Podcast #016: Luggage with Travelexx

Man (Alexei, from Travelexx) on the edge of a cliff, squatting down behind a wooden fence-like structure made of poles. He is taking a photograph with a camera of whatever is on the other side of the fence/down from the cliff. He has a backpack on, he is also carrying a sleeping bag shaped item on his back, and there's another small pack by his feet.

Welcome to Episode 16 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

This episode is something of an experiment. Rather than talking a lot myself and having contributions from other people, this time I’ve had a live Skype conversation with Alexei from the website Travelexx talking all things luggage, as a continuation of my previous episode. It was quite interesting to try out, and while it took much less time to prepare and record, because of the length of the chat it took much longer to edit afterwards. Although conversational-based podcasts are pretty common, it’s not something I’m used to doing yet, so I’m not sure if this will become a regular thing, but it’s nice to know that it worked well for me.

We had quite an indepth discussion about a number of other subjects as well, including airports and North American sports, so no doubt you’ll be hearing more from this chat in future episodes.

So, topics discussed in this episode were:

  • Storm Dennis
  • This week’s Parkrun update
  • Do I have an alcohol-withdrawal headache
  • Putting my skills onto the freelance job site Fiverr
  • The viability of making audiobooks for my friend
  • How it feels to do a conversational podcast for a change
  • Alexei gives an introduction to himself
  • Travelling with just one bag
  • The joy of researching bags on YouTube
  • Size and weight of luggage, and whether anyone checks backpacks for either at check-in
  • Alexei’s preference for backpacks over wheeled luggage/standard baggage
  • Duffel Bags
  • The weird uniformity of standard business laptop bags
  • What defines as “four days’ worth of clothing” & why it changes depending on how active/sporty you are
  • What else do we carry, apart from clothes?
  • Electronics, USB leads, laptops, and the impracticality of Apple products
  • Travelling with liquids and compromising on toiletries. But not powdered toothpaste
  • Protecting baggage, keeping it dry and making sure it doesn’t fall apart
  • The joys of rain

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice 🙂 Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. There is a Facebook group for my podcast that you’re free to join: Click here!

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