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Award-winning travel-writer Lea Lane shares travel memories with passionate travelers, travel experts, and savvy locals around the world. She has traveled to over 100 countries. is the author of nine books, a blogger at forbes.com, and contributor to dozens of guidebooks.

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Award-winning travel-writer Lea Lane shares travel memories with passionate travelers, travel experts, and savvy locals around the world. She has traveled to over 100 countries. is the author of nine books, a blogger at forbes.com, and contributor to dozens of guidebooks.

    Trains World-Wide: From Eurail To Luxury Journeys, Including The Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Trains World-Wide: From Eurail To Luxury Journeys, Including The Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Today's trains are not only a part of the green "slow travel" movement, they can be ultra-fast  and super deluxe. Lea and Guest Yi Ding, a Eurail executive, share train tips and trips, from speedy, efficient Eurail to the luxury private train tours of the world. Riding the rails proves it's the journey, not just the destination.

    We first discuss all about  Eurail, which connects Europe through trains and ferries. We offer tips, scheduling, scenic routes, night trains and ferry passes.

    Lea then describes 14 private trains focused on luxury, with reclaimed vintage carriage cars, fine dining and luxury bedding only a part of the ride:  the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, the Royal Canadian Pacific, the Palace on Wheels, The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, the Belmond Hiram Bingham, Inca Rail, Belmond Andean Explorer, Belmond Royal Scotsman, the Transcantabrico Classico, The  Pride of Africa Rovos Rail, The Palace on Wheels, the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express, The Belmond English panel, The Ghan and The Rocky Mountaineer.
    And of course, we end with a special memory of a train ride.
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    Yi Ding was born in Beijing, and considers herself a citizen of the world having traveled in close to 50 countries and being based in Europe for ten years. She currently lives in the Netherlands, Eurail’s headquarters. She has focused on building the awareness of Eurail and its rail passes.
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    Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at forbes.com, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to many guidebooks.

    Contact Lea  @lealane on Twitter; PlacesIRememberLeaLane on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.com. 

    New episodes drop every other week, on Tuesdays. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, and follow, rate and review this multi-award-winning travel podcast!

    • 23 min
    The Gorgeous Virgins: Dreamy American And British Caribbean Islands

    The Gorgeous Virgins: Dreamy American And British Caribbean Islands

    The U.S.V.I and the B.V.I are beautiful Virgin Island "cousins"-- dozens of tropical isles and cays set between the Caribbean and Atlantic near Puerto Rico.  Lea covers the the U.S. islands, and Clive McCoy, Tourism Director of the BVI, discusses the delights and must-sees-and-dos of his island country.

    The U.S. Virgin Islands boast St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix; The British Virgins feature Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.

    Both groups of Virgins offer gorgeous beaches and watery pleasures, towns with nightlife, mountains vistas, tropical flora and fauna , multicultural history, a laid-back vibe, fresh seafood and -- 'The Painkiller'!

    And, of course, Ciive ends the episode with his feel-good memory -- about a hat.
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    Clive McCoy is Tourism Director of the British Virgin Islands.
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    Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at forbes.com, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to many guidebooks.

    Contact Lea  @lealane on Twitter; PlacesIRememberLeaLane on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.com. 

    New episodes drop every other week, on Tuesdays. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, and follow, rate and review this award-winning travel podcast!

    • 30 min
    Private Jets, Yachts, Backpacking: A Traveler's Extraordinary Adventures Around The World

    Private Jets, Yachts, Backpacking: A Traveler's Extraordinary Adventures Around The World

    Anabela George, born in Lisbon and living in California, has traveled to over 75 countries. She's one of those bold, passionate travelers we love talking with on Places I Remember.  Anabela has experienced  travels at all levels, from being a yachtie on both sailing and motor yachts, to a backpacker riding the rails on top of a train in Ecuador, to being a corporate flight attendant on a private jet.

    Along the way we meet crew members to presidents, and share adventures in places including the Virgin Islands, Galapagos Islands, Peru, New Guinea, Tahiti, Indonesia, Australia and more.

    And she ends with a favorite memory.
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    Anabela George, born in Lisbon, Portugal and living in California, has traveled to over 75 countries. She is an avid traveler, and a former travel consultant, who has enjoyed both luxury and basic experiences around the world.  She enjoys photographing and writing about her personal journeys to inspire others to travel near and far, and seek out the beauty in our world. Her blog: https://belageotravel.com/
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    Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at forbes.com, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to many guidebooks.

    Contact Lea  @lealane on Twitter; PlacesIRememberLeaLane on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.com. 

    New episodes drop every other week, on Tuesdays. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, and follow, rate and review this award-winning travel podcast!

    • 25 min
    Portland, Seattle, And The Glorious -- Sometimes 'Weird' -- Pacific Northwest

    Portland, Seattle, And The Glorious -- Sometimes 'Weird' -- Pacific Northwest

    ,Marie Sutro, who sets her newest crime thriller, Dark Obsession, in the Pacific Northwest, loves the beauty and creativity of Oregon and Washington State. She shares info and memories of the best -- from Portland to Seattle, and all around the spectacular region.

    We begin the episode talking of Portland and environs, including its creative "weirdness":  the Oregon Coast and inland Oregon, including  the Dunes; charming, artsy Ashland; Crater Lake, the bluest, deepest lake in the world, and the historic Gold Rush Towns.

    In Washington State, we discuss Seattle and nearby beauty spots including Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula.
    And we end with Lea's and Marie's two special memories of the PNW -- each very different.
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    Marie Sutro is an award-winning and bestselling mystery author, as well as a travel enthusiast. In 2018, she won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for the Best New Voice in Fiction, for her debut novel, Dark Associations. She is a member of Sisters In Crime and volunteers with California Library Literacy Services.

    Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all served in the San Francisco Police Department, collectively inspiring her writing. She resides in Northern California and is currently at work on the next book in the Kate Barnes series.
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    Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at forbes.com, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to many guidebooks.

    Contact Lea, on Twitter: @lealane ; on Insta, PlacesIRememberLeaLane;  on  Facebook, Places I Remember with Lea Lane.

    Lea's Website: placesirememberlealane.com. 

    New episodes drop every other week, on Tuesdays. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, and follow, rate and review this award-winning travel podcast!
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    [Due to an anecdote regarding Crater Lake, if you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
    If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.]

    • 26 min
    Where In The World To Move? International Living Experts Rate The Top 10 Places For Expats

    Where In The World To Move? International Living Experts Rate The Top 10 Places For Expats

    Have you thought about moving to another country? Retiring or becoming an expat where safety, climate and cost of living are excellent? International Living has been  rating countries for dozens of years, and this year's listings focus on the world's top 10 countries to move to. Jennifer Stevens, Executive editor, and Jessica Ramesch editor of the Panama edition, join Lea for a fascinating convo.

    We begin by discussing just what makes a country desirable for expats, with qualities including safety, climate, "fitting in," language and cost of living, Jennifer and Jessica then present the Top 10 list of countries for 2022, and discuss what makes them so.

    As usual, the episode ends with special memories.
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    Jennifer Stevens is editor of International Living, helping readers retire, move and invest overseas for over 40 years. The magazine is the #1 Trusted resource for moving overseas. Jessica Ramesch is editor of the Panama edition.
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    Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at forbes.com, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to many guidebooks.

    Contact Lea  @lealane on Twitter; PlacesIRememberLeaLane on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.com. 

    New episodes drop every other week, on Tuesdays. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, and follow, rate and review this award-winning travel podcast!

    • 25 min
    The Netherlands: Way Beyond Windmills And Tulips -- Including The Floriade, Held Every 10 Years

    The Netherlands: Way Beyond Windmills And Tulips -- Including The Floriade, Held Every 10 Years

    On this episode you'll find out about dozens of surprising things to enjoy on a trip to The Netherlands (and why it's often called "Holland").  Renske Green-Lute is a self-described "Dutch fanatic" who lives near Amsterdam. She shares inside info all about this mostly flat little European country: a fun mix of historic past, delightful present, and sustainable future.

    Lea and Renske talk about museums and Keukenhof Gardens, cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and all the classic sights and sites. But also, among many other things -- star-shaped fortresses, oyster gathering on mud flats, "Gouda by Candlelight, overnighting in an Airstream, a 15th century church in an Amsterdam canal house, gooey things to eat, Delta Works (which save the country from being underwater), a hilly Dutch city, and many more discoveries.

    And, The Floriade, a once-every-10 year horticultural expo held near Amsterdam, whose theme this year is "Growing Green Cities." (Find out more about this fun, informative celebration of all things green which runs until October 9, 2022, at https://floriade.com/en/ )

    Renske ends with a special memory about her grandfather, and what he had to do with saving one of Holland's greatest treasures. (It involves Rembrandt.)
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    Renske Green-Lute, describes herself as “a Dutch fanatic.” And she’s thoroughly explored the cities and sights of her beautiful country.  Renske lives with her American partner and 6 year old daughter in the north west of Holland, where  she runs a small B&B. She’s a marketer, and has been responsible for airline marketing at Schiphol Airport outside of Amsterdam.
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    Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at forbes.com, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to many guidebooks.

    Contact Lea  @lealane on Twitter; PlacesIRememberLeaLane on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.com. 

    New episodes drop every other week, on Tuesdays. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, and follow, rate and review this award-winning travel podcast!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Reinvention Rebel ,

Delightful travel podcast!

So much joy and adventure in this podcast – Lea brings the stories, experiences and adventures of travel to life in delicious ways. Even if you can’t travel right now, this podcast will inspire you about what’s possible and get you dreaming about your next trip. So very good!

CAJ 29464 ,

Great Podcast!

So enjoyable! It is inspiring and informative and presented in such a refreshing way by Lea Lane.
I would love to see Fairy Penguins!! Mark Everard was ever so charming as well. Thanks to you, Lea Lane, I now have New Zealand on my list of places I must see!

geriatric nurse on the road ,

Like listening to a wonderful novel

Lea and her guests make the narrative interesting, fun, and even thought provoking. It transports you to a place you might know and yet, it takes you there in a different way. Makes my driving on I-95 in South Florida a little more enjoyable!

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