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What’s the best way to see a new place? Without a doubt, by meeting the people who live there. I can't begin to explain how many amazing experiences I've had just because I ended up talking to a local.

In this - the first episode in a two-part series - I talk with Travis and Heather Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts about the best ways to meet the locals when you're traveling.

In this episode we share the first eight strategies you can use to get to know the people who live in the place you're visiting, so that you can get to know their culture, beliefs, and daily life.

To hear the final eight strategies, listen to part 2!

In this episode you’ll learn:

How to travel to increase your chance of having interesting interactions with locals
Where to stay to meet locals
What to eat to meet locals
Why you should use public transport
What activities to do to meet locals
How Travis and Heather changed a man’s life by hiring him as a tour guide
Why being a lost tourist is a great opportunity
Why to avoid chains while you’re traveling

Resources Mentioned:

16 Ways To Meet Locals - Part 2
Extra Pack of Peanuts
Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast
AirBnB
GowithOh
Podcast interview with Colin Wright
Podcast episode on volunteering
Top 10 Things to Do in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Couchsurfing
EatWith
Location Indie

Photo credit: Peter Halling Hilborg

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In this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast, I have a round table chat with Travis and Heather Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts, sharing our cumulative experience we create your comprehensive guide to travel in Southeast Asia.

Get my Southeast Asia Carry On Packing List For Any Length Trip

Southeast Asia is one of the most magical places on the planet and in this episode we share all our best tips for planning your own trip, whether you want to to go Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, or any of the other countries in the region.

Whether you're planning your own trip, looking to be inspired, or you want to reminisce about a past trip, you're sure to learn something new in this episode of the podcast.

What you will learn about travel in Southeast Asia:

The cheapest way to get to Southeast Asia
Why traveling to Southeast Asia isn’t as difficult as you think it might be
The best time of year to go to Southeast Asia
What to pack and why you shouldn’t take checked luggage with you
Where to stay and how to book accommodation
The best dishes to try and where to get them from
The best beaches to go to and how to get them all to yourself
The epic ruins you simply have to visit
Our top tips and recommendations for seeing the best that Southeast Asia has to offer

Mentioned In This Show

Location Indie
Extra Pack of Peanuts
Discover Travel’s Secret Season podcast episode
Hostelworld
Hostelbookers
Hotels.com
Travelfish.org

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In this travel podcast, friend of the show and travel hacking stud Travis Sherry gives you his take on why budget airlines rock.

We also chat about the challenges of planning ahead for travel and give some top tips that have worked for us throughout our years of wandering.

Plus, if you're into the location independent and digital nomad lifestyle then you'll be excited to hear about our new community Location Indie. Here's your personal invitation to join.

Listen to this travel podcast now, you'll also learn:

How to get the best prices on budget airlines
How wikipedia can be a travelers best friend
Why budget airlines should be your first search
The plastic bag carry on trick
How creative itineraries can save you mad cash
A secret resource for finding cheap 'hidden city' flights
Why knowing the budget airlines rules is so important
Why travel can be stressful
How to avoid travel burnout
And much more!

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Want to learn a variety of amazing travel skills in one short travel podcast episode?

Then you'll love our ongoing series: Travel Tactics.

Today, you'll hear travel lover Wandering Earl tells us how to make money using the skills we've already got.

Travel tech superstar Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters explains why you shouldn't take your laptop on your travels and what to use instead.

And Benny Lewis, a national geographic traveler of the year, helps us get over the fear of speaking a foreign language.

Give it a listen now!

In this episode, you'll learn:

How to earn money with the skills you’ve already got
The lesser-known benefit of meeting people while you’re traveling
The importance of finding your own travel style
Why you probably shouldn’t take your laptop with you when you travel
How to store your travel photos on your smart phone
Why you’re not too old to learn a language
How to get over the fear of speaking a foreign language
How to remember foreign words

Resources Mentioned In This Show

Travel Tactics Part 1
Wandering Earl
How to Live a Life of Travel
Steal Like an Artist
Plansify
What’s Dave Doing?
Hammocks & Hard Drives
Fluent in 3 Months
Memrise
Anki

When you decide to purchase Wandering Earl's book through my affiliate link, you'll be supporting the podcast at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

 

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How would you feel if you had no idea what country you'd be living in next month?

Welcome to Colin Wright's exile life.

In 2009 Colin ditched his possessions and hit the road, letting his blog readers vote on which country he would live in.

Since then he has been all over the world, spending 4 months at a time in various countries including New Zealand, Czech Republic, India, Iceland, Thailand, and points in between.

What is it like to make travel an experimental project?

Listen now and you'll learn:

What it's like to live in a new country every 4 months
When treating travel as a project might be a good idea
How to build a framework for your travels that match your personality
Why Colin thinks you're the 'dumbest person in the room when you travel'
How being imperfect can make your work better
What Colin did to keep his travels fresh
Why labels are "imperfect but useful"
Colin's tips for traveling the states and how to shape a life filled with travel
And so much more!

Resources From The Show
Colin's blog Exile Lifestyle

Colin's books
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Award winning photographer and film maker Ben Randall went on a mission to find and photograph 100 people he met 5 years earlier while traveling through Asia.

During his trip he discovered a horrible truth about two of his friends, and decided to do something about it.

Hear Ben's incredible tale and learn more about The Human Earth Project in this fascinating travel podcast interview.

Learn how one person CAN make a difference.

Next time, will that person be you?
Mentioned In This Show
Human Earth Project

Photo courtesy of Human Earth Project
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Please Note: At the beginning of this travel podcast I share part of my personal story. No worries if you aren't interested, just skip ahead to the interview with Bill which starts around the 15 minute mark.
"A seasonal job can be a really good opportunity to hit the reset button if you need to."
-Bill Berg Founder Cool Works
Finding fun seasonal work is one of the best ways to kickstart any adventure.

For many people one seasonal job turns into a way of life. Yes, a job washing dishes or pumping gas could change your life (seriously!). Bill graciously shares how it changed his, and some fantastic advice as well.

Give this travel podcast a listen and you'll learn:

How seasonal jobs can transform your life in many ways
Why pumping gas in Yellowstone National Park changed Bill's life forever
What you can do to stand out from other candidates
Why seasonal jobs can be a great option for anybody of any age
Which visas to look into if you want to work in the USA but are not a citizen
How seasonal work can support your travels
Tips on which jobs will help you save more money
And much more!...

Cool Works
Visa Information (J1, H2-B, and Q1) - Permission to work in the USA for international workers.

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Happy holidays and welcome to the 1st annual Norwegian Christmas spectacular here on the Zero To Travel Podcast!
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My wife Anne Dorthe and I recorded this episode in our cabin in Engerdal, located in rural Norway roughly 4.5 hours north of Oslo.

Anne Dorthe shares what the traditional Norwegian farm Christmas is like, and even sings a little tune for us at the end of the show.

Listen to this episode now and get ready to travel to Norway for a holiday with one horse open sleighs, cakes, cookies, little santa men and much more!

Thanks for listening to the Zero To Travel Podcast and Happy Holidays my friend!

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*Note: This episode was published in 2015 but the 7 strategies I share to help you achieve your travel dreams are timeless. They apply to anyone, anywhere, anytime of any year. (that's a lot of any's!) Moving on....
Do you have a trip or destination that keeps popping up in your travel dreams?
What traveler doesn't cruise into the new year with a wish list longer than a holiday airline delay?

What if this was the year you finally went and did it!

In this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast, I share 7 strategies that will help you to achieve your travel dreams in 2015.

Why should you wait any longer to take your dream journey?

I promise you, this isn't just a bunch of rah rah motivational crap.

This episode was designed to ensure you take an action towards your travel dreams today.

Give it a listen now and you'll see what I mean.

Please let me know your thoughts. Did you like the advice? Was it helpful? Did you take an action?

Did you buy a plane ticket after listening?!?!

Email me or hit me on the twitter @zerototravel and let me know.

In this Zero To Travel podcast you'll learn:

7 strategies you can utilize to achieve your travel dreams no matter what your situation
How to gain enough time and money to travel
One action you can take today to make your dream trip very real
When making your goals public will work in your favor
Why traveling with a purpose may be right for you
And so much more

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This week on the Zero To Travel Podcast, award winning travel journalist Jayme Moye shares everything you need to know about breaking into the travel writing industry, getting published and building a dream career.

Jayme Moye is an accomplished professional travel writer who has won multiple awards and written hundreds of articles for over 50 different publications, including National Geographic and Men’s Journal.

Jayme doesn't hold back in this interview. She spills every industry tip and secret you need to succeed. You'll learn exactly how to get started (even with no experience) and pitch articles like a pro. Give it a listen now and you'll learn:

Exactly how to get started as an unpublished writer with no experience
The first thing you should do if you want to be a professional writer
How Jayme went from office job to world traveling professional writer
What editors are looking for and how to sell your writing
How to pitch magazines with story ideas
The best way to get your name around in the travel writing world
Why your pitches are so important
Key industry terms to make you look like an experienced pro
Inside tips from Jayme on how to become a more creative writer
And so much more!

Listen to the travel podcast interview now by hitting play on the bar above. You can also Subscribe to the Zero To Travel Podcast on iTunes.

Here are a few key points covered in this interview:
Finding Your Place To Start
For just about everyone interested in becoming a travel writer, but especially for those who don’t hail from a writing background, the biggest question is always, “where do I start?”

So let’s begin with a simple and straightforward piece of advice.

READ!

Specifically, read whatever it is that you want to be published in. The better understanding you have of the publication you’re wishing to be a part of, the more likely you’ll be able to create something fitting and desirable.

It’s also a good idea to pay close attention to which section of the magazine you’re aiming for, as well as how the magazine is structured overall. Many magazines are structured similarly with regard to their recurring departments and feature articles, so as you start to recognize the structure of one, others will become easier to breakdown too.

Once you’ve got a destination for a pitch in mind, it’s time to consider the angle you’ll be pitching from. Is the story you’ve got in mind new or a novelty? Is it feature-worthy, or better suited to a specific section of the magazine? If it’s the latter, it’s important to gather information on who the editor is for that specific section. In fact, having a specific editor to contact is always a vital part of the pitching process.
Making An Effective Pitch
Jayme abides by this rule - always pitch before you write.

Why?

Because the editor you’re writing for will be critical in determining the direction your story takes.

The editor knows better than any other person what the audience of the magazine likes and what aspects of the story will need to be up or downplayed, which is exactly why their input is so critical before you put pen to page.

But how do you make an effective pitch?

Format is everything, and in fact a universally accepted format does exist that will propel you 98% ahead of the crowd if you use it. This ideal format consists of:

✓ Including the word “pitch” in the subject line, directly followed by the story subject (for example “Pitch: The Science Behind Polar Migrations.”)
✓ Using an informal greeting, and one that includes the first name of the editor.
✓ An opening sentence that begins something like, “For your consideration…,” and a reference to the specific section you’re interested in.
✓ A strong opening paragraph on the subject of your pitch, a “hook,

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