Voca Vacay

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Crokinole? Tim Hortons? Ridiculously polite people? Must be Canada, eh?  This episode discusses the scenery, food, and all the reasons to visit the Great White North! We reveal the goodness of waffle bars, the majesty of the Northern Lights, and even tell you why the guys from South Park were cheated out of an Academy Award!
Pitch a tent, unroll a sleeping bag, and join our camping episode! We cover RVs, cabins, car camping, glamping, primitive camping, and even how to sleep on top of cars! The Appalachian Trail, Qantas Airlines, and Leatherman Multitools are all featured on this Camp-O-Rama!
Want inside tips and tricks on how we fly? We spill the beans on Part Three of our Three-Part Frequent Flyers Series! Learn our secrets of picking flights, taking bumps, where to sit, what to pack, what food to order, the pros and cons of airport lounges, and lots more! 
Who's as cool as Batman? A pilot! Part Two of our Three-Part Frequent Flyers Series talks to an actual pilot of a major airline! Find out about a bunch of topics, like why they don't panic in turbulence, how they get that reassuring pilot intercom voice, and how they pass the time on long flights!
Want the inside scoop on air travel from a flight attendant? We got it right here! Part One of our Three-Part Frequent Flyers Series talks to an actual flight attendant about lots of stuff, including how they work with passengers, the yuckiest part of their job, and how they feel about babies on the plane!
A proud city in a must-see country, Lisbon, Portugal, is full of culture, great food, and amazing music! Join us as we tour an inverted tower, a museum with old carriages, and an authentic Fado cafe! We also talk about a man who lived hidden in the Chicago International Airport for three months! Crazy stuff!
Zombies! The walking dead! Time to run for your life! This heart-pumping episode screams through the zombie runs, charity 5Ks, marathons, triathlons, and other activities that will get you off the couch! We tell you how to outrun the zombie army, give you tips for other road races, and even tell you how the Chinese government is regulating their flight attendants during Covid!
This day trip takes us to Marseille, a French seaport that features crunchy navettes and delicious bouillabaisse! We also visit nearby Aix-en-Provence, home of Paul Cezanne, 1,000 outdoor fountains, and some funky street layouts!
This day trip takes us to Nice, France! Tour this lovely city with us as we experience the arts, foods, and sights of everything that is Nice! Learn how to park semi-legally, find perfect crepes, and drive narrow switchback roads in heroic fashion!
Food buffets! Unlimited booze! Must be on a boat! Part Four of our Four Part Med Cruise Series talks about the good and bad parts of the MSC Grandiosa! Find out when to book a massage, which package deals you should get, how to get mixed drinks at a discount, and why Zoe the Personal Cruise Assistant is not helpful!
Amazing architecture! Yummy food! A laid-back vibe on the Mediterranean coast! It's Barcelona! Part Three of our Four Part Med Cruise Series features this vibrant Spanish city with a visit to a meat shop, a cupcakery, and the legendary Basiclia de la Sagrada Familia!  We argue about the value of tour buses, plus we check out a Maldives resort with unlimited visits for the next year! And remember, Barcelona spells REAL BACON!
Brave knights! Great food! Cannons firing cannonballs! Must be Malta! On Part Two of our Four Part Med Cruise series, we check out Valletta, Malta! History, culture, Mdina glass, and the legendary pastizz snack food!
Let's go to a couple places in Italy, or as we call it, EATILY! Part One of our Four Part Cruise Series tackles Genoa, Civitavecchia, Vatican City, and Palermo! We ate! We drank! And we totally screwed up our schedule in Sicily!
Join us for a real truffle hunt in the south of France! Learn why truffles are so expensive, where you can take part in a truffle hunt, and how to prepare truffles when you get back home!
Want to walk the red carpet at Cannes? It's easy as long as the Film Festival isn't going on! Join us as we hit this gorgeous movie star hangout during an awesome New Year's Eve celebration!  We also tell you how to crash the film festival when it's in town, how to blend in with the beautiful people, and how you can be The Fresh Prince of Bel Air! 
Champagne dreams? Caviar wishes? Millionaires in every direction? Sounds like Monaco! Join our trip to a tiny country with serious cash, decadent cuisine, luxurious cars, and the one-of-a-kind Monte Carlo Casino! 
Ever lose a bag? We found it! This podcast takes you to Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama, where lost and forgotten luggage is up for sale! We'll tell you about the clothing, jewelry, electronics, and everything else that didn't survive the trip but made its way to the showroom floor! We also highlight a soda fountain that's been in business since 1869, plus tell you about a wild contest in Taiwan where 10,000 people competed to get on a plane that would never leave the ground!
Part Three of our special three-part series on Istanbul, Turkey, dives into the flavor, taste, and aromatics of all things delicious. Learn about kebabs, doners, baklava, kofta, tea, coffee, and all of the amazing spices that make Turkey a culinary destination! We also pass along tips on haggling at the bazaars and update you on the Isle of Rum, a tiny Scottish island that is having a contest for you to relocate there!
What could be better than a tour dedicated to all things bourbon? Join us on our journey across the state of Kentucky for an inside look at the Kentucky Bourbon Tour. Find out how to get a Special Passport from the distilleries, what you should expect at each of the 16 bourbon makers, and why this deserves to be a bucket list item!
Part One of our special three-part series on Istanbul, Turkey, goes inside the most popular cultural attractions in the city: the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cistern. Learn how to navigate the crowds, deal with the pushy "helpers" who want to be your best friend, and what clothing to wear for each venue. ​And for a change of pace from a Turkey Thanksgiving, we'll tell you about a Swedish restaurant that only serves one person a day! 
Ever travel someplace where the toilet facilities are substandard? Not just inferior itchy toilet paper, but how about NO TOILET AT ALL? In this edition, we tell you how to stay squeaky clean in the great outdoors, what it's like to go potty in developing countries without plumbing, plus we list the nasty diseases you can get if you don't wash your hands with soap. And if you've ever wanted to see the Museum of Toilet History, we'll tell you where to go!
Part Two of our special three-part series on Istanbul, Turkey, kicks off with the all-important hookah protocol. Here's what you need to know about this cultural treat, how to partake without looking like a total goofball, and even what flavors of hookah are best for beginners!   
Stuck inside by a pandemic, a lack of travel money, or zero motivation to get out? If you can't hit the road, why not settle in with quality movies about travel and vacation? This episode suggests great movies to pass the time when you're stuck on the couch at home! As a bonus, we debate who is the ultimate travel actor! Is it the amazing comic actor John Candy? Or do you vote for Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio? It's a Battle Royale for movie supremacy!
Ah, the joy of plummeting from 10,000 feet in the air with nothing but the Earth to greet you below. Fun! If you've ever wanted to skydive but were afraid to ask the stupid questions, we have the answers! Get ready to hop out of a perfectly good airplane as a skydiving instructor takes you on a tandem dive! Learn the cheapest days to jump, why you want some clouds in the sky, and why a sunset jump will cost you extra!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Frank and Marie Barnas
Podcast Status
Aug 1st, 2020
Latest Episode
Mar 31st, 2021
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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