Welcome to JUMP Podcast, formerly known as The Budget-Minded Traveler.I’m your host, Traveling Jackie, and I’m here to explore travel, adventure, and lifestyle in ways meant to motivate YOU to move and get out and see the world. Let this show be a source of travel advice and inspiration, and remember that in the end, it’s YOU who takes the leap.
We've reached a milestone! Join me today as I reflect on the past 100 episodes and share some big news about the future of this podcast. View show notes and other episodes at https://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/podcast
We first met Erin and Erin in episode 52, right after they had sold everything and moved to Austria, with a plan to stay for two years. Three years later, we get to reflect on how this journey has changed their lives and shaped their paths going forward. We talk about the importance of living in the moment, embracing new surroundings, and looking forward and around at life rather than backwards all the time. Everyone who has returned home from travel needs to listen to this episode! Show Notes Expat Life: 6 Months After Moving Back to the USA - read this post on Erin & Erin's blog Erin & Erin’s website: SurvivingEurope.com Follow Surviving Europe on Instagram For full show notes and to see the snow day video from Austria visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/99
We first met the Bensons, a family of five, in episode 67 when they were preparing to take a giant leap, sell their house, and travel around the world for a year. We caught up with them again halfway through their trip while they were in South America to see what that trip ended up looking like (episode 76). Today, we get to chat with them again, now that they have been back in the US for over a year. This is a hard conversation, and we ask the question, "How do you keep the travel spirit alive at home after a huge adventurous trip has passed?" Returning "home" is often the hardest part of travel, and not letting go of the life changes, but instead figuring out how to apply them to your new "normal" is the confusing part. Join us today as we reflect on the Benson's family trip and how it's permanently changed their lives, and as we dig into this question, the possibilities and opportunities that surround us, and how to take appropriate action in moving forward and adjusting to a new normal. Show Notes Rebekah's Etsy Shop - Semillas Collective International Blessings (subscription-based international jewelry) Everybody Always - Book by Bob Goff (also check out his book Love Does) The Benson's Instagram: @beforewefinish Before We Finish on Facebook The Benson's blog: BeforeWeFinish.com For full show notes visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/98
As we approach episode 100, I'm bringing back some of our favorite guests from over the years to talk about where they are now. Today we chat with Maddy Wolfe, whom you'll remember from episodes 66 and 77. When we first met her, she was about to graduate college and take a job teaching English in Israel for a year. The second time we talked to her, she was in the middle of her year in Israel, and now, she is on the other side of another year abroad teaching English in Malaysia. Join us today as we chat solo travel, the Fulbright ETA program, loneliness, coming home after two years of teaching English overseas, and what's next for Maddy. Show Notes Find details and subscribe to get updates for my group trips here: travelingjackie.com/trips Fulbright research grants AND English Teaching Assistant Program Maddy's advice for returning home: Follow the path of most excitement. Think about the value that travel provides for you, how can you find that value in activities in your own back yard? Link to loneliness post: Even Superwoman Gets Lonely Find Maddy @msilkwolfe on Instagram Find Maddy in the BMT Community on Facebook For full show notes (and to see the photo of the nasi lemak burger) visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/97
Hayden Lee, aside from being the Audio Magician behind the scenes at BMT Podcast Headquarters, is the host of Travel Stories Podcast and a solo nomad, exploring every country in mainland Europe by means of his trusty Harley Davidson, Gloria. Just wait til his coffee kicks in about halfway through... Show Notes Hayden's podcast: Travel Stories Podcast (I've been a guest on his show twice, look for my name if you want to check out those episodes!) Hayden's Instagram: @backpackdigital Listen to Hayden's first appearance on the BMT podcast For full show notes (to see the screenshot we took) visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/96
In the last episode, we traveled through Jordan as we recapped my experiences there in May of 2018, and today we're going deeper into the Jordanian culture. Listen as Ban and I continue our conversation, this time covering topics such as: Jordan dress code - do's and don'ts according to where you are in the country What it’s like to be a woman in Jordan Ban’s story - where her family comes from, growing up in Saudi Arabia, what is home Arabic v Dothraki, and other Arabic language lessons from a car in Amman Alcohol during Ramadan Reflections from my group trip participants Why people say "Jordan is Magic" Show Notes: See Episode 94 show notes for more about today's featured guest Ban Barkawi and my experiences in Jordan, including guide information, accommodations and contacts in Jordan, photos, and the special song I shared Alcohol during Ramadan NOTE: It IS possible to buy alcohol at tourist hotels and bars during Ramadan, but expect most roadside tourist restaurants and stops along the Desert Highway to be closed. Jordan recap blog post - JORDAN: Land of Magic, Mars, and Men Wearing Eyeliner GROUP TRIPS: View all the trips I offer here For full show notes visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/95
I have finally checked Jordan off my bucket list! I spent three weeks exploring beautiful Jordan in May 2018, attending an adventure travel conference and then taking a group of YOU with me hiking on the Jordan Trail to Petra. My guest today, Ban Barkawi, is a Jordanian friend of mine whom I met studying abroad in Italy years ago. Listen as Ban and I talk about travel in Jordan, safety, customs, attractions, history, FOOD, and so much more, including: Five days hiking the Jordan Trail from Dana to Petra (named a world's top multi-day hiking trail by National Geographic) Camping with the Bedouins in the desert Feynan Eco Lodge Jordanian FOOD and local communities Um Qais (Northern Jordan) Petra - the Siq, the Monastery, the Treasury, Indiana Jonesing Wadi Rum - sleeping in Martian Domes, jeep tour in the desert, lamb cooked in the earth Dead Sea - an experience that you absolutely MUST feel for yourself! My guest today is my beautiful friend Ban, whom I met studying abroad in Italy when we were just 20 years old. She is Palestinian Jordanian and here to share her insights on living in this beautiful country. We got to meet up in Jordan on my first day there after not seeing each other in 9 years. Some friendships just never change. Ban Barkawi is a Jordanian multimedia journalist and radio presenter based in Amman, where she hosts a daily morning show at an English-speaking station. Together with the podcasting platform Sowt she produced Eib, a podcast in Arabic that addresses gender-based taboos. In 2013 she produced the award-winning TV documentary Refugees in Business about the livelihood of Syrian refugees in Jordan's Zaatari camp. Ban holds an MA in multimedia broadcast journalism and a BA in news-editorial journalism. Find Ban on Twitter and Instagram @banbarkawi - feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions about Jordan, she is an amazing human. Show Notes: Adventure Travel Conference - Adventure NEXT Near East powered by the Adventure Travel Trade Association Guide for Petra and Jordan Trail - Experience Jordan - ask for Ayman! Tell him Traveling Jackie said to take you Indiana Jonesing through Petra Guide for Um Qais or Pella in Northern Jordan - Baraka Destinations - stay at their B&B Beit Al Baraka Activities in Um Qais - beekeeping (buy the bee products!), biking, guided ruins walk, cooking class, hiking BUY THE COOKBOOK! --> Empowering Women Through Cooking - Stories and Recipes from Jordan Wild Jordan - Visit the store in Amman and buy some locally-made goods, your money goes back to the communities Feynan Ecolodge - Candle-lit, Bedouin-run eco hotel in the middle of the desert in Wadi Feynan Wadi Rum Martian Domes - Sun City Camp GROUP TRIPS: View all the trips I offer here, check out the Jordan itinerary here (sorry you missed it!) For full show notes (and photos!) visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/94
Laugh with us today as Costas and I get into how to plan a sailing trip. Costas is from Greece and has been putting together sailing trips with his friends for almost 20 years, he knows what he's talking about! Sit back and take notes as the pro dishes out the details for pricing, budgeting, food, people, destinations, boats, skippers, packing, seasickness, and more. Just don't listen at work and try to hide it, you'll laugh out loud too much. Show Notes This episode is sponsored by BikeTours.com! They offer over 200 bike tours in 40 countries across Europe, including both of the tours I experienced that we talked about in episode 91. There's a special gift for you in that episode too, so don't miss it! Follow BikeToursdotcom on Instagram and check out the affordable and adventurous bike tours they have hand selected to offer on their website. Listen to me recap my experience riding a bike 220 miles SOLO across Austria! Listen to this episode to hear us talk about: Google sailboats for rent in _____ (just like renting a car) Rent yachts “Bare boat” or with a skipper €1,000/wk with skipper - going rental rate in europe Tips for Greece sailing trips How to rent a sailboat with a skipper Sailing in the Mediterranean Sailing in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Whitsundays Biggest problem with planning a sailing trip Best types of people for sailing trips How to create a successful flotilla Sailing boat bed situations and facilities Packing for sailing trips Tips for preventing seasickness For full show notes visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/93
Mike Sewell is a South African runner on a mission. Tune in today to hear about how he has taken up running long distances (like... REALLY LONG) as way to explore a new country. In the first half of this episode, we recap Mike's running expedition on the Carretera Austral, the same 1300km route through Chilean Patagonia that I did by car. Then in the second half we get into tips and advice for how to create a running expedition, how to pack for it, what to expect, and more. This episode is sponsored by BikeTours.com - Listen to me recap my experience riding a bike 220 miles SOLO across Austria! Show Notes Mike's Facebook page for Project Patagonia My road trip down the Carretera Austral, use this post to see all the places we talk about in this episode! Listen to this episode to hear my driving buddy Ford and I talk about our experience. Mike's stroller "Harriet the Chariot" carried: a few shirts, multiple pairs of shoes, spare tubes, spare tires, tool sets, repair kits, food (lots of pasta and junk food!), lightweight tent and camping gear Budget: $1,000 for Thule stroller and gear, $100 to ship overseas, less than $20/day on the road Dave Chamberlain's Hug Run - Mike's inspiration Long Road to Comrades Facebook page - Mike's May/June 2018 expedition Mike's advice: JUST GO DO IT! Make sure you are prepared for the weather (rain, etc.), but there's not much else to it. Consider having it supported so you can document it. For full show notes visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/92
I've done my bike tours and I lived to talk about them! Join me and Jim Johnson, Founder of BikeTours.com, again today as I reflect on my experience participating in two different bike tours for the first time ever, including a 200-mile week-long solo ride rom Germany to Vienna, Austria. We dispel the concerns I had, take reader questions, and even give YOU a special incentive to get on a bike yourself! Show Notes This episode is sponsored by BikeTours.com! They offer over 200 bike tours in 40 countries across Europe, including both of the tours I experienced that you're going to hear about in the next episode, along with a special gift, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, help me give them some love for supporting the show. Follow BikeToursdotcom on Instagram and check out the affordable and adventurous bike tours they have hand selected to offer on their website. PROMO CODE ALERT!! Use code JACKIE to save $100 on the Danube Bike Path Upscale Lodging tour on BikeTours.com, the same tour I did! As promised, here is my first boomerang ever, you'll need to swipe to see the badassery. Check back for a video about e-bikes and a packing list for bike tours, coming soon! For full show notes visit https://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/91 Check out my photo albums on Facebook: Castles & Wines of Portugal Danube Bike Path, Austria
Today we kick off a new series about alternative ways to get from here to there as we travel, and we're starting with bike touring! Join me as I chat with Jim Johnson, Founder of BikeTours.com, about my decision to take on a 200-mile solo bike ride across Austria. We'll go over some of my fears and concerns and some of Jim's best advice for newbie bike tourers. This is Part 1 of the conversation, in the next episode we'll find out how it went! Show Notes This episode is sponsored by BikeTours.com! They offer over 200 bike tours in 40 countries across Europe, including both of the tours I experienced that you're going to hear about in the next episode, along with a special gift, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, help me give them some love for supporting the show. Follow BikeToursdotcom on Instagram and check out the affordable and adventurous bike tours they have hand selected to offer on their website. Please show your support! You can do so in many ways: Please leave a review in iTunes – click here to leave a review and thanks so much in advance! Be sure to subscribe Tell your friends about it! Follow me on Instagram and tell me how much you love the show @travelingjackie
Continuing our conversation from the last episode, Ford Quarterman (@wheresthegringo) and I take you on a journey with us back to Patagonia. In December of 2017, we spent three weeks driving the length of the Carretera Austral. In this episode we share stories about this epic experience and give tips for anyone considering trying this mind-blowing road trip for themselves. Read my ultimate guide to Driving the Carretera Austral. Listen to my first chat with Ford Quarterman back in episode 81. Listen to the last episode where we recap the end of Ford's 2.5 year trip down the Pan-American Highway. Show Notes Find Ford @wheresthegringo We recommend you bring: extra shoes, wool socks, sandals, odor eaters! (Be kind to your feet and your road trip buddies). Rent a Wicked Camper To watch video of Jackie crossing Tyrolian Traverse, visit full show notes page at https://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/89 Please show your support! You can do so in many ways: Please leave a review in iTunes – click here to leave a review (or to read an awesome review from a farmer) and thanks so much in advance! Be sure to subscribe Tell your friends about it! Follow me on IG and tell me how much you love the show @travelingjackie
We first met Ford back in episode 81 when he came on the show to talk about his solo journey from the US down the Pan-American Highway. He was in Colombia at the time, and now, after 2.5 years on the road, he is back home. He joins us today to reflect on the journey and give tons of great advice for anyone considering driving the Pan-American Highway. I actually met up with Ford in person last fall and we drove through Chilean Patagonia together (the Carretera Austral) for about five weeks. We will continue this conversation in the next episode to talk about that specific part of his journey as well. Check out my ultimate guide to the Carretera Austral, which Ford and I drove together in December of 2017. Check out my first interview with Ford about the top half of his journey down the Pan-American Highway. Show Notes How to Drive the Carretera Austral, Patagonia's Ultimate Road Trip Machupicchu, Peru: Ford recommends the Salkantay Trek Salt Flats Bolivia Lagunas Route, ending in San Pedro de Atacama Find Ford @wheresthegringo Resources: iOverlander app maps.me PanAmerican Travelers Association on Facebook Overlanding friends mentioned: #ashlivin @aatre @sumogoessouth Please show your support! You can do so in many ways: Please leave a review in iTunes – click here to leave a review (or to read an awesome review from a farmer) and thanks so much in advance! Be sure to subscribe Tell your friends about it! Follow me on IG and tell me how much you love the show @travelingjackie
Back by popular demand: another travel game show! Join me today as I catch up with two female bloggers: Gloria Atanmo from The Blog Abroad and Leah Davis from The Sweetest Way. While we are usually all traveling in different parts of the world, the three of us have all been in the same place together for one random holiday, you’ll have to listen to hear that story. Grab a drink and get ready to laugh as we ask each other questions about our travels, our habits, our preferences, and more. These questions are randomly selected from a list of generic travel questions as well as from a list provided by our own BMT Community. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/87
Today we hit the jackpot with some of my best budget travel tips for saving money on the road. Tune in for 21 ways that you can spend less while you're traveling, from booking accommodations, to food, shopping, transportation, and more. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/86
We're back for another round of Ask Jackie, because the questions are so good and so many! Join us today to chat about fear of traveling as a female, transportation logistics, choosing a destination, long-term apartments overseas, losing things and theft abroad, passports, travel insurance and... craft beer. That's right. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/85
It’s back! In this is Ask Jackie session, we're digging deep into just three questions. We'll discuss how to navigate airports, what to do about recommended vs required vaccinations, and the tricks to the sometimes complicated requirement of proof of onward travel (and what that even means). These questions are taken from members of The Budget-Minded Traveler Community on Facebook, join us there if you haven't already! View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/84
Brendan Lee used to be an accountant in New Zealand, that is, until he decided to volunteer in Tanzania and not go home afterwards. He's been on the road for several years, traveling solo, collecting friends and experiences and writing about them on his blog. While his adventures on the road have been plenty, he's here today to share with us about five months he spent hitchhiking through Europe in 2016. He has detailed notes about how much he spent, broken down by category, topped with his best advice for how you can do it too. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/83
Casey Wong bought a motorcycle and shipped it to South America, where he proceeded to ride it from Colombia to Argentina, on his own. In Ecuador he ran into a friend of mine, which prompted an introduction to me and eventually a few beers in person as he passed through Bariloche, where I happened to be living in Argentina. With the notorious Patagonian winds, questionable roads, and oncoming winter, I worried about his safety as he continued south. A year later, we get to hear the complete story of Casey's motorcycle adventures through South America, including best resources for traveling motorcyclists, how to ship a bike to South America, logistics and advice for the road, and what Casey always, always kept in stock on his bike, no matter what sort of challenges he faced. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/82
Ford pulled out of his driveway in Georgia in October 2015 to start driving his truck down the Pan-American Highway, all the way to the end of the world in Patagonia, Argentina. He is on a mission to break stereotypes between Latinos and Gringos (Americans), live & experience first-hand cultural experiences, find the best adventures, learn Spanish, and show that America is a continent and not a country. His journey is meant to be shared, through the internet or if he has a seat available in his car, in real life! View full show notes at http://TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/81
One year ago, Montana photographer Andy Austin bought a converted van and moved his life onto the road. Since then he has chased countless sunrises and sunsets, dealt with check engine lights, had coffee over campfires, and collected endless stories under the stars, sometimes down by the river, sometimes in Walmart parking lots. Today, he joins us on the show to share the highs and lows of the not-always-glamorous experience he wouldn't exchange for anything: the reality behind the romanticized #vanlife. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/80
Game show? Yes! Because I love games, I am going to be hosting travel themed game shows more regularly on the BMT podcast. For each game show episode, I will have guests who work in the travel industry, whether they are bloggers, podcasters, or other travel media influencers, all of whom are well-experienced in travel, with plenty of stories and advice to share. We will take turns answering randomly selected questions about travel experiences and preferences, some of which were asked by YOU in the BMT Community. Some are light and fun, some are big and serious, all are entertaining. Today's guests are Derek Loudermilk, host of the Art of Adventure podcast, and Hayden Lee, host of Travel Stories Podcast. Hayden is also our audio engineer for the BMT podcast, so for the first time, we get to hear his voice on the show! Join us for a round of laughs, interesting facts about ourselves as travelers, thoughts about travel, stories, advice, and more. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/79
Two years ago, John Owed declared (on the podcast) his intent to break away from his office job to explore the world and realign his daily life with his personal priorities. He is from Ohio and was working with a company in Australia at the time. According to him, his life was a script written by someone else. After his declaration and change of mindset, he rewrote everything, and he's here to share about his last two years of establishing himself on his own in Australia, and even meeting the girl of his dreams. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/78
Remember Maddy from episode 66? She was about to graduate college and pick up her life and move to Israel, where she had accepted a teaching job at an American school. Now, nearly a year later, she is here to share about her experience teaching English and her life in Israel so far and how much has changed, including what she thought her career path was going to be. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/77
That's right, they're back! We first met the Bensons in episode 67, when they were planning to sell their house and hit the road for a year with their three boys. This adventurous family of five has now been on the road for six months and is here to catch us up on their experience thus far. Today we get to see how things have turned out for them on their travels, including the good, the fabulous, the bad, and the very ugly. Find out what they have learned, where they're going next, and how this trip has changed everything for them. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/76
Two years ago, young professional and adventurer Chris New decided to take his life on the road long-term. He is slowly making his way through our beautiful continent of North America, in his truck, which he recently took on an Alaska road trip. I caught up with him after he spent a few months exploring nearly every road Alaska has to offer, and he's here today to share advice about itinerary, budgeting, activities, and more in the last frontier. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/75
Today we head across the pond to Chișinău, Moldova, where entrepreneur and American expat David Smith is making positive changes in community development by starting his own small businesses. He started as a Peace Corps volunteer and has set up a life there, and he's here today to share his trials and triumphs along the way, along with some meat, beer, and goofy people stories. View full show notes http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/74
Jodi Ettenberg left her job as a corporate lawyer to pursue her dream of traveling the world for a year. That was over eight years ago, and she is still on the road. In today's episode we get the inside story about why she left, what struggles she has faced along the way (including an emergency trip home), what she has learned about traveling with celiac disease, how she uses food to connect with people and cultures, and why she isn't planning on settling back down any time soon. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/73
No matter what your individual fears may be, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is a great exercise for personal growth. I have been using adventure travel to challenge myself lately, and in this special episode we dive into my journey of recently attempting two via ferratas, even though I have a pretty significant fear of heights. Follow me on my journey as I share what I was feeling, get a sense of what was going on in my head during the tough parts, why I wanted to attempt these via ferratas in the first place, what it took for me to get through them, and why I believe the takeaways and lessons I learned can be applied to anyone, anywhere, in experiences all across life. We can leverage travel to safely find these challenges and push ourselves to be stronger, more courageous, and more confident. View full show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/72
In today's episode, we move across the pond - westward, with Ian Ord, a Canadian expat who built a new life in Thailand. Though he only planned to stay for a few months at the beginning, he is still there over five years later, with a couple of businesses, a new fiancee, and a life full of adventure. Hear his story about how he did it, struggles he faced along the way, and whether he plans to stay in Thailand in the future. View show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/71
Teressa Canosa left the U.S. seven years ago to pursue her dream of living in Spain and learning Spanish. That has since turned into a residency permit, a Master's Degree, and a spontaneous move to Italy, among many other adventures. In today's episode, hear her story, find out what steps she took to get to where she is today, teaching English in a small town in Southern Italy. For full show notes visit TheBudgetMindedTraveler.com/70
It's back! This is the best Ask Jackie session yet, as it stems from our recent LIVE Q&A from the BMT Community group on Facebook. Join me as I answer questions about toilets overseas, washing your laundry, travel credit cards, flight insurance, movies, crazy experiences, packing, food, RTW travel, and much more. Use the guide below to reference the questions you are most interested in, or stay for the whole show, I promise you'll learn something. Full Show Notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/69
We are wrapping up our series featuring people with BIG travel
plans with our first Part 2! Anjie Mikesell, whom you may remember
from episodes 64 and 65 where we discussed her upcoming first solo
trip to Italy, is BACK, and she has much to share. We find out if
any of her fears came true, what she learned about herself, where
she ended up going and what she did all over Italy, the highs and
lows of the trip, and how the trip has had an affect on her.
Prepare to be inspired.
Show notes at http://thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/68
The Benson family has BIG plans. They are selling their house and many of their possessions to hit the road as a family of five for a year of round the world travel. In this episode we discuss how they decided to do it, how they plan to fund it, where they think they will go, what fears they have around it, what they hope to get out of it and much more.
Show Notes - http://www.thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/67
Meet Maddy, an inspiring, soon-to-be college graduate on her way to Israel to work for a year. In this episode, Maddy explains what drives her to travel, how travel sets her apart, and why she believes in it so strongly for other college students. Maddy and I both studied abroad twice during college, and I stand with her 110% in encouraging college students to get out. If you know a college student considering travel, pass this episode along to him or her, the world awaits...
Maddy is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. A midwestern girl at heart, she was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Maddy’s love of travel was cultivated at a young age when she took several trips abroad with her family. This prompted her to pursue several more abroad experiences, and ultimately led her to accept a teaching job in Tel Aviv, Israel after she graduates. Maddy is an avid listener of The Budget Minded Traveler Podcast, and is so excited to have this opportunity to share her passion for travel and seeing the world with others. In her spare time, you can find her reading, running, cooking, or devouring the nearest chocolate dessert!
Join us for part 2 of a conversation with first time solo traveler Anjie Mikesell, who is about to set off for the number one destination on her bucket list: ITALY. In this episode we get into Italy-specific tips and itinerary suggestions, along with a plethora of general first time travel resources. As part of a series featuring people who are making BIG travel plans, we get an idea of what Anjie is planning now, and then we will catch up with her in the future to find out how everything went, what she thought, and what she learned.
This is the first part of a two-part episode featuring first time solo traveler Anjie Mikesell. Though she has traveled with groups before, she is going solo to conquer the number one thing on her bucket list: traveling to Italy. She brought all of her questions to the table to talk everything first time traveler and everything Italy, and we recorded for over an hour! In this first part, we tackle the big safety questions about how to handle bad situations, how to prevent bad situations, and other general travel tips. In part two (stay tuned!) we discuss Italy itinerary specifics, transportation, and many more general travel tips. These two episodes are a must listen for first time travelers!
This is the hardest, yet also possibly the most important episode I've published to date. Together with Ginger Kern from The Traveler's Mindset and Nathaniel Boyle from Holocene, we explore solo travel as a tool for personal growth and healing, by sharing my own personal story on the heels of my divorce. Through a number of hard questions and deep topics, based around a story I wrote recently, 5 Beautiful Lessons I Learned From Making the Hardest Decision of My Life, we discuss the unparalleled power of change, transformation, and strength that comes with traveling solo.
We visited my favorite packing tricks and techniques in episode 34, but as much as I try to accommodate men, it's best to get advice for males straight from expert male travelers themselves. Today I cornered Travis Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts, Jason Moore from Zero to Travel, and Nathaniel Boyle from The Travelers (The Daily Travel Podcast) and got them talking about their favorite ways to pack, what they can't leave home without, and the tricks they use to carry everything on.
Join the party in this bonus episode today as Travis Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts, Jason Moore from Zero to Travel, and Nathaniel Boyle from The Travelers (The Daily Travel Podcast), and I all sit down to ask each other travel questions.
Although we were in three different countries during this recording, somehow we made it work! Listen in for questions like:
Question #1: Where would you want to be right now if you could be anywhere in the world – gut reaction?
Question #2: What is your favorite travel app?
Question #3: As Americans, does it bother you when Canadians wear the Canadian flag on their backpack?
Question #4: What is your favorite piece of travel gear?
Question #5: What’s the one place that everyone has told you you’ll love but when you went there, you didn’t?
Question #6: Since we are all podcasters and digital nomads, I want to know what you look for in an office on the road?
Question #7: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten when traveling?
Today we get down to business with Amanda Williams, solo female traveler extraordinaire, who has all the answers to the most asked questions about solo female travel, such as:
-Isn't solo travel dangerous as a female?
-How do you keep your money/valuables safe?
-How do you deal with loneliness?
-What are the best destinations for solo travel?
Rachel is a fearless solo traveler turned married expat living in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she's about to have her first baby. I hit her up for her best advice about solo female travel, including how she got to where she is, both geographically and career-wise, as she is the co-founder of an online travel company for women.
In this episode, Steph Yoder, founder of Twenty-Something Travel helps us kick off a new series about solo female travel. As a solo traveler turned married traveler, Steph shares her take on what it really means to travel solo, why she still does it even though she is married, and why she believes everyone should travel solo at least once in their lives.
Join us as I chat with Nathaniel Boyle from the Daily Travel Podcast in this last of our series of interviews with awesome people who have started businesses out of their passion for travel. Nathaniel took his first trip overseas at just 5 years old! And today he shares with us how that planted a seed in him that grew into a love for travel, and eventually a podcast, and some other exciting ventures...
Join us as we chat with Mark van der Heijden, also known as The Backpacker Intern, in a conversation about how he leveraged his career skills to get him free accommodations and food all over the world. To take it to the next step, Mark has started a company that enables other travelers to do this exact same thing. Listen to find out more about his new company, Wanderbrief.
Today we continue our series with entrepreneurs who have created businesses out of travel. I interview Yasmine El Baggari, Founder and CEO of Voyaj, a new company created to match travelers and locals with brief home stays to enrich the cultural travel experience. Yasmine shares her story with us about how she first came to the US as a Young Moroccan Ambassador, and then turned her visit into a mission to visit all 50 states. During her time in the US, she stayed with 75 American families, which ultimately led her down the path to creating Voyaj. At just 22 years old, Yasmine is a prime example of a dreamer who took a leap of faith to create a business out of something she believes in.
Today we start a new series about people who have started businesses out of travel, and for this episode, we turn the mic on... me! Nathaniel Boyle from the Daily Travel Podcast guest hosts to interview me about the path I took to eventually start a travel blog.
Stephanie Mayo just returned from a three-month solo adventure throughout Europe. She is here today to share with us what her fears were surrounding the trip, how she prepared for it, how she feels now after coming back home, and most importantly, what she learned about herself. Stephanie shares how she has made travel a priority in her life, and how along the way she has discovered the magic of traveling solo. She is going after her dreams, pushing herself outside her comfort zone, and wants to help you to do the same. Join us for this inspiring interview that illuminates the personal reward of living the traveler life.
Allow me to introduce Erin and Erin Zepperle, a recently married couple who decided to sell everything and move overseas to Austria. They are here today to share with us what that looked like for them, including what they had to sell and sacrifice for this goal, and how they were able to "keep" both of their jobs through the move. Find out the tactics they used to focus themselves on reaching their goal in a certain amount of time, and what that means for their future as well.
In this second of four episodes about long-term travel, Gary Arndt joins us to chat about what his life has been like for the past eight years that he has been on the road. This perpetual traveling has led him to opportunity, fame and renown, not to mention to 7 continents and almost every country in the world, but at the same time it has taken its toll, as being on the road consistently can be draining. He is "slowing down," but wait until you hear the list of places he has yet to go this year...
Join me as I chat with Adrian Ann, who has been on the road for two years, about the ins and outs of preparing for long term travel and making it happen. Her wanderlust started early, fueled by studying abroad in her college years, until she felt such a strong urge to pack up and leave that she did just that. Her journey began in Asia, and in this episode we hear about the steps she took to shift her life from apartment living to backpack living in a country that doesn't speak English.
In this third installment of the Ask Jackie series, we get into several reader and listener questions about all things travel. We discuss ways to make dollars stretch on the road, when is an appropriate time to start researching flights, what is the best way to book a last minute flight, if it's possible to travel for a month with a 25-lb luggage limit, what happens when you have to modify or change plans that have been made, how much of a trip should be planned out, and how to travel with a 9-5 job and two weeks vacation. Join us here and on the BMT Community group on Facebook to get your questions answered!
Join me in a candid conversation with my 82-year-old grandmother as we go back in time to figure out where the wanderlust gene comes from in our family. Born in England, my grandmother Margaret Nocca went to 7 schools in two different languages by the time she was 12. She recalls her journey to the US that has roots in the second World War, and she goes further back to my great-great grandfather who used to take jobs overseas, anything he could do to stay traveling. Sound familiar? This is a get to know me and my family episode, grab a cup of coffee and settle in for story time with Granny.
There is no one better to talk to about what you can gain from traveling the world than someone who has literally been doing it for his entire life. Ladan Jiracek joins us today to explore the things we can learn from living a travel lifestyle, pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, and even picking up multiple languages along the way. This episode is an inspirational journey that will leave you wanting to get on a plane, learn a language, or even make a lifestyle change.
Stephanie Sailor and her husband Ben just went on their first trip overseas to Greece and Turkey so Ben could run the original marathon in Athens, and so that they could finally quench their craving to travel to Europe. In this episode, we chat with Steph about all things "first time traveler."
Join us as Leon Logothetis takes us on a Motorcycle Diaries adventure of his own, telling stories about his trip across the world on a vintage motorbike. Leon made the trip a social experiment, counting on human kindness, literally the kindness of strangers, to get him through it. Along the way he also acted as a philanthropist, impacting the lives of many of those who helped him on his path.
It's so much more than working with sea turtles. I just returned from an incredible week exploring Baja California Sur, during which we stayed at RED Travel Mexico's camp in Magdalena Bay for a night. The location of this camp is in the middle of nowhere, accessible only by unmarked dirt roads and boats. The effort these guys have put in to build their camp is incredible. It is a magical place that works in the name of connecting and educating people for sea turtle conservation. Join me on an adventure to this camp as I interview RED Travel Mexico's founder Luis Garduño.
I want to be just like Kris & Tom when I grow up. They started traveling 5 years ago, after officially retiring from their publishing careers, and they haven't stopped yet. Now in their early sixties, they don't have a home base, they follow opportunity and wanderlust to the far corners of the earth, like the one they are in during this interview.
**Have you ever considered skipping the traditional study abroad structure and enrolling straight into a foreign university? Hayley Swinson decided she wanted to study abroad again after college and that she didn't need a structured program to help her do it. Instead, she took it upon herself to apply at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, get accepted, secure her student visa, find housing, and essentially create her own study abroad experience according to her interests.
We often talk about the cost of travel, but today we dig into the real value of the experience. These are stories about the priceless moments that can only come from traveling the world. I go back more than ten years to bring you four travel stories of encounters I've had that were unexpected and at the same time taught me a huge lesson. Grab your tea or coffee and get comfortable, and enjoy as I take you around the world through these real, invaluable moments.
You may remember Julie Smith, who shared with us about strategically moving overseas with your corporate American job in episode 29. She is still living it up in London and is back to introduce us to a program she has discovered that is "a lifesaver" and "the best thing ever" that she has discovered in the world of traveling.
Meet Paula Froelich, Editor-In-Chief of Yahoo Travel (a.k.a. the Head Honcho at the number 2 travel website in the United States, only behind TripAdvisor). In this episode we hear Paula's personal story, what travel means to her, where it has taken her, and how far she has come because of it.
The subject of this episode is relevant for anyone who flies, whether international or across the state. We are all faced with the risk that airlines could lose our luggage or overbook flights, creating difficult situations for travelers. In his extensive travel experience, Sam Cornthwaite has developed a process to go through that he sticks with every time this happens to him, and he is here to share his secrets. Find out what you should do and what to expect from an airline that loses your luggage, and learn how to use overbooked flights to your advantage.
In this 30th episode, BMT Voices is introduced, a special announcement is made, and Pete Sveen, online entrepreneur and new traveler, comes on the show to tell us all about what he learned from his first two trips abroad. Find out why this episode is special, how you can become more involved going forward, and listen to Pete as he talks about his transformation from never having traveled on his own to already planning his next trip.
Julie Smith is an expat living in London with her husband Drew and dog Basil, and her company is paying her to be there. In this episode we find out how Julie positioned herself within Corporate America to be sent on an assignment overseas. She is here to lay it all out for us and has some great advice about how anyone can accomplish the same.
I always recommend that travelers get some sort of travel insurance before starting a trip. This is a big subject and can be confusing in many ways, so I'm here to break it down for you. In this episode I outline 8 things I look for in a travel insurance plan and what they mean to the traveler. I also recommend two websites where you can purchase your plans and I walk you through the process of getting quoted for your trip online.