Travelling Inside Out
By Alina I. Grad
Travelling Inside Out is the podcast about exploring the world within and out.
Travelling Inside OutJul 31, 2023
Ep. 180 - Unveiling Inner Paths: Yoga, Meditation, and a Himalayan Quest ft. Andra
As season 5 of "Travelling Inside Out" draws to a close, host Alina engages in a soul-stirring conversation with her friend Andra. Revealing the transformative potential of these ancient practices in modern life, Andra shares her story of breaking free from the confines of a corporate job and embarking on a soul-searching adventure to Nepal. . Through vivid storytelling, Andra shares the challenges and triumphs of her path, offering listeners a glimpse into the nexus of spirituality and self-discovery.
While we regret any audio hiccups in this episode, we promise an enhanced sonic experience when we return with a fresh season this October.
Ep. 179 - From Tourist to New Yorker: Navigating the First NY ID
Alina shares her experience of getting her first NY ID. Discover the essential steps, insider strategies, and crucial documents needed to successfully navigate the New York identification landscape. She covers everything you need to know about the process, including the required documents, and the wait time. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who is planning on getting a NY ID for the first time.
P.S. It takes more than an ID to become a New Yorker. Haha.
Ep. 178 - One Decade and a Half: The Beginning of A Friendship ft. Andra
In this heartwarming episode, your host Alina sits down with her dear friend Andra, as they embark on a nostalgic journey through the depths of their nearly 15-year friendship. Join them as they reminisce about how it all began – a chance encounter at a local TV station in Romania where their paths first crossed. Little did they know that this would be the foundation of a bond that would withstand time and distance.
As life unfolded, Alina and Andra found themselves living in different countries, facing the challenges of maintaining their connection across borders. They share the candid moments when they temporarily lost touch but found their way back to one another, proving that true friendship endures. Throughout the years, they've discovered each other's passions, quirks, and dreams, and learned valuable lessons that come with navigating life together. Join us for an inspiring conversation about the power of friendship, the beauty of staying connected despite life's twists and turns, and the joy of celebrating one decade and a half of unwavering companionship.
Ep. 177 - Charm City Escapade: Baltimore Delights
If you're planning to travel to Baltimore, Maryland, this episode offers valuable insights and travel tips. Follow Alina's footsteps as she uncovers the history and literary heritage of Baltimore, explores the city on foot and through convenient transportation options, and immerses herself in the charm of the inner harbor. Whether you're a fan of Poe, a lover of good food, or simply seeking a new destination to explore, let Travelling Inside Out be your guide to a memorable Baltimore experience.
If you want to check the video of the trip, check YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@alinaigrad/
Ep. 176 - Transitioning to NYC
With raw authenticity and insightful anecdotes, Alina delves into the highs and lows of her experience, offering a compelling glimpse into the world of New York City. From the exhilarating access to a plethora of events and cultural opportunities to the challenges of navigating the urban landscape and coping with the crime rate, she provides an honest and comprehensive list of pros and cons. Whether you're considering a move to the Big Apple or simply fascinated by the allure of NYC, this episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking an authentic account of life in the city that captivates hearts worldwide."
Ep. 175 - A DIY Fiasco
From daringly cutting her own hair to battling battery problems on her laptop, this episode takes you through a series of misadventures. Discover the twists and turns as Alina navigates repair shops and the Apple store. Tune in for an update on her upcoming trip and exciting website and podcast format changes.
Ep. 174 - Honeymoon in the Grand Canyon
Alina shares her honeymoon trip to see Grand Canyon in March.
Ep. 173 - A Birthday Getaway to Philly
Join us in this exciting podcast episode as Alina shares her incredible surprise trip to Philadelphia for her partner's birthday gift. He really had no idea where they are going. From delicious food to exploring new neighborhoods, Alina takes us on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant city of brotherly love. Discover how she found the best deals on train tickets and tried a couples massage for the first time. Alina will also share how she was pleasantly surprised by how clean and lovely the city was, and how they managed to explore many of the city's attractions despite not making it to the Liberty Bell. And the best surprise of a museum she didn't even expect to love a specific museum that much. If you're looking for inspiration for your next travel destination or a unique birthday gift idea, this episode is a must-listen.
Ep. 172 - Two-Day Las Vegas Adventure
Alina shares her tips for avoiding resort fees, her experience seeing Cirque du Soleil live, and her rollercoaster of emotions at the casino as she went from losing money to winning. Not that big, but still. Plus, hear about the breathtaking views of the sunset from above and her comparison of the Bellagio Fountains show to the ones in Dubai. If you're planning a quick trip to Sin City or just love hearing about exciting travel experiences, you won't want to miss this episode!
Ep. 171 - US Immigration Story | Expat Life
LIVE Recording of Travelling Inside Out | S05 E09 I will share my immigration experience in the US. Talking about files and forms and whatever I did so far in my case. However, I promised I will mention what help I got and I forgot to mention it at the end of the episode, so I will tag here the two accounts that really helped me out, so thank you to: @KseniyaInternational - the perfect explanation step by step on how to file @ImmigrationAttorney - updated information about the filing system. 00:30 Intro 02:03 My US Immigration Story 05:09 Form I-693 09:17 Medical Examination Experience 16:32 Form I-130 19:01 Form I-130a and Form I-864EZ 21:45 Bona Fide Proof Examples 27:08 Form I-485 and Form I-131 and Form I-765 33:03 Tax Return 34:52 Form G-1145 and Form G-1450 37:47 Biometrics Appointment 43:50 Form I-765 Timeline 46:01 Form I-131 No Updates 46:45 Next Steps: Interview 48:40 Honeymoon Trip Brief Description Website: https://www.alinaigrad.com/travelling-inside-out/ Share Your Story: https://www.alinaigrad.com/travelling-inside-out/share-your-story/
Ep. 170 - Birthday Recording Live Updates
Alina puts an end to the hiatus with a live recording of the podcast. This is why this week we are skipping the regular intro. She talks about whatever happened since November and what is next.
00:00 Intro + Birthday
02:02 Rundown of What Happened Since November
2:58 Bahamas Cruise - episode coming out in April
6:53 Lauren Graham Book Release - Have I Told You This Already?
8:22 Christmas and NYE in NYC
9:13 Getting Married at the City Hall in Brooklyn - episode coming out later
13:58 Changing Your Last Name
15:28 Green Card Application
17:38 Why Spell Travelling With Double L?
19:42 Paperwork for Green Card
22:09 Being in Public of Daily News. Again - the article is out the end of March
23:50 Birthday Resolutions
25:39 The Decision to Leaving Iceland
39:52 April Plans for the Online Presence
40:33 Birthday Plans
41:10 Las Vegas & Grand Canyon Trip
42:29 Postcards Sunset Collection
43:44 Happiness Day
Ep. 169 - Artist Retreat & Writing Workshop
Alina takes us on a journey through her inspiring experience attending an artist retreat in upstate NY and enrolling in a writing class. She also shares an interesting story of embarking on a solo travel adventure, despite having no travel companions. Tune in to hear about her personal growth and the valuable lessons she learned along the way.
Ep. 168 - Exploring Ithaca in NYS
Alina shares her delightful travel experience with her partner in Ithaca, NY. From sipping local wine at a scenic winery to visiting an apple cider mill, they enjoyed the best of the upstate town. Tune in to hear about their exhilarating hikes and the stunning views they encountered along the way. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway or simply looking for some travel inspiration, this episode is sure to leave you inspired to explore Ithaca and beyond!
Ep. 167 - Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and Halloween
Alina talks about going to the first film festival in NYC and her first Halloween in the US.
Ep. 166 - Attending a Book Release in NYC
Alina talks about the pros and cons of flying Delta from Iceland, attending the book release of Iliza Shlesinger in NYC, and about how her life could be.
Ep. 165 - World Mental Health Day
Today is World Mental Health Day and when the journey within is the focus, Alina had to talk about some of the tools that she uses to cope with her mental health struggles. And the comfort zone stories are about challenging your biases against mental patients and challenging the norm of what to do after graduating high school.
Ep. 164 - When Should You Call Emergency Number 112?
Alina talks about her first time calling 112 (or 911). Was it wrong? Also, finally a new segment in the podcast: share your comfort zone story. Let's talk about moving away and facing your fears.
Ep. 163 - Listening to the First Episode
Alina gives her comments on the first-ever episode of Travelling Inside Out. Plus answering a voice message from a concerned listener.
Ep. 162 - Stream of Consciousness
Alina talks about selling the car, feeling scammed; trying to sell other stuff, getting 12 bars of chocolate and yelling in the middle of the street. Well, sort of.
Ep. 161 - RIP Timi | Expat Life
Who's Timi and why are they dead? Well, Alina talks about her first car that according to some mechanics is not safe to drive. How did it get there? Let's find out together.
Ep. 133 - Troll Peninsula
Ep. 131 - Hiking to the Erupting Fagradasfjall Volcano
Ep. 128 - Northern Iceland Road Trip
Ep. 160 - Romania to NYC | Unexpected Flight
Alina talks about deciding to go to the USA on a whim, dodging the European chaos and almost being denied to pass security.
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Ep. 159 - Horrible Flight | Iceland to Romania
Alina shares her experience of flying from Iceland to Romania through Milano. Food poisoning (or whatever it was) doesn't mix well with an almost 24 h trip.
Ep. 158 - Summer House with A Mouse
Alina rambles about her first experience at an Icelandic summer house. Seeing a mouse inside while being all by herself was not a pleasant experience.
Ep. 157 - Quit Your Job. Again! | Expat Life
Nothing is guaranteed in these uncertain times. So why would you quit your job, again? Alina talks about learning to stand up for yourself, give chances and stay true to your principles. Back in 2018, she had to face the same dilemma. Complete different situations, and even different conclusions, but one thing stayed the same: trying her best to make things better for her mental health.
Ep. 156 - Going to the Library | Expat Life
In her tries to go back to reading physical books, Alina shares the story of getting a library card for the first time in 14 years. Also, there's a mystery phone call and the check-in/check-out misunderstanding.
Ep. 155 - Catching Up
”Life keeps happening and I happen with it.” says Alina while sharing what happened in the last few months. After a 4-month hiatus that was not planned at all, she is back to tell you stories from the world within or out. And this time around you can be part of the podcast as well. Listen until the end to learn how.
Ep. 154 - Lost Phone in Mexico
Alina tells the story of how she got her phone stolen or lost while being on holiday in Mexico.
Ep. 153 - Mexico | Border Issues
Alina tells the story about her 10-hour flight from London to Cancun and how she was (almost) denied entry in Mexico.
Ep. 152 - Layover in UK | Storm Delay
Alina talks about her trip to Mexico, but first about the horrible storm on the day of departure. Her flight was delayed, watching F1 in the airport and trying to figure out where to sleep for the night.
Ep. 151 - 5 Rants
Alina is bringing her ranting to a new level. She starts a new series in which she doesn't keep anything down and tells it as it is: American public, interviews, subtitles, doctors and Christmas.
Ep. 150 - Day of the Dead in Transylvania
Alina shares her experience celebrating the Day of the Dead in Transylvania. She tells the story of following a priest through a graveyard and the reason behind it.
Ep. 149 - Ajiru Chan | Caster & Twitch Streamer | Guest #20
Today's episode is coming from Paraguay, where Ajiru lives. Alina met today's guest back in 2018 on her South American trip and they finally got reunited for a conversation about the video game world, League of Legends, how does it feel to be a female in a technical work environment and much more.
Find Ajiru here:
Ep. 148 - Doctors & Mental Health | Expat Life
Alina talks about her experience going to the doctor while living in Iceland, and the difference between going for a physical problem or for mental health.
Ep. 147 - Dracula Castle & Bran
Alina tells the story about visiting Bran, a small town on the Prahova Valley, a famous mountain resort home of an even more famous castle, Dracula Castle (or the real name Bran Castle).
Ep. 146 - Sinaia | Carpathian Pearl
Alina shares stories from her travel through Prahova Valley, visiting Peleș Castle and staying over night in Sinaia.
Ep. 145 - Tyler Wacker | Cyclist & Photographer | Guest #19
Guests are back! After watching his biking trip through Westfjords this summer, Alina had to ask Tyler Wacker to be a guest. Their conversation goes from the decision to go against the grain, moving out from the US, to slowing down - in travels and life. They also go deeper into the meaning of taking the time to understand who you are as a person and then pursue that dream while expressing their challenges in living in Iceland.
Ep. 144 - Wild Romania | She Watches
Alina talks about Wild Romania/România Sălbatică (2021) - the most extensive project dedicated to nature in Romania, done by Romanian for Romanians with no financial help from the state.
For more info about the documentary check https://romaniasalbatica.ro/.
Ep. 143 - Romania to Iceland
Alina tells the story of her trip from Romania back to Iceland. Bus, plane, bus, plane, bus, car... the trip was filled with chaos, anger, running around, almost missing both flights, 33-hour no sleep and it all ended with a shot of tequila before finally crashing into bed.
Ep. 142 - Romania by Train
Alina shares her experience of travelling by train through Romania. A night train crossing half of the country - total time 15 hours.
Ep. 141 - Trip Back Home
Alina rambles about her trip back home to Romania. A last-minute trip that changed her summer plans completely. Since it was her first time travelling since the beginning of the year, she talks about keeping up with regulations and how people are following them. Spoiler alert: they are not.
Ep. 140 - Fears, Values & Hopes | Working on the Core
Alina comes back to the mini-series of Doctor Ramani - Core Work. This time she tackles core fears, core values and core hopes. Understanding some patterns coming from her childhood, she shares the discoveries she embraced during her inner journey. It's never easy to dig deep into your past experiences, but the results are so rewarding
Doctor Ramani - Core Fears
Ep. 139 - Marvel Universe | She Watches
She Watches mini-series is continuing with Alina sharing her experience regarding the Marvel Universe. She talks about the meaning behind the movies, her favourite superhero and much more.
Ep. 138 - Core Wounds vs. Core Beliefs
Alina continues the inner journey and this time she talks about working your core. No, not your abs. She is inspired by the psychologist and author, Doctor Ramani and digs deep into the core wounds and core beliefs. She gives examples from her own life and talks about why understanding them is an important step in growing as a person.
Doctor Ramani - https://youtu.be/OCyAmjQQABw (Core Wounds)
Travelling Inside Out (IMDB)
Ep. 137 - Burnout, Eulogy and Epiphanies
The inner journey continues with Alina asking a lot of questions. Trying to understand better how burnout can be present even when not related to work, she talks about the epiphany that came out of writing her own eulogy.
The people mentioned in today's episode are:
Paula Pant - Afford Anything Podcast
Ashley Stahl - You Turn Podcast
Michelle Akin - Break Up With Your BS
Ep. 136 - Solo Travel to Couple Travel
This podcast started when Alina decided to talk about her travels as a solo female traveler. This time she talks about what it means to start traveling in two, what are the advantages and disadvantages. And how to adapt to the new way of travelling.
Ep. 135 - Getting the Vaccine | Expat Life
Alina is talking about her experience taking the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and rambles on about her previous time taking a vaccine. Also, there is a surprise announcement about the book she is writing.
Ep. 134 - Grey's Anatomy | She Watches
Alina has been watching Grey's Anatomy since 2008 (three years after the TV show started) and ever since then, she had a love-hate relationship with the TV show. Shonda Rhimes made her cry so much so that she sometimes used the TV show to cry when she felt blocked. Last week there was the season finale of season 17 and Alina had a lot to say about it.
Ep. 133 - Troll Peninsula in Iceland (Tröllaskagi)
Yep, you read that correctly. There is an actual Troll Peninsula in Iceland or Tröllaskagi. Last month I went on my first road trip with Timi (my car) in the North of Iceland. And on the way back I decided to visit the beautiful and stunning area that I haven's seen before. Today's episode is all about my way back to Reykjavik while exploring the North a little more.
Ep. 132 - Donating Blood | Expat Life
We all know how important it is to donate blood, right? Even if you have never done it, nor consider it, you still know that this is the one thing you can do to possibly save someone's life. For real, not metaphorically. Yet, so few people are donating. Today's episode is about my experience of trying to donate blood in Iceland. Because unfortunately, it wasntæt as easy as I was expecting.
Ep. 131 - Hiking to the Erupting Fagradalsfjall Volcano
Fagradalsfjall Volcano has been erupting since March 19th and I finally went to experience one of the most beautiful and exciting things I have ever seen.