• Great show, if you love travel, you will love this
    July 5, 2017 by Young free and coupled from United Kingdom

    Well worth a sub, DO IT NOW, i did!

  • A mind-expanding guide of the world
    June 30, 2017 by Keltonboy1755 from United States

    Listen to this podcast and the man who makes it. He will rekindle your desire for adventure, knowledge, and just maybe teach you how to catch a ride on the train of opportunity.

  • A truly unique travel podcast
    May 27, 2017 by fevkalade11 from United States

    I love travel and foreign cultures, and it was great to find a podcast that adds an entertaining, offbeat angle to a genre that can quickly become stale. Highly recommended.

  • Amazing!
    May 9, 2017 by Karileed from United States

    If you love travel you will certainly love this podcast! Eric is an amazing story teller and he will transport you to another world every time. I definitely recommend this podcast to all travel lovers.

  • Impressive and addicting!
    February 14, 2017 by JenniferRendel12 from United States

    This podcast transports me evey episode to a entertaining adventure that lets me leave my current reality and allows me to see this crazy world as told by the euthusiastic, talented, and engaging storyteller, Eric Trules. I find his travel stories enlightening and very relaxing to sit back and listen to. Besides Trules mastery of telling his stories, the podcast is well-produced with excellent audio and sounds that help in making this such an addictive listen. Can't wait for more!

  • Love and the Devil's Nose
    February 10, 2017 by Angelesgirl from United States

    This was a delightful and entertaining narrative. I tuned in thinking it was a podcast about one of Eric's wild travels only to find out that this was a piece about marriage, and a damned good one at that.

  • Crafted with a love of travel
    February 6, 2017 by jinki1 from United States

    Love the story telling aspect of the early episodes: the score, the performance. It's really engaging. As a podcaster, I love the behind the scenes episodes as well. Looking forward to where this show will go!

  • An auditory treat
    January 30, 2017 by phillytonicaragua from United States

    Trules' voice and the sound design make E-travels with E-trules a lovely soundtrack when working. His stories will transport you to another world while you tap away at your cubicle. I hope he post more and more often! Highly recommend.

  • Truley Great
    January 19, 2017 by Rain17 from United States

    Love the interplay between discovering new places in the world that are ancient and making new personal discoveries. Yes, he's crazy to be taking some of these trips, but what else is new? He's being truly Trules. His inner clown is always smiling. Thanks a bunch. Mark Berger and Rain Worthington

  • An aural E-venture
    January 8, 2017 by Soulfulwon from United States

    A great listen. Transported me. Looking forward to more!

  • This show rocks!
    January 2, 2017 by craigcbrown from United States

    I love it! 5+

  • The Voice
    December 20, 2016 by TravelwithGrace from United Kingdom

    I was lucky enough to be in Echo Park, Los Angeles this November and heard some of Eric's podcasts before they were even available on itunes. He has the perfect pitch and tone of the seasoned traveller and raconteur, I slipped comfortably away and was lost in distant lands and times.

  • Storytelling at its finest
    December 20, 2016 by i save a lot from United States

    A real treat to hear Eric's voice among hoards of podcasts out there. His point-of-view, cadence, and energy makes for trascendent listening. LOVE it!

  • Got Me Yearning to Backpack Again
    December 15, 2016 by Speaking247 from United States

    Trules has such a great radio voice. Truly enjoyed the podcast, as it got me yearning to backpack again. Really high-quality production, with great music (and I dig the whistling at the end).

  • Wonderful storytelling from an incredible, iconoclastic, ramblin professor.
    December 12, 2016 by Trevor M Davis from United States

    Eric Trules is a natural born storyteller. He also happens to be an ever-searching, wonderfully curious, thoughtful and profound individual, with a unique perspective on the wide world -- a world which he's circumnavigated far more than I could even imagine. Though, after listening to his podcast, it's inspiring me to attempt to catch up someday and ramp up the timeline on my exploration of this mysterious, beautiful world. As much as the travel adventures are wonderful to hear on their own though, the real treasure here comes in his thoughtful reflection on humanity in its many garments and idiosyncracies. He certainly could have been a cultural anthropologist if he didn't become a theatre professor...but I'm glad he went toward the stage; now we get the benefits of his runminations on humanity through the vessel of a uniquely gifted, entertaining storyteller. I've seen him perform many times, but this podcast is a great reminder of how much character and warmth his voice carries with every phrase as a trained performer. Trules is a cultural treasure, and I can't wait to hear more installments of this powerful travelogue.

  • Tules trancends travel triumphantly
    December 12, 2016 by gijjiu from United States

    The podcast is a delightful medley of travel, history, and Trules! His voice over the music and sound makes it easy to picture the fantastic stories.

  • Deeply Immersing
    December 9, 2016 by Billyhc from United States

    The storytelling is as hypnotic as the music.

  • If you love traveling, this is your jam!
    December 6, 2016 by MMMMM12345MMMMM from United States

    For those who love traveling but don't get to do so as often as you wish, this is the go-to podcast!

  • Great Podcast!
    December 5, 2016 by SirScottMullin from United States

    Eric creates a sense of place like no one else. I felt like I was right there alongside him on all these amazing journeys. What an experience!

  • Love it
    December 5, 2016 by PouxDawg from United States

    Love, love, LOVE this! Inspires me to keep exploring the world with our new little family addition. Great first episode.

  • Emerging show!
    December 5, 2016 by SF1994yes from United States

    Trules has a natural knack for storytelling, and exploration. Looking forward to the new show!

  • Well-produced, personal insights about the world
    December 2, 2016 by S. Wedeking from United States

    The widely traveled Trules is also a gifted writer, performer and teacher — and this podcast benefits from all those talents

  • He tells it "Trully..."
    December 2, 2016 by MoondogMulv from United States

    Trulles is a unique, funny, and intelligent guide in the world of travel, life, and love.

  • Rich and Textured Storytelling
    December 1, 2016 by Irma Gerd from United States

    Between the music, sound design, and pleasant low rumble of Trules' voice, this is a podcast that will satisfy that craving for a story that lets you live by your mind's eye. In the introduction of the podcast, Trules begins laying down the different stories and inspirations that he has quilted together over his life. From his natural curiosity in history to his appreciation for the unforeseen, you get the sense that Trules has a narrative that bridges his personal discoveries with the shifts the world has undergone throughout his life. I'm looking forward to seeing how these stories flesh out. I can tell that we're in for a treat.

  • Great Podcast
    November 30, 2016 by Tucci1776 from United States

    Really great and entertaining podcast. Hooks you from the first episode.

  • Great Travel Podcast
    November 30, 2016 by PodcastJunkies.com from United States

    I'm very impressed with the content in this first episode and can't wait to hear more of Eric's stories.

  • Travel for All!
    November 30, 2016 by deanesullivan18 from United States

    I am thrilled that I came upon this podcast. Trules has a wonderful quality for engaging his listeners, and will transcend you from your living room couches to vast corners of the world. The podcast's professional quality, coupled with Trules' creativity and natural skill for storytelling, will keep you coming back for more. It's a must - can't wait for more!

  • Impressive and Entertaining!
    November 29, 2016 by SpeedwayCJ from United States

    Based on the promo episode of this show, I've subscribed and am definitely looking forward to more! This podcast is extremely well-produced, with audio that excites and amuses. I love the concept of unique, personal and engaging travel stories from the host's real-life experiences, combined with audio scapes that bring listeners directly into the story. I have a feeling this show will be one to keep an eye on, as it holds a great deal of promise for future success. Can't wait to hear the many places Eric Trules will take us!

Listen Now

Who’s the Who?

1- “Never lose your sense of wonder and adventure when traveling.”

2- “Never complain that you don’t do things that way at home; that’s part of the point of traveling.”

3- “Never whine, because in the grand scheme of things, if you can afford to travel, what do you have to complain about?”

Those words of wisdom are from the Amateur Traveler’s “Travel Manifesto”, written  and created by award-inning travel journalist, Chis Christensen, who is my guest on this episode of “Behind the Scenes”.

Welcome to Episode 10 of the “e- travels with e. trules” Podcast.

Listen HERE

Chris Christensen created the Amateur Travel Podcast in July, 2005, long before podcasts were featured on iTunes, and since that time, he has released over 500 episodes. The show usually features an interview with a travel destination expert and its intention is to motivate and inspire people to travel.

Chris is a Silicon Valley techie by day, and he and the Amateur Traveler have won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism from the Society of Travel Journalism – and a SMITTY Award from Travel+Leisure Magazine which named him the “best independent travel journalist” of 2014.

Please listen. Enjoy the podcast with some good earbuds or headphones. Subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. If you liked the show, please leave a comment here.

Whether you are an experienced, or a vicarious, traveler, it doesn’t really matter. Travel is just another way to discover yourself and to see how we are all  really connected.

Best from Echo Park,

And Happy Trails…..

Trules
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The Podcast is made possible with a USC Capstone grant, with generous support from Professor Phil Allen and the Sound Design Program at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts.

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What We Covered

0:01 – Weekly Intro, Music by Amanda Yamate
0:25 – Introduction of Chris Christensen, the Amateur Traveler
2:38 – Chris talks about his California upbringing, his early road trips with his family, and the origins of his travel podcast, focusing on travel destinations and other people’s stories
6:00 – Trules talks about his own style of travel podcast with personal stories, original music, and sound design
7:30 – Travel as improvisation, and as solving a puzzle
8:16 – Trules reads from the Amateur Traveler “Manifesto”
10:26 – Trules talks about acting dumb and humbly when speaking a foreign language in the country of origin
11:21 – Chris talks about doing the same in Russia
12:00 – Chris talks about “This Week in Travel”, yet another podcast he does with LA Times writer, Jen Leo, and Smitty Award winning photographer, Gary Arndt
13:15 – Both talk about the LA Travel and Adventure Show and the lack of knowledge about podcasting by the Baby Boom generation
15:20 – Chris, then Trules, on their wives and podcasting & audio books
17:34 – Trules on reading to his 9 year old Indonesian nephew, Chris on helping his Chinese Airbnb guest to learn English
19:42 – Chris on his Silicon Valley day job and his being a high tech “nerd”
22:25 – Chris tells the story of his Grandfather at bank robbery in Brush, Colorado
25:00 – Trules talks about his upcoming episode called “Deadwood”, spending time in Wild Bill Hickok’s jail in South Dakota on the day Jimi Hendrix died
27:24 – Chris on the demographics of his podcast and Trules on meeting a podcast “fan” at the LA Podcast Festival
30:38 – The Amateur Traveler as an English proficiency test in Thailand
32:35 – Chris on growing the listenership of the Amateur Traveler
36:10 – Chris on his skepticism about podcast networks, Trules on cracking the sponsorship/monetization boondoggle
38:20 – Chris on his most recent guest and next travel speaking gig in Jerusalem at TBEX
39:28 – Chris takes the “Trules Travel Quiz”
48:47 – Wrap Up and sign off, final credits

Tweetables

(Quotes from the AmateurTraveler)

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Production Credits

Sound design by Alysha Bermudez.

Music composed by Amanda Yamate.

Recorded by Scott Barber at the Barbershop Sound Studio in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California

Produced by Harry Duran at Fullcast. Thanks to Addy Saucedo  and The Team.