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The Amateur Traveler Podcast is a podcast for people who travel for the love of travel. The host is Chris Christensen (http://chris2x.com)
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DATE: Sat, 25 Sep 2010
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AT#249 - Travel to Milan, Italy

The Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica Spiegel of BootsNAll’s Italy blog “Why Go Italy” and the Eye on Italy podcast about one of her favorite cities in Italy: Milan. Jessica tells us about the fashion industry, the spectacular cathedral, and the first mall as well as some quiet neighborhoods and parks. She also tells us how far in advance you should get tickets to see Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper, what to expect when you watch soccer in Italy, and what to do when you see movie stars walking down the streets of Milan. We talk about wonderful Italian people and the joys of learning Italian.

DATE: Sat, 18 Sep 2010
SIZE: 17.3 MB
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AT#248 - Travel to Toronto, Ontario

The Amateur Traveler talks to Corinne from Have Baby Will Travel who is a life-long Torontonian (that is to say that she lives in Toronto, Ontario). Corinne gives us an interduction to her city and its many parks, its great ethnic food, its iconic skyline punctuated by the CN Tower. Its neighborhoods includes two different Chinatowns, Greektown, the Irish-influenced Cabbagetown,  Distillery District, Kensington Market, Harbourfront and St. Lawrence Market, She particularly suggests you visit during Thanksgiving (Canada's which is in October) or Toronto International Film Festival. Corinne also describes side trips from the city heading out towards Niagra and Ontario's wine country. The city houses both a working farm in Riverdale Farms and a warren of underground shops in the Toronto Underground PATH.

DATE: Sat, 11 Sep 2010
SIZE: 24.1 MB
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AT#2347 - Travel to Chile

The Amateur Traveler talks to Jodi Ettenberg of legalnomads.com about her trip to Chile. Jodi left the corporate world as a lawyer and started her trip around the world with a visit to Chile. She first went mountain climbing in Patagonia (both in Chile and Argentina) marveling at the glaciers and appreciating the view if not the taste of lama. She then took a 42 hour bus ride to Santiago for a wild soccer game (which is not for the faint of heart) before flying north to visit San Pedro de Atacama, Valle de la Luna. She also dipped into Bolivia to visit Salar de Uyuni, the immense salt flats. Along the way she saw the largest copper mine in the world at Calama. She dealt with bronchitis (brought from New York) and food poisoning (did I mention the lama?). She met locals including a helpful taxi driver and practiced the difficult Spanish dialect of Chile. Jodi also talks with great affection about the UNESCO World Heritage site of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar which were hit hard in the big earthquake earlier this year. Valparaiso is a colorful city of art built on the side of a hill and sloping down to the Pacific.

DATE: Sat, 04 Sep 2010
SIZE: 24.3 MB
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AT#246 - Travel to Northern Ohio

The Amateur Traveler talks to Seth Oakley about traveling to his birthplace in Northern Ohio. Years ago Ohio and Northern Ohio in particular, had a very bad reputation for pollution that one can only get when a river (the Cuyahoga) catches fire. But these days Lake Erie is cleaner than it has been in maybe a hundred years and boasts sites like the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, Cedar Point, surfing, and even a burgeoning wine region. The area is rich in history as the site of the Battle of Lake Erie, the birthplace of Thomas Edison and one of the first states added to the new United States. Seth also gives us a glimpse of small town life with a side trip to his hometown of Milan which is the home for both the Milan Melon Festival and the little-known superhero Melon Man.NewsChris takes a new jobShow NotesNorthwest TerritoryCuyahoga RiverMoon Handbooks: OhioOhio: Off the Beaten PathMilan, OhioLake ErieZebra musselsOhio on WikipediaFirelandsHistory of OhioCity of ClevelandThe Rock and Roll Hall of FameGreat Lakes Science CenterOhio’s sports miseryLeBron adds to Cleveland sports setbacksA Prairie Home Companion with Garrison KeillorLeBron signs with MiamiSandusky, OhioCedar Point Amusement ParkCedar PointDestination: Cedar Point Amusement ParkSoak CitySandusky HotelsLake-effect snowLake Erie IslandsBattle of Lake EriePaper Moon VineyardsPaper Moon Vineyards, Vermillion, OhioThomas EdisonOhio Festivals and EventsMilan Melon FestivalFirelands WineyardsGreat Lakes BreweryMelon Man’s Facebook

DATE: Sat, 28 Aug 2010
SIZE: 19.3 MB
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AT#245 - Travel to Miami, Florida

The Amateur Traveler talks to Kara from Miami about her hometown of Miami. Kara tells us Miami is not as it is pictured in TV shows like Miami Vice and Burn Notice (except perhaps that it is filled with beautiful people). She tells us about some of her favorite hotels and restaurants as well as cafes where you can sit and people watch. Miami is known for its beach life and Kara tells us where the daring can go to bare all or where you can find a quiet spot away from the tourists. Increasingly Miami is known for its fashion district and its food scene. The summers are hot but offer some of the best bargains on restaurants, hotels and spas… if you can deal with the humidity. Miami defines hot in all senses of the word. So whether you want to see snowbirds or eat stone crabs, Miami might be a place you should check out.NewsMuslim hostess and Disney still at odds over headscarfFrench Flight Attendant Arrested for Stealing Cash and Jewels From Sleeping Passengers’ Pockets and Carry-OnsShow NotesDiamond PRMiami ViceBurn NoticeHaulover BeachSouth Pointe ParkTop Ten Miami RestaurantsBrickell, MiamiKey BiscayneMiami MuseumsMiami Design DistrictVan Dyke CafeMiami Spice Restaurant MonthMiami Spa MonthNeighborhoods of MiamiMiami Design DistrictMichael’s Genuine Food and DrinkCalle Ocho FestivalSouth Beach Food and Wine FestivalMiami Public TransportationFontainebleauMiami HeatMiami Heat TicketsSmith and WollenskyRed, the SteakhouseJoe’s Stone CrabsAdrianne Arsht CenterSnowbirdsCommunityScott enjoyed the group interview in Travel to Namibia – Episode 243Tricia hits the roadAmateur Traveler guest post guidelinesAmateur Traveler site redesign to add countries

DATE: Sat, 21 Aug 2010
SIZE: 29.1 MB
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AT#244 - Travel to Montpellier and the Languedoc Region of France

The Amateur Traveler talks to Christine Cantera about her time living in the Languedoc region of France in the city Montpellier. Montpellier is sometimes called the San Francisco of France. Christine shares with us a few thoughts about cafes, bars, which museums are worth it (and which aren’t), beaches, fortified cities, when to visit, and the one day of the year when nobody in France gets any work done. She discusses what are her favorite 3 places to see in Languedoc including one seaside town that still has jousts but with a very nautical twist.NewsSouthwest attendant takes baby after slap from motherAmerican Airlines to Charge for Front-Row SeatsNursing at SeaShow NotesFrance Travel GuideMontpellierLanguedocJardin des plantes de MontpellierLe Petit Train Touristique du Centre HistoriqueLanguedoc wineLe Jardin du Champs de MarsPaparazziLa Dolce VitaAigues-MortesCarcassonneParc naturel régional de CamargueMusee FabreAntigone DistrictPalavas-les-FlotsSèteNîmesBeaujola is nouveauBar le Saint-RochMissExpatria’s photostreamCommunity Sam was looking for a show on MaltaDon't use the first LukeDon’t use the first Luke

DATE: Sat, 14 Aug 2010
SIZE: 24.6 MB
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AT#243 - Travel to Namibia

The Amateur Traveler talks to Carla, Jason and Janie about their trip to Nambia. While traveling in southern African to attend some of the games of the World Cup the three made a visit to nearby Namibia after hearing from friends that it was one of their favorite African countries. Come with us as we learn about a country that is perhaps surprisingly prepared for tourists. We will talk about seeing 4 out of the "big 5" safari animals. Our trio talks about miles of sand, sand storms and riding camels but also talks about visiting the show and seal colonies. The camping was easier than expected and the food was more diverse (you won't believe what they found on pizza).

DATE: Sat, 07 Aug 2010
SIZE: 25.3 MB
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AT#242 - Day Trips from Florence, Italy

The Amateur Traveler talks to Italophile Ira Bernstein who returns to the show to talk about day trips in Tuscany that you can take from Florence. We talk about visiting the walled city of Siena and its famous bareback horse race the palio, viewing the many towers of San Gimignano, climbing the leaning tower of Pisa (after you take the obligatory picture of someone holding it up), and walking on the walls of Lucca. Each town has its own character and attractions. Arezzo has a jewelry museum and the home of the “Father of Humanism” Petrarch. Fiesole is a rich enclave, a suburb of Florence with views of the city and a roman theatre. Montepulciano and Montalcino are both known for their wines. Ira talks about some of the events that the locals enjoy like the palios, flea markets and flag throwing competitions. So even if you just get as far out of Florence as Piazzale Michelangelo there are many places to explore in Tuscany.

DATE: Sat, 31 Jul 2010
SIZE: 17.9 MB
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AT#241 - Travel to Mail

The Amateur Traveler talks to Dan Stromberg about his recent trip to Mali. Mali is a destination so remote that Dan says “I couldn’t imagine myself being here when I was there”. Dan started in the capital city of Bamako, before heading out to Bandiagara and Dogon country. The highlight of the visit was a trek along the Bandiagara Escarpment which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dan and his girlfriend, along with a guide, walked and hiked along the cliffs and then stayed in the local villages of the Dogon people at the base of this 200 km long sandstone cliff.

DATE: Sat, 24 Jul 2010
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AT#240 - Travel to New Zealand's North Island

Chris, the Amateur Traveler himself, talks about a recent trip to New Zealand’s North Island where he went to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and took a dolphin watching cruise up by the Bay of Islands. He visited the Coromandel Peninsula with Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach, toured but can’t talk about Hobbiton near Matamata, climbed Mt Maunganui, saw (and smelled) the geysers and baths at Rotorua, journeyed south to the Capital at Wellington, visited a ski area on a volcano and rafted the caves of Waitaomo.

DATE: Sat, 10 Jul 2010
SIZE: 18.9 MB
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AT#239 - Travel to Prince Edward Island in Canada

The Amateur Traveler talks to Pamela Beck of the Department of Tourism for Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. Pamela describes Prince Edward Island (or PEI) as a get away from it all location that is easy to get to. Surrounded by beaches this 140 mile long island features wonderful seafood and champion oyster shuckers. It has miles of bike trails and relaxed helpful locals. Pamela also describes it as a wonderful golf vacation or a place where you can try your hand at lobster fishing (be ready to get up very early), oyster raking or chocolate making through one of their experience tourism programs.

DATE: Sat, 03 Jul 2010
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AT#238 - Travel to the Cook Islands

The Amateur Traveler talks to Melanie Waldman of TravelsWithTwo.com about a recent trip to the Cook Islands in the Pacific. Think of the Cook Islands as Tahiti without the French language and using the New Zealand dollar to make it more affordable. Melanie tells us about this corner of Polynesia with beautiful resorts that she and her husband visited for their 10th anniversary. They hiked the mountainous spine of Raratongo with Pa who knows all of the plants and their uses and cruised the small outer islands of Aitutaki with a guide named Captain Awesome. They also took an archeology tour, drove the ring roads, shopped in the farmer’s market and just hung out on the beach drinking the cocktails of the moment.

DATE: Sat, 19 Jun 2010
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AT#237 - Travel to Bail in Indonesia

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Oppenheim who makes a rare 4th appearance on the show to talk about Bali in Indonesia. Sam started his exploration of Bali in Ubud which is the cultural capital of the area. He met two of the people mentioned in the popular book Eat, Pray, Love: Wayan and Ketut Liyer. In Ubud he attended some of the traditional Balinese dances (Legong, Barong and Kecak). Sam explored the Hindu temples and the resort area of Kuta Beach with its famous nightlife, dove a ship wreck and explored the island by motorcycle. Sam’s does regret was not getting down to Nusa Dua on the southern tip with its wonderful sunsets or out to Komodo.

DATE: Sat, 12 Jun 2010
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AT#236 - Travel to Michigan

The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about his home state of Michigan. Erik has been on the show twice before talking about National Parks but this time he tells us about the beautiful state of Michigan. While Erik is from the Detroit area and describes some of its museums and other attractions what he really recommends is the west coast of Michigan with its sand dunes and sunsets, Traverse City with its boating, and the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula. He does manage to work some national parks (Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale) and state parks into the conversation. We also talk about the European-style of Ann Arbor, the quirks of John Harvey Kellogg and the unusual location of Edison’s New Jersey lab (moved by Henry Ford to Michigan).?

DATE: Sat, 05 Jun 2010
SIZE: 27.8 MB
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AT#235 - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com  about UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage List includes 890 sites from around the world which are part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having “outstanding universal value”. We talk about various sites as well as how to use this list as a resource in your travels.

DATE: Sat, 29 May 2010
SIZE: 23.8 MB
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AT#234 - Travel to Ghana

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lillie Marshall of AroundTheWorldL.com about the 3 months she volunteered in Ghana in sub-Saharan West Africa on her round the world trip. She worked for the program Youth Creating Change. Lillie talks about some of the tourist spots in Ghana like the the slavery castle at Cape Coast and Mole National Park. Then she talks about what it is like to live and volunteer in a 3rd world country where the people are wonderful and some of the cultural differences can be striking (don’t ask why she didn’t like the beaches). She extols the wonders of food like fufu and how to buy a $10 hand made dress. She also talks briefly about the capital of Accra that Lonely Planet thinks is their second least favorite city on the planet.NewsGun Taken From Suicidal JetBlue Pilot in Crew LoungePushy fliers may show up on TSA’s radarShow NotesAround the World L – Lilly Marshall’s blogGhana@WorldLillie – Lilly on twitterCouchsurfing.comYouth Creating ChangeCape Coast Slave CastleHostels in GhanaAhh!!! A White Person!!!How to Get a Custom-Made Dress for $15What the Heck is Fufu?Ghana Student Life Stories ProjectCommunityAllan disagrees with Ralph in Travel to Montenegro – Episode 232, says “rent a car”Sean says Travel to Kerala, India – Episode 147 missed catholic historyKathy and John, Yemen warningsAmateur Traveler Egypt Photo tour slots available - http://AmateurTraveler.com/toursiTunes reviews of the Amateur Traveler neededNo Maimi Meetup in June 2010NYC meetup June 23 2010save 10% off Globus Tours - http://AmateurTraveler.com/globussponsored by Auidble - http://AmateurTraveler.com/freebook

DATE: Sat, 22 May 2010
SIZE: 31.8 MB
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AT#233 - Travel to Hong Kong

The Amateur Traveler talks to Melody who has been living as an exchange student in Hong Kong. Melody tells us what to see in Hong Kong from the very western feeling Central neighborhood of Hong Kong island, the peak and the mid-level escalators to the more Chinese neighborhoods in Kowloon and the less populated New Territories. She also takes us out to some of the outlying islands like Lantau island with the Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery, Cheung Chau Island with its famous bun festival, and the nearly uninhabited Po Toi island.We talk about the 10,000 Buddha Monastery and eat dinner on plastic stools in the middle of the Temple street night market. We explore the fish, flower, bird and jade markets. Melody recommends the Star Ferry for a great view of Hong Kong island, especially at night.For nightlife Melody recommends Wednesday and Thursday nights when ladies often get free drinks. Her favorite night spot is the Cavern and a famous one is the Fringe.

DATE: Sat, 15 May 2010
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AT#232 - Travel to Montenegro

The Amateur Traveler talks to photographer Ralph Velasco about a trip to the very new country of Montenegro. When Ralph visited the country it was the newest country on the planet after it split off of Serbia. This mountainous country boasts the southern most fjords in Europe, old walled Venetian towns, fortresses, island churches, hikes, rafting, and some wonderful photography. Ralph stayed on the coast and visited the coastal cities of Kotor, Budva and Perast among others.

DATE: Sat, 08 May 2010
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AT#231 - Travel to Taiwan

The Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Anderson about a recent trip to Taiwan during the Chinese new year celebration. Matt, who is an English teacher in South Korea, started his trip in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei before exploring the eastern coast and the rich heritage of Taiwan’s aboriginal people in the south.In Taipei Matt recommends eating at the Shilin night market where the fried chicken and the sausage are particularly good. Matt and his girlfriend also went to Taipei 101 (which is now the world’s 2nd tallest building), the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, and an assortment of temples including the Confucius temple, the Bo-an temple and the Longshan temple.Matt explored the rugged and less populated east coast on a bike trip that started in Hualien. He visited the Taroko Gorge near to Hualien and nearly spent a night in jail… but it’s not what you think.

DATE: Sat, 01 May 2010
SIZE: 18.2 MB
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AT#230 - Travel to Portland, Oregon

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sean Keaner of the BootsNAll travel network about the city of Portland Oregon. Sean describes the independent character of the city that is expressed in its brew pubs, food carts and hip culture. It is also evident in the famous Powell’s bookstore. Portland has a reputation for being rainy but Sean tells us when to come to Portland, where to ride a bike and where to find some good Vegan food. If Vegan is not your style find out where to find a pork chop over 4 inches thick.

DATE: Sat, 24 Apr 2010
SIZE: 23.8 MB
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AT#229 - Travel to Northern Virginia

The Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Stone about his home in Northern Virginia. Matthew describes things to do in Northern Virginia either as a side trip from Washington D.C. or a trip in its own right. We start at the famous monuments and Arlington National Cemetary just south of the District of Columbia and proceed to George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon. Matthew then describes some parks and places to escape the city a short drive away. Sure you know that the National Cemetery is in Virginia but did you know you can find a Black History museum, an Apothecary museum and a Tony award winning regional theater all within walking distance of the Metro? Add in some National Parks, Civil War Battlefields, and the SR 71 Blackbird and you may just have to rearrange your plans for your next vacation to the nation’s capital.

DATE: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
SIZE: 20.3 MB
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AT#228 - Travel to Yemen

The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Rosenkrans from Pennsylvania about his trip to the country of Yemen. Chris started in the capital city of Sana’a which he thinks is one of the beautiful cities he has ever seen. Chris then recommends a trip to the Haraz mountains to see Shibam Hadhramaut (a shibam is a city built into the cliffs) and north to Kawkaban. In addition wander around Sana’a to some of the community gardens in the area. Chris did not make it to Socotra island where many of the scents like Frankincense come from. Yemen also does sport gun markets and khat markets to this has to qualify as adventure travel.

DATE: Sat, 10 Apr 2010
SIZE: 22.7 MB
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AT#227 - Three Weekend Trips From Shanghai

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lee from Atlanta about side trips that you can take when you travel to Shanghai this year for Expo 2010. Lee is currently living in China and talks about 3 different weekend trips to destinations that are located near Shanghai. Lee starts us the in history-rich city of Nanjing the site of “China’s Holocaust” in WW 2. Nanjing has been the capital for 6 different Chinese governments and still retains its ancient walls in addition to modern shopping and the tomb of Sun Yat-sen. It was also the location of the world’s worst civil war, the Taiping Rebellion. After Nanjing we explore the many gardens and the canals of Suzhou. Finally Lee takes us to Hangzhou with its beautiful West Lake which the Chinese compare to heaven.NewsSpirit Air to experiment with carry-on bag feesAirlines losing 3000 bags – every hour of every dayWomen try to smuggle dead relative onto flightPaying to use the plane potty?Ky. Judge Rules in Favor of Online Travel SitesShow NotesExpo 2010 Shanghai ChinaTravel to Shanghai, China – Episode 26NanjingNanjing, ChinaNanking MassacreJohn Rabe – a German businessman and Nazi party member who is best known for his efforts to stop the atrocities of the Japanese army during the Nanking OccupationSun Yat-sen – “Father of the Chinese Nation”Ming DynastyCheongsam or Qipao – traditional Chinese dressTaiping Rebellion – largest civil war in history started by Hong Xiuquan who declared himself the brother of Jesus.RestaurantsSkyway Bakery and DeliLes 5 SensTairyo TeppanyakiSuzhouGardens – Master of the Nets, Lion’s Forest, Humble AdministratorMingtown Suzhou International Youth HostelHangzhouTea MuseumA History of Chinese in CaliforniaBraised Pork Belly – Hangzhou Dongpo PorkSweet and Sour Pork RecipeWushanyi International Youth HostelShanghaiCaptain Youth Hostelelong.com, ctrip.com – for accompodationsCommunityEgypt Photo TourAmateur Traveler NewsletterDoes Amateur Traveler work for you at work?

DATE: Thu, 08 Apr 2010
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AT#226 - Travel to Maui revisted part 2

The Amateur Traveler talks about a recent trip to Maui as the guest of the Maui Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this second half of a two part episode Chris talks about some of the local culture, food and festivals. He had a chance to explore his rancher roots at one of Maui’s cattle ranches, dine on local produce at some high end restaurants, mix with the locals at the Maui Ag Festival and learn more of Maui’s culture at the Celebration of the Arts.

DATE: Sat, 03 Apr 2010
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#226 - Travel to Maui revisited - part 1

The Amateur Traveler talks about a recent trip to Maui as the guest of the Maui Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this first half of a two part episode Chris gives an overview of the island and talks about the Hawai’i Nature Center, the beaches and the road to Hana. Learn about swimming or hiking in lava tubes, hidden beaches and some of the naive plants of Maui.Show NotesVisit Maui BlogRainfall map of MauiWailea Beach Marriott Resort & SpaThe Ritz-Carlton, KapaluaKamehameha IHawaiian LanguageBeaches:    * Makena (big beach)    * Chang’s Beach    * ‘Ahihi Bay    * Maluaka Beach    * Wai’ anapanapa State Park    * Ka’eleku Caverns

DATE: Sat, 27 Mar 2010
SIZE: 22.6 MB
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AT#225 - Travel to Wales

The Amateur Traveler talks to John Clayton about a recent trip to Wales. John was the host of a radio travel show called “Travel with a Difference” for 16 years in the Los Angeles area and was invited to Wales by the Wales Tourism board. John is a train buff and was invited to ride on the restored narrow guage railroads of Wales which were built originally to carry slate from the Wales slate mines. He road the Mount Snowdon, West Highlands and Ffestiniog railways. John also recommends touring the slate mine at Llanberis. We also visit Port Meirion which will look familiar to fans of the TV show The Prisoner. Also find out what Bed and Breakfast you can stay at where some of the Royals used to live.

DATE: Sat, 20 Mar 2010
SIZE: 25.6 MB
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AT#224 - Travel to Hiroshima and the Chugoku Region of Japan

The Amateur Traveler talks to Mike from Toronto who is living in Japan as part of an exchange program Mike talks to use about the Chugoku or middle region of Japan. Mike starts us out in Hiroshima with its world famous peace park and atomic bomb museum and its lesser known shopping and izakaya eateries. After we sample the okonomiyaki at okonomiyaki mura Mike sends us off to see the red Torii gate on Miyajima island. Mike recommends getting the Japanese railway pass because of the expensive local transportation. Mike then directs us to Yamaguchi which is known for its onsens (hot baths), 5 story temple and the church of Francis Xavier. Hagi which is a preserved walled town is our next stop. Hagi is Mike’s favorite spot in Japan. Hagi is also where many of the modernization movement came from.

DATE: Sat, 13 Mar 2010
SIZE: 25.1 MB
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AT#223 - Rafting Down the Grand Canyon

The Amateur Traveler talks to George Wendt from Oars.com about white water rafting down the Grand Canyon which is one of Chris’s dream vacations. The Grand Canyon can be traversed in motor pontoon boats, oars rafts, paddle boats or dories. Each has different advantages and disadvantages. The water is fast and cold and the rapids get up to class 5. All the while you are drifting through one of the wonders of the world with massive red stone walls on either side. You come around the corner and are surprised by waterfalls and a green oasis. You explore the side canyons where you can see fossils and the ruins of the ancient people who called this canyon home.

DATE: Sat, 06 Mar 2010
SIZE: 24.0 MB
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AT#222 - Travel to Borneo

The Amateur Traveler talks to Betty from Betty in the Sky with a Suitecase about her recent trip to Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah) to see the orangutans and proboscis monkeys. Betty flew into Kuching in Sarawak and started in the Demai beach area where she stayed in a treehouse. She saw the Probiscus Monkeys at Bako National Park and the Bat “fireworks” at Mulu National Park. Betty also visited the market at Sandakan and snorkeled off the beaches at Mabul.

DATE: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
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AT#221 - Travel to the Republic of Georgia

The Amateur Traveler talks to Kathy from My Time To Travel about her recent trip to the Republic of Georgia. Kathy is a fan of mountains and Georgia has them in abundance because of its location between the Lesser and Greater Caucuses. She visited the Black Sea coast at Batumi, the capital of Tibilisi, the wine region, the cave city of Voronya and went part of the way up the legendary Georgia military highway into the Caucuses. Kathy talks about the history of Georgia and its location on the silk road, its religion and architecture.

DATE: Sat, 20 Feb 2010
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AT#220 - Travel to Easter Island / Rapa Nui

The Amateur Traveler talks to Mike and Hillary of the SpotHopping blog about their trip to Easter Island / Rapa Nui in the South Pacific. They visited Easter Island as a stop on their round the world trip. Easter Island is a small destination and one of the most remote destinations in the world. When you are on the island the only other people within 2000 miles are the 50 people on Pitcairn island. Easter Island is, of course, known for its enigmatic Moai statues and Mike and Hillary were able to visit the quary where they were created. They also explored lava tube caves on the island.

DATE: Sat, 13 Feb 2010
SIZE: 21.6 MB
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AT#219 - Budget Travel Tips from Pauline Frommer

The Amateur Traveler talks to Pauline Frommer again about tips for budget travel. We talk about booking tours and alternative places to stay instead of hotels. We talk about which travel destinations are inexpensive now and which ones have hidden fees. Learn where a travel expert takes her family on vacation.Pauline Frommer’s London and the second edition of Pauline Frommer’s New York City were named “Best Guidebook of the Year” by the North American Travel Journalists Association (2007 and 2008, respectively).NewsFree aiport wi-fiTravel Tip Tuesday : American Airlines Announces $8 BlanketsDirty HotelsThis Week in TravelShow NotesPauline FrommerPauline Frommer on Budget Travel – Episode 123Houe of the Redeemer in NYCUK Airports face chaos over departure tax riseArgentina Visa Fee To Hit Tourists Starting Jan 1ShoreTrips.comJamaica – Meet the PeopleTlaxcala, MexicoOaxaca, Mexico – Felipe the Weaver (part 1) – Video Episode 46Reciprocity in Brazil Tourist Visa Fees for American and CanadiansInternet Resourcesoster.com – hotel reviewsCommunityCeleste has Marquesas correctionsDavid has Marquesas correctionsDavid, “you break up the monotony”

DATE: Sat, 06 Feb 2010
SIZE: 31.3 MB
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AT#218 - Travel to the Marquesas Islands

The Amateur Traveler talks to Stefanie Michaels (better known as @AdventureGirl) about a recent trip to the Marquesas Islands which are near Tahiti (or part of Tahiti depending on who you ask). Stefanie sailed on the freighter Aranui from Tahiti out to these remote islands. She encountered a warm people living in a tropical paradise… with very nice cars and nowhere to drive.

DATE: Sat, 30 Jan 2010
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AT#217 - The Life of Adventure Travel Tour Guide

The Amateur Traveler talks to Madeline Jhawar from Italy Beyond the Obvious about life as a tour guide for an adventure travel company. Madeline was previously on the Amateur Traveler talking about Travel to Sicily. Madeline talks about her misconceptions about what being a tour guide would be like and the reality of keeping a group of people happy (and not lost). She guided hiking and biking tours primarily in Italy. What skills do you need to be a successful tour guide? It might not be what you think.

DATE: Sat, 23 Jan 2010
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AT#216 - Travel to Malawi

The Amateur Traveler talks to Joseph about his recent trip to Malawi in Southern Africa. Malawi is not know for its game parks like other countries in the region for for the relaxing shores of Lake Malawi as well as the lush green highlights. It is a country heavily influenced by David Livingstone and the Scottish Presbyterian church and one benefit of this legacy is welcoming church guest houses to stay in. So join Joseph and I as we talk about the people, the politics and the minibuses of Malawi.

DATE: Sat, 16 Jan 2010
SIZE: 29.2 MB
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AT#215 - Travel Photography

The Amateur Traveler talks to photographer Ralph Velasco about tips to keep in mind when you are taking pictures on your travels. We talk about:    * telling a story    * depth of field    * giving your self assignments    * giving a sense of scale    * adding a human touch    * reflections    * avoiding the crowds    * embracing the weather    * seeking the unique picture    * capturing the essence of a place

DATE: Sat, 09 Jan 2010
SIZE: 17.5 MB
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AT#214 - Family on Bikes

The Amateur Traveler talks to Nancy Sathre-Vogel from FamilyOnBikes.com about their odyssey – a bike ride with two young boys along the length of the Pan-American highway from Alaska to the southern end of South America. Learn why they did this trip, how they have managed it and what they have learned along the way.

DATE: Sat, 02 Jan 2010
SIZE: 24.9 MB
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AT#213 - Travel to Berlin and Prague in December

I talk about my recent trip to Berlin and Prague in December. This trip was just after the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and 20 years after my last trip to Berlin. We will look at a 3 hour free walking tour of Berlin and at a paid private tour of Prague (a gift from OurExplorer.com). We will talk about the history of World War II, Communism and even the Hussite Wars. We will talk about the Christmas markets which are everywhere in both cities in December with their booths, crafts, food and mulled wine. I will tell you of some of the sites of these cities including museums, castles, churches, memorials, and even an Art Nouveau stain glass window in a very old yet also very new cathedral.

DATE: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
SIZE: 16.4 MB
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AT#212 - Travel to Geneva, Switzerland (with soundseeing)

The Amateur Traveler travels to Geneva and experiences the Escalade which celebrates the defeat of the Savoy in 1602. Geneva is the home to many UN agencies, an old town, a cathedral and an excellent rare book collection. You can also find lots of ways to eat melted cheese and other Swiss treats on the shore of beautiful Lake Geneva. In this unusual episode Chris overcomes a technical microphone difficulty to record an episode on the road. This episode inlcudes some of the sounds of the Escalade festival.

DATE: Sat, 12 Dec 2009
SIZE: 23.2 MB
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AT#211 - Travel to Johannesburg, South Africa

The Amateur Traveler talks to Ilana Fayerman from Project Explorer about Johannesburg, South Africa. Project Explorer creates educational videos for kids and Ilana is one of the video hosts. She traveled to Johannesburg to meet its people, experience its culture and eat something very weird (see picture). She will take us on a virtual tour of neighborhoods like Newtown where she will introduce us to the New Market Theatre. She will take us into the township of Soweto. Out of the poverty of Soweto has come some of the hope of South Africa. It boasts the only street in the world (Vilakazi Street) to have produced two winners of the Nobel Peace prize. Ilana will also tell us which game animal is the tastiest and what happens when you put too much Chakalaka on your pap. We will dance in gum boots, take a safari to KwaZulu-Natal, learn when you can join a drum circle, lunch with art and visit the cradle of Human Kind.

DATE: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
SIZE: 19.4 MB
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AT#210 - Travel to the Ancient Capitals of Thailand

Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Kepkes of NomadicMatt.com about his trip to the ancient capitals of Thailand: Ayutthaya, Lopburi and Sukhothai. Before the capital moved to Bangkok it was in each of these three cities as invaders came in from what is now Cambodia and Burma and then were subsequently repelled. Instead of taking the night train to Chang Mai as many tourists do, Matt and his traveling companions explored these cities on the way. In their travels they found ancient temples (some in ruins and some well preserved), wonderful night markets, troops of monkeys, friendly people and a slice of rural Thailand.

DATE: Sat, 28 Nov 2009
SIZE: 27.3 MB
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AT#209 - Travel to Eastern Germany

The Amateur Traveler talks to Eleonora about visiting eastern Germany. Eleonora grew up in Dresden and starts our tour there with a city restored from the rubble of World War II to one that boasts beautiful baroque architecture. She takes up verbally to the Master’s Gallery and also to the Green Vault in the old palace. She recommends the famous opera house as well as the recent rebuilt Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). We climb to the old fortress (Festung Koenigstein) which protected the area. After Dresden Eleonora directs us to the mountains of Saxon Switzerland and to the Oer Mountains with its tradition Christmas wood carvings. From there we go to Leipzig and to Bauzen (capital of a slavic minority – the Sorbs). We make a sobering stop at Buchenwald concentration camp before hiking in the Hatrz Mountains. Then we head north to Saxony-Anhalt where we stop by the oldest chocolate factory in Germany in Helle. Eleonora encourages us to visit the palace of Sanssouci at Postdam and the Hanseatic cities Rostock and Stralsund. While in Eastern Germany we should try Christstollen, Baumkuchen, and Saxon Potato Soup. Two special tips from Eleonora are to visit the Hechtfest multicultural art festival in Dresden and the medieval Christmas market.

DATE: Sat, 21 Nov 2009
SIZE: 22.0 MB
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AT#208 - Travel to Turin and Bologna (or Eating our way through Italy)

The Amateur Traveler talks to Ira Bernstein about two lesser visited cities in Italy - Turin and Bologna. Turin has the reputation as the Detroit of Italy because of its long association with Fiat but that nickname does not express the beauty of the city, the warmth of its people nor the quality of its wine. Bologna has a reputation for good food in a country known for its good food which may be one of the reasons that Bologna is known as "the fat". The city is the home of bolognese sauce and lasagna. It also lays claim to one of the oldest if not the oldest university in Europe. Ira takes us on a tour of surprising museums (like the largest Egyptian museum outside Cairo), pivotal history and of course wonderful food. 

DATE: Mon, 16 Nov 2009
SIZE: 22.6 MB
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AT#207 - Travel to the Tyrol (Tirol) Region of Austria

The Amateur Traveler talks to Edith about the mountainous region of Austria where she grew up, the Tyrol. Edith designs for us both a winter and a summer itinerary, both of which involve getting outside and enjoying the beautiful mountains. In the winter we would ski and in the summer we would hike. When we are not hiking or enjoying one of the mountain alms then we can explore the palace at Innsbruck, a hiking museum and the Höfemuseum which is a farm museum. Edith talks about traditional foods such as Wiener Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn (sweet pancake dish), Kaspressknödel (fried cheese dumplings) and Graukäse (literally grey cheese). To work off that rich food (and of course beer) she will recommend we hike between the mountain huts or up her favorite hike Nochspitze.

DATE: Sat, 07 Nov 2009
SIZE: 20.6 MB
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AT#206 - Travel to Molokai and Lanai in Hawaii

The Amateur Traveler talks to Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View and the Holoholo Wale blogs about two less visited islands in the Hawaiian islands – Lanai and Molokai. Both islands are less developed than their neighbors and better islands for relaxing on a beach than filling up your time with excursions from the activity vendors. Molokai is the one of the two that stole Pam’s heart away with a more authentic Hawaiian experience. Molokai might be best known for recently sainted Father Damien who worked with victims of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) on the island until he himself succumbed to the disease.

DATE: Sat, 31 Oct 2009
SIZE: 26.9 MB
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AT#205 - Travel to Nepal and Everest

DATE: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
SIZE: 18.8 MB
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AT#204 - Travel to Iceland

The Amateur Traveler talks to Dave Grenewetzki about his recent trip to Iceland. Taking advantage of the weakness of the Icelandic economy Dave and his family drove the ring road around Iceland and visited places with great names like the waterfalls Svartifoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Gulfoss, Lake Myvatn and the dark castles of Dimmuborgir, the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon, the geysers of Geysir and Strokkur, the geothermal activity of Namaskard pass, the university town of Akureyri, the hobbit-like town of Glaumbaer. They went bird watching at Ingolfshofdi, took in the baths at the Blue Lagoon, took the free welcome walking tour of Reykjavik with Jonas, zigzagged between icebergs, hiked to Thingvellir, and took in the tourist attraction of the Midlina bridge.

DATE: Wed, 14 Oct 2009
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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AT#203 - Travel to the Gulf States: UAE (Dubai), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait

The Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt about his trip to the 5 different countries that make up the Gulf states: UAE (Dubai), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait. Each of these countries is an Arab country and a muslim country but in some, like Dubai, large portions of the population are from elsewhere. These countries include the very modern emirate of Dubai with its malls, hotels and an indoor ski slope. The gulf states also include the surprising country of Oman with ancient forts and the most memorable person Gary has met in his nearly 3 years of travel. Qatar is the home to Al Jazeera and of course Kuwait was the site of the first Gulf War. Hear about the world’s tallest building, fastest ferry and longest bridge.

DATE: Sat, 03 Oct 2009
SIZE: 22.5 MB
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AT#202 - Travel to Sri Lanka

The Amateur Traveler talks to Karl Anders who has traveled to Sri Lanka 8 times after striking up a friendship with the late author Arthur C. Clarke who settled there. Karl takes us on a vital tour of Sri Lanka from the capital of Colombo to the beautiful beaches to some of the archeological ruins at Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Dambulla is notable for some of the cave murals. Sigiriya is particularly notable for the rock fortress, ruins of a palace high on this rock outcropping and again some of the cave murals. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa both also have numerous stupas (a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics). The inland high mountains are home to the tea country, plentiful tea fields and numerous tea factories. Karl recommends the Galle Face Hotel and some of the other inexpensive hotels left over from the British era. He also recommends hiring a car and driver/interpreter and avoiding the traffic and public transportation. We also talk about the recent civil war.

DATE: Sat, 26 Sep 2009
SIZE: 20.6 MB
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AT#201 - Travel to the Philippines

The Amateur Traveler talks to Ivan Hernares, an award winning Philippines travel blogger, about his home country of the Philippines. Ivan leads us on a virtual tour of the 7107 islands of the Philippines archipelago starting in Manila. Manila has the walled city of Intramuros that reflects its Spanish colonial heritage as well as its asian heritage in Binondo (its chinatown where we can pick up some Lumpia or a winter-melon cake ). There are inexpensive places for backpackers to stay in the Malate neighborhood. Polish up your layup if you want to meet locals since the unofficial national sport is basketball. Then we head south to the power white sand beaches and nightlife of Borocay, the oldest city in the Philippines which is Cebu, the chocolate hills of Bohol and the underground river of Palawan. We explore the rice terraces of Ifugao (a world heritage site) and the WWII historic sites at Corregidor and Bataan. Ivan talks about unique architecture such as the Philippine Baroque churches and the vahay na bato” stone houses. Ivan loves a good hike up Mount Pinatubo or Mount Pulag in the Cordilleras. And if you go to the Philippines don’t forget to pick up some dried mangoes.

DATE: Sat, 19 Sep 2009
SIZE: 24.9 MB
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AT#200 - Travel to Wisconsin

The Amateur Traveler talks to Christine who comes to tell us that Wisconsin has more to offer than just visiting my relatives. She starts us on a tour of the state from the college town and capital of Madison with its street fairs, concerts and capital building. We hear about the influence of Wisconsin born architect Frank Lloyd Wright who founded his school of architecture at nearby Taliesin. We enjoy the bike paths, breweries, badgers football and burial mounds. The we move on to Milwaukee with its neighborhoods, breweries and of course baseball. We stop in Kohler and then head up Wisconsin’s “thumb” to Door county. After visiting Green Bay and the home of the Packers we head up to the north woods with its many small lakes and Lake Superior with its one very big one. We wrap up by winding down the Mississippi river. Think there is nothing to see in Wisconsin? Think again.

DATE: Sat, 12 Sep 2009
SIZE: 25.7 MB
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AT#199 - Travel to Laos

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Oppenheim (who has previously been on the show talking about trekking in the Himalayas and traveling to Cuba) about travel to Laos. Sam Visited Laos as part of a year spent traveling around the world when he traveled extensively in Asia. Sam’s itinerary included the capital of Vientiane as well as Luang Prabang, trekking in the hill villages around Luang namtha and cruising on the Mekong River near Nong Khiaw. Along the way Sam photographed monks, children and little bottles of alcohol with snakes in them. Discover this beautiful country through Sam’s stories and through his lens.

DATE: Sat, 05 Sep 2009
SIZE: 22.0 MB
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AT#198 - Travel to the Yukon Territory in Canada (and nearby Alaska)

DATE: Sat, 29 Aug 2009
SIZE: 23.5 MB
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#197 - Travel to Sicily in Italy

The Amateur Traveler talks to Madeline Jhawar from the Italy Beyond the Obvious blog about Sicily. Madeline was a tour guide for a number of years in Italy and says that Sicily is where the tour guides vacation. This beautiful island is more intense than the rest of Italy but it is also rich in culture and history. It is sometimes an assault on the sense says Madeline who honeymooned on the island. Madeline leads us in a trip circumnavigating the island from Messina to Palermo with stops in Taormina , Siracuse, Agrigento, Villa del Casale, Erice and Palermo. We take a side trip to climb the volcano at Stromboli and we touch on the many influences on the history of Sicily.

DATE: Sat, 22 Aug 2009
SIZE: 17.3 MB
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AT#196 - Travel to Uruguay

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lisa who has lived as student in Uruguay on two different occasions about that small South American country. Lisa talks about the capital city of Montevideo where she lived with independence plaza (and its statue to Jose Artigas), the markets, and the ramblas. She also talks about the food including the beef, chivito, mate, uruguay pizza, bizcocho, dulce de leche, and the local wine. Mostly she encourages us to visit Uruguay, meet the people and get out to the country side in Tacuarembo, Mercesdes, Colonia or Punta del Este.

DATE: Sat, 15 Aug 2009
SIZE: 19.3 MB
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AT#195 - Travel to Niue in the South Pacific

The Amateur Traveler talks to Nick from Iowa about his stay on the remote tropical island of Niue in the South Pacific. Niue is a coral atoll which is affiliated with New Zealand. This country has only 100 square miles and around 1500 people so this is a place to get away from it all and explore some of the striking scenery such as the coral formations of Togo Chasm, Vaikona Chasm and the Limu pools. Nick stayed in Alofi at Kololi’s Guesthouse and explored the island on motorcycle.

DATE: Sat, 08 Aug 2009
SIZE: 38.7 MB
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AT#194 - Work and Travel Around the World

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lisa Lubin of LLWorldTour about her round the world trip which extended from a year to a two and a half year odyssey and a nomadic lifestyle. Lisa talks about her trip but also talks about the various jobs she worked along the way. Why would an Emmy winning TV producer want to work in a coffee shop in Australia, teach English in Germany, become a research assistant in Germany and do PR for a company in Spain? 

DATE: Sat, 01 Aug 2009
SIZE: 32.2 MB
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AT#193 - Independent Travel to Beijing, China

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lee from Atlanta who is currently living in Qing Dao, China about traveling independently in Beijing, China. Lee describes getting around by bus, subway and taxi, eating street food, and biking through the Hutongs of Beijing. He guides us to lesser known sites like Beijing’s underground city and the site of the old Summer Palace. He leads us to the great wall at Badaling, Mutianyu, and Simatai. Lee also talks about side trips to see the Buddhas in the Yungang Caves near Datong and the nearby hanging monasteries and to see the Qing royal villas and replica of the Lhasa temple in Chungde. We talk about where to find a guide (and why you may not need one), Chinese history and what Lee suggested his parents should bring to China.

DATE: Sun, 19 Jul 2009
SIZE: 26.9 MB
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AT#190 - Travel to the Napa Valley in California’s Wine Country

The Amateur Traveler talks to Carole Terwilliger Meyers the author of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern California. Carole comes on the show to talk about California’s traditional wine country of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This episode focuses primarily on the Napa Valley and the many wineries that can be found there. We explore recreated castles, wine tasting , tours as well as other none wine related sites like mud baths, petrified forests, and the CIA (The Culinary Institute). We talk about restaurants and hotels, picnics and the wine train. Whether you are a connoisseur, a foodie or just a tourist, the Napa Valley has much to offer.

DATE: Sat, 18 Jul 2009
SIZE: 35.1 MB
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AT#192 - Travel to Jerusalem

The Amateur Traveler talks again to Douglas Duckett the author of a popular free travel guide to Israel. This time we talked to Douglass about traveling to the holy city, Jerusalem. We step back and look at Jerusalem through the eyes of the three major faiths for which it is a significant location: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. We look at significant sites for all three religions such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Al-Aqsa Mosque mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. We talk about surprises that are continually being uncovered in Jerusalem like Hezikaih’s tunnel, Robinson’s Arch and Burnt House. And in the process we talk about the practical considerations for visiting this amazing city.

DATE: Sat, 11 Jul 2009
SIZE: 27.5 MB
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AT#191 - Adventure Travel to Venezuela

The Amateur Traveler talks to Diana Higuera who is a native of Venezuela who worked for a number of years as a tour guide on adventure tours to see Venezuela's wildlife and natural beauty. Diana takes us on a virtual tour starting in Margarita island, then heading to the Los Roques archipelago north of Venezuela, then in an indian canoe up the Orinoco river. From there we will head to the tepuis (table top mountains) in Canaima National Park in Venezuela's Amazon basin. There we will see the highest waterfall in the world at Angel Falls. We will also go behind Sapo falls. Along the way we will see birds, monkeys and anacondas. We will fish for piranas, pet crocodiles and eat street food in Venezuela.

DATE: Mon, 29 Jun 2009
SIZE: 41.2 MB
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4 Year Anniversary

This is a special Amateur Traveler episode that talks about the history of the show. It also includes one of the early episodes (episode 9 on Bad Hotels). It was recorded at the Park Royal resort on Cozumel

DATE: Sat, 20 Jun 2009
SIZE: 31.6 MB
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AT#189 - Travel to Prague in the Czech Republic

The Amateur Traveler talks to Audrey Scott and Daniel Knoll of UncorneredMarket.com about Prague where they lived for 5 years. Audrey and Daniel are currently traveling around the world and talked to me from El Salvador. Audrey and Daniel talk about the touristy things to do in Prague like the Prague castle, the Charles bridge and Wenceslas Square. They also talk about the touristy things that they would recommend skipping like Karlova street and its souvenir stands (they even give us a shortcut through the university and the Karolinum to avoid it). They would not; however, skip drinking Czech beer in a beer garden like the Latna (but would pass on Czech wine). They tell us how to walk around the barkers in period costumes selling packaged concerts to tourists and find the real music scene in Prague from classical to Balkan. Since they have moved on you can’t crash on their couch but you can share in their expertise of how to cherish Prague.

DATE: Sat, 13 Jun 2009
SIZE: 34.9 MB
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AT#188 - Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany

The Amateur Traveler talks to Jason and Janie about their trip to Bavaria and Southern Germany. Jason and Janie had perviously been on the Amateur Traveler on Travel to Barbados - Episode 109. The talk about visiting the Black Forest with its wineries, Geramany’s tallest waterfall and the world’s largest cuckoo clock. They also visited the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Rothenburg (which may have been spared the ravages of the 30 years war by a hard drinking mayor) is the home to a wonderful Christmas market as well as a Christmas museum. The Rothenburg Nightwatchman’s tour is also something you should try. Jason and Jamie also went to Nurenburg with its wonderful market place and saw “Mad” King Ludwig’s castle Neuschwanstein. The finished the trip in the home of very large beer steins at Munich. In Munich they enjoyed the glockenspiel, the toy museum and some of the wonderful old churches.

DATE: Sat, 06 Jun 2009
SIZE: 28.4 MB
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AT#187 - Traveling to Beijing, China with a Tour

The Amateur Traveler talks to Joy Dupont about taking a guided tour to visit Beijing, China. Joy talks about the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Lama temple, the Temple of Heaven and the Hutong area of Beijing which still looks like old China. We talk about shopping at silk factories, cloisonné factories, jade factories and the world's largest herbal drugstore. We also talk about an area of Beijing like a Chinese Greenwich Village called "798". Regent China Tours is the tour company that Joy uses. From street food, unidentifiable food to the Bai Family Courtyard Restaurant, China is a treat for those willing to try new foods and willing to try chopsticks. Although KFC, McDonalds and Starbucks can be found we recommend the tea houses instead. Great sites, amazingly large crowds, ancient treasures and the rush of modern life. All of these are China.

DATE: Sat, 30 May 2009
SIZE: 23.9 MB
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AT#186 - Travel to Estonia

The Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Jeanine Barone about Estonia. Estonia is a small forested country with picturesque islands, medieval fortifications, a thriving design community, a great restaurant scene and a young and vibrant culture. Estonia only recently regained its independence from the U.S.S.R. (1991) but is thriving and filled with innovation. This interview, like all the Amateur Traveler interviews, was recorded with Skype… which is headquartered in Estonia. We talked about hotels, restaurants, guide books, wine bars and chocolate.

DATE: Sun, 17 May 2009
SIZE: 25.2 MB
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AT#185 - Travel to Krakow, Poland

The Amateur Traveler talks to Raul from Atlanta about his recent trip to Krakow Poland. Learn about this former capital of Poland which is a treasure trove of history. Raul will take us to the cloth hall in the old town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle. We will also talk about his trips to the unusual Wieliczka salt mine with its rock salt carvings. A very poignant side trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau makes us confront the unspeakable evil done in those two places. Raul also traveled to Wadowice, the boyhood home of the man who would later be Pope John Paul II, and Black Madonna, the home of the Black Madonna. In between we talk about Polish food (lard for your bread sir?), museums, transportation and history.

DATE: Sat, 09 May 2009
SIZE: 31.0 MB
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AT#184 - Travel to Oahu, Hawaii

The Amateur Traveler talks to Robin who is an expert on Hawaii about the island of Oahu. More specifically Robin is a Conde Naste "Top Travel Specialist" for Hawaii. We talk about populous and bustling downtown Honolulu and the see and be seen beach at Waikiki. We also talk about quieter beaches like Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and Haleiwa, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, kayaking, swimming with wild spinner dolphins and scuba diving out of Haleiwa. Robin gives us tips for visiting Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona memorial, the "Mighty Mo" battleship Missouri (and the Explorer's Tour) and the Pacific Aviation Museum. We talk about the differences between the windward and the leeward parts of Oahu. We hike the extinct volcano at Diamond Head (bring a flashlight). We discuss loco moco, a plate lunch and the upscale Alan Wong's restaurant Honolulu. We talk about nightlife from Kani Ka Pila to more trendy spots.

DATE: Sat, 02 May 2009
SIZE: 31.6 MB
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AT#183 - Travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith (who was a guest on Travel to America’s National Parks - Amateur Traveler Episode 121) about Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. We talk about all the different geothermal highlights of the park including Old Faithful, other geysers, thermal pools, etc. We also talk about wildlife, hiking, camping, floating down the Snake river, the grand canyon of the yellowstone, the grandeur of the Tetons (and the strange original of the name Teton).

DATE: Sat, 25 Apr 2009
SIZE: 32.2 MB
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#182 - Travel to Venice and the Veneto

The Amateur Traveler talks to Ira Bernstein about why he continues to go back to Venice and the Veneto (the Italian state where Venice is) annually. Learn about other parts of Venice besides the tourist filled Saint Mark's square. We talk about the Gheto in the Cannaregio sestieri. We talk about how to get around, where you can stay for less money and why you might want to stay outside of Venice. We talk about the glass blowers of Morano and the lace makers of Borano. Then we get outside of Venice to Padua, Verona, and Bassano del Grappa. We will stand in Galileo's lectern at the university of Padua (where they paid him his weight in gold to come teach). And we will visit the (fake) balcony of Juliet in Padua where we will rub a statue of Juliet for luck.

DATE: Sat, 18 Apr 2009
SIZE: 18.6 MB
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AT#181 - Travel to the Virgin Islands

The Amateur Traveler talks to Harry Pariser about the Virgin Islands. Harry is the author of Explore the Virgin Islands which just printed its seventh edition. Harry takes about the United States Virgin islands (primarily St Thomas, St John and St Croix) and the British Virgin Islands (primarily Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). The Virgin Islands offer high end luxury resorts, cruise ships but also camping on a beach. They have gourmet restaurants but also local cuisine like conch salad and john cakes. They offer snorkeling, scuba, hiking or just lying on a beach. They take U.S. dollars and speak English making this and accessible island paradise. Harry is making his second appearance on the Amateur Traveler. He was also the guest on Travel to Costa Rica - Amateur Traveler Episode 116.

DATE: Sat, 11 Apr 2009
SIZE: 36.6 MB
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AT#180 - Cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

The Amateur Traveler talks to again to Chris Willis (Swimming with Whales off Tonga - Episode 38, Ethiopia - Episode 79, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda - Episode 80, Travel to Mongolia - Episode 111) about his cruise with Quark Expeditions from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica via the Falklands, South Georgia and South Orkney islands. We talk about wildlife photography of penguins, sea birds, whales and bad tempered fur seals.

DATE: Sat, 04 Apr 2009
SIZE: 20.0 MB
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AT#179 - Travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan

The Amateur Traveler talks to Jose from Caracas Venezuela about a recent trip to Bhutan. Learn about this remote country in the himalayas. Jose, a friend, a tour guide and a drive explored a small portion of the beautiful country on a 5 day trip. They hiked to Buddhist monasteries, watched the national sport (archery) and even saw the youngest king in the world. The flight in may be harrowing but the country itself is peaceful.

DATE: Sat, 28 Mar 2009
SIZE: 29.7 MB
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AT#178 - Travel to the Eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Amateur Traveler talks to Doug McConnell of OpenRoad.tv about his love for the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Doug has been going to this rugged, stark and beautiful area of California and Nevada since he was a kid. He tells us about Hollywood's love of this area, the oldest trees on the planet, the water wars of California, the tufa fields of Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie and more. He also tells of his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell who called this area their home until their deaths in 2002. Galen was a renowned nature photographer and Barbara was his partner and pilot.

DATE: Sat, 21 Mar 2009
SIZE: 35.4 MB
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AT#177 - Travel to Mexico City, Mexico

The Amateur Traveler talks to Anna Laura about her home city of Mexico City. We will talk about food, museums, architecture and history. We will puzzle about why the tourists stay in the Zona Rosa and we will tell you where they should go including Coyacan and Xochimilco. We will climb the world's third largest pyramid and eat street food. Discover this huge, bustling, diverse city. 20 million Mexico's can't be wrong.

DATE: Sat, 14 Mar 2009
SIZE: 30.6 MB
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AT#176 - Travel to Texas

The Amateur Traveler talks to Dennis Cheatham of LoveforTexas.com about his home state of Texas. Dennis takes us on a virtual tour of the Lone Star state including some of the usually stops at Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and some of the more unusual stops like a fake Prada store, a replica of Stonehenge and a haunted railroad crossing. On the way we will learn more about the history and people of this state that has been part of 6 different countries.

DATE: Sat, 07 Mar 2009
SIZE: 27.5 MB
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AT#175 - Travel to Moscow, Russia

The Amateur Traveler talks to John from Dallas about traveling to Moscow. We talk about red square, the Kremlin, the towers of Saint Basil’s cathedral, night life, the National History Museum, Cold War Museum and Russian women in mini-skirts. John who knows only two words of Russian still finds it easy enough to both get around in and fall in love with this somewhat mysterious city. Just think how much much he would like it if he visited Moscow in Summer.

DATE: Fri, 27 Feb 2009
SIZE: 1.14 MB
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Special Announcement - Lonely Planet Awards Voting

The Amateur Traveler was nominated for a Lonely Planet Travel Blogging Award in the Podcast category and I could use your help. You will find a link to vote on http://AmateurTraveler.com

DATE: Sat, 21 Feb 2009
SIZE: 25.2 MB
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AT#174 - Travel to Oaxaca, Mexico

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sarah Menkedick about her adopted home town of Oaxaca Mexico. Sarah talks about her love for this sunny tropical city with both colonial and pre-columbian roots. Oaxaca has recovered from its political troubles but tourism is still down so this may be the perfect time to explore its markets, sample its food, marvel at its ruins, and relax in its public square. Sarah's top three reasons to come to Oaxaca are all food: mescal, mole and chile.

DATE: Sat, 14 Feb 2009
SIZE: 25.5 MB
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AT#173 - Travel to Nashville, Tennessee

The Amateur Traveler talks to Geoff Smith about his boyhood home of Nashville that he recently moved back to. What would bring a musician back to Nashville after he has lived all of the world? Geoff talks about the things that tourists come to see: the Grand Ole Opry, Honky Tonk Row (including his own piano bar the Big Bang Bar), the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Musicians Hall of Fame, The Opryland Hotel. Then Geoff tells us what he really loves about Nashville. Nashville is a place where creative and artistic people can live among the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee in one of the USA’s big three music cities.

DATE: Sat, 07 Feb 2009
SIZE: 32.2 MB
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AT#172 - Bike Travel in Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)

The Amateur Traveler talks to Friedel from TravellingTwo.com about their continuing bike tour around the world. Friedel was on previously talking about travel to Iran and has come back to talk about the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. This region of the world offers adventure travelers deserts, tea houses, camels, wild horses, yurts, tea houses, spectacular mountains, friendly locals and fermented mares milk.

DATE: Sat, 31 Jan 2009
SIZE: 28.9 MB
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AT#171 - Travel to Ukraine

The Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica from Williamsburg Virgina who traveled last Summer to the Ukraine with an ethnomusicologist from Villiage Harmony to learn how to sing Ukrainian folk music. Jessica travelled both to larger cities like the capital Kiev and Ivano-Frankivsk and small country villages. She also journeyed into the Carpathian mountains on the Romanian border. Jessica relates some of the stories about the people she met, the food they ate and scary public bathrooms. Learn why you should not whistle indoors or give someone a dozen roses in the Ukraine.

DATE: Sat, 24 Jan 2009
SIZE: 31.9 MB
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AT#170 - Travel to Cuba

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam about his recent trip to Cuba with his brother. Sam visited Havana and Trinadad. He reveled in the local music, the warmth of the people, the beautiful and enigmatic scenery and tolerated the food. Sam who is one eighth Cuban also met family that he had not known about until recently. Sam’s highlights include walking with tourists and locals alike along the malecon on the shore of Havana. As a photographer he came back with over a thousand pictures of the people, the colonial architecture and the classic cars of Cuba. A small sample of Sam’s work can be seen in the iTunes enhanced version of the show.

DATE: Sat, 17 Jan 2009
SIZE: 32.8 MB
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AT#169 - Travel to Armenia

The Amateur Traveler talks to David Dougherty about his recent trip to the small country of Armenia. David talks about view of Mount Ararat (just over the border in Turkey), monasteries and churches, riding the packed minivan buses (marshrutkas), meeting locals with a shared interest, the food, the legends and some of the history (the Armenian genocide).

DATE: Sat, 10 Jan 2009
SIZE: 23.0 MB
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AT#168 - Travel to Key West, Florida

The Amateur Traveler talks to Casey Wohl the author of the Girls Getaway Guide to Key West about Key West Florida. We will talk about how the area has changed in the last 20 years from Jimmy Buffet’s famous Margaritaville to an area with numerous nice restaurants, art galleries and hotels. We will also talk about beaches, Ernest Hemmingway and other sland characters and how to catch a spiny lobster with your tickle stick.

DATE: Sat, 03 Jan 2009
SIZE: 37.9 MB
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AT#167 - Travel to Israel

The Amateur Traveler talks to Douglas Duckett about his travels to Israel and his popular travel guide to Israel. Douglas has fallen in love not just with the "holy land" but with the modern nation of Israel. We address the issue of "is it safe to travel to Israel" at this time when Israel is at war with the Palestinians in Gaza. He takes us on a virtual trip from the beaches and night life of Tel Aviv, through the working city of Haifa with the beautiful Baha'i gardens and the informative museum about the modern jewish immigration. We stop at Lake Kinneret (also known as The Sea of Galilee, also Sea of Genneseret, or Lake Tiberias) at the town of Tiberius. We make a detour to the historic site of Gamla the "Masada of the North" before turning our face toward Jerusalem. On the way to Jerusalem we stop at Megiddo (Armageddon in the bible) and the roman ruins at Beit-Shean. In Jerusalem we talk about the overwhelming religious and historic significance of the city and how some people come down with " Jerusalem syndrome". We suggest a walking tour of the city, a tour of the Mount of Olives, the holocaust memorial and the Israel museum. We also talk about the work the Jerusalem YMCA is doing to promote peace with their peace preschool that teaches Jewish and Palestinian children together.

DATE: Sat, 27 Dec 2008
SIZE: 30.1 MB
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AT#166 - Travel to Scotland

The Amateur Traveler talks to Eden (an ambassador for Macallan Whiskey) about his home country of Scotland. Eden lays out a tour for Amateur Traveler listeners that starts in Edinburgh with its castle, royal mile and pubs and continues up to Saint Andrews (the home of golf) and the castles of Perthshire. We make sure to stop on the Whiskey trail of Speyside before continuing to the rugged countryside of the highlands. We also talk about special events, famous scotsmen and hagis.

DATE: Sat, 20 Dec 2008
SIZE: 29.1 MB
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AT#165 - Traveling to Acadia National Park in Maine

The Amateur Traveler talks to Margot about Acadia National Park in Maine. Margot has been going to Acadia since she was a little girl to hike, bike, kayak, and connect with the beauty of this beautiful area. She talks about the sights, the seafood, the Maine people and why you should not go blueberry picking with her grandfather.

DATE: Sat, 13 Dec 2008
SIZE: 25.3 MB
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AT#164 - Travel to Zanzibar in Tanzania

The Amateur Traveler talks to Tadzio about his trip to Zanzibar in Tanzania, off the east coast of Africa. Tadzio worked as a ranger on Chumbe then toured Stonetown, the northern beaches, the Jozani forest, and Pemba. Hear about the food, the people, the snorkeling, the swimming, the beaches and the history of this tropical island paradise.

DATE: Sat, 06 Dec 2008
SIZE: 41.7 MB
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AT#163 - Travel to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

The Amateur Traveler talks to Zora O'Neil who is one of the co-authors of the Rough Guide in the Yucatan guide book. Zora talks about this very beautiful, very tropical and very isolated part of Mexico. Learn about the beach communities (Riviera Maya - Cancun, Talum, Playa del Carmen; Costa Maya - Majahual, Xcalak; Isla Holbox), getting around, the food (Xni Pec, Achiote), the colonial cities (Merida) and the Mayan ruins (the Ruta Puc, Uxmal, Calakmul).

DATE: Sat, 29 Nov 2008
SIZE: 21.8 MB
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AT#162 - Travel to Slovenia

The Amateur Traveler talks to Shel Holtz (from the For Immediate Release podcast) about his trip to Slovenia. Here about the food, the wine, the lake and the cake as Shel describes his visit to the capital of Ljubjana, the caves at Postojna, Portoroz castle and Lake Bled. Slovenia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

DATE: Sat, 22 Nov 2008
SIZE: 24.3 MB
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#AT161 - Transylvania in Romania

The Amateur Traveler talks to Shawn about his trip to Transylvania in Romania. We talk, of course, about Vlad III the Impaler (Dracula) but also about the green rolling hills, walled towns, castles and people of this beautiful country.

DATE: Sun, 16 Nov 2008
SIZE: 16.9 MB
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#19 - Cruising - Formal or Barefoot?

The Amateur Traveler compares two very different cruise options, a Royal Caribbean cruise with formal nights and midnight buffets and the Windjammer Barefoot Cruise. Which cruising option is right for you?

DATE: Sun, 16 Nov 2008
SIZE: 13.7 MB
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#20 - Cruising - St George Bermuda

The Amateur Traveler goes to St Georges on the island of Bermuda. This World Heritage town is the 5th oldest European settlement in the new world and the home of the oldest English speaking church. This visit was part of a cruise to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean.

DATE: Sun, 16 Nov 2008
SIZE: 14.0 MB
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#21 - Cruising - Alaska by Small Boat

The Amateur Traveler talks to Deanna about cruising to Alaska aboard a small boat from Cruise West In a nights ashore / days at sea program.

DATE: Sat, 15 Nov 2008
SIZE: 28.1 MB
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India as a Woman - Episode 160

The Amateur Traveler talks to Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick for Women Traveling to India, about the joys and challenges of traveling to India, especially solo travel as a woman. Learn what iconic image Beth has in her house, how she can go to the sub-continent with only the clothes on her back and how to fall in love with India

DATE: Sat, 08 Nov 2008
SIZE: 39.7 MB
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AT#159 - San Franciisco, California

The Amateur Traveler talks to Richard Miller of the SparkleTack podcast (about San Francisco history) about San Francisco. Richard guides us in a driving/walking tour from west to east. We start at lands end and end up near fisherman's wharf while talking about the sites and history of many of the places in between. This is a great companion episode with the 2 part soundseeing walking tour of San Francisco.

DATE: Sat, 01 Nov 2008
SIZE: 28.5 MB
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#158 - Zimbabwe

The Amateur Traveler talks to Alex Lindsay about his adventures in Zimbabwe. Alex has been traveling to Zimbabwe twice a year for a number of years where he has built friendships with the people there including some notable artists and musicians. Alex talks about the struggles of life in Zimbabwe and the beauty of the country and the people.

DATE: Sat, 25 Oct 2008
SIZE: 24.8 MB
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AT#157 - Seoul, South Korea

The Amateur Traveler talks to Rachel about Seoul, South Korea. Rachel is a college student from Hong Kong who studied in Seoul for the Summer. She talks about historic palaces, museums, customs and shopping in this city that she describes as a "kaleidoscope."

DATE: Sat, 18 Oct 2008
SIZE: 25.1 MB
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AT#156 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Amateur Traveler talks to Robin Noelle (author of next year’s edition of the Moon Guidebook for Puerto Vallarta) about Puerto Vallarta. Robin talks about the beach, the food, the jungle and 12 foot wide Manta rays.

DATE: Sun, 12 Oct 2008
SIZE: 28.7 MB
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AT#155 - Colorado

The Amateur Traveler talks to Brad Hugg soon to be the host of the Colorado Podcast about his state. He talks about the citieson teh frontal range and gives us a great circle route that takes in 14ers (peaks over 14 thousand feet), huge sand dunes, buttes, Mesa Verde, and the ski resorts near the continental divide.

DATE: Sat, 04 Oct 2008
SIZE: 31.5 MB
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AT#154 - Immersive Travel in the USA

The Amateur Traveler talks to author Sheryl Kayne about her new book Immersion Travel USA. She talks about volunteer travel, educational travel and other immersive experiences from experiencing zero G to quilting, from climbing frozen waterfalls to counting right whales.

DATE: Sat, 27 Sep 2008
SIZE: 24.3 MB
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AT#153 - Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

DATE: Sat, 20 Sep 2008
SIZE: 24.6 MB
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AT#152 - Georgia

Georgia

DATE: Sat, 13 Sep 2008
SIZE: 23.8 MB
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AT#151 - The Outer Banks of North Carolina

The Outer Banks of North Carolina

DATE: Sat, 06 Sep 2008
SIZE: 21.5 MB
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AT#150 - The Bahamas

The Bahamas

DATE: Sat, 30 Aug 2008
SIZE: 29.8 MB
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AT#149 - Siberia, Russia - (Mis)Adventure Travel

Siberia, Russia - (Mis)Adventure Travel

DATE: Sat, 23 Aug 2008
SIZE: 35.7 MB
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AT#148 - Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

DATE: Sat, 09 Aug 2008
SIZE: 24.6 MB
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AT#147 - Kerala, India

Kerala, India

DATE: Sat, 02 Aug 2008
SIZE: 21.6 MB
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AT#146 - The Island of Dominica

The Island of Dominica

DATE: Sat, 26 Jul 2008
SIZE: 25.3 MB
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AT#145 - Ireland

Ireland

DATE: Sat, 19 Jul 2008
SIZE: 33.2 MB
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AT#144 - Singapore

Singapore

DATE: Sat, 12 Jul 2008
SIZE: 24.6 MB
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AT#143 - Colombia

Colombia

DATE: Sat, 05 Jul 2008
SIZE: 25.1 MB
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AT#142 - Traveling with Small Children

Traveling with Small Children

DATE: Sat, 28 Jun 2008
SIZE: 24.2 MB
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AT#141 - Madagascar

Madagascar

DATE: Sat, 21 Jun 2008
SIZE: 30.5 MB
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AT#140 - Sailing In The Greek Islands

Sailing In The Greek Islands

DATE: Sat, 14 Jun 2008
SIZE: 24.4 MB
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AT#139 - Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Lancaster County Pennsylvania

DATE: Sun, 08 Jun 2008
SIZE: 31.2 MB
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AT#138 - Enlgand and Greece Revisited

Enlgand and Greece Revisited

DATE: Sat, 17 May 2008
SIZE: 24.3 MB
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AT#137 - Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

DATE: Sat, 10 May 2008
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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AT#136 - Western Australia

Western Australia

DATE: Sun, 04 May 2008
SIZE: 29.4 MB
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AT#135 - Through Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at 10

Through Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at 10

DATE: Sun, 27 Apr 2008
SIZE: 42.4 MB
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AT#134 - Iran by Bike

Iran by Bike

DATE: Sun, 20 Apr 2008
SIZE: 33.3 MB
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AT#133 - Croatia Backroads

Croatia Backroads

DATE: Sun, 13 Apr 2008
SIZE: 57.7 MB
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SE#2 - Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

DATE: Sat, 05 Apr 2008
SIZE: 27.4 MB
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AT#132 - Tunisia

Tunisia

DATE: Sat, 29 Mar 2008
SIZE: 33.3 MB
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AT#131 - Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

DATE: Sat, 22 Mar 2008
SIZE: 30.1 MB
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AT#130 - FInland

Finland

DATE: Sat, 15 Mar 2008
SIZE: 29.1 MB
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AT#129 - Thailand

Thailand

DATE: Sat, 08 Mar 2008
SIZE: 26.8 MB
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AT#128 - Micronesia

Micronesia

DATE: Sat, 01 Mar 2008
SIZE: 25.6 MB
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AT#127 - Cambodia

Cambodia

DATE: Sat, 23 Feb 2008
SIZE: 21.5 MB
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AT#126 - Malta

Malta

DATE: Sat, 16 Feb 2008
SIZE: 25.8 MB
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AT#125 - Volunteer Travel / Voluntourism

Volunteer Travel / Voluntourism

DATE: Sun, 10 Feb 2008
SIZE: 29.0 MB
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AT#124 - Nicaragua

Nicaragua

DATE: Sun, 03 Feb 2008
SIZE: 25.1 MB
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AT#123 - Pauline Frommer on Budget Travel

Pauline Frommer on Budget Travel

DATE: Sat, 26 Jan 2008
SIZE: 33.0 MB
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AT#122 - Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

DATE: Sun, 20 Jan 2008
SIZE: 35.1 MB
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AT#121 - America's National Parks

America's National Parks

DATE: Sat, 12 Jan 2008
SIZE: 27.6 MB
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AT#120 - Biking Through Honduras, Guatemala and Belize

Biking Through Honduras, Guatemala and Belize

DATE: Sat, 05 Jan 2008
SIZE: 55.6 MB
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SE#1 - Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

DATE: Sat, 29 Dec 2007
SIZE: 32.8 MB
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AT#119 - Tahiti and French Polynesia

Tahiti and French Polynesia

DATE: Sat, 22 Dec 2007
SIZE: 22.1 MB
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AT#118 - London, England

London, England

DATE: Sat, 15 Dec 2007
SIZE: 32.2 MB
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AT#117 - Syria and Jordan

Syria and Jordan

DATE: Sat, 08 Dec 2007
SIZE: 27.0 MB
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AT#116 - Costa Rica

Costa Rica

DATE: Sat, 01 Dec 2007
SIZE: 30.9 MB
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AT#115 - Sweden

Sweden

DATE: Sat, 17 Nov 2007
SIZE: 33.2 MB
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AT#113 - Theme Cruise to Panama (Shakespeare at Sea / MacMania)

Theme Cruise to Panama (Shakespeare at Sea / MacMania)

DATE: Sat, 10 Nov 2007
SIZE: 35.3 MB
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AT#19 Rerun - Cruising - Barefoot or Formal

Rerun - Cruising - Barefoot or Formal

DATE: Sat, 03 Nov 2007
SIZE: 35.7 MB
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AT#112 - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

DATE: Sat, 27 Oct 2007
SIZE: 30.2 MB
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AT#111 - Mongolia

Mongolia

DATE: Sat, 20 Oct 2007
SIZE: 26.0 MB
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AT#110 - Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

DATE: Sat, 13 Oct 2007
SIZE: 35.7 MB
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#109 - Barbados

Barbados

DATE: Sat, 06 Oct 2007
SIZE: 31.7 MB
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#108 - Portugal

Portugal

DATE: Sat, 22 Sep 2007
SIZE: 33.3 MB
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#107 - Solo Travel as a Woman

Solo Travel as a Woman

DATE: Sun, 16 Sep 2007
SIZE: 41.4 MB
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#106 - New Mexico

New Mexico

DATE: Sun, 09 Sep 2007
SIZE: 28.5 MB
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#105 - Rhode Island

Rhode Island

DATE: Sat, 01 Sep 2007
SIZE: 29.1 MB
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#104 - New Zealand

New Zealand

DATE: Mon, 27 Aug 2007
SIZE: 29.4 MB
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#103 - Baja California

Baja California

DATE: Sun, 19 Aug 2007
SIZE: 34.0 MB
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#102 - Italy - The Cinque Terra, Lake Como and Milan

Italy - The Cinque Terra, Lake Como and Milan

DATE: Sun, 12 Aug 2007
SIZE: 32.5 MB
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#101 - The French Riviera (Nice, Cannes, Antibes) and Monaco

The French Riviera (Nice, Cannes, Antibes) and Monaco

DATE: Sun, 05 Aug 2007
SIZE: 37.9 MB
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#100 - Rothenberg Germany, Zurich and Interlaken Swizterland

Rothenberg Germany, Zurich and Interlaken Swizterland

DATE: Sat, 28 Jul 2007
SIZE: 23.3 MB
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#99 - Malaysia

Malaysia

DATE: Sat, 21 Jul 2007
SIZE: 29.8 MB
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#98 - The Netherlands and Belgium

The Netherlands and Belgium

DATE: Sun, 01 Jul 2007
SIZE: 18.1 MB
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#97 - The Seychelles (and Dubai)

The Seychelles (and Dubai)

DATE: Sun, 24 Jun 2007
SIZE: 32.7 MB
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#96 - Greece

Greece

DATE: Sun, 17 Jun 2007
SIZE: 29.0 MB
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#95 - Andalusia, Southern Spain

Andalusia, Southern Spain

DATE: Sat, 09 Jun 2007
SIZE: 36.3 MB
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#94 - The Greek Islands

The Greek Islands

DATE: Sat, 02 Jun 2007
SIZE: 29.7 MB
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#93 - Life as an Exchange Student in Northern Italy

Life as an Exchange Student in Northern Italy

DATE: Sun, 27 May 2007
SIZE: 31.6 MB
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#92 - Around the World, Family Style

Around the World, Family Style

DATE: Sun, 20 May 2007
SIZE: 38.4 MB
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#91 - Rudy Maxa - Savvy Traveler

Rudy Maxa - Savvy Traveler

DATE: Mon, 14 May 2007
SIZE: 26.0 MB
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#90 - Brazil

Brazil

DATE: Sat, 05 May 2007
SIZE: 26.7 MB
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#89 - The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

DATE: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
SIZE: 40.6 MB
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#88 - Travel Photography tips

Travel Photography tips

DATE: Sun, 22 Apr 2007
SIZE: 28.4 MB
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#87 - Kingston, Ontario

Kingston, Ontario

DATE: Sat, 14 Apr 2007
SIZE: 25.5 MB
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#86 - Everglades

Everglades

DATE: Sat, 07 Apr 2007
SIZE: 34.2 MB
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#85 - Burma / Myanmar

Burma / Myanmar

DATE: Sat, 31 Mar 2007
SIZE: 35.6 MB
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#84 - A Year In Europe

A Year In Europe

DATE: Mon, 26 Mar 2007
SIZE: 33.4 MB
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#83 - Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul Turkey

DATE: Sun, 18 Mar 2007
SIZE: 31.7 MB
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#82 - Turkey, Asia

Turkey, Asia

DATE: Sat, 03 Mar 2007
SIZE: 32.7 MB
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#81 - Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

DATE: Sat, 17 Feb 2007
SIZE: 20.2 MB
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#80 - Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda

DATE: Fri, 09 Feb 2007
SIZE: 19.4 MB
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#79 - Ethiopia

Ethiopia

DATE: Sun, 04 Feb 2007
SIZE: 27.1 MB
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#78 - Philadelphia

Philadelphia

DATE: Sun, 28 Jan 2007
SIZE: 27.5 MB
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#77 - Teaching English in Japan

Teaching English in Japan

DATE: Sun, 21 Jan 2007
SIZE: 25.3 MB
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#76 - Vietnam

Vietnam

DATE: Sat, 13 Jan 2007
SIZE: 23.2 MB
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#75 - Authors of "Europe From a Backpack"

Authors of "Europe From a Backpack"

DATE: Sat, 06 Jan 2007
SIZE: 18.1 MB
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#74 - Denmark with Howard Shepherd of the Word Nerds podcast

Denmark with Howard Shepherd of the Word Nerds podcast

DATE: Sat, 30 Dec 2006
SIZE: 19.4 MB
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#73 - Bike tour from Vancouver, B.C. to San Jose, CA

Bike tour from Vancouver, B.C. to San Jose, CA

DATE: Sat, 23 Dec 2006
SIZE: 22.6 MB
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#72 - Joe d'Eon, Airline Pilot and host of "Fly With Me"

Joe d'Eon, Airline Pilot and host of "Fly With Me"

DATE: Sat, 16 Dec 2006
SIZE: 18.7 MB
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#71 - Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

DATE: Sun, 10 Dec 2006
SIZE: 23.9 MB
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#70 - Cycling in Tuscany, Italy

Cycling in Tuscany, Italy

DATE: Sat, 02 Dec 2006
SIZE: 25.8 MB
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#69 - Peru and Ecuador in South America

Peru and Ecuador in South America

DATE: Mon, 27 Nov 2006
SIZE: 20.6 MB
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#68 - Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, Alberta Canada

Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, Alberta Canada

DATE: Mon, 20 Nov 2006
SIZE: 28.4 MB
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#67 - Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta Canada

Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta Canada

DATE: Mon, 13 Nov 2006
SIZE: 14.0 MB
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#66 - Norway

Norway

DATE: Sat, 04 Nov 2006
SIZE: 16.2 MB
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#65 - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

DATE: Sat, 28 Oct 2006
SIZE: 16.1 MB
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#64 - Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

DATE: Sat, 21 Oct 2006
SIZE: 15.8 MB
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#63 - Trekking in the Himalayas in India

Trekking in the Himalayas in India

DATE: Thu, 19 Oct 2006
SIZE: 14.3 MB
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#62 - New York City (part 2)

New York City (part 2)

DATE: Sat, 07 Oct 2006
SIZE: 14.2 MB
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#61 - New York City (part 1)

New York City (part 1)

DATE: Mon, 02 Oct 2006
SIZE: 13.0 MB
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#60 - Vancouver, Birtish Columbia (plus Victoria, Whistler)

Vancouver, Birtish Columbia (plus Victoria, Whistler)

DATE: Sat, 23 Sep 2006
SIZE: 16.3 MB
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#59 - China, Rob from Podcast411

China, Rob from Podcast411

DATE: Sat, 16 Sep 2006
SIZE: 16.8 MB
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#58 - Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

DATE: Sun, 10 Sep 2006
SIZE: 14.6 MB
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#57 - Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

DATE: Sat, 02 Sep 2006
SIZE: 13.8 MB
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#56 - Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

DATE: Mon, 28 Aug 2006
SIZE: 14.8 MB
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#55 - Hawaii, the big island

Hawaii, the big island

DATE: Sun, 20 Aug 2006
SIZE: 14.4 MB
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#54 - Latin American Adventure

Chicago, Illionois

DATE: Sat, 12 Aug 2006
SIZE: 17.2 MB
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#53 - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illionois

DATE: Sun, 06 Aug 2006
SIZE: 18.7 MB
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#52 - Tanzania, Africa as a guest

Tanzania, Africa as a guest

DATE: Sun, 30 Jul 2006
SIZE: 17.1 MB
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#51 - Tanzania, Africa as a tourist

Tanzania, Africa as a tourist

DATE: Fri, 14 Jul 2006
SIZE: 14.9 MB
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#50 - Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

DATE: Fri, 07 Jul 2006
SIZE: 14.8 MB
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#49 - Antarctica

Antarctica

DATE: Sun, 02 Jul 2006
SIZE: 11.1 MB
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#48 - San Diego, California

San Diego, California

DATE: Sat, 17 Jun 2006
SIZE: 13.3 MB
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#47 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

DATE: Sat, 10 Jun 2006
SIZE: 17.1 MB
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#46 - Turkey

Turkey

DATE: Mon, 05 Jun 2006
SIZE: 14.0 MB
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#45 - Travel Photography (interview with Chris Marquardt)

Travel Photography (interview with Chris Marquardt)

DATE: Sat, 27 May 2006
SIZE: 14.5 MB
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#44 - Argentina (part 2)

Argentina (part 2)

DATE: Sat, 20 May 2006
SIZE: 16.0 MB
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#43 - Argentina (part 1)

Argentina (part 1)

DATE: Sat, 13 May 2006
SIZE: 16.0 MB
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#42 - Paris, France - The City of Lights

Paris, France - The City of Lights

DATE: Sat, 06 May 2006
SIZE: 14.8 MB
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#41 - Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

DATE: Fri, 28 Apr 2006
SIZE: 14.0 MB
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#40 - Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany

DATE: Fri, 21 Apr 2006
SIZE: 14.3 MB
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#39 - DuVine Adventures - Bike and Wine Tours

DuVine Adventures - Bike and Wine Tours

DATE: Sun, 16 Apr 2006
SIZE: 14.8 MB
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#38 - Swimming with Whales off Tonga

Swimming with Whales off Tonga

DATE: Sun, 09 Apr 2006
SIZE: 18.1 MB
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#37 - Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

DATE: Fri, 31 Mar 2006
SIZE: 14.0 MB
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#36 - Egypt

Egypt

DATE: Sun, 26 Mar 2006
SIZE: 14.5 MB
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#35 - Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

DATE: Mon, 20 Mar 2006
SIZE: 15.2 MB
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#34 - Enduro India Motorcycle Rally

Enduro India Motorcycle Rally

DATE: Sun, 12 Mar 2006
SIZE: 15.3 MB
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#33 - Belize and Guatemala

Belize and Guatemala

DATE: Mon, 06 Mar 2006
SIZE: 13.8 MB
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#32 - Yosemite and the region

Yosemite and the region

DATE: Sun, 26 Feb 2006
SIZE: 14.6 MB
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#31 - Traveling with kids

Traveling with kids

DATE: Sat, 18 Feb 2006
SIZE: 35.5 MB
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#30 - Siena, Italy

Siena Italy

DATE: Mon, 13 Feb 2006
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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#29 - Rome: La Dolce Vita

Rome - La Dolce Vita

DATE: Mon, 06 Feb 2006
SIZE: 14.7 MB
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#28 - Driving Internationally

Driving Internationally

DATE: Sun, 29 Jan 2006
SIZE: 14.3 MB
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#27 - Safari in Tanzania

Safari in Tanzania

DATE: Mon, 23 Jan 2006
SIZE: 16.1 MB
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#26 - Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

DATE: Sun, 15 Jan 2006
SIZE: 14.8 MB
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#25 - Disneyland (how I learned to love the mouse)

Disneyland (how I learned to love the mouse)

DATE: Mon, 09 Jan 2006
SIZE: 17.8 MB
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#24 - Soundseeing tour of San Francisco (part 2)

Soundseeing tour of San Francisco (part 2)

DATE: Sun, 01 Jan 2006
SIZE: 16.6 MB
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#23 - Soundseeing tour of San Francisco (part 1)

Soundseeing tour of San Francisco (part 1)

DATE: Sat, 24 Dec 2005
SIZE: 15.7 MB
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#22 - Disneyland (Strategy)

Disneyland (Strategy)

DATE: Mon, 12 Dec 2005
SIZE: 14.1 MB
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#21 - Cruising - Small boat to Alaska

Cruising - Small boat to Alaska

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World Travel Dialog

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