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Though travel and adventure have historically been publicly claimed by men, women have always been part of those narratives, too. Each week, host and Condé Nast Traveler editor Lale Arikoglu shines a light on some of those stories, interviewing female-identifying guests about their most unique travel tales—from going off-grid in the Danish wilderness to country-hopping solo—sharing her own experiences traveling around the globe, and tapping listeners to contribute their own memorable stories. This is a podcast for anyone who is curious about the world—and excited to explore places both near and far from home.

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255 Episodes
Is there a more universally used beauty product than eyeliner? Not according to author Zahra Hankir, who chats with Lale about her new book Eyeliner: A Cultural History, which looks at the meaning and symbolism of kohl around the world, from Kyoto to Chad, as well as throughout the Middle East—and dives into her own personal history with the enduring piece of makeup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In 1938 two women botanists broke with convention and set off on an expedition trip along the Colorado River that would see them risk their lives over rapids in the name of research. Two years ago, science journalist Melissa Sevigny retraced their adventure, whitewater rafting the same rapids and sleeping under the stars to learn more about who these women were—and why their work still influences the scientific landscape of America today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It can be hard to escape the frenzy of Valentine’s Day and all its forced expectations. But here on this podcast, we’re avoiding the cliches in favor of a conversation with Dr. Orna Guralnik, host of Showtime’s hit documentary series Couples Therapy, which is about to enter into its fourth season. Lale chats with Orna about everything from how to balance both of your needs on a trip to expectation setting on the road. The good news? She believes travel is beneficial to a relationship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lale chats with journalist and author Louisa Lim about her recent book, Indelible City, which dives deep into the untold stories of Hong Kong, both past and present, through a cast of calligraphers, street artists, and more, while also reflecting on her own personal connection with a place she long-called home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Should I check my luggage or carry-on? Fold or roll? Bring one pair of shoes Packing for a trip, when done well, can feel like an art form—yet one that few of us seem to have figured out. This week, Chloe Malle, the new Editor of and the co-host of Vogue’s podcast The Run-Through with Vogue, joins Lale in the studio to dish her packing wisdom—and answer listeners' burning questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Whether its embedding herself with orchid hunters in Florida or chasing surfers in Maui, Susan Orlean is never afraid to throw herself into the story. A longtime writer for the New Yorker, and author of beloved titles like Saturday Night, The Library Book, and On Animals, she's traveled the world—and calls into the studio to share stories from Iceland, Bhutan, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A Witch Expert on Salem

A Witch Expert on Salem


Salem, Massachusetts has long lived in our public consciousness as both the site of the infamous witch trials of 1692 and 1693 and as a Halloween tourist destination depicted in myriad pieces of literature, pop culture, and art. But what is it actually like to spend time there? Lale chats with Dr. Helen Berger from the Women’s Studies Center at Brandeis University, whose written multiple books about witch communities in Salem and elsewhere to find out. Plus, we dive into WitchTok content from around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
New York City's Chinatown is arguably one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world—and perhaps one of the most storied, too. Ava Chin, whose memoir, Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming, came out this spring, chats with Lale about the apartment building that housed four generations of her family, and the journey a look into her heritage took her on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When Tamsin Calidas left London to live on a croft in the Scottish Hebrides, she was idealistic and totally ignorant about farming. Years later and after facing and overcoming significant struggles, she feels in harmony with nature, wildlife, and the beauty of her island. Calidas sits down with host Lale Arikoglu to chat about working the rugged landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, we're teaming up with our friends over at Bon Appetit for a special episode of Dinner SOS. Tune in to hear host Chris Morocco and food editor Shilpa Uskokovic put their heads together and help Lale prepare a group dinner for some travelers with pretty specific dietary restrictions. They all get very confused about what a nightshade is, but we promise they find a solution in the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Glamorous, exciting, and often nostalgic—when at its best (and let’s be clear, no two journeys are made equal) seeing the world by train can be all of those things and more, especially if you’re on a sleeper train. After all, what could be more exciting than going to sleep in one country and waking up in another? Lale chats with Monisha Rajesh—friend of the podcast and author of books like Around the World in 80 Trains and Epic Train Journeys—about her recent travels by sleeper, and we hear from a listener who took an epic solo train journey across Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lale chats with Moroccan-Canadian singer songwriter Faouzia Ouihya—who, at just 23, has already clocked up numerous accolades for her poppy, anthemic hooks performed in English, French, and Arabic. They talk Moroccan food, how Faouzia’s heritage shapes her music, and more.This episode was recorded several weeks before the devastating earthquake in Morocco. For information on how to help and donate, head to Link to embed: › storyHow to Support Morocco Earthquake Survivors—and Where to Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Planning a trip around food is one of our favorite ways to travel, so Lale turns to a seasoned restaurant scouter for intel. Kate Kassin is the Editorial Operations Manager at Bon Appétit, which means she works on some of the magazine's biggest projects, including its Best New Restaurants list. They talk about what it takes to uncover some of the most exciting places to eat in the US right now, and her tips for finding the best spots to eat on any vacation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
After a summer filled with European travel, Lale catches up with The New Yorker's Rebecca Mead to learn a few surprising facts about one of the continent's most famous—and ancient—sites, Pompeii. Plus, she hears from a listener about what it felt like to explore a Greek landmark steeped in mythology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As summer comes to a close, Lale catches up with one last listener about her recent trip to Oaxaca, where she found herself sharing a transformative hiking experience with a group of women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In another special mini episode of Women Who Travel, Lale takes a call from listener Margaret, who is so fascinated with an international trip her mother took in the 1950s that she's now working to recreate it for herself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As the FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand draws to a close, we share conversations with two women who've had very different experiences with the tournament over the years: Australian Broadcasting Company's sportscaster Tracey Holmes, who spent her career covering numerous Olympics and World cups, and Nicole Barnhart, goalkeeper of The Washington Spirit and, unsurprisingly, a super traveler for the sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In another special mini episode of Women Who Travel, Lale catches up with listener Jamie, who says she loves the idea of camping, but can never quite get it right. Enter, calamitous stories of thunderstorms in the Grand Canyon and a misguided weekend at a music festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a special mini episode of Women Who Travel, Lale gets on the phone with South Carolina-based listener Cinelle to hear about her recent, long-awaited trip home to the Philippines—and the food she was in search for once she got there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Climbing Mountains

Climbing Mountains


Treacherous mountain ascents like Everest have long been mythologized by men. But this week, Lale chats with two women who are achieving extraordinary feats at high altitudes: Jen Peedom, an award-winning Australian film director, who makes documentaries about mountaineering, and Sasha DiGiulian, a professional rock climber who went from winning indoor competitions to going on treacherous outdoor climbs that led her to accomplish 28 First Female Ascents around the world, including a First Female Ascent on the North Face of the Eiger, the highest wall of the Alps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (15)


Loved hearing Rachel’s experience, especially her Jamaican wanderlust. She’s inspired me to solo travel again.

Nov 15th

oilu miun

I never knew about this information! very useful information

Nov 13th


best song

Oct 23rd

Buster Solomon


Oct 18th
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Rowena Daly


Oct 3rd

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Sep 30th

Roger Trovillion

my 66

Sep 30th

maryam alavi

I enjoyed this episode and relate to it so much. ♥️

Sep 24th

Vikalina Utova

I absolutely love to travel! It's like a breath of fresh air, allowing me to break free from the monotony of daily routines and responsibilities. There's nothing quite like the excitement of exploring new places, immersing myself in different cultures and trying out new experiences. But you know what makes my travel experience even better? Pre-booking an airport transfer in Liverpool through AtoB Transfer . This way, I can ensure a hassle-free journey from the moment I step off the plane. No more worrying about finding a taxi or dealing with public transportation.

Aug 1st

cariss bowl

Women, like men, have diverse interests and motivations for traveling, and it is essential to avoid making generalizations. However, there are some common reasons why many women enjoy traveling: Traveling allows women to explore new places, cultures, and experiences, providing a sense of adventure and excitement. Traveling can be a transformative experience, pushing women out of their comfort zones, fostering independence, and encouraging personal growth.

Aug 1st

Dinar Zakirov

школа не знаю как дела ггде его можно будет забрать в понедельник если есть возможность

Jul 10th

Charlene Maciel

this is beautiful, thank you.

Jul 6th

Erica Harms

"if you're an introvert, pretend you're an extrovert." What an insulting recommendation! As an introvert, great ways to solo travel, but get to know the people and places around you, are to go to museums/exhibits where you may find others with similar interests (and thus, conversation starters). I find walking tours and museum tours to be great ways to meet new people as well.

Nov 17th

Drea Griffin

Earrings are one of things I never leave the house without, so for 30 yrs I always buy earrings everywhere I travel also!

Jan 31st
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