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Matty K has been a guest on the podcast previously talking about one of his specialties Poland!  Today he surprised me by asking if I wanted to record live from The Hyatt Zlara.  Heck Yes I did.  I hope more of you call me on location to record. You will observe the value of a travel agent on this episode.  What airlines are blocking middle seats? Who is doing school programming for kids?  On this episode, Live From The Dominican Republic, we discuss: Flights to the Dominican Republic and Mexico Capacity of flight and resorts Atmosphere on resort Cleaning Dining Surprise and dissapointments PIXEL TEST - free at home covid testing! Shout outs to Travel Agents and the travel industry Properties Matt has stayed at and would recommend. Hard Rock Properties in Mexico and Dominican Republic Hyatt Properties in Dominican Republic Karisma Properties in Mexico and Dominican Republic Iberostar Properties in Mexico and Dominican Republic Work and learn programs from paradise See for privacy information.
The United Kingdom may be similar in size to a singular US State but don't be fooled!  There is a lot of ground to cover and thought public transportation is very good you could spend your entire trip commuting. Let's set realistic expectations.   Map of Official Royal Palaces in the UK UK Regions Compared To US States Here is one of the ways I discuss traveling the UK, specifically England with my clients and how you might also.  This itinerary will likely take you 7 - 10 days to complete.  Don't forget to book end your English trip with travel days. Regulations are constantly changing.  This is no time to last minute book it to the air port.  Plan accordingly! If you would like to see photos of many of these location please visit this blog post as most podcast directories do not support html. This is the English Royalty theme I suggest to my clients: The English Royal Tour: Fly into Gatwick, England, UK Head south to the city of Brighton, England. Spend a few days by the sea! Head North East to London, Tower of London, London, England & Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London, London, England  Buckingham Palace Kensington Palace Opt for day trips to Windsor Castle, Village of Windsor, England Sandringham House, Sandringham, England Two Days - Train To Oxford, The original capital of England, visit Oxford Castle and the colleges, Oxford, England, UK Day Trip to Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England (Link to Jenny Jerome Churchill Info.) Return to London or a hotel near Gatwick for you flight home. See for privacy information.
Let's get hunting!  Travel differently with this list of experiences outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Told through the eyes and extensive exploration of David Weinczok, you will be captivated and googling (just click the links below) the places mentioned.  Most of the locations mentioned are dog friendly - so bring the pups!  They are Calvin, David's pup, approved! Get outside city center Edinburgh, Scotland and explore these lesser known and magical places.  Really, a hidden Pegasus carved into the roof of an underground Iron Age Roman cold storage cellar, a hidden Eagle set at a romantic glen, a herd of misplace Highland Coos and more!  Take these tips from David Weinczok and an ordinance map to make sure you and your little explorers find these historical gems. Episode Topics and Location Include: Village Cramond The Firth of Forth (also a Genesis Song - shout out to David's Dad) Fourth Rail Bridge Public Beach in Scotland The Right To Roam, Scotland Eagle Rock, Cramond, Scotland Lauriston Castle, Cramond, Scotland Huly Hill Cairn Cammo Estate Pentland Hills  Ed Schearan's Spirit Animal, the Highland Coos Rosslyn Chapel Rosslyn Glen Roslin Castle Wallace's Cave Rosslyn Bothwick Castle Crichton Castle - oh my gosh go here!  Find the Pegasus and send me pics! Craigmiller Castle - of Game of Thrones and Outlaw King About David Weinczok: David's past episodes: Visit Scotland's Castles with David Weinczok Part 1: Great Scott! Game of Thrones Travel w/ David Part 2: Game of Thrones: Red Wedding, Black Dinner and ... An adoptive Scot originally from Canada, history has fired my imagination since childhood – nightly readings of The Lord of the Rings surely helped. Ever since, I have aspired to live in and contribute to a place where epic history can be found around every corner. You won’t find me at many gold-laden palaces; I’m more the ‘windswept ruin atop a seaside crag’ sort of guy. And for that, Scotland is undoubtedly the place to be. I now work in Edinburgh and around Scotland as a presenter, writer, live broadcaster, heritage consultant, and tour guide. I’ve chatted about castles on BBC Radio Scotland, am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and am working on a book about Scotland’s early castles in collaboration with an incredible 3D illustrator (details to follow!). Hugh MacDiarmid, Scotland’s most influential 20th century writer, mused that “There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world, but no ruined stones.” Every stone tells a story, and I aim to share them in an attempt to fan the sparks that started my own journey. On this site I’ll share images and stories of the castles I’ve visited, blog posts exploring characters, themes, and events in Scottish history, project and campaign highlights, and ways you can explore Scotland’s extraordinary story regardless of where in the world you are. Contact David Weinczok: See for privacy information.
World class archeologist and Egyptologist, Nigel Hetherington, is today's guest!  This episode on Egypt is long but it will remind you, the travel agent, why you fell in love with this industry.  It will make you, the traveler, excited to meet the people of Egypt and invest your monies in this culturally and historically rich country. This episode is long.  This episode is 100% worth your listening minutes!  We are all burned out on travel training webinars and this is NOT that!  This is candid stories about how to understand and appreciate the culture of Egypt as a tourist.   Nigel played an important roll in creating the UNESCO preservation plan for the Valley of Kings with consideration for natural elements and planned for tourist interactions with historical sites.   His stories and observations into the local customs and cultural norms of Egypt are incredibly insightful.  Knowing these will really improve your experience as a tourist or preparing your client to travel to Egypt.  This episode will help to normalize behaviors, and interactions you may have with local people in your mind.  Things that are abnormal in our western culture and may seem like a tricky plot could just be a very hospitable people taking interest in your life.   Drink the tea, let someone's mother or wife cook you a meal.  Don't forget to bring sweets!   Topics Featured on this Egypt Episode: Crime rates Alternate site outside of the tourist zones Alternative museums to visit like the Train Museum or Stamp museum Cairo, Egypt as a 24 hour city Art Deco buildings of Cairo, Egypt A sense of community in Egypt What to eat in Egypt Alternative religious sites to the pyramids: Coptic churches Mosques Police Mosque Cultural and natural world musts when in Egypt Understanding cultural/local norms in Egypt You should drink the tea - make an Egyptian friend Dining style in Egypt, EAT SLOW, there is more coming! Cruising the Nile like a local - where is the toilet? Learn to take time, it is a politeness Egyptian Sense of humor Opportunities for tour guides with Past Preservers  When is the best time to of day to visit tourist sites in Egypt? Tourist dos in Egypt Tourist don't in Egypt Use independent tour operators and guides! Don't buy from Papyrus Factories or School set up as tourist trap souvenir halls.  This supports China and not Egyptians The largest museum in the world opening in Cairo on Pharaonic History Where to see the Tutankhamen exhibit in whole. The Egyptian Hall in Harrods...  How to dust King Tut Sinai as a natural environment destination The Corals of the Red Sea Where to find local artisan areas ABOUT NIGEL HETHERINGTON: Past Preservers was founded by archaeologist and media consultant Nigel Hetherington. By way of his many contacts in both the global academic field and in the media industry, Nigel serves as head of Past Preserver’s daily operations. Throughout his years immersed in the real and various challenges of graduate studies and professional field work in archaeology and site preservation, Nigel resolutely nurtured his design to facilitate and support the happy marriage of rigorous and scientific archaeology to innovative and (dare we say) entertaining film and media projects. Nigel is a graduate of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and is the co-author with Dr. Kent Weeks of The Valley of the Kings Site Masterplan. See for privacy information.
It is the new era of road trips and Florida is attracting vacationers unable to fulfill their international trips and desperate to escape the routines of working from home.  One of Florida's not-so-hidden attractions is Disney World.  It's family friendliness and sunny year round weather will keep it on the top of many domestic destination bucket lists. While Disney resorts offer some great extra perks they won't work for every traveller. That is where we turn to the Disney Good Neighbor hotel properties.  The Melia Orlando is in this category and offers some pretty great amenities to it's guests. Today's guest, offers a review on the Melia Orlando Resort is Therese Chu - Bermudez.  Therese was recently on the property as a part of a new program to attract travel advisors to their brand.  She is a stickler for rules and the perfect reviewer to notice all the details about the new hygiene standards. Therese gives the Melia Orlando a 5 start rating for their sanitization standards.  From sanitizing shoes, to QR codes at the dining facilities, they have a well thought out systems in place at the Melia Orlando. Everything is sealed from the exterior hotel door to each internal cabinet in the kitchens.   Some nice perks of this group friendly resort is it is dog friendly, this includes a dog park with designated rooms close to the park. There is a gap policy of 48 hours between guests occupying a room.  Use privileges in the gym across the street st Advent Health.  Newly, coming are fitness rooms with advance equipment such as Peloton bikes.   Sadly the pool bar is not open!  But don't worry, the lobby bar is! Melia Resort Details From Melia's Website: Melia Orlando Hotel Location & Nearby Attractions Located in Celebration, Meliá Orlando Celebration is in a shopping district, within a 15-minute drive of SeaWorld® Orlando and Disney Springs®. This 4-star hotel is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Disney's Hollywood Studios® and 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Melia Orlando Popular Hotel Amenities and Features Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a television in a common area. If you're planning a day at a nearby theme park, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle. Melia Orlando Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, limo/town car service, and express check-out. Planning an event in Celebration? This hotel has facilities measuring 500 square feet (46 square meters), including a meeting room. Limited parking is available onsite. Melia Orlando Restaurants, Bars, Lounge & Dining options Enjoy American cuisine at 360 American Bistro & Bar, a restaurant which features a bar/lounge, or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Wrap up your day with a drink at the poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee. Melia Orlando Hotel Accommodations and Guest Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 289 guestrooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls. Pet Policy for Meliá Orlando Celebration If you are thinking of bringing your pet (dog or cat) and want to know if pets are allowed at Meliá Orlando Celebration, please read the hotel pet policy. Sometimes the hotel may charge pet fees or have weight limit on pets. The pet policies of Meliá Orlando Celebration are listed below. Pets allowed Only dogs are allowed Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions Service animals are allowed Pet maximum weight in kg is 16 Maximum number of pets per room 2 Pet maximum weight in lb is 35 Melia Orlando Additional Hotel Details gap period enforced between guest stays 48 hours Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas Property follows sanitization practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) Temperature checks are available to guests Social distancing measures are in place Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly Property is cleaned with disinfectant Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer Staff wears personal protective equipment Cashless transactions are available Masks are available to guests Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F Food service has been amended for enhanced safety COVID-19 - Essential Workers Only - NO Protective clothing is available to guests No cribs (infant beds) available No rollaway/extra beds available Property follows a brand or regulatory agency's sanitization guidelines Contactless check-out is available Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures Contactless food service / room service is available Individually-wrapped food options are available Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch Property follows sanitization practices of Bureau Veritas (3rd party expert - Global) Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant Melia Orlando FEATURED AMENITIES: Meliá Orlando Celebration Hotel Amenities Melia Orlando Accessibility Wheelchair accessible - may have limitations Wheelchair Accessible bathroom In room accessibility Melia Orlando Breakfast Services Breakfast available - Extra Charge Melia Orlando Business, Conference & Meetings Conference Facilities One meeting room Conference space size : feet - Banquet hall on site Melia Orlando Fitness Services Nearby fitness center - Free use GYM - Fitness facilities Melia Orlando Games & Sports Ping pong tables Melia Orlando General Amenities Visual alarms in hallways Handrails in stairways Well-lit path to entrance Stair-free path to entrance Pool hoist on site Food and water bowls Assistive listening devices available Melia Orlando General Amenities Braille or raised signage Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator Melia Orlando General Amenities Elevator & lift on property Dry cleaning & laundry service ATM & banking on site Designated smoking areas - fines apply Electric vehical charging station Romantic packages available Laundry Room Melia Orlando Internet Free internet Wired Internet access - Free Melia Orlando Lobby Level Services 24/7 front desk Bellhop & Porter service Express check out Concierge service Tours - ticket assistance Safe deposit box at front desk Free news papers in lobby Melia Orlando Outdoor TV in common areas Outdoor furniture Melia Orlando Parking Services Parking - Limited spaces Melia Orlando Pool Facilities Outdoor Swimming Pool Pool sun chaise loungers Melia Orlando Property Features Assigned smoking areas Fire pit Roll in shower Multilingual staff Melia Orlando Restaurants & Bars Bar & lounge Bar at Poolside Hotel Restaurant Melia Orlando Spa Services Full service spa on property Jacuzzi / Spa Tub Melia Orlando Transportation Services Shopping center shuttle - Free Theme park shuttle - Free Town car and limo service available Area shuttle - Free About Melia Hotel Collection Brand Hotels: Meliá is a collection of hotel chains that provides exceptional customer service and hospitality that also promotes Spanish culture and values, making it unique among the hotel groups it holds. With customer welfare in mind, Melia strives in continuously providing superb professionalism and warm welcome, not forgetting the fun in customer relations. Aside from this, they make sure that your life milestones are well-celebrated with their little extra touches like arrangement for proposals and weddings, anniversaries and the like. In addition to this, Melia Orlando staff as well as their management continuously improve and live by their corporate values, which are as follows: Proximity, Excellence and Coherence, Service Vocation, and Innovation. There are also programs unique to Melià: The MeliàRewards. It gives a sense of belongingness to loyal customers or those who have availed this privilege and allows them to experience being an elite member of the family within Melià. This gives loyal guests discounts and a little extra gift as a token of gratitude from the company for choosing to spend their vacation or business trips within their hotels, trusting them with their travel goals and staycations. It will surely be a grand way of celebrating life with travel and relaxation with Melià Hotels. See for privacy information.
CONTACT: Cathy Whelan Independent Tour Guide Cathy on Tours By Locals Cathy on ITGA Everyone needs a friend on the ground and your friend in Ireland is Cathy Whelan.  My relationship with Cathy began when I interviewed another guest of mine, Shari Kavalin.  Shari told me she has the best tour guide for me in Dublin, Ireland!  I made plans with Cathy to tour Dublin with our family and then everything fell apart.   An insane storm ripped through the UK.  Cathy even contacted us the warn that the ferries weren't being able to land in Ireland form the rough seas.  But we saw that some were making it so we pressed on to the port in Wales, UK.  Truthfully, the trip was harrowing.  We hired a cabin on the ferry (think mini cruise liner).  This allowed us to lie down while the ship rocked away. Cathy was in constant contact with us updating us with port information until the point that she had to turn her laptop off for fear the battery would die.  She had been out of power for hours... Maybe it's because I'm American or because it's true - Cathy tells me the Irish tourism industry misses their American cousins greatly.  She explains our ability to have "the craic" and about Ireland's "forty shades of green".  Cathy loves and Irish band in a good pub, the smell of the earth damp in the air and a fried Irish breakfast.  Give her the grease early in the morning!  But not a black and white pudding... Cathy explains the differences between the countries of Ireland, the North of Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.  She recommends that tourists visit a little of both.  We talk about some of the differences and in culture that the people fought long and hard for. We talk about Belfast, it's murals and the peace wall.  Should you sign the peace wall? Why would you sign the peace wall? It makes Cathy happy when she sees tourists of different nationalities sampling Guinness whether they like it or not and singing out of tune to an Irish song.  One thing that hacks an Irish tour guide off is late tourists on a scheduled tour.  They don't mind lateness on their own leisure time but if you want to be a respected tourism don't hold up the tour!  The Irish will love you if you are polite and kind.  This should do without saying but BE POLITE FOLKS.  Hire a guide in your language and if you want to go at your pace, hire a private guide. Cathy's top three attractions for understanding the history and culture of Ireland are: New Grange Neolithic Historical Site Ireland Epic Irish Emigration Museum Kilmainham Jail Tour Temple Bar is a tourist trap - go to the back streets and avoid the mayhem.  Or, go in and get out!  Cathy warns about what you are eating when you order traditional Irish foods.  Just what it Black and White Pudding? (Hint it's not Jello).  The other traditional Irish food she warns of is Tripe.  Traditionally, you eat it uncooked with vinegar... I'm up for new things - not this. Cathy explores the favorite Irish swear, "FECK".  Just embrace it, relax and enjoy Ireland.   Comically, Cathy warns, that the weather in Ireland will trick you.  Sunny could mean that it's still 2 degrees.  Don't bring an umbrella to Ireland, it will turn inside out and take you with it.   Cathy has a few travel tips to share for safety in Ireland.  She also advises visitors follow the warning signs when visiting Irish tourist attraction the Cliffs of Moher.  Every year tourists die climbing over the wall and then the ground collapses underneath them.  Secondly, she advises not kissing the Blarney Stone.  It's not hygienic and bad for your back.  Lastly, pickpockets are swift and will nap your wallet on a Saturday night in Temple Bar. See for privacy information.
Megan Chapa, host of Travel Radio Podcast, talks about the makings of her life in the travel industry, the formation of Travel Radio Podcast and the eventual beginnings of the Travmarket Media Podcast Network. See for privacy information.
Debra and David Levinson set out on their dream vacation and it didn't disappoint.  It was so  amazing they decided the next year they would bring their children for an entire month.  In the age of pre-internet reviews, the Levinsons rented what appeared to be their Italian dream villa.  On arrival in Italy the property was not as advertised.  Walking into town the family broke off and met at a recently renovated monastery turned hotel.  In a twist of fate the Levinsons barter for a room, heal the purveyor of his ailments and wind up attending his wedding with their children!   Mr. and Mrs Italy, Hand Picked Experiences, the tour provider, was born! Working with both clients directly and with travel agents Mr. And Mrs Italy create handpicked experiences to match their clients hopes and Italian vacation dreams.   Today's podcast features a bicycle adventure through Puglia, Italy as typically planned by Mr. and Mrs. Italy.  Debra starts our morning right with a delightful breakfast and literally rolls us through the rest of the day.  You will be rolling along the seaside, to cafes, seafood lunch, and right to your dinner cruise.  Finish the day with a view of Puglia, Italy from the water.  Afterwards, a van awaits you to take you back to your hotel for bed time.  You've earned a night sleep in a castle.  Enjoy! Mr. and Mrs. Italy are available to answer any questions and to help you and your clients plan memorable, handpicked experiences in Italy! Guest Profile: Debra Levinson,CEO & Founder Phone: +1 888 770 8048 For over two decades, Debra has been a distinguished industry spokesperson. She has a deep knowledge of the most-known cities, and yet knows the wild beauty of places off the typical tourist path. Her network features the best-of-the-best in Italian hospitality, and she knows how to create unforgettable experiences from the Aosta valley to Salentine peninsula. Her excellent taste in food, wine and hotels, and her unrelenting search for great quality means she shows travelers the best places to eat, sleep and drink throughout Italy. Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: See for privacy information.
New Jersey To Wyoming | Cultivating a Love of Travel Housekeeping: (Megan speaking) I will am moving transatlantic from England to Virginia. Many of my previous guests have graciously hosted episodes of Travel Radio Podcast in my absence. I will be back mid August with some EXCITING NEWS. Thank you Katherine Parker-Magyar for hosting this episode and roping your amazing mother into the project. You are both gems and I am thankful for your insight into helping us all travel better domestically during this crazy time. Your interview kept me laughing and we all need to laugh right now. Katherine "Bear Meat" Parker-Magyar hosts this episode of Travel Radio Podcast along with her mother Elizabeth Parker Magyar. Both have visited all 50 states. Elizabeth pulls ahead in the competition for most countries visited with 70 countries notched in her belt. Poor Katherine comes up second with a piddly 63 countries... I jest! Photo: Katherine Parker-Magyar and Elizabeth Parker via horseback in Spring Creek, Jackson Hole, Wyoming My purpose for inviting Katherine to host this episode was to capture her family insights into road tripping. As a family of six the Parker-Magyars blazed across the US, via minivan, when the kids were out of school. One constant on their trips was a stop in Wyoming. As travel agents and travelers are focusing on domestic US road trips this insight is well timed. In the links below you will find an article on the recent Congressional funding of US National Parks also serendipitously timed. Photo: Katherine Parker-Magyar and Elizabeth Parker at Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park As travel writers, they imagine and dream together about what the early settlers might have experience. They encourage listeners to visit the heartland. See the USA where Jessie James held up his first stagecoach or chase tornados! The sky is bigger, the rainbows are brighter and the trains are long! Referenced in this episode is an American-Girls-like series about Native American girls. As a young girl Katherine really enjoyed these books. The link is below in the show notes. Elizabeth, shares how she coped with four bratty kids over endless hours and days in the car. The secret, travelers and travel agents, is to book hotels with a pool! Tired kids are peaceful kids! The greatest treasure of this episode is the insight to journal on vacation. In the Parker-Magyar family there is a hard bound travel journal Elizabeth has made to recap all their adventure so that they don't forget. Just write one memory a day if that is all you can muster. Let the kids take a crack at it! Type up your notes and bind them for your kids. On this episode you will laugh out loud as mother and daughter banter and recap their family road trips. I loved listening to their insights, goals and lessons learned along the way. I hope that you too enjoy and plan better road trips because of it. Thank you again Katherine and Elizabeth for sharing your family stories and insight with Travel Radio Podcast. Special Guests: Elizabeth Parker and Katherine Parker-Magyar. Links: Sea To Shining Sea: On Visiting All 50 States In The USA — Katherine Forbes article on traveling all 50 states! Amazing Indian Children Book Series Roadfood, 10th Edition: An Eater's Guide to More Than 1, 000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems Across America (Roadfood: The Coast-To-Coast Guide to the Best Barbecue Join): Stern, Jane, Stern, Michael: 9780451496195: Books — Eat this book. Before DDD there was this book. Mmmmm. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. - The New York Times — Cross the US by train for FUNSIES! Read this! Congress sends billions to the national parks — Our National Parks are funded and ready to welcome you! See for privacy information.
Now is the Time To Plan Your Vienna Christmas Market Vacation NOTE: This is Megan writing a few insights on this episode for visiting Vienna, Austria over the Christmas Market season. Firstly, the activity links provided are for the do-it-yourselfers. In a time of tourist attractions running well under capacity you must book ahead! The links provided are through the tour provider GetYourGuide. I chose to provide these links because this company has a very reasonable refund policy. This is super important in this ever changing global travel landscape. Full disclosure these are affiliate links. My second disclosure is more of a tip. If you have a desire to visit the Christmas Markets in Vienna, Austria now is the time to plan. If you wait much longer you will risk low availability of rooms and attraction admissions. This is the purpose of this podcast. To help you brainstorm a good family mix of activities in Vienna, Austria. I like the idea, and failed at this in Vienna, of doing a historical activity first. Take some sort of tour that will help to place Vienna's historically important events and people in time for you. As you participate in other events and tour the palaces of Vienna the information will build on itselft and be reinforced in your memory. Specifically, for families, I liked the Time Travel Vienna Tour. We address this specifically in this episode. It takes, maybe 40 - 50 mins to complete but you are never in the same room for more than 5-10 mins. Attractions are with tour guides, robotics, live motion simulators and even a virtual reality waltz. One note of caution for travelers with young children, There is a folkloric scene telling a local fable of a man who was mistaken for dead and thrown into a pit of corpses during a time of plague. You are in the pit with him. Have the littles sit this one out. Otherwise it is a fast moving event that gives an overview of Vienna's historical cast of characters in a format that is palatable for all ages. An area to invest time in for families is the Schoenbrunn Palace property and Christmas Market. The palace itself is uber grand with over 1400 rooms. Only 40 are on display and audio tours are available for both kids and adults. This is a one way circuit and will only take 30 - 40mins. Book tickets ahead of time as it is time controlled and you won't want to wait in line again. In the same complex is the Kaiserkinder Museum (Children's Museum). TAKE YOUR LITTLE PRINCESSES HERE. See the link below. This is the very best dress up experience of your children's life. Children can dress in imperial costumes and even set a table for the imperial court. You will have to drag your daughters out of here! Immediately outside of the Schoenbrunn Palace is a Christmas Market. Some people go to shop and some people go to eat. We loved trying all the local dishes available here. It is hard to choose between all of the XXL pretzel flavors, pasta, potatoes and brats! Be warned, there are few veggies to been found here. If you can go mid week the traffic will be a tenth of the weekend crowd. It is well worth it to plan a mid week experience. On the Schoenbrunn Palace property is the Tiergarten. The Tiergarten is the world's oldest zoo. This is a great zoo for both the animal feedings you can observe and also the indoor exhibits that are great for warming up on a chilly Vienna Christmas Market Day. You can save money by purchasing a combination ticket: If you have time other activities worth doing are Apfel Strudel making or tasting, visiting the Spanish Riding School Vienna also has excellent public transportation. Be aware that during busy Christmas markets you will be packed in and calling a taxi or Uber is not a bad idea too! Links: Kaiserkinder (Children's Museum at Schunbrunn Palace) — TAKE YOUR PRINCESSES HERE! Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: See for privacy information.
Boston Road Trips And New England Day Trips Joan and Martin McEntee of join me on the podcast and YouTube channel to plot out four amazing routes to road trip this summer and fall. A point of comedy is that they are clearly from the UK and recording from Boston. I am clearly American and recording from England. It's a bit of a country swap and a pleasant surprise! In normal times Joan and Martin would be divine small group tours both on foot and via luxury vehicles. Now, in the unusual time we are in, they have offered their resources to listeners of Travel Radio Podcast. They would love to hear from you and give you tips for your Boston travel itinerary. BOSTON PROPER SIGHTS: We start with a quintessential Boston tour starting on Acorn street and Beacon Hill. Granary Burial Ground on the Freedom trail offers 16 stops with points featuring the traditional cast of characters from America's founding. Moving to Back Bay and Copley Square this spot offers a great time reflect on the changes of Boston over time. The building in Boston are nearly four centuries old and often surprises Europeans. They simply don't expect to find so many old buildings in Boston. Next at the the Paul Revere house (1860 museum) you can see the origin point of Paul's famous Boston ride with the lanterns. Then in then North End you will have to choose between the best of Boston's Italian Pastry shops. A debate rages... Who has the best cannoli? We are a Mike's Pastry family but I wouldn't say no to a Modern cannoli if you put it in front of me! Instagram shots must be taken on the North End tour with a photo in front of the Paul Revere statue and the Old North Church where Paul Revere hung his lanterns at the start of the American Revolution. Faneuil & Quincy Hall are great places to find yourself at lunchtime. There are choices from everyone including seafood and Boston CLAM CHOWDER! Designed as a meeting and market place Faneuil Hall still operates in that capacity. It is a tourist center and hub with shops on the ground floor and National Park on the top floor. This is a quick stop but worth seeing. This is also a place to watch street dancers and other performers. Boston Harbor is the place to go for beautiful views. Take the Boston Harbor Walk for miles of trails hugging the harbor along the sea looking into the city. There are lots of places to stop for coffee and drinks along the way. At the top of the walk there is the Boston Tea Party exhibit on a docked boat. Learn about how sailors lived on board. Guests can even throw tea into the Boston Harbor. Have your own Boston Teas Party! Additionally, there is an excellent children's museum next door (Boston Children’s Museum). It is not a historic destination but it will burn calories and keep the children happy! Day Trip #1: Leave Boston and drive North! This route goes north of Boston via the highway until Manchester By The Sea and then if goes scenic! Enjoy this route through tiny fishing villages and find yourself in Gloucester Harbor. A board walk will lead you to the Fisherman Statue memorializing all the fisherman of Gloucester lost at sea. Take Atlantic Ave, a coastal back road offering a sea views and even twin lighthouses to Rockport. Once in Rockport you can see a a famous scene from Finding Nemo (think Dentist office). There is also a road named Bearskin Rock. It is a fine min stroll full or art, antique, coffee shops, and outdoor dining! Point back to Boston and stop in Salem. Choose from three different museums telling the stories of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem With Museum feature mannequins and audio effects. They are dated but creepy! Everything is walkable from Salem Harbor to include the House of the Seven Gables. This is Nathanial Hawthorn’s birthplace and visitor center. Take back roads to Marblehead and Castle Rock. Choose to take the Revere Beach Parkway for a last coastal route back to the city. There is also a ferry from Boston to Salem and Salem city center is a short walk from the port. Day Trip 2: Head South of Boston to Plymouth! In Quincy, John Adams had three presidential houses. This includes an unofficial Presidential Library holding 10,000 books belonging to the family built by John Quincy Adams’s son Charles. The rangers on location also offer excellent insight. Have you heard of the Army of Two, the Bates Sisters? If you go to the Scituate Harbor and Lighthouse you will see where two young girls fooled the British Army into think the militia was approaching. One drum and one whistle is all you need! You will also drive past the ORIGINAL Dunkin Donuts! Duxbury is a great stop with one of the oldest wooden bridges in the country. There is a great place for lobster rolls and another for pastries. In Plymouth, the Mayflower II is usually on display. But due to Covid-19 it is postponed. It is an exact replica of the original. It will boggle your mind that they were able to fit so many people on this ship in the original sailing. Plymouth Plantation is a replica village. The actors do an amazing job. At 3pm your kids can enlist into army! Plymouth Rock is much smaller in person that you think. But it is worth seeing. There are several statues worth seeing in the area including a memorial to the Forefather. This is the largest granite statue in the US. If you are a descendent of the Mayflower settlers you can go to the Mayflower museum and have your lineage traced. In Lexington you will find the Minute Man Statue. It is the origin of Paul Revere’s ride and the starting location of the American Revolutionary War. Five mins walk away is a home that John Hancock lived in. The Alcott House is also in Lexington. You can see the house where Little Women was written. From here you can walk to Concord and visit the Paul Revere capture sight. Concord is a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting! The Main Street Cafe is a great place for a bite to eat. Make sure to check out the cheese shop and find out when the big wheel of cheese is arriving from Italy. You won’t want to miss it! Lastly. We head back towards Boston and stop at Walden Pond. Walden Pond is notably famous for Henry Walden Thorough’s 2.5 year residence. He built a cabin and spent his days there writing his book. This is the place to go for autumn/fall! BOSTON VIRTUAL TOURS: You can visually walk through Boston with Martin. Check for their Boston Virtual Tours schedule. Guests are welcome to ask questions while Martin is on sight in Boston. Tours are mostly on the weekends. Special Guest: Martin and Joan McEntee. Links: Tour Boston - Trailblazer Tours Boston - Private Tours Virtual Boston Tour - Trailblazer Tours Boston - Private Tours See for privacy information.
Note from Megan Chapa: Today is the first of an exciting series of guest hosted episodes you will get to experience. My past guests have volunteered to create content for me so that I can make a transatlantic move this late summer/early fall. Content will focus on many drivable destinations in the US. I hope you will enjoy this series as my guests truly know travel well. They have all also made themselves available to you for questions or assistance planning your own trips. Feel free to tell them how well they did. Redmon Wines, St. Helena: Road Trip Gems of Napa Valley, California Today’s episode features Trave Radio’s first guest host Matthew Wahlgren. Matt is a regular guest of Travel Radio Podcast but has taken over the show as host this week! He is taking us to one of his favorite California road trip destinations and I love it. Napa Valley is just the place to escape lockdown this summer. Escape with us this week (at least your ears can) to boutique vineyards in St. Helena and delightful dining locations. This is Napa Valley. Napa Valley is opening up to tourists and businesses are excited to have visitors return! If Italy was on your radar for summer 2020 and you had to cancel your trip Napa Valley is an excellent alternative. Lisa Redmon, is a 50 year local to the Napa Valley and a producer of Napa Valley wine for the past 15 years. The Redmon family is always pouring something! Originally, it was just pouring rootbeer at the family’s A & W Rootbeer restaurant in St. Helena, Napa. Then, the A & W's were incredibly successful and this allowed the Redmons to purchase other real estate in St. Helena to include a vineyard. Self taught and perfected, Lisa now pours her own award winning Napa Valley wines. Starting with a home wine making kit Lisa used her family’s grapes to create her first wine. Taking her creation to the Napa Valley Fair her wines won Best of Show and Best Cabernet. With this confirmation, that combining Redmon Family grapes and her creativity makes for excellent wine, Lisa set out to create the Redmon Wines brand. Lisa produced the first vintage of Redmon Wine’s in 2001. Production has grown from 25 cases per year to now over 1500 cases per year. Redmon Wines are made from 5 different varietals grown on 50 year old vines. The trick to getting your hands on some of this Napa Valley liquid gold is to visit the vineyard on Redmon Ranch. At the vineyard you will join Lisa in the little farmhouse for a tasting and history of the estate vines. Afterward you will have the opportunity to purchase some of this much coveted and hard to get wine! Lisa Redmon also spills the beans (let’s say grapes…) on her favorite local shops and places to dine in St. Helena. This includes a Napa Valley Olive Oil Company housed in an old barn that mirrors the family’s original property in Italy. You know you are at the right place when you see the American Flag and the Italian Flag flying from the barn's side windows. The inside walls are papered with business cards from the day the business opened. The food goods available are a hobbit’s dream. Locally made olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salami, cheeses and other picnic items. It is a delightful trip back in time and perfectly pairs with wine tasting experiences. Foodies will love a trip to Napa Valley. Eat like a local with these tips from Lisa Redmon including recommendation not listed on the menu! ~ Firstly a little bakery in St. Helena will start your morning right and they are famos for their English muffins. ~ The Cliff Family Winery, Main Street St. Helena, hosts a gourmet Italian- style flat bed food truck. Guests can take their flat bread outback and enjoy a wine tasting or purchase wine by the glass. ~ Gottt’s Roadside is a gourmet drive in and offers an excellent menu like fish tacos, burgers, brussel sprouts and street corn. Kids will enjoy their milkshakes! (Tip call your order in if the line is overwhelming.). The back also has an enclosed area with picnic tables that is perfect for kids to run around in. ~ An upscale option right outside St. Helen is Brasswood, in the old outlet section. A secret item menu is the pulled mozzarella. The cocktails are delicious and creative! There are lots of shops and bakeries around to enjoy. ~ Lisa’s favorite view is the Auberge du Soleil. One side of the deck is their Michelin Rated Restraint 13 times in a row. The other side of the deck is a bar menu and cocktail bar. Make sure to make a reservation! ~ Goose and Gander is up and coming and will have a creative menu with a great chef and amazing bar! The upstairs is a nice patio are complete with a Koi Pond for a fantastic dining experience. The lower portion is a an English Pub style dining area with a fire place and big leather chair. They serve and excellent Duck Fries. Cocktails are beautiful with edible flower and cucumbers on the side of the glasses. Plus, they are delicious! For transportation hire a local! Knowing the area can make or break your trip. There are several options to include driver that own their own cars or drivers that can be hired by the hour to drive your car. Either way, don’t drive drunk, do arrive at your appointments on time. Hire a driver that knows the back roads and can make additional recommendations as needed. Accommodations in Napa Valley will vary from large luxury resorts to cottage style bed and breakfasts. Downtown Napa and St. Helena offer additional hotel options which are great for walking into town for night time dining or activities. Bashfully, and I set him up for this, Matt asks Lisa about wine stomping. Wine stomping is a real thing! It happens during harvest time. The main winery where wine stomping can be found is Girgich Hill. Guests can stomp out a half or whole barrel. (Megan interjecting here… I’ve done this in a different location, this is fun and a fantastic work out…) The most popular time of year to visit Napa Valley is during the grape harvest. This is also when the crowds come; typically in the months of September to October. Napa Guests will see the wine being produced and even trucks driving through the valley with grapes in the back. Lisa’s trick is to visiting Napa Valley is to come in the last week of October. The fall colors are still on the vines but the tourist traffic has slowed down dramatically. The Spring is a gorgeous time where the entire valley is lovely light green. February is “mustard season” when the vines are all golden. Napa Valley in the winter is less visually stimulating when the vines are dormant. HOWEVER, Napa Valley tourists are all dormant and you will receive fantastic attention from the wine makers you visit! Are you interested in planning a trip through Napa Valley but don’t have time? Matthew Wahlgren has several itineraries he plans for his guests to St. Helena and other regional destinations. In addition to Napa Valley itineraries Matt plans fully customized vacations. Matt’s contact information can be found here. Lisa Redmon’s bio and contact information can be found here. Note from Megan: Thank you Matt and Lisa for taking the time to share your insight on Napa Valley, CA and St. Helena, CA with us. Matt, you did a fantastic job hosting and I look forward to you hosting more episodes. I hope we get to speak again soon! Lisa, I hope to toast with you soon on your lovely vineyard in St. Helena, tasting your amazing wines! Blessings to both of you! Megan Chapa Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: Special Guest: Lisa Redmon. See for privacy information.
Sandals Resorts: How To Choose The Right One! Enter Valerie's Sandal's Resorts, Red Lane Spa Product, Give Away! Click Here. As you will be able to tell from this interview, Valerie Gossett, and I are BIG FANS of the Sandals family of properties. We also know that looking at the Sandals All-inclusive website can be overwhelming. What the casual viewer may not be able to tell is that Sandals Resorts were each built with a vacation style in mind. BUT, how can a person tell the difference between these Sandals Resorts? The simple answer is to ask someone who has been there herself! Valerie has been to every single Sandals Resort and more than once. That's 16 all-inclusive resorts in the Sandals family. She has also visited all of the Beaches Resorts. Beaches are the family oriented resorts in the Sandals family of properties. Is Valerie a Sandals/Beaches Resort junkie? Should we stage an intervention? Yes she is! There will be no intervention! Let’s join her! When Valerie suggested the topic of, "How to choose between the Sandals Resorts." or "Find the the right Sandals All-Inclusive Resort for you." I immediately agreed. I love talking about these resorts. They are perfectly built for two people in love. All activities, dining tables, nooks, crannies and hammocks are designed to perfectly fit couples. I recommend them for honeymooners and anniversary resort vacation seekers regularly. The reason is because that each Sandals resort property is though out so well. You simply get on the airplane, picked up by Sandals staff and you are on vacation! Everything else is covered (with rare exception). Many of my own friends, family and clients go to a Sandals or Beaches resort every year or every other year. On today's episode we are hoping to get through two questions: How do couples choose a Sandals all-inclusive resort? There are too many options! Are all Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts the same? I think that we do a pretty good job talking through several brackets of Sandals Resorts properties. Valerie and I think that the Sandals Resorts can be broken into the categories of: Active traveler resorts with golf and scuba, Entertainment Intense, Relaxed/Spa, and the romantic resorts. We specifically name resorts in each category and go over why we think so. You will be able to tell we love Sandals Resorts! Lastly, Valerie is hosting a virtual Sandals Resorts tour event on July 2nd 7:30PM EST. Couples can interact and tour Sandals Resorts real time with Sandals resort staff on location. Couples wanting to participate should preregister by emailing Valerie directly. By preregistering you become eligible for the session bonus offered by Sandals Resorts as a thank you for attending. In the past this bonus has been $250 spa credits, excursion credits and more! Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts Topics Covered: ~ Island hopping between Sandals Resorts, Barbados to Grenada ~ Resort hopping specifically at Sandals Barbados and Royal Barbados ~ Destination Weddings: Getting married at a Beaches Resort Property then moving to a Sandals Resorts ~ Sandals romance resorts starting in St. Lucia at Regency LaToc. Stay at one Sandals and play at all three, LaToc, Grande St. Lucian ~ Sandals Barbados properties for active travelers, bowling and roof top pools. ~ Sandals Grenada property is more of a low key. This resort features amazing suites and swim up rooms. It is a very chill vibe but it very hilly. You will get a glutei work out! ~ Sandals Ochi, also very hilly and if you have a butler they will shuttle you around in a golf cart! This resort features a speak easy, the password changes daily. You must hear Big Mama sing. This is a great resort for entertainment! ~ Some low key resorts, Starting in St. Lucia with Sandals Halcyon. This is one of Valerie’s favorite resorts for relaxing. It features the largest pool in the Caribbean. Kelly’s dockside is their featured restaurant and sits over the water. ~ Resorts in Jamaica: There are many Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. Starting with Sandals South Coast for a more low key property. Featuring over the water bungalows and a nice amount of entertainment including pickle ball courts. Room categories are broken into themed neighborhoods. ~Sandals Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, is low key, all suites and all butler rooms. It is low key but offers resort exchanges with Sandals Ochi for lively entertainment. By request only is the private villas available at Royal Planation. These are on request only and are great for three couples. ~Sandals Royal Caribbean is in Montego Bay and is a more low key resort. It features over the water suites. ~Sandals Negril, is in close proximity to Beaches Negril and is a great option for destination weddings. Couples ~ Sandals Montego Bay is Valerie’s favorite resort. This blows my mind because it is directly under the flight path. But loads of people love it and take the opportunity to participate in a tradition of giving a romantic kiss to they partner when each plane comes over. ~Sandals Golf properties: Royal Plantation, Sandals Ochi or Beaches Ochi all include some amount of golfing from free rounds to unlimited. In the Bahamas, Exuma Emerald Bay, has a Greg Norman Golf course. It is a little remote but it an excellent choice for golfers. They offer tournaments as well. Sandals Grande St. Lucian also offers a golf course. GIRLD FRIEND GETAWAYS: BFF Getaway! Twice a year the Beaches resorts offer an activity packed event for all your favorite gal pals. Upon arrival ladies are greeted with an amazing bag of products and have a few fun filled days tailed to hanging with your BFF.Last minute deals and free nights are available through select travel agents. Valerie has this access and can help you scope out gaps in hotel availability and where you might get a great last minute deal! Don’t forget to sign up for Valerie’s Sandals Resorts Virtual Tour and the Sandals Resorts Red Land Spa Giveaway! Enter Valerie's Sandal's Resorts, Red Lane Spa Product, Give Away! Click Here. Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on Travel Radio Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! 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Wine Tourism in Oporto and Northern Portugal, the Douro Valley Confession Time: There is always Portuguese wine on our table with dinner! It is also sometimes in our glasses other times of the day too! Portuguese wines are one of the greatest discoveries my husband and I learned about living in the UK. The Douro Valley is beautiful because of the vineyards and olive groves it’s famous for. Recording this episode was no chore for me as we are already eyeing this destination for ourselves. Why aren’t Portuguese wines packing the shelves of US wine and liquor stores? My guest Miguel Lael, talks about the culture of blending wine in Portugal. US drinkers traditionally want to know what grape is in the bottle and this can prevent them from trying a blended wine. However, blending is the tradition of Portuguese wines. Miguel says sometimes the Portuguese growers aren’t even sure what grapes they are growing! We decide that a bottle of wine form Portugal is a "grape party" inside the bottle! I can tell you, it's a flavor party too! As Independence Day approaches in the US I reflect on the US and Portugal’s shared tradition of Portuguese wine. Miguel shares some history on the accidental discovery of Portuguese Madeira wine and how to pair it. However, this ends in him just laughing and exclaiming that, “The only really rule to drinking Portuguese wines is that there are no rules.” You drink them how you decide you like them! I decide I like his casual but educational approach to wine tourism. Why not watch the video interview? It’s hard to say if Miguel Lael or his guests have more fun touring the Douro Valley in pursuit of good wine! You will get this sense immediately from our conversation this week on Travel Radio Podcast. Miguel’s wine tours are private and limited to 7 people. It will be a tour fully customized with wine and olive oil experiences. In order to give travelers dreaming of the Douro Valley an idea of touring the wine region there we play a game of, “Let’s Plan It”. I pick up my pretend phone and call him up on his 24/7 direct line. In the end I confirm, touring vineyard and olive groves in the Douro Valley is a dream trip I want to take. Hiring a jovial and likable guide is critical to making the experience take root in your heart. Miguel would be my choice for the Oporto and Northern Portugal regions! If you enjoyed this audio episode on Wine Tourism in the Douro Valley, Oporto and Northern Portugal, why not watch the video too? We will explore Miguel’s own photographs of the Douro Valley, and the vineyards of Oporto and Northern Portugal he loves to explore. Thank you for as always for sharing in this audio adventure with us! Miguel’s Contact information is in the links below if you are interested in touring the Douro Valley Wine Regions of Portugal. Or, you can find all his contact information by clicking his picture top right of the podcast show notes. Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: Special Guest: Migeul Leal. Links: ML Private Tours Oporto & Northern Portugal Travel Radio Podcast See for privacy information.
Title: Poland, Start in Krakow, Must Dos And Local Attractions Guest Matty Kondrup (Matty K), shares why Krakow, Poland has captured a piece of his traveling heart. Shortly before the start of WWII Matty's grandparents fled Poland to the safety of America. His grandmother then joined the US Army, returning to Poland to fight on the side of the Allies. Matty initially visited Poland with an old flame. He certainly fell in love but with Poland, not the gal! Since his first trip to Poland he has returned two more times. The beauty, culture and history of Poland draw him back again and again. He tells listeners the old town square of Krakow and food will, "BLOW YOU AWAY". Photo by Stephen Doyne on Unsplash Matty finds, for travelers dreaming of Europe, Poland is often a forgotten destination. He readily suggests Poland to his clients as a choice destination for value, world history and friendly locals. In his experience, in Krakow, the locals love Americans. They speak English well and are ready to welcome you as their long lost cousins. Photo by William Warby on Unsplash We dig into Auschwitz and the emotional reactions he had upon visiting for the concentration camp for the first time. I voice my concerns about taking young children to this war memorial. How young is too young to take children to the German camp in Nazi-occupied Poland? My children are four and eight. Matt suggests this is a little too young for them to appreciate its relevance. We also touch on behaviors that make a respectful visitor cringe. Auschwitz and Birkenau are literally large walkable cemeteries without headstones. Save the selfies and instaworthy posing for another location. What other day trips are options from Krakow? How about Wawel Castle, the incredible salt mines and river cruising? (At this point Polish language speakers will cringe as we destroy pronunciations. I promise we make our errors with excitement and enthusiasm for your country! Want to correct us? Send an email to Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash Food is the highlight of every trip for me. Matty also experiences travel the same way. Krakow will delight the “Foodie's” flavor palette and wallet! He describes some of his favorite dishes and one to avoid. I inquire about pirogies. He assures me they are everywhere in Krakow and filled with everything amazing! As you may have guessed from the intro - the Vodka is top notch! Enjoy this episode of Travel Radio Podcast on Krakow, Poland. I was not able to make my trip to Poland due to travel restrictions. This episode really helped me dream the dream of traveling to Poland when the time is right. I hope it did the same for you. Until then, let’s look forward to local Polish Cuisine eateries opening and dreaming through take out! Thank you Matty K for allowing me to interview you on Krakow, Poland. I hope that we get to explore more of Poland together on the podcast shortly! Show Format (loosely covered): Welcome Introductions Megan: Where are we going today? Matty: Krakow, Poland Megan: How many times have you been to Poland? Matty: Megan: Why do you suggest Poland to your clients? Matty: (I’m thinking value, rich culture, etc) Megan: A lot of travelers, and travel agents, don’t like to visit the same destination twice. You’ve gone three times. Can you share a story about how Poland made its way into your heart and a destination you go back to again and again? Matty: Megan: Is there something funny/surprising for you when you first visited Krakow? Matty: Megan: Did you experience anything in Krakow that made you feel small or really spark awe inside you? Matty: Megan: As with most European countries, developed for thousands of years, we can’t get to all of Poland today. We’ve decided to start in Krakow and use this as a base for exploring the region. When you think of Krakow what is the first thing that stands out to you? Matty: Megan: What are some other attractions or activities that will help clients immerse and begin to understand the city and culture of the locals? Matty: Megan: What are some day trip options from Krakow people might take? Matty: Megan: Something I’m excited to talk about is Polish cuisine. What is your favorite Polish dish? Matty: Megan: Was there a dish you did not enjoy and give travelers a head’s up about? Matty: Megan: I want to take just a few minutes before we close out to cover traveling necessities in Krakow. What language skills to people need in Krakow? Matty: Megan: How should travelers expect to handle money? Matty: Megan: Did you have any personal safety concerns? Matty: Megan: In the event that public transportation is an option again - did you use it? How easy was it? Matty: Megan: In the event that public transportation is not an option in the near future - is the city walkable? Matty: Megan: Is Uber a thing? Matty: Megan: That is the end of my questions for you? Is there anything I missed that you want to include? Matty: Megan: Thank you for being my guest. I hope we can do it again sometime soon! Matty: It was totes amazing Megan: Awesome! This is Megan Chapa from Travel Radio Podcast saying good night! Matty: Byyyeeeee! Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: Special Guest: Matthew Kondrup (Matt K). Links: Matty K Travel Group - Travel Agency, Destination Wedding, Honeymoon — Homepage for the Matty K Travel Group. Facebook Matty K Travel Group - Travel Agency, Destination Wedding, Honeymoon Matty K Travel (@MattyKTravel) / Twitter Matty K Travel (@mattyktravel) • Instagram photos and videos Road Trip Bingo Cards! — As mentioned in the episode here are some boredom busters for your kids this summer! Travel Radio Podcast See for privacy information.
What's New In Jamaica? The short answer is SO MUCH is new in Jamaica! Thankfully, I was able to get Irene Sauger on the program, Vacation Guru and JJG Group (Just Jamaica Group). Irene, gives us updates on the boring stuff in Jamaica, i.e. bans on plastics, new smoking laws and decriminalizing of marijuana possession. She also gives us the goods on Jamaica’s new resort openings, expansions, culture offerings and more! Listen before you plan your trip to Jamaica! Topics Covered in the Podcast: What’s New In Jamaica? Ocean Coral Spring (Family All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica) ~Ocean Coral Spring will open an Adults Only Resort Eden Bay in 2021 RIU Montego Bay will re-open this year as an Adults Only Property Jewel Runaway Bay and Jewel Dunn’s River were bought (Sandals bought and added them to their collection of Jamaican Resorts) Beaches Negril expansion (family all-inclusive resort, Negril, Jamaica) Couples Tower Isle Spa villas Mystic Mountain – new attractions and upgrades Cannabis In Jamaica Topics ~ Decriminalized but not legal in Jamaica ~ Possession is legal for Jamaican locals up to 2 ounces. Tourist visiting Jamaica have the same provisions with a Jamaican Medicinal Marijuana Card. Jamaica Medicinal Marijuana card. ~ There are several medical marijuana dispensaries in Jamaica. ~ Kaya Herb House is the first medicinal ganja herb house in the Caribbean. VERY INTERESTING place to visit and learn about the uses of marijuana. OTHER Accommodations in Jamaica Several resorts offering Villas or Vacation Home type of accommodations for large families in a Resort setting. ~ Half Moon ~ Round Hill ~ Jewel Grande ~ Villa Rentals Budget vs Value OFF the beaten path locations in Jamaica gaining popularity Pelican Bar Expansion Rastafari Indigenous Village: ~ Rastafari History ~ Rastafari Culture ~ Rastafari Culinary Insights Zimbali Retreat: ~ Organic Farm is one of the most unique places in Jamaica. Tour the Farm, then Return to the specially designed Cooking Studio for an Authentic Demonstration using Jamaican Foods & Fruits of the season. ~ 4 course lunch ~ 5 course dinner ~ Accommodations on site JAMAICA now has an online app for immigration arrivals cutting the paper out. Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: Special Guest: Irene Sauger. Links: Travel Radio Podcast See for privacy information.
Watch the video version of this interview with Pam's own River Cruise pictures here: Where can you travel after lock downs lift? What travel bubbles will effect my itinerary? Where can I go in Europe with the new regulations? Why might a river cruise be a safer choice for future travel? We attempt to answer these questions and show some great photos along the way. River cruising is already immensely popular. Post Covid-19 I expect River Cruising to become even more so. Today on the podcast my guest, Pam Jarvis, joins me talk about the reasons we see River Cruising as a solid vacation choice once lock downs lift. Pam is uniquely qualified to talk on River Cruising. Her day job is literally, taking an already golden product and sprinkling extra pixie dust on it. Pam coordinates the extra amenities for Distinctive Voyages. Distinctive Voyages is a private collection of cruising itineraries, both sea and river, enhanced to indulge travelers beyond the standard inclusions offered by the cruise line. These cruise itineraries are only available through travel agents from Travel Leaders Group. You can locate a Travel Leaders travel agent that can help you find these cruise itineraries at: Hello Traveler, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Travel Radio Podcast. It's my hopes that you enjoyed it so much that you will recommend it and share it with a friend. If you have a moment, please subscribe/review Travel Radio Podcast wherever you are listening from. Then, hijack all your friends, family and acquaintances phones and do the same. If you found your next trip, a travel professional to work with or a useful tip please be in touch. I would love to hear about it. Do you want to be on the Podcast? Do you have a partnership idea? Please email Blessings to you! Megan Chapa Host Travel Radio Podcast Latest Episode Player: #rivercruise #cruising #cruiselife #river #rivers #travel #traveling #travelgram #podcast #podernfamily #travelgoals #travelagent #travelagents #winecruise #travelinspiration #traveladdict #travellover #travelguide #familytravel #traveldiary #travelworld #traveller #travelphoto #travelbug #travelpic #travelingram #travelawesome #travelwithme #christmasmarkets Special Guest: Pam Jarvis. See for privacy information.
Travel To Colombia | Safety | Language | Destinations Photo by Flavia Carpio on Unsplash Morning! This is Megan having a moment of out-loud truth. Colombia was never on my radar. My impressions were based on damning news cycles and comedy bits about Colombia from popular sit comes like Modern Family. I thought Colombia = danger. However, that is one of the reasons I wanted to have Joni Wu on the program. I saw that she was on a trip to Colombia and immediately asked if she would like to be on the podcast. Joni has impeccable and discriminating taste. She usually travels to new destinations to research new options for her luxury seeking clients. With this in mind my impressions started to change about Colombia. Right away, we talk safety in Colombia and the locals deep regrets that "danger" is the impression tourists might have about their country. After interviewing Joni I have to admit a great curiosity about Colombia and putting it on my list. Post Covid-19 travel restrictions being lifted I want to go to Colombia. After we move back to the United States it will be in easy striking distance! In the show notes you will find the Colombia Board of tourism's website. It is a great resource and will give you a great idea of different climates, geography, national events and THE FOOD or Colombia. They also have great videos to wet your travel appetite. Notes Prepared By Joni Wu: M: If people want to find you online where can they find you? ASTA: LUXE: Instagram: FB: My blog M: Where are we going today? J: Colombia! It was the last trip I went on before everything shut down. I got back March 4th and was self-quarantining the week after. M: Why? J: It’s one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. One list had it ranked #2 with only Brazil above it and Indonesia with all of its many islands at #3. Easy to get to with direct flights from a number of major US hubs. M: Let’s get some basics covered quickly. What language skills does a person need in order to navigate in Colombia? J: Spanish speaking country so it’s similar to traveling in most non-English speaking countries but most working in tourism speak English. M: How about currency and money? Do travelers need cash or cards? J: Cards are widely accepted but you’ll want to have cash on hand for things like souvenirs and snacks from small vendors and generally any smaller purchases. Currency is Colombian peso which is different than Mexican peso. Some vendors will accept US dollars but you might get a lower exchange rate and if you only have larger bills, you’ll receive the difference in Col pesos or they may not accept it. M: Are there safety concerns? J: People always ask that due to all the media around drug trade and understandably so. But the country has done a great job of cleaning that up and making it very safe to travel. Of course there’s your standard crime that’s prevalent in all big cities and tourist destinations so you’ll want to be aware of your surroundings but nothing crazy. There are some remote areas where the drug cartels still have operations but those aren’t any places a tourist would make their way to and as advisors, we rely on local tour operators who are very familiar with where to avoid. M: You specialize in luxury travel? I was surprise to see you in Colombia. IS this a destination for the luxury traveler? J: Yes! Although it is popular with backpackers and budget travelers due to the value we talked about, there are so many great offerings for the luxury traveler! And everyone loves a good value! In popular tourist spots, you have luxury hotels and dining as we mentioned. For those wanting to get out of the tourist destinations, there are small luxury lodges and private villas. Also private drivers/guides/naturalists, activities like diving in the Caribbean and exclusively curated experiences for any interest like an avid bird watcher as Colombia has the most species of birds in the world. M: The exchange rate is pretty favorable for US travelers. Can you talk about the value travelers will experience choosing Colombia? J: In addition to the exchange rate in Colombia, everything is quite inexpensive compared to US standards. They earn much lower wages so things are priced accordingly. And since they receive tourists from all over, including other South and Central American countries, they don’t price gauge towards high wage Westerners as much as some destinations do. For example, you can stay at 5-star International brand city center hotel in Bogota, Colombia for $300 a night whereas similar accommodations would easily double that in another capital city like Mexico City for example. And you can have a Michelin quality dining experience with wine for under $30 p/p M: Let’s start in Bogota. What can people expect from this city? J: It’s the capital city so there’s the usual – a big square with old buildings, a downtown, great dining, nightlife, museums, shopping. The Gold Museum is a big attraction and it had a lot of artifacts but I’m not a museum person. National museums are free in Colombia! There’s also a big public market which is something I love to do when I travel. It’s also known for graffiti street art with murals all over the city and you can do a self-led walking tour or go on a guided one. We had the opportunity to learn how to do graffiti art with a local artist which. Some of us did better than others, mine was hideous but it was a cool experience. One of the best experiences in Colombia was playing Tejo. They joke that it’s Colombia's national sport since they don’t really have one. But it’s basically a game where you throw these metal pucks at a mud clay board and try to get it stuck. If you hit one of the explosive triangles, it makes a loud noise and everyone screams and loses their mind. It’s kind of like horseshoes or cornhole but way more fun and everyone drinks beer while they play. What I wasn’t expecting was how cold it would be! I thought Colombia was tropical weather all over but Bogota is actually a plateau in the Andes at 8600ft elevation which means it’s chilly year round, average around 60s. M: Let’s move to Cartagena on the coast. Is this a traditional port town or more of a resort and sun bathing spot? J: It’s totally a colonial port town. The Old Town is walled and definitely the place to stay if you’re only staying a short time since everything is walkable. You only need a day or two to explore Cartagena but I could stay there for weeks just hanging out. There’s nightlife, dining, and what makes it special is that traveler’s vibe driven in part by tourism and a digital nomad community since cost of living is low but has a lot to offer. It kind of reminds me of a Bali before it became as mainstream. There’s a misconception that it’s a beach town. It’s on the Caribbean coast, the weather is hot and humid, and there is a beach but it’s not great to look at. For a nice beach, there are and day trips out to Baru, accessible by land and boat, and nearby Rosario islands which are so stunning. For beach/view lovers with the budget, I’d recommend staying a couple of nights at Las Islas in Baru which is part of Leading Hotels and it’s amazing. All the rooms are individual bungalows, either as a treetop or seafront. You can even swim to breakfast (which is included in the rates). And they have a private island in the Rosario islands that you can take a 5 minute boat ride over to and spend the day relaxing there. Anything I say won’t do it justice so I’ll make a Instagram post on it with photos so you guys can see what I mean. M: Now tell me about this “Gringo trail”..? J: It’s like the popular path that Westerners stay within and includes Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, and the coffee region near Salento. Colombian coffee is some of the most prized in the world so they’ve done a good job promoting tourism to visit the coffee farms, do tastings, see small towns, and explore nature. On the Caribbean side, other places like Santa Marta, the island of San Andres, Barranquilla (famous in Colombia for their Carnival celebration), and Tayrona National Park are included in the “Gringo Trail” but much less known to American travelers. M: Can we talk about some of the less traveled places in Colombia? These type of places will be high on peoples to-do lists… if they can get there. Let’s start with Tayrona Nation Park J: I’m dying to go to Tayrona. If I had known about it prior, I would’ve extended my trip make it there. It has beautiful Caribbean waters on one side, and tropical mountain on the other. That landscape is a dream. “Google" image it and you’ll know what I mean. Also on the Caribbean side for the adventurous, there’s a 30-mile trek to the Lost City that starts with a 2-hour car ride from the beach resort town of Santa Marta. Then you trek for several days to get to the Lost City which are ruins older than Machu Picchu. I hear that trek is just magical and walking is the only way to get to the ruins. But it’s not for the faint of heart as you are in a jungle and there are only very basic camping/bunk lodging along the route. Like the Inca Trail, you have to go with a licensed guide. G Adventures offers it. M: Are there other places to visit outside of the Gringo Trail? J: There are so many places to go! Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places. There are many remote places welcoming tourists in Colombia – you can visit the Amazon! I don’t think the infrastructure is quite ready for luxury clients to the Amazon but there other remote options with luxury accommodations. As travel advisors, we use local tour operators that know where to go and can curate experiences to client’s preferences. M: Let’s go glamping in Colombia! Tell us where we can clamp among some spectacular flora and fauna in Colombia! J: I learned about this place called El Nido Condor Ecolodge in the Andes and it looks incredible. You’re in luxury glamping huts on the edge of a cliff and the condors nest is right under you so you see them flying out from your room. I’m not even into bird watching but it’s a bird watchers paradise. There’s also hiking and biking tours, star gazing, and night treks. There’s also a luxury glamping site called Corocora owned by Galavanta, a luxury DMC part of Virtuoso. It’s like a safari with wildlife drives, canoeing, Colombia cowboy experiences. All are eco-friendly. M: Lastly, because I know you are adventurous - did you eat anything super adventurous on your trip to Colombia? J: Most of the cuisine I’ve had before but prepared in way local to Colombia which were new to me. An example is amazing Colombian arepas and Caribbean inspired flavors. We did an exotic fruit tasting which was really cool because I did get to try a lot of fruit that I never had before, many of which come from the Amazon. Special Guest: Joni Wu. Links: Official Tourism Guide of Colombia Bogotá Solidaria en Casa Tourism Cares' New Video Reminds Us to Be ChangeMakers Now Vaki - Crowdfunding y financiamiento colectivo se hace con el #VakiPower Travel Radio Podcast See for privacy information.
Walt Disney survived the Spanish flu, WWI, the Great Depression and WWII. His life and determination to triumph in the face of adversity is a lesson for all of us today in 2020. For those of you in the travel industry, keep your chins up. This is a lesson from one of our own dreamers, Walt himself. WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JEFF BARNES: Listener Appreciation Giveaway! No. 2 As mentioned in the podcast, Jeff is giving away a pair of signed books and a speaking engagement to be fulfilled before June 3rd of 2020. Here is the link to enter: Disney, as we know it today, is the product of incredible perseverance and setbacks for most of Walt Disney's life. Expert Jeff Barnes, a.k.a. Dr. Disneyland, joined me for a video call this week about overcoming adversity through the eyes of Walt Disney. Disney's life is captivating. Want to read all about it? Welp, you can in Jeff's Books! Enter to win a signed copy of each book.*BONUS! WIN A ZOOM CALL WITH JEFF! * Jeff is usually on the road on speaking engagements. At the moment he has some spare time and wants to share it with Travel Radio Listeners! Enter to have Jeff join your organization for a motivational, encouraging, history lesson or Q & A session. From your girl scout troop, travel agency, military unit or Fortune 500 company, Jeff can tailor a perfect a fun message! (Session to be completed prior to June 3rd, 2020) To enter the giveaway simply fill out this form. Please use an email address we can contact you on incase you win! Additional Ways To Enter The Contest: (Screenshot these actions and send to Subscribe to Travel Radio on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts (send screenshot to 👍🏻2. Review Travel Radio on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts (send screenshot to Like and Follow Travel Radio Podcast on social media platforms (send screenshot to Like, Follow, Subscribe to any of my guests pages, newsletters etc! send screenshot to Special Guest: Dr. Jeff Barnes A.K.A. Dr. Disneyland. Links: WIN HERE: Wisdom of Walt Signed Copies and Guest Speaker — Listener Appreciation Giveaway! No. 2 Disney, as we know it today, is the product of incredible perseverance and setbacks for most of Walt Disney's life. Expert Jeff Barnes, a.k.a. Dr. Disneyland, joined me for a video call this week about overcoming adversity through the eyes of Walt Disney. Disney's life is captivating. Want to read all about it? Welp, you can in Jeff's Books! Enter to win a signed copy of each book. BONUS! WIN A ZOOM CALL WITH JEFF! Jeff is usually on the road on speaking engagements. At the moment he has some spare time and wants to share it with Travel Radio Listeners! Enter to have Jeff join your organization for a motivational, encouraging, history lesson or Q & A session. From your girl scout troop, travel agency, military unit or Fortune 500 company, Jeff can tailor a perfect a fun message! (Session to be completed prior to June 3rd, 2020) To enter the giveaway simply fill out this form. Please use an email address we can contact you on incase you win! Additional Ways To Enter The Contest: (Screenshot these actions and send to 1. Subscribe to Travel Radio on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts (send screenshot to 👍🏻2. Review Travel Radio on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts (send screenshot to 3. Like and Follow Travel Radio Podcast on social media platforms (send screenshot to 4. Like, Follow, Subscribe to any of my guests pages, newsletters etc! Travel Radio Podcast See for privacy information.
Mix Tape For The Travel Industry ...and other destination based jams. Good hedgerows make for good neighbors... or so the expression goes. I would argue that it should be, "Good hedgerows make good neighbors but music has no bounds." This is what I found out a few weeks ago working in my Oxford in the garden. Suddenly, I heard my name. I turned around and there was my neighbor Charlie poking his head over the garden fence. Perched in the most precarious position, wobbling with large gadren shears in hands, while balanced on his kid's trampoline... He asked who created the music playlist. Radiohead had come on and he pleasantly sang along while he too worked on his plot. Charlie remarked that several band members live in Oxford. (It's true I checked.) The conversation turned to mix tapes, the aural love letters of the 90's. We reminisced over the process of making them, receiving them and most importantly choosing the right songs. Then it sparked an idea inside me. The travel industry, a workplace that has been kind to me, my guests that have supported me and listeners stuck at home need a love letter. At the onset of the outbreak travel professionals spent literally hundreds of hours cancelling, rescheduling and requesting refunds for their clients. They used their networks and industry muscles on behalf of their clients. (Never used a travel agent? This here is a pretty strong argument for not waiting on hold yourself.) Did you know that travel agents only get paid once your travel is complete? This is the same with tour operators and hoteliers. That means they worked once to plan the trip and again to undo everything and received no or little compensation. This is like double barrel black eyes. On top of that anyone in the travel industry is having their inbox flooded with training offers, promotional offers and the saddest, updates on our colleagues truly suffering around the world. The tourism money is gone and everyone in the industry is feeling it. Some have thrown in the towel and are abandoning tourism all together. (Hug these people when this whole thing lifts.) Thankfully, in my observation, most are sticking with the industry. We love the people we work with. We love helping tourists connect to new people and places around the world. We believe when we've figured out the right boundaries travel will be back in a large way. Until then., we are all processing, grieving, gaining strength back and starting to hope and explore this new landscape. It's hard and emotional. *With that in mind I made you a mix tape. It is available on Spotify through these links. Or, just search for the hash tag #traveldreaming. * ... OK, I MADE THREE PLAYLISTS.... ( search #traveldreaming on Spotify) The first is like the emotional journey of the travel industry in songs. It ends with HOPE! You will know you are there because you will hear me talking on the first track. This will not make sense for sharing with your clients. None of the songs are actually about travel. Remember this is my mix tape/ love letter to you! Feel free to share with our industry friends! Feel free to share these with your clients to keep them travel dreaming. This is for the road trippers! These are all songs about USA destinations and places I hope to drive to on our roadtrips next year. I know I missed some so if you have some to share please contact me! The third is destinations all around the world. I had a harder time finding these and would love imput! Please enjoy and I would love to include your recommendations. Contest and Giveaway: Please feel free to share this episode or playlists. If you tag Travel Radio Podcast or myself you will be entered to win one of my new "margarita mugs". They are awesome. I was gifted one and use it so much I decide to turn it into a giveaway. You can also win by reviewing the podcast on iTunes and sending a screen shot of it to To enter the giveaway through the entry form click here! See for privacy information.
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Andrew Springer

very interesting and eye opening! keep up the good work!

Apr 7th
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