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Adventure Begins Podcast

We are a couple of travel planners coming together to share what we love most - travel! We have a passion for exploring new places, and we love sharing our adventures with friends. So pack your bags, and come along with us!
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Dec 15, 2017

Join the ladies for their annual holiday shenanigans!  In this episode, we chat about trips to New York City, our holiday book exchange, and provide some tips to make travel during the holidays a bit easier

Pack your bags and tune in... and let the adventure begin!

Dec 4, 2017

Last episode, we started our conversation with Kristen Pfeiffer from the Mousetalgia podcast about her recent trip to China with Adventures by Disney.  Let’s catch up with her as she travels to Beijing and Shanghai where she will visit some of the country’s highlights and another Disney park.

Nov 17, 2017

China has long been viewed as a country of mystery and wonder. With its mix of skyscraper studded cities and vast natural beauty, where do you start?  With a guided tour of course!  Luckily, our very special guest Kristen had the chance to experience China through Adventures by Disney.  This episode covers the first part of her trip in Hong Kong, with more to come next time.

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- Jaimie tells us all about a new way to travel
- Jennifer reminds us to pack a present

... So pack your bags and tune in, and let the adventure begin!

Nov 1, 2017

Disney Cruise Line's four ships – Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy– receive high praises from families and couples alike for their upbeat atmosphere, amazing amenities and spacious staterooms. Both Melissa and Jennifer had an opportunity to experience two of the four ships, and we can’t wait to hear all about their adventures.

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- Emily went on a backyard adventure to Disneyland
- Jaimie is always be on the hunt for a good discount

... So pack your bags and tune in, and let the adventure begin!

Oct 16, 2017

Jaimie recently spent 14 days visiting 6 countries in Europe by plane, train and ship….

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- Jennifer reminds us to return those "souvenirs" from the hotel
- Melissa always packs a tennis ball

... So pack your bags and tune in, and let the adventure begin!

Oct 2, 2017

Jaimie recently spent 14 days visiting 6 countries in Europe by plane, train and ship, and wow does she have a lot to say!

 

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- Jennifer goes to San Diego for a long weekend

- Melissa shares a few ways the tourism industry is helping with hurricane relief

- Emily reminds us to GET EXCITED

... So pack your bags and tune in, and let the adventure begin!

Sep 15, 2017

The rail system of the United States has been a cornerstone of the country’s expansion and history for over a hundred years - now it’s a great vacation option for those wanting to use alternative travel and see the side of America less seen. Emily just returned from a week long adventure across the American West and we can’t wait to hear how it went.

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- We all adventured into our backyard to check out the eclipse

- Melissa chats about an airport that now allows gate drop offs and greetings

- Jennifer reminds us to carry alternative credit cards and cash, just in case

... Pack your bags and tune in, and let the adventure begin!

Sep 1, 2017

To celebrate our one year birthday, we answer some listener questions, respond to a few voicemails, and speculate where we might like to go in the future....

Aug 15, 2017

This episode, we chat with Stephanie Johnson. Her passion for exploration has taken her to over 30 countries, and she continually looks forward to sharing her experiences with clients and fellow travelers alike

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- Emily shares an adventure she had over at Union Station in Denver
- Jen shares some news for folks traveling on Delta through Atlanta

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Aug 1, 2017

Jennifer, Melissa and Emily just returned from the D23 Expo in Anaheim!  The Expo is held every other year and is the coming together of everything in the Disney Universe.  All the big news from both animated and live action movies, upcoming video games and our favorite….Disney theme park news!

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- Jaimie Hanson- Vacation Planner Affiliated with MEI -Travel shares a new travel tool to explore in a foreign country

- Emily Hartzog - affiliated with MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan travels has a great new travel dress to throw in your carry-on bag

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Jul 1, 2017

If you are a fan of Disney parks you have most likely heard of and dreamt of traveling to this holy grail of Disney parks. Tokyo Disney is made up of two parks in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan.  Emily wraps up her trip to Japan exploring this amazing park!

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- Jennifer shares a new way to explore London
- Melissa provides a tip when traveling someplace where you don't speak the native language

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Jun 19, 2017

Known for its snazzy shorts and triangle, Bermuda is a 21 square mile island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and is considered by many as an escape to paradise.  Jennifer visited during her recent cruise and wants to tell us all about this not so hidden gem.  

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- Emily ran the Bolder Boulder 
- Melissa can't wait to explore the Dr.Seuss Mueseum 
- Jaimie provides a useful summer reminder!

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Jun 2, 2017

In addition to traveling to Tokyo, Emily also made a stop in Kyoto which was formerly the capital of Japan and is it’s 7th largest city. The city is dedicated to preserving traditions like tea ceremonies, Geisha’s, and flower arranging, while still being a modern bustling city of over 1.4 million people. It is well known for it’s mountain parks, classical Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, gardens, and traditional wooden houses.

 

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- Jaimie shares her new favorite travel app

- Jennifer tells us all about the Special Needs Group

 

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

May 18, 2017

The cruising industry is massive and always changing, and as travel professionals, we are constantly seeking out new opportunities to learn about the newest ships and travel trends.  Jennifer and Melissa recently spent 6 days in Fort Lauderdale at a cruising conference, and they are excited to share some of the things they saw and experienced

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- Melissa cannot get enough of her Farm to Feet socks

- Jennifer shares a great new podcast called WOW In the World

 

May 1, 2017

Japan is home to dense cities, majestic palaces, mountainous national parks, and thousands of shrines and temples.  It’s a country where deeply rooted traditions are melted into modern life almost seamlessly. Emily recently explored this amazing country and has so much to tell us!

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- Jaimie shares an adventure that she can't wait to go on, and a great tip about adjusting to a new time zone!

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Apr 17, 2017

When you are planning out your next vacation, someone will always ask you “So, are you doing an all-inclusive?”  This vacation option can be a great option for you to get the most out of your vacation dollar, but it is important to do your research, and make sure you know what you are getting in your package.  We spend some time breaking down what is (and isn’t) included, so that you can make the best decision for your next vacation.

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- Jennifer shares her recent weekend getaway to Reno

- Melissa talks about exploring the world through ice cream

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Apr 3, 2017

There has been so much happening in Orlando between Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, that we thought we would give a break down of everything new opening up this summer

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- Emily shares a great experience she had at a conference (you'll have to listen to find out the guest speaker!)

- Melissa shares a tip to keep your kiddos safe while on vacation

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Mar 15, 2017

In this installment, Emily had the opportunity to surprise her husband with a California Coastal cruise on the Ruby Princess, and she shares all the details!

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- We all share our plans for the 2017 travel season

- Jaimie gives us some great info about STEP 

- We respond to a listener request!

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Feb 15, 2017

When you say that you are headed down to Florida, most people will immediately ask if you are going to Walt Disney World.  And while we loooooooove our Disney, there is another major theme park in Orlando that has our hearts racing.  Universal Orlando is often referred to as “the other” theme park, but we want to explore everything this fantastic place has to offer and maybe even convince you to make this your MAIN reason for visiting the Orlando-area

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- Emily shares a hotel in Central London with a very special theme

- Jaimie reminds us to make a list (and check it twice!)

 

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Feb 1, 2017

Alaska is known as America’s Last Frontier, and for many, it is a major bucket list trip.  The 49th state is known for its spectacular views of nature - from the wild animals, to the massive mountain tops, and the delicious seafood, this state is perfect for the adventurous spirit.  And there are so many different ways to explore it, by air, sea or train!  Jennifer and Melissa had the opportunity to explore Alaska by cruise ship last June, and are eager to share in their experiences.

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- Jaimie tells us all about the Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh

- Emily reminds us to keep hydrated!

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Jan 15, 2017

Sometimes you travel to relax, sometimes you travel to see the sites, and sometimes, if you’re like the Adventure Begins Ladies, you travel to ruuuuuuuuuuun.  Emily and Jaimie are back from Walt Disney World and are super excited to tell us all about their experience traveling for the purpose of running a race.  They'll provide insight on packing, hotel tips, and how to take care of your body while on the road.

 

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- Melissa shares exciting changes coming to some New York airports

- Jennifer tells of an Adventure that never happened

- Special Guest Steve Cantafio shares a great travel tip

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

Jan 1, 2017

This week we are talking about river cruising on Avalon Waterways. Guests are able to travel by smaller vessels of 200 passengers or less and visit multiple ports and stops along their journey. These cruises travel throughout many waterways in Europe and have even expanded to Southeast Asia, China, the Galapagos, Egypt and the Amazon. Recently our own Emily Hartzog traveled with fellow travel planner Donna Milligan, and they are back to give us the full scoop!

 

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- Melissa shares information about the chocolate buffet offer at the Langham Hotel in Boston

- Jaimie reminds us to join frequent travel programs!

Pack your bags and tune in... and Let The Adventure Begin!

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