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Hosted by Rhiannon Monks, founder and CEO of the Travltalk app, the Travltalking podcast is the voice of real travellers, discovering the world, one country at a time.

Hosted by Rhiannon Monks, founder and CEO of the Travltalk app, the Travltalking podcast is the voice of real travellers, discovering the world, one country at a time.
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Hosted by Rhiannon Monks, founder and CEO of the Travltalk app, the Travltalking podcast is the voice of real travellers, discovering the world, one country at a time.




Travelling on a Shoestring Budget

It's the last episode of season 2! To wrap up a great season we sat down in the studio with our contributor and shoestring traveller Abbey Christensen to talk about travelling on a budget. Abbey has just travelled through Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary - you name it! - all on a tight budget, and shares her top tips with us on Rhiannon, Abbey and Jo discuss when to stay in a hostel and when to stay in an Airbnb, how to save money eating without sacrificing...


Not Such a Lonely Planet

This podcast is dedicated to the Lonely Planet, without which, the road of travelling off the beaten track would have never been paved. Pauli and Rhiannon met on the corner of Huntington Beach Rd in California, when they were in their early twenties. Pauli is from Austria and Rhiannon is from Australia. Since that chance meeting, and after sharing a flat on Newport Beach during their student exchange at the University of California, Irvine, they have travelled to 18 countries together,...


Expat Life: Moving to NZ from Argentina

This week we're talking to Emiliano about his spontaneous decision to move to New Zealand from his home country of Argentina. From not knowing where New Zealand was or knowing what a hostel was to travelling through Asia and moving his entire life to New Zealand, it's been an interesting journey!


Film Travel: Exploring "Call Me By Your Name" in Northern Italy

Have you ever watched a film so beautiful it made you want to book flights to that place immediately? For Mitch that film was Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino's 2017 coming-of-age drama set in northern Italy. After painstaking research, Mitch spent a week exploring Crema and the surrounding towns, even making it to Elio's secret place. Rhiannon and Mitch discuss how he researched the locations, where he stayed, how he got around a much less travelled area of Italy, travelling to film...


Road Tripping Europe in a Van

Summer is in full swing and what better way to spend it than a road trip - whether it's California in a convertible, south east Asia on a motorbike or Europe in a van. This week we're talking to our contributor Ellyse who is currently travelling Europe in a van with her partner. We deep-dive on buying a van, what it's like driving in continental Europe, where to park, what to pack, insurance, and all the costs and details.


Travel for Wellness: Yoga Retreats, Travel after Redundancy and Travelling with Anxiety

Ever found yourself lost in life? Suddenly after a job ends unexpectedly, or as a result of a break up, you simply don't know what to do next. It's not uncommon, and in fact many people find travelling aimlessly for a while can recharge the batteries and alter their perspective in ways they couldn't achieve when in a routine back at home. We hear from Gabi, who after 12 years living a comfortable life working in London, was made redundant and decided to venture out to Australia, India and...


Cultural Travel

For those of us who travel, experiencing the local culture of a place is what appeals most. As the European Summer rolls in, so does the festival season. There's pretty much a festival for whatever happens to be your passion - whether it's a Golden Retriever Dog festival in Scotland, Weekend Jazz Sessions in the park in Lisbon or the more famous cultural celebrations like Oktoberfest or the Tomatina Festival in Spain. We also spend a bit of time with Josh Gibbs - who is currently on his 3rd...


Transformative Travel

Travelling is something that can take you on a journey and change your perceptions, beliefs and attitudes, of yourself and the world we live in. Many people start as one person and become another as they move from a high school or university graduate, and enter the wider world as an adult. As Travltalking returns for a second series we spend our first episode hearing from the travellers behind the Travltalk team and how their journeys took them from the airforce, a major record label, and...


Student Exchange Life in Adelaide

For our last Travltalking episode of the season we'll be hearing from Arianna, a Brit on a student exchange at the University of Adelaide. Hear what exchange life is like, her criteria for picking a place to study and her tips if you're interested in finding your University experience abroad. We also hear from our photo journalist, Thom, recently back from The Vatican in Rome. Thom is a Doctor in his day job, but talks about his experience as one of our original Travltalk contributors over...


Alternative Travel - How to Get Off the Beaten Track

A true traveller loves to get off the beaten track. In this episode we hear Rhiannon's account of being among the last to sneak in to the Buzludzha Monument - also know as the UFO - near Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria. Yet a place doesn't have to be exotic to be alternative. We also hear from Jen Leonard who discovered a different side of Australia when she went to the Northern Territory - and somehow ended up in an edition of Boars and Babes magazine.


Tips for a trip Down Under and Travelling in the EU Post Brexit

Have you always dreamed of a trip Down Under, but wondered the key things you need to know? Like - can you go to Ramsay St. Does it really exist? And how can you do the Blue Mountains in a day and see all the best views? In our first segment, we speak to Travltalk contributor Jo Brook, who is recently back from a trip to Australia and has also joined the Travltalk team as Operations Director. In the second half of our show, we hear from Justin de Kock, who is a South African living in...


Expat Life in Vietnam

Ever considered packing everything up and starting life afresh in a new foreign country? Could you hack the culture shock and would you miss home? Find out what it's really like when Rhiannon muses on her own experiences living in Poland and India. Later in the show Rhiannon talks to Jon Aspin, who hails from Radelaide, Australia and has spent the last 8 years living as an ex pat in Vietnam. Listen to his take on the experience and decide if you might want to give it a go.


How to Turn Travel in to Your Job

Ever wondered how you could get paid to travel? Well there's so many ways you can... Find out from Gene, originally from LA, California who built and opened a hostel in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia, and a travel nanny from Australia, Ellyse who gets paid to go on luxury holidays around Europe on weekends with her family.


What It's Really Like to Travel Solo

This Valentine's Day we are releasing a special Travltalking podcast episode to celebrate the solo traveller! Who needs a date when you've got the world as a travel partner!? We challenge the misconceptions about solo travel - that you'll get lonely, or it will cost more and also look at what makes the perfect travel buddy on the road.


Moving to London

How does it really stack up to move your life from New Zealand or Australia to London, as a professional? Is it easy, what do you need to know before you come and can anyone do it? We hear from Shiv, who left his job at Deloitte behind to try his luck in London and shares his wisdom, as well as Bianca, who helps Aussie and Kiwi teachers transition in to London based roles.


Go Your Own Way

Welcome to Travltalking, hosted by Rhiannon Monks, the official podcast of Travltalk. Each week we'll be exploring the different sides of alternative travel from those who have been there and lived to tell the tale. In our first episode we are joined by Hayley and Maddie, both travellers from Australia who are now living in London, but spend every opportunity they can jet-setting off to new destinations around Europe over the weekend. Hear how Maddie covered 17 countries and 27 flights in...