Nomad Podcast

Nomad Podcast

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By Sean Tierney
Nomad Podcast is inspiring stories of lifestyle transition with successful digital nomads. You'll find conversations with nomads, founders and domain experts who share their wisdom and special expertise to help you be more effective on the road. For videos, links, show notes, interview questions, transcripts, travel photos and more visit NomadPodcast.com.
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Ep 22: Leaving a dream job at Pepsi for location independence and greater purpose one clue at a time
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-22-marisa-meddin  Marisa Meddin walked away from what many would consider to be a dream job in the pursuit of discovering her life's purpose and achieving freedom and location-independence. Hear her story. Many people would kill for the opportunity to attend the Grammy's, work with up & coming musical acts like Beyoncé AND get paid for doing it. But Marisa felt unfulfilled in her role at Pepsi and left to pursue an ecommerce business selling her mother's famous brownies online. She has since launched and run a handful of other successful businesses including an eCourse for helping demystify the college admissions process and a coaching role to help others discover their life's work. In this episode we'll hear Marisa's entrepreneurial journey, learn about her question framework for zero'ing in on one's true purpose in life and discover her recommendations for top hip hop artists. Enjoy!
1:00:13
July 15, 2019
Ep 21: Building a $46BN ad campaign while running AirBnb arbitrage, traveling the world and becoming an Instagram micro-influencer
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-21-helen-simkins Helen Simkins created an ad campaign for Fidelity Insurance which grossed over $46 billion in revenue (yes with a "B"). Learn how she did it while traveling the world as a nomad.  How much can change in a year... Helen went through an abrupt personal and professional breakup which proved to be a blessing in disguise and became the springboard for her nomadic transition. In this episode she shares the secrets of how she AirBnb'd her place in Boston out and secured twelve listings on the first night. Helen shares tips for growing your Instagram following and does a walkthrough of the design philosophy behind the campaign she did for Fidelity that grossed $46BN. Check it out. 
1:12:32
July 6, 2019
Ep 20: Running a location-independent real estate firm and traveling for 6 years with only carry-on luggage
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-20-matt-bowles/ Matt Bowles is co-founder of The Maverick Investor Group and host of The Maverick Show podcast. Learn how he's deliberately architected his lifestyle of nomadic adventure. Matt (aka my doppelgänger) has built an incredible lifestyle that allows him to travel the world to exotic locations meeting and interviewing nomads all while helping others invest in cash-flowing real estate properties. In this episode we learn how Matt first entered the nomadic lifestyle, how he's architected his business, stories of his adventures in Corsica and as a DJ, advice for aspiring nomads, and more. 
1:33:50
June 30, 2019
Ep 19: Eight years abroad, building the largest cypto exchange in Thailand and motorcycling 5x across Laos
For the full audio interview, show notes, transcript, photos and more visit http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-19-ben-lakoff/ Ben Lakoff has spent the last 8 years on the road traveling across Asia and South America. He shares stories of his entrepreneurial, nomadic and biohacking journey towards becoming a better human. I met Ben shortly before the Nomad Cruise at the Restation coliving space in Gran Canaria island. Ben was a pillar of the Nomad Cruise 8 community and has subsequently become a good friend via a weekly mastermind group he organized. In this interview I got a chance to sit down with him after the cruise and ask him questions about his entrepreneurial endeavors, nomadic stories from his 8 years on the road, lessons from biohacking his way to the title of fittest man in Thailand and the usual queries of gear, hacks, book recommendations and more. If you're looking for advice on how to do long-term, sustainable nomadic travel, look no further than this episode.
55:53
June 22, 2019
Ep 18: MC'ing the Nomad Cruise, running the biggest backpacker blog in Hungary & building The Retreat Factory
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-18-bori-vigh/  As master of ceremonies for the Nomad Cruise Bori Vigh has the challenge of how to bring a large group of complete strangers together on a vessel at sea and create the conditions for deep bonding. She's developed a 7-step workshop that accomplishes this in short order and the community of the cruise is testament to how well it works. Bori also happens to run the largest backpacker blog in Hungary, backpacker.hu and is working on rolling out her next initiative, The Retreat Factory. In this episode we'll learn about all the above and more. Enjoy. 
1:00:28
June 16, 2019
Ep 17: Riding a rickshaw 4000km across India, running the world's highest marathon and creating a social impact movement amongst nomads
For full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos, questions and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep-17-tarek-kholoussy/ It takes guts to go against the advice of all your friends and quit a high-paying corporate job to pursue a life of service and volunteering but that's exactly what Tarek Kholoussy did. In this interview we'll hear about some of the crazy experiences one accrues when traveling to over 100 countries. Tarek shares what's involved physical and mental conditioning-wise to run 25 marathons, 2 ultra marathons and the world's highest marathon at Mount Everest base camp. We'll learn about his current initiative Nomads Giving Back, how two back-to-back experiences of confronting mortality catalyzed him to take the nomadic leap and more. Enjoy. 
1:20:33
June 8, 2019
Ep 16: 11 yrs on the road, 800 dives & 18 streams of passive income: Nomad Summit founder tells all
For the full audio episode, transcript, show notes, photos and links to all the resources mentioned visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/ep16-johnny-fd-nomad-summit/ Johnny FD quit his corporate job in 2008 and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime which became a nomadic existence he's continued to this day. Johnny is founder of the Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, author of "12 Weeks in Thailand: The Good Life on the Cheap," co-host of "Travel Like a Boss" and "Invest Like a Boss" podcasts, divemaster and muay thai fighter. In this episode Johnny shares lessons on  architecting a dream lifestyle that enables you to travel the world while earning passive income via your investments. 
1:08:05
June 2, 2019
Ep 15: Biking across Panama, 7 years of road wisdom and crafting winning sponsorships for GoPro, Lufthansa & Under Armor
Andrés Piñeiro Coen has been nomadic for the past seven years and has backpacked all over South & Central America, engineered and sold creative sponsorships to some of the world's largest brands like GoPro, Lufthansa and Under Armor. In this interview he shares experiences of converting a failed graffiti store business into a profitable mural contest event in Panama, road wisdom from his travels and his philosophy of hustle.  For transcript, show notes, photos and links to all the resources mentioned in the show visit http://nomadpodcast.com/ep15-andres-pineiro-coen/
43:08
May 25, 2019
Ep 14: Helping hundreds of solopreneurs launch successful online businesses – an interview with 30×500 co-founder
For links, show notes, transcript, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/alex-hillman-30x500/  Fund your nomadic travels by creating a profitable side business. Alex Hillman shares the 30x500 method for taking you from zero to $15k in sales. Funding is typically the biggest roadblock that precludes more people from living the nomadic lifestyle. Unless you have massive savings you'll need a fountain of income to sustain you during your travels which means either a) taking a job or b) making a job for yourself. We covered option A with Luke Tierney of Nomad Playground. Today we're covering option B with Alex Hillman of 30x500. Alex is cofounder of an academy designed to take first-time entrepreneurs from zero to $15k in sales. In this interview we discuss the pitfalls commonly faced by new entrepreneurs, the gist of the 30x500 method involving an intensive "Sales Safari" market research phase, construction of eBomb lead magnets, list building, the strategy for product development, crafting a winning launch sequence and ultimately all that's involved in making your first $15k in revenue. Alex and his partner Amy have coached hundreds of students and are indirectly responsible for millions in sales by virtue of cultivating skills of successful entrepreneurship in these folks. Please enjoy our conversation.
1:02:14
October 5, 2018
Ep 13: Two decades of experience at Mayo Clinic treating sleep disorders – what Nomads can do to get better sleep
For links, transcript, show notes and interactive video questions visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/bernie-miller-mayo-clinic/  Bernie Miller has nearly two decades of experience treating sleep disorders. Hear his advice for nomads about how to get better sleep while on the road. Getting good sleep has a dramatic impact on one's quality of life. It can be particularly challenging in the nomadic lifestyle to get consistently good sleep when your bedroom environment is constantly changing. Today we talk with Bernie Miller, a sleep specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, about things you can do to ensure you get the best possible sleep while on the road. In this conversation we cover ramifications of getting poor sleep, the factors that contribute to getting good sleep, the distinction between REM and deep sleep, pro's and con's of various natural and artificial sleep remedies and how to know when it's appropriate to seek an appointment with a sleep specialist. With seventeen years of experience Bernie is a domain expert and very knowledgeable on this subject. Enjoy our conversation.
32:32
September 26, 2018
Ep 12: A decade of plant-based diet & 26 marathons: founder of Nomadic Nourishment gives dietary advice for nomads
For links, show notes, photos, transcript and more visit https://nomadpodcast.com/kara-mosseso-nomaidc-nourishment/  Kara Mosesso is a nurse practitioner and certified health coach who has run 26 marathons and subsisted entirely on plants for the past decade. Hear her dietary advice for nomads. Health and wellness on the road can be tricky when you don't have the luxuries of your home kitchen. Today we're chatting with Kara Mosseso of Nomadic Nourishment on the topic of how to maintain a healthy diet while on the road. Kate travelled with Remote Year Kublai for a year and now runs a nutrition and health coaching business on the side of her full-time job as a registered nurse. In today's conversation we delve into topics around maintaining a healthy diet abroad, resources for meal planning while on the road, the value of a primarily plant-based diet, sources for information on evidence-based nutrition, techniques for making lasting habit changes and more. Kara challenges listeners to take her 30-day plant-based challenge (I'm trying it) and shares a number of useful resources (linked in the show notes) for learning more about these subjects. Enjoy!
52:24
September 19, 2018
Ep 11: Founder of Nomad Playground, the “Trip Advisor of remote job sites” shares advice for finding remote work
For links, show notes, photos, transcripts and more visit https://nomadpodcast.com/luke-tierney-nomad-playground/  Nomad Playground gives you a roadmap for finding high-quality remote-friendly work faster and with less headaches. Hear from founder Luke Tierney how it works. The single biggest obstacle to more people trying the nomadic lifestyle is ability to fund the adventure (and by extension since the travels of a nomad are usually funded from income vs. savings, this means access to quality remote work). Today's guest is Luke Tierney (no relation) of NomadPlayground.com. Luke is on a quest to save you time and heartache by curating the best remote work sites out there that cater to nomads. Luke was a nomad himself from an early age and found a huge discrepancy in the quality of job listings depending on the source. Reputable, big-name sites often consumed disproportionately large amounts of time and yielded poor results relative to some of the lesser-known alternatives. Luke tackled this problem by creating essentially the "Yelp of job sites" by aggregating reviews from job seekers and categorizing the sites on various dimensions. 
55:49
September 11, 2018
Ep 10: Flipping the tables: Nomad Podcast host is interviewed about his nomadic journey
For links, show notes, transcription, audio-only version, photos and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/sean-tierney-pagely/  For the 10th episode anniversary Dr. Laura Gallaher interviews Sean Tierney on his nomadic journey and his goals with the podcast. For our 10th episode we're flipping the tables and I'm the one being interviewed today. My first foray into nomadic working travel was via Remote Year. I was in the Darien group that travelled from May 2016-2017 and it was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I've invested a considerable amount of my free time since then in helping to encourage others to take the leap of trying this lifestyle with the hope that it can be as transformational for others as it was for me. In this conversation I'm interviewed by the talented Dr. Laura Gallaher and we drill into some of the same questions I ask my guests. We cover the circumstances that led me to Remote Year and why I chose to continue traveling and eventually settle in Lisbon, Portugal. We discuss what it means to be a tribe and posit a hypothesis of why this return to a tribal existence feels r
45:30
September 7, 2018
Ep 9: Co-founder & CEO of Remote Year discusses what it’s like running the world’s largest remote work travel platform
For photos, links, show notes, interactive video questions and transcript visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/greg-caplan-remote-year/ ‎  Hear from Remote Year co-founder & CEO Greg Caplan about how they are creating a more peaceful and productive world one group of nomads at a time. What's it like to be at the helm of the aircraft carrier in the space of nomadic travel programs? Greg Caplan is CEO of Remote Year, a travel program platform that is working to create a more peaceful, productive world one group of nomads at a time. Greg had a unique upbringing that gave him early familial exposure to youngsters from many different cultures. Years later he and his co-founder Sam Pessin tried an audacious experiment posting an idea to Reddit that quickly gained interest and went viral garnering 50,000 applicants for the first Remote Year group. In this interview Greg talks about the origin story of Remote Year, the RY values and mission, what they're doing to promote diversity and inclusion amongst both their participants and employees, the future of their "Citizen Program," analysis of some of the macro trends in the space and more.
1:00:36
August 29, 2018
Ep 8: War-time photo journalism, TED Residency and building Unsettled
For photos, links, show notes, transcript and interactive video questions visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/jonathan-kalan-unsettled/  Jonathan Kalan shares insights from creating and running Unsettled, one of the leading nomadic travel programs. Science shows there are neurological benefits to blowing our own minds on a consistent basis and that, conversely, failing to do so causes brain atrophy Jonathan Kalan joins us today from Unsettled, a semi-structured retreat program with activities co-created by its participants designed to inspire and cultivate personal and professional growth. Jonathan was a photojournalist in a past life exposed to different perspectives in his coverage of events around the world and felt compelled to develop a platform that would help others gain perspective from traveling. In this interview Jonathan shares what it was like going through the TED Residency program in the early days of Unsettled, the value of diversity amongst their program participants, how their retreats work, who they're best suited for and his take on the future of the nomadic travel space. Enjoy!
46:42
August 23, 2018
Ep 7: From 100 close friends to thousands of global tribe members: WiFi Tribe co-founder shares his journey
For photos, show notes, links, transcription and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/diego-bejarano-wifi-tribe/  Wifi Tribe enables nomadic travelers to post up in communal living situations around the world. Hear from co-founder Diego Bejarano about how it works. Diego Bejarano was in a rut and looking to shake things up by working remotely with a group of his friends. He sent out emails to 100 friends inviting everyone to experiment with this idea of living and working remotely in South America. The experiment proved successful and Wifi Tribe was born. Fast forward two years and Diego and his co-founder now run a service that brings location-independent workers together to be able to have a communal living and working experience while exploring the world. In this conversation Diego talks about the origin story of Wifi Tribe, their community-centric philosophy, the qualities that make great candidates for their program, how he uses anchors to be productive on the road, the role of diversity in the experience and more. We also get into interesting topics of intermittent fasting, cold showers and other body hacks. I hope you enjoy
55:45
August 16, 2018
Ep 6: Expert Level I Krav Maga instructor shares lessons for nomads in maintaining personal safety on the road
Find time-stamped show notes, links, photos, audio transcript and more via this link: https://nomadpodcast.com/joey-karam-krav-maga/  Joey Karam has trained and certified civilians, law enforcement and military personnel. Hear his advice for nomads on how to keep safe while traveling. In this episode world-renown Krav Maga instructor Joey Karam talks with us about the basics of situational awareness, avoidance, de-escalation, social vs. asocial violence, physiological responses to combat situations, escaping freezes, and the mindset of what it takes to escape with your life from a threatening situation.
46:25
August 8, 2018
Ep 5: Start With Why facilitator shares a process for unearthing your true purpose in life
For video, photos, transcript, links, show notes, pre-interview questions and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/matt-dunsmoor-start-with-why/ Matt Dunsmoor is traveling the world helping people connect with their true purpose using Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" framework. Learn how he does it. What if there were a process by which you could reliably discover what your purpose in life is? Could you imagine anything more fulfilling than discovering what unique contribution you have to make - what you were born to do? Matt Dunsmoor is a facilitator for Start With Why, a company devoted to helping others discover and live their true purpose. Matt happens to be currently traveling the world with the Remote Year "Denali" group. In this conversation we catch up with Matt and learn about the importance of connecting with your Why, the impact that doing so can have and the mechanism by which the Start With Why process works. 
48:05
August 2, 2018
Ep 4: Extreme Minimalism & being banned from Tibet: a conversation with the founder of Startup Weekend
For video, photos, links, show notes, transcript, and more visit: https://nomadpodcast.com/andrew-hyde-origin-protocol/ Andrew Hyde has traveled to eighty countries over 3.5yrs practicing what he calls "extreme minimalism." Listen in to hear how and why he did it, hear his travel hacks, stories from the road and more.  Andrew Hyde is a true renaissance human: well-read, well-travelled, introspective, self-actualizing and passionate about subjects like sustainability, blockchain, community, culture and startups. In this conversation we explore a wide range of topics from “what constitutes travel?” to “how can we participate better in whatever we do?” Andrew shares travel stories of how & why he is now forever banned from returning to Nepal, his rationale behind the Extreme Minimalism project, why he cycled across the USA, his travel hacks and more. Andrew has been interviewed by NYTimes, NBC World News, ABC Radio, Washington Post, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, INC magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Daily Mail, Yahoo amongst other publications. Enjoy this dynamic and wandering conversation with a person I feel incredibly fortunate to call my friend.
55:43
July 24, 2018
Ep 3: Finding love on the road, founding two businesses and a year of immense personal growth
For video, links, transcript, show notes and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/eddie-contento-remote-year-darien/  Just how much can one person grow in a year of nomadic working travel? Eddie Contento is proof that the answer is "more than you think." Can putting yourself in moderately uncomfortable situations deliberately make you grow as an individual? Eddie Contento believes so. In this interview we’ll explore this question as well as what it’s like meeting the love of your life while on the road and maintaining that relationship long-distance. Eddie is in the midst of a life transition leaving the world of freelance consulting to pursue the creation of his film art exclusively. Having completed a year of travel with remote year and a subsequent year of solo travel Eddie shares what it’s been like re-integrating back in the USA and how he finds inspiration seeking “just enough discomfort.”
1:03:43
July 18, 2018
Ep 2: Running Phoenix Startup Week and building a tech startup while on the road
For video, links from the episode, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/paige-soucie-remote-year-cousteau/  Paige Soucie shares her experience building a startup while traveling amongst twenty-eight countries during her nomadic stint with Remote Year. What challenges does one face when attempting to build a brand new startup from the road while traveling the world? Tune into this week’s episode with Paige Soucie. Paige traveled with Remote Year in its third “Cousteau” cohort from March 2015-2016. In this episode Paige shares what it was like trying to build Hopscratch from the road, her go-to travel hack for booking cheap flights and lessons in coping with overstimulation from the firehose that was her experience. Have a question for Paige? Visit the link above and ask away.
33:38
July 8, 2018
Ep 1: The very first participant of the very first remote work program shares road wisdom from his 4 laps around the globe
For video, photos, transcript, links from the episode, show notes and more visit: http://nomadpodcast.com/trevor-gerhardt-of-ryog/  On his forty-fourth country and fourth lap around the world Trevor Gerhardt shares his travel experiences, nomadic philosophy, hacks and gear recommendations. Trevor Gerhardt was one of the pioneer participants of the first Remote Year group in 2015. Three years later he’s still traveling now on his fourth lap around the globe. I asked Trevor if he could cite any objective metrics that substantiate his success and he cited number of days skied, surfed and number of accommodations changes. Somebody has his priorities right. Tune in to the very first episode of this podcast for my conversation with Trevor as we chat through his leap of faith shelling out a chunk of cash to an entity that didn’t yet exist and then plunging head-first into the world of nomadic working travel. Trevor shares lessons from the road, gear recommendations, podcast recommendations and stories from his travels. You can find a recent interview with Trevor in Time Magazine here. If you have a question for Trevor leave a comment at the link above. .
52:24
May 19, 2018
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