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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 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.

Explore Further:

TrevorThomas.com
Team FarSight

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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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?

Credits

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.

Explore Further:

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.

Explore Further:

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

Explore Further:

The Peace Corp website

Credits

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

Explore Further:

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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Nov 14, 2014

Katja Gaskell has been published by Lonely Planet, Mr & Mrs Smith, and many other travel publications. She's moved with her husband and two kids to Mexico City, after living previously in Australia and India - while visiting Sri Lanka, Nepal, New Zealand, Fiji, the United States and much of Europe.
Through all of this she’s become the co-founder and editor of GlobeTotting.com, a web platform, publication, and purveyor of adventurous escapes for families. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of living with nomads in Mongolia or sleeping in the remote hill villages of Vietnam — Globetotting finds and shares the ways you can do this with kids, which can redefine the way you see your travel opportunities should you wake one day with a couple kids running around the house, believing your best travel days are behind you.

A Quick Preview:

Katja's background as a career travel writer and how having kids unexpectedly changed her travel life.
Where the idea for Globetotting came from after many adventures with her own kids.

Explore Further:

GlobeTotting.com
@globetotting on Twitter
@KatjaGaskell on Twitter

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 13, 2014

"How many people trudge off to work dreading the day ahead? How many people do you know who feel trapped in their jobs, working just to pay the mortgage, instead of pursuing their life's ambition because they just can't afford to take a risk? I can't, but I'm doing it anyway."

Today’s guest wrote this, 3 years ago — on her kickstarter page, which launched a dream that changed her life.

Jean Ellen Whatley is a writer who after experiencing a few deaths in her life successfully ran a kickstarter in 2011 to quit her job, hit the road, and pursue her dream of writing her first book, Off the Leash — which chronicled her eventual road trip with her dog, 8,400 miles across the country to meet her half brother for the very first time.

Identity - who we are and the ways we relate to a world, where we fit — these questions play such a large role in travel. And Jean stopped letting these questions go unanswered. By making the simple realization that the obstacles preventing her from leaving were almost entirely self-imposed.

A Quick Preview:

How Jean’s dog made her realize that her barriers to travel the world and experience life were entirely self-imposed.
The stories that came from the people she found waiting for her on the road.
How losing one brother led her to meeting another.
Recognize that the barriers preventing you from traveling might be self-imposed.

Explore Further:

Jean Ellen Whatley's website
Her book, a memoir about the roadtrip, Off the Leash

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 12, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with Akshay Nanavati from Existing2Living. Listen to Part 1 in which we talk about his battles with addiction, war, and PTSD.
Today’s guest is on a lifelong quest to traverse every country in the world, on foot, while raising a million dollars for his own non-profit foundation, Fearvana, which will partner with other for-purpose organizations to assist the global family with healing, both financially and spiritually.
Before that, Akshay Nanavati was born in India, spent time as a firefighter, he’s a veteran of the US Marines spending time in Iraq. He’s a journalist and photographer, and a mountaineer — clearly he’s an explorer curious about many things. On his website, he wrote something that I can’t possibly do better than, so I’m just going to put it here:
“I began the latest chapter of my life within the purity of nature. It will continue in the realm of humanity’s relationship to each other and the land beneath our feet. By exploring different cultures, engaging planet earth, and venturing into the depth’s of our capacity for evil, and good, I push forward in my endless quest to understand the human experience. “

A Quick Preview:

Akshay's long term and short term goals with his impossible quest to run across every country.
The logistics of running across a country, in terms of food and sleep.
Where someone who wants to run across a country might be able to do so.

Explore Further:

Existing2Living, Akshay’s website
Existing2Living

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 11, 2014

This episode is part of a wider campaign for Veterans Day 2014 called Voices for Vets, in which more than 40+ podcasters have dedicated an episode of their show to interview a veteran or discuss veteran issues. Learn more.

“The symptoms [of PTSD] don’t have to equal ‘disorder.’ These symptoms are just human symptoms in response to war. But they can also lead to growth.” - Akshay Nanavati

Today’s guest is on a lifelong quest to traverse every country in the world, on foot, while raising a million dollars for his own non-profit foundation, Fearvana, which will partner with other for-purpose organizations to assist the global family with healing, both financially and spiritually.
Before that, Akshay Nanavati was born in India, spent time as a firefighter, he’s a veteran of the US Marines spending time in Iraq. He’s a journalist and photographer, and a mountaineer — clearly he’s an explorer curious about many things. On his website, he wrote something that I can’t possibly do better than, so I’m just going to put it here:
“I began the latest chapter of my life within the purity of nature. It will continue in the realm of humanity’s relationship to each other and the land beneath our feet. By exploring different cultures, engaging planet earth, and venturing into the depth’s of our capacity for evil, and good, I push forward in my endless quest to understand the human experience. “

A Quick Preview:

Akshay's background growing up, battling addiction and finding a place of belonging on perspective.
His experience in the Iraq War and his perspective of why Veterans become addicted to war.
His thoughts and feelings on being diagnosed with PTSD and why he neither believes that he has it nor that it's a "disorder."
How travel provided a space for recovery and a purpose in life.

Explore Further:

Existing2Living, Akshay's website
Existing2Living

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 10, 2014

Lauren Salisbury is the founder of Something In Her Ramblings, a travel blog aimed at inspiring women and solo travelers to explore the open road. A California native, she has found the best way to get to know a region of the world is to live there, and with that in mind has worked in four countries.

While earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, she wrote for NBC News and spent six months living in Melbourne, Australia. After graduating, she moved to Florida to work in Public Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort. In 2013 she took a leap of faith and left her settled existence in the United States behind to teach English in Madrid. During this year she fulfilled her goal of visiting 25 countries in her 25th year of life.

Lauren’s next adventure takes place in Costa Rica, where she is currently living in the rainforest and working as Social Media & Marketing Manager for Outward Bound.

What We Cover:

Lauren got her start traveling with her family, road tripping across the country.
How travel changed Lauren, giving her - a self-described introvert - a desire for connection with other people and opening her mind to the possibility that she can live abroad whenever she wants.
How Lauren finds housing when she arrives in the places she wants to live, like Melbourne and Madrid.
Why Lauren went to Spain to begin with, and wound up living as the only girl with people she didn’t know.
How she went to 25 countries in 1 year, and how taking on this quest led her to find life-changing experiences and create an amazing legend for herself.

Explore Further:

Something In Her Ramblings, Lauren's website.
@LaurenSalisbury on Twitter

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 8, 2014

“One of the things I admire most about travelers is how independent and confident they are. Those are qualities I never had growing up.”
Today’s guest left a life in California to spend 4 years on the road with friends
before settling, broke, in Thailand to study Muay Thai kickboxing and try his hand at entrepreneurship. He is the host of the Travel like a Boss podcast, where he interviews location independent entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs about their 4-hour work week style businesses, many of whom are living and working in Southeast Asia.

I’m happy to welcome Johnny on the show today to share his stories and explore his relationship to travel, as well as the entrepreneurial scene there in Chiang Mai, Thailand - what that’s like, and what Johnny’s working on.

What We Cover:

How travel, and discovering a love of diving, helped Johnny come to the realization that he wanted to invest in experiences rather than things.
Why he considers slow travel to foreign places to be “real travel”, as opposed to quick stays within comfort zone-oriented places like Las Vegas or Tijuana.
How family helped encourage his decision to quit his job and travel in the midst of a financial recession while also having an offer for a promotion and raise on the table at his job.
How Johnny broke down his living expenses in Thailand to $600 per month.
Why his goal is now to make enough money online to be able to do more, travel to Europe and spend the whole summer, next year, there with his girlfriend.
Johnny's time in the Caribbean, and how that helped him solidify his love of Thailand.
How Johnny makes money nowadays to support his location independent lifestyle.

Explore Further:

JohnnyFD.com
His book, 12 Weeks in Thailand and Life Changes Quick

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 7, 2014

"Travel can transform communities and lives around the world... Imagine if we got to a place where people can go on holidays as their way of giving back." - Bruce Poon Tip
I’m excited to bring on the show a figurehead in the world of travel whose passion — which is not unlike mine, or many of the prevailing motifs of this show has actually influenced the global perspective of what’s possible through the act of travel.
Bruce Poon Tip is the CEO of G Adventures, the world's largest independent tour operator — doing over 1,000 small group experiences for over 100,000 travelers a year across all seven continents.  They’ve been named by National Geographic Adventures as the best ‘Do It All Outfitter’ on Earth, and are among the Top 100 Employers and 50 Best Managed Companies. They’re also champions of sustainable and responsible tourism which I’m sure we’ll get into.
More importantly, perhaps — is what they believe about the importance of travel. On their website, it says — “If you share a lust of life and have an insatiable curiosity about truly experiencing the world we live in, then join us and embark on a quest for the extraordinary.”

What we cover:

How an independent trans-Asia trip inspired the idea for a travel business that eventually became GAdventures.
How Bruce realized the opportunity for a new form of travel, over “tourism”, back in 1990.
What Bruce thinks will be the future of travel, and his dream for the travel industry to aid global poverty
Bruce’s perspective on purpose-driven travel.
What Bruce’s book on business, Looptail is about.
Why GAdventures waited 22 years to launch tours in Australia.

Explore further:

GAdventures
Bruce Poon Tip on Twitter

Credits

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Nov 5, 2014

On this episode, I’m sitting down with a Canadian outdoors adventurer, explorer of remote places, online entrepreneur and consultant, writer and photographer, snowboarding enthusiast, and digital jack of all trades -- whose skills have, I discover, led him to live different lives in multiple places he calls home.
Matt Gibson lived and taught english in Taiwan for 6 years, where he learned to speak Mandarin and founded his own travel magazine. His website has been featured on Afar, the Atlantic, TSN and more, and he's interviewed a lot of people on this show to get insights from their experiences in travel.
Today we explore the unique path he's taken by pursuing a love of travel that's guided his decisions and professional skills. Matt demonstrates how it's okay to not go after that one thing, and instead explore a world and the many opportunities for experience - in work and life - that are out there to be found along the way.

What we cover:

How Matt found an opportunity to teach English in Taiwan.
Why teaching English is a wonderful way to learn a culture while earning money.
Why Matt started his own magazine before eventually selling it to write for other publications, and how he found opportunities to do so.
Where he found the inspiration to earn a living as a professional travel blogger.
The many things a jack-of-all-trades like Matt can do now to earn a living in a variety of ways that allows him the freedom to travel when he wants.
How Matt approaches the travel industry with his skills.
His experience at Angkor Wat, his favorite ski mountains, and what it is about Taiwan that he loves.
Matt's travel style, and why he doesn't like to research the places he visits.
Getting trapped in a monsoon while riding a motorbike and seeing pigmy elephants.

Explore further:

Matt-Gibson.org
@xpatmatt on Twitter
Matt's interview series on Transitions Abroad 
Agoda, for rooms in Asia
Skyscanner, for International flights
Yapta.com, sets price alert on a particular flight
Matt's recommended bag, the EAGLE CREEK MORPHUS 22 CARRY ON/TRAVEL BAG (STONE GREY)

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Nov 4, 2014

How do you feel when I say, “Staying in your current job?”

How do you feel when I say, “Taking a new job?”

How do you feel when I say, “Starting your own business?”

This last option was the one that this episode's guest knew she had to pursue, and one she eventually discovered she could do from a life of full-time travel. She also knew that she needed to see the world.
Gigi Griffis has been to over 30 countries across 6 continents and living and working on the road for the past 2 years, running her business from inspiring locations with her dog, Luna. Without letting the belief that you need to be rich or famous, she gave herself permission to live her dreams. Traveling. Writing. Running a business and challenging herself regularly.

What we cover:

How Gigi got started as a writer by sneaking her way into the role through her job at the time.
How she came to the realize was able to step out to try full time travel and supported herself.
Where Gigi found her first clients by asking friends and attending conferences as a copywriter.
How Gigi made her own luck by asking for what she wanted.
The one question Gigi answers in order to write a successful pitch as a travel writer.
"Life isn't pass/fail... At any time I can quit, go backward, get another client, find a job for 6 months. I can do other things. I don't need to commit to this. And that gives me the confidence to move forward... because this is the life I want for myself."
Why Gigi feels compelled to help others find their own location independence.

Explore further:

The Ramble, Gigi's website, portfolio and blog
@gigigriffis on Twitter

Credits

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
Photo of Gigi by Daniel Wang.

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Nov 3, 2014

"I don't buy a lot of things. I buy pins on the map."

Mandy France is the founder and contributing editor of The Responsible Traveler. She is a freelance travel writer and editor, a published children’s author and an illustrator.
She is an ethical adventurer at heart. From trekking the Inca Trail in Peru to climbing the highest mountain in Africa, she’s made adventure a priority in life. She’s also a vegan which gives her further insight into what ethical travel is and how to be compassionate in the things you do abroad.
In this episode we get into how the passing of her mother sparked a curiosity and burning desire to stop playing life safely and instead experience as much as the world has to offer. We also explore specifically how Mandy now lives her lives and the takeaways you can apply to make the decision to travel more.

What we cover:

How the passing of her mother sparked Mandy's decision to leave a career at Disney to see the world, something she previously wasn't curious to do.
Her first trip, a 4-day trek from Cusco to Macchu Picchu, was the first time she'd ever done anything like it.
We break down how Mandy is able to create a sense of urgency in her life.
What is responsible, ethical tourism or travel, and how to make responsible considerations in your trips (for example, don't ride elephants in Thailand - we get into why that's unethical).
How responsible travel provides an opportunity for you to take a story home that you can be proud to share.
Travel as a vegan: Her biggest challenges.

3 Steps to Create a Sense of Urgency in Your Life:

Have a clock. Create a countdown and a finite window of time to plan that next experience.
Embrace the reminders of your own mortality.
Identify the legacy you want to leave behind.

Explore further:

Mountain Madness
The Responsible Traveler
@ResponsTraveler

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Nov 1, 2014

Anne Lowrey is a small town girl who discovered the rest of the world.

Those are her words — and she’s been to nearly 40 countries while still holding a full time job. She’s done this by prioritizing travel in her life, which is what I want this show to encourage you to do — at the very least.
She’s a writer, editor, and content creator for hire - as well as a lover of good food, books and good hearts — spoken like a true explorer. You can find her work on her website, Part Time Traveler, where she champions the idea that “You don’t have to give up the life you’re already living to see the world.”
Let’s find out how.
Anne was recently named one of the Top 15 Travel Instagram accounts to follow by Buzzfeed. Check her out!

What we cover:

How Anne got started traveling
How travel can help you step outside your comfort zone to grow as a confident person.
What is a part time traveler?
The things you can do to hold on to that traveler self of yours when you’re back home.
Anne's best travel advice

Explore further:

PartTimeTraveler.com, Anne's blog
PartTimeTravel on Facebook
@anne_elizabeth on Twitter
@anne_elizabeth on Instagram, one of Buzzfeeds top 15 travel Instagram accounts to follow!

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Oct 31, 2014

Saving money is tricky.

There are people listening who want to know how to save more at home, spend less on the road, or save more on the road so they can perpetuate their travels.

So often, we ask travelers about travel saving strategies — and while I think the more well-traveled are particularly good at saving money on the road, saving money at home is equally - if not more important. And when I want to know more about money, then I want to spend time talking to the people who spend all of their time thinking about money, and not travel.

Today I get to sit down with two financially-minded gentlemen — Andrew Fiebert and Matt Giovanisci from the award winning, fun, at times hilarious blog and daily podcast, Listen Money Matters, to have a casual, upbeat conversation about money saving strategies.

What We Cover:

Craft beer, and products, as a great way to explore a particular location.
3 tools to create automated systems to save money for (and on!) your travels.
A system for saving money if you don't have steady income.
A simple way to break up your income: Andrew says your rent should never be more than 1/3 of your take home, and 1/3 of your money should be a saving. That leaves 1/3 for day to day expenses, and you can determine how much of that you want to save for your travels.

Explore further:

Listen Money Matters blog and podcast
Mint
Acorns
Betterment

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Oct 30, 2014

Rebecca Burg is the author of the book Sail With Me, which chronicles her experienced as a home-owning, career-focused lady who gave up the security for an uncommon lifestyle — living aboard a small boat, earning a living with low-paying odd jobs instead of that steady career she once had. She wrote this book on her solar powered laptop while anchored at sea.
I’m excited to get into what inspired this decision, and her story — as well as where this unconventional life has taken her, and the stories she’s found along the way.

Explore further:

Rebecca's Youtube Channel
RebeccaBurg.com

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Oct 29, 2014

Today's guest is the author of The Footloose American (get it on Amazon), a travelogue following the footsteps of famed-writer Hunter S. Thompson across South America. This was a journey I wasn't aware he'd ever taken that Brian recreated, studied, pulled out the stories from and became an expert on. I'm curious about the trip, how that changed him, and what sorts of stories he found along the way.

Brian Kevin has written about travel, adventure, and culture for Travel and Leisure, Outside magazine, Sierra, Men's Journal and currently lives in Maine where he calls in from. In this episode, we dive right into his adventure and how a book comes out of a trip like that, as well as the transformative power travel can have on you, if you let it.

And be sure to stay tuned for the lightning round!

Explore further:

BrianKevin.com

The Footloose American website

The Footloose American on Amazon

Check out a gallery of images from Brian's trip!

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Oct 27, 2014

Kelly Lewis is an avid traveler with a love of writing. She’s also the founder of Go Girl Guides, a series of travel guides written by women specifically for women.
And by the way, if you’re a guy, then give it a listen because Kelly’s got travel advice for all of us. I learned a lot about solo female travel through this conversation, a subject that I think is important for everyone to understand how to approach as something more nuanced than just an issue of fear.
So, after growing up in Hawaii, Kelly spent time in New Zealand, the South Pacific, and South America — and has since been to 6 of the 7 continents, writing about her travels on her blog, TravelBugJuice.com
Kelly and I ran into each other in Mexico and i’m excited to bring to the show what is that she’s doing — which is encouraging and empowering women to experience the whole wide world.

What We Cover:

Why Kelly chose Thailand as her first independent destination.
How the idea for the guides actually came to Kelly in a dream.
Her most challenging personal experiences in South America as a solo-female traveler.
How to trust within boundaries. The world is good and people are good and will help you. But Kelly still covers the real fears and concerns so you're prepared to negotiate your travels on your own. Good advice for anyone.
What you can expect to find in Go Girl Guides.
Kelly's best travel advice!

Explore further:

Kelly's blog, TravelBugJuice.com
Go Girl Guides
@gogirlguides on Twitter
Go Girl Guides on Facebook

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Oct 24, 2014

On this episode, Robert Holmes shares his stories from his career as a travel photographer, covering an expedition to Mount Everest and meeting Ansel Adams, and more.

Robert Holmes career as one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers has extended over 35 years.  He was the first photographer to be twice honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award and he is the only photographer to be given the award 4 times, most recently for 2015.

He has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies.  His stock catalog of over half-a-million images is represented for licensing by National Geographic Image Collection, Corbis and Getty.

His assignments have taken him from coverage of the 1975 British Everest Expedition for the London Daily Mail and Paris Match to searching for snow leopards in the remote valleys of western Nepal for National Geographic Magazine, trekking into the rain forests of Borneo with Penan tribesmen for Islands Magazine and crossing the Great Indian Desert on camel for Departures.

What we cover:

How Robert Holmes found his career in travel photography.
Photography, Robert's thoughts and opinions on the state of the craft, industry, and career.
How boldly going after what he wants has led Robert to create opportunities for himself, including gigs with National Geographic.
Robert's experience getting to know Ansel Adams.

Explore further:

Robert Holmes Photography
@travelpix on Twitter

Music credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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