Welcome to Roaming the Earth - the stories & adventures of people who are jet setters, nomads & explorers - from pilots, journalists, touring musicians and photographers to van-lifers, backpackers, and thru-hikers. Come join me every week as we hear tips and tricks from these travel experts from around the world.
EP 31 - FORBES #4 MOST INFLUENTIAL TRAVELER, ERIC STOEN TALKS THE BENEFITS OF FAMILY TRAVEL
Eric is a travel writer and photographer based in California. He’s lived in Italy, Norway, Germany and the US and traveled to 97 countries on 7 continents. Eric is passionate about the benefits of family travel and lets each of his three kids (11, 13 and 15) choose any destination in the world every year for a one-on-one trip with him. They also travel as a family during school breaks. His kids have been to over 60 countries.
Eric is an accomplished photographer, winning Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award. He’s an ambassador for AFAR Magazine, and his writing and photography have been featured by Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Yahoo Travel and Lonely Planet. He is a two-time NATJA gold award winner for family travel writing, Forbes has named him the World’s #4 Most Influential Traveler, and Fodor’s has called him the world’s best family traveler.
Eric reads an excerpt he wrote about traveling as a family.
Introduction to Eric Stoen
Eric explains how they make traveling with children happen to 60+ countries including countries that may be considered as particularly harder destinations to travel to
Eric allows his kids to choose where they go every year. His kids determine the countries that they travel to which forces his kids to look at the world differently.
His kids ended up bringing him to Antarctica and Easter Island - countries Eric didn’t really think about at first. Eric shares the stories of how that happened.
Traveling with his kids gives a brand new set of eyes for countries that Eric has been to before and he finds that journey enjoyable
The wonderful experiences his kids are having before they are adults are preparing them to be more empathetic with skills that make them ready for the world in such a unique way.
The importance of every experience that in turn shapes and alters his kids. Due to travel, Eric’s children are becoming very worldly and informed children.
Household traditions at the Stoen house also means having a meal from a different country.
The solution to making a great trip when planning a family trip. Making the trip about your kids is the solution to making the trip enjoyable. Being flexible is important.
Eric shares what travel means to him
Travel Babo and where the name came from!
Eric shares his fears when he first started and how mitigated those challenges
Eric shares his most valuable thing he learned while traveling with his kids
Eric shares his most interesting stories while traveling - Getting lost in Croatia and having the journey turn into something really special
Eric shares his most fulfilling moment - Hiking in Greenland with his son and the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil with his daughter - unplugging is his fave
Eric’s most meaningful person he met while he was traveling. He shares a story while he was in Oslo
Eric talks about the award that changed his life, Forbes #4 Influential Traveler in the World
Eric took a risk to follow his passion and it turned out to be the right path for him
Eric’s tip and tricks for people who want to follow in his footsteps
Eric’s favorite place he’s explored - Greece and the Greek islands
He shares why his family loved the islands so much and why!
Guess where Eric is going next? …. GREECE
Discussion of about how the pandemic will affect his travels
Eric shares the one interesting item he takes with them when they travel - Blue Painters tape. He shares why
Eric shares a piece of life advice to a younger Eric
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EP 30: THE LIFE OF A TRAVEL EXPERT/WRITER & NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MULTI-MEDIA PERSONALITY - ANGEL CASTELLANOS
Angel Castellanos, (Castayanos) (http://www.angelstravellounge.com/ (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com)) is a passionate world traveler, freelance travel writer, content producer and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to helping people travel smart, well and often. Traveling to over 80 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels 12-14 weeks internationally each year and draws on his experience and frequent travels to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with the skills they need to make travel easy and enjoyable. Angel is a multi-media travel personality and travel expert that has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, CBS, ABC, Univision, Frommers Radio, USA Today and Travel and Adventure Show and New York Times Travel Show. Angel is also the executive producer and host of the travel and adventure tv show Hot Spots debuting in Europe in Asia in late 2021.
Angel reads an excerpt he wrote in March of 2020 - at the beginning of the pandemic
Intro to Angel
Angel discusses the excerpt at the beginning and talks about his retrospective post while he was in Brazil
Drea asks about the transition from traveling so often to a halt once the pandemic kicked in. Angel talks about mental health and how much he realized the isolation at home really affected him. He traveled to Mexico in the summer and he realized how important it was for him and for the local economy there.
The global effect of the pandemic and how everyone was feeling the same way all at the same time
Some of the positive effects of the pandemic
How the pandemic affects connection when you travel
Angel defines travel and what it means to him
Angel discusses where his love for travel all started
Angel is a renowned travel expert who has spoken on news channels and has offered sound advice for many outlets. He explains that journey to that title.
He talks about his company, Travel Ambassador
Drea discusses Angel’s incredible ability to speak well.
Angel shares that he actually speaks 3 languages
Angel talks about slow travel and how that all started for him
What is slow travel? Angel shares what that looks like and the meaning of slow travel
His best slow travel trip was from Beijing to London on the train - And stopping along the way in Mongolia. Siberia, Poland, etc in 7 Weeks!
Packing tips from Angel
Angel talks about the beginning and the lack of fear he had. He was fearless because he was young and really ambitious
Angel talks about some of the challenges he has faced when he has been traveling
Pandemic and the lack of connection
Angel shares some interesting stories in Brazil and a passport situation in Turkey, Bribing his way out of Egypt TWICE!
Angel shares the two most valuable things he has learned while traveling
Angel talks about Traveling with a purpose and his evolution of travel
Angel talks about his most fulfilling moment when he travels
Angel shares his most meaningful people he’s ever met while he was traveling. He is still friends with them today.
Angel shares how much he loved Costa Rica
Talks about some of his favorite locations he went
Angel shares tips and tricks on where to start doing what he does
Angel shares where he goes next
Angel shares the one thing he takes with him when he travels - A moleskin journal
Angel shares the one piece of life advice he would give to a younger Angel
You can find Angel on http://www.angelstravellounge.com (www.angelstravellounge.com)
EP 29: THE STRUGGLES, TRIUMPHS, & ADVENTURES OF A BEING DIGITAL NOMAD – NEARLY GETTING ARRESTED IN MEXICO, & PARTYING IN GREECE WITH TAYLOR WALLACE
In this episode, I interview Digital Nomad Taylor Wallace. She shares some of the struggles she had living this lifestyle and how she found balance.
Taylor reads an excerpt from her travels
Taylor talks about the excerpt from her travels
Taylor defines what a digital nomad means
Taylor shares with us what a regular day living her nomad life looks like
Taylor shares how she defines traveling and the difference between being a digital nomad and traveling
Taylor shares the decision when she decided to become a digital nomad
The importance of finding a community so you can thrive
Taylor shares one of her fears when she had - The feeling of falling behind and how she dealt with that challenge
Taylor shares how she moved into the mindfulness space and her journey to moving into the importance of mindfulness as a digital nomad
Taylor’s most valuable thing she learned was that nothing is important
Taylor explains what this means to her
Taylor shares her most dangerous moment she’s ever experienced while being a digital nomad - She shares a story in Mexico where her group of friends and their acquaintances almost got arrested.
Taylor shares her most fulfilling moment on a Greek Island getting invited on a massive luxury yacht
Taylor’s favorite place in the world is Japan and she shares some of her favorite locations and experiences
Taylor shares one piece of advice that she would give to her younger self.
EP 28: 650,000 FOLLOWERS, THE POWER OF MINDSET, & BLOWING UP YOUR HAND WITH A FIRECRACKER IN INDIA WITH SOCIAL MEDIA TRAVEL EXPERT LUKE DAMANT
With over 650,000 followers across his personal brand, Luke has nailed social media travel content down to a science. He showcases areas around the world that aren’t typically visited and loves to connect with the local people, showing how they live and what occurs on a day to day basis. Uploading his adventures to Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube have allowed him to connect with others around the world, and set-up a life of travel
Luke reads an excerpt about his travels
Drea introduces Luke
Luke having the goal of producing videos that make people feel like they are in the moment with him.
Luke shares what he meant with the beginning excerpt and the story about his love for travel
Luke shares the beginnings of his travel life
He talks about knowing the travel lifestyle
His first place he went to Sri Lanka
He talks about the growth of his social media starting in India
Having parents that supported him at such a young age to purse his dream really helped in his success.
Luke talks about the importance of mindset
Luke talks about being 18 and some of his fears he had
Traveling with no plans
Luke talks about what his day looks like
Luke shares his biggest challenge when he travels and how he mitigates those challenges
Luke shares the most valuable thing he had learned during his travels.
Luke shares the most meaningful person he’s met on his travels
How luke found his meaningful person through instagram
Luke shares his most interesting story during his travels when he got hurt and a firecracker blew up on his hand in India during Diwali
He had a full recovery of his hand and he tells the whole story on how to get his hand back.
Luke shares that his most fulfilling moment is going back when he recovered a few months later to see the people who took care of him and give thanks to the doctor and his team.
Luke gives advice on how to do what he does to a younger version of himself.
Luke shares what makes good content and his belief on what good content means
He shares what his older videos vs what his videos look like now.
Luke shares his favorite place - Southern India and how to travel to that location
Luke shares a piece of life advice to a younger Luke
After sharing some positive advice, Drea asks Luke where he got this positivity from - Luke’s answer… Gary Vee
Luke’s next destination is Pakisatan. He shares why
Luke shares the one special thing he brings with him when he travels
EP 27: THE ADVENTURES OF AN EXPAT WITH DAVID MCNEILL
As the founder of Expat Empire, David McNeill is focused on inspiring people to move abroad and showing them how to do it. In addition to producing books, podcasts, blog posts, meetup events, and more, Expat Empire offers personalized consulting services to give everyone the opportunity to achieve their international dreams. David started Expat Empire because he has a genuine passion for living abroad. He left the United States in 2014 and has since lived in Tokyo, Berlin, and Porto.
David reads an excerpt her wrote about his travels
Introduction to David McNeill
David shares the story behind what he opens the episode reading.
David shares where he is located right now in Portugal
David talks about meeting his wife abroad and the things they had in common that brought them together
David shares what travel means to him being a digital nomad
David shares the decision to move and how this passion started
David shares some of his fears about his lifestyle and moving to a foreign country
David shares some of the difficulties and challenges while living on the road
David shares the most valuable thing he has learned while traveling as a nomad
David shares his podcast and business, Ex-pat Empire and why he started this personalizing consulting service helping people make the move.
David shares his favorite place - Budapest and why
David shares of his favorite tips and tricks
The Ruin Pubs
David shares a dive he did with sharks in the Philippines
David also shares another interesting trip he had in Guatemala and having a problem with the border crossing
David shares his most meaningful person he has met abroad - A friend in Japan
David shares his most fulfilling moment while being abroad - Getting Lost
David shars his tips and tricks on following his footsteps as an Ex-pat
David shares a piece of advice that he would give to a younger himself
David shares the one thing he takes with him on many of his trips
David shares his next plans with his wife
EP 26 - HISTORY CHANNEL'S "ALONE" STAR & WILDERNESS SURVIVALIST CARLEIGH FAIRCHILD SHARES HER PASSION FOR THE WILD
Carleigh Fairchild lives her life as a journey, taking each adventure and living it to the fullest. She has studied survival skills since she was a teenager, and Niaszhii Healing over the last seven years. Carleigh is passionate about basket weaving, shelter building, fire making, edible and medicinal plants, and finding joyful connections wherever she goes. In 2016 Carleigh lived solo for 86 days and filmed herself as part of History Channel’s TV series Alone. Carleigh is a practitioner of Niaszhii (Nya Zee Yi) Healing, teaches survival skills, gives inspirational presentations, and is an ambassador for LT Wright Handcrafted Knives.
Carleigh Fairchild reads an excerpt of her journal about her time on the show “Alone
Drea introduced Carleigh and her background
Carleigh talks about the excerpt in the beginning about the feelings she had about the show, “Alone.” She shares how they weren’t allowed to bring a journal on the show.
Carleigh shares what travel means to her
Carleigh shares her preferred way of travel
Carleigh shares that she actually went back to Mongolia and interned for Panoramic Journeys.
Drea shares that on the show, they went to her two favorite places, Patagonia and Mongolia
Carleigh shares what it looks like to travel with her and some of the things she carries with her when she goes to travel
Carleigh shares her travel style
Cowboy camping - Drea talks about Carleigh on the show when she still went cowboy camping even though she spots a bob cat
She talks about having familiarity and rationalizing being a big factor with cowboy camping.
Carleigh shares about sleeping with just a tarp for some of her time hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail
Carleigh tells us that there is nothing else teaches you more about yourself than being out there in the wilderness for a long period of time
She shares what the most valuable thing she has learned out in the wilderness
Carleigh is a wilderness survivalist and she talks about where it started.
Carleigh shares with us what wilderness survival has taught her the most.
The importance of being part of the wilderness
The importance to have empathy when hunting and being part of the cycle of life
Carleigh talks about making a drum out of a cow hide she found on the show
She talks about the things she made with this cow hide
She starts to discuss what the experience was like on the show “Alone”
Carleigh and Drea discuss the difficulties about filming and surviving at the same time.
Drea asks if this was the first time she really had to apply the survival skills she had learned in the past. Carleight explains that she actually had less items in the past.
Drea asks which of the two were more difficult - her time on Alone or her previous experiences
Carleigh talks about how they weren’t allowed to go outside of the area they were in.
Carleigh shares her biggest challenge on “Alone” - Food
She only caught 6 fish and she explains that journey
Carleigh talks about her mental capacity to stay for such a lengthy time on the show.
Carleigh talks about how she really learn to value other people’s company after being on the show both on the first and second times.
She talks about how soon they had her work on the 2nd time on the show - it was one year.
Carleigh talks about the recovery period after her experience.
Losing her love for Bacon and Chocolate after the 86 days in the wilderness
Carleigh talks about how close she was to winning the show
Carleigh talks about how Alone was a journey for yourself as opposed to competing against each other
Carleigh talks about the 2nd time on the show, "Alone" and her experience with the fish hook in her hand.
Carleigh talks about the highest point in Washington on the