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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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Glasgow, Scotland: the Best Pubs, Restaurants, and Places to See in This European City of Culture

11/10/2018
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Glasgow had a reputation for being a down-on-its-luck former industrial hub for decades. But the Glaswegians worked hard to turn their city into a world-class tourist destination with museums, opera, ballet, and more. In 1990, Glasgow was named the European City of Culture and since then travelers from around the world have visited to enjoy its cozy pubs, great restaurants — which include a lot of veg-friendly options, delicious food markets, designer shops, and, of course, cultural...

Duration:00:52:15

Workaway:How to Live Like a Local and Travel the World Through Work Exchanges

11/3/2018
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My friends Daniel Bakken and Alinne Fernanda have been traveling the world together for nearly two years. They saved up their money before hitting the road, but its volunteering through a hospitality service called Workaway that’s financially enabled them to keep traveling as long as they have. If you listened to my episode on house-sitting your way around the world and other free accommodation tips, you heard a little about Workaway. In exchange for a few hours of work a day, the hosts...

Duration:00:37:43

New Orleans: A Local’s Guide to the Best Restaurants, Bars, & Quirky Fun

10/27/2018
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New Orleans celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, and since it’s almost Halloween, I thought this was the perfect time to talk about one of America’s most haunted Southern cities. I’m joined by Hope Kodman, a tour guide with French Quarter Phantoms, which offers tours such as Saints & Sinners, True Crime, Cemetery, Ghost and Vampire, among others. Hope and I talk about the history of the Big Easy; the origins of Mardi Gras; the difference between cajon and creole; what voodoo is...

Duration:01:02:23

Solo Travel: A Girl’s Guide to Traveling Alone

10/20/2018
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Whether you are single or a student, married, retired or a parent, you deserve time to yourself to do whatever you want and explore the world. On this week’s episode, fellow podcaster and traveler Gemma Thompson and I discuss why solo travel is such a transformational experience and why everyone should do it at least once. We’ll talk about how to conquer your nerves and book that solo trip; what to do when you feel lonely and how to avoid it,; destinations that are perfect for first time...

Duration:01:05:44

Munich Must-Sees Travel Guide (Plus Day Trips)

10/12/2018
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Today is all about Munich, Germany, often ranked among the world’s most livable cities. I’m continuing my conversation with independent tour guide Maxine Ryder, who you heard on our Oktoberfest episode. She is a British Australian who’s made Munich her home. You may know that Munich was the birthplace of the Nazi movement and that 80-90% of Munich was bombed in World War II. Maxine and I talk about the beer hall where Hitler honed his oratory skills; about the sad King who came before him...

Duration:00:54:35

Oktoberfest: Your Guide to Enjoying Munich’s Main Event (Even if You Hate Beer and Crowds)

10/4/2018
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As a vegetarian who doesn’t like beer, I never thought Oktoberfest would be an event for me. But, independent tour guide Maxine Ryder has convinced me otherwise! To start, did you know that at Munich’s massive event you’ll also find a Prosecco tent?? On the Postcard Academy podcast, Maxine, an British/Australian expat and Munich resident, and I talk about the history of Oktoberfest, the type of food and drink you’ll find there, strategies to have an amazing time, and more. Visit ...

Duration:00:24:04

How a South Carolina Slave Became the Most Celebrated Chef in Charleston

9/29/2018
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Charleston, South Carolina, consistently tops the lists of ‘world’s best cities to visit.’ It’s also a city that was built on the sweat and blood of slaves, and learning about this history should be part of your travels to this region. Before slavery was abolished in 1865, Charleston was the slavery capital of the United States. Four million slaves lived in America – 10% of them in South Carolina — and about 40% of the slaves brought to the U.S. came through Charleston Harbor. This...

Duration:00:26:37

LGBT Travel: Resources, Trends, and the Hottest Destinations (Special Focus on Lesbian Travel)

9/22/2018
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LoAnn Halden, Vice President of Communications at IGLTA, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, joins me to talk about the history of LGBT travel, current trends, the best resources for planning a trip, for checking the safety of a destination, the hottest places to visit right now, and more. (See photos and links at postcardacademy.co) Later in the show, I chat with travel bloggers and Instagram influencers Roxanne Weijer and Maartje Hensen about what it’s like traveling the...

Duration:00:55:59

Barcelona: Your Ultimate Guide on What to Do and Where to Eat in the Capital of Catalonia

9/15/2018
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Barcelona has eight UNESCO sites, beaches, mountains, a beautiful historic center, tons of restaurants and boutiques, and art everywhere you look. In this episode, Polish expat Paulina Grzeszczyk, of Devour tours, shares her insider tips on the best this city has to offer. We’ll discuss where to find the best tapas, spectacular sunsets, shopping, museums, and more. Visit postcardacademy.co for photos and links. I’m your host, Sarah Mikutel. Ready to travel? Sign up for my newsletter and...

Duration:01:02:35

How to Survive Long-Haul Flights When You’re Stuck in Economy

9/8/2018
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Flying messes with our mind, body, and spirit in all sorts of crazy ways. And if you’re stuck in economy for hours, it feels downright painful. On this episode, my friend, Kelly, and I talk through some of our top tips that made our recent 25-hour journey to Bali more comfortable. We'll also share what we've been up to in Bali so far (it involves good food, lots of massage, and working through our phobias). Visit postcardacademy.co for more on what we discuss. I’m your host, Sarah...

Duration:00:37:24

How to Find Cheap Flights & Travel Deals (Summer Replay)

9/1/2018
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On this encore episode, my friend and favorite full-time traveler, Cristal Dyer, shares her secrets to finding the cheapest flights and best travel deals. You’ll learn how to find and take advantage of error fares (and what this means); the best sites to find cheap airfare; where to book accommodation to rack up free nights; ideas to find local activities wherever you visit, and more. Cristal also shares some fantastic advice on what to look out for if you want to save money on traveling...

Duration:00:42:56

Growth Mindset: How to Change How You Think to Achieve Your Dreams

8/24/2018
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Did you ever really want to try something, but then not because you worried you’d look dumb? Most of us think like this! We’re plagued by what psychologist Carol Dweck calls a ‘fixed mindset.’ The great news is, we can change how we think, and, with a ‘growth mindset,’ get over our fears and finally start pursuing what we want in life. On this episode, I’m sharing Carol Dweck’s 2014 Ted Talk: The Power of Believing that You Can Improve. Carol’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of...

Duration:00:13:30

Amsterdam Travel Guide: What to Eat, Drink, See, and Smoke

8/17/2018
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Amsterdam is more than hookers and weed. In fact, only 10 percent of Dutch people say they smoke marijuana. Want a more authentic Netherlands experience? Follow the advice of Audrey Sykes, author of the Amsterdam edition of the Moon Travel Guides (Don’t worry, we’ll still tell you the best places to smoke weed). On this episode, we talk to Audrey about her life in Amsterdam and get all her best insider travel tips on where to eat and have fun, from coffee shops to cozy brown cafes....

Duration:00:54:52

Working Abroad: 6 Countries that are Great for Freelancers

8/10/2018
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Born in Bermuda, Lené Hypolite has lived in Venezuela, Canada, the U.S., Amsterdam, and is soon headed to Singapore and Tokyo. She loves the excitement of expat life, and also how its benefiting her career. On this episode, we talk about six countries where it’s a little bit easier visa-wise to live abroad, and how to find work there. Visit postcardacademy.co for photos and a list of the countries. I’m your host, Sarah Mikutel. If you so desire, you can sign up for my newsletter here....

Duration:00:47:10

Tuscan Wines, Cocktails, and Communist Bars

8/3/2018
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If you’re anything like me, you enjoy wine but are fairly uneducated about it and usually forget everything you learn at wine tastings. That’s OK. Today I’m talking with my friend Toni from Taste Florence and we are giving you a great wine list that has everything you need, whether you like red, white, or dessert wines. We explain what Super Tuscans are, I learn what barrique is. And we also share where to drink high-end cocktails at hipster places, as well as cheap gin and tonics at...

Duration:00:15:26

Is Expensive Olive Oil Worth It? How to Find the Best in Italy

7/27/2018
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“That olive oil costs how MUCH? Why would I spend $15 when I can spend $4?” You’ve likely said this to yourself at some point. So what’s the difference between expensive olive oil versus the cheap stuff? Does it really matter? Toni Mazzaglia, founder of the food tour company Taste Florence came on the Postcard Academy podcast to explain how to find the best olive oil, when you should use it, and when you definitely should not. (visit postcardacademy.co for your check list on how to identify...

Duration:00:24:13

Taste Florence: Where to Find the Best Food in the Heart of Tuscany

7/18/2018
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Toni Mazzaglia is an American expat who moved to Florence years ago. After seeing too many visitors fall prey to tourist traps, she started the food tour company Taste Florence to help us discover the city’s very best food, from fresh pasta to pecorino to wine…It’s seriously one of the best food tours I’ve ever been on. Traveling to Florence? You should really experience this for yourself, and Postcard Academy listeners can get 5% off with the code POSTCARD18. Visit postcardacademy.co for...

Duration:01:05:49

Skopje, Macedonia: What to See and Where to Eat in the Land of Coffee & Kitsch

7/3/2018
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Hi, from Macedonia! Today I’m chatting with my Airbnb host, Sofia Grozdanova, who’s become my Macedonian sister. I’m sharing her apartment in Skopje’s bohemian district and I feel so at home in her place and in this neighborhood. And her room is $12 a night. What?! If you’re new to Airbnb, take advantage of my friends and family discount. Sofia is from Skopje but she lived in New York for a few years, going to school and working. When she decided to come back to the Balkans, she was able...

Duration:00:57:39

Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, and Meeting People on the Road

6/21/2018
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One of the best parts of solo travel is the people you meet on the road. Lannie Su saw via Instagram that we were both in Slovenia and asked if I wanted to meet up — of course! Last week, we talked about how she’s border surfing the Schengen zone and how you can, too. This week, we’re focused more on Ljubljana’s history and great food, and the delightful day trips you can take to Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, and Piran. Visit postcardacademy.co to learn more about Slovenia. I’m your host, Sarah...

Duration:00:20:47

How to Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days Without a Visa: Navigating the Schengen Area

6/17/2018
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Americans, Canadians, Australians, and citizens from quite a few other countries can legally stay in Europe as long as they want without needing a visa. How? By jumping in and out of the Schengen zone, which is made up of 26 member countries. In this episode, we dive deep into how to calculate your days so you’re never breaking any rules or are overstaying your 90 out of 180 continuous days anywhere. You’ll also find a break down of this info on postcardacademy.co This isn’t legal advice,...

Duration:00:30:17