Taylor Conroy’s energy for life is contagious! Currently, he is the co-founder of Journey, an organization that designs trips for volunteers looking to make a difference by building homes in developing countries.
In his role, Taylor is on a mission to revolutionize the way social change is funded. This is a great interview for travelers looking to make a difference in the world.
Inspired by his passion, we explored his past, where I learned that he has always been driven. Whether it’s high-finance real estate, bodybuilding, firefighting or international volunteer work, Taylor takes on life at full force.
“That’s what made me leave the fire hall, that love for thinking outside the box and creating things that don’t yet exist.” – Taylor Conroy
Taylor’s bodybuilder beginning [2:00]
Life advice… You got to put in the hustle and the heartbreak to get the reward [6:30]
The entrepreneurship itch [10:22]
How to find a personal guru [14:07]
Taylor’s passion for feminist projects [19:15]
Yorling’s story: The will of a teenage Nicaraguan woman [21:18]
Mr. Rodrigue’s story: A 100-year-old Salvadorian dairy farmer sees his new home [23:51]
The power of partnering with an established local non-profit [25:39]
What to expect on a Journey trip [26:08]
The difference between non-profit and for-profit organizations in the change industry [33:33]
Trip participants realize that ‘we, humans, are not as different as we think’ [39:14]
The Masai warrior’s four truths [41:07]
How to ensure volunteerism is sustainable for the community [44:26]
Taylor Conroy’s Talking Points:
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From high school dropout in Germany, to a self-driving car engineer in Silicon Valley, Stefan’s journey to co-founder of Mobile Jazz is anything but expected.
I heard about Stefan’s innovative ‘happiness first’ business model from Johannes Voelkner of the Nomad Cruise, and knew I had to get Stefan on the show.
In this interview Stefan shares his philosophy on prioritizing happiness over a paycheck, his love for travel, living in a Fiat camper van and spending his days kiteboarding.
“Even today when I talk to people, I sometimes say, ‘If all my businesses went bankrupt, my bank account was set to zero, I wouldn’t be worried because I could leverage my network, leverage my skills and just start up again.'” – Stefan Klumpp
Need to fit your entire life (including computer) into a carry-on, use the same bag to summit a mountain, and then show up to a meeting looking the part? Well look no further, the Minaal backpack is here.
Doug Barber, Co-founder of Minaal, shares how he and his friend Jimmy Hayes came to develop their successful product, and went on to raise $350,000 on their first ever Kickstarter campaign.
From their 18,000 mile road trip around North America in a Plymouth Grand Voyager van, to Doug’s experience as a corporate lawyer in New Zealand, this entrepreneur’s path is anything but ordinary.
“It’s a mixture of travel for fun and seeing what’s along the way. If we know there’s a particular industry in a certain area, we will go check it out… because you can search things out on the Internet, but there’s a lot that you’re not going to find out until you actually go to the place and start talking to people.” – Doug Barber
Recession blues got you down? Feel like the corporate ladder could be kicked out from under you at any moment?
Why not take the fear of being disposed and transform it to a life of travel!
Alex Jimenez, founder of Travel Fashion Girl, did exactly that. After leaving the corporate world of fashion and taking time to travel, she found a genius way to combine her previous professional experience with her passions to pursue a life of long-term travel.
Finding the perfect travel blog niche is key in penetrating the market. Alex’s business savvy and life long hustlin’ skills has made her excel at the art of travel blogging. Listen in to learn about Alex’s insight into creating a blog niche that you love!
“The best way to find something to do is try to combine your passion with what your previous professional experience was.” – Alex Jimenez
“Doing this and meeting these people, it’s so inspirational. People always think, ‘I can’t do that, how can you do that?’ It is possible as long as you shift your priority and your focus.” – Alex Jimenez
Ever wanted to live and work remotely as a Digital Nomad?
Sila Nur Isik is an entrepreneur from Istanbul, Turkey currently living in London, England. She has a masters degree in Graphic Design, runs an advertising agency called Mind The Ad and was one of the first 75 people to attend Remote Year.
In this episode of Love Affair Travel I talk to Sila about her year with Remote Year, all of the joys of living and working abroad, as well as how she uses her ability and love for travel to help start ups across the globe.
“I was really fascinated by how passionate everyone is, how enthusiastic they are about their projects.” – Sila Nur Isik
Have you recognized that your life is too comfortable? Are you looking for a challenge that will sustain you and shape you?
After a life-threatening accident, Birgit Pestalozzi finally decided to listen to her gut. She left the corporate world one year ago, and hasn’t looked back since. In that time, she has been instrumental in reviving Sudan’s film industry and starting her own practice as The Happy Heart Coach, consulting on love and relationships.
In this episode we talk about departing from corporate life, finding happiness, non-profit partners, funding and much more!
“Sometimes I think people in corporate are afraid of people who start living their dreams.” – Birgit Pestalozzi
Why be a travel blogger when you can be a sex blogger?
“It’s just easier you know? Also, people appreciate you more!”
Anyone can talk about travel, but it takes a more daring and carefree individual to have the courage to speak their mind on sex without reservation.
Theresa Lachner is the Founder of the largest sex blog in Germany Lvstprinzip. Talking sex pays her way while she enjoys the perks of being a digital nomad, traveling the world and practicing random bouts of meditation.
Finding the motivation to write and write well is never easy. In this episode Theresa fills us in on how she got started in the sex blogging industry, tips on writing well, and appreciating the world around you even when traveling is taking its toll.
“In a way, I always feel like a naked person in a room full of dressed people.” – Theresa Lachner
After meeting Miles and Melanie earlier this month on the Nomad Cruise, I caught up with Miles while he was in Sintra, Portugal.
Miles Beckler and his wife Melanie provide online information products, meditations and spiritual development courses. Miles is a wealth of knowledge and Melanie is also an incredibly driven entrepreneur. Together they own Ask Angels and The Angel Solutionas well as traveling long term since 2013.
We’ll be talking about traveling full time, the Dark Night of the Soul, meditation, social media growth, funnel marketing and the emotional element of entrepreneurship.
“Trial and error has been my greatest teacher.” – Miles Beckler
Not just any school, you wanted to teach the California school curriculum while teaching students about organic farming, yoga, robotics and more?
Would you do it if you lived in Japan? Would you do it if you didn’t have any money? Would you do it if you didn’t even speak Japanese?
Jonathan Yaffe started there. The success of the school was one of many enterprising stories he shares today on the podcast.
Along with founding schools, art galleries and co-working spaces, he’s now working on another fascinating project. As co-founder of AnyRoad, their goal is to empower tour guides around the world to come online and connect with adventurers.
In this podcast, Jonathan describes his origin story. He tells some wild stories that inspired his love of learning, ethical travel and his favorite addiction, sushi.
“He said, ‘You’re 23. You’re broke. You’ve never been a teacher before. You don’t speak Japanese. How are you going to do this?’… And I somehow got him to fund the school.” – Jonathan Yaffe on finding investors for the KAI School of Tokyo
Imagine moving to a new city and living rent-free for months… or visiting a dream destination and staying in a luxurious home with an equipped kitchen and furry pets to keep you company. Today more and more people are traveling as house sitters.
House-sitting has changed the way I travel and live my life.
Blogger and author of Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to House-Sitting, Dani Heinrich has been taking care of homes and pets for years. I had her back on the podcast to lay down detailed tips on how to land the best housesitting gigs.
Listen to this one if you have a location-independent business and want to authentically experience a destination and save money at the same time.
“This is how I established my love for New York City… Before when I was staying in hotels there, I didn’t connect with the city as I did when I house sat and I got to know the neighborhoods.” – Dani Heinrich
How Dani’s last visit on the show introduced V and I to the wonders of house-sitting [01:13]
An Overview of “Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting”, a book written by Dani and her co-author Jessica Ainlay aka The Globetrotter Girls [01:52]
The secret to great house sitting is…. being personable [04:50]
How to find secret neighborhoods, truly local food and cafes of New York City through housesitting [07:00]
Two greatest advantages in landing a housesitting gig are great references and an ability to meet with the homeowners in person [09:52]
Important Note: Not everyone is trusting of house sitters right off the bat [10:31]
Why house sitting is an amazing way to move to a new city without paying rent for the first few months [13:45]
Tips for first-time house sitters [14:20]
1. Show your trustworthiness, personality and transparentness
2. Bonus: Be an animal-lover!
3. Be honest with yourself about what you’re comfortable with
4. Include references from other experiences like Airbnb and house sitting for friends
5. Horse lovers, you are wanted! [16:35]
6. The most important strategy is to apply right away. Do so, by setting up daily alerts [20:30]
How to write the ideal application letter [21:29]
What to do when house sitting experiences go wrong [24:14]
Tips for getting great house sitting reviews: [30:20]
1. Clean before the owners return
2. Cook or bake something and leave it in the fridge for the owners return
3. Send plenty of pictures, texts and email updates to the host—Ask first!
5. Make friends with the neighbors…. it will get you more jobs!
You don’t have to be the perfect gypsy housewife to be a great house-sitter. Just be yourself! [34:11]
Here we go – Another adventure, another traveler, another helluva inspiring story. You ready?
We’re still in Chiang Mai, staying in a beautiful apartment, and talking to entrepreneur, ironman, and founder of the Unleash Yourself Podcast, Michael Carbone (Check out his Instagram).
So listen in as we chill next to this glorious pool, surrounded by singing birds and greenery, and talk tales of making money, playing poker, and competing in one of the world’s most grueling physical competitions.
Enjoy the show!
“Ironman changed my life completely.” – Michael Carbone