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Millennial Travel Podcast
56 minutes | 2 days ago
19: How to Live in a Van and Travel Full-time (Van Life) with Hannah Pinkerton of Destined for Adventure
Hannah Pinkerton is a full-time vanlifer, blogger at Destined for Adventure, Spanish teacher at Speak Better Spanish, and Community Manager and Trip Leader at Under30Experiences. She’s been location independent since 2015 and traveling outside the United States since 2018. Hannah also is a Location Independence Coach helping others do the same. She lives with her 4 cats and 5 dogs in her converted camper van as a solo female traveler in Mexico! Hannah gives me everything I need to know about how to live in a van and make money! In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Hannah Pinkerton: Van life essentials. How much van life costs in Mexico. How to live in a van full time. How to live in a van and make money. How much converting her van cost in Mexico? What is the cost of living in Mexico? Some fun van travel hacks What is life like as an expat in Mexico? How safe is traveling in Mexico? How is the healthcare system in Mexico? How did Hannah find a mechanic for her van in Mexico? What is the difference between living in a tiny house and van life? What is the slow travel movement? Where do you go to the bathroom when you live in van? How Hannah started adopting animals and bringing them into her van. How you can help adopt a dog or cat from Hannah! Resources from Hannah: Destined for Adventure Blog @DestinedforAdventure on Instagram Hannah’s Vanlife YouTube Safety Wing Insurance for Nomads Speak Better Spanish @SpeakBetterSpanish on Instagram You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel.
83 minutes | 12 days ago
18: Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel
Matt Wilson, is Co-founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, and author of The Millennial Travel Podcast. Today Matt shares his experience traveling the world for the last decade in the Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel. Read the full article: https://www.under30experiences.com/blog/solo-travel-guide Follow Matt on Instagram @mattwilsontv.
60 minutes | a month ago
17: Travel Like a Pro with Mark Peacock of TravelCommons
Mark Peacock is the host of the TravelCommons podcast, one of the longest running travel radio shows on the internet. Mark has been a frequent business traveler for more than 30 years. He travels all over the world for high-tech companies and management consultancies. Mark Peacock’s first TravelCommons podcast was recorded in May 2005 in the bathroom of the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Originally, TravelCommons was going to be travel blog, but Mark turned out producing the “Voice of the Traveler” podcast. Ask Mark frequently says, “it is more about the journey than the destination.” Mark has lived all over the United States, and is currently living in Chicago for the third time with his wife and two kids. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Mark Peacock: How Mark started a travel podcast and hosts one of the oldest travel podcasts on the internet. How Mark started TravelCommons podcast in a hotel bathroom in 2005 and what has kept him going. How does Mark get any work done while traveling? Does travel spark creativity? How technology interrupts our ability to chat with the people around us while traveling. Why Mark advises his family not to travel during “rush hour” in airports on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings. Should you invest in TSA Precheck? Why Mark always focuses on flying with one airline, goes to the airline lounges, and has the airport credit cards. Does Mark get upgraded as a frequent business traveler and is airline status worth it? Why is it more difficult to get upgrades these days? Mark Peacock’s tips for rental cars. Should you lock in your gas price with a rental car company? Is it worth it? What are some of Mark’s craziest travel stories as a business traveler? Mark’s tips for traveling during the winter and having backup plans. The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask Mark Peacock: Favorite domestic airport Terminal 2 in San Francisco Favorite international airport Favorite airline Favorite booking website Direct with airlines, but search with Google Favorite travel bloggers Craig and Linda Indie Travel Podcast past Millennial Travel Podcast guests! Chris Christensen Amateur Traveler another past podcast guest of ours! Flyer Talk--The World’s Most Popular Frequent Flyer Website The Cranky Flyer--an airline industry blog Boarding Area--required reading for frequent flyers Resources from Mark Peacock: TravelCommons.com Twitter @Mpeakcock Facebook TravelCommons Instagram @TravelCommons You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Looking for more great content? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel.
63 minutes | 2 months ago
15: Take More Vacations with Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights
Scott Keyes is the founder and CEO of Scott’s Cheap Flights. In 2013, he found a flight deal he just can’t pass out on—a $130 round trip ticket from New York City to Milan. When he returned home, his friends and colleagues asked him to let them know the next time he finds a great deal. In a nutshell, that’s how Scott’s Cheap Flights came about. Scott’s Cheap Flights newsletter aims to enable people to travel and see and experience the world. Unlike automated flight deals and alerts sent out by way of affiliated links, they leverage their team of human flight experts and innovative software to provide meticulously-vetted and high quality deals that are worth their members’ time and money. Some are even mistake fares! To date, Scott’s Cheap Flights has more than 2 million members (and growing each day!). The total amount of airfare their deals have helped members save is already at a whopping $100 million! Scott’s Cheap Flights is run by a remote team with members situated in many parts of the world. Undoubtedly, they are making people's travel dreams attainable, one deal at a time! So far, Scott has visited a total of 46 countries. He lists Oaxaca, Mexico as his favorite destination. He runs Scott’s Cheap Flights with co-founder and COO, Brian Kidwell. Personally, I recommend the Scott’s service in The Millennial Travel Guidebook and gave Scott’s Cheap Flights great review. Many people have asked if Scott’s Cheap Flights Premium is worth it, and I always say yes. Scott’s Cheap flights is very legitimate--their mission is to enable people to travel and experience the world! In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights: How to use Scott’s Cheap Flights. How to find cheap flights. When and when to find cheap flights. Is Scott’s Cheap Flights good for domestic travel or/or international flights? Scott also shares what the 24-hour rule is, the holy grail of the cheap flights world, and the cheapest time to book a flight. Travel hacking booking flights. Where to find cheap flights last minute What apps and travel hacks does Scott Keyes use? What blogs or other resources does Scott read? TravelisFree.com View from the Wing with Gary Leff On finding the best flight deals, Scott has this to say, “The better the deal is, the shorter it’s going to last. So finding about them early and being able to book early is really really key.” Resources from Scott Keyes: Sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights Scott’s Cheap Flights on Twitter @ScottsFlights Instagram @ScottsCheapFlights Facebook Scott’s Cheap Flights Scott’s Cheap Flights Facebook Community Scott Keyes’ new book: Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!
55 minutes | 2 months ago
14: Vagabonding: The Art of Long-Term Travel with Rolf Potts
Rolf Potts is a legendary travel writer, who’s book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel has been a classic piece of travel writing for many years. Rolf’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, Outside, The New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated. Potts has been part of creative writing workshops and/or taught classes at places like Paris American University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. In addition to travel writing and his Vagabonding success, Rolf Potts’ adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, driving a Land Rover across South America, and traveling around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind. Potts is also the author of Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer and the new edition of Vagabonding includes a foreword from Tim Ferriss. Most recently Rolf has launched his own podcast called “Deviate”. Rolf leaves the listeners with some final advice encouraging them to travel and reminding them that its not as difficult or as dangerous as they might think. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast we discuss: What does it mean to be “time rich” versus most people travel in such a hurry? Rolf Potts explains how he taught English in Korea What does Rolf Potts think about the digital nomad movement? Why do people want to go back in time for nostalgic reasons when they travel? A quick story of when Rolf Potts got lost getting off the beaten path. How people can cut the cord on their smartphone while traveling. How can people truly disconnect, so they don’t get burned out? How to make your “vacation your vocation”. What can we learn from the “slow food movement” or “slow travel movement”? How can people afford to travel more often and travel for longer? Travel to cheaper places He lives in Kansas because of the low cost of living, so he can afford to travel more often What is Rolf Potts’ life like in Kansas and what does he appreciate about it? Rolf is from Kansas and learned to appreciate what he has at home. How does an old school traveler like Rolf Potts feel about Instagram culture in travel? The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions: If Rolf Potts could go to one bar tomorrow what would it be? McGlinchey’s in Philadelphia or a Korean soju tent If Rolf Potts could take six months to travel anywhere where would he go? The United States because it’s such a large, diverse country What is Rolf Potts favorite US National Park? Olympic National Park in Washington Rolf Potts favorite piece of travel gear? You don’t need any luggage to have a good time, so he said good shoes or a smartphone. Resources: Rolf Potts’ best seller: Vagabonding Rolf Potts’ book Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales Guides) Rolf Potts’ book Souvenir (Object Lessons) Rolf Potts podcast Deviate @RolfPotts on Instagram @RolfPotts on Twitter His website rolfpotts.com Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or Spotify. You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!
62 minutes | 3 months ago
13: Sustainable Adventure Travel with Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott
Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott are the husband-and-wife storytelling team behind Uncornered Market Adventurers, world travelers, adventurers, storytellers, and tourism advisors from the US and based in Berlin. They have been to over 90 countries and are two of my very favorite people in tourism. Their goal is to create a movement of respectful travelers and organizations who live at the intersection of adventure, deep travel experiences, and caring for our planet and its people. We hope not just to inspire, but to help others build a story-filled life, whether that life takes them around the block…or around the world. Today, we speak about Sustainable tourism & adventure travel that cares for our planet & its people. This topic is one that I’m super passionate about as Daniel and Audrey are owners of a tourism development consultancy & travel blog. They aim to humanize the places we visit, drawing our readers in through photographs and stories, so they connect with people and places they might otherwise never hear about or actively disregard. In turn, through their personal interactions, we seek to alter the view of America that people get from watching the news, taking in movies, or watching popular television shows. Call this our small contribution to public diplomacy and mutual understanding in today’s complicated world.Dan took his first trip abroad at the ripe old age of 26. He went to India by himself, discovered another planet located on Earth, and fell terribly ill (dengue fever). He eventually recovered and has struggled with various bouts of the travel bug ever since. Audrey has successfully managed projects in over twenty countries – often remotely – but prefers to be on the ground working directly with the people affected. Coming from a family tradition in international work that goes back three generations, her international focus in life is not a surprise to those who know her well. She looks for everyday universal experiences when she travels and aims to make personal connections with people and cultures in varied environments. She has a weakness for dark chocolate and can bake a mean apple crisp. If you want to know how this travel couple affords to travel the world, they break it down in three ways on their website: Tourism Development and Marketing Advisory Speaking at Conferences and Universities Affiliate sales and website advertising In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast we discuss: How Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott started traveling off the beaten path. Where first-time solo travelers should travel. Their opinion on Machu Picchu and how we can combat overtourism. Alternative treks to the Inca Trail How does travel really change people’s lives and how has traveled changed Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott’s life? How has travel pushed Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott to become better people? How can people make an impact while traveling or volunteering in a sustainable way. In The Millennial Travel Podcast rapid fire round I ask: Favorite travel resource Daniel: Kayak.com Audrey: Nomadic Matt’s and Jodi from Legal Nomads Country that has made the most impact on them Audrey: Kyrgyzstan Daniel: India Favorite international dish Daniel: Masala dosa in India or sushi Audrey: Homemade pasta in Tuscany Resources: UncorneredMarket.com @uncornered_market on Instagram @umarket on Twitter Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life and our new USA camping and hiking trips from Under30Experiences!
52 minutes | 3 months ago
12: How to Overcome Fear By Traveling with Mike Corey of Fearless and Far
Mike Corey never backs away from an adventure, no matter how strange it may be. As a Canadian adventure travel YouTuber and BBC television host, Mike has been traveling the world for eight years. He is on a global quest to challenge fear by seeking unique experiences in weird and wonderful destinations around the world. Mike aims to inspire others to fight their fears by plunging headfirst into beautiful, unknown locations and participating in undocumented cultural celebrations. With a degree in Marine Biology and a talent for breakdancing, Mike worked as an award-winning filmmaker before creating his own YouTube channel - Fearless and Far. Mike knows how to craft a compelling story with entertaining action and cinematic flair, but his greatest strength is breaking down cultural barriers and connecting with locals worldwide. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast we discuss: Mike Corey’s story of being shy growing up and how he is now a successful Youtuber, television host, and traveler. How to overcome fear of traveling. How to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. What is more risky, skydiving or driving a car? What it’s like traveling during a pandemic? The risks and moral obligations as a Canadian traveler. Why supporting local tourism is so important in places where the economies rely on it. How Mike Corey chooses destinations to visit. The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions: Craziest thing Mike Corey has ever done? The Bulls of Fire Festival (Tultepec Toros) in Mexico Craziest food Mike Corey has ever eaten? Etag in the Philippines What is the most off the beaten path place Mike Corey has traveled to? Mauritius, Africa What kind of camera does Mike Corey recommend for travelers? Sony A7iii What kind of carry on does Mike Corey bring? Peak Design Bag with a lifetime warranty Where to travel in Canada? Gaspé, Quebec Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine), Quebec Where to travel in the United States? Neptune Memorial Reef, Florida Resources: Fearless and Far on YouTube Mike Corey @fearlessandfar on Instagram The BBC Travel Show His course: The War on Fear Bootcamp You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!
67 minutes | 3 months ago
11: Where to Travel Fall & Winter 2020 w/ Ben Collier
Ben Collier is General Manager at Incredible Adventures and is a wizard when it comes to organizing itineraries in the United States. He’s an expert when it comes to US National Parks, camping, and hiking, and has worked in adventure travel for nearly a decade, including five years on the ground as a guide. Complete shownotes and all the links can be found on millennialtravelpodcast.com Ben and I get the chance to talk about USA road trips and where people should travel in fall and winter 2020 while keeping them safe from COVID19. In this episode we discuss: How did Ben get started as a traveler and trip leader in the United States? His experience in Alaska and Hawaii A great itinerary for Portland, Oregon Crater Lake National Park Cascade Mountains Where to travel this fall? Fall foliage ideas Where to travel in the United States during the winter? Matt’s pick: South Florida, Miami or Fort Lauderdale to the Everglades National Park and Florida Keys Skiing and how social distancing will work Joshua Tree, Death Valley Yellowstone, Yosemite Zion/Bryce Canyon Lake Tahoe Matt’s article referenced: Millennials are Fleeing Cities, Escaping 9-5, & Avoiding Taxes Reno Cool neighborhoods like Mid-town Reno Truckee, California Hikes near Las Vegas, Nevada Where to get a COVID19 test to show states like Rhode Island, Maine, and Hawaii? At home test kits What are the best US National Parks? Where should people travel in the winter in the United States? What should first people know about their first time camping? Hiking safety tips. Hike in groups Bring sufficient water Tell someone where you are going Always bring salty foods and extra electrolytes Dress in layers; avoid cotton Bear safety tips Bear spray Bear bell Leave no trace camping and hiking principles Free Leave No Trace Certification What to bring on a road trip? Safety, should you get a tune up? Should you have a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher? Should you replace your tires? Pack extra food, water Blanket AAA Membership Is California safe to travel to right now? Are the California wildfires contained? Exploring your backyard Rapid fire questions: Favorite US National Park? Yosemite Favorite state to visit in the United States? Alaska Favorite small town in America? Best hike in America? Angles landing, Zion National Park One piece of camping gear he couldn’t live without. Good sleeping bag; Marmot One piece of hiking gear he couldn’t live without. Leki lightweight hiking poles Resources: Incredible Adventures, San Francisco’s greenest tour company, powered by petroleum free biofuel. @Incadventures on Instagram Get in touch with Ben: ben (at) incredibleadventures (dot) com Complete shownotes and all the links can be found on millennialtravelpodcast.com
62 minutes | 4 months ago
10: The Millennial’s Guide to Business Travel: Lessons from the Next Generation of Road Warriors w/ Michael Puldy
Michael Puldy is the author of The Millennial’s Guide to Business Travel: Lessons from the Next Generation of Road Warriors. He has an incredibly impressive resume of travel including visiting all 50 states, 50 countries, has flown 3 million air miles, and is a member of the Circumnavigators Club. Michael knows his stuff when it comes to frequent flier miles and credit card rewards points. He has achieved status as a 1K Elite Member on United flying over 1.3 million miles, 700K on Delta, & 500K on American. He is a Diamond VIP at Hilton, achieved Platinum status at Hyatt, and Gold at Marriott and Sheraton. Michael isn’t just a travel hacker, he is winning at the gamification of travel legitimately! What you’ll find interesting in today’s Millennial Travel Podcast episode is that Michael is not actually a millennial traveler himself but wanted to write this book for the next generation. In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I ask Michael: Why he decided to write a book on travel for millennials. What traveling in the 60s and 70s was like. How people can optimize their travels What the best type of luggage is for business travelers Is TSA precheck and Global Entry worth it? What is the best way to avoid delays and build contingency plans when traveling? The important difference between Uber Black and Uber X and why it matters. Tips for working out on the road. Why Michael brings his own tea bags and other health tips while traveling. How to avoid crappy food in airports and hotels. How to add on leisure travel when you are traveling for business. Michael’s experience living in Singapore as an expat. In The Millennial Travel Podcast rapid fire section I ask Michael: If he could base himself anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Singapore Favorite airport in the world. Denver An app he can’t travel without Local eats, rental car apps, weather apps, and hotel apps Weather.com Media he’d recommend traveling with His 150GB library on Apple Music Emerson Lake & Palmer One piece of travel gear he couldn’t travel without Tumi briefcase Resources: The Millennial’s Guide to Business Travel: Lessons from the Next Generation of Road Warriors by Michael Puldy NextGenTraveler.com Puldy.com Michael’s homepage with travel photos and stories Michael on Instagram You can find all the links and past show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life ... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!
56 minutes | 4 months ago
#8: Creating a Life to Travel More, Spend Less, & Be More Adventurous w/ Matt Wilson CEO of Under30Experiences
Matt Wilson is Co-founder and CEO of the travel company for people ages 21-35 Under30Experiences, and author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Under30Experiences has been named number 801 on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America and number 198 on Financial Times 1000 list of America's Fastest-Growing Companies. Matt was formerly the co-founder of the media site Under30CEO (Acquired 2016) and is the Host of the Live Different Podcast on business, travel, health, and performance. He has interviewed everyone from NBA Legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar to the President of Starbucks. Matt's writing is published in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Huffington Post, and he is part of the invite-only Young Entrepreneurs' Council (YEC) comprised of the world's most successful entrepreneurs 40 and younger. Matt is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. He hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and his personal mission is to help people live more adventurous lives. In today’s episode we turn the tables and James Boobar of Alitpassage interviews Matt to talk about The Millennial Travel Guidebook. Discussed in this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast: The future of travel and Under30Experiences during COVID-19 How Elon Musk’s gigafactory will affect Austin, Texas Transitioning from New York to Costa Rica and Turkey where both Matt and James lived as expats How Under30Experiences started in Iceland How travel gives people a better understanding of what they want in life How the Millennial Travel Guidebook is more about life, making sure peoples dreams do not get “deferred” How people can get over their fear of traveling and have difficult conversations with loved ones How globalization affects the travel experience, and why you may want to consider seeing experiences outside what you can find at home. Why to stop being busy and start living! You can find all the links and show notes on millennialtravelpodcast.com Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life ... and from our new USA hiking and camping trips at Under30Experiences!
57 minutes | 4 months ago
#7: How Sustainable Tourism + Philanthropic Travel Can Change Your Life with Lydia Dean of GoPhilanthropic
Lydia Dean left her job as an Executive Search Consultant in the year 2000 to pursue a lifelong interest in travel and humanitarian programs. She and her family moved to Provence, France where they lived for 6 years while exploring many developing countries. In 2007, they returned to the US and launched GoPhilanthropic Travel. In 2010 GoPhilanthropic Foundation was formed in order to more actively partner with small grassroots non-profits offering greater access to resources and opportunities. Lydia divides her time between Los Angeles, Provence, and the regions within which GoPhil works. She is also the author of Jumping the Picket Fence: A Woman's Search for Meaning from the Suburbs to the Slums. Today I’m so excited to welcome Lydia Dean, Founder and Director of GoPhilanthropic Travel, offering travelers the certainty that their support is making a positive impact in local communities. This interview was conducted pre-COVID19 in the research for The Millennial Travel Guidebook where I sprinkled in tons of information on sustainable travel and where Lydia was quoted. As you hopefully know, sustainable travel and spending our money the right way is super important to us at Under30Experiences. In this interview we discuss topics such as: The dangers of voluntourism How to select non-profit organizations to work with How to vote with your dollars Where to travel if you really want to make an impact I’m also thrilled to hear Lydia’s inspiring story and have her share how philanthropy and travel changed the person who she is. It really sounds like she lives an incredibly full and fulfilling life. You can learn more about Lydia and GoPhilanthropic at www.gophilanthropictravel.com and www.gophilanthropic.org. Show notes can be found at http://millennialtravelpodcast.com ### Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast is provided by my new book The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, and Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. Check out our new USA trips with Under30Experiences including Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks… plus Lake Tahoe!
63 minutes | 5 months ago
#6: Socially Distanced USA Road Trips, Diversity, & Being a Gen Z Travel Blogger w/ Gaby Beckford @packslight
Gabby Beckford is the Gen Z travel blogger, content creator, and marketing strategist behind Packs Light. She helps send her young audience around the world completely free via the funded travel opps she shares in her Young Travelers Network. Her words can be found in pubs such as Lonely Planet, HuffPost, Essence, and Business Insider. Her mission is to empower young people to seek risk, seize opportunity, and see the world. Shownotes can be found on MattWilson.co and MillennialTravelPodcast.com. MTP 6: Socially Distanced USA Road Trips, Diversity, & Being a Gen Z Travel Blogger w/ Gaby Beckford @packslight Gabby Beckford is the Gen Z travel blogger, content creator, and marketing strategist behind Packs Light. She helps send her young audience around the world completely free via the funded travel opps she shares in her Young Travelers Network. Her words can be found in pubs such as Lonely Planet, HuffPost, Essence, and Business Insider. Her mission is to empower young people to seek risk, seize opportunity, and see the world. Today, I’m thrilled increase the representation of people of color here on The Millennial Travel Podcast. Not only is Gabby a bi-racial female, but she hails from Gen Z, and is an already successful 25-year-old! I got to speak with Gabby about her blog Packs Light, her success on TikTok, her recent USA Road Trip, and the challenges of her quitting her job to become a full time travel blogger just before the COVID-19 pandemic. My favorite part about the conversation was that Gabby is about more than just travel--she is an opportunities coach and has a members only community where she guides people to apply for opportunities like scholarships, fellowships, jobs, travel opportunities, awards, and more. As Gabby told me, “half of life is just showing up.” She gives tips for traveling in the new normal, on her USA trip, how we can increase diversity and inclusion in the travel industry, and how she became mindful at such a young age. It was a real pleasure to get some tips from this Gen Z travel leader! In the rapid fire round I ask Gabby: Her favorite piece of travel gear--packing cubes! Her movie to watch on your next flight--The Hundred Foot Journey Place to revisit--Stockholm, Sweden Place she’s never been but is on her bucket list--Santiago, Chile Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast comes from The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority In Your Life
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