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
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]
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
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 actuallyloved 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]
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
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]
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.
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]
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