Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone with Nate Menninger

Posted By Trav


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Nate Menninger has spent the past several months relying on the kindness of strangers. From dogs in the wilderness to someone he met once for an hour becoming his travel buddy, it’s all about trust.

Pushing your comfort zone can be tough no matter what that means for you. Maybe buying that plane ticket does it, maybe running with the bulls, or showing up somewhere with nowhere to stay.

The best part though is coming through that challenge and growing, learning more about yourself and the people around you as you go on these crazy adventures.

Nate joins me today to share some of his stories about the people he’s met along the way, and how he’s pushed his comfort zone time and time again.

How have you pushed your comfort zone through travel? Share your story with me @PackofPeanuts!!

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In This Episode


  • 03:40 That first time that travel bit
  • 10:00 Running of the bulls
  • 12:00 Sharing stories to show connections
  • 14:00 Illegally diving
  • 20:00 How to get out of your comfort zone.
  • 24:30 Budget traveling tips & work away
  • 32:04 A dog and a history teacher help a man down a mountain


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  1. rumurphy says:

    I’m sorry, I’m all for getting out of your comfort zone, but the stories I heard are just plain reckless and this guy should not be a good example for people. Rushing, cheating, and pairing down diving certification to go 135 feet under on first certified dive is not just getting out of your comfort zone. I don’t know how old this guy is, but hopefully his prefrontal cortex develops before he really gets himself in a bad predicament. Godspeed.

    1. Trav says:

      @rumurphy- Admittedly, Nate does some things I might not do (like the diving thing) but that’s why I like to highlight all different types of travelers, but I do think his points about getting out of your comfort zone are certainly valid. But yeah, let’s hope it doesn’t lead to anything bad.

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