Twenty-Something Traveler

Premiere DateAug 11, 2014
Categories Media Talk
00:00 Intro
01:58 Young Hearts Strange Talk
02:28 Couchsurfing How To with Juan
14:27 Slow Motion PHOX
15:01 Washington D.C. Tips
16:20 Local Eyes on Washington D.C. with Joel Church
26:04 Sorry/Sadly
26:44 Nest Time on TST
27:52 Friendships on Fire Little Lapin
32:02 Finish

DJ Jess

Welcome to the Twenty-Something Traveler – the new travel podcast only on BTR! Hosted by DJ Jess, this podcast is entirely dedicated to helping twenty-somethings get out and travel. An array of guests from around the globe will teach you how to do it for cheap — including info on couchsurfing, work study, AirBnB, hitchhiking, walking, road trips, and all manner of ways to see the world you haven’t considered. Plus each week we’ll ask a local living in a popular destination to curate their best 24-hours there so you’ll get the most authentic experience possible from the minute you arrive!

This week we chat with avid couchsurfer Juan — world traveler and head of the Couchsurfing meet-ups in New York City. Juan will give you a how-to on surfing safely and effectively, plus talk to us about what it means to be a sharing community.

Then we’ll get some local eyes on the scene in Washington D.C. with D.C. native, author, and artist Joel Church. Joel has published two collections of short stories, Fingerprints and Open Windows, and has his own tee-shirt company called Monumental Threads, all inspired by his amazing city.


(Photo courtesy of Joel Church)

Joel Church on Washington D.C.

TST: Where should twenty-somethings stay in D.C.?

JC: Hotels can be a little expensive, but people are always out of town on business so there’s a pretty bustling AirBnB scene. There are a few good hostels, including one at 5th and H St. NE. There’s a good hotel just a little bit north of Georgetown called The Savoy that has really competitive rates. The Red Roof Inn in Chinatown has a centralized location and great rates as well.

(Photo courtesy of Joel Church)

TST: Is there anywhere in D.C. to steer clear of?

JC: With all the gentrification, neighborhoods have been getting better at a rapid pace. I would say anything west of the river is very safe, east of the river can get a little bit dicey and is still pretty neglected. But you’re gonna know when things start to change and that’s when you should become a little bit more aware.

(Photo courtesy of Tobin Coziahr)

For more from Joel, including his best 24 hours in D.C., tune in!

Jess Goulart began working at BTR in 2013 as an intern. Before leaving in 2016 she was also a staff writer, podcast host (Scotch & Cinema, Twenty-Something Traveler, Biology of the Blog), and Social Media…