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Episode 5 – Spain & Naru

This week, we’re off to Spain and Nauru, we’re talking airport lounge hacks and the world’s best airline for 2023 – does Singapore Airlines deserve the golden gong? 

Our guests this episode are:

Ben Groundwater in conversation with Belinda Jackson

Travel writer, author and tour guide Ben Groundwater tells us how much he loves Spain, and why you should love it too. We’re talking about where to eat paella and drink Jerez sherry, about hundred-year-old Basque cider houses, why cañas (small glasses of beer) at breakfast are a thing and Ben’s top dining recommendation (drum roll)…

Asadore Etxebarri: San Juan Plaza, 1, 48291 Axpe, Bizkaia, 

You can read Ben’s adventures each week in the Traveller section of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and his two new books are Ultimate Food & Drink Australia and Neon Lights in Tokyo. Join Ben on his Insiders Food Tour of San Sebastian with World Expeditions departs in May and October 2024. Tickets are selling like hot churros! See  

Lisa Pagotto in conversation with Kirstie Bedford

The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru is synonymous with refugee detention centres, but its government is encouraging tourism to the region for a much-needed boost to its economy. 

Crooked Compass founder and CEO Lisa Pagotto has just returned from Nauru and is now taking tours to the region, to add to their many off-the-grid destinations – from Moldova to Mongolia. She tells Kirstie what travellers can expect on a trip to this tropical micronation, and how your tourism dollar really will make a difference. 

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