The Travel is Real is a podcast about hearing captivating stories from adventures abroad. Each guest on the episode reveals an experience which occurred while traveling, backpacking, or living abroad. These stories range from fun, comedic, risqué, to bizarre, gross, harrowing or horrific. As long as the if the narrative is intriguing, I want to hear it! Typically if an interview revolves around an arduous, dangerous, or harrowing narrative, the guest and I will give advice and tips, so listeners can learn from the mistakes of the guests and myself (I’ve certainly made a few). Anything can happen when traveling around the world, which is why so many travelers posses fascinating stories to tell.
The episodes vary in theme, but laughter is always a constant. This is a podcast which does not take itself to seriously. Some interview may encompass situations that at the time were very serious and in no way funny, but as most know, when reflecting back on a situation, laugher is common. The goal is to entertain and educate, and perhaps invoke some laugher.
EP 57: "James". - From Kenya to California
Holy Cats! What an episode! My friend "James" (who wishes to remain anonymous due to an embarrassing story) recounts a regrettable experience regarding alcohol and a tattoo parlor. My guest and I then discuss the culture shock of traveling from Kenya to southern California to attend university. My friend details how he managed to navigate a completely new lifestyle in a wildly foreign setting from which he was not accustomed to.
EP 56: Alex S. - Maximize Your Life for Happiness
My guest Alex S. graces the podcast, and reflects on his state of mind when he decided to pack his bags and leave the corporate life in the USA, for a life in Bali. He explains how he took action to maximize his happiness, and he follows it up with a story about thieving monkeys.
-The Journey Foward
-Insights and Reflections
-Maximize your Life for Happiness
EP 55: Sunny Ju - Eight Days Lost in the Jungle
Sunny Ju graces the podcast this week and holy cats does she give a wild story. Turns out, getting lost in a massive, remote rainforest is easy. Unnervingly easy. Sunny illuminates her experience on how she and three others struggled for survival for eight days in the jungle….with only two days of food. Its an amazing story of determination, confidence, and the will to live.
EP 54: Michael D - "The Incident", Not Flying Home, And Rice Paddies and Car Batteries
Michael D. joins the podcast! This fine Brit recently moved to Bali to learn coding/programing, but before that, he had lived in Bangkok, Thailand for years! Too many years to count! Michael regales a travel story which he and his friends suffered through an incident, to which it could have put significant hurdles and roadblocks on their backpacking trip.
EP 53: Sophia - Racism Woes as an Expat, and Child Fire-Breathers
In this episode, my guest Sophia and I discuss some of the more bizarre things one can expect to see in the city of Saigon. We then get into a bit more serious topic concerning what its like teaching English in South East Asia as black woman. This is a great episode to listen to, if you are keen on teaching English in another country, or interested in traveling to Asia.
-American English? English English? Auzzie English?
-Racism Woes as an Expat
EP 52: Hella- Island Life and the Surf "Washing Machine"
My friend, Hella, who is Co-owner of Canggu’s Camp 308 and quite the avid surfer graces the podcast. She first tells a story of how a near death experience fortuitously lead her to make a decision which brought her to BALI. She then illuminates what it's like to live and work on a very small tropical island. Turns out, it's harder than you think.
Unscripted and real!
Love listening to stories that you would never have dreamt of happening. Alex is a funny host!
The guests always have fascinating stories and Alex is a great guy!
My only recommendation is, Alex, introduce yourself when you introduce your guest! Put your name on it man. You’re putting out some great content!
Uh oh, wanderlust
Take a listen if you want to scratch your travel itch, hear some crazy stories from worldwide travelers, and even learn a travel tip or two. I like the overall theme with enough variation between episodes. Subscribed since episode 1!