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The Travelers

The Travelers is a weekly show about the inward journey of travel. Episodes explore themes such as curiosity, creativity, career, possibility, clarity, awe, wonder, space, and time. Nathaniel Boyle is an explorer of travel, storyteller, speaker, and the founder of Holocene, a community for creative people seeking to use travel to change or reclaim their life. Whether you're heading out or struggling to find your place in the world, this is a show about all of us, the Travelers. Stay curious.
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May 29, 2014

Get $20 off Tortuga Backpacks!
Fred was nice enough to put together an exclusive promo code for listeners of The Daily Travel Podcast. Through the end of June, get 10% off at Tortuga Backpacks with discount code DTP514. Get your backpack here! Thanks Fred! They're currently sold out but expecting more in mid-June.

On a 2-week trip to Germany with his best friend, Fred Perotta had an ah-ha moment.

After heaps of research and no help from retailers, Fred couldn’t find the right bag for travelers. He couldn’t understand why most travelers use outdoor ‘hiking’ backpacks, rather than one made specifically for ‘traveling.’ That is, until he realized the solution he wanted — a front-loading backpack, rather than top-loading, that fits into an overhead compartment — didn’t exist. So, he decided to solve his own problem.

Today, he’s a world traveler, entrepreneur, startup marketer and co-founder of one of Entrepreneur magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies List in 2012, Tortuga Backpacks. Fred’s a shining example of how unplanned, wandering travel can reinvigorate your creativity, and help to create opportunities to build a lifestyle for yourself that incorporates regular travel.

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Words from an Explorer:
“Travel is about seeing what a city's like when you’re not on that pre-prescribed tourist trail.”
What We Discuss:

Why Fred tries not to overplan, and apply the famous Tolkien quote “Not all who wander are lost.”
How a backpacking trip gave Fred his entrepreneurial ah-ha moment, and set him on a path to make the perfect backpack for traveling, not hiking or trekking.
How Fred combined his love of travel and entrepreneurship to create a life that incorporates travel into it regularly
Why unplanned travel often results in the best experiences and stories
How to identify a great travel companion

Fred’s Best Travel Advice:

The First Step: Just do it. Setup an alert and when you find a ticket, buy it. Then you know you’re going.
Travel Hack: Find an appropriate card for your style of travel and be sure it has a huge signup bonus.
Finding Cheap Airfare: Hipmunk, Skyscanner, Kayak
Favorite Internet Travel Tool or Resource: TripIt app
Favorite Travel Book: On The Road, Jack Kerouac. You can’t read it at 100mph, as if you’re in the car with those guys.
Favorite Travel Gear: Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Weirdest Food: Live Ant

Links Mentioned on this Show:

TortugaBackpacks.com

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