I don’t only want this podcast to inspire you with talks of faraway places and dreamy campsites, but empower you to make your dream adventure a reality - whatever your dream or adventure may be. Oftentimes, that means facing some challenges that might be holding us back from making our dreams a reality. These can be physical roadblocks, financial ones, or mental ones. The list goes on! And lucky for us, I’ve got some incredible people stopping by for interviews on Sunshine Chasers. Our conversations are really across the board, but always have that thread of helping you make your dreams a reality. And if those dreams involve purchasing a plane ticket, all the better!
Science Series: Lydia Jennings
Lydia is currently a PhD CANDIDATE (woo!) in Arizona studying soil microbiology. She’s also a trail runner and I can’t wait for you to hear our chat. This is one of those episodes that is SUPER hard to sum up in three bullet points, but some highlights include:
What Lydia is studying, a bit about her journey to these topics, and why we should care!
How you can connect more with and be a steward of the land (spoiler alert: we both are huge supporters of going local)
Trail running and the communities that Lydia experiences in Tuscon, Arizona
Lydia posts some phenomenal things on both her Instagram and Twitter - be sure to give her a follow!
Science Series: Becky Friesen
Becky is currently studying butterfly response to forest fires in Mexico (!) and oh my GOSH do we talk about a lot of good stuff in this episode.
You can scratch your travel itch by hearing about Becky’s field work experiences.
She gives us her definition of conservation - then takes it a step further and highlights the importance of looking at political, social, and economic barriers to conservation.
We chat about environmental justice and how to respect the places we are all recreating, studying, and traveling.
Science Series: Ashleigh Thompson
Up first is the incredible Ashleigh! Our conversation spans a ton of different topics, some of which include:
How her path has led to studying indigenous archaeology and what her research entails.
Why you should learn indigenous histories about the lands you recreate on and the places you travel - even if you didn’t learn about it in school, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it.
How she makes her mental health a priority and why that’s so important to her!
Follow Ashleigh on Instagram and Twitter to hear more from her and stay up to date with her great work.
Passport Series: Nada
Nada is traveling the world on a Yemeni passport and she and I talk about a bunch of good things in our episode! Some of our topics include:
Informing my ignorant butt on Saudi citizenship, marriage, and other related topics.
How Nada got introduced to solo travel (spoiler alert: find a really lovely friend)!
The power of the media and how it can influence many, and how Nada is doing her own part to share her experiences.
Follow Nada’s Instagram, blog, and YouTube channel to keep up with some really exciting travels coming up!
Passport Series: Nada
Today we’ve got a bit of a geography lesson and another fantastic conversation coming your way. Some of the topics we chat about include:
Lavdi teaches me about a ton of places - Kosovo, South Sudan, and more!
What it’s like being a resource for
Daily life around a UN compound and how Lavdi found the opportunity
Connect with Lavdi on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Or head over to her blog to read more about her travels!
Passport Series: Zeina
Today you can hear the conversation I had with Zeina. I “met” Zeina through Instagram, but it felt like we were already pals when we Skyped! She shared many things over the course of our conversation, including:
What it’s like to travel with an Iraqi passport - we’re talking countries, visas, and more.
How Zeina started traveling…and why she keeps traveling today.
Some of Zeina’s favorite places to be (including Jordan and Turkey, both of which I am obsessed with visiting)
Follow Zeina on Instagram to see more of her daily life and travels!
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Inspiring, creative and informative!
I have really enjoyed listening to this podcast. Amanda is a great interviewer and she really is correct when she says you’ll be able to find something to connect with in each of the guests on the podcasts. Each interview is different and it really has inspired me to take my trip planning seriously. I love hearing all the different stories of each guests, they all have different backgrounds and different ideas of what adventure means for them.
This podcast is so inspiring and makes me want to go hiking while I listen to it! I love the variety of guests on the show, and it’s so much fun to hear their different adventures all around the country.
Love the inspiration!
This podcast is about more than just outdoor adventures, it's about learning to find yourself and your path, becoming okay with who you are, and hearing about other awesome people's journeys. Amanda is always so positive and asks excellent interview questions. And as somebody with a very outdoorsy boyfriend, this has definitely inspired me to at least consider getting outside more often. If nothing else, it actually directly led me to book a trip to Thailand, so that's cool. Thanks Amanda, for all the inspiration, would definitely recommend it to people looking for adventure in life!