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The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Amanda Kendle

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The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
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The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Amanda Kendle

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The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle is a show for travel lovers. Each episode is packed with travel stories from fellow travel addicts on topics like using foreign languages, meeting the locals, getting lost and what we learn from our travels.

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162 Choosing Where to Live Abroad

Have you ever thought about living abroad? I've done it - in Japan, Slovakia and Germany - but it all just kind of happened, and I never had the intention of moving there for the foreseeable future. That's why Episode 162 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is particularly interesting to me - my guests have all travelled with the intention of finding a place to live abroad permanently or for at least a fair few years. First up I chat with Liz Green who explains how she and her husband decided to trial living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was mind-blowing enough for me to learn that lots of FIFO (fly in, fly out) workers in Australian mine sites actually fly to south-east Asia for their home base, and then I was interested to hear about how Liz and her husband scoped out whether Chiang Mai could be for them or not. I then chat with Ann Mortimore and Ian Crabtree who left the United States with the express purpose of finding a new home. Their search is narrowing and it was fascinating to h...

29 MIN4 d ago
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162 Choosing Where to Live Abroad

161 Cycling Across the World

Ever thought about cycling around the whole world? I sure haven’t - but today’s two guests in Episode 161 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast have both spent years and thousands of kilometres exploring the globe by bicycle and despite what you might assume, they seem quite normal! First up I chat with Alastair Humphreys who spent four years on his bike, covering five continents and learning a lot both about cycling and its benefits, and about himself. I then speak with Brett Seychell who set out on a whim one day to cycle from London to Paris, which turned out to be the start of something much bigger! In fact - it's not an exaggeration to say that it changed his whole life. Links: Alastair Humphreys - https://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ Brett from Social Cycles - https://www.social-cycles.com Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/161

30 MIN1 w ago
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161 Cycling Across the World

160 Cairns and Queensland Podcast Diary

Time for something different for Episode 160 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: you can listen in on my diary! I've just spent a week in Cairns, Queensland, and after many requests to do this, I actually recorded a podcast diary on my trip. Well, most days - it was a very busy trip! The first part of my trip saw me explore Cairns, the Nerada Tea plantation and taking the Skyrail to Kuranda on my own - all lots of fun and I especially enjoyed the chance to be a solo traveller for just a couple of days again. That's a rare pleasure for me at this phase in life. For the second half of my trip, a hundred and fifty or so of my friends joined me!! In fact I was attending the annual convention of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, so I got to visit Fitzroy Island with a small group of them, and then spend two days together talking and celebrating all things travel writing, travel PR and travel influencing. It's such a fun event and also really got my mind ticking over with a billion ...

23 MIN2 w ago
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160 Cairns and Queensland Podcast Diary

159 - Languages and Travel

Travelling in foreign countries is only half the fun when we know the language, right? Plenty of intrigue and hilarity ensues when you're trying to communicate in a language you only know a few phrases of, and that's a big joy when I travel - picking up little pieces of a new language and learning how it all fits together! In Episode 159 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I chat with three travellers about this very topic and they find it just as interesting as I do. First up I talk to Denise who spent some time in Spain learning flamenco dancing - and learnt just as much about the Spanish language and culture, too. Next I chat with Kendall about how fortunate we are - in some ways! - to be native English speakers, and other issues related to languages and travel. Finally, I speak with Dan Johnston who's tackled one of the more complex European languages, Czech, and found it rather tricky! We talk about how language ability can change your personality in some ways, too. Links: Denise Tham - Spas of the World - https://spatravels.home.blog/ Kendall’s site https://www.kendallsimmons.com/ Dan at Dreams Around the World - https://dreamsaroundtheworld.com/thethoughtfultravelpodcast/ Previous episodes on languages and travel: Episode 126 - https://www.notaballerina.com/2019/02/language-difficulties-episode-126-thoughtful-travel-podcast.html Episode 10 - https://www.notaballerina.com/2016/05/thoughtful-travel-podcast-episode-10-cope-another-language.html Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/159

25 MIN3 w ago
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159 - Languages and Travel

158 - When Travel Days Go Wrong

Getting around on your travels is not always smooth sailing and things do go wrong. Does that mean your trip is a disaster? I think not! If my three guests in Episode 158 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast are anything to go by, a travel mishap is purely fodder for a great story to tell later. In this episode I chat first with Nate Hake. He tells the tale of visiting Bolivia and running into some trouble when protestors basically shut down the town of Uyuni shortly before he landed there Next, I talk to Justin Watson. He had a visa to get through China ... or did he? Finally, I speak with Natasha and AJ of the 2 Idiots Abroad blog ... about a time in Bangkok when possibly, they nearly lived up to the name of their blog! Links: Nate at Travel Lemming - https://travellemming.com/ Justin Watson - blog at Justin’s World http://www.justins.world Natasha and AJ - 2 Idiots Travel Blog https://www.2idiotstravel.com/ Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/158

28 MINOCT 22
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158 - When Travel Days Go Wrong

157 - Uncommon Destinations

Visiting places that not many people go to is a special joy for me - I love not knowing much about a place and honestly, I feel a bit proud to tell people if I've been somewhere uncommon. I'm probably not alone in that feeling! In Episode 157 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I speak with three travellers who've spent time in more uncommon destinations recently and loved their experiences. First I speak with Liz Green who found herself visiting Kazakhstan when her son moved there for a stint with his job. From not knowing much at all about it to absolutely loving the experience, Liz's story has definitely convinced me to visit! Next, I talk with Eva Westerling who has spent time in perhaps one of the least commonly visited countries at the moment - Iraq. Eva didn't go there for a tourist visit but rather as part of her job, but she still managed to do a little sightseeing around Erbil in the Kurdish area and has some interesting tales to tell about it. Finally, I chat with Justin Watson who has visited quite a number of uncommon destinations - he's soon headed to Ethiopia and Djibouti, so I'll have to get him back on to chat about those two! - but in this episode, we discuss his trip to Bhutan. Links: Liz’s site Whiz Bang Writing - https://www.whizbangwriting.com/ Eva’s blog Not Scared of the Jet Lag - http://www.notscaredofthejetlag.com Justin Watson - blog at Justin’s World http://www.justins.world Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/157

30 MINOCT 15
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156 - How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone

Travel can stretch your comfort zone in a multitude of ways, and the fact that it does is one of the biggest benefits of travel, I think. You can stretch a comfort zone at home too, but pushing the boundaries of what you feel comfortable with is so much easier in a new place, and there are usually a lot more opportunities too. In Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I start off talking to Ann Mortimore and Ian Crabtree who took a giant leap by deciding to pack up their life in the United States and start exploring the world full-time. Their first stop, Guatemala, provided quite a few comfort-zone-stretching moments. (Spoiler alert: it was all worth it!) Next up I chat with Michela Fantinel who I personally think is an expert in stretching her comfort zone. I admire how she's built up her experience of solo travel over the years and done particularly some amazing trips around Australia. Finally, I speak to Alastair Humphreys who is no stranger to smashing his comfort zone, be...

26 MINOCT 8
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155 - What's So Special About India?

India is one of those countries that people seem to visit and then rave about for the rest of their lives. In fact, it's really the only place I can think of that I hear so much deep love for. I've never really understood the pull to India that many people have, but after speaking with the three guests in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I'm keen to go and see it for myself. I first speak to Seng Mah, a photographer who found his first trip to India utterly life-changing and continues to return, including taking tour groups of photographers there knowing that their lives will be changed too. Seng explains the magic of India to me better than anyone ever else has. Next, I chat with Whitney Taylor who, like me, hadn't been particularly drawn to visiting India but found herself on a trip there. She was so amazed by it all and would go back in a heartbeat. Finally, Marilyn Murphy tells me a little about her first experience of India, and a more recent and contrasting one. Suffice to say, India was also an incredible experience for her that she recommends to all. Links: Seng Mah at Venture Photography - https://www.venturephotography.com.au Whitney Taylor on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whitneyleighartist/ Marilyn Murphy from the Wow Travel Club https://www.wowtravelclub.com/ Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellershttps://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/155

25 MINOCT 1
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155 - What's So Special About India?

154 - Dancing on Your Travels

Taking a dancing class when I'm travelling or specifically taking a trip to learn to dance is not something that I've ever done - but hearing about all the fun that my guests on Episode 154 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast have had makes me begin to wonder if it might be in my future! I start off chatting to Clare who has had several tango-related holidays. Clare describes her tango trips to Spain and Argentina and we also chat about how that interacts with learning and practising a language when you travel. Next, I talk with Denise who spent a month in Spain specifically to learn more flamenco. She really immersed herself in all things flamenco and while I'd say she worked pretty hard there, she definitely had an amazing experience. Finally I chat to Cheri who has taken music and dance classes in many places - and we agree that it is an amazing way to get to know a culture, something that goes beyond language. She describes a dance experience she had in Ghana which sounded pretty i...

27 MINSEP 24
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154 - Dancing on Your Travels

153 - Reading Books to Inspire Travel

It seems that the number of people who love to travel AND who love to read makes up quite a high proportion of my listeners so I'm excited that Episode 153 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast can be all about reading books to inspire travel. I'm constantly reading books because they're set somewhere I'm about to visit, or alternatively I've booked a number of trips because of places I've read about in books! For me, they are completely intertwined - and the guests on this episode seem to feel the same way. First up I chat with Kendall Simmons who is a voracious reader of all kinds of books and believes that reading before you travel somewhere really enriches your understanding of a place. Next I talk to Lesley West who is an even more voracious reader and is very devoted to reading books set in a destination before she travels there. (A woman after my own heart!) Finally, Alastair Humphreys and I talk about how reading books about people's travel experiences can actually give you an experience and perspective it's impossible for you to get otherwise, and we also talk about some of the travel books he's written and how knowing his travel experiences will become a book can influence his experience. Links: Kendall Simmon’s site https://www.kendallsimmons.com/ Lesley West of Better Link business consultancy - https://betterlinkgroup.edu.au/ Alastair Humphreys - https://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ Alastair’s new book My Midsummer Morning - https://amzn.to/2JWNjDe Join our Facebook grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/153

27 MINSEP 10
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153 - Reading Books to Inspire Travel

Latest Episodes

162 Choosing Where to Live Abroad

Have you ever thought about living abroad? I've done it - in Japan, Slovakia and Germany - but it all just kind of happened, and I never had the intention of moving there for the foreseeable future. That's why Episode 162 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is particularly interesting to me - my guests have all travelled with the intention of finding a place to live abroad permanently or for at least a fair few years. First up I chat with Liz Green who explains how she and her husband decided to trial living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was mind-blowing enough for me to learn that lots of FIFO (fly in, fly out) workers in Australian mine sites actually fly to south-east Asia for their home base, and then I was interested to hear about how Liz and her husband scoped out whether Chiang Mai could be for them or not. I then chat with Ann Mortimore and Ian Crabtree who left the United States with the express purpose of finding a new home. Their search is narrowing and it was fascinating to h...

29 MIN4 d ago
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162 Choosing Where to Live Abroad

161 Cycling Across the World

Ever thought about cycling around the whole world? I sure haven’t - but today’s two guests in Episode 161 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast have both spent years and thousands of kilometres exploring the globe by bicycle and despite what you might assume, they seem quite normal! First up I chat with Alastair Humphreys who spent four years on his bike, covering five continents and learning a lot both about cycling and its benefits, and about himself. I then speak with Brett Seychell who set out on a whim one day to cycle from London to Paris, which turned out to be the start of something much bigger! In fact - it's not an exaggeration to say that it changed his whole life. Links: Alastair Humphreys - https://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ Brett from Social Cycles - https://www.social-cycles.com Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/161

30 MIN1 w ago
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161 Cycling Across the World

160 Cairns and Queensland Podcast Diary

Time for something different for Episode 160 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: you can listen in on my diary! I've just spent a week in Cairns, Queensland, and after many requests to do this, I actually recorded a podcast diary on my trip. Well, most days - it was a very busy trip! The first part of my trip saw me explore Cairns, the Nerada Tea plantation and taking the Skyrail to Kuranda on my own - all lots of fun and I especially enjoyed the chance to be a solo traveller for just a couple of days again. That's a rare pleasure for me at this phase in life. For the second half of my trip, a hundred and fifty or so of my friends joined me!! In fact I was attending the annual convention of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, so I got to visit Fitzroy Island with a small group of them, and then spend two days together talking and celebrating all things travel writing, travel PR and travel influencing. It's such a fun event and also really got my mind ticking over with a billion ...

23 MIN2 w ago
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160 Cairns and Queensland Podcast Diary

159 - Languages and Travel

Travelling in foreign countries is only half the fun when we know the language, right? Plenty of intrigue and hilarity ensues when you're trying to communicate in a language you only know a few phrases of, and that's a big joy when I travel - picking up little pieces of a new language and learning how it all fits together! In Episode 159 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I chat with three travellers about this very topic and they find it just as interesting as I do. First up I talk to Denise who spent some time in Spain learning flamenco dancing - and learnt just as much about the Spanish language and culture, too. Next I chat with Kendall about how fortunate we are - in some ways! - to be native English speakers, and other issues related to languages and travel. Finally, I speak with Dan Johnston who's tackled one of the more complex European languages, Czech, and found it rather tricky! We talk about how language ability can change your personality in some ways, too. Links: Denise Tham - Spas of the World - https://spatravels.home.blog/ Kendall’s site https://www.kendallsimmons.com/ Dan at Dreams Around the World - https://dreamsaroundtheworld.com/thethoughtfultravelpodcast/ Previous episodes on languages and travel: Episode 126 - https://www.notaballerina.com/2019/02/language-difficulties-episode-126-thoughtful-travel-podcast.html Episode 10 - https://www.notaballerina.com/2016/05/thoughtful-travel-podcast-episode-10-cope-another-language.html Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/159

25 MIN3 w ago
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159 - Languages and Travel

158 - When Travel Days Go Wrong

Getting around on your travels is not always smooth sailing and things do go wrong. Does that mean your trip is a disaster? I think not! If my three guests in Episode 158 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast are anything to go by, a travel mishap is purely fodder for a great story to tell later. In this episode I chat first with Nate Hake. He tells the tale of visiting Bolivia and running into some trouble when protestors basically shut down the town of Uyuni shortly before he landed there Next, I talk to Justin Watson. He had a visa to get through China ... or did he? Finally, I speak with Natasha and AJ of the 2 Idiots Abroad blog ... about a time in Bangkok when possibly, they nearly lived up to the name of their blog! Links: Nate at Travel Lemming - https://travellemming.com/ Justin Watson - blog at Justin’s World http://www.justins.world Natasha and AJ - 2 Idiots Travel Blog https://www.2idiotstravel.com/ Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/158

28 MINOCT 22
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158 - When Travel Days Go Wrong

157 - Uncommon Destinations

Visiting places that not many people go to is a special joy for me - I love not knowing much about a place and honestly, I feel a bit proud to tell people if I've been somewhere uncommon. I'm probably not alone in that feeling! In Episode 157 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I speak with three travellers who've spent time in more uncommon destinations recently and loved their experiences. First I speak with Liz Green who found herself visiting Kazakhstan when her son moved there for a stint with his job. From not knowing much at all about it to absolutely loving the experience, Liz's story has definitely convinced me to visit! Next, I talk with Eva Westerling who has spent time in perhaps one of the least commonly visited countries at the moment - Iraq. Eva didn't go there for a tourist visit but rather as part of her job, but she still managed to do a little sightseeing around Erbil in the Kurdish area and has some interesting tales to tell about it. Finally, I chat with Justin Watson who has visited quite a number of uncommon destinations - he's soon headed to Ethiopia and Djibouti, so I'll have to get him back on to chat about those two! - but in this episode, we discuss his trip to Bhutan. Links: Liz’s site Whiz Bang Writing - https://www.whizbangwriting.com/ Eva’s blog Not Scared of the Jet Lag - http://www.notscaredofthejetlag.com Justin Watson - blog at Justin’s World http://www.justins.world Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers -https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/157

30 MINOCT 15
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157 - Uncommon Destinations

156 - How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone

Travel can stretch your comfort zone in a multitude of ways, and the fact that it does is one of the biggest benefits of travel, I think. You can stretch a comfort zone at home too, but pushing the boundaries of what you feel comfortable with is so much easier in a new place, and there are usually a lot more opportunities too. In Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I start off talking to Ann Mortimore and Ian Crabtree who took a giant leap by deciding to pack up their life in the United States and start exploring the world full-time. Their first stop, Guatemala, provided quite a few comfort-zone-stretching moments. (Spoiler alert: it was all worth it!) Next up I chat with Michela Fantinel who I personally think is an expert in stretching her comfort zone. I admire how she's built up her experience of solo travel over the years and done particularly some amazing trips around Australia. Finally, I speak to Alastair Humphreys who is no stranger to smashing his comfort zone, be...

26 MINOCT 8
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156 - How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone

155 - What's So Special About India?

India is one of those countries that people seem to visit and then rave about for the rest of their lives. In fact, it's really the only place I can think of that I hear so much deep love for. I've never really understood the pull to India that many people have, but after speaking with the three guests in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I'm keen to go and see it for myself. I first speak to Seng Mah, a photographer who found his first trip to India utterly life-changing and continues to return, including taking tour groups of photographers there knowing that their lives will be changed too. Seng explains the magic of India to me better than anyone ever else has. Next, I chat with Whitney Taylor who, like me, hadn't been particularly drawn to visiting India but found herself on a trip there. She was so amazed by it all and would go back in a heartbeat. Finally, Marilyn Murphy tells me a little about her first experience of India, and a more recent and contrasting one. Suffice to say, India was also an incredible experience for her that she recommends to all. Links: Seng Mah at Venture Photography - https://www.venturephotography.com.au Whitney Taylor on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whitneyleighartist/ Marilyn Murphy from the Wow Travel Club https://www.wowtravelclub.com/ Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellershttps://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/155

25 MINOCT 1
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155 - What's So Special About India?

154 - Dancing on Your Travels

Taking a dancing class when I'm travelling or specifically taking a trip to learn to dance is not something that I've ever done - but hearing about all the fun that my guests on Episode 154 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast have had makes me begin to wonder if it might be in my future! I start off chatting to Clare who has had several tango-related holidays. Clare describes her tango trips to Spain and Argentina and we also chat about how that interacts with learning and practising a language when you travel. Next, I talk with Denise who spent a month in Spain specifically to learn more flamenco. She really immersed herself in all things flamenco and while I'd say she worked pretty hard there, she definitely had an amazing experience. Finally I chat to Cheri who has taken music and dance classes in many places - and we agree that it is an amazing way to get to know a culture, something that goes beyond language. She describes a dance experience she had in Ghana which sounded pretty i...

27 MINSEP 24
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154 - Dancing on Your Travels

153 - Reading Books to Inspire Travel

It seems that the number of people who love to travel AND who love to read makes up quite a high proportion of my listeners so I'm excited that Episode 153 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast can be all about reading books to inspire travel. I'm constantly reading books because they're set somewhere I'm about to visit, or alternatively I've booked a number of trips because of places I've read about in books! For me, they are completely intertwined - and the guests on this episode seem to feel the same way. First up I chat with Kendall Simmons who is a voracious reader of all kinds of books and believes that reading before you travel somewhere really enriches your understanding of a place. Next I talk to Lesley West who is an even more voracious reader and is very devoted to reading books set in a destination before she travels there. (A woman after my own heart!) Finally, Alastair Humphreys and I talk about how reading books about people's travel experiences can actually give you an experience and perspective it's impossible for you to get otherwise, and we also talk about some of the travel books he's written and how knowing his travel experiences will become a book can influence his experience. Links: Kendall Simmon’s site https://www.kendallsimmons.com/ Lesley West of Better Link business consultancy - https://betterlinkgroup.edu.au/ Alastair Humphreys - https://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ Alastair’s new book My Midsummer Morning - https://amzn.to/2JWNjDe Join our Facebook grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/153

27 MINSEP 10
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153 - Reading Books to Inspire Travel
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