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Travel Stories Podcast

Bringing you stories of wonder and adventure, crafted with sound effects and a musical score, Travel Stories Podcast seeks to inspire. From the seasoned adventurer to the wanderluster alike, travelers in over 150 countries tune into Travel Stories Podcast each week for inspirational stories and interviews.
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Dec 21, 2016

It's been quite a year for us at Travel Stories Podcast and this rather small episode is merely a thank you to all of our listeners, and the wishing of a happy holiday season, wherever you may be.

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  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
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Dec 19, 2016

Culture is one of the first things you might notice while you travel. While culture shock is a sizable and impactful thing, experiencing other cultures is vital to travel and vital to humanity as a whole. Learning about culture while traveling can help you learn about those that you share the world with, as well as learning more about yourself.

Ladan Jiracek visits this week from his own podcast, the Travel Wisdom podcast. He has been to over ninety countries and loves to think about how travel can be a chance to learn. He and Hayden discuss how to learn from travel and how to find purpose and meaning from your adventures while traveling. They also have an in-depth talk about how important it can be to learn a language while traveling. Ladan also mentions that relationship cultures are among the most drastic differences he has found internationally. The two of them agree that exploring cultures outside of one’s own society is vital.

Ladan also shares what he believes has been holding people back from traveling, while Hayden brings up the topic of podcasts and their impact on the travel world. They talk about one-upping, travel as a learning experience, the impact of certain countries, and their thoughts on marriage and children. Ladan discusses his time in Georgia, as well.

“Cheating Death and Hitchhiking Africa,” Ladan’s tale of how difficult it can be to get from point A to point B, is full of conflict and twists. One summer, Ladan and his friends decided to hitchhike across Africa, and one thing after another started to go wrong while they were crossing the desert on a twelve-hour road trip into Somalia. Without water and with far too much sand, Ladan remembers vividly how journeying to Somalia was wrought with strife and amusing troubles.

Culture is the most vital part of national identity. It is the root of language, of tradition, and of daily life in communities all around the world. Getting to know the cultures around you, and the cultures around the world, can drastically affect not only you as a traveler, but you as a person, as well.

 

  • 0:55 - Hayden introduces Ladan Jiracek, who hosts the Travel Wisdom podcast, has been to over ninety countries, and loves to think about how travel can be a chance to learn. Ladan discusses how to find the purpose and the meaning behind your travels, as well as how important learning a language can be when traveling.
  • 5:08 - Hayden and Ladan discuss exploring outside of their own societies, and how relationship cultures differ from place to place. Hayden asks Ladan what he has found around the world that he preferred to his own culture.
  • 10:33 - Ladan talks about what he thinks holds people back from traveling. Hayden mentions how podcasts and the dissemination of information can provide a well-rounded perspective on travel and on the world.
  • 13:30 - Ladan starts to tell his story, “Cheating Death and Hitchhiking Africa,” his go-to travel story.
    • During the summer semester, Ladan hitchhiked across Africa, and found himself hunched over in a caravan to Somalia. Partway through the trip, they got stuck in the sand, and nobody had water. From there, one thing after another started to go wrong, all the way into Somalia, in a chaotic trip across the desert.
  • 21:47 - Hayden and Ladan break down the story and how one-upping other people’s wild ideas can bring exciting experiences. Ladan also discusses his podcast, the Travel Wisdom podcast, and how he sees travel as a learning experience.
  • 25:51 - Ladan talks about the countries he has traveled to and which adventures made him feel more drawn to certain countries after the fact. He also shares stories about how his time in Georgia impacted him so greatly, as well as his thoughts on marriage and children in regards to travel.

 

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Dec 15, 2016

Solo traveling is vital to finding oneself as a traveler. Be you at a hostel in Argentina, a farm in Brazil, or a crossroads in Vietnam, traveling solo and making decisions by yourself can help you find yourself both as a traveler and as a person. Lifting the veil off your eyes and being the purest version of yourself will aid you in losing yourself so far that you become found.

 
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Dec 12, 2016

Travel is quite the ambitious venture. As Hayden says, “to travel is to live.” “The road is the best teacher,” he continues, and he could not be more right; what travelers can learn from their adventures can shape themselves and their lives from there on forwards. The things we learn about the world are not as important as the things we learn about ourselves. The most important question to ask oneself this week is: how does traveling alone affect what travel gives to us?

Justin Walter joins Hayden to answer exactly this question. Justin, a television host, producer, writer, and traveler, hosts Let’s Go LA!, an outdoor adventure show, and writes the blog Around the World with Justin. He talks with Hayden about the time he won a trip to Wales, as well as how he got started as a world traveler. He discusses his travels and travel writings before Hayden mentions how important it can be to travel alone, and Justin agrees. In fact, he challenges listeners to travel by themselves at least once. He believes that it can force you to meet new people and encounter new things and to confront your fears.

Justin brings his story, a tale which he has titled “Letting Go,” which takes place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He tells of how he and his friend journeyed to the Yi Peng Lantern Festival before they realized the crowd was entirely filled with people from all over the world, an unexpectedly diverse group. The ceremony and festival were incredibly symbolic and heavy with tradition, giving the entire experience another unique and beautiful layer. However, what was a surprise about the whole event was what happened to one of his companions to the festival.

Traveling alone is not an easy task; however, for any world traveler - or, in fact, for any traveler - it is a necessary task. Solo journeys force travelers to interact more with the world around them and truly get to know the culture on a far deeper level. “The road is the best teacher,” Hayden points out, and the best road trips can be those where the car only holds the driver.

 
  • 1:19 - Hayden introduces Justin Walter, a television host, producer, writer, and traveler who hosts Let’s Go L.A. and writes Around the World with Justin. Justin talks about his travels, his travel writing, the time he won a trip to Wales, and how he got started as a traveler.
  • 7:30 - Hayden and Justin talk about how important it can be to travel alone. Justin challenges listeners to travel by themselves at least once. Justin believes that solo travel is an experience that everybody should have.
  • 12:23 - Justin starts telling his story, which he has titled “Letting Go.”
    • Justin traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he and his friend went to the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. When they were attending the lantern release, they realized the crowd was entirely diverse, with people from all over the world. He witnessed the entire ceremony, and realized the reflective properties of the traditions of the festival. He is able to watch as this crowd of people was connected in this completely unique and utterly beautiful way. What was unexpected, however, was what happened to his to one of the ESL teachers.
  • 21:50 - Hayden and Justin break down his story and talk about the act of letting go of negativity and the power of symbolism and visual beauty.
 
Dec 8, 2016

A stressless travel mindset is not an easy thing to cultivate, but it is necessary for travelers. Skipping to the end can be a good trait to adopt as a traveler, because you can skip to the moment where something bad seems less drastic and concerning. Bad situations will always come up; when they do, an adventurer needs to be prepared to take the positive from the negative and keep moving forwards.

 
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Dec 4, 2016

When bad things happen, humans, in essence, have two response options: they can worry about it, stress about it, and live in a place of fear, for one. Their second option, though? They can pre-accept that bad situations might happen and live in a place of learning and gratitude instead. It is nearly impossible to stop bad situations from happening, but one thing that can be controlled is the response.

Hayden welcomes Cody Crabb, a composer based out of Salt Lake City. He has worked on a number of full-length films, YouTube channels, and shorts, and is currently composing scores for the very Travel Stories Podcast. He and Hayden talk about how the location of a story influences his scores, how important body language can be, and the significance of learning and understanding the local language when you travel.

Cody shares his story, which took place in Sinaloa, Mexico. He calls this story, “The Ambulance Story.” He spent two years in Mexico, but he still remembers vividly the day that he and one of his new companions saw an ambulance and a truck squeal around the corner while they were walking down the street in Sinaloa. It was not the speed or the recklessness of the vehicles that surprised him - no, it was what he saw and heard on the back of the truck that surprised him more than anything else.

The lessons learned in another country when one travels can stay in memory and actions for years after the adventure is over. Cody and Hayden talk about how important it is to attempt to prepare for any situation when you travel. Hayden talks about how he likes to fly by the seat of his pants, and how instincts can be changed. Composure is a powerful trait to possess when traveling, and keeping oneself in a state of pre-acceptance can lead to a stressless travel mindset.

 
  • 0:58 - Hayden introduces Cody Crabb, a composer based out of Salt Lake City who has worked on a number of full-length films, YouTube channels, and shorts, as well as for the Travel Stories Podcast. Cody talks about how the location of a story influences his scores for the podcast.
  • 5:09 - Hayden points out how Cody always mentions Mexico, and Cody shares his Spanish fluency. They discuss how knowing the native language as well as body language can affect your travel experience.
  • 16:08 - Cody begins to tell his story, taking place in Sinaloa, Mexico, which he has titled “The Ambulance Story.”
    • Cody spent two years in Mexico; one day, when he was in Sinaloa one day, walking down the street with one of his new companions, he saw an ambulance and a truck peel off, squealing around the corner. What was truly shocking, though, was what Cody saw on the back of the truck. Cody’s companion was so alarmed, he froze up, but Cody knew they still had work to do.
  • 22:34 - Cody talks about how the lessons he learned in Mexico will stay with him for as long as he lives, and he and Hayden talk about how to prepare for any situation when you travel, good and bad, and how the body knows how to respond in a frightening situation. Hayden discusses how he solves situations in the moment, and how people can not only follow their instincts, but also change them.
 
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  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
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Nov 30, 2016

The only way traveling can come to be is through curiosity. Fostering your own curiosity, which is the root of all travel, is the only way to activate your active mind. Curiosity transforms your thinking about a location, about a culture, about yourself. It drives you to dive into new projects and to keep on asking questions, which can change your life, if you play your cards right. If you attempt to keep your mind open and practice being curious, you can cultivate your curiosity and have your own travel experience.

 
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  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
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Nov 28, 2016

A proverb known around the world is “curiosity killed the cat,” but few know the rejoinder: “but satisfaction brought it back.” The risk that satisfying curiosity brings is well worth the fulfillment that comes from gratifying curiosity. Curiosity, that force that drives the human race in all they do, and has done so since their birth, is the reason behind most human activities: reading, walking, and, of course, traveling.

Mike Corey joins Hayden to further explore the topic of curiosity. Mike is a breakdancing marine biologist and travel videographer who declared that he “captures our world with a curiosity that comes from never growing up.” He shares with Hayden his three core values, which both of them are strong believers in. Mike and Hayden also discuss how important it can be to self-discovery to travel by yourself, and what travel can teach you.

Mike shares his story, “Hypothermia in the Desert,” a tale of danger in the Outback. Mike visited the Olgas, a series of incredible, tall mountains that happen to be out in the middle of nowhere, in the Australian desert. The desert, however, happens to get deathly cold at night; Mike thought it was worth the danger to witness the stars in a land with no light pollution, but danger lurks around every corner, even where it was least expected.

Mike and Hayden also share several tangents, the most prominent of which regards social media and technology, and how these aspects of modern life can impact travel and how people think of and see traveling. Curiosity fuels most actions humans accomplish, but the satisfaction of a gratified curiosity is worth the risk of taking the leap in the first place.

 
 
  • 1:15 - Hayden introduces Mike Corey, a breakdancing marine biologist and travel videographer who “captures our world with a curiosity that comes from never growing up.”
  • 4:14 - Mike talks about his three values, which Hayden strongly believes in and which Mike is more than willing to share with the audience.
  • 11:43 - Mike starts telling his story, which takes place in the Outback, and which he has named “Hypothermia in the Desert?”
    • Mike journeyed to Australia to see the Olgas, a series of incredible, tall mountains in the middle of nowhere, where there was no light pollution. He thought it was worth it to sleep under the stars, but the desert gets deathly cold at night. The cold may not end up being the biggest threat that night, however.
  • 18:15 - Mike and Hayden break down Mike’s story before returning to Mike’s three values. Mike shares his final value and what, exactly, it means to him. They also go on tangents that mention how important it can be to self-discovery to travel by yourself and what travel teaches you.
  • 31:02 - Hayden brings their tangents back around to social media and technology, and Mike weighs in on how these aspects of modern life impact travel and people’s opinions on traveling.
 
Nov 21, 2016

Season three has been a roller coaster ride of emotions, from Laura Bingham to Travis Merrigan and everything in between. Of course, Hayden, Cody, and Nicole have to answer for the questions that Hayden has been pushing for the listeners to send in all season, and they come together to do just that in the final episode of season three - the Q&A.

Hayden reads questions from Chris Williams, Pete James, Jan, Lakshmi Prahlad, Tom Griffiths, Billy Chavez, Mike Cowl, and Nikola Nováková. The team answers questions about overcoming a lack of social skills, finding a way to collect and organize your travel bucket list and online content, and whether or not travelers should be going off the beaten path when in an untouched environment. They also talk about finding things you never knew you were looking for through travel and how to travel on your own. Cody answers a question specifically about composition, and the whole team answers questions about their favorite music to listen to while traveling.

The team is excited for the upcoming season four and all of the new aspects that are coming with it, including a weekly email and weekly Facebook live videos. Thank you for sharing season three with the time, and enjoy season four when it comes!

 
  • 2:27 - Hayden reads the first question, from Chris Williams:
    • “What would you say is the best way to engage in conversation, to overcome lack of social skills whilst travelling throughout a completely foreign land?”
  • 6:57 - The team answers the second question, from Pete James:
    • “Love the show. Question about the tools you have come across to discover and collect travel inspiration. I often find travel blogs have loads of great info about destinations and I copy the interesting information I find into a (messy) doc and a bookmarks folder knowing that someday I will visit. There must be a better way?!? How do you collect and organise your travel bucket list and awesome content you find online?”
  • 10:13 - Cody, Hayden, and Nicole talk about the third message, from Jan:
    • “Hello Travel-stories-Team, I just listened to an episode of your podcast and I wanted to give you a quick feedback to a topic which I think is very important. Sean Whitehead mentioned in the podcast episode 10 from season 2 (Somebody ‘Alp’ me) that he went to Iceland and drove off the main roads to find this cool place in the mountains. I just came back from a trip to Iceland as well and as I was traveling through the country I saw a lot of trails, that lead from the main road into untouched nature. These scars do much damage to the surface, because the ground on Iceland is very soft and mushy due to its porous volcanic stones and ashes; it takes decades to heal and you can see these trails very clearly even after many years. There are actually brochures in every tourist information centre on Iceland telling you not to drive off-road. I also found amazing and impressive spots in Iceland while staying on the main roads. And yes, I know, tourists can be very annoying and can ruin this “I am alone in the mountains”-feeling, but there is a reason that these tourist-spots exist: to protect nature from everybody trample over untouched nature and leave behind human footprints. In 2010 there were about 480.000 tourists visiting Iceland, today the number has increased to 1,7 million people. So you see it is very important to protect this unique landscape as it is, as more and more tourists come to this place. Because the images of these tracks are still fresh in my mind, I wanted to tell you about this. Keep on traveling, your podcast is very entertaining.”
  • 17:15 - The team talks about the fourth message, from Lakshmi Prahlad:
    • “Someone said "Traveling is about finding those things you never knew you were looking for". This quote always gets me thinking in what ways travel changed me, and what I have gained, which i never thought I would. Travel gets us access to so many different cultures, interactions with beautiful humans across the globe, traditions and many more things. I would like to know your perspective on the quote and maybe share some experience through your travels? And must say - Your way of connecting to the listeners (Big fan of your voice), Cody's background scores, and Nicole's writing is just amazing! You guys are awesome!”
  • 22:31 - Cody answers the fifth question, from Tom Griffiths:
    • “Hey guys, love the show- it must take a lot to put the episodes together, and I love that. Even though I do like to travel, my question isn't actually about travel. I'm an aspiring composer and I love what Cody does on the show. My question is, does he compose a new bit of music each week for the show or does he have a library of past compositions he's using, and how does he know what type of music to write?”
  • 27:42 - Hayden reads off the sixth message, from Billy Chavez:
    • “Hello! My names billy I'm 19 years old and I'm a rock climber hippy vegetarian. I have plans for a trip to Bali Indonesia I'm planning on leaving in October returning in January All my life I've felt this need for adventure and that's the reason I'm going. But I have a problem. I recently got into a bad break up with my first love. Now I'm slightly nervous to go alone. I know you say to travel alone is better. I'm just emotional and not sure what to do.”
  • 32:54 - Hayden reads the penultimate question, from Mike Cowl:
    • “Just to let you know your show is much appreciated. Am a Brit who moved to the US in the 80's and haven't stopped traveling around the country (mostly work related). My first job included many months driving a converted Winnebago to put on product presentations. I saw the US at the grassroots level often traveling with the local rep. The joke was that I would have to find a real job after this gigg!! Yes to going overseas to visit & explore other countries but there's a heck of a lot to see in the USA. Keep up a great show.”
  • 38:29 - The team answers the final question, from Nikola Nováková:
    • “Love the podcast!! I love travel, and I love music. My question is, what's your favourite music to listen to when you're traveling?”

 

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
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  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
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Nov 14, 2016

Season three has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions and adventures. Best of all, it has been a tapestry of stories, featuring a broad range of different types of stories and an in-depth exploration of the art of storytelling. Hayden, Cody, and Nicole arrive to unpack their favorite moments from the past season.

Among their favorite standout moments are features from the episodes of Evan Hanson, Laura Bingham, Marissa Brown, Richard Bruschi, and Jeff Baker. A few other mentions belong to Tom Butler and Johannes Koeppel. The crew also talks about standout discussions from the season, including those regarding confidence, how deserving an individual is of their life, and how to seek opportunities around every corner. Also featured is a brief blooper reel with an unfortunate mistake by Cody himself.

Season three may be coming to a close, but the Travel Stories Podcast is revamping and coming back bigger and better than ever. With season four will come an expanded platform and more goodies than we ever thought we could deserve.

 
  • 3:12 - Hayden introduces the unpacking of season three and how this season has had a broad range of different types of stories. Cody and Nicole chime in with their thoughts on stories, the art of storytelling, and the stories of season three.
  • 8:30 - Hayden, Cody, and Nicole start dishing about standout moments, including Evan Hanson, Cody’s musical scores, Nicole’s words, confidence, and Laura Bingham.
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  • 16:30 - Cody brings up one of his top standout moments, from Marissa Brown’s episode about traveling in Mexico. Nicole chimes in with a couple of favorites from Richard Bruschi and Jeff Baker.
  • 27:44 - Hayden shares a voicemail from Tom Butler, who can never seem to quite get to his point. He also mentions a memorable time from Johannes Koeppel, and the crew discusses where opportunities might be lurking when you travel. Hayden mentions Glogor Carik, an incredibly real place he visited in Bali.
  • 37:53 - Hayden introduces a brief blooper reel, primarily featuring an outtake from Cody from the Halloween episode.
  • 40:38 - Hayden talks about the new stuff coming to the Travel Stories Podcast in season four, including Facebook Live sessions, a new blog, and much, much more.
 
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  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
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Nov 7, 2016

Establishing a human connection is the base of the most important things in this world. Hayden shares what he believes to be the three things that best cultivate these connections between separate human beings before he welcomes Travis Merrigan, one of the founders of Grayl, creator of the infamous Grayl Ultralight Purifier Bottle.

Travis Merrigan visits to talk about how excited he is about life and being alive, and how his travels have made him that way. He discusses solo trips, and how awesome that can be for the traveler and their experience. He believes in turning away from what you know and embracing what you do not know. He also thinks that one can enjoy genuine moments of human closeness by learning a new language or immersing oneself. in a new culture. He and Hayden talk about vulnerability and gaining human closeness through one’s willingness to be open when they travel. Did you know that people like to share, so it is not too hard to connect to people when you’re traveling? Sharing food is one of the easiest ways to make that connection.

Travis shares his story, named, “River to the Deepest Amazon,” which he considers his single most powerful travel experience. He traveled to Latin America, to Brazil, and took a boat up the Amazon. On the trip, he and his fellow travelers on the boat formed a community of neighbors. He believes that if you just say yes when you are offered a piece of kindness by a local, you might just experience the most powerful ten days of your life.

Travis also talks about how he cultivated his open mindset and his own vulnerability. He also talks about Grayl and the Grayl Ultralight Purifier Bottle. He even offers up the offer code TS25 - if you use it at the Grayl website in the links below, you can get 25% off through the end of November and get hooked up with a purifier.

Human connections are all around you, if you just think to look around and seek them out. Offer a place to say, or a meal to share. You might be surprised by the friends you make.

 
  • 0:44 - Hayden introduces the concept of human connection, the base of the most important things in the world. He talks about what three things that best cultivate the connection between two separate human beings.
  • 2:02 - Hayden presents Travis Merrigan, one of the founders of Grayl, who is excited about life and about being alive, and talks about why his travels have made him that way.
  • 8:58 - Travis and Hayden talk about vulnerability and gaining human closeness through one’s willingness to be open when they travel.
  • 13:53 - Travis introduces his story, which he considers his single most powerful travel experience, and which he has named, “River to the Deepest Amazon.”
    • When Travis was in Latin America, he visited Brazil and took a boat up the Amazon. On the trip, he and his fellow travelers on the boat formed a community of neighbors. They became rather close; some even became Travis’ lifelong friends. One of these friends invited Travis to her remote village, and her family taught him a great deal about their culture. He learned more with these people than he could have learned in any other way, and the entire experience fostered deeper connections with people than he had ever had before.
  • 22:27 - Hayden and Travis break down Travis’ story, discussing how his vulnerability led him to having this experience in Brazil. Travis shares how he cultivated his open mindset, and offers advice on how, exactly, he pulls it off.
  • 29:06 - Hayden asks Travis about the Grayl Ultralight Purifier Bottle. Travis talks about the inspiration behind Grayl and how recycling, size, and health played a big part in the creation of the purifier bottle.
 
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Oct 31, 2016

Hayden brings on Cody, Nicole, Remy (his sister), and Gail (his mother) to share stories of fear and fright from around the world.

Remy visits to talk about the haunting of Havisham Court by the ghostly Elizabeth Parker, who was destroyed by grief while living in that house. In fact, some say you can still see her roaming the grounds of the house, skeletal in her wedding dress. Nicole shares stories from the haunted graveyard in her Massachusetts hometown - the Quaker Cemetery, also known as Spider Gates, the eighth gate of Hell. Cody talks about the friendly, mischievous usher who haunts the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The highlight of this episode is Gail Faith and her story, “Havisham’s Goonies,” in which she recounts the time she and her friends broke into the abandoned Havisham Court house. They were possibly hunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Parker, who locked up doors and windows on them while they were in the unoccupied and haunted house. They were terrified by what happened to them that night, and by what they found at the house only a few days later.

In addition, the crew shares stories and urban legends from around the world. Nicole brings in the legend of the Kuchisake-onna, or the slit-mouthed woman, of Japan. Cody talks about the chupacabra, a bizarre South American creature that kills sheeps and goats and sucks out their blood. Hayden shares the history of the island of Poveglia in Italy, a place which has a history consisting almost exclusively of various forms of death. This includes plague, lepers, mental hospitals, and so on.

Travel does not take a holiday, but it does celebrate it. Scary stories come from all corners of the globe to terrify us, but by no means should that stop us from traveling. In fact, the possibility of a spooky adventure is, more than anything, a reason to keep on looking for a ghost around the corner or a fright under the hostel bed.

  • 2:20 - Hayden introduces Cody, Nicole, and Remy in this special edition of the Travel Stories Podcast for Halloween. The four of them will be sharing spooky tales and urban legends for this Scary Stories Podcast episode.
  • 5:42 - Hayden and Remy start telling their story about the haunting of Havisham Court by Elizabeth Parker, who was destroyed by grief while living in that house; some say you can still see her roaming the grounds of the house, skeletal in her wedding dress.
  • 7:54 - Nicole shares stories about the haunted graveyard Spider Gates in her hometown of Leicester, Massachusetts, where you can, supposedly, speak to a spirit and enter the eighth gate of Hell.
  • 11:53 - Cody talks about the Capitol Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City, haunted by a mischievous undead usher who likes to mess around with the crews and performers in the building.
  • 14:07 - The crew talks about Slenderman, Stranger Things, their all-time favorite Halloween movies, and whether or not scary movies are genuine forms of entertainment. Hayden and Remy share stories from their childhood, as well.
  • 21:49 - Hayden introduces the special Halloween story, courtesy of his mother, Gail Faith, who titled her story, “Havisham’s Goonies”.
    • Gail and her friends broke into the Havisham Court house when she was young, through an open back window, back when the place was unoccupied. They snuck up the stairs, where they heard a noise, then crashed through the bannister. They were trapped, and were shocked by what happened next to them that night, and by what they found a few days later.
  • 28:49 - Hayden breaks down his mother’s story with Remy and the crew and talks about Elizabeth Parker’s need for another shoe.
  • 30:17 - Cody shares a story about the haunting of the house that his wife, Amanda, grew up in, which he claims is very old - but Hayden and Remy would like to disagree.
  • 32:35 - The team talks about spooky things from around the world, starting with Nicole, who talks about the Japanese legend of the slit-mouthed woman.
  • 36:47 - Cody talks about the chupacabra, a bizarre South American creature that kills sheeps and goats and sucks out their blood.
  • 38:58 - Hayden shares his legend of the island of Poveglia in Italy, a place which has a history consisting almost exclusively of various forms of death. This includes plague, lepers, mental hospitals, and so on.
  • 42:21 - The crew talks about Halloween costumes and who (or what) they want to dress up as this year.
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Oct 23, 2016

There are two types of traveling - solo traveling, and group traveling. Both have their benefits, depending on the person, but neither one can be easy to accomplish. Johannes Koeppel, the CEO of WeTravel, visits Hayden to talk about his website, which helps travelers create and join group trips around the world.

Hayden and Johannes also talk about Johannes’ travel experiences and why he wants to travel and give back to the world. They also discuss putting life in perspective, shifting your mindset, spending appropriate amounts of time in other cultures, and how traveling can shape a child’s open mindset.

Johannes shares his Moscow-set story, titled, “From Russia With Love,” in which he attends Moscow State University and, while he still didn’t really understand the country, lived through a fire alarm that was an indicator of a much larger and more terrifying event. This experience left Johannes with the feeling of danger, of never feeling safe, of a constant unease. This wake-up call changed his outlook on life and his attitude while he lived in Russia.

Before he leaves, Johannes talks about the traveling “itch” and the thrill that comes from not knowing where tomorrow will bring you. He also shares how he came up with the idea to create WeTravel, who uses it, and how to use it. There are two types of traveling, and Johannes Koeppel may be able to help you figure out the best choice for you.

 

  • 0:42 - Hayden talks about the two different types of traveling - solo traveling, and traveling with a group, and the benefits of either one.
  • 2:40 - Hayden introduces Johannes Koeppel, the CEO of WeTravel. WeTravel helps you create a group trip and join other group trips.
  • 3:57 - Johannes and Hayden talk about Johannes’ travel experience, where he joined Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross. After growing up privileged, Johannes wants to give back, and he wants to travel, as well. They also talk about putting life into perspective.
  • 9:35 - Johannes discusses values and how important it is to spend an extended amount of time in a country, because this can drastically shift both your perspective and your mindset. Hayden agrees, and talks about how travel can make you question your own life and mind.
  • 12:14 - Hayden and Johannes discuss traveling with children and how travel can shape a child’s life going forwards from their childhood. They talk about the traveling “itch,” not knowing where you might be tomorrow, and how difficult it can be to settle down.
  • 15:00 - Johannes starts telling his story, set in Moscow, titled, “From Russia With Love.”
    • Johannes arrived at the Moscow State University, to his tiny room, with his tiny bed; he didn’t really understand the country yet. A fire alarm went off in the freezing cold late March, and he made a startling discovery as to the origins of the alarm. It left him with the feeling of danger, of never feeling safe, of a constant unease. His experiences left him with a wake-up call “from Russia, with love.”
  • 21:23 - Hayden and Johannes break down his story, discussing his terrifying event and what his initial reactions were when it happened to him. Johannes shares how this experience changed his outlook on life and his attitude while he lived in Russia.
  • 24:51 - Johannes talks about WeTravel with Hayden. He shares how he came up with the idea to create WeTravel, who uses it, and how to use it. Johannes tells Hayden exactly how to get involved with WeTravel.

 

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Oct 16, 2016

Many people share the same dream - the yearning to sell everything you own, buy an RV, and just drive. Just live, just be, and enjoy the freedom that comes with that nomadic lifestyle. Hayden lived that way as a child, and Paul Kortman lives that way now. He and his family of six live in an RV, traveling around America and Mexico, making Paul a veritable fountain of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to RV-ing.

Paul visits Hayden to discuss his digital nomad lifestyle, how he decided not to settle and why he thinks nobody else should have to, and what the benefits of his nomadic lifestyle are. Paul also talks about how important it is to find a balance with those you travel with, and answers a few crucial questions one might have if they were thinking about becoming location independent.

Paul also shares his story, titled “Why You Should Never Trust Google Maps,” which takes place in Mexico in his RV and features a 57-foot-long rig, a steep slope that might be a bit more than Paul and his RV can chew, and a Google Map that has no concept of just how impossible it will be for this rig to follow its directions.

Becoming location independent is not an easy task, but Paul offers some helpful advice and ways of tackling the difficulties of his life. Though it was a long road to get to where he is now, Paul knows that making the decision not to settle was the best decision he and his family ever could have made.

 

  • 0:43 - Hayden discusses the motor home he and his family traveled in when he was young, and how that led to a dream many people have had - where you can sell everything you own, buy an RV, and just driving, living, being, and the freedom that comes with it.
  • 2:46 - Hayden introduces Paul Kortman, an avid RV-er who travels around America and Mexico with his family of six in an RV. Paul discusses maintaining positivity in your travels.
  • 6:02 - Paul and Hayden talk about Paul’s digital nomad lifestyle and how he manages this with his family of six. Paul discusses how he makes hard decisions in this life and how he gets the word out that nobody has to compromise or settle in their lives. He decided not to settle, and it was the best decision he and his wife ever made.
  • 16:02 - Paul mentions the benefits of his nomadic lifestyle, and how the travel bug is in his family’s blood. He also talks about starting a home base in the next couple of years, that he would then travel from, combining the best of both worlds and doing what they most want to do.
  • 20:32 - Paul starts telling his Mexican RV story, titled “Why You Should Never Trust Google Maps.”
    • Once Paul and his family got their RV, they decided to travel for their first camping trip. They spent six months driving their RV, which was so large that they could barely fit in highway lanes, with their minivan and trailer pulling behind them. They traveled for six months this way, eventually ending up in Mexico, through the use of Google Maps.
    • Paul and his family encountered a steep slope that he attempted to drive up, but failed; he listened to the instructions of Google Maps, but even Google could not begin to accommodate for the size of his 57-foot rig. Eight guys, and Paul, tried to unhook his rig and get his RV out of this situation, but they still failed, and tore up the road in the process. Eventually, they had to problem-solve without brute force.
  • 31:17 - Hayden and Paul break down Paul’s story, discussing how to find a balance and cover weaknesses with those you travel with. They talk about how important it is to have people in your life to work through your ideas with, and it is especially important when you travel.
  • 36:59 - Paul talks about his book, “Family Freedom,” which he says is not a story about his family, nor is it a fictional story; it is, he says, a guidebook of the steps one needs to take, the things one needs to consider, and the questions one needs answered, if they are looking to be a location independent family.
  • 39:30 - Paul and Hayden discuss Paul’s podcast, Nomad Together, which features tips on what to do and how to live when you are location independent, a lifestyle that answers a lot of questions that crop up in that way of life. Paul also mentions his website, Home Along the Way, his blog that follows his family’s life as they travel and inspires those reading his posts.

 

Oct 9, 2016

Spontaneity is one of the most important parts of having a truly incredible travel experience. Going on an adventure means doing things without thinking, damn the consequences; the best thing one can do is trust their gut and do what feels good. It can turn out badly if common sense is not employed, but trusting your gut feeling when opportunity arises can bring the adventures so longed for. Kristen Sarah of Hopscotch the Globe knows a thing or two about spontaneity, and brings her travel experience along for the ride.

Kristen Sarah has a YouTube channel and a blog, but even between all that she manages to continue traveling and provide herself with content. She and Hayden discuss culture immersion, how to make a life fun through travel, and getting into the adventurous side of travel, like through food adventures and sports. Her story, “Dancing for an Indian King,” finds Kristen in Rajasthan, where a drumming class spontaneously led her to a village where anything unexpected could happen - including performing for a king.

Spontaneity is important, because it could lead to the best adventures of a lifetime - trusting your gut feeling, meeting someone new, taking a drumming class, or even dancing for an Indian king. Learning to just say ‘yes’ when an opportunity arises is vital to any travel adventure.

 

  • 2:07 - Hayden introduces Kristen Sarah, and they discuss Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, why Kristen travels, and cultural immersion.
  • 7:11 - Hayden and Kristen talk about feeling nomadic and what feels like home when you travel as much as they do.
  • 10:28 - Hayden discusses how much fun Kristen brings into her life, how she makes her life fun through travel, and how important it is to make your own life fun, regardless of how you achieve it.
  • 11:41 - Kristen Sarah starts telling her story, “Dancing for an Indian King.”
    • When Kristen was in Rajasthan, she spontaneously went to a drumming class, which led her into the desert to a village where anything could happen.
    • Kristen and her group came upon a pre-wedding party, where she learned the drummers were going to perform for the king of the village. Little did she know that she, too, was expected to perform for the king.
  • 18:36 - Hayden and Kristen break down Kristen’s story, discussing the rather interesting parts of Western culture that Kristen brought to the village, as well as the importance of spontaneity and just saying ‘yes’ to things.
  • 22:02 - Hayden asks Kristen about her YouTube channel; she talks about how she loves to show the adventurous side of travel, getting off the beaten path, food adventures, adventure sports. She also likes to give travel tips and advice on her channel. She talks about her travel preferences and why she likes to go where she does.
  • 27:50 - Kristen discusses her blog, Hopscotch the Globe, which brings the fun aspect of travel to the forefront. She also talks about her course on how to make a living traveling and making travel videos.
  • 30:56 - Hayden and Kristen talk about Kristen’s new lifestyle and how she settles into changes in her life.

 

Oct 2, 2016

 

Adventure travel is only one possible facet of travel, but it is also one of the most exciting. The challenge of adventure traveling - of climbing mountains, of whitewater rafting, of staying alone in the desert - is enough to get any traveler to try it. Evan Hanson, however, is not just any traveler.

Evan Hanson may be sixty-four years old, but he has lived the lives of at least seven men. He has traveled for many, many years, he considers himself a consummate explorer, and he has come to visit Hayden and bring wisdom to share with the world. Evan shares his definition of adventure, as well as what got him into adventuring and advice on how to start adventuring.

Evan’s story, “Two Summits in Seven Days,” details Evan’s journey as he and his friends decided to hike both the Matterhorn and Kilimanjaro. It was expensive, difficult, took place in two different hemispheres, and they hit a great deal of roadblocks along the way. Despite the odds, though, he succeeded, and counts it among his greatest achievements. “Be ambitious when you’re planning, but plan well,” Evan says. “Don’t let obstacles deter you from reaching your goals, and you will be successful.”

Evan shares the two biggest obstacles of adventure, as well as the two main elements to making travel work. Hayden and Evan discuss overcoming roadblocks and the importance of a sense of challenge. Incorporating your passion into your adventure travel is not an easy task, but it does build character, which is vital to adventure traveling.

 

  • 0:41 - Hayden begins discussing adventure travel and why people adventure travel.
  • 2:42 - Hayden brings on Evan Hanson, who Evan has been traveling since his 20s; Hayden asks what makes him still do these things. Evan talks about his definition of adventure, which he sums up as “certain uncertainty,” as well as what got him into adventuring.
  • 10:26 - Evan gives advice on how to start adventuring. He says the two main elements are balance and prudence. If you keep pushing the envelope, the envelope eats you.
  • 15:52 - Hayden and Evan discuss the history of the location that you’re in and how you can stand in the same spot something incredible happened and feel what happened in that spot.
  • 17:26 - Evan starts telling his adventure story of climbing two different mountains in two different hemispheres, titled “Two Summits in Seven Days.”
    • Evan was a desert survival instructor in Saudi Arabia, and he and his fellow instructors decided to climb both the Matterhorn in Switzerland and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It was going to be expensive, and difficult, but they were determined.
    • When they went up in the mountain to get acclimated to the elevation, it snowed, in July. When they were finally ready to climb the Matterhorn, it took them six hours, but it was worth every moment.
    • They had to immediately head out to Tanzania after their descent and a night of sleep, and when they arrived, they had lost their food bag, so they decided they had to climb even more quickly than the normal expedition. They ascended quickly, and Evan got acute mountain sickness, but he was determined to make it to the summit. And make it he did, but he was so sick he had to descend rapidly after that. They climbed the mountain in only three-and-a-half days, despite the odds.
    • “Be ambitious when you’re planning, but plan well. Don’t let obstacles deter you from reaching your goals, and you will be successful.”
  • 34:06 - Hayden and Evan break down Evan’s story, discussing the two biggest obstacles of adventure and how Evan overcame those roadblocks in order to achieve one of his biggest adventures. They also talk about the importance of having a sense of challenge when you journey.
  • 37:18 - Evan talks about how he incorporates his life and his passions into his travels and adventures. He thinks it is important to do things that will build character, like suffering, perseverance, fear, and many other experiences. Hayden agrees that it is important to put everything out there and learn to go over roadblocks.
  • 40:00 - Hayden shares his story of fear from nighttime in Brazil, of fearing nighttime in Rio and what could happen while you travel. He and Evan discuss how important planning is to travel.

 

Sep 25, 2016

Countless things can go wrong in travel, and even in life. There is no way to stop mistakes from being made and terrible situations from arising; there is, however, a way to control your own response to these mistakes and situations. Tom Butler, a great friend of Hayden’s, has spent many years of travel solving problems, and has a lot of advice to give.

Tom is not only a friend of Hayden’s, but also a friend, bus driver, and groupie to Hayden’s band. The two of them discuss living a life of travel, what it means to settle down, and how to incorporate travel into your everyday life. Hayden was inspired by Tom’s travels, and the two of them talk about their inspirations and origins as travelers. Tom offers advice to those who do not have confidence in their own ability to travel.

Tom’s story takes place in Nepal, and is titled “Without a Paddle.” In it, Tom backpacks through Nepal to Kathmandu, goes on a rafting tour, and befriends his fellow travels and a puppy named Bob. However, Tom also had a terrible time with his borrowed wetsuit when he had to wait six hours and climb a hill before he could use a bathroom. The trip to Nepal taught Tom what he believes is the epitome of travel. For him, travel is not what you think is going to happen, or how you act with who you meet - sometimes, you are just a subject of the environment around you, and you just have to roll with it and have the right attitude, and you will have a positive experience.

Dealing with bad things that happen, in travel as well as in life, is not always easy. Rolling with the punches and keeping a positive attitude, however, can get you anywhere.

 

  • 0:42 - Hayden wonders how different people handle situations that have gone wrong, that you have no control over, that take everything out of you.
  • 2:17 - Hayden introduces Tom Butler, a great friend of his, and the two begin to discuss living a life of travel and how to cope with settling down after that life.
  • 5:23 - Tom reminisces on the time he viewed England from an airplane and realized this was his home; it could never give him everything he needed, but it was still beautiful, lush and green.
  • 8:38 - Hayden was inspired to travel by Tom’s documented travels. He and Tom then begin discussing Tom’s own inspirations and origins, and Tom offers advice to those who do not have confidence in their own ability to travel.
  • 14:10 - Hayden starts introducing Tom’s story, which takes place in Nepal, and is titled “Without a Paddle”.
    • Tom went to Nepal and sought out adventure sports - specifically, a rafting tour. In their tour, spending a good six hours on a raft, they befriended their fellow travelers and learned a great deal about the rivers and the cultures. They also met a puppy, name of Bob.
    • Tom also almost had a terrible time with his borrowed wetsuit, where he was in a bad place - but had to wait six hours in the raft and climb a hill before he could use a bathroom, and he started to laugh when the relief actually came. Tom discusses the epitome of travel and how he felt it during this trip to Nepal.
  • 30:26 - Hayden and Tom break down and discuss the rather harrowing journey Tom had in Nepal.
  • 34:20 - Tom and Hayden talk about how you deal with bad things that happen, in travel as well in life. Tom offers advice on this, referencing his own mindset when such a situation would arise. Hayden shares his own experience of the time he went hitchhiking in India.

 

Sep 11, 2016

Beliefs and rhythm are the common threads that connect people all over the world, from Utah to Chichen Itza, from the ancient Mayans to the modern Americas. Marissa Brown, a Utah, United States native who studies music and enjoys world percussion, comes to Hayden to share the stories that taught her how similar humans of different cultures and times really are.

Hayden and Marissa discuss world percussion and the beats that cultures bring to the worldwide table of rhythm. They toy with starting a band, but move on to talking about how music fits in with travel in Marissa’s life. She learned a while ago that the best way for her to find herself was to lose herself, just for a little while. Marissa discusses the feelings brought to her by visiting ancient sites, how those feelings changed her afterwards, and the levels of happiness she experienced at the time.

The not-so-hidden gem of this episode is titled “The Mystical Mayans” by Marissa; in it, she talks about the time she visited the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, to the heavily-populated site called Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, which had a huge temple. She went on a tour with a local who gave her a personal perspective on the area, his home. She also went to Ek’ Balam, a true hidden gem, and climbed a thousand steps to the top of an ancient ruin.

While Marissa was in Mexico, she saw temple sites, marriage altars, baptismal fonts, and realized that these people, who lived so far away from Jerusalem, believed such similar things to the people there, and she saw the people living in Mexico, and she learned that people all over the world weren’t so different from one another. Beliefs and rhythms connected them, and Marissa could feel a new beat starting in her heart.

 

  • 1:50 - Hayden talks about how every place in the world has a different beat, a different rhythm to play and dance to.
  • 4:23 - Hayden introduces Marissa Brown, a musician who caught the travel bug. She participates in world percussion, the rhythm that brings the group together. Hayden and Marissa discuss drum beats from different areas and how their distinct beats can be associated with certain cultures and feelings.
  • 10:00 - Hayden and Marissa talk about how music fits in with travel in Marissa’s life. Marissa thinks the best way to find yourself is actually to lose yourself, just for a little while, as she learned on her mission call to Louisiana.
  • 16:26 - Marissa introduces her story, “The Mystical Mayans”, in which she travels to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
    • First, Marissa goes to a heavily-populated site called Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, which had a huge temple. She also went on a tour with a local who was able to give his personal perspective on his home, including a history of the area and how it compares to the area now.
    • The next place Marissa went was Ek' Balam, on a tour of this “hidden gem” with her family; they climbed to the top of this ancient ruin, up a thousand steps, where they could see over the jungle.
    • Marissa saw temple sites, marriage altars, baptismal fonts, and realized that these people, who lived so far away from Jerusalem, believed such similar things to the people there, and she saw the people living in Mexico, and she learned that people all over the world weren’t so different from one another. Marissa decided she wanted to learn more about the world around her, because she felt that there was something so much greater than her outside of her immediate bubble of her private life.
  • 33:04 - Marissa and Hayden break down her story. They talk about the symbolism and the feelings of the Mayan sites she visited, and why and how these feelings changed her afterwards.
  • 36:36 - Hayden asks Marissa why she thinks seeing historical sites and cultures is better than swimming with the dolphins; Marissa explains the levels of happiness that each of the different activities brings.
  • 43:00 - Hayden and Marissa talk about the music of different countries and how playing it and recording it is so different than the music of your hometown.

 

Sep 4, 2016

Solitude, silence, and peace are craved by many when they are traveling. However, many others desire companionship instead, wanting someone to share their experiences with. Richard Bruschi has a healthy dose of both, but it was solitude that helped him to truly find himself.

Richard Bruschi is a writer for Sonderers Magazine, which functions on the idea that everyone has a story, no matter how modest their experience is or unexciting their life is. Everybody has a story, everybody has a life, everybody has thoughts, and that is a beautiful thing; Sonderers operates under that belief. Richard is, as described by Hayden, very cerebral in nature, and he and Hayden deep-dive into a variety of subjects throughout the interview, eventually ending up in a rabbit hole of conversation. Richard has done a considerable amount of traveling in his life, from the United States to Italy to Nottingham, and his experiences have impacted him greatly. Richard believes that there are opportunities everywhere if you just know where to look and how to prioritize. “Money is always out there to be made and caught,” Richard says, roughly paraphrasing Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “but experiences - once you miss them, you’re not sure you can have them again.”

Richard’s adventure, titled “Finding Myself,” takes place in Alaska. While Richard was backpacking in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, in an effort to be alone in nature for as long as possible, he cautiously realized a great deal about himself. What he found out about himself also led him to realizing how well he and his brother really knew each other. In this, Richard realized that finding himself also involved finding someone else along the way.

Richard believes that he is a person first, and he is everything else second. Traveling and focusing on one worry at a time while you do it can really simplify your life and help you discover who you truly are as a person. Solitude can come in handy when the only person you really need to be alone with is yourself.

 

  • 0:41 - Hayden discusses the longing for solitude and peace that some have, as opposed to the desire for companionship that others have.
  • Richard Bruschi is a writer for Sonderers Magazine. You may remember (from S02E05) that Jeromy Slaby is a writer for the same magazine. Bruschi is very cerebral in nature, and he and Hayden deep-dive into a variety of subjects throughout the interview, eventually ending up in a rabbit hole of conversation.
  • 3:35 - Richard, speaking from the city of Nottingham, starts to discuss the metropolis and why he chooses to live there with Hayden.
  • 6:40 - Richard talks about his reasons for moving to Portland from Italy when his brother moved to Jerusalem, and his experiences while living there. This includes how the move led to his marriage and, soon, his baby.
  • 10:20 - Hayden and Richard discuss how to overcome making excuses not to travel, or not to move, or not to have experiences outside of your typical days. Richard believes there are opportunities everywhere if you just know where to look and how to prioritize. Hayden agrees, and also thinks that you need to remember that, at the end of the day, you’re going to be fine.
  • 17:28 - Richard starts to tell of his Alaskan adventure, which he has titled, “Finding Myself,” which he thinks is cliche but accurate, especially with how finding yourself is related to finding other people; in his case, the other person was his brother.
    • Richard was backpacking in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, in an effort to be alone in nature for as long as possible. The simplicity made him realize a great deal about himself, however cautiously. After the third day, he realized he would have liked to have been able to share the experience. He knew that his brother would have understood, without Richard even needing to say a word.
  • 25:17 - Richard and Hayden break down the story and discuss their cravings for solitude, as well as how that solitude makes them feel. They discuss how worries can become focused while you travel, and how much that can simplify your life and your being in those moments.
  • 30:40 - Hayden and Richard talk about distancing yourself from your career, finding yourself separate from your job, and discovering who you are as a person through travel.
  • 32:17 - Richard talks about Sonderers Travel Magazine, which he writes for. Sonderers functions on the idea that everyone has a story, no matter how modest their experience is or unexciting their life is.

 

Aug 28, 2016

Finding the opportunity to travel is a struggle in itself. Finding the chance to also sustain yourself and control your own work life is an even more rare happening. Chris Duncan talks with Hayden about how to have your own mindset shift that can give you a life of travel outside of the corporate ladder.

Hayden reminds everyone to contact him or to visit the Travel Stories Podcast website if you would like to send in questions for the end-of-season Q&A if you want your questions answered, and/or if you want to try to win a GRAYL water filter. He discusses his reason for traveling before he introduces Chris Duncan, who he describes as a digital nomad and the master of building online businesses that can give you a life of travel.

Chris and Hayden discuss the mindset shift that helps a traveler run a freedom business, as well as how freedom businesses work and how to start one. They talk about breaking free of the script society has given you that everyone else around you seems to be following. Another hot topic is how to obtain both location freedom and financial freedom.

Chris’ story, “Detoxing in Thailand the Wrong Way,” is a captivating tale of Chris’ trip with his fiancee to a health retreat in Thailand, where they fasted and detoxed on an island. He had a unique experience, where he juiced and cleansed and had a mind-blowing trip that he remembers only bits and pieces of to this day. His humorous take on detox has to be heard to be believed.

Becoming a self-sustaining traveler and a freedom business owner is no small job. Chris Duncan offers advice on how to begin to live the life he has led, and how to follow your true passions while also running a business. If you want to travel, Chris can give advice; if you want to experience true travel freedom, Chris can get you started.

 

  • 2:04 - Don’t forget to contact Hayden or go to our website and send in questions for the end-of-season Q&A for the chance to get your questions answered and win a GRAYL water filter!
  • 3:44 - Hayden discusses his reason for traveling, which he believes is wanting to chase the freedom to go wherever you want. He wants to hear your reasons for traveling, too.
  • 4:35 - Hayden introduces Chris Duncan, who can be described as a digital nomad. Chris brings not only a story, but also tips for traveling, since he teaches people how to get paid to travel.
  • 7:14 - Hayden and Chris discuss how to obtain both financial freedom and location freedom. Chris also talks about “freedom businesses,” as well as how they work, how to start one, how to reduce your expenses, and what your work week should look like.
  • 13:49 - Hayden talks with Chris about having a mindset shift, where you have to move into a more entrepreneurial mindset in order to run a freedom business. They also discuss the possibility that travelers are more apt to move into that mindset.
  • 16:47 - Hayden and Chris talk about breaking free of the script that is given to you, since you do not necessarily have to follow any of the script that society gave you, that everyone else is following.
  • 19:36 - Chris begins to share his story, “Detoxing in Thailand the Wrong Way.”
  • Chris went to a health retreat in Thailand with his fiancee, complete with a detox and a juice fast on a scorching island. The whole detox was a completely unique event that tripped him out bad, giving him a mind-blowing, psychedelic episode that lasted for days. Chris maintains that this is the worst way to do a detox, and he highly recommends it for anyone seeking an out-of-body experience.
  • 28:58 - Chris offers advice on how to become a self-sustaining traveler and/or a freedom business owner, like he has done. He believes that you should not get too caught up in the business side of things; rather, you should always stay true to yourself. He also thinks that you should not build a business around your passion, because, if you do, you cannot be true to yourself.

 

Aug 21, 2016

Welcome to Travel Stories Podcast, bringing you Immersive, Inspiring & International travel stories of freedom and adventure from world travelers as well as actionable travel tips. Let's dive in!

 

When you reach a certain age, many people think it becomes their job to settle down at home and leave the living to the young people. Jeff Baker is not one of those men. When Jeff and his wife reached that certain age, and they saw their kids doing fun and exciting things with their lives, they said to themselves, “Why can’t we have fun?” So, they gave away most of their belongings, sold their house, and decided to travel while they still could and share their adventures as they went. “It’s like we’re 25 again,” Jeff said of their travels, and he was right - their lives are not average, but they are adventurous.

Jeff is a radio host in his “typical” life, hosting the show Savory Road, which is part of an NPR public radio-affiliate station in Southern California. His philosophy is that everyone partakes in food, even if they do not partake in travel, so logic dictates that everybody who listens to his show can relate to it. Jeff knows that people seek narrative and reflection, just like they do when they come to the Travel Stories Podcast, so he strives to put that into each of his shows.

In between talking with Hayden about starting your travels, working through your financing, and managing the travel lifestyle, Jeff shares a story which he believes addresses expectations. While he considers expectations to be a double-edged sword, he also knows they are important to any travel experience. His story, titled, “Can an Ocean Rise Up From the Desert?”, follows Jeff as he visits the less-traveled parts of Peru and realized that reaching the “next level” of travel does not necessarily need to be any specific event, but can just be what it is.

Jeff Baker knows that bravery, optimism, and having an open mind while you travel are vital to having an enjoyable experience. Even though you may reach a certain age, and society may expect certain things of you - in the end, you live your own life, and travel is an essential part of that rebirth.

 

  • 1:16 - Stay tuned for live streaming on our Facebook while Hayden is in Brazil, and you can ask questions for the end of season Q&A at our website.
  • 2:32 - Hayden introduces Jeff Baker, who hosts a travel and food show on a local NPR affiliate radio station. He’s one of those people who reached a certain age and thought, “What do we do now?”, and the answer was, inevitably, “travel.” Jeff also has a great, baritone, radio-esque voice that Hayden very much enjoys.
  • 6:27 - Hayden and Jeff talk about starting your adventures and your fun, exciting travel life even when other people your age think you should not be. It all started with a family backpacking trip through Europe in 2004, and Jeff caught the travel bug from there.
  • 9:00 - Hayden talks about working with your finances and making big decisions in order to figure out how to travel in your life, and how not to give in to excuses.
  • 12:00 - Hayden and Jeff discuss the benefits to having both the “typical” suburban lifestyle and the adventurous travel lifestyle, and how you can manage merging those worlds.
  • 14:58 - Jeff’s story addresses expectations, which he considers a double-edged sword. Jeff titled the story “Can an Ocean Rise Up From the Desert?”
    • Jeff visited the less-traveled Peru on his quest to become a master traveler while he was spending a month journeying through South America. Jeff went to a plantation in Peru, and met a man who had lived in Atlanta for a few years, so he knew fluent English. The plantation was beautiful, and the scenario around it astounding and mesmerizing, even though the roosters liked to keep him awake.
    • Jeff and his group traveled to Paracas and saw, quite frankly, a whole lot of nothing - no life, they said; acres and acres of flat, sandy nothingness. They saw a number of locations - La Mina Beach, Red Beach - and Jeff was captivated by the sea and the far-off mountains. Jeff could not remember the last time he felt such a sense of rightness. It was here that Jeff realized that reaching the “next level” of travel does not necessarily need to be any specific event, but can just be what it is.
  • 28:06 - Jeff talks about finding answers to the questions he has asked himself and the decisions he has made in his travel life.
  • 31:16 - Hayden and Jeff discuss the necessity behind bravery, optimism, and having an open mind while you travel.
  • 36:51 - Jeff talks about his radio show, Savory Road, which is part of an NPR public radio-affiliate station in Southern California. His philosophy is that everyone partakes in food, even if they do not partake in travel, so logic dictates that everybody who listens to his show can relate to it. You can listen to his show on 91.9 FM in the Riverside-San Bernardino county area, or you can listen online at the links listed below.

 

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
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  • Listen to Savory Road online at: KVCR News or at: Savory Road
Aug 14, 2016

Welcome to Travel Stories Podcast, bringing you Immersive, Inspiring & International travel stories of freedom and adventure from world travelers as well as actionable travel tips. Let's dive in!

 

Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith when you travel. Oftentimes, that faith has to be in humanity itself, and in the humans who inhabit the places you are traveling to. Those people are the ones who can make or break your trip - and, sometimes, they are the ones who prove that humanity really is not all that bad.

Laura Bingham visits Hayden and proves to be not only “incredibly fun to talk to,” to quote Hayden, but also incredibly brave and strong in her faith in humanity. Laura traveled from one side of South America to the other, on a bicycle, with no money, in six months. She depended on the kindness of strangers to help her survive. Laura discusses not only this trip, but also her documentary, how she learned to be patient, and “imposter syndrome” - believing you are an imposter because you feel like you do not deserve something you have or something you are doing.

Laura’s story, titled “7000 Kilometers, No Money, What Now?”, starts in Peru, and proves Laura’s faith in humanity correct when she meets people who prove to be the best of her entire journey. Laura and Hayden also discuss trusting strangers, and Laura goes on to discuss Operation South America. Operation South America is a charity based in Paraguay, created by an Englishman named Phil Granger who met a married couple who had lost their nine-year-old son to a rare type of leukemia because they did not have the money or the treatment to save him. After they met, they started this organization for young girls that are from broken, violent, or poor backgrounds.

A leap of faith is required when you travel, but if you just take that leap, your adventure might turn out to be something you never expected - and prove to reveal the best of the people around you.

 

  • 3:19 - Hayden introduces Laura Bingham, who happened to have been born in the same hospital as him.
  • 5:48 - Laura discusses her documentary, in which she is trying to showcase the kindness of strangers and of humanity by crossing South America with no money.
  • 9:06 - Hayden and Laura talk about “imposter syndrome” - believing you are an imposter because you feel like you do not deserve something you have or something you are doing.
  • 12:48 - Hayden and Laura discuss how Laura decided not to return not to England, even when she earned enough money to return home, and then had to take a boat home over two months, which forced her to learn patience.
  • 16:25 - Laura begins to tell her story, which started in Peru, which she calls “7000 Kilometers, No Money, What Now?”
    • Once Laura was with people who showed her kindness, she did not want to return to life all by herself again, but she knew she had to finish her journey. The relationships she made there were so strong that they still exist today.
  • 25:00 - Hayden and Laura break down how Laura felt in her story, and how they feel about trusting strangers.
  • 31:26 - Laura discusses Operation South America, a charity based in Paraguay, created by an Englishman named Phil Granger who met a married couple who had lost their nine-year-old son to a rare type of leukemia because they did not have the money or the treatment to save him. After they met, they started this organization for young girls that are from broken, violent, or poor backgrounds.
    • You can get involved by donating to the crowdfunding pages pinned on Laura’s social media (posted below), or visiting the website, and everything goes straight to these children.

 

 

  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
Aug 7, 2016

 A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of something you love is always welcome; Hayden wanted to grant you that opportunity in the season two closer.

Cody Crabb and Nicole Mello (the musician and the writer, respectively) join Hayden in unpacking the entirety of season two, looking back at funny, inspiring, and memorable moments from past episodes. Featured primarily among them are Guy Earnshaw, Sean Whitehead, Richard Phu, and, believe it or not, Hayden Lee himself. The three of them also discuss how the scores are created, how the show notes are written, and how each other’s accents sound to one another.

The crew also looks forward to season three, discussing upcoming social media, post-season Q&As, and what else Hayden wants to go down in season three. Stay tuned!

 

  • 2:23 - Hayden talks about the upcoming post-season Q&As and the upcoming opportunity to win a GRAYL purifier filter.
  • 4:06 - Hayden discusses social media and how to follow Travel Stories Podcast throughout season three.
  • 6:35 - Hayden and Cody discuss how the scores are created for Travel Stories Podcast.
  • 8:04 - Hayden and Nicole discuss writing the show notes for the podcast.
  • 10:07 - Hayden, Cody, and Nicole get distracted and start doing accents that none of them are particularly good at.
  • 12:24 - Hayden gets everyone back on track, and the three of them get back into discussing and unpacking Season Two.
  • 13:58 - Hayden, Cody, and Nicole talk about coming up with a team of people that works for you.
  • 17:35 - The crew gets back into looking back on season two and unpacking it, including looks at Guy Earnshaw, Sean Whitehead, Richard Phu, and Hayden Lee.
  • 27:24 - Hayden starts talking about what’s going to be going down in the upcoming season three.
  • 32:47 - Hayden plays outtakes from season two.

 

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
  • Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast
  • Check out GRAYL at: The Grayl
Aug 3, 2016

In this episode of Hayden's Travel Journal, we rejoin Hayden on his motorcycle journey as he enters the mountains in central Vietnam. 

It's not all easy riding, as Hayden finds out, encountering buses, trucks and realising why everyone said "DO NOT DO THIS JOURNEY" on the research he did before going. The roads are certainly not for everyone, and one small mistake can mean either a devastating accident or a memorable story.

Plenty of stories about the views and experiences on this journey coupled with tips about doing this type of travel make this journal entry an interesting instalment.

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Pictures can be found at our website: Travel Stories Podcast
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
  • Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast

 

Jul 31, 2016

Putting your faith in the universe, and letting your mind and body take over in order to free your soul, can sometimes be essential to traveling. Your adventure may not be complete if you are too aware of yourself. Katharine “Kate” Elliot had an angel in pink tell her she had to learn to let the universe guide her, and that has granted her some of her greatest travel moments.

Let Hayden tell you about how some cool stuff that will be going down next week before Kate brings up her book, A Camino of the Soul: Learning to Listen When the Universe Whispers. Her and Hayden discuss paying attention to all the messages the world is sending you, and how to follow those messages and listen to the universe. She talks about she wrote her book, and what led her to discovering her writing.

The highlight, her story “Angel in Pink,” follows Kate as she hits a dark moment, believing she had lost her path in the universe. She felt like she was drowning, aching, and her doubts and fears started to choke her; the world around her started to lose meaning, after her divorce, during her Camino, and she wanted to be able to cleanse herself of her hurt. An angel in pink - an elderly Spanish woman dressed in a light pink Sunday suit and pearls - spoke to her, more in spirit than in language, and told her to walk her path in faith. Kate’s faith in the universe was restored by her angel.

Hayden and Kate continue into discussing how to let your brain and your body take you over, and how to let your spirit float free and be at the whims of yourself and of the universe. If you put your faith in the universe, you can be guided along your path to adventure to your destined destination.

 

  • 1:30 - Hayden talks about how some cool stuff will be happening next week!
  • 4:00 - Kate talks about how she started paying attention to all the messages out in the world, and how that led to her learning to listen to the universe, follow her heart, and write this book.
    • Kate encourages listeners to be in the now; if you accept things as they happen, then, someday, you will know why they are happening.
  • 9:33 - Kate talks about her book and how she started writing it when her mother-in-law and close friend passed away, and how it carries through her walking Northern Spain’s Camino.
  • 12:07 - Kate’s story begins; it takes place in Spain, just outside León. It’s a Camino story, and she calls it: “Angel in Pink”.
    • Kate was walking the Camino, and, for the first time, she was starting to feel like she didn’t belong; she was beginning to lose her belief in her path in the universe. She stopped outside a cafe, and she heard a voice greet her; she looked directly at an elderly Spanish woman dressed in a light pink Sunday suit and pearls. The woman spoke to Kate, speaking in words Kate understood in spirit more than in language. Kate understood, through her angel in pink, that she had to trust that she was walking the Camino as she was supposed to, and she had to have faith that the universe knew what she was doing.
  • 23:51 - “Nothing in our life happens out of order.”
  • 25:45 - Hayden and Kate discuss being taken over by your brain and your body, and when and how to decide when to let yourself be at your own whims and at the whims of the universe, letting your spirit float free.

 

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