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Traveling off the tourist path. Talking about those places most tourists just don't know about because, well, nobody ever told them. Also travel tips and news about travel and tourism to make your trip a little easier, cheaper and more memorable.

The Traveling Fool Bob Bales

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Traveling off the tourist path. Talking about those places most tourists just don't know about because, well, nobody ever told them. Also travel tips and news about travel and tourism to make your trip a little easier, cheaper and more memorable.

    Conquering the Open Road: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning a Road Trip

    Conquering the Open Road: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning a Road Trip

    Eager to embark on an adventure that takes you off the beaten path? Prepare to be armed with an extensive toolbox of road trip planning strategies. From the comfort of our studio, we take you through every aspect of road trip preparation, from prepping your vehicle to planning your route. Not only will we cover the basics, but also dive into how to use Google Maps beyond just directions. This versatile tool can help you explore alternate routes and discover fascinating points of interest to make your journey even more memorable.

    It doesn't end there! The second half of our episode unveils secret tips to elevate your road trip experience. Remember, it's not about the destination, but the journey! So, we'll discuss why equipping your vehicle with a dash cam is a game changer and how it can save you from potential headaches. Learn how to use Google Maps like a pro for discovering authentic local dining options, activities, and even the best cigar lounges. We'll also share our personal stories of accidental discoveries on alternate routes. This is not just a podcast episode, but a route to a well-planned, exciting and safe adventure on the road. Buckle up and tune in!

    List of Resources and Links
    Kayak.com
    Hotels.com
    Rexing Dashcams
    RV Share



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    • 17 min
    Small Country Town with a Big History: Celebrities, Outlaws, and Revolution

    Small Country Town with a Big History: Celebrities, Outlaws, and Revolution

    Why do small towns often hold the most intriguing histories? What if secrets of famous figures from the past are just waiting to be uncovered in places many people overlook? Join me, Bob Bales, on a journey to an unsuspecting place that's been home to supermodels, outlaws, and even the King of Rock and Roll himself. That's right, we're heading to the heart of Texas, to a small town, packed with stories and historic events that will make you see small towns in a different light.

    In this episode, we explore the extraordinary tales of this town, from its role in a Revolution to its ties with  figures like Elvis Presley and Bonnie and Clyde. Discover how this town of just 7,000 fired the first shot in a revolution, hosted celebrities and learn about one of the deadliest Old West outlaws, John Wesley Hardin, and his epic escape from the city jail. We'll also visit a Hotel, where Elvis and Bonnie and Clyde once stayed. So, buckle up for this thrilling journey and allow the Traveling Fool to guide you on your next history-packed adventure!

    List of Resources and Links
    Kayak.com
    Hotels.com
    A day in LaGrange
    You Have Heard about the Alamo, but What About Goliad?
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    • 8 min
    How To Make Memorable Moments On Your Trip Without Spending A Lot

    How To Make Memorable Moments On Your Trip Without Spending A Lot

    The Traveling Fool Episode 14 / How To Make Memorable Moments On Your Trip Without Spending A Lot
    Ever dreamt of embarking on unforgettable travels without emptying your wallet? In this episode I talk about how to make your trip memorable without breaking the bank. I'll share stories of simple and inexpensive experiences that turned out to be the most cherished moments, proving that travel isn't always about luxury hotels and pricey tourist attractions.
     
     Get ready to embark on a journey that starts from planning your trip, finding affordable flights and accommodations, to connecting with locals and discovering hidden gems at your travel destinations. Tune in for unforgettable tales from my home stay in Nepal, a fascinating conversation with a yeoman at the Tower of London, and an unexpected visit to a charming old gas station in Texas. Let's explore together how to create lasting travel memories without breaking the bank!
     
    List of Resources Mentioned in This Episode
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    Hotels.com
    Agoda.com
    Homestay
    The Day I Met Ray
    Fresh Off The Boat
     
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    • 13 min
    Your Passport-Free Paradise: The US Virgin Islands

    Your Passport-Free Paradise: The US Virgin Islands

    Ever dreamed of escaping to a tropical paradise that requires no passport for Americans to visit? Your dream is about to become a reality as we journey to the United States Virgin Islands, the overlooked treasure often eclipsed by Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Join your host, Bob Bales, as he peels back the layers of the islands' rich history, from Christopher Columbus' discovery to its interesting ties to figures such as Alexander Hamilton and the infamous Caribbean pirates. 

    We're not stopping at history, though! Every island in the US Virgin Islands has its unique vibe and charm. Hop on this virtual tour as we take you from the bustling capital of St. Thomas to the laid-back luxury of St. John and the historical St. Croix. We'll share insider tips on the best ways to experience each island, including island tours, ferry rides, and even rum tastings. So, buckle up and get ready to add the U.S. Virgin Islands to your travel bucket list.
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    • 16 min
    Episode #12 What is the reason for tourists behaving badly?

    Episode #12 What is the reason for tourists behaving badly?

    More and more tourists are behaving badly. Wether it is defacing historic properties, disrepecting cultures or putting themselves and others in danger.   Is it because of likes on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook or are they just plain morons?           
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    • 49 min
    Solo Travel Tips

    Solo Travel Tips

    Tips for traveling solo.
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    • 11 min

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