We’re back! Since wrapping up season one, Traveler has relaunched with a brand new look and celebrated International Women’s Day with our second-annual Women Who Travel package—a collection of personal essays, features, and interviews that celebrate all the women who know no limits and refuse to stay home, from travel host Samantha Brown to Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
For our first episode of season two, we’ve been joined by Alysia Kezerian, founder of the Instagram account Wheelies Around the World, and Traveler contributor Julia Buckley, whose memoir Heal Me: In Search of a Cure comes out in the U.S. later this year, to to discuss the challenges of traveling the world with two different disabilities—one visible to a bystander, the other not. Over the course of 50 minutes, the pair share their personal stories and explain what it means for them to get from A to B (and everywhere in between) when they’re having to traverse airports, railway stations, hotels, and the sidewalks of new cities. We also weigh in on what the travel industry needs to do to improve accessibility (spoiler: a lot); consider the misconceptions some may have about travelers with disabilities; and learn why visibility in the travel space is so important to both women—and how seeing the world helped both of them heal. As Julia tells us, “Travel gave me my life back.”
Thanks to Alysia and Julia for calling in from opposite time zones. Plus, a massive thanks to Kerrianne Thomas for engineering and mixing. Check back every Monday for the latest installment of Women Who Travel. To keep up with our podcast each week, subscribe to Women Who Travel on the iTunes store and if you have a minute to spare, leave a review—we’d love to hear from you.
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