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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 30, 2014

Long before The Daily Travel Podcast launched, Chris Christensen was blazing the trail for travel podcasters to follow.

Chris has been producing his podcast since 2005, just a year after the medium began. At the time, he loved podcasts but hadn’t found the right subject. He considered a range of topics — including religion or tech — but after a night spent with friends at his home, he recognized the best stories were travel stories. Nobody had a travel podcast. And right then he knew he had to do a travel show. Today, nine years later, his show, The Amateur Traveler podcast, gets over 1 million downloads per year.

I sought out Chris at New Media Expo in Las Vegas and without hesitation he agreed to come on my show. We discussed the value of exploration to the individual as well as Chris’ recommendations for exploring Istanbul beyond the prescribed tourist trail.

What are your favorite spots in Istanbul? I'd love to hear it in the comments.

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Words from an Explorer:
“The best travel stories get us outside our everyday experience and challenge what we think of as normal.”
Tweet this quote or thank Chris for sharing his story!
What You’ll Learn:

How Chris got his start with travel at a young age with his family
Chris’ favorite National Parks, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon
How a trip to Tanzania to help orphans with AIDS led Chris to explore, and realize that he’ll never reach his limits. The more confidence you get, the more you go ‘Well this isn’t hard at all.’
How the best memories come from when the travel changes you. And what that means.
How learning Mandarin unexpectedly helped Chris in Japan.
Chris leads us through why he loves Istanbul, not just for its amazing history and big sites, but it’s Muslim people and tiny hidden gems that only explorers will find by venturing out on their own.

Chris’ Best Travel Advice:

The First Step: Book a tour, for example with GAdventures, to break the ice.
Money Saving Tip: Go shoulder season (May or September, just before or after the crowds for better weather and smaller crowds)
Finding Cheapest Airfare: Start with a metasearch engine (TripAdvisor Flights, Skyscanner, Kayak, Mobissimo). Then spot check the results (Southwest, for example, won’t be included in the results). If you don’t know where you want to go, kayak.com/explore
Packing Tips: Nobody ever comes back saying, “Boy I wish I packed more.” Pack less, buy what you need. Leave stuff behind, and make a list.
Favorite Internet Travel Tool or Resource: The Amateur Traveler, of course! Also, TripAdvisor for it’s alternative accommodations.
Favorite Travel Book: In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
Weird Food: Spicy Crickets and Guacamole, in Oaxaca

Mentioned on this Show:

The Amateur Traveler Podcast
Chris’ packing list 
Amateurtraveler.com/map
More on Turkey from Chris
GAdventures
Tripadvisor Flights
Kayak.com/explore, to find a range of airfares from destinations at a given time

Music credit: Imogen Heap - Wait It Out (Artec Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
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May 29, 2014

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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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May 28, 2014

Ben Krueger comes to us from his office in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Ben is the founder and operator of Authority Engine, an avid entrepreneur, marketer, and adventurer. He started his company from his laptop as a hub for podcasting information services that redefine best practices. I met Ben at New Media Expo. We instantly connected on our mutual ecstatic love of travel, it’s importance in our lives, and the power of podcasting.

Studying for a career never sat well with Ben, and the travel itch led him to concentrate on learning the skills needed to be able to travel more on his own terms. He absorbed everything about online marketing and honed these skills knowing it’d be his golden ticket. Eventually he earned the opportunity to go to the Philippines for a 6-month position that involved driving leads for a vacation resort in exchange for food and shelter at the resort. Ben pounced on the opportunity.

Within a week, he met a collective of location independent entrepreneurs who run their businesses from their laptops and go wherever they want. Ben knew immediately he wanted in. And he continues to do what it takes to maintain control of his travel experiences.

By the way, just wait for the end. Ben’s weird food selection takes the cake in my book.

Words from an Explorer
“Someday’s not a day of the week. If you wait for it, it’ll never happen.”
Tweet this quote or say thanks to Ben for sharing his story.
What we discuss:

How marketing skills helped Ben get his start traveling by earning him a gig with Tropical MBA at a resort just south of Manila, in the Philippines.
Why the people you care about might discourage you to travel, and why you shouldn’t listen, and how to overcome it
Ben’s favorite destination: Chiang Mai
Some of Ben’s can’t miss spots in Chiang Mai
Is Thailand a good place for beginner travelers?

Ben’s Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Research the ideas you have. It’ll either inspire you to the point of uncontrollable excitement, or you’ll psych yourself out.
Money Saving Tip: The longer you stay anywhere, you cheaper things will get. if you’re using Airbnb for longer stays, ask the owner for a better deal!
Finding the Cheapest Airfare: Ben uses FlightFox to save time, otherwise sticks to sites like Kayak
Packing Tip: Focus less on everything you normally need, and instead pay attention what you specifically need.
Favorite Tool or Resource: TripIt app
Favorite Travel Book: Sherlock Holmes! Each one of the cases leaves a lot of room for you, as the reader, to fill in the blanks. This inspires how Ben loves to explore the mystery and adventure of the places he visits.
Favorite Travel Gear: GoPro Hero3
Weirdest Food: Beating Snake Heart, served in a shot glass of sake and snake blood.

Mentioned on this Show:

Ben on Twitter
AuthorityEngine.com
Airbnb.com

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May 27, 2014

Go to college, incur thousands of dollars of debt, and have no plan to pay it off. "That is a horrible idea."

This is the message Grant Baldwin tells his audience every year at Iowa State University freshman orientation, and one he spreads during his travels across the country. Last year, after his talk, a young kid approached him with tears in his eyes and told Grant that he’d always dreamed to go to Iowa State but didn’t have any plan whatsoever. Even though he’d made his lifelong dream to be there a reality, he realized he had no actual reason to be there.

Grant's mission is to help students by guiding them towards finding their reason, their path, and their purpose. He's the author of Reality Check, a guide for helping students make that uncomfortable transition for helping students make that transition from high school to college to "the real world." What does this have to do with travel? Everything.

Disclaimer: I mention at the beginning of this show that I'm not a parent. As of a week ago, I'm the father of a beautiful baby girl. :)

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Words from an Explorer:
"Have a great life. Or don't. It's up to you."
Tweet this quote or Thank him for sharing his story.
What you’ll learn:

Why the Gap Year not only doesn’t exist in the United States, but is discouraged, while it’s actually encouraged in other cultures
How to feel confident about taking a year off to travel in-between your studies: Have a purpose, have an intention and a plan.
How to make conscious decisions to embrace your passion, and understand your purpose by honing in on what you DON’T want from life. Make a list of the things you want to avoid and let that guide you towards figuring out what it is that makes you happy.
Why loneliness should never stop you from traveling.
Why and how Grant chooses to make travel a bigger priority in his life, and for his family.

Mentioned in this Show:

GrantBaldwin.com
@grantbaldwin
Grant's book, Reality Check

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See you next time!

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May 26, 2014

Cailin’s been making films since she was 12, and traveling for even longer. So one day, having the background she has, she decided that rather than dream to have her own travel series on television, she’d just go out there and do it herself. She took a videographer with her to Madrid where she filmed the first episode of her own Youtube series, Travel Yourself.

Today, rather than following a traditional career path, she’s taking every opportunity she can to get out and see the world and build a life of travel. From her perspective, this huge leap has made her a happier person, and one who can’t ever stop traveling.

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Words from an Explorer:
"I don’t think I’m missing out from what I see my friends doing. I just think I’m going to get around to it a different way."
Thank her for sharing her story.
What you’ll learn:

How to travel as a solo female, safely.
Why solo travel can be both overwhelming and liberating, and how to balance that.
Why certain tours, like G Adventures, can be a great way for a solo-female travelers to adjust
Other strategies for solo female travelers to get started if aren’t tours aren’t your thing
Whether or not my philosophy about getting lost is good advice for solo female travelers

Cailin’s Best Travel Advice

The First Step: If you’re thinking about doing it then you’re already halfway there. Just do it.
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: Hostels are great! Book a private room if you need to ease your way into it, and you’ll find they’re amazing places to meet amazing people.
Favorite Internet Tool: ITA Software’s Matrix helped her get flights from New York > Paris > Johannesberg for $875 all in by researching on ITA’s Matrix.
Packing Tool: Roll up your clothes! It saves a ton of space.
Favorite Internet Resource: Facebook! It connects her to her readership in a way that helps her get the best recommendations.
Favorite Travel Gear: Cailin recommends her Nikon D5200
Weirdest Food: Fermented Shark and Brennivín (Black Death) in Iceland.

Mentioned in this Show:

Cailin's website, Travelyourself.ca
Youtube.com/travelyourself
@cailinoneil
Facebook.com/travelyourself
@travelyourself
GAdventures
ITA's Matrix

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May 23, 2014

When I reached out to Domingo Silvas to be on the show, I thought, "I've traveled extensively, do I really need someone to tell me how to live in another country?" Then I realized how drastically different this is than the travel I might be used to, even long term travel.
When you set up a new life for yourself, you're effectively alone with no end in sight. It's intimidating if not scary to perform simple life tasks. You have to figure out everything you know, everything you might consider common knowledge all over again in a foreign place, in which you might not even speak the language. You're reinventing home and what home means to you, which is essentially your entire world. Suddenly, I realized how much more complex that is.
Domingo Silvas is a serial entrepreneur whose  grown 8 companies, some into 7-figures. He's lived in several countries with his family and struggled repeatedly to come to grips with exploring the unknown. Today's he's the CEO of EscapeArtist.com, one of the internet's first sites, which helps over a half million people live, work, play, retire, and invest overseas. Living abroad can be an overwhelming thing to consider. For anyone dreaming to explore an ex-pat lifestyle, this episode is for you.

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Words from an Explorer:

“The biggest barrier I had was the fear of the unknown that was put into my mind.”

In this episode, you'll learn:

How Escape Artist helps ex-pats and people who want to live abroad.
In places like Costa Rica, you can live in a house with a car, a gardener, and a maid for total living expenses of $1000 a month. And why most people don’t recognize that they have this choice before them.
The difference between living abroad and traveling abroad. How ex-pats adjust to the intimidation of reinventing their entire lives in a foreign place.
What The Audobon feels like to anyone not used to going 180mph.
How overcoming language barriers has been Domingo’s greatest challenge living abroad with his family, and why he now sees it as a great way to challenge yourself.
Why the fear of the unknown is the biggest barrier for most people and the specific things you need to help you overcome that fear.
How putting yourself into challenging circumstances can create indelible experiences that you will never forget.
How moving to a different country can help you to get more out of life.

Links Mentioned on this Show:

EscapeArtist.com
EscapeArtistLive.com
Domingo’s bio - EscapeArtist.com/About-Us
Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Like the show? I’d love a rating and review!
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May 22, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with Steve Kamb. Listen to part 1.

Steve Kamb is the man behind the incredibly successful NerdFitness.com where he helps nerds and average Joes, and podcast hosts, level up their lives. As the title suggests, his primary focus is on fitness but he also writes about his adventures in world travel and travel hacking, which he implemented to go over 120,000 miles across 15-countries to Australia/New Zealand, through Asia, the US, Western Europe, and Argentina... for about $400. And I was thrilled he accepted my invitation to have him on the show to discuss both travel and fitness and how they relate to each other, while exploring how and why Steve was able to make travel a bigger priority in his life.

Before any of this, Steve had never traveled outside of the country. It was always something he wanted to do but he kept sying "I hope I get do that someday.” And like many people, he kept putting off his desire, thinking there’s not enough time, money, or life is just too complicated.

In the first part of my conversation with Steve, we discussed how he was able to successfully change his mindset when the opportunity to make travel a bigger priority in his life presented itself. He seized it. Today, with 2-3 big trips every year, Steve has combined a love of fitness and travel, and how the two relate, which we'll explore in part 2.

Words from an Explorer:

“Every dollar that you spend is an opportunity for you to say where your priorities truly lie.”

What we cover on the show:

Steve's community is doing the stuff of legend by transforming their lives completely.
The amazing things running a business affords him the ability to write off.
How everyone can pursue their own ‘epic quest of awesome.’
Steve's best advice for people, like me, who are all-or-nothing fitness types, often struggling to get started with new workout programs because they're such massive changes.
How to keep yourself prepped and ready to climb mountains in Hawaii, or whatever adventure you'd love to do in your travels.
Why celebrating quick wins matters and how Steve rewards himself without undoing his progress.
How stuff owns you, while experience grows you.

Steve's Best Travel Advice:
The First Step: Pick a date, and start automating deposits into a savings account. Set aside your first $10, tell someone you’re doing this, and reach out to people who have been the places you want to go.
Packing: Travel light to be flexible, and bring only the essentials, then, buy the things you need on the road. At the end, donate or toss them. “I’m very stuff averse.”
Money Saving Tip: “Every dollar that you spend is an opportunity for you to say where your priorities truly lie.”
Internet resource: The Great Circle Mapper tool http://www.gcmap.com/
Favorite Travel Book: The 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss
Best Travel Gear: Kelty Coyote 4750, his backpack
Weird Eats: Crocodile
Links

Steve's website, Nerd Fitness
@stevekamb
@nerdfitness
Live Like James Bond, an article from Nerd Fitness
Ramit Sethi’s finance website, I Will Teach You To Be Rich

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

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May 21, 2014

Steve Kamb wants to help his fellow nerds get healthy.

To differentiate in a very crowded fitness industry, he leveraged the idea of creating a community around helping people like himself get healthy and stay fit on his blog, Nerd Fitness. When the blog took off, after a few years of hard work, he decided to quit his job to focus on it 100%. He knew he could do that from anywhere. But the more he wrote about amazing characters like Jason Bourne or James Bond, or amazing places like Middle Earth or Hyrule, Steve realized that he needed his own ongoing adventures. He suddenly knew that not only did he need to make travel more of a priority but also that it was now an achievable reality. So, with the opportunity before him, he took conscious action, sold all his stuff, and made travel a bigger part of his life.

Once his success as a blogger afforded him the freedom to work anywhere, he was inspired by Chris Guillebeau’s book The Art of Non-Conformity and put a plan in place to book an 8-month round the world trip... for $418. Today, he’s made travel a core part of his lifestyle, with multiple big trips every year while on a mission to complete what he calls his Epic Quest of Awesome — a far nerdier, and more adventurous way of describing his bucket list.

I was thrilled to bring him to the show to discuss why he chose to make travel a priority and how someone with no travel background or experience, without huge sums cash, with picky eating habits and a fear of new experiences and things, can make round the world exploration into a reality for themselves, and learn to love it.

Words from an Explorer:
"Travel for me was always one of those things that I would say, 'Wouldn't it be nice?' but people never actually take those steps to actually do it... I finally just forced myself to stop. I forced myself to make [travel] a priority." - Steve Kamb
What we cover on the show:

Why Steve can't get himself to slow down.
How Steve Kamb started Nerd Fitness and why it worked.
How Steve overcame his fears of eating new foods, different languages and cultures by challenging himself, physically or comfortably, and found he had a lot of fun.
The intersection of fitness and travel, and how both can personally challenge and grow you in a similar way.
How Steve lived his dream to live like James Bond.
Fitness can give you the confidence to travel and do anything you want without having to think, "Am I able to do this?"
Travel is a departure from routine. Fitness thrives on routine. How does Steve reconcile that paradox?
 Steve makes exercise a priority in his travels. Most people don't because the travel alone is the priority. But this simple decision helped him maintain his routine

Links

Steve's website, Nerd Fitness
@stevekamb
@nerdfitness
Steve's great article on how to travel around the world for $418
The Nerd Fitness Epic Quest of Awesome

Music Credit: Move Slow by Felxprod ft. Jess Abran (Myriad Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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May 20, 2014

Food is an adventure.
If you agree with that statement and want to explore a culture through its food but are worried about getting sick, listen to Jodi Ettenberg's advice on how to safely navigate the delicious back alleys of street food, anywhere in the world. As Jodi points out, "I've not found any other thing in travel that compels locals to want to interact with you as much as enthusiasm for their food... Street food, especially, affords this wonderful scene you get to watch. It's like slicing open a culture and then sitting and watching it unfold in front of you. It's really compelling."

After saving up as a lawyer in New York City, Jodi Ettenberg took a career break to see the world for a year. Five years later, she has yet to return while manifesting what many would consider to be a dream career as a travel writer, eater, speaker, soup expert, and authority in street food at her website, Legal Nomads. Last year, she received just over one million views. I'm thrilled to welcome her on the show to talk about travel and its relationship to career transitions and, of course, street food. There are very few things that excite me more than street food.

Listen to today's episode and hear Jodi's best advice about approaching street food safely and through a lens of culture, as well as her best travel advice in today's lightning round.

Words from an Explorer:
"I've not found any other thing in travel that compels locals to want to interact with you than enthusiasm for their food... Street food, especially."
What You'll Learn:

How street food can be the most authentic experience, food as a platform to soak up so much culture.
Why street food is arguably safer than restaurant food, and how to identify signals that any food might not be safe.

Jodi's Best Travel Advice:

Taking the First Step: Do sufficient research for your destination, and address the concerns of your family, then book a tour. "There's nothing shameful about needing structure from someone else before you head off on your own."
Money Saving Tip: Street food goes a long way, and can be as cheap as $1/meal. Check out travel hacking resources, or consider one-way open jaw trips and book budget options, local flights or buses to save on travel.
Finding the Best Airfare: Skyscanner, Google Flights to search for flights. Then book directly with airlines. If you book with an aggregator, call up the airline, give them a confirmation number (and try to get your seat).
Packing Tips: Jodi hates packing. Hates it! Here's her resources for packing lists and tips. Also, mail things!
Favorite Internet Travel Tool or Resource: Subreddits for Vietnam and Travel. The Week's 10 Things You Need to Know Today. The Next Draft. Open Culture.
Favorite Travel Book: Spice: The History of a Temptation (Vintage)
Favorite Travel Gear: Doorstop, to wedge your door closed from the inside, to give you extra peace of mind.
Weirdest Food: Chicken Pudding, in Turkey. And here's an American version.

Links mentioned in this show:

LegalNomads.com
Jodi's series Thrillable Hours
@legalnomads
Jodi on Instagram
Facebook.com/legalnomads
Jodi's Food Tours at Jodieats.com
Jodi's book, The Food Travelers Handbook

Music Credit: Passion Pit - Moth's Wings (Artec Remix), Aaron Static - Intrepid Journey
Like the show? I’d love a rating and review!
Take action and please share the show! All you have to do is click one of the social sharing buttons at the top of this post.
Also please leave a rating or review on iTunes! It just takes a second and you can help the show increase its rankings on iTunes just by this simple and quick gesture. If you do, click here to let me know so I can personally thank you!
Thank you so much for your support!

See you next time!

May 19, 2014

Jodi Ettenberg had a lifelong dream to take the Transsiberian Railway that over time, despite a successful career that she enjoyed, she just couldn't ignore.

After saving up as a lawyer in New York City, Jodi took a career break to see the world for a year. Five years later, she has yet to return while manifesting what many would consider to be a dream career as a travel writer, eater, speaker, soup expert, and authority in street food at her website, Legal Nomads. Last year, she received just over a million views. I'm thrilled to have her on to talk about travel and its relationship to career transitions and, of course, street food. There's very few things that excite me more than street food!

Listen to today's episode and hear how Jodi made the conscious decision to make travel a bigger priority in her life, and how she does it. Then tune in for part 2 of our conversation.

Words from an Explorer:
"I'm not doing this to reject what society's told me I want but instead to be richer in the way I experience my life."
Links mentioned in this show:

LegalNomads.com
Jodi's series Thrillable Hours
@legalnomads
Jodi on Instagram
Jodi's Food Tours at Jodieats.com
Jodi's book, The Food Travelers Handbook

Music Credit: Passion Pit - Moth's Wings (Artec Remix)
Like the show? I’d love a rating and review!
Take action and please share the show! All you have to do is click one of the social sharing buttons at the top of this post.
Also please leave a rating or review on iTunes! It just takes a second and you can help the show increase its rankings on iTunes just by this simple and quick gesture. If you do, click here to let me know so I can personally thank you!
Thank you so much for your support!

See you next time!

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May 16, 2014

Standing atop a volcano in Iceland, Matt Wilson had an epiphany. How did he really want to spend the best years of his life?

Today, he is the co-founder and Adventurer-in-Residence of Under30Media, Under30CEO, and Under30Experiences. Before starting them, he spent 7 months exploring the world and now with his team, he works to give others the opportunity to travel and make an impact on this tiny world we live in, a business goal I completely admire.

If you're in need of a shot of motivation, Matt wants to help pay his experiences forward to others. Have a listen to Matt's inspiring journey and his message about the value and importance of travel.

Words from an Explorer:
"Encourage your friends who aren't seeing the world to go out and seek meaningful experiences with people who are different from themselves because there's a lot of people out there who could benefit from the effects of travel."
Matt Wilson's Best Travel Advice
The First Step: Get your passport, buy a guidebook. Sure travel information is free online, but sometimes it's the little purchases or commitments that compel us into action.

Travel hack: The American Express Platinum Card

How to Find Cheap Airfare: Search for flights between Tuesday and Thursday (slowest travel days) on Expedia & Kayak, monitor flights for a while, then between Tuesday to Thursday, book through American Express for insurance, double miles and airline miles (triple miles!).

Internet Travel Tools: TripAdvisor, Magic Seaweed, Foursquare

Favorite Travel Book: The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content., by Tim Ferris, The Art of Happiness: a Handbook for Living, by the Dalai Lama

Favorite Travel Gear: iPhone, Burton Day Hiker Backpack Night Rider Color Block

Packing tip: Wear most of your bulky things on the plane.

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May 15, 2014

Geraldine DeRuiter knew she was going to get laid off.

Her boss told her to go to Italy with her friend on a trip they had planned. While she was there, a coworker told her the entire office was being let go. She finished her wine and told her husband, who was back home, preparing for a work trip to Iceland. When he asked if she wanted to go, she said yes. This was in the spring of 2008. She hasn’t stopped since.

After a year of traveling with her husband who travels regularly, Geraldine “was bullied into” to start a travel blog by friends. She wrote about the things she did on her own during their trips. She quickly discovered blogging made her happy. Today, thanks to her training as a journalist and ability to infuse her writing with her witty personality, Geraldine’s blog, The Everywhereist, is one of the most popular travel blogs on the internet.

Quotes from the Explorer:
"Even a miserable travel experience can make a good story. When things go awry, I remind myself this will be funny eventually. And I've found that most things are."
What we cover:

How being laid off gave Geraldine the permission she needed to travel the world nonstop.
Why planning too much on your travels can set too much of an expectation, and not result in the most remarkable experiences.
Why the authentic world is largely undiscovered.

The Everywhereist's Travel Advice

The first step: Getting back to your hotel is only a cab ride away. Remember that, and I think you can extrapolate that to, "Home is always a flight away." You can always get back.
Money saving tip: Don't buckle to the pressure of having to eat out every night you're traveling. Try a local grocery store, market, or bakery. It's a great way to expose yourself to a culture and save your funds.
How to find cheap airfare: Try not to obsess over it. At some point, you're going to be willing to pay $30-40 to NOT wake up at 3am to catch a flight.
Packing tip: Do laundry so you can pick from everything, and not wind up having to dress like a clown!
Favorite travel book: Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, by Bill Bryson
Favorite travel gear: Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Cube Set
Weirdest food ever eaten: Geraldine grew up eating plenty of entrails. "I tried guinea pig in Peru and it was wonderful."

Music Credit: Moth's Wings (Artec Remix), Passion Pit

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May 14, 2014

When Johnny Jet was 18, he was terrified of flying. He had a bad case of anxiety that made it difficult to get out of his home. Then, he met a girl who wanted him to go to Hong Kong with her. So, he talked his dad into buying him a cheap business class fare. The freedom of new experience in tandem with earning frequent flyer miles changed his life. He became addicted to traveling with miles. Today, he's one of the biggest authorities in airfare deals while being featured on CNN, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, Travel and Leisure, and many other major publications.

Today, we're adding The Daily Travel Podcast to that list. We discuss how getting out of his comfort zone changed his life for the better as well as Johnny's best travel advice to inspire and help you travel further and more often for less.

For anyone who might be afraid of flying, understand that even a rockstar like Johnny Jet has tricks to take his mind off the flight. Have a listen and enjoy the show!

Quotes from an explorer
“So many people are afraid to travel overseas because they’re sitting there at home watching the news.”
What we cover:

How Johnny fell in love with travel and flying
How he got past his anxiety to get out of his house, and not just fly, but also fell in love with flying long distance.
How Johnny got started earning frequent flyer miles, and why he can’t ever go back
How he got started with his business by starting a free newsletter for his coworkers
Why Johnny Jet knew that after a trip to Hong Kong, he knew he’d never stop traveling.
How to get over a fear of flying

Johnny’s Best Travel Advice:

How to Find the Cheapest Airfare: Johnny Jet’s guide to how to find cheap flights
Packing List: You don’t need as much as you think you do. Ditch the huge suitcase. Carry on only. Wear all your bulky stuff on the plane.
Favorite Internet Tool: ITA Software’s Matrix
Favorite Travel Book: 202 Tips Even the Best Business Travelers May Not Know by Chris McGinnis. The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy.
Favorite Travel Gear: Johnny's travel journal helps take his mind off flying.
Weirdest Food: Grub worm in New Zealand. “Tastes like chicken!”

Mentioned in this Show:
#TwitterChats
Chris McGinnis
JohnnyJet.com
@johnnyjet

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May 13, 2014

Today’s guest runs the award winning travel blog, NomadicMatt.com. In 2005, he was inspired by fellow backpackers to escape the 9-5 and make travel a bigger priority in his life. After becoming an expert from his experiences, his work has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, TIME, Lifehacker, and many, many other massive publications.

With hopes to become a freelance travel writer, Matt has inadvertently grown into a huge travel resource for his large global audience. It’s now been 8 years of nonstop travel for Matt, who dials into the show from Thailand.

Explorer Quotes
“Everytime I said, this is the end, I’m going to stop, I’d be back out on the road within a few weeks."

“Travel is really easy... the whole process is book a ticket, pack your bag, get out the door.”
In this episode, we cover:

How Matt's desire to travel the world motivated him to start his website as a way to become a freelance travel writer, but instead became a global resource for travelers everywhere
How to experience Thailand, the Matt Kepnes way (including the one food he can't live without).
Why Thailand is Matt's home away from home, and how it can be rewarding to discover places like this for yourself

Nomadic Matt's Best Travel Advice:

The First Step: Just go. It's that simple.
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: Matt recommends the American Express Starwood Preferred card, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred because it has no foreign t
Packing: Pack everything you need, then cut it in half. Can you buy things when you’re there?
Travel Book:  Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel and How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Get this audio book for free at FreeTravelBook.com
Weirdest Food: Maggots, in Thailand. "They tasted like salty french fries."

Mentioned in this Show

The Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking, by Matt Kepnes
NomadicMatt.com
@nomadicmatt
Matt's Youtube channel
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter, by Matt Kepnes

Music credit: Intrepid Journey by Aaron Static
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May 12, 2014

Dave and Deb are not only married, but bill themselves as Canada’s Adventure Couple. Since 2008, they have lived their motto that “Adventure is for Everyone,” not just those who’ve spent a lifetime preparing and training. They’ve explored over 80 countries across all 7 continents with adventures like Summitting Kilamanjaro, Everest Base Camp, cycling the length of Africa, driving in the Mongol Rally, and that’s just to name a few. Truly the stuff of legend. You can read about it all, book custom tours, and destination advice at ThePlanetD.com.

While they enjoyed their work, they weren’t fulfilled by their careers, and the film industry didn't thrill them. They both knew they didn’t want to spend the rest of their lives saving for retirement, just to be happy when their 65. They wanted it now.

Explorer Quotes
“Travel was never something we pursued to change ourselves. That just came naturally.”

“I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life saving for retirement, just to be happy when I’m 65. I wanted it now.”
In this episode, we cover...

How to stop being an armchair traveler and let travel help you enjoy life more
How a trip to Thailand improved their relationship and changed their lives. And how travel can be a kind of therapy, whether you think you need it or not. Dave and Deb use new and different adventures to keep the spark going.
How your travels can define you, more than your career, by challenging you to become the best versions of yourself, who you are inside.
Why they challenge themselves to do things like snowshoe 100 kilometers while pulling all their gear on sleds, using traditional snowshoes and sleeping in a yurt in freezing, sub-zero temperatures.
Why adventure can be for everyone, not just people with training, and how to crush that mentality. Why Ontario has a lot to offer travelers who seek adventure of all levels
How to find the best local tour operators, rather than getting stuck on a commercial tour with a hundred people.

Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Just go, it's that easy.
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: Hire locals, they charge a fraction of the price. Give something up (your daily latte maybe?) to get something you want.
Packing: Pack everything you need, then cut it in half. Can you buy things when you’re there?
Travel Book: Into Thin Air Get this audio book for free at FreeTravelBook.com
Gear: Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt). Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Cube Set, Black, One Size. “We should’ve used these years ago!”
Weirdest Food: Minke Whale Blubber! Or live termites.

Links Mentioned in this Show

Johnny Jet episode of the Daily Travel Podcast
The Planet D
Dave & Deb's custom adventure tours

Music credit: Intrepid Journey by Aaron Static
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May 9, 2014

In today's episode, a young chimney sweep goes to Tunisia and comes home an accidental world explorer.
I'm welcoming a fellow podcaster to the show. He is the host of The Kickass Life  and Amplified Network Marketing podcasts. But he’s not just a podcaster, he is the creator of world-class personal development training programs that have impacted hundreds of thousands of people. On top of that he’s a Business Leader, Author, and Humanitarian, and proud father, who has lived, traveled and worked in over 50 countries. I’m excited for him to bring his passion for people, culture, travel, life, and especially the unknown to this show.

Explorer Quote:
“Beautiful things happen every time we walk into the unknown.”
“Just say yes to more things and watch what happens. Your life is going to be more exciting.”
In this episode, we cover:

How a trip to Tunisia changed David and helped him go from an angry kid to world explorer who traveled for 10 1/2 years to over 40 countries.
How to step outside of your comfort zone and cope with being uncomfortable in the unknown zone.
Put yourself into the position to say David’s 2 important words: Yes and Both. Do you want to climb a mountain? Yes. Kilimanjaro or Everest? Both.
How travel can help you learn to treat people.

Music Credit:  Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
Links & Resources mentioned in this show:
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
The KickAss Life Podcast
Amplified Network Marketing Podcast
David’s Belizean resort, Thatch Caye
 

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May 9, 2014

Betsy and Warren Talbot are a recovering 40-something, Type-A couple who spent their 20s and 30s climbing the corporate ladder only to realize it wasn’t the ladder they wanted to be climbing. So, in October, 2010, just shy of their 40th birthdays, the couple sold everything they owned and left their lives behind to see the world. They’re still traveling today.

Explorer Quote
“Whatever your dream may be, do what makes you happy. There is no wrong answer. Just do it.”

In this episode, we cover:

Why simply just saying yes can transform your life.
How to get into Housesitting as a way to experience the authentic world through free accommodation.
How they experienced Turkey in a way that allowed them to getaway from it all
Why seeing Turkey on foot, including the Lycean Way, might be the best way to see the country
What to eat and drink in Turkey
The one can’t miss thing in Turkey (Warren and Betsy each have their own, and you won’t find Warren’s in any guidebooks)
Yet another benefit of honey: It never goes bad and provides great energy, making it a perfect food for intrepid travelers
Thank you for listening to this episode of the Daily Travel Podcast! To get all the show notes, resources, and more from this episode, please visit dailytravelpodcast.com/married-with-luggage

Best Travel Advice:

How to take the first step: Set a deadline and hold it. Let it become everything you build around.
Money-Saving Tip: And every time you need to spend that much, ask yourself “Is this worth a day on the road?”
Packing Tips: Locals need what you need too. Worst case scenario? You have to buy it there. Also, Eagle Creek Packing Cubes make it easy to pull the right things out.
Internet Resource: TrailWallet, recommend by Simon and Erin from NeverEnding Voyage. And Betsy loves Google Drive.
Favorite Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Dream Save Do by Warren & Betsy Talbot
Favorite Travel Gear: Warren loves the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent. Betsy recommends Osprey backpacks for everyday travel.

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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May 8, 2014

About a year ago, I had an idea for a podcast. It was a small idea but nobody was doing it. Today, after a lot of hard work, it's become something completely different and far more exciting. I've connected with more amazing people than I ever could've imagined and recorded their stories and their beautiful, inspiring words. Today, I'm happy and proud to launch the idea to the public.

It's called The Daily Travel Podcast.

I want to explore the idea that we travel for the stories that happen to us, that we take home, and tell for the rest of our lives. These stories we hold on to and become a part of what defines us. I want to explore the question that follows, "How can we put ourselves in a position to find these experiences?" How can we get out of our comfort zones to go from tourist to traveler to explorer of the unknown?

Have a listen to the episode for my travel stories -- sort of like my explorer origin story! -- and how they shaped my perspective of people, travel, and what it means to be an explorer. And be sure to stay until the end because I'll tell you about what you can expect, the amazing interviews with world travelers and industry experts I have lined up, and how I can help you travel further and more often for less, and find life-changing experiences on the road.

Very Special Thanks to:

Stephen Warley and Chris Wilson at Unstuckable
Dave Shepherd
Jessica Rhodes at Interview Connections
Ben Krueger and Arison Cain at Authority Engine
Christopher Lang
All my guests
and my wife, Shannon

Music Credit: Aaron Static, Intrepid Journey
Music Credit: Imogen Heap, Wait it Out (Artec Remix)
Photo by Nicholas Ciorogan
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