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Places to Fly Fish
"Desportivo fly-fishing has become a favorite way for many urbanites to decompress. And that's how Chris Santillo started his fifty places recreation guides. He now also writes about places to paddle bicycle golf end snowboard, but his number one passion is fly fishing Chris thanks for joining US great to be here, Rick. Thanks what is it about fly fishing that those who know it and love it or so passionate about I've thought about this a lot oftentimes when I'm out on the river and I think that people come at it from a lot of different directions I. I think there's the chance to be out in nature in a quiet and beautiful place. There's an old saying that's trout don't live in ugly places and neither do bone Fisher Tarp in Atlantic Salmon. So you're usually in pretty pristine places that can support these fish species. About especially, if you're river fishing about being in the water, I don't mean to sound cliche but there is something about the oneness of being with the river in that sense of flow I drive a lot over mountains and past beautiful rivers in Europe and the United States and I see a lot of people with hip Bhutan standing deepen in the river and there is something. Special about that I would imagine you have there is a feeling of being. In the moment and in the flow of life of the rivers as a metaphor for flow of life and time passing, and it's never the same water that you're standing in and I think there is something profound rap subliminal about that that has an appeal There is an analytic. A fly fishing I think it has appealed to people the whole idea of trying to determine what the Fisher eating at a given time, and then trying to either look in your fly box and find the the right fly that seems to match the kind of bugs at the trout might eating or I know some friends will bring a fly tying vice in some feathers and hair and hooks to the side of a stream, and if they don't have what the right bug is at the time or the right fly, they will go and tie it. Up on the spot and hope that they're going to make that match matching the hatches, the term that writer named Ernie Schreiber came up with years ago the hatch being the kind of insect that is occurring on the river at that time but just having the arsenal and matching the flame with the others that are being eaten that's probably integral to being successful fly, Fisher and very important, and you'll find some anglers that are you know better equipped than others I've been out with some friends who will have literally five hundred or a thousand flies. I usually have one or two boxes and and hope that what I have. Oh, cover things ninety percent of the time, but there's always ten percent that doesn't work and one blanket work. Great. This morning in another flight would work great in the same hole this afternoon exactly because what happens on many river systems as you will have different sorts of insects emerging coming out of river or settling down upon the river at different times of the day you might have may flies that are. Popping up from the bottom of the river as Nymphs, and then turning into adult bugs and being on the surface in the morning, and that might be a white insect, the size of your Pinky Nail, and then in the afternoon as it gets warmer, the grasshoppers might become active and the wind may be him into the river and they are green and yellow, and they're the size of your thumb. It's sort of a a battle going on what are the it is it's man versus nature. Chris and Taylor has written a dozen best selling books about outdoor adventures in his fifty places series. One of his titles collects the thoughts of Passionate Anglers Y. I, fly fish and their favorite fishing places are covered in fifty more places to fly fish before you die you'll also see Chris's byline and major sport fishing publications.
Travel to Turkmenistan
"I'd like to welcome back to the show Justin Barnes from Justin and crystal dot com, and just has come to talk to us about Turkmenistan Justin. Welcome back to the show. Thank you. Thanks for having me back and I say welcome back to the show Justin was on episode six, twenty, nine about the Big island of Hawaii. This is a very different destination. We're talking about today. What's your connection with Turkmenistan? We traveled there on a trip to or the stands. There's the five stands Turkmenistan Kazakhstan respect. Extended Kurdistan, and we went to four of them on a trip and Turkmenistan is certainly the most interesting of the bunch in terms of how foreign it was. The misers foreign every since the word will and I was very interested in doing the show because been one time since we've talked about Turkmenistan and because. Before covert hit, we had a amateur traveler trip plan to the stands not to all five to two. I think of them as I recall in two thousand and twenty one which has bumped to two thousand and twenty two, but still planning on taking a group to that region of the world. So should someone go to Turkmenistan all for one thing it has something that I am fairly certain no other country. In the world has which Zeke giant flaming pit in the middle of the desert that looks for one tencent purposes like a volcanic crater but is actually just burning natural gas and you can walk right up to the edge of it. It's about the ultimate across at about one hundred feet deep and that's something you're not gonna see any world's Laurel I think Azerbaijan has some similar geologic features of natural burning. Areas that have been burning for hundreds of years. Well, in addition to that, there's some very interesting Silk Road historical sites, and also some history even older than that going back to partying times in an earlier excellent and the Parthenon's being a contemporaries with an and rivals with the Romans. The recreation of the Persian state after the fall of Persia to Alexander the Great. Excellent will what should one do would enter and where are you going to take us on an itinerary here? So I would recommend or remain sites that can kind of seen in any. Any order. One is the capital Ashgabad, which is in the south central part of the country. nother one is the gas crater, which is more or less than the very center of the country. Kunia organic, which is the north central or the country. And finally merged, which is in the eastern part of the country in the horror which would go to those guys somewhat dictated in where you're coming from and where you're going to afterwards I think for the most are people who be traveling Turkmenistan. If you'RE GONNA, go that way you're not going to be going only to Turkmenistan, and so it's going to be part of a larger trip either balls, other stands and or. Now, we're you doing trip independently or as part of a tour or how did you arrange us? This was part of a tour. I. Think as a practical matter, it is very unlikely that somebody is going to get a visa to stand on their own is hard to get into Turkmenistan insulin less. You're going with a company that does a lot of tour packages there where they take care of getting visa process they donald is across all the ts I think for all intents and purposes it's it's almost impossible to get in unless you with without friends or family member living country. Will and one thing we should bring up just because people are gonNA look at the map and some people are going to say, no right away. Because of its neighbors. Because we just to the south of Turkmenistan Afghanistan in Iran Iran being very stable country right meal although not always one that my country the US is friendly with Afghanistan not necessarily. Being as stable but Turkenistan you've found to be fairly safe an interesting country to travel to. Yes and we went there from Iran and they were quite different but I felt safe in both places for different reasons. Under of the spectrum well in, we'll talk about more about Iran some other day. There's a couple, very fascinating episodes that we've done on. Iran made me want to get there ever since we've talked about it. So took minutes said you start at us in the capital, Yes yes. So Ashgabad new would either fly into or conceivably if you were on a road trip from either northern Iran or from Pakistan might come in. The car by I think most likely would come into the airport, which is very interesting. Airport probably will not see too many if any other airports that look the same with a multi billion dollar airport that looks like eighty giant Falcon or shave your channel self is a Falcon hundreds of feet. We'll be thousands of feet across.
Travel To Bulgaria
"Bulgaria is a small and mysterious country. It's one of those lands that Americans just don't visit very much. It's long faced east impact in communist times it was famously subservient to the USSR. But. Of course, there's lots more to see in Bulgaria and you can learn about a fascinating culture. When you go there to Bulgarian guides, joined us in our studio to help give us a better insight and a little better appreciation of the cultural. Bulgaria. We're joined by Stephan Bush job and you're. Stephanie thanks for being here. Thank you our pleasure now. Americans we don't know as much about Bulgaria as we know about Poland or Germany or Italy, or Greece that. It's not in the news it's signing country of about seven million people probably, not not a lot of Bulgarians have emigrated to the United States like Polish people. So many know when I think of Bulgaria I think of a back in the communist times a little country that was more friendly with Moscow, than the other countries in eastern Europe in fact, your leader little sort of an communist dictator two-door shifts of Shipka He. Actually proposed that Bulgaria joined the USSR and become the Sixteenth Republic. Is that true that? Yes that's still in the early nineteen sixties shifts for wanted us to be so close to the Soviets. So he proposed to become the sixteen republic. Why so subservient? The USSR you know because as a small country, we have always tried to find our big brother because you're right there in the middle of the Habsburgs and Russia and and. The meat of all those crossroads and your. Little so easy to gobble up if you're a big giant country absolutely, but fortunately, the Soviets were in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis saw they were busy and they were not interested in having trouble themselves Khrushchev or whoever was the dictator say There's a joke in becan communist time. The biggest animal in the world was the Bulgarian pig because the head was in Bulgarian. The body was in Moscow I. Was that funny. So many years ago he mentioned the pick when you have the body of the pick of the good meat is there. So we produced Oh the good stuff food and it was expected to the Soviet. Union. So practically, this is the reason why still nowadays in Russia they remember all those fruits and very funds legal, Gary, all good stuff that came from Bulgaria. So the big shot in Moscow and wind as well. Of course, all the Bulgarian wine. Oh, the best bogere in one when Russia. Well today you don't have that problem. You've got wonderful traditional food and drink and and Yuri. What is one thing we should remember about the food of Bulgaria when we visit incredibly fresh everything is fresh. What's been out of the garden? What's IT traditional? A traditional meal I I remember some beautiful soups. You must have a salad. You must argue with Salads and a little bit of Brandy. As world it goes with the Salads. We always have the strong alcohol first, and then we go to the wine and then we go to the beer you start with the strong alcohol yes, we do. We do. Why is that Stephan? It is deep tradition. What my parents belief is that when we have a trunk alcohol to open your perceptions the food, this is the best way to taste it when you have a few sips of follow traditional. Brandy. Code. Of Akia. So when I'm cooking, if people have the strong alcohol, I can actually eat my food. It helps it helps a lot. Gary is the only country in the European Union that has this surreal alphabet I was in Bulgaria when you're on May twenty fourth, that's big celebration. Why does Bulgaria have this unique alphabet and what's the cultural background of that? I remember that day because we were actually fuming Bulgaria episode into our in my hometown. So it is really important to understand these different alphabet because this is an alphabet which helped to spread the Christianity because it's surreal religious named after Saint. And who was his side and his brother Metallica's Methodius and Cyril. So they innovated this alphabet so they could write down the holies holy scripture scriptures and people could read them exactly in idea to have the Christianity. Kuo's to the heart close the. So to understand the holy wisdom to understand the words written, what century was that this was in the eight, hundred, eight, hundred, fifty, five,
How the North Bay Became 'Wine Country'
"To answer Michael's question about when wine country got start and how it became. So popular, we brought in reporter Christopher Beale Hey Christopher Hay alluvia. So let's start with when wine grapes were first planted in the North Bay. When was that all the way back in eighteen twenty three the Spanish created a mission in Sonoma's. It's the first place where grapes were intentionally planted in wine country but the wine made from these grapes was Sacramento Kinda like alcoholic. Grape juice used in church, not what we would recognize as wine, and then in eighteen thirty s some of the early European settlers in the NAPA sonoma valleys would have grown some basic wine grapes as well. Now, when does the wine country that we think of today start to take shape for the sake of the story let's start in eighteen forty California is ten years from entering the Union and this guy named Charles Krug arrives in San Francisco. Crew was a German after the revolutions of eighteen, forty eight in Europe the comes into San Francisco. It was the editor of a German language newspaper in San Francisco. That's Jim Lapsley he managed agricultural continuing education at UC Davis for more than thirty years with focus on wine-making. Now, after a few years in San Francisco Charles Krug gets married and ended up as a dowry getting quite a bit of land. This is the area just North of Santa Lena where the Charles Krug winery is located considered. It'd be the first commercial winery in Napa Valley. The wine country story is really one about marketing and innovation, and this Guy Charles crew gets credit for a lot of the early innovation and wine country including being the first to use a cider press, which is kind of like a slotted barrel to press wine grapes before that grapes were generally crushed by people's feet. When California entered the union, it was a place where we could grow grapes because the climate was quite similar to the southern Mediterranean. It was dry during the summer it had wet winters and differ grew very well here in California. For, is a species of grapevine. It's used to make wine after the early success of pioneers like Cruyff people began to plant grapes and produce more wind and the NAPA and sonoma valleys. But this was still considered low quality table wine and it continued to represent only a fraction of the US market mainly because it was still cheaper for east coast consumers to import wine. From Europe by boat, then from California by train. But that all changed in eighteen, seventy five, the US government stepped in and increase the tax on imported European wines to twenty cents a gallon which leveled the financial playing field for California's wine producers, and as a result, the wines dig it imported from Europe can be much more expensive wines and oak wine that was everyday drinking. That became the from California. Now. It wasn't a linear march from this moment today. The wind industry suffered a few major setbacks over the years but one way or another managed to survive them. Here's a few of the important ones I wine country was almost destroyed by bugs in the eighteen seventies. This is a microscopic bug that eats the roots of wine grapes. It's related to an eighth fit in it's called. PHILOXENIA. And when it arrived in wine country, it destroyed the vineyards to kill the vineyards and the only way could really come up with a solution was to plant on grafted vines the bottom, the rootstock would be a native variety and then on top graft with Vida's Benifica.
Travel to Oaxaca
"I'd like to welcome to the show Susan met Naski from Brooklyn, tropical E. dot com, and that's tropical with an I at the end but a put a link to that in the show notes Susan Welcome to the show. Thank you. Thank you so much for having and Susan. You're coming on the show to talk about one of my favorite places in Mexico. Of course, I haven't been every place Oaxaca. and. Why are you talking about Wocka? Well, it is also one of my favorite places. It's actually my favorite place because I now live here after I think my first trip was in two, thousand, fifteen and. I just kept coming back and back for months at a time, and then finally I had been traveling fulltime for awhile I'm a travel blogger and when I was just ready to settle down, this was the place that was at the very top of my list. Excellent. Well, and I understood after reaching out to Susan that she was a longtime listener, the show which is always fun to hear it is a big honor for me to be on this show when there was a time many years ago I wasn't able to really travel, and this was my constant source of inspiration. I cannot imagine a time not be able to travel except of course now but right. Excellent and why should someone go to Hakka? So I think that the thing about Oaxaca really. So special and is not often matched in other places is that it's so dynamic. There is such a depth and breadth of things to do and learn and taste and understand here. It's so easy to fill a week itinerary full of all these things and not just one type of thing but a huge variety of things. So there's incredible culture here. There's history. An Amazing Food and mess calcined beautiful nature artisan work. So there's really something for everyone and It's just such a dynamic place to learn over of everything excellent. What kind of Tannery or are you going to recommend for us where we're GONNA start so? Worked on this a lot of years there because as I say, there's so much to do and I actually hear over and over again that people come here they plan a long weekend trip and they pair it with Mexico City or the coast or other places in Mexico and. On their first or second day they're already planning a return trip because they realize immediately that there's just such a huge amount of things to do. It's such a beautiful place such a compelling place. So I've come up with a seven day itinerary that I think is really a nice balance of all these different aspects, the nature and the culture and history in the food and artisan work and I. think that's a great way to have your first trip to a Hakka to have a little bit of a balance of all the things and learn a little of everything and. WELL ROUNDED PERSPECTIVE OF OAXACA Going Day one. Well so I have this kind of divided by Oaxaca city and then day trips and I think that one way people go wrong is they don't necessarily know that the day trips and and the villages and the nature sites archaeological sites outside the city the number of things to do outside of the city is equal or more than within the city. So. I think that the best way to kind of approach your race to think of it more or less than a fifty fifty way that maybe you're going to be doing day trips about as many days as you will be just strictly inside the. So I I'd like to just kind of talk about stuff within the city and then later I can get into the day trips if that works for you works remain so. Has Been inhabited since eleven thousand BC. So it has an extremely long history a really in depth history, and that's part of why a lot of the places outside of the city are so important the pre Hispanic archaeological sites and villages that still hold to their traditions. But also the city itself is quite old and the modern day city started to be built in fifteen hundreds when the Spanish were here. So there's still lots of historical sites to see in the city that are important and also beautiful. One of the best places I think to start is south of the Mingo Church that is an ex convent that has now been converted to a church and a museum and a ethnical garden, and it's also just kind of a big meeting point in the city for tourists and for locals as well. It's great for people watch chain there's lots of street food outside. So it's a great place to start, and then the museum there is great. They have lots of great exhibits about the history and Culture Haka. Big. Museum. Not a big museum but. We're seeing and also is a great way to get a look inside at the architecture of this gorgeous ex convent and then the ethnic botanical garden that's on the grounds as well is really fantastic. It's required to take a guided tour. And I wouldn't say it's for everyone because if you it is to at least two hours and it's very in depth about plant life and history culture. And I love it and I think it's amazing. I'm taking up multiple times bill. Some of those plants are important to people because some of the local plants give us things like Miguel so. Exactly. So. But I definitely recommend it for most people. The thing I think is really special is they really go into the history of the most important plants and the cultural significance and you get to see things like the predecessor for Korn that was found here in the valley, and that is one of if not the most important ingredients in food items in all Mexico and a lot of the world, and so there's just a lot of amazing insights and things you can learn about plant life in this really biodiverse state if you're into that kind of thing.
How about a language vacation
"Tour Guide Kerry Walker is an American language, but she's worked on her language goes in Central America and was immersing herself in Italian lessons when we last checked in with her Kerry, where have you gone in Italy to study the language I? So I started off in a school at Monte Pacino School in town so I Did that for about a week, which was a great start but then left I really needed more so I quickly learned that private lessons for me were the way to go really get the most being my book I said my last two studies have been in home stays with my teacher. So private is better than group for you for me, but is it more expensive because it's one on one? It is more expensive. But my goal is to really learn the language and order to do that. I realized that I really need that one on one, which is focused exactly on where I am where my misconceptions are the things that I want fine tune, and also that the places that I want to go may teacher can take me there much more quickly they can tailor the teaching to your exact interests you know all over the. World there's a lot of people earning their living despite teaching. English. As a second language is it can flip flop it. Are there a lot of people in Italy that earned their living or supplement their income by teaching foreigners Italian without question it's a big business. How you learn about that you know there's a lot of different ways. There's not one place to go to I. Really do it a lot of different ways I. Just asking people, where did you study? So I, got my last home state through my Italian tutor back home had another student that I spoke to I. So I think really getting those references from other people. Also some research, there's a lot of people now that have contacts with teachers all over Italy, and then you move in and you just how many hours a day or a week where he works. So I did I did about four to six hours a day, but I ate breakfast lunch and dinner with that family our table with ALFRESCO. Semi my classroom was Tuscany alfresco outside as living it. I was I was all those things that I needed to learn. My teacher was right there. So so it's it's a lot of work I I've never bothered I I have. A great time in Italy why would you spend all the time and money learning the language I'd love connecting with the culture I mean I think just to be able to move in and really not only did I. Learn the language I learned the culture I said at that table every day and for me that makes travel so much more real. So that is it. If the bottom line, the bottom line is not speaking the language, but it's connecting with the culture and with the language it's like you've got better vision. Exactly. You've done this also in Costa Rica and. Those are two different. Spanish. Speaking Countries. How does your choice of a destination? Impact, the learning that you have and what you come away with because Costa Rica and Nicaragua you went to both of them and you were trying to learn Spanish Why would you go to one rather than the other for me? It was based on what I wanted to see as well. I had some travel goals to for people. I. Think it's often going to depend on what part of the world you WANNA. See a said oftentimes that's the case also, you have to think about what kind of language you WanNa come away with if you went. Back to learn French and then you go to France, they're gonNA look at you like where are you from? Exactly so that's one of the reasons I chose not to study in Sicily obviously Naples I want to for me 'cause you don't WanNa, go around the world speaking. In, Tuscany, the kind of Italian. That I want to come away with what they're speaking there.
Driving the Carretera Austral, Chile
"I'd like to welcome back to the show Steph dyson who has a travel journalist, a guidebook author most recently the Moon Guide to Chile and a travel blogger at worldly adventurer dot com. Steph. Welcome back to the show. Thanks having me Chris I'm excited to be back again. Well Of Truth. I should say when I say welcome back to the show, Steph has been on the show before you have heard her talking about northern Chile, a number of episodes ago I wanNA say five years ago. Yeah I think that's correct just before you started working on a guidebook. Kissed before Ya. So this is kind of rounding out that experience because the moon guy to Chile just published. And that was a quite a long amount of time working on this guidebook but also Steph was the show a week ago and something went terribly wrong and it did not record. So I appreciate your patience but I also appreciate your expertise on Chile. When. We talk about she leave this time we're talking about and I'm going to try and pronounce it the cut. US thrall the southern. Highway. Good. That was good pronunciation. I I. See you've been working on it. We'll have to do some things right this time. What is the? astral and where would we find that in Chile? The CATTA that Australia Archie means the southern highway to give you a bit of a clue and it's in Chilean Patagonia. Now, how to guy near is the sort of slightly nebulous region because nobody's really sure if it's somewhere on his own or if it belongs to other countries a what it is, but effectively, it's a region in the very far south of South America are in between Argentina and Chile. and. The kind of thorough style is the kind of rules western section. So it's the kind of Chilean bit where she gets really narrow sort of not part of the country, and it's just before you hit very southern Patagonia West toughtested by name and the destinations that you've discussed previously only put podcast bright further north than the last show we did on Patagonia, there is a lot of Patagonia. If we look at the map there. There's a lot of Chile in terms of height, not necessarily in terms of with. Yeah it's a long country and I have children most of it and it. Pile. Will End just this road is seven, hundred, seventy miles or twelve, hundred and forty kilometers. So when we talk about One week itinerary, you're going to start us not at the top and go all the way to the bottom where you're gonNA start, US. Yeah so I always recommend people planning Patagonia is starting inbound Maceda says about halfway down the cutter that'll style just outside this sort of biggest town in the area it's Koi Heike and it's an apple that where you can fly into directly in Santiago. So it makes it a really great destination to start your trip. and Are we gonNA do anything around the airport flying are where we going to start our actual trip? I would recommend picking up a call. Then you don't need a four wheel drive to cut that Australia just needs sort of reason, the high clearance because most of it is now paves. The big for the locals I'll tell you that hasn't that hasn't been paved before but yet you're gonNA jump in your car and you can head south for a couple of hours to via settled gusty steel, which really tiny little town outside of a national park. You talk about outside of national. Park. The one thing as we talk about this pretty much this whole way there are national parks everywhere I think. I'd made the analogy that if you started at the top of this highway in you're a squirrel, you could probably get to the southern tip of South America in jump from tree to tree within a national park. I'm not sure the tree is correct but the national parks is almost accurate. This just a whole lot of national parks here in southern Chile. Yeah, it's actually what the government did. Last year would start it up the root of their parks re to the parks. On, it's about two, thousand, four, hundred kilometers I believe I'm connecting pretty much port Lamont which is the very northern tip Patagonia all the way down to Cape Horn, which has its own national pockets the bit at the very bottom of South America's islands that people go. Because the sale is used around the whole and and it was a big deal because white windy down that. Square yes. Yes. There's now they sort of route to the pox. It's kind of this ingenious could you can't actually drive between all of them, but the capital style does opportunity to actually connect quite a number of them.
Lockdown in Honolulu
"Don Wallace is on the line from Honolulu. He tells US authorities they're put in a new set of restrictions because of a recent surge in Cova cases on Oahu justice they were hoping they could start reopening. It's crucial tourism industry. Don's a contributing editor at Honolulu magazine and he's updated us on Hawaii tourism in the past and done you're you're out there about twenty five, hundred miles away from anywhere else in the middle of the Pacific. Hawaii depends so much on tourism and I would imagine it's been quite a stressful time with the coronavirus continuing to spread. What's it like in Hawaii right now. Well the whiny started out as soon as thirty thousand tourists stopped coming way did very well on the virus were the lowest in the nation for states. Now we've had a spike starting at the fourth of July and August it began to get up to two hundred cases a day. I know that doesn't sound like much but. you don't have that many hospital facilities. That, we had to do a banning perks, beaches hiking trails and gatherings over ten So is the response and the impact of the corona virus different from different islands. who gets most of it in fact, it's almost miniscule on now big island, the ninety MILICI, those islands, the people can pretty much go cleese they. You wear masks you're allowed to fly into a walk who without according to you. But people who can't find their without of quarantine. What about people in the tourism industry? Are they impatient or they realizing that haste makes waste when it comes to getting over the so they can start making money again. It's a very interesting case people very concerned. There's no voice irresponsibly pushing for white opener light opening deal like Texas, did for instance. And I think that's because the workers sixty seventy percent of the are. No a minimum wage workers they don't have good health plans. They carry the burden of this, and the other part is the Theresa Stop Coming. Can Americans from the mainland fly into Hawaiian vacation if they want to yeah, you can come We get about three thousand a day. And I think the hitch there is you do a fourteen day quarantine and you check into your hotel and you can't leave your hotel room. The impact on tourism would be you're probably wondering around the beaches thinking this is like it was back in the old days. You're very much in nineteen threes, Hawaii. Waikiki is a ghost town. That's not entirely a bad thing We think tasteful Hawaii empty beaches, very clean water clean here you feel like being caress be hanging out with the beach boys. Old School Beach Boys. And if you do go out to dinner, for instance, you may have the restaurant to yourself just one or two people. Magic. So That's interesting. I mean, of course the you've lost the revenue, but you've regained your beaches as far as the locals go there was something in the news and I think you wrote about it about gun toting extremists who are wearing Hawaii shirts. It doesn't seem like the Aloha spirit to me what's Really thought it. Up in the news, there's one of these Gun Group extremists start showing up at the black lives, matter protests and other places. Instead of what they weren't Loescher it's Kinda create a sort of scary dissidence. Then people here reacted really strongly. Ensured is about Aloha Aloha is welcoming. It's inclusive. And it's actually something. I wrote an article about how Hawaiian shirts fight extremism. Hungary magazines. It's a love story about two sisters from Portland. Hawaii's eighteen twenty. Married South Asian immigrants helped create yellow her shirt industry. It's a beautiful beautiful story and it's that Louis Spirit that sort of loved that easygoing nece that caring for others. What a what a dissonance by these? What do they call? Boo Goo Boo Voice Blue Boys. Okay. Well I hope you have to handle and then we can read about that in your article and then very quickly what's open now if you are in Hawaii, museums, clubs, restaurants what's The dishes and Him after limited reopening had to close again. We hooked to get them back up in a couple of weeks neither good their little outdoor cafes and restaurants they've shifted to putting cafe tables out on the sidewalks and even the streets in some cases. So Madonna. Of Lua. And you know, thankfully, why is a very outdoor culture? So eating outdoors is. No big concession. So that lends itself to social distancing done. It's so great to have you on. We'll talk again soon I hope everything goes well with Hawaii and tourism, and your work there done Wallace's a contributing editor at Honolulu magazine. He's written the French house about buying a fixer upper on the island and Brittany and he's written articles about what's going on. In Hawaii these days
"There are lots of examples of when wildfire has affected the bay area but it's still something that you might think of as a rural problem. Something happens far away from urban centres with the latest batch of wildfires though we saw some people facing evacuation orders for the first time and it got me and a lot of you thinking about what the evacuation plan should look like in our own hopes. You reporter Carly seven here to answer some of the questions that you all sent our way Hey Carli hey and Libya has begun. Good. So first thing I want to know how will I even know if I actually have to evacuate? So one thing it's really important to know is you get your evacuation warning and then you get an evacuation order, they are two separate things. The warning is exactly what it sounds like. That's the warning that you might have to evacuate points the evacuation order that is go time. If you get the order you leave straightaway the warning is when you're going to have a little bit of time to prep, but the evacuation order still come within minutes or hours. How will you know to evacuate cameras say that they're going to use high low sirens so you should be able to hear if you live in a really remote area, they might send fire engines up to actually physically warn you and get you out. But the thing is do not wait for the knock on the door basically because it might not come calva say it's really important. Sign up for phone alerts, get phone lights when you're county and also the state and if someone in your family or friend doesn't actually have a smartphone, there are ways that you. Can get alerts that don't rely on you having a smartphone, they will come to email there will come to your home phone. But if you have the smartphone and a family member doesn't make sure that you are there conduit for really crucial potentially life saving information, and also if your phone is getting all of these alerts, which could save your life make sure your phone is up loud. Even don't go to bed with your phone on silent or do not disturb mode you do not want to be sleeping through an evacuation order. Okay. So let's say you know warning. Comes in order comes it's time to evacuate. What should I be thinking about actually leaving my house what do I need to make sure I'm taking with me okay. So you want a go bag basically one already to evacuate and you WanNa, keep it somewhere that you can access it instantly that's really important. Again, if this happened in the middle of the night, you would not want to be searching for you want it by the door we have a checklist on our site of all of those essentials that are actually quite a few but you know we're in. The middle of the pandemic. So you're going to need some things like face masks. It's recommended at least two per person and also hand sanitizer I'm don't wait until you under an evacuation warning or God forbid an evacuation order to make this kit. Have it all made in advance and needs to be carry -able right you do not want something that you have to have a vehicle to transport when you get that warning you already wants to have been thinking about your evacuation routes. What if one road was closed? Would you have a backup way to get out of? And so when that warning comes down, you prepare to get moving. You got your bag, put them in your car. If you have one make sure your car can get out, gather your pets, make sure your family know the plan and be ready to leave straightaway. Okay and then where do I go? That's a great question. A lot of people think evacuation you you go to a shelter right and that's one thing you can do their evacuation centers and shelters run by the counties and the Red Cross you can also ask. The friend or family member you know can I come and stay with you but he's like I say we're in a pandemic. You gotta ask some tough questions is anyone in your house feeling sick right now can we socially distance if I come to stay is anyone vulnerable living in your house he have to ask these questions regarding the corona virus. Now I know we've got some questions about people who have health or mobility issues for whom evacuating is just sort of slightly more daunting task what can they do to prepare? Number one I would say treat the evacuation warning like the evacuation order because you're gonNA need that extra time to potentially deal with the complexities of moving someone with medical or mobility issues. Also, you want to ensure that you emergency bag has any medicines or supplies or home use medical devices that you might need. Also keep medications list that includes prescriptions another really important information because you might need to hand that off to someone basically. Okay. A lot of advice though requires you to have a car which a lot of people in the bay area don't have especially if you're living. In San Francisco Oakland or one of these more urban areas how are those people are GonNa get out I'm so glad you lost have seen that question. So many times on twitter how did evacuate without a car? I want to repeat the importance of having an emergency bag that's lighten up to carry or transport without vehicle cal fire recommends that you you work with your neighbors or nearby friends and family. If you've got them and coordinate with them, you're basically trying to find a reliable shore, right right. But if you'll relying on a ride to get you out to evacuate they recommend that you leave your home sooner rather than later because what if the wildfire progress and you're right, it was not actually able to reach you to evacuate all the stuff you gotta think about. Well, carly as always you've given me a lot to think about. Thank you so much for stopping by. Thank you and good luck.
United scraps ticket change fees
"The most hated of all airline fees. Is the fee your charge to change your ticket? And never more than right now during corona virus where if somebody books a ticket to travel somewhere, they may later say, ooh, I really don't feel comfortable going. And that's why. The nation's airlines have followed the longstanding policy of South West. With. asterisks where you can buy a ticket now. On. Any US, airline and under Their straightjacket conditions. You don't lose the money. If you choose not to take the flight, you just gotTa meet all the rules jump through the right hoops and all that. But the reality is. Bit Airlines have only looked at what they make from change fees rather than how much business they ultimately don't get because they have changed fees in the first place. Let me explain. So I. Fly a lot on south. West Airlines. Until this year when I'm not flying anywhere because I'm in. Quarantine. Because a pre existing anyway. So I would fly typically in a year. I would take somewhere twenty five to thirty trips a year. Right, now I'm taking zero. So. I had a trip that I talked about. On the show last fall that change five times before I took it and I talked about how on the big three full fare airlines American united and Delta. I would have paid a thousand dollars and change fees before I ever left the ground. But because that was a ticket on south, west at paid zero in change fees. And so it's always been competitive market advantage for South West that they don't charge change fees that other airlines do. Well now, United Airlines. Has announced that they are eliminating change fees. Not Related to corona, virus, just eliminating change fees. On. All their airfares for domestic travel except. Basic economy basic economy is the one where we hate you but we'll take your money and let you fly. That has a long list of don'ts. And all that with basic economy, they have basic economy at the airlines so that their fares look lower. Than they really are. But anyway. As on United. Or going to have no change reason that this is something that upfront looks gutsy on United's part. Because according to the fads united collects over six, hundred, million dollars a year that goes straight to profit. From the change fee junk fee because the reality is. The cost for an airline somebody changing a flight. If any is just a couple of pennies. There's really no cost to the airline is just a junk fee. And so United's walking away from fifty million dollars a month. and. What they're not GONNA get in change fees but what they may well find. Is that people are more likely to book a ticket. Knowing that they can change it later without having to pay pay change fee. Now, we'll see over the course of this week. If The. Other two full fare airlines. American Delta. Follow United because often the three full fare airlines pretty much act like tweedle dee tweedle dum on what they do in terms of junk fees and nuisance fees and all that, and so we'll see and this will. Potentially. Erode. A huge market advantage four southwest airlines if airlines just blanket. Eliminate pretty much all the fares that are subject to junk fees united did not do so for international flights, but most people fly only domestic. So it it's not as much an issue for most people but. This is a very positive change. And I think back. That the junk fee for changing a flight for a long time was twenty five dollars. And then over the years the full fare ions got more more greedy kept raising it to the ridiculous two hundred dollar point and as travel writers pointed out repeatedly. Two hundred dollars change fee in most cases is higher than the fair bid a leisure travel or paid for their ticket in the first place.
Travel to Kerala, India
"I'd like to welcome to the show Mary. ELLEN WARD FROM BREATHE DREAM GO DOT COM, and India for beginners. Dot Com and mary-ellen has come to talk to us about Carola India burial, and welcome to the show. Thank you very much for having me and and we were just discussing the fact that we've known each other since probably about two thousand and ten. It took us a while to try and figure that out as we're in that kind of it's been. So long sort of things, but it's great to talk to you in I. Think a number of people suggested when I said I wanted to do Carola Oh have you talked to Mary Ellen and I thought Oh you're so right because what's your connection with Caroline? Connection is mostly with India in general and Carola. We're talking about today, but I've been travelling to India since two thousand and five and my blog specializes in focusing on India, not specifically in Carola. But careless just one of the many states that I've been to many times and it is actually one of my favorite. Rank them. I think it would definitely be in the top three. So. Blogging about India for fifteen years and then only recently started doing tours, which is that second you're we mentioned India for beginners, Dot Com. But why should someone go to Carolina Carolina is often considered the ideal landing place for a first time visitor to India, and there's a number of reasons for that and one of them is just that it's a more gentle laid back. Type of place it's it's in the south of India. So if you look at the map of India, which is the down in the south is the tropical part where all the beautiful white sand palm-lined beaches are, and that's Carola. So it's a tropical state with gorgeous beaches. It has a very unique rich culture. It has quite a varied landscape it has more than just beaches. A mountain range called the Western guts, which is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots on the planet, and it's got a very unique feature called the backwaters, which is nine hundred kilometer network of canals. Through very traditional cultural farming area. So you can really feel like you're going back in time. Just so many good reasons to visit. Carol, it's a really beautiful state clump and where would you start us with? With Carola, well, I gave us a lot of thought because it's quite a big state. It's very long narrow state. And if we're GONNA talk in the timeframe of two weeks, which is what a lot of people sort of plan for than my ideal tinder starts in Cochin also known as Fort Cocchi it's Kinda got two names, which is if you look at the Carolinas along narrow states halfway from top to bottom. So unfortunately with the site to newry were not addressing north? Carolina which is less touristy and also very beautiful but we have to honor the timeframe. So we're going to start in coaching and coach in. Small historical area that's within a great big city. There's a big modern cindy around it. Call Ear Knock Elam but coach is this one little area at the tip of concealed that jumps into the harbor. There's a natural harbour there and it's very historical area going back hundreds and hundreds of years. It's been a spice trading port for hundreds of years. I don't even know how hard AC but from about the sixteenth century until the independence of. India in nineteen, forty seven. So we're talking for over four hundred years. It was occupied variously by colonial powers most specifically the Portuguese and the Dutch both left a big imprint on the area. So coaching is a its historical has a lot of colonial architecture, and it's a tourist area in the sense that it's set up for tourism. There's a lot of cafes restaurants. There is beautiful tree lined streets you can walk it's very walkable. It's very safe. And it's a small area. So we're only talking about few kilometers square. So it's easily walkable. So this is kind of an ideal place to get your feet wet and really enjoy the ambiance of the place
Inland West Coast Roadtrips
"If, you're ready for a memorable road trip where there's more to explore the freeway rest stops Chandler O'Leary wants to take you up the US west coast. She joined us a few months ago with tips for driving the Pacific. Coast highway from San Diego to big Sur, the redwoods and the Pacific northwest rainforest. She's back to recommend a few of the inland highlights from the desert playground palm springs through the orchards. California's Central Valley, old western Sacramento, and all the way up to my home turf around Seattle the detailed in her book the Best Post, a road trip Alice Chandler welcome back. Thank you for having me. So we talked about the coastal route before now we're GonNa talk about the inland. Route make a case for not taking the coastal route because I would think everybody wants to go up the coast, but you make the inland sound pretty good. I feel like if you like your vintage, Americana this the road trip for you and yeah, you're not gonna see the coasts until you get all the way up to Washington but if you're really into things like palm springs and mid, century architecture old neon signs, a roadside attractions, you're going to get tons of that on this route. I love roadside attractions, publicity stunts from fifty of your. What are few of those that come to mind because I just think they're so funky. The giant oranges that used to be Oliver California and there's a couple of them left and they were they to be drink stands for you know when you were thirsty on the road, you get fresh California orange juice right and they're still a couple of them left along old either farm. There's farm country all the way along the way absolutely all three states. So we're going sixteen hundred miles and apparently it's the old isn't isn't like the highway ninety nine is of it is yeah and in California highway. Ninety nine mostly is still intact and it's even a freeway in some places, but once you get into Oregon and Washington because of the mountains, it starts getting a little bit tricky kind of pick. Cherry pick sections of the old road and then connect with I five. Yes. It's just like route sixty six how it's kind of been swallowed up by interstate in places like five is it's sort of the enemy on the other hand. It's practical because he gets you from A to B in a hurry. Yeah. What's your philosophy you're gonna go from going basically from San Diego to Bellingham Right What's your philosophy on the balance between I five in the old roads I think you wanna use I five when you WanNa, make good time and take the old rose if you wanna have a good time. That's kind of how I look at it good time or have a good time. That's good. So let's talk about California first of all New Mexico on one side of the border and collection collects. It collects co is on the or is on the California side and Mexico on the Mexico side. So that's where a route starts are these kind of sister towns in away or are unfortunately there's a big old wall separate him so you Or now you have to go through the big international the big national checkpoint because I did that between San Diego and Tijuana was easy just walk across I think right now that's not the same as it used to be, but it may be again I mean who who knows what we're starting in Calexico then What's the flavor of collects goes? That's just a springboard or anything to do there. It's a sleepy small town and but it's kind of you kind of get the flavor of where you're starting and you're going to start out in the low desert. You're below sea level here that's below civil come into palm springs. A waste. It is palm springs to us. Palm Springs is is kind of Wacky. It got big in the nineteen fifties. So there's a lot of great mid century architecture there, but it's very glamorous. It's very glitzy. There's a lot of designers their fashion show was movie stars that doesn't retirement communities to. snowbirds it's kind of this weird mix of college spring breakers and snowbirds. Okay. So you put that in your checklist and then some I know in your book, you talk about a lot of worthy detours you know in one of your favorites would be Joshua Tree National Park. Yes. Joshua tree is stunning and Joshua tree trees actually the high desert. So it's above palm springs at altitude. So it has a completely different desert climate different plants, different animals. So Joshua Tree is one of these cartoon book yeah. Of Justice Joshua Tree is these classic kind of quintessential cactus Yes. Yes. So what do you do in Joshua Tree National Park Jessica cactus there's a great hikes. There's actually only those cactus in one small part of the park is an enormous park. So there's different bombs great rock formations they are beautiful scenery and
The Secret Lives of The Palace of Fine Arts Swans
"Heading out to answer me question about how the swans are protected from coyotes is reporter Saul. Asana. Poor. I visit the Palace of fine arts at dusk on a misty grey weeknight. FOGHORNS. Are droning on in the background, but you can still hear the birds. Without Aharon. The swamp so they were hard to find I had to circle around the entire lagoon before I finally saw them we're looking for the. Oh Yes and. They're just hanging out in the open like this. There is one person who doesn't have any problem finding the swans. Her name is Gail Hagerty, and she is the Swan Lady I bow who they are across the water and people say to me well, how can you tell and I should? Because I've been taking care of them for so long for twenty five years. Gale has visited the swans daily and manage their diet mostly lettuce on a swan feed for dessert they get cheese. It's they loved they just goeke dessert for those. The Palace of fine. Arts. Has Two mute swans blanche and blue boy called mute swans because they don't make as many vocalisations as other types of swans. Blanche is very sweet and very forgiving. If I have to handle her, she will forgive me right away. Blue boy is he's the man of the lagoon. He doesn't like geese on their he doesn't like me. He's very large swan and He's always on a patrol always like who you who let you in and. But difficult personalities. Aside, these swans are graceful majestic when I see them on the water. It makes something in my soul feel whole and it's always been that way swans lived at the Palace of fine arts since it first opened during the Nineteen Fifteen Panama Pacific International Exhibition but one thing not in the design was an area to fence them off at night according to gale the Swan sleep out in the open. They are not put in any compound or any protective area in the evening. But where they go is they go into the gardeners nursery area which is fenced off, and they access that from the water to answer me, she's question coyotes haven't been. A problem for adult swans, swans are so big and so fast even on land they're fast I know because I had to run from him especially, but we've had swans for a long time. It's never been an issue for the adults but in the past, it has been an issue for the babies which are usually cared for on the lawn not in the gardener's nursery. Gail says a years ago the coyotes got to them eight them right there on site but doing some health issues, Gail says Blanche won't be having any more babies. So hopefully, coyotes won't be an issue. Now besides while on there are a lot of different birds at the Palace of fine arts. Course. Goes. We've got some horned owls in there and I won't see them normally might hear them.
6 New Travel Mistakes To Avoid Thanks To The Pandemic
"Thinking of traveling with its domestically internationally anytime in the next year, there's a whole bunch of watch outs need to know and mistakes that other travelers making that you need to avoid if you're thinking of travelling during this whole pandemic situation that we find ourselves in Alabama. This is tips for travelers I wanNA talk about things you really need to know some things have going to discuss includes. Using travel agent or self booking higher hall packing situation can change the big mistakes that people making that you need to avoid, and probably the single most important thing you need to think about platform and know exactly what you're going to do when you're traveling in the current situation. The first key watch out is when you're thinking of travelling is assume that everything will change change very quickly. So even if you can go to certain country today or to certain state. Today that could change overnight and we've seen lots of examples happen where it's perfectly fine to fly to particular country like Spain for example, out of the UK but within hours of that could change. So countries are constantly evolving and looking at what they see as safe places to travel with you have to have quarantined with you go in with you have when you return and it changes really fast. I have had friends get on a plane heading off to Spain. For example, they've arrived learned that the UK government was about to bring in quarantining midnight got on the plane and come back because they didn't want to go into fourteen day quarantine. So when you think about traveling assume that things can change very quickly and it's really really important that you stay on top of all the advice you need to say, well, connected to the news what I recommend you do is try and book as last minute as you possibly can. You also like to get really good deals nowadays by booking last minute. So you booking when you know that the chance of everything going smoothly is pretty smooth. It's really hard now to book in advance because we just don't know what the situation is going to be. Secondly, if you book even if you're booking way ahead is ensure that everything is council refundable off movable. So if change you can move things around without any penalties. The good news is a lot of. Providers with airlines or cruise lines or hotels are making it much easier to things that absolutely critical make sure that things are cancelable, refundable and easy to move. So you can basically go with the flow. The second big watch out is that if you do your own booking which I used to like to do I'd like to my hotel separately my flight separately my accommodation separately whatever it was separately. One thing you might want to decide is don't do that book at all through a travel agent the reason being that if you have to change things, it becomes very complicated because it's four or five different context 'cause. To change things if you've booked everything through a travel agent, it's one call one email and you can sit back and let them get on with everything. You'd have to sit on phone lines for five hours, six hours to try and get through to change flights. It takes an enormous amount of stress out it makes things much simpler. So even if you a sort of person that likes to pick and mix juju thing I strongly recommend that you book through a travel agent I've seen examples now doing with all my travels over this period of time is using a travel agent to make it simple. The great news is. Also particular abroad, and you have connectivity issues or this time difference issues with that one call that one email you can basically relax keep common that happens it's been a great plus in the positive traveling when there's been lots of disruptions able to contact the agency that time was Monday cruising I convinced it back relax to the beach while everyone else was scarring around and I knew they were sorting out problems. So seriously think about using travel agent at this point tiger, he can manage all of the changes or the refunds, and basically a very importantly linked to my first point make sure that you know exactly the. Situation as changes, they will keep on top those potential cancellations and changes in quarantine rules or whatever the third watch that I have, and this is a really really important one as well is don't assume that everything has returned to normal I. Think one of the big mistakes that people making is they seem their everything today. When it comes to travel is back to normal. There are three critical things that you need to bear in mind. First of all, you need to absolutely check and make sure that everything is open just because lockdowns are ending it doesn't mean that everything is open some things may have even gone bankrupt. Just simply not opening because for whatever reason, they are able to come regulations that country letting them open the beaches may not be having you might have to book to go to the beaches you might have book time started to pool. The attractions may not be open they. You might have to have certain restrictions before you can go into see the site of the museum that you wanted to see the theme parks may not be entirely open early civil rights might be open. So there's a multitude things you need to make sure that are open before you actually decide that is what you want to go because you might be able to do what you really want to do secondly. Things may not run as you used to expect them to. Or maybe very different. So for example, many islands in the Caribbean. Some states in the US, some countries around the world requires covid nineteen test within seventy two hours of heading name for example, other countries. For example, Greece, you have to register online twenty, four hours before you go, you get a special qr courage you have to show when you check in. So hundreds and thousands of people have mystere. To Greece because they didn't understand that whole system, get the qr codes or do the paperwork correctly. So you need to assume the things are going to run differently and it's going to be really different requirements
Travel to Malta
"Like to welcome to the show Michelle and Nikki from CHEEKY PASSPORTS DOT COM who've come to talk to us about the island nation of Malta. Michelle Nikki. Welcome to the show. Goes I know Good Morning Chris. Thank you for having us on your podcast. Will, and what is your connection with Malta? Interests we are born and bred in Malta native of this tiny island. We travel a lot but somehow we keep relating back home. It's it has that little connection which keeps taking us back to home. Here. And if we had to put it on a map, if people don't know where we're talking about, we're just a little south of Italy and in just a little north of Africa that's correct Kris. Bang in the middle of the Mediterranean in fact, the best way to connect to the island by plane by air, there's an international airport which serves a lot of countries, and that is probably the best connection although there is a ferry to Sicily, which takes about two hours it's not a long ferry so That's the best three to connect will, why should someone go to? Malta do island is small and that has its restrictions, but it's also a nice thing to have because you can visit and do a lot of activities in shorts spend. Nowhere is more than fifteen minutes by car. Well, it could be longer with traffic, but in reality, the island is what maybe twenty seven kilometers about seventeen miles long and barely fourteen kilometers wide. So you get an idea of how time he could places and it's really easy to get around here but it's there is a lot of traffic we should say. So sometimes, it takes hours to get from as lose, but there is a little history on culture more. There are smaller villages you can visit. There are large fortified towns. Visitors usually like the historic aspect of Malta. There are some of the oldest standing Tempur in the world. It's nice. It's pleasant island. It's nice to visit over. There are the beaches there's a lot to do more despite it's size Rela Malta can be considered as a modern concrete we have all facilities one would imagine, but still some places have retained the traditional character. So it's a nice mix of modern and antique and the traditional. So you get a little bit of everything for whatever you want to do. Excellent. Well, where are we going to start if we go to visit Malta? Probably the best place to start is the capital city Valetta. various small. It's not like other capital cities. It's more like a small town. It's a fortified city. It has a lot of history of culture, the population invite as actually small on NYC other capital cities. It's more of an administrative sort of capita, but with lots of shops and lots of museums with lots of churches of which there are many more than general, and it's a very quaint capital city. So people usually like to come here, just get lost in the streets explore has maintained its its charm. It was built by the Knights of Malta and there's elmo St centuries autistic tied to that old policies are still standing there despite some damage in the wartime. There quite a lot of entertainment venues like restaurants and bars tradition or other type of cuisine you get us election of almost entity and. A. Lot of cultural activities, concerts. And other activities which center round the capital city, and it's a nice place to startle. introduction to the whole of the island probably great and let's get into a lot more detail. On that. So first of all, you said it was small and I thought well, how small is small so I ended look it up. So you're talking less than six thousand people. Yes. Okay. Small. Okay I was thinking larger than that. Really spot it's more of a town for many of us or. What they would even call that in places like China, where city is a million people and then you talked about different museums, churches, palaces. Let's go through those one at a time in terms of what you would recommend that we see. So specifically, west starting with the cheer shoes. Let's start which with the most important. Churches. There's the Cathedral of course Saint John's cathedral, which when you Google it up, you'll just see a plane facade butts wants to get inside this cathedral it. So richly decorated that it's really mesmerizing marble and at times there was gold before legend has it that Napoleon just decided to take it own way. Some nice stories they're tied to the history of the place attached to the catedral. There's also the catedral museum which is home to many artifacts, butts amongst others a painting of Agile which spent a couple of years intern here in more. On his way to Italy and who gladly left some of Hispanics. With us to enjoy
"David. Because Australia's so far away from the other continents. It's easy for the rest of the world to not really have a clear image of what it's like. The stereotype made include kangaroos on every corner and Paul Hogan Wrestling Crocodiles, in the outback. Do you find that a lot of visitors you meet in Australia come armed with a lot of misperceptions about what they'll find preconceptions invariably wrong. Suddenly it's the case in Australia where as you saw the introduction, the business about Kangaroos hopping down the main street with nothing could be further divorced from reality that image and a Crocodile Dundee. Well, he came from the northern territory and he actually lives in America now, and he's one of our favorite experts. So, there you go. Australia's quite urbanized then. It's very of an is and it's a huge landmass. It's only a fraction smaller than the United States and everyone will the vast majority of people live within twenty kilometers of the coast say fifteen miles of the coast. So you have a huge concentration of people have been buried narrowband typically stretching from Cy Melvyn in the south up to Brisbane that halls probably seventy five percent of Australia's population right there. Yes. Okay. Now, the two dominant cities would be Sydney and Melbourne where where do you go for the best urban thrills? What would you recommend? How do they compare comparing? Them is very difficult and the answer you get when you ask that question will dependent tally on where that person was from. They are Mel Benon. Sevan for Melvin or Sydney Saad and the endless rivalry between the two. People from Sydney Regard Melburnians as easy as boring or as people for Melvin C Sydneysiders as frivolous where you fun loving I come from northern New South Wales I'm a country boy. Oh so you can get unbiased I i. have a Sydney Wife. Sybil on wife. So my leanings now with Sydney, but the only city I've lived in Australia in Melvin. Okay how do you characterize the two times? Is there a different culture for the people in the United States you know we got the coast and the West Coast I think there's a big difference between the two and the difference is really driven by climate. And that Melvin. Has further south and thus it has quite cold winters Sydney's lot warmer and therefore the accident is more on outdoor activities and as a coastal city, you have wonderful beaches what the bond I beach is. One of the world's iconic beaches now is their rivalry between the two cities naturally. So arrival of everything, which is why the capital of Australia is halfway between the two because they could not decide where to put it to avoid a civil war related had to had to avoid. That's great. Now you live in Melbourne and understand there's a lot of Greeks living in Melbourne maybe that's why you do tours degrees. Is there some connection there what's with the Greeks and Melbourne while the Greeks came to Melbourne after World War Two an after the Greek civil war which fetch -ly trashed all the great infrastructure and at the time. Metro will populate or perish, and they wanted to populate with Europeans and so the offer went out to Italians. Of various descriptions as populate Oh perished, I was the manager they were afraid that they would be swept away by the Asians from the north. So perish sort of a almost a racist thing populate with white people or we're going to be bowled over by this rising Asian hord. I. Think at the time that the policy was put in place. It was very overtly racist right and they will also terms that we use which totally unacceptable today and I can't use them already now either. So the the word went out and maybe perhaps the more poor countries in white Europe per day call and let Greeks went on there absolutely, and the time they were considered a little bit too small the. They really wanted white northern Europeans say Germans. Rather, than southern Europeans
Welcome to the USA
"Hottest temperature perhaps ever recorded certainly the the best the highest verify temperature on the planet earth was this week in death valley in Furnace Creek. Where they got a temperature of one hundred and thirty degrees Fahrenheit or I think it was fifty four point one degrees, Celsius. Which is Crazy to hunt. Every. So often they have these these heat waves that come through valley, and so there was always a news team there and they try to fry an egg in a frying pan. Just. Left out in the Sun. And I just before we got on I was watching CNN try to do this and it actually didn't really work. They had like a black frying pan and they cracked an egg and like some of the white parts of the egg started to cook and that was it. Needs to get harder than I think. Maybe we we cook we cook eggs on the honor of cars in the outback Australia. Come on. That's the whole. On the WHO'D I believe that I absolutely believe that that is something that that would be done in the outback and lift game devali come on. In. Don't. Live up to your name. Here's the question. Gary. Is EVERY TIME You know a record like this sat I mean it's like, okay, that's interesting. But is there a larger context? You get half the people out there? Who will say, Hey, look it's global warming. It's hotter than it's ever been. Or is it just that every? So often the earth rotates a certain way in a cloud goes a certain direction or a butterfly flaps, its friggin wings or whatever, and it's just happens to be really hot I mean. Is this one of those things that happens in everybody has to make thing out of it will one way or the other. I think you look at average temperatures if you wanNA global warming just so you know we talk about this being the hottest temperature. As far as I could tell, the hottest temperature ever recorded was in death valley and one hundred and thirty, four back in one thousand, nine, hundred, thirteen. So I can't quite figure out why everybody's reporting. This is the highest temperature ever and then even sometimes in that article saying since. Like, you can't be ever. In the same article let yeah. Yeah, that's that's why we used to have something called journalism was actually check out those facts but I think just things that you've always been into journalism even where the person writing the headline is not the person writing the story. Right, there's a reason. It's because the temperature is was not really well verified in. There was a lot of doubt because it was nine thirteen and there were other temperatures in the region that kind of put it in doubt and there were other high temperatures. Like there was one in Libya from like over one hundred years ago and another one from. Iran that were both called into question. Because of the readings and the Russian judge. Exactly. Like there, there are all these records for the oldest human and the tallest human. Sure. And if you go back in time, there are people that claim Oh there were nine feet tall and they live to be two hundred years old and then you check up on, it's like bowel not really and I think a lot of it is that that we just have better. Ability to measure the stuff now, and so this temperature is if if if it's not the highest, it's certainly the highest that they can verify to a great deal of certain. Some curious that hundred and thirty degree day. What was the low for the day on? Fifteen. Oh, probably, much lower than that because death valley is so arid. Yeah. So here, for instance, we're doing of really close to one hundred degrees. Our lows are going to be probably in the sixties. It's extreme. Yes. That's pretty typical for us because we just don't have the humidity and death valley even a little less humid than we are. Yeah I've actually experienced temperatures close to this twice. In Australia. In Ethiopia in the depression, which is a lot like death valley, and then once in Australia I was. visited. Who in the middle of the summer and it was close to fifty degrees. Celsius it was. Right he'd it wasn't bad if you're in the shade and had a fan on.
Welcome to the USA
"Whole over WANNA. Welcome to another episode of this week in travel. My Name is Gary coming to you from the lovely state of Wisconsin where I have nothing but beer cheese and brought were since I have arrived. And that is legally the only thing you can eat here we've been or not. That chuckling voice you hear in the background coming from the land of smoke Mr Chretien. It's not just smoke also smoke fire and really hot but other than that. It's a lovely time to be in California. You don't say really in California you'd have flares. Wow. We have guest we had over the last three days. I just saw the number I. Think it's ten thousand different lightning strikes. Ten Thousand Eight, hundred, and forty, nine in a state that tends to get one thunderstorm every three years. So that's a little unusual for us. So you're making up for lost time. That is correct I believe it's also possibly the end of days that is. We're expecting frogs next. It's twenty twenty. I. Think those guys are going to get nailed with just a massive earthquake. This year I was one of the Salton Sea and they said, you know that's the kind of one of the anchor points of San Andreas fault so could happen. It. would be the capstone in this year. It would just you know. I. Think I things that could happen. But yeah. Well, speaking of which the man will go into the sea when that earthquake happens Mr Spud Hilton. From San Francisco. He's he's technically on the North America Plate. The senator is just misses San Francisco. At thank you for Thanks for pointing that out that that is great comfort. Father had a theory that everything from the San Andreas Fault East would fall into the Pacific Ocean. Your father was rather unsuccessful land speculator is this. Yeah. He he hopes trade I think that was pretty much the deal so We're doing okay here in San Francisco but I'll tell you sky is never been a well, not never been hasn't been this color in a couple of years put that way. It reminds me of the last time I was in a in New Delhi. They were burning the fields. It's it's that sort of thing. I'll here. It's just nice. It's like in the seventies everyday and it's just it's just really nice. Panther Schools? In all seriousness there they had a vote wants to what to put on the license plate in one of the options was. Which I really supported. Packer fans you'll ever that I'm sure our guest. This week are two of the most all American. American people I know of America's Tim Tamsin Meat Pies. Gene Craig Makepeace. From. Why Travel Pod? We're doing pretty good. We actually in Raleigh north. Carolina and we had north quite last week. Yeah own tropical storms earthquakes we got it all. Tony Warnings Yeah we're pretty. Steady. Well. I have a theory that everything evens out in terms of like bad weather. So like California you may you know have earthquakes But. Other than that. It's just really nice So you have it very nice and then you have these punctuated really bad things and here it's just kinda crappy like every year and that sort of what evens it out. So. I. Think it all. It's just in what sort of dose you get it. But yeah expose you guys didn't sign up earthquakes when he went to North Carolina. Now, we're expecting nine hundred. Ninety trimmers you know luckily, we're actually on insight forty on the way to the bank so we didn't feel anything. We escaped with a couple of hours best leave. Well. Let's go to our first news story while we're on the subject of. Extreme weather. the hottest temperature perhaps ever recorded certainly the the best the highest verify temperature on the planet earth was this week in death valley in Furnace Creek. Where they got a temperature of one hundred and thirty degrees Fahrenheit or I think it was fifty four point one degrees, Celsius. Which is Crazy to hunt. Every. So often they have these these heat waves that come through valley, and so there was always a news team there and they try to fry an egg in a frying pan. Just. Left out in the Sun. And I just before we got on I was watching CNN try to do this and it actually didn't really work. They had like a black frying pan and they cracked an egg and like some of the white parts of the egg started to cook and that was it.
Overnight RV Parking at churches
"Everybody welcome to another edition of the podcast. This is episode three away and we are your guide, the freedom and funding through RV travel no matter what kind of an Rv you have whether it's a motor home or A. Trailer a tent. Maybe you're just dreaming about getting an RV someday. Well, listen up because this podcast is for you here. We talk about getting out there enjoying God's amazing. Meeting interesting people, Boondock King Mooch dot game, discovering fun places, and always using the right gear in technology to enhance the RV lifestyle. So Welcome, we are very honored that you chose to put us in your ears this week. Where we got lots. Lots of information for you this week besides. Our interview coming up about this new service that lets our ears overnight in church parking lots. You know they're always a little bit further away from the interstates not so noisy not so brightly lit. I think you'll find this really neat to service to especially when you realize the services free and the Churches there might be a little fee, but it's very little. We also got nuts RV news of the week an interesting question if you ever worried about mice getting in your RV's we're GonNa talk about that and get a lot of crowd sourced wisdom about it and our friends the Burkitt's stop by with. Another great off the beaten path report but I my lifelong traveling companion and my bride Jennifer. I'm a deer Hello Michael Well. We're about ready to hit the road again. This time we're going to be cruising around southwest Michigan exploring some out of the way campgrounds and one of my think is located on a great little inland lake. We're GONNA CHECK OUT I'm looking forward to see I am too because the weather is perfect. The heat that we have had in the mid West has been replaced by beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the low to mid seventies today and lack of humidity. No humidity Kinda cool. At night we can sleep at the windows open instead of the air conditioning on the RV but I think the heat is coming back for the weekend. Yes I think it is I know really have the heat out. West Holy Cow. If you looked at the study death valley, I think set a world record ever hundred and thirty degrees. Can you imagine that? I wouldn't want to be there. We wasn't a hundred and fifteen. Yeah we've been I think we were even up close to one hundred twenty and when we were in. Bahrain in the Middle East one time. And that was pretty miserable. A lot of our military folks stay up there. Yeah. Southwest. Michigan's where we're headed, and then we're going to go down to Elkhart Indiana the RV capital of the world. And we're going to work on a little project based on one of you or ideas. My idea was that we get some netting to keep both from trying to push his way in the front between the two of us. If you've been watching our videos, you see that Bo are Norwegian elkhound is used to Kinda stand between the two seats and the sprinter based lay down. Yeah. He could actually lay down in there. Well, it's not quite so roomy in the cab between the two seats in our new. Ford Transit based Wonder Lisa Travel Vans unit so Kinda. Then this battle, he wants to push his way there he can't. He can't turn A. Good it's just a total safety has and we get dirty looks from him all the time and he's mad at me for taking a seat. So we're going to he likes to be the COPA. So we're going to Jennifer has an idea and we're GonNa, we'll tell you more about it. We'll. We'll do a video on it if it works. If it doesn't work, we'll just pretend we never had brought this up but with a metal gate that we. And and it was kind of bulky and you don't want that banging around and figuring something soft won't scratch anything or damage any get some challenges because it's gotta get mounted just so but. We're working with some friends and we'll. We'll tell you all about that as we get as we get down there. But that's that's our plans for this week hitting the road and doing some camping in some fun stuff and working on Jennifer's idea you know you might have come up with a real solution that they ended up selling who knows yeah we could call it the Jennifer. The bonus most people put their dog in a crate and. A crate though now, but he's a harness and you know and just attach him securely back there. So don bounce around but but first step F is to get him from going up front and trying to push his way in. We're also really excited we're. Planning an extended trip to Michigan's peninsula. But we're going to kind of wait a little bit everybody's camping right now last hurrah before school and work in the fall and whatever that's going to look like during this pandemic gone for controversy that's out there what's open? What's not but I have never heard of so many people I've been talking to that are going to go up to the upper peninsula. I know we have to stop talking about. And Yeah Everybody's Oh. We're going. Oh, that's out. Now you've had your chance come on. It's our turn last governor gave you a certificate for promoting tourism, all their Michigan Yeah Yep I'll actually we got that from a friend of ours who worked in the governor's office, but the governor signed. Yes, so So camping in southwest Michigan visit to Elkhart. That's another media agenda, and then I think right after Labor Day in the crowds hopefully because EPI- is very crowded right now. Hopefully, the crowds diminish a little bit after Labor Day and then we're going to. Spend as much time maybe till first frost up there. So September little bit October we're going to get up and have a lot of fun up in the UP. We've not been up there for about a well not. Since January winter camp out. So we're anxious to get up and have some fun
Travel to Iowa
"I'd like to welcome to the show Sarah brewers from travel with Sara, dot com, and also mid west travel network, DOT COM and oddly enough we're going to talk about the mid West and specifically serious here to talk to us about Iowa Sarah Welcome to the show. Thank you for having me. I'm excited to be here excellent well and I put out the. Word among my travel blogger brethren and written and I don't think that this thing put a couple of weeks ago and said, I've got three missing states I missing Iowa Nebraska and Hampshire, and at least one person I think it was more than one said if you want Iowa have to talk to Sarah and why is that? Sarah. What's the connection to Iowa? Well I live in Iowa. I have lived here all my life and I live on I will farm I'm married the neighbor boy in two thousand eight I started a blog and it was in two thousand thirteen that I really dove into the travel side of things. But the one thing that I realize is a lot of people didn't know a whole lot about the mid West or my home state of Iowa in. Most people don't realize that I will has beautiful cornfields and soybean fields we have that, but we have a lot of other amazing things and that's why you need to come to Iowa to visit and we're GONNA get into all of those today and I can't wait to share I. Clinical Slices a paradise will normally ask why someone should go I. Think you jumped into that one ahead of time anything else you would add to that I will surprise you I think the art, the culture, the scenic byways will blow you away. You could spend probably one home month exploring Iowa's scenic byways and I think that's pretty darn. Cool excellent will and where are you going to take us to what you're gonNA recommend where we starting. Well, let's start and do and. North, central. Iowa. Route, which is near where I live. I live near Mason. City. Mason. City Clear Lake and we're GONNA go to Charles City those three towns there, and then he can go up to forest city where you can see we're winnebago motorhomes are made. So you start in Mason city, Mason cities, a great base camp, and I would recommend that you stay in the park in hotel. The parking hotel is the last known hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Can stay there. Okay. People come from all over the world to Mason City Iowa population twenty six thousand something. So I have to Mason City, but I stayed in the holiday and see this is my mistake. You need to come back and see if the. I'll give you the grand old tour I. Didn't know he had designed any hotels. That's true. The first thing people say to me is Oh I don't think I could afford to stay there. and. I'm telling you that rooms at the Parken Hotel in Mason city. Iowa. Are Very affordable. I'm talking one twenty, nine to one, fifty, nine at night in a historic hotel. Designed by Frank Lloyd. Wright. I mean that is amazing. So when you're in Mason City, you want to do the river city's sculptures on parade, which is a sculpture walk, and it's always fun because I travel a lot and you know these artists that create these sculptures are all across America and maybe some of you've seen the Humpty dumpty sculpture that's around. I. Know I'M Thinking, the last place I saw one was in Mesa Arizona Okay I just have to take a Selfie with it because I'm like here's how you know Humpty kind of manages to be wherever I am but the sculptures are really a nice walk because they also take you through the Rock Glen area in Mason City, which is where there are other Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes. So is not only the hotel. There's other homes there as well and McKnight or art museum is a fantastic museum in town. They have the bayard puppets, Baird Marionettes, wizard of Oz the marionnettes that we're using the wizard of Oz are in the museum in Mason City and you can go across the street to Music Man Square we what puppets were in wizard of Oz are we talking about flying monkeys or what? Yes. Monkey is there okay it's a really Nice Museum but then you go across the street and you go to Meredith Wilson's boyhood. Home The music man. So, Meredith Wilson was born in Mason city. Iowa. And the Music Man Square has museum in there that is home to. Meredith Willson. So in the streetscape is in there and it looks just like in the movie, but you would envision it. So that's pretty cool. Meredith Willson he's also buried in Mason City and you know what? There's a lot of people that look for famous people were buried. You know who knew a lot of people cemetery tourism is kind of a big deal but then you go, let's go estimates saying you've already Charles City and get to Whitewater rafting most people don't think of Iowa and Whitewater rafting. And you can do that in Charles City Iowa. In Charles City I'm not sure eight, ten thousand people maybe. And you can stay in a luxury cabin there at red? Cedar. Lodge cabins that are overlooking the river great place for extended families to stay. But you've got the river
Pico in Lockdown
"Start by checking in with friend of the show author Pico to hear how he's faring during this pandemic summer Pico was raised in England in southern California by parents who were both philosophers and religious scholars we caught up with him in Santa Barbara Pico welcome back travel with Rick Steves Real Delight. It's always. Highlight, to talk to you. Thank you know people used your life between California and Japan tell us how you are dealing with this crisis. Well I spent the first half of the pandemic in Japan and I'm almost embarrassed to say that things are quite beautiful and the sense that things look very much the same as normal as you know from your many trips, the people wear masks much of the time in. Japan anyway literally and figuratively to protect others. If you were in a bus in Japan in November, usually, there'll be forty percents of the people wearing masks. So that part was not different and as you also know, Japan has managed to avoid the west of the virus. So even in the middle of April I was playing Ping Pong every day with my neighbors eight year old men were diving across the hard floor of the wooden Jim to hit back at forehands and really looking around everything seems same as usual except, of course, no foreign tourists. And I think the other thing about Japan which is one reason I moved. There is as you know, they're very STOIC uncomplaining and resilient, and so they've been dealing with challenges for fourteen hundred years there, and they don't see these kind of crises is shocked sore in the south. So aberrations they think of them almost as the way life always is they used to earthquakes some Salamis forest five. So in that way to it was quite a complex to be. and. Then I flew back in the middle of the pandemic to Santa Barbara where I am now because my mother who's now eighty nine just come out of the hospital and I knew I had to have and California did look very different from usual but in certain ways, people seem thoughtful and focused and reflective kind and. In some ways. Conversations I had with people here on the telephone if I in is in the supermarket with Michio the they might be otherwise I'm lucky again in both places because I'm in. The small town of not as affected as big cities and. Towns of privileged. So everybody was most concerned about those without a roof over the heads with family nearby jobs I had a pretty lucky I. Think you know, Pico, you mentioned in Japan people are to wearing masks both literally and figuratively and I cringed at that because I don't want to have a world where we wear literal masks I would want even less to have where we all have figurative masks and maybe we'll have more literal masks in our future. But what you're saying is when you got back to California, people might have been wearing masks but they were being a little more honest and open with each other's is that right? Yes. That is right. I'm I think in Japan the FIGURATIVE MOSQUES Seen as a form of social duty I think you know as you know, the Japanese define themselves by the the whole unit, the neighborhood or the country or the company, and they feel everybody around me is suffering, and so my job is to make people feel better. I don't want to inflict my own suffering on people who already going through a lot. I want to offer them what I can in the way of help Williamson. And support, and so actually I like that quality about Japan essentially positive and and also they're not rattled by things sometimes very small things will come along and and other places. I'll see people get very shocked and caught up in the fight of the moment and Japan has much more level suffix, which makes it in some ways a calm place you're right that they're not good at facing up to some of the DACA places. The, dogs spots in history. But as a win a sort of social lubricant, I think it makes for at least a cheerful atmosphere and it's sort of related to being considered socially. Exactly, it's. It's. It's. It's a matter of thinking about the other person before yourself and then recalling if remember in the Nami two, thousand eleven, eighteen, thousand, five, hundred people died and when people watch the footage on TV they were surprised the Japanese was so quiet uncomplaining and I think that's because even though one person that loves to people right here at the house, she knew that everybody around her had losses also and so she didn't want to compound that. Grief
Avoiding the Next Pandemic
"Hi It's filled with you. Thanks for tuning in from wherever you get your favorite pod. Now, Phil Corona Virus and has what we've come to learn zoonotic origins. Am I not correct? Correct. Okay. So that's essentially a disease or infection that he's naturally transmissible from animals to humans. So in this episode as mentioned, we'll touch on the dog and cat. Mate, Chiding Southeast Asia and the risks to public hills, and we'll also chat with the CO founder of a business helping companies create experiences for tribal is that a more responsible and sustainable when it comes to animals in communities? We're all for that outweighed every day in Cambodia Indonesia and Vietnam pet dogs and cats US stolen which played. Take the slaughterhouses and Marcus where that killed international charity. Full pools says the dog and cat make trade consists of similar practices that have led to the likely covid nineteen from that market in China and Saas from the similar live market in two thousand and three. Yeah we'll. We'll speak to matt from full polls shortly but first Helen is the CO founder of antimony deal. Then came mission is to protect animals in tourism with ninety percent of travelers preferring a travel company, the tykes animal. Welfare. seriously. We've been going through a couple of years doing as. Genuine I who's the direct we work in animal welfare charities and we working out the born free foundation and Zen basically they're. Doing now I'm I work partnerships to charities and fundraising and he's not. An animal wealth at biologist and he. Stay together when we worked he was very much. A waste of approach from travel businesses to help any issues with animals in tourism because Amb, he animal welfare guidelines Sautin. If you've seen them, they're on. The global guidelines for Animal Welfare and tourism, and it was written with episodes. So the Association of British tour braces travel agents and has been really forever been involved in the area. So we set in the business of a couple of years ago, and we work with travel businesses around the world so that Struggle Associations Chore Rages, Nine Whatever It might be a. Guide on anything related to animals and. Communities in tourism. Alpha names linked. It can be anything like, for example, looking through product selections and helping them with So making sure that they choose experiences that are more responsible and sustainable when it comes to animals and communities rather than what you would know there's a lot of challenges where the Asian elephant camps, for example, huge issue. And I'll see fans in dolphins especially on black ish says, old is kind of big issues animals in tourism ignored he animals for examples in strays and? What we do raise we travel businesses Mokattam on product selection. Policy and Strategy Forum Animal Welfare and Tourism Sites says Paul Authentic, responsible tourism none date, we would focus on the animal side of it, and then alongside got say we growing network of charity? An amicable them that animal protection that. So that charity colonists around the world the Kiwi throw ready trusted. To, try and solve some of the biggest problems venables in tourism in their remits they might be tiny tiny charities and emery at helps us cover the protection of key species around the globe saying he just says more than one. Globe in key destinations and a nine where we're able then to match these charities businesses that we were at grass just most people. Especially in the Ol- bits way moving with will not travel companies. You do paypal lot convinced we WANNA do the right thing by animals. So that just wanted to be told is this something that I can do or not. Is. What old flip. Great always upset if. We work on a project that's bringing travel companies together attract she cool Guy elephant camps, one project which. In Asia because actually a lot of them are really just trying to do the right thing they really not sure what special for the elephants and the local people that are running them, and we created that problem is Western as going in and saying Oh. Let's you know China's into a holiday experience make knows of money, but it was very expensive. So now. It's In an elephant camp as. Many things. Black and white is not like a gray This you know few e can be in contact with an elephant no no. With the negatives rollover and they can kill you in a moment even area and there's all sorts of things that we don't know about as you rightly say travel businesses just when I was supporting them with that ray you're
The Hidden Gem That Is Uruguay With Karen Higgs
"Hel Lo travel nerds and welcome to the extra packing peanuts travel podcast the show that teaches you how to travel more while spending less I'm your host, Travis Sherry, and joining me today is someone who used to sing sixties covers in the psychedelic rock bar and Costa Rica whose hometown is roughly eight thousand miles from where she now lives and who is the only urguay guidebook. Lives they're carrying Hague's from Guru, Guay Dot Com Karen, thanks for joining me and a huge. Welcome. I was so excited to hear what you're going to take out of my via. Those good with those those. Highlights there. Right I. Love that I mean I think you're probably the only person. I've ever introduced that sung sixties covers in the Psychedelic Rock Barn Costa Rica Wall the only one who's intro involved. I'm sure other guests have done it because who has right? Exactly that's kind of par for the course if you're a traveler I want to start out, could you were talking about one of my favorite countries in the world but somewhere, I've never been so little known fact or maybe not that little known if you used to follow way back in the day. Karen I said that my two favourite countries in the world were Slovenia an Erg Urguay but I had never been to either one I've now been to Slovenia but I haven't been to. Uruguay. So I am very excited to chat with you I'm I'm totally shocked what why Uruguay can I ask my? So I think just when I started traveling, I looked at a map and was like, don't like what I'm taking I was kind of like entire nation is going to be taken back. There you go. I looked at a map and I remember thinking. Like where are the hidden gems? Hidden Gems when they travel and so oh, Brazil Argentina and I remember I and I liked soccer slash football and. Howard now I'm understanding more. Colors, the light blue I like Diego Forlan, and so I just remember thinking that would be a coup country to go because everyone goes to Argentina everyone goes to Brazil. I want to go there and Slovenia same kind of thing this tiny country tucked in amongst kind what you would call like tourist powerhouses of Italy and stuff like that and. Yeah I just so for me, it was like those are the two that I just I thought they use are going to be it and have been something. We haven't made it yet. Then that is a good question well. Yet to give you a little bit of background, my wife and I wanted to come to South America for quite a while. So let's say five six years where we've really been like South America let's go. We've still never touch the continent. One of the reasons was we are not and naturally very cautious people but because we were trying to have kids and Zeke was happening and all that kind of stuff especially down in Brazil we kind of thought well, we can put it off like if we don't have to go and I know Uruguay was not Zico hotbed. But of course, if we go there, we wanted to go to Argentina Brazil. So we kinda just kept putting it off, putting it off, putting it off. And now we're recording during covert times if you're listening in the future hopefully, you're out of it by then. But yeah. Now, of course, as an American can't really go there. So. I would have if you had spoken to me five or six years ago than I would have said to you that you have to come anyway for your entire vacations to Uruguay 'cause there's so much to do and enough of people thinking that it says side from Argentina or Brazil. Okay. So I would have said that immediately and I also would have said to you that you know Zeka. Zero cases here and that Uruguay has great public health policies, and in fact, right now we are kind of like one the stock countries in Latin America regarding the virus
The Future of Travel
"Hello and welcome to another episode of this week in travel. The only travel show that really isn't even about travel anymore because no one can travel and it's not weekly. So it's pretty much ally. With me as usual, Oh, I should add I am coming from the beautiful state of Wisconsin. Now. Officially pulled up stakes and left Minnesota permanently So no more of that. With me metropolis of Horton Ville. Yeah for the time being at least. For for at least a few months. That voice you hear is, of course Mr Chris Come at you from Lovely San Jose California, how are you doing Sir I'm doing well, sir. Excellent. Also from California the Lovely Jen Leo, how're you doing jen? I'm doing great and I'm back from a three week cross country road trip. So I actually do get some travel in this summer, Gary. Well I technically did to it's just an involved a U. Haul. And almost. Packing. Thursdays so Excellent. Also chuckling in the background Mr Spud Hilton. How are you doing? Sir Doing Great I just came back from the corner liquor store. So that was that was my big trip of the week so. That's not So my question for you is Muscatel thunderbird. You know I find that ripple tends to be a highly underrated wine of a fine vintage So sometimes, night train sometimes ripple. We used to get when I was in college was on the debate team we'd travel and we were poor. So we would get mad dog twenty, twenty. Oh. Yeah. Oh my God that was. Nasty. Nasty stuff. Our guest. This week is actually somebody does know about Travel Robert Cole. He's a strategist. He's a consultant and he knows a whole lot about the hospitality industry. Welcome to the show. Sir Well, it's great to be here. Big Fan of the show longtime listener first-time Gust so. I'm surprised we haven't on your head you on the show before. Creek Chris was saying is on show you know seventeen hundred total. So I figure hey, I made the top two thousand. What the heck this show. That's true to something. Right. Now, that's very pleased to be here. All right. Well, let's get onto some news stories. spud brought us this one. Gun seizures at airports are up threefold. And I don't think there's a fold increase in travelers going through airports. So. What do you think is the reason for this we went up from five point wh. Why should say it per capita thing I think. So it's fifteen point three guns. Every million passengers screened in July compared to five point one per million in two, thousand nineteen. So the rate has gone up. I don't think it's an absolute increase what thinks the reason will you got to protect yourself from? The? COVID? Vaccine? Virus. Roller. Arms or definitely the way to go there. I mean it's the TSA which you know brought this up has a great instagram account where they like to. Show Hey, here's all the guns. We got this month. and. The picture that they have on this one is you know it's every picture of a gun is so postage-stamp because there's so many they just the for whatever reason it's gone way up they don't speculate on why but they are quick to remind you. That civil the civil financial penalty for bringing an unloaded gun to check point is two thousand and fifty dollars and it starts at forty one hundred dollars if the gun is loaded and actually TSE's. Instagram site, you'll find out that most of them are loaded. Usually and carry on luggage. They're not necessarily there patting the person down. Yeah, you're actually allowed to take the gun in A. You know in a check luggage you have to pay. You're flying obviously, right. But. These are people who brought them in their carry on luggage and just thought, Hey, I'm a gun on what's the problem here? And apparently, they're folks who clearly don't fly that often or don't pass the sat very often.
Travel to Nebraska
"I like to welcome the show gene m from Nebraska, who has come to talk to us about her homestate Tino. Welcome to the show I. Thank you Chris and Gina I see from Nebraska. You'll live in Phoenix now. Does one ever get Nebraska out of their system after they move away so. Truly wants to Nebraska always. And Nebraska is one of only three states in the fifteen years the show we have not covered. So I've been really wanting to do this show I think for a while I have actually spent vacations in Nebraska. So why should someone go to Nebraska? Well, that is a great question and a lot of people when they hear I'm from Nebraska, asked me that question as well. So I think that the State Tourism Board. They just came out with a motto. That actually, maybe laugh the motto is Nebraska honestly it isn't for everyone. And so and then it goes into all of these awesome things that you can do Nebraska. But I think that someone who loves a good road trip likes to go off the beaten path maybe not as mainstream as some other areas that is who is going to love to go to Nebraska. Will and I should say that I have or have had at times for different podcasts and one of them was the passport travel marketing. NPR. PODCAST and if you go find that show, you can find an interview with the head of Nebraska tourism talking about that very motto in how It came about and and what they meant by it and that whole program. So. Excellent well, what kind of itinerary are you going to recommend for us? Well, I think that we should sorry in Omaha Nebraska which is the largest city you're gonna fly in here and you can fly pretty much any major airline into that airport. In also itinerary I should know is going to take place in the summer. So Nebraska has four seasons in the winter can be quite extreme and it's just not quite as fun. If you I mean it's beautiful but the weather is so extreme that I would definitely recommend during during the summer. So we're GONNA fly into Omaha, and we are going to stay in the old market area downtown. It's absolutely gorgeous. So you can go on some horsedrawn carriages you can see farmers markets on the weekends but. The main thing and Omaha is the Henner doorly zoo. So many times throughout the years it has been rated number one in the world and it's for good reason. So it has an aquarium that is also with the zoo and I truly don't think there's one thing there that is missing they are continuously I didn't on and I was actually just looking at the website and they actually have overnight experiences that families can do now which I think is really awesome. We're GONNA go to the zoo experienced that. Day event, they have this new sky fiery, they call it and it's Ski Lifts in the end it goes over and so you can see the animals from above and. If you get tired or if you just want a different view, just hop on that it is extra. It's only six dollars round trip though so I think it's been on it's pretty awesome. So some other things in Omaha to do there are many museums just to would be the Jocelyn Art Museum the Durham Museum I. Know Museums aren't everybody's saying but just the architecture in those buildings absolutely gorgeous. Just sue a walk through or go have coffee nearby absolutely gorgeous at the Joslyn Art Museum and what was the second one? And both really affordable to get into the Durham's eleven dollars for admission and the Josh Art Museum my impression is is that it's it's a fine art museum rather than a modern, Art Museum yes. Yeah. Okay and then the Durham is more of like it goes through exhibits on immigration and who settled into Omaha and the construction of the transcontinental railroad, which is really important throughout Nebraska's history kind of more of those type of things.