Episode 400: The Gift of Unplugging: What Thailand Taught Me

mindset travel Apr 11, 2024

In this special episode, I share the gifts I got as a result of my recent inspirational trip to Thailand, offering reflections on what I learned, what I was reminded of, and how I want to move forward in life for at least the near term, and most important, how crucial unplugging is for the soul.  

I talk about my surprises with the long-haul flight, the revelations about Thailand, and the passion that was reignited by this trip and what inspired action it led me to take. I also include a review of some of the travel purchases I shared in Episode 396 before I left highlighting what worked and what didn't.

All in all, this episode is a narrative that captures the essence of travel as a catalyst for change and self-discovery. Let it inspire you to plan an adventure that will allow you to unplug, listen for those inner whispers that could alter your path forward, and gain the knowledge you need to be fulfilled in the time you have left.

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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...
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