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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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Sep 30, 2014

Today we’re exploring what I mean when I talk about becoming an Explorer, or taking the mindset of an explorer into everything you do.
Ginger Kern has spent the last 4 years traveling the world and observing the effects of travel on happiness, or how travel can make us feel more at peace with ourselves.
She manages the summits put on by The Higher Purpose Project and recently co-founded the MBADventures Pilot Experience - which involves escaping with likeminded people on life-changing adventures. More recently, she's begun speaking on what she calls The Traveler’s Mindset, which is both a way of life and a digital platform she’s launching. I’m so excited to get into what she means by this, and why it matters, and how it relates to imagination, adventure and all of the prevailing themes of this podcast.

What We Cover:

How a simple travel experience, on her own, in Italy gave Ginger a greater feeling of freedom, an addiction for travel, and the motivation to setup a life in Europe.

Adventure is within you. The adventure comes from you first. Don't wait for your life to be adventurous.

How looking at fantasy and then playing with reality can spark the desire for adventure.

Explore further:

The Travelers Mindset

Meditationthailand.com

Music credit: Imogen Heap – Wait It Out (Artec Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Sep 29, 2014

"That idea that there are walls around me never existed... There's a humanity that unites us all." - Zach Glassman

Two years ago, Zach Glassman left his job in corporate finance to make travel a bigger priority in his life, and the experience he had was transformative.
Rather than ever come back to play the role of the person he was before he left, just last year he founded Passion Passport, a community of storytellers, photographers, and explorers — coming together around a mutual passion for travel.
Zach grew up following his father in Central America after his parents met in Guatemala, and so ongoing travel has been a normality in his life for as far back as it goes.
Nowadays, the community he’s fostering is in line with you, and the listeners of this show, and I’m excited to sort of unite the tribes around a shared love of meaningful experience and exposure to the complexities of the world.

What We Cover:

How being born into a family that's open to new experiences helped shape Zach's principles about travel and founding Passion Passport.
Zach and I dive deep to explore the heart of why travel matters and our shared philosophies around the value of experiencing the complexity of the world.
What is the Bucket List initiative and how is it helping people change their lives through travel?

Explore further:

Passion Passport
More about Zach at ZachGlassman.com
@zachspassport on Instagram
@passionpassport on Instagram
@passionpassport on Twitter
Passion Passport on Facebook
Apply for The Bucket List Initiaitve

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

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Sep 26, 2014

After growing up in Southern California, Kristin Addis found herself an investment banker who couldn’t ignore the call to adventure. So in 2012, after a year-long recovery from a debilitating shoulder surgery helped her realize she wasn't satisfied with her career, she quit her job, got rid of her stuff, and chose experiences instead, hitting the road independently to explore without guide books and using just her wits.

Today she writes about what she finds at her travel blog, Be My Travel Muse, covering her experiences on the road and helping others to do the same, in her series So You Want to Be a Travel Blogger.

I’m excited to learn more about how someone can make the bold decision to quit a lucrative career for a much more challenging, albeit personally rewarding, lifestyle - and what solo-travel has meant for her. She even took on the Annapurna Circuit without a guide and in this episode, you'll hear she did it and how you can to.

What We Cover:

How shoulder surgery helped Kristin realize her priority was to see the world, not pursue an unfulfilling career.
When she realized she was not going back and that she could create a new career from her blog.
Even though she travels solo, she explains how she's rarely alone.

Explore further:

Be My Travel Muse
@bemytravelmuse
Kristin's post on Burning Man
How to Prepare for the Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna Circuit Without a Guide

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

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Sep 25, 2014

"I'm not going to spend my youth doing something I don't love. It seems really flip-flopped to me that we spend our youth working so that we can go travel when we're older when we might not make it that far in life, or have the ability to carry a bag anymore." - Kristin Addis
After growing up in Southern California, Kristin Addis found herself in the role of an investment banker who couldn’t ignore her own inherent curiosity. In 2012, following a year-long recovery from a debilitating shoulder surgery that helped her realize she wasn't satisfied with her financial career, she quit her job, sold her stuff, and chose travel instead. On her own, she hit the road to explore the unknown with neither a plan nor a guide, just her wits.

Today, she writes about what she's found at her travel blog, Be My Travel Muse, which covers her experiences in a life of travel and offers guidance and advice for others dreaming or striving to follow her unconventional path.

In this session, you'll learn how someone can make the difficult and bold decision to quit a lucrative career for a more challenging lifestyle as well as what successful solo-travel has meant for her. Kristin even took on the Annapurna Circuit without a guide and through our conversation, you'll hear how you can to.

What We Cover:

How shoulder surgery helped Kristin realize her priority was to see the world, not pursue an unfulfilling career.
When she realized she was not going back and that she could create a new career as a travel writer, earning from her blog.
Even though she travels solo, she explains how she's rarely alone.
Where she's headed and why she might slow down.

Explore further:

Be My Travel Muse
@bemytravelmuse
Kristin's post on Burning Man
How to Prepare for the Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna Circuit Without a Guide

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

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Sep 24, 2014

Today’s guest is someone I met in Portland while attending World Domination Summit in July 2014. He shared this high energy and enthusiasm story about a motorcycle ride through the frozen Siberian landscape to the Arctic Circle. Everything he had to say about the story and why he was doing it, why he was sitting on that bike in the freezing cold captivated me and so I’m bringing his story to your ears.
His name is Chris Plough. After the death of his parents, Chris began a downward trajectory into aggressive and dangerous behavior that resulted in nearly killing himself in a motorcycle wreck. He was directionless. Then one day he heard a story about these people who would drive beat up vehicles from London to Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Hungry for a quest, Chris signed up, met new friends and with them drove a beat up ambulance across Europe and Asia. It broke down just before they arrived. But through adventure, Chris found what he was looking for: Direction.
Since then, he's been on the Rickshaw Run and the Ice Run, and despite the risks to his life, he's found renewed purpose and direction by embracing reckless abandon.
After growing up as an army brat traveling around with his family, Chris has launched successful companies, survived sketchy adventures and met incredible people. Today we’re going to get into the sketchy adventures bit, such as driving an ambulance from London to Mongolia on the Mongol Rally, going on the Rickshaw Run, and taking The Ice Run, his ride from Siberia to the Arctic Circle.

What We Cover:

How the loss of his parents led him on a downward trajectory eventually leading him, unexpectedly, towards adventure.
Survival skills and discovery are learnable skills that can be learned in your own backyard.
How adventure and reliance on others (and skydiving!) can help you learn about trust.
How to get into the Mongol Rally, and Chris’ experience doing so.
The distinct change in Russian roads and how they overcame a damaged vehicle in the middle of nowhere, and how handy you need to be to get through the Rally.

Explore further:

Oznog: Down the Rabbit Hole, Chris’ podcast
The Mongol Rally
The Ice Run

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

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Sep 23, 2014

 
I can’t believe this is the 100th episode of The Daily Travel Podcast.
I am so thankful to all of you listening to the show. You are the fuel that powers this show — and I’d like to just be sure you know how thankful I am that you’re out there and that this show is resonating with you.
I’ve heard from so many people who have told me that because they were inspired by this show that they’ve actually booked that trip — their first big or independent adventure overseas, and I can’t tell you how honored and proud that makes me feel, knowing that this podcast can nudge people out the door and change their lives.

I want this show, its message and guests, to inspire you so badly that you book that ticket, or make that change, in your life to make travel a bigger priority.
This is your one chance to recognize that your desire to travel is an opportunity that will pass you by if you just keep putting it off.
For me personally, very few things in life are more important than to see the world. This is the one opportunity I have to discover as much as this world has to be found, and doing so makes me incredibly happy. If you agree, and want to do the same, then come along for the ride because I want to help you create a life of travel, whatever that means to you.
If that means you want to trade your desk for a life of travel, I have plenty of guests discussing how they took the plunge to go out and build their own personal legends.
If that means find a way to just find a life-changing experience on the road, then that’s what I’m after. That’s the style of travel I want you to experience because I know that when you get a taste of that, if you haven’t already — and I know some of you have — that you can’t stop there.
If you’re like me and have an incurable case of wanderlust, then I find listening to the voices from the other side of that chasm between where you are and where you want to be helps me to maintain focus on where my priorities lie in life. It’s easy to get lost in your own world and I find inspiration is therapy.
So, I’ve pulled out a collection of voices from the first 100 interviews that I hope inspire you to make a life of travel into a reality for yourself.
If you want to take that trip, and make travel a bigger priority in your life, you don’t have to take my word for how amazing it can be. Here’s a collection of quotes and voices from the first 100 episodes that I hope inspires you to reach out, dig deeper, or just say yes.
Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static; So Far So Close, by Jahzzar

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Sep 22, 2014

"I often find that some of the hardest moments that hit, and you think there's no way to recover from it... right after that are some of my best stories, best moments, best successes. So ride them through and try to find another way to work it out. I think that's the key to turning those events around." - Chris Plough

Today's guest is someone I met in Portland while attending World Domination Summit in July 2014. He shared this high energy and enthusiasm story about a motorcycle ride through the frozen Siberian landscape to the Arctic Circle. Everything he had to say about the story and why he was doing it, why he was sitting on that bike in the freezing cold captivated me and so I'm bringing his story to your ears.
His name is Chris Plough and after growing up as an army brat traveling around with his family, he has launched successful companies, survived sketchy adventures and met incredible people. Today we're going to get into the sketchy adventures bit, such as driving an ambulance from London to Mongolia on the Mongol Rally, going on the Rickshaw Run, and taking The Ice Run, his ride from Siberia to the Arctic Circle.

What We Cover:

How the loss of his parents led him on a downward trajectory eventually leading him, unexpectedly, towards adventure.
Survival skills and discovery are learnable skills that can be learned in your own backyard.
How adventure and reliance on others (and skydiving!) can help you learn about trust.
How to get into the Mongol Rally, and Chris' experience doing so.
The distinct change in Russian roads and how they overcame a damaged vehicle in the middle of nowhere, and how handy you need to be to get through the Rally.

Explore further:

Oznog: Down the Rabbit Hole, Chris' podcast
The Mongol Rally

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

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Sep 19, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with content expert and world traveler, C.C. Chapman. Check out part one!
C.C. Chapman is a lover of travel and online content, which for those of you who don’t care about that sort of thing, means he loves helping people make the things that you read or listen to, like this show, even better.
He’s a sort of secret travel writer, his blog has a travel category packed with compelling, emotional content, and he also keynoted the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) conference in 2012. This is the new media travel conference of conferences. But two years is a long time in both travel and digital publishing — for example, back then, Apple didn’t even have a podcasts app.
Today we get inside the mind of an expert to break down how to create compelling content that resonates and tell amazing stories with C.C. Chapman.

3 Steps to Become a Content Creator, Blogger or Podcaster
C.C. recommends breaking down the process getting into travel blogging, or any "content" to better tell amazing stories and find out where these stories fit into the industry.
Step 1: Establish your digital footprint and start creating.
Start creating. Don't let perfectionism stop you from beginning. "Perfectionism is an evil, evil thing," says C.C. "We all have a little of it. Something is better than nothing. If you wait for perfection, you'll never produce anything." Eventually, you will get better and you will find the opportunity to begin to perfect your content. By starting, you will also begin to fully understand where it is that you fit in, and where you can add value, which leads to step 2...
Step 2: Offer that value by putting yourself out there.
Make it very clear that you want to offer this value.
Step 3: Have clear expectations of reality.
Have clear expectations of reality. Don't anticipate thousands out of the gate, that magical press trip, or to be flown first class around the world. You are going to do the work that you're doing for free for a long time. Reach out to the people or companies or tourism boards you want to work with and ask them if they're interested in what your value offer is and learn from their response.

3 Don'ts of Travel Blogging, Podcasting, etc.
1. Don't expect to be flown around the world first class. You will not be a perfect fit for everyone, and that's good. Being told "no" is an opportunity to refine your offering and focus on a niche to eventually find ideal partners.
2. Don't compare yourself to others, and never get jealous. Instead, reach out and use the opportunity to support others successes and make connections with those people by rooting for them.
3. Don't forget to celebrate your small wins!

What We Cover:

How to stand out as a travel writer or content producer
Why audio is such an intimate, personal medium
Being well-traveled, and having travel stories can help you connect with more people, more easily - and having the ability to meet more people can help you travel more deeply.
A 3-step process to launching a travel blog or podcast or video series of value
Where C.C.'s cross country roadtrip is taking him

Explore further:

CC-Chapman.com
@cc_chapman

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

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Sep 18, 2014

C.C. Chapman is a lover of travel and online content, which for those of you who don’t care about that sort of thing, means he loves helping people make the things that you read or listen to, like this show, even better.
He’s a sort of secret travel writer, his blog has a travel category with a lot of good content, and he also keynoted the Travel Bloggers Exchange conference in 2012 — this is the new media travel conference of conferences. But two years is a long time in travel, and digital publishing — for example, back then, Apple didn’t even have a podcasts app.
I’m excited to get to know C.C. Chapman the traveler, and how his experiences have significantly changed his priorities in life and then dive into how to create better content for your audiences.

What We Cover:

How a trip to do medical aid in Ghana left C.C. with a memory he'd never forget, and a desire to continue to connect with people in the world.
How he got his start speaking and where in the world that skill has taken him.
C.C.'s best advice for travel bloggers, writers, podcasters, and content producers.
What is Content and Content Marketing, and why it can be a means to support a life of travel.

Explore further:

CC-Chapman.com
@cc_chapman
C.C.'s post discussing his talk about the question "What do you DO?"

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

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The post 97: Tell Amazing Travel Stories with C.C. Chapman – Part 1 appeared first on The Daily Travel Podcast.

Sep 17, 2014

Today’s guest bills himself as an entrepreneur and an explorer, and is definitely a man after my own heart.
As such, Scott Dinsmore is the guy behind Live Your Legend, a revolution of people out to change the world by doing work they love. On there, Scott talks about finding the work that makes you come alive — as well as adventure and exploration of both the world, and the day-to-day. In other words, he’s out to help you solve the problem of feeling stuck in the dull nagging ache of routine.
Back in May, on the cusp of a trip to Greece with his wife and friends, he wrote an article called Train Yourself for Everyday Adventure — and it was exactly in tune with this show, and my own personal beliefs about the effects of travel and their value to the individual and society.
I also want to tap into Scott’s expertise to help anyone listening here, interested in or setting out to build a life of travel — about how to get started or identify that they’re on the right track.

Explore further:

Live Your Legend
@_Scott_Dinsmore

Music credit: Imogen Heap – Wait It Out (Artec Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Sep 16, 2014

Candace Rardon is a writer, speaker, sketch artist and illustrator out telling stories about the world through her words and watercolors. You can see these stories on her blog and portfolio The Great Affair. Among other publications, her work has been featured in National Geographic's magazine. As an artist, Candace’s work has opened doors for her to experience the people in the places she’s been, and to take home with her the stories that define who she’s always becoming.
Along with her regular travels, she also lived in India for nearly a full year and I’m excited to get into what that was like, as a traveler and as a woman on her own in a vastly different culture.

What We Cover:

Where Candace draws inspiration from for her art.
Candace's path towards location independence after getting a degree in English.
How Candace found herself on the Rickshaw Run throughout India, and how she fell so in love with the country that she lived there for a year afterwards.
A deep dive into why she sketches and how doing it on the road helps her to learn more not only about the place but also about herself.

Explore further:

CandaceRoseRardon.com
@candacerardon

Candace’s Best Travel Advice:

Taking the First Step: "Leap and the net will appear.” - John Burroughs
Money Saving Tip: Monthly Expenses app (link pending!)
Packing Tips: "You won't need nearly as much as you think." Do laundry on the road and limit yourself. In India, you can buy 1 rupee packets of Tide detergent that are easy to stock up on and use as you travel.
Packing Tips: WikiTravel, especially for women's safety. The Man in Seat 61 for train journeys.
Favorite Travel Gear: Sketchbook!
Weirdest Food: Octopus!

Music Credit: Move Slow by Felxprod ft. Jess Abran (Myriad Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
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Sep 15, 2014

"Travel gave me all the confidence... I guess I didn't have a lot of self-esteem. I grew a lot as a person just by undertaking challenges and being in difficult situations and just by realizing, 'I can probably figure things out.'" - Chris Guillebeau
A single trip to Africa set in motion a course of events that would make an impact on the world. Certainly my world, and the world of many of my friends.
Today’s guest has been to all 193 countries, while championing above all a life of unconventionality, and non-conformity.
Chris Guillebeau is the author of one of the most recommended books on this show, The Art of Nonconformity, as well as the $100 Startup and his forthcoming book, The Happiness of Pursuit. He’s also the mind behind the Art of Nonconformity blog, Unconventional Guides, and The Travel Hacking Cartel — all of which help people pursue a life less ordinary, and far more adventurous than prescribed by society.
I’m thrilled to have a chance to speak with him about his quests, what he’s after, and how travel can either be the quest itself, or a perfect vehicle to help you find your pursuit of happiness.

What We Cover:

How a transformational trip to West Africa set in motion Chris’ unconventional life.
Chris' perspective on how being helpful can guide you towards crafting a similar business model as him.
Chris' original inspiration during graduate school was the thought: "What if I went to every country in the world and wrote about it?" Eventually, through working on his blog, he was able to create a business around it.
How travel shaped Chris' identity and persona in the eyes of others.
The moments leading up to Chris' completion of 193 countries, and why finishing the quest at a big party in Norway still felt anticlimactic.
How travel has influenced Chris Guillebeau as a person and gave him the confidence to become an entrepreneur.

Explore further:

The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris' new book
Chris' blog, The Art of Nonconformity
The Travel Hacking Cartel

Music credit: Imogen Heap – Wait It Out (Artec Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Sep 12, 2014

This session's guest has been running independent tours for people of all ages through some of the colder regions of the world for over 20 years, including tours of Alaska and sailing trips to Antarctica - both of which really piqued my curiosity.
Laurent Dick grew up in Switzerland and like so many of the Swiss, speaks four languages. And for the past 25 years, he’s lived in Alaska with his wife and son where started his tour company, Wild Alaska Travel.
I’ve always been curious about the 49th State — and what’s waiting up there, so I’m curious to hear from Laurent about why he moved there and what it was about the place that he fell in love with. And then there’s Antarctica, a destination so many people dream to visit — yet seems so inaccessible and extreme.

What We Cover:

Laurent moved to Alaska after accepting an invitation to go mountaineering in British Columbia
How spending two weeks alone in the wild traversing 2000 miles on a river through the Yukon Territory gave Laurent insight on what he wanted out of life, and how you can find the same through solo travel by taking the leap of faith
The cultural and spiritual element of Alaskan native cultures.
How there can often be more of a community in the more remote areas of the world.
Laurent's near death experience after capsizing alone in freezing rapids in Northern Quebec and how that forced him to reevaluate the way he values his time.
What are the Northern Lights and what time of year can you catch them?
The best way to experience Alaska by getting off the beaten path, including witnessing and becoming a part of the Iditarod.
The local foods of Alaska, like moose.
What compelled Laurent to visit Antarctica and how he takes his guests down there.

Explore further:

Laurent's travel company, Wild Alaska Travel
Laurent's trips to Antarctica on SailAntartica

Music credit: Imogen Heap – Wait It Out (Artec Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Sep 11, 2014

This episode's guest is many things - including an author and writer, running coach, scuba instructor, Zen monk. He’s also a single father of an adopted son. In 2011, he left his career to explore a nomadic lifestyle with his then 9-year old son, believing that by ‘world schooling’ him, he can give his son the greatest opportunity, the chance to experience and learn about the amazing and complex world in which we live.
Talon Windwalker shares these stories, struggles, and experiences on his blog, 1dad1kid.com. I’m thrilled to connect with Talon, and share his story about living without regrets, and why it’s so important to give young people the encouragement and opportunity to travel.

What We Cover:

How a trip to the Philippines to help with cleft palette surgeries changed Talon's life by exposing him to the beauty of the people and transformations, and gave Talon a desire to "experience life on a deeper level."
How he came to the decision to "world school" his son.
How by changing your travel style just a little, you can expose yourself to amazing experiences.

Explorer’s Quote:

“I came back totally radically changed. This was experiencing life on a deeper level... Now I want to see life. That has changed everything.” - Talon Windwalker

Explore further:

Talon's blog, 1 Dad 1 Kid
@1dad1kid on Twitter
Talon's books on Amazon

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Sep 10, 2014

In this session, I have the privilege to talk to the person who holds the world record for being the youngest American to visit every country in the world.

Lee Abbamonte appears regularly on Fox, Travel Channel, NBC, CNN, BBC, ESPN and many others as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, Conde Nast, to name merely a few. Arthur Frommer called him the Marco Polo of the 21st century and Samantha Brown said his ‘gumption is a jewel all travelers - would be and expert - can rely on.'”

After earning his MBA, he took a career in Wall Street for 8 years. There he realized he could leverage his job to travel and work from the road. He got started and never looked back eventually crossing off every country from his list.

What We Cover:

Lee’s accidental start to world travel
How Lee’s gone from traveler to embedded in the travel industry
Lee's life changing experience with the people on Pitcairn Island
Lee's take on the effects of travel
Getting shot at trying to get into Libya during a war to complete his quest of being the youngest person to travel to every country in the world
Where Lee recommends you travel now before the tourism picks up

Explorer’s Quote:

“My favorite travel stories from across the world come from people as opposed to places.”

Explore further:

LeeAbbamonte.com
@leeabbamonte on Twitter
@leeabbamonte on Instagram

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Sep 9, 2014

Chris Backe left Kentucky for Korea, where he lived in Seoul and taught English as a way to create for himself an opportunity to make travel a bigger, more regular part of his day-to-day.
Last year, he and his wife moved to Thailand -where they’ve been bouncing between cities and exploring as much as they can of a very popular country.
But to make things interesting, Chris has this fascination with the WEIRD things he encounters on his  travels and he covers the beat of weird across Asia on his blog, One Weird Globe. In this session, we'll discuss why he’s choosing a life of travel, and how he does it — which includes what it took for him to get a job teaching English in Korea and manage his own classroom of children in a foreign country — along with what 'weird' means to him and his relationship to it, and how travel can help us redefine and become comfortable with the weirdness in all of us. 
So, if weird’s your thing, let’s get weird.

What We Cover:

Chris left his job teaching computer classes at a library to teach english in Korea before eventually wanting even more, which led him to Thailand
Good skills and experience to have to get your ESL certification and a job teaching English overseas
How teaching English overseas can be a great way to teach English overseas
How Chris got into weird things and how his definition of weird has changed by exposing him to increasingly weird things.

Explore Further:

One Weird Globe
Chris' Wanderlust Box

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Sep 8, 2014

Today we're talking about the value of stories in travel or life and why they matter to the individual and society. I want us to explore why travel matters and today's guest gives us the chance to do exactly that.

Lavinia Spalding is the author of two books, With a Measure of Grace: Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant and Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal Writing Travel, which helps travelers find an authentic story and access tools to better chronicle their journeys as writers, bloggers, or storytellers. She's also the editor of the Best Women's Travel Writing collections and featured in a slew of publications including Gadling and the San Francisco magazine.

I'm excited to talk to her today about what I mentioned today about stories and why they matter and how to look at them as something you can take home and share for the rest of your life, and why that matters.

What We Cover:

Why finding stories is important to personal growth.
Being vulnerable to the world is the best way to let the best stories happen to you.
Lavinia’s life-changing experience being shown around Florence by two Italian men.
Travel is the best way to embrace the Other.
Why it’s important to unplug and disconnect from your phone and computer when you travel or stay at hostels if you want to connect with other cultures and get the most growth from your experience.

Explore Further:

Lavinia's website
Lavinia's book, Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal Writing Travel

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Sep 5, 2014

Did you know that if you need a new car, you can buy one, get flown to Europe and put up in a nice hotel, receive a tour of the factory with lunch, and can then drive it for as long as you'd like around Europe before the manufacturer will ship it overseas so you can pick it up back home?

This is through the Volvo Overseas Delivery program. And while Volvo might be out of a lot of people's price range, today's guest has a creative spin on using the cost of the vehicle to defray the overall cost of taking an European adventure.

Cori George blogs at Lets Eat Grandpa about a number of topics like home, life, sewing and craft projects, and travel. When a friend told me about this program, and her story, I wanted to get Cori on the show to learn more.

And then, returning from episode 54, Stephen Warley from Unstuckable shares his experience with short term car lease programs in France, through which he was able to save over $1000 on a month long car rental. If you're planning an European roadtrip, or to travel and live there for a month or longer but are finding the cost of a car rental to be unrealistic, then listen to Stephen's experience. It just might save you $1000 or more.

These are two stories from people who have creatively funded a car for months of travel in Europe. And while they might not be budget travel tips, they are creative and I wanted to highlight them for their unique approach towards making adventure more affordable.

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What We Cover:

Cori's travel background, and how she used the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program to help make the cost of her European honeymoon more affordable.
Stephen's experience with short term car leases while living in Europe.

Explore Further:

Cori George's blog, Let Eat Grandpa
Her post, Our Experience with the Volvo European Delivery System
Stephen's podcast, Unstuckable
Episode 54, with Stephen

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Sep 4, 2014

Today I want to talk about a prevailing motif on this show which is the idea that adventure is relative. You don’t need to go far, like Jodi Ettenberg said in episode 10, “What does off the beaten path really mean? This idea that you can only satisfy the new by going to far flung places, I don’t think it’s very accurate… You can have really meaningful, messed up experiences right in your own backyard if you’re open to experiencing them. The only difference is the cultural gaps are smaller.”
And what she means is that it’s the curiosity, the openness, the freeing of the mind that’s more important to exploration. Travel assumes distance, but exploration can happen anywhere - and wherever you explore there is adventure waiting for you.
It’s an easily dismissed idea, this one that you can localize your travels to find adventure - but it’s realistic and actual. And you’re doing it.
So I want to explore what we really mean when we say you can find adventure in your backyard, you can explore the world nearby, and still find life-changing things if you’re open to them.
I asked my friend, a listener of this show, an aspiring adventurer and untethered entrepreneur, Bryan Harris of Videofruit to come on the show and chat with me about a little side project he has been working on to answer the call to adventure that he hears, but in a way that doesn’t involve big distance, or money, or time.

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What We Cover:

How Bryan got into travel through a church trip to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Why the world is safer than you think
How Bryan made living on a houseboat for five years into a reality, found adventure, and saved a lot of money doing so
How to find adventure and mystery in your own backyard

Words from an Explorer:

“’You don’t have to travel to Paris to find really cool stuff that happened a long time ago that’s interesting to you.”

Explore Further:

Videofruit.com
Gary Vaynerchuk

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Sep 3, 2014

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"The most rewarding travel experiences are the ones that are quite difficult and you’re slightly pushing your limits all the time." - Alastair Humphreys
When I first conceived of this show, I was doing some preliminary research and I stumbled upon this trailer for a movie called Into The Empty Quarter in which these two British guys wandered across a barren portion of Earth spanning the width of the Rub Al Khali desert that runs across the Arabian Peninsula. They were doing this for no other reason than to live the adventure of it -- just to chase life.
And today, I get to bring one of those two guys on this podcast.
In 2001, Alastair Humphreys set out on his bike from his home in Yorkshire to pedal the length of each continent. It was an ambitious round-the-world journey that took him four years to complete. When he finally did complete it, he returned home to realize that he'd only taken the first step on a much larger personal quest.
Since then, he's walked across India, been a part of the first return journey from Greenland to the South Pole on foot, rowed across the Atlantic, and canoed through the Yukon. That’s only to name a few of his adventures. It’s now safe to say he’s seen more of this world than most people ever considered possible in one lifetime.
He's also become a fantastic storyteller with seven books about his experiences, the journey for him and how others can be inspired to do the same -- to chase down life. He just released number seven, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes, in which he makes adventure, by his definition, accessible to everyone.
In this show, we explore his adventures, and then delve into his unique concept of "microadventures," to dispel the notion that you need to travel to far-flung places to find life-changing experience. It is hidden in plain sight, waiting for you in your own backyard.

What We Cover:

How Alastair got into adventures.
Why he pursues adventure as a medium for creating personal stories.
Why he pursues overland travel and “human-powered” travel.
Why he sets a goal for the end of every trip, like following a river or going from coast to coast, or finishing at the sea, as a reward.
What is a Microadventure, and anyone can go on their own
How to overcome the inertia of life to find the rewards that are worth pursuing.

Words from an Explorer:

“’Inertia is what stops so much of life. Take that first tiny step and that gives you momentum.”

Explore Further:

AlastairHumphreys.com
@Al_Humphreys on Twitter
Alastair Humphreys on Facebook
Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes, his book

Into The Empty Quarter - Official HD Trailer from Alastair Humphreys on Vimeo.

Microadventures - the Book from Alastair Humphreys on Vimeo.
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Sep 2, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with Nora Dunn. Listen to Part 1.

In 2006, today’s guest left a career in financial planning to embrace the desire of perpetual travel, which she has been doing for the past 8 years. This includes train journeys across Canada and Australia, relief work in Asia, life in New Zealand, on a boat in the Caribbean, wandering across Europe. And more.

This show is about helping others to create lives of travel, whatever that means to you – and today’s guest is a shining example.

Nora Dunn is an expert in full time financial stability — and doing so from the road, full time — and today she lives her message and helps others accomplish the same through her blog, TheProfessionalHobo.com. She’s released two books, How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World, and for any train journey lovers like me — Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.

I’m excited to get Nora on the line today to share with us her story, and how you might create for yourself a life of travel, full time and financially sustainable.

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What We Cover:

Is travel blogging a viable source of income to support your travels? Or a portfolio for your skills?
How to stand out with your travel writing
What was the inspiration for Nora's books. How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World and Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.
The many ways to get free accommodation and how to find them.
How Nora saved almost $64,000 in accommodation during her first five years of full time travel.
Nora's desire for a homebase and where it is she's landing

Words from an Explorer:

“Home for me is an interesting word. It doesn’t have to mean permanence.”
"I’ve always had a fundamental problem with the term, ‘Settle down.'"

Best Travel Advice:

Taking the First Step: "Do it, book it, don't think too much about it... You have to jump in and learn how to swim."
Money Saving Tip: Getting free accommodation. Also, go slow - the slower you go, the less money you'll be spending.
Packing Tips: "The weight of your pack is equally proportionate to your level of misery on the road."
Favorite Internet Travel Tool or Resource: Caretaker Gazette and Trusted Housesitters. For train travel, The Man in Seat 61.
Weirdest Food: Guinea Pig in Peru.

Explore Further:

Nora’s website, The Professional Hobo
The Caretaker Gazette at Caretaker.org
Nora's books How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World and Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.

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Sep 1, 2014

This is part 1 of my conversation with Nora Dunn. Listen to Part 2.

In 2006, today’s guest left a career in financial planning to embrace the desire of perpetual travel, which she has been doing for the past 8 years. This includes train journeys across Canada and Australia, relief work in Asia, life in New Zealand, on a boat in the Caribbean, wandering across Europe. And more.

This show is about helping others to create lives of travel, whatever that means to you – and today’s guest is a shining example.

Nora Dunn is an expert in full time financial stability — and doing so from the road, full time — and today she lives her message and helps others accomplish the same through her blog, TheProfessionalHobo.com. She’s released two books, How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World, and for any train journey lovers like me — Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.

I’m excited to get Nora on the line today to share with us her story, and how you might create for yourself a life of travel, full time and financially sustainable.

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What We Cover:

What caused Nora to leave her busy career helping others manage their finances to create the lives of their dreams to pursue her own dreams of travel
What fostered her love of the journey, the challenge of meeting new experience
How Nora knew she could make a life of full time travel a reality, and what she did to make travel writing work for her by carving out a niche, and how to start identifying that for yourself.

Words from an Explorer:

“I always take the standard one to two weeks a year that you get to travel. But I always returned home with more questions than answers."
"The beauty of being a full time traveler is you are the architect of your own life. Travel fast, travel slow, wherever you want to go, anything’s possible."
Explore Further:

Nora's website, The Professional Hobo

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