Podcast 39: How I travelled with just $10 per day and hiked the Appalachians

September 7, 2015

This week we talk to Emily from Thisisnotaguidebook.com about long distance hiking and cycling on tiny budgets. Emily is not yet 30 but her love and determination to travel is a real inspiration. In 2012 she hiked the 2,200 miles Appalachian Mountain Trail in North America, she cycled The Golden Circle in Iceland and from Olympia, Washington 900 miles down to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast.

She manages to do all this on a meagre budget of $10 a day! How does she make it work? Every time she sees something that she would like to buy, she ask herself where would that equivalent money take her. Travelling on a budget is all about setting priorities and the determination to work within them.

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Podcast 38: How I quit my job to become a travel write and won Best Travel Blog Award

September 1, 2015

This week we talk to Abigail from InsideTheTravelLab.com, winner of Best Travel Blog 2014. She tells us how she has always been torn between being a doctor or a writer. She switched from the first to the latter just as her 30st birthday approached and has never looked back. She recently cycled through Austria as part of the #30activedays project to prove how exercise can improve not only your figure, but your memory and sex life.

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Podcast 37: Exploring different faiths and cultures with Heather

August 10, 2015

This week we are talking to Heather, who is a one spirit ministry, she loves to go into really isolated places where there are no tourists. She tells us about her amazing trip to Coran just before the millennium. Her most amazing moment was when they were doing Tai Chi in the sand dunes and watched the sun came up in all its glory. Heather likes to explore different faiths and have a feel of the deep wisdom and energy that has gone into creating spiritual places.

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Podcast 36: How I found the perfect travel buddy on Thelma & Louise

August 4, 2015

Vivian and Beryl are two ladies from Canada who recently returned from a wonderful trip to Croatia. They agreed they were the perfect match … and it all happened on our site! What started off as browsing the web looking for travel buddies (Vivian) and hearing about Thelma & Louise Club on Trip Advisor (Beryl), turned into planning a trip, and finally exploring Croatia for 3 weeks. It all went smoothly. Vivian tells us about their trip from Split to Dubrovnik and the Plitvice lakes.

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Podcast 35: Dress with stylist Lola to feel good

July 28, 2015

This week we talk to Lola, fashion stylist, personal shopper and fashion presenter. She tells us how with a few staple pieces and advice from a stylist you can create a wardrobe to feel good in every day. Lola has trained with celebrities' fashion stylists in London and she believes that 'Clothing can really change a woman's perspective of life'.

Check out some tips from Lola on her fashion blog at http://lolaroyle.com/ and get in touch if you need advice.

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Podcast 34: Sailing from Singapore to Australia, touring Iran and exploring the Balkans by public transport all with Ishbel

July 21, 2015

This week we talk to Ishbel from Scotland. She’s an avid traveller and we hear about some of her amazing adventures on this podcast: whether its sailing from Singapore to Australia; visiting Iran with Connie and 2 other Thelma & Louise ladies; walking between the Cinque Terre with other Thelma & Louise members; or recreating a trip she did forty years ago inter-railing through the Balkans but this time using only public transport!

Yet, there’s even more on the horizon: sailing between Hamburg and Amsterdam, walking in Patagonia for 3 weeks and then Cuba. There is simply no stopping her!

She also sent us some lovely postcards from Cinque Terre, Iran and her Balkan trip. You can read her trip reviews on Cinque Terre and her Sailing adventures on the high seas.

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Podcast 33: Volunteering, white water rafting and riding elephants all in her 70s!

July 14, 2015

This week we talk to Valerie, who at 74 has recently returned from a 3 month trip to Moshi, Tanzania. She tells us all about helping preserve bamboo and filling plastic bottles, which are being used to build a rural school. She truly doesn’t let the grass grow under her feet because other trips have included white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi river where she fell out twice and was hauled back onto the raft before she could be devoured by crocodiles.  The very next day she went on an elephant trek through the bush on a 36 year old bull elephant … enough said!

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Podcast 32: 2 girls and 1 polaroid camera hitchhike the world!

July 7, 2015

This week we talk to Iza and Wiola, 2 brave and ambitious girls from Poland who are planning to hitchhike around the world. They are on a mission to "Rediscover Kindness" as they share the road with the many people they will meet on the 4 continents. In exchange for their kindness, the drivers will receive a Polaroid picture taken by the girls to mark the moment. So if you see these girls, be kind and give them a lift ;-)

We’ll be checking in with them along the way to see how their trip is progressing. We wish them the very best.

Iza and Wiola have started a crowdfunding campaign to finance their journey. To support them and get involved please click on Iza&Wiola Kickstarter Campaign.

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Podcast 31: Vickeblueyes and must-see Philippines

June 30, 2015

You might recall we spoke with Vickeblueyes a few months ago during the early part of her travels across Asia. Along the way she has sent us some wonderful postcards and a trip review or two. We thought it would be timely to check in on her and see how her journey is progressing. She spoke with us from Jakarta, Indonesia, and told us about her travels there and in the Philippines.

Besides volunteering for VFV on this part of her trip, she has ventured into dense jungle, traversed lofty rainforests, walked along pristine white beaches and swam alongside breath-taking coral. She's become a great fan of the Philippines and believes it should be on your list of must-see places. She has just sent us some postcards of her time in the Philippines here.

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Podcast 30: How I fell in love with Iran

June 23, 2015

Last week, Connie told us how she found her travel buddies and planned a life-changing trip to Iran. This week, she tells us all about the trip itself and the places she fell in love with.

Connie takes us away from the major sites into a gorge where three mountains converge and the village of Palangan clings to the cliffside. It was here and in Isfahan that she made a strong connection with the locals. These are places far away from the crowds where "there is nothing at all to attract tourism, besides people coming to see the village and meeting people."

Next, she travels to Abyaneh and Zein-o-Din, to stay in a caravanserai in the desert: "a place in the middle of nowhere" that comes alive in the evening, crowned by an unforgettable night sky. Connie stood on the roof gazing at the stars, an experience that many of rarely have time to enjoy these days.

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