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posted: Jun 30, 2010
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If you’re more of a visual learner, you can read the transcript of my podcast with Brave New Traveler’s Co-Editor, Christine Garvin. In her own words, she’ll tell you about her holistic approach to travel and the many paths a person can take to becoming a global citizen.
posted: Jun 25, 2010
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Brave New Traveler Co-Editor, Christine Garvin
One of my favorite online travel publications is Brave New Traveler (BNT). Contrary to what you might think, it covers everything about travel except the destination itself. You might be saying, “Whaaaaat?” Flip over to their website, and you’ll see what I mean.
BNT teaches readers how to travel the world, respect other cultures, and discover the many paths to being a global citizen. It’s all the intangibles of traveling beyond the hotel amenities and tourist attractions.
Christine pens plenty of articles herself and I asked her how she comes up with these different perspectives. A lot of her inspiration comes from her background. Christine is a certified Nutrition Educator and holds a master’s degree in Holistic Health Education.
This lets her look at travel differently than mainstream media. She looks at the good and the bad sides of traveling, as well as how it effects a person, the country they go to, etc. It’s truly a holistic approach, which makes her a perfect fit for BNT.
She’s been there for just over a year and has written a lot of memorable articles. One of her more popular articles we dive into is “What’s Your Travel Personality?” But you’ll have to listen to the podcast to get all the details.
Our talk wasn’t all work and no play. I uncovered Christine’s favorite travel destination. She was a little hesitant to admit it because it’s widely visited. Learn what city it is in our podcast, and listen to her great advice on the best time of the year to visit, and what to see and avoid.
There’s a lot more insight from Christine in the podcast, so click play and start listening.
A lot of ground (and sea) was covered in Melissa’s podcast with Judy Poliva on the Aegean and Cyclades Greek Island Hopper tours. If you want to catch their conversation on paper, the transcript is below. Even better, if you plan to book one of the tours, print it out so you can take it with you. Trust me, the advice inside will come in handy.
They start off talking about Athens, Greece. Then they drill into each island: Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, and Crete. Judy explains how she packed a lot of value into a small price, why she included Paros on the itinerary (it’s one of the lesser known Greek Islands), what travelers should see and do on each island, what clothes to pack, how smooth it is to hop from island to island on a ferry, and more.
If you want to hear about a specific island, here are the timestamps when Judy and Melissa start talking about them:
It’s nice to have a friend recommend a city, a hotel, and even a restaurant when you’re deciding where to travel. I know it makes me feel more comfortable knowing that someone else has been there and liked it.
Ron with his wife Jan and trusty camera in China
So when Ron Beller was deciding to travel to China, one of his friends recommended Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of China tour. His friend just returned from the tour and was raving about it. That was enough to sell Ron on the trip.
When he returned, Ron e-mailed us some fantastic photos he took in China. If a picture says a thousand words, these pictures said all that and more.
I had to give him a call to get the stories behind the photos. He told me he was a nature photographer, so he was practically born with a camera in his hand. He was always lagging behind the group trying to capture just a few more photos. He had taken 1,600 by the end of the trip!
posted: May 21, 2010
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If the audio sounded a little fuzzy to you on my podcast with Matt Kepnes, it wasn’t your ears. Conducting a phone interview across the Atlantic Ocean is known to cause some connection problems. Apologies if you were straining your ears, but if you missed any part of the conversation, you can catch the transcript. Hopefully it’ll be easier on your senses.
posted: May 13, 2010
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Nomadic Matt: Professional vagabond
Matt Kepnes was a typical college grad in 2005. He was working and completing his MBA. But after a trip he took to Thailand that year, he decided he wasn’t meant for a desk job, and traveling the world was going to be his new career path.
Matt finished school, quit his job, and in 2006 started traveling full time. Four years and 31 countries later, Matt has become better known as Nomadic Matt, professional vagabond and creator of the popular website, Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site.
While Matt was in Amsterdam last week, I interviewed him about how he got the courage to leave everything behind to travel, how he stretches his dollar, some of his most unforgettable memories, the cities with the best food, and more.
What I discovered is that Matt’s travel philosophy is a little different than one might expect. He doesn’t mind visiting the same city over and over again to really get to know it. It’s one thing to say that you’ve traveled to numerous countries, but it’s another to get to know the towns, the people, and the culture that turns you into a great traveler.
Laura studied abroad in Paris, France when she was in college. The romantic mood of the city inspired her and she fell in love with the people, the culture, and the time away from home. Since then she’s been an advocate for students to get out of the U.S. and over to Europe for a life-changing experience.
I talked to Laura about her travels and how she’s learned to cope with home sickness, handle currency exchange rates, schedule spontaneous trips to different parts of Europe, and more. She translates all of her real-world experience into practical posts on Students in Europe.
The website is dedicated to providing young travelers everything they need to be well-prepared for their journey to Europe. Its city profiles, news updates, product and venue reviews, interviews, and tips create a field guide to European travel for students.
Even if you’re not a student, my chat with Laura offers great insight to anyone looking to spend some time living in, or exploring parts of Europe. Turn your speakers up and be prepared to get rocked with information.
Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices. More about Peggy