Episode 38 – Around the World

For the next seven episodes on The Gone John Show feed, we are revisiting my original travel podcast series, Boarding Call.

Prior to embarking on my adventure to Asia in the fall of 2015, my plan was to produce a weekly travel podcast to talk with interesting travellers, feature unique destinations, and share advice from experts – along with providing some current travel news.

In May of 2015 – when life presented me the opportunity to go on my own travel adventure – I jumped at the chance.  However, Boarding Call went on to the back-burner and eventually a permanent hiatus.

With The Gone John Show and the Gone John blog being my primary focus of travel content creation these days, I’m winding down my Boarding Call online presence – and wanted to bring these seven shows into the fold.  The stories which were shared still stand up, and are as interesting now as they were when they were first published.

Following these seven episodes, new episodes of The Gone John Show will be forthcoming – so, stay tuned!

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Episode 31 – The Sound of Silence

Yes!  There’s a slightly different sound to this week’s show.  Let me know what you think of it at john@gonejohn.com.

Also on this week’s show :

  • Being back in Canada means I’m embarking on the next part of my journey – looking for my next career opportunity.  Navigating the universe of applying for a job in 2016 is like visiting a foreign country!
  • I put Michaela Alexis’ excellent LinkedIn tune-up advice to work.  Fingers crossed.
  • If you know of someone who is looking for someone who is good with video, audio, social media and storytelling… I know a guy.
  • I mentioned Roman Mars’ brilliant podcast 99% Invisible.  It is addictive – and has become a bit of an influence for the direction I want to take this podcast.  If you’re looking for a starting point, may I suggest episode 154 about the carpet (that was) in the Portland airport.
  • Episode 15 of this podcast focused on the sounds of Tokyo.
  • I’ve talked before about my love of Skyscanner.  You can add Momondo to that list as well.
  • Exciting news from my Disney obsession front.  Chris from TDR Explorer has booked a trip to be at the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort.  I’m very envious.
  • Whether you’re going to see the Mouse or the Great Wall, I’ve penned a guest post on TDR Explorer with everything you need to know to get an L-class tourist visa to visit China.  Check it out.
  • If you know someone who should be a guest on a future episode, e-mail me.

Episode 27 – Greetings from China Beach

This week’s featured image, by the way, is a photo of sunrise (this morning!) on My Khe Beach (aka “China Beach”) here in Danang.

Coming up on this week’s show :

  • I went for a burger, but got more than I bargained for.  Dinner and conversation with a lady who lived through a big piece of Vietnam’s modern history.
  • A little R&R of my own – doing the math on getting a private room.
  • Taking the train from Nha Trang to Da Nang.  What was a night like on the Reunification Express?
  • Mud Pools and Deadpool in Nha Trang

For more on Mojzo Dorm in Nha Trang, check out their Hostelworld entry.  For more on Danang Beach Hotel, click here.

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Episode 23 – The Tribe Has Spoken

Greetings from beautiful Kota Kinabalu  – the world’s gateway to Malaysian Borneo.

Today is my final day hanging out at Refarer Hostel – a brand new hostel in Kota Kinabalu’s central district.  I’ve said many times over the last few days that if a skateboard shop and a hostel mated, Refarer would be the result.  It’s a chill place with great beds, a big common room, delicious breakfast, and a fun vibe.  The staff are among the friendliest I’ve encountered so far on the trip.  I highly recommend this place.  You can book it on Hostelworld.

I love the vibe at Refarer.
I love the vibe at Refarer.

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