All the S**t I've Learned Abroad

All the S**t I've Learned Abroad

All The S**t I’ve Learned Abroad is an international travel podcast with production spanning the globe. Canadian hosts Steph Paige and Andrea Gillis record remotely between Melbourne, Australia and London, England to bring listeners lessons learned through decades of travelling. Together, the pair have visited almost every exotic location in the world… and some not so exotic. With only the most extreme destinations left unexplored, not by choice, the duo have a wealth of firsthand knowledge to share. Started with the intention of reconnecting and reliving their favourite travel memories, the podcast soon became a rapidly growing success. Now the podcast can be seen charting highly in over 17 countries and #1 in both Australia and New Zealand. Covering everything from flights, accommodation and destinations to attire, etiquette and scams, the podcast dives deep on anything and everything you should know when taking a trip. The show sports such a vast range of topics that there is quite literally something for everyone. Not only are the episodes’ themes engaging, but Steph and Andrea have an incredible amount of entertaining stories. The pair are obsessed with getting lost in wondrous foreign lands, exploring new places, soaking in the sights and unique cultures. From volcanic eruptions and exploding buildings to steamy romances and drunken festivities, you’d swear some stories are straight from an action adventure film. Thanks to the bright and bubbly personalities of Steph and Andrea, even the most mundane travel experiences feel like a joy to listen to. Having run for over two years, All The S**t I’ve Learned Abroad still continues to raise the bar each episode — their entertaining and informative discussions won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Support this show Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


May 12, 2024 29 mins

It's all about priorities! Ask yourself, are you making travel a priority in your life? If the answer is no, then why not? While we have many priorities in life, we often forget to add travel as one of them. For many reasons, like mental and physical health, creating long lasting memories, and becoming more cultured, Steph and Andrea discuss why travel should always be included as a priority in your life and how we prioritise trave...

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It's time to dive into the world of artificial intelligence, also known as AI! While still in its infancy, is becoming more popular for travellers looking to simplify their travel planning. From finding hidden gems to crafting personalised itineraries, we test out different AI prompts to help us plan for our next upcoming trips. Does it live up to the hype? Tune in to find out!

00:00:00 - Introduction to AI in Travel

00:00:40 - ...

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In 2024 solo travel is becoming more popular than ever, but it can still be very daunting for those who have yet to take their first solo trip. So we give you our hot tips on great things you can do while solo traveling and while your might be alone, you'll never feel lonely!

00:02:01 - Booking Flights and Work Trips

00:02:21 - Airbnb Hosting Experiences

00:12:30 - Benefits of Walking Tours

00:15:20 - Food Tours and Meeting People


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March 30, 2024 32 mins

This is a spicy one! Steph and Andrea get into a very intense debate... to recline or not to recline your airplane seat?! When we're flying, while we do have the option to push our seats back, is it always acceptable to do so? How long does a flight need to be before it's acceptable to recline your seat? And is it even your problem if the person behind you is too tall? Ultimately we need to ask the airlines who owns those two inche...

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How does social media impact your travel experiences? Is social media ruining travel experiences or making them better? Are we too obsessed with getting the right content instead of taking in the experience? Are we focusing too much on FOMO and what we see online? And are we traveling to some of these places we see online for the right reasons? Let's dive in!

00:00:00 - Social Media's Impact on Travel

00:05:42 - Discovering Loca...

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February 28, 2024 44 mins

Valentine's Day may have passed but it did get us thinking about love languages! Love languages are all about how you give and receive love, for and from others. But how do these relate into your travel style? Quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation, gift giving and physical touch. We chat through these five love languages and how you can integrate these into travel to get the most out of your trip, whether with a partn...

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It's time to talk Dubai! Steph recently dipped her toes into Middle Eastern culture by visiting Dubai and the Middle East for the first time. As Andrea has been a few times, we talk through out own experiences, what talk about what we loved about to Dubai, what we didn't love and ultimately... would we move there?

00:00:00 - Introduction to Dubai Experiences

00:00:59 - Content Creation Retreat in Byron Bay

00:02:40 - Wedding Plan...

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It's not about the destination, it's all about the journey! Join us as we discuss travel journeys and how our travel styles have evolved during them. Everyone is starting their own travel journey at different times in their lives and in different travel styles. How we can be supportive as a travel community for everyone along their journey, wherever they may be on that path?

00:05:45 Everyone's unique travel journey

00:10:10 Judg...

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January 14, 2024 44 mins

Am I the A**hole? Steph and Andrea dig into Reddit's AITA forum to find the best travel related AITA scenarios to debate. Tying in hostel etiquette, traveling with significant others, friends and family as also airplane entitlement - A**hole, or not? Tune in now and make sure you let us know if you agree with our verdicts!

00:04:22 - Airport Lounge Access and Etiquette

00:09:14 - Discussing Seat Selection and Airline Status


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Happy 2024 - It's time for our annual new years travel resolutions episode! As always, we revisit last years resolutions to see if and what we actually achieved and then discuss our travel goals and resolutions for the upcoming year as well - and we've got some big ons that we hope will inspire you as well!

00:00:00 - New Year's Travel Resolutions

00:05:34 - The Power of Writing Down Goals

00:06:18 - Revisiting Last Year's Tr...

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December 18, 2023 41 mins

It's time to talk about van life in Outback Queensland! What’s the best way to plan your route through the Outback and does it feel safe if you do it as a solo traveller? What is a pig race and why is Steph using her ability to starfish as a system of measurement? And most importantly, what’s the biggest travel hack we’ve learned on how you can live the van life for next to no cost.


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Flight upgrades... are they worth it or a total waste of money? When flying, what is the best way to get a cheap upgrade, whether using cash or points, and when is it actually just not worth it at all? We also delve into hotel and rental card upgrades and the surprisingly easy method to get them for free.

00:00:00 Upgrades can be worth it.

00:09:40 Communication is key in hosting.

00:14:06 Airbnb hosting can be challenging.


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September 30, 2023 51 mins

As you age, do you become more or less insecure while traveling? When it comes to age, body image hangups and physical capabilities we discuss why you shouldn't let your insecurities get in the way of experiencing new things while you're traveling.

[00:02:01] Becoming less insecure with age.

[00:04:08] Insecurities while traveling.

[00:11:30] Women and self-image in photos.

[00:16:09] Living in the moment.

[00:19:42] Staying young ...

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So often in life we romanticise things in our head when in reality, it rarely lives up to expectations, and the same goes for travel destinations. In this episode we discuss some of the destinations we have over-hyped in our own heads. Equally, we explore some of the places we didn't expect much of that ended up blowing us away. We hope that this episode lives up to the hype and that you won't be disappointed!

00:00:00 Expectat...

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From booking hotels to flights to rental cars, to lost luggage and lost keys, listen to some of the tips and tricks we've compiled from our own lessons learned on our travels that will hopefully help you make the most of your own travels in the next year. So grab a notepad and a pen and get ready to take some notes!

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This is a real shit episode. Literally.

We're talking about something every traveler experiences at some point, but are too embarrassed to talk about. Traveler's diarrhoea, Bali belly, Delhi belly, whatever you want to call it, it's really shitty when it happens. But how can you prevent this dreaded occurrence on your travels and when should you actually seek help from a medical professional when you've got it?

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Having embarked on two very different adventures throughout India with different styles, Steph and Andrea discuss their contrasting experiences while traversing the bustling streets of Delhi, wandering through ancient temples, tiger spotting in Rajasthan, their Bollywood experiences and so much more.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler, an armchair explorer, or someone seeking inspiration for your next journey, in "Travels Throu...

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April 2, 2023 59 mins

One of the most annoying things that can happen during your travels are delays, diversions and cancellations. It will most likely happen to you at some point, so it's time to break down the reasons this can happen so that in the moment, you can decide if it's worth the energy getting worked up about!

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February 16, 2023 45 mins

To gift or not to gift, that is the question. How often do you buy travel souvenirs for family, friends or yourself? What makes a good travel souvenir and what makes a crap one? Let's dive in and discuss!

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January 15, 2023 32 mins

As we get older, we often lose a bit of our spontaneity so how can we hold onto this feeling while still traveling responsibly without being impulsive? Some studies even suggest that spontaneous travel makes us happier - but is this actually true?

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