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The Postcard Academy aims to help you get the most out of every vacation, and inspire you to set off on the journey of a lifetime ✈️ Each week, this travel show features people who packed up everything to start a new adventure in another part of the world 🌎 You'll learn how they did it, and get insider travel recommendations on the best food, nightlife, and cultural experiences in the most interesting places around the globe 🍴 💃 You'll also discover travel hacks to find cheap flights and travel deals, and hear personal expat stories that offer guidance on how to live, work, volunteer, and travel abroad ✌️ Host Sarah Mikutel is an American who's spent the last 7 years traveling around Europe and living and working abroad in Italy and the U.K. 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇮🇹

The Postcard Academy aims to help you get the most out of every vacation, and inspire you to set off on the journey of a lifetime ✈️ Each week, this travel show features people who packed up everything to start a new adventure in another part of the world 🌎 You'll learn how they did it, and get insider travel recommendations on the best food, nightlife, and cultural experiences in the most interesting places around the globe 🍴 💃 You'll also discover travel hacks to find cheap flights and travel deals, and hear personal expat stories that offer guidance on how to live, work, volunteer, and travel abroad ✌️ Host Sarah Mikutel is an American who's spent the last 7 years traveling around Europe and living and working abroad in Italy and the U.K. 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇮🇹
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The Postcard Academy aims to help you get the most out of every vacation, and inspire you to set off on the journey of a lifetime ✈️ Each week, this travel show features people who packed up everything to start a new adventure in another part of the world 🌎 You'll learn how they did it, and get insider travel recommendations on the best food, nightlife, and cultural experiences in the most interesting places around the globe 🍴 💃 You'll also discover travel hacks to find cheap flights and travel deals, and hear personal expat stories that offer guidance on how to live, work, volunteer, and travel abroad ✌️ Host Sarah Mikutel is an American who's spent the last 7 years traveling around Europe and living and working abroad in Italy and the U.K. 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇮🇹

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Zagreb City Guide: The Best of Croatia’s Capital

4/19/2019
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“Zagreb is where you’ll feel the life of Croatia,” says Ashley Colburn, an American expat living in Istria. She’ss a TV producer who won an Emmy for her in-depth travel coverage of Croatia. On this episode, Ashley shares her favorite things to see, do, and eat in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. Visit postcardacademy.co for show notes. I’m your host, Sarah Mikutel. Did you know I host another show called Podcasting Step by Step? Check it out if you’ve been wanting to start a podcast....

Duration:00:23:35

Croatia’s Coast: Traveling to Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik, and More

4/15/2019
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Croatia is more than Dubrovnik, which Game of Thrones fans and cruiseships have been flocking to for years. On this episode, Ashley Colburn, an American now living in Istria, helps us explore more of Croatia’s coastline. (show notes at postcardacademy.co) Ashley is a two-time Emmy award-winning TV producer who has traveled to more than 50 countries. She earned one of those Emmys for her first TV travel show WOW Croatia. She then produced seven, one-hour episodes of a documentary called...

Duration:00:35:52

8 Off-the-Beaten-Path Italian Experiences You Must Have

4/5/2019
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Yay! I’m so psyched to share this episode with Kathy McCabe, host of the travel TV series Dream of Italy. This season, Kathy interviewed several people, including Francis Ford Coppola, who did something that both Kathy and I have done — return to our ancestral homeland to reconnect with the villages our relatives left behind. Kathy and I talk about our personal experiences with this, and of course, I ask her all about her favorite must-do experiences throughout Italy. Kathy started her...

Duration:00:34:09

I Launched a New Show! Podcasting Step by Step

4/1/2019
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Hello! The Postcard Academy is on a little break this week. I’ll be back on Friday with a really fun conversation with Kathy McCabe from the TV show Dream of Italy. This week, however, I wanted to let you know about a new podcast I just launched called Podcasting Step by Step. This show is very close to my heart and I’m excited to share it with you. I love podcasting so much and I know there are other people out there who are almost ready to start their own shows but something is...

Duration:00:02:19

Brexit: Where Is All This Headed? (Part 2)

3/17/2019
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I’m bringing back my Brexit buddy and former colleague, Mark Robson, to explain in easy-to understand terms how Brexit is affecting life today, and how we might be able to get out of this 2.5 year quagmire. In this episode, you’ll also get another lesson in British history, and who doesn’t love that? You’ll find show notes, including a funny and useful Brexit explainer video, on postcardacademy.co Even though I live in England, have a lot at stake regarding Brexit, and listen to news...

Duration:00:31:51

Brexit: How Did We Get Here? (Part 1)

3/15/2019
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On March 29, 2019, the U.K. is scheduled to exit the European Union (Brexit). But no one has any idea what is actually going to happen. My fellow expats and immigrants are worried about our future legal status in the U.K., which we have made our home. Business owners, especially farmers, are losing business contracts due to economic uncertainty. Mental health issues are on the rise. People are stockpiling food. In recent days, people have been comparing the U.K. to Venezuela! A lot of...

Duration:00:38:22

Italy vs. America: 12 Cultural Differences

3/8/2019
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Happy International Women’s Day! I never even heard of International Women’s Day until I move to Italy in 2010, and La Festa delle Donne is a pretty big deal over there. So it got me thinking about the cultural differences between Americans. and Italians, and I thought it would be fun to share some of these today. I picked 12, but there are many more. This episode is not about one country being better than the other — they both have pluses and minuses. I’m just sharing what I’ve...

Duration:00:26:27

How to Become an E-Resident of Estonia

3/2/2019
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Little Estonia, with less than 1.5 million people, has been running itself like a tech company for about two decades now, giving everyone a digital ID and letting them access almost all government services online. Now they’re letting foreigners become e-Residents of their digital nation, and this week, I'll teach you how you can become one (find links to what we talk about on postcardacademy.co) Last week, you heard some great travel advice from Julia Barrett, an American who moved to...

Duration:00:25:27

Tallinn, Estonia: Old Fashioned Charm in the Most Digital Nation on Earth

2/22/2019
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Wired magazine has called Estonia “the most advanced digital society in the world.” The President of Estonia (a woman — yay!) just published an article about how “Estonia is running its country like a tech company” and that “governments must learn to provide public services as efficiently as Amazon sells books: no physical presence, no cost of application, no opening hours.” Sounds pretty great to me. And to Julia Barrett, an American who was so excited by what’s going on in Estonia that...

Duration:00:53:49

How to Tell Travel Stories that Actually Interest People: Advice from 5-Time Moth GrandSLAM Champion Matthew Dicks

2/15/2019
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Have you ever returned from a trip and a friend says, “How was it? Tell me everything!” And then you start saying things like, “The food was great. Nice people. Incredible sunset.” Pretty soon you’re both bored and move on. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are storytelling techniques that we can all learn to better connect with people, not just about our travels, of course, but about everything. In this episode, Matthew Dicks — a five-time Moth GrandSLAM storytelling winner...

Duration:01:06:46

10 Pro-Tips to Save Money and Fulfill Your Travel Dreams (Plus bonus tips)

2/6/2019
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Anna Mazurek recently published the book Good with Money, in which she shares how she “maximizes her savings to travel the world with no debt, all on an average income of $30,000.” Not only do we talk about actions we can take to make better financial decisions, Anna also shares the best credit card for travelers; her favorite bank, which refunds any ATM fee you incur on your travels; the vagabond’s guide to hacking the U.S. Healthcare system, and more. (find links at...

Duration:00:55:01

How to be a Travel Writer with Nardia Plumridge

1/30/2019
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Ever dream of being a travel writer? Who hasn’t?! My guest Nardia Plumridge actually made it happen. In addition to writing for global publications, including Lonely Planet, Nardia also penned a book — Lost in Florence — that is due out this spring. In this episode, Nardia shares how she broke into the travel writing biz and offers tips on how to get your own work published. I’m your host, Sarah Mikutel. Ready to travel? Sign up for my newsletter and get your free guide to cheap...

Duration:00:26:07

Bangkok Travel: Where to Find the Best Rooftop Bars, Buddhist Temples, Street Food, and More

1/23/2019
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Bangkok can feel frenetic and overwhelming to newcomers who imagined Thailand to be all gorgeous temples and beaches. In Bangkok, you’re more likely to see luxury buildings going up next to shacks and people sitting in traffic for hours. But don’t give up on it just yet — once you get off the main streets, chances are you’ll love this vibrant city. Today’s guest, travel writer Nardia Plumridge, is here to share her best insider travel recommendations for Thailand’s capital city. (find links...

Duration:00:58:20

Travel 2019: Where History Lovers Should Go to Avoid the Crowds

1/15/2019
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Last week’s episode was all about setting goals and designing more freedom into your life. I’m happy to say, that I have actually taken action and filled out the business plan template that Natalie shared with us — you can find that at postcardacadey.co/freedomplan Even if you have no plans to start a business this year, it’s still a handy tool for putting any kind of goals on paper and and mapping out your steps to get there. In the spirit of tidying up and getting organized, I’m...

Duration:00:29:52

How to Design Your Ideal Life: Freedom Planning with Natalie Sisson

1/5/2019
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New year, new you? Hopefully, yes! But forget New Year’s resolutions that feel like a punishment. How about designing a life in which you have the freedom to do what you love? (get started on postcardacademy.co) I am definitely focusing on this personally, and in 2019, in addition to world travelers and expats, I’ll be interviewing lifestyle experts, authors, and others who can help us live our best lives. To start us off, I’m incredibly happy to share my conversation with this week’s...

Duration:00:48:56

London Best: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Pubs, Gigs, Restaurants, and More

12/29/2018
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Best of London episode! I realized recently that even though I’ve been an American expat in London for nearly eight years, I hardly ever talk about my favorite city. My website — postcardacademy.co — is filled with photos and travel guides for other places I've visited around the world. I want to share more about London with you, starting with this episode. Today I’m the interviewee. My friend Cristal Dyer, who you’ve heard on other Postcard Academy episodes, including the ones on Travel...

Duration:00:51:29

The World Is Getting Better

12/22/2018
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Thank you so much for listening and subscribing to the Postcard Academy this year. If you’re a fan of this podcast and are feeling generous this year, leaving a review of this show on Apple Podcasts would be a wonderful Christmas present to me. Here’s how to leave a review. Or, you could become a patron of this podcast, which I produce voluntarily as a labor of love for you. Supporting the Postcard Academy via the Patreon site for creators and artists gives you access to members-only content...

Duration:00:21:11

Best of Iceland: Traveling Beyond the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle

12/15/2018
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My guest today is Kaelene Spence, who writes the blog Unlocking Kiki, a very useful resource for anyone thinking of moving or traveling to Iceland — and she puts together travel itineraries, too. Kaelene is an American who now lives in Iceland with her husband and baby boy. On this episode, she shares how she ended up in the northernmost capital in the world; her tips on how to land the job you want in a new country; the best and worst things about living in Iceland, and more. Of course,...

Duration:00:58:44

What’s an Expat? My Travel Story

12/7/2018
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What is an expat, anyway? On this episode, we define what an expat is and how to become one. I hand over the mic to Gemma Thompson, who interviews me on my travel journey to moving abroad. This interview first aired on Gemma’s podcast: A Girl’s Guide to Travelling Alone. I featured Gemma on the Postcard Academy’s Solo Travel episode. She is absolutely lovely and I had a great time chatting with her again here. If you are interested in living abroad, you can find resources on ...

Duration:00:51:45

Lucca, Pisa, and Other Towns in Tuscany You Must Visit

11/30/2018
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Enough with Florence and Siena already. You should be walking the medieval walls of Lucca; eating aperitivo in Pisa; sipping Chianti at Castello di Brolio; or lounging by the sea in San Vicenzo. On this episode, Toni Mazzaglia, founder of the food tour company Taste Florence, and I recap our recent road trip through Tuscany. After interviewing Toni for the Florence episode of this podcast, we became fast friends (which you’ll hear on this podcast because we’re gigging our heads...

Duration:01:01:42