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Episode Info: The face of The Points Guy UK, a website showing us how to get the most from points and miles whose US site has over 75 million unique visitors a year. Nicky Kelvin’s own travel journey started with cheap flights courtesy of his cabin crew sister and moved on to climbing Kilimanjaro, accidentally setting fire to a Mongolian hillside, working as a photojournalist (oh and a Manny) in Israel and he was once forced to pay £600 for a jam sandwich in Zimbabwe in order to escape the Mugabe regime unscathed.   On this episode we cover:   Helping you get the most of points and miles 75 million unique visitors a year Their YouTube channel with 29 million views More of us travelling than ever Not being able to afford a house – let’s travel! Aspirational but achievable travel How to fly first class by playing the miles and points game Lisa’s recent Ethiopian Airlines first class Always being an ‘aviation geek’ His BA cabin crew sister sparked his travel bug Student trips to Hong Kong and the Caribbean Watching mass games in North Korea being other-wordly Launching rockets in a Mongolian army base Setting a Mongolian hill on fire Cambodia’s killing fields Shooting an AK47 Not exploding any cows Getting mugged in Mexico Then getting ripped off by the police Aggressive West Bank Monastery boys and their donkey Working as a photojournalist in Israel (oh and a lawyer and also a ‘Manny’!) Photographing migrant workers, prostitutes and drug dealers in Tel Aviv Wanting to show the unseen side of destinations How anyone conflicted about Israel needs to spend time there Touring Bethlehem with a Palestinian Harley Davison gang The Church of the Nativity in Manger Square Lisa in Eilat and sailing from Israel to Egypt down the red sea Those moments when you travel where you never really know if you’re ok Climbing Kilimanjaro, going to Rwanda, gorillas in the Congo, loving Malawi A £600 jam sandwich in Zimbabwe Having to bribe a cleaner to access local currency Mugabe and the potential to be ‘disappeared’ Feeling they’d escaped Harare by the skin of the teeth Lisa’s recent trip to Addis Ababa Ethiopia being an especially brilliant place to go Lisa and Nicky’s embarrassment of not having been to South Africa Lisa naming and shaming her friend (sorry, Fran!) Imagining a world where we didn’t travel But keeping an eye on the eco issue How travel can create a better world More of the world understanding The romance of seeing somewhere very different The Beach movie and book inspiring travel Are You Experienced by William Sutcliffe (yes I’ve mentioned it again) (then he came on The Big Travel Podcast) Nicky’s top tips for the best deals The shopping portals that elevate points earning The beginners guide with nine basic steps Working as a music lawyer The Garden State soundtrack The wonderful feeling of listening to ‘the BA song’ The buzz of coming home on a British Airways flight and immediately feeling at home (no we are not being ...
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