Tips for Travellers Podcast, some feedback

It is always great to get feedback on the podcast and this blog, so was great to get this email from a chap called Aaron in the USA

“Mr. Bembridge:

I am a 27-year-old traveller living in the US (Oklahoma, to be specific) and fell in love with travel at a very early age. I have made it a point to get away often and to get as far as my budget will take me. As such, I have been working my way through your podcasts these past few months, and have found them to be of remarkable value. I really appreciate your hard work, and I think what I like best is your approach. Too often, when I read travel “advice”, it often comes across as someone trying to sell me on the destination– either because they’re in a position to make money on my trip, or that they’re so in love with the location that they simply no
longer see things objectively. Your tips are neither– you simply go to these spots, mention some things based upon what you’ve seen and experienced, and leave it at that. Maybe some of your advice sticks, maybe not. I like that.

While I greatly enjoy your podcasts, I have to wonder why you do them. What do you get out of it? I can tell you have a passion for travel, but I
know from personal experience that dedicating yourself to something like a podcast can take the fun out of something you once enjoyed. What motivates
you to do a podcast so often, and keep it fun rather than a chore?

Also, have you ever considered doing a show just on travel-related technology? As someone who does a podcast, I figure you have at least a passing familiarity with mp3 players, laptops, wifi, GPS units, and so on. Perhaps some of your listeners would like a breakdown of what you’d consider to be useful things for a traveller to have?

Thanks again for all your hard work. Happy travels.

Aaron”

HERE WAS MY REPLY:

Aaron
Hi there and thanks for taking the time to drop me this email! Great to hear that you enjoy the podcasts, you may also want to check out/ sign up for my blog:

I started the podcast as a hobby really, I have always been a frustrated radio announcer I guess and this was a fun way to do that. I started doing them while on my travels for work. I tend to research up places before I go and plan what to see in the limited free time I get between meetings etc – and so thought I would capture them. It does take a lot of time and so I started to only do new ones once a month.
Good idea on the technology front!
Hope you keep listening! And sending thoughts, as it is great to get feedback!
Gary

Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 2 million video views per month.

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