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74 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Bula From Fiji
What a way to welcome in 2022 with our first podcast, a trip to the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. Our guest, travel writer Katherine Parker Magyar, was on the first flight to Fiji since the pandemic began. From Nadi to Kokomo Island and everything in between, Katherine had a wonderful culture experience as only she can. From Nadi to Kokomo to breakfast on an uninhabited island, from scuba diving to world class resorts, Katherine's adventure was a totally immersive experience.Listen to this great podcast and get your 2022 off to a good start by planning your trip to Fiji. You can learn more about Katherine on her website katherineparkermagyar.com. She has written for some of the world's top publications to include; Forbes, Departures, Architectural Digest, TripSavvy and Business Insider to name a few.Check out the Fiji Travel website to learn more.
73 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Journey to Lands End - Cabo San Lucas
It might be one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Mexico, if not the world...the Arches of Cabo San Lucas, known to many as Lands End. It's the place where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of Baja Mexico. From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo and Todos Los Santos, this quick two to three hour flight from most west coast cities features beautiful beaches, wonderful cuisine, culture, robust nightlife and nearby sea life that's some of the best in the world.Our adventure travel partner Katherine Parker Magyar joins us for a look at this special North American tourist destinations. Katherine just happened to be in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) November 1-2, 2021 and had a wonderful time. Katherine is a New York-based travel writer whose works have appeared in Architectural Digest, Departures, Forbes, The Daily Beast and TripSavvy to name a few. You can check out Katherine's works on her website Katherineparkermagyar.com.To learn more about Cabo and plan your next journey visit the Los Cabos Tourism website.
69 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
The Endless Wonders of South Africa
South Africa might be one of the most complete travel destinations in the world. What do we mean by that? South Africa has a total package of locales within it borders that few countries can offer. From spectacular beaches to the excitement of a safari, from bustling big city life to some of the best cuisine on the planet, it's no wonder this country is one of the most sought after tourist destinations of the 21st century.To help us explore South Africa we invited our guest Dana Givens to explore this popular gem. She’s a fiction author, podcaster and lifestyle journalist. Her published works have appeared in Travel Advisor, the New York Times, Essence, Lonely Planet, Forbes and Insider to name a few. She’s a published author and marketer for some of the world’s top brands like Ralph Lauren and Bluefly. Dana tells us about her travels to South Africa with stops in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. As she told us during the podcast, her two weeks in the country is not nearly long enough to see it all. She can't wait to get back. You can learn more about Dana on her website vmonet.com.
80 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
The Value of Eco Tourism and Sustainable Travel
Listen to this wide ranging discussion on eco-tourism and sustainable travel. We discuss its value to the local communities and the greater role that plays to healing our planet. This podcast reveals some of the world's best practitioners of eco travel and how their efforts make it better for all of us.Our guest is Merissa Principe. She's a New York-based travel writer who says she got the itch for travel at birth. After living in Germany for three years teaching pre-school on an Army based her desire to travel became a passion. She landed a job at CBS writing travel and lifestyle stories and never looked back. Her website citygirlriss features content from travel and lifestyle to beauty, fashion, home care and recipes. A portfolio of her writing can be found at merissaprincipe.com. Here’s a link to one of her stories: Top 3 Eco Friendly Vacation Spots.Merissa's passion to protect our planet will leave those who listen wanting to do better.
75 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Discover Sint Eustatius
Sint Eustatius, or Statia as it is known by locals and travelers in the know is a Dutch Caribbean paradise of unspoiled natural beauty, culture and diversity. Our guest is Charles Lindo, Director of Tourism at Sint Eustatius. Diving, nature, beaches and history, it's all here for the taking. Oh, and the best part, the population of the entire island is just over 3,000 people making it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Listen as we discuss everything from underwater adventure, to hiking the volcano and an array of accommodations to suit just about any taste. Getting too Statia is easier than you might think. Simply fly into Sint Maarten and take a 20-minute flight, or hop on the new ferry service from Sint Maarten or St. Kitts.It's time to discover Sint Eustatius.
64 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
The Netherlands - Why You Should Go Now!
It's a small country that packs a powerful punch. The Netherlands is known for its canals, bike trails, architectural beauty, windmills, art, museums, cheese and tulips, but if you stop there, you've missed a country of culture and a people whose welcoming spirit is so infectious you'll find yourself with a bunch of new lifelong friends. Our guest is travel writer extraordinaire Katherine Parker Magyar. She recently returned from The Netherlands (September 2021), or Holland as its known to many and shares the pleasures of Amsterdam and the museums of The Hague, arguably one of the world's most iconic and beautiful cities that most of you never thought of as a tourist destination.Katherine's works have appeared in such stalwart publications as Forbes, Architectural Digest, Departures and Business Insider to name a few. You can follow Katherine on her website KatherineParkerMagyar.com.
64 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Coastal Scenic Drives of America
America has over 12,000 miles of coastal shoreline (Atlantic, Pacific, & Arctic Oceans, Gulf of Mexico). These shorelines encompass some of the world's most beautiful drives. From Maine's rugged coast to the soft sugary beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast, to Pacific Coast Highway, arguably the most iconic drive of them all, these vista offer a glimpse of planet earth at its finest.Our guest is Charles McCool of McCool Travel, a platform that shows travelers how to increase happiness and reduce stress on every trip. One of McCool's specialities is road trips. His story Ultimate US Coastal Scenic Drive Resources Guide serves as a backdrop for this podcast. We discuss all the adventures mentioned above that include trips to Hawaii's Big Island, parts of the Alaska Coast and numerous stops along the eastern seaboard from Maine to the Florida Keys. We look at the culture of each region along with how you should plan one of these drives.But don't just stop there, visit McCool Travels website for tips on travel all over the world. The content is written in an easily digestible format with real inside tips, not something they read in a guide book.
62 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
The Amazing Thailand & Luxury Travel
Our guest is Elizabeth Kelsey. Elizabeth has written on topics ranging from travel, wellness, culture, and food, to luxury lifestyle. She joins us for a wide-ranging discussion on Thailand and trends in the luxury travel markets worldwide. Kelsey is uniquely positioned to discuss everything Thailand. She lived in this amazing country for a decade. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Phuket, Kelsey shares the charms of each region and why it's such a wonderful tourist destination. Several reports suggest Bangkok is the third most visited city in the world following Las Vegas and Paris.Scroll through her Instagram page @elizabethakelsey for some wonderful images of Thailand.We also examine the luxury travel markets. What are today's high-end travelers really looking for in a vacation destination? How can the average middle class person experience luxury travel. It might be a little easier than you might think if you are willing to travel internationally.
81 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
The Joys of Life in Costa Rica
Have you ever thought about relocating to Costa Rica? Our guest is International Living Magazine writer Kathleen Evans. Kathleen is a permanent resident of Costa Rica. She works and lives part time in the Tamarindo region located on the country's northwest coast. Listen as Kathleen gives us a half-dozen reasons why she and her family chose Costa Rica in the first place---among them property ownership for expats and an above average healthcare system. Oh by the way, the cost of living isn't bad either. Imagine waking to the sounds of the Pacific Ocean. How about seeing a howler monkey or two scurrying about in the canopy above. Kathleen is more than her Costa Rica experience. Her website, katsjourney features stories on everything from finances and sex to food, wine and her other global adventures. It's Pura Vida - translation "pure life" or "simple life."
62 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Bon Bini Bonaire
Bonaire is the often overlooked island of the ABC chain (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in the Caribbean. Our adventure travel specialist Katherine Parker Magyar just returned from Bonaire and paints a wonderful picture of one of planet earth's best sustainable and eco-friendly tourist destinations. It's an island surrounded by largely protected waters which makes scuba diving and snorkeling (including night snorkeling) among the best in the world. In fact, Bonaire charges a small fee for certain water activities with all the funds reinvested to protect the local waters.For the 28th straight year, Scuba Diving Magazine Readers Choice Awards recognized Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving experience in the Caribbean/Atlantic. Visitors to Bonaire also love kite and wind surfing.Bonaire is more than water activities. As Katherine is quick to point out, the people of Bonaire are oh so friendly. That friendliness encouraged Katherine to learn a few words in Papiamentu---a Spanish creole language with mixtures of Dutch and Portuguese spoken throughout the ABC islands. Listen to this podcast and tell us how you think Katherine did.We almost forgot, have any of you had an Avocado Daiquiri? Katherine did, and she loved it.We discuss local cuisine, the resort Katherine enjoyed during her stay, along with hiking and yes, we even talked about donkeys.Once a Visitor Always a Friend. To learn more about Bonaire go to tourismbonaire.com.You should check out Katherine's website katherineparkermagyar.com for some great stories about global travel. Her works have appeared in Departures, Architectural Digest, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Week, TripSavvy, Business Insider, World Travel Magazine & more—
62 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Jamie Edwards and her family, 13 in all, spent two weeks in Croatia (August 2021). It's her third trip to what's quickly turned into a vacation hotspot, especially for A-listers such as Beyonce and Jay Z, Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie, Bono, Neil Patrick Harris, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart to name a few. So what make's Croatia so special? We're going to answer that in this podcast. Jamie and her family planned a rather unique trip that included both land and sea. They spent the first week at Villa Barbara on the Istrian Peninsula---a heart-shaped piece of land in northwest Croatia near the borders of Slovenia and Italy. The villa features six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. And oh, the amenities; tennis and basketball courts, a golf range, ping pong, foosball, billiards, and bicycles. By the way the pool and hot tub are a pretty good bet for the less active among us. The villa is a short drive to local villages to enjoy the culture and local cuisine.Their second week was spent on a gulet exploring the spectacular islands of Croatia while worshiping both sun and sea. The Gulet Perla is about 100 feet in length and features seven bedrooms all with their own private en-suite bathroom. Jamie's came with a chef who prepared some sumptuous meals morning, noon and night. Swimming, island exploration and spectacular sunsets are just the beginning of life at sea.We'll leave it to you to answer, What is the Best Way to Explore Croatia, Land or Sea?You can learn more about Jamie on her wonderful website Iamlostandfound.com. There you will find Jamie's story about Croatia, The Best Way to Explore Croatia. Land and Sea.
77 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Our guest is award-winning journalist, television host and media entrepreneur Melissa Noel. She's an internationally recognized Caribbean diaspora leader with proven impact at the intersections of media, sustainable travel and social advocacy. She is known for her dynamic content that consistently highlights underreported stories for outlets including Huffpost.com, Essence.com, One Caribbean TV, NBC News, Caribbean Beat Magazine, LonelyPlanet.com and ABC News. You can learn more about Melissa on her website melissanoel.com. We had a wide-ranging discussion on the diaspora's cultural influences on the Caribbean and how those in the millennial generation and younger travel with cultural experience at front of mind. In addition, we spent a significant amount of time discussing her native Guyana, one of the world's most eco-friendly tourist destinations and how they seamlessly mixture cultures from all over the world into a true melting pot.
82 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Affordable Private Air Travel - Here's How
Will private air travel put a hole in your wallet? It's more economical than you might think with a little planning. And oh, the convenience of it all. No standing in long TSA lines, from car to plane in five minutes, WiFi on most aircraft, comfortable seats and so much more. Our guest today is Vince Mickens, founder of Private Air Media Group. His company is a multi-media digital content firm that creates, develops, produces and distributes aviation, aerospace and other digital content via webcast, podcast and simulcast platforms.You can catch is webinar All Things Aviation and Aerospace on his YouTube channel Private Air Media Group, or on Facebook.Mickens is a long time private pilot who flies frequent for business and his background includes executive roles with the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, the National Business Aviation Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.Listen as we explore the differences between semi-private, private flying memberships and private group sharing and how you can create a cost-effective private air flying strategy.
68 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Kenya - Welcome Home
"Kenya exceeded my wildest dreams. And I knew it would from the moment I landed in Nairobi and the Deputy President shook my hand. “Welcome home,” he said.Our adventure travel guru Katherine Parker Magyar joins us to describe her journey to Kenya. From Nairobi to the Maasa Mari, Mount Kenya to Ol Pejeta we discuss it all. While a safari might be what gets you to Kenya, but the country is more than its majestic wildlife. Katherine had equal reverence for the culture and the people of Kenya. Nairobi is one of the most robust cities in the world, with a rapidly growing middle class, faster than the United States. We delve into that and more in this podcast."Kenya is where we first became human, where mankind developed, and—to me—it was the place I needed to visit to feel human again," says Katherine,"only, I didn’t know that would be the outcome," at the time.
73 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Set Sail to Greece
David Moody, owner of David's Cruise Vacations just returned (July 2021) from Greece, and oh what a spectacular trip. He spent several days in Athens, visited Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and everything in between. We talk about the wonderful foods, fantastic beaches, the beautiful whitewashed structures and other architecture Greece is famous for, and the welcoming spirit of the Greek people. David talks about the his visit to Jackie O's on Mykonos, a bar made famous by Jackie Onassis.David had the opportunity to visit several Greek landmarks including The Acropolis. Oh, by the way the vistas from the mountain and hills tops are stunning. Make sure you have your cameras at the ready.Are you looking for that once in a lifetime vacation destination that's open for business? You should listen to this episode and book your journey through David's Cruise Vacations. More than just a cruise travel agency, they also do strictly land-based vacation packages to single or multiple destinations.
52 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Digital Nomad Finds Peace
Our guest is Renee Cherez. She's a former New York City school teacher who left it all behind to scratch her travel itch and love of other cultures. She first came to our attention for an article she wrote for Lonely Planet---Why Jamaica is the Perfect Kid Friendly Destination. After our initial discussion we discovered a fascinating tale of global travel adventure that left us speechless.She set out on her first solo trip in 2017 to Southeast Asia---Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and India. She was gone for 67 days. Listen as she tells you what it's like to travel as a solo Black female traveler to places she's never been, and why she prefers to go it alone."I have been tested emotionally, physically, mentally, intellectually, and spiritually and I can only describe it as beautiful chaos," says Cherez.For now, this Jamaican native has settled in Mexico. Listen as she tell us why Mexico? It might make you re-thinking your life choices.You can read more Renee's on her website reneecherez.com
57 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Our guest today is Norman L. Lawrence, founder & CEO of Ganja Vacations. Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to Jamaica's relaxation of it's marijuana laws, Ganja Vacations --- resorts where you are free to smoke without fear of reprisal are springing up all over this vacation hotspot.Listen to this podcast to learn the ins and outs. Be forewarned, you can NOT bring marijuana into the country or leave with purchased weed, but you are free to purchase once you arrive for consumption on the island paradise. The hoteliers on the ganjavacations.com website will facilitate your purchase or point you in the right direction.Special Note: Not all of the big resorts allow weed consumption on the premise, but there are literally hundreds that do ranging in price and accommodation choices just like any typical vacation destination.GIVEAWAY: Now through September 4, 2021 you can enter to win the A Free Ganja Vacation in Jamaica.
61 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
The Wine Spies - Top Secret Deals on the World's Best Wines
Our guest is Agent Cru (aka Addison Rex) CEO of Wine Spies, an online retailer. Their team goes deep undercover to find the best deals on the best wines. These deals run as much as 65 percent off. If you see something you like, hurry and buy it that day, because the next day there will be another for you to choose from. Deals last just 24 hours. From Red Blends to Zinfandels, Cabs to Rieslings, to Pinot Noir to Pinot Grigio, they are sure to have something to soothe your palate.They operate from their spy headquarters, in the heart of California’s Wine Country. They only accept the mission if it’s a wine that they love. Their Agents work up a detailed dossier, compiling a top secret file that only our Wine Spies Operatives (that’s you) have clearance for.They’ve cultivated relationships with wineries and vintners from all over the world. The deals they secure are exclusive to Wine Spies. CLICK HERE to get your favorite wines at a great price delivered to your home.
70 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Maldives - The Sunny Side of Life
Our adventure travel guru Katherine Parker Magyar spent a couple of weeks in the Maldives (June 2021) and came back with more exciting experiences than a single podcast can hold, but we certainly tried our best to get it all in. It's one island one resort in the Maldives---translation; great service and no over crowding.Katherine came away impressed with the countries overall biodiversity. From lush jungles to pristine waters, all of it is meticulously maintained by the people of the Maldives. She's a certified scuba diver who embraced the challenge of diving with the sharks, and she was not disappointed. Katherine also had a spectacular interaction with a beautiful sea turtle just to name a few of her underwater adventures.From scuba diving in crystal clear waters to multi-island overwater bungalow resorts to the culture and people---Katherine can't wait for her return trip to this atoll paradise. And oh, the hospitality...if you love being waited on this is the place.To learn more about Katherine and the 65 countries she's visited, and counting, go to her website katherineparkermagyar.com
61 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Katie Chonacas - She's All Over the Place
Our guest Katie Chonacas has arguably has one of the most eclectic career trajectories of anyone who has appeared on our podcast. She is an accomplished actress having appeared in such TV Series as CSI and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She’s appeared in films with Hollywood heavy weights such as ---- Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Jessica Simpson to name a few. Katie is also a model, published author, a singer/song writer who has opened for 50-Cent and she also hosts a podcast entitled “She’s All Over the Place”--- which kind of describes our show today---a wide-ranging discussion about her career and future.You can learn more about Katie at Chonacas.com.
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