Indagare Travel announces its first podcast series, Indagare Global Conversations, hosted by CEO/founder and journalist Melissa Biggs Bradley, celebrating inspirational stories about the human side of travel. The early episodes, all available for download now, are part of the Lockdown Series, which introduces listeners to entrepreneurs and activists, authors and filmmakers, designers and tastemakers who tell stories about the paths and passions they’ve followed, the places they love and the profound ways in which the people we meet through our travels shape our lives and our perspectives. Through the Indagare Global Conversations podcast, Melissa examines how COVID-19 may change travel and the role travel plays in discovering yourself and your purpose—finding yourself by going somewhere else.
“As a passionate traveler, what I immediately missed the most, when we first found ourselves in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, was connecting with people,” says Biggs Bradley, who launched her series of talks just as the shelter-in-place order took hold in New York. “Because, for me, the greatest discoveries, when I distill travel down to its essence, come from meeting new people and hearing new perspectives. So I reached out to some of the extraordinary people I have met through my travels, who have spent their lives seeking and exploring. Many of them have spent their lifetimes moving between cultures and interests and they remind us of the possibilities of what life can be. And we share the belief,” adds Bradley, “that travel truly is a gift that influences who we are and who we are meant to become.”
In the earliest episodes of the Indagare Global Conversations Lockdown Series, Melissa seeks connection through conversation on such topics as coping with coronavirus and how we can bring a better world into being for ourselves. She sits down with designer India Hicks, who opens up about the anxieties of parenting in a COVID bubble and island life lessons learned from the Bahamas; gets advice on love and healing, harnessing the good in grief and the benefits of practicing patience from author, Omega Institute founder and Oprah advisor Elizabeth Lesser in New York’s Hudson Valley; hears tales of tracking big cats in Botswana, saving rhinos (and a harrowing encounter with a buffalo) with award-winning National Geographic Society Explorers-in-residence and filmmakers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert in South Africa; and hears from Love India’s Fiona Caulfield about what it’s like to fall head over heels for a destination—and decide to put down permanent roots there. Cabana Editor Martina Mondadori discusses the impact of coronavirus on Italian design and fashion. Additional podcasts feature novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux; hotelier and entrepreneur Meryanne Loum-Martin; former Hollywood executive and Cambodian Children’s Fund founder Scott Neeson; Lebanese filmmaker and activist Nadine Labaki; Christopher Kostow, executive chef of the three-Michelin star Restaurant at Meadowood. Coming soon: Napa Valley’s Bill and Deborah Harlan; Vogue’s Rickie de Solei and many more.
In Melissa’s conversation with Paul Theroux, the legendary author said something that gets to the root of what these Global Conversations reveal about the ways in which travel helps us to connect the dots in our lives and with each other: “The greatest gift of travel,” he says, “is that there are other people in the world—people less fortunate, people who are smarter than me, people who have figured things out, people who have not. Flaubert said that travel teaches you how small you are. And I guess that’s exactly what I found out. I’m small, insignificant, and the world is huge and it’s complicated…It’s not one lesson. Knowledge derives from direct experience. You don’t get it from a book. You don’t get it from your father or mother telling you something. You need the direct experience of a place…You learn everything from leaving home. Travel gave me the experience. It gave me something to write about. It gave me a life. I wouldn’t be the same person if I had stayed home.”
“The common thread in all of the conversations in this podcast series echoes Indagare’s mission to inspire and empower people to change their lives through travel,” says Melissa Biggs Bradley. “My goal in launching these Global Conversations was to champion unique perspectives and innovations happening right now, find the beauty in other cultures—and thus, find yourself and your life path—by venturing to unfamiliar places around the world and seeking to understand your place in it.”