After five years of full-time travel, hosts Craig and Linda Martin take a few minutes to reminisce and highlight some favourite moments from their travels.

To listen, hit play below or find episode 186 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Highlights include…

Camino de Santiago, Spain

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Craig in the snow, walking the Camino

The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage path through Europe, terminating in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (although it can be extended to Finisterra and Muxia on the coast). We walked this in April/May 2008 and had a blast. Long walks, countryside, some amazing people met … it was a real adventure, but also quiet enough to find space to think and process. The current, undisputed favourite thing for both of us.

Perth, Australia

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Wine tasting in the Swan Valley

We worked in Perth for six months over the summer of 2008-2009. This remains one of Linda’s favourite times because of the people she was working with and the great lifestyle we were able to carve out on Australia’s west coast.

Istanbul and Cappadocian towns, Turkey

We visited Istanbul a few times between 2007 and 2009. The warmth of the people and the “otherness” after years in Western Europe were absolutely stunning. With these two combined, Turkey remains one of our favourite places in the world. Let’s hope current politics don’t continue to hold it back.

Flitting around Europe

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The Vltava River, Czesky Krumlov

We were in Europe from March 2006 to September 2009. One year, however, stands out. In 2007 we started working for an English-teaching company which sent us on short-term contracts. In that year we visited 28 countries and the longest we stayed in one bed was 13 nights. Austria and the Czech Republic get highlighted.

Couchsurfing in South America

people we met in South America
Having a mountain-side coffee with friends of couchsurfers

For four months in 2010, we couchsurfed our way around South America. For most of the time we travelled with one to three other friends and, because of the size of the group, we weren’t able to couchsurf everywhere. However, we did meet some fantastic people: often couchsurfers would connect us with their friends in other parts of the country so that we had local friends almost everywhere we went.

Road-trips in New Zealand

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Driving through the Canterbury Plains

Our home country of New Zealand is absolutely stunning. We are, admittedly, biased but there’s nothing quite like the familiar turns of narrow state highways, secluded beaches and fascinating finds in small towns. Travelling New Zealand in your own vehicle (or hiring something like a Spaceship) is definitely the way to go and a constant highlight of our travels.

There’s a few bonus questions, quirky stories and lots of added details in the podcast. To listen, hit play above or check in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

Your thoughts on "Five years of full-time travel podcast"

  • Congratulations on 5 years! What an achievement. I agree - your homeland is stunning so I can see why y'all enjoy traveling around there.

    on February 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm Reply
    • Thanks, Akila. We have at least another five years of full-time travel left looking at our plans to come. There just isn't enough time in the world!

      on February 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Wow, what an amazing experience! I too have found Turkey extremely open and warm, and the people easily become friends for life! I'm a bit curious what company you were hired through to teach English in Europe...? :)

    on February 22, 2011 at 2:36 am Reply
    • You should have a listen to the podcast then :)

      on February 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Very jealous, only just found this blog so its look like I've got some reading to catch up on.

    on February 22, 2011 at 7:31 am Reply
  • Well done on an amazing 5 years! It must have been a wonderful and breathtaking experience.

    on February 22, 2011 at 10:38 am Reply
  • Congratulations on a successful and exciting 5 years! Here's to the next five I am sure it is going to be even bigger and better.

    on February 22, 2011 at 11:39 am Reply
  • Thanks everyone: it has been a great five years indeed! Mike, you sure do! There are close to a thousand pages, hundreds of hours of audio and dozens of hours of video ... We'd definitely advise you to pick and choose!

    on February 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm Reply
  • Not sure, but I think I remember that episode in the laundry room :) Is it still avail for DL? I'd enjoy listening again!

    on February 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • hmm, in 5 years travel your favourite thing was staying in one place and having a routine? perhaps it's time to take the meaningful profundity back to your home town?

    on September 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm Reply

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