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Slow Travel For The Win

Slow Travel For The Win

May 4, 2021

Are you part of the fast travel or slow travel movement? 

Our time in Costa Rica this last winter is the catalyst for today's conversation all about the pros and cons of slow travel. Trav is a convert from fast to slow and you will hear exactly why in this episode.

If you are stuck in fast travel mode but crave a slower pace then this episode will spur your drive to create a life where slow travel is not only an option but the option.

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

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In This Episode

  • 03:50 What Is Slow Travel?
  • 07:30 The 80/20 Rule Blast From The Past
  • 09:10 Cons Of Slow Travel
  • 13:40 Pros of Slow Travel
  • 17:30 Making Money From Your Home For Your Travels
  • 21:40 Educating Your Kids & Yourself Through Travel
  • 35:30 Strategies For Slow Travel

 

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Beginner Traveler’s Guide To Going Nomad / Jason Robinson

Beginner Traveler’s Guide To Going Nomad / Jason Robinson

April 27, 2021

Have you been dragging your feet about going nomadic? Are you coming up with every excuse possible to talk yourself out of it? Are you ready to get out of your own way?

Jason Robinson from The Nomad Experiment is here today to talk about his new book The Beginner Traveler's Guide To Going Nomad, the importance of facing fear, and why it is never too late to live the life you have always dreamed about. 

If you are sick of making excuses, living solely in your comfort zone, and waiting for the so-called 'perfect time' to make the leap into a travel life, then this episode is for you!

 

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In This Episode

  • 02:45 The Beginner Travelers Guide To Going Nomad
  • 06:15 A Lonely Passport Stamp & Planting The Seed
  • 10:05 How Location Independence Became Tangible
  • 16:45 Extending Your Comfort Zone + Hosteling & Airbnb
  • 25:05 Get Started Local & Then Go Abroad
  • 29:30 Misconceptions & Perspectives
  • 31:50 Confidence Expansion & Retraction Paradox
  • 33:20 The Idea Of "Wasted Time" & Paying Off 50k In Debt
  • 40:00 Making Big Shifts In Your Life
  • 42:55 Realities Of Location Independence
  • 46:10 The Nomad Experiment(s)
  • 49:45 Living Out Of His Jeep & Pulling Teeth In Budapest
  • 01:00:10 A Guide To Help You Travel More
  • 01:06:10 Getting Out Of Your Own Way & Doing It In Steps

 

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5 Ways Travel Will Change Post-Pandemic

5 Ways Travel Will Change Post-Pandemic

April 13, 2021

What do you think will be the changes we see in travel in a post-pandemic life? How do you see it affecting the way you travel?

We have had quite some time to think about life post-pandemic but now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (thank you vaccine), we feel it is a great time to talk about how travel will have changed going forward. This was the topic we were prepared to discuss during our time on MSNBC with Yasmin Vossoughian but they quickly found out that Heather had caught COVID while we were in Costa Rica and that made for a better story for them. But, since we have this podcast we can finally get to discuss the 5 ways we see travel changing in a post-pandemic world and dive into the fundamental shift in the way people are traveling that we see as a positive. Enjoy!

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In This Episode

  • 08:55 Logistics
  • 11:10 The Big Rise In...
  • 12:55 Slow & Steady Wins The Race
  • 16:40 Shift In Where You Go
  • 22:05 The Concept Of Home
  • 28:25 Purpose Matters

 

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Top 20 Songs

Top 20 Songs

April 6, 2021

What are your go-to jams? Who are your favorite artists that you can listen to over and over again? Are you a top hits listener or a whole album listener? 

Today, Heather & I will be diving into our top 10 songs (20 between the two of us) and while this is something a little different in terms of topic, we do hope you get a kick out of whether we have ANY that are on both lists. It is another list episode and the same rules apply, we don't know what is on each other's lists and, of course, there will be honorable mentions. This episode is not a technical look at music and there are genres that I know nothing about so take this all as just our personal opinions (& with a grain of salt).

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In This Episode

  • 09:20 Honorable Mentions
  • 15:45 Lyrics Matter
  • 18:10 Travis Has More To Offer
  • 21:10 Christian Ska Band
  • 22:20 Stubborn Love
  • 24:10 SoCal Representing
  • 26:00 Some Folk-Rock Band From London
  • 28:10 Southside Of Heaven
  • 30:55 American Singer-Songwriter
  • 34:25 Invoking Travel & A Little Drinking
  • 35:55 It's Time For Cammp
  • 37:45 Loving On Pat McGee
  • 40:55 Canadian Islands
  • 44:30 Wild Rivers
  • 48:40 A Country Song With Lots Of Versions
  • 52:40 A North Carolina Band: On Both Lists!
  • 54:30 Paris In The Morning
  • 55:55 South African Singer That Is A True Artist
  • 01:01:40 I Am California
  • 01:03:35 Number Ones

 

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Destination Diary: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Destination Diary: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

April 1, 2021

You asked for it and today you are getting it! Our destination diary on Tamarindo, Costa Rica has arrived and it is jam-packed with great places, ideas, eats, etc. Since we spent such a long time here we are giving you all the insights that we learned during this time. Enjoy!

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Getting There:

  • Liberia Airport

    • Shuttle 1:15 hr - $80
  • San Jose
    • Shuttle 4 hours - $$$
  • Renting A Car
    • $1,300 / Month
    • $300 / Week
    • $12 / day Includes Mandatory Insurance

 

Getting Around:

  • Within The Town

    • Walk
    • Golf Cart
    • Car

 

Stay:

  • Tamarindo

  • Langosta
    • More Residential - Would Want A Car Or At Least A Bike To Get To Town

 

Food & Drink:

 

Activities:

Shops:

 

Can't Miss OR Skip:

 

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The Friendliest Countries

The Friendliest Countries

March 23, 2021

We have another list episode but this is the first time we have dove into the friendliest countries we have been to. Now, this does beg the question of what makes a place friendly and we are leaving it intentionally vague because it means something different to everybody. Like with all of our lists we will have some honorable mentions and then we get into our top 5 friendliest countries which we have not shared with each other. We hope you enjoy this episode!

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In This Episode

  • 03:45 What Defines Friendliest?
  • 07:00 Honorable Mentions
  • 11:15 Ancient & Modern Worlds Collide Here
  • 13:10 The Land Of Smiles
  • 15:10 Pura Vida
  • 18:45 The Emerald Isle
  • 20:45 Land Down Under
  • 25:30 From Honorable Mention To Main List
  • 35:15 This Place Is On My Mind
  • 42:00 Let's Repeat One

 

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What It’s Like To Get COVID In Another Country

What It’s Like To Get COVID In Another Country

March 17, 2021

You may be asking yourself "where the heck has EPOP been for the last few weeks?" well...Heather caught COVID. This, of course, changed everything we had planned including recording more episodes of this podcast. I went on full daddy duty while Heather had to quarantine herself away for 10 + days BUT Heather has fully recovered and we are discussing what it is like to get COVID in another country, the steps we had to take for testing, and how it affected our lives.

What is your biggest fear about traveling right now? Did this episode help or hinder your travel plans? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

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In This Episode

  • 03:30 Questions About Costa Rica During COVID
  • 05:00 Catching COVID in Costa Rica
  • 06:40 Heather's Symptoms
  • 10:10 Getting Tested & Isolating
  • 16:30 Having The Scarlet Letter
  • 19:30 Symptoms Throughout The Experience & Mental Toll
  • 25:45 Our Blessings & We Know How Fortunate We Are
  • 30:10 Prepping Whit For His COVID Test & The Flight Again
  • 32:40 Are You Comfortable With The Possible Repercussions Of Traveling Now?
  • 34:10 Do We Regret Traveling To Costa Rica 

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Why We Traveled To Costa Rica During COVID

Why We Traveled To Costa Rica During COVID

February 16, 2021

If you don't follow us on Instagram then SURPRISE we are in Costa Rica and have been for over a month and today we are talking about how we came to the decision to come down here, the preconceived notions we had about the experience during COVID, and what it is like now that we are here and have been for a few weeks. We also may drop some hints on what our plan is moving forward.

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In This Episode

  • 06:15 Making The Decision: What Went Into It
  • 10:20 What Did We Have To Do To Be Able To Travel To Costa Rica
  • 12:20 General Safety Precautions We Took As Well
  • 14:10 Fully Booked Flights: Panic Attack Material
  • 17:00 Feeling Safer In Costa Rica
  • 20:10 Why Did We Choose Costa Rica?
  • 23:00 What Are The Plans For Your Time In Costa Rica?
  • 27:10 Why Did We Record This Episode?
  • 30:50 Traveling With Kids During COVID

 

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Best Experiences: 2020 In Review

Best Experiences: 2020 In Review

February 9, 2021

We return with our final part in our Year in Review Series

Check out Part 1: Travel Stats

Check out Part 2: Superlatives

Check out Part 3: Best Drinks

Check out Part 4: Best Desserts

Check out Part 5: Best Meals

Each year there are always a handful of days that stand out. While 2020 definitely did everything in its power to limit those, they still prevailed in spades.

Today, Heather and I go through our top 10 experiences of 2020 from multiple honorable mentions to really appreciating the big and the little things in life.

What were your favorite experiences of 2020? If you get to hit up any of the places we list then please let us know @ExtraPackofPeanuts and snap a pic and hashtag it #EPOPSentUs!

In This Episode

  • 05:15 Honorable Mentions
  • 12:55 Getting A Peek Into Our Diaries
  • 14:35 Travel Blogging Friends + A Social Distance Shindig
  • 17:05 Whit & Hadley: Best Buddies
  • 19:25 Pre-Covid Cocktail Crawl
  • 21:55 Road Tripping
  • 24:00 The 100th Country Party (Pre-Covid)
  • 26:45 Beaches...Feeling Normal Again
  • 29:40 Love, Deuce, Match
  • 32:15 Heather's Happy Place
  • 36:40 Walks With Mom
  • 38:30 Beautification Of The Backyard & Family Celebrations
  • 42:45 Collegiate Times
  • 45:05 Girl Date & Zoom Weddings
  • 49:30 Porch Sitting & Beach Days
  • 53:00 The Launching of Ju Ju + Co
  • 55:30 Hanging Ten
  • 01:01:20 Zone Of Genius
  • 01:06:40 Daddy Daughter Time
  • 01:12:25 Our Number One's

 

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Best Meals: 2020 In Review

Best Meals: 2020 In Review

February 2, 2021

We return with Part 5 of 6 in our Year in Review Series

Check out Part 1: Travel Stats

Check out Part 2: Superlatives

Check out Part 3: Best Drinks

Check out Part 4: Best Desserts

If you know anything about us, it's that we love to eat. We tried to eat out to help support restaurants as much as we safely could during COVID.

Today Heather and I are going to go through our top 8 meals of the year (each) for a total of 16 awesome places that you should definitely check out if you're going to be in the neighborhood!

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

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In This Episode

  • 06:30 Honorable Mentions
  • 13:35 The List Begins
  • 19:55 Good Ol' Biscuit's
  • 23:10 Fantastic Chicken Options
  • 27:15 Heather Can Make It Even Better
  • 29:40 Thai Is The Best
  • 33:40 Trav "Acai Bowl" Sherry
  • 37:15 It Is ALL About Comfort Food
  • 42:30 A Homemade Southern Tradition
  • 47:40 Bringing it Back to Philly
  • 52:00 Home Cooking Papa Style
  • 54:45 Drum Roll Please....#1's

 

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Homemade or Multi-Location

  • Trav's Grilling
  • Pineapple Stuffing & Salt & Vinegar Mashed Potatoes by our buddy Crime
  • Papa Sherry's Gumbo
  • Tattooed Chef Acai Bowls

North Carolina

Philadelphia

Philly Suburbs

Tennessee

 

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