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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.

Women Who Travel Condé Nast Traveler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 28 Ratings

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.

    Planning an Outdoor Adventure This Summer? Start Here

    Planning an Outdoor Adventure This Summer? Start Here

    This episode of the Women Who Travel podcast is presented by Travel Wyoming.
    Last year, already popular national parks saw a surge of visitors looking to get outside. But as seasoned and new outdoor explorers took to the hiking trails, rivers, lakes, and forests of our national park system, not everyone planned their trip as responsibly and respectfully as the parks and the surrounding communities deserve. To help you plan a trip this summer that keeps you away from overcrowded park sites and drives you deeper into local rural communities, we've tapped two experts who know their way around national parks in this week's special Women Who Travel episode, presented by Travel Wyoming. Joined by Traveler contributor Emily Pennington, who has visited 61 of the U.S.' 63 national parks, and Diane Shober, executive director of Wyoming Office of Tourism, we chat through how to plan wisely (and far enough in advance) to enjoy the best of the National Park Service—and how to look beyond those 63 parks that can sometimes get too much love. 
    Find a full transcript of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/planning-a-responsible-outdoors-trip-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 35 min
    Remember Fun? We're Having It This Summer

    Remember Fun? We're Having It This Summer

    This summer, we're leaning into seeing the world through rose-colored sunglasses; filling our days with roller skating, beach trips, reunions with friends and family, and more. Basically, we just want to have fun. So this week on the podcast, we're chatting all things summer fun—from the summer hobbies we picked up in the pandemic that we plan to continue, to the maximalist attitude we're bringing to the season. (We're expecting disco balls everywhere.) To guide us through a FOMO-free 2021 summer, we've tapped Jersey Banks, co-founder of Urban Cowboy hotels and the Dive Motel, and Marawa Ibrahim, a world-record-holding roller skater and hula hooper. Listen in for their tips and experiences—and how they're planning to have a particularly joyful summer. 
    Read "101 Ways to Have Fun This Summer": https://www.cntraveler.com/story/101-ways-to-have-fun-this-summer
    Find a full transcript of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/remember-fun-were-having-it-this-summer-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 35 min
    Women's Gear Still Isn't Where We Want It to Be

    Women's Gear Still Isn't Where We Want It to Be

    This episode was originally published in August 2020. 
    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
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    • 40 min
    Why America’s Lesbian Bars Need Our Support More Than Ever

    Why America’s Lesbian Bars Need Our Support More Than Ever

    Throughout the last year and a half, we've watched as beloved bars, restaurants, and gathering places have closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as writer Samantha Allen says on this week's episode, that wave of closures has been ongoing for years within the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, there are just over 15 lesbian bars remaining in the U.S., according to the Lesbian Bar Project, an effort to record and protect lesbian bars that's being spearheaded by filmmakers Elina Street and Erica Rose. (Editor's note: Since recording, the project has updated the number of U.S. lesbian bars to 21.)
    To talk about how lesbian bars and queer spaces have fared during the pandemic and what is needed in the future to keep them around, we're joined by Allen and Lisa Menichino, owner of Cubbyhole, one of New York City's three remaining lesbian bars. One major takeaway? “You have to come,” says Menichino of post-pandemic visits to bars like Cubbyhole. “You have to support us. You have to be there. Because we're not magically going to be around without you.”
    Read a full transcription of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-americas-lesbian-bars-need-our-support-more-than-ever-women-who-travel-project
    Find them.'s Queer Spaces Project: https://www.them.us/story/queer-spaces-lost-covid-19
    Find the Lesbian Bar Project's work: https://www.lesbianbarproject.com/
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    • 26 min
    Musician Tkay Maidza on Carving Space for Herself in Australian Hip-Hop:

    Musician Tkay Maidza on Carving Space for Herself in Australian Hip-Hop:

    Try to define 24-year-old Australian-Zimbabwean musician Tkay Maidza's songs by a single genre and you may come up at a loss for words. But then again, so does she, telling us that her music is simply “alternative of anything.” 
    “It's alternative pop, alternative, rap, alternative R&B,” she says from her new home in L.A. “It's left of center of anything because I'm always looking for something that's new and different and trying to make it my own.” 
    This week, we sat down with the prolific singer to chat about how moving around as a kid prepared her for touring, how her family's musical interests have influenced her sound, and how she's stayed creative over the last year and a half. It's all part of our guide to new music around the world—and you can find Tkay and other incredible female artists on our Spotify playlist. 
    Read a full transcription and find links to the artists Tkay mentioned here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/tkay-maidza-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 26 min
    Falling in Love with Solo Travel After Retirement

    Falling in Love with Solo Travel After Retirement

    Charlotte Simpson had been traveling for decades before she took her first solo trip. She had visited all 50 states with her late husband throughout their 31-year marriage, traveled internationally with her daughter, and had adventures with girlfriends. But when no one wanted to go on a trip to Italy with her a few years after her husband died, she set out on her own—kicking off a new love for solo travel and the freedom that comes with it. “It was so liberating,” she says. This week, Charlotte, known online as @TravelingBlackWidow, joins us our I Deserve This series, talking about how she prioritizes traveling for herself, what she's learned about being more adventurous later in life, and how social media has influenced her travels.
    Read a full transcription here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/falling-in-love-with-solo-travel-after-retirement-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Toni ribs ,

Enjoying Podcasr

My only request is to add additional
Information about your guests in the detail notes.

Saganangelou ,

An absolute must

There's not a single episode that disappoints. I think that it's a must listen to every seasoned, novice, and potential female travelers. The fact that the hosts are multicultural adds to how relatable their experiences are. It solidifies the premise and credibility of a travel podcast because it includes multiple perspectives. I can't wait to see how it grows in the future. Great job everyone!

Canadian.Penpal ,

Travel doesn’t have to be so complicated

Some interesting topics but most of the time this podcast makes traveling seem expensive and challenging. I’m a solo female backpacker. I travel on a budget. I visited 20 countries last year. I have had a tonne of amazing experience and some bad ones. I don’t feel represented on this podcast. Maybe I’m listening to the wrong podcast.

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