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Life on the road from the feminine perspective. Host Laura Hughes, alongside inspiring voices of female travelers, bring you closer to some of the honest experiences that life on the road has to offer from the perspective of women who've lived them firsthand. Find out what life is like when the road becomes your home.

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Life on the road from the feminine perspective. Host Laura Hughes, alongside inspiring voices of female travelers, bring you closer to some of the honest experiences that life on the road has to offer from the perspective of women who've lived them firsthand. Find out what life is like when the road becomes your home.

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This show gave me the confidence that I could start my van life adventures

By craftygirl26 - Feb 05 2020
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I’ve been listening to this show since it first premiered, and try to listen to episodes as soon as I can when they’re released. This was one of about five podcasts I listened to (along with the days of audiobooks) during my two-week, 3,000 mile drive from school to home in my own small van. This show is my favorite of the style and it inspired me when making my own pieces for a class last spring. Thanks for the stories <3

Frantic

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There is a lot of good, thought provoking information in this podcast But jeez, slow down and articulate. I'm so tired of podcasters talking so quickly sometimes that they eat their words, and I feel exhausted halfway through an episode. Episode 65 is a perfect example. The insights really spoke to me, butthe earnestness and tension was palpable. That frantic aura permeated many other broadcasts, too

iTunes Ratings

371 Ratings
Average Ratings
338
16
8
3
6

This show gave me the confidence that I could start my van life adventures

By craftygirl26 - Feb 05 2020
Read more
I’ve been listening to this show since it first premiered, and try to listen to episodes as soon as I can when they’re released. This was one of about five podcasts I listened to (along with the days of audiobooks) during my two-week, 3,000 mile drive from school to home in my own small van. This show is my favorite of the style and it inspired me when making my own pieces for a class last spring. Thanks for the stories <3

Frantic

By CrimeFiend2 - Jan 26 2020
Read more
There is a lot of good, thought provoking information in this podcast But jeez, slow down and articulate. I'm so tired of podcasters talking so quickly sometimes that they eat their words, and I feel exhausted halfway through an episode. Episode 65 is a perfect example. The insights really spoke to me, butthe earnestness and tension was palpable. That frantic aura permeated many other broadcasts, too
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Women on the Road

Latest release on Feb 14, 2020

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Rank #1: The Girl and the Getaway Vehicle: Brianna Madia

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What happens when you practice understanding with the things you understand the least?

We won’t promise you’ll end up living desert back roads in a giant orange camper like Brianna Madia, but we bet you’ll build a life you never expected.

The secret? Brianna takes the time to see potential where others might change course.

Some people might see her old campervan, Bertha, and think that it’s not worth the trouble-- that the potential for breakdowns make it too risky to live in. Some people might see her incredibly active dog, Dagwood, and think that he’s too wild to give a home to. Some people might think that the desert back roads aren’t the safest place to call home at all.

But unlike most people, Brianna fell in love with all of the above, and in taking the time to truly understand and appreciate them for what and who they are, she’s cultivated a unique life that reflects the very creatures she loves so much.

From her life outdoors, to the dogs she loves, to the breakdowns and online criticism she faces-- this episode is full of Brianna Madia’s beautiful stories of adventure and understanding.

About Brianna:

Brianna Madia is a storyteller and big orange van-dweller, spending most of her time in the deserts of southern Utah. When she's not writing lengthy Instagram captions, she can be found rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, and canyoneering - always with her husband and two dogs in tow.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What makes Brianna’s camper, Bertha, particularly unique
  • How Brianna came into owning the campervan she drives today
  • The massive breakdown that stranded Brianna in Wyoming
  • Why Brianna feels like it’s worth it to own an old vehicle like Bertha
  • What it’s like to live with active dogs like Bucket and Dagwood
  • How her dog Dagwood inspired her family’s outdoor lifestyle
  • Tips for people wanting to live on the road with dogs
  • The way Brianna deals with meanness and criticism online
  • How we can continue to foster community by thoughtful online connections
  • Touching stories from Brianna’s positive online experiences

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air bi-weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and read her reflections on the road through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Common Creatures, Josh Woodward, Jason Shaw, Jahzzar, and Hyson.

WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Apr 27 2018

37mins

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Rank #2: Advice

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We all like a little advice sometimes, so we asked 10 women on the road to answer your most common questions about road travel. And answers vary in some ways, while there are definite patterns in others. If you’re looking for practical tips, a fresh perspective, or to hear a few words of wisdom gleaned from time spent out on the road, this episode if for you.

In this episode, you’ll hear:
Answers and insights to 5 commonly asked questions about traveling on the road:

  • What was the biggest challenge you overcame to get to a more mobile lifestyle?
  • What was most important to you when choosing what vehicle you were going to travel in?
  • What are your favorite “hacks” for living on the road-- things that have made your travels easier?
  • Your #1 tip for financing this type of travel.
  • What one piece of advice do you have for women who want to live on the road or have just started?

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Learn more on the episode landing page via She-Explores.com.

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Sponsors and Discount Codes!

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Jason Shaw, Josh Woodward, Jahzzar, and Hyson via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license.

WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Aug 03 2018

39mins

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Rank #3: A Girl and Her Van (Plus One)

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Roads are full of twists and turns. So is the life you live on it. What happens when you come up against the inevitable challenges of living from one place to the next? And how do you come out better for it?

Alex Ulmke of A Girl And Her Van knows all about the ups and downs of life on the road. When we first met Alex one year ago, she was feeling lonely and disconnected on the road. But because of her resilient nature she’s learned a lot about breaking through challenges to the other side. Laura asks Alex about her triumphs and challenges thus far and hears about where her travels have taken her in the past year.

Also covered in this episode: why Haines is a magical place, how to amp up your camping meals, and what item is the most-missed home luxury on the road.

Follow Alex Ulmke on Instagram or read about her travels on her website.

Learn more about Alex by reading her written interview from the beginning of her travels on She-Explores.com.

Music is by Josh Woodward

Episodes air bi-weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram and learn more about her on her portfolio site or through her travel blog, The Vanna Project.

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us.

Learn more at www.she-explores.com/women-on-the-road

Aug 11 2017

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Rank #4: #FakeVanLife: Karen Ramos

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Karen Ramos has been making a pretty big impact in the outdoor community this year through the conversations she’s been starting in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in outdoor spaces. And most recently, she went on a pretty inspiring road trip that spawned #fakevanlife.

You might wonder how diversity, equity, and inclusion connects to road travel. Your mind might also jump to a very natural, comforting thought-- that you feel like the community you see and hear about out on the road is incredibly inclusive and supportive. But I also want you to think about every time you search online or meet other road travelers-- do you find a lot of diversity among those who are out there? Do you feel like what you see, or perhaps what you have, is truly accessible to others? We talk a lot on this podcast about how anyone can live or travel on the road-- but we rarely address the inherent privilege in the very statement itself.

Tune in for a fresh perspective on road travel told by someone who uses her voice to open up conversations where outdoors, travel, and DEI intersect.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What inspired Karen to love outdoor adventures and make it a focus of
    her career
  • The thoughts that prompted Karen to start #fakevanlife
  • How she sustained herself on the road with just the essentials
  • Why Karen decided to share her road travels online, and the result of
    sharing her stories
  • The few items Karen purchased or borrowed so she could take her road
    trip
  • A few favorite moments from her road trip
  • Karen shares her thoughts on why traveling is a privilege
  • The moments Karen felt unsafe while traveling on the road
  • What Karen learned about herself from taking this road trip

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Come see us in Taos at our first Women On The Road Gathering with Vanlife Diaries!

Join the Women On The Road Podcast Facebook group

Sponsor Website and codes

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by The Volunteer State.

Music is also by Josh Woodward, Jason Shaw, Jazzar, and Hyson via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license.

WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Aug 24 2018

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Rank #5: Starting Off Solo: Emily Hart

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Emily Hart is no stranger to solo travel. In fact, she’s on a quest to visit every National Park in the US, and she has some insightful thoughts on what it’s like to start traveling alone.

Whether you travel alone regularly, or the thought of it fills you with dread-- we’ve been there. And this episode is for you.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What newfound solo travel for host Laura Hughes is like
  • Why Emily started traveling to National Parks
  • How many National Parks Emily has visited solo
  • What Emily’s simple car camper conversion is like, and why she loves
    it
  • How using travel as self care helps Emily be a better teacher
  • The way Emily views being “outdoorsy”
  • What Emily’s middle school students glean from her travels
  • How she balances full-time teaching with her adventures
  • What advice Emily has for those wanting to start new, big solo
    endeavors

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Sponsor Websites & Codes

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Jason Shaw and Josh Woodward via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Oct 12 2018

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Rank #6: The Happy Lands: Carrie Starbuck

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Carrie Starbuck is on a mission-- a research mission-- to uncover what makes communities happy. And she’s starting in a place a lot of us wouldn’t expect a solo female road traveler to begin. She’s starting with dissecting masculinity in different countries.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Why Carrie is studying masculinity and its impact on happiness on communities globally
  • How mental health is linked to masculinity
  • The struggles and interesting insights Carrie has gained as a researcher
  • Why men’s issues are a feminist issue, and visa versa
  • How Carrie defines self care personally
  • Tips for helping the male-identifying people in your life, while also helping yourself

Other resources mentioned in this episode:

Sponsor Websites & Codes:

  • Danner
  • Betterhelp - get 10% off with promo code ROAD
  • AirMedCare - get a $20 Visa gift card when you become a 1-year member with the Fly-U-Home service by following this link and using promo code ROAD

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Music is by Jason Shaw and Josh Woodward.
WOTR is produced and hosted by Laura Hughes.
Podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #7: Standing in Her Power: Anaïs Moniq

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Anaïs Moniq is a flight attendant and is currently on the path to completing her own converted camper van from a step truck. But be it in the air or on the road-- from DEI to the business of natural beauty to standing in her own power-- she’s following her passions at every turn. 

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Sponsor Websites & Codes:

  • Cusa Tea - get free shipping on orders of $30 or more

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Music is by Jason Shaw and Josh Woodward.
WOTR is produced and hosted by Laura Hughes.
Podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Nov 01 2019

42mins

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Rank #8: Reset: Lianna Lee

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Every so often, we hit a wall and need to reset. Things feel stagnant, or too routine, or not in alignment with our values any longer. Maybe we stayed still too long, or maybe we got off track. But resets just need to happen sometimes. And Lianna Lee knew she needed one this summer, which is why she quit her job, changed her apartment, and hit the road for a month all at the same time. Without a back-up plan or a financial safety net. Some might call is scary. Others might call it irresponsible. But for Lianna-- and probably for you at some point, too-- it was completely necessary.

Come see us in Taos at our first Women On The Road Gathering with Vanlife Diaries!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Lianna made her month-long road trip work
  • What she would do differently if she were to do the trip again
  • The freedom of social pressures while traveling on the road,
    especially physical appearance
  • Lianna’s thoughts on privilege and access to National Parks
  • How Lianna knew she needed to leave a stable career path for
    something new
  • The logistical challenges Lianna encountered as she prepared for this
    big life reset
  • What it means to Lianna to be a Chinese American adoptee, especially
    in the outdoors
  • How Lianna’s experience as an adoptee and a person of color shows up
    in the outdoors as well as on the road
  • A few of the ways Lianna’s reset facilitated her own metamorphosis

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Sponsor Websites & Codes

  • Casper: Get $50 off your purchase with the code “WOTR” at checkout. Terms and conditions apply.

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Jenny Berkel.
Music is also by Jason Shaw and Hyson via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Sep 21 2018

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Rank #9: For the Love of the Destination: Abbi Hearne

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As an adventure wedding photographer, Abbi Hearne eats, sleeps, and breathes destinations. It’s not just a part of her livelihood-- it’s a passion of hers to find these special places. In focusing on these destinations for the past couple years Abbi’s built up a successful photography business, traveling in their campervan to cover some of the most stunning locations in the western US with couples wanting to take a less traditional approach to getting married or celebrating their love. Abbi’s wielded a camera in almost every scenario-- from hiking on mountain tops to suspended 400 feet in the air for wedding held over a canyon in Utah that went viral late last year. From business tips to the challenges she’s overcome in building her dream business, Abbi’s stories and advice bring both reality and heart to what it’s like being a destination-focused, passion-driven traveling female entrepreneur.

About Abbi:

Abbi Hearne is an adventure wedding photographer living on the road full-time with her husband Callen and their dog, Charlie. Together, they run The Hearnes Adventure Photography, specializing in intimate weddings and elopements all over the western US. When they’re not hiking into the wilderness with a bride and groom, you can probably find them skydiving, climbing, soaking in a hot spring, or car-hiking random dirt roads. They consider Moab, Utah and Yosemite National Park home, but can be found pretty much fun where west of the continental divide unless they’re adventuring somewhere remote around the world.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What it means to be a traveling adventure wedding photographer
  • What it’s like sleeping in an uninsulated trailer in Utah during the
    winter
  • Why Abbi likes the simple, utilitarian build of her campervan
  • The moments Abbi loves most about her job as an adventure wedding
    photographer
  • Abbi explains the work it actually takes to build a successful
    traveling business
  • The two business-building factors that have led to gaining steady
    clients
  • How Abbi balances travel, outdoor exploration, and work
  • Laura and Abbi share anecdotes of mishaps while working outdoors
  • The roles Abbi and her husband take in their business to make it work
    while traveling
  • How to generate clients while traveling on the road
  • Gear and safety recommendations for photographers on the road
  • Why Abbi rarely discloses her photo and camping locations
  • The extreme way Abbi overcame her fear of heights
  • Abbi’s advice for people wanting to live more adventurously

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air bi-weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and read her reflections on the road through her website, How She Views It.

Original music by Liam McNally, with additional music by Senchi and Josh Woodward.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #10: How We Built Our Adventuremobiles

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Whether it's an RV, van, trailer, bus, truck, or something else entirely, everyone who takes on the unique challenge of turning a vehicle into a home on wheels has their own journey. Creating a camper is a custom experience for each woman traveler so in this episode, nearly a dozen women share their build-out experiences, and amid the triumphs and trials we listen closely to hear the relationships behind each story that make these visions of travel into realities.

In addition to voice submissions from travelers Sabrina Oesterle, Leah Yanoff, Emily Hart, Alyssa Hitchcock, Julia Bonney, Sarah Ernst, and Amoris Walker, photographer and former full-time woman on the road Kris Holbrook joins host Laura Hughes for an interview to share her perspective and explain why the experience of converting her van was better done solo. Near the end of the episode, we hear from a special family whose young daughters, Paige and Quinn, designed the entire interior of the adventure van they will be spending weekends in with their dad, Sean, starting this fall.

To those wondering if it’s possible to make your vehicle into a home-- this one’s for you.

Hosted by Laura Hughes
Featuring Kris Holbrook; Paige, Quinn, and their dad, Sean; and listener voice submissions

Read Kris’s written piece, “Sprinter Van Build Out: A Pseudo How-To” and check out her outdoor photography through her portfolio site ->

See how young sisters Paige and Quinn designed the interior of Moohah the adventure van through their engaging Instagram ->

A special thank you to all those who submitted a voice submission for this episode! Follow along on the adventures of each woman below via Instagram:

Sabrina Oesterle
Leah Yanoff
Emily Hart
Alyssa Hitchcock
Julia Bonney
Sarah Ernst
Amoris Walker

Episodes air bi-weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram and learn more about her on her portfolio site or through her travel blog, The Vanna Project.

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us.

Music is by Josh Woodward via freemusicarchive.org

Aug 25 2017

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Rank #11: The Solo Travel Practices of Laura Austin

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Nobody ever said that solo travel was easy. But someone like Laura Austin would probably say that it’s worth it.

Laura uses solo travel as a way of refreshing her mind when things feel stale at home, but you’d be wrong if you think she looks at these trips as vacations. Flat tires, loneliness, and uncertainty are all a part of traveling alone, and Laura is no stranger to any of them. But instead of seeing these challenges as obstacles to avoid, we spend this episode hearing from her on how these bumps along the way have been catalysts for her personal growth, even after the trip is over.

About Laura:

With wanderlust running through her veins, photographer Laura Austin is someone you can’t help but watch. After growing up in small mountain towns in Colorado and Vermont, she is currently based in Los Angeles. The contrast of her roots in nature and the urban environment where she lives now forces Laura to constantly escape the city and explore. Meshing her previous professions as a graphic designer and journalist, Laura’s skill is visual storytelling. She makes the simple fantastical and the fantastical feasible, roaming to all ends of the earth and bringing it back to us every time in hopes of getting you out to experience the world for yourself... or at least make you feel you were along for the ride just by looking at her images.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Laura ended up taking an Airstream Nest around the US for 2
    months
  • Laura’s favorite places over her 10,000-mile road trip
  • What Laura does to make a familiar place more exciting
  • The unexpected catalyst for Laura’s first solo road trip
  • What Laura really loves about solo travel, both the expected and the
    unexpected
  • How the self-confidence from solo travel translates into day-to-day
    life
  • Laura shares whether she gets lonely or not on the road
  • The methods of travel Laura has used over the years
  • What it was like to travel with a trailer for the first time
  • Why Laura really likes long driving days
  • The podcasts Laura listens to most-- and why she also likes driving
    in silence
  • What mindset Laura brings into challenging times on the road
  • The quote Laura lives by that she wants you to know about

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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Podcast Sponsors, Giveaways, and Discounts!

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Hyson, Jason Shaw, and Josh Woodward.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Jul 06 2018

32mins

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Rank #12: Listen to This: Creatives on the Road

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Photographer Alison Turner and mixed media artist Amanda Sandlin share about their creative practices on the road. This week, we're sharing an early episode of our sister podcast, "She Explores." Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen.

Alison Turner has lived in and out of a van for the past 8 years, and traveled in a teardrop trailer and tent before that. She picked up photography 10 years ago and has been pursuing it since. We learn that there are many reasons Alison loves to escape in her van with her rescue dog Max. Since recording, she now has two adventure dogs.

Amanda was relatively new to her life in her built-out minivan. She'd been on the road three months and was learning how to maintain her creative practice on the move. She found that it wasn't easy, but she enjoyed pushing herself and meeting new people. Amanda still works as an artist and is located near Denver, CO.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Why Alison feels most like herself alone with her dog Max in the
    backcountry
  • Why Alison loves taking photos
  • What the photographic process is like for Alison
  • The importance of reaching out to those you admire
  • When Amanda started to identify as an artist
  • The challenges Amanda has come up against as a fine artist with a
    mobile studio
  • Why social media doesn't always tell the full picture of creativity
  • How travel has made Amanda appreciate people more than ever

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Josh Woodward and Jason Shaw
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Feb 08 2019

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Rank #13: What We’re Moving Toward: Kieren Britton

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Kieren Britton, solo camper traveler and founder of The Lady Alliance, and our host Laura Hughes have some common threads running through their lives at this moment, and it all centers around focusing our energy on the things they want, as opposed to moving away from what they don’t. And this conversation seemed like the perfect way to put a bow on 2018... because be it travel plans, business goals, or some well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions-- keeping an eye on what motivates us to move forward is always going to outshine the challenges or unpleasantries that got us moving in the first place.

Women featured in this episode: Kieren Britton

Hosted by Laura Hughes

In this episode, you'll hear:

  • Why Kieren is okay with her school bus camper staying parked for extended periods of time on occasion
  • What Kieren's general workflow looks like as a remote worker and solo business owner
  • The importance of balance while traveling
  • The unlikely story of how Kieren got her camper, and why she chose a school bus
  • Why Kieren didn’t make her initial school bus conversion permanent
  • The newest addition to her camper she’s excited to install
  • What The Lady Alliance is, and how long Kieren has been pursuing it full-time
  • How she transitioned from her 9-5 office job to being self-employed
  • What lessons Kieren has learned from running her own traveling business so far
  • Kieren’s top systems and tools she uses to keep herself organized

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Sponsor Websites & Promotions

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Josh Woodward.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Dec 21 2018

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Rank #14: When it’s Time to Break the Rules: Lisa Jacobs

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Personally, breaking the rules gives us the sweats. But after hearing from solo road traveler Lisa Jacobs, we might be convinced that there’s a time and a place for it: whether it’s personally, professionally, creatively, or romantically.

As you’ll hear, Lisa has been doing solo road travel for a couple of years now. As a former lawyer-turned- traveling content creator, Lisa knows what it’s like to defy the norm. And with pink hair and a large van she’s been traveling in, she already stands out from the crowd. But what I’ve loved about getting to know Lisa is that she’s not just about breaking the rules for the sake of rebellion or power or chaos. She’s in it to learn about herself.

About Lisa:

Lisa Jacobs is a lawyer, interior designer, and writer who lives and travels full-time in her van Freebird. Lisa hosts vanlife events and creativity workshops across the country. She shares honest, practical solo vanlife advice on her Vacay Vans youtube channel.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • A bit about the unexpected former life Lisa’s van held
  • How Lisa made the switch to remote work from her office job
  • Why it’s okay to break the rules or do the unexpected
  • A few stories about Lisa’s experiences dating on the road
  • What “extreme dating” is
  • What Lisa thinks about all of the “rules” around being successful as a digital content creator
  • How The Artist’s Way changed her life
  • What “morning pages” are
  • Lisa’s advice on why you should write more, plus her favorite writing app

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Enjoy this episode? Rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. It’ll help other people find us. You can also share this podcast with a friend. Thank you for your support!

Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Josh Woodward.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Mar 08 2019

39mins

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Rank #15: Ovaries Off-Road: Ally Coucke

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Ally Coucke is an all-hands-on-deck kind of adventurer: taking weekend trips offroading and motorcycle riding out of her home base in Denver, Colorado with her boyfriend Kelly and their two dogs, Loki and Bailey. A lot can evolve over the course of just a couple years. For Ally, this recent chapter of her life has been a full one, and it’s spurred some big change. From moving home bases and traveling on the road, to helping her dog Bailey to fight cancer, to learning to ride a motorcycle, you’ll hear that Ally has not only found growth in these moments-- but a sense of freedom. Tune in and walk away with a better understanding of what it sounds like to embrace life to its max. Because if there’s anything Ally learned from this recent life chapter-- that seems to be it.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Ally met her boyfriend Kelly and how their travel styles merged over time
  • The importance of letting go of structure
  • Where Ally thinks you should drive and camp in Alaska
  • What it’s like to live and camp with Loki the Wolfdog
  • How helping her dog Bailey to fight cancer this past year gave her a new perspective
  • What made Ally decide she wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle
  • The reasons Ally started @ovariesoffroad and the importance of community

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Music is by Josh Woodward.
WOTR is produced and hosted by Laura Hughes.
Podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Aug 23 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: Following Through on Healthier Traveling: Jayme Serbell

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There’s a common misconception that living on the road equates to having a healthy lifestyle. The reality is that it can be just as challenging to meet personal health and wellness goals while traveling-- with the added chaos of keeping a constant travel schedule. But for Jayme Serbell, moving into a camper and hitting the road opened her mind up to the possibility that she could take action to create healthier habits, one small step at a time.

And after a year of traveling, her commitment to those small but daily efforts tell quite the story.

About Jayme:

Jayme Serbell is the founder of Gnomad Home, an online resource for camper travelers. She travels around with her dogs and husband John in a 1996 Chevy Express High Top Conversion Van that they built out with their own two hands! As soon as they hit the road, Jayme began the very first steps to reclaiming her life and discovering who she truly is. For her, the van and all the discomforts that come with living on the road gave her a freedom not just of beautiful sceneries and a life of flexibility - it gave her the freedom to be real with herself, and create the happy and honest life she wants for herself internally.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Why Jayme decided to create a healthier lifestyle for herself
  • The biggest challenge Jayme has faced yet on her path to live
    healthier
  • How social media can stagnate your own development in wellness
  • Jayme’s thoughts on cleaning your yoga mat while living outdoors
  • How living on the road has helped Jayme to make changes to her habits
  • Laura shares her experience with going plant-based while traveling
  • The reason why Jayme doesn’t keep Oreos in her camper
  • Jayme shares tips on how to say ‘no’ to alcohol in social settings
  • How Laura and Jayme got their families on board with their new ways
    of eating
  • Jayme’s favorite healthy meals to cook in the van, and Laura’s new
    favorite camper kitchen appliance
  • The tool Jayme uses to set and achieve goals for her overall wellness
  • What Jayme tells herself when she doesn’t meet a goal that she set
    for herself
  • Tips for keeping up with your own health goals while traveling long
    distances
  • Why it’s okay to take a break sometimes

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Follow Jayme on Instagram - @gnomadhome
Check out Jayme’s website - Gnomad Home
Jayme’s favorite journal - Best Self Journal

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Music is by Hyson (CC by SA), Jason Shaw (CC by A), and Jahzzar (CC by SA).
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Jul 13 2018

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Rank #17: Boundaries: Dani Reyes-Acosta

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Boundaries don’t usually sound like fun (unless you get a thrill from breaking rules, in which case more power to you). But for the majority of us, especially those with a desire to travel, boundaries can kind of sound like a drag. Which is why when Dani Reyes-Acosta, a long-time road traveler and remote brand strategist, shares how learning to set boundaries for herself has actually been a key factor in her continued growth and even aided in her repeated decisions to say yes to travel-- well, we were pretty much hooked.

From what she learned driving a sedan around Mexico, to why she travels solo even though she has a partner, Dani’s stories show the liberating side of creating boundaries.

About Dani:

Dani Reyes-Acosta is a brand strategist, creative consultant, and everyday adventurer with a serious penchant for fresh foods (but an equally serious pizza problem).

Calling 6 countries and 6 western US states "home" since graduating from corporate life in 2014, she chases snow, rock, and surf adventure as a means to drive her personal and spiritual growth, finding origin, identity, and community in wild spaces.

As a digital nomad and founder of the Nomad Creativa brand strategy collective, she helps brands evolve to and public workshops that support a healthy future for public lands, public health, and community well-being.

While Nomad Creativa is her channel for professional creativity, her project, Not Lost, Just Discovering, provides an outlet for stories of heritage, adventure, and the journey within.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Where Dani has traveled, and what got her started in the first place
  • Why she prefers slow travel
  • How travel helped Dani find healing from trauma
  • What creating boundaries has done for her travels, and beyond
  • How Dani feels about traveling solo now that she has a partner
  • The importance of finding balance when it comes to compassion
  • How taking things one step at a time is often the best approach

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Music is by Josh Woodward.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #18: Walking Into Wellness: Nicole Rothschild

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Nicole Rothschild is not your ordinary van traveler for many reasons, but most notably because she recently re-learned to drive a car. In fact less than a year ago, Nicole was battling chronic illness and couldn’t get around without a wheelchair-- which means that these past few months have not only been ones but incredible challenge, but also incredible growth.

In this episode, you'll hear:

  • What chronic disease Nicole has been managing since childhood
  • Nicole’s most challenging points of her illness
  • How Nicole began to turn her health around and find healing
  • The reason Nicole wanted to hit the road in a van
  • How Nicole views her recovery compared to her doctors
  • Nicole’s travel style on the road
  • Tips on staying present and finding daily gratitude

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Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Josh Woodward.
Music also from Jukedeck - create your own at http://jukedeck.com.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Dec 14 2018

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Rank #19: My Dog is my Co-Pilot: Laura DeMaio Roy

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Getting a dog is a big decision, and so is bringing one on the road with you. So we asked professional dog trainer and part-time road traveler Laura DeMaio Roy all of the questions we could think of to help you feel more prepared.

There are a lot of considerations to make when owning a dog, regardless of where you live. But when you travel regularly, there are even more questions to answer before making decisions.

We’ve known for a while that this episode needed to happen. Why? It’s partially because so many of you have dogs already. We see the photos posted in our Women On The Road Podcast Facebook group, and a lot of them have a four legged creature in the background, curled up on the bed or sitting excitedly in front of your parked rig. It’s also partially because the question “should I get a dog before hitting the road?” comes up often in this tight knit little community.

Either way, getting a dog is a big decision, and so is bringing one on the road with you. But fortunately, as we’ve found time and again with this community-- we know just the person to help with tips, answers, and insights when it comes to choosing, training, and traveling with dogs.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Laura has crafted her dog training business for a more mobile
    lifestyle
  • Tips Laura has for respectfully visiting National Parks with her
    dogs, and how to keep them safe and happy in parks they’re not
    allowed
  • What to do when deciding whether to leave your dogs in your camper
    during hotter or colder seasons
  • Why Laura took 2 different training approaches with her 2 dogs when
    it came to road travel behaviors
  • How to combat car sickness in dogs
  • What considerations Laura made to her camper conversion to
    accommodate her dogs
  • Why you should consider crating your dog while driving your camper
  • Laura’s top 3 trained behaviors for dogs who live on the road
  • How to know your dog shouldn’t be off-leash, even in open areas
  • Laura’s number 1 tip for safely breaking up a dog fight
  • The biggest factors to consider when choosing the right dog for you
    and your travels
  • Why fostering and rescuing dogs can be the best option
  • Laura’s top tips to prepare yourself and your dog for travel of any
    kind

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Hosted by Laura Hughes

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Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by The Weather Machine.
Music is also by Jason Shaw, Josh Woodward, and Jahzzar via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license.

WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Aug 10 2018

36mins

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Rank #20: How to Hit the Road

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In partnership with Otterbox, we had a conversation with some experienced female travelers around getting started in road travel while at the Outdoor Retailer conference in Denver, CO-- then brought our learnings straight to you in a fun and informative bonus podcast episode!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

Sponsor Websites & Codes:

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Episodes air weekly on Fridays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Follow along with Laura Hughes on Instagram (@howsheviewsit) and see more of her work through her website, How She Views It.

Music is by Jason Shaw and Josh Woodward.

WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.

Jul 31 2019

37mins

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