No Ordinary Adventure

No Ordinary Adventure by UnCruise Adventures

Captain Dan Blanchard weaves together narrative stories about his time on the sea, supporting sustainable travel, industry news, travel tips, and real conversations about creating adventure at any age. This is a place for a community of nature lovers, intrepid travelers, and industry experts sharing their love of this fascinating planet. This is a place to fill your heart and your head with travels in nature, hear interviews with people around the world and the movement behind Dan creating his own high-end travel company. read less

Spark a Rebellion by Finding Your Why in Travel with Ryan Hodgson
Aug 10 2022
Spark a Rebellion by Finding Your Why in Travel with Ryan Hodgson
In this end-of-summer episode, Captain Dan catches up with a local Seattleite, Ryan Hodgson originally from the opposite side of the world in Perth, Australia. That's right, another adventure-loving Aussie on the roster! Ryan offers in-depth and motivational input on creating your why. Listen and learn about launching a transformative business to solo, group, family, and business travel and inspiring others to travel with passion and purpose.  We dive into overlapping stories, chances, and choosing fearless freedom throughout the various stages of life.Whether your next stop is starting a new venture or logging your 100th nomadic exploration, there's nothing like a well-told travel story and motivation to explore the world. If you've ever fantasized about changing up your 9-5 or enjoy hearing behind-the-scenes, boots-on-the-ground real talk, you'll probably want to listen to this podcast. Get out there and hit up some of those less touristy spaces following our UnTourism-themed values and explore what your why is!  Connect with Ryan In the US at: https://ryanintheus.com/Connect with Rysing Tide at: https://www.rysingtide.co/See Ryan with UnCruise Adventures at: https://ryanintheus.com/category/influencer-work/ Follow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncruise/Find more at UnCruise.com  uncruise.comContact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
Special Episode: The Thrill of Wine Tasting on the Rivers
Jul 29 2022
Special Episode: The Thrill of Wine Tasting on the Rivers
In this extended episode, Captain Dan chats with experienced sommelier Julie Brigham, a self-proclaimed wine nerd (and UnCruise Adventures crewmember), and Dunham Cellars Communications Manager, Breanna Maiuri as they sip and share about all things wine. Hear Captain Dan's first homemade wine-making experience at the age of 14. More wine inspiration from around the world, and the fantastic wines in our own backyard of Washington and Oregon states. Get comfortable, grab your own choice of wine, and let's recount childhood travel memories and how they connect to the olfactory senses in our brains and discerning wine flavors. We unfold the history of Dunham Cellars, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and what you can expect when you journey with UnCruise on the Rivers of Adventure and Wine. Following a long tradition of storytelling in our episodes, we also dive into what to look for in wines, how they are aged, how to choose your favorites and other tasty vignettes and anecdotes throughout the interview. Come along for the No Ordinary Adventure!Connect with Dunham Cellars at: https://www.dunhamcellars.com/Order wine and join the wine club: https://www.dunhamcellars.com/Our-WinesGuests will visit Dunham Cellars on their 7-night adventure with UnCruise Adventures: https://uncruise.com/pages/rivers-of-adventure-and-wine-7-nightsFollow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncruise/Find more at UnCruise.com  uncruise.comContact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
From Armchair Traveler to Travel with Meaning. The Man Behind TWM Podcast
Jun 2 2022
From Armchair Traveler to Travel with Meaning. The Man Behind TWM Podcast
Fresh out of another great adventure in the Sea of Cortez exploring all things wild with UnCruise, Mike Schibel, the founder of the Travel with Meaning Podcast shares some of his encounters with Captain Dan. From a career in Hollywood entertainment to authentic travel storytelling, Mike has created a space for travelers from all walks of life to share dreamy encounters from around the world. His enthusiasm for travel and building community sparked the idea to launch the Travel With Meaning platform now in its fifth season with an organically grown community. A motivating and moving discussion hits on everything from the pillars of travel, to the "new ROIII", yes, three I's, and what's next on their list! Captain Dan and Mike share their passion for entrepreneurship and the undertaking of building brands and epic adventures. Discover some behind-the-scenes stories, how to design more meaningful getaways, raise awareness of the need for sustainable and authentic travel, and reminders of how to slow down in the mega world around us. Plus a chance to share your own story with Mike to possibly be featured on the TWM podcast. Stay tuned, subscribe and listen anywhere, anytime! Share your story with Mike and his team https://www.travelwithmeaning.com/about-5Find more at TravelWithMeaning.com : https://www.travelwithmeaning.com/homeMeet the team: https://www.travelwithmeaning.com/who-we-areFollow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncruise/Find more at UnCruise.com  uncruise.comContact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
Malama Hawaii. Talking Regenerative Travel with Cultural Representative Kainoa Daines
Dec 19 2021
Malama Hawaii. Talking Regenerative Travel with Cultural Representative Kainoa Daines
Kainoa Daines is bringing Aloha to the people through his work as the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau as Director of Culture and Product Development. In this episode listen in as he shares Hawaii's experience during no tourism in the height of COVID, re-setting the dial on nature, responsible tourism and new developments with the Malama Hawaii volunteer program. In this episode Captain Dan 'talks story' sharing experiences from both sides about travel, connection, safety, conservation and the Hawaiian culture. Move over boring, here comes adventure and cultureWith the new Malama program, several organizations offer opportunities for visitors to pay it forward, like beach clean-ups, native tree planting, and more. Engage in some of our volunteer opportunities below, and in exchange, experience Hawaii on a much deeper and connected level. Through the Malama Hawaii Program, you could qualify for a special discount or even a free night from a participating hotel when participating in its dedicated volunteer activity. Don't miss out on this episode, giving back and getting back your Aloha!More at visit Hawaii on Malama:  https://www.gohawaii.com/malamaHawaii Visitors Bureau website: https://www.hvcb.org/Voluntourism opportunities supported by Hawaii's Visitors Bureau: https://www.gohawaii.com/malama#asset-aid-12186 Recommended reads: Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen LiliuakalaniConnect with Kainoa Daines on InstagramFollow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncruise/Find more at UnCruise.com  uncruise.comContact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
Travel Stokes with the World's Number One Bucket List Expert
Sep 8 2021
Travel Stokes with the World's Number One Bucket List Expert
For those who love to travel, now feels like a time to get out there more than ever before! There is no magic bullet to when normal will be "normal" but we can talk plenty of travel stokes in the meantime with two adventurers who've been around the world. In this latest episode, Captain Dan talks with Trave Bell, a guy who's made a lifestyle out of a little blue book of travel wish lists! From Juneau to Melbourne the man who is known worldwide as THE Bucket List Guy shares his humor, insights, engaging stories, and truly unique way of travel all distilled into a 30-minute podcast. Trav Bell is an author, podcaster, CEO, travel coach, amateur DJ, and uplifting adventurer. He has plenty of humor and stories to share.  His goal? Making your bucket list happen now and throughout any stage of the pandemic, even in your own town.We dive into travel, adventure, and the intersection of finding happiness through accomplishing all things small to big.  If you're looking for great travel inspiration and the tools to do it right, this is a no-brainer listen. Stay safe and get outside. We will see you on board!Follow Trav Bell, The Bucket List Guy on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bucketlistguy.travbell/Find more at TheBucketListGuy.comGet his book (hand-signed) at: https://www.thebucketlistguy.com/book/Listen to his podcast: https://www.thebucketlistguy.com/podcast/Become a Bucket List Coach:  https://www.bucketlistcoach.com/What Trav is reading now:  Mindset, Carol Dwick Ph.D Follow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncruise/Enter to win a cruise for two on the UnCruise Adventures website: Enter Now Find more at UnCruise.com  uncruise.comContact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
Eyes for Cruising with Worldwide Travel Photographers Merrill Images
May 18 2021
Eyes for Cruising with Worldwide Travel Photographers Merrill Images
Ever felt the call of the wild and wanted to capture iconic travel images like the pros? Hear from professional travel photographers John and Lisa Merrill on their experiences from growing from amateur to pro, with a lot of adventure along the way. Listen in for tips and tricks for everything from DSLR cameras to iPhones and how to combine your unique view of the world with stunning images. Merrill Images is celebrating 25 years in business this year. They share how they've made it work, and how a change in the world allowed them to learn even more ways to create images and connect with photographers around the world.  In this episode, Captain Dan reconnects with the passion of capturing an image and the importance of conversation in photography where ever you are traveling. This is a great source for travel photography with plenty of travel adventures to share. Listen in on stories from small boat cruising, to overseas biking stories and mistaking a whale for a bear.  Captain Dan continues to weave his stories and share his knowledge of the world through conversations with diverse people. Join us!Follow Merrill Images and view full image galleries online.  Find more at MerrillImages.comJoin a photo workshop In Person, On Zoom, or In PersonFollow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/MerrillImages/Connect with them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/merrillimages Follow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseFind more at UnCruise.com  uncruise.comContact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
An American Overseas in a Pandemic - Bite Size Stories with Writer Todra Payne
Apr 25 2021
An American Overseas in a Pandemic - Bite Size Stories with Writer Todra Payne
Dan joins international travel writer and slow traveler from the other side of the world for a chat about creating personal growth and healing through travel and international experiences. If you are a traveler at heart, you'll love this fun bite-size travel story conversation.  Find out how to unplug, and unpack in countries around the world for your own slow travel experience from coach Todra Payne and discover sublime experiences by following your travel dreams. Todra goes from celebrity make-up artist in Los Angeles to traveling the world as a working professional, coach, writer, and house-sitter, with a full-time job in travel. If you’re looking to travel and explore life in unconventional ways, check out this episode and connect with Todra online. In this episode, we hear the tools of how to support your travels starting out, and what it's like traveling as a woman, female of color, and an American overseas during a worldwide pandemic. Join her online courses and coaching to learn to manifest your dreams and travel.  Find more at TravelLiveBreathe.comFollow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/todrapayne/Connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/travellivebreathe1/Follow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseFind more at UnCruise.com Contact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventur
Getting 'Rooted' in Regenerative Travel with JoAnna Haugen
Jan 19 2021
Getting 'Rooted' in Regenerative Travel with JoAnna Haugen
JoAnna Haugen has spent decades working in travel around the world as a writer and editor with magazines and adventure brands. She finds her space at the intersection of sustainable travel, environmental conservation, and community-based advocacy efforts. In this episode, Captain Dan dives into the inspiration behind her life in travel, running her own business, initiatives on regenerative travel, and how to become a conscious slow traveler who contributes to the communities around them. We look at how we can continue to explore our own backyards, and stay safe in the return to travel and learn ways to create our own travel-related businesses.   Find more at RootedStorytelling.comContact or book JoAnna at joanna@joannahaugen.comJoin her online courses at https://rootedstorytelling.com/courses/Follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rootedstorytelling/Twitter https://twitter.com/joanna_haugen?lang=enSupport the climate emergency by joining Tourism Declares, a community for resources and support: https://www.tourismdeclares.com/Interested in responsible consumer-facing content? Get to know Impact Travel Alliance: https://www.impacttravelalliance.org/Follow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseFind more at UnCruise.com Contact the team at pr@uncruise.comWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventur
Giving Tourism a Boost with Port of Seattle Tourism Director
Nov 2 2020
Giving Tourism a Boost with Port of Seattle Tourism Director
Ron Peck, the Port of Seattle Tourism Director, has a long history in travel and tourism.  With a background in sales and marketing, he has worked with several well-known travel brands leading them through growth and recovery. Find out more about what the Port of Seattle plans to do to boost tourism, what areas we can all support for the return of travel, travel diversity, and plenty of travel stories from an adventurer who has made a career out of exploring new places. And getting others excited to explore too. A few of Ron's best travel memories include: Alaska's Northern Lights Glacier Bay in a small day excursion boatHumpback Whale performances……in S.E. and SouthcentralHotel Halsingland & bar in HainesKenai Backcountry Lodge Kayaking on Skilak Lake and Kenai Fjords Lodge in Kenai Fjords NPSExperiencing Japanese professional baseballCoral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Awesome Sunsets  Ireland - Guinness, Music and the PeopleDisneyland with kidsExperiencing Perestroika during the “opening up of the Soviet Union”Get inspired.Find more at Port of Seattle.orgContact Tourism Director Ron Peck at peck.r@portseattle.orgGet details on the cities grants and economic initiatives: https://www.portseattle.org/business/economic-developmentFollow Port of Seattle and their initiatives on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/portofseattle/Follow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure
Tlingit Tribal Elder Joe Williams Shares a History of Culture & Travel
Oct 26 2020
Tlingit Tribal Elder Joe Williams Shares a History of Culture & Travel
Joe Williams is a respected Tlingit tribal elder and tribal brother of host Dan Blanchard. He leads by example throughout the community and has a wealth of knowledge of his local community and history. Once the Mayor of Ketchikan and Saxman, Joe has been involved with the communities and Native tribes for most of his life. He was also the first Tlingit to be elected Ketchikan’s mayor. He runs a well sought after local business teaching others about the local history and Tlingit culture.  During his career, he has brought people and organizations together for the betterment of communities and helped raise money to invest in the Native communities and their people.  Hear what's next for Joe, the community, and share travel stories. I’ve known Joe Williams, Ka Xesh X’e, the former mayor of Ketchikan and current mayor of Saxman Village, since 1988. We’ve worked together for many years, and our friendship developed over a long period. He came to visit me one day in Seattle and asked what I was doing on May 11 and could I come to Ketchikan. He wanted to adopt me into the tribe as his brother. This was a special moment in my personal life. - Dan BlanchardContact Joe for local tours at: joeandsons@gmail.com  Read more at Where the Eagle Walks: http://www.whereeaglewalks.com/about.htmlFollow No Ordinary Adventure and UnCruise Adventures:YouTube: UnCruise AdventuresTwitter: https://twitter.com/UnCruiseFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnCruiseWant to know more or want to leave us a voice mail for the podcast? Leave us a message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/noordinaryadventure