Episode 392: Turn Strangers into Friends While Eating, Drinking, and Hiking in Italy, with Jackie Parsons

health mindset travel Feb 14, 2024

Today’s guest is Jackie Parsons, co-owner of Hedonistic Hiking. With an extensive background as a tour guide since 1992, Jackie and her husband Mick founded Hedonistic Hiking in 2007. Their passion for combining gastronomic delights with invigorating hikes has resulted in unforgettable, all-inclusive tours in Italy and beyond.

Jackie's journey from studying languages and leading tours in Europe to specializing in walking tours in Italy since 2000 is truly inspiring. Her involvement in a Raleigh International expedition to Chile fueled her enthusiasm for exploration and understanding diverse cultures.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she started her business Hedonistic Hiking that was rooted in her passion and extensive experience as a tour guide.
  • The challenges she faced while establishing and running her business with her husband
  • Incorporating her values and philosophy to their tours
  • The importance of cultural immersion in the overall experience that traveling on your own rarely offers.

Jackie's dedication to the art, history, culture, food, and wine of Italy is evident. Beyond being a seasoned hiker, she emphasizes the transformative power of walking, enjoying the outdoors, and immersing yourself with different cultures and people.

Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a novice, Jackie's insights into the experiences their tours offer will undoubtedly inspire you to lace up your hiking boots and embark on your own journey of self-discovery. Tune in to this episode for a delightful conversation filled with wanderlust and the joy of living a sparked second half.

Other ways to find and connect with Jackie are:

Website: https://www.hedonistichiking.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hedonistichiking/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HedonisticHiking 


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