Curious about international travel? Want to leave everything behind and become a digital nomad? We — Karen and Jon Sumple — did just that, leaving the USA in July 2018, and our open-ended, long-term travel journey has taken us through Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and, now, Scotland. We enjoy living "Sumplace New" every few months because it provides perspective, awareness and understanding. We meet amazing people and witness how they live, work and play. We visit well-known destinations and wander roads less traveled to see where they lead. So why and how are we doing this? What are the obstacles, frustrations and lessons learned? The highlights and insights gleaned from living abroad, yet living locally? Listen in as we share all this and more. We continually challenge ourselves to "do the new" — and we encourage you to do the same, whether it's close to home or the other side of the world.
Scotland driving experience: Easy, challenging or frightening? (Ep30)
Our first time driving in the UK! Was it a white-knuckler? Or super easy, barely an inconvenience? Jon shares his biggest challenges driving from the passenger seat (in the US) and on the left side of the road, and it has nothing to do with actual...
Scottish words, phrases and slang that make us smile (Ep.29)
After six weeks in Edinburgh, yet only four outside of our apartment due to quarantine upon arrival, we've spent weekends exploring, dining and shopping, which means we're frequently hearing the English language with a Scottish flair, and we love it....
Planifestation: Time waits for no one, plan your journey NOW! (Ep.28)
Whether your journey to "someplace new" is in your hometown or on the other side of the world, don't wait for the perfect time to go for it. There's never been a better time to start something new than right now. When talking about our onward travel...
Listener Q&A, covid restrictions that make sense & shopping habits (Ep.27)
What started as a short Q&A session, wound up including an update on covid restrictions that make sense and work brilliantly in Edinburgh, a follow up on last week's episode with Alex's response and appreciation, and Karen's Edinburgh shopping binge...
Live the life you want: The four "-tions" to get you there (Ep.26)
Want to travel long-term like we do? Before you say "Sure, but I can't ..." you need to listen to this episode — especially to hear Alex's story. Alex is a barber at Edinburgh's Rag and Bone who cut Jon's hair last week, and he shared how he changed his...
Scotland First Impressions: Edinburgh, You Had Us at Hello (Ep25)
After months of lockdowns and quarantines (March 20-August 6), we finally had a chance to get out and explore again, and boy did we! Saturday and Sunday were jammed packed, as we walked over 40,000 steps exploring Edinburgh. Needless to say, we weren't...
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Perfect Pandemic Podcast
I lost my dad, then my job. But finding this podcast was the impetus I needed to examine my career choices and move from my comfortable bubble. Thanks, Jon & Karen!
Easy dialogue, insightful and inspiring
I stumbled upon a recommendation for this podcast in a worldschooling Facebook group and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to each and every episode. They answered so many of my questions about traveling in South America and as we get ready to make our own leap, they made it feel doable and provided us with ongoing inspiration.
So good to listen to the two of you.
You guys are great! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Great pace, information and humor. I’m soaking it all in! It is our dream to be out there in a little less than 4 years and we are very much looking forward to it. We are gathering lots of information and doing yearly trips to different places to have an idea of what is out there and build a bit of an itinerary.
Stay healthy, funny and awesome and hopefully moving soon.
I’ll keep on listening and recommending you.
Hasta luego amigos!