This week we talk with Melissa about 'Women with Wanderlust' (a guide to Roaming), her book that will be published at the end of February. After travelling to 40 countries and often being asked how she's done it on a budget, Melissa decided to "Do Something Different" and write down her memories, her tips and tricks for women who share her irresistible urge to travel. She loves Cambodia and she's made all here in the Thelma & Louise team want to go to Taiwan!
This week we speak to Julie from Venus Adventures, a travel company that organises women only adventure trips. Julie lives to travel and is constantly on the move. She left New Zealand as an 18 year old travel to Germany so that she could learn to speak the language. Since then, life has moved from one adventure to the next. She is currently living in Egypt, spending her days learning to freedive, drinking tea with the Bedouins, teaching their children English, learning Arabic and soaking up their culture.
This week we speak to Maggie about finding travel buddies on thelmandlouise.com, MeetUps and a year of travel plans with one trip leading on to the next. She is literally jumping from trip to trip!
From hearing about Thelma & Louise Club on BBC Radio 4, to meeting her first travel buddy on the site for a coffee and then booking the tickets to India on the very same day, there has been no stopping her. 'Retirement is wonderful' says Maggie.
This week we speak to Suzan, AKA AegeanPricess, a British lady working as a Tour Manager in Greece. As with so many of our members her husband is too busy and has no interest in travelling. So that didn't stop her. Suzan signed up to thelmandlouise.com, put together an itinerary for Cuba and in no time people signed up to join her on the trip. To get to know each other, the group met in Manchester and will meet again in Birmingham before they go. Her trip was actually oversubscribed, so there is now a second group going to Cuba!
You can do it too if you are on the look out for a travel buddy or two (or even a group)! Suzan suggests that you complete your profile, put a picture up and be enthusiastic about the trip when someone enquires about it.
Podcast 44: with Lt Col Louise about bossing men around, the day a hippo ate her canoe and promoting champagne around the world
This week we speak to Louise about her time in the British Army, organising training trips for solders, embracing sky diving and paragliding, mountaineering, cycling across Australia, canoeing along the Zambezi river and escaping a rather hungry hippo. She also travelled around the world promoting champagne using unusual ways of transport and did a vertical marathon running up the stairs inside a hotel!
This week we speak to Vicki, an avid voyager from Washington in the US. She is celebrating an important milestone - 25 years as a heritage traveller. She tells us how it all started with a first trip to Ireland and from there to Spain and then the rest of Europe.
On her travels Vicki has visited 77 countries on 6 continents and she still has a lot more to see. She loves festivals, events and museums, and says that she has probably been to more museums than anyone else in the world.
Vicki tells us about her love for the Hispanic culture and the best places to start.
This week we spoke with Emma, who is one of the most adventurous overland travellers we've met so far. She had her first taste of an overland adventure at 18 when she interrailed through Europe for a month visiting an insane number of places. She decided there and then that this was going to be a life long adventure and she became a travel writer. After travelling over land from Holland to Singapore she found the next big stretch of road and went off for one year travelling from Brazil to Canada. She tells us about the most dangerous roads in the world, driving through the Atacama desert, flying over the Nazca lines, touching whales and then on to Panama.
She writes a fantastic blog at overlandtraveller.com
Emma has also written a few articles on Thelma & Louise. You can read about This fall lover has autumnal breaks on the mind, Supporting our sisters in sport! , This mother is redefining adventurous childhoods, 5 learning holidays to plan this year, 4 women who inspire us to travel, 5 Apps to help you stay in touch on the road, Social media, travel and me and 5 Hotels for a special treat.
This week we talk to Dawn from California, who together with her husband started Comuse Travels to engage people's travel dreams through the objects they wear and the products they co-muse with. Dawn is a professor at her local University where she teaches Middle Eastern studies. In this podcast she tells us why she cares so much for this part of the world, her meetings with various leaders in the Middle East, the judge that condemned Sadam Hussain to death, and a social program to promote women's education in Iraq. You can also check out her Facebook page Hope Iraq to learn more.