John Blomquist: Climbing Expert Regales Travels to Central America

Host of Chalk Talk, a Climbing Industry Podcast.

John Blomquist remembers his travels to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Running through the jungle, sometimes in pouring rain.

Host Ian Robinson made a great travel buddy.

John loved Costa Rica so much he got married there years later.

Introducing the champ, John Blomquist.

“Punta Mona, it’s kind of like this Garden of Eden & you’re greeted by people with the biggest smiles on their faces, because they’re living in heaven.” – John Blomquist (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Recently started a climbing podcast, Chalk Talk
  • Traveled to Costa Rica with host Ian Robinson in 2007
  • Went to Puerta Viejo en route to Punta Mona
  • Punta Mona is a center for Regenerative Design and Botanical studies, founded by Stephen Brooks
  • How he got lost in the jungle by himself, nearly killed by a coconut
  • Ran through the jungle in the pouring rain with Ian
  • Got married on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica
  • How the unfortunate growth of Costa Rica has lead to it loosing it’s charm
  • After Costa Rica, went to Nicaragua, to Ometepe Island
  • stayed at El Zopilote on Ometepe
  • Traveled to San Juan del Sur
  • More tales of his travels to come on the Love Affair Travel podcast

“Nicaragua still has that developing country charm & it’s such a treat.” – John Blomquist (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Facebook | Twitter | Chalk Talk

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The Traveling Dutchman: Using Airbnb to Fund Your Travels

He optimized use of his Amsterdam flat by listing it on Airbnb.

He used the income from renting to travel the world.

He also writes a blog about it.

Now he advises others on how to make a living on Airbnb.

Jasper Ribbers has become The Traveling Dutchman.

“Traveling opens your horizons, you start challenging the things you think are normal & you start questioning things.” – Jasper Ribbers (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Was traveling a lot and renting out his flat in Amsterdam
  • How he wasn’t making money on it so he couldn’t stay at his flat when he returned
  • How he’d used Airbnb as a traveler so decided to try it as a host
  • Renting his flat on Airbnb makes it financially feasible to live the traveling lifestyle
  • Once his income was covered he started doing what he thought was fun… Blogging and Writing
  • Tourism isn’t the only demand for Airbnb
  • Was a trader in Chicago, en route to settling down, knew it was time to make the dream of travel happen
  • Went on an inspirational vacation by himself to the Philippines, wanted more of those experiences
  • People are investing in properties for sole use with Airbnb
  • Sometimes disruption of an industry can be a good thing

“Not only does Airbnb allow accommodations to be used in a more efficient way, it also connects people.” – Jasper Ribbers (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Jake Ducey: Almost Died yet Found Purpose

Author of a new book The Purpose Principles.

Jake Ducey is curious about what creates both success and failure.

He left business school to write and travel.

A fall in heavy Indonesian rain caused his life to flash before his eyes.

He headed home to write his first book, which was a huge success.

Now it’s time for his second book to be released to the world.

Say hello to the talented young author, Jake Ducey.

“What can really propel us to do incredible things is being courageous in spite of the fear.” – Jake Ducey (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Left business school at age 19
  • Decided he wanted to write, and most people did that by traveling
  • Was in Indonesia, hiking in the pouring rain when he slipped and fell
  • Life flashed before his eyes, he cut his travels short to go home to write
  • Didn’t really know how to start writing, started by copying The Great Gatsby like Hunter S. Thompson
  • Finished his transcript, then couldn’t find a publisher
  • Self published Into the Wind, hit top 300 on Amazon, sold 15,000 copies
  • Read The Success Principles by Jack Canfield then when on to meet him at an event
  • Canfield wrote the foreword to his newest book
  • Talks about his Indiegogo expertise and the importance of creating personal connection
  • Was never afraid to just send an email asking for what he wanted
  • Decided to do his own publicity for new book, The Purpose Principles
  • Went to deliver donated bicycles with Tom Shadyac
  • People need to be acknowledged and need to know that their lives matter

“When we take matters into our own hands life really responds.” – Jake Ducey (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Graham Brown: Learning the Business Lifecycle and Fitting it into Your Traveling Lifestyle

A telecom business made him traditionally successful.

Then Graham started to examine what success really meant.

So the transition from being a CEO to just a guy with a backpack began.

His family slowly scaled down their lives and started traveling the globe.

Now he enjoys Zen-like moments around the world.

Our next guest, Graham Brown.

“Everybody has a different way of traveling. People need to know there are options, there are different ways of doing it.” – Graham Brown (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Lived in Japan in the 1990s where he saw the beginnings of the mobile revolution
  • Why Graham scaled down his telecom business to make it more profitable
  • How he learned to be wary of taking on any overhead
  • The importance of the business life cycle
  • Benefits of being detached enough to step back and see what the business needs
  • How he saved money from real estate investments
  • The important part of your finances when traveling: what direction your bank account is going
  • How he wanted to live some place exotic and warm (who doesn’t, really?)
  • His son goes to local school wherever they go, allowing the family to integrate into the local community
  • Books are about starting your own business, making it autonomous, getting rid of material stuff, and being able enjoying the adventure
  • Tips for getting started: Educate yourself, write down your travel goals, be aware that it’s a process
  • How people think traveling is going to get rid of all their problems… It won’t!
  • If you’re a guy with big feet, buy your shoes before you go to Japan
  • How children are far more adapted to this lifestyle than adults

“Children don’t care about making mistakes and they are natural travellers.” – Graham Brown (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

  • Connect with Graham:

Barefoot Journal | Facebook | Google+

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Bianca Forzano: From Corporate Office in Rome to a Kite Board in the Dominican Republic

Imagine moving to a foreign country.

You’ve got no money.

All you know is that you want to kitesurf.

Sounds crazy right?

Well it worked out pretty well for our next guest.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce, Bianca Forzano.

“For me, it’s more important to have freedom than safety.” – Bianca Forzano (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • A special message from guest Jim Carrey
  • Safety as a traveler on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic
  • The power of travel and the impact of expats in developing countries
  • The mechanics of kite camps in Dominican Republic and Italy
  • Transitioning from a corporate office in Rome to a Caribbean kitesurfing instructor
  • The founding story of Bianca’s Bikinis and the first sale
  • Inspiration, adventure, travel, waves and the ocean
  • Breaking away from the systems which limit freedom yet provide a sense of security
  • Lifestyle perceptions and they shift with travel
  • Awe moments

“I want to be the first bikini line for girls to feel cool and sexy in the water.” – Bianca Forzano (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

  • Want to be the face of Bianca’s bikini’s in your country? Tweet Her
  • Connect with Bianca:

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Make the World Less Boring with The Adventurists and Dan Wedgewood

He woke up after drinking all night and learned that he bought a car.

So they drove it to Iran… that didn’t work.

But it kick started a mission to make the world less boring.

They’ve put on hundreds of adventures.

Raised millions of dollars for charity.

But the next adventure is just around the corner…

Ladies and gentlemen, Dan Wedgewood of The Adventurists.

“Our mission is to make the world less boring.” – Dan Wedgewood (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • About the founding of the Adventurists
  • What inspired the Mongol Rally
  • Goals for future growth of the Adventurists
  • The charity fundraising that comes from the adventures

“Getting lost is an art form.” – Dan Wedgewood (Tweet It)

Learn about Feeling Your Nuts:

That’s right. Guys out there, feel your nuts… Ladies, support the men in this mission.

Early detection is the best form of treatment.

“Entertaining people and looking stupid is a great way to make friends.”- Dan Wedgewood (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

The Adventurists | Twitter | Phone +44 117 364 3402

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Chris Kirkland: Building a Freedom Driven Internet Business and the Hobo CEO

During a vacation in Goa, India, Chris felt like a naughty school boy.

Answering client issues whilst adventuring, he realised he could have it all.

Since then he’s moved to Tokyo, Japan and runs his own business.

In this episode we discuss his business and the things that inspire him.

Welcome Chris Kirkland the Hobo CEO.

“The threshold of what you’re capable of doing tends to grow a little bit.” – Chris Kirkland (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • A great way to start out your Hobo lifestyle and internet business
  • The cheating feeling one gets from working where ever they desire
  • How it took about 18 months to establish himself as an expat in Tokyo
  • Fond memories of the freelance days vs. the job of the entrepreneur
  • About the headstands, the story of the original inspiration and the philosophical implications
  • On overcoming anxiety in business and day to day life
  • Viewing subtle and subconscious entrepreneurial opportunities after living abroad
  • How to cultivate a network of location independent friends and the social permission to live like this
  • All the other Lovely Stuff

Lovely Links:

ArtWeb | Mr. Kirkland | HoboCEO | Twitter | Facebook

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Take Action:

What’s your internet based business looking like? Have you started it? If not what’s holding you back? If you have, please link it up. It will get you back link and perhaps there will be another member of the community who could use your stuff.

Niall Doherty: How to Write a World Class Book and Cross the Pacific Ocean on a Cargo Ship

Niall is back on the show.

He’s the first guest to be featured for the second time on the Love Affair Travel podcast (he was Episode 1).

Since our first interview Niall has gone a long way on his journey.

We caught up with him just after his pacific crossing.

He wrote an amazing book and is here to tell us all about it.

Give it up for the avid traveller, Niall Doherty.

“I’m not sure if I burn more cash or more fuel.” – Niall Doherty  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How to decide if a cargo ship pacific crossing is the right decision
  • Strange stories of South Korea
  • About Disrupting the Rabblement
  • How Niall lives a nomadic life
  • The value of tracking expenses and how to do it
  • The emotional challenges of living and moving in India
  • New ways to understand gratitude
  • The challenges of environmental decision making
  • Book recommendations for rational thinkers
  • How to get comfortable with flirting
  • Business strategies for those who don’t live in one place
  • The role of work and success
  • Daily routines and how Niall’s evolve from country to country
  • How to start a blog
  • The future of Disrupting the Rabblement

Lovely Links:

Business | Manliness | Travel

Suggested Books:

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Take Action:

If given the opportunity to travel abroad and earn online, could you have a healthy work ethic and not be distracted by your awesome new lifestyle?

Amber Worrick: How to Travel the World on a Budget and Hitchhike Your Way to Global Adventures

Do you want to travel the world, but don’t have a lot of cash?

Amber Worrick has been doing it since she left high school.

She doesn’t run an Internet business or have a trust fund.

She has hitchhiked through Europe and South America.

She just might be the push you need to get out the door and live your dreams.

Say hello to the courageous, Amber Worrick.

“You can travel with very little money. You just have to make different decisions and redefine success.” – Amber Worrick (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Find out what Amber is currently doing in Santiago, Chile
  • How Amber went from a small town in the midwest of the United States to a global traveler
  • The importance of learning a language and cultural exchange
  • How Ian and Amber ran into each other in Chile
  • The power of Facebook and networking online
  • The story of Amber’s first experience picking up a hitchhiker with her dad in Illinois
  • How Amber ended up on a remote Chilean island after hitchhiking in 30 cars and multiple boats
  • How to travel the world on a budget…. Hint: Hitchhike!
  • A Dutch man living alone on an island named “Cagalandia” (there’s a great story behind the name)
  • Fishing for huge crabs and living off the land
  • Redefining success and traveling on $10-15 dollars a day
  • And much more…

Lovely Links:

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Take Action:

Have you had experiences hitchhiking or picking up hitchhikers? Or are you hesitant to try it? Tell us your stories and opinions in the comments section below.

Jock Purtle: How to Build, Buy and Sell an Online Business and Live a Life of Travel

Selling businesses isn’t just for multinational corporations.

Indeed, all you need to do is create a recurring cash flow.

Anything that generates cash flow, can be sold.

Our next guest is the master of this process.

He travels the world, brokering big deals and you can too.

Here he is, Jock Purtle of Digital Exits.

“There’s risk in everything, but I’ve positioned myself so that I know I’m making the right move.” – Jock Purtle (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Where he is and where he is going
  • How to mix business and travel for pleasure
  • The story of Mardi Gras and business conferences in New Orleans
  • What it took from Jock to sell his first business
  • An unstoppable strategy for getting a big list of clients fast
  • Why and how Jock sold his cash flowing websites and went full time with business brokering
  • Jock’s vision for Digital Exits
  • Jock’s moments of awe: thousands of elephant seals during mating season
  • The guy who sells “dead things” and why it matters
  • How to start making money with an online business
  • How to sell an online business
  • Logical thinking strategies for business deals
  • How to see the numbers when selling businesses
  • The best way to measure success
  • Plus, much more…

“I’m inherently lazy & what that means is, I’m always going to look for the most efficient path to the result.” – Jock Purtle (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Digital Exits | Twitter | LinkedIn

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Take Action:

Ready to start a business? Did you learn from something in this episode? Please let us know in the comment section down below.

Thanks so much for listening. 🙂