Do you want to diversify your perspective on road travel?
Host Noami Grevemberg and co-host Anaïs Monique dive deep into the stories and weave through the challenges, journeys and inspirations of the diverse voices who, often unheard, make the nomadic community great. Noami is a Black woman and a nomad who has been living in her campervan since 2016. She started Diversify Vanlife in 2019 in response to the lack of representation of BIPOC in the road travel community. In this show, you’ll hear from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and other underrepresented travelers at the many crossroads of the modern nomadic movement.
Bonus Catch-up with Brittany Newson
Catch-up with Brittany Newson. It’s been over a year since Brittany was last on the show in its previous format, and while a lot has changed, it didn’t slow her down. Co-host Anaïs chatted with Brittany on Instagram Live about how, even through loss and challenges, Brittany has covered thousands of miles in her 4-window bus, Domino, in the pursuit of joy and finding herself again after the military.
Creative Black Resistance
What was it like to travel in an era where there were little “Black Wall Streets'' all over the U.S. in the midst of dangerous Jim Crow laws? Alvin Hall, award-winning television and radio broadcaster, best-selling author, and renowned financial educator, transports us into that historic realm. His podcast, Driving the Green Book, guides listeners along his road trip with Janee Wood Weber to the historically Black towns and destinations featured in the Negro Motorist’s Green Book, published from 1936-1967. Hosts Noami and Anaïs explore the nuances of navigating life on the road during a pandemic, holding solidarity with the Asian-American community and how the Green Book paved the way for Diversify Vanlife to become a living resource for nomads of color.
Bonus Catch-up and Journaling with Denise Meeker
Catch-up with Denise Meeker of Wayfare to Wellness. It’s been a year since Denise was on the pod, and a lot has changed since then! Noami chatted with Denise on Instagram Live about what life’s brought her since the last time, how she’s coped through 2020 as a Black woman and vanlifer, and more. They also journal around this prompt: What does acknowledging the Indigenous people of this land look for you going forward on your travels?
Leah Thomas is an intersectional environmental activist on a mission to dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement. Her quest for self-authenticity, environmental justice and sustainability created the momentum for her educational page, @intersectionalenvironmentalist, to go viral. In this episode, Leah drops gem after gem to help us understand how inclusive and intersectional environmentalism benefits everyone and what it looks like to take part in it.
Bree (they/them) is a 20-something year old Black Queer non-binary nomad. In 2020, they cut their corporate strings to begin a life centered on having full autonomy of their time and purpose. Hottie, their renovated vintage RV, is now home to Bree and their two giant dogs. Aside from imagining a world without white supremacy, they fill their time with hiking, photography, writing and documenting their journey on the road. In this epsiode, Bree challenges cis-normative views of identity, the discomfort of unlearning, and what it means to be intentional when creating inclusive spaces. Listen til the end to hear their simplistic perspective on how to navigate pronouns like a human being.
Reclaiming Indigenous Sovereignty
Our first guest on Nomads at the Intersections podcast is Wynne Weddell, Native American of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. A hiker, nomad, and full-time beadwork artist - Wynne joins our host, Noami, for this in-person interview on the traditional lands of the Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O’odham in the Southwest. Listen as she shares her story of leaving her homeland to follow her nomadic passions in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Wynne also recounts her experience at the Dakota access pipeline, shares stories about her great grandmother as a front-line activist during the American Indian Movement, and how Indigenous peoples must lead the conversation on environmental activism and so much more. Check out our Show Notes for journal prompts that dig deeper into how your story and Wynne’s experience intersect.