So, I Bought A Van – Ep 330

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!

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Luxury Travel with Jetset Christina

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.

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The 7 Underrated Benefits of Location Independence

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!

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If It Ain’t Broke, Go For Broke

In this special episode, recorded live on location in Mallorca, Spain, Trav and Jason from Zero to Travel 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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The 6 Stages of Our Location Independent Journey

Trav and Heather break down the 6 biggest stages of their 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.

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Dominating Life with Heath Armstrong

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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Destination Diary – Florence

Florence has stolen our hearts. Find out Heather’s favorite thing to eat (ever!), Trav’s gelato recommendations, where to eat like a local, and of course, the things in Florence you can’t miss!

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Top 12 Summer Destinations of 2018

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.

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Destination Diary Vancouver

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 a lot!), 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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Superlatives: 2017 in Review

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!

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Travel Stats: 2017 in Review

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.

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300th Episode Special! – 30 Rapid Fire Questions

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

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How Much $ Did Frequent Flyer Miles Save Us in 2017?

Sometimes, we take frequent flyer miles for granted because we’ve been using them so long. So last night I sat down, opened up a spreadsheet, and figured out EXACTLY how much money frequent flyer miles saved us in 2017. To find out what that number is, plus learn why Heather thinks that’s not the “real”

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Flying as a Courier with Airmule

You used to be able to travel for free if you gave up your luggage space for courier packages. Turns out that while you can’t travel for free, you can make back some of your flight costs with a company called Airmule!

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Destination Diary – Slovenia

Slovenia quickly stole my heart and the #1 Gelato spot, in the whole world! Have a listen as Heather and I detail our time in Slovenia. Where to eat, drink, and visit on your next trip.

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The Top 14 Winter Destinations of 2017

For people who are better planners than us (everyone) it’s time to start thinking of those winter destinations if you haven’t already! Heather and I list our favorites, and our wishlists as we move into the season.

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Babymoon Breakdown

Get a behind the scenes look at Travis and Heather’s “posh” babymoon and learn how much planning they did for the trip (hint: not much), how much they spent (hint: more than not much), and how much compromising they did (hint: much)

Plus, they’ll take you through all the major decisions they made, give each one a thumbs up or thumbs down and reveal their best and worst decisions.

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Top 12 Fall Destinations

You don’t hear much about people traveling in the fall, but it’s a beautiful (and cheaper) time to travel to some destinations. Heather and I go through our top 6 picks in today’s episode!

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Behind The Paradise Pack (2017)

The Paradise Pack is live again this year and today we have two of our contributors, Caz Makepeace and Brian Lofrumento here to share two pieces of actionable advice for you to put into practice right now!

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Destination Diary – London, England

If you’ve listened before, you’ll remember me not being a big fan of London, but I’ve changed my tune quite a bit! Heather and I recount our favorite areas, foods, and things to do from our last three trips to London!

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Destination Diary – Ireland

A stint in Dublin and a 6 day roadtrip around southwestern Ireland was enough for us to fall in love! Here’s where we stayed, what we ate, and our favorite things to do on the Emerald Isle!

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2017 Travel Wishlist

We’re a bit early this year, but the planning’s got to start! Here’s a list of our top 7 destinations (and of course, honorable mentions) for 2017! Where will we go first?

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2016 Year in Review: Stats and Superlatives

Every year we like to look back at our travel year and crunch the numbers. How many miles did we travel? How many places did we sleep? And then, of course, we have to figure out the best, the worst, and the most ridiculous of several aspects of our travels!

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Planning Your Year

Today Jason Moore joins me as we share our super simple way to plan your goals for the new year. We look back at our success and failures, and discuss some of the awesome things to come in 2017.

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Writing 2.0 with Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel joins me today to chat about breaking into the freelance travel writing industry and the best places to move abroad to enjoy a higher quality of living for half the price of the USA.

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Starting A Hostel with Brent Underwood

Brent Underwood started his own hostel in Austin, Texas when the opportunity presented itself. Today he joins me to chat about his journey from travel junkie, to travel junkie with a hostel and some of the steps that that entailed.

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Thanksgiving Thanks 2016

We’re thankful for a lot of things this year, and most of them were very unexpected! Join us for our annual chat about the things we’re thankful for! P.S. You’re on the list ;)

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Home for the Holidays

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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It’s Only the Himalayas with S. Bedford

Joining me today is S. Bedford the author of It’s Only the Himalayas and Other Adventures of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker. With a title like that, we have plenty of travel mishaps to discuss on today’s episode!

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The Science of Adventure with Jon Levy

Nothing good happens after 2am – except the most epic experiences of your life!

Jon Levy explains how, by using science (yes, SCIENCE!) he went from being a nerd – before nerds were cool – to spending Thanksgiving at Kiefer Sutherland’s house, hosting dinner parties for some of the world’s most interesting people, and narrowly escaping death while running with the bulls.

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The Reason We Travel

Only on the road can you run into situations like this. Remember the #1 travel rule, if you can take someone up on an invitation into their home? Do it.

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32 Reasons Roadtrips Rule – Part 2

It’s time for part 2 of our list of why roadtrips rule! We’re back to share more ridiculous road antics, the power of contemplation and the excitement that the randomness of the road can bring. Convincing Jay to do a Roadtrip music podcast didn’t take too long either! So make sure to keep your eyes

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Destination Diary – Chicago

Chicago is known as one of the best food cities in the world. And after listening to the first half of our destination diary, you’ll know why. With more food recommendations than any Destination Diary to date, we welcome listener Kevin to the show to discuss the wonders that Chicago has to offer.

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Traveling Solo

Heather and I went to two very different places for our solo travel challenge. Today we chat with Napkins about our experiences traveling solo, what we learned about ourselves, and the tips we have for anyone else traveling alone.

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The Post Travel Blues

Sometimes when you get home from a trip, the blues can hit hard. Doesn’t seem to matter where you went, or how long you were gone for, you’ve just got some mixed feelings on re-entry. Here are 14 tips & tricks for when you’re hardpressed to find that same happiness at home.

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Behind The Paradise Pack!

The Paradise Pack is launching today, and in it’s honor we’re interviewing three of our contributors this year, Johnny FD, Ruth Soukup, and Mish Slade about how they became Location Independent and their best advice for you to do the same!

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Our Experience as AirBnB Hosts

Trav and Heather have rented AirBnB properties all over the world, but now they’ve decided to flip the equation and rent out their own home on AirBnB. They relay their experience as AirBnB hosts plus tell you how to price your property, create a good listing, and add the little touches so that you can successfully rent out your place (even if you don’t live in a “hot” area) and make money while you travel.

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Road Trip Recap!

Heather and I are back from our amazing roadtrip, and today we’re here to thank you guys for being so awesome, and talk about some of the places we visited along the way.

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The No Plans, No Problem Roadtrip

Travis and Heather discuss why they have (almost) no plans for their upcoming roadtrip, how you can help pick where they go and what they do, what their essential items are, and why this is getting back to their travel roots.

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Israel Fascination

I recently returned from a trip to Israel and have had nothing but good things to say since I got back. Today guest favorite Napkins is back to interview me about my experiences in Israel, both the country, and the unintentional digital sabbatical!

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Bicycle Around America with Brian D’Apice

Brian is biking Around America. Not across. The difference? About 9,000.00 miles. Tune in to listen to Brian as we run through the details of his trip, from planning, to the money he’s raised for charity, to some of the awesome stats he’s been keeping along the way.

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Our Top 10 Travel Wishlist – 2016

Today Heather and I each countdown our top 10 travel destinations. Included are places that have been on our list for years. Others have only been on there for 2 weeks. What can I say? I’m easy to convince!

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Destination Diary: Japan

We finally got around to it! Here is a Destination Diary on Japan, yes, the entire country! Food, places to visit, good places to stay, and lots of cheap travel tips.

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The Roundtable: Solo Travel

Today my guests help me answer an important question that I don’t have much insight to, personally. Should you travel solo? What are the benefits vs. traveling with a friend or loved one? How do you meet people on the road?

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The Roundtable: Travelers Asking Travelers!

Today Jason from Zero to Travel, Jackie from Budget Minded Traveler, and Nathaniel from The Travelers join me to ask each other questions about travel! We discuss food, offices, whether we actually enjoy flying, and a ton more! Get ready for some good stories!

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Our 24 Best Experiences of 2015

2015 was a crazy year of travel, one which saw us crisscross the globe, hit a few new countries and states, and even settle down in our own house for the first time in 5 years. And while the year was incredible as a whole, there are some instances that stick out as the best

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Travel Meltdowns

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 Heather’s!

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Japan Survival Guide

Today we look at some broad strokes of visiting Japan. We share some the etiquette we learned during our time there, as well as our favorite tips for cheap transportation, accommodation options, and, of course, food!

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A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore – Friend, Leader, Legend

Scott was truly one of the most inspiring, energetic, and enthusiastic people I know, and I recorded this podcast to help others who may be grieving from the loss of a loved one and also to inspire people by discussing the 4 biggest lessons I’ve learned from Scott over the years.

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Where Are They Now? Jacob Sokol of Sensophy.com, Part 2

In Part 1 Jacob talked a lot about how to make sustainable change. Today we’re gonna chat more about change, and how it’s influenced GREATLY by your mindset. We’ll also chat about how money is a socially acceptable excuse for deeper fears, and how both Jacob and I are establishing home bases that are allowing

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Lights, Camera, Switzerland Recap Show, Part 1

Heather and I are back from a whirlwind trip through Switzerland filming a television special that you helped us win! Tune in to hear about the crazy adventure you sent us on; there are impromptu yodeling lessons, charismatic locals, and so much more!

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The Paradise Pack Sessions 1-4

The Paradise Pack is going strong this week and in celebration of our bundle we did something awesome. We interviewed 11 experts on fields like travel, location independence, and lifestyle entrepreneurship in 6 hours! It was so awesome, in fact, that we decided we just had to share it with everyone who couldn’t make it

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The 16 Best Coffee’s in the World

If you love coffee, then this is the episode for you. Heather and Jason list some of their best coffee experiences around the world. From the best countries to get coffee in, to the wildly rule breaking concepts that Jason comes up with for his list, you’re sure to find a new coffee shop to add to your travels!

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Being Semi-Rad with Brendan Leonard, Part 2

Brendan is back for Part 2 of our interview. In this portion we talk about freedom, and how awesome it is, why everyone should adventure in their hometown, even if it’s just for a new taco place, and the reason everyone should carry a spoon when they travel.

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Planning Our 2 Month Trip Around the US

We give a lot of advice on this podcast – but do we follow it? Today Heather and I discuss the planning of our 2 month trip around the United States, and how we apply some of our advice to save money on domestic travel.

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The Real Truth About Living in Africa

Africa is a continent filled with mystery…and misconceptions. Today, I sits down with my 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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Destination Diary – Chiang Mai

Heather and I have spent more time in Chiang Mai than anywhere in the world except Philly. So today we run down some of the best places to eat, sleep, adventure, and get custom suits in this amazing city.

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Top 16 Favorite Sweet Treats

Both Heather and I love sweets, and not just for dessert. Today we talk about our favorite sweet treats from all around the world including, ice cream, peanuts, (we did get an extra pack of them after all…) and so much more.

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The Best 20 Meals in the World

Traveling the world is a great excuse to eat delicious food everywhere you go. But what’s the most delicious? Today Heather and I discuss the 20 best meals we’ve EVER had, both at home and abroad.

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Our Two Travel Freakouts in Myanmar

Doing research for a trip to Myanmar won’t get you much information. Despite all our planning, we arrived in the country a little unsure of what exactly we’d be spending our time on. Today Heather and I recount a couple of our freakout moments during our time in Burma, and how we moved past them to finally enjoy our time abroad.

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Our Favorite Memories of Locals

When you’re traveling some of the best moments often come when you meet, and spend time with, the local people. Today Jason, Heather, and I talk about our 6 favorite experiences meeting locals from our travels.

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How Much Travel is Too Much?

When travel becomes your life, sometimes it can get a little tiring. It may sound absurd, but travel burnout is a real thing and today Jason, Heather, and myself sit down to a roundtable discussion on the topic.

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A Step by Step Guide to Finding Cheap Flights

Flight prices vary dramatically, sometimes every hour, and it can leave you feeling like you if you just knew one extra thing or looked one other place, you might have been able to save yourself hundreds of dollars. Now, you’ll know exactly how to get the cheapest flights, every time!

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Discover Travel’s Secret Season

When is the best time to travel to a location? Peak season? Off season? Shoulder season? Today Jason joins me as we discuss the benefits of traveling off season, from lower prices to smaller crowds and some of our favorite off season destinations around the world.

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Our Relationship on the Road

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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Is Paris Really That Expensive?

Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit as a tourist. But Heather had her heart set on visiting, so we found a way to do it cheap(er). Listen to find out our money saving tips for the city of love!

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21 Ways to Make Long-Haul Flights Bearable

Very few people actually look forward to those 20+ hour travel days. With long flights, horrendous layovers, and no sleep those days go down as the price we pay for travel. But they don’t have to be! Today Heather joins me to share some tips & tricks to making those travel days more enjoyable.

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Taking a Digital Sabbatical

In a digital age, we’re sometimes a little too attached. Today we bring back friend and co-host Jason Moore who is just back from a one month digital sabbatical to share his experiences.

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How to Find Amazing Apartments When Traveling

One of our favorite things to do while we’re traveling is to rent apartments. Being in cool neighborhoods, with more space for less money – what’s not to love? Heather joins me today to talk about our experiences renting apartments and some tips and tricks to help you save money on your travels!

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Is Bali Really That Cheap?

Accounts of Bali vary wildly, is it cheap or expensive? The truth is it can be either, but here are our experiences doing Bali for cheap. From accommodations to food and activities, we break down the real price of travel in Bali.

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15 Travel Websites We Love

Today we give you the best sites that we use when booking our travels. If we use it, we’ve linked it and there are some great resources here to help you plan your trip from the moment the idea pops into your head to the moment you return home, exhausted, but thankful for the entire experience.

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Destination Diary: Guatemala

Today I bring back Robb Hillman and David McMullin to share their experiences in Guatemala with all of us, so that we too can fall in love with this seemingly beautiful country. We talk about some of the best sites to see, including Tikal, active volcanoes, and caves best seen by candlelight.

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Money, Money, Money…When Traveling!

Knowing the best practices for money abroad can be a challenge. Should you take cash and change it at the airport? What about ATM fees? Today we’re giving you our 14 rules for money while traveling that will help you travel more, and spend less.

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EPoP Success Story: How to Travel the World for $50 a Day

Robb and David join us again today to share their experiences on their current open-ended trip. From where they’ve been, to where they’re going; how they’ve saved money on accommodations, and some deep thoughts on stepping out of the cave, they’re sure to teach us all a little something about life and travel.

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Is Thailand Really That Cheap?

  “How can you guys afford to travel so much?!” We get it all the time. And it’s really not a big secret. We spend a lot of our time in cheap destinations like Thailand. “But come on, Thailand can’t really be that cheap” Oh, but it is. Today Heather and I lay it all

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The Best Winter Destinations in Europe

Today we talk about experiences that had us shivering in our boots… because it was winter! Nick joins me again today so that we can lay out our top 10 (or if you use Nick as an example, 13) European cities to visit during winter. Not only do several airlines run off-peak promotions for award

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The Ridiculous Race, Part II: Winning, Writing, and Whales

Now that they’ve scored the book deal they have to actual race each other around the world. The first step? Buying the most expensive bottle of scotch they could find. And, boy, was it expensive! Steve and Vali share their best, and worst, experiences during their travels along with their opinions on what makes travel

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The Ridiculous Race, Part I: Alaska, Cuba, and Dirty Hot Tubs

By their own admission, Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran were goofy and immature 25 year olds. And so like most goofy and immature 25 year olds, they would come up with crazy ideas while drinking beer in an apartment complex hot tub. Unlike most goofy and immature 25 year olds, however, they eventually acted upon

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Your Guide to Budget Airlines

There are tons of ways to save money on travel. Tons of ways to “hack” travel. And one of the best ones are budget airlines. Budget Airlines are a lot like the airlines that you might already be familiar with like Delta or United, with a couple of major differences. There are a lot of

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Little Big Honeymoon: Around the World in a Year

Deciding where to go on your honeymoon is never an easy decision. So why make it? Chris and Tiffany decided that they didn’t want to settle on just one place, or just two weeks for their honeymoon so they chose to do something a little out of the ordinary. They’re taking a year long honeymoon.

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EPoP Success: The Decision to Become Location Independent

You asked for it, and you got it. Today we start a new series of podcasts; EPoP success stories! Tiffany and Chris have spent the last two years preparing the move to location independence so they could do something amazing. They’re going on a year long (working) honeymoon! Today we chat about the steps in

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Pre-Travel Checklist: 24 Things To Do Before You Leave

You’re getting ready to head out on your trip. But what do you need to do to prepare? Enter the Pre-Travel Checklist! 24 things that you should make sure to check off before leaving for your trip. You’ll find through this episode that you should do as we say, not as we do. We’ve got

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The Lost City of Z with David Grann

The legendary city of “El Dorado”, the ultimate discovery. Percy Fawcett, a renowned explorer of his time, set out on his search for the “Lost City of Z” as he had nicknamed it. After barely surviving several exploratory expeditions he tried once more in the mid 1920’s. And was never seen again. “The Lost City

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A Journalist in Search of a Giant Squid with David Grann

He’s the first to say it, he’s no adventurer. And yet somehow he’s found himself tracking down Giant Squid in the middle of the night during a hurricane on the ocean and trekking through the wilds of the Amazon in search of a legendary explorer who went missing in the 1920’s. The author of The

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Expedition 1000 with Dave Cornthwaite

Yesterday we talked a bit about Expedition 1000, but what kind of journeys are these really? Why does he undertake them? How much planning does he do? The questions are endless. Dave patiently answers all of them and hands out some great advice on lifestyle, packing, and working on the road along the way. We

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From Couch Potato to Adventurer

No matter how many times I try, I just can’t get them to admit it. We’ve had adventurers on before, and I always ask the same question. So, you’re a superhuman right? Turns out none of them will admit to it. They just keep telling they’re regular Joes. Or in Dave’s case, a couch potato.

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Destination Diary- Philadelphia

Today we bring you a very special destination diary, one close to our hearts. Our hometown. Philadelphia! From the best places to eat and drink around town (including the dive bars) to the most interesting museums for children and adults, it’s all here. Everything we mention could be done in a couple of day itinerary

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Top 20 Travel Books Part II

Yesterday we ignited your wanderlust with a list of books about travel in which you’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy. Today we fan the flames higher. Nick returns for the epic Part II where we go through books 1-8 on our list and ,of course, more honorable mentions (like you expected anything else). With

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Top 20 Travel Books Part I

For those of us with a serious case of wanderlust (or those of us who want one) there’s only one solution. Reading about travel. Or is that the problem? Today I bring back Nick, a good buddy of mine who shares my love of reading about travel. We each listed out our top 10 books

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Turning Passion into Profit with Charlie Grosso

When we think of location independence we almost never consider running a brick and mortar business from anywhere in the world. It is called location independence after all. Charlie Grosso didn’t let that stop her. Though Charlie travels the world participating in crazy adventures such as the Mongol Rally and Rickshaw run while earning part

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How to Combat Jet Lag

Every traveler has encountered it. We’ve all fought epic battles against it. And far too often, it wins the fight. Jetlag. Today Heather joins me as we discuss some of the ways that have helped us make headway against jetlag. From eating healthy snacks and avoiding alcohol to finding a monetary motivation to get out

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14 Super Touristy Destinations That We Love

Since you already know that we’re super tourists (and super nerdy) we decided to take it a step farther and list off our favorite touristy destinations around the world. In for a penny, in for a pound. These are the places that are seen by many independent travelers to be a little to full of

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Within 2 Hours of Landing in Italy…

It’s not “the more you travel, the better you get at it” it’s the sloppier you get! Jason’s infamous words when we told him of our recent slew of travel mishaps. And boy was he right. Within 2 hours of landing in Italy, if it could go wrong, it did. And the worst part was,

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Tips & Tricks: Staying Fit on the Road

Sticking to your workout routine can be hard when you travel. Or your diet Or your work habits (but we’ve already talked about that one…) With surroundings that are constantly changing and the urge to relax and try all the new dishes that the local cuisine has to offer those routines roll even farther downhill.

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14 Super Touristy Activities That We Love

“That’s soooooo Touristy!” Today we throw any, and all, preconceived notions of our “coolness” straight out the window. Jason joins me as we discuss the ultimate taboo in independent travel. Being a tourist. We discuss our love of guided tours, pub crawls, “tourist” transportation and more without shame because sometimes you just have to get

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Packing as Light as Air with Fred Perotta

Who better to give packing advice than the man who has designed his own travel backpack? Today we bring back Fred Perotta, creator of Tortuga Backpacks, to completely geek out on packing tips and tricks. From the items that take up the most room in your bag to how long you need to pack for

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21 Ways to Save $$ on Accommodation – Part II

Yesterday you heard some of the more common ways to save money on your accommodations. Today Jason and I finish off our list with some of the more obscure and black hat tips available to you. We even cease with the cat jokes. From how to use Priceline effectively to flat out bribery this episode

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21 Ways to Save $$ on Accommodation – Part I

Next to flights, accommodation is the next most expensive aspect of flying. So how do we make it cheaper? Jason and I have 21 suggestions that can help anyone find better digs, no matter where they are in the world. Today we discuss the first 10 of those options, so make sure to check out

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The Real Truth Behind Location Independence

Now, we’re not complaining, But sometimes there are aspects of location independence that aren’t so ideal. It can be quite a roller coaster when you travel while you work. Lack of work triggers, travel issues, bad wifi, the list of things that can, and do, go wrong is endless. And yet we keep coming back

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My Life as a U.S. Diplomat with Nick Hersh

You may remember us mentioning our friend the U.S. Diplomat who managed to wrangle our laptop back from India’s customs officials in our latest Travel Mishaps episode. That U.S. Diplomat is our good friend Nick Hersh, whom I have known for over 20 years from back when all we cared about was learning how to

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Destination Diary- Portugal

Portugal is one of our favorite countries in the world. It’s also one of the cheapest options in western Europe. Heather and I talk about where to go, what to do, and the best places to eat and drink! From getting completely lost in a rain storm to finding the Harry Potter bookstore we talk

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Learning to Navigate With Your Own Compass With Byron Go

Learn to navigate with your own compass. Take the time to really learn yourself and figure out WHY you like to do things, and what those things are. Then take action. Byron achieves his location independence by living out of his van. He believes that each of us has the potential to be everything we

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Reader Q & A: How to Book a Flight Using Frequent Flyer Miles

So you’ve collected all these frequent flyer miles. Now what on earth do you do with them? Today Jason and I chat about actually using your frequent flyer miles once you’ve collected them. Where to start, when to book, and most importantly, how to avoid fuel surcharges. This is a great overview on the basics

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East Coast vs. West Coast: Who Ya Got?

Today Heather and I pick sides and head into battle. A battle for the ages. Which coast is the best coast? From the food, the weather, and the traffic we debate all the factors that might make someone want to live on either side of the country. Let us know why we were right (or

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Destination Diaries: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

When people hear Santiago de Compostela, they invariably think of The Camino. And if you want to know everything about walking The Camino, including how to avoid getting blisters, here’s an earlier interview I did with my twin sister Gale. But Santiago de Compostela has much more to offer than just The Camino, including some

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Walking the Camino: Everything You Need to Know

The Camino is a pilgrimage that people have been making for over a thousand years. A physical, emotional, and spiritual journey to the far end of northwest Spain. And one that has become incredibly popular in the last 10 years with people looking to get away from it all and take time to reflect. Today,

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How to Score Incredible Accommodations for Free!

What’s better than having all the conveniences of home while you’re away? Getting them for free. We’re all about traveling more while spending less, and getting free accommodations is THE way to spend less. So what is it we did? Housesitting An ever growing community of people open their homes to people in exchange for

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Top 14 Most Beautiful Places on Earth

Embrace the wanderlust. Today Jason joins me once again to discuss some of the most beautiful places on earth. Or perhaps to break the rules and throw in honorable mentions left and right. One of these days I’ll make him stick to the rulebook. From places you can’t even pronounce (don’t worry, we can’t either)

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Our Biggest Travel Mishaps

When you follow me on social media you might think that my travel was all delicious food, great beer, and amazing vistas. You’d be wrong. Those things do happen (quite a lot actually), but there are moments in between when things go just a touch sideways. Those are the moments that you’ll remember forever. Heather

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Making it Happen

What happens when you put two digital nomads on a podcast together? We geek out about location independent lifestyles. Today, we have on Rob from Making It Anywhere, a site that shows people how to start making a living while traveling the world. From questions like “I want to be a Digital Nomad, but where

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Destination Diary- Portland

Portland, Oregon has it all. From excellent beer to delicious coffee, the best ice cream in the world, and amazing food carts around every corner Portland is a dream come true! As we record this episode we are actually IN Portland for the second time this year. We discuss the different parts of town, some

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17 Years of Silence with the Planetwalker

Often when we decide to follow a path outside of the norm people have one word for us. Crazy John Francis has heard that used to describe his choices more times than he can count. After the oil spill in San Francisco Bay in the 70’s John Francis decided that he would help raise environmental

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Top 12 Sporting Events Around The World

What’s better than getting locked into a cage with a bunch of crazy sports fans in Croatia? Or making giant signs saying “King Kong Stinks!” at a WWE match? Or perhaps finding ingenious ways to sneak alcohol into the Kentucky Derby? Well you’ll just have to listen to find out. Today Jason joins me to

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The Top 20 Things to Bring On a Flight

One of the worst feelings when traveling is boarding the plane, opening your carryon, and realizing that you either forgot something at home or you put it in your checked bags. Ok, I guess getting food poisoning in Malaysia might be worse, but… An 8 hour flight without headphones? Torture! Today, Heather and I reveal

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Reinventing Travel with Bruce Poon Tip

Have you ever wanted the backpacker experience but more organized, and with, perhaps, better accommodation? Bruce did, and he figured there had to be other people like him out there. So he started a tour company for them. Bruce Poon Tip, the found of G Adventures, joins us today to talk about the evolution of

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Destination Diary- Colorado

Colorado. A state where the names of towns and mountains produce a sense of nostalgia for the past. A state of beautiful national parks, gorgeous mountains, and amazing scenery. And what better way to learn about Colorado then speaking to a local? Today we bring Jason back to share his experiences living in Colorado and

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Tiny House Decisions with Ethan Waldman

Just over a year ago Ethan made a big move. Or maybe a tiny one? In September 2013 Ethan moved his house 10 miles, from the place it was built, to the place where he now lives. He could do that, because he built, and moved, into a Tiny House. Ethan Waldman of TheTinyHouse.net joins

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Top 10 Weirdest Foods

We’re half way through Podcast Gluttony, so what better way to celebrate than to record an episode about food? Today Jason joins me as we discuss the 10 weirdest foods that we’ve eaten, both in our travels, and strangely enough, in our own homes! We start off right with some hilarious honorable mentions before jumping

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Reader Q&A: Credit Cards

This week’s Reader Questions focus around credit cards. Namely your top 5 credit card questions. “I want to take a trip, what’s the best card for me to open?” “How does opening cards affect my credit score?” “Which cards should I keep open? Which should I close?” “What is the long term approach to travel

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Destination Diaries- Croatia

Croatia is a land of beautiful beaches, well preserved historical sites, and delicious fried calamari. In today’s episode Heather and I take a look back at our 3 weeks in Eastern Europe, most notably, the time we spent on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia from Split to Dubrovnik. From walking the walls of a historical

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Life as the World’s Greatest Guinea Pig with A.J. Jacobs

What do you do when you want to become more educated…or healthier…or learn more about religion? If you answers to those look anything like this: Read the encyclopedia from A to Z. Live by every rule in the Bible for a year. Try every single diet and exercise program out there. Then you might have

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The Top 16 Breweries in America

Today’s podcast starts with a very apt question. “So, what are you drinking?” Jason and I get together this week to talk about one of our favorite subjects. Beer We take the time to list out our 8 favorite breweries each (for a total of 16 awesome places to visit) and let you know just

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EPoP 059: How to Choose the Right Backpack

“What bag should I bring for a two week trip to Europe?” When you’re planning your first trip (or your hundredth) one of the most important decisions you can make is what type of bag you’ll be bringing. So, little surprise that it’s one of the most asked questions from EPoP readers! This week Jason

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EPoP 58: Cooking the World with Sasha Martin

How many countries have you traveled to? A pretty common question in a group of travelers. But for Sasha Martin there is a much better question. How many countries have you tasted? Her answer: All of them! Driven by a need to show her (then 6 month old) daughter the world in a way that

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EPoP 057: Destination Diaries- India

India is an assault on the senses, a country of amazing colors, contrasts, and mostly, confusion. And a country that can’t begin to understand until after you’ve been there, and one you won’t fully understand afterwards. In today’s episode, Trav and Heather break down their three week adventure through India, telling you their favorite places they

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EPoP 056: The Transformative Power of Travel with Jacob Sokol

We are a nation of consumers. And with the age of the internet we have become consumers of information. New blogs, podcasts, and courses are everywhere, and we’re always trying to keep up. But what do you DO with all that information? How do you take those lessons, those epiphanies and turn them into actual

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Our Top 10 Roadtrips

From hair raising drives up the Italian coast to tackling some of the world’s most scenic roads, Heather and I reveal our 10 favorite road trips of all time. Right click to download this episode directly Check out the entire library of EPoP Travel Podcasts on iTunes In This Episode: Crashing a motorscooter and stitches

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EPoP 052: How to Create a Dream Lifestyle with Jason Moore

The world teaches you to build your lifestyle around your job.  But what if you chose to build your job around your lifestyle instead? Since Jason Moore has graduated college, he has found many different ways to build a lifestyle based around what he loved most: Travel… And how to find work that allowed him

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EPoP 051: The Incredible Quest with Akshay Nanavati

The other side of fear leads us to the most exciting and memorable moments in our lives. After hearing Akshay Nanavati speak onstage at the World Domination Summit 2014 for just a couple of minutes, I knew I had to find a way to get him on the podcast. Luckily enough I ran into him

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EPoP 050: The Road Headed West with Leon McCarron

Ever sat at your desk and wondered what adventure could be out there for you? Daydreaming about that “one big trip”? Leon McCarron did. He had a yearning to bicycle across The United States for as long as his savings could support him. No one wanted to go with him, so he did it alone.

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EPoP 049: Pack Like a Pro- The Top 20 Travel Essentials

“Well, I’ll bring it just in case.” “Am I REALLY going to need this?” “What have I forgotten? I know I’ve got to be forgetting something!” You’re about to leave home for a glorious vacation, but you’re stuck on one of the very last things you do before leaving: Packing. What do I need? What

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EPoP 044: The Suitcase Entrepreneur with Natalie Sisson

What happens at the intersection of business and travel? Natalie Sisson. Known as the Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie has devoted the last four years to helping people create freedom in business and adventure in life. Today she joins us to speak about some of the business lessons she’s learned along the way, how to balance work

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EPoP 043 : Adventures Big and Small with Alastair Humphreys

Imagine a world where adventure lurks around every corner, around every bend, and at the top of every hill. Alastair Humphreys lives in that world. And today, he’ll tell us how to join him there. His journey into a world of adventure started with a bike trip around the world that took him 4 years

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EPoP 042: Confessions of a Road Warrior with Grant Baldwin

“I’d love to travel, but I have kids.” Children are often seen as a detriment to a life of travel. With three girls under the age of five and many miles of travel under his belt, author and motivational speaker Grant Baldwin certainly disagrees with that! Grant is constantly packing up his family of five

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EPoP 037: Getting the Best Bang for Your Travel Buck with Roger Wade

You’re planning a trip to Prague and want to know how much it’ll cost, so you ask a few friends. “It’s super cheap.  Beer and accommodations are 4x cheaper than here” says your friend who is living in Paris. Great, a cheap trip!  Until… “It’s pretty expensive.  Beers are more expensive and food and accommodations

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EPoP 035: The Top 10 Ways To Save Money When Traveling

When you’re traveling, there are a lot of ways to spend money. Flights, accommodations, transportation, eating…the list goes on and on. Fortunately, for every way to spend money, there is also a way to save money, which can make traveling much cheaper than you ever imagined. You just need to know where to look, and

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EPoP 031: 17 Years an Expat with John Bardos

Many of you dream of being location independent or living abroad for an extended period of time. Of engaging in a place and culture, rather than just traveling through it. And no one is a bigger expert in this field than John Bardos of JetSetCitizen, who has started, run, and sold his own business in

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