independent, adventurous women travelers. In encouraging women to travel, to get involved in the world around them and to live globally, Beth has created an international community of over 15,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another at the same time. She is the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travel influencers and industry members. In 2014, she was named one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, Beth was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact and a Zell Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for entrepreneurs pursuing their MBA.

You can see right away why we loved talking to her. Find out more about Beth below and make sure to check out our episode this week, where we discuss Wanderful, the Women in Travel Summit, being a travel entrepeneur, and so much more.

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How to Leave a Podcast Review

 

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Nothing helps boost our profile – and our spirits – like when our listeners leave us positive reviews on iTunes. The more reviews we get, the higher we get pushed in iTunes and the easier it is for people to find out podcast. And it only takes two minutes!

Don’t know how? Here’s a simple tutorial on how to leave us a review in five easy steps using your iPhone.

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