Episode 21: Travel Epiphanies with Jessica Kent

On this week’s episode, Kathy and Ines sit down with guest Jessica Kent to talk about travel epiphanies. Why does travel help us see life so clearly? What have we learned about ourselves through travel? About others? The world? The ladies tackle these questions and discuss other deep issues including trips that inspired them to relocate, the uncanny way travel puts relationships in a new light, the self-awareness that stems from a solo journey, and the struggle between Vacation You and Daily Life You.

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SHOW NOTES:

Update #3: SWF ISO ¯_(ツ)_/¯” – Read the inspiration behind this episode,  Jessica’s blog post on her Texas road trip.

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Meet Jessica Kent, Sage Philosophical Traveler

 

On this week’s episode we get deep, as we sit down with our friend Jessica Kent to talk about travel epiphanies. Why does travel help us see our life so clearly?  What have we realized about ourselves when we travel? About others? About the world? Jessica is as awesome as her picture suggests and is the kind of pal who comforts you with her meaninful insight and wise observations. Exactly the kind of person you can talk to about the meaning of life without feeling like you’re tripping.

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Los Angeles on the Cheap: Oscars Edition

Creative cropping puts me right on the red carpet.

A few weeks ago, I visited LA for the Oscars. Many people saw my pics and assumed that I had some insider connection. But it’s surprisingly easy to go to the Oscars and look like a baller, especially when you crop the protective barricades out of your pictures. It was as simple as buying plane tickets, booking an AirBnB, and finding a viewing party.

While my budget certainly wasn’t shoestring, when you consider that the average Hollywood starlet spends around $3500 getting ready for the Oscars, my expenses were definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. Here’s a breakdown of how I was able to visit the Oscars on the cheap:

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Episode 20: Iceland with Eliza Reid

 

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Photo by Moyen Brenn. Used under Creative Commons license.

In this episode, we talk to Eliza Reid, a writer, editor and co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat,  an annual gathering for published and aspiring authors comprised of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours in Iceland. A Reykjavik resident for the past 12 years, Eliza shares her insights on Icelandic culture, her favorite things to do in Iceland and what exactly goes down at the Iceland Writers Retreat – and how you can attend!

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Meet Eliza Reid, Writer and Co-Founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat

Eliza Reid

On this week’s podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking to Eliza Reid. Eliza is one of two founding directors of the Iceland Writers Retreat, an annual gathering for published and aspiring authors comprised of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours in Iceland. She is also editor of Icelandair’s in-flight magazine, Icelandair Stopover, and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in the UK, U.S., Iceland, and her native Canada. Eliza is a former staff writer at Iceland Review magazine. Visit her at www.icelandwritersretreat.com and www.elizareid.com.

Eliza is in Chicago this weekend as part of Taste of Iceland in Chicago, a festival celebrating Icelandic culture. In addition to many other fun (and FREE) Iceland-themed events, Eliza will be giving a talk called The Write Stuff: Why Iceland Inspires Us to Put Pen to Paper on Sunday, March 20th at 2 pm at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for creative minds, and Eliza will focus her talk on what makes Iceland so inspirational for lovers of the written word.

The Taste of Iceland in Chicago also marks the kick off of Icelandair’s year-round service out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning on March 16.

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Galena, IL is for Lovers…and the Single Gal

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Galena, IL: Beautiful, historic, and a magnet for those who have escaped the bowels of Tinder.

The looks of horror were everywhere. When I mentioned my plans to visit quaint and picturesque Galena, IL doing Valentine’s Day weekend alone, the reactions was that of absolute terror. Friends knew I was flying solo. They also knew that this tiny town in the Midwest was a prime destination for couples. And for me to head there by myself on what the Gods of Hallmark have declared as the most romantic weekend of the year???

Oh. The horror. (That is me not caring.)

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Episode 19: How to Plan a Trip From Scratch: Getting a Plane Ticket

You’re about to drop a bunch of money on a plane ticket…how do you do it in the best way possible? Let Kathy and Ines guide you. On the third part of their series “How to Plan a Trip from Scratch”, the ladies discuss the steps to purchasing airfare including their go-to sites, their ambivalence towards airline miles and the crippling anxiety that comes from pulling the trigger.

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SHOW NOTES:

Hopper – A helpful app to score low airfares.

Cheapair graphic -Find out the average best time to buy an international flight.

Catch up on the other episodes in the series

How to Plan a Trip From Scratch: Choosing a Place

How to Plan a Trip From Scratch: Budgeting

 

 

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