Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast

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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Every year we like to make a list of our dream destinations for the upcoming year. Sometimes we get around to a couple of them, sometimes we don't and they live on to the following year's list, but either way, it's a great way to start off!

For the last few years, New Zealand has been on both of our lists and after canceled tickets (mistake fares that Air New Zealand canceled on us) we are so excited that it looks like it could be a go for 2019/2020! 

Heather and I go through our top 9 destinations (and some honorable mentions), including a couple of surprising destinations from us both!

Where will we go first?

Direct download: 2019_Travel_Wishlist.mp3
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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 two of this series and we get into the nitty-gritty of what works and what doesn't! We discuss the different platforms (positives & negatives), mistakes in listings, pricing, standing out in the crowd, dealing with non-positive reviews, and so much more. This episode is a must listen if you have ever played around with the idea of getting into the short-term vacation rental game.

Direct download: AirBnb_Zeona_prt_2.mp3
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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 one of a two-episode series where we break down the backstory of how Zeona got started, tips and tricks for the beginner, and if she had it to do over again what would she have done differently.

Direct download: 341_replacing-your-income-using-AirBnB.mp3
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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 annual episode, Heather and Trav take a glance back over 2018 and reveal the top 6 unexpected things that have happened to them that they are thankful for. It’s great to practice thankfulness all year long but it’s definitely in overdrive during this season and we couldn’t be happier.

Direct download: 340_Thanksgiving_Thanks_2018.mp3
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Every year, for the past six years, we've scoured the globe to find the most unique, most useful, and best gifts for travelers on the planet (tough life, I know). And in those past six years, our annual "best gifts for travelers" guide has become the #1 travel gift guide in the world!

Direct download: EPoP339_with_answer_mixdown.mp3
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We've been spending more and more time in Austin lately so we thought it was time to share! With tons of activities, awesome places to eat and drink, and more tacos than you can even imagine. And you know we love tacos.

Direct download: 338_Austin_Destination_Diary.mp3
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Today the debate continues! Eastern or Western Europe? Which do you prefer?

Direct download: 337_Eastern_vs_Western_Europe.mp3
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Our 2nd of 3 #throwdownshowdowns! Today? A question we get all the time. Should you go to Thailand or Bali?

Direct download: 336_Thailand_vs_Bali.mp3
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It's time for the #throwdownshowdown. Which is better? Portland Oregon or Vancouver British Columbia? It's time to find the answer.

Direct download: 335__Portland_vs_Vancouver.mp3
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Denver is an awesome city. With the Crush Graffiti walls decorating so many streets and alleys, there's art no matter where you look. Add in some amazing food trucks, great breweries, and new friends, and it's a recipe for success.

Direct download: 334_Denver_Destination_Diary.mp3
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With Whit joining us on our travels we have QUITE a few more things to worry about luggage wise than before. Listen to our must-haves for any trip with an infant!

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It's been 4 years since we did our last edition of Best Breweries, and boy, have we added to the list! As research, we've visited over 140 breweries around the states. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

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Whether you like snow, or sunshine, we've got our take on some of the best winter destinations to visit this winter. There are too many good choices!

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On a spur of the moment decision, I purchased a 19ft van that had been converted to be lived in and took a road trip with EPoP favorite, #loveNapkins. Boy, do we have stories to share!

Direct download: 330_So_I_Bought_A_Van.mp3
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Rerun: Inspired by our recent Travel Hacking Masterclass we wanted to go over some of the most common questions about Travel Hacking that we get here at Extra Pack of Peanuts.

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Rerun: Relationships on the road are entirely different. Facebook and Instagram only capture those amazing smiling moments, but the reality can be a little more varied. Today Jason interviews Heather and I as we talk about how we work things out on the road.

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Rerun: Travel meltdowns happen. Even to the best of us. Today Jason from Zero to Travel and Napkins (fan favorite!) share a couple of the meltdowns that happened on the road. Check out the Zero to Travel podcast to hear mine and Heathers!

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Budapest has made its way into our hearts, and our top cities list. Check out today's podcast for our favorite parts of this walkable eastern European city.

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Jessica and Will are on a mission to give their kids an epic childhood by living around the world. Listen to some of their hardcore travel adventures and the story behind WorldTowning.

Direct download: 328_WorldTowning.mp3
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Some people (Heather) have a luxury travel streak in them. It's not always about saving the most money, as it is finding the best experience. Jetset Christina joins me today to talk about her luxury travel style, and how she's turned it into a full time job.

Direct download: 327_Jet_Set_Christina.mp3
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Chris Cage used to be an accountant. Until he decided to take a huge hiking trip which lead him to create his own shelf stable food product for long, calorie dense, adventure travel.

Direct download: 326_Greenbelly_Bar_Chris_Cage.mp3
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From the good, the bad, to the expensive we learned a lot on our first international trip with Whit. Learn from our mistakes, and commiserate with our experiences in Budapest and Spain!

Direct download: 325_17_Lessons_Infant.mp3
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Getting to travel, live, and work anywhere is pretty sweet in it's own right, but after six years of being location independent, Heather and Trav have found 7 other benefits of location independence that are great - but often get overlooked.  What are they...and what do they have to do with a common hosehould appliance?  Listen to find out!
Direct download: 324_7_Underrated_Benefits.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Pre_Launch_Jitters.mp3
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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

Direct download: 6_Stages_of_LI_Journey.mp3
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A strange encounter on a flight, wisdom from Grandma, setting new habits, traveling the world, and more! Trav and Heath Armstrong jam in a wide-ranging conversation about the crazy behind-the-scenes of the Sweet Ass Journal and the Sweet Ass Domination Deck.

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Mike & Jess of VanThere.com join Trav to discuss the joys and challenges of living and working out of their custom-built van, with no permanent address anywhere!

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Being location independent has its perks. Heather and Trav discuss the top 16 cities of the world where they'd love to spend three months, and what they love most about each one.

Direct download: 319_16_Places_We_Would_Live.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Florence_DD_Mixdown.mp3
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In this episode, Heather and I go through our list of top summer destinations around the globe.  From surprising to serene, vibrant to verdant, and interesting to impactful, there's a great destination for everyone.

Direct download: 316_Top_Summer_Destinations_2018.mp3
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What's it like to live in another country, and then return to your home country? Is reverse culture shock a bad thing? Dive into a deep conversation with Trav & Jason!

Direct download: 315_Expat_Reverse_Culture_Shock.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Destination_Diary_Vancouver.mp3
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For many people, travel writing is the dream lifestyle. In this episode, we'll hear from travel writer Gabi Logan about all the possibilities in travel writing and how to get paid to see the world!

Direct download: 313_Travel_Writing_Gabi_Logan.mp3
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Learn the joys and challenges of traveling everywhere in the world as a family of five, with Ricky Shetty of DaddyBlogger.com.

Direct download: 312_Family_of_5_Ricky_Shetty.mp3
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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.  

Direct download: A_New_Type_of_Education_at_the_Wayfinding_Academy_with_Michelle_Jones_.mp3
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Every year Heather and I list out our top destinations for the upcoming year. We tend to knock at least one of them off the list, so let's see where we might be traveling in 2018!

Direct download: 310_2018_Travel_Wishlist.mp3
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2017 was quite a year, filled with some seriously awesome happenings. Listen as Heather and I go through our best travel experiences of the past year.

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2017 was the year we turned into beer snobs. Well, the year Travis did anyway. Listen to hear our best Beer experiences of 2017, Trav has quite a few!

Direct download: 308_Best_Beer_2017.mp3
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Everybody loves desserts, and we ate a LOT of them last year. One day I even had 4 different ice creams in the name of research! Check out our 16 best desserts from 2017!

Direct download: 307_Best__Desserts_2017.mp3
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If we'd tried to fit the drinks in with the meals we never would have stopped talking! So in today's episode, the best wine (when Heather could drink it) and coffee from 2017.

Direct download: 306_Coffee_Wine_2017.mp3
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We eat a LOT when we travel, it's one of our favorite things to do. We've distilled all that eating down into the best meals of the year, enjoy!

Direct download: 305_Best_Meals.mp3
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In this part of our Year in Review series, we hand out our superlatives for the best/worst flights, accommodations, and more. But you'll have to wait until next week for our best meals and drinks! There were too many to do in just one episode!

Direct download: 304_Superlatives_2017.mp3
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In this episode we go in depth to figure out how many places we slept in 2017, how many miles we traveled, and how many new (and old) countries/states we visited this past year. Part 1 of 6 in our Year in Review series.

Direct download: 303_Travel_Stats_2017.mp3
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