Discovery Map® Podcasts
Beyond the Map
Discovery Map® is proud to be one of the country’s leading providers of curated guides to top tourist destinations, cities and towns throughout North America. Each of our market specific maps highlights local attractions, things to do, restaurants, accommodations, retail shops, real estate and other services. Join us each week as we offer you insight to the hidden gems you can find while visiting these destinations. You will hear from Discovery Map® franchisees that own these maps and learn what they love most about their communities, how they got started, and what tips and tricks to know as you are cruising through.
If you have any travel stories you would like to share with us on the podcast, please email them to the host, Abi, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share your stories in our weekly episodes. Thank you all and happy travels!
About the Producer
A native of Vermont, Abi joined the Discovery Map® team at its Waitsfield, VT headquarters in 2017. She is a Champlain College graduate with a degree in Graphic Design and Digital Media. Prior to joining the production team at Discovery Map®, Abi worked as a graphic designer and screen printer. Outside of her design career Abi is passionate about traveling, history, music, and cooking. Her favorite travel experience so far has been to Normandy, France. Since she is a huge WWII fanatic, visiting Normandy and going to Omaha Beach was a dream come true. She was even able to enjoy traditional French crêpes, one of her favorite foods! Random fun fact - Abi taught herself to play guitar 15 years ago and is currently attempting to learn the piano. Abi is looking forward to taking Discovery Map® users on an exciting travel journey with this new podcast.
Discovery Map® Travel Podcast
Produced by Discovery Map® franchisee Mark Ciociola, the Discovery Map® Travel Podcast takes you on a journey each week to a unique destination through the eyes of an expert in the area. Join us as we dissect each locale, getting down to what each place is really about how we would want to experience it. You never know what you might find out—you may be inspired to add a destination you've never before considered to your bucket list!
|Title||Description||Date||Length||Listen||Discovery Map® Guide|
|Ireland||Learn about Ireland with Irish native Manchán Magan, a regular contributor to the The Right Hook, a Dublin-based talk radio program.||Apr. 21, 2016||48 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Block Island, Rhode Island||On this episode we talk with Jessica Willi of the Block Island Tourism Council.||Apr. 21, 2016||37 minutes||iTunes | Direct||Block Island, R.I.|
|Gatlinburg, Tennessee & Great Smoky Mountains National Park||We talk with Pat Richardson, a volunteer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the owner of Santa's Claus-et in Gatlinburg, Tenn.||Apr. 21, 2016||40 min.||iTunes | Direct||Gatlinburg, Tenn.|
|Vienna, Austria||Michelle Hrvat, author of the highly successful blog American in Vienna, shares her take on her European home.||May 1, 2016||50 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Big Island, Hawaii||James Ward, owner of Epic Tours, talks about the diversity of the Big Island of Hawaii, from green-sand beaches to black lava fields and even a bit of snow.||May 9, 2016||1 hr. 2 min.||iTunes | Direct||Big Island|
|Narragansett, Rhode Island||Christine Quigley from the Narragansett, Rhode Island, talks about a wide range of topics relating to this coastal city, part of the smallest state in the US. We even dive into the difference between New England and Manhattan clam chowder.||May 16, 2016||44 min.||iTunes | Direct||Narragansett, R.I.|
|Italy, Part 1||Jessica Spiegel, operator of ItalyExplained.com, tells us about all things Italy, from trains to gelato.||May 23, 2016||42 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Italy, Part 2||Jessica Spiegel returns to share more of the unique things she's learned in a decade of writing about Italy, including Italian breakfasts, farm stays and agritourism, festivals, Italian soccer and Italian food.||May 30, 2016||36 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Michael Milne who, along with his wife Larissa, runs the website ChangesinLongitude.com, talks about all things Philadelphia, from Independence Hall to the Libery Bell, the Penn Relays and the Mummers Parade. They have been traveling the world in search of the tasty, the historic and the quirky.||June 6, 2016||48 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Mad River Valley, Vermont||Eric Friedman, marketing director at Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vt., shares how a quiet river valley in the mountains of Vermont has become a quintessential New England destination.||June 13, 2016||1 hr. 4 min.||iTunes | Direct||Mad River Valley, Vt.|
|Richmond, Va.||Erin Bagnell, public relations manager for Visit Richmond, talks with us about how Richmond's unique history blends with modern amenities to create a vibrant destination city.||June 20, 2016||44 min.||iTunes | Direct|
|Slovenia||First we talk to Dr. Božo Cerar, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the United States, and then we talk to Mattej Valencic with Luxury Slovenia. Luxury Slovenia, based in the capital of Ljubljana, provides custom tours in Slovenia. We talk to both gentlemen about this picturesque country located in the heart of Europe bordering Italy and Austria.||June 27, 2016||53 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|National Days Around the World||In our Fourth of July special edition, we look at national holidays in the United States, Sweden, Italy, Slovenia and Austria.||July 4, 2016||17 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Pigeon Forge & Sevierville, Tennessee||Max Fultz, the Manager of the Bush's Visitor Center & Community Relations for Bush Brothers, talks about the Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Tennessee area.||July 11, 2016||40 min.||iTunes | Direct||Pigeon Forge|
|Croatia||Sara-Jane Begonja, an Australian who runs the Croatian blog Chasing the Donkey and goes by SJ, talks about traveling to Croatia and some of what she's learned having lived there for 3 years now with her husband and son. You can read more about Croatia and their experiences there at ChasingTheDonkey.com.||July 25, 2016||40 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Park City, Utah||Nancy Tallman, creator of InsideParkCityRealEstate.com, talks about skiing, homemade ice cream, moose, the Sundance Film Festival and celebrity sightings in the city she has called home for over a decade.||Aug. 8, 2016||40 min.||iTunes | Direct||Park City, Utah|
|Australia||Blogger Megan Jerrard of Mapping Megan talks about her native Austraila, including everyting from platypus, kangaroo, and koala to climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge and where the phrase to "down under" originated.||Aug. 22, 2016||36 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Helinski, Finland||Leena Karppinen, the public relations coordinator with Visit Helsinki, talks about her hometown of Helsinki, Finland.||Sep. 5, 2016||56 min.||iTunes | Direct||-|
|Crystal Coast, North Carolina||Carol Lohr from the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority shares her local knowledge about this picturesque region along the North Carolina coast.||Oct. 10, 2016||38 min.||iTunes | Direct||Crystal Coast, N.C.|
|Providence, Rhode Island||Elise Swearingen from GoProvidence.com talks about this capital city located in the smallest state in the USA.||May 3, 2017||32 min.||iTunes | Direct||Providence, R.I.|
|Beaufort, South Carolina||Learn about the second oldest settlement in South Carolina, we talk about authentic vs. contrived tourist destinations and we learn what makes Grand Live Oaks so special… as we talk to Billy Keyserling, the mayor of Beaufort, SC.||Oct. 30, 2017||47 min.||iTunes | Direct||Beaufort, S.C.|
|Carefree & Cave Creek, Arizona||We travel to the old west of Carefree & Cave Creek, Arizona, with our guests Diane Schure & Evelyn Johnson.||Nov. 6, 2017||49 min.||iTunes | Direct||Carefree, Cave Creek, & North Scottsdale, A.Z.|
About the Producer
Mark Ciociola has always had a love of traveling and a desire to experience other cultures. Combining these loves with his radio background led him to create the Discovery Map® Travel Podcast. Mark’s primary goal for each episode of the podcast is to bring attention to a destination that listeners may not have considered as a vacation destination. Having travelled to 49 U.S. states and eight foreign countries, as well as living abroad, Mark brings his travel knowledge and insight of other cultures to each episode as he interviews his guests.
For updates on the podcast and to follow Mark’s travels you can connect with him on Instagram @markmapstheworld.