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Learn how you can become your own Travel Agent with insight provided by travel authors, tour guides, adventurers, and digital nomads! Each week The Travelers Blueprint Podcast hosts’ Bob DiMenna and Elliot Shibley interview travel enthusiasts from around the world in order to gain knowledge on all aspects of travel. From hacking the airline point system to planning hiking adventures across Antarctica, you will hear from the men and women who have scoured the planet in search of the interesting, insightful, bold, and practical.

Monday: you can expect a new podcast where Bob and Elliot sit down with an individual travel expert. Every conversation is a deep dive into that person’s area of travel expertise!

First Mondays: of every month is the TTB Travel Bites episode where the previous month’s travel news, adventure stories, and travel planning updates are broken down and discussed!

Last Fridays: of every month you will get to hear from a meticulously selected panel of 6 individual travel experts. This is where we discuss hot and trending travel topics with diverse opinions! Topics generally revolve around issues in the travel industry associated with budgeting, race, gender, planning, conservation, and safety.

You can also learn how to become your own Travel Agent with video courses (Become Your Own Travel Agent Video Tutorial Course), one on one live video classes (Become Your Own Travel Agent Master Course) or be provided with a detail oriented full travel itinerary created by us (The Travelers Blueprint Master Itinerary).

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The Travelers Blueprint Bob DiMenna and Elliot Shibley

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0 • 57 Ratings

Learn how you can become your own Travel Agent with insight provided by travel authors, tour guides, adventurers, and digital nomads! Each week The Travelers Blueprint Podcast hosts’ Bob DiMenna and Elliot Shibley interview travel enthusiasts from around the world in order to gain knowledge on all aspects of travel. From hacking the airline point system to planning hiking adventures across Antarctica, you will hear from the men and women who have scoured the planet in search of the interesting, insightful, bold, and practical.

Monday: you can expect a new podcast where Bob and Elliot sit down with an individual travel expert. Every conversation is a deep dive into that person’s area of travel expertise!

First Mondays: of every month is the TTB Travel Bites episode where the previous month’s travel news, adventure stories, and travel planning updates are broken down and discussed!

Last Fridays: of every month you will get to hear from a meticulously selected panel of 6 individual travel experts. This is where we discuss hot and trending travel topics with diverse opinions! Topics generally revolve around issues in the travel industry associated with budgeting, race, gender, planning, conservation, and safety.

You can also learn how to become your own Travel Agent with video courses (Become Your Own Travel Agent Video Tutorial Course), one on one live video classes (Become Your Own Travel Agent Master Course) or be provided with a detail oriented full travel itinerary created by us (The Travelers Blueprint Master Itinerary).

Our Private Community on Facebook is a great way to have your travel questions be heard and speak directly to us. Join here: The Travelers Blueprint Community

Follow Us on Social Media: Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - YouTube

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    TTB 113: The Art of Mindful Travel

    TTB 113: The Art of Mindful Travel

    Mag is the award-winning author of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, Tales of a Travel Junkie (which hit #1 in 5 countries on the day it launched and just won Best Indie Biographies and Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to EAT PRAY LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space, including Jack Kornfield. It's full of stories of her travels around the world, self-discovery, healing, food, and so much more.
    Inside the Episode:
    (04:22): Elliot introduces Mag by providing a general synopsis on her book, Bowing to Elephants.
    (05:10): Mag brings us up to speed on why she decided to write a travel book in her 70s after a lifetime of traveling the world.
    (08:40): We discuss the importance of keeping a travel journal to track your memories and experiences throughout your life.
    (16:00): Mag discusses her early travels and the struggles she faced with her family relationships.
    (20:18): Mag embraced Buddhism and meditation explains her transition into a lifestyle of mindfulness.
    (34:13): Mag went to Bhutan with intention - To find mental clarity through meditation with Buddhist Monks. Her time in Bhutan revolved around the concept of mindfulness and as she reflected on this experience on our podcast, its significance in how it influenced the trajectory of her life was apparent.
    (56:45): “You can’t control the universe”, Mag tells us. This was in reference to the influx of tourism she’s witnessed over the several decades.
    (57:46): Respect is something travelers must be willing to practice while abroad. You need to be respectful of the culture you visit, your fellow tourists, and the environment and architecture you travel to enjoy. Mag provided stories and insight on how she practices respect abroad after a lifetime of travel!
    1:06:20: Rapid Fire!
    Learn More About Our Guest:


    https://magdimond.com/bowing-to-elephants


    The Travelers Blueprint is more than just a podcast with consulting services that allow you to Become Your Own Travel Agent!


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    Our Private Community on Facebook is a great way to have your travel questions be heard and speak directly to us. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/260677938112800 (The Travelers Blueprint Community)
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    Mag Dimond Bowing to Elephants Mindful Travel The Travelers Blueprint Podcast Bhutan Burma Travel Junkie






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    • 1 hr 17 min
    TTB 112: Achieving Location Independence

    TTB 112: Achieving Location Independence

    Amanda and Ryan are the hosts of The World Wanderers podcast. They are both originally from Western Canada, but fell in love with traveling on their first big backpacking trip around the world in 2011. Since then, they have traveled all over the world together! In 2016, Amanda and Ryan took their work online so that they could travel more full-time and more sustainably. They’ve been digital nomads ever since, and although Canada will always be home, they have now lived in places like Bali, Mexico, the United States, and Panama. They created The World Wanderers as a way to share their travel adventures with other people, to encourage and inspire other people to get out and see the world, and to have great conversations with like-minded people.
    Inside the Episode:


    (04:50): Amanda starts us off to their first backpacking trip back in 2011 as a gap year between college and the corporate world.
    (27:50): We get into the costs associated with Vagabonding vs. living in the US and how you can sometimes save money being a Digital Nomad working in a foreign country.
    (30:22): Imagine making an average US salary of $60,000, but living in Chiang Mai, San Jose, or Oaxaca where your total monthly living expenses may only come to $2,000 USD. What would you do with the extra income? This is what is enticing more and more young people to work online - opening the doors to a more financially and location independent lifestyle. The #newrich VG-Salary
    (49:00): Being a Digital Nomad does not mean you get to travel worry free! It’s a common misconception that those with location independence are never working (blame social media). The truth is, it can be a brutal and exhausting balance of work and travel. Digital Nomads typically spend a majority of their day sitting behind a laptop cranking out work just to enjoy a few hours in the evening abroad. So disregard those ads pretending that you can make “a gazillion dollars while traveling abroad” and realize that in order to be location independent - you're going to have to work, hard. VG
    (1:10:57): Rapid Fire Round!


    Learn More About Our Guest:


    https://www.theworldwanderers.com/


    The Travelers Blueprint is more than just a podcast with consulting services that allow you to Become Your Own Travel Agent!


    Take a moment to rate us! Screenshot your review, email us the screenshot with your name and address and we will send you a FREE travel sticker! TheTravelersBlueprint@gmail.com
    FREE Travel Cheat Sheet! Just sign up for all the latest TTB news and guest information at http://www.thetravelersblueprint@gmail.com (www.thetravelersblueprint.com)
    For Travel Consulting Services w/ Bob: https://thetravelersblueprint.com/travel-consulting (https://thetravelersblueprint.com/travel-consulting)
    Our Private Community on Facebook is a great way to have your travel questions be heard and speak directly to us. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/260677938112800 (The Travelers Blueprint Community)
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    TTB 111: Into the Amazon

    TTB 111: Into the Amazon

    Scott Lite was trained as an herbalist at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in September 2011. Scott is an associate of the Botanical Preservation Corps and was on the 2010 expedition to Peru collecting seeds and information on medicinal, edible, and sacred plants throughout the Andes. In 2010 Scott opened the Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization or EthnoCO which is a company based in Peru that leads expeditions and sells cultural wares.
    Inside the Episode:
    (09:03): There are certain things you need to know before you go into the Amazon. Scott breaks down the dangers for us.
    (17:08): Scott tells an incredible story of what NOT to do in the Amazon Jungle… don’t mess with the venomous snakes. Luckily this story ended with a happy ending.
    (29:04): Scott walks us through the jungle tours he provides through his guide company, Ethno Botanical Co.
    (41:05): We hear about Scott’s tours to visit local tribespeople within the Amazon Jungle.
    (54:20): Scott breaks down some of the tours he offers in the remote Andes Mountains, trying the local cuisine, staying in the local village, and learning about textiles and culture.


    Learn More About Our Guest:


    https://www.ethnoco.com/


    The Travelers Blueprint is more than just a podcast with consulting services that allow you to Become Your Own Travel Agent!


    Take a moment to rate us! Screenshot your review, email us the screenshot with your name and address and we will send you a FREE travel sticker! TheTravelersBlueprint@gmail.com
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    For Travel Consulting Services w/ Bob: https://thetravelersblueprint.com/travel-consulting (https://thetravelersblueprint.com/travel-consulting)
    Our Private Community on Facebook is a great way to have your travel questions be heard and speak directly to us. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/260677938112800 (The Travelers Blueprint Community)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    TTB 110: October Travel Bites with Bob and Elliot

    TTB 110: October Travel Bites with Bob and Elliot

    In this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of October. We break down our favorite different news articles, including:
    (4:07): General travel updates around the world!
    (7:03): https://www.travelpulse.com/news/impacting-travel/early-thanksgiving-2020-travel-trends-emerge-from-latest-data.html (Holiday Travel Trends!)
    (9:22): https://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-technology/google-adding-new-coronavirus-related-details-to-travel-search-results.html (Google is rolling out new tech to aid in your ability to book travel in the COVID-19 world!)
    (12:42): https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/jesse-takayama-machu-picchu-intl-hnk/index.html (The man who visited Machu Picchu all by himself after a 7 month lockdown in Peru!)
    (16:57): https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54552380 (The man on the jetpack is back in the LAX area! )
    Up This Month:


    Scott Lite: Touring the Amazon Jungle
    Amanda and Ryan: Digital Nomad Lifestyle
    Mag Dimond: Author of Bowing to Elephants


    Thank you for listening!
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    Our Private Community on Facebook is a great way to have your travel questions be heard and speak directly to us. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/260677938112800 (The Travelers Blueprint Community)
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    • 22 min
    TAT 003: The Future of Travel

    TAT 003: The Future of Travel

    On this episode of the Travel Around Table, the group discusses:
    (3:45): What does the future of travel hold?
    (20:12): What are some of the things tour guides are doing to entice guests to travel safely?
    (26:35): How has COVID-19 altered your perception of the travel industry?
    (43:01): One Cuban cigar a day keeps the Spanish Flu away
    (45:38): Elliot’s Hoorah Question of the day! “What advice can you give our listeners who are typically travel enthusiasts on how to plan and proceed with travel?”
    Remember to check out our guests and the incredible travel information they provide!
    Brandon Shaw (The Tour Guy): https://www.thetourguy.com/tours
    Igor Scomparin (Tour Leader Venice): https://www.tourleaderinvenice.com/
    Keshler Thibert (Le Cenard Tourism): http://www.lecanardtourism.com/
    Thank you for listening!
    Take a moment to rate us! Screenshot your review, email us the screenshot with your name and address and we will send you a FREE travel sticker! TheTravelersBlueprint@gmail.com
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    • 52 min
    TTB 109: Vagabonding with Rolf Potts

    TTB 109: Vagabonding with Rolf Potts

    Rolf Potts’ adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, driving a Land Rover across South America, and traveling around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind. Rolf is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, which has been through thirty-two printings and translated into several foreign languages.
    Inside the Episode:
    (5:14): Elliot introduces Rolf and we jump right into his book, Vagabonding.
    (8:41): Rolf describes his book, Vagabonding and how its popularity took hold as tech advancements allowed for better online working experiences. As a result, the term “Digital Nomad” became a philosophical ideology and a benchmark for success for travel enthusiasts around the world. Thanks Rolf.
    Who here is guilty of the “checklist mentality” while traveling? It is SO easy to want to run from one landmark to the next the second you step down in a brand new city. But as Rolf explains, sometimes, the things that you may feel are holding you up, or slowing you down can actually be more authentic to your experience than any landmark. The lesson here is: Be Present. Enjoy each moment. Take in the city through a cab window if you’re stuck in traffic. Enjoy the conversation if your waiter is taking longer than expected to bring the check. Or just throw out your plans and travel spontaneously all together - we won't judge.
    (30:10): Are you a “Checklist Traveler”, a “Vagabond”, or somewhere in between? On the podcast with Rolf we discussed the variation in travel styles. From itinerary driven vacationers to spontaneous budget backpackers - there seems to be just as many travel preferences as there are people packed into the Vatican in July. So which travel preference reigns supreme?! Listen to find out :)
    (30:34): Rolf has spoken! We (Americans) can still be partial-Vagabonds with our depressingly few vacation days. It’s all about perspective and how you manage your experience. You may not be backpacking for 6 months through Europe, but you can still see the world through the eyes of a true Vagabond if you so choose.
    Vagabonding does not give you a moral high ground, so don’t be a hater. That person infatuated with the Great Wall of China, or the over touristy Champ De Mars could have spent years planning and saving for that experience. To them, it’s profound. Just as profound as your backroad Tanzanian trip, your multi-day trek through Peru, or the time you woke up in bed with a random Indian man in Thailand (no, just us?). Point is: “Don’t be a dick.”
    (34:55): “It just doesn’t cost that much to travel and have amazing experiences” - Rolf Potts, on The Travelers Blueprint Podcast. When he broke it down, it made so much sense. Say you buy 1 cup of coffee per day for a year from Dunkin for $2 a cup. The $730 you spent could get you about 2,284 meals in Thailand. Your money can go SOOO far in other countries. The experiences will be priceless. Moral of the story: Save your money and travel the world.
    (47:42): Rolf makes a great point that it’s ok to miss things. If you're traveling slow, you can always come back and experience what you didn’t the first time. “You’ve given yourself a gift for the future”
    (55:19): Material possessions just don’t provide us with the same satisfaction that experiences do. Don’t believe me? Think about what makes you happiest. What are your happiest memories? Chances are, your happiest moments involve a loved one. They involve a place in time with that loved one. They rarely involve the unboxing of a new flat screen TV or shaking hands with a car salesman.
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

BrosAroundTheGlobe ,

Informative, insightful and inspiring!

The Travelers Blueprint is the podcast that will get your travel juices flowing even if you’re not currently on the road. The guests come from all walks of life and bring unique, inspiring perspectives to each episode. This podcast is not only informative, but it’s entertaining and deeply relatable to any traveler or aspiring traveler. Bob & Elliot are a dynamic duo!

BryttaByers ,

Excellent Travel Podcast!

The Travelers Blueprint is knowledgeable, entertaining and inspires me to see the world in bigger ways! I loved the Thoughtful Traveler, Solo Travel and Travel Disaster episodes in particular. As an experienced solo traveler, I learned many travel tips so if you’re a traveler pull out your journal and take notes. It’s well worth it!

Mike travler ,

Helps with Quarantine

Hands down a top travel podcast. Each week you get insight from a brand new travel expert! This podcast is getting me through the boredom of quarantine and satisfying my wanderlust.

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