The Travelers Blueprint

The Travelers Blueprint
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069: Alaska National Parks w/ Miss Rover
Dec 8 • 44 min
Melissa Miller, aka Miss Rover, quit her stationary job at 25, packed up her belongings in her Nissan Juke, and left Michigan where she has lived her whole life. Two months later, car camping across 11 states, she is now living and working in Juneau,…
068: November Travel Bites w/ Bob and Elliot
Nov 30 • 27 min
On this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of November. We break down 14 different news articles, including: -The Mega Bus Giveaway this Cyber Monday! This sale starts at 9am EST…
067: The Adventures Of The Beard Brothers UK
Nov 24 • 66 min
The Beard Brothers UK, Luke and Chris, are two friends who love going on adventures, making videos out of them, and sharing them with the world. They are both from the green and pleasant land of almighty England. Luke lives in the Shires of the north and…
066: Gary, the New York City Tour Guide
Nov 17 • 67 min
Gary D is a native New Yorker, born and raised on the Upper West Side, who’s lived and worked his entire life almost exclusively within three blocks of his childhood home. Gary gives us intimate insight into the world of being a NYC Tour Guide and great…
065: A Ride on the Trans-Mongolian Railway
Nov 10 • 61 min
In this episode we spoke with Carly Heyward, an avid world traveler, adventurer and detail oriented travel blogger. Carly has now been to 67 countries and counting, editing her website, along the way. Providing her following…
064: October Travel Bites w/ Bob and Elliot
Nov 2 • 28 min
On this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of October. We break down 10 different news articles, including: The roll out of airport terminal face recognition technology (AKA getting…
063: Bloom Stories - In Search of Changemakers
Oct 26 • 62 min
Angèle is from Provence in the south of France and based in Lisbon in between her travels. About 3 years ago, she left everything behind, booked a one-way ticket to Thailand and left with nothing else than a backpack and a camera. With no plan, no…
062: The Safari for Everyone
Oct 19 • 59 min
Robin Cormack and his wife, Clare are the co-founders and operators of Safari Deal. Robin was born and raised in Zimbabwe on a ranch in the south east of the country. His family moved to South Africa in the early 80’s where Robin completed his high…
061: 6 Months in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Oct 13 • 48 min
Analisa Morel recently spent six months living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. A paradise unknown to most Americans, she enjoyed an easy-going lifestyle of teaching young children, doing yoga on the beach, and indulging in the occasional dragon fruit or…
060: September Travel Bites w/ Bob and Elliot
Oct 5 • 37 min
On this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of September. We break down 12 different news articles, including: The devastation facing the Bahamas did not destroy it’s tourism industry.…
059: Joyce Azzam - The First Lebanese Woman to Complete the Seven Summits
Sep 29 • 71 min
On this episode we talk with Joyce Azzam, who is the first Lebanese woman to have climbed the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. She concluded this achievement by scaling Mount Everest in May of 2019. As a Conservation Architect, Joyce…
058: Ordinary Jones - Exploring Italy’s History
Sep 22 • 43 min
Samuele and Daniele of Ordinary Jones are interested in symbolism and anthropology with a historical approach throughout Italy. During their travels, they visit the archaeological places like conventional tourists, but they also look for ancient traces…
057: Visiting Cuba with Coast to Costa
Sep 14 • 63 min
While living in Spain for four years Andrew developed fluency for the language and fell in love with the culture. His time there has given him the ability to create a local’s experience, highlighting some of the best- kept secrets that cannot be found in…
056: Hiking the Italian Dolomites
Sep 7 • 39 min
On this episode we talk with Christine, born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii currently works as an ER doctor. The shift work allows her to have a nice chunk of time in her schedule for extended vacations around the world. Today we talked with her about her…
055: August Travel Bites w/ Bob and Elliot
Sep 1 • 30 min
On this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of August. We discuss the rise in the trending slow-tourism, the Amazonian wildfires, and the clashes in the street and airport of Hong Kong!…
054: RV-ing w/ Destination Rejuvenation
Aug 24 • 54 min
Jennie and Lynn Owens have been foster and adoptive parents, worked in residential care, and started a clinic to help struggling children families. They found themselves in a state of compassion fatigue as a result of emotionally draining work and…
053: Design Your Detour
Aug 18 • 55 min
On this episode we speak with Kelly Abanda who was spending her early adult life according to the structured template that society has laid out in corporate America. However, something was missing. Kelly’s soul longed for more meaning and adventure. At…
052: Unleash Your Potential
Aug 11 • 69 min
On this episode we talk with Zurab of Unleash Your Potential on why you should consider your physical and mental health while travelling. Zurab was able to experience over 70 countries in only a few years while being a personal trainer on a commercial…
051: July Travel Bites w/ Bob and Elliot
Aug 4 • 31 min
On this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of July. From the electric car trail through the Alps with Switzerland’s Grand Tour to wondering how often airplanes actually get a decent…
050: The Elephant Project
Jul 29 • 49 min
After seeing elephants being abused in Thailand, Kristina was given the motivation to start The Elephant Project in order to help raise funds for elephants and create awareness for the well being of the species. Kristina now donates 100% of the net profit…
049: Traveling to Iceland with GJ Travel
Jul 21 • 56 min
Gregory fell in love with Iceland as a teenager through its history and literature 13 years ago as a young student. The beauty of the country took over and drew him into the tourism industry when he realized that his teaching would impact the experience…
048: Private Guide Worldwide
Jul 14 • 43 min
Garth Hovell is an international travel specialist and private guide who escorts high net worth individuals and their families on adventure holidays focusing on wildlife and ancient cultures ensuring a safe, inspirational journey of a lifetime.Garth…
047: Traveling with Pride
Jul 6 • 45 min
Chase Angle is an avid travel that works a steady job like many of us aspiring world nomads. This episode focuses on logistics (inter-national vs intra-national travelling, lodging, and safety), finances, and advice on travelling as a member of the LGBTQ+…
046: Couchsurfing Orange Acres
Jun 29 • 56 min
Jefferey James is the owner and founder of Orange Acres Commune in Missoula, Montana. In his words, “Orange Acres is about helping veterans, at risk and financially disadvantaged young adults, native american tribal members, artists, actors and actresses,…
045: Mindful Traveling and Voluntourism
Jun 21 • 51 min
This week we talk with Travis Zane. Travis is a multimedia creative focused on creating insightful photo editorials, videos, essays, and travel guides. His content pairs lifestyle and travel photography with thoughtful words, encouraging audiences to…
044: Baby Can Travel
Jun 16 • 56 min
Prior to having kids, Celine took a year off work to travel the world. She and her husband knew that when they returned they would spend the rest of their lives trying to travel as much as they could. Having a passion and being just a little stubborn,…
043: Archaeological Exploration in Cambodia
Jun 9 • 53 min
Dr. Sarah Klassen is the co-director of the Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative (CALI). In recent years, imagery from two lidar acquisitions were used to map seven previously concealed and undocumented dense urban landscapes surrounded by much lower…
042: Inked and Abroad
Jun 2 • 64 min
Alex got Leukemia a week before Christmas. As he explains on this episode, “getting told you have cancer is hard. Going through the treatment might be even harder. Getting back to life once it’s all said and done, that might be the hardest thing of all.…
041: No Barriers
May 25 • 74 min
In 2001 Erik Weihenmayer climbed Mount Everest. He has completed all of the Seven Summits-the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. His latest achievement was kayaking the length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. All of these…
040: The Peace Corps in Africa
May 18 • 62 min
Rick Hammond discusses his experiences as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Zambia, and what two years living in Zambia was like as an American.
039: Skydiving, Mountain Biking, And More
May 11 • 69 min
Peter Hayes has spent his life chasing adventures throughout the world. From skydiving around the world through the 1980’s and 90’s to skiing and scuba diving, Peter continued to keep his travel experiences active as he traveled. Now, coming off of a…
038: Peru Part 4 - Planning Peru (2 Of 2)
May 5 • 80 min
This week’s episode is Part Two of a two part series of your favorite travel podcast hosts and their good friend Brian Driscoll breaking down the travel logistics and planning for Peru. We get into the details of our Airbnb accommodations, restaurant…
037: Peru Part 4 - Planning Peru (1 of 2)
Apr 27 • 72 min
This week’s episode is Part One of a two part series of your favorite travel podcast hosts and their good friend Brian Driscoll breaking down the travel logistics and planning for Peru. We get into the details of our Airbnb accommodations, restaurant…
036: A Soldier’s Journey Into War
Apr 21 • 64 min
Mike Maggio signed his initial enlistment contract on August 8, 2007 and was quickly shipped off to basic training. Enlisted as an Infantryman Military occupational specialty (MOS) 11B, Mike attended basic training at Fort Benning, GA and was later…
035: Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Apr 14 • 70 min
What a special episode we have here! With the aid of Marleah DiMenna (Bob’s wife) we discuss the planning, preparation, and logistics for finding Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia. In September, 2018 TTB Co-Host Bob and Marleah rented a car…
034: Travel and Finance
Apr 7 • 76 min
Grant Cross, who after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance and Investments, went on to be a Hedge Fund Credit Analyst and eventually a Equity Research Associate covering stocks in the Building Products and Materials Sector…
033: The Wonderful World of Disney
Mar 29 • 56 min
Brianna Driscoll is an experienced and avid Disney World trip planner who visits The Most Magical Place on Earth at least one time per year! When she visited Disney for the first time during her senior year of high school, she fell in love. Now with two…
032: Peru Part 3 - Psychoactive Flora
Mar 24 • 52 min
Scott Lite is an ethnobotanist, herbalist, adventurer, seed-saver, plant hunter, explorer and apprentice to the shaman of the world. He was trained as an herbalist at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in September 2011. Scott is an associate of…
031: The Triple Crown of Hiking
Mar 17 • 61 min
Jacob Gilliland recently completed The Triple Crown of hiking. This feat, which only about 450 people have ever done, consists of completing the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail totalling close to 8,000 miles. Jacob…
030: Teaching Abroad in Asia
Mar 10 • 55 min
Ryan Kallio is a passionate traveler from Australia living in South Korea. Since first deciding to head overseas, Ryan loved the challenge of exploring new countries, cultures and languages all across the globe. Ryan has spent many months travelling…
029: Some People Take Photos, I Paint
Mar 2 • 44 min
Kevin Swanick studied landscape architecture at the Pennsylvania State University, and he has a unique, and often contemplative travel style. Instead of traveling with camera gear and snapping thousands of pictures per trip, he prefers to sit down in one…
028: The Great Migration Honeymoon in Kenya
Feb 24 • 54 min
Michela Solinas and her husband spent their honeymoon somewhere rather unusual. Every year, the great migration occurs in Kenya, and Michela wanted to take advantage of the trip and explore the diverse wildlife of Kenya. In September 2018, Michela and her…
027: Travelling with a DJ
Feb 17 • 58 min
Kevin Owens has had the opportunity to view different cultures of the world through a unique lens and from an unusual perspective. He makes his living traveling the world as a videographer for DJs and his job is to capture the heart pounding moments of…
026: Using Travel to Educate
Feb 10 • 56 min
Travis Tennessen has taught field courses and led numerous domestic and international excursions for university students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Penn State University. Travis founded and now co-facilitates Community Engagement Fellows…
025: The Jetsetting Family
Feb 2 • 76 min
Rod and Jess decided to step away from their careers, sell their stuff, and embark on a full-time family adventure with their 6-year-old son Santi and 2-year-old daughter Nora. Since then, they have visited 9 countries and 32 cities in just 24 weeks!…
024: Bob and Elliot’s Top National Parks
Jan 28 • 67 min
On this episode, two best friends sit down and swap some of our favorite US National Parks that we’ve had the privilege of visiting and some of the ones we plan on going to in the future. Fantasize over your love for nature with The Traveler’s Blueprint…
023: Peru Part 2 - Trekhoppers
Jan 19 • 68 min
Matt Waugh, a Scottish Ex-Pat, who came to Peru in 2006 as a tour leader responsible for groups of tourists from all over the world leads treks between Lima and La Paz. He has also previously been travelling globally running trekking and other tours on…
022: Peru Part 1 - Lima Gourmet
Jan 12 • 65 min
Samantha Lewis is an American from Kansas City living in Peru for the last eight years. In 2011 she founded The Lima Gourmet Company together with her Peruvian husband, now the top food tour company in the country. Since very little, she had a passion for…
021: The Minivan of Memories
Jan 6 • 53 min
On this episode we talk to Adilson Randi. Born in Brazil and now living in Dublin, Ireland. Adilson has taken his passion for travel beyond the act itself. In attempt to learn more about the world and the people who occupy it, Adilson built an amazing…
020: The Benefits of Public Transportation
Dec 30, 2018 • 59 min
On this podcast we talk to Mike Fargnoli, a Landscape Architect with specific research experience in the public light rail transportation system of the Pacific Northwest.
019: The Legend of Christmas
Dec 24, 2018 • 14 min
Exclusive Interview with Kris Kringle himself. Learn more about who the legend is and how he does it year in and year out.
018: Freediving with Vito
Dec 22, 2018 • 54 min
On this podcast we talk to Vitomir Maricic, a professional free diver from Croatia, an endurance athlete, freediving trainer, and active world traveler. Instagram: Maverick2go
017: Bob and Elliot - The Most Memorable Place You…
Dec 16, 2018 • 55 min
TTB 017: Bob and Elliot - The Most Memorable Place You… by Bob DiMenna and Elliot Shibley
016: Famiglia Italiana
Dec 4, 2018 • 56 min
On this podcast we talk to Marianna Le Donne where we discuss her frequent trips to Italy and get some insight on her travel planning techniques, experiences, and tips. Grazie per aver ascoltato un animale seducente!
015: The Third Culture Kid
Nov 29, 2018 • 61 min
On this podcast we talk to Lizi Stephens where we discuss her unique experience growing up in Turkey prior to moving back to the US. Listen to discuss how her life in Turkey impacted her life back in the states, and what it means to be a Third Culture Kid.
014: Rock Climbing in the Sierras
Nov 21, 2018 • 57 min
On this podcast we talk to Paulina Dao and her experiences hiking and rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. She is the founder of the Bay Area Outdoor Women club and a member of the Bay Area Climbers Coalition. Paulina has a wealth of…
013: The Worlds Longest Honeymoon
Nov 19, 2018 • 60 min
On this podcast we talk to Mike and Anne Howard of HoneyTrek who left for their honeymoon in 2012 and ended up turning their travels into a full-time business. Mike and Anne are now on the World’s Longest Honeymoon and together they have explored 620…
012: 25 Years as an Ex-Pat in the Philippines
Nov 15, 2018 • 60 min
On this podcast we talk to Anthony Shibley (Elliot’s Uncle) who gives us insight on some of his incredible life experiences, how travel has impacted his life, shaped his career, and his journey to living in the Philippines for 25 years and counting! Enjoy…
011: Finca Pasiflora - La Vida Independiente
Nov 10, 2018 • 56 min
On this podcast we talk to Wade Moore, who has taken up residence in Costa Rica as a sustainable farmer. Wade has dedicated his life to developing a eco-friendly farm deep in the Costa Rican rainforest. Wade has a driven ambition for spreading the word of…
010: Max Wilderness - Wildlife Photography and Paragliding
Nov 3, 2018 • 62 min
On this podcast we talk to Max Seigal, a National Geographic Photography, an entrepreneurial photographer, and environmental activist. Max discusses his path to photography and paragliding, and shares some pretty fascinating wild animal encounters. Thanks…
009: An Indian Wedding in Thailand
Oct 23, 2018 • 52 min
On this podcast we talk to Steve Hackett who just got back from an incredible trip in Thailand where he not only attended, but participated in a Thai wedding between two of his close friends. He brings us through his experience on the long haul from the…
008: Airline Mile Hacking
Oct 18, 2018 • 66 min
Get ready to re-evaluate every flight you’ve ever booked and every travel cost you’ve ever incurred. Today we talk with Ian Agrimis, who has become an expert in accruing airline miles and credit card points (or credit cards) to help fund his adventures to…
007: Bob and Elliot’s Top 10 Countries to Visit Next
Oct 11, 2018 • 65 min
On this podcast we break down our Top 10 list of favorite countries that we each would like to visit in the (very near) future. We take turns explaining providing insight on some of the major attractions for each of the destinations discussed and the…
006: The Benefits of Group Travel Packages
Oct 5, 2018 • 68 min
On this podcast we talk to Leah Habib about her particular experiences traveling to five continents in just a few short years. She provides incredible insight on her time studying abroad in Spain and England and contributes some great advice on why…
005: The Nature Fix
Sep 27, 2018 • 45 min
On this podcast we talk to Florence Williams, the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Healthier, Happier, and More Creative. Thanks for listening!!
004: Magi Goes to Cuba
Sep 17, 2018 • 48 min
There are a lot of misconceptions about traveling to Cuba. In this episode we break down traveling to the mysterious country with Magi Kernan, where she discusses her recent trip to the country opens our eyes to the ins and outs of visiting this beautiful…
003: Two Years in Paraguay with the Peace Corps
Sep 10, 2018 • 66 min
On this podcast we talk to Mel Witman where we discuss her experiences as a volunteer with the Peace Corp. and her time living in Paraguay. Mel spend two years living alone in a third world country and the hardships she faced; including how she dealt with…
002: Teaching English in Spain
Sep 8, 2018 • 57 min
On this podcast we talk to Maura Solometo where we discuss her experiences living and teaching English in Spain for six months, including her preparation for her trip and how she adjusted to life abroad. Contact Information IG: maura_s29 Thanks for…
001: Biking 900 Miles Alone on the Chilean Pan American Highway
Sep 7, 2018 • 65 min
On the podcast today, we have on Lina Montopoli, where we discuss her decision to bike 900 miles alone along the Pan American Highway. Her journey through the Patagonian countryside is incredibly inspiring and when you find out she really didn’t plan any…
000: The Beginning
Sep 7, 2018 • 2 min
Welcome to The Travelers Blueprint Podcast! In our very first episode you are introduced to us - Bob and Elliot! We discuss what the podcast is, who we are, why we are doing it, and what to expect in future episodes. If you like travel, and want to learn…