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The EPOP Travel Podcast is hosted by Travis Sherry, a serial entrepreneur & world traveler. Known as "Rick Steves for the new generation", this podcast will teach you everything you need to know to travel more & spend less. From interviews with some of the world's most famous travel names, like Chris Guillebeau, Bruce Poon Tip, AJ Jacobs & others to specific travel advice on how to use frequent flyer miles, score cheap hotels, pack like a pro, & travel on a budget, this show does it all.
 
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What happens when someone in Canada, Thailand, and New York sit down with Trav to discuss lifestyle freedom? Well...it gets deep...and fun...and we all learn what it's like to have 5 daughters (true story!) This is part of our Location Indie podcast, hence the different opening. If you like it, check out Location Indie in your podcast feed!…
 
I sit down with 5 amazing contributors to the Paradise Pack 2022 to discuss their journey to lifestyle freedom...and also to talk about eating chocolate poured over your hands (true story!)This is part of our Location Indie podcast as well, hence the different opening. If you like it, go check out Location Indie in your podcast feed!…
 
What does the future look like for us...and society as a whole? Well, that's a big question, and if I knew the answer, I'd be buying lottery tickets. But we do tackle what we think the near future will hold for people seeking lifestyle freedom (more autonomy, less college?) and what the next 3-5 years look like for us as our kids get older and we e…
 
"So, if you could live anywhere in the world for 2 months, where would it be?" That's the question we set out to answer in this episode - and while there are a lot of awesome digital nomad hotspots, our list for this phase of our lives looks mighty different than it would have 5 years ago.By Travis Sherry
 
The journey to lifestyle freedom isn't easy (go listen to episode 1 for all the details!) but it is soooooo worth it. Here's the biggest perks of having lifestyle freedom, including the ones you've probably dreamed about (hello, beaches of Thailand) and some you haven't thought about (hint: sweatpants!).…
 
It wasn't easy. It wasn't fast. It wasn't (always) sexy. But over 15 years, we've been able to build a lifestyle that gives us The Triangle of Freedom: Time Freedom, Location Freedom, and Financial Freedom. For the first time ever, here's the WHOLE story - good, bad, and ugly (including the craziest job I ever had).…
 
What was the craziest thing we did in 2021? What was the most unexpected thing that happened...in a good way? The most underwhelming thing (hint: it's the South's "#1 city")? These questions, and more, answered in our 2021 Travel Superlatives, our annual "back of the yearbook" award show!By Travis Sherry
 
Scott is the founder of the best short term rental tool on the planet, AirDNA, and he joins me today to talk about the future of STR, the best markets (including one in Oklahoma??), and the one easy thing you absolutely need to do to get a 5-star rating from him that everyone messes up.By Travis Sherry
 
This is Part 2 of our Short Term Rental Ask Us Anything and today, we cover a whole array of topics, including if we would ever build unique properties from the ground, how much you need to get started in STR, what the biggest factors have been for our success, and even if we let friends and family stay for free. Enjoy!…
 
Some people prefer homes that are turnkey and ready to be rented immediately. Others prefer to renovate so they can put their own touches on a place (or they just love picking up a drill!). And some might not be sure which is for them - or might want to both (like us!). In this episode, we talk about the pros and cons of each and what our renovatio…
 
When we first set off on our STR journey, we never imagined we'd sell all of our Philadelphia properties this quickly, but...sometimes, things change and you have to buck conventional wisdom ("never sell a house within 5 years of buying it") and do something that wasn't part of the original plan.In this episode, we talk about why we bought 5 proper…
 
Ok numbers nerds, it's time to have some fun. In this episode, we break down all the important numbers you should be looking at before you purchase a property to make sure it's a home run AND all the numbers you should be monitoring after you purchase to make sure your property is optimized to it's fullest potential. Knowing your numbers is absolut…
 
Should you manage your own short term rental or should you hire a property manager? We've done both - and learned a bunch of lessons. We break down the pros and cons of each, tell you about to best automate the process if you are self-managing, give you advice on how to make sure you are finding a good property manager, and, of course, share our op…
 
Secretly, this was our favorite episode of the season to record (whoops, guess it isn't a secret anymore) and that's because this is our "secret sauce" to our short term rental success. 95% of hosts don't think about this - and we didn't either when we got our first Philly STR's - and that's why their listings end up being middle of the road. But a…
 
In Season 1, we are breaking down how we achieved real estate success with short term rentals (STR) and how you can do the same. In this first episode, we will give the ENTIRE story of our journey - from when we first started thinking about buying real estate to why we bought 5 properties in 1.5 years (and then sold all 5 in the last 3 months) and …
 
In her 11 years of living nomadically, she’s circled the globe multiple times visiting all 7 continents. She lived in Vietnam, hiked the Annapurna Circuit with her father, finished the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally, walked the Camino de Santiago, kayaked in Antarctica, herded reindeer in the Arctic, and drove an auto-rickshaw across India. While quarant…
 
Joining me today is someone whose freelance work has been featured in AFAR, Travel and Leisure, and Rolling Stone, who has been to 51 countries on 6 continents and whose book “Good With Money: A guide to prioritizing spending, maximizing savings, and traveling more” shows how she has been able to travel nonstop for 10 years on an average income of …
 
Joining me today are the half Aussie/half American duo who have roamed the historic streets of Cuba, bathed elephants in Thailand, danced in one of the biggest music festivals in Europe and done something many of us have done, gorged themselves full of food in Italy, Christine and Jules from Don’tForgetToMove.com and the Not So Bon Voyage podcast, …
 
Joining me today are two people who have taken on many adventures in life, including driving a 1978 orange and brown Dodge Tioga RV across the country and, most recently, decided to embark on a one year trip around the world with their 12-year-old daughter Kayla to expose her to all different types of cultures, religions, and ways of life, Kim and …
 
Joining me today is a fellow podcast host, someone who also owns a van (but her’s is infinitely nicer than mine) and who has been on the road for almost 3 full years now with her dogs, Sydney Febrache from DivineOnTheRoad.com. Has van life intrigued you? What is your biggest hurdle from entering the van life world? Let us know by tagging us in a po…
 
Today I have the amazing Chase Boehringer from The Bucketlist LIfestyle on the show and he has had the honor to be on the Price Is Right, he has spontaneously walked into an airport and bought a ticket, and has currently crossed off 80 out of 100 bucket list items. This is a very fun conversation that will probably get you the motivation to start a…
 
Joining me today is someone who once tried to sail from Norway to France and failed, who decided to ride a bike 5,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico but didn’t know how to change a tire, and who has gotten lost, stuck, and confused in more countries than he can count, Otto Ecroyd, author of Northbound and Down. Today's podcast is sponsored by Oregon S…
 
I am so excited to talk with my guest, Queen Michele, on today's episode because she is all about getting others to move abroad just like she did. Queen retired at the age of 52 and moved to Mexico as a single, middle-aged retiree, and began her journey of self-discovery with no end in sight. She now wakes up with a smile on her face and joy in her…
 
Are you looking to reinspire your heart and build new habits that allow you to dream bigger and take action towards your ideal life? Do you feel a transformation is needed to get you on the path that leads to your true happiness? Today's guest is Heath Armstrong from RageCreate.com, who has just launched the latest Sweet-Ass Affirmations Deck 2.0 o…
 
We have made it to our 400th episode and today we welcome the entire EPOP team to join us in giving our top 40 (plus) travel tips. Today we have on the show Vanessa, Mackenzie, Ransom, Lily, Kaycee, and of course, my wonderful wife and constant travel companion Heather, and we are diving into the travel tips and tricks we have all accumulated over …
 
We are bringing you one of our favorite episodes (& yours too) from this last year for this greatest hits episode! Have you been dragging your feet about going nomadic? Are you coming up with every excuse possible to talk yourself out of it? Are you ready to get out of your own way? Jason Robinson from The Nomad Experiment is here today to talk abo…
 
Did you know that Netflix filmed a movie in our home? Today we are talking all about how they found us, what the process was like before & during filming, and how it all went down now that they are done. This was definitely a hectic but very fun experience and we can't wait to share it with you, Enjoy! Do you have any other questions that we didn't…
 
We got the idea for this episode from a Travel & Leisure article on the 11 Best Small Towns in America which allowed for places with 15,000 people or less but we aren't putting population restrictions on this list. If we consider it a small town or it has a strong small-town feel then it is in! We are sharing our top 15 places and, of course, there…
 
What will be (or was) your mid-life awakening? Have you followed your curiosity, passion, and love of travel to create the opportunities for your dream life? Today's guest is Mike Savas from Savas On The Go, who is currently on what he deems as his mid-life awakening which will include learning 12 skills in 12 countries in 12 months. Mike is learni…
 
With travel opening back up, where do you want to go first (domestically)? Because we loved this topic so much we are splitting this conversation into two episodes and therefore splitting our list in two as well. Today, we will be covering our US destinations that we would love to spend some time in this summer. If you are craving travel as much as…
 
With travel opening back up, where do you want to go first (internationally)? Because we loved this topic so much we are splitting this conversation into two episodes and therefore splitting our list in two as well. Today, we will be covering our international destinations that currently (May 2021) have their borders open to vaccinated tourists (& …
 
What if you could take the world's longest honeymoon? Where would you go? What would you do? Today's guests are not only world-known (& Guinness record-holders) but also dear friends, Mike & Anne from Honeytrek.com and they are currently on the world's longest honeymoon at over 9 years long. We get into what life is like on the road (#RVLife), gett…
 
Are you part of the fast travel or slow travel movement? Our time in Costa Rica this last winter is the catalyst for today's conversation all about the pros and cons of slow travel. Trav is a convert from fast to slow and you will hear exactly why in this episode. If you are stuck in fast travel mode but crave a slower pace then this episode will s…
 
Have you been dragging your feet about going nomadic? Are you coming up with every excuse possible to talk yourself out of it? Are you ready to get out of your own way? Jason Robinson from The Nomad Experiment is here today to talk about his new book The Beginner Traveler's Guide To Going Nomad, the importance of facing fear, and why it is never to…
 
What do you think will be the changes we see in travel in a post-pandemic life? How do you see it affecting the way you travel? We have had quite some time to think about life post-pandemic but now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (thank you vaccine), we feel it is a great time to talk about how travel will have changed going f…
 
What are your go-to jams? Who are your favorite artists that you can listen to over and over again? Are you a top hits listener or a whole album listener? Today, Heather & I will be diving into our top 10 songs (20 between the two of us) and while this is something a little different in terms of topic, we do hope you get a kick out of whether we ha…
 
You asked for it and today you are getting it! Our destination diary on Tamarindo, Costa Rica has arrived and it is jam-packed with great places, ideas, eats, etc. Since we spent such a long time here we are giving you all the insights that we learned during this time. Enjoy! Are you planning a trip to Tamarindo? What will be the first spot you exp…
 
We have another list episode but this is the first time we have dove into the friendliest countries we have been to. Now, this does beg the question of what makes a place friendly and we are leaving it intentionally vague because it means something different to everybody. Like with all of our lists we will have some honorable mentions and then we g…
 
You may be asking yourself "where the heck has EPOP been for the last few weeks?" well...Heather caught COVID. This, of course, changed everything we had planned including recording more episodes of this podcast. I went on full daddy duty while Heather had to quarantine herself away for 10 + days BUT Heather has fully recovered and we are discussin…
 
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