Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
Top 10 Places To Spend Christmas

Top 10 Places To Spend Christmas

December 1, 2020

First, we want to give a huge thanks to our amazing listeners who gave us some fantastic holiday-themed ideas for podcasts for the entire month of December which spurred on today's episode. Heather and I are talking about our top 5 places (each) that we would like to spend the Christmas season. Of course, they are ranked but do you think any place made both lists?

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

Today's episode has been sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks!

In This Episode

  • 08:20 Honorable Mentions
  • 11:00 Number 5
  • 16:35 Number 4
  • 19:35 Number 3
  • 26:55 Number 2
  • 32:30 Number 1

 

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Thanksgiving Thanks

Thanksgiving Thanks

November 24, 2020

It’s great to practice thankfulness all year long but it’s definitely in overdrive during this season and we couldn’t be happier. So to continue in the celebrations, Heather and I look back at the past year (as difficult as it was) and reveal the people & things we are most thankful for in 2020. 

We want to know what are the unexpected things you are thankful for this year? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

Today's episode has been sponsored by the amazing folks over at Tortuga Backpacks!

In This Episode

  • 06:15 Number 7
  • 09:55 Number 6
  • 14:45 Number 5
  • 20:55 Number 4
  • 29:00 Number 3
  • 40:15 Number 2
  • 53:30 Number 1

 

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From Business Traveler To Pleasure Seeker w/ Malcolm Teasdale

From Business Traveler To Pleasure Seeker w/ Malcolm Teasdale

November 17, 2020

Joining me today is someone who has visited 98 countries, lived in 5, and who figures he’ll settle down when he’s 95, former business traveler and now strictly pleasure seeker, Malcolm Teasdale from MalcolmJTeasdale.com.

Do you travel for business? How do you mix business travel with pleasure travel? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 04:15 Getting Bit By The Travel Bug
  • 06:35 Seeking Out Business That Requires Travel
  • 10:05 Making Business & Travel Work Together
  • 13:30 Pros & Cons Of Living In All The Places He Has Lived
  • 18:25 Cruise Ships Speaking As A Way To Travel The World
  • 29:55 Getting Off The Beaten Path & Places To Go
  • 32:10 Bhutan Beauty & Exploration
  • 37:50 The Highlights Of All His Travels
  • 41:20 The Places That Will Be Visited
  • 42:45 Save and Splurge Travel
  • 47:25 Biggest Travel Mishap

 

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The Best Gifts For Travelers 2020 (Podcast)

The Best Gifts For Travelers 2020 (Podcast)

November 10, 2020

We are doing things a little different this time around because, well...2020 has been a different type of year. This year we are keeping our list to only 20 travel items that are great for regular travel, of course, but are also useful right now during COVID which means these items are good for everyday life and for current travel life (domestic travel in the US, road trips, and staycations).

From less than $5 to over $1,000, and with gifts ranging from backpacks to books and from kids to COVID items, there’s something here for everyone. Here are the best gifts for travelers (even during COVID) – so start shopping and happy holidays!

 

Click here to see the whole gift guide.

 

Today's episode has been sponsored by our friends at Tortuga Backpacks!

 

In This Episode

  • 07:00 Electronics and Gear
  • 14:50 Books
  • 20:40 Clothing
  • 30:30 Only in COVID
  • 34:00 Kids

 

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From An Office To An Adventure w/ Otto Ecroyd

From An Office To An Adventure w/ Otto Ecroyd

November 3, 2020

Joining me today is someone who once tried to sail from Norway to France and failed, who decided to ride a bike 5,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico but didn’t know how to change a tire, and who has gotten lost, stuck, and confused in more countries than he can count, Otto Ecroyd, author of Northbound and Down

What long-distance adventure are you wanting to conquer? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 03:00 Learning On The Go
  • 04:05 Leveling Up & Where It All Started
  • 09:45 Wanting To Do It To Actually Doing it
  • 15:30 Alaska Adventure
  • 19:30 Falling Forward & Planning At The Same Time
  • 23:20 Am I Gonna Quit?
  • 27:55 Being So Remote 
  • 30:35 Differences & Similarities Between All The Locations
  • 35:55 Gear Used & Tossed Along The Way
  • 40:40 Timeframe & End Date
  • 44:25 The Longest Stretches
  • 46:30 Biggest Lessons Learned
  • 48:50 Post Trip Life
  • 55:50 No Rules Needed
  • 56:30 Learning About Writing & Publishing A Book
  • 59:30 Unexpected Highlights & Biggest Mishap

 

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Where To Go & When w/ Sherry Ott

Where To Go & When w/ Sherry Ott

October 27, 2020

In her 11 years of living nomadically, she’s circled the globe multiple times visiting all 7 continents. She lived in Vietnam, hiked the Annapurna Circuit with her father, finished the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally, walked the Camino de Santiago, kayaked in Antarctica, herded reindeer in the Arctic, and drove an auto-rickshaw across India.

While quarantining in her home in Denver - she used her time to work on a new Ebook, Where to Go, and When. The book provides inspirational ideas of where to travel each month (for when we can travel again). For each month she chose 3 destinations to satisfy different travel styles (epic adventure, domestic trip, and an international trip or festival) with a short overview of the interesting, cool and quirky things to do there. The destinations were chosen based on trips Sherry has actually done over her 14 years as a travel blogger. My good friend and incredible writer and photographer - one of the OG’s of travel blogging - Sherry Ott from Ottsworld.com.

What is your favorite place to go in a specific month? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

In This Episode

  • 05:20 Homebasing After Being Nomadic For 11 Years
  • 12:00 How Fast Was She Moving As A Digital Nomad
  • 17:25 Do You Still Want The New Places Or The Comforts Of Places You've Been
  • 19:15 How The Pandemic Has Affected Sherry's Life & The Positives Of It All
  • 25:45 Exploring The West Via Road Trips
  • 33:30 Flirting & Planning For Future Travels
  • 36:30 Where To Go & When Travel Book
  • 38:50 Travel By Month
  • 42:00 Destinations That Are Surprising & Fun
  • 50:30 Lesser-Known Options & Trusting Advice From People Who Have Been There
  • 57:30 Save & Splurge: What Do You Save On & What Do You Splurge On
  • 01:05:30 Biggest Travel Mishap

 

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20 Questions About Our New Beach House - Answered!

20 Questions About Our New Beach House - Answered!

October 22, 2020

Heather and I have had a lot of questions about our new beach house in North Carolina and today they are getting answered. The questions are broken down into 3 categories which include general, logistics, and rental opportunities, and let's get started!

Do you want to live on the beach? Would you like to rent Trav & Heather's beach house? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

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

In This Episode

  • 07:30 How Long Do You Plan To Spend At The Beach House? 
  • 12:00 Did You Sell The Philly House? Are You Renting The Philly House?
  • 14:15 How Did We Decided On The Location?
  • 19:20 Why Did You Decided To Buy Something So Far From Philly?
  • 21:15 Why The Carolina's And Not Abroad?
  • 22:20 Where Do You See Yourselves Buying Next?
  • 24:00 Where Did We Get Those Chairs?!
  • 24:45 How Did We Find This Property?
  • 27:20 How Did We Find A Realtor In North Carolina?
  • 33:00 What Was The House Buying Process Like For You?
  • 38:45 Is Flood & Hurricane Insurance Expensive?
  • 42:10 Do We Have Concerns About An Investment This Large During A Pandemic?
  • 45:55 Any Tips On Budgeting For Someone Who Wants To Buy A Place
  • 53:35 Are We Hiring A Property Manager For The Rental Of This House?
  • 55:25 Was The Beach House Previously A Vacation Rental?
  • 57:55 How Do We Home Renovate With 2 Little Ones?
  • 59:30 Has It Turned Out How We Thought It Would? 

 

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European Road Tripping In 1975 w/ Marshall & Debbie Hockett

European Road Tripping In 1975 w/ Marshall & Debbie Hockett

October 13, 2020

Today is all about #vanlife but we are going back in time to 1975 to see how much it has changed over the years. I am happy to welcome Marshall & Debbie Hockett from Tripping1975.com, who, in 1975, hopped on a plane to Europe, grabbed a VW van named Banana, spent a year exploring the continent...and then, wrote a book about it 45 years later!

 

How much has traveled changed for you over the years? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

 

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

 

In This Episode

  • 03:00 Getting The Book Written
  • 05:40 Decision To Getting The Book Out
  • 07:00 Biggest Differences In Travel From The '70s to Now
  • 09:00 Highlights From The Trip
  • 12:25 Planning The Trip & The Route They Took in 1975
  • 19:15 Places That Exceeded Expectations
  • 21:00 Only One Argument In A Year
  • 25:00 Biggest Changes In Your Travel Style & Getting Back To Europe
  • 29:30 Biggest Travel Mishap
  • 36:00 Getting Engaged On The Road

 

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Around The World In 3 Years & Counting w/ Mon & T

Around The World In 3 Years & Counting w/ Mon & T

October 8, 2020

Joining me today are two people I’ve spent uncountable nights singing karaoke with, who graciously played host when Heather and I got to experience a New Year’s Eve in Sydney, and who I’ve been living vicariously through the last year as they travel around on their 3-year Round the World Trip, my favorite kiwis in the whole world, Mon and T from GetHappy.today.

What locations would be on your big trip list? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

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

In This Episode

  • 04:30 The Hidden Gem 
  • 09:45 Planning The Big Trip & The Spreadsheet
  • 17:50 The Deciding Factor Of When To Leave
  • 22:05 Taking Things With Ease & Lessons From Travel
  • 25:40 Get Happy Today: Begin Your Journey To Happiness
  • 27:30 The Parallel Between Two Seemingly Different Things
  • 36:05 Budgeting For A Long Extended Trip
  • 48:45 Traveling During COVID
  • 55:00 Being "Stuck" In Barbados
  • 58:35 The Future Of Their Travels During COVID
  • 01:03:15 What's It Like To Be Turned Away From A Country
  • 01:11:05 Trying To Get Into Slovenia
  • 01:14:30 Trying To Avoid Anymore Border Drama
  • 01:18:15 The Pillars Of The Travel Plan & What Will They Miss
  • 01:21:30 What Happens After The Trip?
  • 01:24:35 The Places They Want To Possibly Live
  • 01:33:40 The Vietnam Jeep Story

 

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The Beauty Of Imperfect Travels w/ Christine & Jules

The Beauty Of Imperfect Travels w/ Christine & Jules

September 29, 2020

Joining me today are the half Aussie/half American duo who have roamed the historic streets of Cuba, bathed elephants in Thailand, danced in one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, and done something many of us have done, gorged themselves full of food in Italy, Christine and Jules from Don’tForgetToMove.com and the Not So Bon Voyage podcast, which has the tagline “When Sh*t Goes Wrong on the Road”.

What are your biggest travel mishaps? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts.

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

In This Episode

  • 04:25 Volunteering For Love
  • 06:20 Where Did The Love Of Travel Start
  • 11:00 Learning To Travel With A Partner
  • 17:05 Different Ways Of Life On The Road
  • 19:45 Planning Their Travels
  • 20:50 #VanLife
  • 23:25 Sustainable/Responsible Tourism
  • 28:00 Adventure Travel = Authentic Travel
  • 32:25 Roles Of Travel
  • 35:45 Crazy Travel Situations & Travel Angels
  • 40:00 Splurging & Saving In What Areas
  • 47:05 Biggest Travel Mishaps
  • 56:15 Plans For Future Travel Post COVID

 

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