Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast

Are you a remote worker, digital nomad or location-independent and are wanting to combine travel and work with some community time thrown in?  Do you prefer group travel instead of always going it alone? Well, we've got a perfect solution for you!

Joining me today is someone who got a bachelor’s degree in those very complementary subjects of neuroscience and Korean language, who was once a hula hooping protege, and who loves a well-timed pun more than most, Spencer Jentzsch from HackerParadise.org.

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Are you a proud leaf peeper? Do relish every moment of pumpkin spice season? Does the change in temperatures get you giddy?

If so, then you are going to want to take notes as we go through our lists on today's episode. We have done the best fall destinations a couple of times in the past so this year we are changing it up and sticking only to US destinations. Plus we are choosing from places we have been and places that we have always wanted to go to during this season so this was an extra fun podcast to record.  

This podcast can best be absorbed with a cup of hot coffee or tea, a snuggly blanket, and your favorite comfy chair or sofa...Enjoy!

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Do you fear failure or success, or maybe both? Maybe you feel stuck or unworthy…. tune in today as Jason and Trav touch on the fear of success. You’ll get 3 actionable items to help you create an awareness of these fears and learn how to conquer them.

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Are you a digital nomad or an aspiring one? Are you a blogger? Do you know who started it all? Joining me today is someone who has gotten arrested for smuggling a single banana, who ran a campaign for Apple that was so successful their lawyers had to shut it down, and who wrote, quite possibly, the world’s very first blog post and is the world’s very first digital nomad, Rob Palmer from Go Freelance.com.

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One of the top stressors people have when becoming location independent are money, investments, and taxes abroad and the best way to structure everything. Well, joining me today is someone who has lived everywhere from Banff and the Canadian Arctic to Singapore and Dubai, who has traveled to almost 100 countries and who believes that just because you were born in one country doesn’t mean you have to keep your money and investments there, Mikkel Thorup from  The Expat Money Show.

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Joining me today is someone who has lived in over 40 countries, who had a cat that had more Facebook likes than his company page, and who is known as the Nomad CEO, Eli David, co-founder of StartUpBlink.com & founder of BecomeNomad.com.

 

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Zeona McIntyre went from a $12 an hour retail job while side-hustling by renting out her place on Airbnb to owning her own Airbnb property to now having an entire vacation property management company that she runs while still traveling around the world.

This is part three of this series and we get into the investing side of it all. What should you be looking for when purchasing a property for hosting on Airbnb or any short term rental platform?

We will be answering the following: investor partnerships vs solo, cash vs financing, turnkey vs work needed, how to keep up with the ever-changing laws and so much more.

If you have ever played with the idea of buying an investment property for short term rental then listen closely because we are discussing it all.

Today's episode has been sponsored by our friends at Tortuga Backpacks!

 

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Have you wanted to visit New Zealand? How about traveling through New Zealand via a campervan?

Joining me today is someone who has been featured on HGTV's Tiny House Hunters, who campervanned around New Zealand and wrote a book about it, and who started her latest project when she realized chatting with her husband was awkward, Lindsey Nubern from NuventureTravels.com.

Today's episode has been sponsored by our friends at Tortuga Backpacks & Sauv's!

 

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If you have ever listened to this podcast in the past then you are very aware of our love for Ice Cream/Gelato. Since it is summertime we thought this is the perfect time to dive into our favorite places around the world for this delicious dessert (& it should be eaten at all times during the day).

Here are a few of the things that we looked for when judging/ranking these:

  • Quality of ice cream - taste & consistency
  • Variety of flavors
  • Split Scoop
  • Do they let you taste prior to selection
  • How nice was the staff
  • Price

Get a pen and paper ready (or just scroll down) to jot down all 12 of our best ice cream experiences from our travels and create your own ice cream itinerary for your next adventure.

 

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Do you dream of going to school abroad? If living and studying while roaming the streets of your favorite European city sounds good to you then this episode will fuel and help your dreams become a reality.

Joining me today is the author of College Beyond the States: European Schools That Will Change Your Life Without Breaking the Bank, someone who is one of the world’s foremost experts on the over 1,700 schools in Europe that a student can get a bachelor’s degree from, in English, and who, for her “job”, gets to visit Europe regularly to visit these schools, Jenn Viemont from BeyondtheStates.com.

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Do you allow your lack of funds to dictate your travels or lack thereof? Are you looking for an epic adventure or are you more of a micro-adventurer?

Today's guest is someone whose accomplishments will make you feel slightly guilty you didn't hit the gym yesterday since they include cycling around the world for 4 years, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, pulled a 600-pound sled across the Empty Quarter desert & for good measure, completed an unsupported trek across Iceland by foot and pack-raft.

It’s no wonder that he was the 2012 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, and Geographic Magazine calls him “Slightly bonkers but this a wonderful thing”, Alastair Humphreys from AlastairHumphreys.com and author of 10 books, including the latest My Midsummer Morning.

 

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Do you enjoy collecting remembrances of your travels? Are you someone who has something from every country you have visited? 

Joining me today is someone who hails from the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, who wants to help those less fortunate be able to travel the world as well, and who has a design eye that would make my wife proud, Darryl McIvor from TravellerCollective.com.

He creates beautiful yet simple rings that are engraved with country codes that you can wear on a necklace or on a leather embossed keyring that allows you to easily carry mementos of all that places you have been in a classic and minimalist way.

These are one of my new favorite ways to celebrate the places you have gone plus allows for some great conversations to start & inspires wanderlust!

 

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Joining me today is the author of one of my favorite books, The Hidden Europe, creator, producer, star and everything else of The Unseen Africa, and a man who has probably had more adventures in the last 3 days than I’ve had in my entire life, Francis Tapon of WanderLearn Podcast. I am so happy to have him back on the show since we last spoke almost exactly 4 years ago or 275 episodes but who is counting. Today, we are diving deep into The Unseen Africa project which includes a book and a video series and is a must see for everyone!

 

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Typically, our destination diary episodes are Heather and I riffing on a place that we’ve traveled to, but every so often I meet someone who knows a place so well, I just have to have them come on and talk about it. And, even though Bulgaria is very high on my list, I didn’t want to have to wait a year or so to put out an episode on it because I don’t want other people to wait that long to go.

Joining me today is someone who has been kind enough to bring me beers from Cincinnati and bring Whit a stuffed Hey Hey doll from Moana, who has taught me everything (literally, everything) I know about Bulgaria, who is an integral part of our Location Indie team, and who can spur wanderlust in me about as quick as any person I’ve ever met, Mitko Karshovski from ThatRemoteLife.com and host of the That Remote Show podcast.

 

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Are you an over packer? Do you think there is no way that you can travel with only a carry on? Do you have no idea what you should be packing in the first place?

Today, we are diving into our packing list and even giving you our checklist so that you can pack for anywhere in the world only using your carry-on luggage. We break down every single item we pack (regardless of how long the trip is) in the following categories; women's, men's, electronics/necessities, and infant/kids stuff and we are hoping that you will find it useful for your next trip. You can signup to get the full packing list at the brand new Extra Pack Of Peanuts website!

 

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Do you allow fear to dictate your choices? Are you too scared to take the first step?

My dear friend, Ruth Soukup, author of Living Well, Spending Less & Do It Scared, creator of the Elite Blogging Academy, & host of the Do It Scared podcast, is joining me today to discuss fear, struggles, and building your dream lifestyle. Courage isn't an absence of fear but the drive to continue moving forward despite the fear & that works in life and entrepreneurship and Ruth is the guru of it all.

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After visiting Croatia three times over the last five years, Trav and Heather continue to fall more and more in love with this wonderful country.  In today's episode, they'll tell you where you can find the best seafood they've ever eaten, how to make sure you are able to get in to Plitvice Lakes, and what beach has both urban exploring and crystal clear waters - plus tons more!

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I am super excited to be talking with the always happy Kelsey Henry, from PositivelyDelighted.com, who is a singer/songwriter who just dropped her first album, who introduced me to the term road schooling, and who is a certified Laughter Yoga leader. This episode is filled with positivity, laughter, and epic stories of being roadschooled in an RV!

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Just because we consider ourselves travelers doesn't mean that we are immune to travel mishaps, both those in our control and those out of our control, and today's episode will cover our 8 mishaps during our 11 day trip to Croatia & Bosnia. Yep, you read that right, 8 mishaps in 11 days which may be a new record for us. Enjoy!

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Do you have an insatiable desire to hit the road in an RV full time? Do you want the opportunity to go on the great American road trip without the need for costly hotels or scary motels?

Joining me today are a couple that have been full-time RV’ing for the last 4.5 years, and who during that time have visited all 50 states, summered in Maine and wintered in Alaska, written a book that was just recently published by Simon and Schuster (and which can even be found in Costco!) and who are NOT retired, Marc and Julie Bennett from RVlove.com.

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Joining me today is someone who last year set out to take 12 trips in 12 months but who smashed that goal by taking 20 trips in 12 months, and, here’s the kicker, did it all while employed full-time, Jen Ruiz from JenOnAJetPlane.com and author of The Affordable Flight Guide.

 

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In celebration of the launch of this year's Paradise Pack, we decided to put together this 777 series. Now, you are probably wondering 'What's with the 7's?' well this is our 7 most memorable experiences in our 7 years of location independence over the next 7 days.

We have made it to our #1! This was the most memorable experience in our 7 years of being location independent and it included filming our own special on Switzerland, gorgeous Corsica, and epic charity trip to Africa. You can hear how excited we are just reminiscing about this trip so you can see why this made it to #1.

 

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The Paradise Pack

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In celebration of the launch of this year's Paradise Pack, we decided to put together this 777 series. Now, you are probably wondering 'What's with the 7's?' well this is our 7 most memorable experiences in our 7 years of location independence over the next 7 days.

Part 2 is all about our first trip after becoming location independent! This experience taught us a lot of what NOT to do and a little of what worked well so hit play and enjoy (but please don't make these same mistakes on your next trip).

 

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The Paradise Pack

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In celebration of the launch of this year's Paradise Pack, we decided to put together this 777 series. Now, you are probably wondering 'What's with the 7's?' well this is our 7 most memorable experiences in our 7 years of location independence over the next 7 days.

In part 3, we are talking about a trip that allowed us each to pick one destination that we have always wanted to go to, how we decided, and did they live up to our expectations (hint: they absolutely did). Come with us as we unpack our love for Georgia & Greece.

 

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The Paradise Pack

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In celebration of the launch of this year's Paradise Pack, we decided to put together this 777 series. Now, you are probably wondering 'What's with the 7's?' well this is our 7 most memorable experiences in our 7 years of location independence over the next 7 days.

In part 4, we are talking about our epic European trip that was a mad dash through the continent which was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. 

 

Links:

The Paradise Pack

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In celebration of the launch of this year's Paradise Pack, we decided to put together this 777 series. Now, you are probably wondering 'What's with the 7's?' well this is our 7 most memorable experiences in our 7 years of location independence over the next 7 days.

In part 5, we are talking about last year's epic launch of the Paradise Pack which was year five for us and included a family trip to Mallorca. 

 

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The Paradise Pack

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In part 6 we dive into how we kicked off the very first Paradise Pack back in 2014. We did some things very right and other things with a whole lot of naivete but in the end, it was such a success that here we are launching the 2019 Paradise Pack.

 

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The Paradise Pack

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In celebration of the launch of this year's Paradise Pack, we decided to put together this 777 series. Now, you are probably wondering 'What's with the 7's?' well this is our 7 most memorable experiences in our 7 years of location independence over the next 7 days.

And we are starting it all off in Myanmar and if you have listened to the podcast before you probably know this as the place where I had my epic meltdown but there is more to the story then just that.

 

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The Paradise Pack

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In today's show, Heather & I break down the 7 lessons learned from our 7 years of being location independent which translates into the biggest "Oh bleep, it's really happening" moments from the last 7 years. Plus we get super real about what we have made financially in these last 6 years, tips on how to create a successful business, and how to get started towards your dream location independent life.

 

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I am stoked to be talking with my buddy, Jaime Atkinson from The EntrepreneurJunkie.co because I am extremely proud of his journey, his passion for entrepreneurship, and his unflinching honesty.

Today, we dive into his life story which includes the epic curveball that started him down this path, how The Paradise Pack helped launch him into the location independent lifestyle, and how he has navigated through the ups and downs of figuring out what works and what really doesn't in his businesses. Jaime is a powerhouse of truth and is not afraid to be open about everything when it comes to his life in business so you will definitely walk away today knowing that you can do this and that your mess may end up being your message.

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Joining me today is someone who serves as a lifeguard at one of Sydney’s beaches, who loves Aussie Rules football, and who knows more about travel insurance than almost any other human alive, Phil Sylvester, Head of Media and Communications for World Nomads

We’re going to be diving into one of the most misunderstood, seemingly complex but incredibly important parts of traveling - travel insurance - throughout this podcast, and I’ll be peppering Phil with all the questions that have come my way from listeners, friends, and family plus a few of my own.

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Joining me today is someone who has lived, worked, and traveled in over 150 countries, who set a Guinness World Record on 3,700 km rail journey across China, and who, by the time you’re listening to this, will have embarked on a journey driving a solar-powered tuk-tuk across all of Australia, Julian O’Shea, founder of Unbound and SolarTuk.

 

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Joining me today is someone whose work has graced the cover of National Geographic, who has sold over 150,000 copies of his guidebooks, and who claims to have the best job in the world (I may argue this point), James Kaiser, award-winning travel writer and photographer from JamesKaiser.com.

 

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Today's guest is someone who has been to more than 50 countries, who took a year-long round the world adventure in 2009, and who, during that entire time, kept a detailed and meticulous spreadsheet that any number loving nerd like myself would geek out on, Bryan Tighe, founder of BudgetYourTrip.com.

Today's episode has been sponsored by our friends at Tortuga Backpacks!

 

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Today's guest is former Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times and author of Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious, Seth Kugel. Seth is also known in some circles as the "Latino food expert", can claim that he has written for the New Yorker but can't claim that his work has appeared in the New Yorker, and is one of the funniest guys out there (just read his about page!).

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Joining me today is Lucas Peters, an award-winning writer and photographer, who has lived abroad in village on a mountain and then moved to one of the world’s most expensive cities, and who is pushing me (in a good way) to take Heather to Morocco more than anyone else on the planet - and who has literally written the book on that wonderful country, Moon Travel Guides: Morocco.

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Pilot Mark has been to all seven continents, became a qualified pilot at age 22, has flown over 2 million miles, which is the equivalent of 4 roundtrips to the moon, and is my guest on today's episode. He is the man behind the Flying and Travel website where he gives tips on flying, great destinations, and how to become a pilot. He has some amazing insights into different locations that you have to check out because they will give you wanderlust like nothing else.

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Each year there are always a handful of days that stand out.

Some of those perfect travel days that you couldn't have planned in a million years, but that really stick with you, months later.

Today, Heather and I go through our top 16 experiences of 2018 spanning the globe from Budapest to British Columbia to the warmth of sunny Florida and Mallorca.

 

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We love desserts, anything from ice cream to pastries, peppermint bark to doughnuts...it all tastes amazing.

Everyone love desserts, so we know you're not skipping this episode!

Today Heather and I go through our top 7 desserts (14 total plus 1b from Trav) from 2018, from hometown to widely available to tiny towns around the world, if it's delicious, it's on the list!

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2018 was a great year for beer!

Listen to hear our best Beer experiences of 2018, Trav has cheated by having 8 while Heather has 7! Including a few that happened during the Old Bess adventures.

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We return with Part 4 of 7 in our Year in Review Series

Heather's favorite activities mean she's in charge today!

While she didn't drink a lot of wine in 2018, there are still a couple of awesome spots to mention, and there were quite a few coffee shops visited along the last 12 months!

Join us today as Heather shares her top 4 wine experiences and top 10 coffee shops of 2018

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Part 3 of 7 in our Year in Review Series

If you know anything about us, it's that we love to eat. And boy did we eat a lot in 2018!

Today Heather and I are going to go through our top 10 meals of the year (each) for a total of 20 awesome places around the world that you should definitely check out if you're going to be in the neighborhood!

From Budapest and Vancouver to Philadelphia and Austin, we truly span the globe with today's episode!

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We return with Part 2 of 7 in our Year in Review Series

In this episode, we go into the Superlatives of our 2018 travel year. Best of, worst of, best value, and a host of other things.

We'll be covering flights, drives, accommodations, and some experiences, but food and drink have their own episodes coming later this month.

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Every year that we break down all our travel stats, best meals, best travel superlatives, best drinks, etc and we hear a ton of feedback from you all.

Apparently, these are some of your favorite episodes.

We'll be running a 7 part series (!!!) that covers our stats, the superlatives, best meals, best coffee/wine, best beer, best desserts, and best experiences in our year in review.

In this episode, we cover the nerdy statistics of 2018. We'll figure out about how many miles we traveled, how many different places we slept in, and how many new countries we visited plus much, much more!

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