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Moving To Guatemala To Learn About Giving (With 5 Kids and Minimal Savings), Living Outside Of Your Comfort Zone, and Finding Community w/ Owen and Christina Dargatz from The Giving Experiment

Moving To Guatemala To Learn About Giving (With 5 Kids and Minimal Savings), Living Outside Of Your Comfort Zone, and Finding Community w/ Owen and Christina Dargatz from The Giving Experiment

December 6, 2022

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make a radical change in the way you experience day-to-day life? 

Today I am joined by long-time listeners and founders of The Giving Experiment, Owen and Christina Dargatz, to learn all about their family’s transition from life in a cushy Canadian ski town to becoming members of a small Guatemalan community.

In May of 2021, the family of 7 arrived in Guatemala with the goal of understanding how they could enhance the lives of others. They have not looked back since and have started a plethora of projects including a community garden and food forest, a neighborhood music academy, workshops and courses to support local entrepreneurs, just to name a few.

If you have ever sought a simpler way of life, you will not want to miss this episode. We dive into what it's like to live abroad with 5 kids, why less is always more, how travel has the power to transform your belief system, the beauty of giving and receiving, and so much more.

What does discomfort mean to you and how has it helped you grow? I'd love to hear your thoughts and hope you will share by sending me an audio message.

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Tune In To Learn:

  • The unlikely way that Owen and Christina fell in love
  • Why trusting intuition led to the realization it is possible to live abroad with children
  • What made Owen and Christina want to “escape from comfort” 
  • The water shut-off experiment that set their family free
  • How to help your kids adjust to major life changes
  • Why finances played a big role in the decision to move to San Pedro, Guatemala
  • The mindset required to switch to an experimental way of life
  • What it means to redefine what success looks like
  • How to keep financial stress at bay when living with a giving mindset
  • The biggest changes they have seen in their kids since moving to Guatemala
  • Why you should teach your children it’s okay to struggle
  • The benefits of pausing relationships and missing your loved ones
  • Owen and Christina’s biggest takeaways from living in Guatemala
  • How to break free from the mold of other’s expectations
  • Easy ways you can give back to your own community
  • And so much more

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Flight Attendants Secrets Revealed: What NOT To Do On A Plane, Staying Healthy, Wild Passenger Stories and Amazing Travel Experiences w/ “Skybabes” Tee and Nena

Flight Attendants Secrets Revealed: What NOT To Do On A Plane, Staying Healthy, Wild Passenger Stories and Amazing Travel Experiences w/ “Skybabes” Tee and Nena

November 29, 2022

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a flight attendant?

Today's episode provides an insider look into the world of flying with Skybabes Tee and Nena who have 20 years of experience in the aviation industry as senior flight attendants and recruiters for a prestigious international airline. Together they have flown across the world 400 times, visited two-thirds of the world, and spent almost 20,000 hours in the air as flight attendants. They have flown on some of the biggest passenger aircraft including Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-500/800, Airbus A380, and Boeing 777-200/300 ER.

If you plan on spending any time on a plane, you are not going to want to miss this episode. Tee and Nena share some invaluable advice about how to stay safe and healthy on any flight, crazy passenger stories that shed light on what NOT to do on a plane, the serendipitous story about how they met and became skybabes, why growing up during a time of war drew them to travel, and so much more.

What was the most surprising thing you learned from today's episode? I'd love to hear what they are and hope you will share them by sending me an audio message.

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Today’s episode is brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com. This episode is also supported by US Bank Shopper Cash Rewards Vista Signature Card, earn up to 6% cash back at selected stores. Visit https://usbank.com/shopper to get $250 Cashback after spending $2000 in the first 120 days of opening your account. Zero to Travel is also brought to you by Intrepid Travel - What’s on your 2023 travel bucket? list? Make it happen on a small group tour with Intrepid Travel and get up to 25% off* at intrepidtravel.com between November 21st to December 2nd. And finally a big thanks to Kachava for supporting the show. Get a blend of organic superfoods and plant-based proteins that has all your essential nutrients in one, visit www.kachava.com/zerototravel for 10% off your first order.

Tune In To Learn:

  • What it was like to grow up Serbia (then known as Yugoslavia) during the war
  • The serendipitous story of how Tee and Nena met and what brought them to live in Dubai
  • How the experience of travel helped heal past wounds
  • Advice for introverts who work in a forward-facing job
  • Stories about horrible passengers (don’t be these people)
  • How to show your appreciation to a flight attendant
  • The truth about the “mile high” club
  • Must know do’s and don’ts of flying
  • Best practices for ordering food and drinks during a flight
  • Key carry-on items that will make your flight more comfortable
  • What to do before your flight to ensure your day goes smoothly
  • Tee and Nena’s favorite destinations
  • The inspiration for writing Call Me Sky Babe
  • And so much more

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Seizing Your Opportunity To Travel, Saving Money As A Solo Traveler, Lessons From A Career Break, and How To Figure Out What You Want (In 60 seconds) with Leslie McKellar

Seizing Your Opportunity To Travel, Saving Money As A Solo Traveler, Lessons From A Career Break, and How To Figure Out What You Want (In 60 seconds) with Leslie McKellar

November 22, 2022

If a new opportunity comes your way, are you ready to take it? 

When this week's guest, professional photographer and loyal listener Leslie McKellar, was forced to move out of her apartment in 2020 because of toxic mold, she took it as an opportunity to reevaluate her trajectory. After realizing her calling to travel full-time, she set out a plan to make it happen and left for Europe in January 2022.

This week's interview is extra special because not only was it recorded in person but I also met Leslie 8 months into her travels so she has some fantastic insights to share from her experience.

You will not want to miss what she has to say about how she budgeted for the trip, advice on how to pick the right destinations, valuable lessons from curveballs along the way, why traveling can help you reset, a 60-second challenge to help you find new adventures, and so much more.

What are your takeaways from the 60-second challenge? I'd love to hear about them and hope you will share by sending me an audio message.

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Today’s episode is brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets that are proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com. This episode is also brought to you by US Bank Shopper Cash Rewards Vista Signature Card, earn up to 6% cash back at selected stores. Visit https://usbank.com/shopper to get $250 Cashback after spending $2000 in the first 120 days of opening your account. We are also proudly supported by the About the Journey podcast. Host Oneka Raymond takes you around North America to answer the question what does it mean to travel better? Search for About the Journey today wherever you get your podcasts! Zero to Travel is brought to you by Better Help, visit their website today to get 10% off your first month of services.

Tune In To Learn:

  • Why toxic mold was the unexpected launching point for Leslie’s travel dreams
  • What made Leslie decide to seize the opportunity to travel long term
  • Reasons why saying traveling  is like hitting a reset button
  • How it felt to finally leave on a trip that was 2 years in the making
  • The strategy Leslie used to budget and plan accommodations
  • How Leslie has navigated visas renewals during her year abroad
  • What type of unexpected challenges have arisen during Leslie’s time abroad
  • Why Leslie took climate and weather into account when seeking destinations
  • Leslie’s experience being a solo female traveler 
  • A few of Leslie’s favorite moments abroad 
  • The biggest differences between slow travel and a quick trip
  • How this journey impacted Leslie’s perspective on her career
  • Why Leslie decided to leave her photography equipment at home
  • The  biggest takeaways from nearly a year of traveling
  • Why it is a bigger risk to not seize the opportunity
  • A 60-second challenge to everyone
  • And so much more

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Top 5 Countries For Solo Travelers, The Future of Tourism, and Making An Impact with Matt Berna from Intrepid Travel

Top 5 Countries For Solo Travelers, The Future of Tourism, and Making An Impact with Matt Berna from Intrepid Travel

November 17, 2022

Are you working on your 2023 travel bucket list? 

Well then, today’s very special episode is just for you. I chat with Matt Berna, President of North America for Intrepid travel, to get insight into some of the best and most unique places to visit as a solo traveler.

Intrepid Travel is a world leader in sustainable experience-rich travel that has been taking travelers to discover the world's most amazing places for more than 30 years. The company’s mission is to create positive change through the joy of travel. Intrepid offers over 1,150 trips designed to truly experience local culture across every continent. 

Regardless of next year's travel plans, you will need information from this episode in your arsenal. Not only does Matt share the top 5 countries for solo travelers (based on real statistics), but he also gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be a tour guide and shares how to break into the travel industry, why you should consider group travel, what realistic sustainable travel looks like and so much more. 

What has been one of the greatest travel days you’ve ever had? I'd love to hear what they are and hope you will share them by sending me an audio message.

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Tune In To Learn:

  • Why going to college in Boulder, CO grew Matt’s love for the outdoors
  • How Matt became a tour guide and why he keeps doing it
  • The best parts about Matt’s time living abroad in London
  • Advice for someone who wants to make a living based on travel
  • What Intrepid Travel is all about
  • Insight into how to be a more sustainable traveler
  • Why solo travelers should consider a group tour experience
  • The  best (unexpected) countries to visit as a  solo traveler
  • Why creating unique travel itineraries is a tool for building sustainable travel
  • What it takes to make a great leader
  • The greatest travel day Matt can remember
  • Why you should put something fun on your calendar
  • And so much more

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How To Navigate Life Changes Gracefully, Full Time RVing, and Finding Courage Through Travel w/ Geri Suster

How To Navigate Life Changes Gracefully, Full Time RVing, and Finding Courage Through Travel w/ Geri Suster

November 15, 2022

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live without regrets? 

Today I am joined by author, speaker, and nomad, Geri Suster, to deep dive into her newest book Graceful Exits: Making the Case for Getting Good at Goodbye, and learn how to build skills in navigating exits and preventing regretful goodbyes. 

In 2017 Geri sold her seaside home and all her belongings to travel the United States in a 33’ Class A RV with her 2 dogs. Life on the road gave Geri the confidence and space to realize her calling to write a book geared toward helping others find grace in making difficult exits. She has since traded in her RV for a self-converted sprinter van and found a home base in Bend, Oregon but is gearing up to hit the road again to spread the word about Graceful Exits. Want Geri Suster to come to your town? Reach out!

If you have ever regretted how something ended, you will not want to miss this episode. Geri gives practical advice for preventing difficult goodbyes, shares the top questions to ask yourself before any exit, explains why travel gave her the courage to follow her dreams, and so much more. 

Is there an exit you wish you could have done differently? I'd love to hear about it and hope you will share by sending me an audio message.

Don't forget that if you want access to the private Zero To Travel podcast feed, a bonus episode every month (decided on by YOU), exclusive content, direct access to me to answer your questions, and more. Click Here To Try Premium Passport For Only $1 and get:

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Zero to Travel is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy, visit their website today to get 10% off your first month of services. Today’s episode is also brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com.  We are also supported by US Bank Altitude Go Visa Signature Card, get 4 X points on eating out and 2 X points on groceries, entertainment services, and gas or EV charge stations. Apply today at usbank.com/altitudego to get 20,000 points by spending $1000 in your first 90 days. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • How Geri knew Bend, Oregon would be her new home base after many years on the road
  • What caused Geri to leave her corporate career and seaside home behind
  • Why travel can show you what you sometimes cannot see otherwise
  • The bad lay-off experience that led Geri to the idea for her new book
  • What it feels like to sell everything and hit the road for the first time
  • The biggest challenges of living full-time in an RV (and downsizing to a van)
  • Why a mission to say “yes” guided Geri’s first year of travels and reasons for slowing down her second year
  • How traveling gave Geri the courage she needed to write her first book
  • How to define exits and avoid common mistakes in making them
  • Advice about how to gracefully leave your job
  • What to do when you have a relationship that needs to end/change
  • Essential questions to ask yourself before making an exit
  • The untold beauty of being present for the final exit
  • Unexpected lessons Geri learned from writing Graceful Exits
  • Why you should follow your calling despite uncertainty
  • And so much more

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Oneika Raymond on The Art of Storytelling, Nomad Life, How To Choose A Home Base, And What It’s Like Behind The Scenes As A Travel TV Personality

Oneika Raymond on The Art of Storytelling, Nomad Life, How To Choose A Home Base, And What It’s Like Behind The Scenes As A Travel TV Personality

November 8, 2022

Have you ever wished you could improve your storytelling skills surrounding travel? 

This week I am joined by travel journalist and friend to the show, Oneika Raymond to talk about the art of storytelling, what it’s like to be a travel journalist, and how her nomadic life has changed over the years. 

Oneika has visited 120 Countries over 6 continents and is on a mission to educate, empower and encourage exploration. She started her career as a secondary school teacher, eventually becoming an award-winning journalist, speaker, podcast host, and Emmy-winning television host.

If you love the spirit of wanderlust, then you don’t want to miss this episode. We talk about why you should take an adult gap year, advice on what it takes to tell a great story, the top 3 cities you must visit, why completion is more important than perfection, factors to consider if you’re considering settling down, and so much more.

What are your favorite stories from traveling? I'd love to hear a few and hope you will share them by sending me an audio message.

Don't forget that if you want access to the private Zero To Travel podcast feed, a bonus episode every month (decided on by YOU), exclusive content, direct access to me to answer your questions, and more. Click Here To Try Premium Passport For Only $1 and get:

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Today’s episode is brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Today’s episode is also sponsored by US Bank Visa Platinum Card, perfect for large purchases, unexpected expenses, and balance transfers. To see if you qualify for the lowest APR out there, visit usbank.com/platinum today. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com. We also proudly support the About the Journey podcast. Host Oneka Raymond takes you around North America to answer the question what does it mean to travel better? Search for About the Journey today wherever you get your podcasts!

Tune In To Learn:

  • Why Oneika has slowed down her pace of travel and which countries she keeps revisiting
  • What motivated Oneika and her husband to settle in Miami after an adult gap year
  • The difference between being nomadic and being an ex-pat
  • The key factors to consider when looking for a place to settle down
  • Why the U.S. inspires Oneika as an entrepreneur
  • The elements required to tell a good story
  • How to understand and connect with your audience as a storyteller
  • Why its necessary to be adaptable when telling a story
  • The importance of having humility when storytelling
  • Similarities between entrepreneurship and traveling
  • Advice about being a successful entrepreneur
  • Why completion is more important than perfection
  • How to fake it till you make it and overcome imposter syndrome
  • The hack that will help you use people as inspiration rather than intimidation
  • Travel advice from a long-time nomad
  • The best and worst parts about being  a TV personality
  • Which 3 cities Oneika says everyone should visit
  • 3 Books everyone needs to read
  • Oneika’s most treasured travel memories
  • And so much more

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How To Balance Your Financial Health & Travel (5 Expert Tips) w/ Kristin Meador

How To Balance Your Financial Health & Travel (5 Expert Tips) w/ Kristin Meador

November 1, 2022

Have you ever wondered how to invest in your future while embracing a travel-centered present?

Today I am joined by Kristin Meador, a financial expert who specializes in supporting location-independent businesses, in learning about best practices for managing your finances no matter where you are and what you're doing.

After years of working 80+ hour weeks for a large accounting firm, Kristin's burnout caused her to make a radical change - sell everything and travel. About a year into her journey, she realized that she could use her skills as a corporate CPA to create her own cloud-based accounting business and create a location-independent lifestyle. She founded Gradient Accounting when she realized she could meet the unique needs of digital nomads, providing simple answers to sometimes scary and complex questions.

If want to be sure you are making the best approach toward money management and travel, then you won't want to miss today's episode. Kristin shares the story of how travel inspired her to start her own business, how to define your core values to assist in big financial decisions, the pros and cons of the FIRE movement, finding the balance between investing and traveling, and so much more. 

What is your money mindset? I'd love to hear about it and hope you will share by sending me an audio message.

Don't forget that if you want access to the private Zero To Travel podcast feed, a bonus episode every month (decided on by YOU), exclusive content, direct access to me to answer your questions, and more. Click Here To Try Premium Passport For Only $1 and get:

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  • :woman-raising-hand::skin-tone-4: Ask Me (Jason) Your Burning Questions, and Get A Personal Answer!
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Today’s episode is brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets that are proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com. This episode is also brought to you by US Bank Altitude Go Visa Signature Card get 4 X the points on eating out and 2 X the points on groceries, entertainment services, and gas or EV charge stations. Apply today at usbank.com/altitudego to get 20,000 points by spending $1000 in your first 90 days.

Tune In To Learn:

  • Why Kristen is my financial mentor
  • What caused Kristin to develop a love for travel from an early age
  • Why do Kristin and her husband make it a point to travel together and separately
  • The importance of discussing travel goals and values in your relationship
  • Advice for balancing work and travel  when living abroad
  • Why travel helps inspire creativity in business
  • How to embrace living in the now by being intentional with your time
  • All about burnout - how to spot it and what to do about it
  • The moment Kristin decided to travel full-time and the places she visited her first year
  • Pros and cons surrounding the FIRE movement
  • Why there is no drug more addictive than the biweekly paycheck
  • How to find a balance between saving and investing
  • Why understanding your core values will help you make difficult financial decisions
  • How Kristin budgets for adventures and travel
  • And so much more

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Reviving History’s Forgotten Female Adventurers w/ Elise Wortley

Reviving History’s Forgotten Female Adventurers w/ Elise Wortley

October 25, 2022

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel like a great historical adventurer? 

Today I am joined by Elise Wortley, a journalist on a mission to quite literally walk in the shoes of some of history’s most fierce female explorers.

After reading Alexandra David-Néel’s book My Journey to Lhasa at age 16 (and again at 28), Elise was left with many questions about the trials and tribulations Alexandra must have faced being a female traveler in the early 1900s. In search of answers, she set off to India to follow in the author’s footsteps, using only items that would have been available during the original journey - a Yak wool coat and wooden backpack. This trip has snowballed into multiple adventures sprinkled throughout the globe, tracing footprints from the past.

If you love adventure, you will not want to miss this episode. Elise shares epic stories from her travels and describes exactly what it was like to travel without modern luxuries, important lessons she’s learned from the journeys, actions she took to start her first journey, and so much more. 

Which modern technology do you think would be the hardest to give up when traveling? I'd love to hear your thoughts and hope you will share them by sending me an audio message.

Don't forget that if you want access to the private Zero To Travel podcast feed, a bonus episode every month (decided on by YOU), exclusive content, direct access to me to answer your questions, and more. Click Here To Try Premium Passport For Only $1 and get:

  • :key: Access To The Zero To Travel Podcast Archives (300+ amazing episodes and growing)
  • :studio_microphone: One Bonus Episode Per Month (Decided By YOU) + Exclusive Content You Can’t Hear Anywhere Else
  • :woman-raising-hand::skin-tone-4: Ask Me (Jason) Your Burning Questions, and Get A Personal Answer!
  • :blush: All Episodes Ad-Free (From April 2021 Onward)

Today’s episode is brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets that are proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com.

This episode is also brought to you by US Bank Shopper Cash Rewards Visa Signature Card, earn up to 6% cash back at selected stores. Visit https://usbank.com/shopper to get $250 Cashback after spending $2000 in the first 120 days of opening your account.

We also proudly support the About the Journey podcast. Host Oneka Raymond takes you around North America to answer the question what does it mean to travel better? Search for About the Journey today wherever you get your podcasts!

Tune In To Learn:

  • Why do female adventures lack the same recognition as their male counterparts
  • How Elise conducts research on history's forgotten female explorers
  • The book that led Elise down the path of reliving adventures from the past
  • How Elise came up with the inspiration for her first adventure
  • The importance of bringing stories from the past back to life
  • How to walk the walk and not just talk about it
  • What it felt like to wear historical clothing during big treks & how others reacted
  • Hacks for finding and creating old-school adventure gear
  • Lessons from traveling without technology and how it will change your relationship with your phone
  • Why adventure is for anyone and everyone
  • Highlights from traveling through the Valley of The Assasins in Iran (Elise’s most recent trip)
  • Advice for anyone who is looking to do something different with their lives
  • How Elise’s projects help fund charities and what’s next
  • And so much more

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3 Travel Trends You Should Know w/ Paige McClanahan

3 Travel Trends You Should Know w/ Paige McClanahan

October 18, 2022

Do you feel up to speed on the latest travel trends?

Today I am joined by travel journalist, author, podcast host, and dear friend to the show, Paige McClanahan, to discuss 3 travel trends you should know before planning your next trip. 

Paige has lived in 6 countries since leaving the United States in 2008. She is currently living with her family in the French Alps and is a regular contributor to the New York Times and other popular publications. 

If you plan on traveling internationally in the coming year, you will not want to miss this episode. We dive deep into 3 travel trends Paige has highlighted in some of her recent articles for the NY Times. These insights will help you enhance your next travel experience by showing you when & where to book, what type of transportation to utilize, how to create synergy in a tourist destination and so much more. 

What destination are you planning on visiting next? I'd love to hear all about it and hope you will share by sending me an audio message.

Don't forget that if you want access to the private Zero To Travel podcast feed, a bonus episode every month (decided on by YOU), exclusive content, direct access to me to answer your questions, and more. Click Here To Try Premium Passport For Only $1 and get:

  • :key: Access To The Zero To Travel Podcast Archives (300+ amazing episodes and growing)
  • :studio_microphone: One Bonus Episode Per Month (Decided By YOU) + Exclusive Content You Can’t Hear Anywhere Else
  • :woman-raising-hand::skin-tone-4: Ask Me (Jason) Your Burning Questions, and Get A Personal Answer!
  • :blush: All Episodes Ad-Free (From April 2021 Onward)

Today’s episode is brought to you by The North Face - providing athlete-tested Jackets that are proven to be highly insulated, warm, breathable & durable so you can focus on what matters. It’s more than a jacket, it’s a calling to get out and explore. Get yours today in stores or at www.thenorthface.com. This episode is also brought to you by the US Bank Visa Platinum card, with a 0% intro APR for 18 billing cycles and no annual fees, this card is a tool for getting ahead. Visit usbank.com/platinum to signup today.

Tune In To Learn:

  • Why you should check out the Better Travel podcast
  • What living in the French Alps has taught Paige about travel and tourism
  • Takeaways from investigating the benefits and drawbacks of traveling via Train vs. Plane
  • How the pandemic has impacted travel trends throughout Europe
  • About the 9 Euro train ticket experiment and other revolutionary transportation options in Europe
  • What the future of travel transportation looks like
  • How climate change has impacted when and where you should travel next
  • Practical tips for booking trips abroad during the hotter months
  • Tips for navigating traveling during the “on-season” travel when you have kids
  • Why some popular destinations are re-thinking the way they approach tourism
  • Stigmas that surround tourists and how to find synergy in tourism
  • What’s next for Paige
  • Great news for digital nomads, ex-pats, and long-term travelers
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The Vagabond’s Way: Meditations on Wanderlust, Discovery, and the Art of Travel w/ Rolf Potts

The Vagabond’s Way: Meditations on Wanderlust, Discovery, and the Art of Travel w/ Rolf Potts

October 11, 2022

What is it that motivates you to travel?

Today I am joined by esteemed travel writer and teacher Rolf Potts to talk about his new book The Vagabond’s Way and dive into how anybody can enrich their lives through maintaining a traveler’s mindset, even at home. 

Rolf Potts has reported from over 60 countries for publications like National Geographic, NPR, and Travel Channel. He has lectured all over the world and hosts a yearly writer's workshop. His travels have brought him through 6 continents, including boating 900 miles down the Mekong in Laos, hitchhiking in Eastern Europe, bicycling in Burma, and traveling for 6 weeks across the world with no luggage or bags, and much more. His first book Vagabonding was published in 2003 and was of paramount importance in my own travel journey.

If you love to travel as much as me, then this episode will be extra special. We dive into exactly how travel changes our inner and outer perspective, allows us to embrace unseen parts of self, and try on new identities. We also discuss how to have micro adventures at home, what it means to feel comfortable in a culture and so much more.

What are your biggest spiritual or philosophical takeaways from your recent travels? I'd love to hear what they are and hope you will share them by sending me an audio message.

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Tune In To Learn:

  • Thoughts and takeaways from visiting Norway
  • What is forest bathing and why it’s a great travel virtue
  • Artists and thinkers who have made an impact on Rolf’s travel mindset
  • What the pandemic has taught Rolf about travel
  • Why what’s on your bucket list matters less than what you do when you get there
  • What it means to take the travel attitude home with you and how to do it
  • Practical ways you can explore new locations based on your interest
  • What it was like to live in a van long before the van life movement
  • How to overcome imposter syndrome and give yourself permission to live your travel dreams
  • Why it's important to travel for your own growth rather than other’s
  • How to pay attention to life, practice gratitude, and make the most of the moments we have
  • What motivated Rolf to write his most recent book and a secret look inside
  • Why having a mission while traveling can drastically change the experience
  • How to occupy time instead of managing it
  • Why it's important to travel first and become a digital nomad later
  • Insights on navigating the complicated relationship between travel and technology
  • What it means to feel a part of a culture
  • Tips for travelers who want to write about their experience
  • And so much more

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