By Sean Tierney
Nomad PodcastMar 19, 2020
Ep 45: Meta learning: learning how to learn faster
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-45-arthur-worsley/
Arthur Worsley has mastered the art of accelerating the acquisition of new skills and amplifying productivity. Hear how his system works.
Remember the scene in the Matrix where Trinity calls the operator and asks for a training program to instantly learn how to fly a helicopter? What if you had that capability IRL to accelerate the acquisition of new languages, skills or ideas? What would you do with super-human learning capabilities?
Arthur Worsley has mastered the art of meta learning and productivity enhancement and has created a system called "Faster to Master" in which he teaches others to do what he does daily. In this interview we discuss Arthur's background at Oxford and McKinsey, how he learned 7 languages to fluency, the mechanics of meta learning, how to apply his system for extracting the essence books in less time, the role of purpose & meaning in accelerating learning, how he maps a problem domain mentally before engaging in learning, and more.
Ep 44: At age 50 embarking on a nomadic quest to visit every country in the world
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-44-palle-bo/
Palle Bo is proof that it’s never too late to delve into the nomadic lifestyle and become location-independent. Hear his story.
Palle Bo may be a late-bloomer when it comes to starting his nomadic journey but he is channeling a career’s-worth of experience in radio into a unique project. At age 50 he left his small town in Denmark and set out to travel the world and document his experience via his project “Radio Vagabond.” He has now been to 87 countries and counting. In this interview, we discuss Palle’s entrepreneurial journey and how he came to co-own 17 radio stations, his consulting business working with big brands like Bugatti and LEGO, his artisan approach to podcasting and more. Enjoy!
Ep 43: Living abroad for over a decade and writing the book on becoming a digital nomad
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-43-chris-backe/
Chris Backe has been an expat for over a decade and wrote a 250+ page book that teaches others how to transition to the nomadic lifestyle. Hear his story.
Chris literally wrote the book on how to become a digital nomad. After over a decade living abroad and consulting with aspiring nomads he has amassed a wealth of experience in helping people transition to this lifestyle. In this interview Sean and Chris discuss how Chris got his start on the road, flag theory, the most common pitfalls facing aspiring nomads, tips for finding community while traveling, highlights from Chris' book and more. Enjoy!
Ep 42: Fueling international travel via self-publishing books from around the world
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-42-matt-rudnitsky/
Matt Rudnitsky helps others write un-putdown-able books. He's worked for Tucker Max's "Book in a Box" and now freelances under the brand "Platypus Books." Learn his tips for writing.
Have you been intending to write a book for ages but constantly find that task at the bottom of your todo list? Or maybe you've made it further and have actually begun the process of writing but now find yourself with writer's block and at a loss for how to move forward? Matt Rudnitsky has dedicated his life to helping others extract that book from their head and get it into print with the least amount of brain damage possible. In this interview Sean and Matt discuss his writing process, how he deals with haters, techniques for breaking writer's block, a horrific travel snafu in Russia, how to sneak into the Super Bowl, fawning praise for Nasim Taleb and more. Enjoy!
Ep 41: Running 15 different SaaS products and building a diverse portfolio of non-sexy passive-revenue streams
For video, links, transcript, show notes and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/ep-41-yanir-calisar/
A common mistake amongst entrepreneurs is becoming obsessed with a product idea and winding up building something nobody wants or needs. Yanir Calisar has managed to learn the technical & business skills via his involvement with various startups throughout his career that have allowed him to build a portfolio of micro niche products that sustain him while he works on his moonshot product Whastlly. In this interview on my last day in Koh Tao, Thailand we talk about Yanir's process for rapidly validating a product idea and hammering out a proof of concept in 48hrs, his philosophy on lean product development, the startup scene in Tel Aviv Israel, stories of advanced open water night diving, delicious hummus and more. Enjoy!
Ep 40: Travel hacking: paying $17 to fly anywhere in the world
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-40-trevor-wright/
Trevor Wright has cracked the code for essentially free air travel to any destination in the world via his "Mile Method.” Learn how he does it.
Trevor has mastered the art of accruing and redeeming travel points via strategic credit card applications. This craft allows him to fly anywhere in the world for $17 per ticket on average (the cost of airport taxes). He’s turned this into his full-time business and has made a living by helping others to fly for free. In this interview we’ll learn the crux of the “Mile Method,” common pitfalls and mistakes for first-timers attempting to play this game, nuances of how to amplify the utility of the miles you accrue via redemption hacks and more. Enjoy!
Ep 39: Starting two six-figure automated businesses while traveling the world
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Julia Shem has automated and delegated her way into financial and location independence. Learn how she’s done it.
At the age of 27 Julia Shem has accomplished more than the average person having built two side businesses that generate six-figure yearly revenues. And with her technical background she’s automated the entire operation so it largely runs on autopilot. In this interview we delve into Julia’s entrepreneurial journey, her philosophy on automation, her use of meditation, how she employs Tim Ferriss’ practice of “tear setting” for making difficult decisions, and her latest hobby: kite surfing. Enjoy.
Ep 38: Founding the Nomad Cruise and the largest Facebook group for nomads
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/ep-38-johannes-voelkner/
Johannes Voelkner has built a conference at sea for digital nomads and has cultivated a community of 1200 loyal cruise participants. Hear how he did it.
Johannes wanted a way to meet fellow nomads and travel South America together. In the process of scratching his own itch he inadvertently stumbled into creating a thriving business and community of nomads who meet bi-annually on a cruise ship to grow personally & professionally. Hear his story of how he did it and what he learned in the process.
Ep 37: Growing the largest digital nomad Meetup in the world
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/ep-37-ash/
Ash co-founded the Lisbon Digital Nomad Meetup which has become the largest meetup of its kind in the world. Learn how he did it.
Ash founded an online vintage arcade emulator site when he was 13 and has had a number of entrepreneurial ventures since. He crossed paths with Trevor Gerhardt of the very first Remote Year group while they were in Turkey and has been a pillar of the Lisbon nomad scene having founded the Digital Nomad Meetup group. That group has been so successful that Meetup.com sent delegates to study how it’s operated to learn why it’s thriving so well. In this interview we’ll hear about Ash’s video game business, his entrepreneurial journey since his first venture, what’s been involved in growing the largest nomad meetup in the world and what he’s up to with his latest venture purchasing and renovating a coffee shop in Lisbon. Enjoy.
Ep 36: The top 10 lessons learned from interviewing 34 nomads
For links, transcription, video, slides, show notes and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/sean-nomad-cruise-keynote/
This is the audio capture of the opening keynote Sean gave for Nomad Cruise X on 11/30/19. It's the distillation of the top ten lessons extracted from all the guest interviews for this show. If you're a new listener this is a great table of contents index to the current body of interviews. Happy New Year!
Ep 35: Growth hacking their way to 30k new users per day on the #2 Health app in the iOS store
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/ep-35-darius-moravcik/
Darius Moravcik is Head of Growth for Reflectly, a popular journaling mobile app. Learn the ingenious strategy he’s implemented for accelerating their customer acquisition.
What would 20-30k new users per day mean to your business? Darius has implemented a brilliant strategy for customer acquisition that involves soliciting user-generated ad content and using empirical data to guide ad deployments across a variety of channels and segments. In this interview, Darius shares the details on how he’s added over 4 million new users in a year since joining Reflectly, his philosophy of A/B testing, thoughts on a new exciting channel he’s discovered and his life as a digital nomad. Enjoy!
Ep 34: A round table discussion with the management team of Wifi Tribe
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/ep-34-wifi-tribe/
What is the true value of diversity in a travel program? How can you keep productive on the road? How might a program like this work with families? Tune in for answers to these questions and more.
Wifi Tribe is a work/travel program that enables location-independent professionals the ability to plug into a community and live and work in cities around the world for a month at time.
I recently completed my first chapter experience with the Wifi Tribe in Barcelona and had the opportunity to sit down with Diego, Karol and Aura from their team to do a round table discussion on topics like community, diversity, productivity, creativity and nomadic travel. Near the end we also got into an interesting discussion around a forward-looking idea of building a nomadic travel program that could one day accommodate families. What follows is an hour-long engaging conversation with a portion of the management team of Wifi Tribe and the people who have been instrumental in sculping it to be what it is today.If you have a question for them leave it in the comments. This interview picks up where my first interview with Diego left off - you can find that conversation here. Enjoy.
Ep 33: Cofounding one of the fastest growing global coliving/coworking spaces
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-33-liz-ribot/
Liz Ribot became the first community manager for Emmanuel Guisset's vision in Santa Cruz creating the first Outsite. 22 locations later Liz is in charge of global expansion. Hear how she's doing it.
Outsite's goal is to give location-independent workers a community and a place that feels like home the minute you walk in the door. I had the chance to sit down with Liz Ribot, cofounder of Outsite, while she was in Lisbon and talk through the vision and how they're executing on it. In this conversation we discuss the origin story of Outsite, the growing trend of coliving, how they're facilitating community, the details and perks of their membership model and more. Subsequent to the recording of this interview I had the opportunity to stay at Outsite and can vouch that it was a clean and productive place with a great community element. Enjoy!
Ep 32: Building an app to innoculate others from stress while traveling the world
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-32-rob-price/
Rob Price has spent years understanding the causes and effects of stress. He has built a free app that helps others actuate his learnings. Hear how it works.
Stress contributes to many health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes (and that is to say nothing of an array of potential mental health complications). These negative effects are avoidable however. Rob Price has studied the causative and preventative factors of stress deeply and has created and published a simple, free system to help inoculate people against stress.
In this episode Rob delves into the physiology and neuroscience of how stress works in humans, the ramifications of unchecked, high-stress on individuals and how to combat these issues via a simple practice he's enabled via his app "The Power of Calm."
Ep 31: Understanding the FEIE and other tax-related considerations for US citizens living abroad
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-31-joshua-ashman/
Joshua Ashman's firm Expat Tax Professionals won the 2018 Tax Provider of The Year award for their unparalleled service. Learn what you need to know tax-wise as a US expat.
Josh Ashman is the most knowledgeable expert I’ve met on tax-related matters for US citizens living abroad. He’s helped me personally for three consecutive years in qualifying for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and in navigating complex tax issues. I invited him to be a guest on the podcast to help educate others so that they can keep more of their own money.
Having read the IRS documentation on the FEIE and a number of other blog posts on the subject I can confidently say that what follows is the single most concise and comprehensive overview for expats on optimizing your taxes. Note: none of this interview constitutes formal tax advice nor should be construed as establishing a CPA / client relationship. Enjoy!
Ep 30: Celebrating 50 years of marriage, building the best-ranked law firm in Arizona & serving in the Peace Corps
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-30-mom-dad/
David and Susan Tierney just celebrated their 50th year of marriage together. Learn about how they met in Venezuela, built a life together in Phoenix and their thoughts on nomadic travel.
Today's episode is special. For the 30th anniversary of this podcast I had the unique opportunity to sit down with my folks and interview them while visiting with them on Martha's Vineyard for their 50th wedding anniversary. In a time when one out of every two marriages in the US ends in divorce and the average lifespan of a marriage is 8.2 years, it's a treat to interview two people who have made it work for so long. And it's an honor to be able to share stories and wisdom from the two people who are my greatest teachers and mentors.
In this interview we discuss how they met each other in the Peace Corps in Venezuela, their move to wild west frontier of Phoenix, AZ in 1969, starting & growing a law firm which today holds the distinction of Best Law Firm in Arizona for the 8th year running as rated by Ranking Arizona. We also discuss the immigration problem confronting the US and what can be done to develop a more sensible and sustainable immigration policy in America. Enjoy!
Ep 29: Building an online school of 5000 students while traveling the world & cracking the code to breakout organic growth via social media platforms
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-29-oliver-nold/
Oli Nold has developed a sustainable online business teaching others the secrets he and his partner use to achieve massive results for clients via platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Learn how he does it.
Facebook hates Oli Nold. They hate him because he’s cracked the code for how to leverage their platform for promoting businesses effectively without paying Facebook any money. Oli has since replicated his methods on neighboring platforms LinkedIn and Instagram and is now teaching others how to apply these techniques for obtaining breakout results in their own businesses.
In thos episode Oli shares the four “tumblers" that unlock viral visibility for posts on LinkedIn, his process for outsourcing specific aspects of social media, the main pillars of the Traffic Secrets Academy, insights about the role of emotion in selling, and an ingenious hack that will change how you share your videos on FB and enable deep insight into who is interacting with your videos.
Ep 28: Leaving Apple to develop a methodology for personal discovery through self-aware movie watching
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-28-khemit-bailey/
Khemit Bailey quit his role at Apple to pursue development of a methodology that helps people discover their core values through mining insights from their favorite movies. Learn how it works.
Myths are humans' attempts to answer timeless, fundamental questions. Khemit believes movies are the modern day vessel of these mythological stories and that our emotional reactions to them hold the clues for unlocking insights about our true purpose in the world.
Khemit developed The Character Arc Academy to enable us to excavate our core values via analyzing our reactions to our favorite films. In this episode we dig into his technique called "Smart Streaming" for extracting these insights through focused movie watching. We discuss the nature of the societal "mythological crisis," how to implement smart streaming to re-establish alignment with our core values and the power this can have for unlocking our natural potential. Enjoy!
Ep 27: Building an ecommerce business to facilitate nomadic world travel and developing gaming assets in virtual worlds
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-27-miles-anthony/
Miles Anthony runs an ecommerce business that enables him financial and geo freedom to travel. He's gone nomadic and is now using profits of that business to run a self-funded venture fund focused on the blockchain space. Learn how he's doing it.
Miles discovered an unserved market niche in college in the electronics space and created an ecommerce business selling power bricks for mobile devices. He's now parlaying the profits of that business into his next venture, Flux Capital. He's working with technical teams around the world to build out gaming assets in virtual, decentralized worlds that are based on blockchain technology.
In this conversation we delve into Mile's journey creating his ecommerce business, lessons he's learned along the way in entrepreneurship, we spend the majority of time demystifying concepts related to blockchain and cryptocurrency and having a philosophical discussion about what the future of money looks like. Enjoy!
Ep 26: From prison to professional trainer and pro marathon runner: transforming himself one neuro hack at a time
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-26-christian-oosterveen
Christiaan Oosterveen went from prison inmate to professional speaker. He's now rewiring his brain and body to run a sub 3-hour marathon having never run before.
Christiaan found himself in a Dutch prison in 2015 for unpaid insurance debts. While behind bars he was inspired by Richard Branson's biography and similar situation to delve into the neuro science of behavior. Through study of Neuro-Linguistic Programming he has developed a framework for self-transformation that has brought him out of debt and vaulted him into the limelight as a public speaker. He's now seeking to prove his methodology by transforming himself into a top 2% upper-echelon marathon runner having never run before. This is his story.
Ep 25: Creating two Y Combinator companies, disrupting the insurance industry for nomads and advising the government of Norway
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-25-sondre-rasch
Sondre Rasch has created not one but two separate companies as a part of the Y Combinator incubator. His latest, SafetyWing, is disrupting the insurance industry for nomads. Learn how.
Services like AirBnb and Uber have disrupted the age old hospitality and transportation industries and vastly improved the experience for nomads. The insurance however remains largely in the stone ages in terms of usability, accessibility and alignment of incentives.
Sondre Rasch felt these pains intimately both from an employer perspective as well as a nomad consumer perspective. He encouraged colleagues to take up the torch and address the deficiency but when nobody did, he took it on himself and started SafetyWing. In this episode you'll learn about pitfalls of the insurance industry, Sondre's entrepreneurial journey with Konsus and SafetyWing, recommendations for aspiring YC applicants, productivity advice for entrepreneurs and more. Enjoy!
Ep 24: Surviving a nearly-tragic diving accident and adopting a "carpe diem" mindset over six years and 53 countries of working travel
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-24-christa-romano
Christa was nearly paralyzed in a diving accident in college. She made a full recovery and subsequently adopted an attitude of living life to the fullest. Hear how she has applied that in her life since.
With only a week to go before leaving for her study abroad program in college Christa found herself in the hospital with a broken neck from a diving accident. She miraculously made a full recovery and vowed to never miss an opportunity to accomplish an item from her bucket list. Years later she traveled to 53 countries and checcked off countless bucket list items. Hear from Christa about this formative experience, the work she does for her startup, how she's grown an impressive Instagram following of over 16k people, her experience teaching english in Thailand, starting her nomadic journey in Costa Rica and more. Enjoy!
Ep 23: Raising $19MM in seed funding, growing a fanbase of 50k Instagram followers, life epiphanies on Ayahuasca and taking up residency in Bali
Danielle Thompson has architected an amazing life of world travel and helping other freelancers via her online course. Listen to her journey and where she's headed next.
A visit to Costa Rica led Danielle down the path of adopting the nomadic lifestyle. Fast forward a year and she's now built an impressive agency business and as well an online academy to help empower other freelancers to achieve financial success and freedom of mobility in their businesses. Danielle recently checked off a bucket list item of signing a long-term lease living with friends in an amazing house in Bali. In this conversation we discuss Danielle's morning routine, what meditation means to her, her multiple experiences with ayahuasca, productivity tools, mindset adjustments, biofeedback and more. Enjoy this conversation.
Ep 22: Leaving a dream job at Pepsi for location independence and greater purpose one clue at a time
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-22-marisa-meddin
Marisa Meddin walked away from what many would consider to be a dream job in the pursuit of discovering her life's purpose and achieving freedom and location-independence. Hear her story.
Many people would kill for the opportunity to attend the Grammy's, work with up & coming musical acts like Beyoncé AND get paid for doing it. But Marisa felt unfulfilled in her role at Pepsi and left to pursue an ecommerce business selling her mother's famous brownies online. She has since launched and run a handful of other successful businesses including an eCourse for helping demystify the college admissions process and a coaching role to help others discover their life's work. In this episode we'll hear Marisa's entrepreneurial journey, learn about her question framework for zero'ing in on one's true purpose in life and discover her recommendations for top hip hop artists. Enjoy!
Ep 21: Building a $46BN ad campaign while running AirBnb arbitrage, traveling the world and becoming an Instagram micro-influencer
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-21-helen-simkins
Helen Simkins created an ad campaign for Fidelity Insurance which grossed over $46 billion in revenue (yes with a "B"). Learn how she did it while traveling the world as a nomad.
How much can change in a year... Helen went through an abrupt personal and professional breakup which proved to be a blessing in disguise and became the springboard for her nomadic transition. In this episode she shares the secrets of how she AirBnb'd her place in Boston out and secured twelve listings on the first night. Helen shares tips for growing your Instagram following and does a walkthrough of the design philosophy behind the campaign she did for Fidelity that grossed $46BN. Check it out.
Ep 20: Running a location-independent real estate firm and traveling for 6 years with only carry-on luggage
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-20-matt-bowles/
Matt Bowles is co-founder of The Maverick Investor Group and host of The Maverick Show podcast. Learn how he's deliberately architected his lifestyle of nomadic adventure.
Matt (aka my doppelgänger) has built an incredible lifestyle that allows him to travel the world to exotic locations meeting and interviewing nomads all while helping others invest in cash-flowing real estate properties. In this episode we learn how Matt first entered the nomadic lifestyle, how he's architected his business, stories of his adventures in Corsica and as a DJ, advice for aspiring nomads, and more.
Ep 19: Eight years abroad, building the largest cypto exchange in Thailand and motorcycling 5x across Laos
For the full audio interview, show notes, transcript, photos and more visit http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-19-ben-lakoff/
Ben Lakoff has spent the last 8 years on the road traveling across Asia and South America. He shares stories of his entrepreneurial, nomadic and biohacking journey towards becoming a better human.
I met Ben shortly before the Nomad Cruise at the Restation coliving space in Gran Canaria island. Ben was a pillar of the Nomad Cruise 8 community and has subsequently become a good friend via a weekly mastermind group he organized. In this interview I got a chance to sit down with him after the cruise and ask him questions about his entrepreneurial endeavors, nomadic stories from his 8 years on the road, lessons from biohacking his way to the title of fittest man in Thailand and the usual queries of gear, hacks, book recommendations and more. If you're looking for advice on how to do long-term, sustainable nomadic travel, look no further than this episode.
Ep 18: MC'ing the Nomad Cruise, running the biggest backpacker blog in Hungary & building The Retreat Factory
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-18-bori-vigh/
As master of ceremonies for the Nomad Cruise Bori Vigh has the challenge of how to bring a large group of complete strangers together on a vessel at sea and create the conditions for deep bonding. She's developed a 7-step workshop that accomplishes this in short order and the community of the cruise is testament to how well it works. Bori also happens to run the largest backpacker blog in Hungary, backpacker.hu and is working on rolling out her next initiative, The Retreat Factory. In this episode we'll learn about all the above and more. Enjoy.
Ep 17: Riding a rickshaw 4000km across India, running the world's highest marathon and creating a social impact movement amongst nomads
For full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos, questions and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-17-tarek-kholoussy/
It takes guts to go against the advice of all your friends and quit a high-paying corporate job to pursue a life of service and volunteering but that's exactly what Tarek Kholoussy did. In this interview we'll hear about some of the crazy experiences one accrues when traveling to over 100 countries. Tarek shares what's involved physical and mental conditioning-wise to run 25 marathons, 2 ultra marathons and the world's highest marathon at Mount Everest base camp. We'll learn about his current initiative Nomads Giving Back, how two back-to-back experiences of confronting mortality catalyzed him to take the nomadic leap and more. Enjoy.
Ep 16: 11 yrs on the road, 800 dives & 18 streams of passive income: Nomad Summit founder tells all
For the full audio episode, transcript, show notes, photos and links to all the resources mentioned visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep16-johnny-fd-nomad-summit/
Johnny FD quit his corporate job in 2008 and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime which became a nomadic existence he's continued to this day. Johnny is founder of the Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, author of "12 Weeks in Thailand: The Good Life on the Cheap," co-host of "Travel Like a Boss" and "Invest Like a Boss" podcasts, divemaster and muay thai fighter. In this episode Johnny shares lessons on architecting a dream lifestyle that enables you to travel the world while earning passive income via your investments.
Ep 15: Biking across Panama, 7 years of road wisdom and crafting winning sponsorships for GoPro, Lufthansa & Under Armor
Ep 14: Helping hundreds of solopreneurs launch successful online businesses – an interview with 30×500 co-founder
For links, show notes, transcript, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/alex-hillman-30x500/
Fund your nomadic travels by creating a profitable side business. Alex Hillman shares the 30x500 method for taking you from zero to $15k in sales.
Funding is typically the biggest roadblock that precludes more people from living the nomadic lifestyle. Unless you have massive savings you'll need a fountain of income to sustain you during your travels which means either a) taking a job or b) making a job for yourself. We covered option A with Luke Tierney of Nomad Playground. Today we're covering option B with Alex Hillman of 30x500. Alex is cofounder of an academy designed to take first-time entrepreneurs from zero to $15k in sales. In this interview we discuss the pitfalls commonly faced by new entrepreneurs, the gist of the 30x500 method involving an intensive "Sales Safari" market research phase, construction of eBomb lead magnets, list building, the strategy for product development, crafting a winning launch sequence and ultimately all that's involved in making your first $15k in revenue. Alex and his partner Amy have coached hundreds of students and are indirectly responsible for millions in sales by virtue of cultivating skills of successful entrepreneurship in these folks. Please enjoy our conversation.
Ep 13: Two decades of experience at Mayo Clinic treating sleep disorders – what Nomads can do to get better sleep
For links, transcript, show notes and interactive video questions visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/bernie-miller-mayo-clinic/
Bernie Miller has nearly two decades of experience treating sleep disorders. Hear his advice for nomads about how to get better sleep while on the road.
Getting good sleep has a dramatic impact on one's quality of life. It can be particularly challenging in the nomadic lifestyle to get consistently good sleep when your bedroom environment is constantly changing. Today we talk with Bernie Miller, a sleep specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, about things you can do to ensure you get the best possible sleep while on the road. In this conversation we cover ramifications of getting poor sleep, the factors that contribute to getting good sleep, the distinction between REM and deep sleep, pro's and con's of various natural and artificial sleep remedies and how to know when it's appropriate to seek an appointment with a sleep specialist. With seventeen years of experience Bernie is a domain expert and very knowledgeable on this subject. Enjoy our conversation.
Ep 12: A decade of plant-based diet & 26 marathons: founder of Nomadic Nourishment gives dietary advice for nomads
For links, show notes, photos, transcript and more visit https://nomadpodcast.com/kara-mosseso-nomaidc-nourishment/
Kara Mosesso is a nurse practitioner and certified health coach who has run 26 marathons and subsisted entirely on plants for the past decade. Hear her dietary advice for nomads.
Health and wellness on the road can be tricky when you don't have the luxuries of your home kitchen. Today we're chatting with Kara Mosseso of Nomadic Nourishment on the topic of how to maintain a healthy diet while on the road. Kate travelled with Remote Year Kublai for a year and now runs a nutrition and health coaching business on the side of her full-time job as a registered nurse. In today's conversation we delve into topics around maintaining a healthy diet abroad, resources for meal planning while on the road, the value of a primarily plant-based diet, sources for information on evidence-based nutrition, techniques for making lasting habit changes and more. Kara challenges listeners to take her 30-day plant-based challenge (I'm trying it) and shares a number of useful resources (linked in the show notes) for learning more about these subjects. Enjoy!
Ep 11: Founder of Nomad Playground, the “Trip Advisor of remote job sites” shares advice for finding remote work
For links, show notes, photos, transcripts and more visit https://nomadpodcast.com/luke-tierney-nomad-playground/
Nomad Playground gives you a roadmap for finding high-quality remote-friendly work faster and with less headaches. Hear from founder Luke Tierney how it works.
The single biggest obstacle to more people trying the nomadic lifestyle is ability to fund the adventure (and by extension since the travels of a nomad are usually funded from income vs. savings, this means access to quality remote work). Today's guest is Luke Tierney (no relation) of NomadPlayground.com. Luke is on a quest to save you time and heartache by curating the best remote work sites out there that cater to nomads. Luke was a nomad himself from an early age and found a huge discrepancy in the quality of job listings depending on the source. Reputable, big-name sites often consumed disproportionately large amounts of time and yielded poor results relative to some of the lesser-known alternatives. Luke tackled this problem by creating essentially the "Yelp of job sites" by aggregating reviews from job seekers and categorizing the sites on various dimensions.
Ep 10: Flipping the tables: Nomad Podcast host is interviewed about his nomadic journey
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For the 10th episode anniversary Dr. Laura Gallaher interviews Sean Tierney on his nomadic journey and his goals with the podcast.
For our 10th episode we're flipping the tables and I'm the one being interviewed today. My first foray into nomadic working travel was via Remote Year. I was in the Darien group that travelled from May 2016-2017 and it was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I've invested a considerable amount of my free time since then in helping to encourage others to take the leap of trying this lifestyle with the hope that it can be as transformational for others as it was for me. In this conversation I'm interviewed by the talented Dr. Laura Gallaher and we drill into some of the same questions I ask my guests. We cover the circumstances that led me to Remote Year and why I chose to continue traveling and eventually settle in Lisbon, Portugal. We discuss what it means to be a tribe and posit a hypothesis of why this return to a tribal existence feels r
Ep 9: Co-founder & CEO of Remote Year discusses what it’s like running the world’s largest remote work travel platform
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Hear from Remote Year co-founder & CEO Greg Caplan about how they are creating a more peaceful and productive world one group of nomads at a time.
What's it like to be at the helm of the aircraft carrier in the space of nomadic travel programs? Greg Caplan is CEO of Remote Year, a travel program platform that is working to create a more peaceful, productive world one group of nomads at a time. Greg had a unique upbringing that gave him early familial exposure to youngsters from many different cultures. Years later he and his co-founder Sam Pessin tried an audacious experiment posting an idea to Reddit that quickly gained interest and went viral garnering 50,000 applicants for the first Remote Year group. In this interview Greg talks about the origin story of Remote Year, the RY values and mission, what they're doing to promote diversity and inclusion amongst both their participants and employees, the future of their "Citizen Program," analysis of some of the macro trends in the space and more.
Ep 8: War-time photo journalism, TED Residency and building Unsettled
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Jonathan Kalan shares insights from creating and running Unsettled, one of the leading nomadic travel programs.
Science shows there are neurological benefits to blowing our own minds on a consistent basis and that, conversely, failing to do so causes brain atrophy Jonathan Kalan joins us today from Unsettled, a semi-structured retreat program with activities co-created by its participants designed to inspire and cultivate personal and professional growth. Jonathan was a photojournalist in a past life exposed to different perspectives in his coverage of events around the world and felt compelled to develop a platform that would help others gain perspective from traveling. In this interview Jonathan shares what it was like going through the TED Residency program in the early days of Unsettled, the value of diversity amongst their program participants, how their retreats work, who they're best suited for and his take on the future of the nomadic travel space. Enjoy!
Ep 7: From 100 close friends to thousands of global tribe members: WiFi Tribe co-founder shares his journey
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Wifi Tribe enables nomadic travelers to post up in communal living situations around the world. Hear from co-founder Diego Bejarano about how it works.
Diego Bejarano was in a rut and looking to shake things up by working remotely with a group of his friends. He sent out emails to 100 friends inviting everyone to experiment with this idea of living and working remotely in South America. The experiment proved successful and Wifi Tribe was born. Fast forward two years and Diego and his co-founder now run a service that brings location-independent workers together to be able to have a communal living and working experience while exploring the world. In this conversation Diego talks about the origin story of Wifi Tribe, their community-centric philosophy, the qualities that make great candidates for their program, how he uses anchors to be productive on the road, the role of diversity in the experience and more. We also get into interesting topics of intermittent fasting, cold showers and other body hacks. I hope you enjoy
Ep 6: Expert Level I Krav Maga instructor shares lessons for nomads in maintaining personal safety on the road
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Joey Karam has trained and certified civilians, law enforcement and military personnel. Hear his advice for nomads on how to keep safe while traveling.
In this episode world-renown Krav Maga instructor Joey Karam talks with us about the basics of situational awareness, avoidance, de-escalation, social vs. asocial violence, physiological responses to combat situations, escaping freezes, and the mindset of what it takes to escape with your life from a threatening situation.
Ep 5: Start With Why facilitator shares a process for unearthing your true purpose in life
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Matt Dunsmoor is traveling the world helping people connect with their true purpose using Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" framework. Learn how he does it.
What if there were a process by which you could reliably discover what your purpose in life is? Could you imagine anything more fulfilling than discovering what unique contribution you have to make - what you were born to do? Matt Dunsmoor is a facilitator for Start With Why, a company devoted to helping others discover and live their true purpose. Matt happens to be currently traveling the world with the Remote Year "Denali" group. In this conversation we catch up with Matt and learn about the importance of connecting with your Why, the impact that doing so can have and the mechanism by which the Start With Why process works.
Ep 4: Extreme Minimalism & being banned from Tibet: a conversation with the founder of Startup Weekend
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Andrew Hyde has traveled to eighty countries over 3.5yrs practicing what he calls "extreme minimalism." Listen in to hear how and why he did it, hear his travel hacks, stories from the road and more.
Andrew Hyde is a true renaissance human: well-read, well-travelled, introspective, self-actualizing and passionate about subjects like sustainability, blockchain, community, culture and startups. In this conversation we explore a wide range of topics from “what constitutes travel?” to “how can we participate better in whatever we do?”
Andrew shares travel stories of how & why he is now forever banned from returning to Nepal, his rationale behind the Extreme Minimalism project, why he cycled across the USA, his travel hacks and more. Andrew has been interviewed by NYTimes, NBC World News, ABC Radio, Washington Post, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, INC magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Daily Mail, Yahoo amongst other publications. Enjoy this dynamic and wandering conversation with a person I feel incredibly fortunate to call my friend.
Ep 3: Finding love on the road, founding two businesses and a year of immense personal growth
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Just how much can one person grow in a year of nomadic working travel? Eddie Contento is proof that the answer is "more than you think."
Can putting yourself in moderately uncomfortable situations deliberately make you grow as an individual? Eddie Contento believes so. In this interview we’ll explore this question as well as what it’s like meeting the love of your life while on the road and maintaining that relationship long-distance.
Eddie is in the midst of a life transition leaving the world of freelance consulting to pursue the creation of his film art exclusively. Having completed a year of travel with remote year and a subsequent year of solo travel Eddie shares what it’s been like re-integrating back in the USA and how he finds inspiration seeking “just enough discomfort.”
Ep 2: Running Phoenix Startup Week and building a tech startup while on the road
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Paige Soucie shares her experience building a startup while traveling amongst twenty-eight countries during her nomadic stint with Remote Year.
What challenges does one face when attempting to build a brand new startup from the road while traveling the world? Tune into this week’s episode with Paige Soucie. Paige traveled with Remote Year in its third “Cousteau” cohort from March 2015-2016.
In this episode Paige shares what it was like trying to build Hopscratch from the road, her go-to travel hack for booking cheap flights and lessons in coping with overstimulation from the firehose that was her experience. Have a question for Paige? Visit the link above and ask away.
Ep 1: The very first participant of the very first remote work program shares road wisdom from his 4 laps around the globe
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On his forty-fourth country and fourth lap around the world Trevor Gerhardt shares his travel experiences, nomadic philosophy, hacks and gear recommendations.
Trevor Gerhardt was one of the pioneer participants of the first Remote Year group in 2015. Three years later he’s still traveling now on his fourth lap around the globe. I asked Trevor if he could cite any objective metrics that substantiate his success and he cited number of days skied, surfed and number of accommodations changes. Somebody has his priorities right.
Tune in to the very first episode of this podcast for my conversation with Trevor as we chat through his leap of faith shelling out a chunk of cash to an entity that didn’t yet exist and then plunging head-first into the world of nomadic working travel. Trevor shares lessons from the road, gear recommendations, podcast recommendations and stories from his travels. You can find a recent interview with Trevor in Time Magazine here. If you have a question for Trevor leave a comment at the link above. .