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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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May 30, 2016

Nobody is born with enough experience to fight off the last living dinosaurs - or even a pigeon, for that matter. That experience can only come with age, but even age can not guarantee that a spider won’t make you scream as much as a saltwater crocodile will.

Experience and wisdom come with time, but your mindset can make up for a lack of it all. Keeping a positive mindset while you are travelling and while you are snug at home means everything to how you influence your own experience of your world. Both your home world and your travel world can be your real world, with the right mindset.

Our guest for this episode, Guy Earnshaw, brings to the table a couple of fun stories where he is confronted with a beast in the wild and did little more than shriek and run away. Guy and Hayden also talk to us about taking your travel mindset home with you and inspire yourself to stay positive, even when your boots are not on the ground somewhere far from home. Plus, Guy’s northern accent helps you pronounce “Cairns”, and he dictates his fear of specific birds.
 
Enjoy listening to Guy wax poetic about the Cairns rainforest, wax fearful about cassowaries, and join Hayden in advising on how to keep your positive travel mindset going year-round.
 
  • 1:30 - Guy talks about the appeal of traveling to different locations
  • People have tricked themselves into thinking that traveling is the only good time, but they can actually have a good time in between travels
  • There are benefits to both “real worlds” - the travel world, and the home world
  • Guy advises to keep a positive mentality, to bring a positive mindset to your home world, to be more open, talk to strangers, get lost, don’t go the same way to work every time, and to try to see the fun in the day-to-day
  • Mindset matters more than anything when it comes to your outlook and your experience
  • Guy will be travelling around just California in August for three weeks, and he invites listeners to come and see him while he’s there!
  • 13:00 - A Cairns Adventure, A Coward’s Surprise - Guy starts telling a story from when he, his Uncle Martin, and his Uncle Martin’s nine-year-old grandson travelled in Cairns, a rainforest wonderland in Australia
  • Guy proves (through a couple of amusing stories in which he shrieks, grabs his second cousin, and hides) that you’re not always what you’d expect you’d be when you’re adventuring, and you never know how you’ll react to a situation until it happens
  • 24:20 - Travel Tip - Keep on top of safety in any city you’re in, don’t get scared and go over the actions so you don’t freeze up
  • 25:38 - Guy advises listeners not to let being at home be the end of your enjoyment and your experience; take your travel mindset home with you and apply it to your hometown life - look for the beautiful things in your life at home

 

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

If you want to contact Guy Earnshaw, go through Hayden on Twitter or through email and he will relay the message for you!

May 26, 2016

It’s Travel Tips time again! Today, Hayden gives seven tips on flying. Included among these tips are items like how you really ought to bring a sarong everywhere you go, a special place to sleep underneath Bangkok Airport, and how the person next to you on a flight can really be the best part of the journey. Hayden is also long since over his fear of flying, and knows that different people handle flying and traveling differently, so his tips are as universal as can be. Hayden wants to make sure you know to be the last one on the plane, how to avoid jet lag, and what kind of headphones would be best for you while you fly. So let’s dive in for some helpful travel tips on flying, so you can optimize your next adventure.

● 1:06 - Seven Tips on Flying

○ 1:19 - Tip #1 - Sync your sleep to avoid jet lag.

■ Of course you can sync your sleep, but what else can you get into rhythm before flying?

○ 2:54 - Tip #2 - Be the last one on the plane.

○ 4:20 - Tip #3 - Bring a sarong, or, ‘a multi-purpose Swiss-Army-material’.

○ 5:26 - Tip #4 - Sleep in the airport.

○ 7:23 - Tip #5 - Use closed-back headphones.

○ 8:18 - Tip #6 - Walk around during the flight.

■ Hayden shows how this actually made him realize he’d missed a flight.

○ 9:25 - Tip #7 - Talk to the person next to you.

■ He could have appeared in the hit film ‘The Pianist’.

Travel Stories Podcast Links

● Check out our website at: travelstoriespodcast.com

● 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

 

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2016

What's it like to run 20 Iron Man competitions?

What about living in and traveling to different countries around the world?

Can you remember the last time someone was truly selfless, with nothing in it for them?

We know that people like this exist, people that do things out of the kindness of their heart for their fellow man, but how often do we meet them? They often seem to arise in times of need. Those times when we're down to our last dollar, our last meal, our last step, and they swoop in and show their genuine generosity.

Our guest for this episode is Deepak Shukla, a podcasting buddy of mine and host of the Life, Love and Entrepreneurship podcast. This was one of those episodes where everything he said was pure gold, so nothing got cut and we're running a little longer than usual. In this episode, we talk about:

- Running ultra-marathons, iron man competitions and being a badass.

- Living in a different country as opposed to traveling through it.

- What it's really like to live in Rio De Janeiro.

- Relationships, both during travel and in general- is intensity worth more than duration?

- Deepak's podcast: Life, Love and Entrepreneurship

- Taking necessary irrational leaps to start you on your journey, travel or otherwise.

- ... And much more.

As always, he is accompanied by original music that really allows the story to come to life and take us along the journey with Deepak.

If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!

Get in contact:

EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)

TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)

WEBSITE: travelstoriespodcast.com

LIVE, LOVE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PODCAST: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/life-love-entrepreneurship/id11...

DEEPAK ON TWITTER: @deepakpshukla1

May 19, 2016
Today's 'Hayden's Travel Tips' takes on the topic of 'Experiencing Travel'.
 
Now I know what you're thinking. How hard is it? You get a flight, you book in at a place and you go out and see what's going on.
 
Right- and that's cool, everyone's got their own way of doing things- but I'm talking adventure. I'm talking wildest dreams. I'm talking "I have to email Hayden because he won't believe this travel story".
 
I hope you guys enjoy these 7 tips on experiencing travel- Put at least one into use and let me know how it goes!
 
If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!
 
Get in contact:
 
EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)
TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)
WEBSITE: www.travelstoriespodcast.com
May 16, 2016

You know when you get to a country with all your preconceived ideas and it's nothing like you thought it was going to be?

 
Maybe you saw some things in the news, maybe your Aunt knows someone who's cousin went there and they had a tough time, or maybe you just have a bad feeling about it. Then you get there, and the people are the nicest you've ever met and you have the greatest time.
 
Boy, does that happen often. 
 
Our guest for this episode is Shane Dallas, otherwise known as the Travel Camel, who loves going to these sorts of places. He's been to almost 100 countries, including all over the middle east, Afghanistan, India and many others. His experience in these countries is a first hand account of how things can be if you go into traveling with an open mind and clear of preconceptions.
 
As always, he is accompanied by original music that really allows the story to come to life and take us along the journey with Shane.
 
If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!
 
Get in contact:
 
EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)
TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)
WEBSITE: www.travelstoriespodcast.com
 
SHANE EVERYWHERE: TheTravelCamel
TTC ONLINE: www.thetravelcamel.com
The Road Less Traveled Twitter Hashtag: #TRLT
May 12, 2016
Most of my listeners don't know, but when I started out traveling, it was actually in a couple, Me and my then girlfriend packed our things and moved to Australia. 
 
Now, when people ask me about my perfect girl, I describe what my perfect girl's like, her attributes, her temperament, her beliefs, and they ask: "So why did you break up with her?"
 
She was a beautiful person, still is, but as you all know, sometimes even the most perfect of things don't work out.
 
One day as we were hanging out, drinking some wine, I said "Hey, you know how we've just been, like, friends for a while, right?"
 
"Yeah..." She said.
 
"Let's just... do that?"
 
"Yeah, I like that." She replied. Easiest breakup ever. But that doesn't mean the emotions following were any lessened- and that was when I found myself traveling solo through Asia, reinventing myself, getting in touch with myself, and finding out who 'I' was.
 
 
  1. Don't Go 'Home'
 
When we're hurt, in trouble or anything else like that, our immediate reaction is to seek comfort. Where's the most comfortable place? Of course, Disney World, but I'm talking about 'home'. You'll want to jet off there and be surrounded by your loved ones so bad.
 
My advice on this is not to. Here's the secret- you're strong enough to get through it. This is a moment in life where you've fallen off the climbing frame and you want to run to your Dad- what I'm suggesting is to brush yourself off, and carry on, because you know what? You can. And you'll be glad you did.
 
 
 
  1. Reframe Yourself
 
When you come out of a relationship, your view of yourself is shifted. You've spent so long being Karen and Bobby that you know longer know who Karen is, without Bobby. Why do you think people jump from relationship to relationship? Because they feel scared when they can't relate to themselves anymore. Like when you're in a room with a friend and their friend, then your friend leaves. What do you talk about? What if they don't get your sense of humour? "God, I wish my friend would come back... with more wine..."
 
As we know, when you're on the road, you learn more about yourself than anything else. So go out and learn. Find out what you're like in different situations, if you can trust yourself with different scenarios and how you handle life. You are not part of a whole, you are a whole person.
 
Also, one of the coolest things about travel is that there are no yesterdays on the road. What I mean by that is that when you meet someone, they're not meeting Karen, the 24 year old artist that has spent the last 6 years planning a life with Bobby- they're meeting Karen, a girl with a smile on her face. 
 
And whether or not you want to go into it with them, that's the first interaction, and that's what they're basing you on- that's why they like you. For you. They don't see you as half of a couple. Let me rephrase that- they know you're not half of a couple- they know you're a unique, open human being with whom they have the potential to create some amazing memories.
 
  1. Music
 
Ah, the great healer. Music can tell you things about yourself that even you didn't know. Whether it's that you "Weren't born to follow" or that you like to "Move it, move it"- it speaks languages that you understand deeply.
 
One album I would recommend is Relient K's 'Forget and Not Slow Down'. The guitarist and singer went through a bad breakup, locked himself in a cabin in the forest and wrote this album. Formerly a punk rock band, but now more poppy- this record will speak to you throughout every song. 
 
That, and Sigur Ros' 'Takk'.
 
  1. Introverts: Take The Time / Extroverts: Make the Time
 
Firstly, for all of you introverts out there, like myself, we get our energy from solitude. That's where we do our thinking, assess everything, come to conclusions and heal.
 
So whilst traveling, it's amazing to have alone time. It's also very hard sometimes to have some alone time. But no matter where you are, you are always able to wander off, put on 'Takk' by Sigur Ros and have your time. This will be so beneficial, regardless of what you do. If you want to imagine your life over the next year and all of the new possibilities, or remember the good times and cry your way through an album or nine, it's all healing.
 
You extroverts out there, I'll speak on it even though I have no first hand experience, but, remember that journeying on the road is not just a sole venture. There are tonnes of travelers anywhere you go, and you know what they want? The same thing you do- they want connection, friendship and the knowledge that other people like them are out there enjoying the life that they're given.
 
So find these people, whether it's the three German girls in your hostel or an elderly man fixing a motorbike on his driveway, and introduce yourself. Remember, there are no yesterdays on the road.
 
And in the words of the guitarist and singer that locked himself in the cabin-
 
"I'd rather forget and not slow down, than gather regrets for what I can't change now."
 
If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!
 
Get in contact:
 
EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)
TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)
INSTAGRAM: @travelstoriespodcast
May 9, 2016
'Take the road less traveled'. We've all heard it. But what does it mean? Why should we? Wouldn't we be better off on the safe route that we know is going to end well.
 
Well, that's one way to look at it, sure, but can you name an adventure you've had on your way to the office? Or in line at the post office? 
 
Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. To some people, adventure is going into the ocean for the first time- taking that first step in and conquering both land and water. For others, it's hiking solo up one of the tallest mountains in the world. For some, it's trying to write the address on a letter while you're already in line at the post office.
 
The thing about travelers is that we seem to instinctively seek adventure in whatever form, so when we're given a choice of two roads, there's a likely winner, and this is one of the things that truly make us just that- travelers. 
 
Our guest for this, probably my favourite episode so far, is Nathaniel Boyle from The Travelers podcast and Holocene (both of which I strongly recommend checking out- links down below), and he's come prepared with giant bags of wisdom, and an amazing adventure recount up his sleeve.
 
As always, he is accompanied by original music that really allows the story to come to life and take us along the journey with Nathaniel. Hats off again to our composer, Cody Crabb, for providing some great original music.
 
If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!
 
Get in contact:
 
EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)
TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)
WEBSITE: www.travelstoriespodcast.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/travelstoriespodcast
INSTAGRAM: @travelstoriespodcast
 
Holocene: www.holocene.io
Nathaniel on Twitter: @nathaniel
Nathaniel everywhere else: @nathanielboyle
May 6, 2016
Can you remember the story of the last person you met on the road? Most of the time, they take you into their home, show you how they live, how they work, and you realise how your lives intertwine, with the similarities, eccentricities and novelty of it all. 
 
This is one of the gifts that travel gives us. The opportunity to not only fulfil our wanderlust, but to connect with other humans that are sharing our world, and allow them into our lives, and they do for us.
 
Our guest for this episode, Chris Christensen from the Amateur Traveler Podcast has a story for us today that reinforces what we all know - that trusting strangers is… more often than not… probably a good idea. He takes us on a journey into Mexico, tells us all about the ancient history and provides us with more than a few laughs along the way.
 
As always, he is accompanied by original music that really allows the story to come to life and take us along the journey with Chris.
 
If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!
 
Get in contact:
 
EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)
TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)
WEBSITE: www.travelstoriespodcast.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/travelstoriespodcast
INSTAGRAM: @travelstoriespodcast
 
Amateur Traveler: www.amateurtraveler.com
Chris on Twitter: @chris2x
Chris on Pinterest/Instagram etc.: chris2x
May 4, 2016
7 Mindset Tips for Traveling
 
  1. Wake Up Early
 
I’m reminded of a quote from one of the greatest philosophers of our time. 
 
“There’s no such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got it life time."
 
Did I say philosopher? I meant angry lead singer of 80s hardcore punk band, Black Flag, but the point still stands- get yourself out of bed and get moving. 
 
Do you ever get that feeling when you’re awake super early, and you’re the only one around and you feel like it’s ‘your day’, and you welcome everyone else as they join you on your day:
 
“Oh, hi! Welcome to my day! You’ve missed a glorious three hours already, let me catch you up to speed."
 
When you’re traveling, the amount of things to see and do goes up a ridiculous amount, and if you’re only waking up at midday, just think of the things you miss. The sunrise, the locals setting up market stalls, the roosters crowing- you’re gonna want to soak that stuff in, because it’s far more interesting than the inside of your eyelids.
 
  1. Laugh at Yourself
 
In foreign countries where you don’t speak the language, you’re going to get laughed at. I remember I had stopped in the mountains, and I started talking to a few people. They would say something in their local language, and I would immediately start trying to translate things I wanted to say, using books, translators and hand gestures that would put the world’s charades champion to shame. Only to be given an immediate response in the same, local language.
 
  When they could see I was obviously confused, their first reaction was to laugh. Literally pointing, laughing. 
 
What’s a guy to do? Simple. Laugh at yourself. The road is no place for anger and humility will always bring better consequences. 
 
In the end, they noticed I had a guitar and we sat and played for a bit. If they laughed at my guitar playing though, that would be a different story.
 
  1. Don’t Give Up
 
If you listened to the last episode, you’ll have heard the story of how Meg Jerrard saved for her travels. She caught the travel bug, realised that it was something she wanted, and strived for it. She worked two full time jobs whilst studying full time. She’d regularly work 6am-11pm, and the most she worked was 110 odd hours a week. 
 
They key takeaway here is that she didn’t give up. She knew that it was something she wanted, and she made it happen. So remember this, whether you think that you can’t live a life of travel and wonder, or that you can- you’re right. 
 
  1. Open Your Mind
 
“Oh I would never do that, it’s not my thing.” often transforms into “I can’t believe how amazing that was” with the catalyst of “Go on, I guess I’ll give it a go."
 
That happens a lot more than you think. 
 
Remember that you are not you. I know that sounds weird, but, hear me out. You are not this person that has likes and dislikes, things they do, things they don’t do - you are just ‘You So Far’. Not a lot of people pack up  and move to New Zealand to be a skydiving instructor out of the blue - what happens a lot though, is they’re in New Zealand, get talked into going skydiving and realise that it’s the thing they love most in the world. 
 
So the advice here is not to just try new things. But to try every-thing. Everything that’s offered to you (fatal allergies aside) should be considered deeply. You are a gold miner, and your pan is filled with experiences, and each pan full you get has the potential to contain a big nugget- so don’t throw away half of the pan before you’ve explored it. 
 
  1. Don’t Believe the News
 
Would you believe me if I said “I had a terrible time in India, it’s so corrupt.”? 
 
Would you believe me if I said “My time in India was life changing. I fell in love, learnt about myself and found the most welcoming people in the world.”?
 
I’d rather you didn’t believe either. Why? Because you’re seeing it through my lens. 
 
With the news, it gets a little deeper. It’s more like I have an interest in you liking or not liking India- so my review of the place is.. coloured with intention? 
 
Don’t not go to Bangkok because a report said it’s bad for backpackers. Don’t not go to Greece because a report said it’s a terrible time to visit. 
 
You’ll form your own opinion of a place by visiting it and experiencing it, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. 
 
By the way, the second review of mine about India is true. But go find out for yourself.
 
  1. Say ‘Yes!'
 
If you’ve listened to the show for a while, you might have heard my eight-fingered Vietnamese man story. 
 
The twitter version is: I had just arrived in Saigon, bag on my back, looking around and an eight fingered old man parked up next to me on his motorbike. He hands me a book. “If you’re reading this, you’re standing in front of Captain Kim; go with this man.”
 
Obviously I said yes, hopped on his bike and had the most amazing time in the Mekong Delta.
 
I cannot count the number of times that saying ‘Yes!’ has led to something amazing. The best was saying ‘Yes!’ when I really wanted to say ‘No.’ This word has so much power. It’s like someone knowing there’s a nugget of gold in your pan and asking you if you want to have a look or throw it away. 
 
As often as you can, say ‘Yes!’ to everything.
 
  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (It’s all small stuff)
 
This one is one that you learn after traveling for a while, but it’s so important. 
 
What were you doing on this day, one year ago? I can’t remember either, but if I didn’t know that it’s all small stuff, I would probably have been stressing about something that was SURE to put my life in a downward spiral and send me on a course that I would never come back from.
 
You’d think I’d remember that a year out? 
 
However big a problem may seem, you’re not going to remember it. And it won’t take a long time at all to forget it. 
 
Checking in for a flight into New Delhi, I was told “You can’t check in.” 
 
Check in closed in twenty minutes. 
 
Apparently in order to get into India, I needed a flight out. Was I going to be stranded in an airport, nowhere to go, travel plans ruined? Of course not, the chicken place had free wifi. I bought a flight to the first place that came up near India (Kathmandu) and checked in. No problems. 
 
What if there was no wifi? I would have sorted it out. What if my battery was gone? I would have sorted it out. What if, going to the chicken place I tripped, broke both legs and knocked myself out on a table? 
 
When I woke up I would have sorted out both a flight and wheelchair. 
 
Don’t sweat the small stuff. And don’t forget- it’s all small stuff. 
May 1, 2016
Imagine this. You’re signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. What are you expecting? 
 
A gruelling climb, blisters, a new sense of self? Sure. You’re about to climb the highest mountain in Africa, scale 16,000 feet to summit surely one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. 
 
Well, our guest for this episode, Meg Jerrard (Found online everywhere under ‘Mapping Megan’) found something she was definitely not expecting on her solo travel trip. Her story gives us insight into the day she found her most important travel souvenir, as we also learn through Megan what travel means to her, and how if you truly follow your heart and desires, you can make anything possible.
 
As always, she is accompanied by original music that really allows the story to come to life and take us along the journey with Megan.
 
If you enjoy the show and you’re on iTunes or stitcher, please subscribe and leave us a rating and review. Being a relatively new show, it really does help out a lot, and we do appreciate it!
 
Get in contact:
 
EMAIL: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com (I answer everything)
TWITTER: @travelstoriesuk (I answer everything)
INSTAGRAM: @travelstoriespodcast
CODY CRABB (COMPOSER): www.codycrabb.weebly.com
 
Links for episode:
 
Mapping Megan: www.mappingmegan.com
Meg on Twitter: @mappingmegan
Meg on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mappingmegan
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