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45 minutes | a month ago
Ep 176 No Plan B with Heather Thorkelson
Since 2010, Heather has lived and traveled all over the world while running two businesses (one of them a polar expedition company!). She joined me from her home base in rural Sweden to talk about getting over what other people think, building resilience, what it means to have “no Plan B” and why it matters, and more. Get a free chapter of Heather's book, No Plan B, at www.HeatherThorkelson.com/NoPlanB To join the conversation, connect with other current and aspiring nomads, and access additional resources for building and living your Nomadtopia, go to www.nomadtopia.com/radio.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 175 Grounded Nomads: Eden Rudin
Not every grounded nomad has been willing or able to stay put, sign a longer-term lease somewhere, or otherwise take a break from their nomadic lifestyle to wait out the pandemic. Eager to get back to their low-cost lifestyle as housesitters, Eden and her husband were able to take on a last-minute sit in Hawaii after their extended sit in Egypt this summer was canceled. In this episode we talk about how six months of travel plans unraveled due to the pandemic, why and how they got back to housesitting, their experience with the mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival in Hawaii, and lots more. To join the conversation, connect with other current and aspiring nomads, and access additional resources for building and living your Nomadtopia, go to www.nomadtopia.com/radio and get links to the Nomadtopia Facebook group, the Nomadtopia Collective, and more.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 174 Laura Dangerfield: Finding a Place to Be Herself
After retiring early, Laura and her husband decided to leave the US and find a country where they would feel welcome to be themselves as a mixed-race couple (which hadn’t always been their experience back home). They’re now enjoying life in Mexico and Laura joined me to share her experience at home and abroad, how and why she’s speaking up about racial injustice, and lots more. To join the conversation, connect with other current and aspiring nomads, and access additional resources for building and living your Nomadtopia, go to www.nomadtopia.com/radio.
3 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 173 Grounded Nomads: An Update
Tune in for a brief update on the Grounded Nomads series and the latest from Nomadtopia. To join the conversation, connect with other current and aspiring nomads, and access additional resources for building and living your Nomadtopia, go to www.nomadtopia.com/radio and get links to the Nomadtopia Facebook group, the Nomadtopia Collective, and more.
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 172 Grounded Nomads: Naomi Peters
Naomi is a full-time housesitter who has made some big shifts in her lifestyle as a result of the pandemic. (Spoiler alert: she's decided to settle down in Sydney, Australia, for the next year!) We talked about how she made that decision and weighed its financial impact, mourning the loss of her identity as a nomad and feeling excited about new possibilities, her goals and plans during this time, and lots more. To join the conversation, connect with other current and aspiring nomads, and access additional resources for building and living your Nomadtopia, go to www.nomadtopia.com/radio and get links to the Nomadtopia Facebook group, the Nomadtopia Collective, and more.
45 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 171 Grounded Nomads: Amy Scott
Catch up with yours truly, the founder of Nomadtopia! How has becoming a mom of twins and living through the pandemic shifted my perspective on my own Nomadtopia—and lots more? Find out in this episode with the fabulous Jill Sessa returning to interview me once again. To join the conversation, connect with other current and aspiring nomads, and access additional resources for building and living your Nomadtopia, go to www.nomadtopia.com/radio and get links to the Nomadtopia Facebook group, the Nomadtopia Collective, and more.
56 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 170 Grounded Nomads: Sam Anthony
Sam and her partner are full-time housesitters who had to scramble to find a place to stay when their next sit was canceled due to the pandemic. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including where they ended up, the importance of backup plans, the future of housesitting (in general and for them personally), and how new/aspiring housesitters can take advantage of the current situation to get housesitting experience. There’s a lot that’s relevant to all of us, so give it a listen even if you’re not interested in housesitting! See www.nomadtopia.com/groundednomads for more episodes + resources and join the Nomadtopia Collective to be part of the conversation & connect with a welcoming community who knows what you're going through.
50 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 169 Grounded Nomads: Sam Kern
Sam and I started out talking about how his Nomadtopia was affected by the pandemic… and quickly found ourselves fumbling through a conversation about black lives matter, freedom, white privilege, the privilege of the nomadic lifestyle, and so much more. This episode is part of the #podcastersforjustice campaign created by the #WoCPodcasters network. We are podcasters united to condemn the tragic murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and many many others at the hands of police. This is a continuation of the systemic racism pervasive in the United States since its inception and we are committed to standing against racism in all its forms. We believe that to be silent is to be complicit. We believe that Black lives matter. We believe that Black lives are more important than property. We believe that we have a responsibility to use our platforms to speak out against this injustice whenever and wherever we are witness to it. In creating digital media we have built audiences that return week after week to hear our voices and we will use our voices to speak against anti-blackness and police brutality, and we encourage our audiences to be educated and engaged, and to take action. See www.nomadtopia.com/gnsamkern for resources and more.
32 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 168 Grounded Nomads: Sarah Cronin
Sarah has been living in a rural lakeside town in Guatemala, writing for the local paper and teaching yoga. When all her in-person work dried up overnight, she had to think quickly and learn how to bring her business online. In this episode we talk about what she's discovered in the process, the unexpected benefits of doing something she'd been resisting and of the pandemic in general, and lots more.
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 167 Grounded Nomads: Norm Bour
Norm and his girlfriend were back in the U.S. for a visit and as the pandemic escalated they made the quick decision to leave the country again. Norm shares how he's keeping himself busy and, for the first time on Grounded Nomads, we spend much of the episode talking about the future of travel—practically and emotionally, for ourselves and in general.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 166 Grounded Nomads: Shannon Martin
Seven years in Shanghai came to an abrupt end when Shannon and her husband left for a few weeks of travel in February—and couldn't return. Tune in to find out where they ended up, what it was like to pack up their apartment via video chat, the pros and cons of their current situation, and lots more.
41 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 165 Grounded Nomads: Gustav Andersson
Gustav was in Bali in March when a news report caused him to quickly decide to leave the country that same day. Now home in Sweden, he joined me to talk about having to choose one place to be, mindfulness in daily life and during lockdown, the unexpected upsides, and lots more.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 164 Grounded Nomads: Erica Schmidt
A born-again nomad after a fire forced her out of her apartment in December, Erica cut her time in Mexico short to head back to Canada in mid-March. In this episode we talk about finding places to stay during a pandemic, why she feels like she may not be cut out to be a nomad, and lots more.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 163 Grounded Nomads: Brittany Caumette
Their travels on hold and their bus parked in the driveway, Brittany and her family are staying in a rental house in Canada. Listen in as we talk about why she's loving sedentary house-life, the transition to motherhood, exploring what's next, and lots more.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 162 Grounded Nomads: Beck Power
A short trip to Mexico has turned into an indefinite one for Beck, who's originally from New Zealand and based in Toronto. In this episode of Grounded Nomads we talked about why the current uncertainty feels different than the normal uncertainty nomads experience, the need to make life feel more exciting/interesting, and exploring other aspects of our identity now that that central piece—travel—isn't available to us.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 161 Grounded Nomads: Julie Whelan Capell
Julie usually lives in Chile but went home to the United States to take care of her mother temporarily in early February. She's still there. Tune in as we talk about the challenges of a short-term visit that's unexpectedly turned into an indefinite one, dealing with lost income, deciding when/if to return to Chile, and lots more.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 160: Introducing Grounded Nomads
I recorded a special episode to let you know about some changes I’m making with the podcast, and what you can expect in the coming months. In short, I'm moving back to a weekly format for now, with a special series of episodes that will feature conversations with nomads, expats, and other location-independent professionals and travelers about how the current global pandemic is affecting their lives, their plans—and even their sense of identity. The first episode will be recorded live in the Nomadtopia Collective on April 8th. Join us!
33 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 159 Johannes Voelkner: Cruising with Nomads
Johannes is the founder of Nomad Cruise. Originally from Germany, he has been a nomad for the past nine years and is now based in Mallorca, Spain. In This Episode How his lifestyle has shifted over time The importance of community How Nomad Cruise came to be and who it’s for Traveling with a purpose Why Mallorca is a good base for nomads And so much more See www.nomadtopia.com/159 for show notes plus other interviews, resources, and more. Join aspiring and current nomads, expats, and more in the Nomadtopia Collective, your home for a global location-independent lifestyle (www.nomadtopia.com/collective).
38 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 158 Pascale Côté: Building a Nomadic Mind-Set & Business
Pascale didn't set out to be a nomad; she started freelancing simply because she couldn't survive in a corporate environment. But she also loved to travel and once she realized she could do her work from anywhere, she moved to Spain, and she has been nomadic on and off in the years since. Now a business coach, she joined me from her hometown, Montreal, where she was packing up and getting ready to head to Bali for the first time. In This Episode Starting a location-independent business that's sustainable and fulfilling Mind-set of a nomadic entrepreneur Creating your own personal culture Shifting one's location and lifestyle as needed Letting go of attachments Being part of a nomadic couple And so much more See www.nomadtopia.com/158 for show notes plus other interviews, resources, and more. Join aspiring and current nomads, expats, and more in the Nomadtopia Collective, your home for a global location-independent lifestyle (www.nomadtopia.com/collective).
42 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 157 Norm Bour: Travel Younger
Norm had never been very interested in international travel, but in 2016 a short trip to Europe changed his life completely, inspiring him to leave the U.S. permanently and travel continuously. He joined me from Bangkok, Thailand, to share his story and what life has been like since early 2019 when he hit the road with his girlfriend at age 64. In This Episode Reacting to a "midlife" crisis How millennials have inspired his approach to travel Deciding to leave the U.S. and travel continuously The places that he's enjoyed the most so far Dealing with language barriers And so much more See www.nomadtopia.com/157 for show notes plus other interviews, resources, and more. Join aspiring and current nomads, expats, and more in the Nomadtopia Collective, your home for a global location-independent lifestyle (www.nomadtopia.com/collective).
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