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Travel Stories Podcast

You're here because you love travel. You know what, man? I get it. Maybe you're mid-travel right now- on a bus in Vietnam, or maybe you've just come back from Argentina and you miss the freedom? Either way, seasons 1-5 will give you stories from world travelers, complete with musical scores and interview sections. Season 6 is where I took you guys with me around every country in mainland Europe on my motorcycle (Gloria). Now we're getting onto The Hayden Lee Show - less travel, more Hayden. Is that good thing? Probably not, but let's give it a go.
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Jul 27, 2016

Traveling yourself is vastly different from hearing stories, or seeing pictures, even though those are fine substitutes. However, nothing can pair up to the real thing, a fact Hayden learned for certain while he was in Vietnam.

Hayden shares a message from Billy and calls for people to send him messages, and lets us know about his intentions towards Snapchat and Facebook Live while he is traveling in Brazil. He also introduces Cody Crabb, the composer for Travel Stories Podcast, and they discuss scores Cody has done for past episodes, how Cody writes the scores for episodes, and how important scores and music are to stories and media. Most importantly, however, Cody answers Hayden’s question of, “John Williams or Danny Elfman?”

Follow Hayden as he tries cacao for the first time, sees the most spiders he has ever found in one place, tells a waitress she is beautiful, and gets a scroll illustrated by a blind monk. He also visits a very “businessman” hotel to treat himself, and shares his experiences with synesthesia - in Hayden’s case, the ability to see sounds. You may not be able to visit Vietnam, but Hayden’s travel journal entry just might be the next best thing.


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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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Jul 24, 2016

If you change your thinking, you can change your actions. Hayden wholeheartedly believes in this philosophy, and it was this philosophy that led him to trying to never say no. It was his decision to always say yes to adventures that led him to his love on the Ganges.

Hosted by Jackie Nourse of The Budget-Minded Traveler, Hayden Lee shares how he started the Travel Stories Podcast, how sharing stories can help bring a place or a feeling to someone who has never experienced it, and how to integrate your travel life with your daily life. He also talks about catching dengue fever, the growth travel can bring you, and the way to capitalize on the roles you take on while you travel. He believes in “minis,” or mini-romances, as much as he believes in saying yes to everything, and finding perfect moments while traveling. Most of all, though, Hayden believes in love at first sight.

Hayden’s main attraction is his story, “Love on the Ganges,” a riveting tale of the time Hayden nearly died in the Ganges River while in the Himalayas, and how survival meant making a soul connection with a woman who did not share his language, but did share with him her name. Hayden nearly died on the Ganges, but he came away with a story that brings indescribable feelings of wonder welling up. A soul connection was born in the Ganges, and left Hayden with the belief that if you just say yes, you will experience what you are meant to live.

 

  • 4:10 - Hayden talks about where it all started, and how he got into traveling in the first place.
  • 6:45 - Hayden goes on to discuss how he got dengue fever, as well as how much India has impacted him as a person.
  • 11:45 - Hayden talks about how stories can help to bring a place or a feeling to someone who has never experienced it. As he tells it, all of your senses go into an experience that can’t be contextualized without your story; when you tell the story to someone, you’re sharing all of your senses with them, and even sharing it with yourself.
  • 14:37 - Hayden considers coming back to normal life and integrating into your daily life the experiences that have changed you and molded during your travels. Primarily, he talks about attempting to hold on to your growth when you come back home.
  • 17:27 - Hayden discusses his goal in starting the Travel Stories Podcast, and how you hold on to the feeling of being a traveler through sharing your stories with those on the same wavelength as you. He believes you experience things differently than everyone else in your life and anyone else traveling and having their own adventures, so he likes to think of his listeners - and himself - as being able to live vicariously through the travel stories told on the podcast.
  • 22:21 - Hayden considers the roles that you have when you travel, and how best to foster your personal growth within your role when traveling and having your adventures. He and Jackie also talk about traveling on your own versus traveling with others, and “exploring yourself as you explore the world.”
  • 27:07 - Hayden starts to tell his story, titled by Jackie as “Love on the Ganges”.
    • Hayden was staying at a beach near the Ganges in the Himalayas when he was woken up by his friend to take a boat ride down the Ganges; because he has to say yes to everything, he agreed and went on the trip.
    • The boat trip got very choppy, and Hayden got flipped out into the Ganges when a wave hit his raft. Though this led to him being granted a feeling of absolute serenity as he floated down the Ganges, he was saved and met another victim of the river who he felt an instant connection with.
    • He and this woman, who did not speak the same language and who only met twice, shared a soul connection that Hayden cannot give words to, except to describe how absolutely overwhelming it was.
  • 39:32 - Jackie and Hayden talk about the moments you have as travelers that become perfect stories, perfect moments, suspended in time in your memories and in your hearts.
  • 41:18 - Hayden considers “minis”, or mini-romances, that often happen during your travels.
  • 44:56 - Hayden discusses why he chose this particular story to share on the episode where he got interviewed, and how he believes this story evokes certain experiences in people, particularly the feeling of wonder.
  • 46:05 - Hayden talks about the lessons and the morals of his story, primarily: “When you’re in a raft, go in the middle,” and “Say yes to everything.”
  • 48:55 - Hayden considers how to make the change in your mind to just do something; all you have to do is change the wiring in your brain and you can really accomplish anything.

 

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  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
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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
  • Jackie Nourse’s podcast, The Budget-Minded Traveler, can be found at: The Budget-Minded Traveler
Jul 20, 2016

 

Realizing that you may be seen as an ignorant or privileged traveler can be a blow, but if you just put yourself out there and try new things, you can overcome that image in a heartbeat. Hayden does exactly that as he drives in Vietnam, meets a snake “as thick as a Pringles tube, and twice as daunting,” and rowed a boat for a woman who had not taken a break all day. Hayden also has some serious adventures with food, including learning that you can live off just coconuts or just chili water, and finding a variety of American pets to snack on at a food market on the Mekong Delta. Show notes writer Nicole Mello also stops by to answer questions about what to do in Boston, and to explain the Boston Tea Party to Hayden.

 

 

Jul 17, 2016

Fear is a paralyzing emotion, but, in the end, it can truly be your best motivator, and Sean Whitehead has firsthand experience with both ends of that double-edged sword. Sean is not only a friend of Hayden’s and the singer of the band that Hayden and previous guest Guy Earnshaw were once in, but he is also an avid traveler. Sean wants to share his story of traveling in the Alps, and how fear, a good friend, and a bar of Snickers got him to the top of a nearly sheer-faced mountain.

First, Sean shares a tale of traveling to Brazil and ending up in a weird, dodgy neighborhood, where he was served an Americana pizza that came, not with meat and cheese on it, as you would expect; no, instead, it came with egg and peas on it. It was in Brazil that Sean learned that there is more to life than just doing things the easy way. He found that doing things you have never done before can only lead to adventure. He also tells a story about a self-drive tour he took with his friends in Iceland, how they took their own route around the country, and the amazing place in the mountains they found to watch the Northern Lights from.

Sean shares what he thinks on talking to new people when you’re in a new place in order to figure out where to go and what to do while you’re there, and when you should follow their advice. He also discusses how to decide what you are going to do when you are traveling. The highlight of Sean’s episode, however, is his story from Austria, aptly titled “Somebody ‘Alp’ Me,” a predictably punny name from Sean. Along the way, he and his friend John end up hiking in the Alps with no gear, a bottle of water, and a Snickers. Between them, they hike a kilometer and a half upwards, eat their one Snickers, drink their one bottle of water, have two panic attacks, but they manage to make it to the top alive. Though the fear was like nothing Sean had ever experienced, the adventure influenced his decisions in future travel, and he thinks he would not be the same now had it not been for that day.

 

  • 0:45 - Hayden shares a letter he got from a listener, and sends out a call for podcasts that discuss what there is to do in Boston.
  • 4:54 - Sean Whitehead comes into play after a long intro; he is a traveler, a friend of Hayden’s, and the singer of the band that Hayden and Guy Earnshaw were in.
  • 7:21 - Sean shares a tale of traveling to Brazil, his language barrier, ending up in a weird, dodgy neighborhood, and eating an Americana pizza that was not quite right.
  • 12:45 - Sean starts telling a story about a self-drive tour he took with his friends in Iceland. During the trip, they took their own route around the country, and found this amazing place in the mountains to watch the Northern Lights.
  • 14:53 - Sean discusses what he thinks about talking to new people when you’re in a new place in order to figure out where to go and what to do while you’re there, and when you should follow their advice.
  • 17:47 - Sean starts to share his story from Austria, which he calls “Somebody ‘Alp’ Me.”
    • The story takes place on a European tour with a good friend of his named John, with whom Sean had the type of relationship where John comes up with ideas and Sean just goes with them, which can either lead them to an adventure or to a compromised situation. This was one of those compromised situations.
    • They traveled to the Alps and found some people who spoke English and were ready to hike an easy trail for four hours, so they decided to hike, as well, literally just straight up the side of a mountain. They had no equipment, and they didn’t speak German, so they had to figure out where they had to go, and they were told to find a specific house in the mountains.
    • They traveled through narrow, rocky tracks, iron stairs, steep paths, steep, sheer drops, and grassy banks, before reaching woods and, finally, the house. After a kilometer and a half upwards, two panic attacks between them, and the worst fear Sean has ever felt, they finally got to eat, sleep, and get back to the bottom.
  • 34:15 - Sean and Hayden discuss the character of John in his story, and how his character can be applied to your traveling life and how to decide what you’re doing on your trip.

 

  • 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
Jul 13, 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! 

Hayden recounts his last day in Bali, and what makes Indonesia such a peaceful place to be, away from the advertisements, money and stress of daily western life. 

He goes on to Vietnam, meets and has connections with a lot of people that just moments before were complete strangers, and comes to revelations about life in Vietnam compared to other countries. He then gets given the opportunity to do something 'magical'. He doesn't know quite what it is yet, and has to make the decision to trust someone he just met. 

 

Jul 10, 2016

 What is the secret to becoming your own Ultimate Man? What is the key to living a life with no regrets? How do you learn to follow your heart over your head? Richard Phu, of The Ultimate Man and the Forge Your Life podcast, comes with answers to these questions, along with questions of his own. How would you describe an ultimate man, and what is your purpose in life? These two are more tangled up than you might think. Richard leads us forth.

Richard Phu visits Hayden from Australia, where he is currently working on his online coaching business. The founder of The Ultimate Man and the Forge Your Life podcast, Richard discusses what the Ultimate Man really is; the true ultimate man is not any one set person, he tells us. Instead, this man is exactly what you want it to be. As long as you follow Richard’s five pillars - purpose, wealth, health, mindset, and love - you can achieve your own ultimate man.

Richard discusses with Hayden how his realization that he had to commit himself to living the most fulfilling life possible was connected to travel and freedom, and vice versa. He also brings forward a discussion featuring charity: water, a charity that works to bring sustainable, community-owned clean water projects around the world. Hayden and Richard go on to talk about how important it is to relinquish control and put trust and faith into the situation. Along with feelings of regret and disappointment regarding an experience you feel you missed while traveling, they talk about learning to listen to your heart and follow what it tells you.

The star of this episode, however, is Richard’s travel story, aptly named “Am I in the Movie ‘Hostel’?”, recounting a time when Richard visited Vienna, Austria by himself and got hopelessly and terrifyingly turned around in a hostel. It does not help that he keeps seeing men turn corners right ahead of him. The moral of Richard’s story? Sometimes, you get pushed into really scary situations, but it’s how you deal with it, how you fight through it, and how you deal with it that truly matters.

 

  • 4:48 - Richard asks Hayden, how would he describe the ultimate man? As it turns out, the ultimate man is what you want it to be, and not anything specific.
  • 6:10 - Hayden and Richard discuss the five pillars of the Ultimate Man, how to achieve each, and why each is so important to becoming your own ultimate man.
  • 10:24 - Richard answers the question, how is the commitment to living the most fulfilling life possible connected to travel and freedom? He discusses whether his realization of living a fulfilling life came from travel, or vice versa - did travel come from his realization?
  • 16:08 - Richard talks about coming home from traveling and feeling like you can no longer relate to the people you left back home.
  • 19:20 - Richard starts telling his scary story from the time he went to Austria by himself, aptly named: “Am I in the Movie ‘Hostel?”
    • Richard details his real-life horror story in Vienna, where he got lost in a hostel and could only just keep catching a guy turning the corner - or did he?
    • The moral of his story is that sometimes you get pushed into really scary situations, but it’s how you deal with it, how you fight through it, and how you deal with it that really matters.
  • 26:10 - How important is it to relinquish control and put trust and faith in something working? Can we just let it go and be okay with whatever happens?
  • 29:52 - Hayden asks Richard to talk through how he feels about regret and disappointment when you miss something. Richard talks about learning to listen to your heart, and following your heart’s answers as often as you can.
  • 33:30 - Richard tells us more about his Forge Your Life podcast, which is an interview podcast where he pulls in modern-day thought leaders and up-and-coming experts with different perspectives.

 

 

Jul 6, 2016

Hayden’s continued journeys, as recounted by his past self through his travel journal, begin with him being told: “This is where I kill you and tell everyone you were eaten by cow.” Hayden travels to a secret shipwrecked beach, to a place seemingly untouched by civilization.

He journeys through a forest filled with monkeys and snakes, and comes to a tropical island, where time ceases to exist. He also finds another island with as many brothels as they are cows and five hundred of those monkey-and-snake-filled forests. After encountering a real-world version of the Hog Wild level of Crash Bandicoot, and getting wrestled by waves, Hayden even has an island romance - but let him tell you about those adventures, in his own words.

 

Jul 3, 2016

What is the key to success? For John Lee Dumas, the one aspect of success that all entrepreneurs share is setting a good, specific goal for themselves. He shares tips and tricks, as well as advice in just getting out there and getting to work.

John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur on Fire and author of The Freedom Journal, calls in from Puerto Rico to talk with Hayden. He shares his unique step-by-step process that he details in the Freedom Journal, a guide that helps you to accomplish goals in a set time frame of one hundred days. He also discusses his podcast, Entrepreneur on Fire, sharing his mantra with us: “Do what you can’t not do.” It was this mantra that led him to creating a daily podcast in 2012, and it is this ideal that led him to doing his job well, providing his audience with free, valuable, consistent content, and seeing how the road has unfolded before him ever since.

John also recounts a story, fondly titled “The Golden Palace,” detailing his journey from law school to India, where he spent four months traversing the country. His story takes place in Amritsar, in northern India, where he visited the Golden Palace, an awe-inspiring holy and sacred place, filled with religious shrines and shining with gold. Join John as he accompanies a couple of locals to a flag-lowering ceremony at the border of Pakistan and India, and views the unbelievably intricate ceremony, with about forty soldiers on both sides of the border gates where they lower the flags of their respective countries.

“When I look back on India,” John shares, “there was a lot of highs, were definitely some lows, as anybody will experience traveling/backpacking for four months in a third world country. But when I do look back, that is definitely the memory that stands out most in my mind, and something that I will always treasure.”

John also shares tales of being in a Bollywood movie (search for John Lee Dumas Bollywood on YouTube - you can see the trailer for the movie), of breaking free of his scripted life, and of making the transition into the life he knew he wanted to live. He advises to start planning your trips now, and to start knocking them out as soon as possible.

“So many of us think that we have an endless amount of time to travel the world,” John says, “but we don’t.”

 

  • 4:22 - John discusses the Freedom Journal and tells us the one factor that all successful entrepreneurs share.
  • 6:25 - John begins to share his story, called “The Golden Palace”.
    • Years ago, John was in law school, and he was miserable. So, he did the most courageous thing in his life up until that point - he quit law school.John then traveled to India, and spent the next four months traversing the country.
    • This story takes place specifically in Amritsar, at the Golden Palace, a holy and sacred place which rendered John speechless when he visited it. He then journeyed on with a couple of Indian guys who studied at a local university and who invited him to part of a famous flag-raising and flag-lowering ceremony. Together, they drove out to the border of Pakistan and India, where there was an unbelievably intricate flag-lowering ceremony with about forty soldiers on both sides of the border gates where they lower the flags of their respective countries.
  • 16:31 - Hayden and John discuss how you can break free of the scripted life that you know isn’t for you and make the transition to the life you want to live.
  • 17:33 - John discusses his daily podcast, Entrepreneur on Fire, and how the mantra “do what you can’t not do” made him the success he is today.

 

Jun 29, 2016

Hayden returns with his travel journal, pulling an entry from when he arrived in Bali, Indonesia. His first day in Bali, being the perfect mixture of insane and awesome, sees him couchsurfing, receiving a Thai massage, and fulfilling massive amounts of Bali stereotypes. He wakes up to the sounds of cats, children’s laughter, and roosters, and becomes very close with his two roommates. By the end of his four days, Hayden believes he is even able to predict his own inevitable death in Bali.

 

Jun 26, 2016

When you travel, you never know who you will meet, or what kind of experiences you will have. Half the fun of adventuring is not knowing where you will be lead next, and Jason Moore is a firm believer in trying new things while you travel.

Jason Moore, a resident of Oslo, Norway, hosts the Zero to Travel podcast, because he hopes to help people achieve their desire to live a life of travel, and help them travel on their own terms. He also runs Location Indie, a podcast based on the community support system of people who want to work while they travel, work remotely, and live independently.

Jason’s story, which he calls “Thumbs Up,” gives us an inside look at the life of a hitchhiker, through the eyes of Jason, his friend, Gary, and their hitchhiking race around Scotland. Join Jason on a 546-mile quasi-circumnavigation grassroots race around Scotland, where he goes wild camping, visits eight iconic Scottish checkpoints, and meets a number of people who changed his life, who you can hear about in detail in the story. Jason’s adventure traveling through Scotland was an experience which he called, in a word, “transformative”.

When you travel, you can give as much as you take; you can give energy, stories, a listening ear, and, most importantly, companionship. You learn to trust, and you realize that people really are awesome. “Many things happen when you step out on the side of the road and stick your thumb out,” Jason says, “but I think the best thing is the reminder that we are all connected, and this world is filled with wonderful and kind souls.” If you ever see Gary, or anyone else, hitchhiking, consider pulling over and giving them a lift; you might be pleasantly surprised by what happens. And if you are the one traveling, try putting your thumb out sometime, and you might just learn something new about humanity.

Join Jason and Hayden as they learn to trust humanity and travel around Scotland for a time. You never know what you might learn about trust, humanity, and the energy that comes from hitchhiking.

 

  • 10:10 - Jason shares his thoughts on the traveler’s mindset, and how anyone in any position can have the traits and mindset of a traveler.
  • 13:38 - Jason discusses his podcast, Zero to Travel, which helps people achieve their desire to live a life of travel, and travel on their terms. He believes a love of travel is a value in life that everyone shares, and that a passion for travel isn’t really something that really ever goes away.
  • 15:55 - Jason tells us more about his community and his other podcast, both named Location Indie. He tells us about the community support system of people who want to work while they travel, work remotely, and live independently.
  • 18:37 - Jason Moore begins to tell his story, which he has titled: “Thumbs Up”.
    • He reminds us that, if you don’t make time for travel, it just doesn’t happen.
    • The main part of Jason’s story features a Scottish hitchhiking race, beginning on May 1, 2014, and continuing for several days on an epic 546-mile quasi-circumnavigation around Scotland. He had to visit eight iconic Scottish checkpoints on the way and get photo evidence of each checkpoint.
    • Jason shares the stories of his rides, including Barry, in a service van; Nick, a big burly farm boy with an odd metal machine; Anka, who gave them a world-class meal; Duncan, who just bought a boat named Nomad; Julia, who drove out of her way to get them to the next town; and Wendy, who wanted to open a bed-and-breakfast.
    • For Jason, the race was all about the experience; he says that three days thumbing around Scotland was nothing short of transformative for him, as he had to depend on the kindness of strangers and hope for the best.
    • Jason wonders if hitchhiking provided more opportunities for authentic connections, or if he was simply more open to connecting with people?
  • 32:56 - Did hitchhiking change how Jason sees people in general, and how did it remind him of trust and humanity?

 

Jun 22, 2016

When we last left Hayden and his travel journal, he was leaving Queensland for Brisbane, with the intent to catch a plane to Indonesia. With nowhere to be and nothing to his name but what he has on his back, he spent the entire day in Brisbane on foot. It was here that he learned to pay it forward from a busy mother who wanted to do something kind, along with encountering a couple other kind characters who populate this rich, inspiring tale of humanity in Brisbane.

 

Jun 19, 2016

To make a difference in the world, you do not have to make a major impact. You do not have to bring water to an entire country; you do not have to feed entire villages; you just have to make someone smile once a week. This is exactly what Daniel Venn does with his nonprofit organization, Helping Kids Round First, which he discusses with Hayden.

Daniel Venn works with Helping Kids Round First, doing fantastic work with kids. They collect donated baseball equipment in the United States, and give the donations to children in Nicaragua. They give children the opportunity to have a childhood in a country that does not often afford that chance, and gives them the opportunity to escape poverty through baseball. Dan also discusses the book he wrote and published, Beyond Baseball - Rounding First, representing his trip to Nicaragua with Helping Kids Round First. They work with the nonprofit organization to bring baseball, sustainable agriculture, and hospital supplies to Nicaragua.

Join Daniel Venn as he describes the smell of his childhood (warning: it is not a pleasant one), recounts how baseball brought him around the world, and shares anecdotes that detail why it really is important to learn the specific language of the area you are visiting before you go, just in case. Make sure you know how to say “towel” and “uncle” correctly, and have suitcases with children’s books and old men’s underwear on hand, or else you might not end up on the trip you thought you were going to go on.

Daniel handed out equipment village by village, meeting the young kids and adults whose lives he was changing through Helping Kids Round First. He realized how you could change the world with just a baseball bat and a smile. “Travel has become less about the places that I see,” Daniel shares with us, “and more about the people that I meet and the relationships that I form.”

 

  • 5:35 - How did baseball bring Daniel Venn all around the world, and how did his “what the heck” moment that originally brought him to Costa Rica - and then eventually to Nicaragua with Helping Kids Round First?
  • 8:20 - Daniel discusses the nonprofit organization, Helping Kids Round First, and his book, Beyond Baseball - Rounding First.
  • 13:00 - Daniel is a rambler, but he does start to tell his story, which he calls: “May I Have A Towel, Please?”
    • Daniel had to stay at a hotel in Costa Rica and believed he had enough Spanish to confidently ask for a towel from the attendant, but he mixed up a couple of his words. This language experience made him hesitant to speak to the Nicaraguan border agents, when they were getting all of their bags searched by security, and had to protect all their equipment from getting taken.
    • A suitcase filled with children’s books and a bag filled with an old man’s underwear ended up saving the trip.
    • Daniel and his team handed out equipment village by village, meeting young kids along the way who had been training hard for just this chance to come, and meeting with farmers to teach them sustainable farming processes and how to water their plants despite the drought.
  • 22:54 - Hayden shares an anecdote about his Brazilian ex-girlfriend and a Portuguese language mishap he made. Daniel and Hayden relate over the fact that pronunciation is everything in these languages, and Daniel shares another anecdote related to that.
  • 25:50 - How did Daniel’s perception of America and baseball in America and childhood in America change after working with Helping Kids Round First? What other experiences have shifted Daniel’s worldview?
    • “Travel has become less about the places that I see, and more about the people that I meet and the relationships that I form.”

 

Hayden's birthday cake!

Hayden's birthday cake!

 

  • 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
  • Find all the info about Helping Kids Round First at: HelpingKidsRoundFirst.org
  • Visit Dan’s website to purchase his book - a portion of every purchase through the website goes to Helping Kids Round First - at his website: DanVenn.com
Jun 15, 2016

In a more adventurous and intimate turn, Hayden starts to read straight from his travel journal in the beginning of his Hayden’s Travel Journal series. As Hayden is a notorious journalist, the details and the personality really come through, following him and his journals from gold-mining, to island romances, to biking through Vietnam, and even further beyond. He almost died twice, but lived to tell the tale, here in these podcasts.

Hayden is the type to go off-script (or, off-journal, as it were), but he figured, why not share his stories with the world? And this one starts in Melbourne, when he gets a call from his friend in Queensland, who was going into gold-mining full-time. Join Hayden as he tries to avoid a venomous demise from a redback spider, encounters a pig truck that makes it easy to be a vegetarian, and recounts one of the most horrific anecdotes he believes he has ever recounted.

 

Jun 12, 2016

Have you ever realized that someone walking past you in the street has a life of their own? A passerby glances at you, and you realize - they have loved, they have lost, and they have a wild life of their own, just like you.

Jeromy Slaby, a Chicago resident and the co-founder of Sonderers Magazine, named his online travel magazine after exactly that phenomenon. He has a goal - to bring humanity back together, one step at a time. Jeromy shows up to discuss the definition of “sonder”, the smell of his childhood (and how that led him to some truly great gelato), and why millennials travel the most out of any generation, nowadays.

Jeromy’s feature is his travel anecdote about his adventure to the jungles of Panama in the summer of 2014, when he volunteered to build a sustainable community with the Outdoor Recreation Program. The story is titled by him as “A Failed Search,” and he recounts trying to find the Mother Tree, making a choice when you come to a fork in the road, learning to trust another person, fighting a giant tarantula mound, and learning to trust yourself.

Jeromy offers advice on experiencing travel, the emotional impact of being in the middle of nowhere, and properly executing your travel plans. He helps you to make the realistic decision to travel, and teaches you what to prioritize. Join Jeromy and Hayden as they discover the further reaches of Panama and learn what it means to truly trust a stranger.

 

  • 3:45 - What is the definition of “sonder”, the inspiration for Jeromy’s travel magazine, Sonderers?
  • 6:30 - What does your childhood smell like, as smell is one of those things that is so linked to memory?
    • 7:30 - Jeromy shares an anecdote about getting lost, his childhood smells. and Nutella gelato.
  • 8:50 - Why is it that millennials travel the most out of any generation? The world is becoming more international - is it a major cultural shift, or is it something else?
  • 14:16 - Jeromy Slaby starts to recount his story of Panama, self-titled as “A Failed Search”, and detailing Jeromy’s time volunteering in the jungles of Panama in the summer of 2014, hiking, and learning to trust yourself.
    • The primary goal of his expedition was to find the Mother Tree, but he ended up learning what it means to make a choice when you come to a fork in the road.
    • What allows you to go out on a limb and trust another person - a stranger, even?
  • 25:45 - Jeromy answers the question: ‘Does being a writer change how you experience travel?’
  • 26:51 - What is the impact of the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere? Most importantly, what is there to this experience that makes it so special and freeing?
  • 29:00 - Jeromy offers advice on how to execute your travel plans, and how to get the whole process of traveling started.
    • How do you make the realistic decision to travel?
    • What do you have to prioritize?
  • 32:00 - Jeromy discusses an article on solidarity that is featured on Sonderers.com, which you can find here.

 

Jun 8, 2016

Everyone has a healthy dose of paranoia when traveling - it can be a very good thing to have, because it means you tend to keep yourself safe. But it can be hard to know how, exactly, to keep your belongings safe from theft and scams.

Hayden wants to make sure you stay safe, and that your money and your important stuff stays safe, too. He offers you five travel tips here for avoiding theft and scams while you travel, sharing personal stories and anecdotes and speaking from experience as he does.

Your travel stories should never have to be cut short due to an unexpected mugging, scam, theft, stolen identity, wallet grab, or, God forbid, all of the above. Take advantage of these five travel tips to ensure your absolute freedom and peace of mind while adventuring. Tips like how to use a money belt, what fake items to carry with you, and popular scams that you might have otherwise fallen victim to can help you more than you know while you travel.

If you take Hayden’s tips into account while traveling, and if you are prepared against travel scams, then you will absolutely enjoy your travels more, because you will not be nervous the whole time. His advice can give you peace of mind and a much better time traveling.


  • 2:58 - Tip #1 - Use a money belt.
  • If you have a wallet in your back pocket, it’s gonna get swiped fast, so you better start hiding that money belt under your t-shirt. Hayden even offers some bonus suggestions on the best ones to own and how to make sure you don’t lose them.
  • 4:44 - Tip #2 - Carry a fake wallet.
  • When you get mugged, you can just give them the fake one with five bucks and a library card in it, then a third fake wallet, then a fourth - you could go on forever.
  • 5:52 - Tip #3 - Don’t carry too much cash.
  • You up the risks when you carry a wad of cash, so Hayden offers some advice on how much cash to carry, and where to keep it when you have to carry it.
  • 6:55 - Tip #4 - Scan your passports, documents, important stuff.
  • Sometimes, people want stuff other than your money, and if you lose your important documents, you might end up up the creek without a paddle. Hayden offers tips on what to do to keep your documents safe and backed up.
  • 8:11 - Tip #5 - Learn the popular scams, especially of the place that you’re going to.
  • If you’re aware of these things that could happen, then you’ll be prepared when it happens. Things like a broken taximeter, some free bracelets, or a flirty woman could mean the end of your trip if you’re not careful.

Jun 5, 2016

“No matter what our differences are, or what our backgrounds are, there is always going to be a way for us to cooperate and communicate with each other, which I think is really beautiful, and an amazing part of travel.”

Though cultural variations can make it seem like every human has a great deal of differences from another, when it comes right down to it, there is so much everyone has in common. In our world, people actually have a great deal of similarities, and traveling to faraway places and getting to know the area you have traveled to can help bring that out during your own personal adventures.

Our guest for this week, Jen Montague, is a travel photographer and a writer - though she considers herself, first and foremost, to be an adventurer. She takes photos when she travels because she enjoys capturing the day-to-day moments of far-away places, and then sharing what she sees with those around her. She also writes articles, and would love to write more, if anyone would be interested in working with her. She loves traveling and learning from other cultures around the world. She believes that, “wherever you go in the world, there’s so many things that we actually have in common.”

It is hard to travel to a culture and a country that you are unfamiliar with and that is not your own, but Jen talks about how you have more in common with distant strangers than you might think. In a truly inspiring tale about a visit to China, Jen discusses how drastically different Beijing could be, while also revealing just how close humanity is at their core. Thanks to globalization and a natural human curiosity, the world is a lot smaller than ever before. That makes travel that much more fun and exciting - you have so much in common with the people you share your world with.

Join Hayden and Jen as they discuss the worth of a photograph, a secret section of the Great Wall of China, an unexpected Chinese culture, and how playing games with children can break any language barrier in minutes.

 

  • 3:07 - Jen starts out with a personal discussion of what she believes it means to be truly lost.
  • 10:40 - Jen starts her story about traveling to China, aptly named “Big Moments in Little China”.
  • While in China, Jen learned that - while it can be drastically different in terms of culture, and it can be very crowded, very hot, with a lack of personal space - the people there are closer to her own culture than she ever could have expected.
  • Jen is amazed by old temples and structures made by hand, and so she traveled to and climbed the unkempt Wild Wall section of the Great Wall of China.
  • 21:00 - Jen and Hayden start discussing her thoughts and experiences concerning Chinese culture, and just how completely unexpected she found it to be.
  • Jen recommends familiarizing yourself with an unfamiliar culture and being aware of their way of life, but also keeping an open mind.
  • Can blending in give you a better experience abroad?
  • 27:04 - Hayden recounts a time when he learned that the language barrier might not be as much of a problem anymore with the younger generations, thanks to natural human curiosity.
  • Jen leaves us with a bit of optimistic advice for all of your future travels and experiences with new cultures.

 

Jun 2, 2016

Have you ever decided to take a trip and just taken off?

Or are you more the type to sit down and plan out every second of your journey before you set foot in an airport?

Hayden Lee brings back guest Guy Earnshaw, our pigeon-fearing friend from our last episode, to help him count down six travel tips concerning planning during traveling. The two of them offer unique perspectives - Hayden likes to be able to do things on a whim and have minimal planning, while Guy likes to sit down with a map and make out a plan and a schedule and a list of things to do, but be open to spontaneous experiences.

If you have decided you want to travel, regardless of whether you plan your adventures by the second or if you enjoy the freedom of backpacking and couchsurfing without a plan, Hayden and Guy will give you six helpful travel tips before you head out on your journey.

 

  • 0:20 - Guy Earnshaw, from the last episode, joins Hayden to help give travel tips
    • Hayden, on one hand, likes to be able to do things on a whim and have minimal planning
    • Guy, on the other hand, likes to sit down with a map and make out a plan and a schedule and a list of things to do, but he thinks it is truly important to be open to spontaneous experiences
  • 1:17 - Hayden’s Travel Tips on Planning During Traveling
    • Tip #1 - Never be married to your plan
      • Guy once had one of his best nights out ever when he had a spontaneous night with people he had never met before
      • When Hayden went to North and South Vietnam, he would travel on his motorbike first, then mark where he traveled on the map, rather than the other way around
    •  Tip #2 - Have a physical map
      • Your physical map can bring you into an adventure mindset that makes you a “traveler” - second only to your traveler’s hat!
    •  Tip #3 - Get a handle on your money
      • Guy has a relatable anecdote about the first time he went to a casino while he was in Perth
    •  Tip #4 - Check for last-minute deals
      • Hayden’s continued anecdote about when he had to get a last-minute flight out of New York using SkyScanner to get a good, cheap flight
    • Tip #5 - Use SkyScanner!
    • Tip #6 - Couchsurf
      • If you want to maximize couchsurfing as a reliable form of accommodation, you’ll want to give your potential hosts enough notice
      • Guy has a charming anecdote about last-minute couchsurfing in Oregon
      • Couchsurfing

 

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 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
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