Zero To Travel Podcast

In this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast, I sit down with Travis and Jason from Extra Pack of Peanuts to talk coffee!

On our travels around the world, we've had the pleasure of going to lots of different coffee shops and bars in many different places. In this episode, we share our top 16 coffee experiences around the world.

So, if you're a coffee lover, listen in to find out where you should get your caffeine fix when you're on the road.

You will learn:

Jason and Heather’s coffee origin stories
Jason and Heather’s top 16 coffee bars and shops around the world
Why coffee is good for you
Travis’ favorite hot chocolate, snack, and dessert experiences

Resources Mentioned

Extra Pack of Peanuts
Roasty Coffee
The Paradise Pack
Epic Bike Rides
The Top 16 Breweries in America
Top 16 Favorite Sweet Treats
Lights! Camera! Switzerland!
Ultimate Travel Coffee Kit

To listen to past episodes, go to and

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In today's episode, I speak with Anton Kraly - the creator of Drop Ship Lifestyle, an online course and community that connects and helps eCommerce entrepreneurs.

Anton explains how to start a drop shipping business, so that you can earn money while you travel without having to manage stock, fulfil orders, or even handle customer service.

Anton has also very kindly hooked the Zero To Travel Podcast listeners up with a hefty discount on Drop Ship Lifestyle. So, if you're interested in this business model, go to to get $100 off.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

What you should do if you want to make money on the road
The strangest thing that has happened to Anton in the last two weeks
How Anton ended up living in Vietnam
Whether or not it’s possible to start a business like Anton’s on the road
How online business has changed over the past few years
What drop shipping is
How NOT to drop ship
How to approach suppliers and what not to say to them
What profit margins to look for
Why this business model is perfect for digital nomads
How much it costs to get started with drop shipping
How to decide on a niche, which products to sell, and who to sell to
How to identify trends
Why competition is a good thing
Why you don’t have to compete with Amazon
How important personality and branding are on eCommerce sites
How to conduct market research
Which kinds of keywords to target and which ones to avoid to get the best conversion rates
How to get approved by a supplier
How to get your eCommerce site up and running within two weeks
What Google PLAs and Amazon Product Listing Ads are and how to use them
Which third party tools to use
Business-to-business versus business-to-consumer: which is best
How to outsource in an eCommerce business
How to sell a website and how much they can go for
Anton’s travel plans

Resources mentioned

Anton Kraly
Drop Ship Lifestyle
Retail Tower
eCommHub (now called HubLogix)
Google Analytics
Lucky Orange
Empire Flippers
Razor Sharp Shave

Don't forget, you can get $100 off Drop Ship Lifestyle by going to and starting your own drop ship lifestyle!

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This episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast is a very special one.

On April 25th 2015, Nepal was hit by the biggest earthquake it has experienced in 80 years. Thousands of people have died and many more are seriously injured and in need of basic supplies such as food, water, and shelter.

Last October, my wife and I went to Nepal, to go trekking in the Himalayan mountains. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with warm smiles and open hearts. We particularly bonded with our guide Samir, and our porter Mingmar.

In this episode of the podcast, my wife Anne-Dorthe and I share both our memories of Nepal and some audio clips of Samir as he showed us around his country.

This episode is also a fundraiser. Nepal needs our help. If you're in the US, please text "GIVE NEPAL" to 80088 to donate $10 to the Global Giving relief fund. If you want to give more or you're based outside of the US, please go to

Thank you.

This episode features:

Jason and Anne-Dorthe’s overall impressions of Nepal and the Nepalese
The memories of Nepal that stand out for Jason and Anne-Dorthe
How Samir and his friends give back to their own communities
Why Samir had to leave school
Samir’s biggest dreams
What Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels are
Jason and Anne-Dorthe’s reactions to seeing the 8th highest mountain in the world
What daily life is like in rural Nepal

If you are able to donate to help the people of Nepal, please do so by going to

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In today's episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast, I speak with Andy Steves from Weekend Student Adventures Europe to find out how to travel Europe on a budget.

Andy shares a ton of tips and advice on European travel, including how to plan the best itinerary for your trip, how to secure the cheapest flights, and which European cities shouldn't be missed .

In this episode of the podcast, you will learn:

The difference between traveling around Europe with your parents and on your own
How to take a travel idea from an idea to a plan
How Andy spotted the gap in the market for his business
How to experience rather than just observe a new place
What makes good tourism
What tour guides and guide books lack (and how to get it)
The biggest mistake people make when they travel to Europe
How to find the cheapest flights in Europe
How to decide which form(s) of transport to use when traveling round Europe
Andy and Jason’s favorite train rides in Europe
One way to get around visa requirements
Andy’s top three off-the-beaten-track destinations in Europe
Two of the more touristy European cities that are still worth visiting
How to travel on a budget without sacrificing the experience
Andy’s favorite travel books
What Andy struggles to say "no" to when he’s traveling

Resources Mentioned

How To Quit Your Job and Travel The World!
Location Indie
The Paradise Pack
Weekend Student Adventures
Rick Steve’s Europe
Let’s Go
Lonely Planet
WSA Facebook page
WSA YouTube page

For more travel podcast episodes, check out the Travel Podcasts Directory!

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In this travel podcast episode Jason & Travis talk travel hacking credit cards using the secret 'App-O-Rama' strategy.

This one trick can help you earn free flights anywhere in the world.

If you want to learn how to earn a free flight to anywhere in the world you MUST listen to this podcast now! You'll learn:

What an App-O-Rama is
How travel hacking credit cards affect your credit score
Which travel hacking credit cards to get
When to apply for new cards
How to figure out the best travel hacking credit card strategy for your situation
Why it's important to diversify
How Jason saved over $2000 on 2 flights in the last 18 months
How you can take your friend or spouse on free flights all over the USA
And a TON more!


Extra Pack of Peanuts

How to use the Target Red Card to meet minimum spends

Trave Hacking Credit Cards Mentioned

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Plus

Chase Southwest

Citi American Airlines Credit Cards

Capitol One Rewards Card

Want to learn more about travel hacking?

Read this article.

Listen to another Travel Hacking interview with Travis here.

Visit the Zero To Travel Podcast Archive

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Whilst WWOOFing at a Community Agriculture Cooperative my friend Emma Johnson got to meet Sue Coppard, the woman that started WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms) back in in 1971.

WWOOF is an organization that allows travelers to work at organic farms around the world in exchange for free room and board.

In this episode, Emma provides a candid interview with this travel LEGEND. She sits down with Sue at her home in South West England and we get to listen in and hear how WWOOF all began.

Listen now and you'll learn:

How you can work at farms worldwide in exchange for room and board
The story of how WWOOF began and how it has grown
How WWOOF got it’s name
Why organic farms were the focus for Sue
The attitude you need to be a wwoofer
How WWOOFing ran before the internet
WWOOFing controversy and the real truth behind the stories
What WWOOFing was like in the 1970’s
Sue’s wisdoms on running a very large (mostly) volunteer organisation.
The purpose of the new Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FOWO)
What your WWOOF membership costs goes towards
The personal development benefits of travel

Resources Mentioned

Guest host Emma Johnson's website
John Seymour - ‘I’m A stranger Here Myself - The Story Of A Welsh Farm’ (1978)
Enid Blyton - ‘The Naughtiest Girl In The School’

Want More Information About WWOOFING?

Check out The Real WWOOF Experience (Podcast)

What's the deal with WWOOFing?  (Article)

Zero To Travel Podcast Archive

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In this - the final episode of our Epic Bike Rides Week series -, I speak with Casey Greene.

Casey works as a cartographer for the Adventure Cycling Association – a non-profit organisation that aims to inspire people to explore the world by bike. That means Casey gets paid to create and update maps and bike routes. What an exciting job!

Casey is also a pioneer in a new form of bike touring. In this episode, he talks about that, what it means for the future of bike touring, and how to plan the perfect bike trip.

Listen in to find out:

The two different ways to view adventure cycling
How to make a map
How to design an adventure
The best way to fly on your way to and from a bike trip
What pack biking is
The future of cycle touring
The most accessible bike rides for beginners
How the Adventure Cycling Association helps cyclists

Resources Mentioned

Casey Greene’s blog
Adventure Cycling Association
How To Quit Your Job and Travel the World
How I Design Adventure

To listen to the other podcast episodes in this series, see the cycle touring archive.

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In this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast you'll hear how one family has been living their nomad dream and how you can plan a longer bike trip with your family.

In their words, here is how Francois, Cécile and their daughter Emma describe their nomad dream:

"Living a family adventure around the world, at the slow and active pace of our touring bikes. Living our passion for climbing and outdoor activities. Being outside in the rain, the wind, under the sun and the stars. Meeting and knowing people from everywhere and sharing their daily life. Speaking spanish, french, english, russian. Stepping out of our comfort zone, forgetting our habits, putting back things into perspective. Living simply, with the bare necessities, ecologically. Reading all the pages of the book. Living our dream."

Why did they choose to do an adventure cycle tour?

"Because we just don’t imagine any other way of traveling. Simple, convenient, active and ecological, cycle touring is for us the perfect way to travel at a human pace to take time to embrace sceneries, atmospheres, silence. Exposed to all winds, bike touring is also a wide open window to the world and a unique visa to meet other people."

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

What it is like to settle into a trip like this
How to deal with taking your kids out of school to travel
How traveling with kids can make it easier to meet locals along the way
What they did to prepare for this trip
Why cycle touring with your family is accessible
Why this type of trip is safe for any family
What magical travel moments stand out
Why they decided to go home after 15,000km
What their daily budget was and how they managed it
And much more!


Nomad Dream

Adventure Cycling Association

Want more cycle touring travel podcasts? Check this out.

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National Geographic Traveler of the Year, speaker, author and adventurer Alastair Humphreys believes that adventures come in all sizes.

After a 4 year, 45,000 mile bike journey in which he only spent £7000 Alastair now inspires others to have adventures of their own both big and small.

Alastair's Journey

As a pioneer in the concept of microadventures, Alastair believes that people can have proper, life changing adventures close to home with little money.

[Tweet "I'm loving this episode of #epicbikerides with @Al_Humphreys! #travel #podcast"]

In this travel podcast episode you'll hear how you can plan any adventure big and small.

You'll also learn:

What books inspired Alastair to become an adventurer
The trap you can fall into when you compare your adventures others
How to define what success means to you
How to plan adventures at any age
How to go on a life changing adventure for only $1000
How to manage your mind to complete any adventure big or small
What a microadventure is and how you can use this concept as a springboard to bigger travel
How to overcome your limiting beliefs
And much more!

My favorite quote from this interview:

'The whole planet is waiting on your front door step.'

Alastair's Website

£1000 challenge

cover photo and map photo courtesy of Alastair Humphreys

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Epic Bike Rides Week continues!

If you haven't already, make sure you enter our competition to win a free 6 month membership to the Adventure Cycling Association. All you have to do is share your favorite Epic Bike Rides episode on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #EpicBikeRides. Easy!

Otherwise, let's get to today's interview!

Today I speak with Leon McCarron about his many epic bike rides and how he become a professional adventurer.

Listen in to find out how to document your adventures while you're on the road, how to adapt to normal life once your adventure ends, and how to get started with your first cycling trip.

In this episode, you'll learn:

Why it’s hard to adjust back to normal life after an extended trip and how to deal with that
Why it’s good to have some kind of home, no matter how much you travel
How Leon become a professional adventurer
The three main benefits of traveling
What Leon has learned from traveling
How Leon felt when he first set out on his bike on his own
What Leon got out of his first bike trip
How Leon decided where to do his first bike trip
Why you shouldn’t rule out traveling in your own country
How Leon sees North Americans
How to balance travel with a need for community
How to balance enjoying an experience with documenting your travels
What about Leon hasn’t changed despite all his traveling
Leon’s advice for wannabe adventurers

Resources Mentioned

Solo Adventure Cycling Around The World: Epic Bike Rides With Shirine Taylor
No Pants. No Money. No Bike. No Problem! Epic Bike Rides With George Mahood : Zero To Travel Podcast
Personal & Meaningful Journeys By Bicycle: Epic Bike Rides With Tom Allen
American Cycling Association
How To Quit Your Job and Travel the World
Leon McCarron
The Road Headed West: A Cycling Adventure Through North America
Fitting In
Leon’s TED Talk

If you enjoyed the interview, please visit Leon's Kickstarter page to help him tell his latest story, A Tale Of Two Rivers: Journeys on the Karun & Santa Cruz.

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