Travel Stories:Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Morocco, Cuba OH MY!

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Iain Baird, writer, avid traveler and long-time friend, is the guest of Freedom Travel Podcast, Annie Collins, Owner & Travel Architect. They talk about the shared adventures of traveling the world for more than three decades. Iain and his wife Ann, along with a small group of like-minded travelers have stories to tell from journeys to Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Morocco and Cuba.

Story Notes:

  • Iain’s early life of travel began at age 2 and later lived in India. His wife, Ann, travel all over the country and lived in Germany during her teenage years. Both were vaccinated early with a love of travel.
  • How we met over 30 years ago on the board of the Loudoun Ballet Company
  • Paint Portugal with Ann and how Iain joined the group and the stories.
  • Freedom Travel group travel model of staying in one location and taking day trips.
  • Venice story during the flooding city and woman with high-heels!
  • Galapagos story of woman in high-heels!
  • Turkey a favorite destination and stories include our time with gullet, Istanbul and hot-air balloon over Cappuccino
  • Traveling with children and grandchildren
  • Greece travel on small ship and had most islands to ourselves
  • Morocco adventures including riads, a camel ride in the desert and sunrise over the dunes.
  • Cuba travel: A throw back in time. The people could not have been more friendly. It was overwhelming how warm and welcoming they were.
  • You don’t come to do the thing and then not do the thing!  So, we went horseback riding through the tobacco fields.

Iain Baird has written two books; his memoir, Two Storms, and the short story collection, The Guy in the Box.  Both can be found on Amazon.


Annie Collins is a true Travel Architect–passionate about custom-designing unique and seamless travel experiences.  If you would like to have a conversation with Annie about planning your next trip, head on over to freedomtravelllc.com to arrange a convenient time.