Andy Steves Travel Podcast
By Andy Steves
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From a life raised on travel, Andy Steves connects with friends and experts across the globe in seeking out the ultimate tips, tricks and tales. Whether you're a digital nomad, aspiring entrepreneur, budget traveler or wanderlust-er, this is for all of us who crave that next adventure.
||CleanEp22 - EDINBURGH: Whisky, Kilts & Castle Rock||Back in the day, the Romans conquered Scottish territory only to decide it was too cold and too barbaric to govern. Their loss. Today, Scotland is renowned for its rugged beauty, dark medieval history and rebellious nature, luring millions of visitors each year. We're exploring the capital city of Edinburgh: a striking cityscape with both architectural elegance and dramatic, rolling hills. This time we're joined by two local guides, Colin Mairs (Excursion Scotland) and Sabela (Weekend Student Adventures), to share about Scotch whisky, Harry Potter inspirations, legends of Edinburgh's chilling past, and key highlights you can only experience in "Auld Reekie". (Season 1 finale)||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp21 - The Party Hostel Experience||"Night seeing is just as important as sightseeing." Today, we get an inside look at Budapest's thriving hostel scene from Smike Letwinsky, a Pennsylvania native and manager of the notorious Budapest Party Hostels chain.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp20- 20 Years of Travel: GoAbroad Founder Troy Peden||To mark our 20th episode, we're meeting up with GoAbroad.com founder & CEO Troy Peden, also celebrating 20 years of his massive travel website. Thanks to GoAbroad, millions of Americans with a craving for travel have been connected to study, volunteer, intern and work opportunities around the world.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp19 - GREECE: Ouzo, Island-Hopping & Ancient Ruins||It’s Greek week on the podcast! Greece is full of gems to explore, from iconic Athens, to the monasteries of Metéora, to its 6,000 islands scattering the sea. Local guide Angelos Kokkaliaris shares with us the sumptuous eats, social culture and stunning retreats (Santorini and Mykonos, sure- but have you heard of Amorgos?) that make up an authentic Greek experience.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp18 - Flying for Free with Johnny Jet||John E. DiScala, or Johnny Jet, flies about 150,000 miles and 20 countries per YEAR. He is one of the world’s most established experts on budget and point-based travel. Johnnyjet.com has an impressive collection of flight tips, hacks and last-minute specials he stumbles across. I’ve been in touch with Johnny since I was still in high school with my very first travel blog. Today, we cover his best budget tips, discuss the recent United Airlines controversy, and hash out our theories on airline credit cards.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp17 - Fierce Females: Climbing Kilimanjaro with WHOA Travel||A few years back, Allison Fleece & Danielle Thornton met through a mutual interest in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. This bonding experience led to them starting their own company: WHOA (Women High on Adventure) travel. From the peaks of Machu Picchu to the urban jungles of India, these women empower communities around the world with a new style of adventure.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp16 - AMSTERDAM: "Sex, Dutch and Rock & Roll"||We dive into Europe's most eclectic city, joined by my longtime guide and local Dutchie, Arthur Bijlholt. As a professional tour guide by day and comedy club owner by night, Arthur shares with us the deeper side of Amsterdam, beyond its many vices (although we cover those, too). This episode tackles Dutch politics, culinary highlights (vending machine fast food, anyone?) and the culture behind that unique, urban vibe you can only find in Amsterdam.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp15 - Inside Study Abroad||Brooke Roberts, founder of Inside Study Abroad and certified study abroad guru, is an international education professional, turned entrepreneur (she runs three of her own companies!) Brooke helps people skip to the front of the line and transform their approach to launching and growing an international education (or any) career.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp14 - How to Stay in Shape While Traveling||Let's be honest... staying fit while traveling is tough. With the swap of atmosphere and routine, plus the temptation of ALL that delicious food... it's easy to let yourself go overseas. Today, we learn from the pro's how to enjoy travel without throwing away our physical and mental health. Ryan O’Donnell, a CrossFit instructor who has taken up the expat life in Prague, shares his essential tips for fellow travelers. We also cover some of the finer points of Prague: favorite restaurants, sights, and, of course, nightlife. Enjoy!||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp13 - When in WALES||If you’ve had the incredible opportunity to study abroad, you may relate to that feeling of fulfillment that comes with it; a sense that you’ve found a new place to call “home". For Dr. Maggie Parke, abroad ‘home' was the small city of Bangor, in Wales, UK. Her overseas experience was so powerful that she made sure return right after grad school- this time for good. Now an International Education Officer at Bangor University, Maggie shares what to expect when you take on the expat life, how students can maximize their own experiences abroad, and of course what makes Wales so magical (aside from all the castles and dragons).||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp12- Welcome to My Palace: PRAGUE's Noble Family||The story is something of a fairy tale: Typical American family, happily settled in Boston, gets called upon to collect their ancestors’ royal fortune in Europe. For the Lobkowicz clan, this is was indeed real life. Today, William Lobkowicz Jr. shares what it’s like to call a 40,000 square-foot castle home. His family has been a part of Czech nobility for 1000 years. All of their possessions were lost to the Nazi’s- and then again to communists. In Prague, the beautiful Lobkowicz Palace that looms over the city is one of 13 restored castles, now hosting a collection of paintings, musical scores (including Beethoven’s original sheet music) and firearms. William's personal accounts on the family's history brings Prague even more to life.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp11 - ROME: How to Best Experience the Eternal City||Rome is among the world’s most iconic capitals. Learn the secrets to maximizing your visit with insider tips from Sean Finelli, co-founder of The Roman Guy. We cover the top restaurants to taste, sights to explore, and perks of embracing the Italian way of life.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp10 - IRELAND: Heritage, Pubs, and St. Paddy's Day||With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, today we're getting the full Irish experience with special guest Stephen McPhilemy, a tour guide of almost 20 years. We discuss Irelands deep culture & traditions, including the country’s struggle to keep Irish Gaelic alive, and share fun stories such as past hostel experiences (bed bugs, anyone?) and St. Paddy's Day shenanigans in Dublin. Hope you enjoy the 10th episode! Let us know what you think about the AST Podcast by leaving a review, and find more links and travel tips at andysteves.com Happy Travels, and as they say in Ireland, Sláinte!||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp9 - Serial Entrepreneurship: How to Win Shark Tank with Will McLeod||Today we’re zeroing in on the world of business and entrepreneurship as I’m interview with serial entrepreneur Will Mcleod. Will is a co-founder of Keen Home, a Smart Vent system featured on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank that landed a $750,000 deal from Robert Herjavec, one of the biggest offers in the show’s history. He was named to the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2016, and has won over 2 million dollars in funding from business competitions. We discuss the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, the process of forming the perfect team around your idea, and the realities of taking a concept all the way to become a winning product.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp8 - Unlocking Adventure Travel with Steve Bramucci, UPROXX Life Editor||Pirate graveyards. Whirlpools in the Mekong Delta. Traveling without a cellphone *gasp!* Steve Bramucci has years of adventures under his travel belt. The secret? Embracing your inner “kid” when it comes to travel. Currently the editor of UPROXX Life, Steve has written for the likes of Nat Geo and Afar, and interviewed the experts such as Anthony Bourdain. His story of encountering a real-life pirate graveyard in Madagascar won the Trazzler Oasis prize, and his trip across Australia in a car fueled with French fry oil was adapted into an Australian TV show. Also featured: This week’s “Ask Andy” segment, where listeners send in those burning travel questions. Send yours to us at andysteves.com/travel! Enjoying the podcast? Let us know by leaving a review! Cheers to the next adventure.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp7 - BARCELONA: Beaches, Tapas & Catalan Culture||The vibrant city Barcelona offers white sandy beaches by day, and glitzy dance clubs by night. But beyond that, this town has it all: surreal modernist architecture, bustling markets with fresh local produce and seafood, and nightlife that continues through sunrise. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, Spain’s north-easternmost territory, and the regional pride here is fierce. Get ready to soak in the culture and pick up some tips on living like a local from this fun conversation I have with fellow guide Lauren Fokas. But first, we open the show with our newest segment—where listeners send in, comment and post their questions to us. This week, I answer: “What are the main travel apps you use?” and share essential apps to download before your trip- including local Ideas, cheap flight trackers, and a few that you may not expect will come in handy during travels. Submit your burning travel questions at andysteves.com/podcast, or on my new Facebook page. Gracies!||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp6 - 95 Countries Down: How to Travel the World for a Living||I’m sure we’d all love to be friends with the guy who breaks Guinness travel records as a hobby. This is how today’s guest, Drew Goldberg, aka travel expert Drew Binsky spends his spare time, already making his mark by traveling to the most UNESCO sites in 24 hours. Thousands of millennials are already familiar with Drew, especially his social media profiles. He’s consistently ranked as THE top travel account (he’s even been called “the king”) of Snapchat, and with over 200,000 fans total, He's kinda a big deal in the travel world. Drew is supporting himself through sponsorships and travel gigs to achieve his goal to hit all 195 countries before turning 30. He’s 25 now and at 95 countries so far, so is well on his way. If you enjoyed the Nomadic Matt episode, you’ll love this one.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp5 - Independent Female Travel: Turning Wanderlust into a Brand||Aspiring to explore the world, whether it be for vacation or long-term? Today, we share how to make it happen. I'm joined by my dear friend and fellow global backpacker, Carey Carpenter, otherwise known as CareBear Abroad. She is a proud "traveling addict (with no need for an intervention)" who packed her bags with a one-way ticket to Prague. Three years later, Carey has made a living for herself on the road by teaching English and creating her own inspiring travel brand. I chat with Carey about the lessons, triumphs and challenges of life as a female nomad.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp4 - Biting Octopus Heads in CROATIA||We’re heading to the beach in sunny Croatia! You’ll probably recognize this coastal destination by the picturesque white sandy beaches, or possibly by its cameo appearances in the popular series “Game of Thrones”. There’s tons to discover in Croatia, which hit its record-high in tourism this past year in 2016. I’m joined by Ashley Colburn, the two-time Emmy-winning TV producer & host who turned her passion for travel into a career. Today, Ashley shares with me her secret to living the dream-life abroad, as well as how to best experience Croatia’s breathtaking national parks, delicious seafood --which includes live octopus, apparently…-- and addicting atmosphere.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp3 - Nomadic Matt: From Backpacker to Best-Seller||Matthew Kepnes runs the award winning budget travel site, Nomadic Matt, and wrote the New York Times best-seller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. After a trip to Thailand in 2005, Matt decided to quit his job and head off into the world. His original trip was supposed to last a year. Over ten years later, he is still out roaming the world. His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, Budget Travel, BBC, Time, Yahoo! Finance and countless other publications. He also regularly speaks at travel trade and consumer shows, leads group tours in Europe and Southeast Asia, opened a hostel in Texas, and launched a non-profit called FLYTE, that sends kids abroad to bring their classroom experience to life.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp2 - PARIS: Politics, Pop Culture & Pastries||Bonjour!This episode is all about Paris. I'm today joined by my close friend and fellow guide, Kevi Donat. Kevi runs his own alternative tour company - Le Paris Noir, or 'the Black Paris', providing walking tours focused on Paris’ overlooked black history, musical influence and culture. He of course shares his thoughts on the must see sights and top neighborhoods and tips on how to avoid the crowds in one of the world’s most visited cities. We also discuss politics and discuss some of the most contentious issues in French and American politics. It’s one of my favorites conversations, and I hope you enjoy! WHAT WE TALK ABOUT: Following Kevi's passion: From Public Health to Tour Guiding The birth of “Le Paris Noir”, or Black Paris Walks What you'll really get from a Free Walking tour Exploring Paris 101: Where to find the trendy neighborhoods (St. Martin, Latin Quarter, etc.)Culture, how to stand out from the ParisiansBest food spot (links below)LINKS & NOTES: Le Paris Noir English: http://www.blackpariswalks.com/en/about/French: leparisnoir.comSocial Media: @leparisnoir, Facebook.com/leparisnoirDiscover Walks - Paris Le Comptoir General WSA Paris Weekend Tour||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp1 - BUDAPEST: Ruin Bars, Baths and Boyz II Men||Our first episode is focused on beautiful, bustling Budapest. Today, we visit the jewel of Central Europe with professional guide, entrepreneur, Budapest local and Boyz II Men aficionado Bogi Palotas. Find more info on this episode & more at andysteves.com. Enjoy!||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp0 - Meet Andy Steves||Sneak preview and intro of AST Podcast host, Andy Steves||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Travel and biz is great
Really great podcast. I love how the host covers both the in depth travel tips and the business side of things. It is really interesting to hear how bloggers have to build an audience and take risks and what steps they took to where they are now. For some reason there seems to be a close affiliation between working in the travel industry and entrepreneurship. Great to hear that explored. Would also like to hear him interview Rick Steves. Really interested in how he came up with the idea to give away his show to pbs as a loss leader for his book biz. So cool.
The one downside to the show are the ad reads. They sound like advertisements to a monster truck rally. They are loud and have this weird voice filter placed on them. Andy is such a mellow guy it actually made me laugh hearing him do the ad read in that style.
Great content & guests
Very glad I found this! Andy Steves and his guest keep it interesting by mixing up travel tips with entrepreneurship topics. The guests so far are knowledgeable (ie local guides) but keep the conversation light and have great stories. The host knows some fascinating people. Can't wait for the next episodes!
Great podcast so far. Andy sounds authentic but professional, lots of tools and interesting guests.