Zero To Travel Podcast : National Geographic Type Adventures, Lifestyle Design Like Tim Ferriss Plus Inspiration Like TED

You are in for real treat today as Heath Armstrong shares some sweet ass strategies for achieving anything fast in travel and in life!  Heath has quite an incredible story. In early 2015 he was in the process of re-imagining his life to become location independent to gain more freedom and travel more.  Since then he has:

  • Sold his house and everything he owned to eliminate distractions/debt and discover meaning
  • Retired his regular ‘career’ for full-time location-independence, freedom, and travel
  • Built an automated e-commerce business that did over $600k in revenue in 2016

On top of that he created The Sweet Ass Journal to Develop Your Happiness Muscle in 100 Days.  It will help you learn and implement the habits, strategies, and personal practices he dissected from 100+ interviews with creative entrepreneurs to destroy what he calls “resistance gremlins”.....and build your freedom empire.

Just a few things you'll hear about today:

  • Gremlin bashin’
  • Minimalism
  • The importance of habits
  • How to get over the fear of failure
  • What you can do to have better focus

Tune In To Learn:

  • How to destroy resistance and bring opportunity back to life
  • Ways to experience personal healing
  • One way to transition your mindset to possibilities
  • 4 steps to minimize distractions and take action
  • How to create success in business and life
  • Habits to overcome self-doubt
  • Easy way to get started when you have a fear
  • How to manage your time to transition to a location independent entrepreneur
  • And much more

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Heath_Uncensored_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 11:48am EST

Have you ever considered that the way you think about travel can be the difference between going and getting stuck at home?

Today Nat Eliason stops by to discuss how to be free and what that really means. Tune in now to hear a wide range of topics including:

  • Why a lot of people get into the digital nomad scene or the full-time travel scene
  • How to avoid travel burnout
  • Benefits of choosing something
  • Why too much freedom can be detrimental and how to manage that
  • Why building a relationship with a city is important
  • Remote work trends and the best business model to become location independent fast
  • And a ton more

Nat has lived in various cities around the world while traveling as a full time digital nomad, although that has changed recently. He writes actionable in-depth articles on a variety of topics like sex, lifestyle business, cryptocurrency, meditation, travel, and more. Check out his articles and more here.

You'll Learn:

  • How to design your life around freedom
  • The current state of digital nomad-ism
  • Ways to sustain the nomad lifestyle
  • Cool ways to test out ideas without having to (basically) spend money
  • How to make conversations with parents infinitely easier
  • One of the best self development tools
  • Why you need to let go of travel guilt

Resources:

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Photo courtesy of @nateliason

Direct download: ZTT_Nat_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EST

Want to learn how to take cheap Alaska cruises and experience the stunning nature of "The Last Frontier" without breaking your budget?

Listen in now to get the inside scoop on planning your own Alaskan cruise adventure.

Today You'll learn:

  • How budget travel brings you closer to a place
  • The best way to tour Scotland
  • How to take advantage of the Alaska ferry system
  • What kind of accommodations to expect on cheap Alaska cruises
  • What you can bring on an Alaskan cruise (you'll be surprised)
  • A traveler's best friend
  • How to get around each small town in Alaska
  • The overall cost of a cheap Alaskan adventure

The resources below provide a summary along with all of the links you need to get started today.

To get an overview of all transportation around Alaska, check out the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

In Alaska, the locals get around by plane and ferry since there are very few highways.  You'll want to create your Alaskan dream cruise using The Alaska Marine Highway System.   This will take you to the same ports as the fancy cruise lines for 60-80% off (and when you get off at these ports, you'll be with locals and other budget travelers instead of thousands of people).

You'll want to explore three main coastal regions:

  • Southeast- The Inside Passage: Juneaus, Gold rush history, Glaciers, wildlife and whale watching
  • South Central- Gateway to Denali: Access to Denali, Glaciers, kayak/rafting, hiking, cycling, fishing, pioneer history, wildlife
  • Southwest- Kodiak and the Aleutian Chain: Russian and WWII history, birding, volcano, whale and bear viewing, Native culture

Once you've figured out where you are going and what you want to do, choose your sailing dates!  You only pay for what you use, so you can purchase individual legs of the trip meaning you can stay overnight in a port town and catch a later ferry.

The Alaska Marine Highway System makes it so easy to choose your route, decide on amenities, figure out what food to bring/purchase, where to stay (camp, cabin, or chair), and what entertainment to expect (mostly scenery and wildlife).  Check out the travel policies for specifics.

Here are some important things to consider when choosing your routes, your amenities, your vessels, and your disembarkation ports:

  • Pay attention to the time that the ship arrives in port as sometimes they land in the middle of the night.  Find out when the Sun will be coming up and maybe you'll want to disembark
  • Book early for cabins
  • Make sure the ship has the amenities you want
  • Most popular ports:  Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Whittier, Homer, Kodiak
  • Side trips can be arranged to view Grizzly Bears.  The best time is during the salmon running which begins in July
  • Bring lots of layers and a good hat and/or ear muffs (as it can be cold even in the summer)
  • Don't forget to pack binoculars
  • If you have a vehicle, you are usually only allowed to go to it once a day
  • Only go one way.  You will have seen enough nature and wildlife and don't need a round trip.

Ways to access the ferries:  fly into Seattle and take a train to Bellingham, Washington, start in Vancouver and take a train to Prince Rupert, or fly into Juneau for the Inside Passage area ferry.  If you want Alaska's heartland and Denali, you can fly into Fairbanks or Anchorage.  Same for getting out to the Aleutian Chain, or catch a plane to Kodiak.

Now go book your Alsakan adventure! What are you waiting for?

Additional resources:

Direct download: ZTT_Alaska_Cruise_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 11:53pm EST

Would you like to go on some sacred rides?

And when is having no plan, the best plan?!

Tune in to hear about off the beaten track mountain biking spots around the world, social entrepreneurship, the value of becoming a ski bum (or just any kind of bum- bumming around doing something you love), and how that can actually turn (perhaps inadvertently) into a career.

My guest today is the founder of Sacred Rides mountain bike adventures which was ranked as the #1 mountain bike tour company on earth according to National Geographic adventure magazine. He also runs the nonprofit Bikes Without Borders and mentors social entrepreneurs who seek to change the world through business. Please welcome Mike Brcic to the show.

Hidden Paths and Sacred Rides with Mike Brcic

You'll Learn:

  • How being a terrible employee can actually help you
  • Why finding your own path is important for personal happiness
  • The essence of a lifestyle business
  • How to build a business around your passion
  • The most important quality for success
  • How Sacred Rides operates around the world (and helps locals)
  • Advice for people looking to start their own travel or adventure biz
  • How to set yourself up for travel and new adventures

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Mike_B_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EST

Wouldn't it be fun to take the World's longest honeymoon?

What is the easiest way to start doing more of what you love?

Tune in today for tons of travel goodies. My guests today left on their honeymoon in January 2012 and never went home! They are the authors of a new book published by National Geographic called Ultimate Journeys For Two: Extraordinary Adventures On Every Continent.

They are here to share their best adventure travel strategies, travel advice for two, their Top off the beaten path destinations, and so much more.  Check out their work at Honeytrek. Mike and Anne Howard – welcome to the zero to travel podcast my friends!

The World's Longest Honeymoon with Mike and Anne from Honeytrek

You'll Learn:

  • Advice for hopeful travel writers (to get publishing deals)
  • Why travel is a formative and educational experience
  • How to have the World's longest honeymoon
  • How to exit responsibly (for long term travel)
  • Why you should go on your honeymoon before you get married
  • How travel can enhance your relationship
  • Why it's awesome to mix and match travel styles
  • Advice for traveling couples
  • How to run a business with your spouse or significant other (and stay sane and happy)
  • The #1 key to long term travel

Resources:

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Photos courtesy of @honeytrek

Direct download: ztt_honeyTrek_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Have you seen Mike Clarity around the world?

What does the evolution of YOU have to do with travel?

Tune in to find out how to evolve through travel.

Plus, you'll hear a wonderful conversation with a listener of the show; Mike Clarity.  Clarity walked away from a day job and a lifestyle that he felt was suffocating his spirit. He shares stories of life on the road, poetry, and all kinds of interesting travel anecdotes.

Learn about getting free through travel (and what that means), the distillation process that takes place while you are on the road, where growth occurs in travel, and just a ton more!

Tune In To Learn:

  • How to live more meaningful days
  • Ways to be inspired (instead of jealous)
  • How to reach out and capture data in your brain
  • A wonderful way to travel and connect with the community
  • How to feel richer in all aspects of your life
  • The hack to traveling on your terms
  • Ways to make money while on the road
  • How to find real wealth in travel

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Mike_C_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EST

How can you guarantee a high level of satisfaction around your next trip?

Tune in today to hear 3 strategies to make that satisfaction actually occur (on your next trip). Plus, you'll hear about travel flow and an in-person interview around coffee and travel.

Dillon Williams from the coffee and bicycle journey, the Homecoming Coffee Tour, stops by a Norwegian cafe to give his perspective on how to build a trip around something you love.

Perk up my friend!

You'll Learn:

  • Where the travel magic happens
  • What can fight against too much caffeine
  • Best ways to come up with great ideas for any business
  • Great piece of advice to make connections on the ground (wherever you go)
  • Lessons for your first bike tour
  • How to achieve greatness
  • What gives you an appreciation for home
  • The best resources for bike touring in Europe
  • What is included in a bicycle touring gourmet meal
  • Best thing to take the edge off loneliness (when on a solo trip)
  • And so much more!

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Coffee_Bike_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EST

Where are some of the most beautiful places in the world?

Where have you been?

My biz partner, good buddy, and host of Extra Pack of Peanuts, Travis Sherry stops by to share his top most beautiful places he's been in the World.

We broke up the Top 20 Most Beautiful Places We've Been In The World into two podcasts. In this episode (Part One), you'll hear each of our rankings (#10 to #6) of the most beautiful places we've ever been in the world. Head over to the Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast (for Part Two) to get each of our Top (#5 to #1) most beautiful places in the world that we've been to.

Plus, we break down the Top 16 Beautiful Places We’d Like To Go over on the Location Indie Podcast.

This is going to be fun!

Tune In To Learn:

  • How to relive your travel experiences
  • Where to find a magical experience (you didn't expect to have)
  • One of the most beautiful places on earth
  • Where you can take a cable car up a mountain
  • A place to fall in love with hiking
  • One of our favorite places on the planet
  • Where worldly colors come out of the earth
  • And so much more!

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Beautiful_Places_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EST

Have you ever wondered how to see the Northern Lights in Norway?

Are the Northern Lights on your bucket list?

Tune in today to hear how you can do it affordably in a notoriously expensive Scandinavian country and when and where should you go.

My friend and fellow expat David Nickel stops by to give you the inside scoop on the Norwegian Northern Lights phenomenon. David is a travel journalist and author of several books, including the new Moon Guidebook to Norway.

Be sure to check out the Norway Northern Lights in the video below.

You'll Learn:

  • The number one thing that is not on any pre-trip travel checklist that should be
  • The best way to create a deeper connection to a place and it's people
  • One key element to integrate into the Norwegian experience
  • Best piece of advice to learn about local customs (when moving to a new country)
  • A detailed description of the Northern Lights
  • Typical ways you can arrange a Norwegian Northern Lights experience
  • The reality of writing a guide book about a country
  • Plus so much more!

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Nikel_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EST

Have you heard of DNX Global?

If you are a digital nomad or aspire to be one, you need to check it out. You'll learn how more and more people are earning a living from their laptop; on the fly while they are traveling. It is an incredible way to roam and be free, but it also means you travel with a lot of responsibilities (and there are many challenges to the digital nomad lifestyle).

I connect with my buddy Fred Perrotta from Tortuga backpacks (in Lisbon!) to give you the down low on the digital nomad conference (DNX Global). You'll hear all about:

  • The current digital nomad scene
  • The various stages of being a digital nomad
  • What the digital nomad experience is like on the ground
  • What are the hot businesses right now

Check out this review of the Tortuga Homebase Travel Backpack:

Also, please donate to the emergency fund for Samir's (our Trekking Nepal guide) Niece. Thank you.

Tune In To Learn:

  • Who attends DNX Global
  • Why meeting in person creates momentum
  • How to get into the digital nomad bubble
  • Why digital nomads are all about collaboration and partnership
  • How to use entrepreneurship as a tool to get the life you want

Resources:

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Direct download: ZTT_Fred_DNX_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 8:31pm EST