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Hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey. The World Awaits travel podcast. Photo: Belinda Jackson
With Kirstie Bedford & Belinda Jackson


Rome, the Kimberley, Peru…

Where does your wanderlust lead you?

To Melbourne’s cafes or the vast deserts of the Empty Quarter, a New Zealand vineyard or the pavements of New York… what’s your neighbourhood?

Join us, travel writers Kirstie Bedford and Belinda Jackson, on our travel podcast each week, with stories from the world – in our back yard and far, far beyond. Are you listening in?

A weekly travel podcast bringing you travel tales from around the
world …

Join travel writers Kirstie Bedford and Belinda Jackson as we uncover stories from Australia and the world beyond, to inspire you to hit the road with some gold intel in your pockets. We get the lowdown from industry experts, inside information from guests on the ground and we talk to absolutely everyone. All the time. We don’t stop talking.

Latest Episode

Global eating with chef Luke Mangan, kid-free hotels & digital nomads

Chef, restaurateur, author and all-round nice guy Luke Mangan has restaurants in hotels, cruise ships, airports and even in a pylon in the  Sydney Harbour Bridge He has an OAM for his services to hospitality and has just launched his own wine brand. Kirstie chats to him about his favourite places to travel and eat, how he got his start and what he’s up to next. See

We also talk through some of the world’s best adult-only hotels for a kid-free getaway, and share some tips on working remotely in another country. Italy calling anyone? See &;

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Meet your Hosts

Woman in Turkiye

Co-host BELINDA JACKSON has travelled to every continent and lived on three, eating everything she was told to (and many things she should not have). She’s played piano while crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica, hiked through ancient olive groves in Palestine, danced at Irish weddings and in Russian nightclubs, taken a dingy to find hidden Australian rock art galleries, and slipped out of bed and into a Maldivian lagoon. Her second home is Cairo, and she has has more than a passing fancy for the Middle East’s scarves and carpets.
Belle is a regular contributor to the Traveller section of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, has the occasional chat to ABC Radio and her stories and photographs appear in Australian and international publications.

Podcast co-host Kirstie Bedford

Co-host KIRSTIE BEDFORD has the same enthusiasm for travel she held as a six-year-old when she boarded her first international flight. In her 20s, she did the customary European tour, cycling along the French Riviera and zipping around Tuscany on a scooter. But it’s learning from other cultures she holds dearest – biking with locals on Vietnam’s Cam Kim Island; cooking traditional Sri Lankan dishes in Colombo; drinking sake with a Japanese family in Shikoku; and a Welcome to Country ceremony with Indigenous elders in Broome.
Kirstie has held the editorship of six magazines, including as founding editor of Luxury Escapes magazine, is senior writer at Karryon Luxury, and a regular contributor to Signature Media publications.