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A Soulful Southern Road Trip: About The Journey With Oneika Raymond

A Soulful Southern Road Trip: About The Journey With Oneika Raymond

October 14, 2021

On today's very special episode, we will be taking an EPIC road trip with fellow travel journalist, podcaster, and friend Oneika Raymond. You will be hearing an episode from her new podcast About the Journey where she will take you on an audio journey from Georgia all the way to North Carolina. 

To see what this episode has in store, check out the description from the About the Journey podcast:

Join Host Oneika Raymond on a Southern road trip from Atlanta to Asheville. We’ll visit a soul food café whose owner has been feeding hungry locals and the homeless for over 20 years.  We’ll also hear an ancient legend that haunts a well-known hiking trail and visit an unlikely site to see some incredible artwork. Thanks to our guests on this episode for sharing their stories along the route.

  • You can learn more about the School Bus Graveyard by visiting their Facebook page here
  • Check out Shirley’s Soul Food Café on Facebook, here.
  • Get more information about Tallulah Gorge’s North and South Rim Loop Trails on the Georgia State Park website, here.
  • And, to find out more about the Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville, visit the hotel website
  • For more about this route – and to get other road trip ideas – visit Marriott Bonvoy Traveler.

And if you liked this episode of About the Journey please be sure to rate, review and subscribe. 

What is a memory that sticks out from your last epic road trip? 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

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LGBTQ+ Travel and Making A Difference with Ravi Roth

LGBTQ+ Travel and Making A Difference with Ravi Roth

October 12, 2021

Do you ever stop to ponder the role your personal identity and culture play in your travel experience? How about the role travel plays in your identity and culture? 

This week travel expert, vlogger, speaker, and influencer, Ravi Roth, shares the unique insight he's gained in traveling to 34 countries with the goal of exploring and embracing Queer culture for his new travel series Ravi Round The World.

Listen now to get a first-hand account of how Queer culture and Pride have manifested throughout the world, learn about some of the best destinations and must-do festivals around the globe, gain insight into the ever-changing meaning and experience surrounding Pride, and be inspired to make a difference in the world.

How have you come to understand your own identity better through the lens of travel? I'd love to hear your insights 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

This episode is also sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will get you the most return on your next trip. Today's episode is also sponsored by the amazing folks over at Wildly Goods which helps to keep me (and my feet) ridiculously comfortable and blister-free through all seasons.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 11:00 What Ravi's 14-year old self would say about his life today
  • 13:20 The transition from growing up in small-town Pennsylvania to a life of travel
  • 17:15 Why connecting with the locals can fuel your passion for travel
  • 19:30 What inspired Ravi's Road to Pride 
  • 24:50 How the meaning of Pride is constantly evolving 
  • 27:30 Ravi's advice surrounding safe travel and mindfulness as a Queer traveler
  • 31:30 Surprising discoveries about Queer culture around the world 
  • 33:30 Finding balance between work and travel when travel is your job
  • 36:20 The key elements of a good story
  • 38:30 Memorable off-camera experiences
  • 43:10 How can the average person be an ally and support the LGBTQ+ community
  • 45:40 Advice for the younger generation and Ravi's own coming out experience
  • 50:10 Ravi's Top places to travel, best festivals, & more tips
  • 56:30 Reflections on what is really important in life
  • And so much more

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Train Travel Around The World w/ Mark Smith

Train Travel Around The World w/ Mark Smith

October 5, 2021

When was the last time you focused primarily on the journey instead of on the destination when traveling?

Train travel expert and creator of seat61.com/, Mark Smith, shows us exactly how planning a train trip is a wonderful way to give greater meaning to your next travel adventure. 

If you have ever considered planning a train trip but don't know where to start, you won't want to miss the wealth of knowledge and experience Mark offers in this episode. 

When and where will your next train adventure happen? I'd love to hear the details 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

Today's episode is sponsored by Expedia’s new podcast,  Out Travel The System, subscribe today to get tips, tricks, inspiration, and information to help plan your next trip. This episode is also brought to you by Better Help, visit their website today to get 10% off your first month of services. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 12:20 Takeaways from traveling in Syria nearly a decade ago
  • 16:40 How working for the railroad created Mark's unique perspective on train travel
  • 18:50 Why the journey gives relevance to the destination
  • 23:30 Classic train journeys in the US
  • 27:30 When to buy a train pass vs. individual tickets
  • 32:00 Tips to optimize overnight train travel 
  • 34:20 Guidance for beginners
  • 37:00 How to plan and execute epic journies like the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • 39:00 Must-do train rides across the US and Europe 
  • 41:40 Mark's most memorable travel companions
  • 45:40 What the future of train travel looks like
  • 47:50 Environmental impact of train vs. air travel
  • 50:30 Resource recommendations
  • 51:30 How an HTML book inspired Mark to build his business
  • 58:15 Why and how train travel changed my life
  • And so much more

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Crypto, AI and The Future Of Travel With Rohit Talwar

Crypto, AI and The Future Of Travel With Rohit Talwar

September 28, 2021

Have you ever wondered how your life might be different if you had a crystal ball that looked into the future? 

This week I am joined by Rohit Talwar a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future. His expertise lies in helping the travel sector, leaders in corporations, tourism boards, investment firms, associations, NGOs, and governments, understand and shape the emerging future. He has a particular focus on how we can advance business, society, and individual lives by harnessing the power of new thinking, innovation, and disruptive developments such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and human enhancement.

If you have ever been curious about how new technologies, currencies, and customs will shape the future of travel, then you don't want to miss out on this week's episode. 

What kinds of technological developments are you looking forward to in your future travels? I'd love to hear more 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

Today's episode is sponsored by the amazing folks over at Wildly Goods which helps to keep me (and my feet) ridiculously comfortable and blister-free through all seasons. This episode is also sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will get you the most return on your next trip.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 11:30 How a person becomes a futurist
  • 15:00 The trip that changed Rohit's life
  • 19:15 How the blending of his Indian and British roots shaped Rohit's outlook
  • 26:00 The mindset of a futurist
  • 29:35 A firsthand look into the process of future studies
  • 36:50 The lowdown on cryptocurrency 
  • 46:40 How to get the most out of loyalty programs and points
  • 48:30 Everything about smart contracts
  • 54:00 The future of centralized vs. decentralized finance
  • 01:03:40 Advantages of using cryptocurrency as a traveler 
  • 01:10:40 The role artificial intelligence plays in the future of travel
  • 01:18:40 How AI and VR can offer a curated travel experience
  • 01:23:00 The pros and cons of AI
  • 01:28:40 Utilizing technology to make the world a better place
  • 01:37:30 How can the average person stay on top of trends
  • And so much more

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Living Your Best Travel Life with Jubril Agoro

Living Your Best Travel Life with Jubril Agoro

September 21, 2021

What does the phrase "living your best life" mean to you? Is it a future dream or a current reality?

To Jubril Agoro, founder of Passport Heavy, co-founder of Live Richer Academy, "living your best life" is all about mindset, intuition, and flow. 

Tune in this week to learn all about the mindset secrets of how this world traveler and digital marketing expert grew and developed multiple online businesses focusing on community, travel, and personal development. 

What do you do to create balance in your life and how do you know it's time to realign? I'd love to hear more 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

Today's episode is sponsored by Expedia’s new podcast  Out Travel The System, subscribe today to get tips, tricks, inspiration, and information to help plan your next trip. This episode is also brought to you by Better Help, visit their website today to get 10% off your first month of services. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 17:30 How trusting intuition and flow is the guiding force in Jubril's travels and life
  • 21:00 What it's like to have home bases in different parts of the world
  • 22:00 Insights from Jabril's recent experience traveling to Rwanda 
  • 25:15 What first sparked Jabril's passion for travel and when it became a lifestyle 
  • 32:30 Why embracing the unconventional brings freedom
  • 37:00 The importance of minimalizing the material to maximize on life experience
  • 40:00 Lessons from travel and seeking similarities in the global community
  • 44:20 What it looks like to redefine the narrative of travel
  • 51:10 How to define and recognize success in your life
  • 55:00 Why perspective is everything when it comes to living well
  • 59:05 The crucial aspects of success in entrepreneurship
  • 1:08:40 Advice on having successful business partnerships
  • 1:14:40 What's coming next in the world of travel and online business
  • 1:17:50 Resource recommendations from Jubril
  • And so much more

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Adventure and Conservation: A 6000 km Tuk Tuk Journey Through Africa

Adventure and Conservation: A 6000 km Tuk Tuk Journey Through Africa

September 14, 2021

Have you ever came upon something while traveling that sparked a fire within you and pushed you to make change? 

For the past 6 months, Robbie, Ivo, Jasper & Josh have created adventure videos in Kenya for their YouTube channel,  and it quickly became apparent that the loss of tourism, due to Covid-19, is hurting parks and conservancies throughout Africa. After interviewing rangers and uncovering the truth about reduced salaries and increased workload, the group of creators knew they had to take action.

If you want to know exactly how 4 young YouTubers decided to journey from Kenya to Cape Town in nothing but 2 tuk-tuks, all in the name of conservation, then you do not want to miss this week's episode! 

What is one thing you can do to spark change within your own community? 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

This episode is sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will get you the most return on your next trip. Today's episode is also being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Wildly Goods which helps to keep me (and my feet) ridiculously comfortable and blister-free through all seasons. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 10:50 How the Tuk South crew came into existence
  • 12:20 All about the latest project
  • 19:30 What it was like growing up in Kenya
  • 23:40 How much it costs to modify a Tuk Tuk for a long-distance trip
  • 27:40 When they're planning to embark on the journey
  • 30:50 The impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on conservation in Africa
  • 34:00 Lessons from the journey and hopes for the future
  • 39:40 Why Tuk-Tuks?  
  • 43:00 How to follow and support the Tuk South project
  • And so much more

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Finding Opportunities For A Life Of Travel w/ Matt Bowles

Finding Opportunities For A Life Of Travel w/ Matt Bowles

September 7, 2021

Have you ever found yourself asking "what’s next" after a major life change or shift in identity? 

Digital Nomad and entrepreneur, Matt Bowels, shares how remaining curious and seeking opportunities during big changes have fueled his passion for travel, adventure, and business. 

If you are interested in the digital nomad life then tune in to hear the wisdom Matt has gained from traveling and running his Real Estate company in 65 countries on 6 continents over the past 8 years.

When was the last time you were at a magical crossroads in life and what course did you take? I'd love to hear about your experience 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

This episode is sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will get you the most return on your next trip. Today's episode is also being sponsored by Expedia’s new podcast  Out Travel The System, subscribe today to get tips, tricks, inspiration, and information to help plan your next trip. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 11:45 How the decision to study abroad inspired lifelong passion for travel 
  • 16:30 Lessons as an exchange student in Ireland
  • 19:20 How studying International Peace and Conflict in Grad School shaped Matt's early life
  • 23:10 How getting fired inspired Matt to start his own business
  • 28:50 Why asking “what now?” is the key to opening new doors after setbacks
  • 30:20 How the desire for autonomy fueled  Matt’s path to entrepreneurship 
  • 33:00 What happened when Matt found himself at the “Magical Crossroads”
  • 36:40 Matt's experience spending 3 years in 5 countries for 2 months each
  • 40:00 How unexpected change sparked Matt’s desire to build community while traveling 
  • 42:00 Thoughts and advice on managing major life transitions 
  • 46:30 Developing the 4 Pillars of Purpose
  • 49:00 Why integrating your values into your business is so important
  • 52:50 How Matt committed to his Real Estate business and fought imposter syndrome 
  • 1:00:20 What it’s like to ride the entrepreneurial roller coaster 
  • 1:02:50 Real Estate advice and resources from the expert himself
  • 1:07:30 Advice to running a business while living abroad
  • 1:10:50 Destination recommendations for long term travelers
  • 1:15:30 Lightning Round  Q&A 
  • And so much more

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Leaving A Comfortable Life For Travel w/ Cassie And Nate

Leaving A Comfortable Life For Travel w/ Cassie And Nate

August 31, 2021

Are you hesitant to leave your comfortable life for full-time travel? What exactly stands in the way between you and a life filled with adventure and self-discovery? 

Native Nomad Life creators, Cassie and Nate tell us how their transition to full-time travel eventually lead them to immerse themselves into native cultures, settling down part-time in Merida Mexico, and becoming professional storytellers. 

If you want more information about what it’s like to travel the world and set up a home base in a new country, as well as some great insight about life as a world traveler, you don’t want to miss this episode. 

What is one small step you can take towards a bigger (and perhaps overwhelming) goal? I would love to hear more 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

This episode is sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will get you the most return on your next trip. Today's episode is also being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Wildly Goods which helps to keep me (and my feet) ridiculously comfortable and blister-free through all seasons. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 13:50 Transition from a seemingly "comfortable life" to full-time travel 
  • 20:20  What showed them it was time to take the leap
  • 24:40 Growing up nomadic vs. stationary
  • 27:15 How Cassie and Nate’s journey started 
  • 31:50 Navigating the highs and lows of buying a one-way ticket to a new country
  • 34:10 The mindset shift that happens as you transition to full-time travel
  • 37:20 How Mexico became a home base
  • 41:00 Why investing in property can be a strategic move for nomads 
  • 44:30 Advice on trusting intuition and keeping an open mind when traveling as a couple
  • 48:40 Connecting to local culture through learning the language
  • 51:20 Tips for creating authentic connections when traveling 
  • 58:00 Mixing passion projects with altruism 
  • 1:06:30 Insight into the financial journey of constant travel 
  • 1:14:40 Cassie's experience getting sick in Thailand 
  • And so much more

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How To Take More Vacations By Booking Better, Cheaper Flights with Scott Keyes

How To Take More Vacations By Booking Better, Cheaper Flights with Scott Keyes

August 24, 2021

How often would you travel if you knew you could consistently get the best deals on transportation? 

Author and entrepreneur Scott Keyes’ passion for finding cheap flights turned his small mailing list for friends into a bustling website known as the travel industry's best-kept secret with 2-million members assisted by a 40-person team. 

If you are curious about what it takes to find the best deals on travel from best practices when booking, to what type of mindset is key, then you will not want to miss this episode. 

Which of Scott’s techniques will you use when booking your next trip? I'd love to hear about your experience 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

Today's episode is sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will help you earn the most on your next trip. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 09:05 How a once hobby transformed Scott into a cheap flight expert
  • 14:00 The road between growing a company and writing a book
  • 17:10 What exactly holds people back from traveling more
  • 21:00 Prioritizing your travel plans in a way that will pay off
  • 22:00 How changing your mindset allows you to find flexibility when planning a get-away
  • 26:10 The methodology behind finding cheap flights
  • 27:50 How you can find the “goldilocks window” 
  • 30:00 Best practices for when you’re ready to book your flights
  • 35:50 What to do when you find cheaper rates after you book 
  • 43:05 Tricks for booking last minute flights 
  • 46:40 Strategy for upgrading to business class
  • 52:30 The mindset behind avoiding over-tourism and being a globally conscious traveler 
  • 57:20 Scott’s journey as an entrepreneur and what he’s learned along the way
  • And so much more
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Transition To Travel: Before and After w/ Sofia and Teague

Transition To Travel: Before and After w/ Sofia and Teague

August 17, 2021

Do you ever wonder whether the idea of long-term travel or the nomadic lifestyle matches up with the reality of it?

Today you will get a blast from the past as we revisit the audio snapshot of one couple’s transition to travel journey.

Come along with Sofia and Teague as they share what it was like right before their journey started, including the process of leaving their careers and the prep work required for a transition to full-time travel. They catch us up after traveling the world for a year, sharing how they changed as individuals, as a couple, and how their lives transformed.

How do you use big picture thinking to accomplish all of your travel and life goals? I'd love to hear your story and hope you will share it 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. Check out Zero To Travel Premium Passport.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Wildly Goods which helps to keep me (and my feet) ridiculously comfortable and blister-free through all seasons. This episode is also sponsored by US Bank's Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card, with the ability to earn up to 5x the points on travel-related expenses like hotels, and rental cars, this card will get you the most return on your next trip. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • One of the biggest struggles when leaving your job
  • Highly recommended action that feels so good (even if you are not traveling)
  • A good way to integrate into the local economy
  • How to truly appreciate how other people live
  • A super important part of planning travel
  • How to adjust to living out of a backpack
  • One sign of a good trip
  • When you know you are no longer in vacation mode
  • One of the healthiest things you can get out of travel
  • Major realizations after long term travel
  • What affirms the basic decency of human beings
  • The ultimate relationship crucible
  • One of the most valuable things about travel

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