The Radio Vagabond - 187 CONNECTICUT, USA: Couchsurfing with New Friends
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187 CONNECTICUT, USA: Couchsurfing with New Friends

Greetings from Connecticut, USA! Welcome to the third instalment of Season 6 of The Radio Vagabond travel podcast series. In this episode, (#187 of my entire nomad journey!) you’ll join me for an exciting Couchsurfing adventure through Connecticut, New England. But first, let’s start where I ended off in the previous episode in the smallest state in the USA, Rhode Island. I’m about to check-in to my Airbnb in Providence...let’s do this! SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] ARRIVING IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND As I knocked on the door of my Airbnb, I was immediately greeted by my wonderful host family with a small, very energetic (LOUD) dog. It took a day for the puppy to warm up to this dashing Danish vagabond, but we established an understanding. I spent my first day in Providence working in my room directing a voice-over recording from Denmark, which meant I had to set my alarm for the early hours of the morning (#nomadlife). After I finished work, I decided to take a drive through the city while continuing to listen to Crime Town, a true-crime podcast set in Providence. NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND The next day, I decided to trust the internet suggestions of ‘things to do in Rhode Island’ and headed South to the famousCliff Walk [http://www.cliffwalk.com/]to take in the scenery. The cliff walk is exactly that: a slow, wandering stroll on the cliff edge overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean. It is so peaceful here, I really love the smell of the ocean. After I had enough of soul-searching on the cliff edge, I returned to my Airbnb in Providence and gathered my things: it was time to hit the road again. NEXT STOP: CONNECTICUT The next day, I arrived in Connecticut - the 3rd of the 6 states I will visit on my road trip. I decided on trying out a different method of accommodation this time around...I joined the Connecticut Couchsurfing community! CONNECTICOUCH: A COUCHSURFING COMMUNITY Let me tell you a bit about the Couchsurfing concept before I meet my new friends here. Couchsurfing.com [https://www.couchsurfing.com/dashboard]is a free platform where travelers and hosts can find each other and organize a place to spend the night. It’s called Couchsurfing, but you typically don’t sleep on a couch. I’ve done it all over the world and every time I’ve had my own room. SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] You basically just sign up and get free access to all available hosts. Couchsurfing was launched in 2004 and today they have more than 15 million users. You can search for hosts in over 200,000 cities all over the world and you have the opportunity to message these hosts and kindly ask for them to open up their home for you – for no cost. No money changes hands, but you shouldn’t see it as a free hotel. It’s expected that you talk to your hosts and get to know them. I mean, that’s why they are opening their doors in the first place. It’s nice to save money when you’re travelling, but that shouldn’t be the main reason! It’s also normal to give them a small gift. It can be a bottle of wine, or you take them out for dinner or bring something iconic from your hometown. But it can also be you singing a song or telling a story... MEETING JASON A man walks into a bar and meets Jason and his partner, Lee… I know it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but that’s what’s happened. The bar was expectedly noisy and not ideal for podcast recording, so we went out back and found a quieter location for a chat over some ice-cold beers. Jason is one of the main organisers ofConnectiCOUCH [https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/connecticouch-2020], a Couchsurfing meetup (CouchCrash) hosted in Connecticut. Ittakes place over a weekend every other year.“This is our second event after a successful launch event two years ago. We’re trying to bring people from all over the world together to show how really great Connecticut is”says Jason. SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] Not only is this my first CouchCrash, but it’s also my first time in Connecticut. And I’m not the only one – not that many tourists come here even though it’s so close to both New York and Boston. “Even though Connecticut is a tiny state, there is a lot of really interesting and neat stuff happening here. There is a lot of history and outdoor beauty. But Connecticut is a place of a lot of ‘firsts’: the first American hamburger was made here, and the first telephone booth in the country was made here too.” When Jason is not hosting vagabonds from all over the world, he works as a manager of the retail department of a big casino in the state. COUCHCRASH The Couchsurfing community also organises CouchCrashes: multi-day events that members put together to celebrate their local Couchsurfing community. This is an awesome way for locals and travellers alike to connect, learn about the area, and see the cities in the state in a whole new way. It’s also a great way to make new friends and enjoy an unforgettable and unique travel experience. I’ve heard about them during my travels but never had the opportunity to join – until now. “It’s a great way to bring all the devoted Couchsurfing hosts and members around the country to come to Connecticut and enjoy what we have to offer. We did our first ConnectiCOUCH in 2016 and we had a lot of people attend which propelled us to make it an bi-annual event. We wanted to make sure that there is an activity or event that caters to every taste: outdoors adventures, historical excursions, bar crawls, river tubing, history museum tours, etc.” CONNECTICOUCH AND COVID-19 This episode was recorded pre-Covid. Jason told me that they were planning to do anotherConnectiCOUCH [https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/connecticouch-2020]in 2020 that unfortunately got cancelled. The next one is scheduled for August 2021, but only time will tell if that is too soon. You can find all upcoming events all over the world on theGlobal Couchsurfing Event Calendar [https://blog.couchsurfing.com/calendar/]. SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] COUCHCRASH TO MAKE FRIENDS CouchCrash is about getting to know the area but most of all it’s about meeting up with friends and making new ones. “It’s a great way to meet so many different people, especially when people have come from afar to experience the couch surfing vibe in Connecticut. The tagline for Couchsurfing is ‘Meet friends you haven’t met yet’ which encapsulates exactly what this movement is all about. I have made some long-lasting friendships thanks to Couchsurfing, it’s amazing to be able to build such unique friendships.” I still maintain friendships with people I have met Couchsurfing to this day. It really is a way to forge strong bonds with people from all over the world. You never know where you’re going to end up and having a network of friends around the world who you can meet up with and stay with for a few days is really magical. Yes, it truly is an enriching experience. Before I became a nomad, and actually had a home, I was also hosting people. I had a German guy and a Colombian woman staying with me. The German was on a bicycle trip from southern Germany to the northern tip of Norway, and back. An interesting guy with a lot of stories. And the Colombian woman was teaching maths at a university in Copenhagen and wanted to see more of Denmark. So, I showed her around and at night she taught me how to salsa. I’ve also been Couchsurfing with my kids. On a road trip from Denmark to France, we stayed with some wonderful people in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Gent in Belgium, and Normandie, France. Totally unique local experiences that we wouldn’t have gotten, had we stayed in hotels. MARK TWAIN HOUSE & MUSEUM The next morning, I met up with ConnectiCOUCH event organisers at a square in Hartford to get ready for our day’s excursion. With 125,000 people living here, Hartford is the second biggest city in Connecticut after the slightly bigger Bridgeport. Actor Katharine Hepburn was born here, and for 17 years another famous person lived here: his name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, but we all know him better asMark Twain [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain]. The house that Mark Twain lived in with his family is now a museum: theMark Twain House & Museum [https://marktwainhouse.org/]. And that’s the ConnectiCOUCH event I chose to do, even though that river tubing sounded interesting… Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain was born in 1835 and died in 1910. In 1874, when he was in his late 30’s, he had this house built and wrote some of his most famous books here: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He’s known as"the father of American literature"and the"greatest humourist the United States has produced." I took a tour of the house and museum and learned a lot of interesting facts about the author and his work. According to the tour guide, the house cost around $40,000 to build which is the equivalent of around $990,000 in today’s pricing. Coupled with the interior design and furnishings, it is collectively worth an estimated $3 million dollars. His wife’s inheritance footed the construction bill as Mark Twain was not yet the literary demigod, he went on to become. SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] The house measures 11‚500 square feet (more than 1000 square meters) ‚ and has 25 rooms distributed through three floors. It’s quite big for an unknown writer but you can do that if you have a wife with money. The house itself is a work of art, whether your interest is Mark Twain or architecture. We learned a great deal about the history of Mark Twain‘s house, Twain himself and his family, and the staff that helped manage and care for the home. If you want to visit (after the pandemic – they are closed right now in March 2021), I highly recommend you make areservation [https://marktwainhouse.org/]for tour tickets as far in advance as possible: it’s a very popular attraction here, and you might not be able to get in if you don’t. MEETING MARGARETE WEBSTER After the tour, one of the local event organisers, Margarete, took us on a tour around Hartford in a big ass Chevy truck: which has a backstory. “I was renovating my house and needed a truck to help with logistics, so I bought a Chevy Silverado. When my kids grew up and left the house, I decided to take my truck on an 8-year road trip around the USA armed with a tent, a kayak, and my laptop. When I returned, I sold my trusted truck and house and bought an RV.” After buying and disliking a Jeep, Margarete bought a new Chevy Silverado to continue her cross-country adventures. When people ask me how long I’m going to keep traveling, and when I’m going to settle down again, I always say:“Until one of my kids starts having kids themselves and I become a grandfather.”Both of my daughters are only in their mid-20’s and busy studying in university. Amanda is studying arts and design at the prestigious Danish Design School in Kolding, Denmark, and Clara is studying Anthropology at Aarhus University, and actually just wrote her Bachelor dissertation about digital nomads. They both say that if that’s what I say, I’m going to be traveling for a long time because they are nowhere near starting a family. Margarete’s story is quite similar. She also used to be a nomad… “When I became a grandma, I met somebody and fell in love. I always told myself that if I had the chance at love I would settle down and take it. But even though I am still very much in love, I miss it terribly and still find myself scheming ways to get back to my life on the road.” SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] The reason we’re in Margarete’s car is that she’s going to give us a tour of Hartford. And that’s something she’s done before, as she works as a tour guide. FACTS ABOUT HARTFORD * The first English settlers arrived in 1635 and their settlement was originally called Newtown but was renamed Hartford in 1637. So, almost 400 years old, Hartford is among the oldest cities in the United States. * Being such an old city, they have a few firsts here: Hartford is home to the nation's oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the oldest continuously published newspaper, The Hartford Courant. * Hartford is nicknamed the “Insurance Capital of the World”, because the headquarters of many insurance companies are here, and insurance is the region's major industry. * The city was the setting for the Amy Brenneman series Judging Amy, which aired from 1999–2005. However, it wasn’t recorded here. Margarete lives in Manchester just outside of Hartford where we are right now – but she grew up here in Hartford. “I know Connecticut doesn’t get a lot of press from the international and local communities, but I really like it here. If you like American history, there is a lot of interesting information here about how our democracy was formed.” As Margarete was telling me her story, we took a wrong turn and got a little lost...or we took the scenic route. GET MARGARETE’S BOOK By the way, you should check out Margarete’s blog and consider getting the book she wrote after her life on the road. It’s calledLessons from the Road, USA [https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946005061/ref=cm_sw_r_fm_apa_fabc_NEH5PNAP45V4RSXNSKBA]by Margarete Webster. Let me read a few words about the book from the back of it: “Lessons from the Road, USA shares the travel adventures of a funny, single, 50-something-year-old woman, traveling across the U.S. in a pickup truck.” And then it goes on to say:”Webster is navigationally challenged…” After getting lost with her just now, all I can say is: “No kidding”. You canorder Margarete’s book on Amazon here [https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946005061/ref=cm_sw_r_fm_apa_fabc_NEH5PNAP45V4RSXNSKBA]. Her blog is calledlftrus.com [https://www.lftrus.com/](short for Lessons from the Road, US). Like the book it is packed with some really great travel tips. “So, Connecticut is purported to be the richest state in the country but that is not entirely reflective of reality. This is because Connecticut is the insurance capital of the country and the companies are the invisible bankers which make a ton of money which skews the figures.” That’s all we have time for in this episode. Tune in next time to hear Margarete tell a funny story about the Yankees became the Yankees... I’m Palle Bo – ending on a cliff-hanger. And I gotta keep moving. See you. SEE PICTURES IN THE BLOG POST – CLICK HERE [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/187-couchsurfing-in-connecticut/] VOICE NOTE FROM A LISTENER Phil from sunny Yorkshire clicked on the banner on theradiovagabond.com where it says, “Talk to me” and sent me a lovely voice message. ”Hi Pablo. It's Phil Chatterton. I'm here in sunnyYorkshire. Just wanted to say thank you for the podcast. You got me so far through the lockdown here in the UK. It’s great to travel with you every weekas I domycleaning around the house,feed the dog,bake somebread, andgo to differentcountrieswith you.It’s been a really long hard lockdown, and we’re not through it yet. But what’s really kept me going is listening to you. Listening to the places you’ve been and the people you’re talking to. It really gives hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you ever so much and keep travelling. Take care now.” Thank you, Phil…! Wonderful that you would take the time to say hi. I’m not going to spend much time talking about the fact that my name isPalle,not Pablo. I know it’s a difficult name for anyone who isn’t Scandinavian but as long as you listen, Phil, you can call me Pablo anytime. Trust me, I’ve been called worse... If you also want to do what Phil did. Click on the “Talk to me [https://telb.ee/uaz8k]” banner on the website – or in the link in your podcast app. And then record your voice – and re-record if you don’t like what you said. Once you’re done, you click send and I get a little soundbite I can use here on the show. Only thing is that the telbee web-app only works in Google Chrome. But both on a computer and on your smartphone. If you prefer to write, you can send an email tolistener@theradiovagabond.com [listener@theradiovagabond.com]or go toContact [http://theradiovagabond.com/contact]on theradiovagabond.com and fill out the form. Thanks… SPREAD THE WORD I’d like to ask you for a favour. If you like this episode, please tell a friend. I’m dead serious… Pick up the phone or send a message to a friend telling him or her about this podcast. It’s the best way to spread the word about this podcast, and I’ll be so happy if you could help me this way. You are the best. SPONSOR A special thank you to my sponsors, Hotels25.com [http://hotels25.com/], who always provide me with the best, most affordable accommodation wherever I am in the world. The Radio Vagabond is supported in part by Hotels25. And something exciting is happening soon - they’re building a new improved website with more inspiration and even better results. It’s so exciting what’s going to happen and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. If you’re listening to this episode sometime in the future – after mid-March 2021 (I know a lot of you guys do) it’s already there. So, head over to hotels25.com and make a quick search. I guarantee that you won’t find a better price anywhere. And in fact, if you do, Hotels25 will refund the difference. RADIOGURU This episode was produced by me and my production company,Radioguru [https://radioguru.dk/en/]. If you need any help starting a podcast or if you need voiceovers in any language for online videos and other things, please reach out.

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28/8 2021 • 17 MIN

FLASHBACK: Belgrade, Serbia

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Belgrade, Serbia
The Radio Vagabond - TRAILER: Season 7 Starts in a Few Days
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27/8 2021 • 2 MIN

TRAILER: Season 7 Starts in a Few Days

The Radio Vagabond
Next week, we’re back with all new episodes of The Radio Vagabond, as we start Season 7 in a few...
TRAILER: Season 7 Starts in a Few Days
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: North Carolina
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27/8 2021 • 29 MIN

FLASHBACK: North Carolina

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: North Carolina
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Cap Skirring, Senegal
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26/8 2021 • 28 MIN

FLASHBACK: Cap Skirring, Senegal

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Cap Skirring, Senegal
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Philillippines
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25/8 2021 • 19 MIN

FLASHBACK: Philillippines

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Philillippines
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Antigua & Barbuda
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24/8 2021 • 26 MIN

FLASHBACK: Antigua & Barbuda

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Antigua & Barbuda
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Kosovo
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23/8 2021 • 41 MIN

FLASHBACK: Kosovo

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Kosovo
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Cape Town
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22/8 2021 • 33 MIN

FLASHBACK: Cape Town

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Cape Town
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Abu Dhabi, UAE
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21/8 2021 • 26 MIN

FLASHBACK: Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: The Bahamas
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20/8 2021 • 24 MIN

FLASHBACK: The Bahamas

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: The Bahamas
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Pattaya, Thailand
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19/8 2021 • 17 MIN

FLASHBACK: Pattaya, Thailand

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Pattaya, Thailand
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Jeju Island, South Korea
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18/8 2021 • 21 MIN

FLASHBACK: Jeju Island, South Korea

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Jeju Island, South Korea
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Atlanta
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17/8 2021 • 18 MIN

FLASHBACK: Atlanta

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Atlanta
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Nomad Cruise
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16/8 2021 • 24 MIN

FLASHBACK: Nomad Cruise

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Nomad Cruise
The Radio Vagabond - 204 FLORIDA: Hemingway’s Key West and Magical Orlando
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11/8 2021 • 57 MIN

204 FLORIDA: Hemingway’s Key West and Magical Orlando

The Radio Vagabond
ZIM-ZALA-BIM FROM FLORIDA Welcome to the season 6 finale of The Radio Vagabond travel podcast. In the true spirit of season finales,...
204 FLORIDA: Hemingway’s Key West and Magical Orlando
The Radio Vagabond - 203 MEXICO: Is Cancún too Americanized?
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28/7 2021 • 28 MIN

203 MEXICO: Is Cancún too Americanized?

The Radio Vagabond
Hola from Cancún, Mexico In this episode, I visit one of the most visited and touristy places in Mexico: Cancún...
203 MEXICO: Is Cancún too Americanized?
The Radio Vagabond - 202 MEXICO: More Adventures with the Locals in Monterrey
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21/7 2021 • 45 MIN

202 MEXICO: More Adventures with the Locals in Monterrey

The Radio Vagabond
BIENVENIDO DE NUEVO A MEXICO When Ilast spoke [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/201-mexico-monterrey/]to you, I was mid-hike with Luis through to the Lastanzuela waterfalls. As...
202 MEXICO: More Adventures with the Locals in Monterrey
The Radio Vagabond - 201 MEXICO: Not Many Tourists in Monterrey
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15/7 2021 • 36 MIN

201 MEXICO: Not Many Tourists in Monterrey

The Radio Vagabond
After my last adventure in San Antonio atTejas Rodeo [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/200-texas-rodeo/], I began to make my way to the US/Mexican border...
201 MEXICO: Not Many Tourists in Monterrey
The Radio Vagabond - 200 TEXAS: Literally My First Rodeo
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7/7 2021 • 27 MIN

200 TEXAS: Literally My First Rodeo

The Radio Vagabond
YEE-HAW FROM TEJAS – RODEO TEXAS STYLE As I was preparing to leave my housesit in Lockhart [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/199-drummer-storyteller-and-texan-paul-weyland/], I had one...
200 TEXAS: Literally My First Rodeo
The Radio Vagabond - 199 TEXAS: Drummer, Storyteller, and Texan Paul Weyland
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30/6 2021 • 56 MIN

199 TEXAS: Drummer, Storyteller, and Texan Paul Weyland

The Radio Vagabond
Welcome to the second half of my drive in Texas with my old buddy, Paul Weyland. We’re in the hill...
199 TEXAS: Drummer, Storyteller, and Texan Paul Weyland
The Radio Vagabond - 198 LOCKHART, TX: Housesitting with Deadly Snakes and Noisy Roosters
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23/6 2021 • 33 MIN

198 LOCKHART, TX: Housesitting with Deadly Snakes and Noisy Roosters

The Radio Vagabond
Cock-a-doodle-doo from Lockhart, Texas After my wonderful time in Houston [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/197-houston-tx-history-funeral-museum-bbq-and-one-huge-church/] being shown around by my good friend Doug Harris, I...
198 LOCKHART, TX: Housesitting with Deadly Snakes and Noisy Roosters
The Radio Vagabond - 197 HOUSTON, TX: History, Funeral Museum, BBQ, and One Huge Church
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16/6 2021 • 31 MIN

197 HOUSTON, TX: History, Funeral Museum, BBQ, and One Huge Church

The Radio Vagabond
Hello again from Houston, Texas. Welcome to the second half of my day with Doug Harris — a proud Houstonian and...
197 HOUSTON, TX: History, Funeral Museum, BBQ, and One Huge Church
The Radio Vagabond - 196 HOUSTON, TX: Creative Animal Making Noise
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9/6 2021 • 30 MIN

196 HOUSTON, TX: Creative Animal Making Noise

The Radio Vagabond
Welcome back to Houston, Texas. After leaving my new friendsJeanie and Big Ed [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/195-texas-houston-space-center/]in their trailer park in Houston, I jumped...
196 HOUSTON, TX: Creative Animal Making Noise
The Radio Vagabond - 195 TEXAS, USA: "Houston, We Have a Podcast"
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2/6 2021 • 32 MIN

195 TEXAS, USA: "Houston, We Have a Podcast"

The Radio Vagabond
Welcome back to Texas. In this episode, I'm taking you to the 4th biggest city in the USA — Houston. Here,...
195 TEXAS, USA: "Houston, We Have a Podcast"
The Radio Vagabond - 194 AUSTIN, TX: House of the Rising Songs
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26/5 2021 • 38 MIN

194 AUSTIN, TX: House of the Rising Songs

The Radio Vagabond
HOWDY FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS I mentioned in the previous episode from Quebec, Canada [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/193-quebec-canada-therapeutic-horses-in-the-garden-of-eden/] that I was going to Finger Lakes...
194 AUSTIN, TX: House of the Rising Songs
The Radio Vagabond - 193 QUEBEC CANADA: Therapeutic Horses in the Garden of Eden
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19/5 2021 • 36 MIN

193 QUEBEC CANADA: Therapeutic Horses in the Garden of Eden

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BONJOUR A QUEBEC CANADA I’m heading north in Vermont after my road trip to all six states in New England. As...
193 QUEBEC CANADA: Therapeutic Horses in the Garden of Eden
The Radio Vagabond - Reprise: Quebec City is a Charming Laid Back City
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13/5 2021 • 18 MIN

Reprise: Quebec City is a Charming Laid Back City

The Radio Vagabond
While I'm working on an episode from my revisit to Canada, I'll give you an episode from the last time...
Reprise: Quebec City is a Charming Laid Back City
The Radio Vagabond - 192 VERMONT: Ice Cream in Green Mountains
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5/5 2021 • 25 MIN

192 VERMONT: Ice Cream in Green Mountains

The Radio Vagabond
Join me as I visit beautiful Vermont for another instalment of my New England road trip adventure. In this episode,...
192 VERMONT: Ice Cream in Green Mountains
The Radio Vagabond - 191 MAINE USA: Blueberries, Blues & Beers
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28/4 2021 • 25 MIN

191 MAINE USA: Blueberries, Blues & Beers

The Radio Vagabond
Welcome back to Maine and my stay at Ben's Blueberry farm! In this episode, I put a chilli finger in my...
191 MAINE USA: Blueberries, Blues & Beers
The Radio Vagabond - 190 MAINE, USA: Blueberries and Pickled Sea Snails
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21/4 2021 • 25 MIN

190 MAINE, USA: Blueberries and Pickled Sea Snails

The Radio Vagabond
Greetings from Maine, USA! After leaving the scandalous and oh-so-intriguing story of Belinda Rathbone and The Boston Raphael [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/189-cambridge-belinda-rathbone-boston-raphael/] behind in...
190 MAINE, USA: Blueberries and Pickled Sea Snails
The Radio Vagabond - 189 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Belinda Rathbone & The Boston Raphael
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7/4 2021 • 31 MIN

189 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Belinda Rathbone & The Boston Raphael

The Radio Vagabond
WELCOME BACK TO THE BOSTON AREA We’re going to an area with two of the best universities in the USA –...
189 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Belinda Rathbone & The Boston Raphael
The Radio Vagabond - 188 CONNECTICUT, USA: Continuing the Couchsurfing CouchCrash
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24/3 2021 • 32 MIN

188 CONNECTICUT, USA: Continuing the Couchsurfing CouchCrash

The Radio Vagabond
Hello again from Connecticut, USA! Welcome to Part II of my exciting visit to Connecticut, USA. If you missed Part I,...
188 CONNECTICUT, USA: Continuing the Couchsurfing CouchCrash
The Radio Vagabond - 187 CONNECTICUT, USA: Couchsurfing with New Friends
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17/3 2021 • 41 MIN

187 CONNECTICUT, USA: Couchsurfing with New Friends

The Radio Vagabond
Greetings from Connecticut, USA! Welcome to the third instalment of Season 6 of The Radio Vagabond travel podcast series. In this...
187 CONNECTICUT, USA: Couchsurfing with New Friends
The Radio Vagabond - 186 BOSTON, USA: Cheers from The Radio Vagabond
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9/3 2021 • 21 MIN

186 BOSTON, USA: Cheers from The Radio Vagabond

The Radio Vagabond
Cheers from Boston, Massachusetts Welcome to the 2nd installment of the 6th season of The Radio Vagabond travel podcast. I’m continuing...
186 BOSTON, USA: Cheers from The Radio Vagabond
The Radio Vagabond - 185 BOSTON, USA: Hunting Good Vibes in Boston
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3/3 2021 • 28 MIN

185 BOSTON, USA: Hunting Good Vibes in Boston

The Radio Vagabond
Welcome to Season 6 of The Radio Vagabond! This season I'm back in North America and will be releasing travel podcasts...
185 BOSTON, USA: Hunting Good Vibes in Boston
The Radio Vagabond - 184 BONUS: Fivelements Bali
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27/2 2021 • 67 MIN

184 BONUS: Fivelements Bali

The Radio Vagabond
SELAMAT DATANG DI BALI Before the next season of The Radio Vagabond, I’m going to give you an episode from a...
184 BONUS: Fivelements Bali
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: The Bahamas
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26/2 2021 • 24 MIN

FLASHBACK: The Bahamas

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: The Bahamas
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: New York
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24/2 2021 • 36 MIN

FLASHBACK: New York

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: New York
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Ethiopia
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22/2 2021 • 24 MIN

FLASHBACK: Ethiopia

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Ethiopia
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Nicaragua
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21/2 2021 • 29 MIN

FLASHBACK: Nicaragua

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Nicaragua
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Vietnam
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19/2 2021 • 34 MIN

FLASHBACK: Vietnam

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Vietnam
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Singapore
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17/2 2021 • 17 MIN

FLASHBACK: Singapore

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on the next season, I’m sharing a few flashback episodes of some of my favorite places around...
FLASHBACK: Singapore
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Morocco
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14/2 2021 • 27 MIN

FLASHBACK: Morocco

The Radio Vagabond
Hey guys! To keep your wanderlust ignited during the season break, I want to share a few flashback episodes of...
FLASHBACK: Morocco
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Toronto, Canada
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12/2 2021 • 28 MIN

FLASHBACK: Toronto, Canada

The Radio Vagabond
Hey guys! To keep your wanderlust ignited during the season break, I want to share a few flashback episodes of...
FLASHBACK: Toronto, Canada
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: North Carolina
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10/2 2021 • 27 MIN

FLASHBACK: North Carolina

The Radio Vagabond
Hey guys! To keep your wanderlust ignited during the season break, I want to share a few flashback episodes of...
FLASHBACK: North Carolina
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Budapest, Hungary
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7/2 2021 • 31 MIN

FLASHBACK: Budapest, Hungary

The Radio Vagabond
Hey guys! To keep your wanderlust ignited during the season break, I want to share a few flashback episodes of some...
FLASHBACK: Budapest, Hungary
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Memphis, USA
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5/2 2021 • 30 MIN

FLASHBACK: Memphis, USA

The Radio Vagabond
Hey guys! To keep your wanderlust ignited during the season break, I want to share a few flashback episodes of...
FLASHBACK: Memphis, USA
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Japan
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3/2 2021 • 20 MIN

FLASHBACK: Japan

The Radio Vagabond
Hey guys! To keep your wanderlust ignited during the season break, I want to share a few flashback episodes of...
FLASHBACK: Japan
The Radio Vagabond - 183 JOURNEY: Finding My Peace in a Bohemian Paradise
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27/1 2021 • 27 MIN

183 JOURNEY: Finding My Peace in a Bohemian Paradise

The Radio Vagabond
VÍTEJTE V ČESKÉ REPUBLICE The main reason, I went to the Czech Republic at this time was because of TBEX –...
183 JOURNEY: Finding My Peace in a Bohemian Paradise
The Radio Vagabond - 182 JOURNEY: Good Things About Having a Dictator?
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20/1 2021 • 26 MIN

182 JOURNEY: Good Things About Having a Dictator?

The Radio Vagabond
At the time I went from Warsaw to Belarus, they issued a 5-day visa on arrival. So, I decided to...
182 JOURNEY: Good Things About Having a Dictator?
The Radio Vagabond - 181 JOURNEY: He’s an Englishman in Warsaw
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16/12 2020 • 48 MIN

181 JOURNEY: He’s an Englishman in Warsaw

The Radio Vagabond
WITAM Z WARSZAWY I think I said the latest episode that it was 2 weeks in Kraków and one week in...
181 JOURNEY: He’s an Englishman in Warsaw
The Radio Vagabond - 180 JOURNEY: Contrasting Emotions in Kraków, Poland
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2/12 2020 • 22 MIN

180 JOURNEY: Contrasting Emotions in Kraków, Poland

The Radio Vagabond
Cześć again from Kraków, Poland! Welcome to the second instalment of my visit to one of my new favourite Eastern European...
180 JOURNEY: Contrasting Emotions in Kraków, Poland
The Radio Vagabond - 179 JOURNEY: A Giant Among Tour Guides in Kraków, Poland
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25/11 2020 • 32 MIN

179 JOURNEY: A Giant Among Tour Guides in Kraków, Poland

The Radio Vagabond
WITAMY W KRAKOWIE Since recording my last episode from Slovenia [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/178-slovenia-the-only-country-with-love-in-its-name/], I visited a few places in Europe on business which...
179 JOURNEY: A Giant Among Tour Guides in Kraków, Poland
The Radio Vagabond - 178 JOURNEY: Slovenia, The Only Country with LOVE in Its Name
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18/11 2020 • 29 MIN

178 JOURNEY: Slovenia, The Only Country with LOVE in Its Name

The Radio Vagabond
Pozdravi from Slovenia! To kick-off my visit, I decided to take a free walking tour of the capital city of Ljubljana...
178 JOURNEY: Slovenia, The Only Country with LOVE in Its Name
The Radio Vagabond - 177 JOURNEY: Game of Thrones in Croatia
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11/11 2020 • 23 MIN

177 JOURNEY: Game of Thrones in Croatia

The Radio Vagabond
DOBRO DOŠLI U HRVATSKU Let me recap my Balkan road trip so far… I started in Albania [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/category/destinations/europe/albania/], then I went...
177 JOURNEY: Game of Thrones in Croatia
The Radio Vagabond - 176 JOURNEY: We should never forget Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
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3/11 2020 • 24 MIN

176 JOURNEY: We should never forget Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

The Radio Vagabond
See pictures here [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/176-we-should-never-forget-mostar-bosnia-herzegovina/]. DOBRO DOŠLI U MOSTAR Again, I go by bus to my next Balkan destination. This time north from...
176 JOURNEY: We should never forget Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
The Radio Vagabond - 175 JOURNEY: Brad Pitt and I Love Montenegro
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28/10 2020 • 36 MIN

175 JOURNEY: Brad Pitt and I Love Montenegro

The Radio Vagabond
Zdravo! In the last episode of the Radio Vagabond, I was in Prizren Kosovo [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/174-journey-kosovo-is-a-beautiful-little-country-with-a-lot-of-history/]. From there I took a 300km...
175 JOURNEY: Brad Pitt and I Love Montenegro
The Radio Vagabond - 174 JOURNEY: Kosovo is a Beautiful Little Country With a Lot of History
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21/10 2020 • 41 MIN

174 JOURNEY: Kosovo is a Beautiful Little Country With a Lot of History

The Radio Vagabond
Tungjatjeta from Kosovo! After an unexpectedly amazing time in Albania [https://www.theradiovagabond.com/category/destinations/europe/albania/], my next stop was Kosovo - one of the youngest...
174 JOURNEY: Kosovo is a Beautiful Little Country With a Lot of History
The Radio Vagabond - 173 JOURNEY: Becoming Famous and Falling in Love with Albania
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14/10 2020 • 27 MIN

173 JOURNEY: Becoming Famous and Falling in Love with Albania

The Radio Vagabond
Përshëndetje for the last time from Albania! As I mentioned before, Albania is a country that I didn’t expect much from...
173 JOURNEY: Becoming Famous and Falling in Love with Albania
The Radio Vagabond - 172 JOURNEY: National Hero and Stunning Nature in Albania
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7/10 2020 • 30 MIN

172 JOURNEY: National Hero and Stunning Nature in Albania

The Radio Vagabond
PËRSHËNDETJE AGAIN FROM ALBANIA! It’s another day in the Albanian capital of Tirana and I am about to meet Adam and...
172 JOURNEY: National Hero and Stunning Nature in Albania
The Radio Vagabond - 171 JOURNEY: I Made a New Friend in Albania
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30/9 2020 • 32 MIN

171 JOURNEY: I Made a New Friend in Albania

The Radio Vagabond
Përshëndetje from Albania! After my incredible journey aboard Nomad Cruise, it was time to get back to reality. Sadly, I was...
171 JOURNEY: I Made a New Friend in Albania
The Radio Vagabond - TEASER: Albania
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26/9 2020 • 2 MIN

TEASER: Albania

The Radio Vagabond
Next week we're going to Albania, and it took me by surprise. See you Wednesday....
TEASER: Albania
The Radio Vagabond - 170 JOURNEY: Meet 249 Nomads. Where’s Wally?
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23/9 2020 • 24 MIN

170 JOURNEY: Meet 249 Nomads. Where’s Wally?

The Radio Vagabond
Welcome to the third and final instalment of my Nomad Cruise adventure, where I hopped aboard the Horizon cruise ship...
170 JOURNEY: Meet 249 Nomads. Where’s Wally?
The Radio Vagabond - 169 JOURNEY: Menorca, Malta, and Greece with Nomad Cruise
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16/9 2020 • 28 MIN

169 JOURNEY: Menorca, Malta, and Greece with Nomad Cruise

The Radio Vagabond
Ahoy again sailors! Welcome back to Season 5 of The Radio Vagabond. In the second instalment of the season, I re-join...
169 JOURNEY: Menorca, Malta, and Greece with Nomad Cruise
The Radio Vagabond - 168 JOURNEY: Nomad Cruise from Spain to Greece
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9/9 2020 • 34 MIN

168 JOURNEY: Nomad Cruise from Spain to Greece

The Radio Vagabond
Ahoy sailors! Welcome to Season 5 of The Radio Vagabond. Join me as I embark on an epic 9-day cruise through...
168 JOURNEY: Nomad Cruise from Spain to Greece
The Radio Vagabond - Season 5 Starts Wednesday September 9
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3/9 2020 • 2 MIN

Season 5 Starts Wednesday September 9

The Radio Vagabond
The Radio Vagabond is back with new episodes next Wednesday. In season 5 you can join me in Europe. We're going...
Season 5 Starts Wednesday September 9
The Radio Vagabond - JOURNEY: All My Adventures in Africa
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31/8 2020 • 728 MIN

JOURNEY: All My Adventures in Africa

The Radio Vagabond
This is something special – and something that has become an attempt to set a World Record. Before we kick off...
JOURNEY: All My Adventures in Africa
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Guinea
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30/8 2020 • 34 MIN

FLASHBACK: Guinea

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on episodes for the next season, I’ll give you some flashback episodes that you might have missed. This...
FLASHBACK: Guinea
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Canada
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28/8 2020 • 30 MIN

FLASHBACK: Canada

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on episodes for the next season, I’ll give you some flashback episodes that you might have missed. This...
FLASHBACK: Canada
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: St. Louis
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26/8 2020 • 30 MIN

FLASHBACK: St. Louis

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on episodes for the next season, I’ll give you some flashback episodes that you might have missed. This...
FLASHBACK: St. Louis
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: The Bahamas
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24/8 2020 • 25 MIN

FLASHBACK: The Bahamas

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on episodes for the next season, I’ll give you some flashback episodes that you might have missed. This...
FLASHBACK: The Bahamas
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Canada
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23/8 2020 • 28 MIN

FLASHBACK: Canada

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on episodes for the next season, I’ll give you some flashback episodes that you might have missed. This...
FLASHBACK: Canada
The Radio Vagabond - FLASHBACK: Senegal
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21/8 2020 • 32 MIN

FLASHBACK: Senegal

The Radio Vagabond
While I’m working on episodes for the next season, I’ll give you some flashback episodes that you might have missed. This...
FLASHBACK: Senegal