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#vanlife Where to Go to the Bathroom and Other Van Life Tips and Essentials

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Release Date: 04/14/2018

Is Travel Insurance Worth It? show art Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

My mother and I are sitting at a red light then BAM! A truck hits us from behind. The driver claims he sneezed and lost control of his vehicle 🙄 Aside from some soreness, we are OK, but what if the accident had been a lot more serious?    The thought of hospital bills bankrupting me makes me panic more than broken bones. I’m American, but I don’t live in the U.S. and so I’m not part of the healthcare system. When I’m visiting my family in the States, World Nomads is my go-to company for insurance. With them, hopefully I won’t end up financially devastated if...

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Summer Break (Plus a Sarajevo Travel Guide for You) show art Summer Break (Plus a Sarajevo Travel Guide for You)

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

I hope you are enjoying these final days of summer, if it is summer in your part of the world.    I’m currently visiting my family in the United States and so the Postcard Academy will be on a brief two-week break. I will be back in September with new episodes of adventurous people who packed up everything to start a new adventure in another part of the world.    You’ll continue to get their insider food and culture tips, and I’m going to share more ways on how you can make living abroad happen for you if that is something you’re interested in. I’ve got some other...

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Southern Italy: Food You Must Try in Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise show art Southern Italy: Food You Must Try in Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Author Katie Parla not only knows her Italian food, she knows her Italian history. Her deep culinary knowledge takes cookbook writing to the next level, with stories beautifully woven between recipes and lush photos. (show notes at postcardacademy.co )   In a previous episode of the Postcard Academy podcast, I interviewed  Katie, an American expat living in Rome, about the rich history of Roman cuisine. She recently came back on the podcast to discuss her new cookbook, Food of the Italian South.   If you’re a regular listener of the Postcard Academy, it would mean the world...

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U.S. National Parks: How to Plan Your Trip  show art U.S. National Parks: How to Plan Your Trip

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Like many expats I know, most of the travel I’ve done has been outside of my home country, the U.S. In fact, my European friends have seen more of the States than I have, and their wistful descriptions of the U.S. national parks have inspired me to plan a trip. (show notes at postcardacademy.co)   Danielle Jacobs-Erwin, host of the podcast Everybody’s National Parks, joined me on the Postcard Academy to discuss the history of the National Park System; what we need to do to prepare for a trip the national parks; where to stay; what to eat; and more.  I’m your host, Sarah...

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Budapest Best: Your Local Guide to the Best Bathhouses, Beverages, and Beautiful Photo Ops show art Budapest Best: Your Local Guide to the Best Bathhouses, Beverages, and Beautiful Photo Ops

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Willie Gevertz is a visual storyteller from the U.S. who fell in love with Budapest while visiting a friend. The city captivated him so much that he moved to Hungary, which is fortunate for us because he’s the best tour guide we could ask for. 

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You’ll Never Have This Day Again. Make it Matter. show art You’ll Never Have This Day Again. Make it Matter.

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

As I’m recording this, we’re heading into August, which is kind of like the ‘Sunday Night Blues’ month of the calendar year. September is right around the corner. Back to the real world. For a lot of people, this means heading to work and heading home. But what if it wasn’t like that? What if we keep living our best lives all year long?

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How to Get Italian Citizenship Through Ancestry show art How to Get Italian Citizenship Through Ancestry

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Italian citizenship expert Audra De Falco breaks down how we can apply for dual citizenship with Italy via jus sanguinis, the ‘right of blood.’ I’ve broken down all the steps at postcardacademy.co 

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Happy World Emoji Day! Emojipedia's Founder Explains What This Is All About show art Happy World Emoji Day! Emojipedia's Founder Explains What This Is All About

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Happy World Emoji Day! Why today of all days? Because the calendar emoji (📅) features the date July 17. Some hotheads get really worked up about emojis having their own day, but it’s all in good fun, like Pizza Day (February 9 in the U.S.). To celebrate, I’m re-sharing my podcast interview with Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia, and an Australian expat living in London. 

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Visiting Tirana: Your Local Guide to Albania's Capital City show art Visiting Tirana: Your Local Guide to Albania's Capital City

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

American expat Rachel Berryman and I talk about the legacy of Albania’s Communist past, and, of course, about her favorite places to eat and the experiences you must have in Tirana, Albania. Plus, you’ll learn about day trips to the best nearby beaches and more. 

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Roadtrip! Part 2: How to Spend a Week in Albania, from City to Seaside show art Roadtrip! Part 2: How to Spend a Week in Albania, from City to Seaside

Postcard Academy Travel Podcast

Albania is rich in UNESCO sites, and you know I love a good UNESCO site. On the Postcard Academy podcast, we share what we saw in Tirana, Durres, Berat, Gjirokastra, and Sarande. You’ll hear all the highlights from the trip — and some things that we thought were overrated — and hopefully you can use this info to plan your own trip to Albania. 

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Last year, The New Yorker ran an article titled #vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement: What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a life-style brand. And it's true, if you look up #vanlife on Instagram, you’ll find nearly 3 million photos of perfect couples driving through the desert or drinking beer on top of their vehicle. 

 

But there are also tons of people choosing to live in vans or RVs or old bread trucks because they want a simpler life. Fewer things. More experiences. Jema Patterson talked about her van life experience with us on the house-sitting episode a few weeks back. Today, we are taking a deeper dive into van life. We’ll hear more from Jema, and also from new guest Casey Sheppard, from Case of the Nomads.

 

Casey spent two years living in a van with her dog, India, before embarking on her latest adventure, biking all the way across New Zealand. She just finished her 30-day, 3,000 km bike ride. But she still made time to chat about travel and the ins and outs of van life. 

 

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