Zero To Travel Podcast

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Have you ever said to yourself,
"I want to teach english abroad!"?
Now's your chance to soak up 10 years of insider knowledge in one short podcast.

Even if you have already been an english teacher abroad, this session will help you learn how to discover the best job opportunities, negotiate better accommodations, earn higher pay and much more.

I was so excited to meet up with John Bursey while crashing at the Lotus Lodge, a sweet little Oasis of a hostel just outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

John has been teaching English all over the world for nearly 10 years, most recently in Cambodia.

In under 30 minutes John provides a ridiculous amount of hard earned knowledge and practical advice teaching you the essentials of not only getting a job teaching English, but how to find the best ones.

Seriously, give this show a listen. It will save you a tremendous amount of time on research, eliminate years of mistakes and guide you to the perfect job teaching english abroad, even if you have zero experience.
In this session you'll learn:

Why just getting started in the most important thing you can do
Where you can teach english abroad with no experience
How to get a teaching job in Cambodia within 2 weeks like John did
How to present yourself on your resume to increase your chances of finding work
Why deciding your goals beforehand is vitally important
How far in advance to start planning if you are lining up a job
Why researching certain visas is critical and the timelines you must be aware of
What questions to ask schools during your phone interview
A variety of key questions to ask that can set you up for a great experience and job
How to negotiate a better salary and place to live
Why speaking to a foreign teacher at each school you apply to is the #1 thing you should do
Why this may be the worst job in the world for some people (a good thing to learn before committing!)
How to earn income on the side
And heaps more….

Dave's ESL Cafe 

Top 10 Places For Teaching English Abroad

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Direct download: ZTT003.mp3
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(photo from left: Estero, Don't Panic, Papa Smurf, Soft Walker, Turbo, Unknown)
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Have you ever had the urge to leave it all behind and go long distance hiking?
Living for months out on the trail and getting reconnected with nature is a dream come true for many people.

Although a long distance hike itself can be physically and emotionally challenging, figuring out how to find the time and money to go on this type of adventure is not as hard as you think.

In the summer of 2013, en route from Taos, NM to Boulder, Co. I pit stopped in Salida, CO. A small, and disgustingly charming mountain town.

Salida (pronounce Sa-Lie-Dah) packs gorgeous Colorado scenery, and an in town whitewater course. This gem of a place lacks pretension and maintains a somewhat gritty, off the beaten path feel. Needless to say, on a beautiful summer day, it's hard to resist.

Which is why is was an easy decision to spend the night at the Simple Lodge & Hostel, crack a Dale's Pale Ale and relax.

What I didn't know at the time was that the hostel was packed with a small group of some of the most accomplished hikers in the country.

Enter Estero, Soft Walker, Don't Panic, Turbo and Papa Smurf, five hikers who were on a break from hiking the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada and spending the night.

As if this weren't enough, most of them had also completed the 'Triple Crown', which means they have already hiked the 3 main long distance hikes in the USA, a combined 8000+ miles of trail walking!

To put this accomplishment in perspective, it's been said that fewer people have completed the triple crown than have gone to outer space.

Salida is located just off of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and this group of thru hikers were taking a rest day in town.

Thankfully, they agreed to a group interview to share their expertise on long distance hiking.

You may have to crank up the sound as the interview was recorded in the backyard of the hostel which was not optimal sound wise, but trust me, the knowledge of tens of thousands of trail miles packed into this podcast is well worth a listen.
In this session you'll learn:

How to structure your life to accommodate the thru hiking lifestyle. (Hint: this essential advice go work for any experience driven lifestyle choice)
How much a 4-6 month hike will cost and specific ideas on how to raise the funds so you can start your quest
Long distance hiking subculture, social life in the wilderness, trail names, trail angels, zero days and other terms to know
The one piece of equipment that can save your life
How to put your career on the side and make hiking the priority instead of the other way around
The two best 'shorter' long hikes to take if you have limited time but want a real thru-hiking experience
How to minimize your life for the trail
What a 'shakedown hike' is and why you should consider doing at least one

Whiteblaze  (Resource for the Appalachian Trail)
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (AT resource)
Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCT resource)
Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDT resource)
Long Trail Vermont
John Muir Trail
Trail Life by Ray Jardines
SPOT Personal Locator Beacon

Other recommended reads

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (story about a solo female journey on the PCT, highly recommended)

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

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Direct download: ZTT002.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22am EST

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Do you dig photography?
What if you could get paid to shutter snap your way around the planet?

I’m very excited to bring you the very first session of the Zero To Travel podcast. This session we focus on turning your photography into a travel based business.

We’re talking traveling event and commercial photography with pro photographer and creative live on air host Ari Shapiro.

Get ready to take what you love, and mix in heaps of exotic travel because we are cooking up a delicious lifestyle that will put you out on the road with your lens in no time.
In this interview, Ari drops some serious knowledge nugs including:

Why it’s important to take pictures everyday
How to turn your 5-9 passion into a 9-5 business
Why niches are so important in photography
Ideas for trading pictures for travel
Where to sell your pictures for profits right away
The difference between taking photos and making photos
How to make launching a photo business affordable without blowing crazy cash on expensive equipment
How to get started shooting at events all over the country
and much more…

Ari, spent years as a traveling roadie in event marketing (which I’ll cover in another episode) and figured out how to break into photography. Now it’s your turn.
Resources from this session
Creative Live (education)
Kelby Training (education)
Lynda (education)
Alex Koloskov (advice)
Lens Rentals (equipment)
Borrow Lenses (equipment)
Paul Bannick (nature and bird photography)
Hoot Suite (manage social media)
Sell Media (wordpress plugin to help you sell your photos)
Smug Mug (store, share and sell photos)
Squarespace (build an inexpensive, nice looking website)
Chase Jarvis (inspiration, education, advice)

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Direct download: ZTT001.mp3
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