Scams happen everyday, no matter where you are in the world. However, while we’re usually aware of these in our normal day to day lives, knowing what tricks are in store for you at your next travel destination is something completely different. In today’s episode I talk about five (plus one or two more) of the most memorable scams that I’ve run into while traveling.
The National Park system exemplifies the beauty and uniqueness that the United States contains. Today’s episode briefly covers all of the national parks that I’ve been able to visit, as well as ranking my top five.
UNESCO sites cover the entire globe. With over 1,100 locations, they span everything from historical places to significant natural preserves. Visiting these places is always a great time and you’re sure to be impressed no matter what. Today’s episode covers the thirty sites I’ve been able to visit and ranks my top ten.
Turkey is an incredible country. All of the comforts of Europe, mixed with the history and culture of Asia. I loved it. Traveling during a pandemic definitely brought some extra challenges to the table, but being able to visit world famous sites nearly by myself, made it worth the hassle. Today’s episode dives into what to do in Istanbul, Izmir, Cappadocia, and more!
My favorite part of this two week journey was in the final half, as I hiked and explored through some of the most beautiful and famous national parks in the US. This episode will take us through Glacier, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, and even the Badlands. Listen in to hear what to do in these amazing parks and enjoy some of my crazy stories that I had within them!
After Covid absolutely destroyed my Summer traveling plans, I regrouped and put together an epic two-week long road trip that would allow me to check off a few of my remaining states that I was missing. Today’s episode focuses on my first six days that took me from my home in Texas, north to Chicago, and then west towards Montana. These first few days were full of good food, random pit-stops, and surprisingly impressive scenery.
Today’s podcast is a short episode that overviews how I go about planning a trip. Whether it’s a week long drive around the US or a month long backpack around Asia, I usually follow the same basic steps when getting everything set up and ready to go. Today’s episode targets new travelers and will hopefully give you some ideas, places to start, and overall confidence when it comes to planning a trip.
Two amazing places that I’ve been able to spend a short amount of time in, are Jordan and Serbia. Both of these stops were manufactured layovers that I created to either save money, or to enable me to be able to see world famous sights that were in my vicinity. While both of these countries could definitely garner week long trips of their own, packing in some must-sees in a day is absolutely doable. Check out this episode for what to do in less than 24 hours, as well as a few crazy stories (and run ins with the law!) that I have to share.
Utah’s “Mighty Five” National Parks consist of Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon. These are arguably some of the best parks in the entire United States, all stuffed into the southern region of Utah. Along with Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, in Page, AZ, this was a jam packed trip full of crazy hikes and breathtaking views. Whether you do it in a week, like I did, or spread it out into two or three, this episode will give you the insights of what to do, where to go, and how to get it done!
Greece is such an incredible country. From the gorgeous Aegean Islands to the thousand year old temples, this place will have you going non-stop for days! A week is definitely not enough time to fully explore everything, but if done right, it will give you a solid taste of what this historic country has to offer. This episode covers a week split between the capital of Athens and the beautiful island of Santorini. Listen in for what to do, how to do it, and some of my random stories along the way. I did forget to mention how awesome the Athens metro system is! Take it from the airport to the Acropolis for a cheap ride into the heart of this ancient city.
With this crazy summer trip winding down, it only made sense to finish it off in one of the world’s largest countries: China. From the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, this place is sure to give you a grand experience, no matter what. — Jingshan Park - Beijing; Jiankou, Mutianyu, & Jinshaling - Beijing Great Wall Sections
Vietnam is one of the craziest countries in Southeast Asia! Wild bus rides, alleyway bribes, and exotic fish markets are only the beginning of your time there. Laos, on the other hand, is a peaceful country full of monks and beautiful landscapes. Both are incredible and are sure to leave lasting impressions. This week’s episode dives into the best of the best sites, as well as tips of what to expect and how to make the most of your time in these incredible countries.
Although Cambodia and Myanmar seem to share a lot of attributes, it’s the contrast in their tourism volume that makes these two countries so drastically different. This episode dives into what makes these two sites so incredible, where you have to visit while there, and of course, some of my personal favorite travel stories from my time spent there. — Hsinbyume Pagoda - Mandalay, Thatbyunnyu, Anandu, & Dhammayangyi - Bagan
Continuing the story of my Summer backpacking trip to Asia, I cover the crazy world of India, as well as the awesome country to it’s south, Sri Lanka. With so many great places to see, just spending a few days is definitely not enough, but if that’s all you’ve got, you’re in for a whirlwind of great adventures and good times! — Qutub Minar & Tomb of Isa Khan - Delhi, Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah - Agra, Kaudulla, Minneriya, Yala, & Udawalawe - Sri Lanka
Kicking off an Asian backpacking trip in Indonesia is a great way to slowly acclimate to the traveler’s lifestyle. Temples, monkeys, and hostels are all plentiful, and crazy adventures are sure to be had. Nepal is a lot of the same! Thamel is a backpacker haven and you’re sure to make some friends from all over the world here. Taking a trek into the Himalayas is a must if you love nature whatsoever, as you’ll be amazed with every step you take. — Peguyangan Waterfall - Nusa Penida, Pura Taman Saraswati Temple & Pura Lempuyang Temple - Bali, Pashupatinath Temple - Kathmandu
Backpacking might just be the pinnacle of adventure. Whether you have a one way ticket and no responsibilities, or a few months off and places to see, exploring Asia with just you and a backpack is an invigorating experience. Preparing for your trip is almost as important as the trip itself and hopefully these tips and ideas will not only prepare you for your trip, but help it become the craziest adventure of your life!
Finding a good layover is very likely whenever you’re flying through a centrally located home base for your airline. Today’s episode covers tips and itinerary ideas for those long layovers you might have in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Bangkok in Thailand, and New York City in the United States. Short List: UAE - Burj Khalifa & the Grand Mosque, Malaysia - Batu Caves & the Petronas Towers, Thailand - Wat Pho, Wat Arun, & Thipsanai, NYC - Times Square & Rockefeller Center.
2020 was a crazy year for travel. Hopefully this next year will be a lot better for our passports! I’ve compiled quite a few travel tips that I use when planning my trips and some guidelines to follow while there.
What’s traveling without a few epic adventure stories to tell family and friends when you return? Here’s a few of my favorites ranging from a night hike to Pidurangala in Sri Lanka, to finding secret waterfalls in Laos. I hope you find them as entertaining to listen to as I do telling them!
A week in Egypt is barely enough time to scratch the surface of all that it has to offer, but on this episode I share some must see’s in the cities of Cairo, Luxor, and surrounding areas. Some of these stops include the Giza Plateau, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, El Khalili Market, the Temple of Karnak, the Ramesseum, Medinat Habu, and the Valley of the Kings (Tausert & Setnakht, and Merneptah).
A week in Paris is all you need to get a good taste of what it has to offer. This episode will explore some must see’s and some solid tips to make the most of your Paris adventure! Itinerary includes: Louvre, Musee d’Orangerie, Musee d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle, Sacre-Couer, Arc de Triumph, Versailles, Rue Cremieux, Galeries Lafayette, Luxembourg Gardens, Moulin Rouge, and more.