Episode 43 – Join the Studio Audience

This is the sixth of seven episodes from my travel podcast series, Boarding Call.  It was originally published on May 21, 2015.

About this Episode :

David Letterman walked off the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater for the final time the week this episode was recorded – and like a lot of people, I was reflecting on how Dave made an impact in my life and career.  And thinking about him isn’t complete without thinking about that cold Monday back in 2011 when Chris and I went to be part of the studio audience for The Late Show.

Being in the audience of a TV show is a unique experience – and if you have travel planned to any of the major entertainment/media capitals of the world (LA, New York, London, Toronto), it’s definitely an experience worth exploring.

On this episode of Boarding Call, I give you the skinny on how to get your hands on tickets to attend a taping of a TV show.

Episode 42 – Destination : Japan

This is the fifth of seven episodes from my travel podcast Boarding Call.  This episode was originally published on May 8, 2015.

On this Episode:

This episode is the first of what will be a continuing series of episodes dedicated to providing an audio guidebook for destinations around the world.  This show focuses on Japan including advice on getting to Japan, money, train travel, hotels, and must-see experiences.

Episode 41 – Travel the World on $50 a Day

This is the fourth of seven episodes from my travel podcast series, Boarding Call.  It was originally published on April 23, 2015.

Our Guest

Matt Kepnes is better known as Nomadic Matt, and is the author of the book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.  (BBC Travel calls it “the bible for budget travellers.”) He shares some of his thinking with us and tells us how he’s using the ideas from the book to get himself across the United States to promote the most recent edition of the book.

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Episode 40 – Honeymoon in New Zealand

This is the third of seven episodes from my original travel podcast series, Boarding Call.  This episode was originally published April 17, 2016.

Our Guests

Kim Schmidt and André Mougeot had one request of their family and friends who came to celebrate their wedding.  Rather than bring gifts of toasters and wine glasses and other typical goods, all they asked was for a little help in making their honeymoon dream come true – an adventure to New Zealand.

The couple had an amazing adventure in NZ, getting to experience a number of thrills.  This is definitely not sitting on a sandy beach for seven nights at an all-inclusive!

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The view from the observatory at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is stunning, and free.

Tokyo A to Z

I love Tokyo.  Its unique paradoxical character which I have yet to experience anywhere else is a big reason for why it’s my favourite city in the world.

In one breath, Tokyo is a modern, futuristic city where millions of people work (hard) and play (harder).  From glistening glass and steel structures scraping the skyline, to a transportation system which is eerily efficient, to a digital culture which has nearly universal acceptance and literacy by old and young – Tokyo is the most evolved of any 21st-century city.

Yet, in the same breath, Tokyo is a place where formal, button-down, traditional culture permeates everyday life.  There are unspoken rules about how to do the most basic of tasks, a groupthink on what’s acceptable and unacceptable in public, and constant (and still functioning) elements of Japan’s history dotting the landscape.  Tokyo may be contemporary, but it remembers where it came from.

While there is a multitude of reasons to embrace it, I have chosen 26 for this post (A to Z) on why I love Tokyo.

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