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Someone Wants To Interview Me??!!

9 Comments 27 September 2007

 

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Podcasts – An Essential Traveler’s Companion
For those of you who have never heard of podcasting – it is NOT:
An alien life form that has come to take over Earth
A new type of fly fishing technique
A new type of vegetable from the pea family
A new type of reality TV show
A new way to cast a movie
It is simply an audio recording of someone sharing information about something. Think of it as a weekly or daily radio show…and it’s free.

Why do I care about podcasts? Because they are a fabulous long term traveler’s companion! Even though this last year has been full of amazing experiences, it’s also been full of a large amount of waiting. Imagine yourself on a 6 hour local bus ride through Morocco. Imagine waiting in an airport in Jo’berg for a delayed flight for a 4 hours. Imagine an overnight train in Vietnam. Imagine sitting in the smelly, hot Indian Embassy in Rome for hours waiting for them to call your number. Imagine a ferry ride in Croatia or an 11 hour car ride in Egypt. Having something to listen to besides music or the person next to you is a wonderful solution to these common travel situations. Podcasts are typically educational and they connect you with the rest of the world. This is how I came across the Amateur Traveler Podcast www.amateurtraveler.com I was searching on the internet for podcasts about travel and I found this gem. A 40 min. weekly show about travel news, travel locations, and online resources…perfect! Before I went to a country I would often go through the archives of the show to see if they had any info relating to that country that I could listen to. I simply downloaded these episodes/shows to my ipod and could listen to them any time picking up information about places to go, things to eat, and tips that the guidebooks don’t tell you.

I have learned Italian, Arabic, and Hindi from podcasts (ok – not fluently, but enough to get me through hello, thank you, and how are you). I have learned about world, technology and entertainment news. I have learned all about digital photography through a podcast – The Digital Photography Show Podcast. I have learned grammar through podcasts – Grammar Girl Podcast. Ok – I know that many of you are wishing that I paid more attention to the Grammar podcat! I even listened to a complete recorded lecture from UC Berkley on American History 101 from the Civil War to Present – it was just like being in college all over again minus the exams and the kegs. It’s such wonderful entertainment that I normally feel guilty that it’s free…I feel like I should be paying for such a service.

After listening to some of my favorite podcasts regularly during my travels, I decided to do something that I never normally do….I decided to become a full-fledged groupie and actually contact some of the hosts from my favorite podcasts to just tell them that I enjoy their show and that they are keeping me entertained and educated while on the road. That’s how I ended up being a guest on one of my favorite podcasts – the Amateur Traveler. I emailed the host, Chris Christensen about my experiences listening to his show during my long term adventure, and sure enough – he bit.

I was a bit hesitant at first at the thought of going on a show and talking about travel. However, one thing I have come to realize is that I know a lot…and that’s not an easy thing to put down in words…in fact, I kind of cringe when I type it. However – deep down, I know that this extended travel has actually educated me tremendously about the travel industry in general. So when he suggested that I come on the show and talk about my travel as a solo female traveler – I thought – why not?! I’m not going to lie…I was pretty excited about this…as if I was back in college and Bon Jovi had asked me to personally join him on stage.

How do I go about getting one of these fabulous free podcasts you ask?
There are a few ways to download podcasts to your computer or your ipod (or similar music player) The easiest way is to go to Itunes Music Store (if you have it) and then click on the Podcast section on the left hand side – start to browse through the massive selection of podcasts that you can download to your ipod. You can also go to Itunes and simply search on a specific podcast and you should find it. Don’t have an ipod – no problem – then you can normally go directly to the podcast’s website instead and listen to the show – just do a Google search on the show’s name and podcast – you’ll start to get some hits. You can also simply browse around the Podcast Network website and see what they have to offer.

If you want to listen to my interview…and of course you do…simply click on this link!
Amateur Traveler Podcast – Episode #107 – Solo Travel As A Woman

Now – I’ve armed you with one of my big travel secrets…how I am able to waste large amounts of time without losing my mind…go forth, podcast, and enjoy! Oh yeah…don’t forget to listen to me on the Amateur Traveler Episode #107– I feel like such a star! And please, please, please drop me a comment and let me know what you think!

Your Comments

9 Comments so far

  1. sara says:

    I just listened over my lunch – congrats! What I need to do is save up enough $ to do that too. I enjoy solo travel too and 3 weeks at a time is not enough. And that’s a ton at once for an American! (Next one – Guatemala!) I’ll have to go back and read about the rat eatin’! haha My thai hilltribe didn’t offer that one to me!

    How do you download those podcasts at internet cafes? Or do you carry a laptop with you and just use the internet place’s connection?

  2. Marci says:

    What fun to hear your voice again!! And still the same humor as I remember. What a great opportunity. You sounded like a pro at this interview/audio experience. It was fun to listen and I can just hear more doors of opportunity opening. You’re on the verge of a new life. =) God bless!

  3. Iann says:

    Hi,

    I heard the interview too! Super interesting. I’m really glad to hear the ups and downs of traveling alone as a woman. Thank you so much for the info.

    What was the name of the travel tours company you mentioned? I would like to check them out.

    Thank you and may you have many more great adventures!

    Iann

  4. Sherry says:

    Hi Iann – I’m glad you liked the interview! I was very excited to share my experiences with people – especially since I listen to that show all the time!

    The travel tour company that I mentioned was Intrepid Travel. They are based out of Australia and they run some great, culturally interesting trips. I always chose the ‘Basix’ trips types as they were more like backpacking and provided me with the freedom I wanted in each location – but the security of traveling with a group.

    Sherry

  5. Sherry says:

    Hi Sara – to answer your question about how I download the podcasts…well – it’s not always easy! First – you have to find a good internet connection on the road. Once you find that, then I just ask if I can plug in my laptop (which I carry with me while traveling) at the internet cafe and then I can simply download through Itunes. A 30 minute show takes about 30 minutes to download though…so I let it just run in the background while I work on other things online.

    The other thing I did was load up on a bunch of podcasts before I left home – that way if you don’t have your laptop with you, then you can just listen to whatever you have on your ipod. I spent a day just loading up podcasts on my ipod before leaving! They are generally small – so they don’t take up a ton of space.

    Hope that helps!
    Keep following along!
    Sherry

  6. Katie says:

    Hi Sherry,
    I listened to the podcast on my way home from Hawaii this week and as you mentioned traveling to India I thought of a book you might be interested in. It is “East Towards Dawn: A Woman’s Solo Journey Around the World” (I did not remember the actual title, I had to look it up on Amazon!) I picked this up on one of my solo “weekends” a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It didn’t quite get me to pack everything up and go, I’m still working on the solo vacation…
    Loving the sight and can’t wait to see more!
    Katie

  7. Sherry says:

    Katie – thanks for stopping by the site! I will absolutly check out that book – as it will also be good research to me as I am looking into also trying to write a book – however mine will be more of a how-to book I think. Maybe that will be the push that you need to pack up and go yourself…it’s actually very easy to do! I hope you enjoyed Hawaii – a place I’ve never been to – believe it or not!
    Happy Travels!
    Sherry


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I'm Sherry, a corporate cube dweller turned nomadic traveler. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. But it's not just about travel, it's also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer.
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