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

    The most surprising places to visit in the Middle East

    The most surprising places to visit in the Middle East

    It's one of the most misunderstood regions in the world. Some watch the news and decide that the Middle East is not a place they’d ever want to visit. But those of us who are enchanted by ancient cultures, of the Pharaohs and Pyramids in Egypt, of Petra and the Nabateans in Jordan, the colour and flavours of the souks and the still beauty and silence of the desert, will find the Middle East the most fascinating of places. Guest host Ute Junker talks to Traveller writers Sue Williams and Keith Austin on what it’s like to travel to the Middle East, where to go and the things that shocked and surprised them.

    • 31 min
    What it's really like being a female traveller

    What it's really like being a female traveller

    Would you talk to strangers in a bar and hitch a ride from them? The answer could be different if you were woman instead of a man. Guest host Ute Junker teams up with two travellers with a healthy sense of adventure, Sue Williams and Tara Harrison, to talk about travelling as a female – what’s great, what’s not and the little things that make all the difference. 

    • 29 min
    The best destinations for solo travellers

    The best destinations for solo travellers

    When it comes to travelling by yourself, some destinations are much better than others. This week we take a look at the places that are ideal for visiting solo - as well as those you should avoid.

    • 39 min
    Guide to surviving airports

    Guide to surviving airports

    The airport experience can be expensive, stressful and chaotic, but it's something you can't avoid. Here's how to survive the long queues and free perfume samples to make your flight in a state of relative calm. Join host Ben Groundwater and guest travel writers Rob McFarland and Ute Junker.

    • 33 min
    Travel - the things that will go wrong

    Travel - the things that will go wrong

    Not matter how well-planned or how organised you are, things will always go wrong when you travel. It's guaranteed. Host Ben Groundwater and travel writers Flip Byrnes and Ute Junker talk about all of the things that are likely to go wrong on your next holiday, and the best ways to deal with them. 

    • 34 min
    Cheaper travel: How to do expensive things on the cheap

    Cheaper travel: How to do expensive things on the cheap

    Some holidays are bound to be pricey; certain experiences will always cost a lot; host Ben Groundwater, Michael Gebicki and Sue Williams talk about the most notoriously expensive travel experiences and show you how to do them on the cheap.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

MariahMac22 ,

Long time listener

Have been listening to this pod of a long time now and I just love it! It gets me so inspired to travel and makes the impossible seem possible! The tips, tricks and hacks are so very useful!! If you want to travel more, listen to this one!

manlyRulz ,

Addictive

I love listening to this. Ben and his guests are engaging and do try to talk as if they aren’t travel writers with privileged options. Keep up the great work!

Lauren!!!!!!!!! ,

The only good travel podcast!

Love it, covers such a broad range of subjects that any kind of traveller can enjoy it. And I love that it favours the ‘off the beaten track’ destinations. The best!!

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