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Matt Wilson

[New series: The Millennial Travel Podcast] Optimize your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual life with interviews from experts in fitness, meditation, psychology, travel, and entrepreneurship.

If you like Tim Ferriss, Joe Rogan, Dave Asprey, or Ben Greenfield, you'll be inspired.

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Jeff Jenkins is an award-winning content creator and travel journalist, also Founder of Chubby Diaries and Co-founder of Black Travel Alliance, and has sat on The Points Guy Advisory Panel. He has created a community that encourages and motivates plus-size people to travel the world. Jeff is helping plus-size people and Black people feel represented in the travel industry. In this episode, we talk about his blog, Chubby Diaries, and his three pillars of inclusion including accessibility, comfort, and community. Jeff talks about how important it is to see people like himself traveling, in order to encourage other plus-size and Black people to feel welcome to explore the world. We discussed tips for plus-size folks when traveling, how to prepare for a trip, and how to feel comfortable in the outdoors! We even discussed what airlines will give plus-size folks a free extra seat, and some essentials like bringing your own seatbelt extenders, plus-size wet suits, and what outdoor brands have plus-size backpacks. Most importantly, Jeff talks to people “where they are right now,” as most of the content on the internet is focused on weight loss, rather than how bigger people should feel comfortable traveling now! Jeff has been featured in several notable publications such as Forbes, New York Times, Washington Post, Google, Travel Noire, Essence, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, Texas Monthly, Outdoor Retailers, and The Point Guy. He helps people travel the world no matter their size through community, branded content, and motivational talks. You can expect 100% authenticity, transparency, and lots of fun. He has a skill of drawing out big dreams in people and every time you are around him you can expect to enjoy yourself! Jeff’s enthusiastic personality, charisma, and contagious big smile makes him one of a kind! In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Jeff Jenkins:  Travel tips for plus-size people What destinations are doing a good job of being inclusive for plus-size travelers?  What are some challenges that black people face traveling? How can we be more sensitive?  Jeff’s role with the Black Travel Alliance Financial literacy when it comes to traveling and people can invest in themselves  The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask Jeff Jenkins:  Favorite restaurant in the entire world?  Favorite country in the world? One thing you couldn’t travel without? Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify, or Youtube. You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel.

Aug 13

55 min 24 sec

Mike Schibel was born and raised in Pacific Palisades, California, and was exposed to stunning travel destinations from my crib!  When he was five, his Grandparents gushed about a recent trip to Egypt and after seeing those Pyramids, he knew I had to travel!   As a Junior at the University of Arizona, Mike was ready for something new.  He spent a semester abroad in London, exploring Europe, Scandinavia, and North Africa. Mike stepped way outside my comfort zone and tried new things.   All roads led back to LA and the Entertainment industry post-college. For a decade, he rose the ranks as an agent and talent manager.  Which of course led to the search for a deeper meaning in my life. In 2010 Schibel bought a one-way ticket to Australia.  Without a plan, he spent a year on the road, meeting interesting people, seeing incredible places, and having memorable inspiring conversations.  Mike’s passion for traveling, storytelling, and community building led me to launch, “Travel With Meaning” in 2017. He created “Travel Talk Live” to bring travelers together to recreate the feelings he experienced on the road, build an authentic community to inspire and encourage others to travel.   In the Spring of 2019, Mike launched the “Travel With Meaning” Podcast to continue to grow our community. [Insert Soundcloud embed link] In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Mike Schibel:  How did Mike get started with travel?  Has Mike ever tried to make others happy in other to find his own fulfillment?  Tell us about his experience at Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco.  How does Mike try to work gratitude into his life?  How can we be more “pura vida” in our life and live a more grateful life?  How can we be as present at home as we when we are traveling?  How did Mike start the Travel with Meaning Podcast?   The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask Mike Schibel:  If Mike could go anywhere for a life-changing retreat where would it be? Peru!  If he could have one person on the Travel with Meaning podcast who would it be? Mike’s top place to have a meaningful conversation The country that has made the most impact on Mike  Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify, or Youtube. You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel.

Aug 3

51 min 50 sec

Jill 8pK9nwhyuxDlKt6VsA47Johnson grew up in North Jersey and began camping with her parents before she could walk. After receiving her Master’s in Special Education she moved to California and explored all it has to offer: deserts, sequoias, mountains, beaches, valleys, and SUNSETS.  Jill has since backpacked Central America and the Pacific Northwest along with various other national parks. If you don’t find her in the forest she will likely be swimming in the ocean, stretched on a yoga mat, or snuggling with her own, or random strangers’ dogs. She is always ready for the next adventure and her glass is always overflowing with plenty to share! You can find her all season as a Trip Leader on Under30Experiences US National Parks Camping and Hiking Trips. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Jill Johnson:  Why does she love cows so much?!  How did she fall in love with the outdoors? What did her parents do with her growing up?  What does Jill pay attention to when she is spending time in nature? And what can people at home sense? What are some of Jill’s favorite books related to the outdoors and nature?  How to leave the distractions of modern life behind when people are in nature?  How can people learn to appreciate nature more?  How did Jill get into yoga and meditation?  How can people bring the practice of yoga into their life, even if they don’t have time to roll out their yoga mat? How unimportant we all are, but also how beautiful and grandiose we all are... When did Jill start traveling as a solo traveler? How Half Dome in Yosemite National Park changed Jill’s life? Where did Jill do her yoga teacher training in Thailand?  The island was Koh Phangan of Koh Pha-Ngan and the retreat center was Samma Karuna What are Jill’s travel plans for the summer?  Resources from Jill Johnson:  You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh  Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben  Free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work at MIT, Matt has taken Matt’s episode with Joe K the Co-founder of Hurley and Billabong Follow Jill on Instagram @jilllovescows Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify, or Youtube. You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel. 8pK9nwhyuxDlKt6VsA478pK9nwhyuxDlKt6VsA47 8pK9nwhyuxDlKt6VsA47 8pK9nwhyuxDlKt6VsA47

Jul 21

30 min 26 sec

Scott Keyes is a two time Millennial Travel Podcast guest and needs no introduction as the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights. Today, he comes back to chat about his new book Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World.    In case you don’t know Scott… Scott Keyes is the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, a travel platform with over two million members around the world. It’s been called “the travel world’s best-kept secret” by Thrillist and received praise in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Prior to becoming a leading expert on cheap flights, Scott graduated from Stanford University and worked for years as a journalist, with bylines in The Washington Post , The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Nation, and elsewhere. When he's not on a plane, he lives in Portland, Oregon.   If you haven’t heard on our first podcast together, I highly recommend listening to Episode 15 of The Millennial Travel Podcast with Scott from Scott’s Cheap Flights.   For more on this topic check out our guide: Travel Hacking: Saving Money and Finding Cheap Flights.   In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Scott Keyes:  Scott’s experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine and what the vaccine means for travel. When Scott’s book Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World is coming out. How does Scott follow travel news regarding flights?  What are vaccine passports and are vaccine passports needed for international travel?  Is your vaccination certificate allow you to travel internationally?  Do I need a yellow vaccination certificate from the WHO to travel internationally?  Will domestic travel within the United States require vaccination?  What are the entrance requirements for COVID-19 tests and vaccinations for Hawaii?  What airlines have empty middle seats? What are airline capacities like post-pandemic?  When is New York City opening?  Are there flights where everyone takes a COVID-19 test? How to stay on top of entrance requirements and testing requirements for travel?  Are there COVID-19 rapid tests at airports in the United States? How much are rapid tests for COVID-19?  Some hotels are providing free tests for guests to return to the United States. How Scott started Scott’s Cheap flights. How Scott encourages his readers to “take happier trips.”  Why it’s so important to have a trip to look forward to. Why it’s better to take a few trips per year rather than just one big trip… and how to find cheap flights! What were Scott’s 2020 travel plans that got cancelled and what do Scott’s 2021 travel plans look like?    The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask Scott Keyes:  Does using an incognito window save your money on flights?  What is the best day to book flights? Is Tuesday a good day to book flights?  How to find cheap business class flights?   Resources from Scott Keyes:  Signup for Scott’s Cheap Flights Newsletter Scott’s new book: Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World   Full show notes and resources at: http://under30experiences.com/blog/scott-keyes-scotts-cheap-flights

Apr 30

49 min 54 sec

David McNeill is the founder of Expat Empire. He is focused on inspiring people to move abroad and showing them how to do it. In addition to producing books, podcasts, blog posts, meetup events, and more, Expat Empire offers personalized consulting services to give everyone the opportunity to achieve their international dreams. David started Expat Empire because he has a genuine passion for living abroad. He left the United States in 2014 and has since lived in Tokyo, Berlin, and Porto. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with David McNeill: How he found his first job abroad What life is like in Portugal What life is like in Germany What like is like in Japan How he makes friends living abroad How David supports himself consulting with people to move abroad How getting laid off abroad led David to start an international business How David is pursuing his European Passport via Portugal. What David thinks about expatriating yourself and tax implications of living abroad as an American How David learns new languages The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask David McNeill: Where he recommends people move for a minimum of two years? (Berlin!) Where is the best digital nomad / freelancer hub besides Berlin? (Portugal, Bali, Thailand) Full shownotes: http://under30experiences.com/blog/how-to-move-abroad-with-david-mcneill-of-expat-empire

Apr 16

57 min 11 sec

Matt Wilson is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and the author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Today Matt shares his experience traveling the world for the last decade in MTP24: Solo Travel Guide to Asia. Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/solo-travel-destinations-in-asia Reach out to Matt on Instagram: @mattwilsontv

Mar 24

56 min 29 sec

Matt Wilson is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and the author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Today Matt shares his experience traveling the world for the last decade in MTP23: Solo Travel Guide to Europe. Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/solo-travel-destinations-in-south-america Reach out to Matt on Instagram: @mattwilsontv

Mar 9

1 hr 10 min

Matt Wilson is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and the author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Today Matt shares his experience traveling the world for the lsat decaide in MTP22: Solo Travel Destinations in South America. Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/solo-travel-destinations-in-south-america Reach out to Matt on Instagram: @mattwilsontv

Feb 25

53 min 28 sec

Matt Wilson is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and the author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Today Matt shares his experience traveling the world for the last decade in MTP21: Solo Travel Destinations in Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean. Matt lived in Central America between 2012 and 2019. Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/solo-travel-destinations-in-mexico-central-america-the-caribbean Follow Matt on Instagram @mattwilsontv

Feb 15

41 min 54 sec

Matt Wilson, is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook.   Today Matt shares his experience seeing all 50 states in the USA as he explains the top solo travel destinations in the United States!   Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/the-top-solo-travel-destinations-in-the-united-states Follow Matt: instagram.com/mattwilsontv

Feb 2

1 hr 22 min

Hannah Pinkerton is a full-time vanlifer, blogger at Destined for Adventure, Spanish teacher at Speak Better Spanish, and Community Manager and Trip Leader at Under30Experiences. She’s been location independent since 2015 and traveling outside the United States since 2018. Hannah also is a Location Independence Coach helping others do the same. She lives with her 4 cats and 5 dogs in her converted camper van as a solo female traveler in Mexico!  Hannah gives me everything I need to know about how to live in a van and make money!  In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Hannah Pinkerton:  Van life essentials. How much van life costs in Mexico.  How to live in a van full time. How to live in a van and make money. How much converting her van cost in Mexico? What is the cost of living in Mexico?  Some fun van travel hacks What is life like as an expat in Mexico?  How safe is traveling in Mexico?  How is the healthcare system in Mexico?  How did Hannah find a mechanic for her van in Mexico?  What is the difference between living in a tiny house and van life?  What is the slow travel movement?  Where do you go to the bathroom when you live in van?  How Hannah started adopting animals and bringing them into her van.  How you can help adopt a dog or cat from Hannah!  Resources from Hannah:  Destined for Adventure Blog @DestinedforAdventure on Instagram Hannah’s Vanlife YouTube Safety Wing Insurance for Nomads Speak Better Spanish @SpeakBetterSpanish on Instagram You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel.

Jan 22

55 min 51 sec

Matt Wilson, is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and author of The Millennial Travel Podcast. Today Matt shares his experience traveling the world for the last decade in the Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel. Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/solo-travel-guide Follow Matt on Instagram @mattwilsontv.

Jan 12

1 hr 22 min

Mark Peacock is the host of the TravelCommons podcast, one of the longest running travel radio shows on the internet. Mark has been a frequent business traveler for more than 30 years.  He travels all over the world for high-tech companies and management consultancies.   Mark Peacock’s first TravelCommons podcast was recorded in May 2005 in the bathroom of the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Originally, TravelCommons was going to be travel blog, but Mark turned out producing the “Voice of the Traveler” podcast.  Ask Mark frequently says, “it is more about the journey than the destination.” Mark has lived all over the United States, and is currently living in Chicago for the third time with his wife and two kids. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Mark Peacock:  How Mark started a travel podcast and hosts one of the oldest travel podcasts on the internet. How Mark started TravelCommons podcast in a hotel bathroom in 2005 and what has kept him going. How does Mark get any work done while traveling? Does travel spark creativity?  How technology interrupts our ability to chat with the people around us while traveling.  Why Mark advises his family not to travel during “rush hour” in airports on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.  Should you invest in TSA Precheck?  Why Mark always focuses on flying with one airline, goes to the airline lounges, and has the airport credit cards. Does Mark get upgraded as a frequent business traveler and is airline status worth it? Why is it more difficult to get upgrades these days?  Mark Peacock’s tips for rental cars. Should you lock in your gas price with a rental car company? Is it worth it?  What are some of Mark’s craziest travel stories as a business traveler? Mark’s tips for traveling during the winter and having backup plans.  The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask Mark Peacock:  Favorite domestic airport Terminal 2 in San Francisco  Favorite international airport Favorite airline Favorite booking website  Direct with airlines, but search with Google  Favorite travel bloggers Craig and Linda Indie Travel Podcast past Millennial Travel Podcast guests! Chris Christensen Amateur Traveler another past podcast guest of ours!  Flyer Talk--The World’s Most Popular Frequent Flyer Website The Cranky Flyer--an airline industry blog Boarding Area--required reading for frequent flyers  Resources from Mark Peacock:  TravelCommons.com Twitter @Mpeakcock Facebook TravelCommons Instagram @TravelCommons You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel.

Dec 2020

1 hr

Casey Fenton is the founder of Couchsurfing, a global travel community, especially great for solo travelers. Casey helped to spearhead the sharing economy & grow the platform to over 20 million users worldwide.  I consider the platform to be one of the best domestic and international travel hacks and for solo travel on a budget.   Casey is also co-founder of Upstock, a cloud-based platform to give employee equity in the company they work for. If you don’t know the meaning of “couch surfing” it’s basically where you stay on someone’s couch when traveling.  The platform Couchsurfing however doesn’t mean you have to sleep on someone’s couch… The point of Couchsurfing is  to “share authentic travel experiences” and your host will put you up in their home absolutely free.  In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Casey Fenton, Founder of Couchsurfing:  His story going to Iceland How a trip to Iceland was an impetuous for him starting Couchsurfing and us starting Under30Experiences.  The story of how Couchsurfing started How Casey flew to Iceland as a solo traveler and decided to find a couch to sleep on with locals Why Casey loves Iceland and has traveled their five times The quick story how Under30Experiences started. Why Casey Fenton is starting his new company in Iceland and is mentoring Iceland Startups How they picked the name “couchsurfing”. How Casey Fenton got the “travel bug” and considered himself an explorer.  How he got over a break up by traveling and buying plane tickets to random places.  Casey Fenton’s formula for intensity, diversity, and frequency of experience, and how he got out of his comfort zone.  His idea for “hacking destiny”.  What Casey Fenton learned about himself traveling?  He learned to be less shy, and improved himself.  Some examples of how Casey traveled to different places and how Couchsurfing was a great travel hack for saving money Casey Fenton’s idea of “ego hacking”. The book that opened up Casey’s eyes that we are all sleep. How a silly fight with his best friend opened his eyes to a lot of things about life. Casey’s idea of a “feedback ratio”.  Why it’s important to have ego and how we can use it as a tool.  How we can avoid suffering through non-attachment How to learn to trust yourself more and let others trust you.  Casey finishes talking about his startup Upstock and how you can incentivize employees with equity to anyone in your company with his tool.  Resources from Casey Fenton: Book: In Search of the Miraculous  Couchsurfing.com  Upstock.io CaseyFenton.com to sign up his newsletter You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

Dec 2020

57 min 47 sec

Scott Keyes is the founder and CEO of Scott’s Cheap Flights. In 2013, he found a flight deal he just can’t pass out on—a $130 round trip ticket from New York City to Milan. When he returned home, his friends and colleagues asked him to let them know the next time he finds a great deal. In a nutshell, that’s how Scott’s Cheap Flights came about. Scott’s Cheap Flights newsletter aims to enable people to travel and see and experience the world. Unlike automated flight deals and alerts sent out by way of affiliated links, they leverage their team of human flight experts and innovative software to provide meticulously-vetted and high quality deals that are worth their members’ time and money.  Some are even mistake fares!  To date, Scott’s Cheap Flights has more than 2 million members (and growing each day!). The total amount of airfare their deals have helped members save is already at a whopping $100 million! Scott’s Cheap Flights is run by a remote team with members situated in many parts of the world. Undoubtedly, they are making people's travel dreams attainable, one deal at a time! So far, Scott has visited a total of 46 countries. He lists Oaxaca, Mexico as his favorite destination. He runs Scott’s Cheap Flights with co-founder and COO, Brian Kidwell. Personally, I recommend the Scott’s service in The Millennial Travel Guidebook and gave Scott’s Cheap Flights great review.  Many people have asked if Scott’s Cheap Flights Premium is worth it, and I always say yes. Scott’s Cheap flights is very legitimate--their mission is to enable people to travel and experience the world! In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights:  How to use Scott’s Cheap Flights. How to find cheap flights. When and when to find cheap flights. Is Scott’s Cheap Flights good for domestic travel or/or international flights? Scott also shares what the 24-hour rule is, the holy grail of the cheap flights world, and the cheapest time to book a flight. Travel hacking booking flights. Where to find cheap flights last minute What apps and travel hacks does Scott Keyes use? What blogs or other resources does Scott read?  TravelisFree.com View from the Wing with Gary Leff On finding the best flight deals, Scott has this to say, “The better the deal is, the shorter it’s going to last. So finding about them early and being able to book early is really really key.” Resources from Scott Keyes:  Sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights Scott’s Cheap Flights on Twitter @ScottsFlights Instagram @ScottsCheapFlights Facebook Scott’s Cheap Flights Scott’s Cheap Flights Facebook Community Scott Keyes’ new book: Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

Nov 2020

1 hr 2 min

Rolf Potts is a legendary travel writer, who’s book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel has been a classic piece of travel writing for many years.  Rolf’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, Outside, The New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated.  Potts has been part of creative writing workshops and/or taught classes at places like Paris American University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. In addition to travel writing and his Vagabonding success, Rolf Potts’ adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, driving a Land Rover across South America, and traveling around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind. Potts is also the author of Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer and the new edition of Vagabonding includes a foreword from Tim Ferriss.  Most recently Rolf has launched his own podcast called “Deviate”. Rolf leaves the listeners with some final advice encouraging them to travel and reminding them that its not as difficult or as dangerous as they might think. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast we discuss:  What does it mean to be “time rich” versus most people travel in such a hurry?  Rolf Potts explains how he taught English in Korea What does Rolf Potts think about the digital nomad movement? Why do people want to go back in time for nostalgic reasons when they travel?  A quick story of when Rolf Potts got lost getting off the beaten path. How people can cut the cord on their smartphone while traveling. How can people truly disconnect, so they don’t get burned out?  How to make your “vacation your vocation”. What can we learn from the “slow food movement” or “slow travel movement”?  How can people afford to travel more often and travel for longer? Travel to cheaper places He lives in Kansas because of the low cost of living, so he can afford to travel more often    What is Rolf Potts’ life like in Kansas and what does he appreciate about it?  Rolf is from Kansas and learned to appreciate what he has at home. How does an old school traveler like Rolf Potts feel about Instagram culture in travel? The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions:  If Rolf Potts could go to one bar tomorrow what would it be?  McGlinchey’s in Philadelphia or a Korean soju tent If Rolf Potts could take six months to travel anywhere where would he go?  The United States because it’s such a large, diverse country What is Rolf Potts favorite US National Park?  Olympic National Park in Washington Rolf Potts favorite piece of travel gear?  You don’t need any luggage to have a good time, so he said good shoes or a smartphone.  Resources:  Rolf Potts’ best seller: Vagabonding Rolf Potts’ book Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales Guides) Rolf Potts’ book Souvenir (Object Lessons) Rolf Potts podcast Deviate @RolfPotts on Instagram @RolfPotts on Twitter His website rolfpotts.com  Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or Spotify. You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

Nov 2020

54 min 30 sec

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott are the husband-and-wife storytelling team behind Uncornered Market Adventurers, world travelers, adventurers, storytellers, and tourism advisors from the US and based in Berlin.  They have been to over 90 countries and are two of my very favorite people in tourism. Their goal is to create a movement of respectful travelers and organizations who live at the intersection of adventure, deep travel experiences, and caring for our planet and its people. We hope not just to inspire, but to help others build a story-filled life, whether that life takes them around the block…or around the world. Today, we speak about Sustainable tourism & adventure travel that cares for our planet & its people. This topic is one that I’m super passionate about as Daniel and Audrey are owners of a tourism development consultancy & travel blog. They aim to humanize the places we visit, drawing our readers in through photographs and stories, so they connect with people and places they might otherwise never hear about or actively disregard. In turn, through their personal interactions, we seek to alter the view of America that people get from watching the news, taking in movies, or watching popular television shows. Call this our small contribution to public diplomacy and mutual understanding in today’s complicated world.Dan took his first trip abroad at the ripe old age of 26. He went to India by himself, discovered another planet located on Earth, and fell terribly ill (dengue fever). He eventually recovered and has struggled with various bouts of the travel bug ever since. Audrey has successfully managed projects in over twenty countries – often remotely – but prefers to be on the ground working directly with the people affected. Coming from a family tradition in international work that goes back three generations, her international focus in life is not a surprise to those who know her well. She looks for everyday universal experiences when she travels and aims to make personal connections with people and cultures in varied environments. She has a weakness for dark chocolate and can bake a mean apple crisp. If you want to know how this travel couple affords to travel the world, they break it down in three ways on their website:  Tourism Development and Marketing Advisory Speaking at Conferences and Universities Affiliate sales and website advertising In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast we discuss:   How Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott started traveling off the beaten path. Where first-time solo travelers should travel. Their opinion on Machu Picchu and how we can combat overtourism. Alternative treks to the Inca Trail How does travel really change people’s lives and how has traveled changed Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott’s life?  How has travel pushed Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott to become better people?  How can people make an impact while traveling or volunteering in a sustainable way. In The Millennial Travel Podcast rapid fire round I ask: Favorite travel resource Daniel: Kayak.com Audrey: Nomadic Matt’s and Jodi from Legal Nomads Country that has made the most impact on them Audrey: Kyrgyzstan Daniel: India Favorite international dish Daniel: Masala dosa in India or sushi Audrey: Homemade pasta in Tuscany Resources:  UncorneredMarket.com @uncornered_market on Instagram @umarket on Twitter Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life and our new USA camping and hiking trips from Under30Experiences!

Nov 2020

1 hr 2 min

Mike Corey never backs away from an adventure, no matter how strange it may be. As a Canadian adventure travel YouTuber and BBC television host, Mike has been traveling the world for eight years. He is on a global quest to challenge fear by seeking unique experiences in weird and wonderful destinations around the world. Mike aims to inspire others to fight their fears by plunging headfirst into beautiful, unknown locations and participating in undocumented cultural celebrations.  With a degree in Marine Biology and a talent for breakdancing, Mike worked as an award-winning filmmaker before creating his own YouTube channel - Fearless and Far. Mike knows how to craft a compelling story with entertaining action and cinematic flair, but his greatest strength is breaking down cultural barriers and connecting with locals worldwide.  In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast we discuss:  Mike Corey’s story of being shy growing up and how he is now a successful Youtuber, television host, and traveler. How to overcome fear of traveling. How to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. What is more risky, skydiving or driving a car? What it’s like traveling during a pandemic? The risks and moral obligations as a Canadian traveler.  Why supporting local tourism is so important in places where the economies rely on it. How Mike Corey chooses destinations to visit. The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions:  Craziest thing Mike Corey has ever done?  The Bulls of Fire Festival (Tultepec Toros) in Mexico Craziest food Mike Corey has ever eaten?     Etag in the Philippines  What is the most off the beaten path place Mike Corey has traveled to?  Mauritius, Africa  What kind of camera does Mike Corey recommend for travelers?  Sony A7iii What kind of carry on does Mike Corey bring?     Peak Design Bag with a lifetime warranty Where to travel in Canada? Gaspé, Quebec Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine), Quebec Where to travel in the United States? Neptune Memorial Reef, Florida Resources:  Fearless and Far on YouTube Mike Corey @fearlessandfar on Instagram The BBC Travel Show  His course: The War on Fear Bootcamp You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

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Oct 2020

52 min 20 sec

Ben Collier is General Manager at Incredible Adventures and is a wizard when it comes to organizing itineraries in the United States.  He’s an expert when it comes to US National Parks, camping, and hiking, and has worked in adventure travel for nearly a decade, including five years on the ground as a guide. Complete shownotes and all the links can be found on millennialtravelpodcast.com Ben and I get the chance to talk about USA road trips and where people should travel in fall and winter 2020 while keeping them safe from COVID19.   In this episode we discuss:    How did Ben get started as a traveler and trip leader in the United States?  His experience in Alaska and Hawaii A great itinerary for Portland, Oregon  Crater Lake National Park  Cascade Mountains Where to travel this fall? Fall foliage ideas   Where to travel in the United States during the winter?    Matt’s pick: South Florida, Miami or Fort Lauderdale to the Everglades National Park and Florida Keys Skiing and how social distancing will work Joshua Tree, Death Valley Yellowstone, Yosemite Zion/Bryce Canyon Lake Tahoe  Matt’s article referenced: Millennials are Fleeing Cities, Escaping 9-5, & Avoiding Taxes Reno Cool neighborhoods like Mid-town Reno Truckee, California  Hikes near Las Vegas, Nevada Where to get a COVID19 test to show states like Rhode Island, Maine, and Hawaii?  At home test kits  What are the best US National Parks?  Where should people travel in the winter in the United States? What should first people know about their first time camping?  Hiking safety tips. Hike in groups Bring sufficient water Tell someone where you are going Always bring salty foods and extra electrolytes Dress in layers; avoid cotton Bear safety tips  Bear spray Bear bell Leave no trace camping and hiking principles  Free Leave No Trace Certification What to bring on a road trip?  Safety, should you get a tune up? Should you have a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher? Should you replace your tires? Pack extra food, water Blanket  AAA Membership  Is California safe to travel to right now? Are the California wildfires contained? Exploring your backyard   Rapid fire questions:  Favorite US National Park? Yosemite Favorite state to visit in the United States? Alaska  Favorite small town in America?  Best hike in America?  Angles landing, Zion National Park  One piece of camping gear he couldn’t live without. Good sleeping bag; Marmot  One piece of hiking gear he couldn’t live without.  Leki lightweight hiking poles Resources:  Incredible Adventures, San Francisco’s greenest tour company, powered by petroleum free biofuel. @Incadventures on Instagram Get in touch with Ben: ben (at) incredibleadventures (dot) com Complete shownotes and all the links can be found on millennialtravelpodcast.com  

Oct 2020

1 hr 6 min

Michael Puldy is the author of The Millennial’s Guide to Business Travel: Lessons from the Next Generation of Road Warriors.  He has an incredibly impressive resume of travel including visiting all 50 states, 50 countries, has flown 3 million air miles, and is a member of the Circumnavigators Club. Michael knows his stuff when it comes to frequent flier miles and credit card rewards points.  He has achieved status as a 1K Elite Member on United flying over 1.3 million miles, 700K on Delta, & 500K on American.  He is a Diamond VIP at Hilton, achieved Platinum status at Hyatt, and Gold at Marriott and Sheraton.  Michael isn’t just a travel hacker, he is winning at the gamification of travel legitimately!  What you’ll find interesting in today’s Millennial Travel Podcast episode is that Michael is not actually a millennial traveler himself but wanted to write this book for the next generation. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I ask Michael:  Why he decided to write a book on travel for millennials. What traveling in the 60s and 70s was like. How people can optimize their travels What the best type of luggage is for business travelers Is TSA precheck and Global Entry worth it?  What is the best way to avoid delays and build contingency plans when traveling?  The important difference between Uber Black and Uber X and why it matters.  Tips for working out on the road. Why Michael brings his own tea bags and other health tips while traveling. How to avoid crappy food in airports and hotels. How to add on leisure travel when you are traveling for business. Michael’s experience living in Singapore as an expat.    In The Millennial Travel Podcast rapid fire section I ask Michael:  If he could base himself anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Singapore Favorite airport in the world.   Denver An app he can’t travel without Local eats, rental car apps, weather apps, and hotel apps Weather.com Media he’d recommend traveling with His 150GB library on Apple Music Emerson Lake & Palmer One piece of travel gear he couldn’t travel without Tumi briefcase    Resources:  The Millennial’s Guide to Business Travel: Lessons from the Next Generation of Road Warriors by Michael Puldy NextGenTraveler.com Puldy.com Michael’s homepage with travel photos and stories Michael on Instagram   You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life ... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

Oct 2020

1 hr 1 min

Craig and Linda Martin are the Kiwi couple behind Indie Travel Podcast and their online publishing business, Indie Travel Media Ltd.  Professionally homeless, they have been travelling around the world non-stop since February 2006. Craig Martin was the president of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, and they are the couple behind one of the top Indie Travel Podcast, rated as the top travel podcast by Lonely Planet.  Discussed in this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast:  What being a professional travel blogger is like. The story of how Craig and Linda Martin became travel bloggers How Craig & Linda Martin earn money as travel bloggers How the Indie Travel Podcast found sponsors and a business model  How Craig grew his web development and design business as a digital nomad How Craig & Linda decide where to travel as a couple Tips on finding a romantic partner who loves to travel Why they love hiking El Camino de Santiago How to get started in full time travel In the rapid fire round I ask this travel couple for:  Airplane travel tips: Go carry on only Always bring an empty water bottle to fill before the flight  Packing tips: Packing cubes Tips for long travel days Always have snacks for traveling Noise cancelling headphones What to do if you are sick while traveling abroad Have a great partner to look after you!  Don’t feel bad; just relax and listen to your body Resources:  Craig & Linda Martin’s Indie Travel Media Craig & Linda on Twitter Craig & Linda on Facebook Craig & Linda on Instagram The Indie Travel Podcast on Apple Podcasts You can find all the links and show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life ... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

Sep 2020

59 min 38 sec

Matt Wilson is Co-founder and CEO of the travel company for people ages 21-35 Under30Experiences, and author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Under30Experiences has been named number 801 on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America and number 198 on Financial Times 1000 list of America's Fastest-Growing Companies. Matt was formerly the co-founder of the media site Under30CEO (Acquired 2016) and is the Host of the Live Different Podcast on business, travel, health, and performance. He has interviewed everyone from NBA Legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar to the President of Starbucks. Matt's writing is published in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Huffington Post, and he is part of the invite-only Young Entrepreneurs' Council (YEC) comprised of the world's most successful entrepreneurs 40 and younger. Matt is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. He hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and his personal mission is to help people live more adventurous lives.  In today’s episode we turn the tables and James Boobar of Alitpassage interviews Matt to talk about The Millennial Travel Guidebook.  Discussed in this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast:  The future of travel and Under30Experiences during COVID-19 How Elon Musk’s gigafactory will affect Austin, Texas Transitioning from New York to Costa Rica and Turkey where both Matt and James lived as expats How Under30Experiences started in Iceland How travel gives people a better understanding of what they want in life How the Millennial Travel Guidebook is more about life, making sure peoples dreams do not get “deferred”  How people can get over their fear of traveling and have difficult conversations with loved ones How globalization affects the travel experience, and why you may want to consider seeing experiences outside what you can find at home. Why to stop being busy and start living! You can find all the links and show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life ... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!

Sep 2020

56 min 10 sec

Lydia Dean left her job as an Executive Search Consultant in the year 2000 to pursue a lifelong interest in travel and humanitarian programs. She and her family moved to Provence, France where they lived for 6 years while exploring many developing countries. In 2007, they returned to the US and launched GoPhilanthropic Travel. In 2010 GoPhilanthropic Foundation was formed in order to more actively partner with small grassroots non-profits offering greater access to resources and opportunities. Lydia divides her time between Los Angeles, Provence, and the regions within which GoPhil works.  She is also the author of Jumping the Picket Fence: A Woman's Search for Meaning from the Suburbs to the Slums. Today I’m so excited to welcome Lydia Dean, Founder and Director of GoPhilanthropic Travel, offering travelers the certainty that their support is making a positive impact in local communities.  This interview was conducted pre-COVID19 in the research for The Millennial Travel Guidebook where I sprinkled in tons of information on sustainable travel and where Lydia was quoted. As you hopefully know, sustainable travel and spending our money the right way is super important to us at Under30Experiences.  In this interview we discuss topics such as:  The dangers of voluntourism How to select non-profit organizations to work with How to vote with your dollars Where to travel if you really want to make an impact I’m also thrilled to hear Lydia’s inspiring story and have her share how philanthropy and travel changed the person who she is.  It really sounds like she lives an incredibly full and fulfilling life.  You can learn more about Lydia and GoPhilanthropic at www.gophilanthropictravel.com and www.gophilanthropic.org. Show notes can be found at http://millennialtravelpodcast.com ### Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast is provided by my new book The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, and Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Check out our new USA trips with Under30Experiences including Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks… plus Lake Tahoe! 

Sep 2020

56 min 34 sec

Gabby Beckford is the Gen Z travel blogger, content creator, and marketing strategist behind Packs Light. She helps send her young audience around the world completely free via the funded travel opps she shares in her Young Travelers Network. Her words can be found in pubs such as Lonely Planet, HuffPost, Essence, and Business Insider. Her mission is to empower young people to seek risk, seize opportunity, and see the world. Shownotes can be found on MattWilson.co and MillennialTravelPodcast.com. MTP 6: Socially Distanced USA Road Trips, Diversity, & Being a Gen Z Travel Blogger w/ Gaby Beckford @packslight Gabby Beckford is the Gen Z travel blogger, content creator, and marketing strategist behind Packs Light. She helps send her young audience around the world completely free via the funded travel opps she shares in her Young Travelers Network. Her words can be found in pubs such as Lonely Planet, HuffPost, Essence, and Business Insider. Her mission is to empower young people to seek risk, seize opportunity, and see the world. Today, I’m thrilled increase the representation of people of color here on The Millennial Travel Podcast.  Not only is Gabby a bi-racial female, but she hails from Gen Z, and is an already successful 25-year-old!  I got to speak with Gabby about her blog Packs Light, her success on TikTok, her recent USA Road Trip, and the challenges of her quitting her job to become a full time travel blogger just before the COVID-19 pandemic.  My favorite part about the conversation was that Gabby is about more than just travel--she is an opportunities coach and has a members only community where she guides people to apply for opportunities like scholarships, fellowships, jobs, travel opportunities, awards, and more.  As Gabby told me, “half of life is just showing up.”  She gives tips for traveling in the new normal, on her USA trip, how we can increase diversity and inclusion in the travel industry, and how she became mindful at such a young age. It was a real pleasure to get some tips from this Gen Z travel leader!  In the rapid fire round I ask Gabby:  Her favorite piece of travel gear--packing cubes!  Her movie to watch on your next flight-- The Hundred Foot Journey Place to revisit- Stockholm, Sweden Place she’s never been but is on her bucket list- Santiago, Chile Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority In Your Life

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Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

Shannon Stowell is CEO of the Adventure Travel Trade Association.  We do a deep dive into what it means to travel off the beaten path, how to reduce your carbon footprint, and how to do your part to support companies that promote diversity in the travel industry. Millennial Travel Podcast 5: Off the Grid Adventure Travel with Shannon Stowell CEO of the Adventure Travel Trade Association Get the show notes at millennialtravelpodcast.com. Shannon comes to us from his off the grid cabin in Colorado with no electricity or running water.  We talk about his incredible trip to Kurdistan in northern Iraq.  He wins the award for most off the beaten path travel story, since I spoke to Jordan Harbinger about his trip to North Korea and another time when he was kidnapped. Shannon and I talk about how he has started Tomorrow’s Air the world’s first traveler collective to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it permanently.  We also discuss his involvement in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund that directly funds local projects engaged in the conservation of unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations. I also put Shannon in the hotseat to ask him:  Favorite hike in the entire world? Favorite campsite in the entire world? Favorite piece of gear?  Where is the adventure capital of the world?    Resources:  Shannon’s TED Talk: Change the World; Take a Vacation Tomorrow’s Air Clean Up Pact   How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia   Neutral Together Carbon Offsetting  Travel Unity non profit promoting diversity in travel The Black Travel Alliance Amplifying Black Voices: Our Growing List of Travel Resources Under30Experiences’s Committment to Diversity & Inclusion The Luci Solar Light that Shannon light’s his cabin with  The Grayl Water purification bottle Shannon drinks from pools and swamps with! Connect with Shannon on Linkedin and check out The Adventure Travel Trade Association.  ### Direct support for the Live Different Podcast comes from my new book--The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life.  This book is about more than travel... I'd be extremely grateful if you pre-ordered it for just 99 cents!

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Sep 2020

1 hr 20 min

Nick Ewen is Senior Editor at The Points Guy.  He caught the travel bug at an early age and spent over a decade as a road warrior, earning and redeeming points & miles to visit over 40 countries across six continents. Credit Card Points, Rewards Miles, & Travel Hacking with Nick Ewen of The Points Guy MTP3: How to Optimize your Frequent Flier Miles and Rewards Points to Travel for Free!  I got Nick’s story on how he was able to travel while his wife was still in school and how they did it for free. Nick says, start small, and not worry about signing up for every single points and mileage program in the world, and really helps us focus on what we want out of the travel hacking game.  He gives his recommendations for best travel credit cards, best frequent flier programs, and how optimize rewards points. Nick has 21 open credit cards and claims that there has been no effect on his credit score! We talk about what the top no annual fee cards are and how someone with a small budget can travel frugally without paying fees.  We also talk about what the best frequent flier allegiances are and how to navigate this complex game! We also do a rapid fire round where Nick gives me his favorite travel related recommendations... Favorite book Gear Recommendations Favorite Airline Favorite Hotel in the world Favorite Airline Lounge You can find the links to everything here on millennialtravelpodcast.com and if you are looking to escape more, spend less, and make travel a priority in your life, I hope you check out my #1 best selling new release, The Millennial Travel Guidebook.

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Aug 2020

1 hr

Dave Lee is the Founder of GoBackpacking.com, a 13-year-old staple website for a lot of backpackers… and his new food blog feastio.com. Dave is a member of the ATTA, the Adventure Travel Tourism Association and someone whose work I’ve followed for a long time… We had the good fortune of meeting at an Austin travel founders event called VoyagerHQ and then again at The Nomadic Network.  Dave and I talk about what travel means to us now that we are no longer under thirty, how we miss expat life in Costa Rica and Colombia respectively, and his new big projects.  Dave lived in Medellin for a long time and ran Medellinliving.com which he sold. I even get some tips on where to eat in Austin, Texas, a big time foodie town. Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, and Make Travel a Priority in Your Life, available for just 99 cents this week! Get the shownotes on millennialtravelpodcast.com.

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Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

You can listen to The Millennial Travel Guidebook for free with a 30-day trial of Audible.com. Hey Millennial Travel Podcast listeners, today's episode is a sample of my new audiobook The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life now available on Amazon! In this chapter I detail: Observing your Money Mindset How to Set Up Your Financial Life for Travel Twelve Cost-Cutting Strategies to Save Money for Travel Why you need a budget How I lived in Central America and paid off my student loans Twelve Ways to Make More Money Now Should you start a business abroad? Eight Things to Know to Make Money as a Freelancer If you found this chapter helpful, I'd love for you to check out the rest of The Millennial Travel Guidebook.  You can also get my chapter on How to Find the Best Deals on Flights absolutely free at MillennialTravelGuidebook.com.

Aug 2020

33 min 47 sec

Nomadic Matt has been a nomad for over ten years and is the author of two bestselling books, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Third Edition: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter and Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home, and is the owner of one of the most popular travel blogs on the internet NomadicMatt.com. Millennial Travel Podcast 1: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter in the "New Normal". You can find all the show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Today we celebrate the launch of the Millennial Travel Podcast with Nomadic Matt Kepnes to discuss budget travel, how he contracted COVID-19, the future of the travel industry, and The Nomadic Network. I was happy to get an update from Matt who had recently returned from a trip to Asia and fell ill with COVID-19. Now that he made a full recovery, we spoke at length about the future of the travel industry and what we can do as travelers to support the small communities who rely on tourism for their financial well-being. We talk about how Matt quit his job and started to make a living as a travel blogger. Matt recently launched The Nomadic Network, a global community of travel-enthusiasts who support and inspire one another to travel better, cheaper, and longer. I also had the opportunity to discuss Matt’s charitable work at FLYTE, the Foundation for Learning & Youth Travel Education, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth living in underserved communities. Direct support for the Millennial Travel Podcast comes from my new book--The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life.   You can also download a free chapter "How to Find The Best Deals on Flights".

Aug 2020

44 min 30 sec

Dr. Steven Gundry MD is an incredible doctor from Loma Linda University, inside one of the world’s Blue Zones, where people regularly live to over 100 years of age. Dr. Gundry is the author of several books including The Plant Paradox, The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age, and the brand new Plant Paradox Family Cookbook. He was pre-med at Yale University, has an MD from the Medical College of Georgia and started his surgical residency at the University of Michigan. He has been Professor or Surgery and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine since 1985. I’ve been wanting to talk to Dr. Gundry since my popular interview with Tony Beatuner of National Geographic’s Blue Zones study. Dr. Gundry was full of money-saving tips for eating healthy and even recommends having a drink of alcohol daily due to a cutting edge adaptation called hormesis. It was truly a pleasure to speak with one of my favorite doctors on the planet. He is a true inspiration! ### Direct support for the Live Different Podcast comes from my new book--The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life.  This book is about more than travel... I'd be extremely grateful if you pre-ordered it for just 99 cents! 

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, Medical Doctor, Executive Coach, and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan. She reveals the surprising science that supports the law of attraction in her new book The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain. Tara proves some amazing concepts through neuroscience including: Magnetism The law of attraction How your brain changes through neuroplasticity We get into some very specific action items you can take including: Action boards Visualization Meditation Yoga Intention setting Journaling All to prime your brain to attract what you want in life and create your future! We even get into some esoteric subjects that are more difficult to explain but do our best to delineate between “magic” and hard science. We discuss reincarnation, evolutionary biology, the concept of time, and lots of eastern Hindu belief systems.   Resources: The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain. Dr. Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief Dr. Joe Dispenza Sam Harris Flotation Tanks Dr. Tara Swart on Instagram Dr. Tara Swart’s website. ### Direct support for the Live Different Podcast comes from my new book--The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. This book is about more than travel... I'd be extremely grateful if you pre-ordered it for just 99 cents!   Links to everything below can be found on my blog: http://mattwilson.co  

Jul 2020

1 hr 10 min

Learn the Traveler's Mindset and Stress-based Mindfulness - Matt Wilson Matt Wilson is the co-founder and CEO of under30experiences, recently ranked on the Forbes 5,000 list. In this episode, Cody and Matt discuss the importance of travel in getting outside of your daily habits, and mindfulness-based practices to calm and reduce stress. Books Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer People Dr. Andrew Hill Dr. Gabor Mate Dr. John Gray   How has travel changed your life? (07:01) How did you go about developing that mindset of openness? (11:19) How does traveling help when you feel you’re stuck in a rut? (20:06) How was meditation beneficial to you? (26:52) The Memory Palace Technique. (36:10) What’s a routine that works for you? (47:16) (47:35) What is the book you are working on that focuses on traveling? (59:41) What message would you like to impart to young people? (01:03:55)   Cody’s podcast with Matt Develop a Limitless Mindset Through Keystone Habits with Cody McLain https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/86-develop-a-limitless-mindset-through-keystone-habits-with-cody-mclain   Cody: CodyMcLain.com Support Ninja Mindhack

Feb 2020

1 hr 5 min

Corinne Segura is a building biologist who had extreme chemical and mold sensitivities when she first set out to build a chemical-free tiny house. The research and testing of those materials is what sparked the creation of the My Chemical Free House blog. Corinne and I nerd out on how to avoid chemicals that are making you weak in your home, car, RV, etc.!  We want to make sure you stay as healthy as possible and eliminate things that make you weak from your environment.  We talk about some crazy stuff to avoid including:  MOLD Moldy Movie a great (free!) documentary by Dave Asprey What to look out for in home inspections  Cheryl Ceicko is a great resource!  Homebiotic-- a probiotic you can spray on your walls!  Corinne’s recipe for her a probiotic spray she puts on her skin. Mother Dirt the over the counter probiotic spray. Corinne recommends keeping an eye on your humidity with a simple $15 meter.    PLASTICS Arleen Blum is an amazing scientist who you should know!  Matt’s Reverse Osmosis water filter Corinne likes Brita filters   FLAMETARDS How they continue to come out of your mattress forever If you buy a used sofa, buy one built after 2015. Avoid polyurethane   CARS Corinne has an amazing resource on buying a chemical-free car. You can try a car hepa filter If you buy a new car, turn up the heat, and set it in the hot sun to let the chemicals come out. Buy a Honda The goal is PVC-free, withuse low-VOC adhesives, tapes, foams and coating materials    HOMES Pots and pans Do not buy a teflon pan! Matt owns a set of Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Paint Carpets-- look for wool.  Matt used ducttape under his carpets instead of glue.  Air filters-- consider a HEPA filter for most compounds, but if you have allergies to mold consider a Molekule.  Look for low VOC or Greenguard Gold Certification furniture.  Williams and Sonoma and Pottery Barn make reasonably priced low VOC furniture    CLEANING PRODUCTS Vinegar Peroxide Seventh generation or Ecos Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads Barkeeper’s Friend cleaning products

Feb 2020

1 hr

Amber Sears is an international pilates and yoga teacher, holistic nutritionist, former professional dancer and business coach. I’m a sun worshipping environmentalist, and planet romping entreprenuer, She runs wellness retreats around the world, has written 800+ articles on Epicself.com, and does online business coaching with a specialty in womens business coaching.  Her new podcast Soul Powered is set to launch soon. I’ve followed Amber since 2008 when she was living in San Francisco and I was in New York.  I reached out to her to see if she’d be interested in contributing to our newly launched website under30ceo.com. Since then, Amber and I have followed parallel paths.  She moved down to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica to open a wellness center, and I took her yoga class somewhere around 2013. She lived in the jungle, like I did, where she escaped the madness of life in the states, and not only worked to build a location independent business but went through an incredible spiritual transformation.  We talk a lot in the episode about her experience hosting ayahuasca retreats, and what type of inner-work you should expect, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and dietary protocols.  We also warn people against doing psychedelics for fun and finding a therapeutic setting if you feel called to do embark on this type of inner journey. Coincidentally, she’s now living in Austin as I am, with her husband J.P. Sears, and we talk about reintegration to “real life” and how to prepare yourself if you are coming back from international travel, a yoga or meditation retreat, or psychedelic experience. Amber says to be sure to “embody the lessons you are taught.”  You can get all the show notes at http://mattwilson.co

Feb 2020

1 hr

After the tragic passing of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, I received a text from my friend and 4x Live Different Podcast guest Rajiv Nathan who was just as distraught over our hero’s passing as I was… Today we decided to get together to share some lessons learned from Kobe both on and off the court. Kobe Bryant was not only an Olympic and 5x NBA champion but an incredible ambassador to the game, and responsible for its growth on a global scale.  Beyond basketball, he was an investor, family man, coach, writer, producer, and more. Please enjoy this co-produced podcast with Rajiv Nathan, which also appears on the Startup Hypeman Show.   Known as the Heavyweight Champion of Story, Rajiv 'RajNATION' Nathan is Founder of Startup Hypeman, helping startups not suck at pitching and telling their story so they stand out to customers and investors and stand apart from competitors. He was named an "Agent of Change" by Huffington Post, has given a TED Talk, and been featured in Inc, Forbes, and more. He's also a hip hop artist, yoga instructor, and host of the popular show Startup Hypeman: The Podcast.   Talk to him about Hamilton, WWE, or Seinfeld and you'll have a friend for life.   You can find additional show notes on my blog http://mattwilson.co

Jan 2020

55 min 49 sec

Andrew Yang is a serial entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. In 2011, he founded the non-profit Venture for America, with the mission “to create economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs.” Andrew who began his career as a corporate attorney also wrote the books Smart People Should Build Things and The War on Normal People. In the latter, he detailed the massive employment crisis that’s already underway and how the shift can affect tens of millions of Americans. He also laid out what he believes is a roadmap to a better future and it starts with the Freedom Dividend, a Universal Basic Income of $1000 a month for every American adult aged 18 to 64. Because of his extensive work and contribution, Yang was named as a Champion of Change by the Obama White House in 2012. In 2015, the Obama White House again acknowledged him as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) alongside Steve Case, Tory Burch, Daymond John, and many others. This week’s episode talks about what Universal Basic Income is and how it actually affects people, how the policy can encourage innovation among young people, and how Universal Basic Income broadens the definition of work. Andrew also shares how VAT tax brings in money to the American government, what a political revolution is and why it’s actually feasible, and the reason he’s running for president. For people who are skeptical about the value Universal Basic Income offers, Andrew has this to say, “This is very pro-work. That’s the biggest thing that people get wrong.” #yanggang Get complete show notes on mattwilson.co.

Jan 2020

50 min 55 sec

(While eradicating cancer and neurodegenerative disease from our planet!) Teri Cochrane is an integrative practitioner, certified coach, herbologist, function nutritionist, founder of the Cochrane Method, and author of the Wildatarian Diet: Living as Nature Intended. Teri specializes in getting people to their potential and my conversation with Teri will definitely help you get to the next level.  It’s full of both big-picture ideas to make you a better thinker and decision-maker while getting down to actionable steps that you can take to improve your health. We keep this episode very “consumer-friendly” so an everyday person can listen in and find out:  How to become better at systems thinking, decision-making, and become a “solution seeker.”  How Teri’s background managing a billion dollars as a risk manager for a Fortune 50 company led her to produce a systems mindset and create the Cochrane Method.  She even gives tips on how you can become a better systems thinker using your own personal algorithm. Why Terri believes “the thought creates the thing,” and that “diet is everything we consume in life.”  (Not just food!) Teri addresses the concept of “intuitive eating” and... How you can create an intuitive practice to make better decisions and how to listen to your intuition rather than fear.  We go into the issues with today’s food supply and how through healing ourselves, we can heal the planet.   Foods you can find in the grocery store and meals you can prepare in five minutes that adhere to Teri’s Wildatarian approach!  Did you know that 45% of young people aren’t healthy enough to qualify for the military?  Our health is now becoming a national security issue.     Nerd Alert!  Listen to the end where Teri drops some serious knowledge on how amyloids in industrialized meat are causing tremendous viral and fungal load on our bodies, contributing to biofilms, and eventually cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.   That’s right, Teri believes these things are metabolic diseases and that beta-amyloid plaques are just a symptom of Alzheimer’s, not the cause!  This is cutting edge science here, and a theory we are thrilled to be getting out to the world!    Books Recommended:  The Wildatarian Diet: Living the Way Nature Intended Biology of Belief (not mentioned but you should read it!)   Additional Podcasts you could listen to Terry on:  Bulletproof Ben Greenfield Fitness   Foods recommended:  Apple cider vinegar Mold free spices like rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc.  BPA free, wild caught salmon from Thrive Market My order from US Wellness Meats Bison  Cornish game hen Duck Lamb Elk Celtic Sea Salt is said to be cleaner than Himalayan Mary’s Crackers   How to equip your kitchen:  A good knife Eco-friendly cutting board Cast iron skillet (or if you have high iron levels already this one by xtrema) Pressure cooker   Action Items: Take a 23 and me test to understand your genetics  Get Teri’s book The Wildatarian Diet: Living the Way Nature Intended Start today!!!    Visit my website: mattwilson.co 

Jan 2020

1 hr 1 min

I talked to an eye doctor and she blew my mind. If you are a reasonable person, you probably want to avoid losing your eyesight, have suffered from headaches, or wonder if all this time in front of the computer is affecting our health. Now, I have the answers from Dr. Rani Banik, M.D., a neuro-ophthalmologist, professor at Mount Siani in New York City, who also understands functional medicine! I think the cool kids would call her a unicorn. She gave me a ton of tips on: Getting through our workday without eye strain How to avoid migraines Foods & supplements that can strengthen your eyes Apps to download to can reduce headaches and keep our vision I also talked to her about the dangers of florescent lights, how blue lights affect our sleep, and she shared her 20/20 rule for taking breaks on the computer. She even mentioned how it’s best not to overdo it on eye drops and which fish are best for your retina! PS., did you know there was an oral sunscreen you can take? You can listen to the full episode here on iTunes. Recommended apps: F.lux (good) Iris (best) You can get 10% off with code “mattwilsontv” Recommended blue-blocking glasses: True Dark--Matt & Dr. Rani both wear these at night before bed. Ra Optics The safest eye drops Dr. Rani suggested after the show: Zaditor or Opcon-A eye drops for allergies Lubricating/wetting drops without polyvinyl alcohol. To start off: Refresh For severely dry: Refresh LiquiGel or Systane Gel Supplements discussed: A good, non-spoiled Omega 3 fish oil Pure Encapsulations--good brand, not too expensive Astaxanthin--Matt takes as an anti-oxidant and oral sunscreen Bulletproof Eye Armor that includes “vitamin L, Z, &M” as Dr. Rani mentioned Dr. Rani Banik, M.D. on Instagram. Her two Facebook Groups… Envision Health Eye on Migraine And a generous offer for our listeners to set up a 10-minute free consult with her, or just email her via her website! Visit my website: mattwilson.co 

Jan 2020

53 min 24 sec

Carla Blumenthal coaches thoughtful, conscientious men who are looking to achieve greater success, more freedom, and build extraordinary relationships. She has coached a vast range of clients, from marketing execs and C-suite techs in New York and Silicon Valley, to entertainers, real estate investors, consultants, managers, architects, and small business owners. Through their work together, many of her clients have landed new jobs, started their own businesses, and met their romantic partners—all while feeling more fulfilled and balanced at the same time. Carla’s signature method involves working from the inside out and leveraging insights from the latest Emotional Intelligence and High Performance Coaching researches. Carla has been a guest on podcasts like “Your Biggest Vision Show,” “Best Real Estate Advice Ever,” and the “Investor Mindset.” She has also given a TEDx talk, has been featured in Forbes, and presented at TEDWomen. She lives with her husband in the Greater New York area.   This week’s episode talks about the two parts of intention and what unintentionality is, why it’s important to love the NOs and not take things personally, and what people always fall short on. Carla also shares how she helps people manage their emotions within relationships, what helped her open up her world, and why she focuses on emotional intelligence in her life and coaching. On setting goals, Carla has this to say, “Inventorying and auditing is a process that I think is so critical because you can really assess what’s happening, what’s working, what’s not working, what would feel good to set that goal.”   Visit my website: mattwilson.co 

Oct 2019

49 min 48 sec

Alex Starr is a former AmeriCorps volunteer, a Wildland firefighter, founder of Rewrite the Rules, and the host of the top rated Rewrite the Rules with Alex Starr podcast. The Environmental Science and Business Management graduate is also a wilderness first responder and has had several volunteer experiences under his belt. Not only that, he was also the recipient of the Bronze Congressional Medal of Service Award as well as the Gold Presidential Award. In 2012, Alex decided he needed a break from college and take a different route. He ended up travelling the country as part of a volunteer group, backpacked through South America, and fought wildfires across the west. His podcast, Rewrite the Rules with Alex Starr interviews a vast range of guests including authors, CEOs, Navy SEALS, and even former gang members. From the interviews, he hopes to help people explore and work on key facets of their lives that can use some rewriting—career, relationships, mindset, future, etc.—so they’ll be able to live their best lives on their own terms.   This week’s episode talks about what he finds engaging about travelling, how people can gain better perspective when they are caught up in their problems, and what his podcast is all about. Alex also shares what prompted him to live life on his own terms, what he tells himself to quiet his ego, and what his budget style is. On how people can gain better perspective when they are so caught up in their own problems, Alex shares this advice, “Write everything. There is no practice that is more effective and cheap than getting a piece of paper and pen.”   Visit my website: mattwilson.co 

Oct 2019

51 min 52 sec

John Gray is a relationship counselor, author, lecturer and family therapist. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. Prior to his career as a personal relationship counsellor and author, he was the personal assistant to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for nine years. In 1992, he wrote the bestselling book “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” The book also formed the central theme of all his other career activities and subsequent books. “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” sold more than 15 million copies and was hailed one of the “highest ranked work of non-fiction” in the 90s according to a report published by CNN. The book has been published in over 40 languages and has led to weekend seminars, infomercials, videotapes and audiotapes, a TV sitcom and even a contract with 20th Century Fox. John also writes a USA-syndicated column with over 30 million readers. His piece appears in New York Daily News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Denver Post, San Antonio Express-News, and New York Newsday. He has also made countless media appearances including Larry King Live, Oprah, and The Phil Donahue Show. John has also been profiled on People, Forbes, and Newsweek magazines.   This week’s episode talks about how men and women can be more mindful of their hormone levels, how to understand gender differences, and the modern obstacles to women having normally produced estrogen. John also discusses the link between testosterone and meditation, how one can be less judgmental towards how others think, and the biggest estrogen producer there is. On how estrogen is produced, John has this to say, “Estrogen is produced when you feel dependent. This is like a big revelation. A lot of research went into this. When women feel dependent on someone for something that they can’t get themselves, estrogen levels go up. That’s what estrogen is about.”   Visit my website: mattwilson.co 

Sep 2019

1 hr 1 min

Brandon Epstein is a fitness model, peak performance coach, and former college football player turned serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of The BE Mindset and the co-founder of Jump Rope Dudes. He is also the creator of the BE app, an app designed to help people live their lives in the present moment. The guided meditation is designed to program one’s mind to spend more time in the present moment resulting to a feeling of satisfaction, peace, and joy. Jump Rope Dudes is the largest online fitness brand in the world exclusively dedicated to jump rope exercise. After losing a combined 130 pounds on each of their fitness journeys, Brandon and co-founder Dan Witmer have shared what they have learned and has helped countless people around the world transform their bodies (and their lives) through rope jumping. Their YouTube channel now has a total of 500k plus followers. Jump Rope Dudes has been featured in several publications including the Wall Street Journal and GQ. They have also collaborated with Roc Nation to introduce new music to their followers via jump rope workouts. Other brands they have worked with include Crossrope, Audible, and MeUndies. The Episode This week’s episode talks about Brandon's experience with Bufo Alvarius, how perceptions can become beliefs, and the two ways you can reprogram your beliefs. Brandon also shares what his latest psychedelic journey was like, the importance of having a stable meditation foundation before trying psychedelics, and how people can build a solid foundation so they can reassemble their subconscious. On the power of belief, Brandon has this to say, “I believe that the way we feel, the way we behave, what we are attracted to, what we are attracting all stem from our beliefs.”

Sep 2019

47 min 9 sec

Elisabeth Fosslien is an author, illustrator, and head of content at Humu. She illustrated and co-authored the bestselling Wall Street Journal book “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work.” The groundbreaking nonfiction is also hailed as a hilarious guide to effectively expressing emotions at the office, finding that seemingly elusive fulfilment, and defining work-life balance on one’s own terms. Her book also takes an affectionate look at how emotions can have a profound impact on key aspects of one’s professional life. It also serves as a meticulously researched guide to un-repressing emotions at work, demystifying digital interactions and co-worker communication styles, and finding constructive channels even for negative emotions like anxiety and jealousy. Aside from “writing and drawing” emotion, Liz also works as a consultant on experience design projects and product design for companies like SYPartners, Ernst & Young, and Salesforce. She also regularly runs scientifically-backed and interactive workshops on creating a culture of belonging, navigating different work styles, helping remote workers avoid burnout, and effectively harnessing emotions as a leader. Elisabeth has also spoken and delivered keynote presentations at numerous organisations and conferences including Google, LinkedIn, SXSW, Viacom, Dropbox, The American Gas Association, First Round Capital, HackMIT, and The Wing. Her work has also been featured by The Economist, TIME, NPR, and the New York Times. She has also led community and product projects at Genius and ran statistical analyses at Analysis Group. The coffee lover starts her day by eating yogurt and reading abstracts. She lives in Berkeley, California and is a fan of ghouls and mathematical art.   This week’s episode talks about her definition of a burnout, the difference between introverts and extroverts, and the importance of communication in the workplace. Elisabeth also shares the top 3 signs of burnout as well as the different levels, one of the biggest things she talked about in her book, and what an ambivert is. On dealing with a bad day at work, Elisabeth offers the following advice, “First is to try and understand what’s driving that negative emotion.”

Aug 2019

56 min 1 sec

Ann Shippy, M.D. is a former IBM engineer turned functional doctor. She made the transition from engineer to doctor while searching for better solutions to her own health ailments. The physician, scientist, engineer, author, and mom is board certified in internal medicine and certified in functional medicine. Based in Austin, Texas, she employs a functional approach to a vast range of health concerns including autoimmunity, digestive issues, and toxicity from exposure to heavy metals and mold. Dr. Ann uses innovative testing, research and genetic information, and cutting-edge science to address the root causes of health issues as opposed to just treating the symptoms of illnesses. She also approaches each patient as a whole person and establishes a therapeutic partnership with them to attain the highest standard of health. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, the former IBM engineer’s diligent and results-oriented approach to functional medicine is rooted in experience, data, and expertise. She also shares with her patients the science, solutions, and tools so they can achieve the exceptional health they truly deserve. Dr. Ann is also the author of 2 books: Mold Toxicity Workbook: Assess Your Environment & Create a Recovery Plan and Shippy Paleo Essentials: A Medical Blueprint for Health. The Mold Toxicity Workbook is a workbook that provides a solid foundation for identifying mold toxicity and medically proven solutions for the problem. Shippy Paleo Essentials on the other hand tackles the Paleo diet in detail and how to best implement it to get the results you are looking for.   This week’s episode talks about the human system and epigenetics, the importance of healing time and genetic testing, and what volatile organic compounds are. Dr. Ann also shares what she does to mitigate herself from toxicity, what infrared therapy is, and the types of tests she recommends. On taking care of one’s health, Dr. Ann has this to say, “Do the work early so you don’t end up with something later.”

Aug 2019

1 hr 1 min

Maneesh Singh Sethi is an Internet entrepreneur and bestselling author. He is also the editor-and-chief of Hack the System and the CEO of Pavlok. He has already authored 4 books and has worked in diverse fields like marketing, information technology, and psychology. In his blog, Hack the System, he provides consummate guides to hacking productivity, languages, habit, exercise, and business. The chairman and chief executive officer of Behavioral Technology Group, Inc. is also best known as the genius behind the behavior modification wristband Pavlok. Designed with habit research and the latest science, Pavlok is a behavioural training device that makes use of aversive conditioning. Aversive conditioning is primarily behavior training that uses negative association and stimuli in order to reaffirm a particular action as undesirable. Maneesh has been travelling the world since 2008 and has founded several companies. The Stanford University graduate has also lectured at conferences and universities around the world. Through his personal coaching and online marketing master class, he has successfully guided countless students to become expert lifestyle designers. Maneesh has been featured on Zenhabit, Four Hour Workweek Blog, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and many others. His passions include film, writing, and music. The Episode This week’s episode talks about what Pavlok is and how it works, how negative reinforcement can be a good thing in the long term, and the power of making bets. Maneesh also shares how they used the negative plus positive reinforcement loop, the formula that creates consistent explosive growth in both yourself and your business, and what his ultimate life goal is. On creating successful habit change, Maneesh has this to say, “To make a habit change, there’s only one variable which matters and that’s consistency, it’s number of days in a row in which you do a behavior.”

Jul 2019

44 min 48 sec

Scott Keyes is the founder and CEO of Scott’s Cheap Flights. In 2013, he found a flight deal he just can’t pass out on—a $130 roundtrip from New York City to Milan. When he returned home, his friends and colleagues asked him to let them know the next time he finds a great deal. In a nutshell, that’s how Scott’s Cheap Flights came about. Scott’s Cheap Flights aims to enable people to travel and see and experience the world. Unlike automated flight deals and alerts sent out by way of affiliated links, they leverage their team of human flight experts and innovative software to provide meticulously-vetted and high quality deals that are worth their members’ time and money. To date, Scott’s Cheap Flights has around 1.6 million members (and growing each day!). The total amount of airfare their deals have helped members save is already at a whopping $100 million! Scott’s Cheap Flights is ran by a remote team with members situated in many parts of the world. Undoubtedly, they are making people's travel dreams attainable, one deal at a time! So far, Scott has visited a total of 46 countries. He lists Oaxaca, Mexico as his favourite destination. He runs Scott’s Cheap Flights with co-founder and COO, Brian Kidwell.   This week’s episode talks about how Scott’s Cheap Flights work, the key things people who want to find cheap flights should do, and the premise of what he does today. Scott also shares what the 24-hour rule is, the holy grail of the cheap flights world, and the cheapest time to book a flight. On finding the best flight deals, Scott has this to say, “The better the deal is, the shorter it’s going to last. So finding about them early and being able to book early is really really key.”

Jul 2019

56 min 14 sec

Casey Fenton is the founder of the largest trust experiment of all time—CouchSurfing. CouchSurfing is a hospitality and social networking service that gives its 15 million members access to offer hospitality and lodging, arrange homestays, and join events like the “Couch Crashes.” CouchSurfing was first conceived in 1999, when Casey was just 21 years old. On April 2, 2003, CouchSurfing International Inc. was formed and was listed as a New Hampshire nonprofit organisation. The CouchSurfing site was launched on June 12, 2004 with the help of Sebastien Le Tuan, Leonardo Silveira, and CouchSurfing co-founder, Dan Hoffer. Casey was also the executive director of CouchSurfing until 2012. He also served as founding chairman of the board. Casey, who has dedicated his life to understanding how to build cooperative trust systems is also the CEO and founder of Upstock, a privately held company which he founded in 2015. Based in San Francisco, California, the company helps businesses accomplish big goals by helping employees believe and think like entrepreneurs. The company also combines true and vetted elements of $1M+ Fortune 1000 equity plans. The keynote and TEDx speaker has also worked as director of Internet strategy for Tony Knowles, the governor of Alaska. From 2002 to 2004, he also worked as legislative aide for the Alaska State House Minority Leader. After exiting as CEO of CouchSurfing, Casey became part of multiple startups like Wonder App and Upstock.   This week’s episode talks about the reason Casey chose the term couch surfing and how the whole idea for the project came about, what led him to the path of hacking his ego, and what diversity mindset is. Casey also shares why he thinks diversity is important to survival, his take on trust, and how to do self-talk right. As far as the biggest ego hack there is, Casey has this to say, “For social cohesion, people become what you tell them they are.”

Jul 2019

51 min 38 sec

Ryan and Samantha Looney are avid travelers and the brilliant couple behind “Our Travel Passport.” Samantha also functions as the brand’s creative director while Ryan is the director of marketing and cinematographer. Shortly after they got married, Ryan and Samantha began traveling the world and fell in love with it. From their earlier travels, they realized they want to make travel a priority and would like to share their trips and experiences with their friends and loved ones back home. Essentially, that’s how “Our Travel Passport” came to be. After traveling to more than 20 countries together, Samantha and Ryan turned “Our Travel Passport” into a content creation firm that produces video and photo content in exotic destinations the world over. They also conduct online workshops for those who would like to create epic videos, take amazing travel photos, and scale their social media platforms. The couple also uses their blog, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media channels to motivate and inspire others to see the world, appreciate different cultures, and spend more time on travel adventures with family and friends.   This week’s episode talks about the strategies Ryan and Samantha used to reach out to potential clients, how they were able to establish trust with their audience, and what they did to get people to connect and engage with them. Ryan and Samantha also shares the reason why they chose to focus on videography and photography, what their mission is, and what their recommendations are to those who would like to travel and still stay on top of their finances. For those who would like to travel, Samantha has this to say, “It’s not scary going out into the world and it’s actually you know, you create a better environment and earth and world for everyone when you are exploring and meeting new people and having new experiences.”

Jul 2019

1 hr 6 min

Verne Harnish is the founder of the distinguished Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a prestigious organization with more than 14, 000 members worldwide. For fifteen years now, he also chairs “Birthing of Giants,” a leadership program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as the MIT / WEO Advanced Business Program for entrepreneurs over 40. Verne is also the founder and chief executive officer of Gazelles, Inc. He also serves as principal and co-founder of Gazelles Growth Institute. Verne also collaborates with Bloomberg LIVE for the bi-annual ScaleUp Summits. Apart from spending the past three decades helping numerous companies scale up, Verne has also authored several bestselling books. Also known as the “Growth Guy,” Verne is also a venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. His bestselling book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm,” has been translated into 9 languages. He also authored “The Greatest Business Decision of All Time: How Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and Others Made Radical Choices that Changed the Core of Business.” His latest book, “Scaling Up: How Few Companies Make It . . . and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0),” has garnered 8 major international book awards. It also bagged the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book. Verne serves on several boards and is currently chairman of The Riordan Clinic as well as Geoversity. The brilliant entrepreneur, author, and private investor plays tennis and piano during his spare time. He also enjoys magic and is even a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.   This week’s episode talks about the importance of having a general direction, why you need to be clear about your big hairy audacious goals, and why your business shouldn’t go a day without cash. Verne also shares what drove him to write his book "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm," his recommendations for those who would like to buy a company, and his advice to entrepreneurs who would like to manage their emotions better. For those who would like to start a business, Verne has this to say, “I would not start a company. If anyone’s interested in being in business for themselves, I would buy a company cause I gotta tell you from zero to one, it’s really hard.”

Jun 2019

55 min 7 sec

Eli David is an economist, entrepreneur, certified public accountant, and an MBA graduate with work experiences in firms like BDO and KPMG. Originally from Haifa, Israel, the perpetual traveler and digital nomad has been on the move since early 2011, changing locations every two months. In 2010, Eli co-founded LingoLearn, an online language school which aims to make online language learning fun and effective. Eli also runs a blog called BecomeNomad.com where he provides helpful resources and insights for nomads on the road. Through his website, he also provides the much needed inspiration to those who are considering giving the nomadic lifestyle a try. Over the years, Eli has created a set of “rules” that gives him the freedom to work on his business, explore his surroundings, and connect with the locals. At the same time, Eli also runs the Become Nomad Podcast where he explains the nomadic lifestyle. Through the podcast, he also provides helpful insights and resources to help people become more balanced travelers and nomads. The transient lifestyle he lives also provided Eli with the perfect opportunity to build his new venture Startup Blink. Startup Blink is considered the most comprehensive ecosystem map and research center in the world. The venture which he runs with his Zurich-based co-founder also provides startup ecosystem developers with analysis, promotion, and mapping modules for their region. Startup Blink is currently managing more than 90 active local startup chapters and boasts of over 50, 000 members the world over. The website also has tens of thousands of online visitors monthly.   This week’s episode talks about the start-up scene in Israel, what the best back ups are, and how he’s able to move around frequently and stays productive. Eli also shares what the most inspiring part of his story is, why it pays to know what you want, and why he thinks the digital nomad lifestyle is not sustainable. For those who would like to give the nomadic lifestyle a try, Eli has this to say, “One of the most important things if you are embarking on a lifestyle like this is to also listen to yourself and when you get signals that it’s no longer the thing that makes you happy, then stop.”

Jun 2019

52 min 26 sec