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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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  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
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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.

 

  • 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 at: travelstoriesuk
  • Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast
  • Check out Johannes Koeppel’s website at: WeTravel
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.

 

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