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Want to volunteer, but don't want to pay high "voluntourism" fees? This week we uncover a great opportunity to volunteer in Chile, with a government-backed project to put native- and proficient-English speakers into Chilean classrooms. You can travel Chile in 2012 without having to find more money than paying for the plane tickets. In this interview we speak with Dave Hanegraaff from PROGRAMA INGLÉS ABRE PUERTAS, or English Opens Doors -- he tells his story of volunteering in Chile, and also how you can get involved in 2012 and beyond. For more details, see http://indietravelpodcast.com/chile/volunteer-chile-english-opens-doors/
Direct download: Episode2022120-20Volunteer20in20Chile20with20Open20Doors.mp3
Category:Travel, Chile -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

The Camino de Santiago is a famous pilgrimage walk. In this podcast, we discuss planning for the Camino Frances & Via de la Plata. In this podcast we first talk about the Passports with Purpose fundraiser which we're supporting, then planning for the Camino de Santiago -- and how you can do it too.
Direct download: Episode2022020-20Camino20de20Santiago20planning20podcast.mp3
Category:Travel, Spain -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

South America in four months? That's what we've just done! Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay -- we talk about it in this podcast. For more details head to http://indietravelpodcast.com/brazil/south-america-four-months/
Direct download: Episode2021920-20South20America20in20four20months.mp3
Category:Travel, South America -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

We talk about some of our favourite visits to England; give some tips on how to save money as you travel around the country; and finish up with 10 things to do, from our England travel resources page. http://indietravelpodcast.com/europe/england/
Direct download: Episode2021820-20England20travel.mp3
Category:Travel, England -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

With holiday travel season approaching, we talk about staying sane while travelling over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holiday time. Family can be stressful enough, but the huge numbers of people doing "vacation travel" over late November, December and early January definitely adds lots of stress to family events. And nobody needs more of that.
Direct download: Episode2021720-20Holiday20travel.mp3
Category:Travel, Holiday -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

Looking for a volunteer experience with a difference? Take a look into Cloudhead.org if you're heading through Northern Argentina.
Direct download: Episode2021620-20Salta2C20Argentina20and20Cloudhead20Art.mp3
Category:Travel, Argentina -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

It's been some time since we've highlighted the best of the travel gear we are carrying. While there are thousands of new product releases each year, there's only so much stuff you can fit into a carry-on sized bag, so everything we carry is carefully considered in terms of both utility and weight. We cover: * Electronics * Clothing * Packs and bags * Equipment and other stuff * Things we don't carry We also have a new-look website at the same address: http://indietravelpodcast.com/ Please send in your feedback.

Direct download: Episode_215_-_Travel_gear_recommendations.mp3
Category:Travel, Gear -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Paraguay travel advice from independent travellers who have just been. We cover visas, Ciudad del Este, Encarnacion, the Jesuit ruins and the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion. Our world fact book claims that Paraguay and Bolivia have a very similar GDP, but our experience of Paraguay was that it was much more affluent and faster-growing than its andean neighbour. There seems to be more indigent people living in Asuncion than the other cities we visited, and there are large areas of farmland that provide little more than sustenance living for its workers ... so maybe those stats are true. All in all, we felt very safe travelling in Paraguay, even when walking the streets in the late evening or on long bus trips. While we've heard reports of some scams, we encountered none at all. We never felt threatened, hassled or oversold because we were foreigners ... which was a nice contrast with our time in Bolivia. Paraguay's a great destination, with lots more to see. There are wonderful natural sites, an intriguing and accessible modern history, and is very well priced. I really don't know why more people don't visit, so plan to go soon before tourism really picks up.
Direct download: Episode2021420-20Paraguay20travel20advice.mp3
Category:Travel, South America -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

We recently travelled from Buenos Aires, Argentina through Uruguay to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Intrepid Travel. It was a fast and fun 17 days with lots of great stops along the way. In this podcast we break down the itinerary with our own comments and give the feedback we feel most important when considering this trip as part of the tour or independently. We visit: Argentina * Buenos Aires Uruguay * Colonia * Montevideo * An estancia * Salto Brazil * Foz Do Iguacu * Paraty * Ihla grande * Rio de Janeiro

We talk about some of the oldest -- and newest -- tricks in the book for travel scams, cons, and how you can safeguard against them. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel-safety/travel-scams-cons/

Things to do in Kangaroo Island, South Australia ... Well know to many Aussies, this doesn't feature highly on international agendas ... perhaps because people don't know about it. For more (and photos!) visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/australia/things-to-do-kangaroo-island/

Direct download: Episode_211_-_Things_to_do_on_Kangaroo_island.mp3
Category:Travel, Australia -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Uruguay is an excellent country to explore independently. The long-distance buses run frequently and are clean and comfortable, and there are lots of hotels and hostels to choose from throughout the country. That said, we recently travelled through on a tour and learnt a lot from that experience too. This travel podcast covers places to go in Uruguay was well as independent travel and intrepid tours through Uruguay.

Direct download: Episode_210_-_Uruguay_travel_independently_and_on_tour.mp3
Category:Travel, Uruguay -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

What are the best ways to learn a language while you are travelling? What are the keys to success when learning a language? For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/ If you're learning a language to travel, your main goal will be communication … speaking! No matter how much you read or how many grammar activities you do, or how much vocabulary you understand … if you want to speak to people, you have to speak. We've been teaching English as a Second Language since 2003, and over the last two years have been learning Spanish. We've seen what works and what doesn't, and can recognise the same successes and failures in our own language learning. Here's the gist of what we've learned.
Direct download: Episode2020920-20Learn20a20language.mp3
Category:Travel, Languages -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Trip planning for couples can be tricky, but we share everything you need to know to travel without fighting ... from dreaming to planning the trip. For more, see: http://indietravelpodcast.com/preparation/planning-couples-travel/ We talk about dreaming, creating a plan, and the four points to help you frame your next trip: 1. Time 2. Non-negociables. 3. Destinations. 4. Money
Direct download: Episode2020820-20Planning20trips20for20couples.mp3
Category:Travel, Couples -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

Best cities in Australia - Australia is a huge country, but most of the population and action are centred in its cities -- each with its distinct personality. We cover: Perth Adelaide Melbourne Sydney, and Brisbane For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/australia/best-cities-australia/ or http://indietravelpodcast.com/oceania/australia/
Direct download: Episode2020720-20Best20Cities20in20Australia.mp3
Category:Travel, Australia -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

How do you choose the best flight? If you're travelling long-term, you'll probably need to book several. These notes help you choose the right flight. We discuss: 1. Price 2. Airline 3. Flight arrival/departure times 4. Extra benefits ...and our first few hours in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/flights/choose-best-flight/
Direct download: Episode2020620-20How20to20choose20a20flight.mp3
Category:Travel, Flights -- posted at: 7:12am EDT

How to prepare for long-term travel ... on the third time around. Craig and Linda have had a few months at home, and show you how they prepare for another 18 months away. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/preparing-travel/ WITH: Bonus ending interview with the Social Media Syndicate Mongol Rally 2011 team from Prague, Czech Republic.

Direct download: Episode_205_-_Preparing_for_long-term_travel.mp3
Category:Travel, Packing -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

How to do La Tomatina 2011 - the world's biggest tomato fight in Valencia, Spain. This podcast looks at preparation and what you might expect to see and do on the day of La Tomatina, based on our experiences in 2010. For more visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/spain/how-to-la-tomatina-valencia/
Direct download: Episode2020420-20La20Tomatina202011.mp3
Category:Travel, Spain -- posted at: 5:28am EDT

We speak with Adventurists co-founder Tom Morgan about the start of the Mongol Rally and the other adventures to have come from it. Then, with Dave and Deb from the Planet D, who are participants in this years' rally as part of the Social Media Syndicate. http://indietravelpodcast.com/mongolia/mongol-rally-planning-tom-morgan-planetd/ for more.

Cheap things to do while you travel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia including Royal Palace, FCC club, Phnom Wat and cultural documentaries. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/asia/cambodia/
Direct download: Episode2020220-20Things20to20do20in20Phnom20Penh2C20Cambodia.mp3
Category:Travel, Cambodia -- posted at: 6:23am EDT

The Rugby World Cup 2011 is coming to New Zealand. We talk transport, accommodation, parties and rundown the centres hosting world cup rugby games to help your travel planning. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/new-zealand/rugby-world-cup-2011-podcast/

Travel photography podcast with Ralph Velasco, where we discuss composition time, shot lists, people and permission, and other travel photo advice. More at http://indietravelpodcast.com/photography/

The best cities in Europe to travel through, including unusual cities like Tallinn, Utrecht, Goteborg, Sofia and Vienna as well as London, Paris and Amsterdam. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/best-cities-europe-travel/
Direct download: Episode2019920-20Best20cities20in20Europe.mp3
Category:Travel, Europe -- posted at: 6:08am EDT

In this podcast we speak with Vera Marie Badertscher about the life and times of Quincy Tahoma, a 20th century Navajo artist. As we talk, we explore the Navajo nation and how visitors can see the influences and works of Tahoma as they travel in America's Southwest. For more information, visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com/usa/travel-navajo-nation-quincy-tahoma For Vera's book, visit: http://tahomablog.com

Wine tourism is one of the reasons we love to travel! We tell stories about our wine tasting adventures on five continents in this travel and wine podcast. In this podcast we tell stories from: Champagne, France Swan Valley and Margaret River, Australia Auckland, New Zealand Battambang, Cambodia Malta Savoie and the French Alps, France Neusiedl am See, Austria St Anna am Aigen, Austria Montevideo, Uruguay Gibbston Valley, New Zealand Ica, Peru Cafayate, Argentina and give some general wine-tasting tips. For shownotes, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/malta/wine-tasting-travel And all our wine week stories at http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/wine-week-2011/
Direct download: Episode2019720-20Wine20tasting20around20the20world.mp3
Category:Travel, Wine -- posted at: 2:35am EDT

What is Couchsurfing, how to Couchsurf, and is couchsurfing safe ... Advice from years of couchsurfing, new friends and free accommodation around the world. For more, visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/how-to-couchsurfing/
Direct download: Episode2019620-20What20is20couchsurfing.mp3
Category:Travel, Accommodation -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

Travel the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand with things to do, where to stay and how to get there as an independent traveller. Spring, summer and autumn all offer plenty to the visitor, although the high season is definitely over the Christmas period: from December until early February. If you are visiting during winter, take a look at the things to do on a rainy day and the historic places ... Because most of the sports are right out. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/new-zealand/bay-islands-do-stay-travel/
Direct download: Episode2019520-20Bay20of20Islands2C20New20Zealand20travel.mp3
Category:Travel, New Zealand -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

Would you consider driving a third of the way around the world with strangers for two months over some of the toughest terrain on the planet? Does this sound like torture to you? It might once you discover their music tastes. Even the most intrepid travelers may shun this idea, but for four over forty travel bloggers this is just another adventure in their already crazy year of travels. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/mongolia/2011-mongol-rally-ultimate-summer-road-trip/
Direct download: Episode2019420-20Mongol20Rally20Support.mp3
Category:Travel, Mongolia -- posted at: 1:36am EDT

This is our biggest podcast ever, and cover all sorts of hints, tips and tricks for saving money and having a blast while you travel in Europe this Summer. Shownotes will soon appear on http://indietravelpodcast.com but it's a really late night! Enjoy the show.
Direct download: Episode2019320-20Backpacking20Europe20this20summer.mp3
Category:Travel, Europe -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

No-one wants to imagine an earthquake or flood ruining their travels (or happening at all!) but travel safety advice can help you survive a natural disaster. Craig Bidois, today's guest from Fearfree.co.nz, has trained over 15,000 people in travel security, from soldiers in the Middle East to humanitarian workers in Africa. We speak with Craig about travel safety and surviving a natural disaster. For more, visit: http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/travel-safety-natural-disaster/

Learn about teaching English in South Korea with Valerie & Griffin Stewart. They've been teaching in Korea for 18 months experiencing expat life, well-paid work and travel. Valerie has written a book about their findings: Coming to Korea: A Practical Guide For Getting An English Teaching Job in Korea And What To Expect. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/south-korea/teach-english-south-korea/ For Valerie's book, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/links/comingtokorea

The best places to visit in South America, as chosen by Indie Travel Podcast hosts, Craig and Linda. Our favourite places and places we still want to visit in South America. For full shownotes, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/brazil/best-places-south-america/ For more about South America, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/south-america/ This episode focuses on Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia with notes on Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and mentions of Guyana, French Guyana and Suriname.
Direct download: Episode2019020-20Best20of20South20America20Travel.mp3
Category:Travel, South America -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

This New Zealand travel itinerary will help you plan a breakneck journey through many of New Zealand's highlights in just four weeks. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/oceania/new-zealand Produced for #blog4nz. See http://facebook.com/blog4nz for more info.
Direct download: Episode2018920-20New20Zealand20travel20itinerary.mp3
Category:Travel, New Zealand -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

Learn how to manage your miles and stop frequent flyer miles expiring in our interview with the experts at AwardWallet. Frequent Flyer Miles are becoming a hot topic of conversation as more young travellers look for ways to bankroll their RTW tickets without putting down cash. This week we speak with the crew from AwardWallet, who are currently tracking around 8,500,000,000 miles and rewards points. 8,500,000 miles sounds like a lot, but they estimate more than 10 trillion miles are currently sitting unused in people's frequent flyer accounts. Combined, that's an awful lot of travel. Learn more about how to manage, earn and stop your frequent flyer miles from expiring by visiting http://indietravelpodcast.com/. Further resources: http://indietravelpodcast.com/miles http://indietravelpodcast.com/travelhacking

We recently spent three weeks in Mui Ne, a beach town in Vietnam, about four to five hours in the bus from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It's a lovely town although quite touristy, but worth a visit if you're in the area. For more information and links, please visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/vietnam/travel-mui-ne-vietnam/
Direct download: Episode2018720-20Mui20Ne2C20Vietnam20Travel.mp3
Category:Travel, Vietnam -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

After five years of full-time travel, hosts Craig and Linda Martin take a few minutes to reminisce and highlight some favourite moments from their travels. Highlights include: * Camino de Santiago, Spain * Perth, Australia * Istanbul, Bursa and Cappadocian cities, Turkey * Flitting around Europe - Austria and Czech Republic get a focus each * Couchsurfing in South America * Road-trips in New Zealand * Favourite natural attractions * Favourite man-made attractions For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/travel/five-years-fulltime-travel/ or listen to the podcast!
Direct download: Episode2018620-20Travel20for20five20years20-20the20highlights.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Travel photography is one of those things that can make or break your memories of a trip. And we're not talking about boring your friends and family to death once you get home. We're talking about how you take photos while you're on the road.
Direct download: Episode2018520-20Travel20photography20podcast.mp3
Category:Travel, Photography -- posted at: 1:52am EDT

The Via Alpina hike runs over 5,000km through eight European countries. We speak with adventurer and author Brandon Davis about his experiences on the trail and slow travel in Europe.

In the last podcast we talked about how awesome South Australia is, but we ran out of time just talking about Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. And there's even more to the state than that! Northwest of Adelaide is the Eyre Peninsula, where you can swim with sharks or tuna, visit national parks, ancient caves and the Nullarbor Plain among other adventures. If you're looking for places called Eyre (perhaps you're a Charlotte Brontë fan?) Lake Eyre might be worth a visit. The lake is dry for most of the time but occasionally fills with water, especially after times of heavy rain in the north. The flooding in Queenstown this year and last has meant that the lake has had water in it for the last couple of years, and in 2008 we were lucky enough to see the lake for ourselves. If you don't have pilots as family members you can do a scenic flight from Coober Pedy, William Creek, Marree, Adelaide or even Brisbane, though it's a rather expensive day out. You could also choose a tour by 4x4 that takes you to the edge of the lake to see it from the ground. For more, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com/
Direct download: Episode2018320-20South20Australia20Travel20part202.mp3
Category:Travel, Australia -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Let's be honest - South Australia isn't Australia's biggest drawcard. The states of New South Wales and Victoria host the biggest and most vibrant cities, Queensland has the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and the Northern Territory has Uluru to draw people in. Even Western Australia has the advantage of being a short flight to many Asian cities, so is a popular stopover on the way to the eastern states. But South Australia is there in the middle, largely ignored by tourists to the country. That's okay though, they're the ones missing out! There's a lot to do in South Australia, and we're not just saying that because it's packed with wine regions. Adventure sports are on the rise, and there's plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife.
Direct download: Episode2018220-20South20Australia20travel20part201.mp3
Category:Travel, Australia -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Some small travel items are essentials, others are luxuries. Choose the ones that will work for you. For more information, links and photos, visit http://indietravelpodcast.com.
Direct download: Episode2018120-20Small20things20to20pack20for20travel.mp3
Category:Travel, Packing -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

We couldn't resist a little navel-gazing as 2010 finished up. In this podcast we relive our favourite moments in each country we spent time in this year. (There's no photos in this episode due to time constraints. Apologies!)
Direct download: Episode2018020-2020102C20A20Year20of20Travel.mp3
Category:Travel, RTW -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

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