Digest of Audio Posts by Travel Past 50

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What started as an occasional call-in report to a radio studio in Melbourne Australia has turned into an enjoyable, semi-regular series of interviews with people we meet along our TravelPast 50 way.

Note: This post was originally published in May 2020 as a compendium of reports that date back to 2017. It is updated regularly as new audio content becomes available.

Over the past several years of traveling, we've been lucky not only to see so many spectacular places, but to hear fascinating stories from those we've met along the way. Among the fortuitous meetings was our virtual connection with Graeme Kemlo of Travel Writers Radio out of Melbourne, Australia.

We got to talkin'…and have now contributed dozens of podcast stories for travel radio, broadcast on JAIR radio in Melbourne and archived on Soundcloud. In some cases, we've been interviewed about our experiences for firsthand reporting. In other cases, we are conducting the interviews ourselves and filing the reports with the station.

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Expect this post to be continually updated with new recordings, preferably in an easier to consume format. For now, you can pick and choose to listen to each segment, one at a time. Where appropriate, links to related stories appear here, and those stories often include the audio file, too.

Note: To listen to continuous episodes of our Travel Writer Radio reports, visit Kristin Henning's user page on Soundcloud. To select specific episodes, see below.

Reporting for Travel Writers Radio

June 2024
A return to Spain's Extremadura region impressed us with Roman ruins in Mérida and excellent food in Cáceres.

March 2024
Following up our travel to Antarctica, we spoke with Polar Latitudes president and IAATO executive John McKeon. In this interview he talks about citizen science and responsible travel: the need to leave a place better than when it was found.

February 2024
A river cruise on Portugal's Douro River differs from other European river cruises. The river is smaller and less populated than most others, but the shore excursions are every bit as interesting. Visits to Coimbra, Guimaraes and the Coa Valley Archeology Museum stand out, as do extra days in both Lisbon and Porto.

August 2023
Winnipeg Manitoba has much more to offer visitors than one might expect. Kris offers a quick overview of favorite attractions – indoors and out!

August 2023
We love taking walking food tours to learn about local history, food, and small family-run businesses. And Madrid is about the best city we know for exploring neighborhoods and food. Kris speaks with Margit Sperling of Walk and Eat Spain about the ever-changing tapas and foodie scene in Madrid.

July 2023
Kris follows up with Travel Writers Radio about how the city of Minneapolis is working on tourism recovery after the significant negative impacts following George Floyd's murder, on top of COVID effects. The city's new ad campaign rolled out this spring.

January 2023
A fun chat with Graeme about our little road trip in southern Spain, from Sevilla to a couple “white villages” of Cádiz, and a stop in Ronda. Also get details of the Picasso 2023 Celebration in Málaga and elsewhere.

August 2022
Brand new expedition-style cruising, combining luxury amenities and service aboard a working scientific research vessel, is the topic of the conversation with Graeme Kemlo (based in Melbourne, Australia). Kris reports on Viking Octantis's Great Lakes options as well as its longitudinal itineraries connecting to Antarctica. Read the related post about the Octantis expedition ship here, and about the Great Lakes destinations in U.S. and Canada here.

June 2022
We chat with Graeme at Travel Writers Radio about the great food along Spain's north, loosely following the Camino del Norte from Cantabria across Asturias and to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Read more about the full travel experience in The Northern Way to Santiago.

May 2022
Visiting family in Nairobi, Kenya, led to two wonderful photo safaris. Here we chat with Travel Writers Radio about our multi-gen experience in the Mara North Conservancy bordering the famous Maasai Mara National Park. Read more about the Mara safari here, and about what we did and saw (and ate) in Nairobi, here.

November 2021
While visiting Zaragoza (Aragon) Spain, we joined Jorge Acero for a cooking class and an intro to the excellent gastronomy of Aragon. You'll find the recipe for tortilla española in this post which also recaps our interview. Buen provecho!

June 2021
We chat with Travel Writers Radio about Beyond the Nest retreats and digital nomad resources for all ages. See our post for more information on Beyond the Nest retreats.

April 2021
Leif Pettersen talks about his latest book, The First (Failed) Travel Food Show, his career as a travel writer and marketer, the state of travel, living in Romania, and his hobby juggling. For the full uninterrupted interview with more background info, see our post: Interview, Leif Pettersen and the First Food Travel Show. . The same interview was posted on SoundCloud in two parts by Travel Writers Radio:

March 4, 2021
An interview with Brian Montgomery about his Sirenian Bay Resort in Belize, and coming through the pandemic with property improvements and more highly trained staff.

November 3, 2020
Speaking with TWR's Graeme Kemlo about the USA election 2020, just as polls are closing in the eastern half of the country.

August 7, 2020
Lauren Aloise, Devour Tours

Normally, Madrid-based Lauren Aloise operates food tours in eight European cities. These days, she's seeing the increased popularity of her food blog, Spanish Sabores. The blog and its regular newsletter are filled with recipes from around Spain, and spiced up with stories about Spain's history and culture and destinations. Read more about Lauren and our favorite Spanish cuisine here.

July 29, 2020
Iceland ProTravel CEO Gudmundur Kjartansson

Since we aren't able to circumnavigate Iceland this year as planned, we spoke with Iceland ProTravel CEO Gudmundur Kjartansson about the current and future state of tourism in Iceland.

July 17, 2020
Discussing how to plan for safe road trips, a la 2020.

May 27, 2020
Caroline and Craig Makepeace of YTravelBlog, Australians living in U.S.

Here’s a travel story that gets to the essence of travel, even when the experiences are right in your home area or otherwise impacted by the pandemic. Australian couple Caroline and Craig Makepeace have been traveling for the better part of 20 years, and manage the award-winning blog called YTravelblog.com. Craig and Caz talked with us from their home in Raleigh, NC. Their recent projects include a major RV road trip across America with their two daughters. Since getting green cards in the US last fall, and entering the coronavirus era, their current travel world involves online schooling, a focus on travel closer to home, a new podcast, and the launch of a new website, ThisisRaleigh.com.

May 13, 2020
Cedar Swan of Adventure Canada, Coastal Canada

Adventure Canada is a small adventure tour company started in the late 1980s by brothers Matthew and Bill Swan and their friend Dave Freeze. While it originated as guided travel to remote wilderness areas and concentrated on rafting and hiking, it evolved over the next decade to exploration of Canada’s three coasts, its Arctic and native communities, and eventually to sailings beyond.

Adventure Canada is now chiefly a small ship adventure company with an emphasis on arts and culture and connecting communities. The 2020 season, before it was held up by the coronavirus pandemic, included expeditions throughout Arctic Canada, through the Northwest Passage, to Greenland, Iceland, and– in the alternate season–to Antarctica.

Today, Adventure Canada is still a family business at heart (nearly a 1/3 of the company’s 25 employees are involved family members). Add to that more than a hundred personnel selected for their expertise and familiarity with local cultures, and you can see how the company acts on its commitment to personal relationships.

When speaking of the importance of overseeing her company’s reputation, Cedar mentioned the company offered full refunds to all its passengers booked for the cancelled 2020 season. In a sign of good faith, more than 40% of those passengers decided to roll their deposits over to next season.

April 29 and May 6, 2020
Part 1 Anne and Mike Howard of Honeytrek.com in RV Quarantine; Poland

Part 2 Anne and Mike Howard of Honeytrek.com in RV Quarantine; Poland

Mike and Anne Howard, the travel-writing American couple who are on “the world’s longest honeymoon,” found themselves confined to their rented camper RV in Poland during these days of the pandemic lockdown. Mike and Anne aren’t exactly new to travel improvisation and making the most of a situation. Since setting out on their honeymoon in early 2012, they are still embracing travel, and each other. You can read all about Mike and Anne’s adventures on their blog, Honeytrek.com. The two have also published two books in these eight years of travel: The first, “Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent,” was published by Nat Geo Books. Then, three years ago, the Howards purchased an RV and covered North America to research the new glamping phenomena. Their second book, “Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North America,” was released in 2019.

April 2020
Jim Johnson on impact of coronovirus pandemic on BikeTours.com and small tour operators; USA and Europe

To read more about planning and preparing for a bike trip, read our post about arranging your first European bike tour.

March 2020
Trondheim by Boat tour with Captain Amanda; Trondheim, Norway

Skipper Amanda shows us the ropes and the best options for visiting Trondheim, Norway. Read more about Trondheim in our post about the city and environs, “Many Ways to Visit Trondheim.”

March 2020
Mattias Janssen and St. Olav Ways pilgrim trails; Trondheim, Norway

Read another take on St. Olav Ways pilgrim routes in Tom's post from Sweden, “St. Olav's Way: Hiking in Sweden and Norway,”, including a video interview about the history of the pilgrimage.

January 2020
Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA

Read more about our visit to Big Bend NP and the surrounding area in “Visiting the Big Bend Area of Texas.”

Bozeman, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park, USA

We cover our stay in Bozeman, Montana, in this post.

Adirondacks Wilderness and Wellness, New York, USA

Read more about visiting the Adirondacks in our post.

Lafayette, Louisiana: History, Zydeco, and Food; USA

Read about our Lafayette travels, with photos, in this post, “Lafayette, Louisiana: Easy Road Trip near New Orleans.”

Top Tips for a Short Visit to New Orleans, with John Boutte; USA

Read more here: “Let New Orleans Work Its Magic on You.”

UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Read our travel planning tips for Siem Reap and Angkor Wat here.

Return to Hanoi with family, Vietnam

Enjoy more stories and photos in our post, “Hanoi Revisited: Returning to Hanoi with a new generation.”

Mekong River Cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam

We write about our Mekong River Cruise with AmaWaterways right here.

Ernest Hemingway in Cuba

Find more details about our travel to Cuba and its national parks in this post, “Cuba Vacations: Hiking National Parks in Cuba,” and in this overview of places to stay and eat, “Cuba Tours: Food in Five Cuban Cities.”

Tiger Safari in India's Madhya Pradesh, India

Enjoy photos and details of our tiger safari in Madhya Pradesh, “An India Tiger Safari: What to Expect.”

Russia River Cruise: Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia

Enjoy photos and retails of our Viking River Cruise in Russia: “Russia River Cruise: Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Waterways of the Tsars.”

On Slow Touring by E-Bike, Europe
We speak with Biketours.com's Jim Johnson about the appeal of touring by bicycle.

Read about our preparations for a bike tour in Italy here: “Planning Your First Europe Bike Tour.” And here's our story of training for the tour..

More on bike touring, Italy

Food and Wine of Puglia, Italy

Find our photos and details of our ride through southern Italy here: “Eleven Things We Loved on Our Italy Bike Tour through Puglia”

Pablo and the Galapagos, Ecuador

Galapagos, Part 2, Ecuador

Read our award-winning post about our travels to the Galapagos: “A Land-Based Tour of the Galapagos.”

Olympos, Karpathos, Greece

Artisans of Karpathos, Greece

Read all about our visit to Karpathos, including food, towns, swimming coves, day hikes, history, and friendly people. “Embracing Karpathos Island, Greece.”

Exceptional food in Jämtland and Värmland, Sweden

We write all about our first visits to upper Sweden regions, Jämtland and Värmland, including great food finds. Yum.

Citizen Science: Tom reports from Malawi

Read Tom's full story on Malawi: “A Malawi Diary: 12 Days with Biosphere Expeditions'

Discovering Salta, Argentina

Learn more about Salta, Argentina.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Follow us on our travels to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here's our full story on one of our favorite cities, Buenos Aires. And we learned a bit about Malbec and other Argentinian wines, too!

Fred Schlomka of Green Olive Tours, Israel and Palestine

For more background on Fred Schlomka and Green Olive Tours, read our post, “Crossing Barriers in Israel with Green Olive Tours.”


We wrote about Croatia cuisine after visiting Dubrovnik and Split, and about post-Soviet era people and towns, “The Other Side of Croatia.”

Biking Brittany, France

For photos and the story of our first Euro bike tour, check out our “Brittany Backroads” post.https://travelpast50.com/bicycle-tour-brittany-backroads/ We include more foodie details here in “Culinary Highlights” of our Brittany France bike tour.

Canary Islands, Spain

Enjoy this post about Kris's time in the Canaries with her family. “Family Travel to Tenerife.”

Natchez Trace and the Road to Music Cities. Tennessee and Mississippi, USA

See more about the scenic drive, on the “Road Trip Between Music Cities.” Our road trip took us to “Tunica County and the Mississippi Delta Blues.”

Casey Hanisko of Adventure Travel Trade Association on adventure travel trends, Part 1

Continued: Interview with ATTA's Casey Hanisko on adventure travel trends

Ubud, Bali

Tom writes about “A Golden Hour Tour with Agung Rai” in Ubud, Bali.

On Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Read our guide on things to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul, our home towns.

On National Parks, USA

Here's an index to the U.S. National Parks, with links to those we've photographed and written about.

Lesser Known National Parks, USA

For more on one of our favorite ‘lesser known' parks, read about Lassen Volcanic National Park. In January 2020, we visited Channel Islands National Park

As Guests on Podcasts

Kris interviewed by Veronica Matheson on being a nomad. On nomadic travels

April 2019
Responsible Tourism Kristin Henning discusses Responsible Tourism with Big Blend Radio
(Also featured in Park and Travel Magazine Spring/Summer 2019)

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