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Today we’re heading over to Saas Fee which is known as the Pearl of The Alps, to join Florian Leven who is the General Manager of The Capra Hotel. The Capra is a luxury boutique wellness hotel which combines five star luxury with the warm cosiness of an alpine swiss chalet.  A favourite with ski connoisseurs every winter, Saas Fee is known as one of the most charming and beautiful regions in the Swiss Alps and has the advantage of being a perfect low season escape during the fall months of September through November when the plethoroa of 4,000 metre peaks surrounding the resort, explode with colour as the browns, reds, and yellows of the autumn appear. Join us as we hear from Florian, why The Capra makes a perfect low season, luxury break.
We have been working with Nikki Morrison as she travels the world during the low seasons to help Low Season Traveller in our mission to draw more attention to the issues of overtourism and seasonality whilst extolling the virtues of low season travel. Nikki met up with John Borthwick whilst on her journey through Northern Thailand recently. John Borthwick is one of Australia’s leading travel writers, his work is published by leading newspapers around the world and his photos have graced the covers of no fewer than five editions of the Lonely Planet.  He has been Australian Travel Writer of the Year and awarded the Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award. When he turned out to be sharing Nikki Morrison's Low Season Adventure with the Tuk Tuk Club in Northern Thailand she couldn't have been more delighted. In her own words, it was her first rodeo and John, as you will hear has five decades of experience to share.  Enjoy.. And you can learn more about Chiang Mai and what it’s like during it’s low season months here. But That’s our show for this week. Thanks as always, for your company, and if you enjoyed this podcast, please do leave us a positive rating and a review on your podcast app – it really helps…and also please do follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn so you’ll be the first to hear our latest low season stories, articles and guides. Have a great week and remember that travel is always better and fairer for the planet, the local communities and you the travellers, when it’s without the crowds…  
Today we’re talking about equitable and responsible tourism. James Nadiope is the founder and CEO of The Justice Tourism Foundation in Uganda and their vision is of a world where tourism brings greater benefits for local communities which in turn can participate in terms of job creation, poverty reduction and environmental management. It’s an incredible organisation and perhaps, this is what the future of tourism looks like in a world where the benefits are more evenly distributed. Have a listen and let us know what you think… We’ve been following James and the Justice Tourism Foundation for a while now and we are really loving watching the movement grow.  Please do visit justicetourism.co.ug to find out more about the projects and experiences which they operate in Uganda and perhaps you could join them this year for a truly immersive and equitable tourism experience which will surely be the trip of a lifetime. And you can learn more about Uganda and what it’s like during it’s low season months here. But That’s our show for this week. Thanks as always, for your company, and if you enjoyed this podcast, please do leave us a positive rating and a review on your podcast app – it really helps…and also please do follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn so you’ll be the first to hear our latest low season stories, articles and guides.
The Thai Tuk Tuk Dream

The Thai Tuk Tuk Dream

2022-09-0317:31

Today we head over to Northern Thailand. Our regular listeners will know that we have been collaborating with former BBC journalist, Nikki, as she travels around the world during the low season months in each destination.  She is currently in Thailand where she met up with Bruce Haxton from the Tuk Tuk Club as she joined their 10 day adventure. Here she speaks with Bruce as the tour came to it’s conclusion. And if you like the sound of Northern Thailand you can learn more about the region and what it’s like during it’s low season months on https://lowseasontraveller.com/destination/chiang-mai/ and thetuktukclub.com to book your place....
Today we’re speaking with a renowned travel writer about the Greek island of Rhodes which is just starting to enter it’s quieter low season months of September, October and November. Rebecca Hall loves Greece. Not only does she eat, sleep and drink Greece, but she has now lived in Greece for many years. And, as a testament to her knowledge of Greece and indeed Rhodes, Rebecca writes the guides for some of the world’s leading travel publications including The Rough Guides and Lonely Planet among many others. So, join myself and Rebecca and let’s discover why Rhodes is the perfect low season getaway this autumn… -------- Have you been to Rhodes during the low season months?  Would you like to share your experiences, tips and tricks with the low season travelling community?  If so, drop us a line at editor@lowseasontraveller.com and perhaps we can feature your story in the next edition of Low Season Traveller magazine. And if, youd like to learn more about the many wonderful experiences you can have in Rhodes during the quieter low season months, then you can read our guide to the low season in Rhodes. But until then, please do check out our pages on Facebook and Instagram so you can see for yourself what the low season experience is like around the world.  
Lea's Albania

Lea's Albania

2022-08-2418:27

Today we’re talking to one of our readers of the Low Season Traveller Magazine, Lea Lohmueller, a 23 year old sustainable tourism student from Germany who wanted to share her experiences of the low season months in Albania. You can read the full account of Lea’s experiences in Albania and indeed see some of Lea’s wonderful images taken during the low season months in this month’s edition of the low season traveller magazine. Have a listen and don’t forget, if you’ve had any amazing low season experiences on your travels, Drop me a line at editor@lowseasontraveller.com We’d love to feature you in the magazine and who knows, it could be you featuring in this podcast next time! But for now, have a listen to Lea and let’s learn a little more about amazing Albania!
Today we’re taking a trip to what is arguably the true soul of South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal. Tucked away on the tropical eastern coast, this fascinating region promises a real African adventure in a beautiful and accessible environment. If a visit to the huge nation of South Africa feels a bit overwhelming, KZN (as it’s affectionately known) offers a more pocket sized experience with so much to discover in an area spanning roughly the same size as Portugal. Here you can immerse yourself in breath-taking Drakensberg mountain scenery, natural wildlife habitats, crashing waves, historic battlegrounds and Durban’s cool surfer vibes without needing to cover large distances. Culturally distinct from the rest of South Africa, KZN is a true melting pot, mixing African, European, and Indian cultures, and it’s here that the South African Rainbow Nation really comes into its own. Crucially the name means ‘the place of the Zulu’ reflecting the power and the majesty of this formidable tribe, and their fiercesome fighting in the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. In this episode we catch up with KZN local and friend of Low Season Traveller, Helen Bolton from New Frontiers Tours, to learn more about her home destination...
Today we’re bringing you one of the most important podcast episodes we’ve recorded in a while. We’ve all seen images of Sri Lanka on the news recently amid the turmoil of the ongoing economic crisis which the island is going through, but what is the reality behind the click bait headlines?  Are there any tourists in Sri Lanka now? What is the experience like? Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka? And indeed, is it right to travel to Sri Lanka at the moment? We caught up with Sri Lankan local, Chalana Perera from Retrace Hospitality who is on the ground in Sri Lanka as he paints an accurate picture of the blossoming, truly regenerative, tourism which is happening just now. Have a listen and prepare to be very pleasantly surprised… Huge thanks as always to Chalana for his brilliant insights today and if, like me, you are seriously tempted by the tourism offering which Chalana spoke about, then please do ask your travel agent or tour operator about their trips to Sri Lanka just now.  It may lead to the greatest journey of discovery you have ever had… And if you’d like to learn more about the low season summer months in Sri Lanka, check out the latest edition of Low Season Traveller Magazine which releases in the coming days right here on lowseasontraveller.com Have a great week wherever you are, stay healthy, stay safe, keep your travel dreams alive and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to be the first to hear our latest low season stories and guides.
Today we’re bringing you once again to beautiful Barbados as we catch up with the inspirational Tom Hinds of Naniki Barbados. We recently visited Tom at Naniki to learn more about his particularly special part of the island.  He brought us on a trail around the verdant forests of Naniki, we enjoyed forest bathing, yoga and breakfast accompanied by the sounds of nature and sumptuous views of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. We caught up with Tom to learn a little more about Naniki and his approach to responsible tourism. We highly recommend Naniki Barbados as the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life and can’t wait to visit Tom and the team again next time. And You can learn more about Naniki by visiting nanikibarbados.com Thanks as always, for your company, and if you enjoyed this podcast, it would mean the world to us if you could leave us a positive review on your podcast app.
Today we’re bringing you once again to Barbados in this second special episode. We were recently invited over to Barbados by our wonderful partners at Barbados Tourism to experience the low season on the island for ourselves. We had to fit in quite a lot but we recorded our final thoughts on the last day of our trip before heading out the the wonderful Primo Restaurant at St Laurence Gap. This is the second part of our overview and we will be releasing a lot more content which we recorded in the coming weeks. Have a listen and let us know what you think. Next week we catch up with the super knowledgeable Tom Hinds of Naniki Barbados to learn more about his particular approach to nature and eco tourism on this wonderful island. The low season experience really is absolutely wonderful in Barbados during the summer and I can tell you that there are some amazing deals out there so do check with your local travel agent. We’re currently working on issue 2 of the Low Season Traveller magazine and we are looking for your low season stories.  Have you had any amazing experiences whilst visiting destinations during their low seasons? Perhaps you had an amazing local interaction which would not have been possible in the busy peak season? Let us know your story by dropping us a line at editor@lowseasontraveller.com and you may well find yourself in the next edition of Low Season Traveller Magazine and a guest on this show. But That’s our show for this week. thanks as always, for your company, and if you enjoyed this podcast, it would mean the world to us if you could leave us a positive review on your podcast app – we know there are 50,000 of you out there all over the world and it would make our day to have a good review. Episode Links: Cool Runnings Catamaran Tours Naniki Barbados Fusion Rooftop Restaurant Primo Bar and Restaurant Southern Palms Beach Resort: Visit Barbados:
Today we’re bringing you to Barbados in this special episode. Last week myself and Kevin were kindly invited over to Barbados by the wonderful team at Barbados Tourism to experience the low season on the island for ourselves. We had to fit in quite a lot but we recorded our thoughts on our first impressions before our meal at the fabulous La Cabane Restaurant on the beachfront. This is part one of our overview and we will be releasing a lot more content which we recorded in the coming weeks. Oh, and it must have been the Rum Punch, but whenever we say East Coast we mean West Coast and vice versa! Have a listen, let us know what you think & please do leave us a good review! ☺️🙏 Episode Links: Barbados Jeep Safari:  La Cabane:  Harrison's Cave:  Walker's Reserve: The Fish Pot: Little Good Harbour: Worthing Square: Southern Palms Beach Resort: Eco Lifestyle Lodge: Hamilton's Pottery: Visit Barbados:  
Hidden deep in the Amazon jungle is the little known and laid back destination called Alter do Chao which has some of Brazil’s most amazingly pure, powder white sandy beaches. One of our listeners, Bec, visited in the wet season which traditionally sees little in the way of tourists so we were keen to learn more about Bec’s experiences. You can read Bec’s account of her travels to Alter Do Chao in next month’s edition of Low Season Traveller Magazine which you will find on lowseasontraveller.com or direct to your inbox if you are one of our lovely subscribers! We’re currently working on issue 2 of the low season traveller magazine and we are looking for your low season stories.  Have you had any amazing experiences whilst visiting destinations during their low seasons? Perhaps you had an amazing local interaction which would not have been possible in the busy peak season? Let us know your story by dropping us a line at editor@lowseasontraveller.com and you may well find yourself in the next edition of low season traveller magazine! If you enjoyed this podcast, it would mean the world to us if you could leave us a positive review on your podcast app – we know there are 50,000 of you out there all over the world and it would make our day to have a good review – think of it as your good deed for the day where you are truly making a small and passionate team really happy 😃  Have a great week wherever you are, stay healthy, stay safe, keep your travel dreams alive and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to be the first to hear our latest low season stories and guides.
This week we’re super excited to be talking about Israel in the low season months as we are joined by Sharon Bershadsky who is the Director of the Israel Government Tourist Office based in London.  Israel is a popular destination and we were keen to speak with Sharon to find out what the experience is like for visitors to Israel and learn more about this fascinating country which has an incredibly rich culture and heritage. Have you visited Israel in the low season months? Do you have any particular recommendations we should know about – especially Hummus Hangouts… Let us know your top tips by dropping us a line at ged@lowseasontraveller.com. And if you’d like to know more about Israel in the low season months, then please do check out our new Israel Section for more excellent recommendations from our friends at Israel tourism. We’re currently working on issue 2 of the low season traveller magazine and we are looking for your low season stories.  Have you had any amazing experiences whilst visiting destinations during their low seasons? Perhaps you had an amazing local interaction which would not have been possible in the busy peak season? Let us know your story by dropping us a line at editor@lowseasontraveller.com and you may well find yourself in the next edition of low season traveller magazine! If you enjoyed this podcast, it would mean the world to us if you could leave us a positive review on your podcast app – we know there are 50,000 of you out there all over the world and it would make our day to have a good review – think of it as your good deed for the day where you are truly making a small and passionate team really happy 😃  Have a great week wherever you are, stay healthy, stay safe, keep your travel dreams alive and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to be the first to hear our latest low season stories and guides. Finally, remember that travel is always better and fairer for the planet, the local communities and you the travellers, when it’s without the crowds…
Welcome to this week’s episode of Low Season Traveller Insider Guides. And this week we’re bringing you another episode of Low Season Stories  where we speak to locals in destinations around the world to learn their stories and their take on tourism in their destination. We were recently on location in Rhodes for Low Season Traveller and hopefully you’ve already heard our story on Savas, The Rhodes Cobbler, which we featured last week and if you haven’t heard it yet, I would encourage you to give it a listen as Savas has a wonderful story. But this week we are again bringing you to Rhodes as we sit down with Stavros, the owner of the legendary Mama Sofia Restaurant in the heart of Rhodes old town. When we met Stavros 2 things immediately hit us. Firstly, this man is one of the most warm and genuinely hospitable people you will ever meet and secondly, he is outrageously passionate about the cultural heritage of his Rhodes. As a man who was born, raised and continues to live in Rhodes’ perfectly preserved old town, I sat down with Stavros to get his thoughts on Rhodes in the low season months and his approach to tourism Please do visit Mama Sofia’s and meet Stavros and his family when you visit Rhodes next.  The food is absolutely sensational and Stavros will be sure to greet you like an old friend. But That’s our show for this week. thanks as always, for your company, Have a great week wherever you are, stay healthy, stay safe, keep your travel dreams alive and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to be the first to hear our latest low season stories and guides. Finally, remember that travel is always better and fairer for the planet, the local communities and you the travellers, when it’s without the crowds…  
This week we have a real treat for you as we are launching our first episode of Low Season Stories, where we speak to locals in destinations around the world to learn their stories and their take on tourism in their destination. We were recently on location in Rhodes for Low Season Traveller and whilst there, we happened across a fascinating man called Savas who agreed to tell us his fascinating story. Just as we had initially stopped recording, Savas had one last treat for us…he started telling us more about his love of traditional Greek music and how he used to play the bouzouki in a traditional band. He told us that he was not as good on the bouzouki these days as a lifetime working with his hands had left his fingers not as agile as they once were, but he wanted to show us his bouzouki. Listen to the end for what happened next!   What a wonderful, spontaneous and authentic Greek experience we had with Savas,  and this really highlights just why low season travel is so wonderful. You simply would not have interactions like this during the busy peak months as the locals would simply not have enough time for you among all of the other visitors. Be sure to tune in next week as we head again to Rhodes, for another low season story, this time with the utterly charming Stavros from Mama Sofia’s restaurant in the old town of Rhodes. Born and raised among the ancient walls of Rhodes old town, Stavros tells us what tourism and hospitality means to him and you cannot fail to be charmed by his enthusiasm and passion for his island, his town and his family restaurant. But That’s our show for this week. thanks as always, for your company, Have a great week wherever you are, stay healthy, stay safe, keep your travel dreams alive and don’t forget to share this podcast with your friends, family and social networks.
Reflections On Rio

Reflections On Rio

2022-05-0318:53

Welcome to this week's episode of the Low Season Traveller Insider Guides podcast! This week we bring you to Rio de Janeiro where our Founder, Ged Brown, reflects on his short stay in Brazil and Rio live from Copacabana Beach. We discuss the merits of taking the bus versus flying in Brazil, what to do (and what not to do) in Rio and also why it might just be a mistake to take a "highlights tour". Do you take day city tours when you travel? Do you recommend the experience? Let us know what you think and share your tips and advice for Rio with us - we may even feature you in the next edition of Low Season Traveller Magazine... But until then, please do check out our live broadcasts on Facebook and Instagram so you can see for yourself what the low season experience is like in Rio.
The Girl From Ipanema

The Girl From Ipanema

2022-04-2635:51

Welcome to this week’s episode of Low Season Traveller Insider Guides. This week we’re in Rio de Janeiro to learn more about the city, the cariocas and the low season experience. In this episode, I caught up with the charming Juliana Girao, who works at the Sol Ipanema Hotel which is superbly located right in the heart of Ipanema Beach.    Juliana was born and raised in Ipanema and we think you’ll agree that she is the perfect guest to help us to learn more about this amazing city by the beach. This episode was recorded at the Sol Ipanema, overlooking Ipanema Beach just as the sun was setting…oh how I would love to be back there… Huge thanks to Juliana for joining us for this episode and please do take a look at her fabulously located property at www.solipanema.com.br The rooftop pool and bar provide possibly some of the finest views of Rio you will ever see! Do join us next week where we’ll be bringing you to the famous Copacabana Beach for our roundup of low season Rio. But until then, please do check out our live broadcasts on Facebook and Instagram so you can see for yourself what the low season experience is like in Rio.
Slow Travel in Kerala

Slow Travel in Kerala

2022-04-0824:44

This week, we’re following up on last week’s episode to Rajasthan by featuring wonderful Kerala in Southern India. Once again, we’re joined by the supremely knowledgable and charming, Lovleen Sagar, from our partners in India, who is going to be telling us all about how we can enjoy Kerala more if we take it easy and do some seriously slow travel. This trip is definitely the antidote to the past two years…
Resplendent Rajasthan

Resplendent Rajasthan

2022-04-0138:45

This week we're joined by our local guide, Lovleen Sagar, as we head over to Rajasthan to discover the sights, smells and experiences which await you on our Signature Journey encompassing the very best of this incredible region.
This year, we have launched a small selection of intimate signature low season journeys with our partners which show off each destination in their very best light. One of the first trips we created was a unique adventure with the Tuk Tuk Club in Thailand which will see us travel around the beautiful hills and countryside of Chiang Mai and the Mae Hong Son Circuit in Northern Thailand. I’ll be joining you on this trip in August and in order to whet your appetite for what you will be able to expect, in this episode we catch up with Bruce Haxton from The Tuk Tuk Club to learn more about this unique, once in a lifetime trip. And if you’d like to join myself and Bruce later this year for this journey, the tour runs from 13-24 August and costs just £1,299 with no single supplement for the first 3 confirmed solo travellers.  This price includes 11 nights fabulous accommodation, most meals and activities, your very own bright orange tuk tuk with all fuel, a £100 donation to the elephants and mahouts of Northern Thailand, and, of course, memories of a lifetime! It's going to be a really fun trip and there are only 10 places available so please do visit our Low Season Journeys section to secure your place early. Finally, in our first edition of Low Season Traveller Magazine next month, we have a feature by Mark Bibby Jackson who has done this trip before and he writes beautifully about the experience.  You can subscribe for free to get your copy.
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