Had To Be There

Had To Be There

Explore new places and ignite your inner wanderlust. Travel to new and exciting destinations around the world through the vacation memories of our guests!

Episodes

January 27, 2024 53 mins

Meet Ralph, professional travel photographer and international tour organizer. Join us as Ralph takes us to the Republic of Georgia where he had quite the "Had To Be There" moment trying to cross into Armenia!

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🌍 Welcome to a new chapter of wanderlust on the "Had to Be There Podcast"! Join your guide, Kelly Acevedo, as she embarks on the third year of exploring the world, one story at a time.


In this Season 3 trailer, Kelly reflects on the incredible journey so far, and those who have been along for the ride. But hold on, because this year is different – it's an adventure upgraded!


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November 22, 2023 55 mins

Meet Michelle, travel blogger, educator, and foodie. Join us as Michelle takes us to Zihuatanejo, Mexico where she had a spontaneous tour of the former home to a mobster!

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November 16, 2023 38 mins

Meet Kim, a lawyer living a nomadic lifestyle. Join us as Kim takes us on a trip to Guatemala where she awoke to a fascinating surprise.

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October 23, 2023 32 mins

Meet R.C., author, retiree, and traveler. Join us as R.C. shares a story of an unlikely person showing up in a most unlikely place!

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October 6, 2023 58 mins

Meet Alastair, author, traveler, and our new surrogate British-Canadian grandfather! Join us as Alastair shares just some of the incredible stories he's collected throughout his life. Part 2 coming soon!

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September 28, 2023 41 mins

Meet Bob, a real estate agent who has cheated death and found real meaning in his life! Join us as Bob lets us tag along to the town of Stalybridge to visit friends he made on a cruise.

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September 21, 2023 50 mins

Meet Dara, a globetrotting travel writer with a taste for adventure! Join us as Dara transports us to the enchanting world of Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she spent a month living inside a mushroom, and shares a story that will redefine your perspective on life's true treasures.

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September 12, 2023 49 mins

Meet Meghann and Zach, the husband and wife duo not taking a moment of life for granted as they take hikes, road trips and explore the world together. Join us as they share the Had To Be There experience hiking Havasupai at the Grand Canyon.

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September 6, 2023 49 mins

Meet Gary, a former engineer and lawyer turned author. Join us as he shares his spontaneous Had To Be There experience climbing Annapurna - and all the adventures he had along the way.

 

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August 30, 2023 41 mins

Meet Yaneck, the owner of WASIO Photography and a passionate adventure motorcyclist. Join us as he recounts the exhilarating Had To Be There experience of his (would-be) cross-state motorcycle expedition from San Diego to Utah.

 

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August 24, 2023 70 mins

Meet Leia, who has been a writer, an editor, a nonprofit president, a library page, and an educator over the past twenty years. Join us as this military spouse and mother of 4 (by birth and adoption) shares the Had To Be There experience she had climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

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August 17, 2023 51 mins

Meet Laura, an Atlanta-based author and business professional, deeply enchanted by the allure of Daufuskie Island. Join us as Laura unveils her passionate journey of restoration, development projects, and her captivating connection to this hidden South Carolina gem.

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August 2, 2023 39 mins

Meet Rebecca Chandler, the globetrotting storyteller who's braved life's twists from Southern California to the heart of Africa. Join us as Rebecca unveils her thrilling journey gorilla trekking in Rwanda, offering insights that span continents and decades.

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July 26, 2023 51 mins

Meet Cheryl, a history loving travel guru on a mission to combine her two passions! Join us as Cheryl takes us to the site of one of America's most poignant and historic landmarks.

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July 18, 2023 39 mins
Meet Brandon, a pastor and memory collector residing in Omaha, Nebraska! Join us as Brandon gets us lost in Sydney, Australia! Looking for the VIDEO VERSION on this episode? It’s up on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XUM7bPw7sgg?si=5mE74xZDlEzbgolK   Connect with Brandon Hair:  Website: brandonhair.me Blog: thisawesome.life Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-awesome-life/id1675601972 Twitter: ⁠https://www.twitter...
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Meet Austin and Monica, college sweethearts living their best digital nomad life. Join us as the pair recount a road trip gone awry while cruising down Highway 1 through Fort Ross, CA!

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    July 4, 2023 50 mins
    Meet Lisa, the woman who does it all! Join us as this flight attendant, social worker, published author, and animal rescuer shares a Had To Be There experience she had at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah! Looking for the VIDEO VERSION on this episode? It's available on Spotify and YouTube: https://youtu.be/vjg2SJSjGuo   Connect with Lisa Wilkes:  Website: https://www.lisamichellewilkes.com Amazon author page: htt...
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    June 27, 2023 32 mins

    Meet George, documentary filmmaker and host of the Tell Us How to Make It Better podcast. Join us for the "Had To Be There" moment George had traveling between villages in Cinque Terre and how he crossed paths with former Morgan Stanley CEO, Phil Purcell!

     

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    June 20, 2023 52 mins

    Meet Shawn, a lifetime entrepreneur and inspiration to us all. Join us as Shawn shares how he turned a negative into a positive in Barcelona and which country he'll be walking across next!

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