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Travel Nuggets Podcast
63 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
Episode 19: Punjab
In this episode of Travel Nuggets, Sam Thiara talks about his latest book detailing his travels in India to find his ancestral home in Punjab! You can order Lost and Found here: http://www.sam-thiara.com/mywriting/
63 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Episode 18: Walking with Ghosts ...
Travel writer Rick Antonson joins us again to talk about his latest book : Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea. Like his other writing, this book does not disappoint! @rickantonsonauthor weaves WW II history into vivid images of the islands landscape along the Kokoda Trail.
20 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Episode 17: Georgia: The Country (Caucasus 2)
23 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Episode 16: City on the Caspian: Baku, Azerbaijan (Caucasus 1)
55 minutes | May 22, 2020
Episode 15: Honeymoon in ... Bogota (Colombia)
35 minutes | May 16, 2020
Episode 14: Playing with Fire ... Celebrating Hogmanay
Jason “walks 500 miles” (well, not quite that many) but I couldn’t resist the Proclaimers reference) to celebrate 2020 like the Scots…or the Vikings. There are a few explanations for the origins of Hogmanay but the bottom line is: this party involves fire sticks! Not glow sticks — sticks with REAL flames!We’ll also get outside Edinburgh and head up to Inverness, the Isle of Skye and Islay for great landscapes, castles and some peaty scotch!Here are a few of Jason’s favorite distilleries in Scotland: The Macallan; Glenmorangie; The Dalmore, and TomatinHere’s a good site of found on what to see in Skye: https://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/top-ten-skye-walks/old-man-of-storr
34 minutes | May 9, 2020
Episode 13: PhD Homestretch in Newfoundland
In the episode, (now-doctor) Charles Davidson takes us with him on his PhD homestretch. He escaped to the quiet island of Newfoundland in Canada to focus on getting his dissertation done. However, there was plenty to distract him! Don’t worry — the story has a happy ending … he did get his doctorate. Here is a list of a few of the spots Charles mentions — along with his notes!Quidi Vidi Village (the information center has a fantastic artists collective)Mallard Cottage (1820-1840)...fantastic local fare in an old home. Fishing Village – Fishermen came from UK in spring and established “Fishing Rooms” through he fall. CodDowntown St. Johns - - George Street (rumored to be the highest concentration of bars in the world)Cape Spear...easternmost point in North America 30 minutesSignal HillMaddox Cove/Petty HarbourYellow Belly Brewery (Check out their basement, dimly lit and incredibly old)Bagel Cafe, where I ate the incredibly dense "native" Newfoundlander breakfast with "toutons"...ask me about this.Duke of Duckworth pub...fish and "traditional" chips...Newfoundlanders know how to eat.Lots of local shopping and bookstores (OLD/used Book stores?!)Great Newfoundland author: Wayne Johnson: http://waynejohnston.ca
30 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Episode 12: Gorillas up close! A Rawandan Adventure
In this episode, Jaya makes the most of her work trip to Kigali, Rwanda by venturing out to hangout with some gorillas at Volcanos National Park. This entire episode is a HUGE TRAVEL NUGGET — who would think to travel to Rwanda? Jaya dispels ‘90’s-based impressions and ignites interest in getting over there! Rwanda is certainly not what is was in 1994.Book Recommendation: Left to Tell: by Immaculee Ilibagiza: https://www.amazon.com/Left-Tell-Discovering-Rwandan-Holocaust/dp/1401908977VIDEO: Rwanda is the cleanest country in Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AVuNmwBeMo
51 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Episode 11: Namibia! An unconventional family vacation
Join the Gosses as we reminisce about our unconventional family vacation: a safari in Namibia!Here is an overview of our stops: Windhoek, Sossusvlei (place with old, dead trees)/Namib Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund, Damaraland (view of Brandberg Mountains; Twyfelfontein rock engravings), Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha National Park, and back to Windhoek! It was a whirlwind! HA!VIDEO: Springbok Pronking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMIiB9DnRXg
43 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
Episode 10: Andorra as a Launching Pad for Pyrenees Adventures
In this episode of Travel Nuggets, Charles Davidson puts Andorra on the map for us! Charles and his wife, Abby, spent a few days in this charming, tiny country tucked in the Pyrenees. And, as a special bonus, Charles gives his list of top 5 countries to visit in 2020! Andorra is a little country with a rich and complex history. Here are some helpful links to learn more:BBC Country profile: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17028050Andorran Food:https://www.inyourpocket.com/andorra-la-vella/food-5-must-try-andorran-dishes_75769fhttp://www.traveltourxp.com/12-top-foods-and-drinks-in-andorra/Santa de Columba: https://visitandorra.com/en/culture/church-of-santa-coloma/
25 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
Episode 9: Silk Road Stop in Uzbekistan
This week’s guest on Travel Nuggets is … my dad!!! My dad is my travel inspiration (I’ve copied SO many of his trip ideas) and he also loves history like me. In this episode, we completely nerd-out on the history, topography, architecture and culture of the heart of Tamerlane’s empire.Also, I recommend checking out this book: Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World by Justin Marisa Guv-i Amir Mausoleum (Tashkent) Tamerlane Statue Arc Citadel (Khiva) Cher Minor Madrassa (Bukhara) Shah-i Zinda Necropolis (Samarkand) Plav
48 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Episode 8: Cathedral Thinking -- A Tangent for Travelers
“It is not what we do that matters, it’s what we cause to happen. We should all be involved in unfinished work.” –Rick AntonsonIn this episode of Travel Nuggets, travel writer Rick Antonson joins us again to explain why he is an apostle of “Cathedral Thinking” … and what that is! In Rick’s works, Cathedral Thinking is “a commitment to long term visions.” Notre Dame de Paris. Photo Credit; Image by 139904 from Pixabay To learn more about Cathedral Thinking, check out Rick’s website and TED Talk: http://www.rickantonson.com/cathedral-thinking.php; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewaNkYrZOJ0
41 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Episode 7: Idaho: A Hidden Gem in the U.S.
In this episode of Travel Nuggets, Katie Williams (AKA: The Traveling Spud) fills us in on why the Gem State – Idaho – is truly a hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Take a listen to learn about the land of hidden hot springs, “fry sauce” and diverse natural beauty. Check out The Traveling Spud blog; 12 Best Places to Visit in Idaho
36 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Episode 6: Manaslu Base Camp Teahouse Trek (Nepal)
In this episode of Travel Nuggets, siblings Erin and Eric Morgan tell us about the Manaslu Base Camp Trek, sharing their stories of Snickers wontons, broken sneakers and using mustard oil to lure a bug out of Erin’s ear (“An adventure is something that while it's happening you wish it wasn't.”—Mark Twain) Here are some helpful resources:Himalayas Facts (PBS.org)http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-himalayas-himalayas-facts/6341/ 4 Things that Might Surprise you about Teahouse Trekking in Nepal (Himalayan Wonders)https://www.himalayanwonders.com/blog/4-things-might-surprise-teahouse-trekking-nepal.html Manaslu Trek: An Ultimate Guide to Most Popular Tea-House Trek:https://www.nepalsanctuarytreks.com/manaslu-trek-guide/ Manaslu Trek (Wikitravel)https://wikitravel.org/en/Manaslu_Trek
39 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Episode 5: Dubai Living and a Jaunt to Muscat (Oman)
In this episode of Travel Nuggets, Jordan Bruneau tells us how to ride out an economic recession — go to Dubai to teach tennis! And, while you’re there … take a road trip to Muscat, Oman. Why not?
31 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
Episode 4: Chili Peppers at Giza & Ischia (Italy)
Seasoned traveler Tanvi Ajmera tells us about her …. unique visit to the Giza Pyramids: to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers! And, Tanvi offers up a special travel nugget by telling us about a lesser known island in Italy: Ischia. Tanvi at Giza! Tanvi at Giza_2 Ischia, Italy Ischia, Italy_2
51 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Episode 3: Searching for Noah's Ark (Hiking Mount Ararat and Beyond)
Travel writer Rick Antonson joins this episode of Travel Nuggets to discuss Full Moon over Noah’s Ark. In the book (and in this podcast!) Rick tells us about his adventure reaching Mount Ararat’s summit, while shedding light on local culture and history in Turkey, Armenia and Iraq. Rick is an amazing storyteller! Get the book on Amazon! Full Moon over Noah’s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond Mount Ararat_Cover for Full Moon over Noah’s Ark by Rick Antonson: https://www.amazon.com/Full-Moon-over-Noahs-Ark-ebook/dp/B01D22Z8GS Nomad Camp Cyrus Cylinder Mount Ararat behind Yerevan, Armenia
36 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Episode 2: Happy New Year from the End of the Earth! (Trekking the Chilean Patagonia)
This year, I went to the End of the World to celebrate the New Year! Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia was breathtaking, challenging, and a great way to ring in 2019!Shout out: ChileTour Patagonia Beautiful Torres del Paine National Park Grey Glacier Beautiful Torres del Paine National Park An avalanche happened behind us when we were taking this photo. Lake Nordenskjöld in Torres del Paine National Park Lake Nordenskjöld in Torres del Paine National Park Torres Del Paine Alexandra hanging out! John taking a break for a photo. Erin’s trip to Magdalena Island Erin’s on Magdalena Island. Notice she’s wearing a life jacket on land. Safety First!
27 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Episode 1: Scuba Duba Belize!
I love when people light up when they talk about an experience. That’s what happened when Lauren started telling me about her love of scuba diving in Belize.Many travel websites tell you about the incredible biodiversity of Belize but most focus on what’s on the ground and in the air. In this episode of Travel Nuggets, Lauren takes us on a deeper dive into Belize and explains why we MUST go scuba diving in Belize!Take a listen… Lauren’s Shout-outs:Chuck & Robbie’s Scuba Diving & InstructionVictoria House Resort & SpaThe Phoenix ResortChan Chich LodgeCurio Collection
7 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
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