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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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Jul 10, 2014

What are the downsides to housesitting? "There are none!" says Dani from GlobetrotterGirls.com.

In today's episode, it's a deep dive into Housesitting. What is it, how does it work, why is it safe, and how can it open up a world of free, authentic travel opportunities? We cover everything you need to know to get started.
Dani Heinrich started her website to chronicle her travels at GlobetrotterGirls.com when she left her life in London back in 2010 to find a new one that embraced travel as a much bigger part. Her mission is to inspire curiosity about the world and provide the tips and tools to help you see as much of the world as you can for yourself.More recently, she’s released the Ultimate Guide to Housesitting, a topic that’s gaining steam in the travel world because of the way it offers a free accommodation in an authentic setting for an extended duration of travel. So, want a free week anywhere in the world? Listen to this episode and what Dani from globetrottergirls.com has to share with us today.
These are the secrets to how people without unlimited funds are able to travel the world nonstop.

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Words from an Explorer

“Housesitting is the greatest way to see the world on a little budget.”

Dani’s Best Travel Advice

The First Step: "Just do it. Just get out there. I was scared and had no idea what I was doing and everything went well."
Money Saving Tip: Make small changes to your spending habits and, very soon, that’s a trip! And you don’t need to suffer if you pick correctly.
Favorite Travel Book: The Beach
Favorite Travel Resource: TrustedHousesitters.com
Favorite Travel Gear: Travel Power Surge Adapter
Weirdest Food: Durian!

Links mentioned in this show:

Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting
TrustedHousesitters.com
UltimateHousesittingGuide.com
Dani's website, GlobetrotterGirls.com
@GlbetrotterGrls
GlobeTrotter Girls Facebook Page
GloberTrotter Girls on Instagram

Credits

Music: The Moth, Intrepid Journey by Aaron Static

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Jul 9, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with Gary Bembridge. Listen to part 1 in which we discuss unusual cruise experiences.
Today, I change up the show a little to bring on Gary Bembridge and pick his brain on what travel bloggers can do to create a better resource for their readers. We also discuss the future of travel media and whether a podcast or web video series might be a better choice of format for tomorrow's audiences.
Gary has been traveling every month of every year for the past 20+ years.
It used to be as a business traveler, doing global marketing. Nowadays, he’s a independent consultant. For the past 9 years, he’s been running tipsfortravelers.com, a website and podcast to share his best advice from his travels. The man is an expert on cruises, and he’s the author of The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook, which provides advice & tips on finding and having unforgettable cruise vacations. And a couple years ago, he launched the better bloggers podcast at travelbloggerspodcast.com, to share his best tips to help travel bloggers do what it is they do even better.
Gary knows his stuff because he speaks from experience. So, for anyone who’s a travel blogger and wants to find out how to be a better resource, and partner with brands as he has with much success, you might want to be sure to hear what Gary has to say.

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What We Discuss

The differences between blogging and podcasting is defined by the different consumption habits of the audience, which defines the style of traveler that your respective audience might be. How does your audience consume your content and what does that say about them? What is possible with an audience like that?

Rather than writing about the story of your own travels, instead focus on how your experiences can inspire, or help, or serve your audience.

The day of the "general" travel blogger is gone. Travel blogs need to be targeted and focused on a specific niche because competition is too high otherwise.

We discuss whether short form, audio and visual content, is the future over the written word and whether or not starting a podcast might better serve tomorrow's audience.
The future of travel blogging might be to help traveler's reduce their risk by giving them more visual content so they know what to expect and trust your input.
Competition is lower in podcasting than blogging, and so the ability to stand out is far easier. As a result, in travel, brands are reaching out more now to podcasting than ever before.
"I probably get approached more now than I pitch [to brands]," says Gary.

Words from an Explorer

“I always felt I was missing out on something and always the best thing is the thing you didn’t expect to experience.”

Gary's Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Get your passport and just do it. It's that simple.
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: Frequent Flyer Miles. Get the guide on our homepage!
Pack Better: Always assume you can pick up what you need where you go.
Favorite Internet Travel Tool: Google Maps
Favorite Travel Book: Gary did not have one, so we plugged his book, The Cruise Traveler's Handbook (Traveler's Handbooks)
Weirdest Food: Fried, dried crickets in Zimbabwe

Credits

Music: Aaron Static – Intrepid Journey

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Jul 8, 2014

Gary Bembridge has been traveling every month of every year for the past 20+ years.
It used to be as a business traveler, doing global marketing. Nowadays, he’s a independent consultant. For the past 9 years, he’s been running tipsfortravelers.com, a website and podcast to share his best advice from his travels. The man is an expert on cruises, and he’s the author of The Cruise Traveler's Handbook, which provides advice & tips on finding and having unforgettable cruise vacations. And a couple years ago, he launched the better bloggers podcast at travelbloggerspodcast.com, to share his best tips to help travel bloggers do what it is they do even better.
Gary knows his stuff because he speaks from experience. So, for anyone who’s a travel blogger and wants to find out how to be a better resource, and partner with brands as he has with much success, you might want to be sure to hear what Gary has to say on part 2.

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What We Discuss

Why avoiding a life with regrets motivated Gary into making travel a bigger priority in his career and life

How Gary turned a hobby into a full time career and life of travel

How you can take cruises and still explore the unknown, and still find adventure, in cruising by targeting the lesser known, unusual cruise styles - like explorer cruises, tall ships, or freighters.

Words from an Explorer

“I always felt I was missing out on something and always the best thing is the thing you didn’t expect to experience.”

Cruise links are coming shortly from Gary! Stay tuned and check back very soon. Thanks for your patience.

For more information on this and more, check out Gary's book, The Cruise Traveler's Handbook, available in paperback and
Kindle ebook.
Credits

Music: Aaron Static – Intrepid Journey

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Jul 7, 2014

"That is the basic motif of the hero journey: leaving one condition, finding the source of life to bring you forth in a richer condition." - Joseph Campbell
From his time spent as a Boy Scout growing up in Boston, Jason Karas got an early start to becoming an explorer.
While exploring the outdoors, he developed a sense of curiosity about the small things in life, the things hidden in our daily routine that most people don't notice. Acknowledging this curiosity led to a fascination with curiosity itself and Jason began to ask the question, Can we somehow heighten the perception of this curiosity?
Today, Jason is an explorer, entrepreneur and father. He's also the CEO and co-founder of Trover, whose mission is to capture the traveler's desire for curiosity and new experience -- to reawaken that childlike sense of wonder -- and technologically distill it into an app.
In a simpler sense, Trover is a website and app for sharing and cataloguing your travel photography by allowing you to upload and geo-tag your images to a map. What's particularly useful about this is that you can search for visual representations of not just places but also experiences throughout over 175 countries -- from zip-lining in Singapore to cocktails in Kyrgyzstan. On the surface, this can help you discover where to go or what to do when you get there. So, maybe you're heading to the lesser known west coast islands of Greece, and you're not sure whether or not to see Ithaca. Have a look at what other travelers have seen or done on Trover and make a more informed decision.
But to go further, it can help you connect with other travelers over shared experiences. So, let's say you found that hidden gem on the back alleys of Brugge. Who else made the same personal discovery as you and where else might they have been?
This is just the way I see it. In this interview, I get to share how the CEO of Trover, Jason Karas, sees it and the future of Trover.
Note: Please be patient with Jason's audio at the beginning of this interview -- the connection was weak, but it gets better. :)

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What We Discuss

How Jason's early experience as a Boy Scout helped shape his perspective on travel, curiosity, and new experience
What to do, eat, and drink in Seattle
Why and how to create the best travel stories, and why we're all innately programmed to want to find and share these stories
What is Trover, why did Jason co-found it, and what does he see in its future

Words from an Explorer

“There's a beautiful mountain range beyond the road we travel everyday.” Tweet this!

More Quotes from Jason:

"Going out, finding something and bringing it back. It satisfies the storyteller and enriches the audience that's listening. I think we have an innate programming to do this as a species."
"The further out you go, the more payback you get. The more your forced into something unfamiliar, the more you’re going to learn."
"We need to work harder as we get a little bit older to push the boundaries."
“The older we get and more risk averse we get, the more benefit we get from our travels.”
“Don’t mistake a vacation for a travel experience… where the purpose is to get outside your comfort zone.”
"Part of our nature says, 'You’ve had your time to explore, now it’s time to be practical.' I’m trying to find ways to fight that."

Mentioned on this Show

Trover.com
Trover.com/jasonkaras
The Walrus and the Carpenter

Credits

Music: Passion Pit - Moth’s Wings (Artec Remix), Aaron Static – Intrepid Journey

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Jul 4, 2014

When Matt Long was a little kid, he memorized the geography sections of the world from the old Peanuts encyclopedia. He had the flag of Scotland hanging on his wall.
Flash forward to 2010, and Matt was miserable as a lobbiest for a non-profit in Washington DC. He started his blog, Landlopers.com and two years later, he reached a point where he could take the blog full time. Within a short time, he found out what he wanted to do in life and how to make it happen: A life that makes travel a bigger priority.
Today, he runs Landlopers.com where he writes about his travels and works with luxury travel brands, understanding that most people can't take more time than the two weeks they have to travel. On this episode we discuss his life of travel, why he's made it a reality, and his best travel advice.

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What We Discuss

How Matt left his career to start a career in travel writing, blogging aExploring the world is one of the best educations you can get.
Why Travel can be a sort of therapy. Happiness is a result of the effects of travel.
Why it's important to have a supportive partner who understands your desire to travel

Words from an Explorer

“We have in our mind the concept of a 'Dream Trip.' ...And many times, that ultimate trip is too expensive. Figure out how to spend less to get to the same place and every trip can be a dream trip."

Mike’s Best Travel Advice

The First Step: E
Money Saving Tip: Make small changes to your spending habits and, very soon, that's a trip! And you don't need to suffer if you pick correctly.
Packing Tip: “I usually suffer on the end of not having enough. But what’s enough?”
Favorite Travel Book: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, by Tony Horowitz
Favorite Travel Resource: TripIt
Favorite Travel Gear: Travel Power Surge Adapter
Weirdest Food: "Almost crickets."

Mentioned on this Show

landlopers.com
Paul Gaughin Cruises

Credits

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

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Jul 3, 2014

Food can provide you a sort of cultural topography of a place through the people living there and the stories behind the things they produce. Food, whether specialty products or a homecooked meal, is an expression not only of a culture, but of the individual preparing it for you. Food is not only a component of travel, but a journey in itself - and one that can be as adventurous as you want. And travel can provide you a context with which to connect your food with certain memories, or touchstones, throughout your life.

Nicole Taylor was a picky eater growing up who credits her mother for taking her downtown to places a little kid wasn't expected. This early exposure to interesting food challenged her and quickly gave her an obsession for food.

Nicole not only loves food but has actually worked in the specialty food industry, making chocolate, and now brings this passion into a life of travel and exploration, as well as her website, foodculturist.com, and her show, Hot Grease, which she describes as a ‘progressive food culture radio program.’

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What We Discuss

Why you don't need someone else to travel with you to create a memory.
Nicole's relationship to food as an owner of a candy business, and a food blogger in Brooklyn
How food can provide you a sort of cultural topography of a place through the people there and the things they produce
How a trip to Egypt, and it's food experience, opened a new door for her palette and her mind
Nicole's process for finding good food (hint: Dig deep, and ask locals)
How social media is a great way to get a local perspective on where to eat

Words from an Explorer

“Solo travel early opens you up to solo travel as an adult and a life of being fearless.”
"Wherever you go, go to the places where you're not supposed to be or they're not expecting you to eat."

Mentioned on this Show

FoodCulturist.com
Hot Grease
@foodculturist
The Modern Traveler's Green Zine
The Modern Traveler's Green Zine on Etsy

Credits

Music: Intrepid Journey by Aaron Static
Photo of Nicole by Jordan A. Colbert
Photo of Luxor Spice Markets by EmsiProduction

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Jul 2, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with Mike Corey. Listen to part 1.
Mike Corey is a host, travel blogger, videographer, photographer, breakdancer, and enthusiastic world explorer.
He’s currently serving as the first travel brand ambassador for Skype, which Skype calls Moment Makers, and Mike definitely is that. His videos include him eating all kinds of weird foods and participating in rich, life-changing experiences — like shark diving, the worlds biggest tomato food fight festival, or sleeping on the great wall of China.
In yesterday's episode, we discussed how to overcome travel fears, and how Mike became Skype's first travel ambassador, and the unbelievable scavenger hunt-style trip they sent him on across Europe. Today we discuss solo travel and Mike's best travel advice.

On this episode, we discuss…

Why solo travel might seem scarier than it is, and why it might seem unaccepted.
How you can find best friends for life almost immediately on the road
How to choose an unconventional life should you not be fulfilled by your routine, and how travel can be the solution to that problem
Why it’s important to filter the messages from those who have never taken the journey

Mike's Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Set a date and a budget, line them up, and let those excite you. The date should be your countdown to hit your budget. "You'll get addicted to the fact that you have to make it happen."
Money Saving Tip: Couchsurfing. "I've only had the most golden pure amazing experiences with that site." Even if you don't want to stay with someone, the forums are terrifically friendly and useful.
Packing Tip: "I usually suffer on the end of not having enough. But what's enough?"
Favorite Travel Book: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts. Also, Walden by Thoreau, The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau, and The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
Favorite Travel Gear: Hooded sweatshirt. Great for a pillow, to keep warm, to 'go incognito.'
Weirdest Food: Balut (fertilized duck embryo)

Words from an Explorer

"A lot of people saying you shouldn't travel solo, you shouldn't do these things, are often people who haven't tried it themselves."

Mentioned on this Show

Kick the Grind TV
@kickthegrind on Twitter
Mike’s Travel photography

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Jul 1, 2014

"The cool thing about life is that the more you open yourself up to life, the more life opens itself up to you."
Mike Corey is a host, travel blogger, videographer, photographer, breakdancer, and enthusiastic world explorer.
He’s currently serving as the first travel brand ambassador for Skype, which Skype calls Moment Makers, and Mike definitely is that. His videos include him eating all kinds of weird foods and participating in rich, life-changing experiences — like shark diving, the worlds biggest tomato food fight festival, or sleeping on the great wall of China.
I asked him to come on the show when I stumbled on his adventure videos, particularly an 80 day round the world journey with Cathay Pacific airlines.

On this episode, we discuss…

How Mike became Skype's first travel ambassador, and the amazing stories that came from it
How to overcome fear that might be stopping you from getting out there
Why it's important to filter the messages from those who have never taken the journey

Words from an Explorer

“What if I could just be curious my entire life?”
"Being afraid that you're afraid is half of what makes scary things scary."
"The cool thing about life is that the more you open yourself up to life, the more life opens itself up to you."

Mentioned on this Show

Kick the Grind TV
@kickthegrind on Twitter
Mike's Travel photography

Bonus
Love this video that Mike put together. Great editing, great spirit. This is my home he's exploring, and I think he captures it! Good a reminder that adventure can always be found in your backyard:

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Jun 30, 2014

After building a lot of frequent flyer miles from his business-related travel, Chris McGinnis applied his skills as a consultant to teach his coworkers about maximizing their experience. When he realized this was something he could do full time, he jumped at the opportunity. He wrote for local news outlets before picking up a regular gig with CNN, which cemented his expertise as a business travel expert.
Today, he is one of the leading authorities on business travel as the director the Travel Skills group, and the host of the Travel Skillz chat on Twitter. He’s an expert in business travel, having been featured inn CNN, BBC, the Wall Street Journal and many more.
On this episode, we discuss how Chris stays relevant in today's changing landscape, the future of frequent flyer mile programs, how business travelers can get the most out of their work travel opportunities.
Note: Chris mentions that he expects United Airlines to follow Delta in their revenue based model -- in which you earn miles for how much you spend rather than how far you fly. Just this month, United did exactly that. So pay attention to what Chris has to say because clearly he knows his stuff.

On this episode, we discuss...

How Chris stays relevant in today's changing landscape,
The future of frequent flyer mile programs,
How business travelers can get the most out of their work travel opportunities
Revenue based earning: what is it, and why it's overdue and likely to be the future of frequent flyer miles - and how that effects travel hackers

Words from an Explorer

"Use the travel that's been given to you by your company as a stepping stone for your own travel."

Chris' Best Travel Advice:

The First Step: Allow yourself the room to explore. Don't overplan. Also, pickup a few phrases, or learn a few things (customs or facts), it goes a long way with the people in the places you go. Even if you're terrible, demonstrating the effort can endear you to the locals you meet. Let the people you meet guide your travels.
Money Saving Tip: Travel during the quietest times of the year. For example, in early April (this year), there's a window between Spring Break and Easter. Traveling in May rather than the summer months can save hundreds, if not thousands, on airfare alone. Right before Thanksgiving is a great time to find deals. The first 2-3 weeks of December and January are the cheapest times to travel with last minute deals popping up everywhere.
Packing: Don't stress over packing because you can always buy something wherever you go. Having to buy something gives you an excuse to explore the shops of your destination.
Favorite Internet Travel Resource: There's no single best website for finding deals. You have to do your homework.
Favorite Travel Gear: Chris loves his rolling carry on, which he's learned how to live from.
Favorite Travel Book: The Unofficial Business Traveler Pocket Guides by Chris McGinnis
Weirdest Food: Jellyfish and Sea Cucumber ("it's a slug!"), in Shanghai, China

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Jun 27, 2014

In this short update, I just want to say thank you! Thank you for listening. Thank you for subscribing, and leaving a review on iTunes. I’m thrilled to have you as a founding member of a community of explorers.
With all of you listening, I’m humbled - but I’d love to hear from you. Why are you listening? What do you love? What would you like to hear about? I want this show to get better. To help you more. So please let me know how I can help by emailing me directly at nathaniel@dailytravelpodcast.com, or hitting me up on twitter. Or just leaving a comment on any of the show notes.

Today's Quote
“Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. There is no mystery about why this should be so. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes -- with all this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That's not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating.”

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Jun 26, 2014

Michael Turtle is an explorer and writer. Like me, Michael quit his job as a TV producer at age 30 to create a life of travel, to finally experience the complexity of the world at his own pace.
On his website, Time Travel Turtle, he invites you to explore the people, culture and stories that happen to him on the road. That is, until he gets bored — which I’m predicting will never happen. In his own words, his posts “are the stories behind the brochures. They tell the tales of the history and the culture of the countries I visit.” He’s even been over to North Korea and I might ask him about that.

Words from an Explorer

“Sometimes a chat can open up these little doors and you either be invited to go through them or ask.”

What we discuss

Michael shares his travel stories and exposure to the cultures he’s come across in his journeys
His weirdest stories, including Cat Cafes and an animal penis restaurant
How travel has changed his perspective on the world
How the effects of travel have changed Michael, making him a more patient, forgiving person

Michael’s Travel Advice

The First Step: Know why you want to travel.
Money Saving Tip: Look at the big picture. Would a more expensive flight take you to a cheaper country?
Packing Tip:  “You’re going on a trip, not a fashion show.” Pack as few as possible of the things you don’t need to replace regularly. Pack as many of things you need to wash regular.
Internet Travel Resource: Google Maps
Favorite Travel Gear: Hoodie jumper (a hooded sweatshirt)
Weirdest Food: Fried Tarantula

Mentioned on this Show

Michael Turtle's website, timetravelturle.com
@timetravelturtle

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Jun 25, 2014

The desire to travel independently is a feeling that stirs within a lot of us. It's a big step that not everyone will take. But at 19, Alexandra Baackes wanted it badly enough to make it a reality.
She cobbled together a "DIY Summer Abroad" to volunteer and backpack in South East Asia. Along the way, she met a collection of folks living a life of travel, working on the road to support themselves. She knew then that was how she wanted to live her life as well.
Like me, Alex spent time bartending abroad to support her travels only to learn she didn't want to continue with that work when she got home, and instead wanted to learn a skill that she could do from anywhere in the world. So she studied graphic design and travel writing and rather than look for a job out of college, she created a life of travel.
In 2011, Alex left her life in New York for one of exploration, more dedicated to adventure. Since then, she hasn’t stopped traveling and writing about her experiences over at AlexInWanderland.com. She’s a dive master, designer, videographer, and all around multimedia creative and she is really embodying a lifestyle that I find ideal and realistic — one in which you can use your talents to earn money while living a more adventurous life to put yourself in the position to let amazing stories happen to you.

Words from an Explorer

“I met people who were making travel not just two weeks out of the year but their entire existence and I knew I wanted to be just like them.”

What We Cover

Why Alex made independent travel a priority, and how taking that trip led to interactions with people that were life-changing experiences
How she's become a Digital Nomad to perpetuate her life of travel
Alex chose her skills deliberately. She learned graphic design in school knowing it would be a skill set she could use anywhere.
"Do not ever, ever, ever fly without signing up for that airline's frequent flyer program." Seriously you guys, it's free.
Ways you can earn on the road, with or without special training or specialized 'digital nomad' skills

Alex’s Travel Advice

The First Step: Make yourself accountable in a public way.
Money Saving Tip: Stop spending it. Alex did a 2 year money saving fast before she left.
Cheapest Airfare: Skyscanner and Kayak. Setup a travel alert, and don’t forget to fly Southwest.
Packing Tip: Eagle Creek Packing Cubes. “I’m obsessed with them. They’re a game changer ”
Internet Travel Resource: Travelfish.org, the most amazing resource of Southeast Asia travel
Favorite Travel Book: Wanderlust, short stories and by Don George
Favorite Travel Gear: Her SteriPEN Classic Bundle Pack with Pre-Filter
. It’s a UV light that allows you to sterilize
Weirdest Food: Live Ants

Mentioned on this Show

Alex's website, AlexinWanderland.com
Alex’s series, Earning Abroad
Facebook.com/alexinwanderland
Twitter.com/alexinwanderland

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Jun 24, 2014

"Some people have the idea that if you travel nonstop you must be a trust fund baby with endless funds or a travel blogger making money from that and in reality, there are so many ways that people can make money online now," says today's guest, Billy Taylor, the Senior Editor of Travel Longer magazine, "The benefit of starting the magazine was hearing all of these different, diverse ways that people are able to perpetuate their travel." Equal parts journalist and photographer, Billy has been traveling the world writing, taking pics and eating anything he can find since 2010. He's a diver, designer, a former stunt performer, and a perpetual world traveler. Before that he got his start in his teens and then after a round-the-world trip, he realized how badly he wanted to travel more while also longer, to slow down and experience his destinations longer. Part of Billy's drive to explore and document is his pure love of people and their cultures, along with a belief that there are far more similarities that unite us as a human race, than there are differences that set us apart. He started his magazine, Travel Longer, to share this belief, vision, and purpose-driven mission with the world.
Words from an Explorer
"If you actually slow down and take the time to open your eyes and your heart a little bit there are so many of those little life changing moments that happen daily.”
More Quotes from Billy

"When you’re traveling, everything’s new and vibrant… if you’re traveling too quickly, those life-changing moments just rush past you."
"When some people say they travel perpetually, it doesn’t mean 365 days a year. To just travel longer, to embrace the fact that you can extend things just a little…”
"So much of work that we do is done online. It’s getting easier and easier for people to take their work on the road."

What We Discuss

What it is about New Zealand that Billy loves, from WOOFing to Couchsurfing, to a welcoming culture for an amazing community of travelers
How a bowl of soup in Malaysia changed Billy's life
How traveling longer allows you to let the experiences find you
All about Billy's magazine, Travel Longer, and why he started it
How he's able to get all his contributors and interview guests for his magazine
The way travel can change your perspective of and restore your appreciation for home

Billy's Best Travel Advice

The First Step: He quotes Alex Jimenez, "I'm an equal opportunity traveler. I don't care how you travel, just that do."
Money Saving Tip: Haggling for accommodation! Go in to a hotel, tell the people at the desk or the owners how much the room is listed for. Tell them on the spot that you're going to give them a lower price. What's the worst that can happen? This has worked for Billy in every continent he's been to. Listen to the show to hear about "Spludgeting!"
Cheapest Airfare: Get as many quotes as you can, then ring the airline. Tell them what you've found, tell them you're a little flexible, and ask them if they can do a little better.
Packing Advice: People pack things they 'might' need. That adds up. If you need it then, buy it there. And wear your heavy clothes on the plane!
 Internet Travel Tool or Resource: Couchsurfing, amazing for free stays and access to local knowledge (not just from your hosts, but from the Couchsurfing community!). Stuck on Earth, Trey Ratcliff's app.
Favorite Travel Book: The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien
Favorite Travel Gear: A scarf or sarong, which can be a towel, a cover up, a room divider, a camera prop, pillow... and it takes up no space or weight.
 Weirdest Food: Pig Snout, at a Satay house in Malacca, Malaysia

Mentioned on this Show

Travel Longer, Billy's magazine
Travel Longer on iTunes
@travellonger
Alex Jimenez's travel fashion blog
The Planet D

Jun 23, 2014

Michael Hodson quit his career as a lawyer in Arkansas to seek fulfillment on the road. His goal? To circle the globe without using an airplane and write about it. He completed it in 16 months. Starting his blog to document his journey, he returned and took up the blog as a way to continue building a life of freewheeling travel.

His travels include an overland trek from Cape Town to Cairo, from Lisbon to Saigon by train in a month, the Middle East, South America, across Europe... "A little bit of everywhere," in his words. Today, he aspires to find experiences through overland travel - which is travel without flying.

Today's episode is a casual conversation between Michael and I about why we travel, how he manages his form of "slow travel" and what he gets out of it. We swap hitchhiking stories and compare notes about the Transsiberian and Michael explains to me how (and why!) he booked himself five times on a cargo ship to cross oceans. Check it out and let me know where you land in all of this in the comments.

Words from an Explorer
"I'm really addicted to the transportation. I feel really at ease when I'm doing a long train trip."
Key Takeaways

Michael quit his career as a lawyer to find a life that satisfied his need to be in motion
How Michael got onto cargo freighters five times to cross oceans
Overland travel can give you a better sense of how massive the world is
Why Michael travels, his addiction to Transportation
Michael's favorite destinations by continent, and his recommendations in Columbia

Mentioned in this Show

Freighter Travel
Michael's website, Go See Write
MedellinLiving.com
WanderingTrader.com

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Jun 20, 2014

In episode 32, we discussed how Elisa left her job and went from never living outside the state of Maine to running her own freelance writing agency out of Bali, Indonesia. And how she didn't let a debilitating motorbike wreck stop her from continuing her journey, so for anyone interested in traveling more and becoming an Explorer, Elisa is an example of how to do so. Have a listen to part one or sit back and enjoy part two of our conversation.

Elisa Doucette is a location independent entrepreneur, running her own freelance writing agency from Bali, Indonesia, who has untethered herself from any one particular location, in the interest of finding better stories to not just write about, but to live.
The decision to do this got her syndicated by multiple publications and she’s been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more. She was the managing director for Tropical MBA in Bali, Indonesia before launching her own business to live a fulfilling life. Elisa wants to change the world with words and that is the loftiest of goals.
When I heard about her, I was intrigued to bring her passion for shattering preconceived notions and limitations to the show. So if you’re listening and you want to find a way to travel more often, listen to how Elisa Doucette gets it done.

Elisa's Best Travel Advice

The First step: "Prepare yourself by adjusting your mindset for the change that is about to happen for you." You will be so happy, but understand there will be a lot of realities to overcome. Accept the realities, and it will become easier for everything you have to do.
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: 
Internet Tool: Relate.ly, to manage your contact with your network. Elisa organizes all of her personal, professional and client contacts, and it tracks everyone she connects with, and alerts her when she isn't in touch with them. This is how she's able to maintain her relationships.
Favorite Travel Book: Peter Pan. In the Balinese entrepreneurial community, Elisa relates to Wendy living on The Island of Lost Boys.
Favorite Travel Gear: Amazon Kindle. Elisa reads voraciously, 2-3 books per week.
Weirdest Food: Fried Flying Ants

Links

ElisaDoucette.com, her personal portfolio site
@elisadoucette
Elisa's writing business, writingbusinesswell.com
Location Asia

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Jun 19, 2014

How does a small-town, girl-next-door working in Maine as an insurance salesperson become a digital nomad, living in Thailand, visiting friends and clients in Saigon, and freelancing to support her freedom?
Her adventures weren’t always as seductive. Almost immediately upon arrival in Bali, she was involved in a harrowing motorbike wreck that left her hospitalized in Indonesia and nearly having her leg amputated.
After overcoming a trauma, four surgeries and the biggest challenge of not only her travels, but her life, all within the first week of her journey, Elisa dusted herself off and continued where many would have given up and gone home.
Elisa describes her satisfaction with her globetrotting lifestyle as a different kind of happiness, one in which she still needs to make sacrifices, but different sacrifices. In the end, she believes she’s doing what she feels is best for herself and the people close to her, and she’s proud of it.
On this two part episode, Elisa brings a grounded perspective to shatter any preconceived notions and limitations you might have about folding travel into a larger part of your life.
She is a freelance writer and editor who’s untethered herself from any one particular location, in the interest of finding better stories to not just write about, but to live.
The decision to do this got her syndicated by multiple publications and she’s been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more. She was the managing director for Tropical MBA in Bali, Indonesia before launching her own business to live a fulfilling life. Elisa wants to change the world with words and that is the loftiest of goals, and one I admire. When I heard about her, I was intrigued to bring her passion for shattering preconceived notions and limitations to the show. So if you’re listening and you want to find a way to travel more often, listen to how Elisa Doucette gets it done.

What we cover

How Elisa was able to find a way to continue her travels after being involved in a major accident, and how she made the trauma work for her.
Why going for it can offset the risk of saying 'what if?' for the rest of your life
How she overcomes critics of her travel lifestyle, and the complete 180 she did on her life, to be happy
Why Elisa chose to make a commitment to herself rather than make a commitment to something else back home

Links

ElisaDoucette.com
@elisadoucette
Elisa's writing business, writingbusinesswell.com

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Jun 18, 2014

Today's guest is a sought after speaker and thought leader on lifestyle freedom, Ryan Moran. He specializes in helping others build lifestyle businesses for themselves, and for those unfamiliar, lifestyle business has become the term for a business that supports the lifestyle you want to live rather than one demanded by the business. So, there's a natural relationship there for travelers aspiring to build a business that supports a lifestyle of travel.

This is a business heavy episode, but listen to Ryan's beliefs on why travel not only matters but is a duty. He asks and explores the big questions he was faced with when, one day, his friend called him out on his sheltered upbringing and said, "We need to get you a new continent." Ryan quickly came to realize that he wanted to be an Explorer, to inform himself of the complexities of the world, so he could better understand the place in which he desired to make a lasting impact.

Explorer Quotes
"I couldn't understand the world until I got out of my own world, and went to a place that was really uncomfortable for me."

"How are we ever going to make this world a better place if we don't understand each other?"
What You'll Learn

The many ways Ryan makes money to support his lifestyle that affords him the ability to spend time in exotic places
Whether a travel blog is the best way for you to create a life of travel
Why a product review site might be a good way to fund your travels
The distinction between passion and purpose, and why identifying your purpose matters
Why travel is a duty
How travel helps you harness fear to become a better businessperson

Mentioned on this Show

Rich Dad Poor Dad
@ryanmoran
Freedom Fastlane
Freedom Fastlane Podcast

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Jun 17, 2014

Today’s guest is an online entrepreneur, the host of two business podcasts - Mobile Mixed, and more recently Leaving Corporate - and he’s not known for his travels. But, Greg Hickman is without a doubt in my mind, an explorer  and lifelong learner. I know this because of the nature of his podcast. Right out of college, he went on a whirlwind tour backpacking Europe for 3-months. That’s less extreme than some of the guests we have on here, but perhaps more of a reality for most people who want to make travel a bigger priority in their lives. More recently, he got back from the Philippines because his business has opened up opportunities to speak in places all over the country and world. BUT before all of this, he was a dreamer who’s always grappled with doing the right thing in his career.
So I’m excited to give him the chance to speak about that, as well as how embracing uncertainty has paid off for him in a big way, and whether travel has anything to do with having that mindset in life.

Words from an Explorer

"As entrepreneurs, you need to find comfort in uncomfortable situations. That's where greatness is created." Tweet this!

What You'll Learn

How Greg defines "location independence"
How travel has helped Greg become a life-long learner and constant explorer of new things
Why entrepreneurs need to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and how exploration can help you realize that by stepping into the challenges of the unknown and meeting them head on.
Hear about Greg's 3-month European adventure right out of college
How not planning the entirety of your trip can make your trip better

Mentioned on this Show

Leaving Corporate podcast
Mobile Mixed
@gjhickman
Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur
Jason Van Orton, Internet Business Mastery

Music Credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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Jun 16, 2014

"We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell

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Do you feel you've earned the right to travel? Are you willing to give yourself the permission to go? Can doing so help you make a more informed decision about what you want to do with your life?
Ask a guy who tried four different career tracks -- including the military, law, corporate finance, and real estate -- before discovering what he believes is his purpose.
Today’s guest is the host of a top-rated business podcast called Entrepreneur On Fire. He’s not normally known for his travels, and to my knowledge, he hasn’t really discussed them before this podcast. But John has a captivating travel background that I wanted to bring to light, which involves an active tour of duty in Iraq, four months spent living with a family in Guatemala, and dropping out of law school to spend another four months exploring India and trekking the Himalayas in Nepal, including the Annapurna Circuit. He just got back from the Philippines because, more recently, his work has created speaking opportunities all over the world.
If you listen to his podcast, you're already familiar with John Lee Dumas the Entrepreneur. But on this show, get to know John Lee Dumas, the Traveler.

What You'll Learn

Why John didn't reenter the workforce after returning from his military service
How John's travels have given him the confidence to seek adventure and then giving himself permission to go after it
What sort of training did John have to do the Annapurna Circuit
How John's experiences in the military prepared him for his travels, and how his travels prepared him for more challenging adventure

Mentioned on this Show

Entrepreneur On Fire
Panajashel, Guatemala ("Eden")
The Annapurna Circuit

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

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Jun 13, 2014

Sherry Ott is calling from the other side, where adventure lies, to show you that it’s not that scary, it’s not too uncomfortable, and it’s not a bad career move to take a career break for long term travel.

But before she became this explorer of an amazing world, Sherry Ott was living, working, and earning six-figures in New York for three years. But when she was 30, she took a vacation and met other travelers who asked her a question that would change her life.
In this episode, you’ll hear how Sherry viewed an extended career break as a challenge, took it on, planned, fell in love with exploration, got hooked, and rather than returning, created her own life of travel. Her story will make career breaks accessible for anyone who is longing for long term travel, and how she’s able to financially support her travel lifestyle through blogging and freelancing.
Today, she’s a digital nomad and corporate American runaway, who escaped her cubicle in New York City and has been traveling nomadically and solo for over 7 years now, helping others recognize that they can do the same, and writing about it on her blog Otts World.
If this is something you want, to finally take that trip and have these experiences, then listen to how and why Sherry has embraced a nomadic lifestyle and how she believes anyone can give themselves the permission to travel long-term.

This is part 2 in my conversation with Sherry Ott. Listen to part 1.

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Words from an Explorer
“I don’t want to wait for my retirement to climb Kilimanjaro because I don’t know if I’ll be able to.”
What You'll Learn

Why Sherry has embraced her addiction to new experiences, and what it means to feel this desire to challenge yourself
How baby steps can help get you to where Sherry is today
What you learn, about the world, others, and yourself, through experiencing the challenges of travel
How Sherry affords her travel by lowering her income standards and cost of living
Why we have definitions of what we SHOULD be doing that trump what we DESIRE to do
Sherry says fear stops us from taking career breaks and so she created Meet Plan Go to help people meet others who actually have taken these steps to break down that fear and inspire others to do the same.

Sherry’s Best Travel Advice:

The First Step: For long term travel, do not get overwhelmed with the planning. Don’t worry about every night. Plan the first 1/3 of your trip. You’ll discover yourself, your interests, and you’ll appreciate the flexibility later on. Planning is easier once you’re out there, surrounded by options and spending time with others doing the same thing. You never know if you might meet someone, find work, or change your mind!
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: Get out of hotels and stay with locals. Guest houses, short-term apartments, places that have a kitchen and force you to go to the local markets, and allow you to cook rather than spend more and eat out. You save money while having a more authentic experience.
Packing Advice: Buy things where you go, and roll your clothes!
Favorite Travel Gear: Mobile Wifi device
Favorite Book: Tales from Nowhere (Lonely Planet Travel Literature)
Weirdest Food: Balut (fertilized duck egg)

Mentioned on this Show:

OttsWorld
@OttsWorld
MeetPlanGo
Sherry’s Rickshaw Run Video

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

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Jun 12, 2014

Sherry Ott was burned out. But rather than to go on vacation, she decided to do something a bit more radical.

She quit her six-figure job as an IT director and project manager to spend a year traveling around the world. Having only started traveling internationally at 30 years old, with only a few trips under her belt, she was new to this challenge. But she quickly became addicted to the new.

In this episode, you'll hear how Sherry viewed an extended career break as a challenge, took it on, planned, fell in love with exploration, got hooked, and rather than returning, created her own life of travel. Her story will make career breaks accessible for anyone who is longing for long term travel, and how she's able to financially support her travel lifestyle through blogging and freelancing.

Today, she's a digital nomad and corporate American runaway, who escaped her cubicle in New York City and has been traveling nomadically and solo for over 7 years now, helping others recognize that they can do the same, and writing about it on her blog Otts World.

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Words from an Explorer
"I needed to be out meeting new people, going new places, seeing new cultures and asking, 'What the heck is that? Why do they do that?' on a daily basis."
What You'll Learn

How the people she met on her travel inspired a change in her life
How Sherry got the courage to take a career break by viewing it as a challenge
Why Sherry travels for the newness of things, to find new things all the time
How she was able to make a career break into a career change, and become a jack-of-all-trades digital nomad

Mentioned on this Show

Otts World
Meet Plan Go

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Jun 11, 2014

“A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s life. There is an urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.” ― Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

Antrese Wood is painting her way across Argentina. A native of Pasadena, California, Antrese is a former artist with Disney Studios, currently living in Argentina where, after running a successful Kickstarter campaign, she is working on a series of paintings titled A Portrait of Argentina.
Her goal is to paint Argentina from an individual, national, and world perspective. Personally, my mother is an artist, I grew up around the arts, and I believe the perspective of the artist is often the most insightful, so I’m really psyched up to have Antrese come on the show and share with us her cultural portrait of a place that’s been at the top of my bucket list for way too long: Argentina.
On a personal note, I like to be creative while I travel. I can draw, a little, not very well. I wish that everyone were taught to draw, in the same way everyone is taught to write. Because when you draw something, I think you begin to understand it better. So, when you draw somewhere, or someone, it’s the same. You begin to understand not just that you like something, but precisely why you like it. Like what Proust said, "The only true voyage of discovery is not to go to new places, but to have other eyes."
That’s why I wanted to bring Antrese on the show to discuss her love of the land and culture of Argentina.
Since we recorded this episode, Antrese has launched her own podcast. Check out Savvy Painter and join me in giving Antrese a review!

Words from an Explorer:
"When you're drawing something, it forces you to stop and really be present in that moment."

"When you paint, you're really there for much longer than when you take a picture. It's more of a meditative experience."
What You'll Learn

How Antrese managed to afford to travel with low-to-no income from painting
The difference in perspective on time and appreciating the moment in Argentina
How painting and Yerba Mate both lend themselves to the Argentinian state of being
Where Antrese recommends you go in Argentina

Antrese's Itinerary for Argentina
Start in Buenos Aires for a day or two, where you can find tango in a malango, before heading north to Jujury for more authentic cultural exposure. Then drive down the 40 to Bariloche, which is a gorgeous drive south to the edge of Patagonia.

Antrese's Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Don't think, just go. That's it!
Internet Travel Resource: Xoom.com
Favorite Travel Book: On the Road, Jack Kerouac
Best Travel Gear: Sketch book and a pencil.
Weirdest food: Tripe Soup in Argentina, or crickets!

Mentioned in this episode:

Antrese.com
Savvy Painter Podcast
Portrait of Argentina

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

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Jun 10, 2014

Did you like what Scott Mackenzie had to say in this episode about earning and redeeming points and miles? If you'd like to get started with points and miles, then you can check out my book The Beginners Guide to Points and Miles. And be sure to follow his blog, Hack My Trip.

Photo by: Nick Ciorogan

Before Scott Mackenzie mastered earning points and miles, he was earning his Ph.D in neuroscience.

He launched his travel hacking blog, Hack My Trip, while he was still in school. It was flying to interviews for his graduate school interviews that introduced him to earning enough frequent flyer miles for his first redemption. He quickly earned enough to extend his travel perks into his time spent living the frugal life of a student. Graduate students don’t generally have large sums of cash to help them fly to Asia during their school breaks; but Scott had figured out the secret to not only taking trips a student could pay for, but that most people couldn't afford to take.

In this episode, Scott allows me to pick his brain to help you get started thinking about travel hacking to earn points and miles so that we can break down the cost-prohibitive aspects of travel and see the world for as close to free as possible.

Words from a Travel Hacker:
“A good redemption gets you where you want to go with minimal inconvenience and you end up happy.” Tweet this!
What You’ll Learn

What is Travel Hacking, and how does Scott define it.
Rather than travel for free, Scott considers it a moderate investment to travel in a much higher class.
The basics of mile-running. How and why Scott might spend $125 and hours on a plane in coach to earn enough miles to redeem for a first class ticket to Asia.
How Scott took his wife on a 2-week honeymoon to Southeast Asia, flying business class, and staying at the some of world’s best hotels, all on points and miles.
Why diversification of points is a good strategy.
Scott’s advice to get started earning and redeeming points and miles
The ways Scott thinks about travel hacking to earn successfully
Where Scott generally transfers his American Express Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards points
How Scott defines a good redemption, and why good redemptions are subjective.

Scott’s Best Travel Advice

The First Step: Have a plan. Don’t book at random. Don’t overlook opportunities to consolidate value and leverage earning.
Money Saving Tip or Travel Hack: Cut your expenses. Priorities are important. “I’ve never subscribed to cable. Only got texting this month!” Use forced savings to make automatic withdrawals from one bank to another, so you don’t even have regular visibility on the other account.
Cheapest Airfare: Practice makes perfect. Scott’s Guide to Using ITA’s Matrix. http://hackmytrip.com/2012/01/introduction-to-using-ita/ Then book through Hipmunk, which integrates ITA’s display features as well as the advanced routing language. RouteHappy helps ease the decision making process by showing seating, comfort, details of your journey.
Travel Book:
Travel Gear: Macbook Air 13”
Weirdest Food: Durian

Mentioned in this episode

Scott’s blog, Hack My Trip
Scott on Milepoint.com
@hackmytrip on Twitter
Hyatt Points Program
Starwood Preferred Guests points program
OpenFlights.org
Scott’s Guide to Using ITA’s Matrix.
Google Flights
Hipmunk
RouteHappy

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

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Jun 9, 2014

In 1999, Earl Baron graduated college and took what was supposed to be a 3-month trip to Asia. Today, that trip has yet to end.
It was within a week that he discovered a new version of himself, meeting people, all the new experiences, and everything he was learning every day. He knew he couldn't go home to a career that could ever be as rewarding to him as these experiences. Sitting on a stone wall during a festival at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, sitting on a stone wall watching an amazing world unfold before him, he knew right then he could never stop traveling.
He’s been to 87 countries and on 6 continents, using his ingenuity to afford to keep on the road and gain an online following through his blog The Wandering Earl, where he writes to help people learn how they can do the same, while championing a "New breed of explorer." I really wanted to have Derek on the show because of his  message about travel, exploration, choosing to live an adventurous life of travel, and not letting anything be an excuse, whether it’s money, time, fear, difficulty, or expectations. All the things that stop us from living a life of travel and choosing adventure. He wants to prove to his companions that much of what we think about the world can be misunderstood.
What he says about travel is that in every destination the vast majority of people in any destination are like you and me — they’re warm, friendly, they want to make money and support their family, and live happily.
Today, he takes travelers to places like Iraq, or more specifically Iraqi Kurdistan, where he shows them a wonderful place to go that most don’t ever notice on a map. On this trip, you start in the capital of Erbil (or Arbil) and then head into villages in the mountains and canyons to meet the people, see the castles, palaces, and experience the surprisingly international population hidden between Erbil and Baghdad.
If you love what Earl has to say in this session, you can check out and book Earl's tours here.
Earl is skyping in from the lobby of his hotel in Delhi, India.

Words from an Explorer:

"As daunting as it seems, as far fetched, to live a lifestyle of travel it can happen if you really put the effort into it." Tweet this!

What you'll learn:

How it's okay to leave a dream career track for a life of travel.
What sorts of travel are out there
Ways to find work on the road, like teaching English and working on cruise ships, to support your travels
The most underused form of employment while traveling
Why he takes people to places that challenge their preconceived notions.
The Currency of Pad Thai

The Wandering Earl's Iraqi Kurdistan

Go to challenge your perception of Iraq and expose yourself to Kurdistan and its varied culture.
Start in the vibrant, citadel community of Erbil. Take in the warm people going about their lives. Check out the signs that point towards Baghdad.
Then on to Duhok, to spend time in the mountains with Syrian villagers, and anyone you might run into. See the waterfalls, castles, palaces and canyon.
Head down to Sulaymaniyah, the culture capital of Kurdistan, for the food, art, and expressive culture.

The Wandering Earl's Best Travel Advice

The First Step: If you don't know someone who's traveling, find anyone online and email them. Travelers are very friendly and hopeful, and they'll give you new answers you wouldn't expect.
Money Saving Tip: The Currency of Pad Thai. Every time you spend $1 at home, that's a plate of pad thai in Thailand. Would you rather have $60 sneakers, or 60 plates of Pad Thai. Would you rather have the shoes, or more than a week's worth of accommodation in India? This is an addictive money saving strategy.
Cheapest Airfare: Set an airfare goal, be flexible, never give up.
Favorite Travel Book: Anything by Bill Bryson gets Earl pumped up to keep traveling.

Jun 6, 2014

It was over egg rolls and stir fry, when her Aunt Judy unexpectedly shared her travel stories with her teenage niece. Captivated and enthralled by her aunt's own personal legend, Regina Busse knew instantly that she wanted the same, to be more adventurous and have these stories of her own to share, just like her aunt. "The life she had lead and continued to lead sparked a fire inside me," says Regina.

And so a 16-year old midwestern girl from Omaha, a small city in the heart of the state of Nebraska, planned a one month trip to Australia and bought that ticket. One month turned into a year, and Reggie turned into an explorer of an amazing world. Nine years later, she's still on the road. This transformation was so profound, she's now compelled to help others experience the same, to inspire those who aren't seeing the world to aspire to do so, to incorporate a love of travel into their lives, and promote the encouragement to do so within society.

Let Reggie's message entrance you and her passion for inspiring others to share in similar experiences help you aspire to travel.

Words from an Explorer
"Aspire to travel. Take the proactive steps to reach your goals. Whatever you need to do, recognize your weakness and make them strengths. Then book that ticket." Tweet this!

"Risk. Risk is huge. And you never reward until you risk. And that’s what travel is all about." Tweet this!
What We Discuss

How a girl from the midwest was able to become an explorer
Why encouragement from her family gave Reggie the push she needed
What make for the best stories, the ones that stay with you beyond the trip
How she used Couchsurfing to stay for free with locals in Indonesia, and why she wasn’t ever worried about it
How she stayed for four nights for free in the Emirates Palace, one of the world’s two 7-star (!) hotels in Abu Dhabi

Reggie's Best Travel Advice

The First Step: If you have the means, what are you waiting for? Travel is all about risk. Take the leap of faith.
Money Saving Tip: Give it to the pig!
Cheapest airfare: Skyscanner, Kayak.
Packing Tips: Lay it all out, then half it. Then half it again. Two halts equal a whole.
Favorite Internet Travel Tool: Focus on the positive on Couchsurfing, TripAdvisor.
Favorite Travel Book: The Travels of Ibn Batuta The Travels of Ibn Battuta
Weirdest Food: Grasshopper

Mentioned in this episode

Reggie’s site Backpackers Wanted
Couchsurfing
TripAdvisor

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

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