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Episode 47: Thailand – The Planning Stage

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake are planning travel to Thailand, together! They share some of their planning stage thoughts.

Where has Gail been?

Gail went into a 2 week self-quarantine for family reasons and made the best of it as a writing retreat. 

Going to a remote, rural location was a nice change of setting and was great for easing back into travel without risking sensory overload.

Planning for Thailand

  • Time of year
  • Priorities: Fruit, Other Food, Points of Interest
  • Key locations: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, possibly Ayutthaya
  • Wardrobe and Laundry considerations

Gadgets

If there’s one gadget Gail and Piper would test run on this trip, what would it be?

Gail: probably testing various face masks for travel, as well as wardrobe

Piper: Sarongs and versatile scarves

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Episode 46: Travel Memories and Keepsakes

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss the kinds of keepsakes and souvenirs they like to gather in their travels.

Souvenirs:

Piper’s favorite keepsakes:

  • Pressed pennies
  • Collector coins
  • Fountain Pens
  • Jewelry

Gail’s favorite keepsakes:

  • Weird regional foods or candies with unique flavors
  • Interesting scarves
  • Locally printed, locally published history books of a place
  • Jewelry

What do we do with our keepsakes?

Both ladies wear their keepsakes, for the most part, or use them as opposed to acquiring ephemera for decoration at home. Of course, they consume all the tasty food.

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Episode 45: Village Memories

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss a few of the villages, small towns, and rural places of their travels and why the love them.

Where have you been?

Piper went on a socially distanced getaway! Road trip with Corbin to Getaway House for a tiny cabin and camp site glamping week with private bathrooms in each cabin. Yay! 

Village Memories:

Piper’s remembered places:

  • Chonburi, Thailand
  • Biberach an der Riss, Germany

Gail’s remembered places:

  • small town on Northern California Coast
  • small town in South of England near Exeter
  • small town in Tuscany
  • and more…

Shoutouts

Getaway House

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Episode 44: Food That Travels To You

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss their favorite foods to order, so that it comes to each of them.

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Food That Travels

Piper’s must obtain:

  • Instant packs of โจ๊ก (Thai Jok, rice porridge) from Thailand
  • พริกป่น (Thai Prik Bon, Thai Roasted Chili Powder) from Piper’s stepmother
  • Plant seeds for ผักบุ้ง (Thai Water Morning Glory; Water Spinach)

Gail’s must obtain:

  • malty tea leaves from UK
  • Tea leaves from Thailand, via California distributor
  • Hale’s Blue Boy Sala Flavored Syrup

Shoutouts

ครัวชั้นสูง – High Zone Kitchen

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Episode 43: City of Dreams

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss cities they would love to return to and why.

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Cities of Dreams

Piper would like to return to:

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • London, UK

Gail would like to return to:

  • Strasbourg, France
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Barcelona, Spain

Gadgets!

On her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, Piper came across a surprising gadget. Gail has now seen the picture, but it won’t be posted. We’ll leave it to your imaginations, dear Listeners!

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Episode 42: Listening to other Podcasts About Travel

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake share podcasts they listen to about travel or while traveling.

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Where have you been?

Piper went somewhere! *gasp* Exercising caution and following social distancing considerations for maximum safety. Writing research trip to Deception Pass in Washington state.

Key tidbit: Gail and Piper are bereft and will deeply miss Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza as it is retired from their menu.

Other Podcasts About Travel

Piper’s Podcasts

Gail’s Podcasts

Gadgets!

Piper’s rec: Jiffy Pop Popcorn in heavy-gauge aluminum foil pan

Gail’s rec: Peeps marshmallow treats

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Episode 41: Nightmare Hotels

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake share their most horrific hotel experiences.

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Nightmare Hotels

Piper shares her worst day job biz trip experience with a hotel and shares an important lesson learned about what to do when the hotel isn’t ensuring your safety. She also shares her worst experience at a writerly conference hotel. There was also the instance in which she encountered a Mr. Mime in her hotel room.

Gail ponders why a water park would be in the basement of a hotel and air circulation isn’t up to the task of preventing that humid locker room smell permeating the entire hotel. She also shares the frustrations of flawed design in a hotel.

Lessons Learned:

Have your smart phone with you and fully charged.

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Episode 40: Train Stories

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss train travel memories through the years.

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Train Stories

Piper has very contrasting train adventure memories. First, she shares her impressions of a childhood overnight train trip in Thailand, traveling with family from Bangkok to Northern Thailand. Then, she shares college late night train rides to visit friends at other colleges. Her favorite memory is her most recent train trip experience from Seattle to Vancouver.

Gail has a similar experience with sleeper trains, though her experiences were in Europe. She also shares an experience with a commuter train in Europe in which she and her friends were not the protagonists in the story, in which they brought out the “stinky cheese and smelly meat” in the train car. And, of course, Gail has lived her best live enjoying an incredibly risky street food on a train in Peru.

This episode includes a tangent or two to acknowledge how very much both Piper and Gail enjoy a wonderful, pungent, soft, spreadable “stinky cheese” – and are willing to suffer the consequences.

Someday Train Trip Wish List

Piper’s Wishes

  • Rovos Rail to explore Africa
  • Orient Express to explore Europe

Gail’s Wishes

  • Canada cross-country train
  • California vineyard train trip in steampunk

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Episode 39: Road Trip Memories

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss favorite road trip memories.

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Road Trip Memories

Road trips are a big thing for Gail and she has many memories of various road trip memories. Shout out the Carmen. 

Piper grew up with a lot of family road trips and tended to visit her friends at other colleges in her college days as well as memories of annual road trips from New Jersey to Maryland for Otakon in order to accommodate cosplay wardrobe and accessory choices, plus con food survival choices.

Gail’s Most Memorable: New Zealand. Gail strongly recommends exploring New Zealand via road trip in camper vans.

Piper’s Most Memorable: Arizona to Maryland with Matthew J. Drake, exploring the big truck stop rest stops and convenience stores.

Gadget Pick! Best Road Trip Snacks 

Piper – Dr. Pepper and Beef Jerky

Gail – Cheetos and tea

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Episode 38: Hotel Adoration

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss favorite hotels in their past histories with travel.

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Favorite Hotels of All Time

Piper’s fav: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Gail’s fav: Adobe on Green Street Inn in Santa Cruz (possibly closed)

Honorable Mentions

Gail & Piper both mentioned Mandala Bay

Gail: Marina Bay Sands

Piper: Hotel Monaco Seattle

Gadget Pick! Favorite Hotel Provided Items

Gail – nicely scented shampoo/conditioner, make up wipes, and whole milk

Piper – individually wrapped insect repellent wipes

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