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Best Travel Podcasts You Need To Listen To In 2018

The ideal way to take advantage of your downtime is listening to podcasts. You can get inspired and educated on things you care about easily, even with your eyes closed….

The ideal way to take advantage of your downtime is listening to podcasts.

You can get inspired and educated on things you care about easily, even with your eyes closed.

Your daily commute or working out can be improved with the right words coming through your headphones.

What makes a great podcast is a good storyteller and interesting, unique content.

If you’re curious about the best travel podcasts you need to listen to in 2018, here’s a list of our top picks! 

Best Travel Podcasts You Need To Listen To In 2018

Amateur Traveler

Since 2005, Chris Christensen’s podcast has been one of the most popular and useful podcasts for travelers worldwide.

Just like his website says, the show helps people decide where they should go next.

Each episode thoroughly examines a certain destination and offers tips on how to make the best out of a place you’re visiting.

Usually, there’s a guest who’s either a local or someone who has recently travelled to the area that’s discussed in the episode.

Expect everything from advice on what to visit and what to skip to things you must have in your bag.

If you’re looking for an information-packed but also compelling podcast, Amateur Traveler has it covered!

Extra Pack of Peanuts

Hosted by Travis and Heather, Extra Pack of Peanuts is perfect for those who are in love with travelling, but have a limited budget.

Or, actually, for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune for an incredible experience.

The hosts are fun and passionate about showing the listeners that a life of travelling is very much possible, as long as you follow certain tips.

Learn everything about frequent flyer miles, inexpensive accomodation and car rentals.

The guests they bring on are inspiring and just as enthusiastic about sharing their honest advice on visiting specific locations.

For an instant mood boost along with helpful content, listen to Travis and Heather!

Indie Travel Podcast

This podcast is run by a couple from New Zealand who decided that the conventional lifestyle is not their cup of tea.

Instead, they have been travelling constantly for more than 10 years and documenting their journey.

Craig and Linda have visited every continent and lived in a couple of countries for long periods of time.

So, not only can they speak from a visitor’s point of view, but also from resident’s.

They offer knowledge you can only get firsthand and, therefore, they will help you avoid some common mistakes.

Sometimes they even bring in experts to offer more information and a new perspective on certain topics.

Expect everything from money-saving tips and destination highlights to relationship advice!

The Travelers

Instead of the travels being the center of the show, this podcast focuses mainly on the traveler.

The host Nathaniel Boyle is great at exploring the spiritual side of travelling and the way it affects your state of mind.

Something that makes this podcast unique is the fact that the topic of travel is intertwined with many others such as creativity and careers.

Also, the host is not afraid to talk about the struggles of consistently being on the road.

Everyone knows how exhausting and stressful it can get at times, even when you’re trying your best to enjoy it.

To paint the picture, Nathaniel always brings guests that tell interesting personal stories full of tips for future travellers.

The interviewees are often travel bloggers, photographers, entrepreneurs and writers.

If you want to listen to a podcast that will always keep you at the edge of your seat theme-wise, this is the one.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get your regular travel recommendations and suggestions here as well!

Travel Tales

Since this podcast is hosted by a comedian, you will definitely enjoy it.

Mike Siegel is known for bringing interesting guests who always have hilarious stories up their sleeve.

They’re all, of course, travel-related and usually depict their experiences and highlights of their journeys.

Mike also has stories of his own, as he’s familiar with various cultures and local customs.

He’s an experienced world traveler who wants to help his listeners avoid the mistakes he’s made, and also inspire them to do some exploring of their own.

He has so much to offer, but even enjoying his humor will be enough!

Women On The Road

This one will be especially appealing to girls and women everywhere.

Laura Hughes and her guests will make you feel empowered and eager to get out of your comfort zone.

She lives her life on the road, in a camper van, and she’ll teach you everything you need to know about that lifestyle.

Laura has an honest, refreshing approach to the challenges everyone who lives on the road goes through.

Even better, if you’re thinking of changing your life permanently or just taking a road trip, her advice will be of great value.

Learn how to handle homesickness, get tips on travelling with your S.O. or just how to handle the cold weather.

More importantly, get to know some truly impeccable women!

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How To Explore The Fjords Of Norway On A Budget

If you have a travel wishlist, the fjords of Norway are most likely on it. This Scandinavian country is one of the most beautiful, but also, one of the most…

If you have a travel wishlist, the fjords of Norway are most likely on it. This Scandinavian country is one of the most beautiful, but also, one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe.

However, believe it or not, there is a way to see and experience the fjords of Norway without going bankrupt. The tips below will help you save some money and fully enjoy the trip at the same time!

How To Explore The Fjords Of Norway On A Budget

Transport

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The first step is actually getting there and getting around. There are many different ways to cut the prices of your transportation. Let’s talk about air travel first.

If you plan on traveling through the rest of Norway as well, not only the fjords, consider buying the Explore Norway Ticket.

This gives you the opportunity to fly as much as you want inside Norway for a period of 2 weeks. You can use the Ticket in July and August, which happens to be a great time to see the fjords. For more information on prices and dates, visit the Widerøe official website.

Also, try to choose local airlines such as Norwegian, for a much cheaper ticket price. You can also look up for cheap flights on Momondo.

Train travel is very popular among tourists. Not only because it’s not as expensive, but also because many routes take you through the most picturesque parts of Norway, fjord areas included. Make sure you plan ahead, so you can score some extra discounts.

For example, every month, at off-peak times, you can buy Minipris (“mini-price”) tickets. They will take you from Oslo to any Norwegian city for 30-40 euros. Therefore, you can go to Bergen, which is rightfully called the “gateway to the fjords”, without spending a fortune.

Food

Wherever you choose to travel, food is always a large expense. When it comes to Norway, it can even consume the biggest part of your budget if you’re not careful with where you spend your money.

It’s extremely expensive to eat in Norwegian restaurants, so if you’re trying to save up, avoid them completely. Our recommendation is buying groceries in local supermarkets and cooking your own food since this will make a huge difference. Some of the low price stores are REMA 1000, Kiwi and Rimi.

The good news is that tap water is good to drink all around Norway, so buying bottled water won’t be a problem. However, if you buy anything in a plastic bottle, remember you can return the bottle and get some money back! Little by little, you’ll end up saving some much-needed cash.

See The Fjords From Your Feet

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If you’re an active person, the fjord regions are a perfect opportunity for a hiking holiday! Instead of spending hundreds and even thousands of euros on boat tours, choose this much cheaper approach.

Wherever you turn, you’ll see photo-worthy views and you’ll be able to admire the fjords from a different standpoint. Even if you’re not the fittest or if you’re traveling with children, you can enjoy some of the more gentle trails.

Find your perfect hiking trail here.

We recommend Mount Skåla, Norway’s highest mountain with its foot in the fjord, for more experienced hikers. Even though it’s very difficult, it would be a shame to miss it. You’ll know why when you see the stunning fjord and glacier landscapes everywhere around you. A fun fact is that the tower built here was once a sanatorium, which shows how therapeutic these views can be.

Other than that, consider visiting Nærøyfjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the narrowest fjord in the world) or Trolltunga, which you might recognize from photos you’ve seen online.

Accommodation

Depending on what you’re into, there are a couple different options when it comes to accommodation. The biggest advice is same as everywhere else – avoid large hotels and try to book in advance.

If you like or don’t mind camping, Norway is perfect for it. There’s something called “freedom to roam” or “allemannsretten”, which means you can put up a tent anywhere in the countryside or mountains, as long as you keep at least 150 meters away from the nearest inhabited house.

This means that as long as you have a tent and necessary camping gear, you won’t have to look for campsites, you can sleep anywhere in nature for free!

Also, there are over 500 lodges and cabins along the trails all over the country. They are the property of the Norwegian Trekking Association. If you’re a member of the Association, you’ll get a discount, but you can use them even if you’re not.

You can choose between self-service cabins, no-service cabins, and staffed lodges. You’ll have everything you need in all of them (firewood, gas, duvets, pillows), but there are certain differences such as the possibility of serving meals in staffed lodges. You can find the necessary information about the cabins on their website. Booking.com is another good place to take a look at accommodation options.

Couchsurfing is another option. You might meet some friendly locals who will give you even more tips on how to spend less and see more. And who’s more trustworthy than a local?

Don’t forget to check these 9 quintessential Norway experiences as well!

Enjoy!

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5 Best Experiences in Oulanka National Park

Oulanka National Park is one of Finland’s many treasures. Ever since 1956, it has been a perfect destination for those who enjoy the nature and all the activities that bring…

Oulanka National Park is one of Finland’s many treasures. Ever since 1956, it has been a perfect destination for those who enjoy the nature and all the activities that bring us closer to it.

Whether you choose to visit Oulanka national park in the winter or in the summer, there’s plenty of things to do either way. Therefore, here are our top 5 picks and suggestions!

Hike the Bear’s Trail

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Oulanka National Park is most famous for its amazing hiking trails. There’s a wide variety of them, starting from 0,3 km up to 82 km for the more adventurous visitors. Hiking is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and, if you’re lucky, you might spot some animals along the way!

The most famous one is also Finland’s most popular hiking trail – Karhunkierros Trail. It’s also known as the Bear’s Trail or Bear’s Ring.

Physically, it’s very demanding, but, on the other hand, also very rewarding. Depending on your stamina and allowed time, it might take you up to 6 days to finish it. The circuit can be walked in whole or in parts since it’s split into 4 sections.

The trail has two main starting points: Hautajärvi and Ristikallio. Hautajärvi can be easily reached from the town of Kuusamo. The trail is well marked (watch out for the orange paint markings on trees!) and the wildlife is abundant, to say the least.

Keep in mind that, despite being called the Bear’s Ring, the trail is not circular, so you may want to plan your transportation for the way back in advance.

When it comes to accommodation, you have a choice of spending the night in one of the cabins that are free of charge for visitors or you can bring your tent. If you pick the cabin, keep in mind that there are no reservations, which means that who gets there first gets the cabin! Booking also has some properties in Kuusamo listed on their site.

However, if you don’t have a lot of time, you can explore the Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is one of the most iconic trails in Finland.

The Small Bear Round, how it’s commonly called, is 12 km long. This circle route can be finished in a day, but the views are still spectacular. Other than that, there are other options suitable for every type of hiker.

Explore by canoe

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A great way to get to know Oulanka National Park from a different perspective is from the water. Actually, the Oulanka river is ideal for canoeing and other activities on the water. It’s suitable for beginners and even children, so if you’re looking for a relaxing trip through the untouched nature of the region, you must try this.

You will probably see all kinds of wildlife, such as reindeer, eagles, or, less likely, the bears. Also, if you’re into fishing, there are areas where you can do that as well. You can get the fishing permit and all necessary information in the Oulanka Visitor Centre.

However, our recommendation is making your canoeing-trip a two-day experience at least. For a complete stress-free getaway, consider spending the night and waking up to another day of paddling.

Some of the most stunning things to see from the canoe are the Oulanka Canyon, Myllykoski and the Jyrävä falls in the Kitka River, the hanging bridges etc. Some tours offer a ride all the way to the Russian border.

Also, part of the Karhunkierros Trail can be travelled by canoe. 

Try Rafting

For an adrenaline-filled ride, you should consider rafting. Unlike canoeing, this activity is set in Oulanka’s rapids, from class I to class IV wild ones. The best time to get involved in this activity is at the beginning of summer.

The Wild Route is one of the most difficult ones.

Biodiversity

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Even though this isn’t an activity or a place you must visit, it’s definitely part of an overall unforgettable experience. Oulanka Park is special since it’s the most valuable conservation area in all of Finland. Dozens of plant and animal species you see here are those you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world.

Notable among the wildlife are the 7,000 insect species (for example, wood ants, which build nests that are around three feet tall), eagles, bears, wolves, wolverines and many others.

You can pick berries and mushrooms freely, walk through the pine forests, observe the eagles and the semi-domesticated reindeer, and smell the orchids along the way. Yes, you can experience all of this in one place. 🙂

Northern Lights

Finally, the Oulanka National Park is great for witnessing one of nature’s greatest phenomena: the northern lights. You have a great chance of seeing them very early or late in the season. Ideally, you should visit in October and November or in March or April. Combined with the stunning nature everywhere around, this is a perfect location for Aurora Borealis hunting.

 

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