Indie Travel Podcast (enhanced) (travel)


Travel, Couples
Travel, Gear
Travel, Brazil
Travel, New Zealand
Travel, Chile
Travel, Spain
Travel, South America
Travel, England
Travel, Holiday
Travel, Argentina
Travel, Travel Safety
Travel, Australia
Travel, Uruguay
Travel, Languages
Travel, Flights
Travel, Packing
Travel, Mongolia
Travel, Cambodia
Travel, New Zealand, Sports
Travel, Photography
Travel, Europe
Travel, USA, Navajo
Travel, Wine
Travel, Accommodation
Travel, Safety
Travel, South Korea, Teaching English
Travel, Frequent Flyer Miles
Travel, Vietnam
Travel, Europe, Hiking
Travel, RTW
Travel, RTW, Africa
Travel, London, England
Travel, Psychology
Travel, Money
Travel, Cambodia, Asia
Travel, Colorado
Travel, Living
Travel, Scandinavia, scandinavia travel,scandinavian travel,scandanavia travel,sweeden travel,norway travel,sweden travel,finlan
Travel, Language
Travel, Edinburgh
Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
travel, europe, berlin, photography
travel, europe, train, eurail
travel, australia, south australia
Travel guide, England, Bath
Travel guide
Podcast, On Location, Travel
Podcast, Interview
Podcast, On Location
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Packing for travel isn’t just about what clothes to take! It’s also important to think about what to pack in the carry-on bag that you put under the seat in front of you, for a comfortable short- or long-haul flight.

Direct download: What_to_pack_in_your_under-seat_carry-on_bag.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:23am EST

The Cotswold Way is a multi-day walk through some of England's most picturesque landscape. Listen to our Cotswold Way resources podcast to learn how to walk the Cotswold Way.

Direct download: Cotswold_Way_resources_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:23am EST

Delve into history, see a show, enjoy the parks -- if you find yourself wondering what to do in London, England, these five things to do are a great place to start.

Direct download: Top_5_things_to_do_in_London.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Packing for travel can be a challenge. Listen to our travel packing podcast for our top tips on what clothes to pack for short and long trips.

Direct download: What_clothes_to_pack_for_short_and_long_trips_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:07am EST

Travel insurance is an important part of any trip. But how do you know which policy is right for you? We talk with travel safety expert Phil Sylvester about all things travel insurance.

Direct download: Travel_Insurance_with_Phil_Sylvester_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

Road trips are a great way to explore. You’ll get the most out of your journey with a little planning, so check out our top tips for road trips podcast.

Direct download: Top_tips_for_road_trips_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:24am EST

Drink wine, eat pies, visit the Bay of Islands -- there's plenty to do and see in New Zealand. Check out our top ten things to do in New Zealand.

Direct download: Top_10_things_to_do_in_New_Zealand.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:27am EST

Transit days can be a challenge, but with a bit of preparation and a deep breath or two, you’ll get there. Check out our top tips for travel days.

Direct download: Top_tips_for_transit_days.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

Trying local food is an important part of travel — not only do you get to try some brand-new flavours, food can also give an insight into the culture of your destination. Listen to our food and travel podcast with Tommo and Megsy.

Direct download: Food_and_travel_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:12am EST

Renting a car while travelling can be daunting, but these top ten tips for travel car hire will help you save time and money. Listen to our car hire podcast!

Direct download: Top_10_tips_for_car_hire_while_travelling_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

If you're considering a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, you might need to know the answers to some of these questions. Listen to our Prague podcast!

Direct download: Things_you_wanted_to_know_about_Prague_and_the_Czech_Republic_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:48am EST

Europe is full of imagery and experience, but planning can be a bit overwhelming -- there are so many options. Listen to our Europe planning podcast for advice!

Direct download: How_to_plan_your_Europe_trip_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

Spain is a large country, and there's a lot to see in the different regions that form the country. There are plenty of ways to get around in Spain, including land, air and sea -- check out the options in our Spain transport podcast.

Direct download: How_to_get_around_in_Spain_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:13pm EST

Listen to our travel gift podcast for tips about what presents to buy for travellers. We've received some awesome travel gifts over the years!

Direct download: Gifts_for_travellers_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

You need money to travel — but maybe not as much as you think! In our travel money podcast, we talk about saving for travel, making and managing money while travelling, spending less, and what to do about money and your travel companions.

Direct download: Money_for_travel_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:08am EST

Whisky, haggis, bagpipes, the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow — there are so many good things to do in Scotland! Listen to our Scotland podcast for our tips.

Direct download: Top_10_things_to_do_in_Scotland_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:27am EST

Get on the water, on the road, to local events! Want to truly experience the Kiwi summer? Check out our top five things to do in the NZ summer.

Direct download: Top_five_things_to_do_in_the_NZ_summer_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

If you’re a wine drinker, a trip to the Champagne region of France is a must! Check out our top things to do in Champagne podcast.

Direct download: Top_5_things_to_do_in_Champagne_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:20am EST

Preparing well for a long flight can make your trip that much smoother and more comfortable. Have a great plane trip with our top ten tips for long flights.

Direct download: Top_10_tips_for_long_flights_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

Why travel by public transport while travelling? Find out in our public transport podcast.

Direct download: Why_use_public_transport_while_travelling_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:47am EST

It's easy to spend a week or more in the Spanish seaside city of La Coruña, but one day is okay too! Check out our guide to how to spend one day in A Coruña, Spain.

Direct download: How_to_spend_one_day_in_La_Coruna_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:04am EST

Australia is a land of huge distances, so choosing the right transport is a big deal! Find out how to get around Australia in our Australia transport podcast.

Direct download: How_to_get_around_Australia_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:45am EST

Portugal is an amazing place, full of delicious food and drink! Listen to our top ten things to do in Portugal in this Portugal travel podcast.


Direct download: Name__Top_10_things_to_do_in_Portugal.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:04am EST

Heading to Jerusalem? Listen to our Jerusalem podcast for tips on what to do with 24 hours in Israel's capital.

Direct download: 24_hours_in_Jerusalem_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:45am EST

It's always possible to keep the travel mentality alive, by being a tourist in your own backyard. Listen to our local tourist podcast for some ideas!

Direct download: How_to_be_a_tourist_in_your_own_backyard_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:22am EST

Want to know how to get around New Zealand? Check out our New Zealand transport tips in this NZ travel podcast. 

Direct download: How_to_get_around_New_Zealand_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:09am EST

Australia is a fantastic place, with great cities and amazing wildlife. Check out our top ten things to do in Australia in our Australia podcast.

Direct download: Top_ten_things_to_do_in_Australia_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

Travelling can be stressful. But don't let travel stress ruin your journey -- use our seven tips for de-stressing on the road!

Direct download: How_to_deal_with_travel_stress.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:44pm EST

There's plenty to do in Croatia, from adventure sports, to wine and food experiences, to city breaks. We speak with Maja Gudelj about her home country.

Direct download: What_to_do_in_Croatia_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

How to travel by long-distance bus podcast

Long-distance bus is one of the most common forms of transport out there. As an independent traveller, you’re sure to find yourself on one or more long bus trips. Find out how to travel by long-distance bus in this episode of the Indie Travel Podcast

Direct download: How_to_travel_by_long-distance_bus_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

Choosing just ten things to do in England was a challenge — there’s so many options! In this podcast, we talk about our favourite things to do in England.

Direct download: Top_10_things_to_do_in_England_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

Washing your clothes is an unavoidable part of long-term travel, but it doesn’t have to be a chore! Learn how to do it well in our laundry podcast.


Direct download: How_to_wash_your_clothes_while_travelling_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Getting to and around Panama is easy but information is scarce! We share what we’ve learned over four months here in our Panama transport podcast.


Direct download: How_to_get_to_and_around_Panama_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:16pm EST

It's possible to feel lonely while traveling -- even if you're travelling with a partner, friend or family member! That's why making friends while travelling is so important.

Direct download: 10_ways_to_make_friends_while_travelling_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:02pm EST

Booking accommodation online is easy, but you’ll get the best results if you take a bit of time and consider your needs before you enter your credit card details!

Direct download: Ten_things_to_look_for_when_booking_accommodation_online_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

Spain is an amazing country, with its regional variation of culture and gastronomy. We kept being drawn back and we’re sure you will too — but these top ten things to do in Spain are a good place to start.

Direct download: Top_ten_things_to_do_in_Spain_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Eating healthily on the road can be a challenge, but it’s possible! In this healthy eating podcast, we share tips and stories about eating well while travelling.

Direct download: How_to_eat_healthily_on_the_road_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Colombia is an amazing place, full of flavour, colour, and music. Listen to our Colombia travel podcast for tips and stories about travel in Colombia.

Direct download: Colombia_travel_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

Getting robbed is never fun — avoid it by following some basic security practices. Listen to our security podcast for travel security tips.

Direct download: How_to_keep_your_stuff_safe__the_security_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Italy is an enchanting place, full of hidden corners and delicious flavours. Listen to our top ten things to do in Italy podcast for our picks for what to do in this awesome country.

Direct download: Top_10_things_to_do_in_Italy_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:11pm EST

Cartagena, Colombia, is a charming city, with its walled old town and colonial history. But there's more to it than that -- visit the poorer neighbourhoods and make a difference to kids growing up in a rough environment.

Direct download: Deep_Travel_Cartagena_podcast_.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:07am EST

After ten years of full-time travel, we've finally created a pre-trip checklist to make sure everything gets done the day before a travel day. Now we just have to remember to use it.


Direct download: The_day-before-you-travel_checklist_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

Travellers in the United Kingdom will almost always find multiple alternatives for getting from A to B. In our UK transport podcast, we give you some tips for getting around this island nation and share some of our UK transport stories.

Direct download: How_to_get_around_the_United_Kingdom__the_UK_transport_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

If you’re looking for a holiday in the sun, Quintana Roo in eastern Mexico is the place to go. What else is there to do? Listen to the Quintana Roo podcast.

Direct download: Mexico_take_two__the_Quintana_Roo_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Listen to our Mexico road trip podcast to hear about travel in the Mexican states of Yucatan, Chiapas and Campeche.


Direct download: Mexico_road_trip_podcast__Yucatan_Campeche_and_Chiapas.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

The end of the year is a great time to travel, but it can be hard to be away from family and friends. Listen to the Christmas podcast for our tips on how to celebrate the holidays away from home.

Direct download: Christmas_podcast__How_to_celebrate_the_holidays_away_from_home.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:22pm EST

Cuba is unlike any other place in the world, and travelling there requires a different travel strategy. Find out how to travel in Cuba with this Cuba travel podcast.

Direct download: Rum_cigars_and_classic_cars__the_Cuba_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Housesitting is a great way to immerse yourself in a destination and live like a local. In this housesitting podcast, we talk about how we started housesitting and how you can try this alternative (and cheap) form of accommodation.

Direct download: Home_on_the_road__the_housesitting_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Ukraine hasn’t had good press recently, but we found it to be a friendly country with delicious food and amazing architecture. Listen to our Ukraine podcast!

Direct download: Odessa_and_Kiev__Our_Ukraine_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:31pm EST

Moldova is an eastern European country that's worth a visit -- especially if you like wine! Listen to this Moldova podcast for advice about travel in Moldova.

Direct download: Wine_country__Moldova_travel_guide_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Japan is a country of contrasts, which has a lot more to offer the independent traveller than just geishas and sushi. In this episode of the Indie Travel Podcast, we talk to Andres Zuleta about what to do in the land of the rising sun.

Direct download: Bullet_trains_and_cherry_blossoms__the_Japan_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned in ten years of travel is to pack light. Learn how to travel with carry-on size luggage.

Direct download: The_pack_light_podcast__how_to_travel_carry-on_size.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

In this Prague travel guide podcast, we talk about our experience of Prague, Czech Republic and how you can enjoy it too. 

Direct download: Prague_travel_guide_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:40am EST

Alcalá de Henares is a charming city that is definitely worth a visit while you're in Spain -- just be prepared for Cervantes to be ever-present!

Direct download: Alcala_de_Henares.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:27am EST

Berlin is a fantastic city that warrants more than just a flying visit, but if you want to see Berlin in a day this podcast will help.


Direct download: 304_Berlin.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:46am EST


Riga's the biggest city in the Baltics, the most-vibrant city, and the place with the best nightlife. In English-speaking Europe, the capital of Latvia is also known as the stag- and hen-party capital of the region.

Direct download: Riga_and_Rundale_the_Latvia_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:39pm EST


The Camino Primitivo is our favourite Way of Saint James so far. If you’re planning to do a Camino de Santiago, we recommend this one — but do a bit of preparation before you go! 

Direct download: 302_Camino_Primitivo.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:54am EST


In this Lithuania podcast, we talk about a country that is like no other, full of quirks and surprises, with a fantastic, independent spirit.

Direct download: The_Lithuania_podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:34am EST


For our 300th episode of Indie Travel Podcast, we revisit our roots and discuss what indie travel means to us: flexibility, immersion, and experience among other things.

Direct download: What_is_indie_travel_.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:28am EST


In this Estonia Podcast, we explore Tallinn, the national parks, and Parnu. From the capital to the beach resorts, we loved it!

Direct download: 299e_Estonia.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:55am EST

We talk with Nora Dunn, author of Working on the Road, about life, travel, and her new book. Discover how you can work and travel. 

Direct download: 297e_-_Working_on_the_road_with_Nora_Dunn.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Croatia is a fascinating country that has now been well and truly incorporated into the backpackers' trail, so infrastructure is good while prices are still pretty cheap.

Direct download: 290_-_Top_things_to_do_in_Croatia.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:16am EST

If you are heading off on your first trip, use these <a href="">tips for new travellers</a> to make sure you have the best experience possible. 

Direct download: 289_-_5_tips_for_new_travelers.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:01am EST

From books to beer, Ireland's capital is full of things to experience.

Direct download: Top_things_to_do_in_Dublin.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Europe's rail network is immense, and navigating it can sometimes be a bit of a mission. But with forward planning and perseverance, you can get some very good deals. 

Direct download: 287_-_Getting_cheap_train_tickets_in_Europe.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

Jamie Isaac tells how his surfing holiday turned into a sustainable business that’s changing people’s lives in Fuerteventura, while we're in Ireland and Croatia. Features Irish music from the streets of Dublin.

Direct download: 286_-_Surfing_and_sustainable_living_in_Fuerteventura.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

282 - Travel to Rostock, Leipzig And The End Of IndieGermany

This podcast starts in Hamburg, passes through Rostock down to Berlin, then takes a day trip to Leipzig... Just like us!

Check out photos from Rostock and Leipzig in this travel podcast. 

Direct download: 282_-_Rostock_Leipzig_and_the_end_of_IndieGermany.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

277 - Munich, it's more than just beer gardens

Munich: the home of Oktoberfest! We found beer gardens and beer halls, but we also found a whole lot more: a city with an outdoor vibe; with museums, palaces and galleries; and great people too.

Direct download: 277_-_Munich_Its_more_than_beergardens.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

276 - Train travel in Germany and more! #IndieGermany

What is #IndieGermany, what are we doing, and why are we doing it? Find out, as well as catching up with our travels through the Czech Republic and Italy. 

Direct download: 276_-_Germany_by_train_and_other_travels.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:00am EST

275 - Things to do in Salzburg, Austria

After our recent time in Salzburg, we talk about what we got up to, and our top ten picks for things to do on your visit.

Direct download: 275_-_Things_to_do_in_Salzburg_Austria.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

We'd never heard of the San Juan festival until we arrived in A Coruña, where it's the biggest event of the year -- and then we got to experience it first-hand. It has roots in pagan solstice celebrations and summer cleansing rituals, and is celebrated all over Spain. In Alicante the modern celebration started in the 1920s and involves burning intricate structures created by local artists. In A Coruña, just one of these structures is burned, representing the major events that have happened in the city during the previous year. Read more at
Direct download: 24020-20San20Juan20festival.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Mongol Rally 2012 podcast: Pam is part of the only female-only team to compete. From Prague to Ulan Bator, it's the ultimate adventure. We discuss the trip, the planning, the fundraising, and the visas. Oh god, the visas! More at
Direct download: 23920-20Mongol20Rally20201220with20Pam20McNaughton.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with our KL travel guide. A bustling, muggy, shopping mecca, is a great place to start exploring Asia.
Direct download: 23820-20Kuala20Lumpur20travel20podcast.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

Why visit A Coruña, Spain? Why not! It's a beautiful city far in the north-west, with long white beaches and lots of cultural and foodie opportunities. We talk about how we (accidentally) ended up here, and what it's like.
Direct download: 23520-20Why20to20visit20A20Coruna.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Ready to head out on your first big trip? Learn how to prepare for your first trip, whether that's a summer in Europe or a RTW extravaganza. We cover: Planning Packing Money Airports Arrival So that you can confiently go and have the time of your life.
Direct download: 23420-20How20to20prepare20for20your20first20trip.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

This Salta podcast covers things to do, places to see, where to stay, how to get around in Salta, Argentina. Rounded out with good stories & nice pictures. For more, see: or
Direct download: 23320-20Salta2C20Argentina.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:07am EST

We're back! The first podcast in almost two months recounts some stories and learnings from the Via de la Plata — the 1031km 'pilgrimage' walk we have just completed. Learn... * What is the Via de la Plata? * Our Stand-out moments on the Camino * Why we choose this to celebrate 10 years of marriage * Resources for the Camino de Santiago * How to prepare for the Camino * and for more, visit
Direct download: 23220-20Via20de20la20Plata202620the20Camino20de20Santiago.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Travel in your home country doesn't have to be a second-best option. Thousands of people visit your home area every year. Why shouldn't you be one of them? For more, visit
Direct download: 23120-20Explore20your20backyard.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

The best places in Asia are hard to pin down, so this list comprises the places we've loved the most, and the places we're most fascinated by. Go travel...
Direct download: 23020-20Best20cities20in20Asia.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:28am EST

Adventure, food and fun are all to be found in the Central American country of Belize... at least according to today's interviewees. We speak with Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons and Lebawit Lily Girma about the time they've spent in what seems to be a marvelous country.
Direct download: 22920-20Belize20travel20advice.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

How to buy travel insurance? Look online! But how do you find the best travel insurance? What do you look for? What questions should you ask? Find out! We're now on Soundcloud! Find the Indie Travel Podcast at
Direct download: 22820-20Travel20insurance.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:55pm EST

When it comes to travel, cheap accommodation options can help you to save money, but great accommodation will help you to really enjoy your destination. You might be overwhelmed by suggestions of where to go and where to stay. I'm sure you'll have some idea of your dream destination -- but once you get there, where do you sleep? There are a multitude of accommodation options, and your choice will be influenced by both your budget and your inclination. For more see:
Direct download: 22520-20Accommodation20for20travellers.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Is it safe to travel in Asia? It sure is! But there are risks to mitigate. We give you the low-down on the best health and safety advice for travel in Asia. This first half of this podcast deals with health concerns, while the second looks at safety and security issues. See the new book at for more in-depth coverage.
Direct download: 22320-20Health20and20Safety20Asia.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:46pm EST

Looking at our highlights from 2011, we realise we have a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, thanks to you — the Indie Travel Podcast Community — for inspiring us, for funding us, for talking to us every day. If it wasn’t for you, Indie Travel Podcast would have died a long time ago. Instead, it’s growing. Listen to this podcast about our travel resolutions for 2012, and how 2011 went for Indie Travel Podcast.
Direct download: 22220-20Thanks2120and20Happy20New20Year.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

After five years of full-time travel, hosts Craig and Linda Martin take a few minutes to reminisce and highlight some favourite moments from their travels. Highlights include: * Camino de Santiago, Spain * Perth, Australia * Istanbul, Bursa and Cappadocian cities, Turkey * Flitting around Europe - Austria and Czech Republic get a focus each * Couchsurfing in South America * Road-trips in New Zealand * Favourite natural attractions * Favourite man-made attractions For more, visit or listen to the podcast!
Direct download: 18620-20Travel20for20five20years20-20the20highlights.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

As we travelled using the Eurorail/Eurail Global Pass, we took note of what we would have spent buying point-to-point tickets. Is a Eurail Pass worthwhile, or is it too expensive? Eurorail or Eurail? There's a little confusion over the terms Eurorail and Eurail. Basically, they're two terms for the same thing! The term Eurorail was replaced with Eurail a few years ago, so we're going to stick with that from now on. Our Europe train travel We had a 15-day Global Eurail Pass each, which meant we could travel in any of the countries covered by Eurail on fifteen individual days spread across the two-month validity of the pass. Every day that we wanted to use the pass, we wrote the date in the space provided. Our passes were checked every day that we used them, and usually stamped by the conductor - we'd heard stories of people trying to cheat the system using removable ink on their passes - this isn't going to work anymore.
Direct download: Eurorail2C20Eurail20and20train20travel20Europe.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Jane Meighan set off on her first big adventure at the age of 17, heading to Australia to spend three months there. Her family hadn't travelled a lot, so it was an eye-opening experience for her, and laid the foundations of her love for travel. Since then, she's spent a fair bit of time in Western Europe, visiting friends and enjoying the art - especially the Gaudi museum in Barcelona. As an environmentally conscious person, a comment made by a friend about her carbon footprint made Jane realise how much flying she was doing, and what that was doing to the environment. So she's decided to travel around the world by land and sea. She'll start in Edinburgh, and travel down the UK to catch a boat to Amsterdam before travelling slowly through Eastern Europe. The Trans-Siberian train will take her across Russia, and she'll travel by cargo ship from Shanghai to the States and from the other side of the States back to the UK after cross-country trip. Although Jane has got the big picture sorted out, she plans to organise the details as she goes along. A bit of research has of course helped a lot - she knows, for example, that it's a lot cheaper to buy trans-Siberian tickets in Moscow than book them from the UK. She'll use point-to-point tickets in Eastern Europe, buying as she goes to keep her options open.
Direct download: 16620-20Round20the20World20by20Sea20and20Land.m4a
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

La Tomatina is a giant tomato fight that’s held every year in Buñol, Spain, on the last Wednesday of August. There’s celebrations all week, but most people go just to throw tomatoes at each other, and this year we joined in the fun. We had a great time, but as always we learned a fair bit about what we could have done better. What we did right Arrived early Although the fight starts at 11am, you can’t get there at 10am and hope to be part of the action. The smart people are in the main square at 8am – we didn’t make it that early but we were there by nine. Didn’t prepare too much but knew where we were going We travelled by train, and we knew that the train we wanted left from San Isidre station and not from Valencia Nord, the main station in the centre of town. The night before, we worked out how to get to that station (by metro) and we got there as soon as we could. We’d tried to find out about train times, but couldn’t – which didn’t matter anyway, since there was a crowd waiting at the station and everyone just had to wait until the next train, whenever it might be. In Buñol, we followed the crowd to the main square, but we knew we wanted to be in sight of the ham, so we squirmed through until we could see it. We had a great spot which ensured we were part of the action. Wore sensible (and disposable) clothing Despite the fact that one of the few rules of La Tomatina is “don’t rip t-shirts” a lot of people lost the shirts off their backs. We wore shirts that we wouldn’t mind losing – in fact Linda’s was one wear away from the bin in any case, so she threw it out afterwards. Linda wore shorts with a zip pocket for a credit card, train ticket and a bit of cash, and bought a pair of cheap sunglasses instead of wearing her hat. Craig wore swimming trunks with a deep pocket. We both wore sneakers instead of flip flops. This was definitley a good idea, we saw hundreds of flip flops floating on the tide of tomato, and many people were shoeless at the end of the event. Washing our shoes wasn’t fun, but it was better than losing them. Didn’t take too much We didn’t take a bag with us. There just isn’t room in a crowd like that, and it would likely have been stolen. We took a cheap camera which we tried to waterproof, and a video camera that now needs a bit of love. We also took a plastic bag with some croissants in it, but we bought water when we arrived. There was plenty of food available, but we enjoyed having our croissants on the train. Were in a good mood Being in a good frame of mind is essential to enjoy La Tomatina. Some people were angry about being pushed around or having wine poured on their heads, others panicked when the crowd were too dense. We tried to relax and enjoy ourselves (and practise deep breathing occasionally) and left with a positive view of things. For more information, and to find out what we did wrong, visit
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:54am EST

Whether you call it a career break, gap year, or a sabatical, the movie Eat, Pray, Love has certainly created a lot of buzz around the idea of taking extended time off to travel the world. And, of course, that's something we approve of! One person fomenting the career break discussion is Sherry Ott from Briefcase to Backpack and one of the leading figures behind Meet, Plan, Go - a North American event with meetings around the US and Canada to help people find career break opportunities themselves. In this interview we talk with Sherry Ott about her own journey, about career break travel, and about Meet, Plan, Go. For more information and links, visit
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:52am EST

Ever wanted to travel to China? This week we speak with Coley Dale who has been living and travelling in China for seven years. Coley describes a China of amazing diversity, both physically and culturally. We talk about China's most well-known cities, then head west to get away from the big smoke and into the countryside. We discuss Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan and Xianjing as well as budgets for travel in China and visas for China travel. Coley Dale is the Senior Manager of cTrip's English website and has offered his advice with your China travel planning. All photos are from Coley's Flickr account. For more visit
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:02am EST