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No Blackout Dates

The Official Matador Network Travel Podcast

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No Blackout Dates, hosted by Eben Diskin and Tim Wenger, is the official podcast of Matador Network and provides a truly unfiltered and honest look at the world of travel and adventure. Join these two travel writers each week for completely raw stories from the road that any responsible editor would (and has) cut from print. They talk about what it’s like to travel for a living, introduce you to the wild characters they’ve met along the way -- from astronauts and flight attendants to Amsterd ...
 
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We did a virtual bike racing podception with Rick Wenger of the No Breakaways Podcast joining to talk about virtual bike racing pod space, the state of Zwift racing, and his life as a pretty good Zwift racer. You can find No Breakaways on YouTube and Rick on Instagram @nobreakaways. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To supp…
 
To say that Airbnb has revolutionized the process of booking – and enjoying – travel accommodations would be an understatement. Where else can you book a forest treehouse, a high-rise apartment with a rooftop pool, and a houseboat on the ocean, all in the same place? Airbnb just launched the biggest updates to its platform in a decade, and Catherin…
 
Touring in a rock band is one of the most fantasized about – and widely misunderstood – lifestyles in the modern world. While everyone thinks it's all backstage parties and endless excess, the reality is far more down to Earth, though no less interesting. Dan Aid is here to set the record straight on tour life, having been around the globe with the…
 
Mother’s Day is coming up. For the No Blackout Dates crew, this is a holiday where we celebrate the brave and courageous mothers in our lives. The day is more personal for Monet Hambrick, however – a traveling mother of two who has spent the bulk of the past decade gallivanting across the globe with her family in tow. She’s written a children’s boo…
 
To make a living traveling the world, you have to get down to the essentials. Photographer and global explorer Chris Burkard joins No Blackout Dates to discuss how, exactly, he manages to do that. Chris shares insight on everything from what makes a good story to how he packs for expeditions. One constant theme through all of this? Risk management.…
 
Molly Duane has one of the most important jobs in two industries – she’s a nurse, for one, and a traveling nurse at that, easily catapulting her to the top of the list of who should rightfully get that final standby seat on any packed flight. Her work has taken her from her home in Salt Lake City to rural Montana, Houston’s concrete jungle, and els…
 
In 2021, the city of Amsterdam announced it would move its sex workers out of the famed Red Light District in the heart of the city. Visitors have long ventured to the Red Light District, some to hire a sex worker and others out of sheer curiosity. This curiosity is part of why the city made the decision to relocate its sex workers – the women had …
 
Former collegiate and professional basketball player Mason Rocca has started a second career as a virtual bike racer. Rocca had a successful Echelon Racing League campaign this year and won the 2022 U.S. Virtual Racing National Championships. He joins the pod for the first edition of Fake Bikes, Real Basketball. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide…
 
Sebastian Modak is living the dream. As the 52 Places Traveler for The New York Times in 2019, he visited 52 places around the globe in a single year – and turned around a dispatch about each of them. A “third culture kid” who grew up as a vagabond between the US, Hong Kong, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and elsewhere, Sebastian is accustomed to pick…
 
Matt Gardiner is the founder of the Saris | NoPinz eRacing team and one of the most accomplished Zwift riders of all time, at least in terms of number of Ziles ridden. He joins the pod to talk about the state of virtual racing and of course, donuts. You can follow Saris | NoPinz on Instagram @saris.nopinz. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle…
 
AJ Kinney coins a new phrase for us on today’s pod. The “orbiting spouse” is someone who moves somewhere because their partner got a sweet job offer – and ends up loving it so much that they full-on expatriate. AJ and his wife moved to Grand Cayman from Minnesota, a sharp lifestyle change from hunting and camping to fishing and fruity cocktails. AJ…
 
“Gatekeeping” is an unfortunate but common practice in outdoor-centric communities. Comedian Ivy Le is joining us today to discuss how this issue can be addressed. Ivy hosts the podcast FOGO: Fear of Going Outside, one of Spotify’s most popular new podcasts, documenting Ivy’s experience as an avid indoorswoman venturing (reluctantly) into outdoor a…
 
To cowork or not to cowork? The pod’s age-old controversial question is finally getting addressed by an expert. We’re learning the truth about whether co-working spaces are bullsh*t or if they actually provide real value to remote workers. Joanne Flynn Black a former WeWork employee who lived through the company’s most turbulent era, is joining us …
 
The 2022 Zwift UCI World Championships had breakaways, gutsy attacks, and exciting finishes. Katheryn Curi joins KBH from inside the Zwift Worlds Zeloton as we discuss and analyze the races held in fake future New York. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help pay for the Zwift Hall of Fame space, …
 
“The Lord of the Rings” revolutionized the Fantasy and Adventure genres in both print and film. What’s often overshadowed by the smashing success of the franchise is the impact LOTR had on the country that served as the backdrop for much of the footage in the film series – New Zealand. Ever since “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” …
 
It's a Frenetic February in the eRacing world with the end of the Echelon Racing League, U.S. eNationals, and this weekend's eWorlds. Mike and Zach (No Kevin this week ... Sad!) talk about Kevin's epic battle with Mason Rocca at eNationals and look ahead to Kevin perhaps winning eWorlds. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To…
 
Rob Gerard is a tequila influencer in the truest sense. As founder of The Tequila Collective, Rob shows off (code phrase for “indulges in”) fine tequilas of all stripes. He has built a following based on his extensive knowledge of the world’s favorite agave liquor, a savant cross between Reposado Recommender and Anejo Assassin. As it turns out, our…
 
No matter what you think of clowns, you likely have no idea what their lifestyle is actually like. From living on a train with Ringling Bros. to performing for kids at a children’s hospital, Joy Powers has done it all on the professional clown circuit. She joins the pod this week to discuss what it’s like to clown for a living. You’ll learn what it…
 
KBH has quickly become the People's Champ with his valiant attacks in the Zwift Premier League, including one done in by too many burritos. We also develop a Premier League media strategy that may or may not include MOAR HEELS. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help pay for the Zwift Hall of Fame…
 
You have thoughts on cryptocurrency. Whether your opinion is bullish or bearish, it’s undeniable that the concept of DeFi (decentralized finance) is causing quite a ruckus in the media. How will cryptocurrency impact travel? To find out, we invited Ben Rogers on the show. Ben is the Chief Marketing Officer at Travala, a travel booking website that …
 
Samantha Brown is the reason you want to spontaneously book a flight to the other side of the world. She’s been in the travel hosting game for over 20 years, and you may recognize her from iconic shows like Great Hotels, Passport to Europe, and Girl Meets Hawaii. Her newest endeavor is called Places to Love, and Brown describes it as her ode to tra…
 
Remi Bumstead did what all of us have talked about doing at some point: buying an old bus and driving it across Africa to donate to a school for deaf kids. Ok, maybe not all of us. Remi’s bus, dubbed the Janga Bus, was bought in Germany, fixed up in the UK, and driven south from London across Europe and into Africa en route to The Gambia. Upon arri…
 
Dave Towle, the voice of Zwift racing, joined to pod to chat about how he got into Zwift race announcing, covering the Zwift Premier League, and adapting to the modern racing landscape in the U.S. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help pay for the Zwift Hall of Fame space, head to wideanglepodium…
 
Marinel de Jesus is the type of outdoors-person the world needs more of. As the founder of The Porter Voice Collective, Marinel advocates for porters’ rights in top international trekking destinations including Peru and the Himalayas. She rallies for better working conditions, pay, and even food for the hard-working porters lugging our gear up the …
 
Marko Randelovic is a documentary filmmaker and photojournalist from the UK whose work focuses heavily on Southeast Asia. Marko joins No Blackout Dates to discuss his new film, Makepung, which debuts on Matador Network on January 12. Makepung tells the story of Bali’s long-running tradition of buffalo racing. That’s right – there’s a dedicated coho…
 
The holidays were a time for Gimmicks with Zach's Zestive 500 and Kevin's 40 in 14. We also talk about the possibility of a new Tron bike, but for your living room. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help Mike afford the new Zwift tron smart bike, head to wideanglepodium.com to become a member of …
 
You know those recap episodes your favorite TV show slips in mid-season, because they’re too lazy to put out new content? And you know how you usually skip it? Well, this is our recap episode, but don’t skip it just yet. No Blackout Dates is ringing in 2022 by doing exactly what they say you shouldn’t do in the new year – living in the past. Not on…
 
Ben Parsons founded Ordinary Fellow winery in Palisade, Colorado, to make wine approachable for everyone. Ben joins No Blackout Dates this week to talk wine and travel – most notably, how the two come together to create one epic life experience. A UK expat, Ben has traveled the world to make, taste, and promote wine for more than 20 years. He’s set…
 
Just in time for Christmas, we’re excited to welcome our highest-profile guest to ever appear on No Blackout Dates. That’s right. Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Jolly Saint Nick, the Big Man himself…Santa Claus is here to ring in the holidays. Tim and Eben hounded the North Pole’s PR office for months to get this interview, and after speaking with…
 
Our own Kevin Bouchard-Hall qualified for the Zwift World Championships, and his team made the Zwift Premier League. Apparently he's pretty good at RGT racing too. What can't this guy do? Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help Mike afford one of those power meters that produce too many watts, hea…
 
Meagan Martin’s eight-season run on American Ninja Warrior has outlived most television careers, and that’s just her side-hustle. Meagan is a professional rock climber whose passion for climbing has taken her around the world, from Boulder, Colorado, to Paris, Berlin, and even Hachioji, Japan. Meagan also provides television commentary of live clim…
 
Kathryn Curi retired from professional bike racing a decade ago, but she has found a second career in cycling racing on the Zwift platform. She shares her experiences getting into virtual racing and competing in the ZRL. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help Mike afford one of those power meters…
 
On today’s episode, Matador Network CEO Ross Borden joins the show to discuss his recent trip to NEOM, the expansive desert of northern Saudi Arabia being turned into the world’s first “sustainable city.” Along with The Line -- a futuristic city built in a long, thin, and extra-eco-friendly line -- the planners of NEOM will include purpose-driven t…
 
At No Blackout Dates, we firmly believe in only three things: eating great food, traveling the world, and geeking out over early 2000s punk rock. Today’s guest Kelly Rizzo embodies the best of food, travel, and music. Kelly is the founder of Eat Travel Rock, a digital television show and production company that takes viewers behind the scenes of th…
 
While Zwift races aren't exactly a Spring Classic or Tour stage, there can still be tactics involved for winning a race. Kevin and Mike share thoughts on power-ups, ZPower people, early attacks, and more. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help Mike afford one of those power meters that produce to…
 
Professional matchmaker Jenny Hart joins us today, and she’s revealing all her insider secrets for making lasting connections while traveling. Jenny has spent years pairing people up from all around the world, particularly travelers and digital nomads, and now she’s joining us to break down the complex world of international matchmaking. We discuss…
 
Traveling for tourism paints an incomplete (and sometimes wildly inaccurate) picture of the places we visit. Cengiz Yar is an international photojournalist who’s traveled the world telling stories that are often right in front of our eyes, but which aren’t exactly comfortable for us to digest. He specializes in conflict reporting, mass displacement…
 
KBH's historic time on the Alpe du Zwift KOM turned into an entire thing last week. We cover his magnum opus of Zwift achievements from all angles. Also, Mike and Kevin share their experiences with the new Zwift drafting algorithm. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and pay for Kevin's legal fees from…
 
Jules Verne’s famous character, Phileas Fogg, went around the world in 80 days. Pretty impressive in 1872. But times are different in 2021, and the bar is much, much higher. Not only has Gunnar Garfors circumnavigated the globe in just 56 hours, he’s also the first person to travel to every country in the world TWO times, visit five continents in a…
 
For the first time in the history of No Blackout Dates, we’re without one of our co-pilots this week. With the exciting birth of his daughter, Tim is taking some time off to learn how to be a parent -- which we imagine is much easier than being a podcast host. Luckily, Melanie Sutrathada is here to fill his shoes (if not his flannel shirts and Burt…
 
KBH returned from an injury with superhuman strength that has him taking on the most coveted KOMs in Watopia, and WTRL racing is starting up again. Also, what's new with Zwift, including more ways to cheat. Nowhere Fast is a member of the Wide Angle Podium network. To support this podcast and help Mike afford the latest Zwift gadget gimmick, head t…
 
Let’s be honest -- we’ve all requested a song from a DJ before. Maybe they shut you down immediately, and maybe they reluctantly agreed but shot you a death stare the entire time you were dancing to “Uptown Funk.”Either way, they hated you for it. That’s right, DJ’s hate requests more than waiters hate people who order stuff that isn’t on the menu.…
 
Kina Pickett’s path is an unusual one. He moved out west from Vermont to chase big lines on his skis, becoming a reputable name on the big-mountain pro circuit. He went on to co-found the creative production agency Helio, and then parlayed his experience there into the collaborative ideation workflow platform, Zppr. Kina is a definitive example of …
 
Captain Kirk had it all wrong. The final frontier is, in fact, Antarctica -- a place explored far less than space, at least in our imaginations and fiction television programming. Today’s guest is here to shine a bit of light on the furthest away place you could go while still being based “here on earth.” Joe Horneman is a Physicians’ Assistant sta…
 
Meeting someone exotic while traveling is on your bucket list. If you deny this, you’re lying, and today’s guests can prove it. Yue Xu and Julie Krafchick are dating experts -- like, legit -- and as the hosts of Dateable, one of the most popular dating podcasts, they’ve seen and heard it all. On today’s episode, the ladies join Tim and Eben to disc…
 
This one’s all about the biggest craze of the pandemic. No, not sourdough bread or backyard chickens. We’re talking about OnlyFans, the DIY creator platform that has recently been in the spotlight for its (since recalled) plan to ban “pornographic content” on its site. Our guest is none other than Lauren Blake, the epitome of OnlyFans success. Not …
 
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