All posts by Jade Jackson

I’m a Writer, Podcaster, and Photographer obsessed with travel. I’ve explored over 55 countries, worked on a cruise ship, as a travel agent, taught travel and tourism, helped NZ tourism businesses with online presence, issued airline tickets, been a tour guide and taught english in Japan; doing pretty much anything that would allow me to travel. Now I share everything I’ve learnt in my blog and podcasts. I aim to inspire, make travel accessible, and change the world, through travel. As Travel Agents fade away, no website or app, has completely replaced them. I try to bridge that gap giving useful information about how to book and travel independantly. If you love the content I provide, subscribe so you don't miss anything and please click on the Support the Podcast page for really easy ways to show the love, with the kind that pays the bills.

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NYC from $1025**

NYC from $1025!

Sydney

Auckland to Sydney $268**

Fly Auckland to Sydney fr $268 return!

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Book Your Stay from $7/night!**

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Manchester, UK fr $352!**

Fly East Coast USA (NYC, CHI, WAS) to Manchester England from $352!

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Los Angeles to Athens fr $386**

Fly L.A to Athens fr $386 return! Hurry sale ends 29th Nov. #cheapflights #athens #greece #SAS #europe

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Poland fr $324**

Fly East-Coast USA to Warsaw Poland from $324 return!

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Travel Deals 26 Nov 19**

How does 47% off fully inclusive Maldives Escape | Cancun from $1018 | USA from $760 or Bali from $186 sound?

Travel Deals – 25 Nov 19

40% off Phuket Package inc flights 5 night Bali Package inc Flights $629 Fly to Greece, $801 inc Bags/Meals Fly to Thailand $559 inc Bags/Meals..

Syd/Mel To Per $189 Return**

Sydney or Melbourne to Perth from just $189 return!

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Itinerary Planning Service

Have the hassle taken out of planning your next holiday online with my new itinerary planning service.

Wanted: Aspiring Writers in Sydney

Learn the business of writing form successful local authors.

Weekly Travel Deals**

Top travel deals starting 20 Nov 19 but hurry they won't last long!

Black Friday Travel Deals

Black Friday Travel Deals**

Exclusive Black Friday Deals on flights, hotels, rail passes, car hire and attraction passes!

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Your Cheap Xmas Shopping List

In an ideal world, Christmas would be a cheap time of year. Here’s how to make that happen with quality $5 gifts!

Anything and Everything

Coming soon... A book of poetry by Jade Jackson!

Vietnam fr $381**

Vietnam features cheap but excellent food, shopping, resorts, massages, hiking - literally everything!

Hawaii & Fiji fr $660**

Hawaii or Fiji? Why not have both! fr just $660 return.

Tokyo fr $535** return.

Combine Japan and the Philippines for an incredible holiday experience.

Los Angeles with a stopover in Hawaii fr $975**

Los Angeles with a stopover in Hawaii?

Gone From My Days.

Gone from my days, oh sweet pretty one, who’s life was failed by all..

A pocket of wildness..

A pocket of wildness between two worlds anew

We know nothing..

We say we hear the wind, kissing, smothering, howling; It's not.

Fiji, Toronto, London, Nice – All On Sale fr $489** (Fiji).

Cheap flights to many destinations available now!

Book Your Trip To Vietnam

Book any aspect of your trip to Vietnam, right here.

Jade Talks Travel #21 – Vietnam

Why Vietnam is worth a look-see for the budget-minded traveller.

Jade Talks The Brain

How often do you actually think about your brain and all it can do? What’s weird if you think about it, this podcast episode is essentially my brain talking about itself.

Cheap Flight Deals 20-23 Aug**

Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, India and San Fran! All on sale! But hurry, only sale ends in a few days so if you see flights you like, best to book them! **These deals have ended** But You'll find other cheap flights here. Cheap flights to Buenos Aires Don't miss out on these bargains to Buenos ...

Tokyo fr $641-710**

Fares from East Coast or West Coast cities!

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Philippines fr $201**

Snorkel with the whale sharks or explore thousands of islands!

Spain fr $774**

Set off for sunny Spain with these smashing deals from Air China! Beg off to Barcelona or make your way to Madrid with travel during October - December 2019 and March/April 2020. All bags and meals are included, plus a free hotel for any layovers!**This deal has ended** For other cheap flights to Spain, search ...

Vanuatu fr $395**

Vanuatu on sale now!

W/Clouds

As clouds are my witness, so too, they're my saviour...

A Blanket of Softness.

A blanket of softness, a glowing speck of orange A raggedy line that should be straight...

None of it Matters, Nothing At All.

Written on a drizzly afternoon, days after Jennifer Olsen had died, yet before I was told.

A Dent In The Dirt of A Life Half Lived.

In a world untoward, she was an inconvenient reminder. Her story, a failure of many...

Greece fr $786** return!

Athens fr $786 return - Bags and meals included!

Los Angeles from $897**

Virgin Australia is having a sale on flights to Los Angeles, USA. Travel in Jan - May/20. School Holidays available. Bags and Meals included**This deal has ended** but you can still find other cheap flights here. $897 Return Melbourne to Los Angeles Flights. Click Here for more travel dates. DepartReturn 05/Mar22/Mar$897View Flight 05/Mar24/Mar$897View Flight 12/Mar29/Mar$911View ...

Argentina fr $888** Return

Air New Zealand continues with Buenos Aires on sale!

Where once a purpose lay..

Where once a purpose lay, solid on our path...

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USA on Sale**

San Fran, Chicago and Santiago all on sale! SFO fr $876

Santiago, Chile fr $850**

Full service flights to Santiago, Chile fr just $850 return!

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Hawaii direct fr $432**

Hawaii fr $432 - plan ahead for next year!

Auckland $297** Return – bags-meals included

Full service flights to Auckland - duck off for a weekend away or move there in three easy steps!

Italy, Spain and France fr $948 return!

Why have one, when you can have a few! Italy, Spain and France fr $948 Return! #cheapflights #cheapflightsItaly #cheapflightsSpain #AirChina #cheapflightsEurope #travel #europe #budgettravel #hackerfares

Playing cricket by the Taj Mahal, Agra, India, Image by Jade Jackson

Book Cheap Flights to India**

Crazy cheap flights to India from Australia, NZ, USA and UK! Fares for everyone!

Jade Talks Travel Podcast, Cheap flights and off the beaten track destinations for the independent traveller, hosted by Jade Jackson

Jade Talks Travel #20 – Online Travel Agencies

Welcome to my revamped travel podcast. What was Travelosophy is now Jade Talks Travel with some exciting changes!

Chile fr $888** return

Cheap flights to Santiago, Chile, all cities under $1000! #cheapflights #southamerica #chile #santiago

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Maldives – West Coast fr $378**

Scoot Airlines are offering cheap flights to the Maldives. Travel in Sep - Oct/19. Scoot is a budget airline so bags + meals are extra.Add 20kg of luggage from $71 (WC)-$74 (EC) per person per flight *This deal has ended** For other cheap flights, search here. $378 Return Perth to the Maldives Flights. Click Here ...

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South Africa fr $905** Return

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San Fran on Sale Fr $869** with Qantas!

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Book Your Flights to Area 51**

Here's how to book your travel to get to Area 51, in time for you know what.

Europe fr $868** return – full service, 5★ Airline

Full service flights to Italy, 5 star airline fr $868 return!

Fly to Spain for under $800** return!

Europe for under a grand is pretty amazing, make that city Barcelona, and the price less than $800 with free transit hotel in Beijing and you have yourself an incredible deal. **This deal has ended,** for other cheap flights search here. Fares are with Air China which is a full service carrier including baggage, meals ...

Cheap flights to Bali fr$190** and Hawaii fr $310**

Jetstar is having a huge sale on flights to Honolulu, USA. Travel in Sep - Dec/19. **This sale has ended,** for the latest deals, check here otherwise you can search for cheap flights here. Grab these fares because they will sell out FAST. We have posted a lot of available dates, but you are a ...

Cambodia, Ankor Watt

Perth to Phnom Penh fr $263**

Cast off to Cambodia with these ridiculously cheap fares from Malindo Air! ** This deal has ended** for other cheap flights, check the latest deals section or search cheap flights here. Travel during September 2019. Hurry, these fares won't last long. Check out Ankor Watt, the Killing Fields, and or have a 'happy' pizza! $263 ...

Fly to New Zealand return fr $284**

Awesome flights to NZ on sale with Air New Zealand.

Deals to Tokyo/Osaka,** Singapore Airlines

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TYO RTN Fr $573** Full Service

Take off to Tokyo with cheap fully inclusive fares fr $573 return! #cheapflightsJapan #Japan #cheapflights #Tokyo #MalaysianAirlines

Crazy Cheap Flights to Italy**

Flights to Milan for less than $800 return on a full service carrier and includes a free hotel stay!

Fiji in Feb fr $482** return

Fly away to Fiji next Feb for under $500 return including meals, bags and entertainment.

Cuddle Panda’s on the Way to Canada under $800** rtn!

Fly to Vancouver for under $800 return!

Jetstar** and Scoot** – The Brisco’s of Travel

Spoiler Alert - Scoot sale to Athens for under $700 and Jetstar to NZ for under $240 return!

Ho Chi Minh fr Under $400** rtn

There's so much to love about Vietnam from the food, the shopping to the hill tribes of Sapa. Now you can get there for next to nothing!

Cheap flights to Europe** (Inc Business Class)

Book cheap flights to Europe with these full service airlines fr $774. Business class on sale too!

Qantas to Manila fr $546** LAST DAY TODAY!

Direct flights, full service, $569 to Manila where you'll find $4 massages and beautiful islands what's not to love? Cebu Pacific also has a sale details within.

Cheap flights to Vanuatu fr $390** return – full service!

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Fly to Rome, business class and take a photo from behind wearing a silly hat.

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Read This Before You Book A Flight Online.

Phuket Under $400** Return (Ex PER, OOL, MEL, SYD)

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Bali $165** Return (DRW) – Get in Quick! SYD is $375** rtn.

Sydney to Bali fr $435 return, still pretty good.

CHC fr $209**, AKL fr $212**, ZQN fr $261**

Now is the time to make a sneaky weekend trip to NZ fr $209 return!

Hawaii Return fr $347** (MEL)

Hawaii return fr $347? *Cough Cough, sorry boss I'm real sick.. SYD fr $432!

Fly off to Fiji fr $511** return

Fly off to Fiji fr $511 return with Fiji Airways!

Cheap flights to Santiago fr $698**

Air New Zealand just keeps surprising with more amazing deals like $698 to Santiago!

Amsterdam fr $990* return

Amsterdam fr $990 return with Etihad. Full service, excellent on-board service and amenities. Quite a good deal actually.

Cheap flights to Buenos Aires fr $747**

Book these super cheap flights to Buenos Aires fr $747 - That's the price not the aircraft!

San Fran for Under a Grand,** Way Under..

Book a cheap flight to San Francisco and make sweet memories, like I did.

Full service flights to Hong Kong fr $570 return

With everyone protesting, Disneyland is empty making it a perfect time to visit Hong Kong!

Cheap Business Class to Bali fr $1267 return – Few seats still available!

New direct business class flights to Bali launching 19 August fr $1267!

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Sydney to Sri Lanka fr $573

There's a reason Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka the 2019 destination of the year!

Rome fr $874 on Thai or Milan fr $981 on Etihad

Run away to Rome with these deals from Thai Always.

L.A fr $884** Las Vegas fr $941 with Qantas!

Typical Qantas fare to L.A is 1100 but not right now - it's fr only $884!

Sydney to London fr $996

**THIS DEAL HAS NOW ENDED**

Escape the Urban Jungle for the Amazon Jungle

Escape to the Amazon jungle for wildlife spotting, piranha fishing, and trees as far as the eye can see.

L.A to China fr $375 return**

Fly to China from $375 return!

Direct Flights to Bali fr $204

**THIS DEAL HAS NOW ENDED**

Perth to Osaka fr $566 return

**THIS DEAL HAS NOW ENDED**

Fly Australia to Texas fr $832**

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Domestic Flights from $50**

Somewhat cheap domestic flights, no bags included.

Why Europe by Rail is Better Than Budget Flights

Rail travel in Europe is fast, fun and relaxing. Much less hassle than flying.

Fly to Manila fr $286* Return

Snorkel with the whale sharks of Oslob with these bargain fares from Cebu Pacific! **This particular deal has ended, but amazing fares to the Philippines can still be found with other airlines**

Flights to Beijing fr $485 Return

**This deal has now ended, but other cheap flights to China can still be found with other airlines.**

Fly to Barcelona fr $863** RTN

Sydney to Barcelona for travel in 2020 from $863 return - full service, 5⭐️ airline!

The Other Stonehenge in New Zealand

This Stonehenge is closer, easier to get to, and you can touch it!

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Fly to San Francisco fr $730**

Return flights to San Fran from $730!

Fly Return to New Zealand from $272**

Return flights to New Zealand from $272-bags and meals included!

Travelling with Teenagers

Taking teens travelling can be life changing, here's how to ensure it's stress-free.

USA – 4th July Escapes for under $503pp**

It's not too late to book your 4th of July Escape! Flights and hotels still available.

Snorkelling with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins.

From the Caribbean to Niue here's my favourite places to snorkel.

Book Cheap Flights in America

Book the cheapest flights in the US with these expert tips!

Have a Picnic at Hanging Rock

A weird rock, volcanic pillars, faces weathered into the rocks-the perfect place for a picnic. Welcome to Hanging Rock.

The Church At Auvers-Sur-Oise

See the church at Auvers-Sur-Oise, exactly as Vincent Van Gogh painted it. #jadetalkstravel #Paris #france #vangogh #auvers #vincentvangogh

How To See The Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an

See 3 Terracotta Warriors at the NGV Exhibition, or over 6000 statues in Xi'an, China.

A Global Disneyland Expedition

Visit every Disneyland in the world, on a single trip!

Discounted Flights to Asia and Europe**

30% off flights to Asia and Europe! Book today! Plus exciting changes coming to my website.

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A Cheesy Kind of Holiday

The finest cheese, peace and quiet, a good book and views over the ocean. Welcome to King Island. #jadetalkstravel #kingisland #cheese #tasmania #australia

Wales, Mt Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, article by Jade Jackson

Why Wales Is Worth A Wander

Wales is more than just Castles and Cardiff. Find books, catch steam trains, ride canal boats then sleep in a castle!

Indian Kids, Delhi, India, image by Jade Jackson

India Without Illness

Travelling through India is possible without getting sick, just stick to these tips. #jadetalkstravel #india #illness #delhibelly #healthytravel

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Escape To Another Country, With These Books

From the warm waters of Baja California, to the Alaskan wilderness or the Jungles of South America- these books will take you there(well mentally at least). #jadetalkstravel #books #bookstoread #goodbooks #travelbooks

Samurai, Kamo Gawa, Kyoto, Japan, image by Jade Jackson

The Mystery of Kyoto’s River

To the people of Kyoto, the Kamo Gawa (Duck River) is many things, least of all, it provides escapism.

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The Greatest iPhone Apps To Use Whilst Travelling

The greatest iPhone apps to capture your trip, immerse with locals, communicate, be entertained on long plane trips and manage your money, all tested on multiple trips.

Times Square New York, image by Jade Jackson

New York Like a Local

New York can seem overwhelming but it doesn't have to be!

Jade Talks Travel #19 – Book Cheap Flights to Anywhere

Book the cheapest flights to anywhere using these travel hacks from an ex-travel agent in this podcast episode of Jade Talks Travel. #jadetalkstravel #bookcheapflights #cheapflights #flying #airtickets #flights #hackerfares

Travel Agent Secrets Every Traveller Should Know

Whether you use a travel agent or not to book your travel, they can still be useful. #jadetalkstravel #travelagents #travelagentsecrets #travelhacks

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The Jet lag Free, Long Haul Flight

Avoiding jet lag begins before you even board. Find out the easy way to stop jet lag before it happens.

Nhill family ancestry, image by Jade Jackson

Chasing Ancestry in Rural Victoria

A road trip to Melbourne ended with chasing my ancestry in Nhill and meeting distant cousins I didn’t know existed!

Write a Song to Capture Your Next Trip

Write a song on your next trip to make it memorable, for years to come; way more than a quick like on a selfie ever could.

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7 Things Dubai Does Better

Here’s 7 things Dubai does better than any other stopover city.

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Chinese Foot Binding Museum

Learn about the disturbing but fascinating culture of foot binding at this quirky little museum near Shanghai, China.

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Cheap Flights to China and Beyond

Book cheap flights to China and beyond from Australia, USA and Europe. Lots of new Chinese airlines are increasing capacity in Asia.

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Lombok, The Quiet Bali

My first trip to Bali was in 1982 and I recall endless rice paddies, a couple of basic hotels that were considered flash if they had a pool and an endless stream of locals plying souvenirs and massages along the beach. Yet it was still a holiday resort town with the emphasis on town. Anything ...

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Souvenirs To Make Your Trip Memorable

Cheap and easy souvenir ideas for your next trip. Not to be morbid but choose them wisely as they’ll also be a reminder of you, once you pass away.

Sydney

The Best Free Stuff in Sydney This Week

Free Donuts, whale watching, photography exhibitions and magazines all in Sydney. Only in this article by Jade Jackson.

Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand, Image by Jade Jackson

Explore Wellington As A Local

Wellington is perfect as a weekend getaway for it’s incredible coffee, boutique cinemas and unique markets. #jadetalkstravel #wellington #newzealand #welly #wlg

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How to move to New Zealand

Move to New Zealand in three easy steps with this blog post by Jade Jackson who moved there in 2009.

Jade Talks Travel #18 – When Things Go Wrong Whilst Travelling

You’ve spent months planning the perfect escape when something goes wrong, what do you do? Find out in this episode of Jade Talks Travel, with Jade Jackson.

Jade Talks Stuff Podcast

Jade Talks Poetry

In this podcast episode hear what inspired Jade Jackson to write his first poem, examples of early poetry and recent poems, as well as learn how to create your own beautiful poem. #poetry #jadejackson #jadetalkspoetry #jadetalksstuff #podcast

Sunflowers in Tuscany, Italy. Image by travel photographer, Jade Jackson.

Italy Without The Crowds

Italy doesn’t have to be standing in queues for big sights, experience the real Italy, with these tips. #jhadetalkstravel #italy #summerinitaly #tuscany

How To Improve Your Travel Photos So People Will Pay Money For Them

Learn how to capture iconic images on your next vacation so you can sell them! #jadetalkstravel #travelphotography #howtobeatravelphotographer #photo #photography #photographer

Explore the Blue Mountains, as a Local

Explore the Blue Mountains, as a local with these insider tips. #jadetalkstravel #bluemountains #australia #threesisters #katoomba #nsw #australia

Long Distance Relationships

Long Distance Relationships or LDR can be cruelly addictive, here’s why. #jadetalkstravel #romance #longdistanceromance #ldr #travelromance

Alcohol Free Activities

Embrace the alcohol-free lifestyle with these non-drinking alternatives.

Jade Talks Orcas

Orcas are super intelligent, probably more than humans.

Jade Talks Loss and Love

Having list two friends overseas, I talk about what it's like to deal with death and how losing a friend overseas has always been my biggest fear. #jadetalksstuff #death #love #loss

Times Square New York, image by Jade Jackson

Jade Talks Travel #16 – A Tribute to Jennifer K Olsen – 1976-2019

On what should have been Jen’s 43rd Birthday, instead here’s our story, my tribute to her. Happy Birthday Jennifer xoxo

Losing a Friend Overseas

Losing a close friend overseas, has always been my greatest fear.

Jade Talks Travel Episode #15 – Hong Kong

Discover a city packed with stories, and hidden treasures down every alley. Make your next trip to Hong Kong unique. #jadetalkstravel #hongkong #hkg #macau #hongkers #china

Jade Talks Travel #14 – Hitchhiking in Alaska and Orcas in the Wild

Only in Alaska would you get picked up hitchhiking, by a 16 year old girl playing Christian death metal music. #jadetalkstravel #alaska #hitchiking #orcas

Flying on a Blacklisted Airline

No travel agent will ever ask you, “would you like to fly on a blacklisted airline?” #jadetalkstravel #blacklistedairline #flying #aviation #fly #vacation #cambodia #IATA

Jade Talks Travel #13 – The Lure of Islands and Cape Palliser

Hear two travel articles, written and read by Jade Jackson, featuring the Lure of Islands and Cape Palliser. #jadetalkstravel #island #capepalliser

Jade Talks Stuff Podcast

Jade Talks Going Alcohol Free

Stop drinking alcohol and live a happier, less stressful and more productive life. #alcoholfree #jadetalksstuff #sober #soberliving

Jade Talks Travel #12 – Russia and the Trans-Mongolian Railway

Take one of the longest railway journey’s in the world, through snow, desert, and mountains with the trans Mongolian railway. #jadetalkstravel #transsiberianrailway #transmongolianrailway #train #mongolia #china #russia

Solo Travel

Solo travel is not just for singles, it’s for women, mothers, elderly, anyone! Solo travel will change your life. #jadetalkstravel #solotravel

Most Popular Podcast Episodes and Blog Posts of 2018

Check out the most downloaded podcast episodes, and read blog posts of 2018.

The Lure of Islands

Like the sweet lull of a mermaid’s call, islands have long seduced us. Find your perfect island escape here. #jadetalkstravel #islands #tropicalislands #islandescapes #philippines #pacificislands

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Jade Talks Travel #11 – Travel To The North Pole Next Christmas

Add a Destination Christmas to your traditions for a more relaxing day and to bring back the magic. #jadetalkstravel #christmas #whitechristmas #xmas #christmasholidays

Jade Talks Losing Everything in a House fire

Ever wondered what it’s like to lose EVERYTHING in a house fire?