EPoP 008: Benny Lewis on The Best Ways to Learn a Foreign Language (or Several) and How to Haggle Like a Champion!

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In this episode, Benny Lewis from Fluent In 3 Months sits down and reveals all the best ways to learn a foreign language.

And wow, does he know what he’s talking about!

In the past 10 years, Benny has gone from only speaking English to now being conversational or better in 12 different languages, and his website has also helped tens of thousands of people do what their high school selves once thought was impossible.

In those 10 years, Benny has traveled all over the world, and he’ll share some of the best tips he picked up for saving money while traveling.

He’ll even tell you how he was able to get the “native price” for an apartment in Turkey without speaking the language and his secret haggling method that scored him a $3 waterfront villa in Goa.

Benny is THE definitive internet expert on how to learn a language in a unique, fun, and highly effective manner.

So if you’re someone who has always wanted to learn a language but never succeeded, you’ve got to give this a listen.

Note:  The audio is a little choppy at points between 8 minutes and 23 minutes but still listenable and the message is well worth it!

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • How Benny reaches a conversational level of a new language in only 3 months.
  • Why “I’m not talented at languages” is a weak (and not viable) excuse.
  • Why children learn languages better (and no, it’s not because their brain is better equipped).
  • What is Esperanto and why you should learn it first.
  • Why expressing yourself like Tarzan is a good thing.
  • How to apply the 80/20 rule to language learning.
  • An amazing trick to find the cheapest accommodation prices even if you don’t speak the language.

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EPoP 007: Sean Ogle on Crossing Things Off Your Bucket List and Starting a Business You Can Run From Anywhere

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In this episode of the Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast, Sean Ogle of Location 180 sits down to discuss how to start a business that can be run from anywhere in the world, why travel has changed his life, and how to create a killer bucket list…and then actually cross stuff off it!

Sean also opens up about how he personally went from a “life that sucked” in 2009 to now becoming a wildly successful entrepreneur who is not only living his dream, but is spending his time helping others do the same.

You’ll even learn what his least favorite place in the world is…and which happens to be mine as well!

If you’re looking for some motivation to start doing something that matters, or you just want to hear some great travel stories, you’ve got to give this a listen!

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • The three major steps to starting a business and becoming location independent.
  • The one thing in the world that people are afraid of.
  • How to create a killer bucket list, and why it’s important.
  • The keys to finding a mentor that is “higher on the food chain” than you.
  • How to get free stuff when traveling, even if you don’t have an audience.
  • His least favorite place in the world…and mine too!

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EPoP 006: Gary Arndt on How to Become a World Famous Travel Blogger and See Everything, Everywhere

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In this episode, world-famous travel blogger Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere sits down with me to talk about how he has become one of the world’s most recognized travel bloggers and how a 2-year trip has turned in to 6.5 years (and counting) of full-time travel.

He’ll dish out some of the best advice I’ve ever heard about how to become a successful blogger (hint: it’s not what you think), discuss how he taught himself to become an award-winning photographer despite no formal training, and we’ll tackle the difference between travel vs. vacation.

And of course, since this is a man who seeks to see everything and go everywhere, he’ll also share some of the most amazing places he’s been as well as some pretty big countries that he hasn’t yet gotten to.

Gary’s passion for travel, his incredible talent for storytelling and photography, and his drive to push the boundaries of travel blogging to new heights has catapulted him to the forefront of the travel industry.

He was one of the very first travel bloggers and now, rightfully so, is one of the biggest, so you definitely won’t want to miss the wisdom and advice that he shares in this revealing podcast.

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • How Gary went from owning a computer company to becoming a full-time traveler.
  • The difference between vacation and travel.
  • How Gary turned himself into an award-winning photographer with no training.
  • How someone with a normal life can see much more of the world than they think.
  • Some amazing pieces of advice on how to become a world-famous blogger.

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EPoP 005: Chris Christensen, Travel Podcasting Legend, on How to Best Utilize 2 Weeks of Vacation a Year

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In this episode of the Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast, travel podcasting legend Chris Christensen joins me to discuss how the average American can best maximize their two weeks of vacation time a year.

He’ll also share the best travel tips he’s gotten over the course of recording over 500+ travel podcasts, discuss the state of the podcasting industry and why it is undergoing such a resurgence,  and tell you how you could possibly be a guest on his show, the Amateur Traveler.

Chris is the Godfather of the travel podcasting industry, and someone I’ve been following closely for a few years now.  Not only does he know his stuff, but his silky smooth voice is one that you could listen to all day long, so go have a listen!

If you’ve got a question, feel free to post it in the comments or say thank you to Chris by shooting him a tweet!

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • The topics covered in Chris’s two travel podcasts
  • How the mobile age is helping podcasting undergo a renaissance.
  • How Chris is able to find experts to talk about each destination.
  • How Amateur Travel gave it’s start to a few well-known travel bloggers.
  • What makes a good destination show, and what doesn’t.
  • Why Chris always checks out the postcard stands when traveling.
  • Why Chris DOESN’T try to talk people into traveling.
  • Three ways to save money when traveling.
  • When the best time to start looking for airline tickets is.
  • How to get a tour guide for the price of a beer.
  • What your tourist radar is, and how to sharpen it.

Links Discussed in This Episode:

  • The Amateur Traveler– Chris’s weekly podcast (and blog) highlighting travel destinations around the world.
  • Ottsworld– The travel website of Sherry Ott, a frequent Amateur Traveler guest
  • Nomadic Matt– An extremely popular travel website of Matt Kepnes, who got his big break on Amateur Traveler
  • Born To Run– Trav’s favorite book, which details the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico’s Copper Canyon.
  • Servas– A hospitality website that brings together locals and travelers to share experiences.
  • Couchsurfing– A community that shares their homes (and couches) to travelers and organizes meetups.
  • @Chris2x– Say hello to Chris on Twitter

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Jason Lewis on His Amazing, Inspiring, Guinness Book of World Record Feat

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In this episode of The Extra Pack of Podcast, Jason Lewis of Expedition360 joins me to talk about one of the most amazing feats in travel history, going around the entire world using just human power.

Jason began his trip “on a lark” in 1994, believing it would take him and a friend 3 or 4 years to complete the journey.  13 years later, Jason finally returned to his hometown of Greenwich, England with a Guinness World Record to his name and uncountable tales and memories.

He’ll recount some of his best moments, such as spending time with the natives in the remote Solomon Islands, and some of his worst, like getting hit by a car in Colorado and almost losing his legs.

And he’ll tell us just why he kept on going during this crazy journey, year after year, and how he believes travel has the power to change people.

Without knowing it, Jason became one of the main inspirations in my life after I first heard of Expedition 360, and I’m honored to have him on the show.  His story is one that will inspire you to do things you didn’t think were possible and one you won’t soon forget.

So have a listen, and if you like the story, don’t forget to check out his book, Dark Waters, that is full of all the details we didn’t have time to get to!

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • What it means to circumnavigate the globe using only human power.
  • How Jason met a movie star in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
  • Why no real training was a good thing before starting a 13-year journey.
  • How close Jason really came to quitting.
  • How the generosity of strangers was the main reason the journey continued.
  • The best parts of crossing the entire world (including some you’d NEVER guess)
  • How the concept of “home” changed after returning 13 years later.
  • Why Jason turned down a huge publishing deal.
  • How traveling leads you to be a better world citizen.
  • Why committing to travel is the most important step.
  • Jason’s rationale for rollerblading across America without knowing how.

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Colin Wright on Changing Countries Every 4 Months, The Beauty of Being an Idiot, and Minimalism

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In this episode of the Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast, Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle joins me to discuss a variety of travel topics, including why he allows strangers to pick which country he will move to every 4 months, how being an idiot abroad is a positive thing, and why he currently has only 70 items to his name.

He also regales us with stories like a 72-hour bus trip through South America with a drunken bus driver, making $100 Skype calls from New Zealand, and much, much more.

Colin is one of the most interesting and fascinating people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and someone I’ve been personally following for a while now, so I’m super excited to have him on the show.

His passion for travel and life coupled with his unique perspective is something you don’t want to miss, so have yourself a listen!

If you’ve got a question for Colin, please feel free to post it in the comments below or ask him directly on Twitter @ColinIsMyName.

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In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Why Colin moves to a different country every 4 months (and why he allows readers to pick it)
  • Why there is no perfect moment to start traveling.
  • How international travel helps you appreciate your own country more.
  • The difference between short vacations and traveling slow.
  • Why being the idiot in a foreign country is a good thing.
  • How to maintain relationships when on the road.
  • The benefits of minimalism (and why to bring a deck of cards with you to Thailand).
  • How Colin is able to make a healthy living money while traveling.
  • How the average 9-5’er with two weeks of vacation can make get a more authentic travel experience.
  • The horrors of a 72-hour bus ride in South America with a drunk bus driver.
  • Where to find a great community for aspiring writers.

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