S2 E1 - BUDAPEST for Rogues with Smike Letwinsky

S2 E1 - BUDAPEST for Rogues with Smike Letwinsky
Smike the Party Godfather of Budapest makes his second appearance on AST, and he outdoes himself once more! I can't stop cracking up while catching up with him about his latest projects--from hostels to bars to bands and podcasts. We also get into sex and nightlife etiquette for today's backpacker. We also share our insights on how to make sure your phone is a tool and not a social blocker while traveling in Europe.

References in the episode:
- Smike's Instagram - @smike1981
- Smike's Podcasts - thehostelguys.podbean.com and later "The Abstract Backpack"
- Retox Party Hostel - @retoxpartyhostel
- One of Retox's epic Jagertrain: youtube.com/watch?v=L5SwlurVJVo
- Budapest Party Hostel Network: budapestpartyhostels.com
- 10 Sixty-Six - facebook.com/10sixtysixbudapest, 10_sixtysix_
- Edison Ink & Bar - edisonbudapest.com
- Budapest Party Bookers - partybookersbudapest.com

Pick up Andy’s guidebook, Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget where he features the Budapest Party Hostels along with tons of other recommendations.

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S2 E0 - S2 Preview, We're Back!

Episode Info

At long last, the Andy Steves Travel Podcast is on it’s way back and we’ve got some incredible guests in the line up this season. Thanks to everyone who has subscribed, shared and rated our podcast already. We’ve got a great traveling community growing around this show, and we want you involved! This season, we’re spanning continents, time periods, subjects and more as we drop all sorts of travel hacks and nuggets into your earbuds.

Just a taste of what’s coming up this season:

  • Smike Letwinsky shares his take on Budapest today and the modern backpacking and sex culture

  • Kamal Mukarkar joins the show and shares about life as a Palestinian Christian living just outside of Bethlehem in the West Bank

  • La Carmina calls in to talk about goth and alternative travel in Japan

  • Sgt. Julian Ponce and I catch up about life as a guard at the American Embassy in Budapest

  • Debbie Arcangeles gives insights and tips on how to make it as a digital nomad and social media influencer

And so much more! So be sure to subscribe and tell your friends and family to do the same!

Ep22 - EDINBURGH: Whisky, Kilts & Castle Rock

Back in the day, the Romans conquered Scottish territory only to decide it was too cold and too barbaric to govern. Their loss. Today, Scotland is renowned for its rugged beauty, dark medieval history and rebellious nature, luring millions of visitors each year.

We're exploring the capital city of Edinburgh: a striking cityscape with both architectural elegance and dramatic, rolling hills. This time we're joined by two local guides, Colin Mairs (Excursion Scotland) and Sabela (Weekend Student Adventures), to share about Scotch whisky, Harry Potter inspirations, legends of Edinburgh's chilling past, and key highlights you can only experience in "Auld Reekie".
(Season 1 finale)


Ep20- 20 Years of Travel: GoAbroad Founder Troy Peden

To mark our 20th episode, we're meeting up with GoAbroad.com founder & CEO Troy Peden, also celebrating 20 years of his massive travel website. Thanks to GoAbroad, millions of Americans with a craving for travel have found their perfect study, intern, volunteer or work organizations.

We discuss the evolution of the study abroad experience and the growing desire for meaningful and sustainable travel. Troy talks about the shift of singular destination semesters to the multi-city adventures during a term away from home. His personal experiences abroad have influenced the transformational value of international education, especially during this critical time in American history. He stresses the crucial role international travel has in shaping perspectives and broadening horizons of the youth.  

Ep19 - GREECE: Ouzo, Island-Hopping & Ancient Ruins

It’s Greek week on the podcast!

Greece is full of gems to explore, from iconic Athens, to the monasteries of Metéora, to its 6,000 islands scattering the sea. Local guide Angelos Kokkaliaris shares with us the sumptuous eats, social culture and stunning retreats (Santorini and Mykonos, sure- but have you heard of Amorgos?) that make up an authentic Greek experience.


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Ep16 - AMSTERDAM: "Sex, Dutch and Rock & Roll"

We dive into Europe's most eclectic city, joined by my longtime guide and local Dutchie, Arthur Bijlholt. As a professional tour guide by day and comedy club owner by night, Arthur shares with us the deeper side of Amsterdam, beyond its many vices (although we cover those, too).
This episode tackles Dutch politics, culinary highlights (vending machine fast food, anyone?) and the culture behind that unique, urban vibe you can only find in Amsterdam.