Jake Heilbrunn: Off The Beaten Trail

Have you struggled with making your dreams a reality? Do you feel stressed out trying to find a compromise?

When Jake Heilbrunn realized his passions and his life were not aligned, he left for Central America to help find fulfillment and discover his purpose. What he found was an incredible community of people, a beautiful expansive world, and the determination to bring his visions to life.

Today we’ll be talking about traveling in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, writing his book Off The Beaten Trail, holistic healing, and the many amazing people he encountered on his journey.

“I was living a disconnect. What I really wanted to be doing, traveling and experiencing other ways of life and volunteering, was not what I was doing.” – Jake Heilbrunn

Travel Topics:

  • How Jake went to Guatemala to teach English and soccer [4:30]
  • Need to make friends and don’t know the local language? Carry a soccer ball [6:38]
  • When he was attacked by ‘dinosaurs in Jurassic Park’ [12:19]
  • How a child left for dead became an incredible local saint [15:23]
  • Why ditching your travel plan can have amazing results [19:50]
  • How Jake’s vision of writing his book happened with a shaman [21:43]
  • Does Baskin-Robbins get their flavors from cacao plants? [24:52]
  • You tend to meet and attract certain people when you travel alone [29:08]
  • What a spiritual community did for Jake’s mind and body [33:25]
  • How one town’s diet of fruit and vegetables helped Jake’s skin problems [37:36]
  • What Jake loved most about the places he stayed and people he met [40:16]
  • How writing a book is “like starting a business” [41:53]
  • Jake’s daily writing routine, and how he made his book stand out [43:03]
  • Writing a book? Allow yourself twice to three times as much time to do it [45:53]

Jake Heilbrunn Talking Points:

Website | Eyes Fully Open | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Jake’s time in Central America encouraged him to pursue his passion. What would you need to do to follow yours?

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Karsten Aichholz: Gaming Entrepreneur and Creator of Thailand Starter Kit!

Karsten Aichholz: Advice from Gaming Entrepreneur and Thailand Starter Kit! Creator
Courtesy of Karsten Aichholz

Karsten Aichholz is the perfect person to author the Thailand Starter Kit!, a website full of advice for ex-pats moving to Thailand. After nearly a decade of living in Bangkok, Karsten offers advice on everything from housing to fitness to grocery delivery in the Land of Smiles.

In our entertaining and fascinating discussion, Karsten explains how he went from corporate climber in Germany to one of the first nomadic entrepreneurs in Thailand’s video game sector.

Along with Thailand Starter Kit!, we also talk about Karsten’s Brewed in Bangkok podcast, an excellent dive into the hidden world of the most extraordinary people you meet in Bangkok.

“I took out a quarter of the money we had… It was a leap of faith, but I thought we got to do something.” – Karsten Aichholz

Travel Topics:

  • Moving to Bangkok 10 years ago before ‘it was a thing’ [2:20]
  • How to create a business from near scratch in Thailand [9:45]
  • How 3,700 hours of EverQuest in high school paid off [11:02]
  • Advice for freelancers: Creating a start-up? Find a platform to do your marketing [16:05]
  • Another tip: A platform bans your product? Make a new platform! [16:30]
  • Why Karsten actually loved working for a corporation [20:15]
  • What can happen in German bureaucratic unemployment offices [26:40]
  • When you almost run out of cash, you become less risk-adverse [35:20]
  • How Karsten’s partner left the gaming world because he was ready for more intellectual pursuits [43:40]
  • New dreams: Turning altruistic hobbies into a business [47:20]
  • Wild stories accrued while living in Bangkok for a decade [52:07]

Karsten Aichholz’ Talking Points:

Website  |  Twitter  | Facebook

  • Connect with Thailand Starter Kit:

Website  |  Twitter  | Facebook

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When Karsten and his business partner almost ran out of money, he decided to take a risk that changed the fate of his company. SO go ahead and take a risk!

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Dylan Basile: Tree Tribe Plants 40,000 Trees while Co-Founder Survives Dengue Fever

Courtesy of Dylan Basile of Tree Tribe
Courtesy of Dylan Basile

Marketing nomad Dylan Basile of Tree Tribe got my attention at the 2016 Nomad Summit when he presented on his eco-fashion company with a passion for sustainability. Since our meeting, Dylan has had a challenging year. At the time of this interview, he’s coming off a 6-month battle with dengue fever, which is a debilitating mosquito-borne disease he contracted in Thailand.

In this episode, we talk about the transition to a nomadic work life, leaving Vancouver’s rainy season, the ins-and-outs of social media strategy at Tree Tribe, as well as the most difficult psychological and physical trial of Dylan’s life—dengue.

I was so inspired by Dylan’s passion for the good work at Tree Tribe, and his resilience through the last half year. I hope you think so too!

“I think it was the shock of being told I couldn’t go back to Chiang Mai and the whole digital nomad community, but I’m getting better and excited to go travel again.” – Dylan Basile

Travel Topics:

  • The Nomad Summit 2016 experience in Chiang Mai [1:15]
  • A successful experiment in becoming location-independent [3:10]
  • How Dylan unfortunately became the dengue expert [10:52]
  • A second bout of dengue nearly cost Dylan his nomadic lifestyle [19:52]
  • The mission behind Tree Tribe’s eco-fashion brand [25:40]
  • An amazing goal to achieve… Planting 40,000 trees!! [29:39]
  • Tree Tribe’s 4 core values: Nature, Adventure, Travel, and Community [30:30]
  • How Tree Tribe customers and fans show their love of the product through social media [33:04]
  • Why Tree Tribe agrees that giving back is worth a cut into the bottom-line [44:05]

Dylan Basile’s Talking Points:

Website | TwitterInstagram

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Sometimes life doesn’t go how we plan. Dylan was on top of his game when dengue fever changed everything. When life takes away choices, how can you stay positive and passionate like Dylan?

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Patrick Daley: True Transient Crosses the USA again, this Time by Canoe

Courtesy of Patrick Daley
Courtesy of Patrick Daley

The True Transient, Patrick Daley returns to the Love Affair Travel Podcast to tell us about another wild adventure across the United States… but this time it’s not by land! The last time we heard from Patrick he was hitchhiking across the country, today we learn of his current journey from NYC to Mexico via a canoe.

I caught up with him 11 days into his journey on a rest, drying out at a Philadelphia diner. In this episode, Patrick talks about funding a 2,600-mile boating expedition through the inter-coastal waterways of 13 different states.

We also focus on the logistics of a truly unique trip, like filming for his True Transient YouTube channel and navigating and packing for this life changing adventure. You don’t want to miss this amazing episode!

“Do something new and more ambitious.”  – Words that inspired Patrick Daley to canoe across the U.S.

Travel Topics:

  • Traveling from New York to Mexico… in a canoe!! [1:45]
  • Google Maps has one weakness: Waterways [6:05]
  • How much gear is too much gear for this kind of trip? (Very Important – Don’t forget to pack your drone) [10:09]
  • How to scout out a good campsite in and out of tidal regions [11:00]
  • Writing a travel memoir via dictation while canoeing… Like Woah! [12:22]
  • How the maiden canoe voyage has made budgeting a challenge [14:56]
  • On the difficulties of editing a video series from a campsite [16:20]
  • Utilizing water canals and locks from the Industrial Revolution-era America [17:38]
  • Canoeing through New York harbor despite experts warnings [19:38]
  • Why a canoe and not a kayak? [20:50]
  • Future dreams to come on Patrick’s journey to Mexico [22:33]

Patrick Daley’s Talking Points:

Website  | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

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Choosing to canoe across the U.S. was pretty crazy and was at the edge of Patrick’s wildest imagination. What adventure seems too crazy for you to go on? Imagine it and go!

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