Episode #14: Traveling the world as a nomadic family while running an ecommerce business, with The Luxpats

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our fourteenth episode, I sat down with David Keys and Sarah Beaudette.

David and Sarah are ex-Amazon employees turned full-time travelpreneurs.

David and Sarah took to the road and launched an online retail business called Nomadica which sells light and durable travel gear sourced from socially and environmentally responsible companies.

Along with the ecommerce store, David and his wife Sarah blog as The Luxpats, a digital nomad family that traverses the world with their 3 year old son, Spencer.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The start of their ecommerce business, Nomadica
  • How living frugal like college kids helped them build their business
  • Sarah’s experience as an award-winning author
  • Where Sarah and David are in the world right now
  • How they choose their travel destinations
  • The benefits of moving locations every 3 months
  • Why the couple left their comfortable jobs with Amazon
  • Freeing up time to focus on what you love to do
  • Creating new connections in your brain by constantly challenging yourself with new environments
  • How working for a large business, like Amazon, can help foster an intra/entre-preneur mentality
  • Writing your own life script
  • The difficulties of traveling and living abroad with a 3 year child
  • The benefits of exposing a child to new cultures and ideas through travel at a young age
  • How putting in the hard work and time has attributed to their success thusfar
  • How budgeting both your money and time properly can make or break your travels
  • Creating a routine and sticking to it
  • How the transition from a suburban family life to a nomadic lifestyle taught the couple invaluable lessons
  • Their personal goal of setting up 3-4 home bases around the world and professional goal of breaking even on their ecommerce business
  • The business model behind Nomadica
  • Book Recommendations:
  • Words of Wisdom: “Fake it until you make it”
    • Believe in yourself and that with time it will work out

Connect with David & Sarah: Luxpats Blog, Nomadica, Instagram, & Facebook

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #13: How Jason Boone used freelancing to transition into a lifestyle centered around travel

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our thirteenth episode, I caught up with Jason Boone.

Jason is an ex-corporate employee turned full time travelpreneur.

In April of 2016, Jason quit his job and begin traveling the world in search of adventure, which he highlights on his travel blog at BooneTravels.com and also his Youtube VLOG series.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Jason’s history working in video production
  • How Jason transitioned from a full-time job into a freelance role
  • What held Jason back from pursuing a his passions in the past
  • Why he is currently in Iceland and how the growth of tourism is affecting the country
  • The benefits of slow travel and how it will all you to get more work done
  • Working on side hustles while being employed full-time
  • How a relationship break-up affected Jason’s decision to pursue a nomadic lifestyle
  • Finding clients to freelance for
  • Jason’s love for video production and how he built a business around it
  • Reinvesting profits into growth and personal development
  • Finding your passion and creating a business around it
  • How family obligations make it difficult to pack up and take off to travel
  • Making your dream a priority
  • How Jason started his digital nomad life by sleeping in his car at Walmarts and using free wi-fi at McDonalds
  • Jason’s plan of making video production courses to fund his lifestyle
  • How Jason pitched one of his favorite blogs and earned a spot as a contributing author on the site
  • Diversifying your client base to reduce reliance on a single income stream
  • Committing yourself fully and taking action
  • How loneliness affected Jason during his transition to a travelpreneur lifestyle
  • Following your heart and doing what’s best for you
  • Jason’s goals of building his audience for his blog and hitting monetary goals for freelancing
  • Jason’s Book Recommendation:
  • Making your goals a priority and sacrificing things to achieve your end goal

Connect with Jason: Blog, Twitter, & YouTube

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #12: How Steve Scott became an authority figure in the Amazon self-publishing jungle

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our twelfth episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Steve Scott.

Steve is an an Amazon bestselling author with over 60 self-published books on habits, productivity, and entrepreneurship.

He’s built a consistent six-figure income as a digital author and now teaches other authors how to create a sustainable business around their own books with his course called Authority Pub Academy.

Although Steve is not currently traveling, due to a recent newborn baby boy, he has created a business around what he loves to do that gives him complete control and freedom over his lifestyle.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His start with running an online business
  • The change in his travel lifestyle since having a baby boy
  • The importance of creating a location-independent business to achieve true freedom in your lifestyle
  • How rush hour traffic affected Steve’s decision to make the leap into working for himself
  • How today’s jobs don’t reward hard work, but rather are more worried about staying busy for the time you’re on the clock
  • Overcoming the fear of failure
  • All the information you need is out there, you just have to go out in search of it and be willing to learn
  • Steve’s diversification of business from one platform to multiple venues
  • Creating a habit of “butt in chair” each day to move you forward in your business
  • Don’t work for perfect
  • How email marketing has contributed to Steve’s business success thusfar
  • Creating a business that doesn’t have a short-term shelf life, but rather a long-standing business
  • Building a business around an online brand
  • Steve’s Book Recommendation:
  • Build a content distribution platform with an email list and a focus on only 1-2 social media accounts

Connect with Steve: Amazon, Twitter, or Authority Pub

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #11: From bankruptcy to the $20M sale of his business, the entrepreneurial journey of Tim Fargo

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our eleventh episode, I had the honor to sit down with Tim Fargo.

Tim is a lifelong entrepreneur, investor, author, and keynote speaker.

In 1991 Tim went bankrupt, but 12 years later he had grown his insurance fraud investigation company to a $20M sale, which he highlights in his book Alphabet Success.

After the sale of his company, Tim has gone on to invest in companies, author books, and speak at large events.

He has since launched a social media content management system with SocialJukebox, which allows users to maximize their time spent writing and publishing content.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How SocialJukebox can help travelpreneurs by automating their social media content distribution
  • Tim’s latest travels with his family, visiting 22 different countries over the last year
  • How his dad shaped his start as an entrepreneur
  • It doesn’t take a genius to be successful, simplicity is crucial in building a business
  • Tim’s transition of working for another company into working for himself
  • Investing yourself in the idea of venturing out on your own
  • Getting past the difficulty of the initial build of a product or service
  • Reaping the rewards by taking on the personal risk of building something yourself instead of plugging yourself into the ecosystem of another company
  • How being a little bit lazy has attributed to Tim’s success thusfar
  • Niching down and staying narrow with your target market
  • FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success
  • How Tim’s optimism contributed to his bankruptcy in 1991
  • Not letting your failures define you, taking the lessons from that experience and move on
  • Pushing yourself through the difficult moments in life and learning along the way
  • Being willing to set the bar twice as high to push your limits
  • JKL: Just Keep Looking, keep your eyes and ears open to new opportunities even when it doesn’t look great
  • Tim’s goal for SocialJukebox to reach $1M in business by expanding into multi-platforms
  • The current state of the business and how many paying clients they have
  • Building a product that people love and that you feel proud of
  • Tim’s Book Recommendations:
  • Just making the decision and staying with it over the course of your entrepreneurial journey

Connect with Tim: Blog, SocialJukebox, LinkedIn, or Email

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #10: How Kyle Musser has created a booming digital agency business around turning online customer conversations into paid conversions

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Interviews

On our tenth episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with a buddy of mine from my days at Michigan State University, Kyle Musser.

Kyle is an entrepreneur that currently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

His firm ‘Digital Conversion Labs’ is a borderless Digital Agency that’s focused on helping entrepreneurs, startups, growing brands & of course travelpreneurs turn conversations into conversions.

He’s here today to share a bit of his entrepreneurial journey and drop some insights as to how to unlock & empower the travelpreneur inside of you, the listener.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How we live in one of the most amazing times with the ability to live and work from anywhere
  • Kyle’s experience with this first corporate job out of college
  • The rise and fall of FitnessRich
  • How his dad has had a lasting impact on his mindset when he told Kyle: “Do something that you love.”
  • The next step in Kyle’s entrepreneurial journey and how he is in it for the long-run
  • How FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) affects our decision making mindset
  • Expressing an attitude towards gratitude every day
  • Immersing yourself in culture through travel and how it can make you appreciate what you have
  • What Digital Conversion Labs is and how it can benefit Travelpreneurs
  • Failure: a series of experiences that help you grow as a person and a leader
  • Creating a brand that people will recognize in the market and a community around it
  • “The 10X Rule” by Grant Cardone
  • How Donald Trump has gained popularity by understanding the power of conversation and story and how it connects with the pain point of people
  • Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur
  • Now is the time to take action, the market will only get more crowded the longer you wait
  • How a business relationship is similar to a dating relationship
  • Figuring out what you want by performing a simple exercise: Past, Present, & Future
  • “Will It Fly” by Pat Flynn
  • How hard work and hustle has attributed to Kyle’s success thusfar
  • Creating a balance between working hard and not overworking yourself
  • Failure can either break you or mold you into the person you are today
  • Asking yourself, “What could I have done better?”
  • Kyle’s goal of creating $100M in brand value and equity over the long run
  • Money is a reflection of added value
  • Building a strong foundation by putting your audience first
  • The importance of apprenticeship and creating a game plan
  • Kyle’s Book Recommendations:
  • If anyone has done it, so can you!

Connect with Kyle: WebsiteFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Snapchat

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #9: Building a blog around your fun and doing it from paradise with Ryan Biddulph

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Interviews

On our ninth episode, I caught up with the island hopping, Amazon self-publishing machine, Ryan Biddulph.

Ryan is an author, blogger, freelance writer, and internet lifestyle junkie.

He is the Founder of an Amazon eBook series, “Blogging from Paradise,” where he helps his readers become eBook publishing machines by creating both authority and a passive income stream.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he got started making money online after losing his job as a security guard
  • Retiring to a life of island hopping by smart blogging
  • Creating your dream lifestyle by following your “fun”
  • Starting his day off with an icy cold shower
  • How getting laid off from his job was actually beneficial to his life
  • How security is what holds most people back from taking control of their lives
  • Receiving his first small paycheck from working online
  • Everything in life is about positive and negative energy, follow the positive energy towards success
  • His favorite countries thusfar: Thailand & Bali
  • How staying cool and calm has attributed to his success
  • Ryan’s lowest point in his life after he went bankrupt and only had five cents in his pocket
  • Handling mental problems and how blogging helped him to move forward with a positive outlook
  • Getting started as a beginner blogger by talking about what you like and are good at
  • Ryan’s goal of promoting his line of ebooks and motivating others to chase their dreams
  • Promoting your brand by expanding your content and embracing an abundance mindset
  • Creating fun and playful content to reach readers
  • Using intuition and experiences to write content
  • How he has used comments from his blog readers to produce future ebook content
  • LISTEN to your audience
  • Not getting down on himself after only selling 4 ebooks over a few months when he first got started
  • Ryan’s Book Recommendation: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
  • Following your fun and creating a contagious energy that people want to be around

 

Connect with Ryan: Amazon and Blogging From Paradise 

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #8: How Will Hatton traveled the world as a Broke Backpacker while building a travel blog

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our eighth episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Will Hatton.

Will is the founder of TheBrokebackpacker.com, where he shares his adventurous travels around the world with his massive audience of venturesome wanderers via informative and creative blog posts with beautiful and captivating visuals.

By travel hacking and budgeting, Will has traveled to countless countries over the last 8 years, with a focus on visiting the less touristy places, such as Venezuela and Pakistan.

He is now on a cross-land journey from the U.K. to Papua New Guinea and is currently joining us from Thailand.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Will started traveling on nearly no money
  • The start and growth of his travel blog
  • Taking his travel blog from nothing to earning an income in just 4 months
  • Finding his niche with his blog
  • His start as a traveler and how he has not stopped since then
  • Will’s start as an entrepreneur and making money online
  • Spotting opportunities and taking massive action
  • Dropshipping
  • Getting stuck in “the system”
  • The amazing opportunities that are available to us to make money on the internet
  • His feelings about sponsored trips
  • The SteriPEN Water Purification Wand
  • His plan to build a boat out of recycled material and sail from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea
  • Will’s favorite countries he has visited
  • Creating a unique brand and story
  • Not discounting his brand when pitching to sponsors
  • An encounter with a machete-wielding man in Nepal
  • Being an optimist and traveling outside his comfort zone
  • His travel plans of traveling the Silk Road on motorbike
  • The importance of Snapchat when growing a personal brand
  • Not letting money be an obstacle in his journey to realizing his dreams and aspirations
  • Will’s Book Recommendation: “The Lost City of Z” by David Grann

Connect with Will: Facebook, Twitter, & Snapchat

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #7: Find your PASSION and live it each day with Cassandra Gaisford

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our seventh episode, I caught up with Cassandra Gaisford.

Cassandra is the Founder of WorkLifeSolutions and a #1 Amazon best-selling self-help author, romance and historical novelist, creativity coach, public speaker and entrepreneur.

Cassandra is a #1 Amazon best selling author of How to Find Your Passion and Purpose, and  the Mid-Life Career Rescue series which includes:

Cassandra has a desire for passion. She believes in the power of love and creativity to transform people’s lives, helping them feel inspired, courageous and successful.

On her site, cassandragaisford.com, she helps increase her audience’s happiness and success with products and resources designed to inspire.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to choose something to focus on when you have many passions
  • Crafting the perfect lifestyle for you by doing what you love for work
  • The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Taking a brick and mortar business and making it location independent
  • Cassandra’s start as an entrepreneur after quitting her job
  • Don’t let fear paralyze you, but rather let it motivate you
  • Discovering your inner entrepreneur
  • Working less and living more
  • Valuing experiences more than things
  • FEAR: Fantasied Experiences Appearing Real
  • Listening too much to what others think
  • Learning about “The Art of Success” by taking a look at how extraordinary artists can help us succeed personally and professionally
  • Writing a book to help yourself
  • How Cassandra has used passion, patience, and perseverance to fuel her success
  • The true meaning of passion
  • Finding your true passion when you love to do so many different things
  • Watching your back and being careful to trust strangers
  • Having the freedom to say no as an entrepreneur
  • The great feeling that comes from helping others
  • Pursuing a travelpreneur life in your 50-60’s
  • Staying young by pursuing your passions
  • Cassandra’s Book Recommendations:
  • Stand out from the crowd and be different
  • Follow the thing that fills your heart with joy

Connect with Cassandra: AmazonFacebook, LinkedIn, or Email

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #6: How Kevin Martin helps students get into the university of their dreams while traveling around the world

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our sixth episode of The Travelpreneur Club, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with Kevin Martin.

Kevin is the Founder of TexAdmissions.com, where he helps clients with the long and difficult process of getting accepted into the University of Texas at Austin.

Kevin assists clients with perfecting their résumés, essays, and applications to increase their odds of getting accepted into the university of their dreams.

By finding a demand in this niche, Kevin has positioned himself as a go-to consultant and has built a significant amount of his business through word of mouth.

Along with his primary business at TexAdmissions, Kevin also helps non-native English speaking friends apply to English programs around the world.

These businesses allow him the freedom to travel around the world while building and growing his business.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Kevin’s first experiences with travel and living abroad
  • Having the freedom of not having to do things that he didn’t want to do
  • Prioritizing travel first in his life
  • Building a business while traveling in Africa
  • How not owning a smartphone has shaped his experience of connectivity to the world
  • Meeting other exceptional individuals while traveling
  • Living a life of structure and meaning on his own terms
  • Going all in on his entrepreneurial endeavor
  • Using low-cost marketing strategies by leveraging social media
  • His greatest failure when first starting TexAdmissions
  • How his blue-collar work ethic has contributed to his success thusfar
  • Getting hit by a van while riding a motorcycle in Malaysia
  • His focus on personal growth for this year
  • Kevin’s Book Recommendations:
  • Learning from successful business people by reading
  • How philosophy can help us solve problems in our business and personal lives
  • The best way to market to his audience has been creating video content
  • Overcoming the lows of being a travelpreneur by working through it and keep plugging away

Connect with Kevin: Facebook, LinkedIn, or Email

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!

Episode #5: Becoming a Jet Set Citizen of the world with John Bardos

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Interviews

On our fifth episode of The Travelpreneur Club, I sat down and chatted with John Bardos.

John is the Founder of JetSetCitizen, a travel blog and online resource for those who are looking to make the jump into working for themselves.

John has been living abroad since 1997 and owned a successful English school in Japan for 10 years.

Finally, one day in 2010, John and his wife decided to sell all of their possessions and embrace a nomadic travel lifestyle. They set off on the adventure of a lifetime and have been travelling around the world ever since.

John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and I am happy to bring you all his story.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he moved to Japan to start his own english school with his wife
  • The struggles of running a foreign business
  • His early start as an entrepreneur
  • How our personal consumption holds us back from doing what we really want in our life
  • His passion for writing
  • Running a digital marketing business while traveling
  • How Chiang Mai is the digital nomad capital of the world
  • How your living environment shapes your travel experiences
  • Living your life the way you want to live in and forming goals around your passions
  • John’s book recommendation: “Linchpin” by Seth Godin
  • Being indispensable and making yourself invaluable to others by offering value
  • Solving big and important problems instead of adding to the clutter of unproductive online businesses

Connect with John: Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest

If you want to download and listen to the audio format, please click below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your playback application, whether that is iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher!

It would mean the world to me if you left a review on your preferred playback platform. Thank you!!