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Cruising Ganges With Pandaw: A New Way To See India

Paul talks with Marco Rosa about the remarkable history of Pandaw Cruises and the company’s relationship with Myanmar and Southeast Asia. They also talk about the new cruises in India which open up a new and very comfortable way to see the country from its rivers.

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Places — Shane Dallas Talks About The Czech Republic, Ostrava and TBEX

Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the real attractions of the Czech Republic. They also talk about TBEX, and how the international conference has grown to reflect today’s changing digital media landscape. 

 

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James DeRuvo Goes to Comic-Con, and some other family oriented adventures

Family Travel and Tech Lord James DeRuvo spent the summer taking his family to several “cons” including the grand daddy of them all, San Diego Comic-Con. He joins us to talk about those 4 heady days of pop culture, why he’s taking his teenager to PowerMorphicon, and how a con is not only a great way to celebrate pop culture, but a fun family vacation as well.

PowerMorphicon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the longest running kids TV series … the Power Rangers. Based on the Super Sentai hero series from Japan, this martial arts kids show has grown into a toy, movie and even comic-con powerhouse. And the 2018 POWER MORPHICON CONVENTION is the largest Power Rangers fan fest in the world.  And if you’re in the Orange County area and are a Ranger fan, you can still get tickets on the day you arrive! 

In addition to meeting their favorite actors from Power Rangers, fans and convention attendees will be able to purchase some convention exclusive merchandise. These special convention-only items are available for pre-order with your paid convention membership (attending or non-attending), or at the expo during the show. Items include the exclusive Lord Drakkon figurine (throne sold separately) and the black and gold Megazord Funko Pop! figurine. A convention-exclusive Power Morphicon Convention T-shirt is available for purchase, as well as metal Morphin’ Coins and specialized merchandise for Membership Tier.

Convention Hours: 

Day 0 – Thursday August 16th – Special Signing Event with Austin St. John (Hours to be announced)

Day 1 – Friday August 17th – Badge pickup begins 12pm – Floor hours 4pm-10pm 

(Open to pre-registered full-show pass holders only)

Day 2 – Saturday August 18th – Floor hours 10am-6pm 

(Doors open at 9am for Gold and Platinum Memberships)

Day 3 – Sunday August 19th – Floor hours 10am-5pm 

(Doors open at 9am for Gold and Platinum Memberships)

You can follow Power Morphicon Convention on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Official-Power-Morphicon-Convention-226350690636/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PowerMorphicon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialpowermorphicon

Listen to James’ special report here!

 

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People — Max Hartshorne Visits Scenic Austria Without Crowds

Max Hartshorne, Editor of GoNomad, talks with Paul about a recent trip to Vorarlberg, Austria. You can read about Max’s adventure here. It’s an area that meets every expectation about what Austria should be. 

Image Credit – Max Hartshorne

 

 

 

 

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Margie Goldsmith Goes To Portland Maine And Discovers Island Life

Margie Goldsmith joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about her recent trip out to a remarkable island in Cosco Bay. Portland, Maine is growing in stature as a place for great dining and she find all that and more at two amazing hotels.

While staying at the Portland Harbor Hotel she discovered that they have another hotel out on a small island in Cosco Bay. The Inn at Diamond Cove, she discovered, is a world apart and one that will being you back for more. Oh and there are lobster rolls. 

 

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People — Hannah Sampson Talks the Evolution of Disney World

Hannah Sampson, News Editor of SKIFT joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about her recent visit to Walt Disney World and the chance to interview executives about their evolving plans for the Disney Hollywood Studios complex.

You can find her  story here

 

 

 

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People — Marybeth Bond Finds Walking In France A Way To Meet Great People

Marybeth Bond joins Paul to talk about the joys of walking and hiking through the South of FranceOn Foot Holidays  an English walking company, offers 30+ self-guided walking tours in Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, England, Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech R, Austria.

The walking tour may be done with a guide or customized just for you and friends.  The hikes are graded for difficulty and there are often shortening options. You will only carry your lunches, while your luggage was transferred to the next night’s accommodation.  A map with route instructions, all hotel reservations, breakfasts, most dinners and lunches were provided by On Foot Holidays.

 

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People –Travel Leaders New Program Assists Veterans In Careers

Jackie Friedman joins Paul and Elizabeth on this podcast originally broadcast on AFN, to discuss an innovative new program designed to aid veterans who want careers in the travel industry through the Travel Leaders of Tomorrow course. With full scholarships and expert training and guidance, the program gives veterans a headstart in a career that builds on their experience around the world. 

Travel Leaders Group and Nexion, the travel industry’s premier host travel agency, are introducing a new program for military veterans that provides scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition for training to become an independent travel consultant. In addition, once participants are ready to launch their agency, Nexion will waive all membership fees for eligible scholarship recipients for up to 24 months.  The program has been officially endorsed by AMVETS (American Veterans), one of country’s leading military veterans support and advocacy organizations.

Recipients of the Nexion Veterans in Travel scholarships will attend the award-winning, multi-course Travel Leaders of Tomorrow training program featuring highly experienced instructors, comprehensive online courses, weekly live instruction in a small study group and guidance in preparing a business plan for their future travel agency. Tuition for the full program normally costs $1,800. Nexion and Travel Leaders of Tomorrow are both part of Travel Leaders Group, one of the country’s largest travel agency companies.

“The travel agent profession is very much thriving and growing,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion.  “We are in need of a greater number of travel professionals and it’s an occupation that offers tremendous flexibility in terms of schedule and location with many agents working from home. It would be an ideal career choice for many veterans.”  Friedman added, “Once they are ready to establish their agency, they will receive support through Nexion coaching and peer mentorship. In fact, we have a number of Nexion travel professionals who have a military background and have volunteered to serve as professional mentors to those who graduate from Nexion Veterans in Travel.”

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People –David DeVoss Finds Good Government, A Flourishing Economy And Gorillas In Rwanda

David DeVoss joins Paul on this podcast to talk about his recent trip with Peter Greenberg to Rwanda. Peter was filming another in his Royal Tour series with Rwandan President, Paul Kagame. DeVoss, a respected journalist with extensive international experience describes how Rwanda is leading Africa into a progressive future under Kagame’s leadership. He speaks of the amazing strides the country has made with the ecology. You’ll have to listen to find out about whether he ended up seeing gorillas. 

 

 

 

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Places — Hong Kong Reveals A Rich Cultural Heritage On Walking Tour

Hong Kong’s immigrant past and a rich cultural heritage shine on a day-long walking tour of the city’s Sham Shui Po neighborhood. Tour Supervisor Daisy Fu and guide Francis Lau of Eco Travel Limited share fascinating stories of Hong Kong’s history and development. A dim sum lunch, a snack at a Bean Curd factory, and visits to Taoist temples bring the city’s story to life. Join Paul and Elizabeth on this enlightening journey. Paul and Elizabeth spent some time in Hong Kong prior to boarding Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 for a segment of its World Cruise.