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Looking for inspiration for your next adventure, money saving ways to book, and ideas to get the get the most out of your time away? Welcome to the Travel Now Podcast!

The Travel Now Podcast Luke Richardson

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Looking for inspiration for your next adventure, money saving ways to book, and ideas to get the get the most out of your time away? Welcome to the Travel Now Podcast!

    Sailing around the world with children - Patrick Shulte

    Sailing around the world with children - Patrick Shulte

    I love speaking with people who've made travel a central part of their life. Whether that’s regular trips to various corners of the world, or in the case of today’s guest, spending the last 20 years in near constant motion.

    Patrick Shulte, who has been blogging about his travel experiences on his long running travel blog Bumfuzzle.com, joins me just before setting off for his next adventure. Patrick isn't planning your regular international trip, however. Patrick and his wife are about to sail around the world for the second time - this time taking their two children along for the ride. 

    I loved having this conversation, and I think you will too.



    Connect with Patrick:

    For his travel blog, head over to:

    https://www.bumfuzzle.com/

    To learn Patrick’s investment strategy, head to:

    https://wandererfinancial.com/



    Have you read Kathmandu?

    You visit a restaurant in a far-away city, only to find you’re on the menu.
    When young backpackers go missing on the trail through Nepal, no one bats an eyelid. After-all, high in the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu’s a haven for those who want to “get lost.”

    Back in England, Leo’s down on his luck. He’s jobless, crippled by anxiety and obsessed with an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen in years. Asked to track down a wealthy politician’s daughter in Kathmandu, Leo thinks his fortunes are on the turn.

    Escaped from her family and travelling the world, all Allissa wants is to be left alone. Running a hostel for the victims of people traffickers, she hopes the surrounding mountains will keep the world away.

    In a bid to prove himself, Leo sets off on a twisting train through Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets. But, when the investigation leads to a sinister backstreet restaurant and a storm makes escape impossible, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

    KATHMANDU is the first of Luke Richardson’s international thriller series. If you like fast-paced mysteries, then you’ll love this explosive debut.

    READ KATHMANDU TODAY

    • 46 min
    A visit to Canada with Ted Cragg

    A visit to Canada with Ted Cragg

    Podcast host and tour guide Ted Cragg joins me today to talk about his homeland, Canada.

    Ted hosts the TRAVEL PODCAST THE WORLD SHOW. He talks with to other travel podcasters about their shows, their inspirations and the behind the scenes process that make their shows complete. Ted had me on his show a few weeks ago, and I enjoyed the conversation so much that I wanted to have him to talk to you.

    During this episode, we talk through a whole fictional trip to eastern Canada, taking in the cities, the wilderness, mountains and lakes.

    You can tell, during this conversation that I come from a such small country, as I don’t think I really understood quite how large Canada actually is. It really seems like you’d need several trips to do it justice, unless you’re going for multiple weeks or even months.

    We talk about some cultural highlights of a trip around the country; how you’d be best to get around the place; what corners you might want to explore depending on what you’re looking for; and why Canada makes such an interesting travel destination.



    To learn more about Ted and his podcast: 

    Search your favourite podcast app for 'Travel Podcast the World' or CLICK HERE to listen to our conversation on Spotify. 



    Have you read Kathmandu?

    You visit a restaurant in a far-away city, only to find you’re on the menu.
    When young backpackers go missing on the trail through Nepal, no one bats an eyelid. After-all, high in the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu’s a haven for those who want to “get lost.”

    Back in England, Leo’s down on his luck. He’s jobless, crippled by anxiety and obsessed with an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen in years. Asked to track down a wealthy politician’s daughter in Kathmandu, Leo thinks his fortunes are on the turn.

    Escaped from her family and travelling the world, all Allissa wants is to be left alone. Running a hostel for the victims of people traffickers, she hopes the surrounding mountains will keep the world away.

    In a bid to prove himself, Leo sets off on a twisting train through Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets. But, when the investigation leads to a sinister backstreet restaurant and a storm makes escape impossible, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

    KATHMANDU is the first of Luke Richardson’s international thriller series. If you like fast-paced mysteries, then you’ll love this explosive debut.

    READ KATHMANDU TODAY

    • 50 min
    Volunteering with Inlexca

    Volunteering with Inlexca

    Inlexca is a non-profit organisation, placing volunteers across Central American and India. In this episode I talk with Diego Colombi, about how Inlexca insures their volunteers are carefully placed, how it’s a beneficial set up for both the volunteer and more importantly the community into which they’re going, the process of becoming a volunteer with Inlexca, and what you should expect, should you be interested. 

    This conversation is especially interesting as a few weeks back in episode 33 I spoke with Susan Gibson about how to be an amazing volunteer - I feel like this episode continues that conversation, giving you a starting point for your volunteer experience. 

    As an ex-English high-school teacher, and a writer, I would love to see how English is taught in other places around the world. As with all these plans, they won’t happen immediately, but maybe one day soon!



    Learn more about Inlexca: 

    https://www.inlexca.org/

    https://www.instagram.com/inlex_ca/



    Have you read Kathmandu?

    You visit a restaurant in a far-away city, only to find you’re on the menu.
    When young backpackers go missing on the trail through Nepal, no one bats an eyelid. After-all, high in the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu’s a haven for those who want to “get lost.”

    Back in England, Leo’s down on his luck. He’s jobless, crippled by anxiety and obsessed with an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen in years. Asked to track down a wealthy politician’s daughter in Kathmandu, Leo thinks his fortunes are on the turn.

    Escaped from her family and travelling the world, all Allissa wants is to be left alone. Running a hostel for the victims of people traffickers, she hopes the surrounding mountains will keep the world away.

    In a bid to prove himself, Leo sets off on a twisting train through Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets. But, when the investigation leads to a sinister backstreet restaurant and a storm makes escape impossible, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

    KATHMANDU is the first of Luke Richardson’s international thriller series. If you like fast-paced mysteries, then you’ll love this explosive debut.

    READ KATHMANDU TODAY

    • 27 min
    Thailand by Tuk Tuk

    Thailand by Tuk Tuk

    The Tuk Tuk Club run ten-day trips through the largely undiscovered and beautiful highlands of northern Thailand. Bruce Haxton talks with me about how he came up with the idea for the off-the-beaten-track adventure, how his trips support local communities, and what exactly the experience involves. 

    During my travels there's always been something really fun about travelling by tuk tuk - their bleating noise, the way the drivers always seem to modify them with booming sound systems, and the smell of the city as you pass by.

    In my experience, they’re as much a part of Thailand as the food, temples and beaches.



    Learn more about the Tuk Tuk Club at: 

    https://www.thetuktukclub.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/tuktukclubthailand/



    Have you read Kathmandu?

    You visit a restaurant in a far-away city, only to find you’re on the menu.
    When young backpackers go missing on the trail through Nepal, no one bats an eyelid. After-all, high in the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu’s a haven for those who want to “get lost.”  

    Back in England, Leo’s down on his luck. He’s jobless, crippled by anxiety and obsessed with an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen in years. Asked to track down a wealthy politician’s daughter in Kathmandu, Leo thinks his fortunes are on the turn.  

    Escaped from her family and travelling the world, all Allissa wants is to be left alone. Running a hostel for the victims of people traffickers, she hopes the surrounding mountains will keep the world away.  

    In a bid to prove himself, Leo sets off on a twisting train through Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets. But, when the investigation leads to a sinister backstreet restaurant and a storm makes escape impossible, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

    KATHMANDU is the first of Luke Richardson’s international thriller series. If you like fast-paced mysteries, then you’ll love this explosive debut.

    READ KATHMANDU TODAY

    • 36 min
    Twenty-five years of travel with Els De Smet

    Twenty-five years of travel with Els De Smet

    Based in Belgium where she works as a counsellor for refugees, Els has been regularly taking to the road for the last 25 years.

    She travels in a very simple style, carrying just one small bag, using public buses, and often staying with the local people she meets on the way. It’s fascinating to me how she travels with absolutely no fear such an open heart.

    This is the final conversation from my trip to Albania a few weeks ago. As I said at the start of the last episode, one of my favourite things about travel, is the people you meet on the way. There's something totally unique about discussing the shared experiences you’ve both had when you meet someone in a country that isn’t your own – I love it.

    Meeting Els was totally like this. Perry and I were waiting for the bus to Kruja, as was Els, we got talking and ended up spending the day together exploring a new place and drinking a couple of beers in the sunshine.

    Travel tends to bring out conversations like this, and I love it.



    Have you read Kathmandu?

    You visit a restaurant in a far-away city, only to find you’re on the menu.
    When young backpackers go missing on the trail through Nepal, no one bats an eyelid. After-all, high in the Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu’s a haven for those who want to “get lost.”

    Back in England, Leo’s down on his luck. He’s jobless, crippled by anxiety and obsessed with an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen in years. Asked to track down a wealthy politician’s daughter in Kathmandu, Leo thinks his fortunes are on the turn.

    Escaped from her family and travelling the world, all Allissa wants is to be left alone. Running a hostel for the victims of people traffickers, she hopes the surrounding mountains will keep the world away.

    In a bid to prove himself, Leo sets off on a twisting train through Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets. But, when the investigation leads to a sinister backstreet restaurant and a storm makes escape impossible, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

    KATHMANDU is the first of Luke Richardson’s international thriller series. If you like fast-paced mysteries, then you’ll love this explosive debut.

    READ KATHMANDU TODAY

    • 37 min
    Europe in at Fiat 500 with Dan and Mantha

    Europe in at Fiat 500 with Dan and Mantha

    Mantha and Dan, seeking a gap year before starting university, set off from England in their Fiat 500 with the aim of exploring Europe. Five months later, 15 counties in, and still only halfway through their trip, we met up in Albania where they've been spending a few days before heading on and into North Macedonia.

    I absolutely love their dedication travel, their take it as it comes attitude, and how they make the whole thing sound easy.

    We talk about what it takes to plan a trip like theirs, what things they’ve learned on the road, and why they didn’t choose the gap-year meccas like Southeast Asia.



    Connect with Dan and Mantha 

    https://www.instagram.com/mad__travel_/



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    Leo’s looking for the perfect place to propose to the love of his life. When they arrive in the Thai tropical paradise of Koh Tao, he thinks he’s found it. But before he gets an answer, she’s nowhere to be seen.

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

swizzie2000 ,

Fill the Wanderlust!

Great show for those with teh travel bug! Love hearing stories of people traveling and dreaming of new places to see!

2RatBrat ,

Great Shows

Luke Richardson has a knack for realistically folding his travel destinations into his novels. Along with vibrant characters and complex thriller plots, his travels become the basis for great writings.

Jcide ,

Love listening to Luke

Luke is a fantastic communicator. Not only are the thoughts great, but we all know how important it is to have a podcast host that is simple “easy to listen to,” and Luke is. I also appreciate the shorter episodes. Too many podcasts can turn what should be a 30m topic into an hour, but Luke is concise. Great job. Keep it up!

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