S2E18: How to Plan a Trip from Scratch: Passports, Visas and Vaccines

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There’s no way around it: travel documents are tedious, annoying and a bureaucratic pain…but Kathy and Ines are determined to make them sexy! After all, you can’t get anywhere without them. As part of their “How to Plan a Trip from Scratch” series, the ladies break down the necessary paperwork for trips. They’ll give you tips on getting a passport, explain the differences between being a tourist, a resident, and a citizen, offer their sketchiest stories with immigration officials and consulates, and give you some insight into how the wonderful world of legal statuses affects your ability to travel.

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I Want to Be a Surf Bum – Wait, Never Mind

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The closest I’ve been to surfing in recent memory

I am wrapping up one of the best books that I have read in a long time, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. Finnegan is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a lifelong surfer. In his youth, he quit his job and went on a surfing tour around the world.

It gave me ideas. Dangerous ideas. Romantic visions of breaking free from my desk shackles and living an itinerant, aimless life, with the waves as my only guides.

And then I remembered: I am a terrible surfer.

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Meet Jennifer Poe, Traveler and Author of Hola, Morocha!

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We were delighted to feature author, entrepreneur and world traveler Jennifer Poe on this week’s episode. (Seriously. It was a really fun interview.)

Jennifer is the author of the Hola, Morocha! series, a memoir of her time spent living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She worked as a consultant with actress Elizabeth Berkley on her book for teen girls, the New York Times bestselling Ask Elizabeth and her writing has been published by Clutch magazine (2009); Zaji magazine (2012) and in an anthology made up of young women authors, endorsed by Eve Ensler, titled We Got Issues. She is a world traveler and writes about her adventures online at imported-chocolate.com. You can connect with Jennifer on Twitter at @JenCPoe, on Facebook and on Instagram at @jenpoeauthor.

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S2E17: Black in Buenos Aires with Author, Entrepreneur and World Traveler Jennifer Poe

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Writer Jennifer Poe arrived in Buenos Aires armed only with contact info for the only stylist in a fifty-mile radius who could do black hair and a sense of adventure. Shortly after, she encountered a word she hadn’t heard before: morocha. According to Jennifer, “I thought people were calling me a roach—granted, some exotic breed of roach that only skittered through luxury—but a roach! When I found out they were basically saying, ‘Hey, black girl, hey!’ I took it as a term of endearment.” This was one of many things Jennifer would learn while living as a black woman in Argentina, a country where 0.4 percent of its 41 million inhabitants identified as Afro-Argentine in 2010, the first time in its history that the census counted race.

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Five Best Things About WITS17

If you stalk us on social media (as well you should!), you probably noticed that we were in Milwaukee over the weekend and overusing the #wits17 hashtag. WITS stands for the Women in Travel Summit, a conference for lady travel bloggers and content creators that’s organized by Wanderful. We couldn’t resist the chance to check it out, what with it being so close and all, and are so glad we got the opportunity to go. In a weekend full of good times, these are the highlights:

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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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