Episode 37: COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry – My Experience

Episode 37: COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry – My Experience

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] I was in Cabo, Mexico, when I heard about the new executive order that requires passengers to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter the US, so I decided to get back to the US rather than risk getting stuck in Mexico. With 2021 coming around, travelers were excited to get back to traveling, and the prospect of getting stuck in another country because of a COVID-19 test put those plans on hold for many people. Being on vacation and having to find a lab and arrange transportation to and from that lab just adds an extra layer of stress to that vacation. So, I heard of a resort in Mexico that opened recently, Planet Hollywood, and they offer Covid tests on-site, and I decided to try this…
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Episode 36: Solo Travel That’s Good For The Soul

Episode 36: Solo Travel That’s Good For The Soul

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] In this episode, I talk to Catherine Smith from Her Bags Were Packed. Her Bags Were Packed is about helping women release emotional baggage through solo travel. In this episode, Catherine drops so many beautiful gems and words of wisdom that will truly help you get on the path to discover your truest self, overcome challenges, and be a badass - not only while traveling but in all areas of your life. And the best part is, you don’t need anyone else to do it. Highlights from this episode: [01:56] Solo travel is therapy.Catherine’s philosophy is that solo travel allows you to be independent and discover more about yourself than you would if you were travelling with someone else - you are forced to deal with and process your own…
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Episode 35:  House Sitting to Travel

Episode 35: House Sitting to Travel

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I talk to Malina Padgett. After working several years with a yearning to travel, Malina got into house sitting, and now travels full-time. Imagine traveling to all your bucket list places without having to pay for accommodation. This is truly a fascinating conversation, and I’m sure you’ll get some very valuable information. Highlights from this episode: [02:22] Malina’s travel history.Travel was a big part of her life growing up. Her parents’ goal was to have her and her sister travel to all 50 states before graduating high school. They almost made it. With just Alaska on hold, they finally managed to cross it off their list recently. [03:36] Travelling full-time.After starting her own business working with clothing boutiques and brands, and then becoming a freelancer to free…
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Episode 34: The Cons of All-Inclusive Resorts and How to Solve Them

Episode 34: The Cons of All-Inclusive Resorts and How to Solve Them

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I’ll be talking about a post I saw on the Black People Love All-Inclusive Resorts Facebook Page. The post was a question asking what people DON’T like about all-inclusive resorts. I jotted down some of the responses to the post, and this episode is going to be about how to solve the issues that were brought up. Here are the top 17 issues and how to solve them: [02:50] The frozen drinks have chunks of ice - they need better blenders. This sounds like a once-off thing. You couldn’t possibly travel all over and have this exact same experience at every single all-inclusive resort. [03:29] The food is not great. It’s unlikely that this is the case at all resorts, but it is more likely if you…
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Episode 33: Vaccine or Retire Passport

Episode 33: Vaccine or Retire Passport

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] In this episode I am talking about a hypothetical question --- If you were told that you had to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to travel, would you get the vaccine or retire your passport? Future travel may require digital documentation showing that passengers have been vaccinated or tested for the Coronavirus. It could be something like when you travel to West Africa and you have to get the yellow fever card, for example, Ghana requires you to show proof that you have had this vaccine in order to enter the country. So that's what I'm thinking that this digital or documentation will be similar. I asked the question on Instagram to my followers.  I asked if they would take the vaccine or retire their passport and…
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Episode 32: A Fairytale Vacation

Episode 32: A Fairytale Vacation

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I talk to Mindy Marzec from This Fairytale Life. She is an avid Disney fan and full-time blogger – she even got to fulfill her lifelong dream of having a Disneyland Fairy Tale wedding! Her Disney knowledge is truly amazing, so this episode will answer all the questions you may have, and so much more! Highlights from this episode [02:17] Disney adults. More adults than children are repeat guests at Disney theme parks. Mindy’s love for Disney stems from her early travels when her parents would take her to Disneyland every year, and from a constant connection to Disney whether through watching the movies growing up or having Disney merchandise in her room. [04:51] Mandy’s Disney love story. Did you know that you can get married at…
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Episode 31:  Fletcher Cleaves…From Tragedy to Triumph

Episode 31: Fletcher Cleaves…From Tragedy to Triumph

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] In Episode 31, I talk to Fletcher Cleaves. He has an incredible story – his life was going perfectly, until a horrible accident changed his life forever. His story is one of tragedy, but also one of hope and empowerment, and he’s on a mission to share it with the world one trip at a time. Highlights from this episode: [03:11] Fletcher’s travel history. Fletcher’s early travel was mainly family reunion road trips to St. Louis, Minnesota, New Orleans, and Chicago. He currently travels much more extensively for his YouTube channel and motivational talks. [04:50] Fletcher’s story. In early 2009, Fletcher graduated high school and received a football scholarship for Lambuth University. After training for several months, on September 10th of 2009, he was involved in a car…
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Episode 30: The Value of Travel from a Life Coach

Episode 30: The Value of Travel from a Life Coach

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Featuring Julie Delucca-Collins [podcast_subscribe id="715"] In episode 30, I talk to Julie DeLucca-Collins about her travels around the world for business and leisure, as well as her work as a life coach helping people reach the goals they thought were impossible. [03:12] Julie’s travel journey. Julie took her first airplane trip when she was just 3 months old. Since then, she has travelled to over 25 countries. Originally from El Salvador, she would travel to various cities in the US to visit family throughout her childhood. As a senior executive of her company, she was able to travel regularly around the US on business trips. [08:52] Turning a business trip into a vacation. Some days are better to travel than others. Most business travellers tend to leave on a Monday…
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Episode 29:  A Couple Who Travels Together

Episode 29: A Couple Who Travels Together

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] In this episode, I talk to Leonard and Jernita about their travel journey as a couple. Their story is amazing - their first date was in Panama, and their first kiss was outside the US! Highlights from this episode:                [16:45] Send a copy of your itinerary to friends and family. Always send a copy of your itinerary to friends and family, and just in case something doesn’t go right, have an exit strategy – even if you don’t end up using it. [21:19] Traveling together. Pre-Covid, Jernita and Leonard travelled together three times a year, with one of them being a major trip. Although they have different individual travel styles, travelling together has allowed them to broaden their own perceptions of travel. “You don’t have to leave the…
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Episode 28:  HER PACKING LIST

Episode 28: HER PACKING LIST

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] I know. Another episode about packing. However, it is one of the most requested travel tips, and I thought I’d get someone on the show to talk about it. In this episode, I talk to Brooke Schoenman. She is the creator of Her Packing List, a resource for female travel gear and packing advice. Brooke has spent a lot of time coming up with ways to make a travelling “less is more” guide – she has even perfected packing with just a handbag! [02:19] Introducing Brooke Schoenman Brooke is from Illinois but has been living in Australia for he past 11 years. She lives with her partner and their rabbit, Sherlock Bunz. She was travelling the world in her 20s when she met an Australian guy in Europe.…
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