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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 251 Ratings

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.

    Europe, but not as you know it

    Europe, but not as you know it

    On this episode, we're going deep into the Europe you may not know: the off-the-beaten track destinations, the affordable, quiet countries, regions and cities that have so much to offer intrepid travellers. From Georgia to Bulgaria, Albania to the Alentejo, these are the places you need to check out.

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    • 41 min
    Airport disasters: when it all goes wrong

    Airport disasters: when it all goes wrong

    Travel really is back – the good bits, but also the bad. The airport delays. The flight cancellations. The monumental disintegrations like we saw in Sydney over Easter. It’s not what we missed, exactly, but it does get you thinking, and remembering, the way things have gone in the past. Because if you’ve travelled for any amount of time, to pretty much anywhere in the world, you’ve probably got a story of airport-related drama. We, here, certainly do.

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    • 40 min
    The new rules of international travel

    The new rules of international travel

    International travel is back, but everything has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic: how you plan your trips, what you pack, what you do at the airport, what you do at your destination, even how you get home. On this episode, we're guiding you through the process of international travel now, with advice on how to follow your passion in a way that's as safe and reliable as possible.

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    • 40 min
    Join the K Wave: it's time to go to South Korea

    Join the K Wave: it's time to go to South Korea

    South Korea is having a moment. Not only is this the country responsible for the "K Wave", the cultural juggernaut that is sweeping the globe, but this is also the latest country to open to international tourism after closing its doors at the beginning of the pandemic. So, what awaits travellers in South Korea? What is there to see and do, to eat and drink, to enjoy and experience? We're about to tell you. 

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    • 39 min
    Your guide to the highlights of the Middle East

    Your guide to the highlights of the Middle East

    Let us take you on a journey today to a place you may never have visited, to an ancient place, a historic place, a place of amazing cultures and traditions, a place of artists and poets, of foodies and coffee fiends, of inventors and adventurers. Let us take you to the Middle East, a maligned and sometimes controversial destination, to tell you everything you need to know about travel in some of the most amazing places in the world.

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    • 44 min
    The new world for travellers to explore

    The new world for travellers to explore

    If you're only exploring the world above ground level, you're missing out. You're missing out on wildlife, on scenery, on history, on wonder. This episode is dedicated to exploration of the underwater world, and how it can change your travelling life. We're talking scuba-diving, free-diving and snorkelling with people who live for this stuff: where to do it, why to do it, and how pretty much anyone can get involved.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

Taniajw ,

Loved the Italy episode

Great conversations. Will be listening to more episodes 😀

Chicken Potpar ,

Silence is Golden

Ben, Ben, Ben. The program is good but you need practise in being quiet, allowing guests to have their say and not interjecting, interrupting and speaking over them. It’s incredibly annoying for this listener. I’ve tried to bear with you for a few episodes but you’ve lost me I’m afraid with your interminable interjections.

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!

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