songs for the road

7 Songs by Women to Fuel Your Energy for the Resistance

female travel

On January 21, 2017, I participated in the Women’s March. It was energizing to join a local intersectional protest led by women. It was beautiful to see people united around several progressive causes. It was powerful to know that I was marching with millions of people across seven continents. The worldwide solidarity was palpable that day. Flash […]

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Songs for the Road No. 23: When the Sun and the Music Disappear into the Colors of the Dusk

Hawaii
Big Island, Hawaii Wallking Trail

Every evening is perfect at the walking trail. There are flowers everywhere and the sea breeze keeps you cool as you work up a sweat. When the sun blends with the clouds that often hover near the horizon, everything glows luminescent saffron. One day, I finish my walk and cross the street to go to […]

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Songs for the Road No. 22: A Soundtrack for a Road Trip on the West Side of Colombia

Colombia

In Colombia, there are distinct Afro-Colombian cultures on both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. The Pacifico Afro-Colombian culture is even more obscure to outsiders and harder to access than that of the Caribbean Coast. Perhaps because of that, the Afro-Colombian culture there is quite strong. African rhythms and call and response singing are combined to […]

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7 Empowering Anthems for International Women’s Day

female travel

International Women’s Day has a powerful energy fueled by the inherent inclusion, unity, and diversity of the holiday. It’s inspiring to see celebrations and activism around the world and know that you’re part of an international sisterhood of women that is driven to achieve equality. So to commemorate International Women’s Day (and any other day […]

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The Untold Afro-Colombian Stories of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Colombia
City dreams

Walled City. Heroic City. Gold. Pirates of the Caribbean. Fortress. Battles. Victory. This is essentially the summary of Cartagena’s history you receive as a tourist; not just when you’re there, but in guidebooks, articles, and blogs. The large presence and contributions of Afro-Colombians — if they are even mentioned at all — are only vaguely […]

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Songs for the Road No. 21: A Soundtrack for a Road Trip Along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Colombia

When I’m traveling overland, I love listening to songs that evoke the spirit of the place I’m visiting as the scenery rolls by. I feel more present where I am and tiny revelations about the location begin to bubble up as you see it through music and everyday scenes. For traveling in Colombia, there are […]

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Music and Wine Where Summer Meets the Harvest Season

California

The Livermore Valley has welcomed us with unexpected pastoral charm. Not too long ago we were on a busy highway, now we are surrounded by acres of grapes that look almost ready to be plucked from their vines. Beyond the fields are the golden hills of California summertime, gently rolling in the distance. There’s a […]

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7 Throwback Songs to Pump You Up for Travel

songs for the road

Late at night following my birthday outing in Chicago, a group of us found ourselves hanging out in a living room, having slices of blue funfetti cake, and taking a trip down memory lane via songs from our childhoods. We were listening to stuff I hadn’t heard in a long time; the kind of music […]

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