Travel Connections is the show that brings together the people and the companies who create unique experiences for travelers who love to find adventure. Host Suzanne Stavert, a travel writer and brand ambassador, will have lively conversations with travel experts and enthusiasts to share captivating stories that dive beneath the surface of travel.
Come Travel the World with Lifetime TV Host, Scott Eddy
Come travel the world with us today! Are you looking to find adventure? You, my friend, are in the right place for an exhilarating 34 minutes!
My travel philosophy? Say yes and figure out the rest. I always encourage everyone I talk with to find adventure, and no one exemplifies this philosophy better than my next guest.
Scott Eddy has a unique background. Although he began his career in investment banking, he changed his business trajectory and lived in Europe and Asia for 17 years. While in Asia, he started the first digital agency in SE Asia.
He is based in Miami now, but he travels full-time as a TV host on Lifetime Television for a travel series called Video Globetrotter. In addition, Scott provides growth-focused marketing strategies to brands, primarily in the world of hospitality, and essentially turns storytelling into solid marketing success.
His enthusiasm for life and travel is infectious, and I can't wait for you to meet him. Also! I have a program alert for you! Do you like watching your podcast episodes? Well, you can find this one on my Youtube Channel!
Travel the world through amazing stories in this episode: Learn how Scott started the first digital agency in Southeast Asia Travels full-time as a video host and social media marketing expert Visits 20 countries each year Scott Eddy is an EPIC storyteller His Alaskan adventures are extraordinary - The Salmon! The Bald Eagles! "How video brings a brand to life." You will laugh and sit in awe of his stories and adventures. We only scratched the surface of what Scott can share, but come listen and enjoy. This is a fantastic episode!
Links to Scott Eddy
TV host for Video Globetrotter
Social Media: @MrScottEddy
The Delicious World of Washington Wines With Andrew Januik
I am a wine lover, and my wine education and favorites have grown since our kids left the nest. When our children were young, there was little time to indulge in learning about wines, so we chose as best we could and primarily drank wines from California.
We lived in California until two years ago when we moved to the state of Washington. Being in close proximity to the wineries is certainly a treat, but people from all over the world drink the delicious wines of Washington State. We are fortunate now to live close, taste more and learn a great deal!
As very willing participants, Craig and I have been learning about wines from this great state of agriculture, but I think we have hit the jackpot recently. We were guests at an event hosted by Auction of Washington Wines, also known as AWW.
Sharing the love of Washington Wines Since its inception in 1988, AWW has raised nearly $55 million to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Research, and the AWW Industry Grant. AWW is listed in the top five wine charity auctions in the U.S. by Wine Spectator. Its mission is to support the growth and awareness of the Washington state wine industry through a series of celebrated events benefiting the community.
At a recent event, we were introduced to winemakers from several prominent wineries here in Washington. What a privilege to talk with these experts and taste their wines! We learned so much about these wineries and their wines, made new friends, and had a wonderful conversation with Andrew Januik while we tasted wines from Novelty Hill and Januik Wineries. All of the winemakers offered us a taste of an older vintage and compared it with a newer vintage; such a fun idea!
During our chat that evening, I kept thinking. I should create an episode on Washington wines! Wouldn't he be a fantastic guest on Travel Connections? Somehow he carved out some time in his busy schedule for us to dive a little deeper into wine and the joys of being a winemaker. Andrew probably has the most fabulous job ever. I think it would be dreamy! I know it's hard work, but sign me up.
Let me tell you about Andrew's background. Most winemakers have spent most of their lives in the industry, and Andrew Januik is no different – except that he is only 35 years old. When he was just 13, he started working with wine on the weekends and full-time during his summers. As the son of a world-renowned winemaker, Andrew was born with winemaking in his blood, and the proof is in the pressing!
Every wine that Andrew has made since starting his eponymous label in 2011 has been rated above 90 points. His passion for wine is rooted in the state of Washington but has led to nearly a decade of making wine in the Southern Hemisphere, including his own labels in both Chile and Argentina.
Here are just a few of the exciting topics we covered in our interview: Why Washington Wines are special The fantastic weather (not similar to Seattle's) in the Columbia Valley provides the ability to produce a wide variety of grapes. The magic of excel spreadsheets and spending time in the vineyards Novelty Hill and Januik Wines "One cannot escape the lure of the wine cellar!" Upcoming Events for Auction of Washington Wines: Here's some information on the upcoming events in August for Auction of Washington Wines: You can enjoy more than 100 wines, global BBQ, and casual fun at the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction, or dress up for the Annual Gala, both held at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, WA.
Essential Links in this episode:
Novelty Hill - Januik Wines Andrew Januik Wines Auction of Washington Wines Hear No Evil Media, Audio Production by Erik Hulslander How to Find Adventure & Thrive in the Empty Nest – Suzanne's E-Book My Amazon Travel Store – Suzanne's Favorite Must-Haves
A Visit to Camano Island, Washington: An Artists' Studio Tour
A Visit to Camano Island I started this podcast with the dream of talking about and focusing on the connections we make when we travel. Nothing exemplifies this idea more than my trip to Camano Island, Washington.
I was invited to explore the island and attend the 23rd Annual Studio Tour by the Whidbey & Camano Island Tourism Board. My hosts had no great expectations other than for me to have a good time and discover the island of Camano and the artists that live there.
This unique event is held two weekends in a row in early May. We are lucky to only live about an hour from this beautiful destination, but as of yet, we still had not visited!
Camano Island, located 64 miles north of Downtown Seattle is an easy and scenic drive.
In This Episode! What does it feel like on Camano Island? Discovering the locals are super welcoming and friendly Art and more art and artists Great food & drink, yes, of course! Beautiful scenery Connecting with nature, artists, and craftsman An in-depth and fun interview with jewelry designer Amy Bush of Loyalsmith Jewelry Both my husband Craig and I had the absolute best time. We knew we would enjoy our time on the studio tour, but it was much more than just a casual walkabout through many studios.
Our time there was personal and, at times, moving. For the most part, artists work alone, and sharing their creative space and personal projects must be so satisfying. It sure was for us!
We made new friends and purchased gorgeous art for our home, each with a story and a history.
Make a plan to visit next year for the 24th Annual Studio Tour on Camano Island and also visit their website. It will direct you to all of the artists I talked about, plus many more.
I highly recommend a visit, any time of year. Nature is bold and beautiful, and you can hear yourself think. How lovely is that?
Camano Island is the perfect place to relax, reset, rejoice, and rediscover.
To find the artists we talked about on the podcast:
Go to THIS LINK for Art Lives on Camano Island Loyalsmith Jewelry - Amy Bush Camano Commons Marketplace The Baked Cafe Tapped
Travel Connections Podcast News & A Virtual Maui Vacation
A No Vacation, Maui Vacation This episode is a fun one. It's not too long and will provide you with some very unique travel ideas you can use right from your own living room.
I share a couple of podcast episode reminders. Have you had a chance to listen to my interview with Linda Miller Nicholson? Her episode is called Colorful Pasta-Making & Italian Travel with Salty Seattle. She shares how she built her unique pasta classes, wrote a cookbook, and changed the world with rainbow-colored pasta. The interview will enlighten and delight you!
Also, I offer a sneak peek of my upcoming SUPER BIG Episode of our trip to Camano Island, WA, where we spent two days on the Camano Island Studio Tour.
The heart of this episode: My opinion on the current state of travel What is a no-vacation vacation? Back in 2020, when travel was shut down, I was given no choice but to stay home and figure out how to be somewhat relevant in the travel industry.
This is what we did:
My husband and I created Cocktail Adventures, where we paired a favorite cocktail recipe with a connecting travel memory. We had no idea what we were doing, but it was super fun, and we could still connect with travel that we so dearly loved. You can find our videos on Instagram on my @SuzanneStavert account, and you can also find them on my website, AdventuresofEmptyNesters.com, and type in Cocktail Adventures.
I created a solution that would still be perfect today. At the time, I was disappointed by my lack of travel options during the Stay at Home mandate; I needed to change my thinking. I had to look at my current situation and determine just how to move forward when I could not write about future travel or plan any of our own adventures. Like you, I couldn't enjoy a Maui vacation if I wanted to!
Imagine the cold-sweet sip of a tropical Mai Tai, Seared Ahi Tuna with Vegetable Fried Rice, and a mound of ice cream covered in chocolate fudge in a decadent slice of Hula Pie. Yes, please! Tell me more. This delicious list is just the beginning of an authentic and tasty Maui Style vacation you can create at home.
Can I bring you soft white sand and fresh tropical breezes? No, I can't; sorry about that. Can I suggest where to buy unique products that will get your Maui vacation vibes flowing? Yes, my friends, I can!
I don't want to give away all of my Hawaiian gems right here, so make sure you head over to the Guide.
Check out the Downloadable Guide ==> HERE:
Cocktail Adventures Virtual Maui Vacation Maui Wine Surfing Goat Dairy Farm Ocean Vodka Kimos Hear No Evil Media, Audio Production by Erik Hulslander How to Find Adventure & Thrive in the Empty Nest – Suzanne's E-Book My Amazon Travel Store – Suzanne's Favorite Must-Haves
Colorful Pasta-Making & Italian Travel with Salty Seattle's Linda Miller Nicholson
Pasta-making from the BEST From the moment I stepped into her pasta studio, Linda Miller Nicholson, also known as Salty Seattle, exuded warmth and enthusiasm that was palpable.
Her expansive studio is located about 30 miles east of Seattle, and it is super cool! Cleverly designed with a fireplace, chic seating, and rainbow-colored pasta tools. Woodblock counters cover the surfaces of each workstation. On one side of the studio, she has an antique refrigerator that must be 8-10 feet long with glass windows, old-fashioned metal handles, and beautiful wood doors. She has retrofitted the appliance to today's refrigeration standards. You would love this piece! Linda's unique culinary studio is truly a rainbow pasta dreamland.
I was a guest of my dear friends at Tuscan Women Cook (Episode #3)for this hands-on class and adventure. We spent hours learning how to make several types of colorful handmade pasta, laughing, and learning while sipping wine. I really honed my pasta-making skills with Linda and my passion for this culinary craft keeps my family and friends eating fresh pasta for days!
Linda Miller Nicholson is an internationally recognized pasta-making powerhouse whose work is featured across media outlets, including Saveur, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Delta Airlines, the BBC, and Business Insider. She has made pasta art for Katy Perry, The cast of The Chew. And Harry Connick Jr. She's been the subject of several documentaries and works with companies like the Food Network and Buzzfeed's Tasty.
I can also attest that she is incredibly delightful and highly talented. I feel super fortunate to have spent quality time with Linda.
We talked about so many wonderful things in this episode! Growing up in a bi-racial family Moving from Southern California to rural Idaho as a child How she learned to make pasta at four years old! Her fascinating childhood and how "Slobber the Cow" influenced it How travel shaped her life and career How she created this unique, colorful career in pasta-making How creating Salty Seattle and wildly experimenting with colors helped her tap into her creative side The details of her fantastic online and in-person pasta-making classes Linda's cookbook "Pasta Pretty Please" How to create colored pasta with all-natural ingredients Her pasta "ideas" list- Imagine the "pastabilities"! Linda offers sound advice and insight for other entrepreneurs and how she believes that no one is really ever "stuck" but that we are continually growing and learning.
In this podcast episode, her infectious joy for pasta-making comes through even without seeing her! She's a pleasure to interview and to get to know. You will LOVE hearing her engaging stories!
I wish I could bottle her energy and enthusiasm! Make sure you check the show notes for all of the essential links and for where to find her book. Pasta Pretty Please. @SaltySeattle - Linda's engaging Instagram SaltySeattle.com - Linda's website for listings of classes and where to buy her book Hear No Evil Media, Audio Production by Erik Hulslander How to Find Adventure & Thrive in the Empty Nest – Suzanne's E-Book My Amazon Travel Store – Suzanne's Favorite Must-Haves
Midwest Destinations That Will Make You Smile with Sara Broers
Well, we have another fantastic episode for you! Today, I will introduce you to my friend, author, and fellow travel writer, Sara Broers. I promise you will learn about places you have never heard of and you will love it! But first, let me tell you a little about Sara. She went from Iowa Mommy Blogger to CEO and is a leading advocate and expert in Midwest Destinations.
Sara Broers is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. She is passionate about the Midwest and helping communities grow through one destination visit at a time. Sara is the CEO of Travel With Sara and the Co-Owner of the Midwest Travel Network. In May of 2022, her book 100 Things To Do In Iowa Before You Die will be released! Sara and her husband live on the nearly 100-year-old family farm in North Iowa and enjoy camping, biking, and spending time with their grandchildren.
We had a blast talking about all things Midwest, and I credit Sara for most of my extraordinary adventures in this fantastic area of the United States. Without Sara and her travel connections, I may not have enjoyed adventures in North and South Dakota, dined on Kansas City food trails, and experienced the cold April wind on the prairie with wild bison in Nebraska!
Here are just some of the topics we covered in this forty-minute conversation! Midwest Destinations to know and love!
The BIG Kansas Road Trip Where to find delicious Midwestern dishes Oberlin Kansas - The best bread pudding ever! Midwest Travel Network: How it supports and connects writers and destinations Why is Medora, ND the cutest darn place where you experience intriguing Western history? Where did Teddy Roosevelt spend most of his time? Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota Where can you eat steaks cooked on a pitchfork? What? (It was such an extraordinary experience!) Midwest Road Trip Tips The darling destination of St Cloud Minnesota (I am going soon!) Mason City, Iowa, the Iowa State Fair Clear Lake Iowa and SO MUCH MORE! After listening to Sara tell colorful stories of the Midwest, how many new destinations did you learn about? She is such a wealth of knowledge, and her enthusiasm for small towns and larger ones is so captivating. There is so much beauty, great food, and history to explore there.
Have you spent much time in the Midwest? Where have you been? I would love to know! I hope you check out Sara’s website and learn where to buy her book. Check the show notes for all of the links we talked about in this episode! There are a bunch! Travel With Sara Epic Outdoor Adventures In Medora 8 Great Midwest Towns You Need To Discover Great Places To Stay In Kansas Along US Highway 36 Sara Broers Midwest Travel Network MTN Conference 2022 - St Cloud, MN (Suzanne will be there too!) Hear No Evil Media, Audio Production by Erik Hulslander How to Find Adventure & Thrive in the Empty Nest – Suzanne's E-Book My Amazon Travel Store – Suzanne's Favorite Must-Haves
A Hidden Gem
Looking for an educational and informative site with a broad range of interests and some true connections? Suzanne brings her love of travel, food and making life memories come alive in this warm conversational environment. My favorite is hearing her passion for the places and people come through during the podcast. She focuses on sharing insights for learning, gives us resources and always closes with a connection that has been made. Those connections and experiences are what we have all been missing this last 18 months. Thank you for sharing your stories and for a great and diverse line up to keep things interesting for everyone.
Entertaining and Informative!
Travel Connections is a perfect way to escape into the world of travel, especially since many of us haven’t been able to travel much since the onset of the pandemic. Suzanne’s soothing voice exudes warmth, intelligence and passion for all things travel. She exhibits an easy rapport with her guests, and she draws you in with their stories. I especially enjoyed listening to “A Culinary Adventure with Tuscan Women Cook”. I now have this experience on my bucket list. Thank you, Suzanne for educating us on this phenomenal culinary offering!
Inspiring and motivating !
I enjoy the many different facets of travel that are discussed . Especially enjoyed the episode about the trip to Italy !