Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast (general)

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. 

 

Links:

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Links:

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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The Paradise Pack

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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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Oliver Gee, a former Australian journalist, can teach you fake french in 1:07 seconds, give you the most amazing insights into local life in Paris, and he just completed an 8-week, 2500 mile trip around France on a little red scooter, going 30 miles per hour (max) with his new wife on the back and somehow found the time to join us on today's episode. He is the man behind TheEarfulTower.com, The Earful Tower Podcast, and he makes tons of videos all highlighting the beauty and mysteries of Paris while constantly striving to discover more about his adopted hometown.

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Nate Hake is a recovering lawyer who after 5 years and $250,000 of debt, got fed up and decided to travel the world instead. He spent his first year fast traveling through 43 countries & 6 continents but has switched to digital nomad slow travel to allow him to work on his travel blog Travel Lemming and burgeoning software company. His love of the country of Georgia & being a sucker for emerging destinations has made us instant kindred spirits and this one of my favorite conversations. 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving - we've got a special announcement for you so you don't miss out on my favorite day of the year!

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In this special episode, Trav and Jason from Zero to Travel record live on location in Mallorca, Spain on the eve of their biggest launch ever.  They reveal how they are feeling just a few hours before the Paradise Pack goes live, talk about why they don't agree with the phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and give you three ways you can go bigger than you ever thought possible.

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In today's show, Trav and Heather break down the 6 biggest stages of our location independent journey, from selling vacuum cleaners door to door and wise "no duh" words from a mentor to 30th birthday debacles and the moment Trav thought he finally made it - and why that shocked Heather.

If you're interested in becoming location independent yourself, don't miss out on the Paradise Pack, only available for 7 days a year.  www.theparadisepack.com

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We just launched our new app, Jetto, which sends the world's cheapest flight deals directly to your phone.

In today's episode, learn just how long the app took to make (hint: a long time), where Trav first met Jetto's developer (hint: there was champagne involved), and how you can win a free flight to Dublin.

 

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While Rome and Venice may get all the publicity for things like culture and canals, Florence, with it's amazing food, gelato, and architecture, tops them all. 

When a city has Heather's favorite thing to eat (ever!), some of Trav's favorite gelato, and one of the most amazing pieces of art they've ever laid their eyes on...it's hard to go wrong!  So have a listen, and then start packing your bags, because Florence is one city you MUST go to.

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After spending over 3 weeks in Vancouver, Heather and Trav are well versed in the best things to do in this beautiful city.  Discover how many breweries Trav went to in 21 days (hint:  it's alot!), Heather's favorite pizza and coffee spots, and the activity that they both say you "can't miss" when visiting Van.

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Michelle Jones, founder of The Wayfinding Academy, talks about the crazy process of starting her own college, who The Wayfinding Academy is for, and why she believes her model has worked so well so quickly.  

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Mike Brcic, founder of Sacred Rides, talks about how he haphazardly started the world's #1 mountain bike tour company in the world, how they pick destinations, the hardest trip he's taken, and why ANYONE can, and should, go mountain biking!

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To celebrate 4.5 years and 300 episodes (!!!), Trav and Heather decide to have a little fun and grill one another by putting each other on the hot seat and answering 15 travel questions apiece.

The person on the hot seat has no idea what questions will be asked and has to give the first answer that comes in to their head for questions ranging from "what's your favorite accommodation ever" to "when were you the most frustrated with me while traveling" and everything in between.

 

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Trav and Heather reveal exactly how much money frequent flyer miles saved them in 2017 (take a guess...you'll never get it!) - and Heather discusses why she thinks it's not the "real" number.

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Friends.  Family.  Food.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone is thankful for those things.  But what about the things we didn't expect to happen.

In this episode, Heather and Trav look back on 2017 and reveal the 11 most unexpected things that happened to them that they are thankful for.

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This year the Abroaders are partnering with Home for the Holidays to help people unable to be with their families for the holidays fly home using donations of Frequent Flyer miles. So if you've got miles to spare, or have been away from your family, have a listen and see if you can give/get one of the best presents ever.

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Marcus and Feli, founders of the Digital Nomad Conference, talk about the unifying power of the location independent lifestyle, how they broke free of the 9-5, and what they believe the future looks like for digital nomads.

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Gabby reveals how her Youtube channel went from 1,000 subscribers to 100,000 subscribers in less than a year, why her business model isn't based on what SHE wants, and how she handles internet trolls and hate mail.

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Britany gives us the nitty gritty details on how to get freelance writing gigs, including a "secret tip" that will allow you to find freelance writing gigs for any magazine in the world.

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Jacob drops "truth bombs" while telling you how it's possible to be successful AND follow your passion...and then urges everyone to play the "no game", which will radically rock your world.

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Matt tells us why drinking Bloody Mary's at 11 am in the morning is his barometer for success and reveals his 4 step OSEM system for being a successful entrepreneur.

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Carla tells us what it was like being one of the world's first digital nomads - eventhough she didn't know it at the time - and the secrets you need to know to be ultra successful as self published author.

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Tim discusses the world's cheapest destinations, where you should travel RIGHT NOW to take advantage of a strong US dollar, and how he has been able to travel with a family for the last 20 years.

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Join Ginger as she discusses how she was able to get the government to pay her to travel (what???) and how you too can take advantage of this and other "travel savvy" opportunities that many people don't know exist!

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Nick and Gen discuss their AirBn"Bee" problem and how they are able to travel, live, and work as couplepreneurs...and the highs and lows of relationships on the road!

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How Johnny went from being a broke scuba diving instructor to making $20k a month off affiliate income and how he finds digital nomads in cities all over the world.

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Learn how Brian, as a college student, built one of the largest sites about soccer on the internet - and then why he walked away from it.  Plus, his key for making sales without ever being "salesy."

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From street side stalls in Thailand and taco trucks in Austin to gourmet restaurants in Sedona and Cape Town, here are our 20 best meals of 2015...plus our favorite beers, wines, and coffees!

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Stefan Loble, founder of Bluffworks, returns today to discuss his favorite places to travel (an absolute shocker), great tips for traveling like a local, and why he bought a wet newspaper for $40.


In today's episode, Stefan Loble, founder of Bluffworks, discusses why he trekked through the jungle with no shoes, how his hatred for doing laundry lead to him starting a business, and what to do when you don't have the skills to do something.

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Africa is a continent filled with mystery...and misconceptions.  Today, Trav sits down with his brother Cody to discuss what life is REALLY like living in Africa and also recount a hilarious travel mishap that includes tap dancing shoes, a trip to Turkey, and lots of sobbing.

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After eating food from all over the globe, Travis and Heather reveal the 20 best meals they've eaten, ranging from $1 meals at street stalls to seven course dinners at 5 star restaurants.

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Everything you need to know about trekking in Nepal - from what route to take, how to hire a guide, what to pack, and everything in between...from someone who has done it.

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Trav and Jason break down their 10 general rules for getting cheap flights- like which days of the week are the cheapest to fly and how to "trick the computer" - and then reveal the 8 step process they go through each time they book a flight to ensure they are always getting the cheapest prices.

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In this episode, Trav and Heather countdown their travel experiences from 2014, including racing up waterfalls in Thailand and making homemade pizza in Italy.

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Heather and Trav reveal their 14 golden rules for carrying money when traveling - from what bank accounts reimburse your ATM fees overseas and don't charge a percentage, when and where to convert your money, how much cash you should have you at all times, and everything else to help ensure you don't get ripped off.

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Comedy writers Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran join Trav to discuss The Ridiculous Race, who cheated right off the bat (and why), and the interesting tactic they used to score a book deal from a major publisher before The Race even began.

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Byron Go joins Trav to discuss why he stopped living "the Netflix life", his decision to trade in his apartment to live in a van, and why he's never been happier.

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In this episode, Trav brings his twin Gale back on the podcast to tell you the best things to do, see, and eat in Santiago and the surrounding area of Galicia (including where to find the best sangria)!

 

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In this episode, Trav brings on his twin sister (who just so happens to live in Santiago de Compostela) to discuss everything people should know about hiking The Camino, the world's most famous pilgrimage. 

 

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Trav and Heather reveal the 20 items they always bring with them on a flight to ensure that, no matter how long it is, it's as enjoyable as possible.

Remember folks:  An 8 hour flight without headphones = TORTURE!

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