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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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Dec 23, 2014

At just 23, Felicity Aston left the UK to spend three years living and working in the Antarctic as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey familiarizing herself with the conditions down there.
While there, she was part of the first all-female team to complete the Polar challenge, which is a 360-mile endurance race across the Canadian Arctic.
And a year later, Felicity led the first British women's crossing of the Greenland ice-sheet.
Since then she has gone on to lead numerous expeditions including the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women's expedition ever to ski to the South Pole.
In 2012 she became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone.

A quick preview:

What life is like working as a research scientist in Antarctica, and what it feels like to move there.
Antarctica is twice the size of Australia, to give you a sense of its enormity.
How her experiences prepared her to complete the ski journey across Antarctica alone.
What inspired the decision to go for it.
What the journey itself was like for Felicity, how long it took, and what it’s like to be out in the Antarctic wilderness alone.
How she managed her fear and emotions, how they helped her, and what she learned about her physical and emotional limits.
What it felt like to reach the end.
Why do adventurers downplay their accomplishments?

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http://www.felicityaston.co.uk/

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Dec 23, 2014

“You can have whatever kind of travel experience you want to have no matter what your budget is.”
Stephanie Zito’s travels have taken her to over 100 countries. She is a wanderer, humanitarian, storyteller, business founder, evangelist for good, and all around beauty-seeker whose love of travel and involvement in relief and development have taken her to far flung places where she’s found purpose in helping the people of the world - which if you listen to this podcast, then you probably know that’s where I believe all the best stories happen.
She’s lived in Cambodia, where she founded Cloud Color Hammocks, a beautifully colorful line of hammocks, volunteers to help children.
But now she's also the creator of Upgrade Unlocked, a course on travel hacking to redeem for luxury travel experiences.
Stephanie knows more than almost anyone I know about earning and redeeming points and miles, so I asked her to come back on and explore her new work and mindblowing personal travel experiences in redeeming for things like first class suites on Etihad Airways.
If you want to learn more and pick up her course to get started traveling for as close to free as possible, check out Upgrade Unlocked.

A quick preview

How you can begin to redeem for enormous value by focusing on a goal.
How do you get into lounges? How do you get upgrades?
Stephanie flew in a first class suite on Etihad, stayed in a $900 Park Hyatt in Abu Dhabi and the St. Regis and it cost her close to $400.
Does travel hacking at any level require opening credit cards?

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Upgrade Unlocked
The Travel Hacking Cartel

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Dec 19, 2014

"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." - Joseph Campbell

Mariellen Ward is an award winning travel writer, content marketing and social media consultant and the founder of Breathe Dream Go, one of the leading travel blogs about India.
At one of the lowest points of her life, Mariellen heard a call to adventure and in 2004 and, in an attempt to overcome a bout of depression and an unfulfilling career, took a trip to India that would change her life.
Today, she lives and writes from Toronto and Delhi, exploring the themes of meaningful adventure travel -- and if you listen to this show, then you know that we share that passion in common.

A quick preview:

Coming soon!

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Breathe Dream Go
@breathedreamgo on Twitter
Read more of Mariellen's story

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Dec 18, 2014

After being laid off in 2012, Candice Walsh took the opportunity to jump into a life of travel - along the way figuring out how to start her own location independent career as a freelance travel, copy, and creative writer and editor. She writes about this journey on her website, Candice Does the World. Nowadays she’s made travel a bigger part of and priority in her life, which is now stationed out of Newfoundland, and I’m excited to explore all things Candice, how she’s created the life she has and why this matters.

A quick preview:

How Candice let a lay off from an uncreative position as a technical writer become one of the best things that’s ever happened to her.
What prevented her from quitting her job and then what scared her most about traveling.
Candice's plan to transition from work to travel writing.
How Candice carved out a niche for herself by writing about Newfoundland, a destination without enough coverage.
Travel has helped Candice develop an appreciation for home, and writing about Newfoundland has exposed her to her own backyard in a way she'd never mentioned.
Candice's recommendations for experiencing Newfoundland.

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Candice Does the World
@candicewalsh on Twitter

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Dec 18, 2014

In your travels, do you ever feel like you're somebody else? Like you might be stepping temporarily into someone else's shoes? And if so, who is this fleeting person? How are they different from you? Or more importantly, how are they the same? What can you take home from this persona to fold into your own identity? What can we learn about ourselves? How can we grow? 

Christopher Staudinger and Tawny Clark met while summiting Mount Kilimanjaro — he from Washington, and her from Hawaii. Together they form the prodigious minds behind Captain and Clark, media producers and award winning travel bloggers.

They’ve worked with Matador TV, Marriot, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and more. Currently they’re serving as members of Expedia’s Viewfinder program.

They bring an aspect of performance and thoughtfulness, plus humor and energy, to their work - and travels - that I thought was artistically interesting and also fun, two things that - for me - comprise the spirit of travel.

Today, we’ll dive into their story: Who are these two? Where are they going? And why?

A quick preview:

Chris’ first travel memory and how it relates to imagination.
How Chris and Tawny’s distinctly different travel lives complimented each other.
How they fell into professional travel blogging by winning a video competition that sent them on a road trip across the country.
The ways in which they incorporate playfulness into their brand.
What is The Maverick Expedition?

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Captain and Clark
@captainandclark on Twitter

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Dec 17, 2014

Diving back into Family travel today — but for anyone listening who doesn’t have kids, or doesn’t see the family “obstacle” on the horizon, what I like about these conversations is that if you can realize that kids are just a mindset change, just like everything else, than you can get past any self-imposed barrier - you just have to change the thought.

Today I’m sitting down with Kathrin Spaccarelli, from Portland Oregon - PDX - who spent the past year with her family of 4, ever since September 2013, on a round the world trip.

Their route is in fact around the world, visiting 4 of the 7 continents - or 5, if you include the United States. And what I love about this is how she helps to crush the belief that travel - especially adventure - has to end with kids.

A quick preview:

How a trip to Japan in high school fostered a love of travel and new experience for Kathrin, that she carried into her marriage and, later, family.
Where they went what they did as a family.
The effect Kathrin has seen travel has had on her children.

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Taking the Big Break

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Dec 15, 2014

Bret Love and Green Travel Media are partnering with over 120 bloggers to move just one rhinoceros from South Africa, where poaching is a huge problem, to Botswana, where it will be safer. To promote this, he's giving away over $30,000 in amazing travel prizes. Learn more and get involved here!
In this episode, get to know the founder and mind behind Green Global Travel, and Green Travel Media — two services helping brands and destinations raise awareness of their green initiatives and to build up a vibrant community of writers and organizations working together in tandem to giveEcotourism a broader, more prominent international platform.
Bret Love is a music journalist and travel writer — who along with his wife launched Green Global Travel to pursue a passion around eco-tourism.

A Quick Preview

What Bret’s doing these days with Green Global Travel, what it is and why it’s made him happier.
What is JustOneRhino, and how you can get involved, donate, and be entered to win some amazing prizes.

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Green Global Travel
Green Global Media
TravelersBuildingChange.org
Culturated.com, Bret's website on music and culture
@GreenGlobalTrvl on Twitter

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Dec 13, 2014

 

“A lot of people… hear the word “eco-tourism” and they think it’s just about protecting the environment. But to me, “eco” stands for ecology but it also stands for economy. And eco-tourism is not responsible unless the local communities benefit from the preservation of the eco-system. If they don’t benefit economically from it, then it has no hope.” - Bret Love

In this episode, get to know the founder and mind behind Green Global Travel, and Green Travel Media — two services helping brands and destinations raise awareness of their green initiatives and to build up a vibrant community of writers and organizations working together in tandem to give Ecotourism a broader, more prominent international platform.

Bret Love is a music journalist and travel writer — who along with his wife launched Green Global Travel to pursue a passion around eco-tourism.

A Quick Preview

How a single transformational experience with an elephant while on safari changed the trajectory of Bret’s entire life from music journalism to travel media.
Why blogging seemed like the right platform after mulling over the idea for 10 years.
Where the idea for Green Global Travel came from as a media entity.
Why Bret developed a love of a more connected, transformational experience to get more from life.
How ecotourism is almost like a wealth re-distribution industry - “spending your money responsibly in a way that protects instead of exploits.”
Exactly what Bret’s doing to help connect travelers and brands through transformational, green travel experiences.
How you can help save rhinos from poaching.

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Green Global Travel
Green Global Media
TravelersBuildingChange.org

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Dec 11, 2014

We're a little backed up this week. Show notes coming soon! Check back here. Thanks for your patience. :) - Nathaniel

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The post 155: A Travel Writing Military Wife with Nancy Parode appeared first on The Daily Travel Podcast.

Dec 10, 2014

On this episode, I'm sitting down with the founder and CEO of Travel Dudes, an award winning travel site inspired by other trips and locals, written by travelers for an enormous audience of travelers. Today's guest, Melvin Böcher has over 200,000 Twitter followers, created #ttot (travel talk on Twitter).

Today we get into the details behind professional travel blogging, what's worked for him and his partners at iAmbassador, how to approach your travel blog, and what he sees to be the future of travel blogging.

A Quick Preview

How a former travel agent started one of the internet’s biggest travel communities.
What is #ttot? And how does it reach hundreds of millions of people.
How do you measure impressions and do they even matter? Melvin says impressions are opportunities to get a message seen.
His perspective on the future of travel blogging and media.

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Travel Dudes
iAmbassador
@traveldudes on Twitter
#ttot on Twitter

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Dec 9, 2014

Tim Leffel is a writer, author, editor and publisher of travel and business books, and multiple websites — including The Cheapest Destinations Blog, and his upcoming book A Better Life of Half the Price, all about setting up your life abroad for less.
Tim’s also published The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Money is Worth a Fortune, Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune: The Contrarian Traveler's Guide to Getting More for Less, and Travel Writing 2.0: Earning Money from Your Travels in the New Media Landscape.
Clearly Tim is a man with an acumen for budget and the knowledge to help you build a life abroad, for half the price. In this episode, we explore how he's done it, what family life is like in Mexico - where he lives now - and the role travel's played in Tim's life.

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Tim's book, A Better Life for Half the Price
Cheapest Destinations Blog
@timleffel on Twitter

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Dec 8, 2014

Today’s guest is a travel expert and writer, speaker, a former spokesperson and US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He’s appeared on The Today Show, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, NPR, PRI, and more. Now he’s the Digital Nomad for National Geographic - a job he calls the world’s greatest - in which he seeks the why and hows behind how and why we experience the world.

What I love about Robert Reid and why I’m excited to have him on the show is that he eschews top 10 lists, which he used to write, in the interest of fun and playfulness. Which you can find in his proudly offbeat and DIY 76-Second Travel Show videos.

He says, “Don’t just go to see things, but to see what happens when you do things.”

A quick preview:

What are the things you already like? What are you naturally drawn to? What questions do you have about these interests? And how can you incorporate some of that into your travels?
What would your 11-year old self's bucket list look like?
Travel is the business of curiosity. There’s a benefit of appointing yourself a quest in your trips.
Why travel is destination-agnostic. “It doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you think about it and approach it in a unique way that you’re interested in.”
How hard is okay to push others towards a more immersive travel, or just more travel?
How travel can be a fountain of youth.
How to take the curious mindset of an explorer into everything you do.
What the role of Digital Nomad at National Geographic is and means to Robert Reid.
Don't travel like a local. Travel with a local.

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Reid on Travel
The 76 Second Travel Show
Before Sunrise, a film by Richard Linklater
National Geographic Intelligent Travel's Digital Nomad

The 76-Second Travel Show

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Dec 5, 2014

Today we’re talking about something that is all the rage in Asia, particularly Japan and Korea, but not so popular here in the United States — Karaoke!

In the malls of Japan, right next to the stores or food courts, they have karaoke booths — think a photo booth, except it’s people screaming Journey in a tiny room.

And I’ve brought Harvey Silikovitz, a travel writer and blogger who’s done karaoke in over 35 countries and counting — onto the show to discuss what is up with karaoke, where his passion for it comes from, and where this quest for international karaoke has come from.

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HBomb's Karaoke World Tour

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Dec 4, 2014

Having spent a life learning to sail, Behan Gifford lives on a 47 foot sailboat with her husband Jamie and 3 kids, since 2008 when they left their home on Bainbridge Island, one of the 2 residential islands off Seattle.

Currently, the Gifford family is cruising Southeast Asia after enjoying Mexico, the South Pacific, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

If it’s not already apparent, the Giffords home-school on the boat, while also giving their kids the greatest education there is: travel.

And for anyone interested in sailing, homeschooling, or traveling more with a family, Behan writes about their experiences in a helpful way on her blog SailingTotem.com, which is full of resources and guides to create a life of travel in this particular style: At sea.

A Quick Preview:

 Details coming soon...

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SailingTotem.com

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Dec 4, 2014

Sonja Lischynski lives in Ottawa with her husband, Stefan, and a small chihuahua named Montecristo - who, and this is what Sonja explores in her work — travels internationally with Sonja and does not impede her travel style much at all.

And that’s the point of her website, montecristotravels.com — written by montecristo — okay from his perspective— and helping dog owners avoid the pitfall of believing they can’t travel the world and have a dog at the same time. And she also has a series of children’s books on the way about Monte and his travels.

So this will be a fun topic for anyone who loves dogs but also has that wanderlust and doesn’t want to feel like they’re trapped by that decision.

A Quick Preview:

How Sonja got started traveling as the daughter of a diplomat and storyteller, who took her on these amazing adventures.
How Sonja kept traveling regularly even after she got a dog, and what she found by traveling with a dog.
The trip to Tuscany that convinced Sonja she loves traveling with her dog.
How traveling with a dog makes people think you’re a local.
Sonja’s top 3 destinations to travel with a dog.

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Montecristo Travels

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Dec 3, 2014

“If you want to be a digital nomad, if you want to be a full time adventurist, all you have to do is sit there and take a look at which ones of your skills are going to help you get there and then just chase them.”
Annette O'Neil is a writer, journalist, producer, adventurer, and compulsive sharer. She's also a former Hollywood commercial producer turned digital nomad and thrill-seeking adventurist, writing from coffee shops and base jumping around the world.

But Annette's life wasn't always so unconventional and on this episode, we explore how and why she took the plunge to leave her job in television to pursue a more passionate story and challenging existence.

A Quick Preview:

How Annette got into adventure sports by racing motorcycles in Los Angeles and base jumping in South Africa.
Our mutual love of skydiving and how adventure travel works as a metaphor for Annette’s desire for a greater taste of life.
Annette road to location independence, and how you can get there too.

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Clever Ginger Creative
Annette O'Neil on Twitter

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Dec 2, 2014

Trevor Thomas always loved extreme sports.
This love, however, was threatened when, in 2005, when at the age of 36, Trevor began to lose his sense of sight. And eventually, he went completely blind.
But this didn’t stop Trevor from doing something that I am dreaming to do someday — and even doubt my ability to finish — which is planning and completing a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. All 2175 miles.
He’s gone on to complete the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tahoe Rim, and founded Team FarSight, to challenge societal misconceptions about the blind and visually impaired, and to show that it’s not the insurmountable disability that most believe it is.

A Quick Preview:

Where Trevor learned a love of extreme sports.
How he lost his sight.
The change that allowed him to change his mindset and rediscover his identity.
Why he chose to get started by taking on the Appalachian Trail.
What he gets from these experiences, and how people - who once thought he was crazy - see him today.

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TrevorThomas.com
Team FarSight

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Nov 27, 2014

We’re over 150 episodes into the Daily Travel Podcast, and today, the day before Thanksgiving in America - our busiest travel day - I wanted to just quickly say thank you for listening, for reaching out and sharing with me how much you like the show. Giving thanks is the whole point of the holiday, so I only thought it was fitting to say it again.

And now for something completely different. This is my first solo-episode and I'm a little nervous putting it out there. But I think the time is right and I've been encouraged to do more solo-episodes.

As you'll hear, I wrote and recorded these thoughts after the school shootings in Portland, Oregon, earlier this year - and a couple days ago, there were ongoing riots in Ferguson, Missouri that just made everyone I know very, very sad. And maybe I shouldn’t even bring up Ferguson. But in the darker days of our country, when we can’t help but look at the problems, it’s easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for in society. And even when we take a moment to reflect on that, it’s just as easy to overlook how amazing everything actually is.

What do you think? Do you agree with this idea that everything's getting better? Or do you think it's getting harder to feel safe?

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Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static; Moth's Wings (Artec Remix) by Passion Pit

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Nov 25, 2014

Lynn O’Rourke Hayes is a world traveling writer, photographer, consultant, founder and editor of FamilyTravel.com and columnist with the Dallas Morning News. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, and more and she’s appeared on CNN, NBC, The Today Show, and stood before the US Congress (which I do ask her about!).

She’s taken her degree in Journalism with her to over 100 countries on 6 continents, and has still managed to raise three sons, which is impressive.

She, like me, believes deeply in the transformational potential of travel experience, and holds her own retreats, appropriately called Transformational Travel Retreats, which in 2015 are going to Italy and Santa Fe.

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LynnORourkeHayes.com
@lohayes on Twitter

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 24, 2014

I’m sitting down on this episode with a travel and wellness writer, teacher, strategist, and cancer survivor, Elena Sonnino to talk about chasing dreams and finding wellness in your travels — and exactly what that word means.

Elena's the founder of LiveDoGrow, which helps others find everyday wellness in far-flung places as well as your own backyard.

So let’s break this down: Do you ever feel stuck? In life, in health, in your mentality or attitude about life? Wellness goes well beyond your physical health, fitness and diet. And we’re going to have an upbeat chat about how travel affords you the opportunity to either make a change in your life, or meet your goals.

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LiveDoGrow, Elena's website
LiveDoGrow on Facebook

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Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 22, 2014

Dana Freeman Howard is the Founder and Editor of FindandGoSeek.net - a hyperlocal destination website for families to discover what to see and do in their community.

She is originally from New York City but has been living in Vermont for the last 14 years. And while she is always looking for insider tips on Family Fun in Vermont, she also writes a travel blog providing hotel and destination reviews in Vermont and beyond. Dana pens a weekly column for the Burlington Free Press and curates a morning show piece for Star 92.9 FM.

She has appeared on Huffington Post Live, contributes to the Forbes Travel Guide and has written for Homeaway, Minitime, Ciao Bambino! and Yucatan Holidays. She is the Family Travel Expert for Hotel Vermont as well as an Ambassador for Ski Vermont's Family Ski & Ride Guide – The All Mountain Mamas.

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FindandGoSeek.net
@MissMagpieFGS on Twitter

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 21, 2014

Thai Nguyen is the founder of  The Utopian Life, which describes itself as "practical wisdom for personal evolution." Thai is living in Cusco, Peru, where he’s working on his first book all about mastering internal dialogues and the stories that shape our lives.

He was born in Vietnam and grew up a refugee living in Australia after the war, studied Theology in Texas - and has since gone on to develop a love of entrepreneurship and exploration, of both ideas and the world.

Thai loves to focus on the things that hold us back, and whether it’s taking that trip, making travel a bigger priority, or somehow figuring out that travel lifestyle, I’m excited to dive into Thai’s perspective on these topics and how it is he’s found himself in Peru, writing a book.

A Quick Preview:

What Thai is doing down in Peru, living not far from Macchu Piccu, in the mountains.
How his varied background has led him down the path to explore life’s bigger questions.
What it was like growing up as a Vietnamese refugee and how that effected his sense of self-identity.
How travel gave Thai the outlet he needed to discover himself and escape a youth spent not fitting into society and rebellious behavior.
Why Thai believes where he's landed, after several reinventions, is a place he feels confident in for the first time. Plus the one question he asks himself to know.

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The Utopian Life, Thai's website
@ThaiWins on Twitter

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 20, 2014

“I never knew if I was going to make it but I just wanted to know. I wanted to set out.” - Laura Dekker

Today’s guest did something that no other person her age has ever done before.

At age 14, Laura Dekker set out to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the planet singlehandedly. And at 16, she completed that journey by sailboat. And while it’s an understatement to call that world record amazing, what I love most about it is that she took her time to complete it — exposing herself to the world, meeting people and finding stories waiting for her, one port at at time. She’s the subject of the documentary film, Maidentrip, given a TEDx Talk in Auckland, and the author of a new book called One Girl, One Dream — an autobiographical account of her epic adventure. In this episode, we explore Laura’s journey and the person she’s become today.

A Quick Preview:

How Laura's early years spent sailing helped her to see life as a series of challenges.
What happens to time when you're alone at sea for weeks.
Why Laura took 2 years to complete the circumnavigation, which could be done in 7 months.

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LauraDekker.nl
Laura's book One Girl, One Dream
Maidentrip by Laura Dekker on Netflix, on DVD

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
Photo credit: Somira Sao

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Nov 19, 2014

Alicia Sherrin has lived in Togo since July 2012 — and if you’re wondering where Togo is, it’s a tiny country between Ghana and Benin, in western Africa. Way back on episode 38, I mentioned someone was listening to the show in Togo, how little I knew about that place, and how amazing I thought it was that someone might be listening from there (the show was only 2 months old at this point!). Alicia was that someone and she reached out to me as a listener to see if I wanted to learn more about Togo.
Alicia’s been embedded there with the Peace Corp for 2 years, but recently left to travel across Africa and into the Middle East, and western Europe before returning home to California.
So I’m taking her up on her offer to come on and teach me something about Togo, the Peace Corp as an opportunity for others to experience the world, and her travels across these amazing continents.

A Quick Preview:

What exactly is The Peace Corp and why did Alicia decide to participate as a volunteer with them.
Where is Togo and why Alicia felt compelled to revisit West Africa after visiting there briefly on Semester at Sea.
What was her life like while living in Sola, a small village in northeastern Togo, and why the people there accepted her into their daily lives.
Togo is the size of West Virginia with over 40 different ethnic groups.
How travel gives us a reminder and appreciation for

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The Peace Corp website

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Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 17, 2014

Today's guest walked across America and lived to tell a TED Talk about it. Nate Damm took seven months to walk across fourteen states, clear across the continent of North America, and in this conversation today I cannot wait to ask him, "Why? Why would you do this?"

And what came out of the experience? Including a book, Life on Foot: A Walk Across America. And a guide, How to Walk Across America for anyone who dares to follow in his literal footsteps.

A Quick Preview:

What compelled Nate Damm to walk across the country
The most trying experiences and best stories that he encoutered
How he felt when he accomplished

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NateDamm.com
Nate's guide, How To Walk Across America
Life on Foot, Nate's book

Nate's talk at World Domination Summit in Portland:

Nate Damm on Walking Across America: A World Domination Summit 2012 Attendee Story from Chris Guillebeau on Vimeo.
Nate's TEDx Talk

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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