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The Well-Travelled Podcast

The Well-Travelled Podcast

By Virginia Stuart-Taylor
A weekly spotlight with essential advice to help and inspire you to travel and explore the world. Exploring topics such as: why we feel compelled to travel, how to conquer shyness through travel, top tips for learning a foreign language or planning a sabbatical, how to make travel more affordable, and how to save the world from overtourism.

This podcast will lift you outside of your bubble and take you on a journey around the globe, as we look at the world of travel. Hosted by Virginia Stuart-Taylor, travel blogger and the founder of TheWell-TravelledPostcard.com
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A Postcard from the Côte d’Argent in south-west France
This bonus episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is live from my trip to the Côte d’Argent in south-west France - my first trip abroad since the pandemic began. It's a postcard of the place, offering a flavour of the Atlantic coastline, the markets and cuisine of the area; the history of why I've been visiting it since I was little; and how I'm spending this trip (including my tips for studying French and for a digital detox). These snippets from my trip will transport you to the little-known but well-kept secret of Europe's longest beach, with its sand dunes overlooking surf-perfect waves, and its cycle trails through remote pine forests, a stone's throw from the vineyards of Bordeaux. If you'd like to read more about my travels, head to my travel blog TheWell-TravelledPostcard.com and subscribe to receive new posts. You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
19:02
September 19, 2020
How to save the world from overtourism and make travel sustainable following the pandemic
The tenth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about how we as travellers and the travel industry should recover from the pandemic, by prioritising long-term sustainability, and reframing our mindset and attitudes towards to travel, to avoid falling back into the trap of mass tourism at pre-pandemic levels. It starts with an overview of how the world reached a state of overtourism. We then turn to the actions that governments, the travel industry, tourism marketers and we as individuals should take to capitalise on this unique moment in time, during the pandemic, to re-design travel and build back better and more sustainably in future, to save the world's treasures for decades and generations to come. If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: How to Save the World from Mass Tourism: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2017/08/20/how-to-save-the-world-from-mass-tourism/ 12 Ways that Travel Changed Forever in the 2010s: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2020/04/20/looking-back-on-the-2010s-part-iii-12-ways-that-travel-changed-forever/ How Hollywood defines Europe’s identity: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/portfolio/how-hollywood-defines-europes-identity/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
37:39
July 4, 2020
Inspiring Individuals: Climbing up and skiing down Mont Blanc with Nicholas Stuart-Taylor
The ninth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is an interview with a special guest, one of my Inspiring Individuals Nicholas Stuart-Taylor, as we hear about his expedition to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc at 4,808m altitude, and ski back down again. We discuss the family history of summiting Mont Blanc, which my great-great-grandfather achieved back in 1879, and I attempted in 2017. He explains the training and fitness involved, and the 3-day expedition itself: avoiding crevasses while crossing glaciers, staying in mountain huts and climbing through the night. We cover the factors to consider when planning a challenge like this, as well as his advice and lessons learned. If you're keen to find out more about my own preparation to climb Mont Blanc just on foot, take a read of this post on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: One week to Mont Blanc! Training and Preparations for the Summit: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2017/06/08/one-week-to-mont-blanc-training-and-preparations-for-the-summit/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
46:41
June 27, 2020
4 steps to learn a foreign language
The eighth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about how to actually set about learning a foreign language, based on my experience in gaining (and importantly maintaining) fluency in 3 languages, and recently starting a new language from scratch. It starts with identifying your motivations, and finding the right level and method to suit you. I include a whole menu of self-learning methods I've discovered outside of the classroom, and my top tips for integrating language learning into your daily and weekly routines, to reach proficiency and even fluency. If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these two posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:  4 Steps to Pick-up a Language you Haven’t Learned Since School: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2018/11/19/4-steps-to-pick-up-a-language-you-havent-learned-since-school/ Why Every Pupil Should Study a Foreign Language at A-Level: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2016/11/14/why-every-pupil-should-study-a-foreign-language-at-a-level/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
34:45
June 20, 2020
How to find and save money for travel (and how I afford to travel so much)
The seventh episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about the different ways to save money and make travel more affordable. I share the golden nugget of financial advice that I received, which allowed me to live and travel abroad without a monthly salary, while taking a sabbatical and doing a Master's degree in my mid- and late-twenties. I also discuss ways to make your money stretch further when you travel and how to travel even when on a strict budget.  If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these two posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:  Why “Save Money” is the Most Important Advice of your 20s: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2017/04/07/why-save-money-is-the-most-important-advice-of-your-20s/  How To Find Money for Travel (& the Secret Behind How I Afford to Travel So Much): https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2015/01/19/how-to-find-money-for-travel-the-secret-behind-how-i-afford-to-travel-so-much/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
28:35
June 13, 2020
Inspiring Individuals: Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with Malvena Stuart-Taylor
The sixth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is an interview with a special guest, one of my Inspiring Individuals Malvena Stuart-Taylor, as we discuss her adventure sailing across the Atlantic Ocean for 20 days. We talk about the highs and lows of life on board a yacht with just two others, and the reality of 24/7 shifts on watch, as she voyaged from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. She reflects on the distortion of time and the isolation felt in the middle of the Atlantic, and the life lessons she gleaned from the journey which we can transfer to our current feelings towards the lockdown amidst the current pandemic.  If you're keen to find out more, take a read of this guest post written by Malvena on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:  Inspiring Individuals: Malvena Stuart-Taylor, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2018/03/05/inspiring-individuals-malvena-stuart-taylor-who-sailed-across-the-atlantic-ocean/  You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
26:10
June 6, 2020
Travelling as a single woman in your late 20s and early 30s, and the stigma of being single
The fifth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about how a woman's relationship status can influence her travel plans in her late 20s and early 30s. As well as looking at how society treats single girls differently and how the stigma of being single is very much still alive. I also draw on my personal experiences in and out of relationships to suggest tips to avoid perpetuating the stigma, and I reflect on my tactics for travelling while single. If you're keen to find out more, take a read of this post on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: How to travel as a single woman in your late 20s and the stigma of being single: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2020/02/01/how-to-travel-as-a-single-women-in-your-late-20s-and-the-stigma-of-being-single/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
29:19
May 30, 2020
20 essential travel experiences to do in your 20s
The fourth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about the 20 must-do trips and travels to do in your 20s, as I enter my thirties and look back on the unforgettable moments and experiences that I'd recommend to others who love to travel: from road trips to festivals, from ski seasons to studying and volunteering abroad, from a sabbatical to a digital detox and even trying solo travel - this is your one-stop guide to the best trips to take in your 20s. If you're keen to find out more, take a read of this post on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:  20 Essential Travel Experiences to Do in Your 20s: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2019/06/12/20-essential-travel-experiences-to-do-in-your-20s/  You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
35:01
May 23, 2020
How to conquer shyness through travel
The third episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about how travel can take you outside of your comfort zone and help you overcome shyness. I start with my personal story of evolving from a shy teenager to a much more confident and extrovert person after two years of extensive travels, and I offer my 12 top tips for conquering shyness. If you're keen to find out more, take a read of this post on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: Conquering Shyness through Travel: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2016/07/04/conquering-shyness-through-travel/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
29:56
May 16, 2020
Why we feel compelled to travel & the lifecycle of a traveller
The second episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about what fuels our wanderlust and love of travel: whether it's nature or nurture? Clever marketing or social media? The concept of FOMO or generational trends? I also discuss the lifecycle of a traveller and how our travel styles and preferences evolve through our different life stages, as well as talking through my own motivations for travel. If you're keen to find out more, take a read of this post on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: My Thoughts on Why We Feel Compelled To Travel, and the Changing Meaning of Travel: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2015/07/29/my-thoughts-on-why-we-feel-compelled-to-travel-and-the-changing-meaning-of-travel/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
26:09
May 9, 2020
The travel industry, cabin fever and wellbeing amidst the Covid-19 pandemic
The first episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel industry and on people who love to travel. It covers my predictions for how the travel and tourism industry across the world will cope with closed borders and grounded planes, and how it might look when we start to travel again, after the lockdown. I also discuss my top tips for dealing with cabin fever if you're missing travel, and for maintaining your general wellbeing during lockdown.  If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:  My Travel Plans for 2020 – cancellations, postponements, and how to deal with cabin fever: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2020/03/29/my-travel-plans-for-2020-cancellations-postponements-and-how-to-deal-with-cabin-fever/ My predictions for the travel industry in 2020 after the Covid-19 pandemic: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2020/03/25/my-predictions-for-the-travel-industry-in-2020-after-the-covid-19-pandemic/ You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.
29:14
May 2, 2020
Introducing... The Well-Travelled Podcast
A trailer for the The Well-Travelled Podcast, a new travel podcast by Virginia Stuart-Taylor, founder of The Well-Travelled Postcard blog.
02:30
April 13, 2020