12 episodes

A weekly spotlight with essential advice to help and inspire you to travel and explore the world. Exploring topics such as: why we feel compelled to travel, how to conquer shyness through travel, top tips for learning a foreign language or planning a sabbatical, how to make travel more affordable, and how to save the world from overtourism.

This podcast will lift you outside of your bubble and take you on a journey around the globe, as we look at the world of travel. Hosted by Virginia Stuart-Taylor, travel blogger and the founder of TheWell-TravelledPostcard.com

The Well-Travelled Podcast Virginia Stuart-Taylor

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A weekly spotlight with essential advice to help and inspire you to travel and explore the world. Exploring topics such as: why we feel compelled to travel, how to conquer shyness through travel, top tips for learning a foreign language or planning a sabbatical, how to make travel more affordable, and how to save the world from overtourism.

This podcast will lift you outside of your bubble and take you on a journey around the globe, as we look at the world of travel. Hosted by Virginia Stuart-Taylor, travel blogger and the founder of TheWell-TravelledPostcard.com

    A Postcard from the Côte d’Argent in south-west France

    A Postcard from the Côte d’Argent in south-west France

    This bonus episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is live from my trip to the Côte d’Argent in south-west France - my first trip abroad since the pandemic began. It's a postcard of the place, offering a flavour of the Atlantic coastline, the markets and cuisine of the area; the history of why I've been visiting it since I was little; and how I'm spending this trip (including my tips for studying French and for a digital detox). These snippets from my trip will transport you to the little-known but well-kept secret of Europe's longest beach, with its sand dunes overlooking surf-perfect waves, and its cycle trails through remote pine forests, a stone's throw from the vineyards of Bordeaux.

    If you'd like to read more about my travels, head to my travel blog TheWell-TravelledPostcard.com and subscribe to receive new posts.

    You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 19 min
    How to save the world from overtourism and make travel sustainable following the pandemic

    How to save the world from overtourism and make travel sustainable following the pandemic

    The tenth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about how we as travellers and the travel industry should recover from the pandemic, by prioritising long-term sustainability, and reframing our mindset and attitudes towards to travel, to avoid falling back into the trap of mass tourism at pre-pandemic levels. It starts with an overview of how the world reached a state of overtourism. We then turn to the actions that governments, the travel industry, tourism marketers and we as individuals should take to capitalise on this unique moment in time, during the pandemic, to re-design travel and build back better and more sustainably in future, to save the world's treasures for decades and generations to come.



    If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:


    How to Save the World from Mass Tourism: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2017/08/20/how-to-save-the-world-from-mass-tourism/
    12 Ways that Travel Changed Forever in the 2010s: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2020/04/20/looking-back-on-the-2010s-part-iii-12-ways-that-travel-changed-forever/
    How Hollywood defines Europe’s identity: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/portfolio/how-hollywood-defines-europes-identity/



    You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 37 min
    Inspiring Individuals: Climbing up and skiing down Mont Blanc with Nicholas Stuart-Taylor

    Inspiring Individuals: Climbing up and skiing down Mont Blanc with Nicholas Stuart-Taylor

    The ninth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is an interview with a special guest, one of my Inspiring Individuals Nicholas Stuart-Taylor, as we hear about his expedition to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc at 4,808m altitude, and ski back down again. We discuss the family history of summiting Mont Blanc, which my great-great-grandfather achieved back in 1879, and I attempted in 2017. He explains the training and fitness involved, and the 3-day expedition itself: avoiding crevasses while crossing glaciers, staying in mountain huts and climbing through the night. We cover the factors to consider when planning a challenge like this, as well as his advice and lessons learned.
    If you're keen to find out more about my own preparation to climb Mont Blanc just on foot, take a read of this post on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard:
    One week to Mont Blanc! Training and Preparations for the Summit: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2017/06/08/one-week-to-mont-blanc-training-and-preparations-for-the-summit/
    You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 46 min
    4 steps to learn a foreign language

    4 steps to learn a foreign language

    The eighth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about how to actually set about learning a foreign language, based on my experience in gaining (and importantly maintaining) fluency in 3 languages, and recently starting a new language from scratch. It starts with identifying your motivations, and finding the right level and method to suit you. I include a whole menu of self-learning methods I've discovered outside of the classroom, and my top tips for integrating language learning into your daily and weekly routines, to reach proficiency and even fluency.

    If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these two posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: 


    4 Steps to Pick-up a Language you Haven’t Learned Since School: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2018/11/19/4-steps-to-pick-up-a-language-you-havent-learned-since-school/
    Why Every Pupil Should Study a Foreign Language at A-Level: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2016/11/14/why-every-pupil-should-study-a-foreign-language-at-a-level/

    You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 34 min
    How to find and save money for travel (and how I afford to travel so much)

    How to find and save money for travel (and how I afford to travel so much)

    The seventh episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is all about the different ways to save money and make travel more affordable. I share the golden nugget of financial advice that I received, which allowed me to live and travel abroad without a monthly salary, while taking a sabbatical and doing a Master's degree in my mid- and late-twenties. I also discuss ways to make your money stretch further when you travel and how to travel even when on a strict budget. 

    If you're keen to find out more, take a read of these two posts on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: 


    Why “Save Money” is the Most Important Advice of your 20s: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2017/04/07/why-save-money-is-the-most-important-advice-of-your-20s/ 
    How To Find Money for Travel (& the Secret Behind How I Afford to Travel So Much): https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2015/01/19/how-to-find-money-for-travel-the-secret-behind-how-i-afford-to-travel-so-much/

    You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 28 min
    Inspiring Individuals: Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with Malvena Stuart-Taylor

    Inspiring Individuals: Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with Malvena Stuart-Taylor

    The sixth episode of The Well-Travelled Podcast is an interview with a special guest, one of my Inspiring Individuals Malvena Stuart-Taylor, as we discuss her adventure sailing across the Atlantic Ocean for 20 days. We talk about the highs and lows of life on board a yacht with just two others, and the reality of 24/7 shifts on watch, as she voyaged from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. She reflects on the distortion of time and the isolation felt in the middle of the Atlantic, and the life lessons she gleaned from the journey which we can transfer to our current feelings towards the lockdown amidst the current pandemic. 



    If you're keen to find out more, take a read of this guest post written by Malvena on my travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard: 


    Inspiring Individuals: Malvena Stuart-Taylor, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2018/03/05/inspiring-individuals-malvena-stuart-taylor-who-sailed-across-the-atlantic-ocean/ 



    You can also connect with me at @VStuartTaylor on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 26 min

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