Let’s Talk About Cats

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When I was a little girl growing up in rural South Carolina, two things were on my bucket list:

  • Live somewhere where Chinese restaurants existed and get food delivered so I could eat right out of take-out boxes with chopsticks, just like the families on my favorite Friday night sitcoms.
  • Visit New York to see Cats on Broadway. Just who was this Andrew Lloyd Weber fellow and why were all the 80s morning talk shows abuzz about these live-action, dancing tabbies?

With regards to eating from Chinese take-out containers, I have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams – seven-year-old Kathy would be pleased to know that I now own several sets of chopsticks. But my goal of seeing Cats on Broadway has proved to be, much like actual felines, elusive.

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S3E3: Spooky Travel Tales

Just in time for Halloween, we have spooky travel stories from our listeners! The tales of terror include haunted business trips in New Orleans and Puerto Rico (sooooo many haunted business trips), a creeped out camper, animal spirit guides in the Himalayas, mind readers in Quito, ghostly hotels in Illinois, a Cambodian island of doom, and more!

Thanks to all those who submitted and were willing to share their tales of horror with our listeners!

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Tiny Letters for Travelistas

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As many of you know, XX Will Travel’s newsletter is my pet project. They’re a number of reasons I decide to take this on. A presentation at a podcast conference said it was a reliable source of traffic. It was one of the best ways of tracking ROI at one of my old jobs. I wanted a way to reach out to people directly without fighting with Facebook/Twitter/Instagram’s hermetic algorhythms. I also started it, though,  because I was slowly becoming enamored with the newsletter renaissance. Some of my favorite newsletters are those that are written by some of my favorite podcasters, like Anne Friedman and the lovely ladies of Another Round. I loved how I could return to them for links on their guests, the random finds they mentioned and any additions that hadn’t had the chance to make it on air. At the same time, I was also discovering more and more TinyLetters. Though very similar to newsletters, Mailchimp’s younger sister has a more intimate feel. People predict it’s slowly taking over blogs, fulfilling the function that old school LiveJournals and Blogspots had before everyone became obsessed with monetizing. Many of them have a specific niche, but they’re also not afraid to ramble, to pour out their soul, to be a little kooky and weird. There are very few traces of SEO tactics. I so enjoyed reading them, that I actually decided to start my own TinyLetter where I could write mini essays on travel, writing and side hustle life. Oh, and fill people’s inboxes with at least one Charlie picture.

Most of the TinyLetters I subscribe to are focused on the craft of writing but there are a few that are travel focused. Here are three of my favorites:

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S3E2: Oneika the Traveller, Travel Journalist and Travel Channel Host

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Oneika Raymond has traveled to 100+ countries and has documented everything along the way on her wildly successful blog, Oneika the Traveller. In this episode, Oneika shares the details of her journey as a blogger as well as what’s next, including her new Travel Channel Show, Big City, Little Budget. We examine social media’s increasing role in the blogosphere, our feelings on why Instagram might not be so insta-great (do we really need more pics of boho girls in floppy hats looking out over exotic locales?), and why maybe it’s better just not to care. As strong advocates of travel for everyone, we also discuss the significance of travel for women and people of color and why it’s so important.

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Meet Travel Personality and Writer Oneika Raymond of Oneika the Traveller

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Oneika Raymond, a.k.a Oneika the Traveller

 

We are thrilled to have as this week’s guest travel personality and writer Oneika Raymond.

Oneika is the voice behind Oneika the Traveller, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world. An international educator, writer, serial expat, and travel junkie, Oneika’s passion for discovery is boundless and her adventures abroad have taken her to over 100 countries on six continents. Oneika has written for and been featured in major publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, the BBC, The Huffington Post, Essence, Ebony, National Geographic Traveler, Buzzfeed, and CNN.

She’s also a host for HGTV and the Travel Channel, with whom she has recently launched her series Big City, Little Budget.

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You can also visit Oneika’s blog, and find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

We’re still looking for spooky travel stories for our Halloween episode! Send them to XXWillTravel[at]gmail[dot]com. You can write them or attach an MP3. You can also leave us a message (along with your name) at 872-228-5596 or give us a shout on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

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Three Tips to Get Started in Travel Writing

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We were fortunate to have travel journalist Gabi Logan as our guest last week and were blown away by her extensive knowledge of the travel writing industry.  Follow the jump for three key takeaways for aspiring travel writers. These are just a taste of all the things we learned. For the full scoop on travel writing, check out the episode on Podbean or Apple Podcasts.

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S3E1: Travel Writing with Gabi Logan, Journalist and Founder of Dream of Travel Writing

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We’re back! Big time! Our first guest of the season, Gabi Logan, has what some would consider a dream job. As a travel journalist and coach at Dream of Travel Writing, Gabi has been able to explore her favorite travel regions, become location independent and fulfill her vision of encouraging others to fall in love with the world and who they are able to be in it.  We talk how she got her foot in the door (or in this case, the page), what outlets are friendlier than others, her favorite advice for aspiring travel writers, and why the life of a travel journalist is a lot less glamorous than we expect. Plus, we have a brand new segment called Top 3 Tips that will give you quick and dirty hacks for all your travel needs.

Click to listen to the episode on Podbean or Apple Podcasts.

We’re still looking for spooky travel stories for our Halloween episode! Send them to XXWillTravel[at]gmail[dot]com. You can write them or attach an MP3. You can also leave us a message (along with your name) at 872-228-5596 or give us a shout on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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