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Welcome to Speaking of Travel! Host Marilyn Ball speaks to folks about their inspiring, uplifting & dreamy travel experiences. And today it's even more important than ever to dream big and make plans to travel again! So sit back and be carried away to places from around the world and from right here in your own backyard. No Passport Required!
 
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There’s a link between music and memory. As music evokes emotion, we’re able to recall difficult parts of our lives and help us heal. Listening to music can’t cure, but perhaps it can help us heal from the experiences of the last year and a half. Around the world, live performances are beginning to emerge again. In Cape Cod, there’s excitement in t…
 
I'm excited to announce the new Speaking of Travel + Leave No Trace series with the host of the Amazon Prime series, Richard Crawford. Each month Ricky and I will bring guests to Speaking of Travel to highlight the importance of conservation, sustainable travel and eco-tourism. On this premier episode, Ricky reveals how he discovered a passion for …
 
Karina Kennedy’s laugh-out-loud travel comedy novel, “A Not So Lonely Planet: Italy,” is brimming with art, love and sexy Italian adventures. As an intrepid explorer, Karina doesn’t want to miss out on a memory and is even willing to bend the rules. She inspires and entertains others who share her passion to explore the world, fall in love and just…
 
JoAnn Reilly Yoder is happiest when traveling the world and fearless when doing so. Bungee jumping, skydiving or paragliding off one of the highest peaks in Queenstown is what she loves to do. JoAnn was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and accustomed to living outside the United States. Traveling continues to teach her to love and accept p…
 
Jill Culiner has crossed much of Europe on foot, travelled by bus, train, car and truck. Imagine having lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and even in a haunted house on the English moors. Jill has lived this life. And her artistic work is exhibited in cultural centers, galleries and museum…
 
Chef Santiago Vargas is a chef and consultant who follows his passion for food by lovingly preparing his dishes with a dose of passion, a love of culture and a touch of magic. Santiago is well-loved for his culinary artistry. Chef Santiago was born in Lima, Perú, surrounded by flavors and traditions from the Andes. From a very young age, he loved t…
 
Heidi Walters oversees marketing initiatives of group travel, international and sports marketing and industry relations for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (Visit NC). Heidi shares how their Outdoor NC initiative and partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is helping preserve the state’s precious natural…
 
Toby Brown, U.S. Partner and lead safari coordinator with Outdoor Africa explains what visitors can expect in the days ahead when making plans to journey to this beautiful and exotic bucket-list destination. Toby shares how their focus on private custom tours is a benefit to travel in a post-Covid environment and how they have spent time building t…
 
Traveling in an RV creates timeless memories. Jim Calderbank, a former RV manufacturing executive and current campground owner, explains why the RV lifestyle is the best way to connect with the outdoors and with each other. "The people that come here, they love the outdoors, they love nature, ... at the end of the day just to see the stress drain a…
 
Jenna Torres lives a life that is a tale of two cities. When she signed with Warner Music as a single mom living in NYC and sent to Nashville, her life changed and opened up her heart and her world. Her music reflects the freedom of mind and soul. Discover how Jenna found her tribe and her heart place within a kindred nature of community. "The minu…
 
La Carmina has a passion to shine a positive spotlight on misunderstood and marginalized subcultures worldwide. She began her La Carmina travel & fashion blog in 2007 as a creative outlet during her studies at Yale Law. Since then, she’s published three books, hosted travel TV shows for major networks and explored over 70 countries for fashion and …
 
Rob Lenfestey traveled the world and after years of expanding his edges, he came to the Appalachian forest and founded Mandala Chocolate, an organic chocolate factory and Mandala Springs, a peaceful sustainable retreat on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment a…
 
Girl About Travel Club makes it easy for women to book incredible holidays but don't know where to begin. Based in the UK, Rebecca Miles is Girl About’s travel editor and freelance journalist who inspires and shares ideas to create memories to cherish. Girl About offers everything you will need to make your best holiday choices through access to ex…
 
Stephen R. Brown is a professional photographer and writer who created a life doing what he loves. From his travels to Europe, the Middle East and Morocco, to being a teacher and photojournalist, Stephen follows his intuition and is rewarded with life-changing opportunities. Stephen’s images and articles on photography have appeared in Smithsonian,…
 
Impact Travel Alliance Founder and Executive Director Kelley Louise shares new insights into how we can actively participate in advocating for more impactful initiatives around sustainable tourism. Kelley explains how important it is to take a holistic approach to empowering communities and protecting our environment so everyone is connected. Also,…
 
Find out how 2021 is shaping up in Italy and plan your trip with Mark Gordon Smith, founder of Private Italy Tours. Mark’s unwavering commitment to providing unique and unforgettable experiences is stronger than ever. Mark is creating a not-for-profit that will focus on Arts Education and the restoration of works by female artists of the Renaissanc…
 
Jenny Cressman is the author of the Cuban Kisses series. The stories and characters are fictional, but Jenny has drawn on her own background and experiences (travel and otherwise) to create an authentic feeling. Many people have commented that the setting is so authentic and transportive, it's like taking a mini-vacation. For Jenny, Cuba is always …
 
Amanda Kingsmith and Ryan Ferguson are The World Wanderers and have a passion for travel, living life to the fullest, and finding happiness in all corners of the world. Through their popular blog and podcast, they share their amazing experiences with other travel enthusiasts and explain how travel has changed and impacted their lives in a positive …
 
Justine Abigail Yu is a communication strategist who works to change our world for the better. She is a leader, a mentor and a strong woman not afraid to do the work necessary to be an advocate for social justice and healing. Justine has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Her expe…
 
Long-time train enthusiast Bill McClement volunteers as a passenger train host with the NC Train Host Association, a group of ambassadors who ride state-supported AMTRAK trains. Bill provides a history of AMTRAK's 50 years and gives us a rundown of the events leading up to its formation and where it has gone from its beginning. Learn why rail trave…
 
COR! It's Beyonce and Bobby Ball's bonk accounts in The Valentine's Special! Ever wondered what these two dazzling beauties got up to in their younger years? Well, we've got ALL the mucky mucky details in this special one-off of FAMOUS FIRST TIMES! All their own words. All idiots. Kicking off this Valentine's Day one-off is a word-for-word retellin…
 
Jonelle Patrick is the author of five novels set in Japan and has been writing about Japanese culture and travel since moving to Tokyo in 2003. She explores how books transport readers past gatekeepers to immerse us behind-the-scenes to other countries and cultures. Jonelle explains how reading fiction opens our eyes to a lot of things we might wal…
 
I don’t know if I want to let this secret out of the bag, but Winnipeg has world-class performing arts, is a foodies dream come true, and you can go see polar bears swimming over your head. This place celebrates human rights, and is quietly moving from the center of the continent to the center of our attention. Vogue calls Winnipeg, “an absolute mu…
 
Ray Blakney was raised in Turkey and lives in Mexico with his growing family. Seeing the world outside his office walls and embracing his travel bug is a priority for Ray. His stories of hiking the Incan Trail, driving through Tuscany in a Ferrari and sleeping under the stars in the Saharan desert and almost being killed by a camel named Jimmy are …
 
Dr. Sheri Rosenthal is one of the most sought after retreat strategists for coaches, speakers, authors and travel professionals and the owner of Journeys of the Spirit Travel®, a boutique agency specializing in the planning and management of group travel. Through vast experience and her love for travel, Sheri created a totally online business she c…
 
Writer Johanna Garton provides a gripping and powerful tribute to human endurance and one of the greatest unknown stories in mountaineering in her book, "Edge of The Map," a story of resiliency, seeking to find your passions, travel and adventure. Christine Boskoff, who disappeared while climbing in China in 2006, was the only American woman to sum…
 
Neale Bayly has a lifetime of storytelling adventures and travelled in over 80 countries, more than 50 of them on a motorcycle, as a photojournalist, two-time Tele award winning television producer-host, and as a humanitarian. He formed Wellspring International Outreach to benefit sick and abandoned children in Peru, South Africa, and Kenya. Today,…
 
In his best-selling book, "Global Career: How to Work Anywhere & Travel Forever," Mike Swigunski shares what he's learned from years of trial and error about how to travel long-term and advance your career. Mike is the founder of GlobalCareer.io, an international job board for remote workers. Mike explores the future and explains how in today's wor…
 
JESUS WEPT! John Lennon and George Harrison's jizz stories in part 2 of The Beatles Episode! What in the world did these two dirty hippies do with their dirty dicks? Wonder no more, we've got the lot in the series finale, episode TEN of series TWO of FAMOUS FIRST TIMES! All their own words. All idiots. Discover the wildest stories taken from the au…
 
Brendan Drewniany, Director of Communications at Black Tomato, a luxury travel company in the US and the UK, shares some innovative approaches to create handcrafted travel experiences designed for your new travel memories. Find out what the newest trends are in travel and where to go in 2021 to shake up your bucket list!…
 
For over a decade, Nancy Stohlman has been writing, publishing and teaching flash fiction around the world. Much of her creative process is finding the sweet spot as a writer, performer and innovator and she teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder. Nancy tells us about her new book on the writing of flash fiction, "Going Short: An Invitation …
 
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! We've got Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in The Beatles Episode (part 1)! Take a soapy bath and lie back for nigh-on an hour of moptop dick circulating around your ears. Here's EVERYTHING you ever wondered about Paul and Ringo's ejaculations in episode NINE of series TWO of FAMOUS FIRST TIMES! All their own words. All idiots. D…
 
CHRIST ALMIGHTY! It's David Bowie & Gary Numan in The Alien Episode! The TRUTH is out there and Ian and Dom have got it. Find out about the sexploits of this gruesome twosome in episode EIGHT of series TWO of FAMOUS FIRST TIMES! All their own words. All idiots. Discover the most bonkers stories taken from the autobiographies of pop stars, rockers, …
 
While in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa, and living in extreme circumstances, Dr. Jack Allison found inner resources allowing him to not only thrive, but to give the best of what he had to those who needed it the most. And he never intended to write the #1 hit song in Malawi or be described by Newsweek as more popular than Malawi’s own president…
 
Patrick Fitzsimmons knows going beyond his comfort zone and taking risks reap rewards. His transition to what was the beginning of a well-planned career move and life style choice became a challenging and exciting chapter of his life. When Patrick was last on Speaking of Travel, he had recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Patagonia and ha…
 
KACHING: it's 50 Cent & Richard Branson in The Money Episode! Ian and Dom uncover the frankly not-on jizz tales of this money-grubbing pair in episode SEVEN of series TWO of FAMOUS FIRST TIMES! All their own words. All idiots. Discover the most bonkers stories taken from the autobiographies of pop stars, rockers, rappers, actors and toothy billiona…
 
Author Larry Jorgensen conducted extensive research in current and former Coca-Cola communities to create The Coca-Cola Trail, a journey to discover the history of the world's most recognized product. Discover why Larry decided to research and write this book and what contributed most to the early growth and popularity of Coca-Cola and how did the …
 
Sara Barrack was a child traveler and learned not to be afraid of trying something new and that experiencing new things is a joy. She shares why traveling was a great way to see how one handles life when things don't always go smoothly and why as an adult she is confident in herself, whether traveling or not. Sara explores the profound influence of…
 
OOH BABY: Damon Albarn (Blur) & Brett Anderson (Suede)! Two annoying southerners who hate each and who only got good because of Justine Frischmann (Elastica)! Ian and Dom (FFT) guide you through the completely out-of-order shagging tales of this Britpop duo in episode SIX of series TWO of FAMOUS FIRST TIMES! All their own words. All idiots. Discove…
 
Feeling bummed out you can't travel right now? Stressed about the upcoming holidays? You'll love this show! Jennifer Dougherty is a health/life coach and a comedian who uses humor to help people make a comeback. She explains how you can spark a revolution of positive change in your life with humor and be a happier person. Setbacks happen to all of …
 
Do you dream that life would be better living somewhere else? Laura Diffendal, International Living’s Belize Correspondent, moved to Belize in early 2014 and felt so at home she bought a boutique hotel on the beach, and then another. Find out why she moved there, what keeps her there, and what adventures await you. Also find out the current travel …
 
Gisele McAuliffe is a global communications strategist with a lifetime of mission-driven work helping people around the world who is now finding herself reflecting on what’s in store for her future. As an American living in Dublin at a young age for a long time, she found herself with the ability to view the world as American and European. "I consi…
 
For Raquel Aurilia, writing music and performing fills her heart and her stories of travel and performing will fill yours. Raquel shares her passion with highlights including opening for John Waite and her travels to Mexico. Raquel offers some great travel tips for traveling to Mexico during the pandemic. Find out what you need to know about the fo…
 
Today, many Americans are considering packing up and leaving the country or have already made the move and love it. For some, it might be economic reasons, maybe taxes, sometimes work opportunities. But for many Americans, retiring abroad is the way to go due to the benefits of retiring in another country, from lower living costs to better weather …
 
How can you find peace and meaning today? Joseph Ranseth helps people transform their lives using the same blueprint and principles that transformational leaders like Gandhi and Dr. King used to change the world. Discover how you can unify the world in today's divisive atmosphere and how you can inspire others by your own greatness and help create …
 
Chris DiCroce and his wife are experiencing an inner journey that people are undertaking now due to the inability to travel physically. But instead of feeling as if they've been backed into a corner, they’re discovering a door they never knew was there before. Chris is a best-selling author, musician, speaker, and sailor. After they sold their hous…
 
Are you looking for a once in a lifetime experience in Italy? Enjoy this charming conversation with Annette Joseph, author of the book “Italy Is My Boyfriend, talking to us from her Italian countryside home, La Fortezza, a creative space for visionaries from around the world. Annette lives half of the year in Italy and is an expert on entertaining,…
 
Victoria Bond is a major force in 21st century concert music and leads a dual career as a composer and conductor. Imagination, fantasy and travel are all part of her creative life and her work is transformative. Travel has always been a part of her creative life and the first opera she wrote was called “Travels,” based on Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver…
 
We need imagination now more than ever. For Annie Sullivan, author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen and A Curse of Gold, fantasy and imagination goes hand-in-hand with travel. Annie bases some of the scenery and characters on things she has seen and done when traveling and exploring new cultures. She embraces her young readers…
 
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