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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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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…
 
If you don't follow us on Instagram then SURPRISE we are in Costa Rica and have been for over a month and today we are talking about how we came to the decision to come down here, the preconceived notions we had about the experience during COVID, and what it is like now that we are here and have been for a few weeks. We also may drop some hints on …
 
We return with our final part in our Year in Review Series Check out Part 1: Travel Stats Check out Part 2: Superlatives Check out Part 3: Best Drinks Check out Part 4: Best Desserts Check out Part 5: Best Meals Each year there are always a handful of days that stand out. While 2020 definitely did everything in its power to limit those, they still …
 
We return with Part 5 of 6 in our Year in Review Series Check out Part 1: Travel Stats Check out Part 2: Superlatives Check out Part 3: Best Drinks Check out Part 4: Best Desserts If you know anything about us, it's that we love to eat. We tried to eat out to help support restaurants as much as we safely could during COVID. Today Heather and I are …
 
We return with Part 4 of 6 in our Year in Review Series: Check out Part 1: Travel Stats Check out Part 2: Superlatives Check out Part 3: Best Drinks We love desserts, anything from ice cream to pastries, key lime bars to doughnuts...it all tastes amazing. Everyone loves desserts, so we know you're not skipping this episode! Today Heather and I go t…
 
We return with Part 3 of 6 in our Year in Review Series Check out Part 1: Travel Stats Check out Part 2: Superlatives We've decided to bring all drinks into one episode due to the restrictions on travel we had this year because of COVID. Join us today as we bring you our tops spots for coffee, wine, and anything that wets your whistle. Today's podc…
 
Every year that we break down all our travel stats, best meals, best travel superlatives, best drinks, etc and we hear a ton of feedback from you all. Apparently, these are some of your favorite episodes. We are running our 6 part series (!!!) that covers our superlatives, the stats, best meals, best drinks best desserts, and best experiences in ou…
 
Obviously, this year travel has been a lot different but we are still going to cover the nerdy statistics of 2020 in the traveling we have been able to do. We'll figure out about how many miles we traveled, how many different places we slept in, and how many states we visited plus much, much more! We'll be covering road trips, accommodations, and s…
 
To say that we didn't get to any of the places we had on our 2020 Travel Wishlist would be an understatement but that is what makes our 2021 list that much more special. We have a vaccine being rolled out so we are crossing our fingers to be able to get out and travel this coming year. Heather and I are going through our top 5/6 destinations (and s…
 
We are trying something different today as we have crowdsourced from you our EPOP community, over on Instagram, all of your favorite holiday movies. We had you list your top 5 by rank and each number had a point amount which ended up giving us the top 10...yes, there was math, and yes, we did use a calculator because we are all business here 🤪. Tha…
 
It is time for another throwdown showdown (requested by the EPOP community) and we are combining it with the holiday season to decide which is better a cold location Christmas or a warm location Christmas. Do you want to get away from the cold and sometimes dreary weather or celebrate all that the holidays are in a traditional snowy weather place? …
 
It is time to hit the road but we are putting a winter spin on it. We have listed our top 5 (each) winter road trips and are sharing them with you and with each other. Some of these we have taken but not necessarily in the wintertime which puts a whole new lens on the experience. Grab your favorite warm beverage, get snuggly in your softest blanket…
 
First, we want to give a huge thanks to our amazing listeners who gave us some fantastic holiday-themed ideas for podcasts for the entire month of December which spurred on today's episode. Heather and I are talking about our top 5 places (each) that we would like to spend the Christmas season. Of course, they are ranked but do you think any place …
 
It’s great to practice thankfulness all year long but it’s definitely in overdrive during this season and we couldn’t be happier. So to continue in the celebrations, Heather and I look back at the past year (as difficult as it was) and reveal the people & things we are most thankful for in 2020. We want to know what are the unexpected things you ar…
 
Joining me today is someone who has visited 98 countries, lived in 5, and who figures he’ll settle down when he’s 95, former business traveler and now strictly pleasure seeker, Malcolm Teasdale from MalcolmJTeasdale.com. Do you travel for business? How do you mix business travel with pleasure travel? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram…
 
We are doing things a little different this time around because, well...2020 has been a different type of year. This year we are keeping our list to only 20 travel items that are great for regular travel, of course, but are also useful right now during COVID which means these items are good for everyday life and for current travel life (domestic tr…
 
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. What long-distance adventure are you wan…
 
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…
 
Heather and I have had a lot of questions about our new beach house in North Carolina and today they are getting answered. The questions are broken down into 3 categories which include general, logistics, and rental opportunities, and let's get started! Do you want to live on the beach? Would you like to rent Trav & Heather's beach house? Let us kn…
 
Today is all about #vanlife but we are going back in time to 1975 to see how much it has changed over the years. I am happy to welcome Marshall & Debbie Hockett from Tripping1975.com, who, in 1975, hopped on a plane to Europe, grabbed a VW van named Banana, spent a year exploring the continent...and then, wrote a book about it 45 years later! How m…
 
Joining me today are two people I’ve spent uncountable nights singing karaoke with, who graciously played host when Heather and I got to experience a New Year’s Eve in Sydney, and who I’ve been living vicariously through the last year as they travel around on their 3-year Round the World Trip, my favorite kiwis in the whole world, Mon and T from Ge…
 
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 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…
 
Joining me today is someone who has driven solo across Vietnam on a bike, was a burlesque dancer in Shanghai, and has gotten stranded in Taiwan, Alice Teacake from TeacakeTravels.com and cohost of the Girls Talk Travel podcast. What has been your challenging travel education? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts. …
 
Joining me today is someone who after spending 8 years playing at the highest level in the NFL retired and gave all his possessions to charity, and whose name of his blog and social media handles says it all, Joe Hawley from ManVanDogBlog.com. Have you pivoted in your life? What was the catalyst for your pivot? Let us know by tagging us in a post o…
 
Would you consider yourself to be anxious? How has your anxiety impacted your travel? Joining me today is someone who, despite being a “neurotic Jew from New York who is quite possibly the most risk-averse person you know” (his words, not mine) has traveled to over 20 countries - all while clutching his wallet too tight and packing every medication…
 
How do travel & booze mix? Does a specific cocktail or drink immediately remind you of a specific place? Today we are talking with Natalie Migliarini from BeautifulBooze.com and we are discussing the epic relationship between cocktails and travel, how she got her business started, and why it's okay to blend your business with your travels. We also …
 
Joining me today is someone who I had the great honor to have on 3.5 years ago (way back in episode 272), and who since then has continued his immersive exploration, which includes working the hardest job on Earth, Nate Menninger from his new project, ThePorterFilm.com. What has been your biggest challenge in life? What is the difference you are go…
 
Joining me today is someone who used to sing 60’s covers in a psychedelic rock bar in Costa Rica, whose hometown is roughly 8,000 miles from where she now lives, and who is the only Uruguay guidebook author who actually lives there, Karen Higgs from guruguay.com. Is Uruguay now on your travel bucket list? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Inst…
 
Joining me today is someone who has hitchhiked across oceans, who started off on a 5 year around the world journey with only $50 in his pocket and came home with a wife, and who is a fellow twin, Christopher Schacht, author of Around the World on $50 Bucks. This episode was recorded pre-COVID-19. Check out all the links discussed on the show notes …
 
Joining me today is someone who since 2005 has hitchhiked across 95 countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq, to document hospitality and fight stereotypes and who has written a book about it called Hitchhiking in the Axis of Evil, Juan Villarino from JuanVillarino.com. Have you ever hitchhiked? Where is your dream hitchhiking location? Let us kno…
 
Joining me today are two guys who started the #1 hostel in Nicaragua, who have participated in the Mongol Rally, who have traveled through China, Colombia, and Peru sourcing fabrics and whose motto is to “Fight Against Boring”, Sean Kolina and Jeff Anderlite from BajaLlama.com. This episode was recorded pre-COVID-19. How do you fight against boring…
 
Joining me today is someone who is a founder through and through - he’s founded a coworking space in Bansko, Bulgaria, a Nomad Sailing Retreat, and who has just started another project called “Wild Nomad Safari”, Uwe Allgauer from Wildnomadsafari.com. We are diving into what it's like to have multiple businesses running at one time, the importance …
 
You are really digging our "countdown" style podcasts lately so we are giving you another one but this time we are diving into the 16 best places to live for at least 3 years. We aren't talking about vacations or short-haul stays but living day to day life like a local, embracing the culture fully, & truly settling into the places we discuss in tod…
 
Today is all about Heather & I's top 5 favorite states we have been to and that means it is time for some good-hearted disagreements and maybe a mention or two of a few states that we still want to visit. This is another episode idea straight from our "Ask Us Anything" call-out on Instagram but we knew this would definitely need its own full episod…
 
Joining me today is someone who is known as “a nomad attorney”, who in the last two years has ventured through Pakistan and Iraq, driven from LA to Alaska, and maybe most impressively, took the Trans-Siberian railroad in winter, and who just published his third novel, He Who Fights with Monsters (wow, I’m tired just writing all of that out!), Marc …
 
Have you always wanted to learn a new language? How about 20 of them? Joining me today is someone who retired ex-diplomat, who has 50 years of travel under his belt, and who speaks 20 languages, Steve Kaufmann from lingq.com. What language(s) do you want to learn? Let us know by tagging us in a post on Instagram at @ExtraPackofPeanuts. In This Epis…
 
Today we are answering one of our listener's questions that we received through our Instagram and we thought it was so good that it deserved its own podcast episode. We all know how much Travis loves his lists and he agonized over it up until this recording (TBH it was during the recording as well) while Heather was able to put her's together in le…
 
Joining me today are two people with Californian accents (even though one of them is from Kentucky), a couple who has driven a BMW into a medieval castle in France and are fellow stroopwafel addicts, Jeremy and Lia from PracticalWanderlust.com. After a disastrous year-long honeymoon they now share down-to-earth travel tips from their many (mis)adve…
 
For our Quarantine Diaries we did a "Ask us Anything" series and some of the questions deserved a full episode so today Heather and I go through the top six places to be quarantined! The mountains, the ocean, a lake, a city... what will we choose? You have to listen to find out! Where would you want to be quarantined? Let us know by tagging us in a…
 
Trav and Heather asked and you answered! On today's Quarantine Diaries Heather and Trav answer all your questions, including most insane things we've done while traveling for the experience, how many languages we speak, and... you'll have to listen to find out the rest! This is part of our special podcast series called The Quarantine Diaries, which…
 
Trav and Heather asked and you answered! On today's Quarantine Diaries Heather and Trav answer all your questions, including most insane things we've done while traveling for the experience, how many languages we speak, and... you'll have to listen to find out the rest! This is part of our special podcast series called The Quarantine Diaries, which…
 
Trav and Heather asked and you answered! On today's Quarantine Diaries Heather and Trav answer all your questions, including most insane things we've done while traveling for the experience, how many languages we speak, and... you'll have to listen to find out the rest! This is part of our special podcast series called The Quarantine Diaries, which…
 
Joining me today is someone who fell in love with biking in the city of Detroit, who enjoys being (and peeing) outdoors, and who is on a two-year bike trip from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina, Chris Haag from ThePlacesIPee.com This episode of The Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast is sponsored by Oregon State University ECampus What's th…
 
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