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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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Feb 19, 2019

Emily hits England and she’s breaking all the travel rules. We are checking in with her this episode to find out what happens when you buy cheap restricted air, plan your hotels hours before your trip and have almost nothing planned in advance.

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- Melissa shares a few romantic trips to take with someone to determine if they are The One
- Jennifer goes to Disneyland
- Melissa gives some tips for those ski vacations

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

 
Feb 6, 2019

New Years is one of the liveliest and most explosive holidays celebrated around the world. This year, friend of the show Julie Dey, rang in 2019 with a bang while visiting one of the most glamorous places around, Dubai and paired this vacation with a few other can’t miss sights along the way.

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- Emily runs all the miles and get a passport
- Jennifer shares the renaming of an airport 
- Melissa reminds you about those pesky connecting flights

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

Dec 17, 2018

In the past, we have talked about some of the wonderful land vacations that Adventures by Disney has to offer, but did you know that they also offer a line of river cruises as well?  In this episode, we chat with Beci Mahnken about her recent experience on the Danube River Cruise onboard the AmaLea, which offered an opportunity to explore the European Christmas Markets.

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- Emily finds a snack that would make Buddy the Elf happy
- Las Vegas has some new rooms accommodations that sounds great for the ultimate slumber party
- Jennifer is always prepared with a day bag

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

Dec 3, 2018

Royal Caribbean has been revolutionizing the cruise industry for years.  They are masters at creating amazing new ships, and have the ability to revitalize their older ships to feel more up to date.  Jennifer recently had the opportunity to sail on Royal Caribbean’s newly renovated Mariner of the Seas, as well as their newest ship Symphony of the Seas.

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- Emily ran another marathon
- Melissa wants to sleep in an airport
- Melissa gives a tip to maximize the space in your cruise cabin

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

Oct 1, 2018

G Adventures has specialized in small group travel for over 25 years. It is the very best way to get up close and personal with the world in a way you’d never manage on your own. And when you travel with them, you support local communities and help make the world a little bit better for everyone. Melissa's friend Sean recently experienced his own G Adventure, and he can’t wait to share it with us.

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- Emily is gearing up for a fall cruise 
- Melissa wants to go glamping Oregon Trail style
- Emily knows her way around a ziplock bag

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

Sep 17, 2018

Paris!  Just saying that famous city’s name reminds us of the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, and high fashion. The city’s open-air cafes are an institution for casual eating and people-watching. And let’s not forget about pastries, bread and cheese, and wine!  Our friend Sara recently went on a girls trip to Paris and we can’t wait to hear all about it

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- Emily gives us the weather forecast according to the Farmers Almanac
- Jennifer discusses some increasing airline fees

- Emily explores Fort Collins and hikes Horsetooth
- Melissa provides some tips when traveling internationally with your credit cards

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

Sep 1, 2018

Comicon has been ruling the comic fan world for almost 50 years with an annual gathering in San Diego, California. Over the years the event has transformed from a one day gathering of around 100 attendees to a three day extravaganza bringing in over 130,000 visitors. Those who attend these days are treated to film screenings, programs, panels, a 460,000 sq ft exhibit hall, and over 700 different events including art shows, meet and greets, autograph areas and of course the ever popular costume contest.

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- Jennifer shares a fun photo collage tool from our friends at Royal Caribbean
- Emily has a tip to get through security faster

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

Aug 15, 2018

Cuba is the largest Caribbean island just roughly the size of Pennsylvania, and is located just 90 miles south of Key West FL between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. After much government turmoil most tourism was halted to the outside world until the 1990’s and continued for those in the United States until 2016 when President Obama opened the doors for US travel within certain guidelines.

Emily recently had the opportunity to explore Cuba on a People-to-People mission trip, and we all want to go now!

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- Melissa shares some new technological developments from the TSA
- Jennifer provides us with a tip for getting a great price on a rental car

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

Jul 2, 2018

Asia is a must see place for travelers over the last few years and our friend Meghan recently returned from a trip to Taiwan. This island is also known as the Republic of China. Just South East of mainland China, it is a country rich with heritage - you can find over 15,000 temples which are used as community and festival centers, places of worship, and art houses.  Whether you love to hike, cycle, or eat food from one of the 300 night markets, we think Taiwan is a place you’ll want to visit too.

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- Melissa wants to go cruising with Oprah
- Emily reminds us to download the right apps before flying

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

 
Jun 15, 2018

Norwegian Bliss has been custom-built for the spectacular - featuring a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to soak in every stunning moment, go karts and laser tag to keep the adrenaline pumping, and staterooms for every budget. Jennifer and Emily had the unique opportunity to go on an inaugural cruise, and they have all the details about this amazing ship!

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- Jaimie shares flight attendant secrets to looking refreshed on your next trip
- Melissa brings her whole family on to talk about their weekend adventure to the New England Air Museum
- Melissa wants you to take a picture of your luggage

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



Jun 4, 2018

Seattle is located on the Puget sound in the Pacific Northwest. This city has mountains, lush forests, and water every direction you look. The city is also well known for it’s massive tech industry including giants like Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing. These innovative minds are part of what creates this vibrant and entertaining city crowned with the iconicly futuristic Space Needle from the 1962 World’s Fair.

Jennifer and Melissa also took another cruise out of Seattle on Explorer of the Seas, and give a quick recap on some of the staterooms and ports that they visited

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- Melissa really wants to explore an "abandoned theme park"
- Emily knows just what to pack for lightweight, breathable clothing

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

May 15, 2018

If you've been following along with us, you know that we are a group of ladies that happily explore the world one good meal at a time.  We are constantly talking about a favorite beer, or cheese, or meal that leaves us craving more.  

We are so honored to have Sasha Martin join us this episode. Sasha is the author of LIFE FROM SCRATCH: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAMILY, AND FORGIVENESS. She is also the founder of the blog GLOBAL TABLE ADVENTURE, with recipes from every country in the world. Her work has been featured in Food and Wine, the Oprah Magazine, People Magazine, AFAR, and on NPR.


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- Emily shares some updates on Fathom

- Jaimie has a long weekend in Atlanta

- Jennifer reminds us to get packing 

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

May 2, 2018

On this episode we are chatting with Stephanie Johnson once again - she has returned from an amazing trip across Spain. She shares her adventures exploring the bustling cities, marketplaces and incredible architecture. 

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- Emily Hartzog - affiliated with MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan travel lets us know what the Queen of England packs on the go
- Melissa Ruggieri, CTA ACC - Travel Planner Affiliated w/ MEI Travel can't wait to head back to Chicago to stay in a new hotel

- Jaimie takes a visit to Amish Country

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

Apr 16, 2018

Hawaii is known for so many things - stunning beaches, volcanos, surfing, and incredible adventures around every corner.  So, of course, since we are huge Disney fans, some of us go to to Hawaii to explore another Disney property! We were super lucky to have Scott Barrett from Mouse Geek Radio (and formerly Beta Mouse) join in our conversation.  

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- Emily shares a hotel change to the Vegas strip
- Melissa has some information regarding Global Entry

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

Apr 2, 2018

Emily took some time to interview her dear friend Chris, who recently had the amazing opportunity to go to the Olympics in South Korea! He talks all about his adventure, from his time at the Olympics and their quick trip over to Seoul.  And of course, we get a full scoop on the food and drink ;-)

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- Emily went to the Travel & Adventure Show and brought back a present!
- Jennifer has a new beer for us to try.... maybe
- Melissa is a germophobe 

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

Feb 1, 2018

We invited our dear friend Kelli to the show to tell us all about The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. SO many people see the advertisements, and hear about a few of the activities offer, but many people still aren’t sure what it’s all about.  She breaks down the property, the activities, and tells us about what you can expect on your next trip!

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- Emily shares her WDW Marathon Weekend experience

- Jaimie makes us all want to run out to get burgushi

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

Jan 16, 2018

Who hasn't dreamt about going on an amazing African Safari?  It's the kind of adventure that everyone hopes to do once in their lifetime! Stephanie Johnson is back with us, and shares her experiences in Africa - from wine tasting to swimming with sharks, its an amazing journey!

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

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!

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!

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!

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 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!

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!

Dec 15, 2016

This episode, we are taking a break from the normal trip talk, and we are going to share some holiday spirit with all of you!  We all share our dream holiday get away, some great holiday travel tips, and we even reach under the tree and give each some great traveling gifts!

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

Dec 1, 2016

 

This week we are taking a look at Washington DC with our very special guest, Steve Cantafio. This city offers fun activities for every kind of visitor with many free museums, cultural events, and a vibrant dining scene. Visitors can see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II memorial, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, Jefferson and more!

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* Emily has a private island

* Jennifer checks out the Norwegian Sky (psssst... it has an all-inclusive drink package!)

* Melissa offers tips for those with motion sickness

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