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What we did over the winter + 2020 plans canceled!

In April 2020 we filmed a video to catch you all up on what we did over the winter (hint: lots of boondocking!) and how all our 2020 plans got canceled because of the pandemic.
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Topics covered with timestamps:
0:00 Intro
0:11 October: Balloon Fiesta, Matt's parent's visit in New Orleans, Texas Hill Country
1:36 Goat Yoga
2:13 Visiting San Antonio & Austin with Matt's parents. Day of the Dead parade in San Antonio.
3:27 November: Hanging out with Phil & Stacy from You, Me & the RV + Matt's birthday
4:09 Heath & Alyssa meetup
4:41 Thanksgiving in New Mexico, Snow, British Christmas pudding.
6:08 December: slowing down to catch up with work while boondocking
8:57 100 days of boondocking
9:25 January: Xscapers New Years Eve and Xscapers Annual Bash
10:35 First video production & video editing gigs, Matt speaking at the Bash
11:38 February: Dometic in the Desert RV industry event
12:54 Boondocking in Arizona + wild burros
14:22 Pandemic canceled all our 2020 plans
19:25 Bloopers

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○ You, me & the RV video: Heading to Florida for the Winter (36 Degrees and NO Heat)
○ 100 days of boondocking
○ RV electrical basics & RV solar explained
○ Dometic in the Desert by RV Lifestyle
○ RV LIfestyle interview with us
○ Grocery Shopping - Quarantine Style

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The Burning Man They DON'T Want YOU To See! (RARE FOOTAGE)

Burning Man is an annual festival held in the Black Rock Desert on the barren playa in Nevada, claiming to be the world's largest Leave No Trace event. For one week, 80,000 people gather to camp out and create an experimental city known as Black Rock City. Today, we travel to the location of Burning Man 2019 to conduct an investigation into what they leave behind. What we found was SHOCKING...

In this documentary, we cover the aftermath of the Burning Man festival: from around the area of Reno, Nevada to the environment around the Black Rock Desert, this is the impact of 80,000 people camping at Burning Man in the Nevada desert.


The Story of Flying the Nest

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The 10 Cheapest Countries To Live or Retire | You Might Not Need to Work

You often dream of quitting your job, ditching it all and moving to paradise.
In this video, International Living revealed top 10 cheapest places to live & retire for 2019, and the reasons why we think these are the best places to consider.
The list isn't just for retirees, it's also for people who want to live somewhere so cheap that they don't have to work.
10. Spain.
9. Thailand.
8. Peru.
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6. Colombia.
5. Malaysia.
4. Ecuador.
3. Mexico.
2. Costa Rica.
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AvTalk Episode 19: they bought how many planes!?

In an effort to make the podcast more accessible, we're now bringing AvTalk to YouTube with professionally transcribed subtitles.

We pick up at episode 19 as we welcome back Seth Miller to discuss his recent adventures on a variety of Japanese low-cost carriers and his flight on the COMAC ARJ 21. He also fills us in on the status of Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift and the upcoming Operation Gift Lift. And we recap the massive order book of the Dubai Airshow and check in on a few A380s in the news.

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How To Rent a Car For Cheap Anywhere In The World - 2020! $10 Per Day?

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Ranking Every Music Festival I've Attended (2010-2019) *it's A LOT*

In this video I rank every festival I have attended in the last decade (2010- 2019). I also give each festival a rating based off of 10 things that make up a killer festival! What makes a great festival? Watch the video to find out! Also, let me know in the comments what your top 5 festivals are!

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These are the 28 festivals I have attended in the last decade: Movement, Mysteryland US, Ultra Music Festival, Groove Cruise, Tomorrowland, Sensation White, Time Warp US, Hangout Fest, Dave Matthews Band Caravan, The Roots Picnic, Coachella, Electric Forest, Envision Festival, Desert Hearts Festival, Bonnaroo, Electric Zoo, Dayglow, The BPM Festival, Jazz Fest, SXM Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Sziget Island Of Freedom, 10 Days Off, EDC New York, Stereosonic, Harbourlife, Elements, Farm Aid


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25). SZIGET 2:54
24). ROOTS PICNIC 4:11
23). 10 DAYS OFF 4:42
20). FARM AID 7:15
19). JAZZ FEST 7:57
18). ELEMENTS 9:36
17). EDC NEW YORK 10:56
16). BONNAROO 12:24
15). TIME WARP US 13:13
14). HARBOURLIFE 14:54
12). MOVEMENT 16:57
11). COACHELLA 18:09
10). HANGOUT FEST 19:48
7). SXM FESTIVAL 23:56
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Iceland Winter Travel Guide | HOW TO TRAVEL ICELAND and How You Can Plan Your Perfect Trip

Ok let's talk about HOW TO TRAVEL ICELAND , with my ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDE. In this video I will Explain how you can plan your perfect ICELAND WINTER TRIP, I will break down what to see in Iceland and what to expect from Iceland in Winter. There's too many Cinematic Iceland Videos showing how amazing Iceland is but they never explain HOW TO TRAVEL ICELAND. So what I'm going to do is breakdown the best Iceland trips, how to save money and how you can prepare your perfect Iceland getaway. I want to share with you EXACTLY how I get PLAN YOUR TRIP TO ICELAND and to to avoid these common mistakes. I will be sharing my full Iceland Travel itinerary, to help you as you plan your Iceland trip

If you're wondering if this video will help you plan your first trip to Iceland then the answer is YES! I will explain my experience of Iceland and how you can plan the perfect trip to Iceland, I explain the reality of the Northern Lights, the best way to see the BLUE LAGOON and how you get the best Icelandic experience. Using these methods will help decided what sights are right for you and how you can save money in Iceland. If you want to learn the BEST WAY to Travel Iceland in the Winter, this is the video for you!

Please read below for Tour Itinerary and booking links to tours and other helpful links.


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15:59 - OUTO


Tour Itinerary - This is my 5 day itinerary for a first timers trip to Iceland in Winter, all tours are based out of Reykjavik. Remember if you want to experience Iceland in Winter it's highly recommended base yourself in Reykjavik due to the weather in Winter. If you want to be independent and hire a car then please do so outside of the Winter months!

Day 1 - Try and get an early flight settle down in your hotel and explore Reykjavik. This also the perfect time to do your Northern Lights Tour (link below).

Day 2 - Raise and Shin early because today is Golden Circle Tour. When you're back in Reykjavik why not grab a drink or a nice Bun from Braud & Co Bakery?

Day 3 - This is the best time to take a more adventurous tour, this is where I took our Hot Spring River Hike. If you want to experience a nice warm 40c river while surrounded by snow covered mountains and ice, then this is one the one for you! When you're back in Reykjavik why not grab a drink at Bravó? A Great Bar will a chill atmosphere.

Day 4 - South Coast Tour - Today you will see the water falls of Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Black Sand Beach, the town of Vik and visit a Glacier! Maybe treat yourself back in Reykjavik and have a meal out.

Day 5 - Last Day, try and book an evening flight so you can take it easier and explore more of Reykjavik, wonder through the port, perhaps see the Lighthouse (a great Instagram location). One your way back to the Airport this is perfect time to visit the Blue Lagoon. Spend a few hours here so you're nice and relaxed before flying back home.

This a great way to first see Iceland and you've only scratched the surface, it's a question of when you'll return not if.

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EP2: Immigrant in Italy - Victoria Childress - Tribe Travellers Podcast

Victoria Childress has totally embraced being an immigrant in Italy and shares with us how she failed twice to move to Italy, but now is on her way to becoming a citizen. This show is packed with information! Learn everything you need to know about visas in Italy and the best path to becoming a permanent resident or citizen, relocation advice, smart ways to furnish your new place, what it’s like to have your children in the local school system, what it’s like dealing with the local bureaucracy, accessing healthcare in Italy, and much more!

00:00:00 EP2: Immigrant in Italy - Victoria Childress - Tribe Travellers Podcast
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00:10:43 Adapting to new culture
00:23:45 Visa/residency
00:30:36 Healthcare
00:34:58 Taxes
00:36:36 English in Italy
00:40:07 Expat community; challenges
00:49:39 IKEA hack
00:55:46 Housing
01:00:49 Add family member to your visa
01:03:08 Dealing with immigration
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United Kingdom vs USA - 20 Differences

I just came back from a trip to the United Kingdom and wanted to share as an American traveler what I found the major differences are between the USA and the UK. The US owes it roots to the UK, so it’s interesting to see how in the last 200 or so years the 2 countries have evolved different cultures.

1 - Language/Accents:
Many words are identical, but pronounced differently
Listening to a british mom reading a bedtime story to their kid on the plane, reminded me of movie fairytale narrariation.
Tons of different accents.

Chips - Thick French Fries
Fries - Skinny fries - almost only at burger restaurants
UK Crisps = USA Chips (things sealed in foil bag)

2 - Public Transportation
In the US less than 1% of “trips” are on rail
In the UK 10% of trips are by rail
Trains in the US are nationalized under Amtrak
Trains in the UK are privatized, but quite expensive
In the US there are 233,000 miles of railroad track
In the UK there are 21,000 miles of railroad track
US only has 30 million passenger journeys per year
UK has 1.69 passenger journeys

3 - Subway:
London Tube quite similar to NYC subway.
Tube cars are smaller though.
And London stations are deeper underground.
NYC stations often just one flight of steps below ground

4 - Bus:
UK: I really liked the double decker busses in London
US: Busses are usually really lousy

5 - Walking
People walk way more in the UK than the US.

Cars & Roads

6 - Driving on the left vs right
Parking on either side of the street facing any direction

7 -Roundabouts vs Intersections
Yellow to let you know its about time for green at traffic lights

8 - British roads in cities are much curiver
US roads mostly staight in a grid

9 - Taxis in London are black, in NYC taxis are Yellow
UK taxi drivers are way better. To become a London Black Cab driver you have to pass a stringent test, called 'The Knowledge'; which usually takes at least four years study, with a failure rate of 95%.

10 - Business Suits
British Business Suits are way nicer than American ones
In general I think the UK is more formal than the US
Hotel maids wearing full british attire
Doormen wearing tophats


11 - Breakfast:
Full English - Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Tomato, Mushrooms, Beans, Hashbrown
Bacon (Streaky Bacon, Ham)
American bacon comes in thin strips with streaks of fat running along them. British bacon is leaner, with a border of fat along one edge, and comes in a rounder shape.
The difference in shape is due to the fact that each style of bacon comes from different cuts of pork. American bacon comes from pork belly, which is a much fattier cut of meat. British bacon, on the other hand, comes from the loin which is a much leaner cut. British bacon is very similar to Canadian bacon. In the UK they call American Bacon “Streaky Bacon”

12 - Scones - way better in the UK. Hard as a rock in the US.
Clotted Cream - Delicious? Why doesn’t this exist in the US?
Butter is way better in the UK.

13 - In the UK “Tea” usually also means snacks -- Tea is everywhere, but iced tea isn’t. I only saw Iced Tea at Starbucks and Subway. Not even Mcdonalds has Iced Tea.

14 - Portion Sizes:
Much smaller in the UK than the US. Food, and drinks.

15 - Eating: In the UK, Fork in the left hand, knife in the right. Don’t put them down. Far more elegant in the UK than in the US.

16 - Pubs
Beer in the UK is usually served “cool” but not “ice cold” around 54-57F
Drinkers overflow out on to the street -- totally OK to drink outside the pub
And no need tip at a Pub in the UK

17 - Tipping:
Both countries tip, in the UK 10% is considered a tip for good service, taxis round up. Many people don’t tip at all. But in the US 15-25% is almost mandatory.

18 - Grocery Stores: Much smaller in the UK, and with way less choice. In the US you’ll find 30 varieties of peanut butter. But UK grocery stores have many more prepared foods. Also in the UK you’ll be bagging your goods yourself.

Speak of prepared foods -- sandwich shops like Pret mostly selling prepared sandwiches.

19 - Power outlets:
In the UK: Different than the rest of europe. And a switch! Don’t forget to turn on the outlet

20 - Royal Family
UK: News/Gossip everywhere. TV, news stands, gift shops.

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Cruise Ship Clothing Tuxedo Gown? Carnival Triumph Norwegian Breakaway News OnBoard Photography We talk about what to wear on a cruise and should the guys bring a tuxedo for formal night? Hey and what about the onboard photography services? Should you use their services, or just do a couple of quick selfies?
We covered the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship that sailed through a winter storm from the Bahamas to New York. Cruise ships have to keep on schedule as they sell cruises up to 2 years in advance. Ships can only stay in port for a certain amount of time between sailings and must unload passengers and board new passangers so that all air connections can be made from the port city. All of the food and supplies for the next cruise is usually waiting at the dock at a pre determined time to be loaded onto the incoming ship and with dock workers standing by the meter is running for the ship owners to get the ship turned around as quickly as possible. For passangers it all seems effortless and it should. We also talked about the latest update about the poop cruise ship called the Carnival Triumph which had failed a CDC inspection about a month ago. It had a new inspection and the score this time was 98 out of 100... one of the highest scores ever made. The Triumph cruise ship is probably the cleanest ship on the seas today.

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032 National Parks Travel Tips (and a book giveaway!)

This week we are getting the scoop on the National Parks from someone who has been to quite a few of them! Ford Cochran from National Geographic Expeditions shares his top five parks and National Park travel tips -- plus we have a fun book giveaway!

ON THE PODCAST :34 Kim tells us about Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

4:10 Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party

7:49 Kim's adventures in South Carolina's Low Country

13:05 About Ford Cochran from National Geographic Expeditions

15:06 National Geographic's books for kids

17:58 Ford's top five National Parks for families

29:21 Visiting more than one park on a trip

33:29 How to plan your time in the parks

38:00 National Park travel tips

39:32 Ford's favorite travel gear

42:49 Book giveaway

45:02 App of the week

45:41 Next week: Grand Canyon!

ABOUT FORD COCHRAN Geologist, journalist and educator Ford Cochran is director of programming for National Geographic Expeditions. Cochran is responsible for selecting the expert scholars, writers, photographers, explorers, and staff the Society sends along on its educational expeditions around the world. Over his more than 20-year career with the Society, Cochran has written for National Geographic magazine; served as principal contributing writer for the Historical Atlas of the United States; helped launch the National Geographic website as well as directing content development and programming for it; and documented numerous Society-funded research expeditions in the field.

Cochran blogs and lectures regularly for National Geographic and has traveled as a Society expert on numerous National Geographic Expeditions, including National Parks of the American West. His work online has earned multiple Webby, CODiE and People’s Voice awards, along with the American Association of Museums’ MUSE Gold Award.

Cochran is passionately devoted to the creation and protection of national parks, and he knows that visitors often become powerful, lifelong champions for the parks they visit. He's joined National Geographic field teams working in a number of national parks and marine sanctuaries, and has participated in Society projects that have supported the creation of terrestrial and marine parks in and outside the United States. In 2015, Cochran scripted and recorded a 36-lecture college-level lifelong-learning course titled Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America for The Great Courses and National Geographic.

After graduating from the College of William & Mary with a degree in English literature, Cochran did graduate work in geology at Yale and was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. He conducted field research in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and at Mt. St. Helens National Monument with a focus on biogeochemistry and climate change before joining the National Geographic staff.

You can follow Ford on Instagram.

NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL TIPS Favorite National Parks for families: Yellowstone has hot springs, geysers, wildlife (called America's Serengeti), and history. You can spend weeks in Yellowstone and not see it all. It should be on every family's bucket list. Grand Canyon -- photos and videos can't capture the enormity and beauty of the Grand Canyon. Great Smoky Mountains -- most visited National Park, easy to get to for those on the East Coast. The biggest portion of preserved Appalachian Mountain range. Glacier Bay -- a disappearing landscape that we should see before they are gone. You can see marine life and glaciers calving into the Bay. On land, you can hike and see brown bears and grizzly bears. Mammoth Cave in Kentucky -- you can take a historic cave tour or do some spelunking. Zion National Park -- on the Narrows trail you can walk in the river through a narrow slot canyon. Angel's Landing is for the brave, but has amazing views in every direction. National Parks to pair together: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Death Valley, Sequoia, and Yosemite Olympic National Park and Mt. Ranier Planning your National Park trip Utilize the National Geographic guide books National Geographic National Parks App -- people can vote on their favorite activities TripAdvisor -- see what others recommend Talk to the Park Rangers when you arrive Consider taking a National Geographic Expedition trip or use their itineraries as a reference point in planning your own trip Looking on photo sites (Instagram hashtags) to figure out what you want to see Make sure you bring the right gear for shoes, jackets, maps, Camelbak hydration packs FAVORITE TRAVEL GEAR Ford likes quick drying hiking shorts or convertible pants from Patagonia. He like smaller, lighter hiking shoes called Approach Shoes. Now he is wearing a pair of Scarpa Zodiac shoes that he got in Iceland. For water shoes, he likes Keens or Tevas. He recommends using a...

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MICE Conversations - Pádraic Gilligan SoolNua and SITE Global - Meetings Incentice Conference Events

'MICE Conversations'. In this episode I talk with Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at SITE Global. SoolNua is a Dublin-based specialist in business events, advising destinations, DMOs, hotels, agencies and associations. Many people will know Pádraic from his days at Ovation on MCI.

More about Pádraic Gilligan, SoolNua and SITE Global.

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This interview was recorded Wednesday May 5th 2021.

'MICE Conversations' is also available as a podcast, on the below link and also on Spotify, Amazon Podcasts, Apple and all the usual places.

Topics and questions, timeline or video chapters.
00:00 - Intro and welcome.
00:52 - How did you get into the MICE industry?
02:24 - The name SoolNua?
02:57 - From practitioner to consultant?
04:45 - Is hybrid here to stay?
16:18 - Fortune 500 research.
20:00 - Incentive travel is the most measurable within the MICE acronym.
21:49 - Destination trends. Perceived safety.
28:15 - European trends?
29:46 - Where to find the Fortune 500 research?
30:38 - Remote working and digital nomads.
34:05 - Is the sustainable trend sustainable?
39:00 - Government and the MICE industry working together.
42:00 - SITE is back. First event in Colorado.
43:11 - SoolNua. Working from home or back to the office? A blended future.
46:00 - Outro, thank you, more info.

- So, hello and welcome to another MICE conversation, my name is Michael Collins from in Dublin. Today I'm delighted to be joined by Pádraic Gilligan who is managing partner at SoolNua, a Dublin-based specialist in business events, advising destinations, DMOs, hotels, agencies, associations, and anybody who'll listen. Pádraic is also the CMO of SITE and many people will know Pádraic from his days at Ovation on MCI, so Pádraic thank you very much for joining us this morning.

- Thanks Michael, delighted to be here.

- So I know you've got quite a checkered past I did a bit of research and digging I found out that you're in the band and that you started life as a teacher. So I wonder, if you could first maybe tell the people watching and listening how you got into the MICE industry?

- Well, I suppose true kind of, yeah impecunious radius is the kind of the the reason and teaching doesn't pay very well and there's absolutely no money in performing. So, I was a kind of a, a very very poor father of, well growing family probably four at the time, became six eventually. So as a very poor father I realized that there wasn't sufficient kind of funds putting bread on the table, on a weekly basis. So, I decided to try and leverage another kind of string I had to my bow which is my ability to speak Italian. And I worked with Italians visiting Ireland in the 80's as a tour guide. That discovered the, the great world of incoming tourism and discovered the brilliant kind of privilege of being able to talk about your country, to people who were actually really interested in listening to it, which made a kind of a change from teaching where you're talking to bored 15 year olds who really don't want to hear about Ode to a Nightingale by Keats.

- So I suppose the, the love of travel and Ireland got you into it but you've achieved a huge amount since then, obviously you know, with your Ovation on MCI days and now obviously, SoolNua. First of all, I tried to dig around and I couldn't find it could you explain to me the derivation of the name SoolNua?

- Well, okay, so it's actually, it's two Irish words as Sool meaning an eye and nua meaning you, so a new eye or a new vision a new perspective, a new way of looking at things. And so that's, that's the, the derivation we're just using obviously an anglicised spelling and to make it a bit easier far for people who are not Irish to actually say it or pronounce it.

- And then tell me in more recent years, you've moved from being a practitioner to a consultant. Have you enjoyed that move? Is it more challenging? Do you find it, do you miss the old days? And how has it................................



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