Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
Seeing The World Via Hitchhiking w/ Juan Villarino

Seeing The World Via Hitchhiking w/ Juan Villarino

July 30, 2020

Joining me today is someone who since 2005 has hitchhiked across 95 countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq, to document hospitality and fight stereotypes and who has written a book about it called Hitchhiking in the Axis of Evil, Juan Villarino from JuanVillarino.com

 

Have you ever hitchhiked? Where is your dream hitchhiking location? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

 

Check out the full show notes with all the links here!

 

In This Episode

  • 02:30 Hitchhiking In Modern Times
  • 10:35 Home Basing To Write A Book
  • 12:40 Easiest & Hardest Places To Hitchhike
  • 18:15 Building Authentic Connections Through Hitchhiking
  • 23:10 The Rules Of Hitchhiking & Being A Good Hitchhiker
  • 33:15 Solo vs With A Friend
  • 36:15 Hitchhiking in the States
  • 47:45 The Real Hospitality Of The People In The "Axis of Evil" 
  • 01:01:45 Biggest Travel Mishap

 

Fight Against Boring w/ Sean Kolina & Jeff Anderlite

Fight Against Boring w/ Sean Kolina & Jeff Anderlite

July 21, 2020

Joining me today are two guys who started the #1 hostel in Nicaragua, who have participated in the Mongol Rally, who have traveled through China, Colombia, and Peru sourcing fabrics and whose motto is to “Fight Against Boring”, Sean Kolina and Jeff Anderlite from BajaLlama.com. This episode was recorded pre-COVID-19.

 

How do you fight against boring? Do you want to participate in the Mongol Rally? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

 

Don't forget to check out the full show notes to grab all the links discussed!

 

In This Episode

  • 02:30 What is BajaLlama & Throwing The Darts On The Board
  • 06:20 Deciding On & Running A Clothing Business
  • 11:00 Supporting Local Artists & The Designing Process
  • 20:50 What Is The Naked Tiger?
  • 25:40 How Travel Has Impacted Them & How Has It Changed
  • 33:00 The Crazy Mongol Rally & The Fight Against Boring
  • 39:15 What Is The Mongol Rally & Where Do You Go?
  • 42:00 Strategies & Marketing for BajaLlama
  • 50:10 Biggest Travel Mishap
  • 56:45 What Is Coming Next & In The Future
Living A Wild Nomad Life w/ Uwe Allgäuer

Living A Wild Nomad Life w/ Uwe Allgäuer

July 14, 2020

Joining me today is someone who is a founder through and through - he’s founded a coworking space in Bansko, Bulgaria, a Nomad Sailing Retreat, and who has just started another project called “Wild Nomad Safari”, Uwe Allgauer from Wildnomadsafari.com. We are diving into what it's like to have multiple businesses running at one time, the importance of having a community of like-minded people, & why you need to have time to connect and time to disconnect. (This was recorded pre-COVID-19 so dates discussed have changed)

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

Do you surround yourself with like-minded communities? How has it benefited you? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 04:05 Why So Many Projects & Being A Multipotentialite
  • 10:45 The Backstory: Start of the Digital Nomad Life
  • 16:15 Defining The Terms To Live The Life
  • 23:30 Surrounding Yourself With Like-Minded People
  • 30:05 Building & Running Co-Working Bankso
  • 41:50 Beautiful Bulgaria & Business Perks
  • 47:45 Wild Nomad Safari
  • 52:30 How Does It Work & The Total Experience
  • 01:01:00 Nomad Sailing Retreats
  • 01:07:00 Biggest Travel Mishap
16 Best Places to Live for 3 Years

16 Best Places to Live for 3 Years

July 9, 2020

You are really digging our "countdown" style podcasts lately so we are giving you another one but this time we are diving into the 16 best places to live for at least 3 years. We aren't talking about vacations or short-haul stays but living day to day life like a local, embracing the culture fully, & truly settling into the places we discuss in today's podcast.

This one is a little more high stakes because Trav has a love of buying real estate and so at any point one of these places could become a reality so I (Heather) had to think long and hard about the possible future commitment this episode could be making for me.

We each picked 7-8 places (hello, honorable mentions) where we could live for 3 years and you'll have to listen to see if we had any places make both lists. Can anyone say moving possibilities?!

 

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

 

What places made your list? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

 

In This Episode

  • 05:00 The Ground Rules
  • 08:10 Honorable Mentions
  • 10:10 Let's Get Started
  • 41:10 Drumroll Please...Number One's
Top 10 Favorite States

Top 10 Favorite States

June 30, 2020

Today is all about Heather & I's top 5 favorite states we have been to and that means it is time for some good-hearted disagreements and maybe a mention or two of a few states that we still want to visit. This is another episode idea straight from our "Ask Us Anything" call-out on Instagram but we knew this would definitely need its own full episode. Of course, this wouldn't be a "Top List" without some honorable mentions so who do you think had the most of those?

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

Which states made it to your top 5 favorites list? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 05:40 The States We Want To Visit
  • 10:30 Honorable Mentions
  • 13:20 Let's Get Started
  • 29:35 Drumroll Please...Number One's
  • 41:25 If This Was a State, It Would Be My # 1
Life As A Nomad Attorney w/ Marc Weitz

Life As A Nomad Attorney w/ Marc Weitz

June 23, 2020

Joining me today is someone who is known as “a nomad attorney”, who in the last two years has ventured through Pakistan and Iraq, driven from LA to Alaska, and maybe most impressively, took the Trans-Siberian railroad in winter, and who just published his third novel, He Who Fights with Monsters (wow, I’m tired just writing all of that out!), Marc Weitz.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

Can your job be done on the road? What is your biggest hurdle to getting to a nomadic lifestyle? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

Grab all the show notes including the links here!

In This Episode

  • 04:15 Being A Nomad Attorney & Getting Started
  • 12:05 Biggest Roadblocks
  • 17:10 Tips For Beginner Nomads (Especially If Your Job Is Not Normally Nomadic)
  • 22:50 Making Travel A Lifestyle
  • 29:15 Living in Paris
  • 35:20 Volunteering During Your Trips
  • 37:45 Pakistan & Iraq Safety & Surprises
  • 44:00 Accommodations & Getting Around
  • 48:15 Exploring Eastern Europe & Transnistria The Breakaway Republic
  • 51:30 Amount Of Time Spent Away
  • 52:30 Tales From The Trans-Siberian Railroad In The Winter
  • 57:45 Top Of The List Places
  • 01:02:10 Biggest Travel Mishaps
  • 01:05:20 Writing Novels & The Love of Writing
Learning A Love Of Language w/ Steve Kaufmann

Learning A Love Of Language w/ Steve Kaufmann

June 18, 2020

Have you always wanted to learn a new language? How about 20 of them? Joining me today is someone who retired ex-diplomat, who has 50 years of travel under his belt, and who speaks 20 languages, Steve Kaufmann from lingq.com.

What language(s) do you want to learn? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 02:10 The Language Learning Beginnings
  • 05:45 How To Make Your Brain More Flexible 
  • 08:15 Best Ways To Learn A Language
  • 15:40 Lingq Language Learning
  • 19:20 Is Isolated Vocab Necessary?
  • 21:40 Comprehension & Tenses
  • 24:40 How Long Does It Take To Learn A Language
  • 28:45 How Important Is Immersion 
  • 32:35 How To Decide Which Languages To Learn
  • 34:15 Which Languages Did He Give Up On
  • 36:30 Learning Multiple Languages At Once & Losing What You've Learned
  • 40:50 The Extensive Travel Life
  • 42:55 Top of List Destinations
  • 43:40 Diplomat Life & Living Anywhere
  • 47:50 Travel Stories & Mishaps
Only One Country…For The Rest Of Our Lives

Only One Country…For The Rest Of Our Lives

June 9, 2020

Today we are answering one of our listener's questions that we received through our Instagram and we thought it was so good that it deserved its own podcast episode. We all know how much Travis loves his lists and he agonized over it up until this recording (TBH it was during the recording as well) while Heather was able to put her's together in less than 5 minutes but that is not to say that there wasn't a ton of pros and cons to navigate. The question is (drumroll please...) if you could only go back to one country for the rest of your life, where would you choose?

And of course, Trav has his ground rules for this question & is the flip flop master which you will hear when you check out this episode.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

If you could only go back to one country for the rest of your life, where would you choose? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

 

Get the full show notes with links here!

In This Episode

  • 04:30 The Question
  • 05:30 Trav's Ground Rules
  • 07:45 Heather & Trav's Reasoning & Honorable Mentions
  • 14:15 Let The Lists Begin
  • 31:10 Number One's
  • 40:00 What Is Your Top 5? 

 

The Art Of Pivoting In Travel  & Life w/ Lia & Jeremy

The Art Of Pivoting In Travel & Life w/ Lia & Jeremy

June 4, 2020

Joining me today are two people with Californian accents (even though one of them is from Kentucky), a couple who has driven a BMW into a medieval castle in France and are fellow stroopwafel addicts, Jeremy and Lia from PracticalWanderlust.com. After a disastrous year-long honeymoon they now share down-to-earth travel tips from their many (mis)adventures on their podcast and blog and we dive into those stories & tips in today's episode.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

What has been your most disastrous travel mishap? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 6:00 Coming Home From The One Year Honeymoon
  • 14:20 Better Work/Life Balance with Travel
  • 17:45 Why The Jump Into Travel & The Spreadsheet
  • 29:00 The Disasterous Honeymoon
  • 37:00 Reality Checks & How-To Pivot
  • 44:35 Amazing European Highlights & Castle Crashing
  • 50:20 The End Of The Trip & Processing It 
  • 57:00 The Machu Picchu Misadventure
  • 01:07:00 What Is Coming up Next
Top 6 Places To Get Quarantined

Top 6 Places To Get Quarantined

May 26, 2020

For our Quarantine Diaries we did a "Ask us Anything" series and some of the questions deserved a full episode so today Heather and I go through the top six places to be quarantined! The mountains, the ocean, a lake, a city... what will we choose? You have to listen to find out! 

Where would you want to be quarantined? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus.

Check out the entire library of EPoP Travel Podcasts on Apple Podcasts.

In This Episode

  • 5:30 Where would you choose to be quarantined?
  • 7:47 Heather's honorable mention
  • 10:09 Headed here in the fall?
  • 12:48 The ocean, good restaurants, and impeccable weather!
  • 13:53 Headed to an island?
  • 23:39 Anything you would change?
  • 25:30 Living on the water
  • 26:50 Where do you want to be quarantined? 

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