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

Karsten Aichholz: Advice from Gaming Entrepreneur and Thailand Starter Kit! Creator
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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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Take Action:

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

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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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Take Action:

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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Taylor Conroy’s Full Force Journey to Change the Fundraising World

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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

Travel Topics:

  • 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:

  • Exclusive Love Affair Travel listener offer! Attend a 5-Day life-changing trip to Mexico in late September, build a home for a family living in a slum and connect with a community who wants to change the world. Enter “LoveAffair” into the Promo Code Box at checkout for a trip value of $990 (normally priced at $1,290). 
  • Taylor’s TedX Talk How to Build a School in 3 Hours
  • Taylor’s brainchild for peer-to-peer fundraising Change Heroes
  • Connect with Journey and make a difference:

Website | Facebook | Images

  • Connect with Taylor:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Take Action:

Taylor found his drive by pushing himself out of his comfort zone. How can you challenge yourself today to manifest a better world?

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Stefan Klumpp: Why Focusing on Happiness Makes this Company more Money

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Property of Stefan Klumpp

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

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Travel Topics:

  • How a high school dropout can become a successful entrepreneur [2:08]
  • Moving to Silicon Valley to race self-driving cars through the desert [6:29]
  • Getting hooked on kiteboarding [8:30]
  • Yes…. Island fever is real! [10:10]
  • What to do when you go broke in Spain [13:06]
  • How to become a self-taught mobile app developer [13:20]
  • Ha! Turns out, mobile was not just a fad! [13:49]
  • The simple principles of entrepreneurship [17:57]
  • How to create a unique office environment and pay model for your startup [21:52]
  • Organizational advice: First up – Start spreadsheets! [27:52]
  • Why Stefan took a personal financial hit to grow the business [29:00]
  • Low overhead = Personal freedom [29:46]
  • The simplicity of camper van life [31:11]
  • Security issues inherent with traveling in a camper van [34:32]
  • How Stefan measures happiness [38:06]
  • The nomad working on the beach myth dispelled! [40:13]
  • Clickbait vs Quality content [43:46]

Stefan Klumpp’s Talking Points:

Email | Facebook Website | Vantrepreneur FB Group

  • Connect with Optimizing for Happiness:

Website |  Twitter  | Facebook | Instagram

  • Connect with Mobile Jazz:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Music Credit:

Take Action:

Money can’t buy you happiness, right? So what makes you happier than money and what are you willing to do for it?

Doug Barber: The Minaal Story

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Compliments of Instagram.com/minaalofficial

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

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Travel Topics:

  • Presenting as a guest speaker on the Nomad Cruise [0:55]
  • The history of Minaal [1:25]
  • From road trip to corporate law [3:12]
  • How to plan the best study abroad year ever [6:00]
  • Traditional job by day, business dreams by night [9:52]
  • How to position yourself to run an international company [10:35]
  • Living ‘cozy’ and eating ‘the meal of champions’ [12:05]
  • The importance of developing quality fabrics for travelers [15:27]
  • What you can learn from tailors in central Vietnam [16:58]
  • How to develop a startup…. Hint: Teamwork makes the Dreamwork [20:00]
  • Producing a prototype that speaks for itself [21:31]
  • Benefits of getting honest feedback from your community [23:02]
  • Pros and cons when creating a Kickstarter campaign [25:40]
  • What it takes to build a brand and product [31:24]
  • Finding inexpensive, high quality manufacturers and warehouses in Vietnam… Get prepared to get sweaty [33:07]
  • How to choose the right factory to manufacture your product [36:35]
Minaal’s first Kickstarter video

Doug Barber’s Talking Points:

  • Explore the world with Digital Nomads on the Nomad Cruise
  • Connect with Doug:

Message | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube

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Take Action:

Doug was willing to take an 18-hour bus ride through rural Vietnam to research the highest quality manufacturers. What project or passion would drive you do to the same?

Alex Jimenez: How one Girl Learned to Travel without Tours

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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

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Travel Topics:

  • Perks of living in Playa Del Carmen [2:05]
  • Utilizing the Nest CoWorking space [4:57]
  • How to live the corporate life in your early twenties [6:52]
  • How to become an entrepreneur [8:46]
  • Everyday she’s hustlin’ [10:32]
  • How to leave corporate L.A. Hint: It’s not that hard! [11:30]
  • Changing careers during a recession [13:57]
  • Falling in love with travel [15:12]
  • Where should I travel to first? [15:57]
  • Benefits of meeting other long term travelers [20:16]
  • Alex’s first trip which turned into a crazy long-term adventure [22:03]
  • The financial aspects of tours vs solo traveling [27:03]
  • How to travel solo [28:48]
  • Do I write instead of work? [31:41]
  • Seasonal touring jobs… So much fun! So much work! [34:24]
  • How to become a travel blogger [36:00]
  • How to combine your professional work experience with your passions to sustain long term travel [37:14]
  • Finding motivation from Nora and The Professional Hobo [38:17]
  • The inspiration behind Travel Fashion Girl [38:56]
  • What is work exchange? [41:42]
  • The growth of Travel Fashion Girl [42:33]
  • Alex’s advice on starting a blog [45:15]
  • Why not write an eBook first? [46:37]
  • How to use Amazon Affiliates [48:19]
  • It’s not chasing after biggest keywords, just chasing after a keyword [50:17]
  • What’s next for Alex [50:59]

“I think a lot of people realized at that point that we were all disposable.” – Alex Jimenez

Alex Jimenez Talking Points:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email

“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

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Dusty Chillin’ Beat by franSWAH

Take Action:

Do you have previous professional experience and a passion you can utilize to excel at travel blogging?

Sila Nur Isik: Remote Work and Around the World Office

Sila Remote Year Love Affair Travel
Thanks to Sila for the Photo

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

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Travel Topics:

  • Sila’s beginnings [2:01]
  • Starting her own agency Mind the Ad [2:47]
  • Pitching the Start up Project at Web Summit [5:28]
  • The Difference between Agency world and Web Summit world [6:55]
  • Connecting old businesses with new technology [9:39]
  • What is Remote Year? [10:42]
  • How to find accommodation for 75 people… Hint: It’s not easy! [12:39]
  • Becoming a “Tour Guide” in your home country [14:53]
  • How to live and work in a different country every month [16:11]
  • What do you do when a volcano erupts in SE Asia? [17:13]
  • The work Sila did during Remote Year [18:42]
  • What is Startup Weekend? [20:39]
  • What is Startup Malaysia? [21:09]
  • What is an Agency? [21:57]
  • Selling books online in Argentina [26:50]
  • The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro [31:18]
  • The emotional experience of completing the Remote Year journey [33:12]
  • Sila’s overall impression of Remote Year [35:02]
  • Personal development [36:25]
  • Having the courage to travel [38:36]
  • The Nomad Cruise experience [39:59]
  • What is next up for Sila? [44:24]

Sila Nur Isik Talking Points:

  • Startup Malaysia is a not-for-profit organization that aims to help increase the number of fundable startups through its various programs.
  • Startup Weekend will set up the ideal environment for you to be successful and learn as much as possible in just 54 hours.
  • Wallpaper magazine has been covering everything from architecture to motoring, fashion to travel, interiors to jewelry sonce 1996.
  • Web Summit has been called “the best technology conference on the planet”. Attendees, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the world’s most exciting startups.
  • Interested in living and working abroad? Check out Remote Year!
  • Sila’s Blog at Medium and Remote Year
  • Connect with Sila:

Mind The Ad | Instagram | Facebook

“In our country [Argentina], no one has ever bought a book online.” – Sila Nur Isik on the challenges of helping start-ups in South America

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Birgit Pestalozzi: From Corporate to Conscientious

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Property of SwissInitiative

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

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Travel Topics:

  • The pitfalls of a safe corporate life [3:35]
  • Birgit’s breaking point [8:33]
  • Surviving a near death-defying horse accident [11:10]
  • Lessons learnt from her stint in the corporate world [15:30]
  • SwissInititive, the non-profit which has revived the movie industry in Sudan [18:10]
  • Say What? Smuggling at the Sudanese Film Fest in Switzerland?! [23:10]
  • Art as ‘soft’ social change from a grassroots level [24:35]
  • How Birgit is learning to fund a non-profit [27:30]
  • The future of Sudanese films in film festivals around the world [30:24]
  • Logistics of getting film equipment to Sudan [33:11]
  • How to manage three meaningful jobs [38:21]
  • Maneuvering runway savings in a job transition [39:40]
  • The sport of budgeting [41:35]
  • What inspiration comes from cross-cultural connections? [45:15]
  • The geography and politics of Egypt and Sudan [46:13]
  • Visa struggles to enter Sudan [49:00]
  • The imperfection of all 2-D map projections [50:57]

Birgit Pestalozzi Talking Points:

  • Connect with Swiss Initiative:

Website | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

  • Connect with Birgit:

TheHappyHeartCoach | Facebook  | Instagram

“If you take away art like movie-making…then you take away a huge channel of expressing cultural heritage.” – Birgit Pestalozzi

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Take Action:

Birgit said don’t wait for a near-death experience to take steps toward the life you truly want. What steps will you take today?

Theresa Lachner: Sex Blogs are Better than Travel Blogs

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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.

Let’s go!

“In a way, I always feel like a naked person in a room full of dressed people.” – Theresa Lachner

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Travel Topics:

  • How did Theresa get into the sex blogging industry? [2:54]
  • The birth of Lvstprinzip, the biggest sex blog in Germany [3:35]
  • Pros of being a sex blogger vs a travel blogger [7:55]
  • How to Get Rich from Masturbation [8:13]
  • Daring enough to use her real identity, being the only sex blogger in Germany [9:33]
  • The secret to sex blogging and other daring ventures [10:31]
  • The craft of writing a sex blog [13:16]
  • The art of writing… Yes, it’s all about practise [16:35]
  • Theresa’s meditation practices [18:40]
  • Diary tips [19:58]
  • Finding the motivation to write [22:03]
  • Novice writer vs professional writer [26:07]
  • How to travel the world while working [26:58]
  • Living and working in Saigon [30:35]
  • Unexpected perks and inspirations of traveling and writing [32:52]
  • What are the benefits of writing? [35:43]
  • Differences in writing styles [36:17]
  • Writing in German vs English [37:26]
  • Theresa’s Ah-ha moment in India… and how to appreciate traveling even when it gets rough [38:14]
  • BEWARE of publishing raunchy sexy Facebook posts… You will be blocked! [49:38]

Theresa Lachner Talking Points:

Lvstprinzip | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

“Sex you know is like food, it’s something that everybody does but nobody really dares to write about. It’s a bit weird.” – Theresa Lachner

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How can you utilize your untapped skills? Have you ever thought of taking your work online to pursue your dream of long term travel?

Miles Beckler: The Intersection of Meditation, Freedom and… Angel Encounters?

Miles Beckler on the Love Affair Travel Podcast
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Want to start an online business?

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 Solution as 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

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Travel Topics:

  • Sea legs [02:13]
  • What is it like to travel full-time? [04:49]
  • Slow internet and running an online business [07:30]
  • How Ask Angels began [09:36]
  • What is the Dark Night of the Soul? [12:33]
  • Social media growth [20:10]
  • Engineering a funnel marketing campaign [26:15]
  • The emotional elements of entrepreneurship [34:44]
  • The importance of raising your prices [35:50]
  • Awe moments from Miles’s world travels [43:31]
The 4 Page Website/Simple Funnel
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Miles Beckler Talking Points:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

“We value ourselves a lot less than what others value us.” – Miles Beckler

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Take Action:

Have you ever wanted to sell everything and start traveling? What is stopping you?

Jonathan Yaffe: From Vagabond to AnyRoad Entrepreneur

Jonathan Yaffe on the Love Affair Travel podcast with Ian Robinson
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What if you wanted to start a school?

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

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Travel Topics:

  • Jonathan’s first big adventure to Manaus, Brazil [2:57]
  • On the mindset shift of traveling with a one-way ticket [6:20]
  • Tales from the gateway of the Amazon: Manaus, Brazil [7:40]
  • The Radiohead experiment along a jungle river gone wrong [9:47]
  • How to sneak out of Brazil when your visa expires [12:20]
  • How after 2 years of no work he finally ran out of money [15:55]
  • On being stranded in Japan with one pay check [17:50]
  • A dream school in Tokyo [19:53]
  • Finding a passion worth committing to for 2 years [23:30]
  • How to do what the California public school system does and more – Robotics, Organic Farming and Yoga [26:25]
  • His mission – To build a school where you know everyone [29:25]
  • What’s next? A Tokyo Gallery! [31:01]
  • How Tokyo’s trash turned out to be an amazing opportunity [32:38]
  • The secret to scaling your business…. is implicit trust [35:55]
  • The Kilimanjaro trek that changed everything [38:10]
  • Researching with guides from all around the world [41:20]
  • What happened when bringing 95% of local tour guides online [44:19]
  • How to see a hidden part of The Great Wall of China [46:40]

Jonathan Yaffe’s Talking Points:

      • AnyRoad – Jonathan’s most recent pursuit, is bringing tour guides all around the world online for better wages, better services, and a better price for adventurers. 
      • Jonathan found himself in Japan when he decided to teach abroad with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program
      • At 23, Jonathan recognized a hole in the Tokyo private school market and started Kai School that is still growing to this day.
      • After becoming immersed in the Tokyo arts community, he opened galleries and work spaces throughout the city.  
      • Connect with Jonathan:

 Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Jonathan was a fearless traveler from a young age and continues to jump at the chance to travel more and start great companies. What can you create without fear?