Wish your road trips never ended? For Brent Rose, they don’t.
Brent Rose is a freelance technology journalist who has spent the last 17 months living out of a van and road tripping around the United States. For Brent, what started as a year-long road trip has turned into an open-ended lifestyle.
Brent tells us about how he decided to start his van life, how he equipped his van to be able to work from anywhere, and what his nomadic life is like. He also gives us some pointers and great stories and information about his career as a tech journalist.
“I’ve been on the road for the last 17 months now. I’ve put about 35,000 miles on the thing. It was originally going to be about a year-long thing, and now I don’t know how or where to stop. I don’t know if I want to stop – so the adventure continues.” – Brent Rose
Why Brent decided to convert to van life [5:27]
What to look for in a vehicle for long term travel [8:19]
How to convert a van to fit your lifestyle [8:47]
How to get into tech journalism [10:18]
What is Gizmodo? [11:43]
What it means to be a good writer [13:39]
The transition from office life to van life [24:43]
How Brent’s location independence influenceshis professional output [27:03]
Kayaking from Cuba to Florida [28:47]
Benefits of a press trip [37:29]
Making that important decision… what do you write about?! [38:45]
Most memorable moments on the road [43:13]
How a pearl in an oyster can lead to a great pick-up line [45:35]
Taylor Conroy’s energy for life is contagious! Currently, he is the co-founder of Journey, an organization that designs trips for volunteers looking to make a difference by building homes in developing countries.
In his role, Taylor is on a mission to revolutionize the way social change is funded. This is a great interview for travelers looking to make a difference in the world.
Inspired by his passion, we explored his past, where I learned that he has always been driven. Whether it’s high-finance real estate, bodybuilding, firefighting or international volunteer work, Taylor takes on life at full force.
“That’s what made me leave the fire hall, that love for thinking outside the box and creating things that don’t yet exist.” – Taylor Conroy
Taylor’s bodybuilder beginning [2:00]
Life advice… You got to put in the hustle and the heartbreak to get the reward [6:30]
The entrepreneurship itch [10:22]
How to find a personal guru [14:07]
Taylor’s passion for feminist projects [19:15]
Yorling’s story: The will of a teenage Nicaraguan woman [21:18]
Mr. Rodrigue’s story: A 100-year-old Salvadorian dairy farmer sees his new home [23:51]
The power of partnering with an established local non-profit [25:39]
What to expect on a Journey trip [26:08]
The difference between non-profit and for-profit organizations in the change industry [33:33]
Trip participants realize that ‘we, humans, are not as different as we think’ [39:14]
The Masai warrior’s four truths [41:07]
How to ensure volunteerism is sustainable for the community [44:26]
Taylor Conroy’s Talking Points:
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Ever wanted to live and work remotely as a Digital Nomad?
Sila Nur Isik is an entrepreneur from Istanbul, Turkey currently living in London, England. She has a masters degree in Graphic Design, runs an advertising agency called Mind The Ad and was one of the first 75 people to attend Remote Year.
In this episode of Love Affair Travel I talk to Sila about her year with Remote Year, all of the joys of living and working abroad, as well as how she uses her ability and love for travel to help start ups across the globe.
“I was really fascinated by how passionate everyone is, how enthusiastic they are about their projects.” – Sila Nur Isik
After meeting Miles and Melanie earlier this month on the Nomad Cruise, I caught up with Miles while he was in Sintra, Portugal.
Miles Beckler and his wife Melanie provide online information products, meditations and spiritual development courses. Miles is a wealth of knowledge and Melanie is also an incredibly driven entrepreneur. Together they own Ask Angels and The Angel Solutionas well as traveling long term since 2013.
We’ll be talking about traveling full time, the Dark Night of the Soul, meditation, social media growth, funnel marketing and the emotional element of entrepreneurship.
“Trial and error has been my greatest teacher.” – Miles Beckler
Imagine moving to a new city and living rent-free for months… or visiting a dream destination and staying in a luxurious home with an equipped kitchen and furry pets to keep you company. Today more and more people are traveling as house sitters.
House-sitting has changed the way I travel and live my life.
Blogger and author of Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to House-Sitting, Dani Heinrich has been taking care of homes and pets for years. I had her back on the podcast to lay down detailed tips on how to land the best housesitting gigs.
Listen to this one if you have a location-independent business and want to authentically experience a destination and save money at the same time.
“This is how I established my love for New York City… Before when I was staying in hotels there, I didn’t connect with the city as I did when I house sat and I got to know the neighborhoods.” – Dani Heinrich
How Dani’s last visit on the show introduced V and I to the wonders of house-sitting [01:13]
An Overview of “Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting”, a book written by Dani and her co-author Jessica Ainlay aka The Globetrotter Girls [01:52]
The secret to great house sitting is…. being personable [04:50]
How to find secret neighborhoods, truly local food and cafes of New York City through housesitting [07:00]
Two greatest advantages in landing a housesitting gig are great references and an ability to meet with the homeowners in person [09:52]
Important Note: Not everyone is trusting of house sitters right off the bat [10:31]
Why house sitting is an amazing way to move to a new city without paying rent for the first few months [13:45]
Tips for first-time house sitters [14:20]
1. Show your trustworthiness, personality and transparentness
2. Bonus: Be an animal-lover!
3. Be honest with yourself about what you’re comfortable with
4. Include references from other experiences like Airbnb and house sitting for friends
5. Horse lovers, you are wanted! [16:35]
6. The most important strategy is to apply right away. Do so, by setting up daily alerts [20:30]
How to write the ideal application letter [21:29]
What to do when house sitting experiences go wrong [24:14]
Tips for getting great house sitting reviews: [30:20]
1. Clean before the owners return
2. Cook or bake something and leave it in the fridge for the owners return
3. Send plenty of pictures, texts and email updates to the host—Ask first!
5. Make friends with the neighbors…. it will get you more jobs!
You don’t have to be the perfect gypsy housewife to be a great house-sitter. Just be yourself! [34:11]
We’ve spent the last few days in Cooks Beach, New Zealand. Its surprisingly quiet in this little scenic suburb. It feels a bit like that movie 28 Days Later; heaps of well maintained homes without a soul around. I heard it gets crowded around Christmas and New Years, but it sure isn’t crowded now.
To get goodies and internet access we bike from Cooks Beach to Whitianga. We load our bikes onto the ferry to cross the bay to town. It’s fun taking a boat to get to town.
On the way back, we stopped at Shakespeare Cliff. This is a tiny hike out to the point where you can look over the stunning Cathedral Bay. I found a cool rope swing down on the beach
When the swell picks up we drive across the peninsula to surf at Hot Water Beach.
Hot Water Beach is a sand bar beach break. It breaks left and right. The right generally shapes up better than the left. It seems to me that it works best at low to mid tide.
It’s called Hot Water Beach because during low tide everyone digs into the sand and chills in the warm spa-like water. It’s a cool touristy beach scene. If you’re looking for a good place to park your van for the night and sleep near the beach, go to the Surf Beach parking lot. It’s got a toilet and its far from the road.