Episode 59: The Psychological Benefits of Vacationing with Dr. Leo Flanagan

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today is a bit of a different episode. We’re going to talk about the importance of taking a vacation. Yes, taking vacations is not just for having fun once a year. They’re also there for your health. Now, they’re only good for your health if you properly prepare yourself beforehand. In this episode, I have Dr. Leo Flanagan, psychologist and trauma expert, and he is going to tell us exactly why vacations are so important, how we can transform our vacations to get the most health benefits from our time off, and why we need to be more conscious of our work-life balance. Let’s go: [02:36] Who is Dr. Flanagan? Dr. Leo Flanagan has been a psychologist for 35 years, he was a Cornell faculty member for 11 years,…
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Episode 58: Villas of Distinction

Episode 58: Villas of Distinction

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Have you ever thought about renting out a villa for your vacation? It probably sounds too expensive, so you’d rather go to an all-inclusive resort, right? Well, Steve from Villas of Distinction is here today to talk about the benefits of staying at a vacation home rather than at a resort. Not only will you have the entire vacation home to yourself and your travel group, but you can arrange to have every imaginable service at your disposal during your stay. The best part? Your value for money is actually higher for a vacation home than it is for a resort. If that sounds too good to be true, Steve will settle all the doubts you may have. Here we go: [03:06] Villas of Distinction Villas of Distinction has…
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Episode 57: When The Seat Belt Sign Goes Off with Nicole L. Davis

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I get to talk to Nicole L. Davis. Nicole’s career was on its way to her becoming an international businesswoman when she decided to make a change and become a flight attendant for a major airline.  In this episode, she will be getting into the details about her life as a flight attendant - it’s not the lifestyle that you’re imagining it is, but she does get to travel the world. She also talks about her book, When TheSeatbelt Sign Goes Off, and there are a few things that she wants travellers to know about flight etiquette. Let’s go: [02:33] Nicole’s travel history. Nicole’s childhood travels consisted of driving down from Michigan to Alabama to visit family every summer. Nicole’s grandfather worked in the airline industry, and her flying experience came from traveling with him to the West…
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Episode 56: Pros and Cons of Travel Insurance with Laura Adams

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I am talking to Laura Adams, finance analyst, and insurance expert. She has been in over 2000 interviews, featured on major networks such as ABC World News, NBC, CBS, and FOX. She knows what she’s talking about. We’re going to talk about all things travel insurance. This is one of my favourite topics, and it’s also extremely important for those who want to travel. You may not think you need travel insurance - after all, nothing has ever happened to you on your trips. You’ve never lost your luggage, you’ve never been ill, and you’ve never had to cancel a trip for any reason. Just because nothing has gone wrong before, doesn’t mean it never will, and when it does, you’ll want to have travel insurance -…
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Episode 55: I’m Back! Hideaway at Royalton Negril

Episode 55: I’m Back! Hideaway at Royalton Negril

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] For this episode, I am going to be telling you about my experience staying at The Hideaway at Royalton Negril in Jamaica. The previous time I stayed in Jamaica, I spent 2 weeks at the Royalton Negril. Both the Royalton Negril and the Hideaway are on the same property, but are separate resorts - the Hideaway is the adult-only side of the property. Today, I’ll be giving you my tips, tricks, and suggestions for when you decide to take a vacation to Negril, Jamaica. Here we go: [01:31] A real vacation. I spent a week in Negril, Jamaica. Unlike my other vacations, I didn’t take my work along with me, so I spent the week having a real vacation. I also traveled with my best friend, her husband, her daughter, and her…
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Episode 54: Travel Talk with Stacey Weston-Azim

Episode 54: Travel Talk with Stacey Weston-Azim

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I’ll be talking to Stacey from She Travelin’. Stacey has been to over 40 countries, she has traveled solo and in groups, she has done road trips, stayed in hostels in Portugal and Singapore, and she even owns an RV. We’ll be talking about all of that and more as we get to know this incredible woman who’s making it happen for herself and others. Let’s get into it: [02:03] Stacey’s travels growing up. Growing up, Stacey’s travels consisted of road trips to California and Michigan to visit family, stopping along the way at landmarks. The first time she got on an airplane was in 1980. Her first international trip was an exchange program of 2 weeks in Venezuela. [08:48] Stacey’s fear of flying. Whenever Stacey has to fly, she…
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Episode 53:  Travel Talk with Tiffany Heard

Episode 53: Travel Talk with Tiffany Heard

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I have Tiffany Heard on the show! Tiffany is a Ghana travel expert, author of Hues of Africa, blogger, volunteer, and world traveller. We’re going to get into all things Africa - what she has experienced in her many visits there, and what we need to know when we decide to visit Africa ourselves. This episode is definitely going to inspire you to learn more, travel more, and experience more, especially all over Africa. Here we go: [02:20] Who is Tiffany? Tiffany is the recently published author of Hues of Africa: Journey Between the Lines, an Africa-themed adult colouring and activity book. She is a blogger, travel content creator, vlogger, and she has her Master’s Degree in Social work. [03:09] Did you grow up traveling? Tiffany doesn’t recall traveling…
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Episode 52: My Experience as a Tourist in My Own Hometown

Episode 52: My Experience as a Tourist in My Own Hometown

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] I’ve been talking about being a tourist in your hometown, so I decided to actually do it myself so that I could tell you what the experience was like. I took some time to be a tourist in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee - yes, Music City itself, and today, I’m here to give you the ins and outs of my staycation, and the information you need to become a tourist in your own hometown as well. Here we go: [01:44] Lodging. The most important part of the vacation was lodging. if you’re doing a staycation, you should still book lodging - staying in your own house makes the experience less authentic than if you were staying at a hotel. You can read this blog post to help you find the…
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Episode 51: Being A Tourist In Your Hometown

Episode 51: Being A Tourist In Your Hometown

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] I just got back from a weekend vacation in my own hometown of Nashville. I stayed at a resort, visited some great restaurants and bars, and did some tours, just like I would if I was a tourist. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to appreciate the things that we have, and if you’re a traveller like me, to enjoy the destinations that are right around us. Your own city is a tourist destination to others, so why not make it one for yourself as well? Today, I’m going to tell you exactly how you can become a tourist in your own hometown. Let’s go: [04:34] Leave your house. If you’re staying at your own house while exploring the city, you’re not going to…
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Episode 50:  About the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Episode 50: About the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I’m going to be talking about my hometown, Nashville, Tennessee. Joining me is Staci Flores, Tourism Sales Manager from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and we’re going to get into vacationing in Nashville, what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of what Nashville has to offer. Let’s get into it: [02:54] What is the Nashville CVC? The CVC is the marketing organisation for the City of Nashville. Their job is to market the city for visitors, whether they’re there for conventions and meetings or for vacationing. If you’re looking for the best restaurants, tourist spots, or hotels, the Nashville CVC is the place to get that information. The best place to start is to visit their website (linked below), check out their…
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