Episode 02: Skiing in Afghanistan? Tinder in Jordan? Paula Froelich Goes Off The Beaten Path

By , May 2nd, 2017

Paula Froelich, A Broad Abroad

Paula Froelich has been places. She started her career at The Guardian, was the launch editor and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Travel, has traveled to unlikely destinations on assignment for Playboy and Newsweek (skiing in Afghanistan, anyone?), was deputy editor of Page 6 for 10 years and is now the founder of the solo adventure travel website A Broad Abroad. Paula sheds light on some of the misconceptions about traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations and offers her advice for getting out there.

“I don’t believe in taking long, huge Eat Pray Love-y trips.”

Lieven De Rycke, Arctic Light Hotel

Off-the-beaten-path travel doesn’t get much more out there than the Arctic. Lieven De Rycke at the Arctic Light Hotel talks about their trivago Award-winning hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland. The family-run hotel opened relatively recently in the Spring of 2015 but is already drawing guests from all over the world with the Arctic’s endless possibilities for adventure. De Rycke also shares his first-hand experience with climate change in the region.

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“In these days when everybody needs to be reachable all the time, it’s very easy to switch off when you come to the Arctic.”

Mentioned on the Show

Telegraph: “As Air France this week resumed flights from Paris to Tehran for the first time since 2008 – and with British Airways (BA) scheduled to do the same in July – a number of tour operators have said that the Middle Eastern country is proving a surprise hit. ‘Iran has become our busiest destination for 2016 and we expect the demand to keep growing,’ said David McGuinness, director of tour operator Travel the Unknown. ‘We expect about a 50-75 per cent increase in passengers this year after a 65 per cent increase last year.'”

J. Walter Thompson Intelligence: “Iran is on the verge of what Euromonitor calls a ‘golden age’ of tourism, after January’s historic nuclear agreement ended a decade of economic sanctions. Next year, Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International will open the country’s first foreign-branded luxury development in decades, a five-star beachfront resort on the Caspian Sea. Accor Hotels opened the country’s first international hotel in 2016, while other hoteliers are eyeing Iran’s ancient religious tourism sites and snow-capped mountains for future development.”

The Guardian: “The Walled Off hotel may sound utilitarian, even bleak. Its owner says it has ‘the worst view of any hotel in the world’, while its 10 rooms get just 25 minutes of direct sunlight a day. But, nestled against the controversial barrier wall separating Israel from the Palestinian territories, the West Bank’s answer to the Waldorf offers travelers something more elusive than any luxury destination.”


Featured photo courtesy of Unsplash
Episode music produced by Gytis Garsys