Travellers are often also fans of history, and it’s come as no surprise to me to find many guests who have been drawn to particular activities and destinations simply because of historical connections. But the two in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast are a bit special – one, because she is following in the footsteps of an amazing adventurer who just happens to be a direct ancestor, and another because the historical figures he’s discussing with locals are particularly famous ones!
But you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out more: enjoy!
Show notes: Episode 187 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Historical Connections and Travel
There are lots of interesting stories in travel but if your travels are connected to some personal connections to history, that sure makes it even more interesting! In Episode 187 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I’m lucky to chat with two travellers who some really interesting connections to history.
First up, I talk to Flip Byrnes who – unbeknownst to her until she was an adult – is the great-granddaughter of photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley. Since she learnt of the connection she’s let this ancestry influence a lot of her travel choices and has some fascinating tales to tell as a result.
I then speak with Tom Mattson, who has a particular interest in Cuba and regularly visits. On one trip he had the good fortune to meet Juan who, as a child, was an eyewitness to historical events involving Fidel Castro and more.
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