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Healthy Explorer Podcast

Healthy Explorer Podcast

By Billy Couchenour
Welcome to the Healthy Explorer podcast hosted by me, Billy. Amongst other things I'm a teacher, personal trainer, traveler, and I run the Healthy Explorer Blog (HealthyExplorer.org). I hope to inspire you to see, taste, and explore more of the world by sharing my experiences as well as the anecdotes of other travelers I have met along the way. If you like travel stories check out my new podcast and maybe you'll find an extra spark for your own adventures.
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Ep 39: Conor Fleming—Exploring Barcelona during a pandemic
This episode features Conor Fleming (who also does the intro music for the podcast). Conor is originally from Scotland and is now living in Barcelona. In this episode we talk about living abroad, the differences between the US and Spain during the pandemic, teaching during the pandemic, and finding the silver linings of travel restrictions by discovering new parts of the city. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:14:21
May 3, 2021
Ep 38: Josh Demaray— Questions from a beginner traveler
This episode features Josh Demaray, who shares some questions he has as a beginning traveler. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
47:17
April 19, 2021
Ep 37: ACBC— Easter in Andalusia
This is another ACBC episode where Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Andalusia in southern Spain during the Easter holiday. We talk about our time in Malaga, Granada, and Seville. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:23:59
April 12, 2021
Ep 36: Justin Niemi— Dropping everything and moving to Germany 
This episode features Justin Niemi, who talks about quitting his job, moving to Germany, and traveling in Europe. To hear even more about Justin's travels you can also check out episode 14 with Sam Couchenour. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:07:43
April 5, 2021
Ep 35: Cassie Laur-- Studying in Ireland, teaching in Italy
This episode features Cassie Laur, who talks about her time studying abroad in Ireland as well as her time teaching in Italy. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
51:22
March 29, 2021
Ep 34: Annie Yoder-- Jamaica, Italy, and China
This episode features Annie Yoder, who talks about her time serving in Jamaica, her trip though Italy, and teaching in China. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:00:01
March 22, 2021
Ep 33: ACBC-- Northern Italy
This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Billy talks about his time in Casalmaggiore and Mantua, Anna-Lise talks about her time in Brescia, Lake Garda, and Verona, and we talk about our time together in Venice and Milan. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
53:45
March 8, 2021
Ep 32: ACBC-- Central Italy
This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Anna-Lise talks about her time in Cinque Terre, Billy talks about his time in Volterra, and we talk about our time together in Florence, Pisa, and Bologna. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
59:41
March 1, 2021
Ep 31: Isabel Robertson— Living abroad, traveling Europe, and walking the Camino
This episode features  Isabel Robertson who talks about living abroad in both the US and the UK, traveling through Europe, and walking the Camino de Santiago. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:03:05
February 22, 2021
Ep 30: Julia Dwyer— Bicycling through Central America
This episode features Julia Dwyer who talks about bicycling from France to Italy, working in Panama, and bicycling through Central America. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
52:33
February 15, 2021
Ep 29: Logan & Laura— Catalonian traditions
In this episode, Logan and Laura are back on the podcast, this time to talk about Catalonian traditions. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming Logan & Laura were also featured on: Episode 3: Logan & Laura Part 1— Love on the Camino de Santiago (Northern Spain) and in Costa Rica 27 July 2020 This episode is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Logan & Laura, and on this episode they talk about meeting each other on the Camino de Santiago and the beginning of their Central/South America trip in Costa Rica. Episode 4: Logan & Laura Part 2— Trip through Central and South America, and Iceland work-away 3 August 2020 This is the second part of a two part episode with Logan & Laura. They talk about the rest of their Central/South America trip through Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. They also talk about their time in Iceland.
01:00:08
February 8, 2021
Ep 28: Patrick Rinard— World Cup in Russia
This episode features Patrick Rinard who talks about his trip to see the World Cup in Russia. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
47:08
February 1, 2021
Ep 27: ACBC— Rome
This is another ACBC episode. In the last episode Anna-Lise and I talked about our time in Southern Italy, and in this episode we talk about our time in Rome. Also, be on the lookout for future episodes where we will talk about our time in central and northern Italy. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
54:55
January 25, 2021
Ep 26: ACBC— Southern Italy
This is another ACBC episode where Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Southern Italy. I talk about my solo trip to Sicily, my time in Bari with my sister, and Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Naples and the surrounding area. Check out next week's episode to hear more about our time in Italy. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
50:35
January 18, 2021
Ep 25: Quinn Lema— Living in Kyrgyzstan
This episode features Quinn Lema who talks about living and teaching English in Kyrgyzstan. After recording this episode he mentioned that he mixed up the names of a couple Kyrgis drinks. Kvass was the the wheat drink he was drinking during the podcast, and Aralash is a combination of that and Koumiss, which is the fermented horse milk. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
56:42
January 11, 2021
Ep 24: Zethu Khuboni part 2— Living in Spain and South Korea
This is the second part of a 2 part episode with Zethu Khuboni. In this episode she talks more about the traveling she did while in Europe. She also talks about staying in hostels in Europe and moving to South Korea to teach English. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:00:14
January 4, 2021
Ep 23: Zethu Khuboni part 1— Teaching English in China and Spain
This is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Zethu Khuboni. In this episode she talks about her time teaching English in China and the traveling she did while there. She also talks about teaching English in Barcelona and how teaching there compared to China, as well as some of the traveling she did while in Europe. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Tune in next week for part 2 of this interview, where Zethu talks more about Europe as well as her time teaching English in South Korea. Intro music by Conor Fleming
49:53
December 28, 2020
Ep 22: ACBC Christmas markets
This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Anna-Lise and I talk about the holiday season and the Christmas markets we have visited around the world, from Barcelona to Bethlehem to Germany and Great Britain. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:14:09
December 22, 2020
Winter 2020-21 trailer
Here's what's to come on the Healthy Explorer Podcast this winter... This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
05:02
December 21, 2020
Ep 21: Chris & Patricia— Getting engaged on a trip around the world
This episode features Chris & Patricia who talk about their trip around the world and getting engaged in Southeast Asia. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:10:11
December 7, 2020
Ep 20: ACBC- What’s in our bag
This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode  Anna-Lise and I talk about what we take with us when we travel. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:04:04
November 30, 2020
Ep 19: Claire Stoudemire- English Teaching in Europe and traveling through Central America
This episode features Claire Stoudemire who talks about the traveling she did growing up, her year teaching English in Spain and Italy, some traveling she did while in Europe, and traveling through Central America. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
43:53
November 23, 2020
Ep 18: Desi Sutherland- Teaching English in Girona, Spain
This episode features Desi Sutherland who talks about her year teaching English in Girona (which is located about an hour outside of Barcelona) as well as the other parts of Europe she visited while living in Catalonia. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
56:37
November 16, 2020
Ep 17: ACBC- Forced to travel during coronavirus
This is another ACBC episode where Anna-Lise and Billy talk about the experience of traveling during the coronavirus era. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
55:48
November 9, 2020
Ep 16: Daniel Couchenour- Going to school abroad in Cyprus and a 6-week trip around Europe
This episode features Daniel Couchenour who talks about his time going to school in Cyprus and his six week trip around Europe visiting Greece, Italy, France, and Poland. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Intro music by Conor Fleming
47:23
November 2, 2020
Ep 15: Andy & Steph— A Couple of Travellers' year around the world
In this episode Andy & Steph give an overview of their year-long trip around the world. If you would like to check out the video version of their trip you can go to their YouTube page "A Couple of Travellers." A Couple of Travellers YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWyUmZOOTSqaPMivqLntcYg This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:35:21
October 26, 2020
Ep 14: Sam Couchenour- Octoberfest
This episode features Sam Couchenour who talks about his trip to Munich for Octoberfest, as well as traveling through the Alps in Switzerland and driving through Ireland. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
58:49
October 19, 2020
Ep 13: Paige Fortner— Traveling and Mental Health
In this episode Paige Fortner talks about traveling and mental health. She also talks about her time in Guatemala, Croatia, and Costa Rica, as well as what it’s like to live next to the US border. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
44:13
October 12, 2020
Ep 12: Morgan Phelps Part 2— LA, San Fransisco, Cartagena, and Rio de Janeiro
This is the 2nd part of a 2 part episode with Morgan about his 4 month trip around the world. In the last episode he talked about his time in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, and on this episode he goes through his time in California, Colombia, and Brazil. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
59:25
October 5, 2020
Ep 11: Morgan Phelps Part 1— Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji
This is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Morgan Phelps who talks about his 4 month trip around the world. In this episode he talks about his time in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org. Tune in next week for part 2 of this interview, where Morgan will talk about his time in the Americas. Intro music by Conor Fleming
48:39
September 28, 2020
Healthy Explorer Podcast- Fall 2020 Trailer
Here's a preview of what's coming up next on the Healthy Explorer Podcast! For more info and updates visit the Healthy Explorer Blog Music by Conor Fleming
05:08
September 21, 2020
Ep 10: Josef Weishaar Part 2— Boston, California, Hawaii and woodworking in England
This is part 2 of a two part episode, and in this episode Josef Weishaar talks about his trips to visit family in Boston, Hawaii, and California, as well as his first time flying solo internationally to go to a woodworking school in England. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:13:13
September 14, 2020
Ep 9: Josef Weishaar Part 1— Coffee in Portland, and group trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala
This episode features Josef Weishaar in part 1 of a 2 part episode. In this episode he talks about coffee and food in Portland (and the differences between 2nd wave and 3rd wave coffee), his Norwegian genealogy, his first International flight and trip to Nicaragua, and celebrating his birthday in Guatemala. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
58:52
September 7, 2020
Ep 8: ACBC— Germany
This is another ACBC podcast episode where Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Berlin and Cologne. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
44:19
August 31, 2020
Ep 7: Sam Silver— Kenya, Israel, Italy, Scotland, and England
This episode features Sam Silver who talks about her trips to Israel, Italy, Scotland, and England as well as her 22 hour layover in Dubai and the months she has spent in Kenya. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
43:53
August 24, 2020
Ep 6: Carolina Verea— 60+ hours on busses in South America
This episode features Carolina Verea who talks about exploring South America and what it's like to take a 29 hour bus ride. I apologize for the technical issues and sound quality on this episode, but I hope you enjoy the interesting travel stories. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
37:26
August 17, 2020
Ep 5: ACBC— Belgium
This is another ACBC podcast where Anna-Lise and Billy talk about their trip to Belgium and exploring the Christmas Markets there. Here’s a link to the video of the goose parade: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrvOBTKnhRUev9cvkmWth0SMrEKGeEtmT8gUmc0/ This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
51:01
August 10, 2020
Ep 4: Logan & Laura Part 2— Trip through Central and South America, and Iceland work-away
This is the second part of a two part episode with Logan & Laura. They talk about the rest of their Central/South America trip through Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. They also talk about their time in Iceland. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:14:18
August 3, 2020
Ep 3: Logan & Laura Part 1— Love on the Camino de Santiago (Northern Spain) and in Costa Rica
This episode is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Logan & Laura, and on this episode they talk about meeting each other on the Camino de Santiago and the beginning of their Central/South America trip in Costa Rica. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
56:30
July 27, 2020
Ep 2: Kristi Couchenour— Semester abroad in Australia, Summer Eurotrip
In this episode Billy talks with his sister Kristi talks about her semester abroad in Australia and their month traveling Europe. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
01:17:31
July 27, 2020
Ep 1: ACBC— Our first international trips, Anna-Lise’s 1st trip to the USA
On this introductory ACBC episode, Billy & Anna-Lise talk about how they met, why they each decided to move to Barcelona, their first international trips, some of the traveling they did growing up, and the cultural differences Anna-Lise noticed her first time in the US. This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org Intro music by Conor Fleming
57:04
July 27, 2020
Healthy Explorer Podcast- Summer 2020 Trailer
Here's a preview of what's to come on the Healthy Explorer Podcast! For more info and updates visit the Healthy Explorer Blog Music by Conor Fleming
05:02
June 17, 2020