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Condé Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey dissect the realities of traveling as a woman today, high-fiving all those shaking things up in food, hospitality, adventure, and travel journalism, and celebrating all the reasons why we refuse to stay home.

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When we recorded our “Honest Conversation About Saving and Budgeting for Travel” episode back in February, we had big plans for saving for travel, sure, but even bigger plans for spending those savings. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of those big spender dreams have been dashed, but one of this week's guests, Bourree Lam, The Wall Street Journal's personal finance bureau chief, has found the silver lining: “One way to think about [travel savings] may be that if you're saving for a big trip, you actually have more time to do that now, so you can be more ambitious.” In our latest episode, we speak to Bourree and Traveler's transportation editor Jessica Puckett about how to be ambitious in your savings when everything seems so uncertain, how to take stock of your finances, the best ways to rack up points and miles when you're staying home, and more. Hopefully, it'll help set you on the right path for an even more extravagant adventure in the coming year.  Find a full transcription and links mentioned here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-were-thinking-about-money-for-future-trips-women-who-travel-podcast Follow Bourree: @bourreelam Follow Jessica: @jesspuck Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A special three-part series of the Women Who Travel podcast, presented by Cloudy Bay We've long admired Kimi Werner, a Hawaiian freediver and spearfisher, so we thought there was no better woman to join us this week. A new mom, she's had to find a way to balance her active new role above land and the regenerative power and calm she finds underwater. We chat about how she's found that balance, what it's meant to introduce her son to the ocean, and how she's managed to leave her anxieties on the shore and just relax. Follow Kimi: @kimi_swimmy Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The story of a pivotal decade, In VOGUE: The 1990s is a new audio docuseries that revisits the pivotal moments in 90’s culture through the lens of fashion. From slip dresses with army boots to colorful tracksuits and minimal pantsuits, Vogue experts and star guests highlight the stories in fashion history that reflected this new era of connectivity.  Presented by Anna Wintour and hosted by Hamish Bowles, this fashion podcast examines how the 90s sparked a cultural fusion that continues to shape our world today — and why no one is exempt from fashion. Listen to In Vogue: The 1990s Check out the first episode featuring Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Claudia Schiffer, and more here: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe so you don’t miss out on new episodes, releasing every Thursday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When we last hosted a frequently asked questions episode back in March—recorded before most of the country began to lock down—we had far-flung adventures on our mind. Now, after a summer staying near home, we're looking with the same level of bated breath at 2021, with a few bright spots of hope for travel this winter. It seems you are too, as many of the questions we received from our listeners were focused on the future, from how to work around a cancelled study abroad trip or move someplace new, to the best ways to support the travel industry responsibly. So, we tapped Traveler's articles director Stephanie Wu and associate editor Megan Spurrell to come back and offer even more advice for your travel plans. As we mentioned in our summer travel episode, travel right now is all about mitigating risk and staying within your comfort zone, whether that means you're exclusively planning 2021 travel or looking for a nearby getaway later this year.  Find a full transcription of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-were-planning-for-travel-in-2021-and-beyond Links mentioned: Your Timeline for Planning a Trip One Year in Advance: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/timeline-for-planning-a-trip-one-year-in-advance The Pandemic Is Shifting How Students Study Abroad: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/the-pandemic-is-shifting-how-students-study-abroad How to Take Your Dog on a Camping Trip: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/camping-with-dogs Why Travel Can Be a Turning Point After Losing a Partner: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-travel-can-be-a-turning-point-after-losing-a-partner Should I Feel Guilty for Wanting to Travel Right Now? https://www.cntraveler.com/story/should-i-feel-guilty-for-wanting-to-travel-right-now How to Be a Mindful Hotel Guest During a Pandemic: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-to-be-a-mindful-hotel-guest-during-a-pandemic Follow Megan: @spurrelly  Follow Stephanie: @bystephwu Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This episode was originally published in January 2020. We'll be back next week with a new Frequently Asked Questions episode, but for now we'll leave you in the hands of Fat Girls Traveling creator Annette Richmond and Women Who Travel columnist Laura Delarato, to talk about the intersection of travel and the body positivity movement. In this episode, we're celebrating women's bodies of all shapes and sizes taking on the world, while also sharing the challenges of traveling as plus-sized women, from struggling to find travel gear in your size to facing fatphobia and size bias on vacation. Follow Annette: @fromannettewithlove & @fatgirlstraveling Follow Laura: @heylauraheyyy Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Find a transcription of the episode here: www.cntraveler.com/story/how-travel-taught-me-to-love-my-body-women-who-travel-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We have been big fans of author Yaa Gyasi's debut, Homegoing, which traces two branches of a family tree from 18th-century Ghana to present-day America, since it was published in 2016. (It has made an appearance at least twice on the podcast as a favorite read.) So, with her second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, out this week, we thought it was high time we get Yaa herself in the (Zoom) studio to chat. This week, we talk about the trip to Ghana that kickstarted the idea for Homegoing, the female friendship that inspired parts of Transcendent Kingdom's main character, and what it takes to create such a distinct sense of place. Here's a quick rundown of the books and stories we mentioned in this episode: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi “Inscape” by Yaa Gyasi The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Intimations by Zadie Smith Luster by Raven Leilani Caste by Isabel Wilkerson Having and Being Had by Eula Biss Find a full transcription of the episode here: www.cntraveler.com/story/yaa-gyasi-women-who-travel-podcast Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When we want to be transported to Italy, we read Ruth Reichl's piece on a seafood lunch she had in the ancient town of Sperlonga. Her descriptions of "lively langoustines," stuffed squash blossoms, oysters as "lovely as orchids," and pistachio-dusted cannoli are enough for us to briefly forget that we are, in fact, still in our apartments, eating yet another meal we've cooked for ourselves. Of course, Reichl isn't in Italy anymore, either—she's at home like the rest of us, and has been since March. We called her up to find out how she's staying connected to food and travel, from the ingredients she's craving (Spanish anchovies and Szechuan chile crisp) to the places she's dreaming of (Copenhagen and Japan), and why she believes the restaurant world is set to change for the better. Read a transcription of the episode: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/ruth-reichl-on-the-future-of-restaurants-and-traveling-for-food-women-who-travel-podcast Follow Ruth: @ruth.reichl Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A special three-part series of the Women Who Travel podcast, presented by Cloudy Bay This is a special Friday episode of the Women Who Travel podcast and the second installment in our three-part I Deserve This series, presented by Cloudy Bay. Designed to celebrate all the ways we treat ourselves when we travel, we hope to dispel the feelings of selfishness and guilt that often come with spending time and money on our own adventures and dreams. Kat Mason, Cloudy Bay's wine communications manager, knows those feelings: after falling in love with New Zealand on a four-week wine fellowship, she returned back to the U.K. in 2013, homesick for a place she had only just visited and feeling guilt over her lack of enthusiasm to return home. Pushing past those feelings, though, she made the jump with her then-four-year-old daughter and moved more than halfway across the world for a slower pace of life—exactly one year after her visit. We sat down with Kat to find out more about living abroad, how she prioritizes herself and her daughter on the road, her most memorable wine trips, and the importance of self-care on vacation.  Follow Kat: @thewinekat Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When it comes to getting outdoors, gear can be a major barrier. Whether it's finding gear that comes in your size (let alone actually fits your body), knowing what gear is a must-have and what you can safely skip, or having the funds for what you need, there's a lot more at play than just walking into your local outdoor retailer. This week, we wanted to dig into women's gear—across hiking, climbing, dog mushing, and more—to find out how far we've come in opening up the outdoors to bodies of all shapes and experience levels and how far we have to go. With the most guests we've had on one podcast since we started recording at home, this episode stars Unlikely Hikers founder Jenny Bruso, Flash Foxy founder and climber Shelma Jun, and Iditarod competitor Blair Braverman, who share how they fell in love with the outdoors in the first place, how they overcome gear barriers today, and what they want from the outdoor industry. Read a transcription of the episode: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/womens-gear-still-isnt-where-we-want-it-to-be Watch Blair's cold-weather gear reveal: https://twitter.com/blairbraverman/status/1082079705627426816?lang=en Read Women Who Travel's Guide to the Outdoors: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/a-guide-to-the-outdoors-for-women-and-by-women Follow Shelma: @shelmatic & @heyflashfoxy Follow Jenny: @jennybruso & @unlikelyhikers Follow Blair: @blairbraverman Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With major companies extending remote work through next summer because of COVID-19 and countries like Barbados offering year-long visas to U.S. travelers looking to switch their office view to an ocean view, it's understandable to be thinking about picking everything up and relocating for a bit. While international options are limited, living as a digital nomad (spending a few weeks or months in one place before moving on to the next) is still enticing for many. Because it's not as easy as booking a plane ticket and throwing your stuff in storage, we asked two digital nomads—Cheraé Robinson of Tastemakers Africa and Annette Richmond of Fat Girls Traveling—to share their tips and tricks to making it work. (Admittedly, dating can be difficult when you change addresses every 30-or-so days.) Hopefully, it'll help you start to wrap your head around whether making the jump to a nomadic remote work life is right for you. Follow Cheraé: @sasyrae Follow Annette: @fromannettewithlove Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In early April, we were both struggling to focus and looking for an escape from a shut-down world, so we turned to the National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas and author and Books Are Magic owner Emma Straub for some reading recs. Now, exactly 99 days later, Lisa is back, this time with podcast regular and Riverhead Books publisher Jynne Dilling Martin to restock our shelves with recommendations. There's something for everyone this episode, whether you're looking for a graphic novel to keep your short attention span in check, a historical trilogy set in the court of Henry V (complete with its own plague), a sci-fi battle royale set in New York City, or a New York Times bestseller all your friends are probably reading right now. A reminder to order any of the books that make it on your must-read list from your local bookseller or one of these Black bookstores across the U.S.—or, from Bookshop.org, which gives money from sales for independent bookstores. Here's a full list of what we talked about: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom Weather by Jenny Offill Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins Severance by Ling Ma What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez The Friend by Sigrid Nunez Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett The Mothers by Brit Bennett 12 Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis Man V. Nature by Diane Cook The New Wilderness by Diane Cook The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans All products featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Follow Lisa: @LikaLuka Follow Jynne: @Jynnnne Follow Lale: @LaleHannah Follow Meredith: @Ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @WomenWhoTravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
You probably first heard Sara Nelson's name in early 2019 when she called for a general strike, leading to an abrupt end to the extended government shutdown. Now, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, CWA, is fighting something completely different: a pandemic, as well as imminent layoffs for airline workers. We caught up with Sara, named "the world's most powerful flight attendant" by the New York Times, to chat about how she got her start as a United flight attendant, why she joined the union, and what challenges the AFA-CWA faces today. Read a full transcription of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/sara-nelson-wont-stop-fighting-for-flight-attendants-women-who-travel-podcast Follow Sara: @flyingwithsara Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A special three-part series of the Women Who Travel podcast, presented by Cloudy Bay Over the next few months, we'll be talking with some of our favorite travelers about how they treat themselves in travel, whether by taking time to get away, refuel their motivation, or challenge themselves to try something new. (It's all inspired by our I Deserve This column, which you should check out, too.) First up, Eritrean-Swedish photographer Malin Fezehai on the trips she's taken that bring out her creativity, how she's staying inspired during lockdown in Bali (hint: she's picked up an epic new hobby), and where she can't wait to go when she's able. We hope it'll push you to pick up your own camera (or at least your phone) to see the world around you in a new way. Follow Malin: @malinfezehai Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Being a parent right now is hard. Many are juggling work, childcare, education, their families' health and safety, and so much more. And while a trip to the beach with the kids—or better yet, a child-free getaway—would usually bring peace of mind and a modicum of relaxation, vacation planning these days comes with new levels of stress and confusion. As neither of us are parents, we brought on Lauren DeCarlo, Condé Nast Traveler's director of strategic projects and mom of a four year old, to guest host this episode and suss out at least a few of the answers. She's joined by Monet Hambrick, of The Traveling Child and mom of two, and Liz Speichinger, senior global sales director for Auberge Resorts and mom of an eight year old boy, to get a handle on how they're traveling this summer, what questions they're asking ahead of trips, and how—with not a minute to spare each day—they're finding time for themselves. Find a full transcription here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/a-candid-conversation-on-what-family-travel-means-this-summer-women-who-travel-podcast Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Follow Lauren: @ldecarlo Follow Monet: @thetravelingchild Follow Liz: LinkedIn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When cabin fever first set in during the early stages of the pandemic, we turned to the experts for help: three women who chose to live in isolation for long stretches of time, whether at a fire lookout in Idaho, on a remote Greek island, or in a sea kayak, like Sarah Outen did while rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean. Three months later, and we're still grappling with what it means to isolate ourselves from friends and family. So we decided to check back in with Outen, a British rower, biker, and adventurer who has spent months-long stretches alone in grueling conditions, including a solo row across the Indian Ocean and a four-year, around-the-world solo trip executed exclusively on bikes, kayaks, and row boats. In this week's episode, she shares her tips for making it through the toughest stretches of being alone, stories about a logistically complicated long-distance relationship, and her newfound joy from rest. (That said, she'll likely inspire you to haul your bike out of the garage and get moving, too.) Find a full transcription of the episode and links here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-one-adventurer-spent-293-days-alone-at-sea-women-who-travel-podcast Follow Sarah: @sarah_outen_home Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Pitchfork Review is the music podcast you've always wanted, from the most trusted voice in music. Starting July 10, join host Puja Patel, Pitchfork's Editor-in-Chief, as she digs deep into the week's best new music and rising artists, plus all the industry news and culture you need to know. Peek behind the curtain of Pitchfork and dive into the team’s music-nerd brains. Listen to The Pitchfork Review, and hear music differently. Subscribe to The Pitchfork Review to get new episodes every Friday at midnight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
While we truly love to drink wine, we would hardly call ourselves experts. And after downing quite a few delicious bottles over the last few months without a sommelier or bartender to guide us, we thought we'd check in with two of the least snobby wine snobs we know: Women Who Travel contributor Shanika Hillocks and Helen's Wines' Helen Johannesen. We talk all about how our taste—and willingness to shell out—has changed during lockdown, some places to start when looking to test your wine comfort zone, and what the wine industry looks like today. (And don't worry, we don't say "vino" once.) If you're headed to your local wine shop after listening or want to browse for some bottles to pick up online, here are all of the wines we mentioned in the episode, with links to where we could find them: Strekov 1075 Fred #5 red blend, Južnoslovenská, Slovakia Valentina Passalcqua Primitivo, Puglia, Italy Calcarius Orange, Puglia, Italy Maison Noir Love Drunk Rosé, Oregon Domaine De Cherouche Gamay, Ayent, Switzerland Zafa Wines and CO Cellars Electric Mayhem cans, Burlington, Vermont Aslina Umsasane red blend, Stellenbosch, South Africa Sieman Mosca Bianca, Veneto, Italy Yetti & The Kokonut Savagnin 'Metro', South Australia Clos Lentiscus Cric Cric Blanc, Penedès, Spain Follow Shanika: @shanikahillocks Follow Helen: @helenswines Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We've been spending a lot of time at home these days, which means more time staring at the art on our walls, the tchotchkes on our shelves, and the souvenirs we've chosen to display. It's also made us think about how to find more meaningful souvenirs on future trips—pieces that bring back memories of trips, a sense of place, or a glimpse of history. So, we checked in with Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy, power couple and owners of Brooklyn's BLK MKT Vintage, to learn how they shop for and curate their store, which maps the Black diaspora through vintage wares and collectibles. (Plus, how they style their own souvenirs and vintage finds at home.) Their biggest tips? Have patience: Whether you're shopping in your own town or have to travel halfway around the world, be prepared to leave a shop or flea market empty handed should nothing speak to you. And think about function and purpose before spending on something that won't fit in your home, let alone your suitcase. Follow BLK MKT Vintage: @blkmktvintage Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Find a transcription of the episode and links here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-to-shop-for-meaningful-souvenirs-women-who-travel-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This episode was originally broadcast in July 2019. With music festivals on hold this summer, we thought we'd share one of our favorite episodes from last year, recorded live at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Lale teamed up with Pitchfork's senior social media manager Vrinda Jagota to chat about travel, music, and more with Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz, the French-Cuban sister act behind Ibeyi. We'll be back with a new episode next week. Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Vrinda: @confident_leader Follow Ibeyi: @ibeyiofficial Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Since this season is sure to be unlike any other high season, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we've been asking a lot of questions about summer travel here at Traveler—from how much we'll be traveling, to how we'll be getting around, to where we'll stay. And this week, we're tackling all of those questions (and more) in one episode with the help of some top notch experts: associate editor Megan Spurrell and New York Times travel reporter Tariro Mzezewa. We hope our conversation gives you the information you need to travel to the beach or a remote Airbnb responsibly—or the blessing to stay home and plan for your out-of-this-world trip for next year. Follow Meredith: @ohheytheremere Follow Lale: @lalehannah Follow Tariro: @tariro__ Follow Megan: @spurrelly Follow Women Who Travel: @womenwhotravel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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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