Zero To Travel Podcast (travel, podcast)

My guest in this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast takes the digital nomad lifestyle to the extreme.

Adventurer, Digital Nomad & Entrepreneur Fabian Dittrich is the founder and CEO of Helpando and creator and leader of StartUp Diaries.

Fab worked and traveled through South America as a Digital Nomad in his mobile 'office', a Land Rover Defender called La Oficina.

Today he shares his experience running a business while traveling overland and teaches you the secrets to finding your work/travel/life balance.

Is it worth it to run a business while you travel? Can you manage a whole company on the road in South America?  And create a documentary along the way with little experience, giving insight to people who redefine work?  Listen to the show now to find out how it can be done!

You'll Learn:

Logistics of running a business from a Land Rover Defender (in South America)
How much a business interferes with the travel experience
How to manage clients across different time zones
How to balance adventure and work
Benefits of a Digital Nomad Lifestyle (think Freedom and Empathy)
How to design your life and take a different path
Conquering the fears of potential issues on the road
About many South American locals doing creative things (and redefining work)
Rewards of Business, Travel, Documentary experience
Valuable resources and suggestions about technology (to create ease and efficiency)

Resources Mentioned:

StartUp Diaries
The Four Hour Work Week
Art of Designing Your Own Path
Base Camp
Alfred App
Fabian Dittrich

For more episodes of the Zero To Travel Podcast, check out the archives!

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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

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In this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast, I share my golden rule for how to pack light. I also speak with Fred Perrotta from Tortuga Backpacks about packing so that you never need to check a bag again, the backpack problem he solved, and creating a physical product.

Whether you just want to find out how to save space in your luggage, or you have an idea for a physical product and you'd like to know what bringing that idea to market would involve, you're guaranteed to get a lot out of this interview.

One last thing before you dive in: this interview comes with a discount code to get 10% off Tortuga Backpacks. Simply click this link and use the code ZERO when you check out to save yourself some money.

Watch this Tortuga Daypack Review to learn more:

In this interview, you will learn:

The golden rule for packing: how to minimize what you bring to maximize your pleasure
Why Fred felt the need to create a travel backpack
How to pack properly
The number one item that wastes space
How to pack if you’re going to places with different climates
The most common baggage restrictions
Which size bag to look for, in terms of liters
How Fred got started with creating a physical product
Why naivety can be an advantage
The steps to creating a physical product
How much it costs to get a physical product designed
One crowdfunding pitfall to avoid
Whether or not you can still travel when you’re creating a physical product
Why Fred decided to create a day bag

Resources Mentioned

How To Quit Your Job and Travel the World
Do It Right and Pack Light : Timeless Travel Tactics
Tortuga Backpacks (discount code: ZERO)
Power Trip Podcast
Extra Pack of Peanuts
The 4-Hour Work Week
Maker’s Row

Don't forget to check out Tortuga Backpacks and use the discount code ZERO to get 10% off!

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In this episode of the Zero To Travel Podcast we talk about romance on the road! Emilie Wapnick of takes the reins to interview my wife Anne Dorthe and I about our relationship, which began in a hostel in Brazil.

Can love and travel work? Can you date while you're traveling? How do you keep a long distance relationship going? Listen in to find out our take on all of these questions and more!

You will learn:

How Jason and Anne Dorthe met while traveling
The difference between a holiday fling and the real deal
The importance of risk in starting a long distance relationship
The pros and cons of meeting someone while traveling
How to switch from a holiday relationship to a serious relationship
How to live your own life when you’re in a long distance relationship
Tips for managing a long distance relationship
The advantages of being in a long distance relationship
What it’s like to be in a relationship with a traveler
How Jason and Anne Dorthe overcame cultural and lifestyle differences
How the couple is dealing with visa issues

Resources Mentioned

Interview with Emilie Wapnick

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 8:04am EST

Wondering how to quit your job and travel the world? How do you become location independent? How do you manage a business from the road?

These are the questions we answer in this travel podcast interview with Scott and Michelle from For The Ride.

What you’ll learn:

When you should quit your job to travel the world
What micropreneurship is and how it can help you travel
Why you shouldn’t worry about having a gap on your resume
How Michelle found work online
The online marketplace Michelle uses to sell her artwork
Why budget travel can be better than traveling in luxury
How Michelle continues to work on her business while she's on the road
When you should work harder on your business to make the most money
How to be happy, no matter what situation you’re in

Resources Mentioned

Location Indie
For The Ride
Paintspiration Etsy shop
Paintspiration website
Mini Zen Garden Etsy shop

For more podcast episodes, see the archives.

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In this - the second part of the 16 Ways To Meet Locals series - I sit down with Travis and Heather Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts about the best ways to meet the locals when you're traveling.

Just in case you missed it, here's the first episode. In the second episode we share the final eight strategies you can use to get to know locals, plus two bonus strategies!

In this episode you’ll learn:

How shopping can help you meet locals
An easy way to get chatting to shopkeepers and waiters
How to travel with locals
How to have an excuse to talk to anyone
The attitude and behavior you should use to make friends
Why you should go to the places no one else goes
How your hobbies can help you meet people
Why you should learn a language
Why you should travel solo
Why it’s good to have friends all over the world

Resources Mentioned:

Extra Pack of Peanuts
Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
How Much Travel Is Too Much?
Location Indie
Bla Cla Car
The Ridiculous Race
Fluent in 3 months

For more travel tips and inspiration, check out the Zero To Travel Podcast archives.

Photo credit: 4ocima

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 5:27am EST

In this episode of the podcast, I speak to Ryan Moran from the Freedom Faslane, to find out how to use travel to make better decisions, become a better business person, become more attractive, and live a much better life in general.

Ryan is a successful businessman and traveler who believes that the key to success is consciously creating your life. In our chat, we dig into exactly how you can do that and use travel as a tool to become a better person.

In this episode, you'll learn:

Why travel is so important, especially for Americans
How old buildings can change the way you see life
How to choose your first travel destination
How travel can make you more attractive, better at business, and a better decision maker
The simple tool you can use to become more clear-headed
What it really means if you’re traveling to escape
Ryan’s biggest fear
How to consciously create your life
What success really means
The business model that leads to true freedom
The most impactful books Ryan’s ever read
The kind of activities to focus on to create the life you want

Mentioned In This Episode

Freedom Fastlane blog
Freedom Fastlane podcast
The Freedom Manifesto: How To Make A Million Dollars, Travel The World, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams
The 5-Minute Journal
Zen Active Sports
Rich Dad Poor Dad
The Slight Edge
Tony Robbins
The 4-Hour Work Week
A New Earth
Dustin Main

Thanks for checking out the show. Want more travel podcasts?

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In this episode of the Zero To Travel podcast, I talk with Stephanie Zito to find out how to travel in luxury for free.

Stephanie shares her best tips on collecting miles to upgrade your travel experience, whether you want to travel in business class, upgrade your airline status, or get yourself into luxury airport lounges.

In this podcast episode you’ll learn:

The biggest misconception about collecting miles and points
How to get points for buying the things you were already going to buy
The first step to get yourself moving towards your dream destination
How to find out about one-off points promotions
The tools you can use to track your miles
How to use your points to get seats on the flights you want
How to upgrade your airline status
How to get access to luxury airport lounges

Mentioned In This Show

Location Indie
Get It by Matt and Kim
Upgrade Unlocked (including 101 Ways to Upgrade Your Bucket List and 8 Ways to Get Airline Lounge Access)
Travel Hacking Cartel
Mileage Manager
Star Alliance
American Express Platinum

Thanks for checking out the show. Want more travel podcasts?

Check out the Zero To Travel Podcast Archives

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 6:41am EST

Shannon Locker is a lot of things, award winning photographer (loaded with travel photography tips of course), mother, candy lover and to top it off...she's my sister!

This episode might entertain you on a few different levels. Not only will you be regaled with tales of sibling rivalry, you'll also hear the story behind this picture:

Plus insanely actionable advice to help you come home from any trip with better photos and perfectly captured memories.

You'll learn:

Why smartphones might be the best camera to use for travelers (hint: this has nothing to do with the quality of the camera)
When to put your camera down and enjoy the moment: an ongoing debate!
The core pillars of photography that will instantly help you take better pictures
Why composition is so important
Psychology behind portrait photos and how you can use these principles to capture better pictures of people
What the rules are and when to start breaking them
Where to look for inspiration
How to ask strangers for a photo
Best practices for sharing your images on social media
Why Shannon put up with my crap growing up:)
And much more!

What are you waiting for?

Hit play and give it a listen now.

Shannon's recommended iPhone Apps


Resources From The Show
Shannon Locker's online portfolio and Facebook page and on twitter.


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Select Photos from Shannon (self portrait below)

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

There is a more hardcore side to budget travel that the guidebooks don't cover where activities like train hopping, punk sailing, rubber tramping, dumpster diving, and squatting are the norm.

Matt Derrick, wanderpunk and founder of Squat The Planet, has done it all.

In this adrenaline packed episode, you'll hear Matt's incredible stories, plus actionable tips that will open your eyes to a new side of budget travel.
"I don't really look at my self generally as 'homeless', I like to describe myself as 'home free'. I'm doing this intentionally."
- Matt Derrick
Hit play now and discover:

Why dumpster diving isn't as bad as it sounds
How Matt almost died train hopping
What intentional communities and gatherings are
Matt's #1 budget travel tip that can work for any style of traveler
An inside look at hitchhiking across the USA
What it's like living on a boat for six months
What rubber tramping
And much more!

Some pictures from Matt's adventures

Resources from the show

Slingshot Calendar

WWOOF International

Squat The Planet

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 7:26am EST

Grab Youu Free Guide: 5 Simple Ways To Save Money On Airbnb
Want to know how to fund your travels with your current home without spending a penny?
Airbnb is a game changer, and now you can learn how to use this service to become location independent.
Jasper Ribbers, aka The Traveling Dutchman, is the author of "Get Paid For Your Pad – How To Maximize Profits From Your Airbnb Listing.

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In this incredibly actionable travel podcast interview, he shares the nitty-gritty details of how you can use your pad to make money while you travel the world.
All of Jasper's hard earned secrets are here. Hit play on the player at the top of this post now, and you'll discover:

Step by step instructions that will teach you how to turn your place into a money making machine
Why you should use Airbnb over other options and the big difference between airbnb and the hotel experience
The first thing you should do when you are getting you home ready to list
How to maximize the profits you can earn while keeping your guests happy
Systemizing your airbnb business so you can enjoy traveling instead of spending time managing your property
Why it's important to treat airbnb like your business
Insider tips on negotiating both as a traveler and a host
How to protect yourself and your space
Handling problems with guests and Jasper's recent horror story (hint: it involves an animal!)
How to build an incredible reputation within airbnb so guests will be begging to stay with you
And much more!

This episode is loaded with juicy insider information. Listen now.
Resources mentioned in this show:

The Traveling Dutchman

Get Paid For Your Pad – How To Maximize Profits From Your Airbnb Listing


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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Bestselling author Chris Guillebeau is the youngest person ever to travel to every country in the world.

Yet this journey was small compared to his larger quest to help others change the world and live a remarkable life.
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Do you have some big 'crazy' idea, whether it be in business, travel or life, that you just can't shake?

Something keeping you up at night but just seems too insane to go after?

In his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris shares what a quest is, why they are important and how you can go about finding the quest that will bring purpose into your life.

This inspiring travel podcast interview with Chris just might change your perspective on big ideas and audacious goals. Plus you can win a free copy of  the new book the week this podcast is live (details at the end of the show)!

During the interview you'll also learn:

What exactly a quest is and how it can change your life
The #1 thing that motivated Chris to pursue his quest to travel to every country in the world
The story of one man who walked in silence for 17 years
Common characteristics Chris sees among ‘questers’
Why you believing in your quest is the most important thing and how it will help you be successful
The importance of struggle and how it will give you confidence
Why Chris made more mistakes at the end of his quest to travel to every country of the world
How to combine travel with goal setting
The 3 things I learned from Chris that act as the foundational principles for all of my businesses
And much more!

What I find through travel is the sense of being alive. – Chris G

[Tweet "A must listen #podcast chat with @chrisguillebeau about going after big ideas. #findthequest "]
Chris is the founder of the amazing World Domination Summit which is an event that helps people answer the question: How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world? He also wrote 2 other bestsellers, The $100 Startup and The Art of Non-Conformity.

Main image by: Stephanie D. Zito
My Top 5 All-Time Favorite Pieces By Chris
A Brief Guide To World Domination

This free manifesto hit home for me at just the right time, and verbalized the things running through my head perfectly. It's a game changer.

Why Your Should Quit Your Job and Travel Around The World

If you are in a job you don't like and want to get out and see the world, enjoy this kick in the ass. You're welcome.


You'll hear why getting lonely is 'part of the job' as an independent traveler plus Chris shares how to channel loneliness into 2 positive responses.

The Floor and the Ceiling : How Much Money is Enough

A short and powerful way to reframe your approach to money.

When You're Happy You Don't Have To Tell Anyone

The title says it all but there's much more underneath. Read it, let it sink in then put it into action sometime. You might find yourself changed forever.

Listen to more podcasts.

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 10:57am EST

Ashley Holmer went to Africa as a soccer coach to help teach kids.

She left a year later with 20 acres of land in rural Tanzania and a commitment to build a school for underprivileged children.
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Ashley's journey from Oregon to Africa is nothing short of incredible.

In this show you'll learn:

How a simple trip can change your life forever
What Ashley did after being asked to build a school
Why education in rural areas is so important to the world
What life is like for a local in Tanzania who is denied education
Tips to help you with any fundraiser
Jobs and opportunities for you to help
And so much more!

Just follow your heart and do what you want to do, because there is a lot of fulfillment that can come from that.
-Ashley Holmer

Check out the Red Sweater Project.

[Tweet "Do you believe in the power of education? You have to give this #travel #podcast a listen "]

How you can help this week...

I'm donating $5 for every comment  we get from the caravan the week this podcast is live. Share your thoughts on the interview, why you think education is important or whatever inspires you about travel.

Leave a comment now and you'll be giving $5 to help educate kids in Tanzania!
Resources From The Show
Red Sweater Project

To get in touch with Ashley send her an email:

Volunteer or Donate to the Red Sweater Project



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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

"You're temporary circumstances are not your permanent identity" -Srini Rao
Srini thought he had a plan for his life, then he surfed a wave in Brazil.

After that everything changed.
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Here, the host of the uber-awesome Unmistakable Creative Podcast shares his story along with loads of advice for anybody looking to break free from their current situation or just start in a new direction.

Give it a listen now by hitting play and you'll discover:

How creating a new story for yourself can transform your life
The common thread that helps creatives succeed
Srini's advice on creating a business that allows you to travel
Why overnight successes do not exist
The importance of developing 'skills that are going to serve you down the road'
Why a finish line in life does not exist
And much more!

Check it out now by hitting play on the bar at the top of this post.
Links from the show
Umistakable Creative

Instigator Experience

The Art of Being Unmistakable

Skool of Life

People Mentioned In The Show

Mars Dorian

AJ Leon

Ashley Ambridge

Meg Warden
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As promised in the episode, here is a picture of my 'office' outside of Crested Butte, Colorado where I recorded the intro and outro for this show.

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

"It's what you do that defines you, not your limitations." -Justin Skeesuck

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There are many modes of travel you can deicide to take.

Walking. Running. Biking.

Train. Plane. Automobile.


The list goes on.

But what if you couldn't choose how you get around?

For Justin Skeesuck there is only one option...

Travel by wheelchair.

It certainly has its challenges but that doesn't seem to stop Justin. He's traveled all over the world, lived in Europe and seen more than most people have in a lifetime.

Recently Justin paired up with his best friend Patrick to complete the Camino De Santiago de Compostela (Way of St. James), a pilgrimage of over 500 miles in Spain.

In this gripping interview Justin shares his story and what it's like to travel the world in a wheelchair.

You'll hear:

How people in other cultures see disabled travelers
What it was like to hike over 500 miles on the Camino De Santiago in a wheelchair
When Justin lost the use of his legs and how he dealt with it
Why your mindset is so important to accomplishing any of your travel dreams
The logistics involved with wheelchair travel
Justin's philosophy of 'working with the problem' and how that can help you
What it's like to live in Italy and his unique experience on the ground
And so much more!...

My Favorite Quotes From Justin

On being disabled...
It's what you do that defines you, not your limitations.

I NEVER let it stop me.
On Travel...
I always had a passion for it (travel), I just needed to figure out a way to make it happen.

I just love meeting new people and that's the best part about it.
On the risks involved with disabled travel...
You just have to jump in and see how you come out on the other side.

[Tweet "Justin did the Camino de Santiago (over 500 miles!) in a wheelchair. You have to hear this inspiring #travel #podcast"]

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Can solo travel or any type of extended journey be a path to deep personal healing?
What you'll hear in the podcast may surprise you.

Singaporean filmmaker Malika went on a solo travel journey through Europe and South America for 3 years, ending up deep in the Peruvian jungle with Shamans and an experience with a controversial alternative medicine.

After leaving the jungle she'd never be the same.

After hearing this interview you may not be either. There are great insights here that any traveler can take away.
Support Malika's film on indiegogo before April 1st 2014!
In this episode you'll learn how Malika's journey lead to her healing. You'll also discover:

How slowly pushing past your comfort zone can be a great path to bigger adventures
Malika's childhood secret which lead her on this solo travel journey
Why travel may be the greatest education you can get
What it's like to go through a spiritual ritual in the Peruvian jungle
How Malika's trip lead to the discovery of her purpose and how it can do the same for anybody
Why being open leads to a more organic travel experience
And much more...

It's a powerful interview. I hope you enjoy it.

[Tweet "Inspiring and powerful story about one woman's travels to heal from a secret "]
Notes from the show
Arkayana: A Healing Journey Into the Amazon on indiegogo

Malika on Facebook and her website La Loca Colectiva

What is Ayahuasca

The Busking Project

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Category:travel, podcast -- posted at: 8:52am EST