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Helping independent travellers plan their dream trip to Switzerland...In the Holidays to Switzerland travel podcast you'll get practical tips and advice from Swiss travel experts to help you plan your dream trip to Switzerland. Your host, Carolyn Schonafinger, the founder of HolidaysToSwitzerland.com, shares her favourite destinations and experiences along with all the travel tips she has gathered over 30 years for planning a trip to Switzerland. You'll also hear from special guests who offe ...
 
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Some people travel on a tight budget, staying in hostels and eating street food. Some people are splurging on 5 star hotels and Michelin star restaurants... and then there are a lot of us in between. Wondering what Meggan and Jenn like to spend their money on? Listen to find out! Also, scroll back to episode 2 to learn all about saving money for tr…
 
With what is probably the world’s most recognisable mountain as its backdrop, it’s not surprising that Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations. Whilst there’s hardly a spot in Zermatt where you can’t see the Matterhorn, to get even better views, there are a number of mountain excursions you can take - each offering a diffe…
 
Meggan is fresh off her experience taking the CAT ferry from Yarmouth to Bar Harbor Maine, and back, but should YOU take it? The CAT ferry is a long debated service in Nova Scotia and Meggan shares her experience and opinion. Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and…
 
Meggan finally got to go on her big European adventure and she shares the highlights with us! She visited 5 countries, and trust me, when you listen you'll be planning your European adventure too! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MAST…
 
Most visitors to Switzerland head to the hot spots of Zurich, Lucerne, the Jungfrau Region and Zermatt, and all are worthy destinations. There are lesser known destinations that are worth a visit, too, and one such place is St. Gallen, Switzerland's eighth largest city. In this episode, I'm joined by Toby Treichler, Deputy Director of St. Gallen Bo…
 
If you're visiting Europe from Canada or North America, there are some things you may not expect! We share some things that you might want to bring with you from home, and what to expect from our experience. We haven't seen all of Europe yet, so this might not be everywhere! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day …
 
I (Jenn) actually left Canada! For the first time since starting the podcast over 2 years ago, we finally get to do a trip report episode! In this episode I share where we went, what we did, how my trip planning went, and what we loved about Scotland. I also share my biggest travel fail to date! We chat about Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Skye, For…
 
My special guest in this episode is Nansi Martin from New Jersey in the United States, who, along with her husband Rob, rented a car and did a road trip around Switzerland in September 2021. They loved the freedom that having a car gave them as they were able to travel at their own pace and not have to adhere to timetables. In fact, they loved Swit…
 
Have you ever gotten home from a trip and realized that it looks like you just have a bunch of photos of scenery and no pictures of you? Or you traveled as a couple or with a friend and it looks like they traveled alone because there are no photos of you together?! Meggan shares how she makes photos a priority, because once you get home, photos and…
 
Our final episode of the "Seasons of Nova Scotia" We think Summer is the BEST season! There is so much to do outside, inside and all around the province. Episode Resources: Tidal Bore Rafting Best Beaches in Nova Scotia Whale Watching Briar Island Other Season Episodes: Fall: https://travelmugpodcast.com/nova-scotia-in-the-fall/ Winter: https://tra…
 
Interlaken in Switzerland's Jungfrau Region is known as the adventure capital of Europe thanks to the many adrenaline-pumping activities that are available for visitors to try. In today’s episode I’m joined by Hannah Robley from Outdoor, an Interlaken-based company that offers a vast selection of outdoor activities including paragliding, skydiving,…
 
This week Jenn chats about why you need a travel journal, and Meggan shares her way of travel journaling - it doesn't always have to be a pen and paper! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ***********************…
 
We can't believe that our second birthday is here! Meggan and Jenn answer listener questions, ask each other questions and chat about the future of the podcast! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ***************…
 
If you have only a short amount of time to spend in Switzerland, or just prefer to let someone else do the planning, taking a guided day tour is the perfect solution. In this episode, I chat to Christian Landis, CEO of Best of Switzerland Tours, and Operations Manager Amanda Zurbrügg, to learn about the wide range of day tours from Zurich, Lucerne …
 
Do you try new foods when you travel? Or are you always seeking out familiar foods from back home? Meggan and Jenn chat about how food can really connect you to the place you are visiting. Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKI…
 
This week we chat with Kat, who is way more adventurous than us! She shares some amazing stories from her extensive travel, as well as some insight on what it's like to own an Airbnb. Want to stay at Luna Rosa Chalet? Check it out here on AirBnb Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stu…
 
One of the many wonderful things to do in Switzerland is to ride a cable car, funicular or mountain railway to the top of a mountain peak. There are tons and tons of choices for mountain excursions right across the country, and nowhere more so than in the Jungfrau Region. But having such a huge choice of excursions can also cause a bit of a dilemma…
 
On this episode of Travel Tip Tuesday Jenn shares how she chooses clothing for travel to make sure that she has everything she needs! Do you always pack too much? Listen to this episode! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING…
 
Meggan is in love with Bar Habor Maine, and as she gets ready to go back after 2 years of being away, she shares her favorite places to eat, drink and explore. From getting outdoors in Acadia National Park or Bar Island to having a great breakfast at Two Cats or Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen and drinks in the evening at the Cottage Street Pub and so m…
 
If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you’ll be aware of Switzerland’s fantastic public transport network as there have been numerous episodes about the benefits of travelling around Switzerland by train. But there is an alternative way to travel. Renting a car and doing a road trip! So if driving is your preferred mode of transport but you’…
 
On this travel tip Tuesday, Jenn shares why it's more important than ever to book admissions/tickets in advance when traveling! Some places it is required, and sometimes you can save a bit of money. Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MA…
 
Hiking & camping season is here again, but we are certainly not experts in this type of travel, so we bring on Deborah Peddle-Hann to chat about her experiences, why she loved backcountry camping and her favourite hiking trails around Atlantic Canada. Deb is so inspiring, you'll be packing up your sleeping bag and hitting the trails before you know…
 
In this episode we hear from Andy Nef of Swiss Travel System who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Switzerland's public transport network. Andy has lots of info to share about Switzerland’s most popular boat trips as well as a couple of others that are not as well known. And the great thing about all these fantastic boat trips is that almos…
 
This week Meggan shares a cautionary tale on keeping your belongings safe while traveling. Have you ever had anything stolen from a hotel? Find us on social media and let us know! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST H…
 
Spring has sprung here in Nova Scotia. This week Meggan and Jenn chat about what to do during the Spring months. There's a few festivals, some hiking, sports, and of course there's always food! Episode Resources: Hiking Cape Split What To Do In Wolfville NS What To Do In Liverpool NS Traveling To NS - What You Need To Know Support the Travel Mug Po…
 
Switzerland has a long chocolate-making history and is renowned for producing some of the best - if not THE best - chocolate in the world. So it’s not surprising then, that eating Swiss chocolate is right up there at the top of most people’s must-do lists when they visit Switzerland. Of course you can buy Swiss chocolate at the supermarket and at s…
 
On this Travel Tip Tuesday, Meggan and Jenn share how meeting other people has made their travel experiences better, even if they never talk to them again! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ********************…
 
How would you like to come home from your travels with AMAZING travel photos?! That's exactly why Nicole started Flytographer back in 2013. On this episode we chat with Nicole Smith, the founder of Flytographer about starting her business, how the last 2 years have impacted Flytographer, and the magic of travel photography! Visit the Flytographer w…
 
Is it photos of the incredible scenic beauty that have enticed you to visit Switzerland? I’m not surprised. Everywhere you turn in Switzerland you are rewarded with breathtaking views of mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, gorges and lush fields - it really is the most beautiful place on Earth. But the magnificent scenery certainly isn’t the only t…
 
If its your first time going through airport security, or first time in a while, Jenn shares some advice on how to get through it as smoothly as possible! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE *********************…
 
It's part 2 of our travel fail series! First we chat with Laura who went to the airport to find she wasn't on that flight, and then got covid! Melissa shares her story of getting to Europe and running out of money before her trip was supposed to end due to a series of unfortunate events! You can follow Melissa on Instagram @melisssamburbridge Suppo…
 
Today’s guests, Brenda Powell and Chelsea Powell, have recently returned from Switzerland where they enjoyed a wonderful vacation with four generations of their family. With 8 adults and 3 children in their traveling party, it was a mighty effort to plan an itinerary that suited every family member from age 3 to 80! In this episode, Brenda and Chel…
 
Do you still print copies of your confirmations for hotels, flights etc. What would you do if your phone didn't work? Meggan chats about how she keeps organized before and during her trip! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKI…
 
We're bringing you some travel fail stories! Returning guest Alicia Simms from Rolling Sea Tattoos, Truro Buzz & Secret Nova Scotia shares her hilarious travel fail stories including missing her flight in Scotland, running through airports because of gate changes & not being able to get off a plane because of frozen gates! You won't want to miss th…
 
Today I’m welcoming back Andie Pilot from HelveticKitchen.com. Andie is a pastry chef and cookbook author and she was the special guest on episode 31 where she chatted all things Swiss food. In this episode, Andie gives us the low down on: Her background and her career as a pastry chef and author of books on Swiss food and drinks Swiss wine Swiss s…
 
Can you plan to go with the flow? That's what Meggan and Jenn discuss on this Travel Tip Tuesday. Jenn struggles with downtime when traveling, and as a result ends up burnt out. Meggan is learning to go with the flow more! Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and ex…
 
It's not a destination that many people plan to visit, but Thunder Bay Ontario is a hidden gem in Jenn's opinion. She's visited 4 times and shares with us the best things to do, eat and see, including hikes, waterfalls, restaurants, and more! Episode Resources: 10 Things To Do In Thunder Bay Ontario Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a cof…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Natascha Martin from Basel Tourism shares the many wonderful - and sometimes unique - things to do in Basel, the Swiss city located on the borders with both France and Germany. Topics covered in this episode include: Natascha’s background and her career in the tourism industry Important things to do about Basel Why v…
 
On this Travel Tip Tuesday Meggan and Jenn chat about getting travel insurance during a pandemic (yes you should get travel insurance!). Jenn shares her research while planning her trip to Scotland for June 2022 Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content…
 
This week Meggan and Jenn share their ultimate travel bucket list destinations. We chat about places around the globe, and what has inspired us to want to travel there. Support the Travel Mug Podcast by buying us a coffee! You’ll make our day & you’ll get access to fun stuff like bloopers and extra content. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE *******…
 
In this episode we're joined by a regular guest of the show, Andy Nef, from Swiss Travel System. Andy tells us all about the Swiss Travel System and why travelling by train, bus and boat in Switzerland is the perfect way to travel, and he updates us about changes - and price reductions - for the Swiss Travel Pass in 2022. Andy also tells us about S…
 
I know we haven't used it in a while, so go find your passport and check the expiry date! Some countries require your passport to be valid for 3-6 months AFTER you leave. GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ***************************************** We are travel enthusiasts who do not claim to be professionals! Instead we are two Halifax, NS natives …
 
This week Meggan and Jenn bring on guest Brianna to chat about her experiences traveling while vegan and gluten free. Jenn also chats about her husband's food allergies and their experiences traveling together while keeping safe. We share lots of great tips in this episode! Episode Resources: Happy Cow - finding Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Eatin…
 
My guests in this episode are Gary and Cathy Martin from Seattle who recently spent a month’s vacation in Switzerland. After a couple of very brief visits in the past, they were longing to return to Switzerland and planned this trip to celebrate Gary’s retirement. Gary and Cathy created a trip that combined some of Switzerland’s most popular destin…
 
On this Travel Tip Tuesday Meggan shares why she will be activating a cellphone abroad on future trips, and what happened in Ireland when they didn't have a phone! GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ***************************************** We are travel enthusiasts who do not claim to be professionals! Instead we are two Halifax, NS natives with tr…
 
This week Meggan and Jenn chat about common travel myths like booking your flights on a Tuesday, or duty free is always the best deal and whether or not they are true! Episode Resources: Overlooked travel costs Tips & tricks for planning a cruise GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ***************************************** We are travel enthusiasts w…
 
Can you believe 2021 is over?! We started this podcast way back in June 2020 when we thought for sure that by the end of 2021 we'd be back to our regular travel ways! How wrong we were... on this episode we try to predict what's next in the travel industry, our favourite past episodes and what's coming up next for the TMP! GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING L…
 
If you’re a cheese lover, you’re going to love this episode! I’m joined by Nadia Nadif, the US brand manager for Cheeses from Switzerland, who is going to tell us all about Swiss cheese and what makes it so special. Amongst the things you'll learn are: The history of Swiss cheese and why it still plays an important role in the Swiss diet The amount…
 
Jenn just got back from Thunder Bay Ontario - her first flight in 2 years! In this episode she shares what flying was like in December 2021. Things are changing fast! This is just my experience in December 2021 and is not meant as current travel advice ;) GRAB OUR MASTER PACKING LIST HERE ***************************************** We are travel enth…
 
After many, many trips to Switzerland, I have a few tried and tested ways to make my vacation dollars stretch further whilst still enjoying all the experiences that make a trip special. In this episode I share 15 ways to make your Switzerland vacation budget go further. Get my tips for saving on airfare, travel insurance, accommodation, transport, …
 
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