274 - What to eat (and drink!) in Madrid
May 1, 2013 23:56
273 - Great things to do in New Zealand
Apr 24, 2013 24:07
272 - Five safety tips for indie travellers
Apr 15, 2013 25:46
271 - Best cities to visit in Austria
Apr 3, 2013 31:59
270 - Travel review roundup
Mar 27, 2013 20:12
269 - Packing tips for couples
Mar 20, 2013 20:30
268 - Las Vegas Podcast with Lenore Greiner
Mar 15, 2013 24:22
267 - How to find cheap transport
Mar 6, 2013 30:08
266 - The best places in Andalusia
Feb 25, 2013 27:24
265 - Where to stay when you travel
Feb 18, 2013 40:35
264 - Buenos Aires, an insider's guide
Feb 13, 2013 26:32
263 - Communication tips for travelling couples
Feb 6, 2013 27:03
262 - Eleven ways to travel more and travel well in 2013
Jan 28, 2013 29:32
261 - Top Travel Destinations 2013
Jan 21, 2013 32:10
260 - Spain by train – the last #IndieRail Podcast
Jan 14, 2013 34:33
259 - Leah Travels Europe, and we get to listen in.
Jan 7, 2013 30:24
258 - Monaco, San Marino, and Andorra - the Micronations of Europe
Dec 24, 2012 21:49
257 - Great places to visit in northern Italy – Venice, Florence, Pisa, Padova and more
Dec 17, 2012 29:42
256 - Travelling Europe by train, and the end of IndieRail
Dec 10, 2012 47:31
255 - Travelling in Slovenia and Croatia
Dec 3, 2012 30:32
254 - Solo travel for women, with Leyla Giray
Oct 29, 2012 23:34
253 - Travel in Prague and Vienna
Oct 15, 2012 28:54
252 - Travel in Berlin and Dusseldorf, Germany
Oct 3, 2012 37:33
251 - Travel in Lisbon and Faro, Portugal
Sep 26, 2012 43:28
250 - Porto and Northern Portugal
Sep 17, 2012 31:30
249 - Walking the Camino Ingles
Sep 10, 2012 24:59
248 - Around the world with a video camera
Aug 27, 2012 18:45
247 - IndieRail Adventure
Aug 20, 2012 38:02
246 - An excellent career break
Aug 13, 2012 24:07
245 - Learn languages faster
Aug 6, 2012 20:17
244 - Poverty, travel and micro-lending: an interview with Kiva's Giovanna Masci
Jul 30, 2012 27:07
243 - Things to do near Madrid
Jul 24, 2012 34:58
242 - Sustainable tourism in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula
Jul 16, 2012 00:22:15
241 - How hosting makes you a better traveller
Jul 5, 2012 00:18:35
240 - Celebrating San Juan in A Coruña, Spain
Jun 28, 2012 00:19:02
We'd never heard of the San Juan festival until we arrived in A Coruña, where it's the biggest event of the year -- and then we got to experience it first-hand. It has roots in pagan solstice celebrations and summer cleansing rituals, and is celebrated all over Spain.
In Alicante the modern celebration started in the 1920s and involves burning intricate structures created by local artists. In A Coruña, just one of these structures is burned, representing the major events that have happened in the city during the previous year.
Read more at http://indietravelpodcast.com/spain/san-juan-festival-coruna/
239 - Mongol Rally 2012 with Pam McNaughton
Jun 19, 2012 00:25:39
Mongol Rally 2012 podcast: Pam is part of the only female-only team to compete. From Prague to Ulan Bator, it's the ultimate adventure.
We discuss the trip, the planning, the fundraising, and the visas. Oh god, the visas!
More at http://indietravelpodcast.com/mongolia/mongol-rally-podcast-2012
238 - Kuala Lumpur podcast
Jun 14, 2012 00:34:44
Visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with our KL travel guide. A bustling, muggy, shopping mecca, is a great place to start exploring Asia.
237 - How couples can stay sane on the road
Jun 5, 2012 00:31:28
How do you avoid fights on the road? How do you stay happy with each other, and ensure your trip is the best it can be? While there's a million and one ways each relationship is different, these tips can improve your trip.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/couples-sane-travel/ and http://artofcouplestravel.com
236 - Best electronics for travel
May 29, 2012 00:29:41
What are the best electronics to take travelling? Should you take your laptop on the road? How about an iPad? A Kindle? A DSLR camera? We explore the best electronics to carry with you, right down to our recommended brands and models.
http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel-gear/best-electronics-travelling/ for more!
235 - Why to visit A Coruna
May 22, 2012 00:25:48
Why visit A Coruña, Spain? Why not! It's a beautiful city far in the north-west, with long white beaches and lots of cultural and foodie opportunities. We talk about how we (accidentally) ended up here, and what it's like.
234 - How to prepare for your first trip
May 15, 2012 00:28:16
Ready to head out on your first big trip? Learn how to prepare for your first trip, whether that's a summer in Europe or a RTW extravaganza.
So that you can confiently go and have the time of your life.
233 - Salta, Argentina
May 8, 2012 00:25:21
This Salta podcast covers things to do, places to see, where to stay, how to get around in Salta, Argentina. Rounded out with good stories & nice pictures.
For more, see: http://indietravelpodcast.com/south-america/argentina/salta/ or http://indietravelpodcast.com/argentina/salta-podcast/
232 - Via de la Plata & the Camino de Santiago
May 1, 2012 00:39:27
We're back! The first podcast in almost two months recounts some stories and learnings from the Via de la Plata — the 1031km 'pilgrimage' walk we have just completed.
* What is the Via de la Plata?
* Our Stand-out moments on the Camino
* Why we choose this to celebrate 10 years of marriage
* Resources for the Camino de Santiago
* How to prepare for the Camino
* and for more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/spain/via-de-la-plata-podcast/
231 - Explore your backyard
Mar 7, 2012 00:25:06
Travel in your home country doesn't have to be a second-best option. Thousands of people visit your home area every year. Why shouldn't you be one of them?
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/explore-backyard-travel-country/
230 - Best cities in Asia
Feb 27, 2012 00:25:53
The best places in Asia are hard to pin down, so this list comprises the places we've loved the most, and the places we're most fascinated by. Go travel...
229 - Belize travel advice
Feb 21, 2012 00:22:30
Adventure, food and fun are all to be found in the Central American country of Belize... at least according to today's interviewees. We speak with Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons and Lebawit Lily Girma about the time they've spent in what seems to be a marvelous country.
228 - Buying Travel insurance
Feb 13, 2012 00:31:05
How to buy travel insurance? Look online! But how do you find the best travel insurance? What do you look for? What questions should you ask? Find out!
We're now on Soundcloud! Find the Indie Travel Podcast at http://soundcloud.com/indietravel
226 - Carnival Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Feb 2, 2012 00:20:42
Carnival (or Carnaval) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the world’s biggest parties. Joel Ward talks about learning to samba and enjoying the party.
For more details, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/brazil/carnival-rio-de-janeiro/
225 - Accommodation for travellers
Jan 24, 2012 00:30:46
When it comes to travel, cheap accommodation options can help you to save money, but great accommodation will help you to really enjoy your destination.
You might be overwhelmed by suggestions of where to go and where to stay. I'm sure you'll have some idea of your dream destination -- but once you get there, where do you sleep? There are a multitude of accommodation options, and your choice will be influenced by both your budget and your inclination.
For more see: http://indietravelpodcast.com/preparation/travel-accommodation-options/
224 - Auckland city guide
Jan 17, 2012 00:28:41
Auckland, known as the "City of Sails" is New Zealand's largest city. It's surrounded by sea and is studded with volcanic mountains, and is a very pleasant place to live or visit -- it ranked third in the 2011 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, up from previous years.
This Auckland podcast covers:
Things to do
For more information visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/oceania/new-zealand/
223 - Health and Safety Asia
Jan 11, 2012 00:21:30
Is it safe to travel in Asia? It sure is! But there are risks to mitigate. We give you the low-down on the best health and safety advice for travel in Asia.
This first half of this podcast deals with health concerns, while the second looks at safety and security issues.
See the new book at http://travelsafetybook.com/ for more in-depth coverage.
222 - Thanks! and Happy New Year
Jan 5, 2012 00:18:08
Looking at our highlights from 2011, we realise we have a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, thanks to you — the Indie Travel Podcast Community — for inspiring us, for funding us, for talking to us every day.
If it wasn’t for you, Indie Travel Podcast would have died a long time ago. Instead, it’s growing.
Listen to this podcast about our travel resolutions for 2012, and how 2011 went for Indie Travel Podcast.
221 - Volunteer in Chile with Open Doors
Dec 19, 2011 00:25:41
Want to volunteer, but don't want to pay high "voluntourism" fees? This week we uncover a great opportunity to volunteer in Chile, with a government-backed project to put native- and proficient-English speakers into Chilean classrooms.
You can travel Chile in 2012 without having to find more money than paying for the plane tickets.
In this interview we speak with Dave Hanegraaff from PROGRAMA INGLÉS ABRE PUERTAS, or English Opens Doors -- he tells his story of volunteering in Chile, and also how you can get involved in 2012 and beyond.
For more details, see http://indietravelpodcast.com/chile/volunteer-chile-english-opens-doors/
220 - Camino de Santiago planning podcast
Dec 13, 2011 00:28:48
The Camino de Santiago is a famous pilgrimage walk. In this podcast, we discuss planning for the Camino Frances & Via de la Plata.
In this podcast we first talk about the Passports with Purpose fundraiser which we're supporting, then planning for the Camino de Santiago -- and how you can do it too.
219 - South America in four months
Dec 5, 2011 00:32:14
South America in four months? That's what we've just done! Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay -- we talk about it in this podcast.
For more details head to http://indietravelpodcast.com/brazil/south-america-four-months/
218 - England travel
Nov 16, 2011 00:32:38
We talk about some of our favourite visits to England; give some tips on how to save money as you travel around the country; and finish up with 10 things to do, from our England travel resources page.
217 - Holiday travel
Nov 8, 2011 00:29:58
With holiday travel season approaching, we talk about staying sane while travelling over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holiday time. Family can be stressful enough, but the huge numbers of people doing "vacation travel" over late November, December and early January definitely adds lots of stress to family events. And nobody needs more of that.
216 - Salta, Argentina and Cloudhead Art
Nov 4, 2011 00:16:39
Looking for a volunteer experience with a difference? Take a look into Cloudhead.org if you're heading through Northern Argentina.
215 - Travel gear recommendations
Oct 17, 2011 00:30:19
It's been some time since we've highlighted the best of the travel gear we are carrying. While there are thousands of new product releases each year, there's only so much stuff you can fit into a carry-on sized bag, so everything we carry is carefully considered in terms of both utility and weight.
* Packs and bags
* Equipment and other stuff
* Things we don't carry
We also have a new-look website at the same address: http://indietravelpodcast.com/ Please send in your feedback.
214 - Paraguay travel advice
Oct 11, 2011 00:30:40
Paraguay travel advice from independent travellers who have just been. We cover visas, Ciudad del Este, Encarnacion, the Jesuit ruins and the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion.
Our world fact book claims that Paraguay and Bolivia have a very similar GDP, but our experience of Paraguay was that it was much more affluent and faster-growing than its andean neighbour. There seems to be more indigent people living in Asuncion than the other cities we visited, and there are large areas of farmland that provide little more than sustenance living for its workers ... so maybe those stats are true.
All in all, we felt very safe travelling in Paraguay, even when walking the streets in the late evening or on long bus trips. While we've heard reports of some scams, we encountered none at all. We never felt threatened, hassled or oversold because we were foreigners ... which was a nice contrast with our time in Bolivia.
Paraguay's a great destination, with lots more to see. There are wonderful natural sites, an intriguing and accessible modern history, and is very well priced. I really don't know why more people don't visit, so plan to go soon before tourism really picks up.
213 - Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro itinerary
Oct 3, 2011 00:31:06
We recently travelled from Buenos Aires, Argentina through Uruguay to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Intrepid Travel. It was a fast and fun 17 days with lots of great stops along the way. In this podcast we break down the itinerary with our own comments and give the feedback we feel most important when considering this trip as part of the tour or independently.
* Buenos Aires
* An estancia
* Foz Do Iguacu
* Ihla grande
* Rio de Janeiro
212 - Travel scams, cons and travel safety
Sep 27, 2011 00:36:21
We talk about some of the oldest -- and newest -- tricks in the book for travel scams, cons, and how you can safeguard against them.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel-safety/travel-scams-cons/
211 - Things to do on Kangaroo island
Sep 20, 2011 00:21:59
Things to do in Kangaroo Island, South Australia ... Well know to many Aussies, this doesn't feature highly on international agendas ... perhaps because people don't know about it.
For more (and photos!) visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/australia/things-to-do-kangaroo-island/
210 - Uruguay travel, independently and on tour
Sep 10, 2011 00:34:52
Uruguay is an excellent country to explore independently. The long-distance buses run frequently and are clean and comfortable, and there are lots of hotels and hostels to choose from throughout the country. That said, we recently travelled through on a tour and learnt a lot from that experience too.
This travel podcast covers places to go in Uruguay was well as independent travel and intrepid tours through Uruguay.
209 - How to learn a language
Aug 30, 2011 00:33:03
What are the best ways to learn a language while you are travelling? What are the keys to success when learning a language?
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/
If you're learning a language to travel, your main goal will be communication … speaking! No matter how much you read or how many grammar activities you do, or how much vocabulary you understand … if you want to speak to people, you have to speak.
We've been teaching English as a Second Language since 2003, and over the last two years have been learning Spanish. We've seen what works and what doesn't, and can recognise the same successes and failures in our own language learning. Here's the gist of what we've learned.
208 - Planning trips for couples
Aug 24, 2011 00:29:06
Trip planning for couples can be tricky, but we share everything you need to know to travel without fighting ... from dreaming to planning the trip.
For more, see: http://indietravelpodcast.com/preparation/planning-couples-travel/
We talk about dreaming, creating a plan, and the four points to help you frame your next trip:
207 - Best Cities in Australia
Aug 16, 2011 00:24:39
Best cities in Australia - Australia is a huge country, but most of the population and action are centred in its cities -- each with its distinct personality.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/australia/best-cities-australia/ or
206 - How to choose a flight
Aug 9, 2011 00:17:30
How do you choose the best flight? If you're travelling long-term, you'll probably need to book several. These notes help you choose the right flight.
3. Flight arrival/departure times
4. Extra benefits
...and our first few hours in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
For more information, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/flights/choose-best-flight/
205 - Preparing for long-term travel
Aug 1, 2011 00:25:47
How to prepare for long-term travel ... on the third time around. Craig and Linda have had a few months at home, and show you how they prepare for another 18 months away.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/preparing-travel/
WITH: Bonus ending interview with the Social Media Syndicate Mongol Rally 2011 team from Prague, Czech Republic.
204 - How to do La Tomatina 2011
Jul 25, 2011 00:24:42
How to do La Tomatina 2011 - the world's biggest tomato fight in Valencia, Spain.
This podcast looks at preparation and what you might expect to see and do on the day of La Tomatina, based on our experiences in 2010.
For more visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/spain/how-to-la-tomatina-valencia/
203 - Mongol Rally with Tom Morgan and ThePlanetD
Jul 23, 2011 00:29:36
We speak with Adventurists co-founder Tom Morgan about the start of the Mongol Rally and the other adventures to have come from it. Then, with Dave and Deb from the Planet D, who are participants in this years' rally as part of the Social Media Syndicate.
http://indietravelpodcast.com/mongolia/mongol-rally-planning-tom-morgan-planetd/ for more.
202 - Things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Jul 11, 2011 00:19:30
Cheap things to do while you travel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia including Royal Palace, FCC club, Phnom Wat and cultural documentaries.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/asia/cambodia/
201 - Rugby World Cup 2011 New Zealand
Jul 5, 2011 00:29:46
The Rugby World Cup 2011 is coming to New Zealand. We talk transport, accommodation, parties and rundown the centres hosting world cup rugby games to help your travel planning.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/new-zealand/rugby-world-cup-2011-podcast/
200 - Travel photography podcast with Ralph Velasco
Jun 24, 2011 00:30:46
Travel photography podcast with Ralph Velasco, where we discuss composition time, shot lists, people and permission, and other travel photo advice. More at http://indietravelpodcast.com/photography/
199 - Best cities in Europe
Jun 20, 2011 00:30:18
The best cities in Europe to travel through, including unusual cities like Tallinn, Utrecht, Goteborg, Sofia and Vienna as well as London, Paris and Amsterdam.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/best-cities-europe-travel/
198 - Travel in the Navajo Nation / Quincy Tahoma with Vera Marie Badertscher
Jun 9, 2011 00:24:19
In this podcast we speak with Vera Marie Badertscher about the life and times of Quincy Tahoma, a 20th century Navajo artist. As we talk, we explore the Navajo nation and how visitors can see the influences and works of Tahoma as they travel in America's Southwest.
For more information, visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com/usa/travel-navajo-nation-quincy-tahoma
For Vera's book, visit: http://tahomablog.com
197 - Wine tasting around the world
May 30, 2011 00:29:24
Wine tourism is one of the reasons we love to travel! We tell stories about our wine tasting adventures on five continents in this travel and wine podcast.
In this podcast we tell stories from:
Swan Valley and Margaret River, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
Savoie and the French Alps, France
Neusiedl am See, Austria
St Anna am Aigen, Austria
Gibbston Valley, New Zealand
and give some general wine-tasting tips.
For shownotes, visit
And all our wine week stories at
196 - What is couchsurfing
May 23, 2011 00:35:38
What is Couchsurfing, how to Couchsurf, and is couchsurfing safe ... Advice from years of couchsurfing, new friends and free accommodation around the world.
For more, visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/how-to-couchsurfing/
195 - Bay of Islands, New Zealand travel
May 17, 2011 00:26:32
Travel the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand with things to do, where to stay and how to get there as an independent traveller.
Spring, summer and autumn all offer plenty to the visitor, although the high season is definitely over the Christmas period: from December until early February. If you are visiting during winter, take a look at the things to do on a rainy day and the historic places ... Because most of the sports are right out.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/new-zealand/bay-islands-do-stay-travel/
194 - Mongol Rally Support
May 9, 2011 00:15:48
Would you consider driving a third of the way around the world with strangers for two months over some of the toughest terrain on the planet? Does this sound like torture to you? It might once you discover their music tastes.
Even the most intrepid travelers may shun this idea, but for four over forty travel bloggers this is just another adventure in their already crazy year of travels.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/mongolia/2011-mongol-rally-ultimate-summer-road-trip/
193 - Backpacking Europe this summer
Apr 27, 2011 00:45:21
This is our biggest podcast ever, and cover all sorts of hints, tips and tricks for saving money and having a blast while you travel in Europe this Summer.
Shownotes will soon appear on http://indietravelpodcast.com but it's a really late night! Enjoy the show.
192 - Travel safety - Surviving a natural disaster
Apr 18, 2011 00:21:18
No-one wants to imagine an earthquake or flood ruining their travels (or happening at all!) but travel safety advice can help you survive a natural disaster.
Craig Bidois, today's guest from Fearfree.co.nz, has trained over 15,000 people in travel security, from soldiers in the Middle East to humanitarian workers in Africa. We speak with Craig about travel safety and surviving a natural disaster.
For more, visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/travel-safety-natural-disaster/
191 - Teaching English in South Korea
Apr 4, 2011 00:24:34
Learn about teaching English in South Korea with Valerie & Griffin Stewart. They've been teaching in Korea for 18 months experiencing expat life, well-paid work and travel.
Valerie has written a book about their findings: Coming to Korea: A Practical Guide For Getting An English Teaching Job in Korea And What To Expect.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/south-korea/teach-english-south-korea/
For Valerie's book, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/links/comingtokorea
190 - Best of South America Travel
Mar 28, 2011 00:26:21
The best places to visit in South America, as chosen by Indie Travel Podcast hosts, Craig and Linda. Our favourite places and places we still want to visit in South America.
For full shownotes, visit
For more about South America, visit
This episode focuses on Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia with notes on Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and mentions of Guyana, French Guyana and Suriname.
189 - New Zealand travel itinerary
Mar 22, 2011 00:30:06
This New Zealand travel itinerary will help you plan a breakneck journey through many of New Zealand's highlights in just four weeks.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/oceania/new-zealand
Produced for #blog4nz. See http://facebook.com/blog4nz for more info.
188 - Manage Your Frequent Flyer Miles
Mar 5, 2011 00:27:36
Learn how to manage your miles and stop frequent flyer miles expiring in our interview with the experts at AwardWallet.
Frequent Flyer Miles are becoming a hot topic of conversation as more young travellers look for ways to bankroll their RTW tickets without putting down cash. This week we speak with the crew from AwardWallet, who are currently tracking around 8,500,000,000 miles and rewards points.
8,500,000 miles sounds like a lot, but they estimate more than 10 trillion miles are currently sitting unused in people's frequent flyer accounts. Combined, that's an awful lot of travel.
Learn more about how to manage, earn and stop your frequent flyer miles from expiring by visiting http://indietravelpodcast.com/.
187 - Mui Ne, Vietnam Travel
Feb 28, 2011 00:24:27
We recently spent three weeks in Mui Ne, a beach town in Vietnam, about four to five hours in the bus from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It's a lovely town although quite touristy, but worth a visit if you're in the area.
For more information and links, please visit
186 - Travel for five years - the highlights
Feb 21, 2011 00:26:08
After five years of full-time travel, hosts Craig and Linda Martin take a few minutes to reminisce and highlight some favourite moments from their travels.
* Camino de Santiago, Spain
* Perth, Australia
* Istanbul, Bursa and Cappadocian cities, Turkey
* Flitting around Europe - Austria and Czech Republic get a focus each
* Couchsurfing in South America
* Road-trips in New Zealand
* Favourite natural attractions
* Favourite man-made attractions
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/five-years-fulltime-travel/ or listen to the podcast!
185 - Travel photography podcast
Feb 11, 2011 00:32:58
Travel photography is one of those things that can make or break your memories of a trip. And we're not talking about boring your friends and family to death once you get home. We're talking about how you take photos while you're on the road.
184 - Hiking across Europe on the Via Alpina
Feb 8, 2011 00:26:57
The Via Alpina hike runs over 5,000km through eight European countries. We speak with adventurer and author Brandon Davis about his experiences on the trail and slow travel in Europe.
183 - South Australia Travel part 2
Jan 29, 2011 00:32:45
In the last podcast we talked about how awesome South Australia is, but we ran out of time just talking about Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. And there's even more to the state than that! Northwest of Adelaide is the Eyre Peninsula, where you can swim with sharks or tuna, visit national parks, ancient caves and the Nullarbor Plain among other adventures.
If you're looking for places called Eyre (perhaps you're a Charlotte Brontë fan?) Lake Eyre might be worth a visit. The lake is dry for most of the time but occasionally fills with water, especially after times of heavy rain in the north. The flooding in Queenstown this year and last has meant that the lake has had water in it for the last couple of years, and in 2008 we were lucky enough to see the lake for ourselves. If you don't have pilots as family members you can do a scenic flight from Coober Pedy, William Creek, Marree, Adelaide or even Brisbane, though it's a rather expensive day out. You could also choose a tour by 4x4 that takes you to the edge of the lake to see it from the ground.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/
182 - South Australia travel part 1
Jan 27, 2011 00:27:52
Let's be honest - South Australia isn't Australia's biggest drawcard.
The states of New South Wales and Victoria host the biggest and most vibrant cities, Queensland has the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and the Northern Territory has Uluru to draw people in. Even Western Australia has the advantage of being a short flight to many Asian cities, so is a popular stopover on the way to the eastern states. But South Australia is there in the middle, largely ignored by tourists to the country.
That's okay though, they're the ones missing out! There's a lot to do in South Australia, and we're not just saying that because it's packed with wine regions. Adventure sports are on the rise, and there's plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife.
181 - Small things to pack for travel
Jan 10, 2011 00:21:43
Some small travel items are essentials, others are luxuries. Choose the ones that will work for you.
For more information, links and photos, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com.
180 - 2010, A Year of Travel
Jan 2, 2011 00:40:53
We couldn't resist a little navel-gazing as 2010 finished up. In this podcast we relive our favourite moments in each country we spent time in this year.
(There's no photos in this episode due to time constraints. Apologies!)
179 - RTW travel with Dave Dean
Dec 17, 2010 00:30:34
Round-the-world travel is nothing unusual for Kiwi, Dave Dean. He tells us about his travel in Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
For more information, please see http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/roundtheworld-travel-dave-dean/
Dave's website is:
178 - London travel guide
Dec 9, 2010 00:28:47
London is, quite simply, an amazing city: a meltingpot of cultures and experiences. It’s the home of dozens of world-class galleries as well as boasting thousands of excellent restaurants, theatres, fashion houses and attractions.
London is a sprawling metropolis that grew up along the banks of the River Thames, which weaves through the city like a serpent. The M25 motorway marks the outermost boundaries of the city, but most of the city's attractions are a lot more central. Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are located on the northern bank of the river, with the London Eye and the aquarium just on the other side. A wander along Southbank will take you past a wide variety of theatres and galleries, and you’ll soon see the Tower of London (on the north side) and Tower Bridge.
From Big Ben, Mayfair and Hyde Park are to the west, Regent's Park is to the northwest, the City of London is along the river to the east, and Greenwich (of Greenwich Mean Time fame) is to the southeast.
For more, please visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/europe/england or http://indietravelpodcast.com/england/london-travel-guide/
177 - Fast travel in Laos, South East Asia
Dec 6, 2010 00:35:26
Laos is a truly beautiful country, with high, mist-covered mountains dropping into steep river valleys. We were lucky to have a lightening-fast 10-day tour through Northern Thailand and Laos. And we loved it...
We had no problems checking out of Thailand, and caught a small boat across the river to Laos. Border control there was hectic and badly organised but, although it took forever, we had no hassles. Every ATM in the country was out of operation for the first two days were were in Laos, so we were glad Dave had recommended we carry cash in from Thailand.
For photos and video, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/laos/travel-laos-luang-prabang-vientiene
176 - Emotional energy and travel
Nov 30, 2010 00:26:45
Travel can be stressful, physically, mentally and emotionally. You're constantly moving, and being exposed to new foods and diseases, which puts stress on your body. Your mind is being exercised as well, as you plan your trip and deal with challenges as they arrive - maybe you have to speak a new language, or alter your plans at the last minute. All of these stressors will have an impact on your emotional health, which is subject to its own problems - after all, you have to interact with people, which can be tough on your emotions.
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175 - Travel and money with Man vs Debt
Nov 23, 2010 00:25:28
World travel as a way to cut down your debt? That's exactly what this family started doing a few years ago. We talk family travel, work and travel and debt reduction.
When they set off, the plan was to work in Cairns, Australia and make the most of the amazing diving opportunities right next to their apartment. What they didn't realise was that having a "dependent" (a child, in non-government parlance) meant they couldn't get the work and holiday visas they were relying on. With no time to change their plans, they still went to Australia hoping to make something work.
It was next to impossible, so they moved down to Auckland, New Zealand where they were quickly able to find work and -- although the diving didn't happen -- a lifestyle. Travelling from there the three of them found a workable pattern of travel and Baker put a pile of work into his personal finance blog, Man Vs Debt. The family proved it was possible to cut down their US consumer debt and travel the world with a child.
To read more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
174 - Cambodia - Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh
Nov 13, 2010 00:23:00
Travel Cambodia with us: we visit Phnom Penh, Battambang, Phnom Penh and cross borders on the way to and from Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
173 - Travel clothes for packing light
Nov 9, 2010 00:08:14
If you travel for any length of time, it's likely that at some point you'll encounter rain. Be prepared for it.
A lightweight or heavy-duty jacket. If you're heading into summer, just pack a lightweight shell for emergencies. But if you'll be spending a winter or a rainy season somewhere, get a really good waterproof layer. Goretex is a good choice. Consider something that has a warm inner shell and a waterproof outer shell, then you can mix and match depending on the weather.
An umbrella. Definitely not an essential, but if you plan on spending a lot of time in cities it might be worth carting one around. I like to be able to put it up and down without changing my clothes or carrying around a wet jacket (for some reason, a wet umbrella isn't as bad). We just have one between the two of us.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
172 - Denver, Colorado and community-centered hospitality
Oct 29, 2010 00:17:39
Two subjects today: Denver, Colorado and community-centered tourism with Milan Doshi from the Queen Anne BnB located in the city.
We talk about waste and ecological developments in hospitality then move on and get a great overview of things to see and do in the "mile high city".
171 - Travel clothes - packing and cleaning
Oct 18, 2010 00:23:32
Washing your clothes while travelling is something you'll have to do if you're travelling for more than a week. And even if you're travelling for a week, you can pack lighter if you're prepared to do a little bit of washing along the way.
The most important thing to remember when travelling is to pack light. This means you need to take fewer clothes, but you should also consider what each item weighs, and how easy it will be to wash - and of course, since you will have fewer clothes with you, you'll need to wash what you do have more often.
Avoid very heavy things like jeans and bulky jumpers, as they are hard to wash and even harder to dry. Leave the big towel at home and pack a sports or travel towel, which takes up a fraction of the space and dries quickly.
If you're going somewhere cold, the trick is layering. Pack lightweight trousers and thermal underwear to put under them. Instead of one thick jumper, pack three thin ones - it'll weigh the same or less, you can rearrange them for a change of wardrobe, and they'll dry so much faster when you wash them.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/
170 - Scandinavia travel advice
Oct 8, 2010 00:22:51
Scandinavia is a fantastic region of the world. We'd been wanting to
spend time there for a while, and apart from a weekend in Helsinki in
2007, didn't manage to get there until earlier this year. Mostly, we'd
been put off by prices - we'd heard that everything was expensive,
especially accommodation, transport and alcohol, and this had been
proven correct during our brief time in Finland. But thanks to
eurail.com and couchsurfing.org, we managed to have a great time on a
leaner budget than we'd expected.
For more, and links to everything we talk about in this show, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/
169 - Fluent in three months, learn a language with Benny Lewis
Oct 5, 2010 00:21:39
Benny the Irish Polyglot isn't your typical crazy Irishman. He spends his time completing language missions and currently speaks eight languages. Learn how to learn a language with Benny.
When he graduated from university with a degree in electronic engineering, he was fluent in only one language - English. He'd studied German at school, but didn't get anywhere with it, and after six months living in Spain was in a similar situation. But one day, he made a dramatic decision - he *really* decided to learn Spanish. He cut English out of his life as much as possible (he still had to work and talk to his parents) and spent the rest of the time speaking Spanish. It was the start of an epic journey.
Benny learned that the big secret to learning a language is to speak the language from day one. Don't wait until you're "ready" - you'll never feel ready. But you can communicate immediately, using what you have. In Spain, he used his body and extrapolated new words from ones he knew and ones other people used.
He learned that it's important to be confident and social. Just start talking to people with confidence and it will seem like you speak better than you actually can. To start, learn some phrases (Benny likes Lonely Planet phrasebooks) and leave the grammar to later - the point isn't to speak perfectly, it's to communicate. Break each task into small pieces and use creativity to help you learn - singing, for example, will help you remember phrases faster.
It can be difficult to get around the problem of people wanting to practice their English by talking with you, but it's possible. Benny always helps them by explaining how they can improve their Enlgish (websites, couchsurfing etc.) but he explains it in their language - giving him more chance to speak his target language.
Download Benny's book from http://indietravelpodcast.com/fluent
168 - Edinburgh travel guide
Sep 23, 2010 00:23:30
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most-visited city in the UK - and for good reason. Our Edinburgh travel guide features Edinburgh-based travel writer Andy Hayes.
167 - Eurorail, Eurail and train travel Europe
Sep 17, 2010 00:19:55
As we travelled using the Eurorail/Eurail Global Pass, we took note of what we would have spent buying point-to-point tickets.
Is a Eurail Pass worthwhile, or is it too expensive?
Eurorail or Eurail?
There's a little confusion over the terms Eurorail and Eurail. Basically, they're two terms for the same thing! The term Eurorail was replaced with Eurail a few years ago, so we're going to stick with that from now on.
Our Europe train travel
We had a 15-day Global Eurail Pass each, which meant we could travel in any of the countries covered by Eurail on fifteen individual days spread across the two-month validity of the pass.
Every day that we wanted to use the pass, we wrote the date in the space provided. Our passes were checked every day that we used them, and usually stamped by the conductor - we'd heard stories of people trying to cheat the system using removable ink on their passes - this isn't going to work anymore.
166 - Round the World by Sea and Land
Sep 13, 2010 00:18:44
Jane Meighan set off on her first big adventure at the age of 17, heading to Australia to spend three months there. Her family hadn't travelled a lot, so it was an eye-opening experience for her, and laid the foundations of her love for travel.
Since then, she's spent a fair bit of time in Western Europe, visiting friends and enjoying the art - especially the Gaudi museum in Barcelona.
As an environmentally conscious person, a comment made by a friend about her carbon footprint made Jane realise how much flying she was doing, and what that was doing to the environment. So she's decided to travel around the world by land and sea.
She'll start in Edinburgh, and travel down the UK to catch a boat to Amsterdam before travelling slowly through Eastern Europe. The Trans-Siberian train will take her across Russia, and she'll travel by cargo ship from Shanghai to the States and from the other side of the States back to the UK after cross-country trip.
Although Jane has got the big picture sorted out, she plans to organise the details as she goes along.
A bit of research has of course helped a lot - she knows, for example, that it's a lot cheaper to buy trans-Siberian tickets in Moscow than book them from the UK. She'll use point-to-point tickets in Eastern Europe, buying as she goes to keep her options open.
165 - La Tomatina, world's biggest tomato fight
Aug 29, 2010 00:25:45
La Tomatina is a giant tomato fight that’s held every year in Buñol, Spain, on the last Wednesday of August. There’s celebrations all week, but most people go just to throw tomatoes at each other, and this year we joined in the fun.
We had a great time, but as always we learned a fair bit about what we could have done better.
What we did right
Although the fight starts at 11am, you can’t get there at 10am and hope to be part of the action. The smart people are in the main square at 8am – we didn’t make it that early but we were there by nine.
Didn’t prepare too much but knew where we were going
We travelled by train, and we knew that the train we wanted left from San Isidre station and not from Valencia Nord, the main station in the centre of town. The night before, we worked out how to get to that station (by metro) and we got there as soon as we could. We’d tried to find out about train times, but couldn’t – which didn’t matter anyway, since there was a crowd waiting at the station and everyone just had to wait until the next train, whenever it might be.
In Buñol, we followed the crowd to the main square, but we knew we wanted to be in sight of the ham, so we squirmed through until we could see it. We had a great spot which ensured we were part of the action.
Wore sensible (and disposable) clothing
Despite the fact that one of the few rules of La Tomatina is “don’t rip t-shirts” a lot of people lost the shirts off their backs. We wore shirts that we wouldn’t mind losing – in fact Linda’s was one wear away from the bin in any case, so she threw it out afterwards.
Linda wore shorts with a zip pocket for a credit card, train ticket and a bit of cash, and bought a pair of cheap sunglasses instead of wearing her hat. Craig wore swimming trunks with a deep pocket.
We both wore sneakers instead of flip flops. This was definitley a good idea, we saw hundreds of flip flops floating on the tide of tomato, and many people were shoeless at the end of the event. Washing our shoes wasn’t fun, but it was better than losing them.
Didn’t take too much
We didn’t take a bag with us. There just isn’t room in a crowd like that, and it would likely have been stolen. We took a cheap camera which we tried to waterproof, and a video camera that now needs a bit of love.
We also took a plastic bag with some croissants in it, but we bought water when we arrived. There was plenty of food available, but we enjoyed having our croissants on the train.
Were in a good mood
Being in a good frame of mind is essential to enjoy La Tomatina. Some people were angry about being pushed around or having wine poured on their heads, others panicked when the crowd were too dense. We tried to relax and enjoy ourselves (and practise deep breathing occasionally) and left with a positive view of things.
For more information, and to find out what we did wrong, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
164 - Career break travel and Meet Plan Go
Aug 20, 2010 00:24:28
Whether you call it a career break, gap year, or a sabatical, the movie Eat, Pray, Love has certainly created a lot of buzz around the idea of taking extended time off to travel the world. And, of course, that's something we approve of!
One person fomenting the career break discussion is Sherry Ott from Briefcase to Backpack and one of the leading figures behind Meet, Plan, Go - a North American event with meetings around the US and Canada to help people find career break opportunities themselves.
In this interview we talk with Sherry Ott about her own journey, about career break travel, and about Meet, Plan, Go.
For more information and links, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
163 - Buenos Aires travel guide
Aug 15, 2010 00:27:57
Buenos Aires is located on the Rio de la Plata (the silver river). Most of the transport hubs are located on or near the river, and the city is laid out on a rough grid stretching away from the river. The city centre is centred around where Avenida 9 de Julio (which runs up from the river) crosses Avenida Corrientes, and that's where the Obelisk is located. The other principal street, Avenida 25 de Mayo, runs parallel with Av. Corrientes.
Buenos Aires is divided into 48 barrios (neighbourhoods) but docsmost are residential - posh Recoleta is in the north near the bus station, and edgy La Boca is in the south near the river.
In the city grid, the blocks are numbered by the hundreds, so each street you cross will take the numbers up 100, even though there aren't that many buildings in each block. This makes finding an address really easy!
You aren't going to go hungry in Buenos Aires. There's everything from budget options like hot dogs on the street, to the lushest meal in a five-star restaurant. Don't miss out on an asado (barbecue) - if you can get yourself invited to a local's home you'll have the most authentic experience, but if not restaurants are tripping over themseves to feed you tasty Argentinian meat.
Empanadas are a must - they're pastry circles folded over and stuffed with meat, egg and olives, There are different fillings but the beef ones are the most popular. You can find them in bakeries and some corner stores - make sure you ask for them heated or you might get cold ones. Alfajores are a typical Argentininan snack - two soft biscuits stuck together with dulce de leche and maybe coated in chocolate. If you take a long bus trip, they might just give you one, but the fresh ones from a bakery are much better. Medialunas (half-moons) are a great option for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
Mate is also worth a try, but it's difficult to buy just one cup. Mate is the bitter tea you'll see Argentinians drinking all day out of small cups, with a straw.
You might have some problems if you're a vegetarian though, although most restaurants have some sort of vegetarian option, it isn't universal. There are quite a few vegetarian and vegan restaurants around though, if you do your research!
Buenos Aires is an attractive city to walk around, with a lot of parks and squares to explore. Many are central, but Palermo is a great place to start, as that is where the Botanical Gardens are located. There's also a rose garden in Parque Tres de Febrero, and BA has the largest Japanese Garden outside of Japan.
Plaza de Mayo is a square in the central city, and is lined with impressive buildings that house the government offices, and might be familiar as the location of one of Eva Peron's speeches. You can also visit Evita's grave in the stunning Recoleta Cemetery - many other historical figures are buried there, but it's worth a visit even if you hate history, the tombs are amazing.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
162 - Berlin travel with Paul Sullivan
Aug 6, 2010 00:18:15
Berlin is a vibrant city full of art, history, and fantastic people doing interesting things. We speak with Paul Sullivan from Slow Travel Berlin and try to get to grips with the best clubs, best restaurants and most interesting things to do in the city.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/podcast/berlin-travel/
161 - Eurail/Eurorail Pass - Tips and tricks
Jul 31, 2010 00:28:42
Trains are the best way to get around Europe and a Eurail Pass, also known as a Eurorail Pass, might be a good solution for you.
Although budget flights have made air travel more affordable, if you want to explore, trains are your best option. And for short journeys or trips with good connections, taking a train can be faster than going by plane - not to mention that you don't have to go through airport security!
If you're just taking one or two long train trips during your European vacation, you're probably best to just buy point-to-point tickets. But if you want to see more of the continent, a Eurail pass is a good option.
A Eurail pass (also known as a Eurorail pass) is a ticket which allows you unlimited train travel in Europe. It comes in many different forms - you need to decide which region you'll be travelling in, how long you want the pass to last, how many days you'll actually be travelling within that time frame, and if you want a first or second-class ticket.
For more information on Eurail/Eurorail tickets and train travel in Europe, visit:
160 - Road Trip South Australia
Jul 24, 2010 00:23:47
Victoria Brewood was the winner of WorldNomads Vantastic South Australia, which means she got to spend six weeks travelling the state in a campervan called Geoff. We talk with Victoria about her South Australia road trip and look at things to do in South Australia.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/podcast/road-trip-south-australia/
159 - China - Travel off the beaten path
Jul 19, 2010 00:20:53
Ever wanted to travel to China? This week we speak with Coley Dale who has been living and travelling in China for seven years.
Coley describes a China of amazing diversity, both physically and culturally. We talk about China's most well-known cities, then head west to get away from the big smoke and into the countryside.
We discuss Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan and Xianjing as well as budgets for travel in China and visas for China travel.
Coley Dale is the Senior Manager of cTrip's English website and has offered his advice with your China travel planning. All photos are from Coley's Flickr account.
For more visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/podcast/travel-china-interview-independent-travel-china
158 - Cheap Bath, What to do in Bath
Jul 11, 2010 00:19:03
Travel to Bath, England and you will be rewarded for your effort with Roman Baths, Georgian architecture and gorgeous parks ... all in a World Heritage site.
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157 - Things to do in New York City
Jul 3, 2010 00:29:08
New York is an incredible city - we’ve just discovered that six days is in no way enough. We caught a lot of the highlights though, such as the Empire State Building, MOMA, the Met, and the Circle Line.
For more information on travel in New York City, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/podcast/things-to-do-in-new-york-city/
156 - World Cup wines of South Africa
Jun 24, 2010 00:22:31
Wine and football aren't the most obvious of combinations, but today we talk with Tara O'Leary, the Wine Passionista, about South Africa and wine travel.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
155 - South America travel: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina
Jun 19, 2010 00:27:57
It's our last week in South America, travelling with our friends Angela and Janine. It's been an amazing trip and we're sad that it's coming to an end. In this episode, we talk about some of our experiences in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
For show notes, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
154 - South America travel: Peru and Bolivia
Jun 15, 2010 00:22:18
We're coming to the end of our four-month trip in South America, and we've had an awesome time. In this episode we talk about our time in Peru and Bolivia, travelling with our friends Angela and Janine.
After being delayed by the Chilean earthquake, we arrived a little late in Lima, but managed to meet Ange and Mark on the day they arrived in the country. We headed north and spent too little time in the northern cities of Trujillo, Chiclayo and Chachapoyas, which were amazing. We all really enjoyed our time in Arequipa and Cusco - especially the language lessons.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com
153 - Women travel solo, interview with Stephanie Lee
May 29, 2010 00:20:23
We're just days away from launching our new ebook, The Art of Solo Travel: A Girls' Guide by Stephanie Lee. Today we wanted to introduce Stephanie and her take on travel.
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/girlsguide
152 - Visit Iguacu Falls
May 16, 2010 00:22:53
A visit to the Iguaçu Falls is a must on many travellers' itinerary of South America. And for good reason - they are incredible. You can view the falls from both Brazil and Argentina, and each side provides quite a different experience.
We were staying in Puerto Iguazu, which is in Argentina, and we visited both sides from this point. It's equally easy to base yourself in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, which is a much bigger city.
Brazil: getting there
The border crossing between Argentina and Brazil was very straightforward. We decided to use the hostel-organised transfer instead of going independently, which would have meant three buses and a lot of time-wasting. So we crossed by car and didn't even have to get out - we passed our passports to our driver Susanna, who gave them to the border guards. They were stamped and we were in - possibly the easiest border crossing ever, although the Brazilian stamps are incredibly boring.
Brazil: Pros and cons
When we arrived, we realised that we didn't have any real, and apparently none of our credit cards were suitable for use. We withdrew cash at the ATM with no problems though. It cost R$37, which seemed a fair price to us.
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151 - Vantastic Victoria Australia
May 6, 2010 00:18:27
Tim Ackroyd spent six weeks touring Victoria, one of our favourite Australian states, as part of the WorldNomads Vantastic Adventure. We caught up with Tim to talk about his experiences and help you plan your own Australian road trip.
I have been making the video podcast 'Snowfix' for the last 5 years. It basically came about when a friend and I did our first ski season, we decided we wanted to keep skiing but didn't want to do the horrible resort jobs, so we started making videos. Within one year we had created the world's most popular skiing/snowboarding podcast and also turned it into a TV show on the Extreme Sports Channel on sky all across Europe.
When I am not making the show, in the summer I move back to London and due to the short amount of time I am around for, generally live with Aussies that are over here travelling. Subsequently I have been saying for years that I was going to do a big trip and visit all those guys I lived with, and the Vantastic tour seems the perfect chance.
This is going to be a total whirlwind 2 months for me because running up to the trip I am working presenting the London Freeze, the uk's biggest skiing/snowboard event (www.londonfreeze.com). The next day I fly to Oz for the trip and as soon as I return I travel back out to France to start this season of Snowfix.
Expect strangers, sillyness, singing and special FX!
For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/podcast/151-vantastic-road-trip-victoria-australia
150 - Bolivia in 10 days or less
May 3, 2010 00:33:16
We've spent the last ten days in Bolivia, which isn't really enough to do it justice. But we've had a great time and have learned a lot about travel in this beautiful South American country.
The border between Peru and Bolivia is easy to cross. We went by bus, and the bus stopped outside the police station to allow us to hand in our tourist cards - it's really important that you don't lose this little piece of paper! You'll get it when you enter Peru. After the police station, we went to immigration for our exit stamp, then walked about 200m up the road to the Bolivian offices, where we filled in forms and got our entry stamps. Despite the fact that as Kiwis we can stay for up to 90 days, they only gave us 30-day visas ... apparently we can extend them in La Paz, but we didn't get the full quota automatically.
And the border crossing wasn't easy for all of us. Ange's passport had been stolen in Cusco, and though she'd got a replacement travel document and had a full police report of what had happened, apparently this wasn't good enough for the Peruvian border guards. She needed an entry stamp, which she apparently had to get back in Cusco, but of course her travel document was only valid for that one day. Luckily a one-off fee solved the problem, and we were allowed to leave the country.
Copacabana and the Isla del Sol
Copacabana is a tiny little tourist town perched on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Its lack of ATMs made it difficult to get cash - always make sure you have a stash of emergency money for this kind of situation. US dollars are definitely the currency of choice to carry around in South America, and we found the exchange rates at the border and in Copacabana to be very reasonable.
Copacabana is a good jumping-off point for tours to the Isla del Sol. You can camp or stay in a hostal on the island, but we chose to do a one-day trip. It was very well-priced: it would have cost us about the same to do the same thing independently. We were dropped off at one end of the island, and the boat met us on the other side. We've noticed that the Bolivians are much more concerned about time than the Peruvians - both boat trips left very nearly on time, and anyone who wasn't there to get on the boat was left behind.
Bus travel in Bolivia has been an experience. It's a step down from Peru, which in turn was a step down from the excellent service in Chile.
The trip from Copacabana to La Paz included a surprise boat trip, which we hadn't been told about and had to pay for. We had planned to get more cash from an ATM in La Paz and so didn't have much money, but luckily we'd changed a little more just before we left. We went across on a motorboat while the bus crossed by a wooden barge. It was interesting, to say the least!
The bus from La Paz to Uyuni had a different seat configuration from the one we'd been shown when we booked our tickets, so we weren't in the seats we wanted, and our group wasn't sitting together. There also seemed to be a lot of extra stops along the way, despite the fact that we'd been told that it was a direct service.
La Paz is a sprawling city with a lot of markets and hills. It's the highest city in the world, so altitude might be a problem for some - luckily coca tea is easy to come by, which should help you out. There's also a lot of excellent street food to try, like papa rellena (deep-fried stuffed mashed potatoes), freshly-squeezed juices, doughnuts and other gems.
There are a lot of taxis to choose from in La Paz, but use ones with a radio for security. They should call their base to let the base know where they're headed and with how many people. As always in South America, agree on a fare before you get into the car, and if you don't feel safe, choose another taxi.
For more visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/podcast/travel-bolivia-safety/
149 - Cusco, Peru ... We're ba-ack
Apr 26, 2010 00:22:35
We've spent the last three weeks in Cusco, studying Spanish, enjoying the history, and being frustrated with problems here on the site. we haven't done all the touristy things, but we've been enjoying relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
Cusco is incredible. It's supposed to be laid out like a puma, but we haven't really seen it. It's in a valley, with the centre of action as the Plaza de Armas. Up one side of the valley is the hippy district of San Blas, with the head of the puma at the top. That's where the iconic White Christ is situated, with the Sacsaywaman fortress nearby.
One thing that we love about travel is the food. And Cusco has a lot of it. We enjoyed juice and beer milkshake in the market, lots and lots of menus del dia, and the street food was varied and interesting. It was just sad that we only found that empanada vendor near our school in our last week.
Things to do
There's heaps to do around Cusco. It's the jumping-off point for Machu Picchu, and if you don't want to pay through the nose, there are lots of other ruins nearby too. We loved Tipon and our visit to the Sacred Valley with our friend Renzo.
We've done a bit of experimenting here in Peru to find the best ATMs. Globalnet is really prevalent, and is often found in shops and hotels, but they have a limit of 400 soles and they charge you on this end to withdraw cash. We like BCP, which has a 700 sol limit and there's one in the Plaza de Armas and one around the corner on Avenida del Sol.
We've been studying at Wiracocha Spanish Language school on Cuesta San Blas, which is situated in the hilly hippie district of San Blas. There's a lot of nice places to stay around here, though the backpacker district is on the other side of the Plaza de Armas.
We really enjoyed Cusco, and it's definitely worth a visit. Make sure you see what it has to offer, don't just get caught up in the tourist trail.
148 - Travel safety and security advice
Mar 27, 2010 00:19:05
I find it strange that concerns about safety are some of the main reasons people don't like to travel. Demolishing those fears is one of the things we like to do around here. Today we speak with travel security expert Craig Bidois, who covers travel safety strategies before leaving home, during transit times and while you are in foreign lands.
For more, see http://indietravelpodcast.com
147 - Bus travel in South America - Chile - Peru
Mar 22, 2010 00:29:05
South America us huge, and full of interesting places to explore. Distances between destinations aren't short, there are no trains to speak of, and flights aren't exactly budget, so you'll probably spend a fair bit of time on buses. We've travelled a fair bit by bus in Chle and Peru, and we've picked up a few ideas that could help to smooth your journey.
For journeys of less than six hours, your best bet is to travel by day and enjoy the scenery (at least in the south of Chile, in the north it's quite repetitive). But for longer journeys, save your days for sight-seeing and travel by night.
The buses are generally safe and comfortable, and you can increase your comfort by paying more for a better seat. The names vary from company to company, but generally there are four classes of seats on night buses.
For more visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com