So I Bought a Van


Fate conspired to get a converted van into my life so that I could take a trip that I’ve been dreaming of for a long time.

And EPoP favorite Napkins was along for the ride.

Who knew that the times would line up JUST RIGHT to get me into a 1989 Chevrolet G20 that was summarily dubbed “Old Bess”

This trip showed us that we never lose our wonder and that sometimes, things are just meant to be!

Listen along for our amazing story of the acquisition of Old Bess, and our week-long roadtrip!

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In This Episode

  • 11:00 Trav had to come up with a plan
  • 20:00 Fate conspires
  • 38:20 A deal has been struck
  • 53:00 Yellowstone and second thoughts
  • 1:01:00 Getting caught in the storm
  • 1:10:00 The road home
  • 1:26:00 Bess’s developments

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If It Ain’t Broke, Go For Broke

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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If you’re interested in becoming location independent, don’t miss The Paradise Pack.  It’s only available from May 29th – June 4th only, then it’s gone forever!

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  • The Paradise Pack – The world’s best bundle of products to help you become location independent.  Available for 7 days only (May 29-June 4) for a whopping 90% off – then gone forever.  Don’t miss it.

The 6 Stages of Our Location Independent Journey

Trav and Heather Location Independent Journey

In today’s show, 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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  • The Paradise Pack – The world’s best bundle of products to help you become location independent.  Available for 7 days only (May 29-June 4) for a whopping 90% off – then gone forever.  Don’t miss it.

Jetto: The Origin Story Behind Our New App

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.

Click here for your chance to win a free flight to Dublin – contest ends May 1, 2018!

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Destination Diary – Florence

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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, is the Italian city that has truly stolen our hearts.

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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Places to Eat:

  • All’Antico Vinao – Quite simply the best sandwiches, and possibly the best food, in the entire world.  Couple that with a 2€ self serve wine bar and there’s not much reason to go anywhere else…ever.
  • Trattoria Mario – An old school trattoria that’s a local fave (and now a tourist one too).  But don’t worry, you still get the authentic feel and some of the best ribollita you’ll ever taste.
  • Finisterre – Right on Santa Croce plaza, this place is open late and has great pizzas for only 6-10€.  You can’t go wrong with anything, but their calabra (white pizza with peppers and sausage) is insanely good.
  • La Maremma – Another joint right on Santa Croce plaza – and few steps up from Finisterre – this place has 8€ pastas and 3€ wines.  Heather was a fan of the eggplant parm.
  • Vini e Vecchi Sapori – An bit more upscale and hard to get a reservation, this restaurant is many people’s favorite in Florence.  For us, it was just decent, but it’s great for a date night…and maybe we just had an off night?
  • Trattoria La Torre (Siena) – Located in a tower, this is a great place to go for groups.  Above average food, cool architecture, and a good vibe.
  • Il Merendero (Lucca) – No, it’s certainly not as good as All’Antico Vinao (nothing is) but if you’re in Lucca and craving a sandwich, head here for friendly owners and huge sandwiches for only 5€.
  • De Cervesia (Lucca) – Looking for craft beer in Lucca?  This is the place to go.  Great selection, great vibe, great people.

Gelato:

(ranked in order of best to not as best…because gelato can never be considered bad!)

  • Gelateria de Neri – If you can only have one gelato experience in Florence (the horrors!), this is the place to go.  It’s been called by some experts (me) as the best gelato in the world.  Plus, it’s right by All’Antico, which makes it the perfect sandwich-gelato bang bang.
  • La Carraia – If Gelateria de Neri is #1, this place is 1B.  It’s incredible.  And with two outposts (one on each side of the bridge), you’ll never be that far away!
  • Gelateria Santa Trinita – A small step down from Neri and La Carraia, in any other city this place would reign supreme.  It’s well worth going and trying for yourself, especially because it’s right near Ponte Vecchio.
  • Il Procopia – The last of the “must go” gelato places in Florence, this local favorite is worth the trip for the pistachio alone!
  • Vivoli – It gets a lot of publicity, but for me, it was just ok.  If you want to try all the places for yourself (and why wouldn’t you) then head here.  But not at the expense of anywhere above.
  • Perche No – They’ve got inventive flavors, good marketing, and lots of name recognition.  The gelato itself is decent.  But in this town, decent doesn’t cut it.
  • Gelateria Carabe – Supposedly “Sicilian” style gelato, this place was overpriced, unfriendly, and probably our least favorite in terms of taste.  Worth a trip?  Sure, if you’re at the Accademia.  But I wouldn’t go out of your way.

Accommodations

Activities:

  • Marvel at the Accademia – It’s fairly small, hard to find, a little off the beaten path and the best thing you can do Florence.  The statue of David is one of the most impressive things…in the world.  An absolute must.
  • Climb the Duomo…and then climb the Bell Tower – Two of the most beautiful buildings in Florence (and maybe the world), the view from the top is even better.  Yes, it’s even worth the 463 stairs (Duomo) and the 414 stairs (Bell Tower)!
  • Stroll through the Uffizi – One of Europe’s most visited museums for a reason, the Uffizi is a place you can stroll through quickly or spend a whole day in.
  • Take a food walking tour – Yes, it’s fun to find places on your own, but with so many incredible places to eat, it’s that much more fun with a local guide.  Plus, who else is going to take you to an enoteca to drink wine at 9am?  We recommend either Walks of Italy or Eating Italy.
  • Hang out in Santa Croce Square – Our favorite piazza in Florence, it’s got a lively vibe, great church and the people watching is unparalleled.
  • Shop the San Lorenzo (Central) Market – Meats, cheeses, and knock off handbags galore.  There’s not much better than hanging out in a real, functioning Italian market.
  • Walk over the Ponte Vecchio – It’s mostly jewelry stores that line this famous bridge, so unless you’re trying to drop thousands of dollars, it’s most likely not worth buying anything.  But it is worth strolling across and then getting some iconic shots of the bridge during sunset.
  • Take the 1:30 hour trip to Lucca or Siena – Both quintessential Tuscan towns with gorgeous architecture and great food.  Each is possible in a day trip, but if they’re running the Palio de Siena (horse race) while you’re there, head to Siena for an incredible spectacle.

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