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By Shayna Brazier
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Mark Mulvey: Tour Guide
An interview with Mark Mulvey where we talk all things Ireland. 
March 26, 2019
Raj Gyawali: Socialtours
This is an interview with Raj Gyawali who is the founder of Socialtours in Nepal. You can check out the company at 
March 19, 2019
Jane Howard: IslandJane Ecotours
This episode is an interview with the charismatic Island Jane. she shares the spirit of Aloha and how we should always be learning from one another. Jane offers ecotours throughout Hawaii as well as facilitates tours in Columbia. You can check out whats she up to and what she offers at . 
March 13, 2019
Michael Hodgson: HI Travel Tales
This episode I interview Michael Hodgson who is a travel writer, photographer, story teller, and business owner. He started HI Travel Tales with his wife. You can check out what they are up to at . He has also authored many books related to the adventure travel/ outdoor world. You can review and purchase some of those at
March 6, 2019
Dave Butler: Canadian Mountain Holiday
In this episode I interview Dave Butler who is the director of sustainability at Canadian Mountain Holiday. He is also an educator with the ATTA and to make him even more interesting, a murder mystery writer. You can check out the CMH here: and you can check out Dave's novels here:
February 27, 2019
Emilie Hagedoorn: Green Heart Tourism
In this episode I get to interview Emilie Hagedoorn who is the founder of Green Heart Tourism. We chat about responsible tourism and what the Ubuntu experience means. Visit to learn more. 
February 20, 2019
John Tanzella: IGLTA
In this episode I get to interview John Tanzella who is the president of the IGLTA (international gay and lesbian association). John shares about his background in the travel industry as well as  what the association is doing to help make travel for the lgtbq community safer and friendlier.  If you want more information about the IGLTA or the convention that we talk about, visit their website . 
February 12, 2019
Wayne Dunlap: Plan Your Escape
This episode is an interview with Wayne Dunlap who is the creator of Plan Your Escape. Wayne and his wife Pat have retired and spend their days traveling the world. Because they are such generous people, they created a blog to share tips and tricks about how to travel more on less money. All of the advise is free and you can check it out at . Wayne has such a positive outlook on this world that if you need a pick me up, this is the episode to listen to. 
January 29, 2019
Brad Nahill: SEE Turtles
This episode is an interview with Brad Nahill who is the president of SEE turtles. Brad shares his background and how he got into conservation. Then he explains the threats that the sea turtles face and what is being done about it.  To learn more about Brad or the organization go to . Also, if you want to sign the pledge against turtle shell jewelry go to . 
January 22, 2019
Gregg Bleakney: Where Next
In this episode I interview Gregg Bleakney who is the founder of Where Next. We talk about his crazy bike ride from Alaska to the southern tip of South America and what he learned along the way both about the countries and himself. Then he walks us through his journey to become a world renowned photographer and videographer which is how Where Next began. Visit for more information. 
January 15, 2019
Marcel Perkins: Latin Trails
In this interview I speak with Marcel Perkins who is the owner of Latin Trails. We talk about the diversity that Ecuador has to offer and the values of family and time. Marcel also shares some interesting information about restoration and reforestation.  You can learn more about Latin Trails at  
January 8, 2019
Special Episode: Holidays Abroad
Happy Holidays! On this special episode I interview Jake, one of my senior writers at Adventure Writers. We talk about living abroad during the holidays. Happy New Year!
December 27, 2018
Chris Mackay: Crooked Trails
In this episode I interview Chris Mackay, one of the co-founders of Crooked Trails. Chris shares so many stories about the kinds of things that they offer. We talk about human trafficking, building soccer fields, and traveling with family. Chris has such a good point of view when it comes to being able to experience all of the emotions associated with opening your world view. Visit to learn more about Chris and how you can be involved in their many meaningful endeavors.
December 18, 2018
Jorge Perez: Tierra Del Volcan
In this episode I interview Jorge Perez who is the owner of Tierra Del Volcan. His company offers a variety of experiences throughout Ecuador, focusing primarily on the Cotopaxi region. Jorge explains his view on transformational travel and how it has more to do with your mindset than your location. Jorge also indulges my request to answer a little bit in Spanish. Visit to learn more about Jorge and the trips that he offers.
December 11, 2018
Cory Lee: Curb Free with Cory Lee
In this episode I interview Cory Lee, who is the blogger at . Cory was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of 2 and uses the aid of a wheel chair to get around. We talk about the challenges to traveling with a wheel chair and Cory shares some of his hilarious stories because of those challenges. If you have a travel company, or you know of someone who uses a wheel chair and likes to travel, then Cory is the perfect asset to reach out to.
December 4, 2018
Michael Bennett: Explorer-X, Muddy Shoe Adventures
This episode is an interview with Michael Bennett, who is the founder of Muddy Shoe Adventures, and a co-founder of Explorer-X. We discuss everything from car wrecks, to love letters, to Saturn. And of course we talk about transformational travel. To read "Love Letter to Myself" go here: Visit to learn more about the adventures that we discussed. Remember to "travel with intention, travel with heart".
November 27, 2018
Brian Mullis: Guyana Tourism Authority
Brian Mullis is interviewed in this episode. He is currently the director of the Guyana Tourism Authority. We talk about Brian and his early career as a line cook in Yellowstone. We talk about the different ventures that he undertook and what he learned from each of his positions. Brian shares what the "Travel Better Certificate" is and how you can earn one. He also tells us all about Guyana and what you can expect when visiting the country.
November 19, 2018
Vicky Smith: Earth Changers
Vicky Smith is the founder of Earth Changers and we have a lovely chat in this episode. Vicky shares some of her life changing moments and some of the jobs that helped get her to a place to create Earth Changers. Vicky's website is a great resource for anyone who would really like to study sustainability in tourism. You can check it out at One of my favorite quotes from Vicky was "Emotion is what travel is about".
November 12, 2018
Maria Baltazzi: The Sojourn Experience
This episode is all about life and the pursuit of happiness brought to you by Maria who is the founder of the Sojourn Experience. Maria has 3 different avenues that she works through: tv, adventure, and mentoring. In this episode we talk about living a full life which I think you will agree Maria does. We talk about Maria's career in television and how it helped to fund her love of travel. We talk about Africa and the transformational powers it gives people. We get spiritual and philosophical as we explore happiness and life. You can check out all that Maria has to offer at, and as a bonus Maria has graciously offered a discount to you for her happiness mentoring program. You can enter code: OWA40 for a 40% discount! While you are there be sure to sign up for the free "8 good things" email that she does for a little splash of happiness in your inbox.
November 5, 2018
Kurt Kutay: Wildland Adventures
Kurt is the founder of Wildland Adventures and in this episode he shares how he got where he is today, plus as a bonus we find out why he is "definitely a romantic". Kurt talks about his childhood and how it paved the way for adventure travel. He shares a harrowing story from the tip of South America and the moment where he encountered death. Kurt shares his take on sustainability and walks us through some of the exciting trips that Wildland will be hosting including a spiritual journey through India. Visit for more information.
October 30, 2018
Nicky Fitzgerald: Angama Mara
This interview with Nicky was a hoot from start to finish. We talked about how she was more or less dragged into the adventure/travel industry and how she loved it. We talk about her late husband Steve, and the impact his love of adventure had on Nicky's life. Then we get funny. We talk about the charity arm of Angama and we spend a lot of time talking about a particular toilet. Then Nicky gives us a 1st class reenactment of a giraffe eating. If you need a good smile, then this episode is for you. Visit for more information.
October 24, 2018
Tyler Davis: Angama Mara
Tyler Davis is one of the managers of the Angama Mara lodge in Kenya. In this interview, Tyler tells us about his background in adventure travel which started as a child. He walks us through his different roles in the industry and how he and his wife became the managers of the Angama. Tyler then tells us all about the exciting things that are happening at the Angama and the many ways that you can experience the bush and the people. Tyler highlights the companies role with "Travel Without Plastic" and what they are doing to protect our natural resources. Visit to learn more about the lodge.
October 23, 2018
Jo Hendrickx: Travel Without Plastic
In this episode I interview Jo who is the dynamic creator of Travel Without Plastic. Travel Without Plastic helps hotels reduce their single use plastics. They have a super ambitious goal of eliminating the need for over 1 billion items by 2020. Jo explains that it is so much more than just the breakfast items. There is single use plastic all over the industry. Jo has the perfect personality to tackle such a large goal. She shares her wisdom that it really is the little things that can make all the difference. Check out Jo's site at to get help as a hotel manager, see who Jo is partnering with all over the globe, or just to see what she's up to.
October 16, 2018
Erik Spiniello: VOPO
Erik is one of the co-founders of VOPO (latin for "voice of the people") and they are doing some amazing things. Erik and I chat about growing up in Venezuela and moving to Australia. He shares his love of conservation and how he figured the best way to help with the flow of plastic into our oceans is to shut the tap off. Vopo works with NGO's putting waste management systems in these remote villages that otherwise don't have the infrastructure. Erik is sincere in his passion and he shares about some of the relationships that have been fostered through his efforts with Vopo. Visit for more information.
October 8, 2018
Ty Manegold: ROAM fitness
Ty is the co-founder of ROAM fitness which is a gym in the middle of the airport! That's right, you can work out, shower up, and get on with your travel arrangements. We talk about how the concept came up and what kind of red tape Ty has to go through to make fitness accessible in the airports. Ty and his co-founder (Cynthia Sandall) met in grad school where they came up with the concept. They wanted to make sure that the gym would be located past airport security so people on layovers wouldn't have to leave and go back through. They then had to get a very rigid industry to see that not everyone wants to drink and eat the whole time they are waiting for their flights. They came up with the genius idea to have shoes and clothes available for rent (at no extra cost) for those of us who don't travel in our gym wear. Then they put luxury shower rooms to freshen up. (Not gonna lie, I would go just for the shower if I didn't have time to workout). Ty's piece of advise at the end is golden. Try to make the airport experience the least anxiety provoking possible. It's the little things that make the experience enjoyable. Also, leave the booze for the destination, not the journey. That stuff with dehydrate you right out. Visit for more information
October 8, 2018
Jake Haupert: Transformational Travel Council; Explorer-X
Jake tells us about his rise through the travel industry starting with Evergreen Escapes. Then he gets vulnerable as he shares "what entrepreneurs and small business owners go through". He tells us his thoughts on why travel should be transformational and what that means to him. Then he takes us to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro with a story that will make you say the word "tender" out loud, and then wish you had his friends! Finally, Jake tells us how we too can be HERO's. Visit and for more information.
October 2, 2018
Maike Berkemeier: Latinspirations
Shayna interviews one of the co-founders of Latinspirations, Maike Berkemeier. They talk about Maike's start in the adventure travel industry and what brought her to South America. Maike shares how she fell in love with Chile and what her favorite destinations to visit are. She talks about the screening process that they use to make sure that the tour companies they work with are socially responsible and share their ecotourism and sustainability values. Maike is amazingly eloquent in her 3rd (or is it 4th or 5th) language and she walks us through her journey. Visit for more information.
October 2, 2018
Nigel Malone: Adventure Junky
Nigel is one of the co-founders of the Adventure Junky App, which is earth's adventure travel game. We talk about the rise of the app and the future that I hope for it (calling all Amazing Race people). Nigel tells us "where life begins" and what a "bilennial" is.
September 27, 2018
Dan Moore: Pandion
Dan is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to ecotourism. In this interview we talk about sustainable travel, tour guide guidelines, vocabulary words and the ATTA. Visit to learn more about Dan's consulting work.
September 23, 2018
Stephen Oddo: Take Walks
I interviewed Stephen Oddo, one of the co-founders of Walks of Italy and Take Walks. Stephen "walks" us through his journey in Europe and the "steps" he took to create his companies. Visit to learn more about their services.
September 22, 2018
Geoff Manchester: Intrepid
In this episode I interview Geoff Manchester who is the co-founder of Intrepid. We talk about travel, elephants, relationships, business, and more. I ask him something that no one had asked his before and I forget to turn my mic on. Visit to sign up for email reminders for new episodes. For the video on elephants visit
September 17, 2018