Travel With Meaning

Travel With Meaning

Travel stories that have impacted the lives and careers of artists, entertainers, athletes, entrepreneurs, CEO’s and travel experts. Hosted by Mike Schibel, Founder of Travel With Meaning.


January 23, 2023 28 min

Welcome to episode 100 of the Travel with Meaning podcast! We're excited to celebrate this milestone by sharing a very special episode with our listeners. In this episode, we're joined by my travel inspiration, my mom, Linda Schibel. In this episode, we delve into mom’s earliest travel memories and explore where her wanderlust comes from. We also reminisce about our family trips to our cabin in northern Minnesota and a road...

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Hello Travelers!

What a year 2022 has been!  TWM is beyond grateful for all of you and your support of the podcast and for sharing meaningful travel stories.

This episode is a recap of travels, unique experiences, and inspiring conversations from this past year.

Our most meaningful episode recorded this year was 98A and 98B with Owen Conflenti recorded at the Westin Hilton Head, absolutely one of our favorite podcast conversatio...

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December 15, 2022 43 min

Episode 98B - This is part two of the conversation recorded at the Westin Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. If you haven't listened to 98A with Steve French from the Westin make sure you do so.

In this episode, we talk with news anchor Owen Conflenti, who's been getting up at 2:30 am for seventeen years to deliver the morning news in Houston. Owen has amassed a large social media following of over one million followers ...

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Episode 98 of the podcast is a special two-part conversation 98A and 98B recorded at the Westin Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. 

Our guest for episode 98 is Houston news anchor/content creator Owen Conflenti. Owen also happens to be the college broadcasting partner of TWM podcast host Mike Schibel  We learn more about Owen and his meaningful travels in episode 98B. 

In episode 98A Mike and Owen talk with Steve French, Directo...

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December 5, 2022 45 min

Episode 97 features a conversation with TV host Jason Zone Fisher. A  passionate traveler who turned his love for sports, curiosity for adventure, and why not mentality into a thriving on-camera career.  

After winning a dream opportunity with Gillette traveling to major sporting events and experiences with his best friend, Jason knew anything was possible.  Jason shared one of his most meaningful travel moments happened while on t...

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November 22, 2022 48 min

Episode 96 features a conversation with Lauren Gay AKA Outdoorsy Diva, an extraordinary traveler who carved out her own path and inspired countless people along the way.

Lauren is the creator of Misadventures of an Outdoorsy Diva Blog,  host/producer of the award-winning Adventure Is A Lifestyle Podcast, published photographer, speaker, consultant, on-air TV travel expert, and adventure coach.  She is a monthly travel expert on CBS...

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November 11, 2022 52 min

Hello travelers, in episode 95 we talk with Stephanie Daniel, the CEO, and Co-Founder of a unique new travel app, Legend. Stephanie does not come from a traditional travel industry background, but as we've found from talking with countless guests travel has impacted all of our lives and careers. Stephanie is no different as travel shaped who she is and lead her to launch this innovative concept. 

As Stephanie shared with us, sh...

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November 3, 2022 44 min

In this episode, we talk with, Cara Federici, the Founder, and CEO of the Madison Melle Agency.  Cara has a long career in hospitality working with prestigious global brands. It's her savvy eye for design, forward-thinking innovation, and detail that has her agency positioned as a positive force in the new dawn of hospitality.

A self-described city slicker, Cara shares with us where her love for hospitality, design, and travel ...

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Gathering the Travel With Meaning community of like-minded travelers together to hear meaningful stories from our special guests is what we missed most during the pandemic.  Episode 93 features not one but two incredible guests for the podcast recorded in front of an intimate audience at the Shay Hotel in Culver City, CA. This event was a collaboration with Wanderful and their LA Chapter. Our extraordinary guests Nailah Hayward an...

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September 28, 2022 56 min

In this episode, we talk about Scot's passion for travel and how it lead to launching the Travel Academy. An initiative with State Bags and Puzzle International to provide the opportunity of travel for young adults from disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Travel With Meaning podcast host, Mike Schibel was lucky enough to be a last-minute addition to the inaugural Travel Academy trip in California and even earned a special nickname. T...

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September 20, 2022 30 min

Episode 91 was recorded in front of a live audience at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills and is brought to you by our partner, Los Cabos Tourism


Our special guest, Danni Washington, is a Science Communicator, Author, and TV Host. Making her return to the TWM podcast, she shares her love for the Pacific Ocean + Los Cabos and even drops hints about the top secret NatGeo show she's hosting.


Danni, a Miami native of Ja...

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September 16, 2022 41 min

Episode 90  features a conversation with a digital trailblazer who found healing and transformation in nature.

Shira Lazar is the founder and CEO of the Emmy Nominated digital media brand What's Trending. She is the host of the afternoon drive show Let’s Go There weekdays on CHANNEL Q, an Audacy Original Station, and the award-winning LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network.

She has also been named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential ...

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August 24, 2022 50 min

In episode 89 we catch up with Lindsay Myers at the newly remodeled Viceroy Santa Monica.  Lindsay tells us about some of the exciting projects and travels she's working on. We also hear about the fun shared experience that podcast host Mike Schibel, and Lindsay had together in Los Cabos.

Lindsay is a weekly contributor on NBC Access Hollywood, where her segments include visiting unique places around the world. She is a respec...

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August 11, 2022 53 min

Episode 88 of the podcast was record at Bluestone Lane on Rose Ave in Venice Beach with the CEO and Founder of Blunestone Lane Nicholas Stone.

A former professional AFL Football Player (6 years), Corporate Finance banker (11 years Australia, USA, UK) and currently Founder & CEO of Bluestone Lane.

Bluestone Lane is the fastest growing premium cafe brand in the United States, with +65 locations across 9 markets (NY, LA, SF, D...

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August 4, 2022 53 min

In Episode 87 we speak with Danny Guerrero,  Founder, The Culturist Group (TCG). His accomplishments are astounding and driving change.

In this episode we hear Danny's meaningful travel stories from his first international trip to Korea, his experience interning for San Diego Tourism Board and the special trip to Paris with his mom. Also sharing about the work his doing now and how it all began.  

It was Danny's connection ...

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Hello Travelers,   This episode was recorded on location in Montana as part of a  mindful adventure travel experience with Recal Travel.   This was a unique experience as part of Recal's quiet park series in Glacier National Park. The adventure included breath work, yoga, meditation, walks in nature, camping, cold dips, s'more making and connecting with other like-minded travelers.    In this episode we'll meet the Foun...
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July 13, 2022 41 min

Kaila Yu is a Taiwanese American singer, songwriter, former model, and freelance journalist. She was formerly the lead singer and vocalist for the all-Asian-American, female rock band Nylon Pink. As  a journalist and on-camera correspondent based in Los Angeles for KEYT which broadcasts on CBS/NBC/FOX. Her writing has appeared in the  New York Times, CNN, VICE, Business Insider, Travel and Leisure, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Thrillis...

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June 23, 2022 58 min

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On episode 84 of the podcast we meet a man who’s blazed a trail in the travel digital space, but things didn’t always go as planned for Scott Eddy.

 Life changed for Scott after losing his father 3 weeks before graduating high school. After months of feeling lost, unmotivated, and directionless, Scott joined an investment training program and excelled as a stock...

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TWM podcast host Mike Schibel was honored to attend the first in person Tourism Cares Meaningful Travel Summit since the COVID pandemic. Bringing together Like-minded travelers from all sectors of the travel industry in North Lake Tahoe at the beautiful Palisades Tahoe.  Discussing important issues on Climate Change, Sustainability and DEI in the industry with a focus on the local region of Lake Tahoe.  

Tourism Cares is an almos...

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Renowned adventure photographer Laura Grier  has a knack for manifesting extraordinary opportunities. When she was presented with leading an all women's climb to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, she knew this would be one of her greatest physical and mental challenges of her life.  If the eight days and fifty one hours of climbing through blizzards and down pours was not difficult enough, Laura and ...

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