Podcast

365 Dates of Travel with Fran

My podcast officially launched on 22nd February, 2023. There are 32 episodes.

The podcast aims to make you laugh while discussing a series of books titled “365 Dates of Travel”, telling 30 years of stories covering each date of the year. Fran discusses what happened behind the scenes when travelling round the world and while writing about her travels. And the process of writing the book as a first-time writer, the self publishing road, and travel details left out of the book.

Season 1

Episode 1: That Time In The Beginning

22nd February, 2023

Behind the scenes look at how and why I went to America when I was 18, and how I started writing a book beginning with this story. A companion guide to the book series “365 Dates of Travel”. With an obsession for Beverly Hills 90210 and a small amount of money I arrived in Los Angeles without a plan. I travelled and worked around the world for the next 7 years. I wrote a book about my travels and now a podcast with everything I left out of the book.

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Episode 2: That Time I Left For America At 18

1st March, 2023

Laugh at me discovering why a T-shirt is spelled with a capital T, and how I ended up in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon before they fell apart.

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Episode 3: That Time I Was Obsessed With Beverly Hills 90210

8th March, 2023

I read three dates of stories from the book “365 Dates of Travel: The first six months” from the November chapter. Three days in Los Angeles in 1992 aged 18. I discover the difference between whats on television and reality. Hollywood and Beverly Hills disappoint.

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Episode 4: That Time My Bank Card Didn’t Work

15th March, 2023

I discuss the different amount of information I had in order to write December’s travelling stories from different time periods. From my poor handwriting, to travel bibles, and information gleaned from travel brochures.

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Episode 5: That Time I Self-published A Book

22nd March, 2023

It’s all about the journey to a self-published book from the planted seed to being available to buy. Sorry it’s a bit longer than my usual podcasts.

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Episode 6: That Time I Sold My First Book

29th March, 2023

All about the week I sold the first copies of my book and the behind the scenes stories of pricing, third party sellers, royalties, selling to libraries and bookstores and more…

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Episode 7: That Time I Slept on Mount Sinai

5th April, 2023

December chapter readings from “365 Dates of the Travel: The first six months.” From a train trip to Dresden followed by Christmas Markets, to discovering my bank card wont work after checking in at the airport for Israel, and getting scammed when arriving in Cairo from Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery.

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Episode 8: That Time I Got My First Book Reviews

12th April, 2023

All about what happened as strangers reviewed my book and how I turned negatives into positives.

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Episode 9: That Time I Paid 70 Pence For A Bed

19th April, 2023

I discuss stories from the January Chapter of the book “365 Dates of Travel: The first six months” including visits to Egypt, Canada, and England amongst others.

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Episode 10: That Time I Pretended To Be Canadian

26th April, 2023

Three stories read from the January Chapter of 365 Dates of Travel: The first six months. One from Canada in 1996, Libya in 2010 and England in 2015.

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Episode 11: That Time I Tried To Eat Uncooked Pasta

3rd May, 2023

Behind the scenes of the February Chapter stories including Portugal, just before the pandemic; Germany; Romania; England; and a couple of dates at the end of the original 1992 America trip.

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Episode 12: That Time I Walked In My Ancestor’s Steps

10th May, 2023

Three stories read from the February Chapter involving Germany in 2015, discovering family history in Yorkshire, UK and a day in Portugal following the Knights of Christ.

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Episode 13: That Time I Heard Ice Crack And Creak

17th May, 2023

March is the longest chapter in the book with most stories from a trip to Africa (via Europe) in 1998, also amazing trips to Finland, Poland and Portugal, with little tidbits from England and America.

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Episode 14: That Time Joe Lost A Tooth

24th May, 2023

Three stories from the March Chapter. Kemi in Finland in 2013; and Paris and Morocco in 1998.

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Episode 15: That Time I Was A VIP

31st May, 2023

April background stories from Australia in 1988, Norway 1996, loads of Africa in 1998 including Morocco, Western Sahara and Wacky Races in Mauritania, Turkmenistan, Poland and Los Angeles and North Carolina in America.

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Episode 16: That Time I Played Wacky Races in Mauritania

7th June, 2023

Three stories from the April chapter are read and introduced. One from Poland in 2017, Norway in 1996 and Mauritania in 1998.

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Episode 17: That Time Amazon Did And Didn’t Pay Me

14th June, 2023

I discuss my first royalty payment from Amazon including what they did and didn’t pay me and self published book sales and earnings statistics.

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Episode 18: That Time I Stared Into The Gates Of Hell

21st June, 2023

The background stories to the May chapters of each book: The first six months and The SECOND six months. You will get a sneak peek into what’s coming in the new book launching on 23rd July. I’m in Turkmenistan, Italy, Australia, USA and Mali.

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Episode 19: That Time I Went Storm Chasing

28th June, 2023

I read three stories from the May chapter of 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months. You get to meet Lottie the Arkana, come storm chasing and discover Timbuktu!

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Episode 20: That Time I Picked Up Hitchhikers In Peru

5th July, 2023

I go off on many tangents while discussing stories from the June chapter from Peru, Las Vegas, London and in Australia at Wilson’s Prom and Tasmania.

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Episode 21: That Time I Used AI For Writing

12th July, 2023

I talk about my experience with three programs that can come under the umbrella of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that target writers.

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Episode 22: That Time I Rode The Titicaca Train

19th July, 2023

Three readings from the June Chapter of “365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months” book. We start in Las Vegas in 2019, then Peru on the Titicaca Train in 2018 and end with Tasmania, Australia, in 2022.

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Episode 23: That Time I Launched My Second Book

26th July, 2023

I talk about how my second book launch did not exactly go as planned. Everything went wrong and was stressful but I sought of made it. 

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Episode 24: That Time I Was The Weird One!

2nd August, 2023

Stories from the July Chapter include Scotland in 1998, Woodstock 99 in 1999, the Netball World Championships in Jamaica in 2003, Africa in 2012 and Tasmania, Australia in 2020.

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Episode 25: That Time I Trekked With Gorillas

9th August, 2023

Readings from the July Chapter including a scenic train ride in Tasmania in 2020, and trekking with the gorillas in Rwanda and an animal safari in the Ngorongoro Crater in 2012.

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Episode 26: That Time I Went On A Holiday As A Nanny

16th August, 2023

Background stories behind the August Chapter of 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months. Book available now! We discuss trips to Italy and France in 1994, tidbits about life as a nanny, Buckingham Palace and Amtrak across America from Los Angeles to Rhode Island with stops in D.C. and New York in 2019.

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Episode 27That Time The Library Of Congress Left Me In Awe

23rd August, 2023

I read three stories from the August chapter of 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months book (available now). I read a story from Italy in 1994 when travelling while working as a nanny; the day I visited the Library of Congress plus other attractions in Washington D.C. in 2019; and a day from a five day road trip from Melbourne to Far North Queensland in Lottie the Arkana from 2005.

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Episode 28: That Time I Wanted To Open A Youth Hostel

30th August, 2023

Background stories behind the September Chapter of 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months.  I go behind the scenes of Ireland in 1996 (when I planned to open a youth hostel), Space Camp in 1999, Las Vegas in 2017 and New Orleans in 2018.

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Episode 29: That Time I Went To Space Camp

6th September, 2023

This week I read three stories from the September chapter of the book 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months. The first date is when I discover I don’t have a US visa once at the airport travelling to Las Vegas in 2017, a day from Space Camp in 1999 and a story from Ireland in 1996.

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Episode 30: That Time I Enjoyed A European River Cruise

13th September, 2023

The travel stories from the October chapter and discussed this week including a River Cruise in 2013, a Somewhere In Time  themed weekend on Mackinac Island in 1999, a netball trip to New Zealand in 2001, how a trip to the Isle of Wight made me look at the word crazy in a new light and other tidbits.

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Episode 31: That Time I Travelled Back In Time On Mackinac Island

20th September, 2023

This week I will read three stories directly from the book 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months. One while on a European River Cruise, another from Mackinac Island in 1999 and one about New Zealand and netball in 2001.

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Episode 32: That Time I Rode Home In An American Police Car

27th September, 2023

The November chapter is the last and shortest chapter of the book 365 Dates of Travel: The SECOND six months. This week I discuss the stories in here including more adventure with Lottie the Arkana, Halloween in New York which ends with a ride in a police car, and arriving back to Australia after living around the world for seven years. This is the final episode of season 1. Season 2 will drop after a break to travel more!

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