Traveling in Cusco and Lima, Peru

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We’re finally taking on Ines’s home country–Peru! We’re here to answer all your pressing questions abou the land of the Incas from both a local and a tourist perspective. Find out how to get to Machu Picchu either via trekking or the “lazy way”, discover what other sights and ruins there are to see in Cusco, get recommendations on some of our favorite eats, and learn the different ways that the altitude can effect you and what to do about it. Then we take on Peru’s capital city, Lima, which happens to be Ines’s hometown. We discuss how Lima went from “la horrible” to booming, wax poetic on its world-renowned food scene, talk about the many things to see and do, and guide you the best neighborhoods for accomodations. Plus, Ines tells you why you should never take a cab off the street, discusses little known facts on Peruvian history, and shares how the city has changed in recent years. Want more Peru? Kathy also tells us about her side trip to Puno and Ines lists all the other places that are worth visiting but don’t get nearly as much attentions as they should.

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Travel in Movies and Film

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Hollywood sign at Nick Metropolis Collectible Furniture in Los Angeles, CA

Just in time for the Oscars, it’s our episode on travel and film! We asked for your favorite movies that were either travel-themed or inspired you to take a trip and you answered with more than 200 movies and TV shows. We count down your top 10, discuss our faves and give our takes on the most wanderlust-worthy Academy Award nominees, past and present. Kathy also recounts her 2016 trip to Los Angeles, California for Oscar weekend. (For the full story, check out our episode on LA.)

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And we can’t forget our special guests! The Cutaways are a dynamic duo of lady podcasters/filmmakers from LA. They watch one rom-com a week in chronological order and then break it down on their podcast. Co-host Justine Gendron joins us to share her top three travel-themed rom-coms.

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Travel journalist Gretchen Kelly

We also welcome travel journalist and set-jetting expert Gretchen Kelly of Extreme Luxury Getaways. Gretchen has written extensively on the phenomenon of set-jetting, or visiting locations where movies and TV shows are filmed, for Forbes.com, the New York PostFrommers.com, and more. She also gives suggestions on where to go to see the real-life settings of your favorite films and shows.

 

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A Love Letter to Haiti with Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

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Long seen as a troubled nation, Haiti isn’t usually on many people’s list of travel destinations. But after 45’s very unsavory comments about the country came to light, we wanted to know: What is Haiti actually like? We sat down with journalist Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, who recently visited Haiti for Port-Au-Prince’s International Jazz Festivaland considered the trip one of the highlights of her life. Rosalind shares all there is to love about Haiti: from its beautiful mountain landscape, to the stunning architecture of the Citadelle, the rich history found in the National Museum of Haiti, to the delights of Haitain cuisine and the warmth of its people. Find out how you can visit the island and, more importantly, why you should fall head-over-heels for it.

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Meet Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, Travel Journalist and Lover of Haiti

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This week’s guest is Rosalind Cumming-Yeates, an award-winning journalist, author and arts critic specializing in travel and culture. Much of Rosalind’s work centers on the Caribbean and she had the privilege to travel last year to Haiti’s Festival International de Jazz de Port-Au-Prince. She considered the trip one of the highlights of her life, an especially poignant assesment after Donald Trump’s unsavory comments about Haiti. Learn more about Rosalind after the jump and listen to the episode on Wednesday to discover why Haiti should be on your travel bucket list.

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New York Times List of 52 Places to Go in 2018

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Here we go again! It’s our third annual review of the New York Times list of 52 Place to Go in 2018. Listen as we rant about where we’ve been, where we’d like to go and how (or how not) to use the list to plan your next travel destination. We also discuss the selection of the Times’ first 52 Places correspondent, Jada Yuan, who was selected from more than 13,000 applicants.

For more information on some of the places covered in the list, check out these past episodes:

Cambodia

Costa Rica

Baja Mexico

Iceland

Disney

New Zealand

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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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