About Me- Alex Terpstra travel

and the podcast

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The Travel is Real is a podcast about hearing captivating stories from adventures abroad. Each guest reveals an experience occurred while traveling, backpacking, or living abroad. These stories range from fun, comedic, risqué, to bizarre, gross, harrowing or horrific. As long as the if the narrative is intriguing, I want to hear it! Typically if an interview revolves around an arduous, dangerous, or dumb narrative, the guest and I will give advice and tips, so listeners can learn from the mistakes of the guests and myself (I’ve certainly made a few). Anything can happen when traveling around the world, which is why so many travelers posses fascinating stories to tell.


I found that most of my friends and family were interested in the in-depth, real experiences that I incurred while living abroad. No one cared about how beautiful a beach was, or how tasty the local cuisine is. No, my friends wanted to hear the nitty-gritty details of the bizarre events and experiences I witnessed and were part of.


I wouldn’t call myself an avid traveler, but I have lived, studied, and was worked abroad for quite some time. I was employed in South Korea for two years, spent a semester studying in South Africa, and backpacked around SouthEast Asia for an extended period of time. I always loved retelling incidences which had me in precarious, embarrassing, and strange situations. Now that I’m back in Wisconsin, working in finance and going for my graduate, I’ve been wishing to re-ignite my dtravel flame, and thought to start a podcast about travel. Travel stories to be exact.

The episodes vary in theme, but laughter is always a constant. This is a podcast which does not take itself too seriously. Some interview may encompass situations that, at the time were intense and in no way funny, but as most know, when reflecting back on a situation, laughter is common. The goal is to entertain and educate, and amuse!

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