Shannon and Barry go to the wonderful island of Sri Lanka with their guest – Parul Sinha, Founder and CEO of Sacred Dot Tours. Learn about this beautiful island and the diverse activities that can fit any traveler, from the golden beaches to the ornate temples to the exquisite cuisine and wildlife. Parul takes us around the island and discuss the culture, such as Sri Lankan masks and the art of tea.
Episode 34 – Jack Hanna
Barry, Shannon, and Classic Escapes President & CEO – Stacy Fiorentinos, interview director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Jack Hanna, who has appeared on many television shows such as Good Morning America, David Letterman, and his own show, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. They discuss zoo history and how it has changed over time, including conservation for the animals. Enjoy listening to Jack’s stories about his appearances on tv programs and travel experience around the world.
Episode 33 – Magdalena Zelazowska
Barry and Shannon explore Poland with Magdalena Zelazowska, the Director of Poland Tourism in NY. With the increase of tourism, Poland offers rich history, culture, architecture, and high-quality cuisine. Many historic sites such as palaces, tenement houses, and industrial lofts have been restored and open as restaurants or cafes. Discover the many diverse attractions it has to offer for your next trip to Poland!
Fun fact: The NY bagel came from Poland.
Episode 32 – Rohan Vos
Barry and Shannon interview Rohan Vos, founder and owner of Rovos Rail in Africa. Learn about this unique way of exploring Africa, the history, and routes that are offered. Rovos Rail is the first train going East to West in Africa, from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Angola.
Episode 31 – Umesh Abrol
Barry and Shannon go to India with Umesh Abrol–Senior Vice President of Eastbound Tours and Travel. Never been to India? Heard rumors not to go? Don’t believe them and listen to this episode as Umesh shares many reasons why you should go to India such as the advancement of infrastructure and transportation, food, culture, and wildlife! Learn about the popular and not – so popular sites of India. Did you know, India has 37 UNESCO sites?
From the world’s most famous destinations to the best-hidden gems, Barry Goldsmith and Shannon Bennett reveals the most unbelievable travel experiences, shares unique tips, and interviews newsmakers, celebrities, authors, and top-tier magazine editors.
BARRY GOLDSMITH – NYU PROFESSOR & ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN
Since 2002, the Emmy-nominee, who previously wrote for legendary comedienne Joan Rivers, has split his professional life between NY classrooms, lecturing audiences on 6 continents, and curating incredible journeys to 117+ countries. Read Barry’s column on JAX FAX
SHANNON BENNETT – TRAVEL WRITER & MARKETER
Shannon Bennett has worked as a novelist, journalist, marketer, and travel writer for over 15 years. She has explored the world as a resident rather than a tourist, working in bars, offices, classrooms, and even as an au pair, discovering each new destination through the lens of a local.