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This podcast is all about stories, past experiences, and anecdotes from my trips and adventures. Because of my work as a tour guide for 11 and a conference interpreter for 15 years after that, I was able to travel the world and meet so many amazing people on the way. I will be hosting some of them on this podcast and together with my guests, we will talk about our most memorable journeys. Let me entertain you, remind you of a past holiday or activate your wanderlust. Let me remind you that l ...
 
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Ever since their adventures have been broadcasted on Swiss Television SRF DOK, Markus and Sabrina Blum are well known throughout Switzerland. In this podcast, Markus Blum talks with pleasure and much enthusiasm about their impressive adventures in the wilderness of Canada and the Outback of Australia but also about how it all began and how he met S…
 
I had tried to live a "normal" life back in my home country Switzerland after 11 years of living and working all over the world but somehow I realised that I wasn't cut out for "normal". In August 1994, I decided to take a leap of faith and move to Cyprus where I had lived and worked 6 summers as a tour guide but this time, I was moving there to st…
 
Dominick Domasky is an inspirational author, storyteller and founder of the inspiration sharing and publishing platform Motivation Champs. Dominick is the author of the inspirational books, The Journey of a Grunt, How to Write a Book in 2020, and creator and co-author of the hit book Go Ask Your Dad. His greatest accomplishments are his two childre…
 
It's been a fascinating year and we all had to deal with challenges which we never thought we would face. Covid crossed many plans and drove us up the wall. When I couldn't travel anymore the way I was used to, I felt like I was missing a limb but then I decided that if I cannot travel anymore, at least, I can talk about it, and so I started this p…
 
My first Australian podcast guest... The ethical entrepreneur and creative powerhouse Tamara Loehr has spent her life making disruptive change for good by ‘doing the opposite’. Now she’s encouraging other women to leverage their personal power for global impact. She is the Co-Founder of the House of Beusail brands which is a range of Beauty and Wel…
 
She is the founder and CEO of the Global Woman Club and with her background in media and psychology, she helps women go global. She has shared the stage with Grant Cardone, Gary V, Robert Kiyosaki, Kim Kiyosaki, Les Brown, Jack Canfield etc. and she shares her experience and helps female entrepreneurs start their business, leverage it, scale it and…
 
Josh Rosen is a comedian/impressionist based out of South Florida. He uses his talent and mimicry to portray spot-on impressions of dozens of individuals including President Joe Biden, former Presidents Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama, Woody Allen, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Fallon, Owen Wilson, and Bernie Sanders …
 
Roswitha Gassmann is a Swiss author and tour guide and even though she is retired, she still accompanies an occasional tour group because she loves spending time with people and she loves culture. We worked for the same tour operator years ago. In this episode she talks to me about how she reluctantly became a tour guide and then did the job for ov…
 
Marianna Rosset writes books and songs, acts in movies, loves and lives life to the full. She believes that we are all capable of turning our lives into fairy tales. After looking for her true purpose and striving to do everything and be everywhere, travelling widely etc. she became a happy wife and mom of three beautiful children. That doesn't sto…
 
Cherie is a former IBMer in the field of Computer Engineering and research and development. Cherie believes it is truly possible to change the world by taking ideas that solve problems and putting action behind them to watch them grow. She has travelled all over the world and loves to ride motorcycles over high mountain passes in Europe and especia…
 
Ever since I saw a picture in Queen Noor's book "A Leap of Faith - Memoirs of an unexpected life", with her and the late Kind Hussain I, sitting on a motorcycle with Wadi Rum in the background, I have been dreaming of going there. Against all Covid19 restrictions, rules and regulations, my best friends and I spent 4 wonderful days in this beautiful…
 
Jose "Joe" Mari Lim Chan (born March 11, 1945) is a Filipino singer, TV host, songwriter and businessman in the sugar industry. He is currently chairman and CEO of Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company, Inc. and A. Chan Sugar Corporation. He is also the chairman and president of Signature Music, Inc. When I met Jose Mari Chan in a Zoom room with the Glo…
 
I was born in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it took me many years to realize that. As a child growing up with my grandparents who didn't know how to drive a car, I didn't have anyone to take show me around and after I became a tour guide at the age of 20, I spent the next 11 years mostly living all over the world. When I got …
 
She has over 30 years of experience in business and is the former CEO of Saga Travel and MD of emerging Markets at TUI and generally a Travel and Hospitality Expert. She is the host of the podcast "Brave, Bold, Brilliant" which is in the top 2% of all podcasts in the world. She is fun to talk to and easy going and I very much loved discussing froze…
 
Roman Probst is the Founder and Managing dDrector of Marketing Probst Gmbh. He is also a Start Up Coach at the ZHAW Zurich University of applied sciences. He is my podcast guest because of his life as a globetrotter which started with being a tour guide at various seaside holiday destinations on several continents – first as part of a team and then…
 
I had negotiated this trip in exchange of hard work in the USA and when it actually happened, I was a little overwhelmed. It was my first trip to Australia ever with a very large tour group and a complete airline chaos in the country. Let me tell you, how we improvised and turned this trip in the a huge success with the biggest tip I ever received …
 
Kiera Chaplin is a top model, entrepreneur, actress and singer from Northern Ireland. She is the granddaughter of the English filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-granddaughter of the American dramatist Eugene O'Neill. She is also an adventure seeker, fashion lover and an eclectic creator but most of all she is a very kind and charismatic person…
 
I accompanied lots of round trips in the West of the USA. It's a beautiful part of the world and one goes from highlight to highlight. It took me a while to warm up to Los Angelos, I instantly loved San Francisco, I was always fascinated by Las Vegas and if I needed to choose, I would want to live in San Diego. Find out how I met Tony Robbins, what…
 
I met Manfred Ritchard in New York in November 1986 because my friend Eliane who later became his wife wanted to meet up with me even though Manfred had other plans. The next time I met him at the helicopter pad in the Grand Canyon while our clients were flying over the gorge and he gave me hundreds of useful tips how to earn more money during my r…
 
In this new episode, I am publicly declaring my love for Canada and how much I enjoyed traveling to all the beautiful places there. Do you want to know where my sexy red Delsey suitcase was bought and where it ended up or where I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter? Tune in and enjoy! Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podca…
 
Simone Lugeon started working for Kuoni (Switzerland's biggest tour operator) during her student years and did the tour guide training with me. We immediately became friends, and I was very impressed with her flawless Swiss German even though her mother tongue is French. In this episode, we are talking about some boring Rhine Cruises and how she ne…
 
On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organisation declared Covid19 a pandemic, I traveled 18 hours from Cyprus to Buenos Aires because I thought this will be over when I come back two weeks later. I had arranged to meet my daughter Natalie and her boyfriend Saemi in Argentina's capital to travel around the country, explore the vineyards of M…
 
I know a fun person when I see one and when Katie turned up in my exercise class, I immediately thought that she is a genuinely kind, clever and special person. We started having coffees after class, and I asked how she ended up in Cyprus all the way from Alabama and then found out that she has lived in many other places before. She is definitely m…
 
New York, New York, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere and this is where I realized that I could. Travel with me from New York to the Jersey Shore and via Philadelphia to Washington DC. Find out where the word lobbying comes from and why the White House is called the White House and then we continue to one of the most beautiful town…
 
She is the first princess that I interview as a podcast guest and at first I didn't know how to address her but she made me feel comfortable with her kind and sweet way. She has many stories to tell, about how to keep up royal appearances even when her heart tears apart. Princess Zama Zulu is a descendant of King Shaka Zulu who was a Zulu chief (18…
 
Did you know that St Augustine is the oldest continuously-inhabited European-established settlement in the contiguous United States and did you know why Walt Disney built Disneyland in Anaheim and later created Disney World in Orlando. Florida as a state full of diversity and a very different East coast to the West Coast. I travelled all over Flori…
 
Monette Hamlin served on the Tourism Promotions Boards of the Philippines as a director representing the Meeting, Incentives Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions & Events Services & Facilities Sector for three years. She is my friend and the perfect person to talk about journeys, life, travel and her beautiful country of 7400 islands. Monette is al…
 
Egypt isn't only Cairo and the pyramids, it's carving a path out through millennia by the Greeks, Romans, Medieval pilgrims, Egyptologists and, now, travelers. But beyond the astonishing antiquities, it’s a magical country that swirls with myth, legend and mysticism. Egypt is also geographically a very fascinating place. It is kind of a Middle East…
 
Baria Alamuddin is an outspoken award-winning political journalist and broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK. She is the editor of the Media Services Syndicate and has interviewed numerous heads of states like Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, King Hussain of Jordan, Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro, to name a few. Baria was the last journalist …
 
1988 was a complicated year, I came back to work in Cyprus even when I knew that it wasn't a good idea. However, I made a new friend, Daniela, and we travelled to New York, Florida and Puerto Rico together. It was also the year, where I moved on, to a new employer with lots of new adventure opportunities. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share …
 
Elena Tanou is a prominent and highly respected business professional and the Vice President of Top Kinisis Travel Ltd, the largest tour operator in Cyprus. She is involved in the Cyprus economy and the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce. We share a common passion, we love to travel with tour groups all over the world, and in this interview, we compared n…
 
India isn't just a country, it's a subcontinent and every state is different, I travelled all across India with various tour groups and have the most amazing memories. I lost my suitcase, opened the wrong hotel room door, stepped with my sandals in cow dung and met Mother Theresa by coincidence. I would love to go back and do it all again. Please s…
 
Glenn Lundy is the host of the daily morning show #RiseandGrind which has taught hundreds of thousands of people about "The Morning 5 - 5 Steps to an extraordinary life" and he was recently featured in Forbes Magazine. He's also a father of eight and a wonderful husband and he told me how he was nearly arrested on his first flight ever. Please subs…
 
Everything happens for a reason. I didn’t get a job as a Lufthansa flight attendant but I got the opportunity to travel to various cool cities around Europe as a tour guide. I have learned to grab opportunities when they appear. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I would love to hear f…
 
Most memorable journeys with my most precious travel companions. When I was 37 years old, I suddenly found myself with two small babies after I had been used to a glamorous life, jet setting all over the world. I absolutely loved being a mother to those two exquisite creatures but I also missed travelling and I knew what I needed to do. I needed to…
 
These beautiful Cyprus summers were carefree and entertaining. They had a big impact on my life and I made lifelong friendships. I worked very hard and established myself within the company. I was ready to go further and explore the world even more. I was growing up.... Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved…
 
Carmen Flaminio is a retired tourism expert in Dubai but then she trained as a local guide for The United Arab Emirates and the Louvre in Abu Dhabi because she loves what she is doing. A conversation going back to good old times of tour guiding. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I wou…
 
My first long-distance flight and my first long-distance destination. The Maldives are paradise on earth but it gets a little boring after a few months, and there were a few surprises when I went on my visa trip to Singapore. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I would love to hear from…
 
Rob Moore is Mr Podcast, The Disruptive Entrepreneur with 700 episodes and this is my 7th episode; he inspired me to start a podcast with his course and came to talk to me about his most memorable journey and lots more. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I would love to hear from you Y…
 
In this episode, I am talking about how I left Europe for the first time and spent a winter in Tunisia. I found out where the women with the little suitcases went and learned how to haggle with the fruit and vegetable sellers. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I would love to hear fro…
 
In this episode, I am having a chat with my two beautiful friends Ruth Widl and Bernadette Andrey who were tour guides like me many years ago. They have been my companions on my travel journey and my life journey for many years. Our common passion is traveling and talking about it. I met Ruth because she was briefing me for my first ever trip to Eg…
 
In this episode, I am talking about how life in Cyprus got better and better and how the island developed. I was definitely there to stay for a while even though I had to convince the head office every year that I was not replaceable. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I would love to …
 
In this episode, I am talking about how I arrived in Cyprus for the first time many years ago and realized that they were driving on the wrong side of the road. Today, Cyprus is my home, my island in the sun but in those days I never thought that I would end up here. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved on…
 
In this episode, I am talking about how I dealt with wasps, strikes, and windsurf disasters. My season in Skiathos was a lot more challenging than I had expected and singing with a famous star was not initially on the program. Please subscribe, comment, like, and share this podcast with your family, loved ones, and friends. I would love to hear fro…
 
In this episode, I am talking about how I managed to get a job as a tour guide in Greece even though I was not only untrained but also too young and how it turned out to be my most amazing learning experience. When you know what you want, the universe will present you with the opportunities to do what you want. It was a long and very tiring summer …
 
Welcome to my Podcast. My name is Elisabeth and I would like to invite you to join me and listen to my most memorable journeys. But how did all this start? I was definitely not born with a travel gene. I was born in a small village in Switzerland, but I realized very early that I wasn't cut out for village life. I wanted to see the world, and when …
 
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