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Who are we when we travel? About the Journey is a travel show about connecting more deeply to the places we visit, and in turn, ourselves.

In Season 4, travel journalist and Marriott Bonvoy member Oneika Raymond explores how mindful travel has the power to change us: to nurture us, our relationships, and even the world around us. We’ll travel to four destinations known to transform those who visit —and by the end of each episode, you’ll have a full day’s itinerary to kick start your own wellness journey.

Starting this season, Oneika also sits down to chat with some of the most experienced travelers on the planet about their favorite ways to travel for self discovery, plus insider tips and all the behind-the-scenes travel tea — to help you plan your next trip.
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About the Journey is back! This season, host and travel journalist Oneika Raymond goes on a wellness journey to four distinct places with the power to transform those who come to visit. Join us every other Friday through early October as we mindfully get to know ourselves and the world around us through meaningful, nurturing travel.  About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond is off to Berlin's neighborhood of Kreuzberg, a thriving multicultural district just south of Mitte, for the final stop on her journey. There, she meets up with Dalad Kambhu, the chef and owner of Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, Kin Dee. Together, they take a walking tour through Kreuzberg to get to know the district, and its large and growing collection of women-led eateries. Oneika and Dalad meet each other in front of Kitten Deli, a women-owned breakfast joint that serves Israeli and Middle Eastern fare near to the Landwehr canal. The popular dining spot is located in Kreuzkölln, a small, inviting pocket of Berlin nestled between Kreuzberg and Neukölln that’s become known for its own bustling artistic community. It’s also the perfect gateway into Kreuzberg, just north across the canal.  Dalad leads Oneika to one of the many walking bridges that cut across the Landwehr canal, stopping to admire the Turkish Market that runs alongside the canal every Tuesday and Friday. Here, visitors can find plenty: spices, fresh eggs, jars of olives, Anatolian dishes and even ornate textiles. It’s a true one-stop shop.Along the way, we catch up with Dalad’s friend, Ash Lee, owner of Chungking Noodles, a casual spot for spicy, hand-pulled noodles in Kreuzberg. Ash helped Dalad take the leap to move to Berlin and start Kin Dee. Together, the two are devoted to helping other women find their footing in the city’s food industry. Then, Dalad and Oneika head into Kreuzberg. While strolling its tree-lined sidewalks, Oneika takes in the neighborhood’s vibrant street-art, plentiful greenspaces, and vintage stores. In no time, we arrive at Markthalle Neun, Dalad’s go-to spot to source local produce for her restaurant. But first, the two make a beeline for the food stalls that fill the market hall with delicious smells. It’s lunchtime, and Dalad brings Oneika to one of her favorite spots in the market: Manti Berlin, a women-led, Turkish food stall that serves pillowy, ravioli-like dumplings called ‘manti’. Satisfied, and ready to continue their tour, Dalad and Oneika cut across Markthalle Neun to grab some vegetables for the restaurant — and then, they’re off to Kin Dee, their last stop of the day.Once at Kin Dee, Dalad and Oneika relax into one of the restaurant's repurposed tables for a sit down conversation about Dalad’s work in Berlin, and her hopes for the city’s burgeoning food scene. Dalad shares how she’s bringing the “spirit” of Thai flavors and cooking techniques to local and sustainable ingredients. And she offers advice to visitors looking to support the diverse, women-led eateries they love and want to see more of.   To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can also watch videos from select episodes on our Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond dials into Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, where historian Sherman ‘Dilla’ Thomas takes us on a bus tour through the birthplace of gospel music and Black History Month located just four miles south of the city’s downtown. Bronzeville has quickly become the most popular neighborhood tour that Dilla offers through his bus tour company, Chicago Mahogany Tours, thanks in part to the viral TikToks that Dilla makes to illuminate the history and contributions of Bronzeville, formerly known as the Black Metropolis. On his tour, Dilla brings the energy of his TikToks, and the stories of Bronzeville, to life. We start out on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a road steeped in history. The 14-mile long street was renamed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, making Chicago the first city in the country to name a street after the slain civil rights icon. As we drive the thoroughfare, we learn how Chicago’s Black community created its own thriving business and artistic community within its boundaries — which brings us to our next stop on the tour.   We roll through the Blues district on 47th street, home to the spirit and sounds of the electric Chicago Blues that filled this nightlife corridor in the 1930s. Along the way, Dilla points out the home of jazz great Louis Armstrong, one of a handful of jazz legends who lived in Bronzeville. We end our musical leg of the tour at the birthplace of gospel music, the National Museum of Gospel Music.For the first time on the tour, we step off the bus at our next stop. We find ourselves standing in front of an impressive monument dedicated to Ida B. Wells Barnett called the “Light of Truth”. The 35-foot tall structure, built to honor the journalist and civil rights activist, is Chicago’s first monument officially designated to a Black woman.We end the tour at Bronzeville Winery, a neighborhood staple helping to shape a 21st-century version of the metropolis we just toured. Co-owner Cecilia Cuff shares how the winery supports community, from its wine list, which is made up of ​​75 percent minority or women-owned bottles, to the local artists, musicians and staffers it works with daily. Then, Dilla heads to the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center for a full-circle conversation with Oneika. They discuss the impact that Bronzeville has had, not only on Chicago, but globally, and talk about the history that's continuing to be made here today. To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can also watch videos from select episodes on our Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond heads to Little River, Miami, a creative hub north of downtown and across the bay from Miami Beach. There, she’s joined by local entrepreneur Isabella “Izzy” Acker for a driving tour of the area where Isabella launched Tigre Sounds, a global music discovery platform with a focus on Latin artists. Through it, Isabella hosts live Tigre Sessions, or music events in lesser-known neighborhoods and venues across the city.  Oneika meets up with Isabella at Sweat Records, an independent record store in Little Haiti and a go-to location for music lovers. Oneika has recently moved to Miami and made it her home base, so she’s excited to hop in the car with Isabella to get a feel for a trio of neighborhoods that are new to her: Little Haiti, Little River, and Miami Modern, or MiMo for short. They’re all within a five minute drive of each other, and home to an exciting creative community of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Oneika and Isabella set off on a driving tour up Little Haiti’s main corridor, Northeast 2nd Avenue. Along the way, Isabella points out mainstays like the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Chef Creole, and the B&M Market. From there, they venture into Little River, where the buildings begin to look more industrial and Isabella shares tips for different music venues to check out, like Understory and Helmet One. The final neighborhood in the tour is MiMo, an area along Biscayne Boulevard known for its unique style of architecture featuring curved walls, modern angles, and geometric patterns. You’ll find all sorts of fusion restaurants on the thoroughfare as well, including Luna Pasta e Dolci, an Argentine-Italian restaurant which boasts some of the tastiest empanadas in the city. Oneika and Isabella grab a bite at Caracas Bakery, a Venezuelan-owned and French-inspired café serving up pastries and coffee with a Venezuelan twist. There, they reflect on the diversity of the neighborhood and the importance of supporting local businesses.They end the day by sitting down to discuss how Isabella is committed to doing her part to build experiences beyond Miami’s beaches that both locals and visitors can enjoy – and why live music and supporting Latin artists is such a big part of that commitment. They talk about the present and the future of the Latin music scene in Miami, the live music venues to support across the city, and how Isabella is raising awareness for Latin music in Miami and beyond through Tigre Sounds.Thanks to Tigre Den for providing a Tigre Session recording of Miluhska performing Loba for this episode.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can also watch videos from select episodes on our Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond dials into South Central, Los Angeles, where local cycling enthusiast Michelle Moro takes us for a tour in her beloved hometown. Born and raised in South Central, Michelle knows her neighborhood inside and out - but she still takes the time to explore like a traveler when she documents her bike rides on her TikTok, @miche1ada. To showcase the past and present of historic South Central, Michelle hops on her glittery blue bike for a ride up South Central Avenue, one of the longest roads in the city. She begins the tour at the intersection of South Central and East Slauson Avenue, where she quickly points out the Snack Shack, a red and yellow stand that’s been serving burgers and fries since 1941. Michelle’s first stop on the tour is the original site of the Dunbar Hotel, where jazz legends like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington stayed when they performed next door at Club Alabam between the 1920’s and 1940’s. Today the hotel is a home for elderly community members, though its historic brick facade, lobby, and grand entryway have been preserved in recognition of the Dunbar’s significance to the neighborhood. Michelle pays tribute to the rich history of the avenue before moving on to grab breakfast at Delicious at the Dunbar, a restaurant serving a mix of soul food and Mexican specialties. From there, she sets off on foot down Central Avenue to take in the community-informed murals being installed by South Central Arts as part of the Green Alleys Network. While there, Michelle bumps into artist José Cruz and South Central Arts founder Will Flores, who share how the project is both inspired by and reflective of the community that call South Central home.To end the day, Oneika and Michelle sit down to discuss the benefits of slowing down to really get to know a place and how local organizations are helping Los Angeles visitors and locals alike do just that. To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can also watch videos from select episodes on our Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond travels to the heart of Peckham, a bustling neighborhood in South London just a few miles southeast of the Thames River. There, she joins local author Jendella Benson for a walking tour of the district she holds dear. Peckham is where Jendella set her debut novel, Hope and Glory, in order to pay tribute to the town and its Nigerian-British community.Oneika meets up with Jendella at Peckham Rye station to kick off the tour of Rye Lane, Peckham’s main thoroughfare and the place to shop its local markets, dine on international flavors, and people watch. No matter the day of the week, Rye Lane is buzzing thanks to its numerous markets, food vendors, and beauty salons.  Then, Jendella takes Oneika to Peckhamplex, a cinema tucked back from Rye Lane. With its £4.99 tickets, it’s a staple for a casual night out. They also view Peckham Portraits, a collection of images of iconic Black British actors changing the face of cinema.From there, Oneika and Jendella duck into a traditional indoor Peckham market, where they marvel at the textiles, imported peanuts, and shea butter. It’s truly one-stop shopping, and indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit of the neighborhood. The last stop on the tour is Peckham Palms, a modern interpretation of Peckham’s indoor markets, and a Black-women led mall that’s supporting local innovation. Peckham is a Black-beauty hub, and the Palms provides affordable rent and fosters community. They end the day at The Flygerians, a café-in-residence at the Palms run by local sisters Jess and Jo Edun. While chowing down on Nigerian street food specialties like jollof rice bowls and efo riro, Oneika and Jendella discuss how Peckham inspired Hope and Glory, how reading can be one of the most authentic ways to travel, and Jendella’s best advice to engage with the community when you visit Peckham.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can also watch videos from select episodes on our Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Host Oneika Raymond takes the A-line up to Washington Heights, a loud, vibrant Dominican neighborhood in New York City, to join local Hector Espinal for a walking tour of his hometown. Hector is the co-founder of We Run Uptown, the first-ever running group in uptown Manhattan, and the perfect guide to get to know the streets of Washington Heights.     Oneika joins Hector at Locksmith Bar, a popular local watering hole and the meeting point for We Run Uptown’s weekly Monday runs, before heading out to visit some of Hector’s favorite sights, restaurants and running routes in the area. To kick off the tour, Hector shows Oneika a local shortcut to avoid walking some of the steepest hills in all of Manhattan as they make their way to St. Nicholas Ave., a bustling thoroughfare at the heart of Washington Heights. St. Nicholas Ave. They stroll down the busy avenue towards 182nd St. to check out its famed street vendors, including Nidia Rivera, who’s been selling the Dominican dessert habichuelas con dulce for over 30 years. Then, Hector and Oneika stop for a traditional Dominican breakfast at La Casa del Mofongo. Over the meal, Hector and Oneika connect over their shared Caribbean roots, as Hector shares what it was like for him growing up in Washington Heights. We learn about la cultura of the neighborhood and its people, and the welcoming running culture that Hector’s helped create here. Hector and Oneika end the day at J. Hood Wright Park, a quiet pocket of Washington Heights with one of the best views of the George Washington Bridge, before taking off for a victory run to close out the tour.To read full episodes of About the Journey and see photos from the day, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can also watch videos from a few of these trips on our Marriott Bonvoy Youtube channel. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
What does it mean to truly know a city? About the Journey is a travel show about getting off the beaten path to better understand the places we visit. In Season 3, travel journalist and Marriott Bonvoy member Oneika Raymond visits lesser-known neighborhoods in six iconic cities across the world. With the help of locals who know their neighborhoods best, Oneika learns what makes these destinations one-of-a-kind: from the sights, sounds and flavors, to the hidden gems, and so much more.About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond walks Castro Street with filmmaker and drag performer Joshua Grannell (he/him) on their way to opening night of Frameline, the largest and longest running queer film festival in the world.The Castro is a historic San Francisco neighborhood which first became known as a hub for the Gay Civil Rights Movement of the 1970s. Oneika meets up with Joshua, or Peaches Christ, outside Queer A.F., a queer arts space dedicated to keeping LGBTQ+ artists in the Bay Area. It’s also the site of  Castro Camera, the former headquarters of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Joshua takes Oneika on a tour down memory lane as they stroll Castro Street’s Rainbow Honor Walk, pointing out notable figures like disco singer Sylvester along the way. He reflects on how the neighborhood has changed since he moved to the enclave as an aspiring filmmaker in 1996, and points out one institution that continues to be a gathering place for the queer community: the famed Castro Theatre. Oneika and Joshua continue their conversation at Orphan Andy’s, a rainbow-themed greasy spoon that has been serving up late night eats since 1977. There, she learns more of the lesser-told history behind the city’s queer neighborhoods, like the newly designated Transgender District in the Tenderloin. Joshua also shares how he got his start as a drag queen, and why the Castro was the perfect neighborhood for him to foster that self-expression and launch his drag show, Midnight Mass. Of course, there are countless drag performances to choose from across the city, be it brunch at El Toro, cabaret at the Oasis, or seasonal shows at W San Francisco. They’ll wrap up the day by heading to the red carpet at Castro Theatre for Frameline and witness that cinematic magic come to life in the audience About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond dials into Vancouver's historic Chinatown to learn how local entrepreneur Carol Lee has been leading the charge to save the historic neighborhood. Carol is the chair and founder of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, and is dedicated to revitalizing the neighborhood without losing its invaluable cultural heritage.Oneika learns about the history of the Chinese community in Vancouver, and how Chinatown became home for many after the Canadian Pacific Railroad was completed in 1885. While Chinatown has experienced a gradual decline in the last 20 years, Vancouver locals have a special place in their hearts for the area and are banding together to help save it. And Carol is leading the charge. Examples of her work include building affordable housing and opening the first museum in Canada that shines a spotlight on the Chinese-Canadian experience. And as you’ll hear, she’s just getting started.Along the way, Carol takes us on a tour of Chinatown. She points out the beauty of the early 20th century architecture, like the Lim Building, stops by the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, and reflects on the significance of the Millenium Gate. We also hear from the manager of her Hong Kong barbecue style restaurant, Chinatown BBQ, who shares Carol’s vision for harnessing the nostalgia of Chinatown of yesteryear while serving today’s diverse clientele. Carol also shares must-visit sites and eats with Oneika, including the lush Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, the donuts at Mello, and dim sum at Jade Dynasty. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond makes her way to Dallas, Texas on Juneteenth weekend for the legendary 33rd Annual Texas Black Invitational Rodeo to get to know Black cowboy culture and history, a part of the American story that often goes untold.  From galloping horses and the hoots and hollers of the more than 300 competing Black cowboys and cowgirls to the reverential sound of the Black National Anthem performed by  Dallas local Angel White, we take you behind the scenes of one of the most popular rodeo events around. We’ll hear from Charles Hearn, the great-grandson of Cleo Hearn, also known as Mr. Black Rodeo, who founded the Cowboys of Color in 1971. He shares how he’s carrying forward his family’s legacy and shaping the new Black West. But first, we’ll make a stop at the African American Museum of Dallas to take a look back. Oneika sits down with Dr. Marvin Dulaney, the Deputy Director of the museum to hear the origins of the Black cowboy and understand why this history has largely been erased from popular Western media and public knowledge. Dr. Dulaney will also give us insight into what the rodeo means for the story of Dallas today. So dust off your boots and join us for an action-packed evening of barrel racing, bull riding, steer roping and storytelling. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika dials into Puerto Rico to talk about regenerative travel with Carmen Portela and Iris Landruá of Local Guest, a tourism agency that connects visitors to sustainable experiences.She’ll learn about the rich natural beauty of the Caribbean island and hear how Local Guest is partnering with locals to share their knowledge of the island with visitors looking to travel more consciously. Carmen and Iris give us insight into how nature and city life collide in San Juan, something they felt acutely when hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated their home island only a month after launching the business. We hear how Local Guest went from travel agency to relief organization, and how that spirit of rebuilding community lives on in everything they do.Then, we’ll wade into the red mangrove forests that line Laguna del Condado for a reforestation tour with Coalición Restauración Ecosistemas Santurcinos, or CRES. Yvette Núñez, executive director of CRES, will share why these coastal trees are so vital to protecting Puerto Rico’s coastline and help visitors take part in planting new seeds. Along the way, we’ll also get turned on to lesser-visited parts of Puerto Rico, like the mountains in Utuado and Adjuntas in the center of Puerto Rico, or the great views from Pico Rodadero and the striking landscape of the Guánica dry forest in the southwest. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond travels to the Mile High City and hits the trail at Denver’s Genesee Mountain Park to learn more about how we can make the outdoors a more welcoming place for all.She’ll lace up her hiking boots to join Denverite Beth Bradley for a short trek along the Genesee Summit Trail, a short drive from downtown Denver. Beth is a plus-sized hiker whose relationship with her body and her hometown were transformed forever when she went for her first hike. We’ll hear how Beth didn’t always feel included in Denver’s vibrant outdoor scene, but how claiming time on the trail for herself helped her tap into the community and motivated her to want to share the benefits of nature with more people.Using the Denver Sheraton Downtown as basecamp, Beth shared her recommendations for best day hikes along with other outdoor adventures to consider like kayaking the rapids at Confluence Park or cycling the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, but at over 8,000 feet elevation and with views of 14,000 foot Mount Evans, Genesee Park was the perfect place to spend a breezy afternoon.Since Beth was born and raised in Denver, she gave Oneika lots of insider insights about her city, including why it’s worth standing in line at Little Man Ice Cream for a post-hike treat and why any food slathered with green chiles is quintessentially Colorado. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Oneika Raymond heads to Anacostia, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington D.C., to visit Mahogany Books, the community's first Black-owned bookstore in over two decades selling works by Black authors. She'll meet with co-founders Derrick and Ramunda Young – partners in business and life – to discuss the impact of selling Black literature in a predominantly Black neighborhood, their own ties to Southeast D.C. and how their community has warmly embraced their shop tucked inside the Anacostia Arts Center. Here, we'll get a more holistic view of our nation's capital by leaving the typical circuit of museums and monuments to dive into Black stories in this historic area and on Mahogany’s bookshelves.While in Anacostia, we'll also take a look at the CROWN Act mural by Candice S. Taylor, depicting four Black women with different natural hairstyles to symbolize the ongoing campaign to prevent discrimination based upon hairstyle and hair texture. And Oneika will bookend her day at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the St. Regis Washington, D.C. and the historic site of Fredrick Douglas's final home at Cedar Hill. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
About the Journey is back! This season, host and travel journalist Oneika Raymond takes us on a six-city journey around North America to chat with locals and ask them what it means to travel better. Join us every Friday through September 30th as we see the world in more meaningful ways.  About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.  About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Jamaican Jerk Chicken in Toronto, towering museums in Ottawa, and matcha eclairs in Montreal. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip from Ontario to Quebec to see some of the diversity of people, places, and foods that Canada has to offer. We start our journey in Toronto, where Oneika grew up. On Eglinton Avenue, we meet up with Oneika’s friend and local newscaster Brandon Gonez to learn about the neighborhood of Little Jamaica. We hear about some of the best food on this strip at places like Randy’s andSunlight Bakery, along with the historic significance of the neighborhood, and what travelers can do to help this area thrive.Next, we head northeast towards Ottawa to visit the Canadian Museum of History. Here, standing under the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, we speak with Dean Oliver, the museum’s head of research. Oliver shares why it’s important to acknowledge the stories of hundreds of Indigenous identities that shape Canada today. Then it’s off to our last stop: Montreal. Here we sample pastries that are born out of a mixture of French and Japanese culinary traditions. We meet Hiroko Fukuhura and Carolle De Boisvilliers, the owners of Fous Desserts, a well-known patisserie in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal. Finally, we end our journey at the Humaniti Hotel Montreal, an Autograph Collection hotel participating in Marriott Bonvoy. This hotel features stunning architecture and an art collection of over 150 works throughout the building.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out Brandon Gonez’s show at https://brandongonezshow.com, take a virtual tour of the Canadian Museum of History at https://www.historymuseum.ca, and for mouth-watering pictures of Fous Desserts pastries, follow them at instagram.com/fousdesserts. Special thanks to Z Bar & Grille for hosting our conversation in Little Jamaica. Check out their menu at https://zbarandgrille.ca/. For more about this route —and to get other road trip ideas —visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the Humaniti Hotel Montreal, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yulak-humaniti-hotel-montreal-autograph-collection/.This is our last episode of the season, so thank you for coming along with us for the ride. If you like the show, please give us a rating and subscribe, and travel well. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
It’s known as the birthplace of the blues. An area that helped define American sound. And if you travel through the Mississippi Delta today, you’ll find this musical tradition still runs strong here. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip along the Blues Highway,  from Memphis to New Orleans, as we uncover the vibrant music history that sustains the region and its culture. Along the way we’ll take in a classic juke joint, a Mexican dish with Southern flair and a music store for music people.We start our journey in Clarksdale to learn about the legacy of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. Emmy nominated local blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram shares what it’s like to grow up in a community so closely connected to blues music.Then, we’ll grab lunch at Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi, to enjoy a lesser known Southern delicacy, hot tamales. Big Apple Inn has been serving up hot tamales with a Southern flair for generations, and we’ll discover what sets the Mississippi version apart. Finally, our last pitstop will be in Biloxi, Mississippi to browse Marley’s Music. This family owned and operated vinyl record shop offers just about any record you’re on the hunt for while also staying tapped into the local music scene.Then, it’s time to pull up to our final destination, the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel. This property is housed in a converted 19th century cotton mill. While in the Arts District we'll be surrounded by industrial warehouses that have been transformed into trendy galleries and performance venues, and only a five minute cab ride from the French Quarter. Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. You can listen to some more tunes from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on his website https://www.christonekingfishingram.com/. Check out the menu and more from Big Apple Inn on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BigAppleInn/. Browse some rare vinyl records at Marley’s Music’s website here https://marleysmusic.net/.For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District hotel, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msymc-new-orleans-marriott-warehouse-arts-district/. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
An iconic lighthouse, storied blueberries and the freshest lobster you can eat. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip up the Maine coast to get a sense of the endearing character that northern New England has to offer.Our first stop is in York, Maine to enjoy one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine, the Nubble Lighthouse. We’ll hear from locals just what makes the Nubble so special — beyond its reputation as a tourist attraction.Then, we’ll make a stop in Kennebunk, Maine to hear from the loyal customers of Wallingford Farm about what sets Maine blueberries apart, and how best to enjoy them.Finally, no Maine coast road trip is complete until we get our hands on some fresh lobster! On this last leg of the road trip we’ll be stopping at Casco Bay for a cruise on the lobster fishing boat the Lucky Catch. On this cruise we’ll learn the ins and outs of lobster fishing and how Maine lobstermen have been on the forefront of crustacean conservation.Once we arrive in Portland, we recommend the AC hotel by Marriott which has a breathtaking view of the Casco Bay. There’s tons to do nearby like exploring the Old Port District or if you want to stay indoors, the AC lounge is the ideal restaurant to enjoy the Portland sunset while snacking on some tapas and cocktails.To get a look at the Nubble Lighthouse, you can see it at http://nubblelight.org, or just search #NubbleLighthouse on Instagram. For a taste of Wallingford Farm, visit WallingfordFarm.com. To book a trip with Lucky Catch, go to LuckyCatch.com.For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. To learn more and book a room at the AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront, visit the hotel’s website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pwmac-ac-hotel-portland-downtown-waterfront-me/If you liked this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
Sailing on Lake Michigan, a sweet treat in dairy country and authentic Chicago blues. Join host Oneika Raymond on a trip along the west coast of Lake Michigan for a refreshing spin on the Midwest.We'll start our road trip off in the “Malibu of the Midwest”, Sheboygan, Wisconsin to learn about sailing from SEAS, a local organization that's making the sport accessible to all. There, we’ll speak to visually impaired local teen Mayah McWherter about how she takes to the open waters. Then, we’ll cool off at the oldest frozen custard stand in Wisconsin. Gilles Frozen Custard has been a family owned joint since the 70s. We’ll talk to owner Tom Linscott about the wonders of frozen custard, how it differs from ice cream and the way Gilles has brought generation after generation of families together.Finally, we’ll make our way to Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago where the legacy of blues music runs deep. Bus driver by day and Chicago bluesman by night, musician Toronzo Cannon is the perfect ambassador for this storied venue and the iconic music scene that calls Rosa’s Lounge home.Our road trip will end in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel. You’ll notice that this hotel is right on Lake Michigan and just steps away from Navy Pier and Millenium Park in the famous Streeterville neighborhood. Made the trip during the winter but still want to enjoy the Chicago River? You’ll have a beautiful view of it right from the hotel's heated swimming pool. You can book your stay at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chigs-sheraton-grand-chicago/.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan’s website at https://www.seasheboygan.org/#boatingforeveryoneTo learn more about their sailing classes. Check out Gilles Frozen Custard’s Flavor of the Day calendar at https://gillesfrozencustard.com/flavor-of-the-day/2021-09Can’t get enough of Toronzo’s music? Find the rest of his discography at https://toronzocannon.com/. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
From roller skates to birria tacos, this episode takes us southbound on the 5 from Los Angeles to sunny San Diego. Join Host Oneika Raymond on a road trip down one of the most famous coastlines in America to get a taste of southern California culture.We start our journey heading south down Whittier Boulevard to catch a glimpse of the iconic low-riders of LA. We’ll park on a stretch of Long Beach called Junipero Beach. There we’ll speak with roller skater Rubina Bernabe, best known for her roller skating on Instagram, and her organization of the “Don’t Hate, Let’s Skate” anti-Asian violence event.Next, it’s off to Santa Ana to take in a unique music scene that’s growing right next door to the goliath music industry of LA. We’ll stop at GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery, a store, venue, and cultural center for the Santa Ana scene where we’ll speak with DJ Great Daine about what makes the Orange County music scene so eclectic.After a few hours along the 5, we’ll hit Agave Birrieria for some birria tacos. These tacos served with meat soaked in consomé are making mouths water across the United States after first gaining popularity stateside in southern California.Finally, it’s time to ditch the car when we make it to our destination, The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. With its proximity to all there is to see and do downtown, this hotel makes it easy for guests to see San Diego on foot. And for those looking to explore further out or hit the boardwalk, the hotel offers a fleet of bikes to its guests, free of charge.Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route. Check out Rubina’s Instagram account at Instagram.com/rollercoastinrubes. We recommend checking out nearby Pigeon’s Roller Skate Shop to try a pair on for yourself: https://pigeonskates.com. You can see more about GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery at https://www.gcssantaana.com/. To try some birria tacos, head over to Agave Birrieria at https://agavebirrieria.com/. For more about this route — and to get other road trip ideas — visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler at traveler.marriott.com/road-trip-ideas. Learn more and book a room at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanwi-the-westin-san-diego-gaslamp-quarter/. If you liked this episode of About the Journey, please be sure to rate, review and subscribe. About the Journey is a podcast produced by Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, AT WILL MEDIA, mntra, and Oneika Raymond. Listen and follow the show here.To read full episode transcripts from About the Journey and see photos of each featured destination, head to About the Journey on Marriott Bonvoy Traveler. Starting this season, you can watch full videos of each episode on the Marriott Bonvoy YouTube channel
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