36 episodes

Travel, at its best, changes the way we see the world. Join us each week as we dig into stories from people who took a trip—and came home transformed. Though COVID-19 has stalled many travel plans, Travel Tales by AFAR is your ticket to the world—no passport required. You can find more information at afar.com/traveltales.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 212 Ratings

Travel, at its best, changes the way we see the world. Join us each week as we dig into stories from people who took a trip—and came home transformed. Though COVID-19 has stalled many travel plans, Travel Tales by AFAR is your ticket to the world—no passport required. You can find more information at afar.com/traveltales.

    Unpacked by AFAR: "Let's Scale Back That Revenge Travel, Shall We?"

    Unpacked by AFAR: "Let's Scale Back That Revenge Travel, Shall We?"

    Hey Travel Tales listeners, we're working hard on Season 3. In the meantime, we've got a special treat for you: A preview of our first episode of Unpacked by AFAR. In it, writer and podcast host Paige McClanahan digs into the concept of revenge travel and how we can be kinder to the places we visit. You can listen to the full episode on our Unpacked feed.
    And don't miss out on future episodes! Subscribe to Unpacked today wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, or at afar.com/unpacked.

    • 13 min
    Introducing: Unpacked by AFAR

    Introducing: Unpacked by AFAR

    Have you ever been traveling and encountered a situation where you felt a little . . . uncomfortable? Yeah, us too. Each week on Unpacked by AFAR, we'll unpack a single, ethically complex question. Say, “How can I travel with a lighter footprint?” or “How can I engage with animals in an ethical way while on the road?” Through a mix of first-person stories and interviews with experts in the field, Unpacked will explore not just answers to those questions, but new ways to engage with the places we visit and the people we meet. Because the world is complicated. Being an ethical traveler doesn't have to be. The unpacking begins June 16th. Subscribe today: https://afar.com/unpacked

    • 46 sec
    AFAR recommends: "Voyage to Montréal" from Not Lost

    AFAR recommends: "Voyage to Montréal" from Not Lost

    Here’s a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you’ve never been from our friends at PushkinIndustries. Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new places by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. From Montréal to Mexico City, Brendan and his guests drink, dance, and eat, learning as much about themselves as the places they visit. In this preview, Brendan and his guest Danielle Henderson navigate the icy streets of Montréal in search of local history. You can hear more from Not Lost at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/notlost?sid=traveltales.

    • 12 min
    Rough Waters: Kayaking Blind Through the Grand Canyon

    Rough Waters: Kayaking Blind Through the Grand Canyon

    Erik Weihenmayer lost his vision at age 13, but he never lost his thirst for adventure. In the decades since, he has rock-climbed in California and ice-climbed in Antarctica. In 2008, he decided he wanted to kayak through the Grand Canyon. It was, as you can, imagine quite a ride.

    Read more about Erik on his website, listen to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter. You can watch his documentary, The Weight of Water, on Amazon.

    • 36 min
    The Highways That Take Us Home

    The Highways That Take Us Home

    It’s time to head for America’s heartland. Our guide will be Kelli Jo Ford, a Virginia-based writer, teacher, and author of Crooked Hallelujah, a much-praised novel that follows four generations of Cherokee women. In this episode Kelli Jo takes us on the road: For years, she’s made regular pilgrimages to Oklahoma to visit her family. As a kid living in Texas, those trips were especially poignant: Her grandma Longshore would meet Kelli Jo halfway, to take her back to Oklahoma for a summer of noisy feasts and preserved wild onions and creek crossings. All the things that to, Kelli Jo, felt like home. And their meeting place of choice was a Love’s Travel Stop, a special institution in this part of the world. Love’s is famous for their 24-hour services, which can include gas, travel tchotkes, fast food, on-site tire repair, and much more. But for Kelli Jo, this family-owned chain, which, naturally, features a large red heart in its logo, is more than just a place to get gas, or use the bathroom, or stock up on road snacks. For her, they are forever linked to home.

    • 21 min
    In Ghana, a Chef Finds Open Arms—and Open Kitchens

    In Ghana, a Chef Finds Open Arms—and Open Kitchens

    As a kid growing up in London, chef Zoe Adjonyoh learned to cook by watching her father make the foods he ate as a kid growing up in Ghana. As an adult, she opened a restaurant devoted to dishes like spicy, peanut butter–laced groundnut stew. A decade into her career, Zoe realized she wanted to know more about Ghanian cuisine—and her own family. Here’s what happened when she landed in Accra with an open heart and an empty belly. 
    Read, and cook from Zoe's book!
    And listen to this week's Tiny Travel Tale from Roger Hill of Long Island, New York.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Cool190 ,

The best!

My absolute favorite podcast! I love the stories and dream of the day I can travel to exotic and historic places. Thank you, Travel Tales!! ❤️

AnnaTalisha ,

I Miss Traveling!

2020 has really put a wrench in my usual travel plans. But really love hearing the personal stories of other people’s travels. It makes me excited for the day when I can travel again!

Patagonik8 ,

American centrist

Listened the Amsterdam episode and the host totally missed the local idiosyncrasy of the Nederland. Everything looked through a racially obsessive woke American point of view.

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