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Healthy Explorer Podcast

51 EpisodesProduced by Billy CouchenourWebsite

Welcome to the Healthy Explorer podcast hosted by me, Billy. Amongst other things I'm a teacher, personal trainer, traveler, and I run the Healthy Explorer Blog (HealthyExplorer.org). I hope to inspire you to see, taste, and explore more of the world by sharing my experiences as well as the anecdote… read more

51 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Ep 47:  Helen Graves— A Brit road tripping through the USA

October 11th, 2021

1:08:34

This episode features my friend Helen, who I met while teaching English in Italy. She talks about her experiences as a Brit road tripping from Texas to California, as well as visiting cities like Chicago and Boston.

Ep 46: Callum — Exporing Hong Kong

August 16th, 2021

57:17

This episode features my friend Callum who talks about his experiences exploring in Hong Kong.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org

Intro music by

Ep 45: Bethan Rhiannon Maidment— Sisters in Thailand

August 2nd, 2021

59:07

This episode features my Scottish friend Bethan who talks about the ups and downs of traveling through Thailand with her sister, as well as moving to Barcelona to teach English.
This episode was brought to you by the …

Ep 44: Remy Watters—  Feelings of a traveler during Covid

July 19th, 2021

1:13:14

This episode features Remy Watters who talks about the traveling she did growing up, how she wound up teaching English in Italy, traveling through the Middle East, what it was like as a traveler during and post-Covid, …

Ep 43: Quinn Lema— Motorcycle trip around the USA

July 5th, 2021

51:59

This episode features my friend Quinn, who was previously featured on episode 25 (where he talked about living in Kyrgyzstan). In this episode he talks about taking a motorcycle trip throughout the USA.

This episode was …

Ep 42: ACBC— Arcore, Turin, Cirie

June 21st, 2021

49:54

This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Northern Italy in the Arcore, Turin, and Cirie areas.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can …

Spring 2021 Trailer

June 7th, 2021

5:06

Here are some highlights from a few recent episodes of the Healthy Explorer Podcast! Featuring Annie Yoder, Cassie Laur, Justin Niemi, Josh Demaray, Conor Fleming, Liz King, Joe Philpots, Sammy Amery, and Anna-Lise …

Ep 41:  Joe and Sammie— Acting around the world

May 31st, 2021

46:10

This episode features my friends Joe and Sammie, who were some of my orientation leaders when I taught English with ACLE in Italy. They talk about their experiences living in cities around the world while working for …

Ep 40: Liz King

May 17th, 2021

1:05:09

This episode features Liz King, who talks about doing medical work in Uganda, Chad, and Tanzania. She also talks about visiting Greece and the time she got her appendix taken out in Italy.

This episode was brought to …

Ep 39: Conor Fleming—Exploring Barcelona during a pandemic

May 3rd, 2021

1:15:07

This episode features Conor Fleming (who also does the intro music for the podcast). Conor is originally from Scotland and is now living in Barcelona. In this episode we talk about living abroad, the differences between …

Ep 38: Josh Demaray— Questions from a beginner traveler

April 19th, 2021

48:03

This episode features Josh Demaray, who shares some questions he has as a beginning traveler.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org

Intro music by Conor …

Ep 37: ACBC— Easter in Andalusia

April 12th, 2021

1:24:45

This is another ACBC episode where Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Andalusia in southern Spain during the Easter holiday. We talk about our …

Ep 36: Justin Niemi— Dropping everything and moving to Germany 

April 5th, 2021

1:08:29

This episode features Justin Niemi, who talks about quitting his job, moving to Germany, and traveling in Europe. To hear even more about Justin's travels you can also check out episode 14 with Sam Couchenour.

This …

Ep 35: Cassie Laur-- Studying in Ireland, teaching in Italy

March 29th, 2021

52:08

This episode features Cassie Laur, who talks about her time studying abroad in Ireland as well as her time teaching in Italy.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at

Ep 34: Annie Yoder-- Jamaica, Italy, and China

March 22nd, 2021

1:00:46

This episode features Annie Yoder, who talks about her time serving in Jamaica, her trip though Italy, and teaching in China.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at

Ep 33: ACBC-- Northern Italy

March 8th, 2021

54:30

This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Billy talks about his time in Casalmaggiore and Mantua, Anna-Lise talks about her time in Brescia, Lake Garda, and Verona, and we talk about our time together in Venice …

Ep 32: ACBC-- Central Italy

March 1st, 2021

1:00:27

This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Anna-Lise talks about her time in Cinque Terre, Billy talks about his time in Volterra, and we talk …

Ep 31: Isabel Robertson— Living abroad, traveling Europe, and walking the Camino

February 22nd, 2021

1:03:51

This episode features  Isabel Robertson who talks about living abroad in both the US and the UK, traveling through Europe, and walking the Camino de Santiago.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer …

Ep 30: Julia Dwyer— Bicycling through Central America

February 15th, 2021

53:19

This episode features Julia Dwyer who talks about bicycling from France to Italy, working in Panama, and bicycling through Central America.

This …

Ep 29: Logan & Laura— Catalonian traditions

February 8th, 2021

1:00:54

In this episode, Logan and Laura are back on the podcast, this time to talk about Catalonian traditions.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org.

Intro …

Ep 28: Patrick Rinard— World Cup in Russia

February 1st, 2021

47:54

This episode features Patrick Rinard who talks about his trip to see the World Cup in Russia.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org.

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Ep 27: ACBC— Rome

January 25th, 2021

55:40

This is another ACBC episode. In the last episode Anna-Lise and I talked about our time in Southern Italy, and in this episode we talk about our time in Rome. Also, be on the lookout for future episodes where we will …

Ep 26: ACBC— Southern Italy

January 18th, 2021

51:20

This is another ACBC episode where Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Southern Italy. I talk about my solo trip to Sicily, my time in Bari with …

Ep 25: Quinn Lema— Living in Kyrgyzstan

January 11th, 2021

57:27

This episode features Quinn Lema who talks about living and teaching English in Kyrgyzstan. After recording this episode he mentioned that he mixed up the names of a couple Kyrgis drinks. Kvass was the the wheat drink …

Ep 24: Zethu Khuboni part 2— Living in Spain and South Korea

January 4th, 2021

1:01:00

This is the second part of a 2 part episode with Zethu Khuboni. In this episode she talks more about the traveling she did while in Europe. She also talks about staying in hostels in Europe and moving to South Korea to …

Ep 23: Zethu Khuboni part 1— Teaching English in China and Spain

December 28th, 2020

50:39

This is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Zethu Khuboni. In this episode she talks about her time teaching English in China and the traveling she did while there. She also talks about teaching English in Barcelona and how …

Ep 22: ACBC Christmas markets

December 22nd, 2020

1:14:55

This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode Anna-Lise and I talk about the holiday season and the Christmas markets we have visited around the …

Winter 2020-21 trailer

December 21st, 2020

5:01

Here's what's to come on the Healthy Explorer Podcast this winter...

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org.

Intro music by Conor Fleming

Ep 21: Chris & Patricia— Getting engaged on a trip around the world

December 7th, 2020

1:10:57

This episode features Chris & Patricia who talk about their trip around the world and getting engaged in Southeast Asia.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at

Ep 20: ACBC- What’s in our bag

November 30th, 2020

1:04:50

This is another ACBC episode, and in this episode  Anna-Lise and I talk about what we take with us when we travel.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at HealthyExplorer.org.

Ep 19: Claire Stoudemire- English Teaching in Europe and traveling through Central America

November 23rd, 2020

44:39

This episode features Claire Stoudemire who talks about the traveling she did growing up, her year teaching English in Spain and Italy, some traveling she did while in Europe, and traveling through Central America.

This …

Ep 18: Desi Sutherland- Teaching English in Girona, Spain

November 16th, 2020

57:23

This episode features Desi Sutherland who talks about her year teaching English in Girona (which is located about an hour outside of Barcelona) as well as the other parts of Europe she visited while living in Catalonia.

Ep 17: ACBC- Forced to travel during coronavirus

November 9th, 2020

56:34

This is another ACBC episode where Anna-Lise and Billy talk about the experience of traveling during the coronavirus era.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at

Ep 16: Daniel Couchenour- Going to school abroad in Cyprus and a 6-week trip around Europe

November 2nd, 2020

48:08

This episode features Daniel Couchenour who talks about his time going to school in Cyprus and his six week trip around Europe visiting Greece, …

Ep 15: Andy & Steph— A Couple of Travellers' year around the world

October 26th, 2020

1:36:07

In this episode Andy & Steph give an overview of their year-long trip around the world. If you would like to check out the video version of their …

Ep 14: Sam Couchenour- Octoberfest

October 19th, 2020

59:35

This episode features Sam Couchenour who talks about his trip to Munich for Octoberfest, as well as traveling through the Alps in Switzerland and driving through Ireland.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy …

Ep 13: Paige Fortner— Traveling and Mental Health

October 12th, 2020

44:58

In this episode Paige Fortner talks about traveling and mental health. She also talks about her time in Guatemala, Croatia, and Costa Rica, as well as what it’s like to live next to the US border.

This episode was …

Ep 12: Morgan Phelps Part 2— LA, San Fransisco, Cartagena, and Rio de Janeiro

October 5th, 2020

1:00:11

This is the 2nd part of a 2 part episode with Morgan about his 4 month trip around the world. In the last episode he talked about his time in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, and on this episode he goes through his …

Ep 11: Morgan Phelps Part 1— Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji

September 28th, 2020

49:24

This is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Morgan Phelps who talks about his 4 month trip around the world. In this episode he talks about his time in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

This episode was brought to you by …

Healthy Explorer Podcast- Fall 2020 Trailer

September 21st, 2020

5:07

Here's a preview of what's coming up next on the Healthy Explorer Podcast!

For more info and updates visit the Healthy Explorer Blog

Music by Conor Fleming

Ep 10: Josef Weishaar Part 2— Boston, California, Hawaii and woodworking in England

September 14th, 2020

1:13:12

This is part 2 of a two part episode, and in this episode Josef Weishaar talks about his trips to visit family in Boston, Hawaii, and California, as …

Ep 9: Josef Weishaar Part 1— Coffee in Portland, and group trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala

September 7th, 2020

58:52

This episode features Josef Weishaar in part 1 of a 2 part episode. In this episode he talks about coffee and food in Portland (and the differences between 2nd wave and 3rd wave coffee), his Norwegian genealogy, his …

Ep 8: ACBC— Germany

August 31st, 2020

44:18

This is another ACBC podcast episode where Anna-Lise and I talk about our time in Berlin and Cologne.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy …

Ep 7: Sam Silver— Kenya, Israel, Italy, Scotland, and England

August 24th, 2020

43:53

This episode features Sam Silver who talks about her trips to Israel, Italy, Scotland, and England as well as her 22 hour layover in Dubai and the months she has spent in Kenya.

This episode was brought to you by the …

Ep 6: Carolina Verea— 60+ hours on busses in South America

August 17th, 2020

37:25

This episode features Carolina Verea who talks about exploring South America and what it's like to take a 29 hour bus ride. I apologize for the …

Ep 5: ACBC— Belgium

August 10th, 2020

51:01

This is another ACBC podcast where Anna-Lise and Billy talk about their trip to Belgium and exploring the Christmas Markets there.


Here’s a link to the video of the goose parade:

Ep 4: Logan & Laura Part 2— Trip through Central and South America, and Iceland work-away

August 3rd, 2020

1:14:18

This is the second part of a two part episode with Logan & Laura. They talk about the rest of their Central/South America trip through Panama, …

Ep 3: Logan & Laura Part 1— Love on the Camino de Santiago (Northern Spain) and in Costa Rica

July 27th, 2020

56:29

This episode is part 1 of a 2 part episode with Logan & Laura, and on this episode they talk about meeting each other on the Camino de Santiago and the beginning of their Central/South America trip in Costa Rica.

Ep 2: Kristi Couchenour— Semester abroad in Australia, Summer Eurotrip

July 27th, 2020

1:17:31

In this episode Billy talks with his sister Kristi talks about her semester abroad in Australia and their month traveling Europe.

This episode was brought to you by the Healthy Explorer Blog, which you can visit at

Ep 1: ACBC— Our first international trips, Anna-Lise’s 1st trip to the USA

July 27th, 2020

57:03

On this introductory ACBC episode, Billy & Anna-Lise talk about how they met, why they each decided to move to Barcelona, their first …

Healthy Explorer Podcast- Summer 2020 Trailer

June 17th, 2020

5:01

Here's a preview of what's to come on the Healthy Explorer Podcast!

For more info and updates visit the Healthy Explorer Blog

Music by Conor Fleming

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