146 episodes

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

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.4 • 320 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.

    Finding Sisterhood Among Black Female Pilots

    Finding Sisterhood Among Black Female Pilots

    According to the FAA, women make up just seven percent of all certified pilots, and of those female pilots, less than one percent are Black women. Captains Kellie Young and Stephanie Hartsfield are among that percentage, having spent careers flying on international legacy carriers, cargo flights, and corporate planes. This week, we're catching up with Kellie and Stephanie to learn about their journeys, the challenges along the way, and how they're paying it forward for Black female pilots of the future. Both are a part of Sisters of the Skies, a non-profit dedicated to mentorship, scholarships, and outreach to young Black women to follow in their footsteps into the pilot's seat. 
    Read a full transcript of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/finding-sisterhood-among-black-female-pilots-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 39 min
    Handbag Designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi on Finding Inspiration in Ghana

    Handbag Designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi on Finding Inspiration in Ghana

    If you're sick and tired of winter like we are, sit down, breathe in, and picture yourself in sunny southern Ghana, where temperatures are currently a balmy 80 degrees and maximalist colors and patterns abound. That's where this week's guest, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, is calling in from—and where she gets her design inspiration for her woven handbag brand AAKS. 
    We've been long obsessed with the brand, which uses woven rafia to create crossbody bags, totes, and baskets in joyful colors—and has recently branched out into home decor. We sat down with Akosua to talk about how travel, both in Ghana and internationally, has inspired her designs, how she's stayed creative amid the pandemic, and how she navigated the sales boom that came in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder and the Black Lives Matter resurgence last summer. 
    Read a transcription of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/handbag-designer-akosua-afriyie-kumi-on-finding-inspiration-in-ghana-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 28 min
    Immunity Passports, Free Flights, and Other Travel Questions, Answered

    Immunity Passports, Free Flights, and Other Travel Questions, Answered

    There are tons of questions swirling around travel in our Women Who Travel Instagram DMs and Facebook group these days, especially as we watch COVID-19 vaccines roll out and let ourselves start dreaming of those first big trips. To answer your questions this week—which range from where to go for a milestone birthday trip and the best credit card to help rack up points for future trips, to what the reality of immunity passports could look like—we tapped Traveler articles director Stephanie Wu and transportation editor Jessica Puckett. 
    Stick around at the end of our conversation to hear where some of our listeners are already planning to visit when it's safe to do so. Want to share your own future travel plans? Email a voice memo to womenwhotravel@cntraveler.com with your name, where you're based, and what you're planning, and you might hear yourself in an upcoming episode.
    Read a full transcript of the episode here: cntraveler.com/story/immunity-passports-free-flights-and-other-travel-questions-answered-women-who-travel-podcast
    Here are a few of the stories we mentioned:
    "I Just Took a 16-Hour Flight: Here's How It Went:" cntraveler.com/story/i-just-took-a-16-hour-flight-heres-how-it-went
    "Chefs on the Meals They Can't Wait to Travel For:" cntraveler.com/story/female-chefs-on-the-meals-they-cant-wait-to-travel-for
    "The Best Birthday Trips for Every Age:" cntraveler.com/gallery/places-to-go-for-your-birthday
    "International Resorts Step Up Testing Options In Response to New CDC Rules:" cntraveler.com/story/international-resorts-step-up-testing-options-in-response-to-new-cdc-rules
    Follow Steph: @bystephwu
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    • 34 min
    Where Do Restaurants Go From Here?

    Where Do Restaurants Go From Here?

    When we talked to Kopitiam's co-owner Moonlynn Tsai on the podcast last June, the reality of the longevity of the pandemic—and what that meant for her restaurant—was just setting in. Now, after nearly a year of pivoting to make do, creating outdoor dining, surviving the New York winter, and trying to keep her staff safe, she says running a restaurant feels about the same as it did in the pandemic's early days. She's just more tired. 
    This week, we're catching up with Moonlynn to hear more about those experiences—and what's giving her hope for the future. Also joining us is the San Francisco Chronicle's senior editor Serena Dai to chat about how we can think big to help support local restaurants, and what she would like to see from the industry on the other side of the pandemic. 
    Read a full transcript here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/where-do-restaurants-go-from-here-women-who-travel-podcast
    Follow Moonlynn: @moonlynntsai
    Check out Kopitiam: kopitiamnyc.com
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    • 37 min
    Getting Ready for Travel in a Post-Vaccine World

    Getting Ready for Travel in a Post-Vaccine World

    Inspired by the “Women Who Travel Guide to Getting Back Out There” package, which launched earlier this month, we're spending this episode looking to the future—whether that be tackling travel anxieties bought on by the pandemic, relearning how to meet new people, or redefining our comfort zones. Joined by Traveler associate editor Megan Spurrell and travel writer Jessica Poitevien, we also swap notes on the big trips we're hoping to take when it's safe to do so.
    The conversation doesn't end there, either. We want to know where you are dreaming of going on your first trip back out there. Email a voice memo to womenwhotravel@cntraveler.com with your name, where you're based, and what you're planning, and you might hear yourself in an upcoming episode.
    Find a full transcription of this episode here:
    Here are a few of the stories we mentioned: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/getting-ready-for-travel-in-a-post-vaccine-world-women-who-travel-podcast
    "The Women Who Travel Guide to Getting Back Out There," https://www.cntraveler.com/story/the-women-who-travel-guide-to-getting-back-out-there 
    "Go Ahead. Fantasize," https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/style/go-ahead-fantasize.html 
    "What Does Travel Anxiety Look Like In 2021?," https://www.cntraveler.com/story/what-does-travel-anxiety-look-like-in-2021 
    "Why Saying “No” Can Make Travel More Rewarding," https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-saying-no-can-make-travel-more-rewarding
    "How to Meet New People After a Year of Isolation," https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-to-meet-new-people-after-a-year-of-isolation
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    • 41 min
    Travel Host Samantha Brown on Spending Nearly a Year at Home

    Travel Host Samantha Brown on Spending Nearly a Year at Home

    When we last spoke to travel host Samantha Brown in 2018, a border-shuttering, flight-grounding pandemic was nowhere on our radar. Flash forward to March 2020, and a season's worth of filming and production planning for her show, Places to Love, was canceled in a matter of weeks. For the first time in years, she's been staying put in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and twins. “I always knew that I love to travel, but I didn't realize that it was just so ingrained in who I was,” she tells us on this week's episode. “Whether it's in an airport, or getting a meal, or someone I talk to at a hotel who helps me get to my next destination … I just love those quick spontaneous meetings with strangers. That's what I miss the most.”
    In our first episode of 2021, we're catching up with Samantha to talk about how she's spent the last year mostly at home, what it took to film a few episodes of Places to Love amid the pandemic in the fall, and what travel trends we might see when we get to the other side. 
    Follow Samantha: @samanthabrowntravels
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    Read a full transcription here: www.cntraveler.com/story/travel-host-samantha-brown-on-spending-nearly-a-year-at-home-women-who-travel-podcast
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

Katie265 ,

Like, I Like It

Enjoy most episodes and find a few tips that relate to how I travel. I would appreciate less unconscious use of the word “like”. Every host overuses it, sometimes 3 or 4 times PER SENTENCE. Once I’m aware of it, it’s all I hear. So, like, distracting, like.

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Smart, informative informative conversations

Love this podcast and the women who join in the discussions.

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I feel left out. There are lots of women who are retired or over 50 who travel solo like me. Please include us

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