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A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.rickst ...
 
Sparta Chicks Radio shares inspiring stories coupled with practical, tried-and-tested-in-the-real-world advice from successful women in all walks of life about the realities of fear, self-doubt, courage, bravery, success and living life on your terms. From world class athletes, brilliant business minds to everyday women undertaking epic adventures, Sparta Chicks Radio will help you tap into your inner strength, courage, bravery and determination so you can chase your dreams and live a more f ...
 
G.O. Get Outside: The Podcast is a radio-style interview show for people who want to spend more time outdoors. Each episode of G.O. delves into the outdoor lifestyle of some everyday person who probably has more in common with you than you think. Whether you are BASE jumping off a flying unicorn or hiking around your neighborhood in between diaper changes, you have a place here.
 
Are you looking for a high energy, in yo' face, push thru the pain, explode thru the weight,"WITNESS MY FITNESS" podcast? Well, THIS ISN'T IT! If what you ARE looking for is inspiring conversations with regular people who have attained exceptional results, then you are in the right place! Do you want to better understand how to train as your body ages through the decades? How something that worked in your 20's could actually be keeping you from excelling in your 40's. I'll introduce you to s ...
 
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Episode 362 ~ January 26, 2023 Podcast Info / Topics Saranac Lake in New York state has a new race coming to town that involves skiing, biking, running and paddling. 13 paddling destinations in the US that should be on your paddling bucket list An amazing 10 day kayak trip across Portugal with great scenery, food, vineyards, and so much more…
 
Explore two of Europe's less-crowded scenic peninsulas! Rick visits with local tour guides from Pula, on Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, and from Ireland's Cooley Peninsula, an hour north of Dublin in County Louth. Plus marine conservationist Jonathan White explains what he's discovered about the power of the tides around the world — and how they affe…
 
Soak in the history and the splendor of Bath, where Georgian architecture and mineral waters make it one of England's most attractive cities. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when a travel writer researches guidebooks. And hear how Peter Wortsman's Jewish heritage forces him to grapple with some powerful ghosts from the past in Berlin. …
 
Episode 361 ~ January 19, 2023 Podcast Info / Topics Why paddle when you can throw up a sail and let the wind do the work for you? There are a few myths about canoeing that Cliff Jacobson says we need to stop buying into What do you do with your coffee when out for a leisurely kayak paddle? Maybe you need a dashboard for your kayak.…
 
Hear how the US Civil Rights Trail, with 100 stops across 14 states, was organized to help all Americans get an up-close look at the movement to dismantle Jim Crow laws across the South. And listen in as ecologist Chris Morgan describes changes he's observed on Norway's Svalbard archipelago — halfway between the mainland and the North Pole — which …
 
Episode 360 ~ January 12, 2023 Podcast Info / Topics There is a Top 10 list of New Zealand’s Great Walks, and one of them is actually a paddle trip There are species of fish that are really big, and some of them have been caught by kayak fisherman A few reasons why you should take the time to go check out some pool sessions with your kayak…
 
A tour guide from Mexico City describes some of the most pleasant surprises he enjoys sharing about his adopted home. Then the author of the "Thousand Places to See Before You Die" series explains why culture shock can be the highlight of your next overseas vacation. And a young orchestra conductor describes some of his favorite European venues for…
 
Episode 359 ~ January 5, 2023 Podcast Info / Topics Sean spent New Years winter camping at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park with springtime temps Surf 9 is recalling a number of paddleboards due to drowning hazard It is the time of year to consider repairing, trading in or retiring your old gear. You might be able to donate it as well…
 
Consider new ideas for greeting the new year by learning about some of the unusual traditions — and a few superstitions — with which Swedes, Croats, Scots, and the Welsh celebrate this time of year. Then hear about the multicultural food and music that enliven the streets of New Orleans' neighborhoods. And join us as we remember the late historian …
 
Episode 358 ~ December 29, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics What did we get for Christmas and are there any plans for the new year? Lake St. Clair Metropark got some upgrades with paddlers in mind and The Clinton River Water Trail is right there. Gear Junkie has compiled it list of the top packrafts of 2022…
 
We'll hear how the traditional Christmas markets of Germanic Europe set the mood for the season. And we'll learn about Christmastime events that bring everybody out on the streets of Madrid and Dingle, and cozy holiday celebrations in homes on Sicily and Scotland's Hebrides. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descri…
 
Episode 357 ~ December 22, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics One black bear travels 1,000 miles back to her home while western black bears are turning red One man has an idea on how to save Mexico’s rivers, and it makes sense Ice pancakes are not something you can eat, and they are forming in rivers and lakes during extreme cold conditions…
 
In the first of two holiday-themed shows, Rick's guests recall their childhood Christmases in the Netherlands, Italy, and New Mexico. Then more friends join us to describe what you're likely to find this time of year in Austria, Australia, Japan...and Antarctica. Plus, we'll hear about how the English tradition of "wassailing" developed as a way to…
 
Episode 356 ~ December 15, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics What makes a good canoe dog and some tips for paddling with a dog Winter camping season is upon us and we have some spots in Ontario you may want to check out If you are looking to take a paddling trip with a guide or a company, you need to do your research…
 
Author Susan Cahill recommends some of the most magnificent religious architecture to explore in Paris, then an American who married a Frenchman describes her experiences raising three young children in a small town outside Paris. And writer Frances Mayes, who lives in both Tuscany and North Carolina, discusses just what makes a place feel like hom…
 
Episode 355 ~ December 8, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics The Hoki Mai Challenge will take 12 paddlers on a 500km (300 mile) mid-Pacific canoe voyage A daring raid by kayak occurred in 1942, and now 10 former Royal Marines plan to recreate Operation Franklin You get a list of items to bring when you sign up for a paddling trip with a guide, but what are…
 
We look at the must-see paintings, sculptures and historic edifices across Europe. University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis notes the many roles the Gulf of Mexico has played over the years, and why it's important to understand its ecology. And we'll look at the role of guidebooks, and what can make one worth reading, a hundred years after it'…
 
Episode 354 ~ December 1, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics A cleanup by paddlers was done on the Chaliyar River in India and the amount of garbage collected was staggering Breast cancer survivors are finding dragon boating is a great way to help with their healing in more ways than one We all know about the Grumman canoe, but there is a wood canoe that w…
 
A native-born Belgian shares what delights him most about his small, but justifiably proud country. Then author Catie Marron recommends some of her favorite gardens around the world — plus the most enticing ones she's yet to visit. And author Seth Kantner, who was raised way off the grid in northwest Alaska, alerts us to the increasing threats to t…
 
Episode 353 ~ November 24, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics The record for the Great Alabama 650 paddle race was not just beaten, it was shattered If you are into kayaking, love playing video games and have some extra $$$ laying around, you might want to check out Kayak VR: Mirage for the PS5 Sean is into another audio book called Paddling The Pascagoula…
 
Listeners tell us what makes their hometowns feel special, then the host of the TV show Lidia's Italy describes the remarkable diversity among the regional cuisines of Italy — and how each naturally features whatever's particularly delicious from a given area. Then a Madrid-based wine expert shares tips for food pairings and fully enjoying what you…
 
Episode 352 ~ November 17, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Paper towns are an ingenious detail only found on maps. Lost portages in New Brunswick were the highways of old that allowed you to travel from the coast to Montreal and beyond. Outdoor electronica is everywhere. When did hiking, biking, and kayaking get so complicated?…
 
Get expert advice for planning a trip to the majestic Scottish Highlands. Then hear about some of Spain's most influential artists, from El Greco to the modern day. And discover what's making Alabama an increasingly popular destination for international visitors. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, prog…
 
Episode 351 ~ November 10, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Kevin Callan joins the show to talk about his time at the 25th Welsh Open Canoe Symposium, paddling the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and trying to beat the tide while paddling the Menai Strait.By SR
 
Get tips for how to "do as the Romans do" in Rome's modern-day neighborhoods. Hear about the travel writer Will Hide's latest crazy rides, from cycling across the hills of Rwanda to driving what might be the world's "most dangerous road" up from Delhi into the Himalayas. Plus listen in as guides from Slovenia and Bosnia take listener calls to help …
 
Episode 350 ~ November 3, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Sean gets the winter camping gear out for the first camp of the year. He also gets the canoe out for the last paddle of October. Have you ever wondered how many times people push the SOS button on their emergency location device? Garmin InReach has gotten 10,000 now. Kayaking through a land of sp…
 
Uncover the truth behind Count Dracula in Romania. Find out where the most haunted house is located in New Orleans, and what's behind local customs such as voodoo and jazz funerals. Plus, hear how the cities of India surprised author Mary Morris when she traveled there to view tigers in the wild. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - in…
 
Episode 349 ~ October 27, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Derek found a new word: Micromort. But what exactly is a Micromort? If you are thinking of paddling in British Columbia, you should check out the Paddle BC page Instead of just paddling on your canoe trip why not add another activity, like a really long hike or lots of snowboarding, or maybe even…
 
Pico Iyer explains why autumn is the perfect season for understanding the soul of Japan. Robert Reid recommends how to amp up your next vacation, by traveling like a travel writer does. And guides from Sweden tell us how to keep expenses in check, to enjoy Scandinavia the way the locals do. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - includin…
 
Episode 348 ~ October 20, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Derek and the family headed out to get some Fall camping in Sean has been wanting a new dog but now he may change his mind and get a Pack Goat Ontario Parks is making more changes and this time it is to their reservation system and how long you can reserve a spot at certain campgrounds…
 
Get a taste of Austria beyond the usual tourist sites in Vienna and Salzburg, where farmstays and festivals can make you want to wear lederhosen for a day. Rick's right-hand man on all things Ireland shares what he's liked most about researching guidebooks and leading tours in the Emerald Isle for the last 20 years. And Rick's TV producer shares ta…
 
Episode 347 ~ October 13, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Cyril Derreumaux joins us to chat about his 2400 nautical mile / 92 day solo kayak paddle from California to Hawaii. We discuss everything from his personal reflections to what it takes to actually pull something like this off.By SR
 
Learn to see Rome — the way the ancient Romans did — as the opulent and innovative city that gave Europe a common culture. Look closer at the even more-ancient worlds of the Greeks and Egyptians, and what their antiquities can tell us about their lives. And find out what's being done to protect important cultural sites today from the ravages of the…
 
Episode 346 ~ October 6, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics If you came across a stashed canoe in the woods, would you use it? Ordering the specialty tent you want online can be very expensive Virginia Tech has it’s own testing system for whitewater helmets and it is becoming a standardBy SR
 
Find out why Germany's "second city," the industrial northern port of Hamburg, is a favorite getaway among Germans. Then get the inside scoop on Rick's new TV series, which explores the backstories of Europe's greatest artworks. And consider what drives some death-defying athletes to go all-in for "extreme sports." For more information on Travel wi…
 
Episode 345 ~ September 29, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Another canoe found in Wisconsin, this time it is 3000 years old There was an outbreak of a Norovirus associated sickness that affected at least 222 rafters and backpackers in the Grand Canyon National Park backcountry in just 3 months We know how hard it is to put things like sleeping pads and…
 
The co-author of Rick's Eastern Europe guidebook and a Ljubljana-based tour guide discuss the laid-back charms of Slovenia's capital. Then a tour guide from Munich shares tips for becoming a temporary Bavarian at Oktoberfest — which is back on after a two-year pandemic hiatus. And an adventure traveler explains why even the creepiest critters deser…
 
Episode 344 ~ September 22, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics It seems to be the year of record breaking attempts. From paddleboarding across the Boundary Waters, to paddling the entire length of the Mississippi, to paddling the Mid-Pacific Ocean, there is lots of excitement for everyone. While one man loses a red canoe, a group of paleontologists are usi…
 
Diplomat and former ambassador Eric Rubin gives us a look at how the foreign service works on behalf of American interests in Bulgaria. Then "Senior Nomads" Michael and Debbie Campbell update us on their pandemic-era global travels. And artist and author Sylvia Verange reflects on her hiking journey across the Himalaya Mountains and how it's affect…
 
Humorist Maeve Higgins recommends places to visit in her home turf of Ireland's County Cork. Then tour guides from southwest England share their expert advice on where best to enjoy the coastal beauty of Cornwall and Devon — and the tourist traps to avoid. And guides from Scotland describe what makes Glasgow such a cool city to explore. For more in…
 
Travel writer Chris Baker returns with more ideas for fun day trips from LA and San Francisco, including his home base of Palm Springs. Then historian Laurence Cotton joins us to celebrate the 200th birthday of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, whose parks and civic projects have given so many American cities a lasting natural legacy. And …
 
Episode 342 ~ September 1, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Anyone can run a marathon, but can you do the Ely Marathon? A new information resource may be able to help you enjoy the natural wonders of British Columbia that may be blocked by No Trespassing signs Leave No Trace is not something only paddlers should practice. There are much worse offenders, …
 
British travel writer Dan Richards describes his hike to the remote post in Washington's North Cascades where Jack Kerouac spent two months as a fire lookout. Then author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams describes how the processes of erosion define the Utah desert landscape she calls home, and how understanding them can provide a helpful pers…
 
Episode 341 ~ August 25, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Mike Burns and Derek talk about their recent trip to Wabakimi Provincial Park, the location of this year’s Burt Reynolds Memorial River Run, and there are a few unexpected details that may get them into trouble at home. What happens in the bush…By SR
 
Tour guides from New Orleans examine the historical, musical, and culinary elements that make their city one of the most exceptional places anywhere in North America. They also share their top recommendations for exploring the city and discuss the merits of a pay-what-you-like model for city walking tours. And an associate conductor with the Seattl…
 
Episode 340 ~ August 18, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Two kayakers crossed paths with some special visitors while paddling the Hudson River Imagine taking a sabbatical so you could paddle and paint the length of the Missouri River Smartfin technology is helping scientists learn a lot about water, waves and possibly more…
 
Actress Joanna Lumley details her 4,000-mile trek up the Nile River to the river's fabled source in Rwanda. Joanna shares what she learned from people she met while filming a documentary about the trip, and describes her ride to the pyramids on one very fine camel. And TV host Samantha Brown tells Rick how she keeps herself from stressing out over …
 
Episode 339 ~ August 11, 2022 Podcast Info / Topics Sean took a canoe trip into Manitou Lake in Algonquin Park There are many reasons why you put your identification on your paddle craft, and not just safety reasons You can paddle the canals of The Hague this summer / fall A couple of paddlers traveled the length of the Nile…
 
Rick checks in with Dylan Thuras from Atlas Obscura to discuss a few of their favorite small, sometimes eccentric museums around the world. Then author Peter Fiennes describes some of the real sites where Greek myths were set, and how they can speak to us today. And two historian tour guides share some of their top reasons to visit the Peloponnese,…
 
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