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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.

    On the Road Again: Introducing Season 3

    On the Road Again: Introducing Season 3

    Here at AFAR, we have been traveling. We imagine you've been out and about as well—or maybe you've just finally booked that big dream trip. Well, this season Travel Tales hits the road too. Five storytellers took trips in recent months, capturing the sights and sounds along the way. Every other Thursday, beginning August 25th, you'll hear one of those stories—and the challenges, joys, lessons, and more that accompanies it.

    • 1 min
    A Look Back: Embracing the Unknown in Rio de Janeiro

    A Look Back: Embracing the Unknown in Rio de Janeiro

    In our last summer replay, we revisit an anxious traveler: On a last-minute trip to Rio de Janeiro, author Carmen Maria Machado luxuriates in beach feasts, practices small talk—and confronts her travel anxiety.
    Resources:
    Carmen's website: https://carmenmariamachado.com/
    Her book, In the Dream House: A Memoir: https://bookshop.org/a/2660/9781644450383
    And The Low, Low Woods: https://bookshop.org/a/2660/9781779504524

    • 11 min
    A Look Back: Kayaking Blind Through the Grand Canyon

    A Look Back: Kayaking Blind Through the Grand Canyon

    In our next summer replay, we hear from adventurer Erik Weihenmayer. Erik 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.

    • 33 min
    Summer Replay! Meet the Globetrotting Women of Pan Am

    Summer Replay! Meet the Globetrotting Women of Pan Am

    In our next summer replay, we revisit what we can learn about life and friendship from the women of Pan Am. These women, who flew for Pan Am in the 1960s and 1970s, were spirited, adventurous, trailblazers who lived life mostly on their own terms. Julia Cooke, author of Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am, spent four years researching their lives and shares what she learned along the way.

    • 16 min
    Summer Replay! Comedian Michelle Buteau Got Stood Up in Paris

    Summer Replay! Comedian Michelle Buteau Got Stood Up in Paris

    Welcome to our summer replays, where we air some of our (and your) favorite episodes of the past seasons as we build up to season three, launching on August 25th. Today, we're sharing comedian Michelle Buteau's hilarious account of getting stood up in Paris at age 19. If you want to hear more from Michelle, check out her podcast, Adulting, where she answer life's essential questions like "How many pair of underwear do I pack for a weekend?" or "When should your boyfriend give up on his rap career"? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/adulting-with-michelle-buteau-and-jordan-carlos/id1463400941
    Thanks for listening! Explore more travel tales at afar.com.traveltales.

    • 24 min
    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

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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