Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
Remote Working With A Global Career w/ Mike Swigunski

Remote Working With A Global Career w/ Mike Swigunski

February 18, 2020

Joining me today is someone who has been traveling and working from the road for over 2900 days and who has visited 573 cities and 73 countries, Mike Swigunski from GlobalCareerBook.com.

 

Today's episode has been sponsored by our friends at Chase. Check out one of our favorite travel credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, by going to CreditCards.com/EPOP.

 

Get the full show notes with all the links here!

 

In This Episode

  • 03:45 Counting Countries & Cities
  • 07:10 The City Of Spires: Prague
  • 16:05 Places Not Living up To The Hype
  • 17:50 Finding Jobs Overseas
  • 28:30 New Zealand Working Visa & Hitchhiking Adventure
  • 32:30 Finding Remote Work & Using Your Current Skill Set
  • 40:55 What Job Is Right For You & Pay Scales
  • 45:30 What Is The Competition Like?
  • 46:50 How To Stand Out From The Crowd
  • 53:20 Work/Life/Travel Balance
  • 56:10 Home Bases & Traveling From There
  • 59:50 Travel Mishaps
Best Experiences - 2019 in Review

Best Experiences - 2019 in Review

February 11, 2020

Each year there are always a handful of days that stand out.

Some of those perfect travel days that you couldn't have planned in a million years, but that really stick with you, months later.

Today, Heather and I go through our top 10 experiences of 2019 spanning the globe from the Good Ole USA to Canada to the warmth of sunny Florida and gorgeous Croatia.

What were your favorite experiences of 2019? 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!

Get the full show notes here!

In This Episode

  • 05:40 Honorable Mentions
  • 06:35 A Flight Made The List??!!
  • 08:55 The Good Ole USA
  • 13:30 Ohhhh Canada
  • 17:30 NYE + A Wedding
  • 19:20 I Think I Am In Love
  • 24:00 Beach Experiences
  • 35:55 Pacific Northwest With Friends
  • 39:15 Epic Croatia
  • 46:40 Mountain Skiing
  • 52:20 The Sun Came Out
  • 56:15 Viva Mexico
  • 58:45 Our Number One's
Best Desserts - 2019 in Review

Best Desserts - 2019 in Review

February 4, 2020

We love desserts, anything from ice cream to pastries, key lime bars to doughnuts...it all tastes amazing.

Today Heather and I go through our top 8 desserts (16 total + 1 honorable mention) from 2019, from hometown to widely available to cities around the world, if it's delicious, it's on the list!

What was your favorite dessert of 2019? 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!

Get the full show notes with all the links discussed in today's episode here!

In This Episode

  • 03:50 Honorable Mention
  • 05:10 Starting Off With An Old Favorite 
  • 07:50 Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 10:25 Keeping It Local
  • 14:45 Doughnut Crazed
  • 16:30 Portland Pride
  • 20:45 Ice Cream In Florida
  • 23:35 Number 3/2
  • 28:25 More Doughnuts
  • 32:25 Number Ones
Best Beers - 2019 in Review

Best Beers - 2019 in Review

January 28, 2020

2019 was a great year for beer!

Listen to hear our best beer experiences of 2019 and since Heather was pregnant for most of the year, Trav had to really step up and carry the "burden" of beer drinking for 2019. You can only imagine how distraught this made him (queue sarcasm).

What was your favorite beer or brewery of 2019? 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!

Check out the show notes with links to everywhere we talked about on the episode page.

In This Episode

  • 05:30 Keeping It Local
  • 11:55 Colorado Love
  • 13:50 Bringing It Back Home
  • 16:25 Deliciousness In The North 
  • 20:15 Portland Pride
  • 23:30 Number 1
Best Coffee: 2019 In Review

Best Coffee: 2019 In Review

January 21, 2020

We return with Part 4 of 8 in our Year in Review Series.

Check out Part 1: Superlatives

Check out Part 2: Travel Stats

Check out Part 3: Best Meals

We've decided to split up...coffee and wine into their own episodes. So this year in review will be an 8 part series instead of the normal 7.

Join us today as Heather shares her top 9 coffee spots from around the world of 2019.

What were your favorite coffee spots of 2019? 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!

Grab the full show notes with all the links to the places discussed on the episode page!

 

 

In This Episode

  • 08:05 Portland Representing
  • 10:50 Ohhhhh Canada
  • 18:55 East Coast Love
  • 21:50 Europe Does It Right
  • 27:25 Trav's Picks
Best Wines: 2019 Year In Review

Best Wines: 2019 Year In Review

January 21, 2020

We return with Part 5 of 8 in our Year in Review Series!

It is the bonus episode all about wine! Instead of grouping coffee and wine together, Heather thought it deserved its own episode and she was right (like normal). Join us today as Heather shares her top 6 wines from around the world in 2019.

Check out Part 1: Superlatives

Check out Part 2: Travel Stats

Check out Part 3: Best Meals

Check out Part 4: Best Coffee

What was your favorite wine of 2019? 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!

Check out the show notes with all the links on the episode page!

In This Episode

  • 06:20 Honorable Mentions
  • 07:20 Starting Off At Home
  • 09:15 We Love Canada
  • 10:55 Europe Does It Right
  • 13:50 Prince Edward County
  • 18:00 Drum Roll Please...
Best Meals: 2019 In Review

Best Meals: 2019 In Review

January 14, 2020

We return with Part 3 of 7 in our Year in Review Series

Check out Part 1: Superlatives

Check out Part 2: Travel Stats

If you know anything about us, it's that we love to eat. And boy did we eat a lot in 2019!

Today Heather and I are going to go through our top 12 meals of the year (each) for a total of 24 awesome places around the world that you should definitely check out if you're going to be in the neighborhood!

From Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina to Philadelphia and Maine, we truly span the globe with today's episode!

What were your favorite meals of 2019? If you get to hit up any of the places we list then please let us know @ExtraPackofPeanuts! If you go anywhere we have ever discussed please snap a pic & post on Instagram and hashtag #EPOPSentUs

Check out the FULL show notes (including links to everything discussed) here!

 

Travel Stats: 2019 In Review

Travel Stats: 2019 In Review

January 8, 2020

In this episode, we cover the nerdy statistics of 2019. We'll figure out about how many miles we traveled, how many different places we slept in, and how many new countries we visited plus much, much more!

We'll be covering flights, drives, accommodations, and some experiences, but food and drink have their own episodes coming later this month.

So if you're into the numbers, or would like to compare your stats with ours have a listen! And then definitely reach out to @ExtraPackofPeanuts and let us know some of your stats like how many miles did you travel in 2019, the number of countries or states that you visited, and/or what's next for 2020!

In This Episode

  • 06:50 Slept In How Many Places & The Breakdown
  • 13:15 Housesitting
  • 16:45 Longest Time In One Place
  • 22:00 Flights
  • 25:00 Overland Miles
  • 31:15 Number of Countries
  • 31:55 Number of States
  • 33:00 Final Thoughts & What's Next

Check out the full show notes here!

Superlatives: 2019 in Review

Superlatives: 2019 in Review

January 3, 2020

Every year that we break down all our travel stats, best meals, best travel superlatives, best drinks, etc and we hear a ton of feedback from you all.

Apparently, these are some of your favorite episodes.

We'll be running a 7 part series (!!!) that covers our superlatives, the stats, best meals, best coffee/wine, best beer, best desserts, and best experiences in our year in review.

In this episode, we go into the Superlatives of our 2019 travel year. Best of, worst of, the best value, and a host of other things.

We'll be covering flights, drives, accommodations, and some experiences, but food and drink have their own episodes coming later this month.

So if you're into the numbers, or would like to compare your stats with ours have a listen! And then definitely reach out to @ExtraPackofPeanuts and let us know some of your stats like craziest thing you did or bought, the most unexpected thing in a good way that happened to you &/or your biggest travel mishap in 2019!

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

 

In This Episode

  • 06:30 Most Expensive Accommodations
  • 09:23 Cheapest Accommodations
  • 13:21 The Best Value
  • 16:45 The Worst Value
  • 18:00 Favorite Accommodations
  • 25:00 Least Favorite Accommodations
  • 26:25 Best/Worst Flights
  • 31:20 The Craziest Thing (in our lives)
  • 36:00 Best Thing We Bought
  • 40:42 Biggest Travel Change
  • 43:28 Most Unexpected Good Thing
  • 48:10 Most Unexpected Bad Thing
  • 51:32 Most Underwhelming Thing
  • 55:30 Neatest Person We Met
  • 01:01:17 Biggest Travel Mishap

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2020 Travel Wishlist

2020 Travel Wishlist

December 24, 2019

Every year we like to make a list of our dream destinations for the upcoming year. Sometimes we get around to a couple of them, sometimes we don't and they live on to the following year's list, but either way, it's a great way to start off!

We didn't even look back at our 2019 Travel Wishlist because we didn't want to be swayed so we simply asked ourselves 'Where do I want to go' without overthinking it or putting any restrictions on the dreaming of travel for 2020 just pure wanderlust.

Heather and I go through our top 7 destinations (and some honorable mentions), including a couple of surprising destinations from us both!

Where will we go first?

What places are on your dream 2020 travel wishlist? Did any of your places match one of ours?  Let us know @PackofPeanuts!

 

In This Episode

  • 06:40 Honorable Mentions
  • 11:30 Let's Begin!
  • 19:15 South America is Represented
  • 23:20 Europe Time!
  • 30:45 Remote Living
  • 33:30 Rehashing The Past
  • 37:15 Top 3 Region for Trav
  • 47:15 Our #1's

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