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Travel Stories Podcast

Bringing you stories of wonder and adventure, crafted with sound effects and a musical score, Travel Stories Podcast seeks to inspire. From the seasoned adventurer to the wanderluster alike, travelers in over 150 countries tune into Travel Stories Podcast each week for inspirational stories and interviews.
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Aug 28, 2016

Finding the opportunity to travel is a struggle in itself. Finding the chance to also sustain yourself and control your own work life is an even more rare happening. Chris Duncan talks with Hayden about how to have your own mindset shift that can give you a life of travel outside of the corporate ladder.

Hayden reminds everyone to contact him or to visit the Travel Stories Podcast website if you would like to send in questions for the end-of-season Q&A if you want your questions answered, and/or if you want to try to win a GRAYL water filter. He discusses his reason for traveling before he introduces Chris Duncan, who he describes as a digital nomad and the master of building online businesses that can give you a life of travel.

Chris and Hayden discuss the mindset shift that helps a traveler run a freedom business, as well as how freedom businesses work and how to start one. They talk about breaking free of the script society has given you that everyone else around you seems to be following. Another hot topic is how to obtain both location freedom and financial freedom.

Chris’ story, “Detoxing in Thailand the Wrong Way,” is a captivating tale of Chris’ trip with his fiancee to a health retreat in Thailand, where they fasted and detoxed on an island. He had a unique experience, where he juiced and cleansed and had a mind-blowing trip that he remembers only bits and pieces of to this day. His humorous take on detox has to be heard to be believed.

Becoming a self-sustaining traveler and a freedom business owner is no small job. Chris Duncan offers advice on how to begin to live the life he has led, and how to follow your true passions while also running a business. If you want to travel, Chris can give advice; if you want to experience true travel freedom, Chris can get you started.

 

  • 2:04 - Don’t forget to contact Hayden or go to our website and send in questions for the end-of-season Q&A for the chance to get your questions answered and win a GRAYL water filter!
  • 3:44 - Hayden discusses his reason for traveling, which he believes is wanting to chase the freedom to go wherever you want. He wants to hear your reasons for traveling, too.
  • 4:35 - Hayden introduces Chris Duncan, who can be described as a digital nomad. Chris brings not only a story, but also tips for traveling, since he teaches people how to get paid to travel.
  • 7:14 - Hayden and Chris discuss how to obtain both financial freedom and location freedom. Chris also talks about “freedom businesses,” as well as how they work, how to start one, how to reduce your expenses, and what your work week should look like.
  • 13:49 - Hayden talks with Chris about having a mindset shift, where you have to move into a more entrepreneurial mindset in order to run a freedom business. They also discuss the possibility that travelers are more apt to move into that mindset.
  • 16:47 - Hayden and Chris talk about breaking free of the script that is given to you, since you do not necessarily have to follow any of the script that society gave you, that everyone else is following.
  • 19:36 - Chris begins to share his story, “Detoxing in Thailand the Wrong Way.”
  • Chris went to a health retreat in Thailand with his fiancee, complete with a detox and a juice fast on a scorching island. The whole detox was a completely unique event that tripped him out bad, giving him a mind-blowing, psychedelic episode that lasted for days. Chris maintains that this is the worst way to do a detox, and he highly recommends it for anyone seeking an out-of-body experience.
  • 28:58 - Chris offers advice on how to become a self-sustaining traveler and/or a freedom business owner, like he has done. He believes that you should not get too caught up in the business side of things; rather, you should always stay true to yourself. He also thinks that you should not build a business around your passion, because, if you do, you cannot be true to yourself.

 

Aug 21, 2016

Welcome to Travel Stories Podcast, bringing you Immersive, Inspiring & International travel stories of freedom and adventure from world travelers as well as actionable travel tips. Let's dive in!

 

When you reach a certain age, many people think it becomes their job to settle down at home and leave the living to the young people. Jeff Baker is not one of those men. When Jeff and his wife reached that certain age, and they saw their kids doing fun and exciting things with their lives, they said to themselves, “Why can’t we have fun?” So, they gave away most of their belongings, sold their house, and decided to travel while they still could and share their adventures as they went. “It’s like we’re 25 again,” Jeff said of their travels, and he was right - their lives are not average, but they are adventurous.

Jeff is a radio host in his “typical” life, hosting the show Savory Road, which is part of an NPR public radio-affiliate station in Southern California. His philosophy is that everyone partakes in food, even if they do not partake in travel, so logic dictates that everybody who listens to his show can relate to it. Jeff knows that people seek narrative and reflection, just like they do when they come to the Travel Stories Podcast, so he strives to put that into each of his shows.

In between talking with Hayden about starting your travels, working through your financing, and managing the travel lifestyle, Jeff shares a story which he believes addresses expectations. While he considers expectations to be a double-edged sword, he also knows they are important to any travel experience. His story, titled, “Can an Ocean Rise Up From the Desert?”, follows Jeff as he visits the less-traveled parts of Peru and realized that reaching the “next level” of travel does not necessarily need to be any specific event, but can just be what it is.

Jeff Baker knows that bravery, optimism, and having an open mind while you travel are vital to having an enjoyable experience. Even though you may reach a certain age, and society may expect certain things of you - in the end, you live your own life, and travel is an essential part of that rebirth.

 

  • 1:16 - Stay tuned for live streaming on our Facebook while Hayden is in Brazil, and you can ask questions for the end of season Q&A at our website.
  • 2:32 - Hayden introduces Jeff Baker, who hosts a travel and food show on a local NPR affiliate radio station. He’s one of those people who reached a certain age and thought, “What do we do now?”, and the answer was, inevitably, “travel.” Jeff also has a great, baritone, radio-esque voice that Hayden very much enjoys.
  • 6:27 - Hayden and Jeff talk about starting your adventures and your fun, exciting travel life even when other people your age think you should not be. It all started with a family backpacking trip through Europe in 2004, and Jeff caught the travel bug from there.
  • 9:00 - Hayden talks about working with your finances and making big decisions in order to figure out how to travel in your life, and how not to give in to excuses.
  • 12:00 - Hayden and Jeff discuss the benefits to having both the “typical” suburban lifestyle and the adventurous travel lifestyle, and how you can manage merging those worlds.
  • 14:58 - Jeff’s story addresses expectations, which he considers a double-edged sword. Jeff titled the story “Can an Ocean Rise Up From the Desert?”
    • Jeff visited the less-traveled Peru on his quest to become a master traveler while he was spending a month journeying through South America. Jeff went to a plantation in Peru, and met a man who had lived in Atlanta for a few years, so he knew fluent English. The plantation was beautiful, and the scenario around it astounding and mesmerizing, even though the roosters liked to keep him awake.
    • Jeff and his group traveled to Paracas and saw, quite frankly, a whole lot of nothing - no life, they said; acres and acres of flat, sandy nothingness. They saw a number of locations - La Mina Beach, Red Beach - and Jeff was captivated by the sea and the far-off mountains. Jeff could not remember the last time he felt such a sense of rightness. It was here that Jeff realized that reaching the “next level” of travel does not necessarily need to be any specific event, but can just be what it is.
  • 28:06 - Jeff talks about finding answers to the questions he has asked himself and the decisions he has made in his travel life.
  • 31:16 - Hayden and Jeff discuss the necessity behind bravery, optimism, and having an open mind while you travel.
  • 36:51 - Jeff talks about his radio show, Savory Road, which is part of an NPR public radio-affiliate station in Southern California. His philosophy is that everyone partakes in food, even if they do not partake in travel, so logic dictates that everybody who listens to his show can relate to it. You can listen to his show on 91.9 FM in the Riverside-San Bernardino county area, or you can listen online at the links listed below.

 

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
  • Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast
  • Listen to Savory Road online at: KVCR News or at: Savory Road
Aug 14, 2016

Welcome to Travel Stories Podcast, bringing you Immersive, Inspiring & International travel stories of freedom and adventure from world travelers as well as actionable travel tips. Let's dive in!

 

Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith when you travel. Oftentimes, that faith has to be in humanity itself, and in the humans who inhabit the places you are traveling to. Those people are the ones who can make or break your trip - and, sometimes, they are the ones who prove that humanity really is not all that bad.

Laura Bingham visits Hayden and proves to be not only “incredibly fun to talk to,” to quote Hayden, but also incredibly brave and strong in her faith in humanity. Laura traveled from one side of South America to the other, on a bicycle, with no money, in six months. She depended on the kindness of strangers to help her survive. Laura discusses not only this trip, but also her documentary, how she learned to be patient, and “imposter syndrome” - believing you are an imposter because you feel like you do not deserve something you have or something you are doing.

Laura’s story, titled “7000 Kilometers, No Money, What Now?”, starts in Peru, and proves Laura’s faith in humanity correct when she meets people who prove to be the best of her entire journey. Laura and Hayden also discuss trusting strangers, and Laura goes on to discuss Operation South America. Operation South America is a charity based in Paraguay, created by an Englishman named Phil Granger who met a married couple who had lost their nine-year-old son to a rare type of leukemia because they did not have the money or the treatment to save him. After they met, they started this organization for young girls that are from broken, violent, or poor backgrounds.

A leap of faith is required when you travel, but if you just take that leap, your adventure might turn out to be something you never expected - and prove to reveal the best of the people around you.

 

  • 3:19 - Hayden introduces Laura Bingham, who happened to have been born in the same hospital as him.
  • 5:48 - Laura discusses her documentary, in which she is trying to showcase the kindness of strangers and of humanity by crossing South America with no money.
  • 9:06 - Hayden and Laura talk about “imposter syndrome” - believing you are an imposter because you feel like you do not deserve something you have or something you are doing.
  • 12:48 - Hayden and Laura discuss how Laura decided not to return not to England, even when she earned enough money to return home, and then had to take a boat home over two months, which forced her to learn patience.
  • 16:25 - Laura begins to tell her story, which started in Peru, which she calls “7000 Kilometers, No Money, What Now?”
    • Once Laura was with people who showed her kindness, she did not want to return to life all by herself again, but she knew she had to finish her journey. The relationships she made there were so strong that they still exist today.
  • 25:00 - Hayden and Laura break down how Laura felt in her story, and how they feel about trusting strangers.
  • 31:26 - Laura discusses Operation South America, a charity based in Paraguay, created by an Englishman named Phil Granger who met a married couple who had lost their nine-year-old son to a rare type of leukemia because they did not have the money or the treatment to save him. After they met, they started this organization for young girls that are from broken, violent, or poor backgrounds.
    • You can get involved by donating to the crowdfunding pages pinned on Laura’s social media (posted below), or visiting the website, and everything goes straight to these children.

 

 

  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
Aug 7, 2016

 A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of something you love is always welcome; Hayden wanted to grant you that opportunity in the season two closer.

Cody Crabb and Nicole Mello (the musician and the writer, respectively) join Hayden in unpacking the entirety of season two, looking back at funny, inspiring, and memorable moments from past episodes. Featured primarily among them are Guy Earnshaw, Sean Whitehead, Richard Phu, and, believe it or not, Hayden Lee himself. The three of them also discuss how the scores are created, how the show notes are written, and how each other’s accents sound to one another.

The crew also looks forward to season three, discussing upcoming social media, post-season Q&As, and what else Hayden wants to go down in season three. Stay tuned!

 

  • 2:23 - Hayden talks about the upcoming post-season Q&As and the upcoming opportunity to win a GRAYL purifier filter.
  • 4:06 - Hayden discusses social media and how to follow Travel Stories Podcast throughout season three.
  • 6:35 - Hayden and Cody discuss how the scores are created for Travel Stories Podcast.
  • 8:04 - Hayden and Nicole discuss writing the show notes for the podcast.
  • 10:07 - Hayden, Cody, and Nicole get distracted and start doing accents that none of them are particularly good at.
  • 12:24 - Hayden gets everyone back on track, and the three of them get back into discussing and unpacking Season Two.
  • 13:58 - Hayden, Cody, and Nicole talk about coming up with a team of people that works for you.
  • 17:35 - The crew gets back into looking back on season two and unpacking it, including looks at Guy Earnshaw, Sean Whitehead, Richard Phu, and Hayden Lee.
  • 27:24 - Hayden starts talking about what’s going to be going down in the upcoming season three.
  • 32:47 - Hayden plays outtakes from season two.

 

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
  • Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast
  • Check out GRAYL at: The Grayl
Aug 3, 2016

In this episode of Hayden's Travel Journal, we rejoin Hayden on his motorcycle journey as he enters the mountains in central Vietnam. 

It's not all easy riding, as Hayden finds out, encountering buses, trucks and realising why everyone said "DO NOT DO THIS JOURNEY" on the research he did before going. The roads are certainly not for everyone, and one small mistake can mean either a devastating accident or a memorable story.

Plenty of stories about the views and experiences on this journey coupled with tips about doing this type of travel make this journal entry an interesting instalment.

  • Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online
  • Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: hayden@travelstoriespodcast.com
  • Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter
  • All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: CodyCrabb.com
  • All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello
  • Pictures can be found at our website: Travel Stories Podcast
  • Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk
  • Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast

 

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