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Are you seeking a new adventure? A new life? Sometimes we have to get lost for awhile to live found and free. Did the pandemic move you to the Great Resignation? Revenge Travel? Here we talk about essential journeys that lead us home to the people we truly want to be. My guests, masters of reinvention and growth, share their travel go-to places and give insider tips on where and how to take timeouts in their beautiful backyards. They’ll inspire and empower you to plan YOUR new adventure, to live YOUR best life. I’m Cindy McCain, travel writer and blogger at Southern Girl Gone Global where I share my journey as a single, empty nester mom and former expat. After living 3 years in Morocco and the Caribbean, I’m back in Nashville teaching university English, telling travel tales from 27 countries, and coaching others as they write theirs. Here you'll meet some of the colorful cohorts I’ve met from around the world whose heads and hearts push me to press on in growth, live by core values, never settle. Hear how they followed their bliss and how their lives have changed since. Music Credits Season 1: Carole Edwards, "Come and Run Away with Me," Chris Haugen, "Casablanca Caravan," Dan Lebowitz, "Mysteries" Photo Credits: Cindy McCain and Guests

Travel People: Living Authentic Lives, Finding Kindred Spirits, Fulfilling Dreams Host Cindy McCain

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Are you seeking a new adventure? A new life? Sometimes we have to get lost for awhile to live found and free. Did the pandemic move you to the Great Resignation? Revenge Travel? Here we talk about essential journeys that lead us home to the people we truly want to be. My guests, masters of reinvention and growth, share their travel go-to places and give insider tips on where and how to take timeouts in their beautiful backyards. They’ll inspire and empower you to plan YOUR new adventure, to live YOUR best life. I’m Cindy McCain, travel writer and blogger at Southern Girl Gone Global where I share my journey as a single, empty nester mom and former expat. After living 3 years in Morocco and the Caribbean, I’m back in Nashville teaching university English, telling travel tales from 27 countries, and coaching others as they write theirs. Here you'll meet some of the colorful cohorts I’ve met from around the world whose heads and hearts push me to press on in growth, live by core values, never settle. Hear how they followed their bliss and how their lives have changed since. Music Credits Season 1: Carole Edwards, "Come and Run Away with Me," Chris Haugen, "Casablanca Caravan," Dan Lebowitz, "Mysteries" Photo Credits: Cindy McCain and Guests

    Season 2: Talking Angela Correll's Writing Journey and Retreats

    Season 2: Talking Angela Correll's Writing Journey and Retreats

    Welcome to Part 2 of my conversation with Angela Correll, author of the May Hollow Trilogy. This episode is for readers, writers, creatives of all kinds. She’ll share her writing journey,  process, and a new project. She’ll also talk about opportunities she can provide for solo writing retreats and creative community.  
    Be sure to hear her story in Part 1 and read the blogpost on how she wanted a simpler life and found it in Stanford, KY with her husband, Jess. There they live on a sustainable farm and have revitalized the downtown area of the village dating back to the 1700s that inspired her books. She takes us on a tour through the first historic guest cottage they saved and renovated, restaurant and event spaces, and her soap factory where it all began as a way to save her goats. You’ll see Whitley Cottage, Esther’s Wellhouse, and farm-to-table Bluebird Restaurant where I spent a one-of-a-kind weekend. 
    Angela continues to design spaces so readers can experience small town living in the two worlds of her novels–one in Kentucky and soon Tuscany, Italy where she and Jess are remodeling rental properties. 

    • 19 min
    Special Edition Part 1: Talking 3 Magical Places in 2022 for Getting Back to What's Important with Angela Correll

    Special Edition Part 1: Talking 3 Magical Places in 2022 for Getting Back to What's Important with Angela Correll

    Welcome to a special edition of Travel People: Living Authentic Lives, Finding Kindred Spirits, Fulfilling Dreams. Today Best-selling author Angela Correll, takes us to 3 little villages with big hearts.  Her story inspires us to see problems as possibilities, to create something that satisfies the soul and benefits others, to embrace who and what matters most, to remember our roots and spread our wings.

    I talked with  Angela  in Stanford, Kentucky where she lives on a farm with her husband, Jess. The novels of her May Hollow trilogy –  Grounded, Guarded, and Granted– are based largely on life in the small town. She and Jess are the creators of the Wilderness Road Hospitality Group. You’ll hear how they went from milking goats to saving and renovating historic homes. How they built two restaurants, an Inn, and are building another. Angela will tell you about living in a close community in Ky and their latest project in a village in Italy. See more here: https://southerngirlgoneglobal.com/2022/01/03/best-retreats-2022-wilderness-road-experience-with-author-angela-correll/

    If you missed last year’s holiday edition, follow the link to a another small village, this one Greek in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Every Jan 6 this close community hosts the largest  (and probably most unusual) Epiphany celebration in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Kentucky Soaps and Such
    Wilderness Road Accommodations and More
    Liborio Conti -- Mandolin music https://no-copyright-music.com

    • 30 min
    S2 Summer Bonus Addition: Talking Screenings, Stars, and Connections at Cannes Film Festival with Toni Thompson

    S2 Summer Bonus Addition: Talking Screenings, Stars, and Connections at Cannes Film Festival with Toni Thompson

    00:01 Series Intro

    00:32 Meet Toni Thompson, traveler to 70 countries including volunteering in five. She served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, lived 4 years in Venezuela. As an occupational therapist, she teaches cultural competency.  July 5-17 she attended the 2021 (74th) Cannes Film Festival in France and shares stories from the Red Carpet, film screenings, parties, and a Master Class with Matt Damon. Find out how to get there or enjoy your local film festivals. 

    1:26 How she got an invitation to the industry event
    Gasparilla International Film Fest--Tampa
    Sunscreen Film Festival--St. Petersburg, Florida (where she reviewed entries as a programmer)

    3:40 How Covid changed the Festival

    4:25 Workshops

    4:57 Parties
    Dave DeBorde, Nashville, hosted The Cannes Pajama Party
    Producers' Party
    Chilean Cinema https://cinemachile.cl/en/espanol-que-paso-en-cannes-2021-conoce-todo-sobre-la-presencia-chilena/
    (Cindy was cast by Alberto Fuguet in the Chilean film based on Nashville, Musica Campesina, which screened at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival, Vanderbilt University, and in 2014 on Cinemax.  https://www.nashvillescene.com/arts_culture/alberto-fuguets-i-musica-campesina-i-the-best-nashville-shot-movie-youve-never-seen-airs/article_cf943712-db2f-55f2-be09-105beacb3dd7.html)

    http://www.hispanicnashville.com/2010/03/chilean-authordirector-alberto-fuguet.html

    5:51 Red Carpet events, guidelines, surprises

    7:20 Getting into the film screenings--She went to 19.

    7:39 Stargazing

    10:06 Toni's favorite moment (with Matt Damon)

    Stillwater is "loosely based" on the story of Amanda Knox, an American college student accused of murdering her roommate in Italy

    14:15 The Power of Film for Cultural Connections

    Red Sea Film Festival

    Cindy was so excited to see a Moroccan film there--Cassablanca Beats--the story of a former rapper who takes a job at a cultural center  inspiring students to fulfill passions and find freedom in hip hop culture.   

    Highlights from France 24 News

    17:46 Toni's travels

    18:24 Classes on Cultural Competency/ Humility

    21:00 InterNations and the Gifts of Diversity

    *See S2 Episode 1 for more on Oman

    24:36 Cannes and the French Riviera
    More on Nice, Monaco, surrounding area
    https://www.francetraveltips.com/itinerary-12-days-menton-nice/

    26:53 Festival Packages

    30:07 How to Get Started in Film Festivals--Volunteer locally.

    Nashville Film Fest
    Belcourt Theater

    Film Festival Travel

    • 31 min
    S2 E4 Pt2 Talking Switzerland, Ireland, NOLA, Cali with Elaine & Scott Harris

    S2 E4 Pt2 Talking Switzerland, Ireland, NOLA, Cali with Elaine & Scott Harris

     Elaine and Scott Harris--Journalists, Sommeliers, and TV Hosts--discuss Switzerland, Ireland, New Orleans, Central Coast of  California, and advice on a happy life.

    Cuisineist.com https://cuisineist.com/ 

    *YouTube version w/ photos &videos by Scott and Elaine Harris, Canva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etq3B6gBIE

    https://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
    https://www.galatoires.com
    http://www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com...
    https://antoines.com
    https://www.commanderspalace.com
    https://www.brennansneworleans.com
    https://cuisineist.com/2019/06/the-monterey-peninsula-provides-a-dreamy-destination-any-time-of-year
    https://www.staritahills.com/wine-and...

    https://southerngirlgoneglobal.com/travel-writing-course
    https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1999787/new-orleans-travel-with-kids

    • 48 min
    S2 E4 Pt1 Talking Food, Drink from Vegas to Switzerland with Journalists Elaine & Scott Harris

    S2 E4 Pt1 Talking Food, Drink from Vegas to Switzerland with Journalists Elaine & Scott Harris

    Meet Elaine and Scott Harris, Journalists, Sommeliers, and Hosts of Cuisineist Confidential based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They’ll soon be adding to their vast portfolio of publications and projects (https://muckrack.com/elaine-harris) a new event space--Vino Las Vegas--  and a new series for TheVegasFix.com. They share another side of Vegas from celebrity chefs pivoting during pandemic closures to life off the strip including state parks for the family nearby.  They share favorite destinations and events known for great wine, food, and spirits...Switzerland, New Orleans, Central Coast of  California, and beyond. In Part 1 they’ll tell us the wine they keep on to survive a long, hot summer.

    We met at Captiva Island’s South Seas Island Resort: compass-issue-8/#22 Elaine shared why. she traded in teaching for full-time travel writing and how she found her life partner.  In Part 2 they share advice for those wanting to break into travel media, more favorite destinations, festivals and events, and advice for a happy life.

    Elaine and Scott 's Contact here:
    Cuisineist.com    IGTV Host Cuisineist Confidential
    @TheCuisineist Cuisineist Instagram Facebook
    Cuisineist@Gmail.com

    *YouTube with photos/videos courtesy of Scott, Elaine, South Seas Island Resort, and Canva :  https://youtu.be/OAQL9oJkRj4
    Online travel writing class: https://southerngirlgoneglobal.com/travel-writing-course/

    Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d https://www.venetian.com/entertainment/vegas-uncorkd.html

    Chef Justin Picard of Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California, https://www.allegrettovineyardresort.com

    Thunderbird Hotel Vegas  https://www.thunderbirdhotellasvegas.com/

    Montreux Jaxx Festival Lake Geneva  https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/

    The Vegas Fix Network 
    Trailer: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLpjDFVF-_p/
    Watch series here: https://www.tvfpremierpass.com/

    Camping with mountain sheep: Valley of Fire State Park http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire
    Mt. Charleston https://www.gomtcharleston.com/
    Red Rock Canyon --wild horses https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/

    Resorts World  https://www.rwlasvegas.com/
    Area 15--art installations https://area15.com/

    Michael J. Fox fundraisers https://www.michaeljfox.org/

    Amalfi https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/restaurants/amalfi

    Where to eat in Vegas:
    Sparrow and Wolf
    https://sparrowandwolflv.com/

    Aromi https://aromilv.com/

    Al Solito https://www.alsolito.com/

    Boston Fish House https://bostonsfishhouseandbar.com/

    Honey Salt https://www.honeysalt.com/

    Court of Masters https://www.mastersommeliers.org/-

    Dawn’s Dream Rose
    https://www.dawnsdreamwinery.com/

    • 40 min
    S3 E3 Talking Amalfi Coast & Capri with Italian Tour Guide Rosa Candela

    S3 E3 Talking Amalfi Coast & Capri with Italian Tour Guide Rosa Candela

         If I could return to only one European area and stay awhile, it would be Italy's Amalfi Coast. I met Rosa Candela on my birthday last March (2021) at her online Airbnb experience: https://www.airbnb.it/experiences/1508893 
         My friend, Sally, who gave me this gift, joined us from Virginia. Rosa shared her family recipe and technique for making limoncello--truly the hit of the summer with my family. In late May she joined me for this episode from her Salerno terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here she takes us on the Path of the Gods and beyond, tells us must-eats and must-sees on the coast and Capri, and invites us to join her for real on one of her walking tours. 
    YouTube version with photos and video here: https://youtu.be/-Fsp-J7tHxU

    Find Rosa...
    On Facebook and Instagram : A TASTE OF AMALFI COAST
    WEBSITE: https://rosacandelagae.wixsite.com/atasteofamalficoast
    EMAIL: rosacandela.gae@gmail.com

    Season 2 Theme Song: "Jazz In Paris" - Media Right Productions https://youtu.be/mNLJMTRvyj8
    Photos: Rosa Candela and Canva

    Series Intro

    :20 Episode Intro  Italian lessons online at https://www.italianforfun.co/

    3:57 Meet Rosa Candela on her terrace in Salerno on the Amalfi Coast

     4:31 How we met—Limoncello Airbnb Online Experience

    http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/covid-19-updates-information-for-tourists.html

    6:05  Covid conditions in Italy

    9:51 Rosa’s dream land and dream job: “We call the time spent here Dolce Vita.”

    10:22 Why she prefers walking tours

    11:00 Path of the Gods

    11:48 Other hikes—Mill’s Valley 

    14:00 Why I’m dying to go back to Positano—2 movies filmed in Positano and the https://sirenuse.it/en/

    14:48 Rosa’s favorite restaurants in Positano and Amalfi

    Praiano — Kasai On TripAdvisor here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g194867-d8115579-Reviews-Kasai-Praiano_Amalfi_Coast_Province_of_Salerno_Campania.html

    On her food tours—Fore Porta https://www.agriturismoamalfi.com/

    Stella Maris https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187780-d1111680-Reviews-Stella_Maris-Amalfi_Amalfi_Coast_Province_of_Salerno_Campania.html

    19:45 Courses of a typical Italian meal

    23:30 Lemons in Paradise

    24:44 Family ties in Italy

    27:10 Rosa’s travels—Brussels, Berlin to Copenhagen, Croatia, Sicily, and Sardinia by bike

    30:20 Best time to travel to Amalfi Coast and transportation options

    34:03 Sorrento and Capri
    Famous Visitors inspired by Capri https://www.capri.net/en/e/famous-visitors 

    38:53 Rosa’s personal journey—“I decided to follow my passion.”

    41:38 Rosa’s advice to a younger person”Nobody can know what is best for you except you…Follow your passion. 

    Outro

    • 46 min

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