Flight of Fancy


Fun, funny and wise: Flight of Fancy with Ben Groundwater is a exploration of all things travel, for those with a thirst for seeing the world.
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Things that will you surprise you about Iran

36:13 | Apr 22nd

It’s one of the most misunderstood travel destinations – but there’s so much to love about Iran, from its rich culture to colourful cuisine and stunning snow-capped peaks. Here are some of the most surprising things you’ll discover in Iran.
Most difficult places to travel to - but are totally worth it

37:46 | Apr 8th

These are destinations that are the hardest to get to, the most remote, sometimes the most dangerous, and yet they provide the best experiences.
How to survive long-haul travel

31:59 | Mar 25th

The jetlag, the plane food, the seat recline: does anyone really enjoy long-haul travel? Here's how to arrive at your destination with your sanity in tact.
Best island and beach holidays beyond the clichés

34:09 | Mar 11th

The world is filled with stunning beaches and islands. Here are the best and underrated destinations for a sun and sand holiday.
What it's like travelling to the ends of the Earth

35:57 | Feb 25th

Freezing temperatures and unimaginable landscapes: why everyone should consider travelling to Antarctica and the Arctic.
Best destinations to visit in 2019

34:23 | Feb 11th

Where to go next? The destinations you should be travelling to this year.
Coming home blues: How to deal when the holiday is over

29:43 | Dec 18th, 2018

Ever had a full-blown case of the post-holiday blues? Here's how to cope with everyday life after the best trip of your life....
Bonus episode - Intrepid co-founder Geoff Manchester on how travel has changed

14:25 | Dec 13th, 2018

Geoff Manchester and Darrell Wade were just a couple of backpackers who had a good idea, and that idea has transformed into a multi-milli...
Things that will surprise you about Vietnam: First-timers travel guide

38:18 | Dec 11th, 2018

From sunsets in Ha Long Bay to bustling Ho Chi Minh and cultural Hoi An, this is a travel guide for first-timers (and return travellers) ...
World's most spectacular places to experience nature

32:15 | Dec 4th, 2018

From peaks of Patagonia to the red deserts of Australia, these are the top places for an adventure in the outdoors (and you don't need ...
Why everyone loves Canada

33:51 | Nov 26th, 2018

This week we take a look at must do highlights of a country that everyone seems to love - and find out why Canada is such a great destina...
The things that surprise first-time visitors to Australia

28:56 | Nov 19th, 2018

This week we're not looking at the world, but at how the world looks at us. Sue Williams and Rob McFarland join host Ben Groundwater to d...
Does travel change who you are?

30:12 | Nov 13th, 2018

We all travel for different reasons - for an adventure, to escape the daily grind, to eat the most amazing foods in the world. But does t...
Bali: Why you should go

28:18 | Oct 2nd, 2018

It's a destination that divides - some vow never to go, others have been a dozen times or more. Here's what it's like to travel this Indo...
How to have a gap year at any age

33:27 | Sep 24th, 2018

There's a misconception when it comes to gap years, and that is that you have to be young. But here's the thing: you do not ha...
Why Africa needs to be on every traveller's bucket list

33:17 | Sep 17th, 2018

It's one of the finest destinations on the planet, but few Australians ever go there. Ben Groundwater and guests explain why that needs t...
The world's most memorable, and frightening, border crossings

28:56 | Sep 11th, 2018

On this episode of Flight of Fancy, host Ben Groundwater is joined by fellow Traveller.com.au writers Ute Junker and David McGonigal to d...
Can travel heal a broken heart?

30:15 | Sep 4th, 2018

It's an idea that crosses everyone's mind after a break-up - the need to escape and bury yourself in a corner of the world to find ...
The best cold climate destinations

27:19 | Aug 28th, 2018

From Scandinavia to Canada and Patagonia, why it's worth ditching the swim suit for these cold climate destinations -a guide to the b...
Things that will surprise you about New Zealand

37:38 | Jul 10th, 2018

Why it's worth visiting New Zealand - a travel guide on the best things to see and do, even if you're not an adrenaline junkie....
The cliched travel experiences that are still worth doing

30:04 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Bucket-list experiences, touristy attractions, call it what you may but these travel experiences, as common or as corny as they are, are ...
Things you'd only know if you travelled in the '80s and '90s

39:28 | Jun 26th, 2018

There was no such thing as Google Maps,  iPhones  or event the Internet, but there was plenty of real adventure and unplanned fun to be...
The perfect travel buddy - is there such a thing?

33:00 | Jun 19th, 2018

Who you choose to travel with is one of the most important decisions any traveller makes.  But what makes someone a good or bad travel b...
Countries with bad reputations that are still worth visiting

31:33 | Jun 6th, 2018

Not every city lives up to its bad reputation. These are the places most people won't visit, but here, you can have an experience that y...
How to travel cheap - tips on how to travel the world on a budget

32:44 | Apr 17th, 2018

The tricks to travelling on the cheap: how to afford to do the things you love while also spending the bare minimum....
Getting outside your comfort zone - travel experiences you have to try once

30:22 | Apr 10th, 2018

Fear of heights? Fear of Bollywood dancing? There are some things that are worth trying - even just once....
World's best beer culture

39:16 | Apr 3rd, 2018

For travellers, beer is not just a drink. It's a culture. From Belgium to Japan, from Germany to the US, these are the countries that k...
Countries that love getting naked

31:14 | Mar 27th, 2018

From the Germans to the Japanese, these are the cultures that love taking their clothes off. Ben Groundwater and guests talk why, and sha...
Things that are ruining travel

33:09 | Mar 20th, 2018

Stop crowding around the baggage carousel, put down that selfie stick - here are the travel experiences worth whinging about....
Best destinations to visit in 2018

37:25 | Mar 13th, 2018

Where to go next? These are the destinations you should be travelling to in 2018....
The crazy, weird jobs we do to keep our travel dreams alive

34:56 | Nov 13th, 2017

Travellers will do pretty much anything to continue living the dream overseas, any job no matter how menial, or boring, or occasionally b...
The art of haggling: Top tips for shopping when you travel

32:32 | Nov 6th, 2017

On this episode of Flight of Fancy, host Ben Groundwater is joined by fellow writers Ute Junker and Michael Gebicki to talk about hagglin...
Is travel the dream job? Tips on how to make travel your job

37:52 | Oct 30th, 2017

Getting paid to travel to the most exciting and fascinating destinations is a pretty cool gig. Ben Groundwater and guests talk about how ...
How to survive overcrowded tourist cities - and where to go to avoid them

36:27 | Oct 24th, 2017

Barcelona, Rome and Dubrovnik have always been a draw card for visitors, but lately it seems like it's getting out of hand.  What mak...
The destination everyone should visit now - South America, things that will surprise travellers

37:29 | Oct 17th, 2017

It's Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and more. There's so much to love and so much to discover about this continent. Ben Groundwater chats...
World's best stopover destinations: Can you do it on the cheap?

34:05 | Oct 9th, 2017

From Singapore to Hong Kong, and Dubai; from airports to must-do activities, and top tips to a cheap stopovers; these are the best st...
Bonus episode - Dan Hong answers your street food questions

08:28 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Guest Dan Hong answers your questions about street food around the world  on this special bonus episode of Flight of Fancy....
Where to go for the world's best street food experiences

36:16 | Sep 26th, 2017

Which destination are the best for street foods?  Dan Hong join the podcast to talk about the best street foods in the world,  where...
Travelling in Trump's America: Why it's still worth visiting the US

30:48 | Sep 20th, 2017

Has President Trump put you off going to America? We chat about why the US is still worth visiting and the best attractions, cities and...
Greatest travel moments: Insane and spectacular travel decisions we make

49:58 | Sep 12th, 2017

Sometimes when you travel, the entire success or failure of your journey can hang on one simple decision. It can be your greatest trave...
What's hot, what's not - how travel has changed in the last decade

36:33 | Sep 6th, 2017

Australians love to travel, however our tastes have changed over the past 10 years. Destinations like Bali and Thailand once 'hot' h...
Is Australia the perfect travel destination? Why it's worth travelling downunder

45:31 | Aug 30th, 2017

Australians are spoiled; they've got stunning beaches, cosmopolitan cities,  vast deserts and rainforests that stretches for miles ...
Travel sickness: What happens if you get sick or injured while travelling - tips and advice

33:39 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Getting sick when you travel can ruin your entire overseas experience. So what should you do if you get sick? Ben Groundwater is joined b...
Undiscovered Asia - amazing travel destinations you've never thought about

34:45 | Jul 10th, 2017

Been to Bali, Thailand and Japan and think you've "done" Asia? Think again. This week host Ben Groundwater and guests Ute Junker and Tar...
Solo travel - the best and worst things about travelling on your own

32:33 | Jul 3rd, 2017

There's something liberating - and daunting - about travelling on your own. Ben Groundwater and guests Nina Karnikowski and Tim Charody t...
When are you too old to travel as a backpacker?

34:10 | Jun 26th, 2017

Can you keep being a backpacker into your 30s and beyond? Staying in hostels, going out partying, travelling on the cheap. At what point ...
Air rage - why are we getting so angry on planes?

26:54 | Jun 20th, 2017

Cramped seats, bad food, delays and cancellations. Do we have a right to be angry when it comes to flying? Ben Groundwater asks the quest...
Bonus episode - Adam Liaw answers your Japan questions

10:55 | Jun 15th, 2017

Guests Adam Liaw and Nina Karnikowski answer your questions about travel in Japan in this special bonus episode of Flight of Fancy....
Weird and wonderful Japan - with special guest Adam Liaw

37:12 | Jun 13th, 2017

Japan is one of the most amazing and confounding destinations in the world. This episode we take a look at the joys of visiting the Land ...
Travel romances and dating - the good, the bad and the ugly

34:26 | Jun 5th, 2017

Is it possible to fall in love while you're on holiday? Do travel romances ever work out in the long run? Ben Groundwater and guests dis...
Is being an expat the ultimate travel experience?

25:54 | Mar 8th, 2017

It might just be the ultimate travel experience: being an expat. But is living in a foreign country all that we imagine?...
The best country in the world for food

28:09 | Feb 28th, 2017

For some, food is the most important part of the travel experience. So which country offers the best food experiences?...
Rules and cultural misunderstandings: Australia vs the world

19:54 | Feb 21st, 2017

Travel is fun and it's exciting. You get to learn things about the world you never knew. But travel also comes with some peculiar rules...
Things that will surprise you about Europe

26:58 | Feb 7th, 2017

It's one of the world's greatest tourist destinations - but be prepared for some surprises. Ben Groundwater chats to Ute Junker and Tim ...
Best destinations to visit in 2017

29:07 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Looking to travel this year but not sure where to go? Ben Groundwater and guests reveal the destinations you should visit in 2017....
Travel scams: Have you ever been scammed?

26:35 | Jan 31st, 2017

Every traveller has story about being scammed. Whether it's a dodgy cab driver or something more elaborate like a jewellery smuggling ...