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How To Become The Hero In Your Own Life w/ Derek Loudermilk

How To Become The Hero In Your Own Life w/ Derek Loudermilk

January 12, 2021

Are you the hero in your own life?

Today's guest is Derek Loudermilk who is an adventurer, business coach, best-selling author, and fellow podcaster just to name a few things but in this chat, we are discussing being the hero in your own life. Derek shares five thought reversals that can help you in your hero journey, how paying attention & being aware can actually lend itself to being able to do more of what you love, and why your internal dialogue directly influences your external life. This show is a little more on the woo-woo side so please keep an open mind and sit back and enjoy.

Which of the 5 thought reversals spoke to you the most? What was your biggest takeaway from today's episode? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 12:45 From Digital Nomad To Going Home
  • 18:25 Raising Your Kids Unconventionally
  • 23:10 Transitioning From Your Old Life To A New One
  • 30:00 Tips On Owning Your Identity
  • 36:00 The 5 Thought Reversals
  • 56:15 Asking The Right Questions Of Yourself
  • 01:01:15 Learning About Yourself
  • 01:03:10 Advice On Travel
  • And so much more

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Immersion Travel: Becoming A Porter In Nepal w/ Nate Menninger

Immersion Travel: Becoming A Porter In Nepal w/ Nate Menninger

January 5, 2021

As a traveler what is the best thing you can do to have a richer and fuller experience and a closer connection with the countries you are visiting?

Today's guest is Nate Menninger who traveled to Nepal and talked his way into working one of the world's toughest jobs, being a porter in the Himalayas & the subsequent film on his experience. This job is not for the weak and includes carrying crazy amounts of bags for trekkers and getting supplies to the small villages that are in need so the strength is both physical and mental. He is one of the first foreign-born people to take on this job and we get into the dynamics that this caused, how this relates to his overall travel experience and the surprising thing he did right after working with the porters in Nepal plus how he was able to learn the language enough to create meaningful conversations so quickly.

What trip had the biggest impact on your life? What were the changes you felt after returning home? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 09:15 Running With The Bulls, Diving In Belize, & Free Housing in South America
  • 19:50 The Art Of F' Perfection
  • 24:30 Speaking The Language 
  • 28:45 The Vow Of Silence & It's Effects On The Body & Mind
  • 35:10 A Crash Course In Empathy
  • 40:45 The Dichotomy of Porter to Hollywood
  • 42:50 Breaking Into The World Of Being A Filmmaker & A Porter
  • 48:30 The 101 Of Being A Porter & Being A Responsible Traveler
  • 56:25 What Should We Do When We Go To Nepal?
  • 59:00 Most Surprising Aspect Of Being A Porter
  • 01:01:10 Being Accepted By Other Porters or Not
  • 01:05:35 Why Authentic Travel Should Matter To You?
  • 01:09:50 What's Next?
  • And so much more

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How To Make 2021 An Epic Travel Year

How To Make 2021 An Epic Travel Year

December 29, 2020

Do you want to make 2021 an epic travel year?

Since our normal has been shattered in 2020, maybe it is time to create our new normal & how can we do that while still having an epic travel year? With the vaccine rolling out and a light at the end of the tunnel, this is the time to start dreaming and planning your travels and I want to share 3 simple steps to world travel in 2021.

What did you carve out for yourself in 2021? Will you be planning travels? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 03:10 Prioritizing Matters
  • 07:35 Commitment Can Look Different
  • 09:05 A Call Out To My Action Takers
  • And so much more

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7th Annual Norwegian Christmas Spectacular

7th Annual Norwegian Christmas Spectacular

December 22, 2020

Are you ready for the 7th Annual Norwegian Christmas Spectacular?

Well, it's here!

Relish in your traditions as if you are a traveler seeing and experiencing them for the first time. Even though you are home, take a fresh look at your traditions and truly appreciate and enjoy them. It is also never too late to start some new traditions that you can carry on into the future.

Have a wonderful Holiday wherever you are!

Today you'll hear all about celebrating Christmas in Norway:

  • 05:20 Meaning Of The Norwegian Christmas Song
  • 07:15 Finding Joy In The Everyday Things
  • 12:00 Traditions That Can Be Annoying Now But Are Amazing To Look Back On
  • 20:15 Celebrating Those Magical Moments
  • 25:35 Why Do Traditions Matter?
  • 26:45 2020 Lessons Learned
  • And so much more

What are the positives that have come out of 2020 for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Add More Play Into Your Life w/ Jeff Harry

How To Add More Play Into Your Life w/ Jeff Harry

December 15, 2020

How important has "play" been in your daily life?

 

Today's guest is the king of play (& shimmies), Jeff Harry, and as a coach & international speaker, he travels the world talking to major companies like Google, Amazon, and Southwest Airlines about how to tap into their true selves while embracing their happiness and fulfilling lives. We as adults spend a lot of time pretending to be important, serious grownups, but it's when we let that facade down and just play, that the real magic in our lives begins to happen.

Jeff & I, get into how play and travel mix,  the importance of unleashing our inner child on both our physical and mental health and how play can help you find your purpose in life. I hope you walk away from this episode with permission to play more and enjoy a little more "you" time.

 

What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Will you be allowing yourself more play in your day to day life? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

 

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks which, you know, are my favorite backpacks in the world. 

Tune In To Learn:

  • 13:20 What Is Play & Is Travel Play?
  • 18:50 Setting Yourself Up For Success Using Play
  • 25:35 How To Battle Against Toxic Positivity
  • 30:35 Does Technology Hamper Play
  • 34:25 Managing Business & Play
  • 41:50 How Did Jeff Get Into This
  • 53:10 Being "Cool" Is The Archnemesis Of Play
  • 58:00 Enjoying The Ride & Learning From The Failures
  • 01:01:00 The Journey Before The Journey
  • 01:05:15 Let The Moment Just Be The Moment
  • 01:08:30 Weirdest Thing About You That People Don't Know
  • 01:12:35 The State Of Culture In America
  • 01:18:55 Book Recommendations
  • 01:23:10 Challenge For The Zero To Travel Podcast Community
  • And so much more

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How A Pilgrimage Can Transform Your Life w/ Paul Barach

How A Pilgrimage Can Transform Your Life w/ Paul Barach

December 8, 2020

Do you have the urge to start changing the path that you are currently on? Can you find purpose while on a pilgrimage, even if religion doesn't play a role in your everyday life?

The definition of a pilgrimage is a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion but do you really have to be religious in the traditional sense to take on and gain from a pilgrimage.

I am talking to my buddy, Paul Barach, about the journey he took on Japan's Shikoku pilgrimage, the power of movement, the importance of having a purpose, and why setting goals is not just an arbitrary exercise but can actually get you to those places you want to go in the world. Plus, we get deep into why society may be built to make us miserable and what you can do about it. This and so much more is going down on today's episode thank you for joining us and I hope you not only enjoy but get something meaningful out of this episode.

Which pilgrimage has been on your bucket list and why? If you have ever been on a pilgrimage, which one and how much did religion play a part in your journey? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks which, you know, are my favorite backpacks in the world.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 08:55 Movement Plays A Big Role In Your Life & Travels
  • 15:30 Do You Know What Is Driving You Forward?
  • 16:30 Choose What You Want To Become & The 7 Goals
  • 22:00 The Shikoku Pilgrimage & Its History
  • 27:05 Travels Prior To The Pilgrimage & The Last Hurrah
  • 29:40 The Travel Mind Can Begin In College Classes
  • 30:40 What Was The Draw To Shikoku vs Other Pilgrimages?
  • 32:30 The Expectations Of A Pilgrimage
  • 43:00 Learning To Let Go & Accepting The Experience Wholly
  • 47:50 The Length Of The Shikoku Trail & The Logistics
  • 50:30 What Did The Last Day Feel Like?
  • 54:20 Returning Back To Life & Work 
  • 55:35 Goals vs Just Being
  • 59:20 Being Present In The Struggle Is To Be On Your Journey
  • 01:02:40 Gratitude In The Storm & The Small Celebrations
  • 01:06:35 Fighting Monks & Burning Mountains: Misadventures On A Buddhist Pilgrimage
  • And so much more

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Best Gifts For Travelers Under $100 (Updated 2020)

Best Gifts For Travelers Under $100 (Updated 2020)

December 1, 2020

Today I am bringing you my updated list of the best gifts for travelers (under $100) that I own and use regularly. Whether you are looking for yourself or someone else, these will be a great fit for your travel gift needs. Check out my Amazon list where you can grab these gifts in one spot and help out the podcast because I will receive a small affiliate commission without adding any additional cost to your purchase.

What are your favorite Christmas gifts to give or receive for the holidays? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks which, you know, are my favorite backpacks in the world.

Tune In To Learn About:

  • 10:00 Can You See In The Dark?
  • 11:00 Oh So Handy
  • 11:45 How Much Fits In It?
  • 13:00 Writing Masterpieces
  • 14:15 Armchair Travel
  • 15:55 Jamming To Your Favorite Tunes
  • 19:00 Keeping It Dry
  • 20:35 Man, I Am Thirsty
  • 23:05 Loving The Warmth
  • 25:20 Don't Forget Your Pants
  • 27:15 Best Part Of Waking Up
  • 32:15 Safety First
  • 32:25 This Little Piggy Was Comfy
  • 34:20 Testing 1, 2, Testing
  • Plus travel tips
  • And so much more!

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Top 10 Challenges Of Living Abroad w/ BoTik Quest

Top 10 Challenges Of Living Abroad w/ BoTik Quest

November 24, 2020

Do you yearn to live abroad? Have you put on your rose-colored glasses when you daydream about it or are you living more in the realities of life in another country?

We are hanging out once again with my fellow ex-pat, podcaster, and good friend, BoTik Quest, and while last time we talked about the reasons to love living abroad, today we are getting into the not so "mac & cheese" parts of it. We are definitely getting super honest about the downsides, the struggles, and the realities of it but we are so happy to have made the leap years ago and encourage you to look into it if you are interested.

While we make these lists independently, you will have to listen to see how many things made it to both lists...any guesses?

What would you guess as being the biggest challenge of living abroad? If you are an ex-pat already, did any of yours match up to ours? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks which, you know, are my favorite backpacks in the world.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 04:40 Bike Touring Adventure in Norway During COVID
  • 18:20 Number 5: Embracing & Missing
  • 29:30 Number 4: Say What?
  • 36:25 Number 3: Integration & Connections
  • 45:55 Number 2: Jumping Hoops & Tasty Time
  • 53:30 Number 1: Perspectives & The Most Important Thing
  • And so much more

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How Words Can Shape Your Life w/ Stephanie James

How Words Can Shape Your Life w/ Stephanie James

November 17, 2020

How do you speak to yourself? Is it encouraging or damaging? What action can you take to make it positive? 

I am beyond blessed to have spoken word poet Stephanie James from Just A Vessell Poetry joining me today. We are getting into why words matter, how your internal dialogue affects your entire wellbeing, how to make a living through your art, and settles life vs nomad life. All of this plus a friendly reminder for all my fellow travelers out there that you may need to hear right now so stay tuned until the very end. Thank you so much for taking the time to hang with me, so buckle up and enjoy my chat with Stephanie James.

How do your words influence your life? Does what you say need to change? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks which, you know, are my favorite backpacks in the world.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 07:20 What Is The Draw Of Poetry
  • 11:10 The Beauty of Bored
  • 12:45 Traveling Brings You Into The Now
  • 17:00 Using Language To Reframe The Narrative
  • 19:10 Sharing Your Art With The World
  • 25:15 Where Passion Meets Purpose
  • 29:25 Take Joy In The Process & Where You Are Right Now
  • 34:15 Adopting A Label & Owning It
  • 36:45 Becoming A Traveler & Taking Risks
  • 41:30 Staying For Security VS Flexibility Freedom
  • 48:20 Creating A Life That You Love, Unapologetically 
  • 51:50 Places You Love & Will Go Back To
  • 55:45 Tips On Connecting With Locals
  • 59:20 Balancing Digital Nomad Life With Creating Community
  • 01:00:20 The Perks & Struggles Of Nomad Life
  • 01:03:40 Making A Living Through Your Art
  • 01:07:00 T-Shirt Project
  • 01:08:30 The Inspiration Behind Just A Vessel
  • And so much more

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From $70K In Debt To World Travel w/ Annette and Daniel Fortner

From $70K In Debt To World Travel w/ Annette and Daniel Fortner

November 10, 2020

Is your debt holding you back from the life you want to live? Is it better to save or just "wing-it" when embarking on a trip?

Today I am chatting with Annette and Daniel Fortner who sold everything, paid off $70k in debt, and are now traveling the world (yes even in COVID times). We hit on how to make travel work financially, what it is really like traveling and working together as a couple full time, and what rules you can set up to make managing travel with a partner much easier on both of you. All of this plus you will get insight into their advice on whether you should embark on full-time travel during COVID so get comfy and enjoy this episode.

What would be the first thing you would do after paying off all your debt? Let me know by sending me an audio message (please) or shoot me an email over at Jason@ZeroToTravel.com.

Today's episode is being sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks which, you know, are my favorite backpacks in the world.

Tune In To Learn:

  • 09:20 Saving Dogs In Thailand
  • 13:40 Depression & Soulless Jobs
  • 19:25 The Expectations of Society & Family
  • 22:00 Helping Your Partner & Figuring Out The Next Steps
  • 26:20 The Mental Side Of Traveling & The Power Of Choices
  • 35:45 Settling Into The Pace Of Long Term Travel
  • 38:15 Working & Traveling: Difficulties & Wins
  • 40:20 Working & Traveling With Your Partner
  • 45:35 How To Make Thing Work Financially While Traveling
  • 53:20 Favorite Surprise & Delight Locations
  • 58:45 Planning Future Travels With The Pandemic Restrictions
  • 01:04:20 Preparing For Digital Nomad Travel During & Post COVID
  • And so much more

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