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Discover your next adventure here or check off your bucket list destinations. Travel tales by travel professionals, authors, historians, linguists and more who make the unusual, niche and unique trips happen!

Travel Radio Podcast Megan Springer Chapa

    • Places & Travel

Discover your next adventure here or check off your bucket list destinations. Travel tales by travel professionals, authors, historians, linguists and more who make the unusual, niche and unique trips happen!

    Language Immersion: Take a Language or Cultural Retreat!

    Language Immersion: Take a Language or Cultural Retreat!

    Take A Vacation, Take Home A New Language

    Therese Lafleche created her language retreats to be efficient in time and value for your monetary investment. She credits their success to a combination of fun, relaxation, time and immersion. You will be out of your everyday life routine in a space with no interruptions, no rushing off and more importantly not allowing time to go by before the next lesson. There is nothing more frustrating than starting a lesson only to realise you have forgotten half of what was learnt the week prior. These retreats don't allow for that. The speed of learning and understanding increases each and everyday as there is no time to forget anything.

    Instead Therese creates a nice relaxing environment to just concentrate on the language and have fun! Basically, it's a vacation where you would walk away with improved language skills as a bonus. Everyone will be learning everyday expressions that they probably would have never covered otherwise. The goal is to have so much fun that you don't realise you are learning every minute of the day.

    Theresa hopes for a chain effect in learning. The more students learn, the more confident they are. With confidence comes more practice. The more they practice the more they learn…

    Often the progress we make in one week, is similar, if not better than the progress made in a year of once a week lessons. Hopefully, after the third day participants will be thinking, even dreaming in the target language.

    Therese believes this style of learning is powerful and something I think everyone needs to experience!
    Special Guest: Therese Lafleche.
    Passport Lifestyles

    • 23 min
    Oh Madeira, Oh Madeira, Oh Madeira, Are You Wine?

    Oh Madeira, Oh Madeira, Oh Madeira, Are You Wine?

    The Canary Islands, Madeira, Malaga & Lisbon By Sea

    When North American's (I'm including Canada too) think about going someplace tropical the easiest choices are options with short, direct flights. It is no surprise that Mexico and the Caribbean are popular, quick, price friendly choices. At an average of 14 vacation days, who can blame them for wanting to get on vacation with as little hassle as possible. It is not surprising that

    It's no different for the Brits and Europeans. Located even further North, the days are even shorter, often overcast and colder in those longitudes. With more vacation days on hand and vitamin deficiencies to solve, they go on the hunt for sunshine! Tourists are largely British and German citizens but a few of us other nationalities manage to slip in!

    Our 11 night cruise on board the Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, turned into a 14 night cruise due to sequential storms preventing our return to Southampton, England. The itinerary included the planned ports of the Canary Islands and Madeira. Then we continue with the new schedule adding on Malaga, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal.

    The Explorer of the Seas is set for a refit in Spring of 2020. I set out to have a complaint free show and the show notes will be the same. If you would like to read a blog article I wrote about the experience CLICK HERE.

    Before diving into the ports I would like to thank the many people who brought Cruising Ducks into our lives. This was the best seek and find adventure of my son's life. You had the kids exploring the ship and roaming for hours! Thank you so much for your extra care packing these fun ducks! Links to pages in show notes below.

    The first port on the itinerary was the tropical paradise of Madeira, Portugal. This fantastic, mountainous island offers a thrill seekers must do the Madeira Tobagon ride. We definitely cheated death! If you enjoy roller coasters, bungee cord free falls and tempting fate this is for you.

    Tenereife is where we enjoyed a beach day on Las Teresitas. The white sand, native sand is black, was imported in the 70s from the Sahara. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for daily rates at only a few Euros. This can be accessed via public transportation or a transfer from your cruise line.

    Lanzarote, is an island to walk on the moon! Vegieation was scarce and all the water on the island is produced by desalination systems. Don't waste the water! This island is all about volcanic activity. Tour the national parks, ride a camel over the "moonscape". If you want to make camel friends use fragrant shampoo. (see pic below). Take a moment to taste volcanic-grown wine. It is a labor or love pulled from the harsh environment and not exported. If you are hungry make a reservation to eat your meal at, , a resturant where they cook your food right over the volcanic heat of the earth's core!

    Gran Canaria is significant to us as American's. Christopher Columbus would resupply his ships on this island before contining to explore the "new world". The Christopher Columbus house is an excellent resource that our children HATED. If you have the time to invest the exhibits are excellent.

    After returning our children to the ship we enjoyed the Playa Las Canteras and beach. This is a shopping and swimming area lined with hotels and places to eat. It could be compared to the Strand in California. While this is a super family friendly, destination it should be noted that the water here is very turbulent. It was great fun as adults to play but the force that day would make me hesitant to take the children out far.

    It's here we had our best gastronomic expereince of the trip. Finish your own steaks with sea salt and marinade on a piping hot lava rock. Then rent a beach chair to sleep off the indulgence! Tropical fish are visible in the oc

    • 1 hr 7 min


    New Car Smell? This is NEW SHIP SMELL !

    Have you even been inside a brand new car? Can you imagine new car smell? Let's talk NEW SHIP SMELL! Can you imagine aroma therapy in the spa and fine dining sizzling in the kitchens? Visualized new upholstery everywhere, crisp white linens on the tables and sports equipment without a scratch! Add a luxury bedroom, loads of dining places, a race car track AND Kelly Clarkson!? That is what it's like to sail the Norwegian Encore right now!

    My guest Kelley Wright, of Wright Destinations, just returned from the inaugaral sailing aboard the Norwegian Encore. Recounting her experience was truly exciting. I was surprised to hear that there are waterslides with weight limits! Read this to say - BUILT FOR ADULTS! This ship was built for fun!

    Please listen to this episode and share with the people you want to take with you on your sailing!

    Topics Include:
    Did Kelley and her husband win in the casino?
    Norwegian Encore's Godmother - Kelly Clarkson!
    Virtual Reality Experiences
    Dining Style
    Dining for Gluten Free persons
    So much entertainment!
    Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island
    Ziplining on Great Stirrup Cay
    The Haven, private upscale retreat (including cabins) within the larger ship
    Adult only areas
    Spa treatments and tour
    Children's Areas
    Special Guest: Kelley Wright.
    Norwegian Encore Activities — Details on activities on Norwegian Encore to include children's programs, water park, speedway, Galaxy Pavilion and more!

    • 38 min


    99 Nights At Sea Where Singles Mingle

    *At Singles Travel International it's all hands on deck planning this first ever WORLD CRUISE for the singles market. *

    I am really excited to have Tammy of Singles Travel International back on the podcast. On her last episode we introduced the idea of single, baby boomer travel. This is a group of people who are looking to travel but may not have someone of like interest to travel with. Twenty Five years ago Tammy recognized the need for a "match making service" to help this demographic explore confidently and make lasting friendships along the way. Now, STI, offers almost 20-30 group trips per year exclusively for them.

    After 25 years, Tammy has some repeat clients and she is giving them what they've asked for! For the first time in history there is a SINGLES WORLD CRUISE option available. At 100 days, 99 nights, 31 cities, 4 continents and 3 oceans this world cruise is going to check off many bucket list destinations in one unforgettable adventure! See the full itinerary HERE.

    This cruise will be on the most gorgeous ship (this is Megan and I'm biased) the Queen Mary 2. When planning to be on a ship for this extended period of time you should invest in comfort and style! The QM2 offers just that! The rooms are stately, well planned with clever storage, luxury linens, toiletries and a welcome bottle of bubbly on embarkation!

    Are you thinking this sounds like just too long to go travel? Nonsense! Do you go to Florida for the winter? Trade Florida for Australia, China and Tenerife! See the full itinerary HERE.

    Are you thinking you will be bored on the sea days? Let me dispel that for you. This detail put into designing this ship's entertaining areas will amaze you. On top of world class musical performances, the only Planetarium at sea, daily high tea, a movie theatre, dance lessons, art workshops and lectures by Oxford Professors STI will host their own entertainment for your enjoyment. What can you accomplish in 100 days? Will you learn an instrument? Another language? Make a challenge for yourself and find like-minded singles to accomplish them with!


    Phone: 877-SOLO-TRIP
    Fax: 877-765-6874

    *Hotels and itinerary subject to change at the discretion of our tour provider and would be replaced with similar accommodations.

    Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist. Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Cape Town. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

    Optional stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
    BOOK EARLY TO GET LOWEST FARES. Please schedule your flight to arrive in London (LHR) before 1:00 p.m. on January 10 and depart from London (LHR) after 2:00 p.m. on April 19.

    Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Cunard without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
    Special Guest: Tammy Weiler.

    • 43 min
    Alaska: Cruising Past Icebergs

    Alaska: Cruising Past Icebergs

    Howdy folks - we're back after a small delay in releasing episodes! Why the delay? Four back-to-back storms extended our cruise and we were "stuck" three days longer. More about that later! This episode was recorded in October so references to summer dwindling will make you nostalgic for warmer days. Enjoy today's episode of Travel Radio Podcast on Cruising Alaska on a Celebrity Cruise Ship.

    Pre-topic travel banter includes: More love for the Polish people and Polish pizza! I will taste it in April! Look out Poland the Chapa's are incoming! Matt does not speak any Polish - so he greets the listeners with a Bulgarian greeting. I try and fail, sounding like a Mario brother...

    Podcast Episode Features:

    Come on board the Celebrity Solstice in Seattle, Washington for a cruise to Alaska. If sea days are a limiting factor for you while cruising don't let that stop you from cruising Alaska. Choose an inside passage itinerary like this one! You will have thrilling sea days, floating past snow covered mountains and observing shore side wildlife as you float through the majesty that is the frozen landscape of Alaska.

    Celebrity Cruise ships, while family friendly, offer an modern elegant option for adults wanting to cruise in style. The staff to passenger guest ratio is higher then most cruise lines so you will feel very well attended. Expect the decor to feature clean lines and the cuisine to well exceed typical mass produced cruise fare standards.

    Matthew Wahlgren, is back and he is a cruising maniac these days. Today we review a luxury experience onboard a Celebrity to included exclusive amenities featured on what its know as the Distinctive Voyages program. From finely crafted cocktails, gourmet meals and incredible ports this is a cruise on my personal bucket list.

    In the back of my mind I knew there was a glass blowing studio on board but forgot about it. This just blows my mind to think about the engineering and creativity it took to install this on a cruise ship. I always say there is a cruise line for everyone. There is a cruise line to match your tastes. Some have water slides and trampolines - this ship has a resident artist and a glass blowing studio!

    Where is Matt off to next? Europe and Africa! Stay tuned and subscribe for updates!


    ~ Megan Chapa
    Special Guest: Matthew Wahlgren.
    Celebrity AppTICKET TO TRAVEL - HomeWhat's a Distinctive Voyages Host and How does it Benefit You - TICKET TO TRAVEL

    • 51 min
    MARK MURPHY: travFACTS.org, Brexit What the Hexit and U.S. Tourism

    MARK MURPHY: travFACTS.org, Brexit What the Hexit and U.S. Tourism

    Mark Murphy on travFACTS.org, Brexit and US Travel

    This episode was recorded September 30th, 2019. The information it contains is current as of time of recording.

    On this episode we cover a lot of ground and as such there are a lot of links here in the show notes. Seriously, scroll down, all of the links are belong to us.

    Mark Murphy: Photo Credit TravelPulse.com

    You may recognize this week's guest, Mark Murphy, from his frequent appearances on network television news shows or his voice from his own podcast. Mark's newest project is travFACTS.org. The mission behind travFACST.org is to offer a rebuttal and factually sound answers to travel themed news reports that are often poorly researched and damaging to popular tourist destinations.

    On Travel Radio Podcast we like to talk charities dear to our hearts. Mark talks about his efforts to offer relief to the Bahamas and how you can too. Maybe the answer is simply going on vacation!? Please scroll down to links in notes for the charities discussed.

    What does the traveler headed to the United Kingdom need to know about Brexit? How will it affect your travel plans? Dive into these topics, where to find up to date information and useful ways to protect your vacation plans.

    As bonus material, Megan and Mark talk about why you should travel to the United States for your next vacation. This discussion is based off of Megan's interaction with non-U.S. Citizens sharing the reason's they fear traveling to the United States. Luckily, the fact checker (Mark) is the guest and speaks directly to these issues.

    What airline would Mark take to the UK? Would he take a transatlantic cruise?

    Listen in for all these and more on this episode of Travel Radio Podcast.
    Special Guest: Mark Murphy.
    TravelPulse: Travel News, Information and OffersDonate to the Travel Industry's GoFundMe for the Bahamas | TravelPulseTravelPulse Bahamas Relief FundThe Bahamas Red Cross | Serving the Commonwealth of The BahamasVisitBritain: The Official Tourism Website of Great BritaintravFACTS - Setting the record straight on travel incidents and occurrences from around the world — Should you go? Is the news reporting accurate information? Check it here!Inbound Tourism Trends by Market | VisitBritainIPS Inbound Tourism Resurgence in June 2019 | UKinboundSubscribe to Brexit Travel Updates - GOV.UK — This is where you can subscribe to receive updates from the UK Government as updates are published.Visit Europe after Brexit - GOV.UKSmart Traveler Enrollment Program

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

Half2Run ,

Personal travel experiences

After reading mountains of reviews about vacations, hotels and resorts, it’s wonderful to hear personal experiences. This is a fun and helpful podcast!

HotMamaAlia ,

I’m thrilled!

I admit that traveling has always intimidated me and because of that have done very little of it. But after listening to Megan paint such clear and beautiful images of different amazing places this world has to offer I think I may have a change of heart but mostly (thanks to Megan) know I 100% need a travel agent to help me when I do take a big trip. Thank you for the education and inspiration! Keep up the fantastic work!

Crys@BecomingFriendsPodcast ,

Wholesome Content with Lots of Need-To-Know Info for Travel

I listened to Megan's episode with Cloe of Travel Lust Pod, and they were a great pair! They discussed travel to Australia, and let me say I am now convinced I need to visit! There was an abundance of information from local customs to differences in verbiage. Very educational and interesting.

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