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58 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Episode 84: Scott Eddy
* Read below for a special travel deal associated with this episodes * On episode 84 of the podcast we meet a man who’s blazed a trail in the travel digital space, but things didn’t always go as planned for Scott Eddy. Life changed for Scott after losing his father 3 weeks before graduating high school. After months of feeling lost, unmotivated, and directionless, Scott joined an investment training program and excelled as a stockbroker over the next decade. After 10 years traveling between Florida and New York as a stockbroker, Scott said goodbye to the corporate world and embarked on his first life changing trip. Scott’s lifestyle gradually transformed into something he couldn’t plan or predict, starting with his moving permanently to Asia to explore life beyond living in the United States. After living in Europe and Asia for 17 years, Scott fell in love with several different cultures and recognized the value of creating lasting relationships. Scott embraced his sales and business savvy once again by starting one of the first digital agencies in Southeast Asia. Owning and selling this agency gave him a deep understanding of the digital transformation several industries would encounter. Scott is a true people person and believes human connection is the only key to success and happiness. Although based in South Florida, there is no one place he currently calls home and is a genuine citizen of the world, traveling full-time, living out of a few suitcases through countless destinations. 2020 changed the world of travel in ways no one could ever predict, and for better or worse, Scott Eddy has become the ‘go-to’ digital guy for the travel industry, understanding it far more than many others as he chooses to completely immerse himself in its development and growth. Episode 84 is sponsored by the small ship adventure company Uncruise Use TWM500 for $500 per person on an UnCruise adventure - click here for all the incredible trip UnCruise offers.
11 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Episode 83: The Meaningful Travel Summit
TWM podcast host Mike Schibel was honored to attend the first in person Tourism Cares Meaningful Travel Summit since the COVID pandemic. Bringing together Like-minded travelers from all sectors of the travel industry in North Lake Tahoe at the beautiful Palisades Tahoe. Discussing important issues on Climate Change, Sustainability and DEI in the industry with a focus on the local region of Lake Tahoe. Tourism Cares is an almost twenty plus year non profit dedicated to the long-term survival of the travel + tourism industry. Inspiring each other to make travel a force for good to ensure the future prosperity of the people and places who rely on it. The Meaningful Travel Summits, or “Tourism Cares for America” as it was once called, began after a call for all Americans to volunteer service to their country as a direct result of September 11, 2001. Tourism Cares founder and then Executive Director, Bruce Beckham, saw an opportunity for the industry to come together - regardless of industry sector, competitor, or colleague. The Meaningful Travel Summit has grown from a volunteer program to a multi-day global event that pairs education, service, social enterprise development, and industry networking. This episode features conversation about what is Toursim Cares and how the organization is making an impact in the travel industry. We also learn what travel means to our fellow Meaningful Travel Summit attendees. Enjoy this meaningful episode. If you have interest to learn more about Tourism Cares and future Meaningful Travel Summits visit www.tourismcares.org
41 minutes | May 25, 2022
Episode 82: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but make it fashionable
Renowned adventure photographer Laura Grier has a knack for manifesting extraordinary opportunities. When she was presented with leading an all women's climb to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, she knew this would be one of her greatest physical and mental challenges of her life. If the eight days and fifty one hours of climbing through blizzards and down pours was not difficult enough, Laura and her fearless crew of ladies became a fashion pit crew stopping each day for a photo shoot. Each lady on the climb had a chance express themselves and mark this monumental adventure with a goddess portrait in something that looked right out of fashion magazine. When you see the stunning images Laura captured (check the Travel With Meaning Instagram) of her goddess crew in the different landscapes that make up the climb wearing traditional African fabric purchased at a local market and in jewelry from the Maasai tribe it's hard to remember these women have been climbing for days with no showers. As a passionate advocate of local artisan, Laura is also co-founder of Andeana Hats made in Peru and Guatemala, she wanted these photo shoot images to also pay homage to local African artisans. Small spoiler alert, all the women did summit and had an incredible adventure. When we asked Laura what her biggest takeaway was from the trip she said this adventure really pushed her to practice being present and be in the moment. As Laura said she realized many of her travels have involved her own search for being in the moment, staying present and this is a practice she has brought home with her. To learn more about Laura and her incredible travel stories and background listen to episode seven of the TWM podcast - click here. Enjoy this episode and make sure to check out the Travel With Meaning Instagram for the amazing goddess photo shoot images from the Kilimanjaro climb!
65 minutes | May 3, 2022
Episode 81: Shaahin Cheyene
Every once in awhile we share stories of sheer determination, resilience and grit that it’s hard not to find inspiration in the journey. Episode 81 of the TWM Podcast features a conversation with a truly remarkable man, Shaahin Cheyene. He's the founder of the brain nutrition startup Accelerated Intelligence (AI), an award-winning business mogul, author, filmmaker, and inventor of Herbal Ecstacy, the nootropic that sparked the (100% legal) Smart Drug Movement. Shaahin is the author of ("Billon, How I Became the King of the Thrill Pill"). His story of leaving home at fifteen, sleeping in his car and a few years later running a company making hundreds of millions of dollars to now where he is today- is remarkable. Along the way the people he met and experiences Shaahin had are unbelievable. As a serial entrepreneurial his career has spanned more than 30 years, earning over $350 Million. As a leading Amazon expert his products have outpaced Fortune 500 companies’ sales on the platform, selling millions of units worldwide. This is an episode not to be missed and we highly recommend his book! Listen to the full episode for a very special offer Shaahin presents to the TWM community. If you'e always wanted to learn how to sell on Amazon now is your time to learn.
55 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Episode 80: Unplugged in Mexico
Welcome to Episode 80 of the podcast! This is a special solo cast episode where our host Mike Schibel shares stories from a recent adventure in Mexico. Spending time in Los Cabos and cruising for a week on the Sea of Cortés with Uncruise the small ship adventure company. This episode is broken up into three parts: 1) The bucket list experience 2) shared experiences 3)expectations. All three of these elements come together for an epic adventure ! As a bonus to our community if you use the code TWM500 you can get $500 per person off an UnCruise adventure. Enjoy the episode!
63 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Episode 79: Kylie Chenn
Episode 79 features a conversation with an exceptional travel entrepreneur Kylie Chenn, Founder of Acanela Expeditions, The Wander Camp and The Adventure Dress. Growing in a small town in Northern Idaho, it was a semester studying abroad that opened her mind and heart. Kylie had the travel bug from the first trip abroad and didn’t look back. Over 121 countries later spending time living in Europe, South Africa, Asia and Africa expanding her knowledge and curiosity. Her passion for travel and desire to support others to have impactful adventures lead her to launch Acanela Expeditions, a boutique travel organization that curates hands-on tour experiences around the world. When travel came to a standstill during the pandemic, Kylie did some wandering and camping near National Parks in the Southwest US, sparking the idea for The Wander Camp (a “wandering” hotel of glamping tents). The Wander Camp operates locations outside of six National Parks: Grand Canyon, Glacier, Bryce, Zion, Yellowstone, and Moab. To learn more about The Wander Camp and their billion star ratings click here. Kylie was recognized as a Utah Business 40 under 40 and Sego World's Fastest Growing Company in Under 5 years. For more information on Kylie and her endeavors follow her on Instagram @kytrisha
72 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Episode 78: Jayson Seidman
This episode features a conversation with a visionary hotelier who's passionate about providing a full service hospitality experience. Investing in historic properties in unique markets to invite travelers to embrace slow travel, have less and experience more with meaning. Excited for you to hear our conversation and make sure you check out and stay at some of Jayson's extraordinary properties: The Columns Hotel Saint Vincent The Drifter ThunderBird Marfa East Austin Hotel Hotel Ranch Motel Boro Hotel Kokoro Springs Highlights from the episode: 14:44 First big travel moment 20:09 Best trip in college with lessons and adventures to last a lifetime 33:01 All about creating the vibe 35:25 Why he chose New Orleans to start operating hotels 1:01:22 His vision for the future of hospitality 1:09:50 Speed Round This episode is brought to you by TopTipper the cashless tipping app supporting hospitality employees who make our stays nice. It's Nice to be Nice. Enjoy the episode! Jayson's full bio Jayson Seidman is the Founder and Principal Managing Partner of Sandstone and its various subsidiary companies. Through his years of experience working with Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and most recently as the Head of Development for SHVO in New York, he has gained key knowledge concerning the financial implications and methods for repositioning a property through pragmatic creative approaches, smart sustainable design, and problem mitigation. Seidman possesses wide-ranging real estate knowledge, including a strong background in hotel finance, operations, design development, asset and portfolio management, and acquisitions, as well as the structuring of capital for complex real estate transactions. Over the past 15 years, Jayson has amassed a collection of hotel properties around the country that are full of soul, love, and memorable guest experience. Most recently Jayson’s keen eye for acquiring unique properties in special locations landed him three hotels in New Orleans: The Drifter Hotel, Hotel Saint Vincent, and the most iconic Columns Hotel. Beyond New Orleans, Jayson is back to his Texas roots where he is currently focused on resurrecting the historic Ranch Motel in San Antonio, TX.
12 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Episode 77: All The Feels in New York
Hello Meaningful Travelers! On this episode our host Mike Schibel shares his experience traveling to New York for a travel industry event. Mike meets different people from tourism boards and hotel groups to share about Travel With Meaning and learn what travel means to them. This was no ordinary trip as Mike shared the experiences gave him "All The Feels" a popular social media term that we've never used on this podcast, but if there was ever an episode to us it this is it. Enjoy!
51 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Episode 76: Zoya Mohan
EP. 76 is all about following your dreams and blazing a trail as we learn about the journey of India born, California raised songstress, Zoya Mohan. She's been praised by Rolling Stone, ELLE, GQ, MTV, Vh1, Harpers Bazaar, and more for her recollective songwriting and collection of catchy pop gems. She's gained recognition from heavyweights AR Rahman and The Chainsmokers while touring on festival bills and as a support act for the likes of Kawehi, Natty, Lucy Rose, Madame Gandhi, Youngr, Submotion Orchestra, Bloc Party, Clean Bandit, and Martin Garrix. Returning to Los Angeles after a four year stint touring India, Zoya kicked off her debut US album, Bad Girls Dream, with a radio-friendly pop anthem featuring Grammy-nominated and Billboard Hot 100 charting rapper, Jack Harlow. Music has been her blood from an early age, but it was traveling with her father in her teen years that created the foundation to allow Zoya to dream big. She shares a poignant moment from an experience her dad sent her on in Peru at 27:40, with a wow, deep moment at 28:18. We're excited to introduce you to Zoya as she embarks on the next part of her journey. Give her a follow on Instagram @iamzoya
59 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Episode 75: Finnian Kelly
Prepare for a conversation with a truly extraordinary guest. Dubbed “the Business Mystic,” transformational Intentionality coach and speaker Finnian Kelly is known for his unique ability to awaken consciousness in business leaders, and inspire entrepreneurs to find deeper levels of meaning and purpose in their endeavors. As the founder of Intentionality, Inc., a comprehensive philosophy and program designed to help everyday people create extraordinary futures, Finnian leads world class events and retreats inspiring attendees to connect deeply with their businesses and themselves. Known for his 1:1 Intentionality coaching and his immersive group experiences empowering leaders to shift their mindset and acquire tools that will enhance all areas of their lives, Finnian offers unmatched resources and guidance for professionals of all ages and backgrounds to live in alignment and discover their true nature. Finnian travels the globe as an ambassador for living with Intentionality. His work with individuals, teams, organizations, and underprivileged communities has been featured on National Geographic’s Undercover Angel, Business Insider, Forbes, Sky Business, ABC, Smart Company, and more. You can learn more about Finnian on finniankelly.com.
12 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Episode. 74.5 Intro to Season 5
Hello Community! This episode is kicking off season 5 of the podcast. Season 5, wow! It’s not a full-length episode hence the 74.5, rather this episode is a reflection on how and WHY Travel With Meaning started. From hosting Travel Talk Live events in Los Angeles starting in 2017 to launching a podcast in 2019. Our passion and excitement to share authentic, inspiring, and meaningful travel stories from extraordinary guests to connect with our community is more important than ever. Big thank you to all the brands who believed in Travel With Meaning from day one and supported our community at the Travel Talk Live events. Shout out to: Prana, Cava, Fjallraven, Roark, Travellers autobarn, Feel Good Salsa, Goodr, One Coconut, Surf Air, Kite Hill, Design Hotels and Kind Traveler. Travel With Meaning wouldn’t be anything without our community of amazing travelers sharing their stories. We do miss the In Real Life (IRL) connection our community gained from Travel Talk Live events and hope to be able host intimate live events soon. This episode will also give you the lineup of incredible guests for season five…I mean season five, how cool is that! You don’t want to miss the conversations of this season with: The man who’s been called “The Business Mystic” Finnian Kelly, what was the trip he took when needing to reset in his life? We hear from India born and California raised Zoya Mohan on her adventures touring India in her twenties as a pop star. Then joining us is hospitality innovator and Managing Partner of Sandstone Developments Jayson Seidman sharing some of his cool new projects, vision for the future, and his first big meaningful trip. Acclaimed entrepreneur and author Shaahin Cheyene will share epic adventure stories from his rise as the King of the thrill pill cult. His recently launched book Billion is unreal and highly recommended. We’ll also talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, the Founders of The Kinsey Collection, the largest privately held collection of African American Art & History celebrating African American achievements and contributions from 1595 to present day. I’ve had the privilege of knowing the Kinsey’s for over thirty years as I grew up with their son and past podcast guest, Khalil Kinsey. I'll also speak with TV personality and Radio host Shira Lazar Co-Founder of What's Trending. Then up is outdoor experiential entrepreneur and Utah's 30 under 30 recipient Kyle Chenn. Season 5 is brought to you by our friends at UnCruise the small ship adventure company and TopTipper a forward thinking and simple cashless tipping App. It’s going to be a memorable and meaningful season…so make sure you subscribe and please share with your friends the stories that move, touch and inspire you! Ok…enjoy 74.5 and I’ll see you on the open road!
47 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Episode 74: Fall 2021 TWM Intern Team
Hello Meaningful Travelers! This is the last episode of season 4 and of 2021. We finished the year with an in person conversation with our Fall intern team. On this episode we hear from each of the interns about the podcast episodes they produced, what principles of How To Travel With Meaning they connected with, stories they created and what were their big takeaways for this semester. The intern team played a huge part in isolating principles from past podcast episodes and creating two meaningful audio visual trailers that incorporated the principles that were organically shared by guests. Click here and here to watch / listen to the videos created by Thomas Akiona and Garrett Coleman. Make sure you visit Travel With Meaning website and Youtube channel to check out great blogs and videos from the intern team. All of the work and research the intern team did This was a very talent bunch and we can't wait to see where their journeys take them. A big thank to the Fall 2021 intern for their contributions to the future of meaningful travel storytelling with TWM - thank you Trisha Sacramone, Sierra Sorrentino, Garrett Coleman, Amrit Pannu, Amogh Matthews, Thomas Akiona and Daniela Lobo-Rivera.
62 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Episode 73: Alexandra Cheney
Hello Meaningful Travelers: You're in for a treat as this is our second in person interview of season 4. Not only is this an in person interview, but it's with a guest who shared inspiring travel stories with us as part of Travel Talk Live (click here) to watch that awesome conversation. and now....Meet Alexandra Cheney, A travel writer, culture reporter and content creator, employing the best medium to tell stories; for print, digital and social, through writing, photography and videography. She focuses on wellness, automotive, luxury, and culture writing for several publications, both national and international, including the New York Times, Elite Traveler, Luxury Magazine, Interior Design, AFAR, Architectural Digest, Departures and Cool Hunting. Prior to transitioning into travel, she led the film team at Variety as a senior film and business reporter covering the studios, including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal and DreamWorks Animation as well as industry trends, co-financing deals, executive changes and the economics of the studios' film slates. Prior to Variety, Alexandra worked for the Wall Street Journal, where she helped launch the Journal's culture coverage. A passionate ocean advocate, when she's not writing or traveling, Alexandra can be found surfing her local break. Enjoy our conversation.
48 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Episode 72: Adam Montiel
Hello Meaningful travelers! Welcome to a special episode of the Travel With Meaning Podcast. This was the first live conversation we've had with a guest in person since the pandemic. This episode was recorded at the beautiful Austin Hope Winery in Paso Robles. Our guest Adam Montiel, is a long time popular morning show radio DJ in California’s Central Coast hosting "Up & Adam in the Morning" on Coast 104.5. He also hosts "Cork Dorks" incorporating his love and passion for wine on KRUSH 92.5. In 2020, Adam took his wine knowledge love for Paso Robles and launched the podcast "Where Wine Takes You" in association with Paso Robles Wine Country. His podcast highlights candid stories from Paso Robles wine country, fun stories and great insider tips. It’s currently the fastest growing wine podcast in America, available wherever you get your podcasts including Apple, Spotify, iHeart, Amazon, and more. Big thank you to Paso Robles Wine Country for the support with this episode.
58 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Episode 71: Sahara Rose De Vore
Hello Meaningful Travelers! We had the opportunity to speak with Wellness Travel Coach and Founder of The Travel Coach Network, Sahara Rose De Vore. The Travel Coach Network is a global community of travel coaches and travel professionals. Sahara is also a published author and global speaker. She spent over a decade traveling the globe as a solo female backpacker visiting more than 84 countries. Sahara has two passions within her businesses. One is to educate and inspire companies to tap into the wellness benefits of travel to enhance their employee, business traveler, and consumer experiences as well as coach and guide other travel entrepreneurs to build a travel business that is unique to their own area of expertise, which she does through her travel coach certification program. I hope this episode inspires you as much as it inspired us. Enjoy.
60 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Episode 70: J.J. Kelley
Hello Meaningful Travelers! This episode we had the chance to speak with J.J. Kelley. J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and explorer focusing on issues of conservation and wildlife crime. Three of Kelley’s documentaries have been featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine, including the Emmy-nominated “Warlords of Ivory,” and he is a producer and correspondent for National Geographic Channel’s flagship documentary series, “EXPLORER.” From being a director on the Bering Sea’s “Deadliest Catch” to leading the exclusive coverage of the tomb of Christ being opened for the first time in 800-years, Kelley’s countless expeditions and work for National Geographic all began when he decided—at age 19—to load his pickup truck up with camping gear and drive from the lower 48 up to Seward, Alaska. Buckle in for a wild ride with J.J. Kelley in this episode of the Travel With Meaning Podcast!
62 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Episode 69: Ernest White II
Hello Meaningful Travelers! Today's podcast features Ernest White II! Ernest White II is a storyteller, explorer, executive producer and host of television travel docu-series FLY BROTHER with Ernest White II, currently airing in the United States on Public Television Stations and Create TV nationwide. He is also founder and CEO of Presidio Pictures, a new film, television, and digital media studio centering BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and senior/elder narratives. Our conversation with Ernest touches on his childhood love of maps and geography (the origin of his travel bug), the importance of fostering authentic connections within the global community, and more!
53 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Episode 68: Mike Siegel
Hello Meaningful travelers! Welcome to this week's episode of the Travel With Meaning Podcast. Today we are joined by fellow podcaster, Comedian and TV host Mike Siegel. Mike created the Travel Tales Podcast – a lighthearted conversation highlighting the best and worst experiences that travel has to offer. He was the host of TBS network’s “TBS Movie EXTRA”, and hosted numerous network shows including HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk”, Fine Living networks’ “What You Get For the Money”, “GSN Live” on the Game Show Network, and “The Next GAC Star” on GAC. "I realized I never tire of meeting people from around the world, and hearing stories from those who had been to wherever I hadn’t. " -Mike Siegel
52 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Episode 67: Jacqueline Hampton
Hello Meaningful Travelers! Welcome to another inspiring episode of the Travel With Meaning Podcast! Today we speak with the Founder and CEO of Portico Travel, Jacqueline Hampton. Portico helps you save, plan, organize, and share amazing adventures. Get ready to be inspired and have some fun, even before you depart. Tune in to today's podcast to find out what travel means to Jacqueline Hampton and to hear some amazing travel stories. "I’m always up for a trip anywhere, whether it’s a place I’ve been many times or a new adventure. I enjoy tucking down side streets to see real life, and one of my favorite ways to experience a place is through its food. The more I travel, the more I value both the similarities and differences in people around the world." -Jacqueline Hampton Enjoy!
56 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Episode 66: Ryan Hitzel
Hello Meaningful Travelers! In this episode we speak with Ryan Hitzel. Ryan is the Founder and Creative Director of The Roark Revival, a brand that follows a wayward adventurer named Roark around the globe making apparel and trinkets inspired by the travels. Previous to Roark, Ryan was an Associate Creative Director on Volkswagen at Deutsch Advertising in Los Angeles. He resides with his family in Laguna Beach, Ca. "I grew up travelling a ton, and as an artist I’d do my best to document it through photography, painting and writing – often shows or books. It led me to 5 years working for Volcom in the Art Department in the early 2000’s and then as a Creative Director in Advertising prior to starting Roark. Around 2010, the surf and outdoor industries bored me. They were formulaic and sterile, too big. It seemed to me that they had lost their way. I saw a lack of storytelling and the types of adventures I enjoyed off the beaten path. There was little care about moments that enriched ones development and excitement to learn about other cultures. I thought I could apply the things I loved to a brand that did more than just make clothes and get tubed. It seemed like an opportunity to literally tie the stories to the product and create something that wasn’t a surf, skate or outdoor brand. A brand that was focused on the lifestyle of adventurism. Roark was born." Listen to the amazing and inspiring travel stories that Ryan has to share in this episode of the Travel With Meaning Podcast. Hope you enjoy this one!
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