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Welcome to the 4th annual Norwegian Christmas Spectacular!!!

Grab a Julebrus and get warm and cozy in front of a crackling fire, with stockings hanging, candles burning in the background, and a white star in the window...a very Norwegian Christmas tradition. Really, white stars are everywhere.

Do you know how many Norwegian words contain "Jul" (Christmas)? The holidays start early in December as Jul is added into your body and mind. Today we'll uncover a mystery; are Norwegians really crazy for Christmas?

Tune in now to hear how "Jul" is everywhere in Norway as my wife Anne-Dorthe and I talk Norwegian Christmas snacks, Juleøl (Christmas beer), markets, food, music, traditions, and all the other joys of the crazy (in the best way possible) Norwegian Christmas.

[caption id="attachment_2733" align="alignleft" width="4032"]4th Annual Norwegian Christmas Spectacular A shelf full of Juleøl (aka Christmas beer)[/caption]

And be sure to take in all the sights and sounds of the Norwegian Christmas.

[caption id="attachment_2734" align="alignleft" width="4032"]4th Annual Norwegian Christmas Spectacular Full on band…outside of the local grocery store![/caption]

Can't believe this is our 4th Christmas spectacular. Be sure to check out the last 3 Norwegian Christmas Spectacular Episodes:

You'll hear about the traditional Norwegian Christmas and a one horse open sleigh in rural Norway. Listen now.

Listen to hear the 12 things we love about the Norwegian Christmas. Check out the 12 days of Christmas here.

Check out 9 delightful Norwegian holiday traditions that “Jul” be sure to love. You can listen now here.

Get together with family and friends to share love and joy. I appreciate you for being part of the Zero To Travel Podcast family. Happy Holidays my friend!

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Direct download: ZTT_X-mas_4_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EDT

How can you break into the multi-billion dollar Airbnb business?

Today Zeona McIntyre stops by to share how you can earn money while you travel the world....even if you don’t live anywhere and you don’t own any real estate whatsoever!

Zeona has been to 44 countries and she spends half of each year traveling the world using a variety of travel tactics, but the main one is Airbnb. She owns five properties, manages 20 properties, and teaches others how to invest in properties (with Airbnb in mind) to create automated businesses.

She suggests keeping an open mind about everything to create a life of long term travel.

Tune In To Learn:

  • How co-hosting is creating hugely abundant opportunities to manage
  • Why you need to do extensive research before investing in a property
  • How to take advantage of different markets without owning a place
  • Ways to get started with co-hosting (to manage from anywhere in the world)
  • How much you can earn in a month co-hosting with Airbnb
  • What you can leverage to automate the process
  • How working 5-10 hours a week could replace your job
  • How to create an income while you are out of your house (traveling the world)
  • And so much more


Be sure to check out the archives for more Zero To Travel Podcasts!

*featured image courtesy of @adventurousz

Direct download: ZTT_Zeona_mixdown.mp3
Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

Have you ever wondered how to be a polyglot?

My guest today is a polyglot who has studied more than 25 different languages including a total of nine different alphabets and writing systems.

Please welcome Ellen Jovin to the show! Check out her work here where she chronicles her linguistic adventures (and misadventures) and provides resources for other language learners.

Tune in today to get advice around self-learning or learning a language on your own.

You'll Learn:

  • How to create a connection that goes straight to your heart
  • Ways to be generous to the world
  • How to structure the 3 prongs of language learning
  • The best way to express your grammatical super powers
  • Method to multiply your time to learn
  • Tips to get over fears of speaking a new language
  • Why a sense of humor is critical for language learning
  • And so much more


Looking for more Zero To Travel Podcasts?  Head over to the archives now!

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

Are you ready for some Ladan travel wisdom?

My guest today is a multi-passionate wanderer, polyglot, and host of the Travel Wisdom Podcast.  He brings his experience from travel in over 100 countries.....

Please welcome Ladan Jiracek to the show!

Today you'll hear a mix of topics including:

  • How to go to college in Europe for 50x less than it costs to go in the states
  • The advantages and disadvantages of solo travel
  • The definition of wisdom and how that relates to travel
  • Tips on meeting locals when you travel
  • 3 best pieces of advice for someone who wants to visit 100 or more countries
  • Benefits of learning a language for travelers

Tune In To Learn:

  • One of the most underrated skills for traveling
  • How to create a whole new identity and way of thinking
  • Ways to go deeper into a country
  • How to use travel as a vehicle for learning
  • Why everyone should travel
  • How to take the power back (in life and travel)
  • And so much more


Be sure to check out the archives now for more Zero To Travel Podcasts.

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

How does resistance play into your ability to fill your life with travel?

You'll hear about this type of resistance, plus:

  • Travel blogging and what it's like to run that business from the road
  • How to handle getting burned out on long term travel
  • The process around figuring out if you should stop traveling and maybe settle down for a bit

Do you like unforgettable food experiences?  My guests today have been traveling full time since 2008 and run Food Fun Travel.  You'll hear some tips on finding those extra special culinary delights on the road, learn how to make a living as a travel blogger, and get advice on how to pick an international home base.

Please welcome Tommo and Megsy to show!
The Reality Of Full Time Travel Blogging with Tommo and Megsy

Tune In To Learn:

  • How gap years can help you live differently
  • Ways to compromise with the travel lifestyle
  • Biggest revelation for a long term traveler
  • Most important skills to develop for a travel blogger
  • Biggest mistake most newbie travel bloggers make
  • How to find the best places to eat (wherever you go)
  • The ultimate travel meal
  • And so much more!


Want more Zero To Travel Podcasts? Check out the archives now!

*photos courtesy of Food Fun Travel

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

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


Be sure to head over to the archives for more Zero To Travel Podcasts!

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

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


Want more Zero To Travel Podcasts? Head over to the archives now!

Photo courtesy of @nateliason

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

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 EDT

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


Be sure to check out the archives for more Zero To Travel Podcasts!

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

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


For more Zero To Travel Podcasts, be sure to check out the archives now!

Photos courtesy of @honeytrek

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