Zero To Travel Podcast

Trying to figure out what volunteer opportunity to choose can be a very confusing and difficult process. Finding volunteer projects on your own so you don't have to pay to volunteer is even more challenging.

How do you know that the organization is doing good work? Will the project be the right fit for you?

In this podcast episode, Shannon O'Donnell, author of The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook, shares the secrets on how to find ethical international volunteering opportunities to help you find your own perfect volunteer project at no cost anywhere in the world.

Shannon has been traveling the world and volunteering abroad since 2008. Give this interview a listen.  She shares incredibly actionable advice and tips on how to find and choose the right volunteer opportunity for you and what to expect.

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Shannon also shares why she created her global volunteer network, Grassroots Volunteering, and how it can help you find the perfect project.

In this episode you'll discover:

How to avoid spending thousands of dollars and volunteer at no cost
What ethical volunteering means
How to decide what opportunities are right for you
Why researching beforehand is important
What questions to ask any organization to ensure they are a good to work with
How to show up anywhere in the world and find volunteer work
What makes you the 'Volunteer from hell" and how to avoid it
How spending money on regular services can be a form of volunteering
And so much more!...

Grassroots Volunteering - Free Global Volunteer Network

The Volunteer Travelers Handbook - The Ultimate Guide to Volunteering Abroad

Shannon's current volunteer work in Africa

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Direct download: ZTT021_ShannonODonnell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm EST

Interested in building a location independent business?
Sean Ogle from Location180 is your man.

Being location independent simply means that you can work from anywhere in the world.

It can be the perfect type of business for travelers to start.

In this podcast Sean shares some key strategies and tips that can help newbies and established location independent entrepreneurs alike.

Want to build a location independent business around something you love while traveling the world?

Then you'll want to give this show listen. Just click play on the bar under the main picture.

In this episode you'll learn:

How uncertainty held Sean back and how he overcame it
Advice on leaving your job or pitching a 'remote work' agreement
The biggest struggle you'll have working for yourself
FInding mentors and when it's important
The single most important thing you can do today if you want to be location independent
Why setting small milestones is so important
Advantages and disadvantages on using your name vs. building a brand
Discover the next big trends in location independent business
Why starting a blog is critical to skill building and connecting
The proven framework of location independent business
How to freelance your skills
#1 place to find freelance work (Hint: It's OFFLINE)
How to navigate partnerships
The single most important thing you can do to get started today
And much more!

Location180 - Sean's Website Beginner's Guide To SEO


Influence - Persuasion

Copyblogger - Copy Writing

oDesk and elance - For freelancing

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Direct download: ZTT020_Sean_Ogle.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:40am EST

Being legally blind didn't stop Tauru and Christi from traveling the world.
But that was just the beginning...

In 2012 the couple decided to purchase a tandem bicycle, pedal 16,000 miles from Ushuaia, Argentina to Alaska and inspire people with vision impairment along the way.

16,000 miles.

Legally blind.

On a tandem bicycle.

Just let that soak in for a minute.

Ready to hear their story?

Warning: This episode might make you question any doubts or fears you ever had. You may realize that anything is possible when you have the will to accomplish it.

Click the play bar below the picture on top and listen to this engaging podcast interview or:
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In this episode you'll discover:

How Tauru and Christi are able to ride a bicycle while legally blind
Why going without a lot of information might be a better way to travel
How they saw their visual impairment as an advantage
The reason they were able to meet so many locals and spread their message organically
What they did to work around their blindness
One of the most amazing 'kindness' moments along their journey
Why looking at the positives and avoiding the fears is essential
When avoiding certain areas is a smart strategy
And heaps more...

This episode will make you want to take off tomorrow due to Tauru and Christi's infectious positive attitude. Give it a listen now!

Resources from the show

Two Blind To Ride - Tauru and Christi's website

Adventure Cycling Association

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Direct download: ZTT019_Tauru_Christi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

If you want the skills to bike anywhere in the world let this episode be your adventure cycle touring guide.
Ethan and Dan break down adventure cycling essentials for newbies. It's loaded with insights, practical tips and gear recommendations that you can only learn by putting rubber to cement. (Listen to other Zero To Travel podcasts here or subscribe on iTunes) Just click on the play button under the photo at the top of this post. Bookmark this page for reference if it helps. After listening you'll be completely prepared and fired up to hit the road.
In this episode , and you'll learn:

How much gear costs and what you can expect to spend on a cycle tour
What types of bikes to consider and how to get going on the cheap (without sacrificing comfort)
The pros and cons of trailers and panniers
How the weight and location of your load affects your ride and what to consider
Why google docs is the perfect tool for planning group adventures (hint: this is the perfect solution for any trip!)
What you need to protect your body
The one creature comfort you simply can't live without on a cycling tour
Options for traveling with your bike
How to do it on the cheap
And oh so much more!

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Adventure Cycling Association

Warm Showers - A community for touring cyclists and hosts

Bike Flights - Shipping solutions for your bike

Cloud Coach - 'Tiny Services' for Entrepreneurs

Ethan's Tiny House Facebook Page

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Direct download: ZTT018_Cycle_Touring101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32am EST

One man, every country, no flights...when it comes to Independent Travel Graham Hughes has done it all.
He holds the Guinness World Record for being the only man on earth to accomplish this feat of travel strength. Not only that, he did it on a shoestring budget. It took him 4 wild years, and I guarantee you'll be surprised to hear what he has to say about his epic adventure.

(To hear the interview click play on the bar under the main picture above) or...
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In this episode Graham shares not only tales from his adventures, but priceless advice that can help any independent traveler navigate the world safely and on a small budget. If you are the type of person that likes to improve your travel skills, you won't want to pass this up.

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Listening to this interview is like plugging into the Matrix and downloading some of the most valuable independent travel tips you've ever heard. Graham shares so many crazy stories then about 25 minutes in we get into the actionable advice and tips. It's pure travel gold.
In this episode you'll learn:

How creating a story can be the single most important ingredient to accomplishing any travel goals.
Techniques Graham used to travel the world on a shoestring budget of just $100/week
Strategies you can utilize to avoid paying bribes worldwide
What he carried in his 'secret pouch' and how this single tip can keep you safe out on the road.
How to add another layer of safety while traveling, this is huge!
Where to keep expensive electronics on the road and how to hide your personal possessions in plain site
Graham's two mobile phone technique that got him out of prison in Congo (Hint: This one idea could easily save your ass in a sticky situation)
One simple trick to save on a nights accommodation, just this one tip is worth the time investment to listen.
Graham's high and low points
And so much more...

Resources From the Show
The Odyssey Expedition - Highly Recommended! This is where Graham recorded all of his adventures during his around the world journey.

Graham's personal website

Water Aid Charity - Help by Donating to Graham's Campaign

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Direct download: ZTT017_Graham_Hughes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EST