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Welcome to Action Packed Travel! Our podcast features amazing travel stories...without having to go anywhere. The episodes are interviews with people who've been inspired by their adventures. They're also full of information and useful links, all of which you can find on our Show Notes. Our podcast can be used for future travel ideas and plans for the days when we can explore the world again! About us: we're Felice & Peter Hardy and we’ve spent half a lifetime travelling to just about every ...
 
Air travel can be confusing and frustrating. At the same time, the world of commercial flying is absolutely fascinating. In each episode, we will answer your questions and explore different topics to expand your horizons and make you a smarter and savvier air traveler. Whether you are looking to make the most of your next flying experience or are a naturally curious learner who wants to know more about how air travel works, this is the podcast for you.
 
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We decided to celebrate our one year podcast anniversary with a look back at a dozen of our favourite episodes. Of course, there are 55 incredibly varied episodes you can listen to, 56 if you include this one! We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/a…
 
This week we're exploring the extremes of travel as opposed to traditional organised holidays. Unquestionably, Tom Morgan is our most eccentric and daredevil traveller to date. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/acti…
 
He's never happier than when he finds himself astride an elephant in India or paddling a dugout canoe in the South American rainforest, or shooting rapids in the crocodile-infested waters of the Nile. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go…
 
Geraldine’s idea of a little light, adrenaline-fuelled recreation is to climb one of Europe's highest peaks and then dive off it in a wing suit at speeds of up to 180 kilometers per hour. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfi…
 
All you really need is a pair of Speedos, goggles, a hat and the ability to swim a few kilometres in the warm waters of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean or perhaps a rather chilly North Atlantic Ocean. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show,…
 
The top fashion and reportage photographer and worldwide adventurer started out as a scientist in Africa before switching careers. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our …
 
The legendary freeride skier runs his Ski Academy in Verbier in Switzerland and in Cervinia in Italy, where he fixes those parts of your ski technique that you simply can't fix on your own. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bon…
 
Penny Walker fell in love with the region and emigrated from her native Yorkshire. She now lives in a remote hamlet on the French side of the mountains. Music © Barney and Izzi Hardy We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see …
 
British rowing star, Frances Houghton's 21-year quest for gold. During an illustrious career, she was four times world champion, picked up three Olympic silver medals and, astonishingly, took part in no less than five Olympic Games. Music @ Barney and Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and ev…
 
Dan’s one of the greatest stars of American extreme skiing, and for the past 30 years he's been jumping off cliffs and making first descents of impossibly steep mountains all over the world. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bon…
 
This episode starts by covering why airliners don’t have parachutes for passengers. Then, learn about how airports make money, who owns them, and why it matters to travelers. Why don’t airlines carry parachutes for their passengers? Parachutes are expensive and heavy, but the reasons go way beyond that. Find out why air travelers don’t get parachut…
 
This week, we're talking to a remarkable writer, artist, public speaker – a master of the arts at large. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website.…
 
Tom Kevill-Davies has managed to carve a highly successful career for himself out of his twin passions, cycling and eating. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website.…
 
In this episode, Andrew answers the question of which airline in the world is the safest. He then chats with Gary Arndt, an award-winning travel blogger and writer who has travelled to over 130 countries. What is the safest airline in the world? Some airlines have better safety reputations than others, but does this really matter? Find out more in …
 
Sarah Barrell is Associate Editor of National Geographic Traveller and a regular contributor to BBC Good Food. She reports on her journeys around the world in just about every publication in the UK. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to…
 
Language is still a huge obstacle for people deciding to travel. Brenden Kumarasamy, founder of MasterTalk, helps you cross the barrier. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on…
 
In this episode, Andrew starts off by answering questions about how planes avoid mid-air collisions and why airlines overbook flights. Then he talks about how you can get upgraded on your next flight. How do planes avoid colliding in the air? Mid-air collisions do happen, but there are a bunch of different safeguards put in place to prevent these u…
 
A summary of our favourite episodes this year. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website. Water-To-Go For Clean Drinking Water BPA-free and based on technology develo…
 
This special episode of Flying Smarter looks at the top five non-pandemic air travel stories of 2020. There’s no doubt that it has been a rough year for the aviation industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on air travel, and news headlines have been filled with how the pandemic has impacted aviation. But it hasn’t all been bad news an…
 
Katja Gaskell has lived in Australia, India and Mexico – with a child born in each country. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website.…
 
What did Jane Austen and the Roman emperor, Claudius, have in common? The answer is: a love of bathwater. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website.…
 
This episode of Flying Smarter starts off by looking at whether or not airplane doors can be opened inflight. Travel writers Felice and Peter Hardy then come onto the podcast talk about flying and skiing. Is it possible to open an airplane door during your flight? We’ve seen scary scenes of this happening in movies, but the reality is quite differe…
 
This week we’re doing something a bit different. We were guests on Talking Travel with Wendy, a podcast based in Alabama in the USA. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our…
 
This week, we're exploring the world of horses with Colin Cameron, who has an intimate knowledge of studs and racecourses across the globe. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes…
 
This episode starts by answering questions about soft versus hard shell luggage and the difference between pilots, co-pilots, first officers, and captains. Andrew then takes a look at why the Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, has won the hearts of airlines and passengers alike. Should I use hard shell or soft shell luggage? There are advant…
 
This week we are talking to Dave Shanks, inventor and CEO of a water filter system that eliminates 99.9% of water contaminants, including water-born viruses and bacteria. It's perfect for travelling and to use at home. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To sup…
 
With the vaccine on the horizon, hopes rise for the ski season. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website. Water-To-Go For Clean Drinking Water BPA-free and based on …
 
This episode is special because it doesn’t follow the normal episode format. Andrew spends the entire episode chatting with airline pilot Owen Zupp about turbulence and what you need to know about it. Topics discussed in this episode include: Turbulence makes some passengers a bit nervous and there can be some discomfort in the cabin when a plane h…
 
Tom Avery has always been infatuated by snow – be that getting up a mountain, skiing down the other side, driving dog teams through the snow, or using ice axes and crampons to climb up a snowy peak. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to…
 
In this episode, Andrew starts off by answering questions about how far in advance you should buy a plane ticket and why Singapore Changi Airport is considered the world’s best airport. Then he talks about airline alliances, looking at why they exist and what the benefits for travelers are. How far in advance should you buy a plane ticket? The answ…
 
Wandering around the world and writing for your own publication with no demanding editors apart from yourself...This week we're exploring the solitary world of travel blogging. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/actio…
 
Today we’re talking global golf. Having covered the game professionally and been around it since childhood, Farhad Heydari explains why it is more than just a game. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-tra…
 
This episode of Flying Smarter starts off by answering questions about how high planes fly and how to get into airport lounges. Airline industry expert Dr. Kerry Tan then chats with Andrew about COVID-19’s impact on airlines and what the future holds for passengers. How high do planes fly? Commercial jets fly within a certain altitude range. Find o…
 
A release of a future movie, Ammonite, based on the life of Mary Anning, will thrust the town into the limelight once again. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website…
 
This week, we're talking to Mark Palmer, travel editor of The Daily Mail, the UK's largest print daily with a digital edition that measures its readership around the world in multimillions. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonf…
 
This episode starts by answering questions about why there are carry-on liquid restrictions and why airlines fly empty planes around. Then, learn about duty-free shopping, what happened to SkyMall, and why things are so expensive at airports. Why are there restrictions on bringing liquids through airport security? Restrictions on liquids at airport…
 
Peter McLeod's career as an extreme fly fishing expert has taken him from India and the Seychelles to Sudan and Christmas Island in search of fish. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the sh…
 
For all of us, the world has been turned upside down. But one family had already started a new life. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website.…
 
In this episode, Andrew answers questions about airplane sewage and finding the best seat. He then chats with Alyssa Cerchiai about the world of points and miles. Where does airplane sewage go? You may have heard stories of frozen toilet waste landing in people’s yards but do we really jettison human waste into the sky? We take a look at what actua…
 
This episode starts by answering questions about birds and planes as well as in-seat power. Andrew then takes a deep dive into low-cost airlines, explaining how they work and what you need to know about flying with one. How dangerous are birds to planes? When a bird hits a plane, it is known as a bird strike. Our episode begins by talking about the…
 
Andrew starts this episode off by answering questions about runway numbers and where planes go when they are retired. He then chats with Flying Smarter’s very first guest, Flight Attendant Joe Thomas, who shares valuable insights from his time as a flight attendant and gives some tips to make your flying experience a bit better. How do runway numbe…
 
In this very first episode, Andrew introduces himself and the podcast, and then talks about ash trays and the best day of the week to buy a plane ticket. He then takes you through the journey of your checked luggage and talks about how your bag gets lost. Why do brand-new planes still have ash trays? Airlines in the United States are even required …
 
We want to tell you about some rather special ski courses that we run at the start of each European ski season. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website.…
 
We visit the world's number one neolithic site. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website. Water-To-Go For Clean Drinking Water BPA-free and based on technology devel…
 
Welcome to Flying Smarter! In each episode, we will delve into the fascinating world of air travel, answering your questions and exploring different topics. By sharing our knowledge and our guests’ wisdom, Flying Smarter will expand your horizons and make you a smarter and savvier air traveler. Whether you are looking to make the most of your next …
 
Skydiving, mountaineering and saving elephants may seem like strange bedfellows, but not for Holly Budge. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website. Water-To-Go For C…
 
This week, we're taking a look at the future shape of ski holidays in the uncharted new world in which we now find ourselves. So this winter, will we be wearing face masks and skiing two metres apart? Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go …
 
Nosa Iyare is an inspirational man who emigrated to the United States and launched his own hugely successful podcast. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our website. Water…
 
We discover the imposing, residential street that mysteriously claims the fourth most expensive property prices on the planet. Music © Barney & Izzi Hardy. We now have our first Action Packed merchandise - it’s T-shirts in five colours and every size. To support our show, go to www.bonfire.com/action-packed-travel or see the show notes on our websi…
 
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