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On this episode, I talk with Charles Snyder, native Californian, poet, playwright, actor, educator, and all around Renaissance Man now living in Spain. Charles’s poetry has been published in Abernathy and A Gypsy’s Journal, and just this month, his essay “Negotiating Worlds Black and White,” a piece on being bi-racial in America will be published in the 2Leaf Press collection, Beiging of America. We’ll talk all about life in Spain, straddling the color line in America and abroad, writing, self-love, breathing, bodies, and a whole lot more. Tune in and get lifted!

“My Favorite Things” – John Coltrane

Fly Brother Radio Show Theme Song:
“La Femme d’Argent” by Air

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Have you ever thought about flying to Easter Island? Or from Australia to Chile? How about Brazil to South Africa? Well, with its recent route between São Paulo and Johannesburg, LATAM Airlines now flies across two of the planet’s three southern oceans, and one of only a few airlines to connect the Southern Hemisphere. Based officially in Santiago, Chile, LATAM was born in 2012 from the merger of Chile’s LAN Airlines and TAM of Brazil. While the name and livery aren’t the most original creations in the world, LATAM competes directly with Panama’s Copa Airlines and that other multinational behemoth Avianca of Colombia for the millions of passengers coming to and through Latin America, hence the name and logo, a stylized map of South America.

LATAM’s main intercontinental hubs are Santiago, São Paulo, and Lima, but the airline operates huge domestic networks in several countries throughout the region. Still, it’s the far-flung destinations that make LATAM so interesting: LATAM sends its brand-spanking-new Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Frankfurt via Madrid and Sydney with a stop in Auckland. Flights from Santiago to mysterious Easter Island continue on to Papeete, capital of Tahiti. New York and Los Angeles are connected to both Lima and Santiago, while Miami and even Orlando get served from capital cities across South America.

LATAM’s Intercontinental Routes from SCL and GRU

The addition of Johannesburg to LATAM’s portfolio expands the network to near-global status and offers an alternative to South African Airways’ 11 weekly flights between South Africa and Brazil, a particularly useful option for OneWorld Alliance frequent fliers. In fact, combined with the route networks of American Airlines, Spain’s Iberia, British Airways, and Qantas of Australia, OneWorld flies more people to and from Latin America than any other alliance.

Next time you’re feeling adventurous, take LATAM up on one of its flight deals across the Southern Seas. Your friends will think you’re the coolest person they know!

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On this episode, I talk with Sophie Ibbotson, British entrepreneur, traveler, writer, and lover of wild places. Sophie runs her own consultancy business, Maximum Exposure Ltd., is the author of five Bradt Travel Guides, and has worked in dozens of countries, from Afghanistan to Sudan. We’ll talk all about languages, guidebook writing, and travel to some of the world’s least-likely tourism destinations. Tune in and get lifted!

“Back in the U.S.S.R.” – The Beatles

Fly Brother Radio Show Theme Song:
“La Femme d’Argent” by Air

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Human trade and culture have traveled through Central Asia for thousands of years. Throughout antiquity, traders, treasures, and tragedies threaded their way through the mountains and across the seas of the region in successive waves, mixing traditions and beliefs from East to West and back again. The modern country of Tajikistan sits high along the northern crest of the Himalayas, and its peaks and valleys have witnessed the rise and fall of religions and empires, from Zoroastrianism and Buddhism to the Mongols and the Soviets. Around each mountain pass is a story, through each tunnel, a tale. It isn’t the cities and settlements of Tajikistan that hold the secrets of time, it’s the places between the places where the whispers shout loudest.

World’s Second-Largest Flagpole, Dushanbe
Karotegin Province
Seven Lakes
Shakhristan Region
Khatlon Province
Zarafshan Valley
Karotegin Province
Seven Lakes
Iskanderkul, named for Alexander the Great. Yes, he was here, too.

Dushanbe (DYU), Tajikistan’s capital city and principal air hub, is served thrice weekly from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines, with onward connections to the United States.

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By Killarney’s lakes and fells emerald isles and winding bays
mountain pass and woodland dells mem’ry ever fondly strays…

This year, Fly Brother publisher Ernest White II will be joining a slate of established and engaging journalists, industry experts, influencers, and—naturally—bloggers to speak about the ins-and-outs of travel at TBEX Europe 2017. Bonnie wee Killarney, a town of 14,000 in the southwest of Ireland, is the site of the shenanigans, as several hundred presenters, tourism bureaus, travel companies, and travel junkies come together for networking and business opportunities, as well as learning to be more astute travelers and effective storytellers.

This event threatens to be a magical one, though, taking place for the second time on the Emerald Isle, and the castles and culture of fabled Killarney only enhance the allure of the experience. The people of Ireland know how to do three things particularly well: tell stories, dance, and welcome visitors. Fly Brother spoke at TBEX Europe 2013 in Dublin, so he has succumbed to Irish hospitality and has lived to tell the tale. Why don’t you come and live it for yourself? 😀

TBEX Europe 2017 is in Killarney, Ireland, from October 3-5, 2017. Register today!

Shannon (SNN) is the closest international airport to Killarney, with daily seasonal service through October from New York-JFK on Aer Lingus and Delta Air Lines, and from Newark on United Airlines. Bus service is available from Shannon Airport to Killarney, a journey of 2-3 hours.


Image credit: Sami Pyylampi via Flickr

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On this episode, I talk with Ronnell Perry, traveler, former Peace Corps volunteer, and founder of AfroBuenaventura, a travel portal inspired by communities descended from enslaved Africans that disembarked at ports throughout the Americas. We’ll talk all about volunteering in Latin America, cultural pride, identity, and a whole lot more. Tune in and get lifted!

“Somos Pacífico” – Choc Quib Town
“Cores” – Da Lata

Fly Brother Radio Show Theme Song:
“La Femme d’Argent” by Air

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This summer, Europe gets that much closer when Norwegian Air starts its new routes from the Northeastern U.S. on its brand-spanking-new Boeing 737-MAX jets, augmenting its already extensive 787 long-haul transatlantic service. The airline officially announced the routes in February, along with introductory fares as low as $65 each way—and you can still find some cheap tickets if your dates are flexible and you’re open to discovering a destination you hadn’t considered before.

Image by Eric Salard via Flickr.

In fact, by flying a smaller, more fuel-efficient airplane, Norwegian is connecting cities in the U.S. and Europe that had never, or very rarely, had transatlantic service up to now. Beginning in June, you can fly nonstop from Providence, Hartford, and New York’s Stewart International—about 60 miles north of Manhattan—to Cork, Shannon, and Dublin in Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh in Scotland, and Bergen in Norway (above), all cities on the western edge of Europe and just barely longer than flights from the Northeast to Los Angeles. In fact, you can’t even fly nonstop from Providence to LA…but you can to Ireland!

Norwegian’s new 737-MAX transatlantic routes.

Check Norwegian’s website for fares and flight times, then off you fly!

Also, listen as Norwegian’s senior public relations manager Réal Hamilton-Romeo talks travel on the FLY BROTHER RADIO SHOW.

Bergen image by Andrés Nieto Porras via Flickr.

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On this episode, I talk to Réal Hamilton-Romeo, senior public relations manager for low-cost international carrier Norwegian Air, lifelong airline brat, and traveling mom. Having built a public relations career with start-ups and young, dynamic companies like ShopKeep, JetBlue and now Norwegian, Réal spends her days advocating for increased connections across borders and boundaries. Tune in and get lifted!

“Return to Paradise (Mark de Clive-Lowe Remix)” – Shirley Horne

Fly Brother Radio Show Theme Song:
“La Femme d’Argent” by Air

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Russia got Hungary, ate Turkey, fell on Greece and broke China. We learned that little ditty in nursery school, and while it may not have happened in that order, there was obviously some allusion to the Soviet Union’s global sphere of influence during much of the 20th century. As menacing as that may have seemed, the glories of Mother Russia were still extolled to many a traveler, as evidenced by these lovely vintage travel posters. Добро пожаловать!


Have you been to Russia?

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On this episode, we talk to Oman-based educator, writer, and travel maven Nicole T. Brewer. Originally from Detroit, Nicole has taught English abroad for nearly a decade and is co-founder of online travel portal I Luv 2 Globe Trot. She recently published her first book, A Guide to Landing an English Teaching Job Abroad. We discuss studying abroad, working abroad, and, of course, traveling abroad on the Fly Brother Radio Show. Tune in and get lifted!

“Golden” – Jill Scott
“Jump” – Madonna

Fly Brother Radio Show Theme Song:
“La Femme d’Argent” by Air