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Fun, funny and wise: Flight of Fancy with Ben Groundwater is an exploration of all things travel, for those with a thirst for seeing the world.

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Fun, funny and wise: Flight of Fancy with Ben Groundwater is an exploration of all things travel, for those with a thirst for seeing the world.

    Everything you need to know about the return of travel

    Everything you need to know about the return of travel

    For Australians, travel is back on. However, there are still a lot of questions that need answering. What will the experience be like now? What do you need to take? What will you be covered for? What if borders close? What if you get COVID-19? In this episode, our panel of experts will tackle these questions and many more.

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    • 39 min
    The Trans-Siberian: dream travel on the world's greatest rail journey

    The Trans-Siberian: dream travel on the world's greatest rail journey

    Have you ever dreamed of riding the Trans-Siberian or the Trans-Mongolian? This is your ultimate guide to one of the world's truly great adventures: when to go, where to go, where to stop, what to eat, how to book, and how to survive life on board. We're chatting to a whole range of experts, including "The Man in Seat 61", Mark Smith, and UK-based author Monisha Rajesh, to discover everything there is to know about this truly bucket-list experience.

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    • 43 min
    Bonus episode: The future of cruising

    Bonus episode: The future of cruising

    On this special bonus episode, brought to you by Celebrity Cruises, we're taking a look at the future of cruising. How is one of the most popular forms of travel bouncing back? Where are passengers going to be heading next? What will the experience be like in the post-pandemic world? And how long until we can actually do this again? 

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    • 30 min
    Why travel is more difficult for the LGBTQI+ community

    Why travel is more difficult for the LGBTQI+ community

    It shoudn't make a difference, of course, to your travel experience. How you identify, whether you're part of the LGBTQI+ community or not, shouldn't alter the way you see the world. The trouble, however, is that it does. It can determine where you choose to go, and what you choose to do. On today's episode, we're chatting to three travellers who know a thing or two about travel for the LGBTQI+ community to find out how to do it best.

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    • 35 min
    Travel boycotts: where would you refuse to go?

    Travel boycotts: where would you refuse to go?

    Where do you draw the line on travel? Which countries or regions would you refuse to visit as a form of protest? Which experiences would you turn down because they're just plain wrong? On this episode we're delving into the politics of travel, finding out where our guests draw the line, and why you should too. With: Ben Groundwater, Craig Platt and Ute Junker.

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    • 41 min
    The things we miss (and the things we really don't) about travel

    The things we miss (and the things we really don't) about travel

    Long-haul in economy? Airport coffee? Hotel mini-bars? Dodgy cab drivers? There are some things we really miss about travel in this COVID-enforced down time - and some things we really, really don't. In this episode we're taking a long, hard look at the travel experience and deciding what is great, and what is definitely not. 

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
245 Ratings

245 Ratings

Taniajw ,

Loved the Italy episode

Great conversations. Will be listening to more episodes 😀

hennyH ,

Fascinating!

Great podcast, engaging hosts and guests, only wish the host will stop interrupting guests and talk over them. Keep up the good work!

brack60 ,

Iran

This is such a fascinating country. Having been there myself, I was keen to listen to the podcast. However, I quit after a few moments because you all speak so fast! It was exhausting following the dialogue. For someone thinking about going to Iran and trying to gleam some information, I think it would very difficult. Please slow down a bit and involve the listener rather than bombard them with staccato.

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