Zero To Travel Podcast
Lessons From Traveling To 193 Countries While Working Full Time w/ Brian Asher

Lessons From Traveling To 193 Countries While Working Full Time w/ Brian Asher

June 30, 2020

Is it even possible to travel and work full time? Can teaching actually pay enough to get you on the road and traveling? Plus...what is my secret travel fantasy (ohhhhhh!).

I am so grateful that one of the kindest human beings on Earth is here with me today to talk about traveling to 193 countries while teaching full time, how the passing of a loved one can be the impetus to a life of travel, and how to weave your other passions into travel to improve the experience and your mindset, Brian Asher from The World Hiker.

I am so excited to partner with HomeExchange.com who makes it possible to see the world without paying for accommodations. Make sure you listen to the entire podcast to get the promo code to save you some extra cash when you get your first exchange.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 09:30 An Inspired Life & Brotherly Love
  • 16:10 The Healing Nature Of Travel
  • 19:30 Why Every Country In The World
  • 21:45 Combining Your Passions While Traveling
  • 26:50 How Traveling & Working Full Time Mix
  • 31:00 The Ghost In The Room
  • 32:10 Teaching Abroad As A Means Of Travel
  • 35:10 Traveling On A Teacher's Salary & Packing Tips
  • 39:45 Traveling In Lesser Known or "Dangerous" Places 
  • 48:10 Safety Tips When Traveling
  • 50:50 Resources That Brian Recommends
  • 52:50 Money Management Tips & Being Robbed
  • 55:50 Advice On Getting In With The Locals
  • 57:10 Most Memorable Meals
  • 59:55 The Beauty & Logistics of Pakistan
  • And so much more
Is Your Summer Vacation Destroying The Planet? w/ Seth Kugel

Is Your Summer Vacation Destroying The Planet? w/ Seth Kugel

June 23, 2020

Is your summer vacation destroying the planet? This is a very important question and we want to be very good travelers & world citizens but in doing so are we causing more damage to an already fragile world. How can we treat the planet the way it needs to be treated while still fulfilling our travel dreams? Today's episode is not to make you feel guilty but to educate/inform and I am very happy to have on my friend Seth Kugel who is an author of many books, columnist/travel writer, and world traveler.

I am so excited to partner with HomeExchange.com who makes it possible to see the world without paying for accommodations. Make sure you listen to the entire podcast to get the promo code to save you some extra cash when you get your first exchange.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 08:30 How Guilty Should You Feel About Your Vacation? NYT Article
  • 15:50 Why Travel Shaming Doesn't Work
  • 22:05 What Can You Do To Make Things Better
  • 25:45 Learn From The Knowledge Of Today
  • 28:30 Not All Trips Are Created Equally
  • 32:10 The Cost of AirBnB, Overtourism & the Disney Experience
  • 42:10 How "Influencers" Glorify Travel & Experiences
  • 46:30 Downside Of Travel Writing
  • 48:50 Current Projects for Seth
  • 51:30 Should Travel Be More Expensive To Offset The Environmental Damage
  • And so much more
How To Exchange Your Home For Free Accommodations Around The World w/ Emmanual Arnaud

How To Exchange Your Home For Free Accommodations Around The World w/ Emmanual Arnaud

June 18, 2020

Today we are talking about how you can get plugged into a community that can get you free accommodations around the world with CEO of HomeExchange.com, Emmanual Arnaud.  While we are still in the midst of the COVID pandemic so you may not be going overseas right now, it doesn't mean that you can't start planning all your future travels today. Emmanual & I  will be diving into how HomeExchange works, bust some myths, and how they are making sure you stay safe and well taken care of throughout your travels.

We are so excited to partner with HomeExchange.com and make sure you listen to the entire podcast to get the promo code to save you some extra cash when you get your first exchange.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 09:30 Growing Up In France & The U.S.
  • 11:50 The Not So Typical Places In France
  • 13:40 Best Long Distance Hikes
  • 17:50 Passion For Travel Begins & Hiking In Mongolia
  • 24:00 Sustainable Development As A Passion
  • 30:00 Core Values & HomeExchange Beginnings
  • 37:00 How Does HomeExchange Work
  • 41:00 Safety, Community, & An Even Playing Field
  • 47:35 Authentic Experiences & The Sharing Economy
  • 52:05 Do You Have To Own A Home To Participate
  • 54:20 Costs 
  • 01:04:00 HomeExchange In The Era of COVID-19 
  • And so much more
Solo Travel, Coffee and Blackpacking w/ Jarika Johnson

Solo Travel, Coffee and Blackpacking w/ Jarika Johnson

June 9, 2020

Today's guest is Jarika Johnson from the Blackpacking Podcast and on the show, we discuss everything from our love of coffee to the art of solo travel. Jarika has been to over 20 countries and has never traveled with someone so that makes her an expert in the field & why I couldn't wait to have her on the show. We take a dive into the introspective nature of solo travel, lessons you can learn about the world & about yourself, the black traveler experience, and why we have an underrepresentation in the traveling community. I had a blast chatting with Jarika and I can't wait to have her on again!

Tune In To Learn:

  • 5:30 For The Love Of Coffee
  • 10:30 The Story Behind the Blackpacking Podcast
  • 12:50 Why Solo Travel & Lessons Learned
  • 17:30 Processing  & Reflecting On Your Trip
  • 20:20 Sharing The Stories Of Black Travelers
  • 25:55 Why Is Their Underrepresentation?
  • 25:20 Racism: World vs. America
  • 30:00 Homesteading vs Nomading
  • 33:45 What's Next?
  • 35:15 Budget Travel Tips
  • 37:05 Places Loved That Were Surprises
  • And so much more

 

Silence In The Age Of Noise With Legendary Explorer Erling Kagge

Silence In The Age Of Noise With Legendary Explorer Erling Kagge

June 2, 2020

What an incredible show today as I sit down (in person) and chat with legendary explorer and adventurer Erling Kagge; a man of many firsts.

Back in 1990, he reached the north pole without support as part of a two-man team (they were the very first people to do that).  Then in 1992-93, he did a solo unsupported expedition to the south pole (he was the first person to ever do that).  He spent 50 days walking alone across Antarctica with no contact with anyone.  And he also climbed Mt. Everest in 1994, which made him the first person to complete the 3 Poles Challenge on foot.  Back in 2010, he did a 5-day long walk through the sewers of NY to the Atlantic Ocean.  And in 2012, he walked the entire length of LA’s sunset boulevard.

We talk about his book Silence: In the Age of Noise, why silence is such an important part of our lives as humans, walking, travel of course, and a whole lot more.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 7:54 Huge Misunderstanding About Today
  • 13:22 New Attitude For Erling Kagge
  • 15:19 One Secret To Have a Good Life
  • 16:57 The Best Things About Walking
  • 22:30 What You Can Hear In Silence
  • 28:25 Things To Make Your Life More Difficult
  • 38:10 How To Transition From Adventuring To Publishing
  • 45:23 One Of The Most Underestimated Feelings You Can Have
  • 46:38 The Best Parts Of The Writing Process
  • 49:59 How You Know When To Move On
  • 56:20 Advice If You Are Thinking About Traveling Or Exploring
  • And so much more
Alternative Education and Travel With Blake Boles

Alternative Education and Travel With Blake Boles

May 26, 2020

Today's interview might make you question everything all over again.

My friend Blake Boles returns to the show to talk about alternative education, one of the big perks of travel, advice around making an impact on the world with your work, why making things an adventure for yourself is so important, how the “moment” of a place determines your travel experience, a great long term strategy for making things happen, and so much more.

Blake is an advocate for alternative education and he has authored several books, including a new one called, “Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School,” which makes the case for helping kids leave school, chart their own paths, and prepare for adulthood at their own pace.

You can grab the full show notes with all links discussed here! 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 14:33 Educated Facts About The Current State Of Home Schooling
  • 17:16 Biggest Myths and Stereotypes Around Alternative Education
  • 24:51 Future Trends Of The World And Why To Consider Alternative Education
  • 35:13 The Real Reason Schools Exist
  • 39:07 What Is Appropriate Stress When It Comes To Travel
  • 46:49 Curiosity Is Palpable
  • 50:24 Wise Bit Of Travel Advice And Thinking
  • 51:53 How To Make An Impact With Your Work
  • 53:36 Advice To Crowdfund A Special Project
  • 55:59 The Moment Of A Place
  • 1:03:03 Is The Nomad Life For You
  • And so much more
How To Create A Successful App, Travel by Sailboat, and The Lifestyle Entrepreneur’s Mindset w/ Dane Homenick

How To Create A Successful App, Travel by Sailboat, and The Lifestyle Entrepreneur’s Mindset w/ Dane Homenick

May 19, 2020

How do you easily capture travel memories?

Speaking of capturing travel memories….that is exactly what my friend Dane Homenick’s app does.  Dale spent years living on a sailboat and has built one of the biggest travel apps out there called Journo.  You'll hear all about sailing around the world, running a lifestyle business, why gratitude is so important, money mindset, and the concept of living mini lives within your life.  He gives a bunch of tips on how you can get started with your first or next location independent business, and a whole lot more!

You can grab the full show notes with all links discussed here! 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 10:54 How The #1 Travel Journal App Came About
  • 12:48 Scratching Your Own Itch
  • 13:47 Passion Behind Journo HQ
  • 15:33 How To Become Smarter When Building Apps
  • 21:40 Ways To Improve Your Money Mindset
  • 26:55 How To Get Into Sailing
  • 33:38 Expert App Development Advice
  • 45:11 General Cost Of Building The Smallest App
  • 49:47 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Building An App
  • 52:28 Keyword Research To Rank In The App Store
  • 59:10 Forever As You Want It To Be
  • 1:00:36 Sailing Puns
  • And so much more
Transition To Travel: Radical Life Change For World Travel w/ Jordan & Tyler

Transition To Travel: Radical Life Change For World Travel w/ Jordan & Tyler

May 12, 2020

What can you radically change in your life to help make travel happen for you?

Tune in today to learn about one couple's transition to travel story.  Jordan & Tyler give you a "before and after" of their extended trip.  You'll hear all about what life was like leading up to their travels and then hear what it was like when they got back.  See how Tyler was able to radically change his life and learn how he and Jordan were able to set themselves up for travel.  This will truly show you the impact that travel can have on your life.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Travel South Dakota and Tortuga Backpacks.  Get the best free guide all about the beautiful state of South Dakota and find some of the best travel gear out there.

You can grab the full show notes with all links discussed here!  

Tune In To Learn:

  • 13:58 Building Up To The Drastic Transition To Travel
  • 18:09 Daily Routine To Make Sacrifices For Travel
  • 20:53 The Snowball Effect To Make Travel A Reality
  • 24:18 How To Decide On Where To Travel
  • 26:25 How Much To Budget For A Three Month Trip
  • 32:12 Time Traveling To Life After The Trip
  • 38:14 Did The Budget Hold Up?
  • 39:38 Highlights Of The Trip
  • 41:11 South American Destinations That Stood Out
  • 45:05 How Has This Experience Has Changed You?
  • 47:35 Challenges Transitioning Back To Reality
  • 56:35 Traveling As A Couple For Three Months
  • And so much more
Ethical Travel, Life In Mozambique and Ocean Love w/ Francesca Trotman

Ethical Travel, Life In Mozambique and Ocean Love w/ Francesca Trotman

May 5, 2020

Do you have a passion that has lead you on a lifelong journey?

Today's guest, Francesca Trotman, let her passion for ocean conservation lead her on a travel and life journey from the U.K. to Mozambique where she currently lives. We will discuss why we should all be visiting Mozambique and what life is like there, what it is like to run a non-profit charity and why you need to include the community you live in with the charity and the dire importance of ethical travel for the wellbeing of everyone and everything on this planet we share. 

You can grab the full show notes with all links discussed here!

Tune In To Learn:

  • 07:50 COVID-19 Measures & Effects
  • 17:30 Finding Your Passion & Starting A Charity
  • 22:30 Why Mozambique & What Its Like It Living There
  • 28:45 What Are The Cultural & Daily Differences
  • 36:20 Balancing Ethical Travel With Livelihoods Of Locals
  • 42:30 The Best Practices For Wanting To Help Others
  • 50:10 Breaking Down Ethical Travel & What You Should & Shouldn't Do
  • 01:08:00 Can The Oceans Be Saved?
  • 01:10:15 The Mental Struggles Of Trying To Do The Right Thing
  • 01:14:15 Why Should We Visit Mozambique & Best Diving Locations
  • And so much more
Antarctica: Living And Working On The Frozen Continent

Antarctica: Living And Working On The Frozen Continent

April 28, 2020

Has Antarctica on your list of places you want to go to? How about live & work?

Learn what it’s like to live and work on Antarctica and how you can visit the frozen continent from two awesome people who have spent 5 months there, Zach & Leah. We discuss what life is like on a daily basis, what the culture is like, what the travel experience is like from such a remote place, what it's like to work there, how much can you earn and what kind of positions can you find down there. We covered a lot in this 70-minute episode so what did you find the most interesting? Would you ever want to live and work in Antarctica? 

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Travel South Dakota which have the best free guide all about the beautiful state of South Dakota. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 09:50 Starting The Journey Of Mixing Travel & Work
  • 14:30 Quitting A Job You Love & One You Hate
  • 20:30 Tips For Transitioning To A Life On The Road & Saving Money
  • 26:15 The Hardest Part Of Telling Friends & Family That You're Leaving
  • 29:00 Compromising & The Unexpected Surprises
  • 36:00 Extending The Trip Financially
  • 38:15 How To Get To Antarctica & Where To Find Job Opportunities
  • 41:30 The Pay, The Living Expenses & The Toll Antarctica Takes On Your Mind & Body
  • 44:30 What Was The Experience Truly Like There
  • 48:15 Change In Habits & Reverse Culture Shock
  • 51:40 Effects Of Climate Change & Intense Recycling 
  • 55:45 Traveling Sustainably Conundrum 
  • 57:50 New Zealand Road Tripping
  • And so much more