We’re doing something a little different this time: a crossover episode with Grating the Nutmeg, the podcast of Connecticut Explored.
Instead of our usual format, we’re giving you a segment we recorded for Grating the Nutmeg. In it, Kerri puts on her interviewing hat (it’s a metaphorical hat, but it’s really nice) and asks Johnna about the past and present of New London’s Fort Trumbull, the topic of an article Johnna wrote for the Spring 2019 issue of Connecticut Explored.
We’ve also added a bonus segment for Going/Steady listeners, with more New London travel inspiration for anyone who loves history and/or exploring the shoreline. In it, we talk about what to see, where to eat, and why you just can’t get away from Benedict Arnold around here.
In this episode, Kerri and Johnna discuss what might be a hot new trend in Connecticut: debating whether to change the name of the airport and update the tourism slogan. We also talk about New England’s covered bridges. Finally, we go through our top five favorite travel books (and by five, Johnna means six.)
Our fondness for the Midwest, and how it compares to New England.
Our travel resolutions for 2019.
In this episode, Kerri and Johnna talk about traveling in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – aka the Midwest. We highlight a few favorite cities, towns, and routes, and ponder what New England could learn from the Midwest and vice versa. The discussion then turns to travel-related New Year’s resolutions, from our (realistic) dream destinations to forming better travel habits.
First, a note about the audio: we recorded this in Johnna’s dining room; we promise she does not live in a truck stop, it just sounds like it for some reason. However, you should be able to hear us over the noise of the traffic, and we hope you’re not too annoyed!
We talk about the weird, coast-to-coast Connecticut envisioned by the Royal Charter of 1662 and the Connecticut Western Reserve, aka the Western Reserve region of Ohio, which Johnna wrote about a few years ago.
Indianapolis places mentioned include Broad Ripple and the Monon Trail. The swanky Barnes & Noble in an old bank building was, in fact, a swanky Borders in an old bank building, and it has since closed. (It was pretty fancy though.)
Why tourists come to New England, and what they’re encouraged to see.
How to actually get work done while traveling.
This month, Johnna and Kerri talk about various ways to get some art into your life in the Nutmeg State, from mural walks to open studios to the obvious: museums. Also, how do guidebooks and tourism websites rank New England places and activities? (Hint: it’s all about Boston and lobster, and we rant about that.) Plus, the digital nomad life looks glamorous, but often it’s not; we’ve accumulated some practical ways to get your work done when you’re on the road.
First, an audio warning: in this episode, Johnna says “like” a lot and has a scratchy voice, while Kerri sounds like she’s very far away – maybe she’s channeling some exciting travel experience? And there are wind chimes.
Some fun, questionable, and slightly terrifying ferry rides in the region.
How technology affects travel, for good and for ill.
Kerri and Johnna are back after an unplanned summer vacation from Going/Steady, and we start this episode off talking about local wineries and vineyards. (Are they the same thing? Who knows.) We also talk fall activities in the Nutmeg State, getting around in the Northeast by ferry, and how technology and social media have changed what’s it’s like to travel now.