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Today we bring you a Q band A we conducted recently with Ginger and Summer of the Outlander Podcast to find out what makes Outlander so special to them and its legions of fans and why you should join us on the best adventure of your life #PodAbroad2019

Q. Why Outlander, what was it that drew you to this amazing series set in our wonderful country?

A. Summer first found the Outlander book series in 1997 when there were only four books. She tried to get me to read them but I didn’t start until 1999. So we have been fans for well over 20 years now.

As for the draw of Outlander, it’s a lot of things: Scotland, history, intrigue, danger, a sexy male protagonist (There’s a reason he’s called the “King of Men.”)

As Diana says, Outlander is the story of a marriage. Though Claire is out of her time, she’s a modern woman. Granted, not contemporary with us, but much closer to us than an 18th-century person. So we feel part of the story and we experience it along with Claire, as she is dropped into the unknown. The fact that Outlander is told from entirely Claire’s perspective is intriguing. By spending so much time in one character’s mind, seeing things through her eyes, we couldn’t help but rejoice when she rejoiced; suffer when she suffered; and love when she loved.

Q. What was the reason behind starting the podcast?

A. Like many fans, we thought it would be (maybe) great to see our favorite series adapted for screen, and it’s true that the series had been optioned for film several times. But nothing had ever come of it. In June 2013 when we read the article that Outlander was being adapted for television and names like Starz and Ron D. Moore were attached to it, we thought for the first time that this really could happen. And if so, we wanted to be a part of the fan experience, not just BE fans. There were many blogs out there, others doing video blogging, but I didn’t want to do something anyone else had done in this space. I’d been a podcast fan since about 2008 and had fantasized about doing my own show one day, but had no idea what that looked like. When this production came along, it seemed like the perfect time to jump in. I looked and looked and there was no podcast dedicated to Outlander at the time. So I asked Summer if she’d do one with me, and she said yes.  

Q. So a logical next step would be to visit where it is set, why choose Spirit Journeys?

A. We’d worked with Susan Brown, our guide, to find operators to send out bids to, and when we learned about Spirit Journeys, so much of our search came together. We knew Julia and her company had the experience in the industry, were familiar with Outlander-themed tours, and would handle the finances expertly. 

Two things that stuck out to us were that they were located in Inverness, and so had the ability to help us out when we were in country, and that they used a trust account to handle guests’ funds. This made us feel very comfortable that the trip and our guests were in the right hands.

Q. Tell me what someone can expect from the next pod abroad?

A. We’ve changed the itinerary slightly to make sure it’s not too duplicative, but it will still have many of the filming and historical locations guests enjoyed during Pod Abroad 2018. We’ve added a distillery tour, an exclusive vendor evening, and are planning a fabulous leaving dinner at Hopetoun House.

Q. What are you looking forward to doing or seeing the most?

A. I think we’re most excited for the leaving dinner! We were able to tour Hopetoun House in 2018 with our guests, and can’t wait to have it host our next group of guests in 2019.

Q. What would you say to someone who is still undecided about whether or not to go?

A. First of all we’d say, if you love Outlander, you will love this trip. Period! Then we’d want to know what questions we could answer. We are doing live Q&As on various social media platforms and plan to feature some of our alumni from 2018 so prospective guests can ask questions of people who have already gone.

For more information you can head over here

Pod Abroad 2019 Tour page https://www.spiritjourneysworldwide.com/tours/outlander-scotland-tour-podcast/   https://www.outlanderpod.com/podabroad/

Outlander Podcast link https://www.outlanderpod.com/

Outlander map https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions/tv-film/outlander/

We continue our adventures at the our Country Music Association Festival 2018 Tour.

Nashville is so alive, it has such a buzz about it that I haven’t felt elsewhere and its great destination for singles, couples or families alike.

#Darius Rucker was a real highlight for me and Archi, what a showman!! Heres a clip of him.

#cmafest #itstartswithME #MusicMadePossible

We’ve just started our adventure to the CMA live music festival in #Nashville. CMAFest as its know is 11 stages , 350+ artists and 1,100 musicians apparently over 4 days 

All outdoor stages are FREE during the day! This legendary festival is Nashville’s signature Country Music event with 90,000+ attendees from all 50 United States and two dozen countries.

We’ve checked into our rooms at the Embassy suits by Hilton and we unpacked and then went to explore the streets of Nashville to get a feel for the place. This place is absolutely buzzing! The bars and streets are alive with music. 

We then paid a visit to the really cool #Johnny Cash and #Patsy Cline museums and also the world famous #Ryman auditorium a must when you are there.

The rest of the group have went to see who’s on at the #Grand Ole Opry, but me and Archi are going to pace ourselves. Theres a lot to do and see in the next few days and I don’t want to burn out too early. I can’t wait to see their photos and ill keep you updated on how we get on.

Julia.

#cmafest #itstartswithME #MusicMadePossible

That’s me not long back from the International Luxury travel market Asia Pacific http://www.iltm.com/asia/ in Singapore and I thought I would share with you what an absolutely amazing experience I have had, met equally amazing businesses and hopefully met important new suppliers and contacts that I can use to create some truly epic adventures for you, my clients.

It started off with a really glamorous opening party at the Ritz Carlton Singapore and it was such a great night. The team there put on a really high quality event and congratulations all round to everyone involved. It set the tone for the quality of the rest of the event.

Day 2. My day was packed full seeing and speaking to loads of different and interesting suppliers to the luxury travel industry. I was really impressed with everyone there. In the evening I was thrilled to have been invited to a very exclusive event hosted by the amazing Shangri-La Hotel where they flew in a Michelin star chef to show us how our food was made. Brilliant to see an artist at work and it was a really amazing night with good company and fabulous cocktails.

Day 3. Again, loads of appointments with top class suppliers and then we went to the opening night of the new Kempinksi Hotel which was especially exciting as they only signed the contract for it a few days before, so we were one of the first people to set foot in it. The Kempinski girls were the ladies in red in the photos. Afterwards we went for a couple of drinks in the Swissotel, The Stamford which had some of the best views all over Singapore.

Day 4. The final day of the event and more appointments before the final evening event at the Marina Bay Sands hotel but I have to confess that I didn’t make the event as I was burned out. Note to self, need to train harder pre event next time.

Day 5. A lovely and informative walking tour in China town courtesy of Context Travel around the hawkers food centres. This was an insightful tour where we sampled all the delights of Asian and Indian cuisine including an ice cream sandwich which was a new one to me. It’s a real big deal and extremely popular, some of the stalls there have 2 hour-long queues and some even have Michelin star ratings. I had fish ball soup, chicken rice, lotus cakes, curry pies and sugar cane juice, in fact we had so much food I had to have a nap afterwards. I had Indonesian, Malaysian, Chinese and Indian food all in one day.

After my nap I went shopping in the Suntec city Suntec City and I am afraid I have to admit that I ended up getting lost and it took me almost an hour to find my way out, i had to put on Google maps in the end!

Alas, it was then homeward bound but Singapore is a fantastic city with a huge amount to offer and I can’t wait to go back. I loved it! 

Thanks to everyone involved in making it such a valuable and worthwhile event, I can’t wait for next year.

Im really looking forward to working more with Cappella Ubud in Bali and Amanpuri resort, thanks to the Shangri-La for an amazing event and also to the Kempinski Hotel Singapore for allowing us the privilege to be the first to be shown around it. It is a really beautiful place, congratulations.

Thanks to all. 

Julia. 

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