Rank #1: Podcast #104 - Interview: Maverick Matt Bowles
Monday morning the new season of the regular travel shows in The Radio Vagabond Podcast will begin. You can join my adventures in Africa and we begin in Morocco.
At the same time you will get interesting conversations every Friday and this is the first. All of these interviews have been recorded recently when I joined The Nomad Cruise across the Atlantic. In fact this one is recorded in the middle of the ocean.
Meet Matt Bowles. He has been a full-time nomad for five years. We talk about ways of traveling, loneliness, networks, podcasting, the art of traveling with carry-on luggage only and about a giant table-top espresso maker. And much more.
In the conversation we also talk about different communities for nomads, and if you would like to join here are a few links that will get you a discount on your membership:
Disclosure: These are affiliate links where Matt makes a little bit. But it doesn’t make it more expensive for you.
You can access Matt's video on packing and see links to all his stuff by signing up to his newsletter on MaverickNomadLife.com.
Here you can also see the bicycle pump espresso maker, he is talking about.
Listen and subscribe to Matt's podcast The Maverick Show by searching for it in your favourite podcast app. I will be a guest there in the near future.
And finally: Link to Matt's company, Maverick Investor Group.
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Dec 21 2018
Rank #2: Podcast #033 - Scooters and Nature Wonders in Vietnam
May 25 2017
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The School of Travels
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Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure
Postcard Academy Travel Podcast
The Frommer's Travel Show with Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran
Rank #3: 144 - The Worlds Most Scenic Train Ride is in Sri Lanka (FIXED)
NOTE: There was a bug in the episode when I uploaded it yesterday – so listen here instead.
-----In this episode, I’ll take you on a beautiful train ride through some beautiful nature in Sri Lanka, so I can understand why many people call it the most scenic train ride in the world. But there’s so much more for you in this last episode from Sri Lanka. I also stay at Club Hotel Dolphin with the biggest swimming pool in the country on the beach north of Colombo, where I speak to the German manager about what it’s like being an ex-pat far away from his family. Then I visit one of the churches where the Easter terror attacks hit in 2019. LINKS: Sri Lanka Tourism. Book Club Hotel Dolphin via Hotels25.com The Radio Vagabond is produced by RadioGuru. See pictures on TheRadioVagabond.com You can follow The Radio Vagabond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Feb 12 2020
Rank #4: Podcast #093 - Touring The Mall in Washington DC
I've started my second road trip in the USA. It will take me from North Carolina to New York, via Washington D.C., Atlantic City, and Philadelphia. On my way to American capital, I pass through Charlottesville. I wanted to see if I could find the statues that caused so much debate and violence in 2017.
My first stop in D.C. I go to The Newseum, and then I meet with a local tour guide called Rob Pitingolo. I found his YouTube channel and found out that he has a company called TripHacksDC.
Rob took me around "The National Mall" between The Capital and The National Monument. The place where people meet for the inauguration of the president. You know the area where there was so much talk about crowd sizes.
Listen to this episode and learn a lot about Washington D.C. and life here.LINKS: See Rob's videos and listen to his podcast on TripHacksDC.com Sponsor Hotels25.com See pictures on TheRadiovagabond.com Follow The Radio Vagabond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Oct 15 2018
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Rank #5: Podcast #067 - Couchsurfing & Paddleboarding in Chattanooga
Chattanooga is a smaller city in the state of Tennessee. I stayed there one night and made friends with my Couchsurfing host, Casey.
We talk about the city, the area, paddleboarding, murals, and "global weirding", as Casey calls it.
Episode sponsor: Hotels25.com
May 22 2018
Rank #6: 119 - Luxury in the Forest in The Gambia
We got the opportunity to spend a few days at Mandina River Lodges, the most amazing place in the middle of the forest around half an hours drive from the small capital of The Gambia, Banjul.
Mandina River Lodges is founded by two Englishmen, Lawrence Williams, and James English. Lawrence is a friend of a friend of mine - and also an avid traveler with an exciting story. Unfortunately, Lawrence wasn’t in The Gambia at the time we were there, but I promise to catch up with him at some point to get his story.
James English is his uncle. Or was. Because he passed away very unexpected in 2012, five weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. James and Lawrence had been traveling a lot together and now, whenever Lawrence visits a new country, he spreads a little bit of his uncle's ashes in the country as a gesture. A thing that almost got him arrested in North Korea. Like I said: He has a lot of stories that I promise I’ll have hin share at some point when I finally meet him.
For years James had been searching for a piece of land suitable to create a tourism project, and on Christmas Eve 1992 they found Makasutu. Today Mandina River Lodges is run by his former wife, Linda English. And it was only after James passed away that Linda came down here. In fact, the thought it was a crazy idea to put money in a piece of forest in The Gambia. She’s been here six years already and loves the place.
Makasutu is a tropical 1000-acre reserve encompassing five different eco-systems. Fifteen thousand trees were planted over the next few years, and the wildlife came back. Now the wildlife is plentiful with many bird species, monitor lizards, baboons, vervet and red colobus monkeys, and the occasional crocodile, and even the odd mongoose can be spotted on the riverbanks.
In the afternoon on the first day we were invited to go for a walk through the a with a local guide, dressed in green and khaki and with a monocular around his neck ready for bird watching.
Makasutu, meaning ‘sacred forest’ in the local language Mandinka, and they started it as both an ecology project and a place for people to come and learn about the local culture and people.
James and Lawrence spent the first seven years living in tents on the land, with no running water or electricity. They did this getting to understand the land and environment, which is why you notice the attention to detail that has gone into the design and construction.
The initial idea was to a small backpackers lodge, but after many nights sitting around the campfire they decided to try to help in the re-foresting of the area, and eventually to open the site as a cultural reserve, highlighting how the local people live, and also to encourage the return of wildlife to the area. One thing lead to another and instead of the small backpackers lodge they decided to develop a five-star eco-lodge like no other in West Africa.
Construction began in 2000, with as many as 150 people working on the swimming pool alone. Due to the standard of the carpentry, the lodges were very time consuming to produce, however, the finished result is impressive with a total of nine lodges being completed over several years, with differing designs both on and off the water. And apart from the birds singing it’s very quiet and peaceful here.
The staff at Makasutu all come from the surrounding villages, a deliberate measure to try to help stop the urban drift to the city, and allowing the surrounding area to directly benefit from this place.
One of them The head of security at Mandina River Lodges, his name is Dawda. We met him at the Base Camp when we were doing the jungle walk. He used to be a policeman, and then he’s a popular radio DJ in his free time. We agreed to meet later and chat some more. So the next day Dawda came and picked me up at the main gate. I got on the back of his motorcycle, and we took off down the dirt road. He wanted to show me a spot that was very important for his work as the head of security. So I was a bit surprised when we stopped in the middle of the forest. That’s where they have the main borehole, the main well.
LINKS: Mandina River Lodges The Gambia Experience Sponsor Hotels25.com See pictures on TheRadioVagabond.com You can follow The Radio Vagabond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram og YouTube.
Mar 14 2019
Rank #7: Podcast #031 - Waterfall and Bombs in Laos
After a month in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we chose to take the night bus to Luang Prabang, Laos. It was a hard night where one of the tires of the bus was falling a part. See the picture on TheRadioVagabond.com.
But then we had a very nice stay with a retired Australian couple, Robyn and John by the Mekon River.
Join us as we visit the UXO Center that tells the heart breaking story of the unexploded mombs from The Vietnam War. Also we go to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls and I talk to Robyn about how she and John ended up adopting a grownup buhdist munk and moved here to Luang Prabang.
THIS IS WHERE WE STAYED:Click here to see where we stayed in Luang Prabang. I can only give this place my highest recommendations.
May 12 2017
Rank #8: Podcast #026 - Walking Street in Pattaya
I go to one of the wildest party streets in the world with ladyboys, prostitutes, ping-pong-shows, gogo bars and children preforming for pennies.
And then I also go to visit an orphanage - The Father Ray Foundation that is a total contrast to Walking Street. Both in Pattaya in Thailand.
Feb 28 2017
Rank #9: 145 - Welcome to "The Mother City" – My Favourite City, Cape Town
Feb 17 2020
Rank #10: Podcast #066 - The Legendary Gip's Place in Alabama
In this episode, I visit Gip's Place, the legendary Juke Joint in the small sleepy city, Bessemer in Alabama. Here I meet the 97-year-old Henry "Gip" Gipson.
Gip's Place has been operating since 1952 and many of the big names of rock and blues have played right here in Gip's backyard: James Brown, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and many others.
Watch the PBS-documentary about Gip's Place by clicking here.
May 15 2018
Rank #11: 133 - Harry Mitsidis Has Been Everywhere (1:2)
I'm in England to meet a true travel legend.
Harry Mitsidis, the founder of Nomad Mania, and the person who arguably has been to most places in the world.
Nomad Mania is a community for extreme travellers and a website that divides the world into 1281 regions. When you fill out the regions you’ve been to you will appear on different rankings, which includes Cities, Sights, Museums, Islands, Airports and lots more.
For that Nomad Mania is quite unique. It’s the only website listing travel achievements through so many aspects and the aim is to create an active multicultural community of travelers, which inspires travel while being a true reference to all 1281 regions of the World.
On the Master Ranking list Harry himself is number one. He’s been to 1188 of the 1281 regions. Obviously he’s been to every country in the world. All the 193 UN nations. He did his last UN country, Equatorial Guinea in March 2008.
Since then he’s all most been to all of them again.
But there’s so much more than just jumping quickly into a country to say that you’ve been there. It’s about really being there – seeing, sensing, meeting, understanding and comparing.
Traveling has become Harry’s way of life, and staying put has become increasingly hard.
Harry Mitsidis was born in London to a Greek father and a South African mother, and has grandparents from Poland and Turkey. So there was always an international element to it all, and this just grew and grew through the years.
Already in 2001 he had visited all the countries of Europe, and then he aimed for the whole world, which initially started as a joke but gradually, as it became within his reach, turned into an obsession. Before we sit down for the interview, Harry takes me for a stroll through Chatham – the town where he lives. He wanted to show me just how ugly it is.
Then we sit down for a talk about travel and in the second episode, Harry shares some of the adventures he's had in his traveling life.
LINKS: Sponsor Hotels25.com The Radio Vagabond is produced by RadioGuru. You can follow The Radio Vagabond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram og YouTube.
Jul 15 2019
Rank #12: Podcast #074 - Danish Kringle is a Big Hit North of Chicago
DANISH VERSION: Search for Radiovagabond (one word).
With a population of only 77,000, Racine, Wisconsin is not a big city, but has the largest North American settlement of Danes. When Danish immigration begins in the 1840s, Racine quickly becomes "the most Danish city in America" with 10% of all Danes in the USA. This is still visible now; as I drive into the city I see a lot of Danish flags and shops with Danish names.
In this episode of The Radio Vagabond Travel Podcast, I’m in Racine, Wisconsin, 75 miles north of Chicago, to visit a Danish bakery. And to find out if I can get a taste of Denmark, or just an Americanized version of it.
HOW DANISH BECAME DANISH
At the time of the immigration to Racine, The Danish Bakers Association goes on strike back in Denmark in the 1850’s, and bakers from Vienna, Austria are brought to Denmark to fill the need of skilled baking. They use their knowledge of dough folding to create new types of pastries. The Danish bakers see this and add additional ideas, fruits, and fillings.
Danish Dough and Pastries as we know it are born.
This particular kind of pastry is called “Danish” throughout the world, but in Denmark, we call it “Wienerbrød” – which translates to “Bread from Vienna.”
Kringle is introduced to Racine at the turn of the century; at that time, the Kringle was still in its traditional "pretzel" shape with a limited number of fillings. A number of family-run Danish bakeries were opened in the 1930's.
THE OLESEN FAMILY COMES TO RACINE
Finding it difficult to sustain himself and his six children in Denmark, Anton Olesen sets off for America in the hope of a better life in the beginning of the 1920’s, and two years after arriving he scrapes enough money to bring his teenage son Christian to Racine.
Christian finds a job in a local bakery, and after learning the baking trade for 25 years, Christian Olesen opens his own bakery with a partner in May 1949, naming it O&H Bakery.
Racine customers begin to request more filling in pastries, particularly in Kringle, leading to Racine bakers creating a new oval shape for Kringle to satisfy their customer's desires.
In 1956, Dwight and Lady Mamie Eisenhower receive a Kringle as a gift, proclaiming it publically as one of their favorite pastries.
Christian's son Ray and his wife Myrna purchase the business in 1963, and in 1982 Eric Olesen, the third generation of Olesens take control of the bakery.
In June 2010, President Barack Obama stopped at an O&H Bakery before hosting a town hall meeting on the economy and jobs later that afternoon, and in July 2013, after over a century of it being made in Racine, Kringle is signed into law as "The Official State Pastry of Wisconsin."
MEET ERIC OLESEN
In this episode, I go for a tour of O&H Bakery with Eric and also meet a part of the 4th generation of the Bakery. Not only do we talk about bread and pastry, but also about the culture and the part about being an American with Danish descent. How much of the traditions get watered down over time.
LINKS: Thanks to O&H Bakery Sponsor Hotels25.com Music with license fra FindTheTune.com See pictures on TheRadioVagabonc.com Also, follow The Radio Vagabond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on YouTube.
Aug 06 2018
Rank #13: Podcast #015 - Interview Vagabrothers
Jan 08 2017
Rank #14: 129 - Interview: Adventurous Kate
She calls herself Adventurous Kate for a reason. On her blog she shares stories of the time she was an extra in a really, really bad German movie, when she got naked in public and took a boob to the face in Istanbul, when she hit on Jon Stewart in New York City, which subsequently got her mocked on The Daily Show, and in this episode, Kate will talk about the time she was shipwrecked in Indonesia. At age 26, she quit her job to travel the world alone. She spent six months in Southeast Asia and turned her travel blog into a full-time business.
Nine years later, she's based in New York but still traveling. When I meet her she's done 77 countries and 7 continents.
As a travel blogger she is a superstar. One of the first and one of the most succesful.
This is her story.
Jun 07 2019
Rank #15: 144 - The Worlds Most Scenic Train Ride is in Sri Lanka
Feb 11 2020
Rank #16: Podcast #016 - Interview: Chris Christensen
Jan 08 2017
Rank #17: Podcast #034 - Celebrating The Year of the Rooster in Vietnam
Jun 04 2017
Rank #18: Podcast #091 - Asheville & The Sit-In Movement in Greensboro
Oct 10 2018
Rank #19: 143 - The Festival of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Feb 10 2020
Rank #20: 122 - Interview: The Crowded Planet
Apr 19 2019