Is 2016 the year you finally take your very first trip? We’re here to help! Last year we launched a new series called How To Plan a Trip From Scratch. The idea is to break down every single step of the process so that nomads-in-waiting can find traveling less overwhelming. And we’re happy to announce that our second installment of the series is here!
Alas, another year has come and gone. But what a year it has been! In the past twelve months we’ve gone from turning a theoretically cool idea (“hey, how about we do a travel podcast?) to reality (“oh my god, we have a podcast”). Along the way we’ve gained some wisdom, lost no luggage, and acquired some new friends.
Most people view airports as a source of pain and frustration. Ines and Kathy beg to differ. Listen as the ladies discuss their favorite airports and the hidden amenity gems, tips for the security line, fun ways to pass the time while waiting for a flight and traumatic tales of flying solo as kids. (That’s right – their independent travel roots run deep!)
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Friend of the podcast Doris Manning McTyre joins us on a guide through the nation’s capital! The ladies discuss their emotional connections to D.C., the forgotten contributions of women in history, and balls. Lots of balls. Plus, museum tips, restaurant recommendations and other tidbits to make a trip to Washington as amazing as the picture above.
Sometimes travel can be a lonely experience, even lonelier when things go wrong with no one to call for help. In honor of American Thanksgiving, Kathy and Ines talk turkey about the kindness of strangers encountered while traveling. Listener submitted stories, as well as a few from Kathy and Ines, show that compassion is alive and well in an age when the world seems ever more chaotic.
The ladies also touch upon how you can help wayward tourists, the rise in popularity and ethical concerns of voluntourism, and the Paris attacks.
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Travel gurus aren’t born, they’re made! And we here at XX, Will Travel believe that you too can be a seasoned adventurer. But where do you even begin? What if the furthest place you’ve been to is the next town over?
In this episode, Kathy and Ines talk Thailand, Cambodia, and how to strike a balance between seeing the sites and having a relaxing vacation.
Kathy also discusses feeling guilty over her reluctance to leave her swanky Bangkok hotel to tour temples and eat street meat. She discovers that sometimes cheese plates and high thread count sheets have a pull even stronger than 1000 Buddhas – and that’s OK.
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U.S. citizens can get Cambodian visas online here or pay for one on arrival. At the time Kathy visited, an online visa cost US$37.00. A visa on arrival cost US$30.00 and was payable in USD, Thai baht, or Cambodian riel, cash only. If you get your visa on arrival, you must also submit a passport-sized photo.