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So how was your trip? Travel Podcast

So how was your trip? Travel Podcast

By Travis Timmons
Podcast dedicated to telling travel stories from regular people - everything from leaving home for a couple of days to selling at all and living on the road full time.
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Seattle & Olympic National Park

So how was your trip? Travel Podcast

Seattle & Olympic National Park

So how was your trip? Travel Podcast

Tucson, AZ
On the list of Arizona destinations, Tucson probably gets overlooked. I run through a short trip to Tucson and talk food, Saguaro National Park, Mount Lemmon, hiking, U of Arizona campus, seeing slices of meteorites, and the general feel and vibe of what I'd consider a sneaky good town. 
March 30, 2020
You can't have a travel podcast and not do a Paris episode. It took us around 60 episodes to get there, but we finally got it done. We talk to Brian and Courtney Marsh, who have been to Paris 6 times, which, oddly enough, includes a trip to get married there. We get into museums, culture, food, crowds, the lure of Paris, best places to get a drink, mistakes that American tourists make, why we think Parisians are welcoming and hospitable, the best cities to add on to a trip to Paris, how the French are better at living and pace of life than Americans, and a whole lot more from this iconic city that I believe lives up to the hype. Enjoy!
March 10, 2020
Sedona, AZ
I spent a few days in Sedona in early February, so let's talk about it. I talk in circles and touch on outdoor activities, hikes, food, beer, old people, midwesterners, recreational drugs/dispensaries, vortexes, caves that make you more fertile, and why you'll either never want to leave or will get bored quickly. Enjoy!
March 1, 2020
Mexico City
We talk to Emily Thiagaraj - @travelingthiagaraj on instagram - about her goal to take her daughter to 100 countries before she turns 18, the 44 countries that Emily has visited, and why it is important to create a global perspective when raising kids. At the 14:45 mark, we shift to Mexico City and why it is such a sneaky good destination. We get into details and recommendations of the incredible food scene, the best cup of coffee she's ever had, museums, the plethora of green spaces and parks that Mexico City has to offer, art, history, why you should never drive there, what makes it a destination that she and her family would consider moving to, chats with locals, pyramids, mountains, and a few other thoughts that may surprise you about the 2nd largest city in the Western Hemisphere (Sao Paulo is #1 in case you were wondering).
February 22, 2020
We talk to Andres Maclean ( and @theboliviantraveler on instagram), who is a full time travel and adventure photographer that happens to call Bolivia home. We talk culture, destinations, how Bolivia looks like another planet, beautiful landscapes, people, music, food, and how to best plan an itinerary around flying into Bolivia's two largest cities, La Paz and Santa Cruz. Enjoy! Links from this episode:
February 14, 2020
Moving from small town Minnesota to China (and staying for 8 years)
We talk to Tina Albin, who moved from a town of 600 people in Minnesota to Zhuhai, China and has stayed for close to 8 years. In her time there, she has traveled to 17 provinces and several nearby countries. We get into adjusting to life with 1.4 billion new friends, culture, why most westerners forget and overlook all that China has to offer, the vast differences between different regions, the fact that China has over 100 cities with a population over 1M (the US has 14), mega cities, deserts, mountains, beauty, and why it's a place that you need to visit. Enjoy!
January 17, 2020
Best things we did in 2019
The year is over and we're gonna talk about it. We talk best food and drink, best days, best overall trip, best moments, disappointments, best experiences with our kids, the most beautiful things that we saw this year, and some other nonsensical things that we got into in 2019. I hope it's helpful and maybe gives you a few ideas to try. Enjoy!
December 27, 2019
Gluten Free Travel Guide
We talk to Suzanne Solomon of about life as a traveler after a Celiac diagnosis in 2013. We get into her story, routines, packing, planning, why Ireland should have a Celiac Visa, and all sorts of stories from her extensive travel. Destinations discussed at varying lengths and detail include Helsinki, St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida), Ireland, Japan, Slovenia, Croatia, New York City (where she calls home), Los Angeles, Louisville, and Montana. If you or someone you know is hesitant to travel due to Celiac or a gluten sensitivity, this will be informative, encouraging, and practical. Enjoy! Gluten Free Travel Food for your Suitcase! Moon Cheese Country Archer beef jerky Epic beef, chicken, pork, lamb and turkey bars Bakery on Main gluten free granola Kind granola bars Annie’s gluten free granola bars Annie’s gluten free mac and cheese Mama instant rice vermicelli rice noodles Lotus Foods Rice Ramen Terra chips From the Ground Up cauliflower crackers Canyon Bakehouse bread Bionaturae GF pasta San-j gluten free soy sauce packets Gluten Free Meister instant ramen
December 18, 2019
Disney World: A how to guide on creating marital conflict and stress.
We (Laura) took the kids to Disney! And I am a negative loser of a husband and father that only wants to complain about how much it costs. If you want to hear us have that argument for 33 minutes, give this one a listen. We do get into some park details, but that's not what this episode is about. Enjoy!
December 6, 2019
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park is one of the least visited National Parks in the lower 48 with about 350,000 annual visitors. That is both a shame and completely understandable. This place is remote, hard to get to, SO beautiful, raw, unique, and worth going to. There is a long list of reasons to go and reasons not to; I'd contend that most of those reasons are right. Give this one a listen and see if it's worth the trek to Southwest Texas to see one of the more impressive places that the US has to offer - both in terms of the landscape and the insane night sky. 
November 23, 2019
Seattle & Olympic National Park
We talk to Nick Mock of TripPossible ( about his recent trip to Seattle, the small towns and islands just across the sound, and hiking and exploring Olympic National Park. It's one of the few places where you can walk past a Fortune 10 company's world headquarters, eat at a James Beard award winning restaurant, and then take a short drive to a rainforest, mountain views, and/or see salmon jumping up a waterfall. As a destination, Seattle and the surrounding area has something for everyone. Give this one a listen and I'd venture to guess that Seattle will be in consideration for your next trip. Enjoy!
November 9, 2019
Bonus Episode - I drive for Uber. These are my stories.
So how do we help pay for travel? I drive strangers around on Friday and Saturday evenings. It is further evidence that truth is stranger than fiction. These are my travel related, inspiring, crazy, and sad stories from about 400 trips. Enjoy!
October 31, 2019
Beginner's Guide to Caving
We talk to Bryon of - @cavemanstew on Instagram - about all things caves and why you need to explore the world of caving and spelunking. Listen and you'll hear some cool stories, learn a few things, and probably get on to start searching caves in your area. Enjoy! This episode is brought to you by  Anchor - The Extremities Podcast -
October 23, 2019
Ventura, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, & 1 day in LA
We're talking about our recent family trip to Southern California. We get into beaches, playgrounds, sea cave kayaking, trying to not die while sea cave kayaking, Channel Islands National Park (and half of our group got a little seasick on the boat out), eating, shopping, hiking, Danish Festivals, something called Ostrichland, Santa Barbara county wine, why we don't like LA, cereal milk ice cream, and all sorts of other shenanigans and memories. Enjoy!
October 9, 2019
San Francisco & Lake Tahoe
We talk to Heather Shaivitz, who runs the travel blog about her recent family trip to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. They flew into San Francisco, did 4 days there, rented a car, drove to Lake Tahoe, and spent a few days there as well. If you're thinking about a good city/outdoors combination trip, you may need to give this trip a hard look. Enjoy!
September 30, 2019
Grand Canyon, Bryce, & Zion National Park - The rest of the story
Based on the inspiration of a previous episode, we did a family trip here (plus Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument). Here's our account and 2 cents. Enjoy.
September 13, 2019
Country Hopping for 3 months - India, SE Asia, Japan, Australia & New Zealand
This episode is part 2 from our conversation with Jimmy Lindsay. In this episode, we discuss his time in India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. We discuss, among other things, what it's like to experience healthcare in remote parts of India, why the food in Tokyo is the best he's ever had, why we both think Melbourne is the most underrated city in the world, gaining perspective by breaking bread with foreigners, why you should start your New Zealand trip on the South Island, and how time abroad changes you. Enjoy!
September 5, 2019
Taking a Travel Sabbatical
We talk to our friend Jimmy Lindsey about his decision to quit his job, take 6 months off, and go make memories all over the world. He did a total of 14 countries and over 30 cities over the course of 6 months. In this episode, we focus on his travels in the US (LA, Colorado, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Houston, Austin, and Pittsburgh), British Columbia, and Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Croatia, Vienna, and Budapest). We get into all sorts of great travel stories but also focus on why he decided to make this very intentional, unorthodox decision to press pause in the middle of his career and just go. 
August 19, 2019
We had a chat with Ceara Thompson (@travelbeeut on instagram) about several trips and her time spent on Kauai. We talk about beaches, hikes, views, snorkeling/scuba, swimming with sharks and sea turtles, why busloads of Asian tourists flock to a sub par shopping mall in Kauai, and all the reasons why you should consider flying over O'ahu and Maui to go to Kauai. Enjoy!
August 10, 2019
Tokyo & Climbing Mt. Fuji
We talk with Chris & Leslie Stroud of about their recent 2 month stay in Tokyo and their trip to climb Mt. Fuji (37:30). We get into Japanese culture, the rich museum scene in Tokyo, Japanese arcades, the fact that Tokyo may have the best and cleanest public parks on the planet, food, going to a Japanese bath house (they are everywhere!), getting around with kids, and all things climbing Mt Fuji.  Helpful Links: Cassette Eyewear - - promo code trip for 20% off non rx sunglasses
July 29, 2019
Santa Barbara & Channel Islands National Park
We talk to Anna Jacobson of Santa Barbara Adventure Company about all things Santa Barbara and the best National Park that you've probably never heard of. We get into beaches, mountains, front country and back country hiking, the Santa Barbara food & wine scene, what it's like to have perfect weather every day, crazy marine wildlife, all sorts of outdoor activities, and California's best kept secret - Channel Islands National Park. Enjoy!
July 18, 2019
Oregon Coast & The Olympic Peninsula
We chat with Spud Groshong - Portland resident, world traveler, and host of the Lost in Transit Podcast about all things Pacific Northwest coast. We get into weekend trips, day trips, best place to see a sunset, trying to figure out how massive trees/driftwood ended up on the beach, but mostly, just how and why the Oregon Coast and the Olympic Peninsula are beautiful and awesome.
July 11, 2019
We think Melbourne may be the most underrated city in the world and a vastly superior destination than Sydney. We spent 10 days there and can't wait for you to hear about the great meals, wine, shopping, and adventures that we had...and what it's like to spend a 17 hour flight next to a guy that smelled like he was homeless.  Cheers! Helpful links: Our awesome AirBnB in Carlton:  Sponsor: - promo code trip for 20% off of all non prescription sunglasses
July 3, 2019
Haarlem & Amsterdam
In this episode, we talk to some old friends that moved to The Netherlands about the decision to make a move, the adjustments that came along the way, opportunities to experience culture (and now have a 5 year old daughter fluent in Dutch), travel around Europe, and the pace of life and work in the US vs Europe. Enjoy!
May 30, 2019
We talk about a trip that every American needs to make. We rented a car from Paris and did an overnight trip to the Normandy region of France to take in all of the historical sights and a gem of a French town called Honfleur. It's almost Memorial Day; give this a listen and think of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. What I'm really trying to say is - you need to listen. Do it for the troops!
May 21, 2019
Colorado Camp Chauffeurs
You know what's great? Waking up in the mountains, sunrise hikes, being in nature, and making memories with people you love. You know what's not great? Cooking, cleaning, setting up a campsite, starting a fire, putting out said fire, and having to deal with the dark side of camping. Colorado Camp Chauffeurs ( is a all inclusive camping guide service that lets you pay someone else to take care of all the nonsense that you do not want to when it comes to camping in Colorado. They pick you up at the airport or desired destination in the Denver/Colorado Springs metro area, take you to one of their favorite spots, and do all the hard work. Enjoy the episode and give their website a visit for more detail and pricing.
May 9, 2019
Don't sleep on Alaska as a winter destination! We talk with Nina Wilson of @wilsontribe5 about their recent trip to Alaska in the winter. We get into Denali National Park, seeing the northern lights, glaciers, North Pole, Alaska (yes, that's a real place), dog sledding, hot springs, and all sorts of other winter activities. Enjoy!
April 22, 2019
We talk with Tamara Gruber of and The Vacation Mavens Podcast (go check 'em out) about her recent 12 day trip to Morocco. We cover Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes,  Chefchaouen, camping and sandboarding in the Sahara Desert, culture, food, the Moroccan national sport of negotiating, and all sorts of other things that you may not know about Morocco. Enjoy! Useful Links: - promo code trip for 20% off
April 11, 2019
Las Vegas for March Madness
The NCAA Tournament is the best sporting event that our country has to offer. What better place is there to watch it than in Las Vegas? We talk through my recent trip for the first weekend of the tournament, plans to avoid crowds and chaos, the 2nd vs 1st weekend feel, and my rules for Las Vegas. Enjoy! Links from our sponsors:
March 31, 2019
Heroic Tribe Part 2 - O'ahu
In this episode, we finish our conversation with Tammy Bennett of @heroictribe. We discuss their recent 12 day trip to O'ahu and talk through some of their favorite stories and memories from 9 months of full time travel in the US and Europe.
March 12, 2019
Heroic Tribe - Full time travel as a family of 8 across the US and Western Europe
In this episode, we talk to Tammy Bennett of @heroictribe about their process of converting to full time travel with 6 kids. We talk through their journey leading up to selling their home, all of their belongings, and hitting the road along with some stories and details in US and European stops along the way. Enjoy!
March 3, 2019
Great Smoky Mountain National Park (TN)
In this episode, we cover just about everything you can think of regarding the most visited national park in the US. We get into hikes, trails, views, crowds, Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, where to stay, history, and why everyone in Tennessee loves Dolly Parton. Useful links: Show sponsors: - promo code trip for 20% off 
February 20, 2019
Travel Hacking - maximizing points to stick it to the man and see the world.
In this episode, Joey and Anna of come on to share some incredible travel stories and best practices around maximizing the use of points. If you are on a budget and love seeing the world, give this a listen as they have done a phenomenal job of using points and a well thought out budget to create some insane memories for a very small amount of out of pocket expenses. Enjoy! Useful Links: - promo code trip for 20% off
February 10, 2019
Climbing Kilimanjaro
Ever wondered what it's like to look down on the world from a 20,000 foot peak? Well, guess what, you have to earn that story. In this episode, we talk about climbing Kilimanjaro and everything that goes into it. What are the routes? What are the stopping points along the way? How hard is it? How does one prepare? And finally, how do you go to the bathroom at 18,000 feet of elevation? Links from our sponsors: - promo code trip for 20% off
February 2, 2019
Park City, UT
In this episode, we discuss a guys trip taken to Park City in August. We talk about ski towns in the summer, fly fishing, jet skiing, ziplines, Olympic Village, mountain biking, a little food, and a conspiracy theory regarding Chinese tourists and world domination. Enjoy! Useful Links: Sponsors: promo code trip for 20% off
January 25, 2019
The Lost Bells - 12 months, 12 homes as a family of 5.
In this episode, we talk to Emily Bell (@lostbells) about their decision to leave the comforts of home in suburban Utah to set off for a new destination/home every month for a year. They rented their home to help with income along with an independent location, working from home job and are navigating their way around the globe with the intention of spending 1 month in 12 different places. Enjoy! Links from our sponsors: - promo code trip at checkout
January 16, 2019
You probably know nothing about Romania. Neither did our guests, Jake and Katherine, when his job offered him a position in Bucharest. We talk about the adjustment to living in a foreign country, Bucharest, Transylvania, the Carpathian Mountains, culture, expat life in general, and day to day living with a family. Enjoy! Useful links:  -  promo code trip for 20% off  -  promo code TRAVIS10 for 10% off 
January 4, 2019
Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park
In this episode, we discuss a 7 day trip to see some of the best natural wonders that the US has to offer. We talk North Rim vs. South Rim for a Grand Canyon stay, hikes, adventures, altitude, and why you need to make it here if you've never been. Enjoy! Useful Links:  Angel's Landing Hike: - promo code trip for 20% off at checkout - promo code TRAVIS10 for 10% off at checkout
December 25, 2018
We live here! Let's talk about it. We get into food, culture, diversity, shopping, perception vs. reality when it comes to Texas, and all sorts of other things about the place that we call home. Useful links: These guys help us monetize the podcast...don't be such a freeloader - check 'em out. promo code trip at check out for 20% off at checkout for 10% off of soft baked biscotti.
December 19, 2018
How to get cheap flights.
In the last year or two, we have discovered some best practices that, while not unique to us, have been incredibly helpful and have probably cut out flight prices by 50-75% on international travel and a smaller but very helpful margin on domestic travel. Some of the deals we've taken advantage of in the last year or so were Houston to Oslo $420 round trip, Houston to Milan $467 round trip, Houston to Denver $80 round trip, and Houston to Maui $371 round trip. Links and sponsors from this episode: promo code trip for 20% off promo code travis10 for 10% off
December 3, 2018
Bergen, Norway
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November 20, 2018
Columbus, OH
Columbus is a sneaky good city that has been on the rise and growing over the last 10-12 years. We talk with Sam Clark of Columbus Grub - @columbusgrub on Instagram. He was born and raised in Columbus and talks about how the city has changed, different neighborhoods, things to do, but most of all, eating your way through Columbus. Enjoy! - promo code trip at check out for 20% off.
November 13, 2018
SEC Football Guide
Our guest this week, Andrew Deere, has been to 8 of the 14 SEC schools for a gameday weekend. We rank those experiences and provide a practical guide to tailgating, in game experiences, and finding a good meal in the college towns of the SEC. - promo code trip at checkout for 20% off
October 30, 2018
Northern Italy
We did 8 days in Northern Italy with some friends of ours that used to live there and were very familiar with all of the great small towns and less trafficked areas of Northwest Italy. Enjoy! Show notes - Useful links: promo code: trip (at check out)
October 22, 2018
Outdoor Adventures in New England and Colorado
Glenn and Tara lived in Boston, exploring all that the New England outdoors had to offer. Then one day, they had an idea to move to Colorado. And then they actually did it! In this episode, we discuss the struggle and reality leaving the familiar in pursuit of a new adventure across the country (and not for a job). We also get into some very practical detail regarding outdoor activities and destination in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Colorado.
October 16, 2018
Colorado Springs and Estes Park (with kids)
We took a family vacation with our 2 and 4 year old daughters to Colorado. It was fun?
October 8, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
Part 2 with Henry Hentges on his time in Africa. This episode focuses on his time in Cape Town! Presenting sponsor - Cassette Eyewear - enter promo code trip at check out for 20% off of all non-prescription eyewear.
October 2, 2018
In this episode, we speak with Henry Hentges, who spent a week with locals in Tanzania. Believe it or not, there is more to Tanzania than Kilimanjaro.
September 17, 2018
New Zealand - Hunting & Fishing, Lake Taupo, Cathedral Cove
Our friend Jase Brooks joins us for this episode to discuss a jam packed week on the North Island of New Zealand. If you have any interest in beautiful things, the outdoors, nature, hunting, hiking, fishing, eating, culture, beaches, driving a Toyota Camry through a 4 foot mudslide, Lord of the Rings movies, lakes, wildlife, happiness, and/or joy, then you'll love this episode. If not, this episode is not for you...skip on to the next one.
September 11, 2018
Backpacking Europe and Southeast Asia for 9 months
This episode is part 2 with Blake Thornhill discussing their 9 months spent overseas in Europe and Southeast Asia - destinations included are Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Czechia, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, and Romania, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Hong Kong
September 3, 2018
3 Month Western US Road Trip
In this episode, we talk to Blake Thornhill, who, along with his wife, left home for 11 months! The first part of their journey was a road trip through the Western US hitting basically every national park and major city in the Mountain West, West Coast, Southwest US.
August 25, 2018
How/Why/When to leave your young kids to travel
Do you feel like an awful parent for leaving your kids or are you dead inside like me (Travis)? We spend 18 minutes talking our philosophy and detailed strategies on how Laura can leave our 2 and 4 year old kids without feeling any Mommy Guilt.
August 20, 2018
Vietnam & Thailand
In this episode, we tell the story of a friend that relocated from Chicago to Southeast Asia a few years ago. We discuss how to make a location independent income, cost of living and daily life in Vietnam and Thailand, his ideas on trip itineraries to Southeast Asia, and American/Western perception vs. reality of Vietnam and Thailand.
August 13, 2018
Australia - Sydney, Bondi, Berry, and Canberra
Laura interviews our friend Anne, who just got back from taking a small lap around Australia.
August 6, 2018
Gaming the Timeshare Industry - Is it worth it?
We interviewed a friend who has been to 150-200 timeshare presentations to get free stuff. Is he crazy? Probably, but maybe not?? Listen to hear his perspective on how to go about doing this, the industry in general, and exactly how the process goes from start to finish. Disclaimer: none of us have any affiliation with any entity in this industry. This is an unbiased conversation based on past experience.
July 31, 2018
If California and Colorado had a baby, it would be Oregon. We just got back from a 4 day trip to Portland, the Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley Wine Country, and seeing waterfalls, hikes, mountains, and rivers of Oregon. Naturally, we wanted to talk about it.
July 26, 2018
Oslo, Norway
In this episode, we discuss our 4 day trip to Oslo. Listen as we discuss Norwegian culture, eating, shopping, skiing, and our interactions with locals.
July 23, 2018
New Orleans
New Orleans is a 2 night city. In this episode, we talk through our ideal weekend in New Orleans based on the handful of trips we have taken there.
July 18, 2018
Waterfalls, Lakes, and Hikes of the NC Smoky Mountains
In this episode, we chat with a former Pigeon River rafting guide and general travel enthusiast Blake Bergstrom about his recent family vacation to Hot Springs, NC, Asheville, and Lake Glenville, NC.
July 16, 2018