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You know the power of travel: how it can bring a smile to your face, get your heart racing, and open your eyes. We’ve found a way to bottle up those emotions—those stories—and pipe them into your headphones. So take a few minutes every week to listen to transformative travel stories that defy our expectations, challenge our assumptions, and teach us something new about the world and ourselves.

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Jason: One Step at a Time
Jason was living in St. Louis and feeling lost. He lost his marriage, his career, his sense of purpose; Jason just wasn’t Jason anymore. And then, he got a teaching job in China. In this episode, Jason will tell us how taking one big step away from everything he knew was the key to finding his path, and to rediscovering himself.

Tanya (Pt. 2): A Night at the Dead Zone
After college, Tanya put her Arabic studies on the back burner. Until one night in Germany, when she found herself in the middle of the dead zone, translating refugees' stories to a group of educators. An experience that eventually cycled back to her roots in middle America.

Tanya (Pt. 1): From Farmlands to Desert Dunes
After getting sidelined by a sports injury at 15, Tanya felt stuck and uncertain about her future. So when she read an article about study abroad, she just knew she had to do it. What she didn’t know was that her time abroad as a teenager was just the beginning of a lifetime of change. In this episode, we’ll hear how a nearly split-second decision to travel to Italy as a 15 year old eventually led her to the Middle East, where she learned about true tolerance and the nature of change itself.

Jack: What Happened in Bangkok
Jack was working in China and dreaming of a life in politics. But when his plans came to a halt, he wasn’t quite sure what to do next. Luckily, he had a vacation already planned out. In this episode, we’ll hear how a serendipitous stop in a Bangkok museum changed his life, and how traveling alone was the key to discovering his passion.

Spanish Genesis
Genesis never dreamed of being able to travel the world, but as she saw more and more of her peers studying abroad, she realized she could have that same possibility. In this episode, we’ll follow Genesis on a path of self-discovery that almost never was. With help from GoFundMe ®, Genesis was able to travel to Spain, where she found her true self. After that, her life would never be the same.

Inna: A Life Without Borders
Inna dreamed of leaving Ukraine. But for her, it was never as simple as grabbing her passport and just going. In this episode, we’ll hear how Inna persisted and expanded her borders to France and beyond, even when the odds were stacked against her.

Sarah Across America: On the Road to Yes

Sarah was feeling stuck and alone in Los Angeles. So, she decided to just…drive. In this episode, we’ll follow Sarah through a 16-day road trip from LA to New Hampshire. We’ll take you to National Parks and Texan bars, through big cities and little country shops. Sarah will dance, camp, and along the way, she'll realize the power of just going for it.

Colin: Thirst for a new perspective

Colin knew he needed to gain a new perspective on the world, so he bought an around-the-world ticket. On one of his adventures, he ran out of water while hiking a mountain—and that’s when he started to understand what people actually need to live. When he returned home, he didn’t know what to do with all his “stuff.”

Ekow: Lost and Found in the Dominican

After college, Ekow was looking for an adventure so he joined the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. In this episode, he tells us about a time he hiked the highest peak in the Caribbean with his students—and one of them goes missing. Ekow shares how this harrowing experience taught him the true meaning of community.

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