S1 E22 - 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)


S1 E3 - Nomadic Matt: From Backpacker to Best-Seller

Matthew Kepnes runs the award winning budget travel site, Nomadic Matt, and wrote the New York Times best-seller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. After a trip to Thailand in 2005, Matt decided to quit his job, finish his MBA and head off into the world. His original trip was supposed to last a year. Over ten years later, he is still out roaming the world. He's scuba dived in Fiji, was a poker player in Amsterdam, taught English in Thailand, got lost in a jungle in Central America, and broke down in the middle of Australia's outback.

His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, Budget Travel, BBC, Time, Yahoo! Finance and countless other publications. He also regularly speaks at travel trade and consumer shows, leads group tours in Europe and Southeast Asia, opened a hostel in Texas, and launched a non-profit called FLYTE, that sends kids abroad to bring their classroom experience to life.



How Matt turned his life around from an office job to traveling the world
Kicking off Nomadic Matt and his travel resource platform
Google SEO for travel blogs
Travel Tips: Skipping the line, planning ahead, saving your budget
Best credit cards for travel
Cheap flight search engines


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S1 E2 - PARIS: Politics, Pop Culture & Pastries


This episode is all about Paris. I'm today joined by my close friend and fellow guide, Kevi Donat. Kevi runs his own alternative tour company - Le Paris Noir, or 'the Black Paris', providing walking tours focused on Paris’ overlooked black history, musical influence and culture. He of course shares his thoughts on the must see sights and top neighborhoods and tips on how to avoid the crowds in one of the world’s most visited cities. 
We also discuss politics and discuss some of the most contentious issues in French and American politics.  It’s one of my favorites conversations, and I hope you enjoy!



Following Kevi's passion: From Public Health to Tour Guiding
The birth of “Le Paris Noir”, or Black Paris Walks
What you'll really get from a Free Walking tour
Exploring Paris 101:

  • Where to find the trendy neighborhoods (St. Martin, Latin Quarter, etc.)

  • Culture, how to stand out from the Parisians

  • Best food spot (links below)


Le Paris Noir

Discover Walks - Paris

Le Comptoir General

WSA Paris Weekend Tour


Ep0 - Meet Andy Steves

Hello Listeners- I’m Andy Steves,

host of the Andy Steves Travel Podcast. My background is all about Europe—I wrote a guidebook on it—but I don’t want to limit ourselves in the first season. I’m joined by some of the most interesting people I've had the pleasure to meet around the world. From the NY Times Bestselling author Nomadic Matt, to an Emmy-winning travel show host who bit an Octopus' head in Croatia as her "rite of passage", to my local guides with endless history and stories to share; it was almost a crime to keep these fascinating tales to myself.

Of course, this is a travel podcast, so you can expect tons of our expert travel tips and tricks as well. I've dedicated my life to helping travelers toward the best experiences abroad through my tour company, Weekend Student Adventures, my new guidebook "Andy Steves' Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget", and now with this podcast. 

Our style is still evolving and improving, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy the stories my friends and I have to share. If you’re looking for more, we’ve got this podcast and all its show notes, European tours, an online store, travel tips and more all here at


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