A podcast about captivating stories from travelers all around the globe

Season 1

EP 1 : Yoshi - The Ho Chi Minh Hustle Story


 My guest is Yoshi, an animal researcher that now lives in Korea as an English Teacher. He also is heavily engrained in the South Korean B-BOY (breakdancing) scene. Yoshi comedically discusses why he left the U.S. to move to Korea, and then gives an incredible story of his experience with a hustler in Vietnam. 

Episode Highlights

  • Escaped Monkeys
  • Airport Nonsense
  • The Hustle Pissed off Gangsters

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EP 2 : LOCH The Surfer's Miraculous Story and the Supernatural


 Surfer, Business owner, Soccer Player, World Travel...Loch is a man of many trades. My guest describes an experience that left him both physically and emotionally damaged, but through perseverance and tenacity, he was able to return to do what he loves. Surfing and traveling. Also, we begin with a bizarre event Loch and I encountered in Bangkok. With this episode, I hope to inspire those who currently find themselves in a difficult situation. 

Episode Highlights

  • Loch's Introduction Bangkok's
  • Supernatural Resident An Abroad Nightmare
  • A Miraculous Feat of Strength and Tenacity

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EP 3 : Viktoria - Train Troubles... Scary Bizarre Train Troubles


 In this episode of the travel is real, Viktoria describes a horriific event that occurred in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We laugh about it now, but at the time, it was quite serious and alarming. After that, Viktoria then confesses a startling, bizarre story that takes place on a train from Stollenbosh to cape town. 


Episode Highlights

  • Comedic Elevator Conversation 
  • Un-comedic Mugging 
  • The Sinister Train ride in South Africa

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EP 4 : Chris A - The Hilariously Sad Travel Sickness Story


My guest Chris Austin and I banter a bit about our Iranian friend we met in South Africa. We also discuss a few stories about Pang, a cab driver Chris and I befriended. Finally, Chris dives into his tale of the most gut wrenching, dire travel sickness story I have ever heard. It never stops getting worse and worse.

Episode Highlights

  • Gangster Pang doin Gangster Thangs Party in Europe
  • What NOT to do on Train in Eastern Europe 
  • The Sickness Academic Graduate Assholes 

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EP 5 : BA Emma- The Creeptastic Rescue


 Join my friend Emma, as she describes what it is like living on Magnetic Island. A small Island found of the coast of Australia. What she uncovers is an atmosphere of strangeness, only to be described as the real life island of the T.V. show "Lost". Its weird, its bizarre, its tense, its incredible! 

 Episode Highlights 

  •  Tips and Tricks for women traveling solo 
  •  Scuba Diving n Sharks 
  •  The real life horror movie experience 
  • More travel advice 

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Episode 6: Bryce- Surviving the Deadly Riptide....and Thieving Monkeys


My friend Bryce illuminates the listeners and I of his experience on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia. Its filled with excitement, fear, panic, and a group of pissed off monkeys.

Episode Highlights:

  • Thieving Monkey Stories
  • A Harrowing Tale of Survival in Cambodia
  • Beach and Travel Tips

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EP 7: Mr. Rodriguez-Parasites and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My!

EP 7: Mr. Rodriguez--Parasites and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My!

Chris Rodriguez is a world traveler who spent two years in the Peace Corps. and many more years teaching in English around the globe. In this episode, we discuss the creepy crawlers critters we encountered in various countries. We also touch upon a few local cuisines which retain peculiar health properties.

Episode Highlights

  • Spider Invasion
  • Donating Blood to Leeches 
  • Pinching out Larva
  • Drinking Fire and Eating Balut
  • Peace Corps Advice

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EP 8: Broc- Cruisin Vietnam and the Thuoc Lao Experience


My guest in this episode is Broc Gross. A Minnesota man who spent time in South Africa and South Korea. Great guy and an even greater Scuba Diver. Some have even stated he is "The ULTIMATE" Ultimate Frisbee player. Listen to his insane Vietnam Motorcycle road-trip  and Korea story here!

Episode Highlights:

  • Surviving Soju
  • A Risqué Business
  • Cruisin Vietnam
  • The Machete Man
  • Savoring Unsavory Food

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EP 9: Tara- Hichhikin Aint Eazy (but it sure is interesting)


In this episode, Tara illuminates us about her experience traveling and hitchhiking in the Southern United States. She then describes some interesting encounters while trying to survive New Orleans as a homeless women. Quite the difference in lifestyle, as now she owns a wildly successful hair salon in her home city. 

Episode Highlights:

  • The Rainbow Festival 
  • Hopping Trains
  • Voodoo Priestess
  • Homeless New Orleans Living
  • A Hitchhiking Adventure

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EP 10: Cesar- The Korean Adventure and Bathroom Blunders


Cesar Ortega and I met teaching English as a second language in Korea. Mr. Ortega has spent a significant amount of his 20s living in the USA, South Korea (the nice one, not the naughty one). and Mexico. We discuss cultural differences and some self deprecating drinking and bathroom stories

Episode Highlights:

  • Drinking Culture and Soju Hangovers
  • The Trouble with Squatter Toilets
  • Korean Food! The Good, the Bad, the Unsavory.

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EP 11: Elliot - The Drunk, Irresponsible, and Salacious Travels


Warning: Dont judge my guest Elliot and I in this episode. My guest is a Canadian world traveler who I met while working in Korea. We both swap hilarious stories of drunken evening, and travel hook-ups while living and traveling abroad. We aren't as greasy as you may think, I swear. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Halloween Han River Incident
  • Osaka Drinking "Mishap"
  • Getting Robbed with Pants Down...Literally
  • A Deconstruction of Travel Hook-ups

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EP 12: Gayla- Dirty Docs and a Sinister Following


My guest Gayla is a recent college grad who worked in multiple hospitals in New Delhi. She was witness to dire situations which were commonplace in the India medical field. Her story of hospital sanitation was laughably unreasonable. She also shares a story of  being stalked by a man with sinister intentions.

Episode Highlights:

  • The Ultrasound Incident
  • New Delhi Hospital: Its a Dirty Job
  • Tainted Mango Pineapple Smoothie
  • Kidnapping and a Cake Shop

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EP 13: Luke G- The Kolkata Mafia Story, The Vang Vieng Experience, and the Coconut Cure


Join Luke and I as we discuss the best method of backpacking. Throw out the itinerary and let the good time roll. We reminisce over some wild experiences had in India, Vietnam, and Laos. Also, check out Luke's company.


Episode Highlights

  • The Hangover Cure and Killer Coconuts
  • Vang Vieng: The Dangerously Wild Party
  • The Kolkata Mafia and Police
  • Eating Sweet, Crispy Bugs

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EP 14: Paul M- Surviving the Monkey Onslaught, Magic Pee, and the Wondrous Road to Hana


Paul Matarelli is a business owner, professional marketer, and world traveler extraordinaire. In this dramatically wonderful episode, Mr Matarelli illuminates us on what occurs when you cross the wrong path with a pissed of primate. We also learn about Guru G, magic pee, and a harrowing adventure on the road Hana. This episode is jammed packed with travel advice, humor, and inspiration. 


Episode Highlights:

  • Prolific Teaching of Guru G
  • The Monkey Assault
  • How to Achieve Magic Pee
  • Trails and Tribulations of Hana, Hawaii

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EP 15: Brendan B: The Wild, Wicked Warsaw Flight, The Jiro Experience, and Travel Tips


Brendan Burns is the host of a incredibly insightful, and captivating Podcast called "The Brendan Burns Show". Mr. Burns regales us with a most preposterous story about a flight to Warsaw, Poland. He then illuminates us on how he secured a reservation at Jiro's famous Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo. Its wild!

Check out his Instagram--https://www.instagram.com/brendanhburns/

Episode Highlights:

  • Travel Tips
  • Importance of Toilet Paper
  • The Trippy City
  • The Wicked Flight to Warsaw
  • The Jiro Sushi Experience 

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EP 16: Jamar- The Story of The Thirst.... and To Hostel, or Not to Hostel?


Jamar Black is a friend of mine, world traveler, and creator of his wildly entertaining and educational blog "The Afro Expat. In this episode, Jamar tells a risqué story of why he missed his flight from Spain to the USA. Its both comical, and lascivious! Well done Jamar. We then discuss when or why to stay, or not to stay at hostels whilst backpacking. For more, visit Jamar's website:

Episode Highlights;

  • Difficulties of Dating Abroad
  • The Thirst (explicit warning)
  • The Consequence of a Cambodian Hangover
  • To Hostel, or Not to Hostel?

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EP 17: Steph and Brandon- Full Moon Party Fails & Feats, Bum Guns, and We Must Dash!


In this episode, I am with the owners of We Must Dash Adventure Travel. The couple first discuss what spawned the idea of their amazing travel company, and where they have been so far. The three of us then review our experiences at Thailand's Full Moon Party! Its insane! Finally, we educate the listeners on food poisoning and the importance of the "Bum Gun". 

Visit the website below to start your incredible, unforgettable adventure:


Episode Highlights

  • We Must Dash Adventure Travel
  • What the Duck is a Full Moon Party
  • Embarrassing Bathroom Moments
  • The Bum Gun! 

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EP 18: Steph and Brandon Part 2- The Psychedelic Island Experience, and Deadly Close Calls


Stephanie and Brandon are back for part two of our interview! We discuss two stories that involve very treacherous  road trips in Laos and Iceland. We then learn of an acid trip gone horribly wrong during an amazing vacation.

Visit the website below to start your incredible, unforgettable adventure:

Episode Highlights;

  • Near Death Experiences
  • Stealing Cats and Dogs
  • What to expect in the Gili Islands
  • Fear and Loathing in Koh Samui 

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EP 19: Tim S- The Hilarious, The Drunk, The Irresponsible Travels.


Tim is a travel connoisseur, a great friend, and one hell of a funny dude. We both spent time living, learning, and maintaining an irresponsible life during our early 20s in South Africa. We discuss some of our embarrassing experiences had while traveling and living abroad. Try not to judge too hard.

Episode Highlights:

  • Eating Balls
  • South Africa Drunktoberfest
  • Mass Drunken Blackout
  • Bathroom Travel Advice
  • Bogus Namibian Border Crossing

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EP 20: Aussie Steph- The Catamaran Catastrophe, Australia's Fabled Creature, and Wildlife Tourism


My first Australian on the podcast! Stephanie is an Executive Officer at a prestigious zoo in Sydney, Australia. She enlightens us about bizarre Aussie creatures, followed by a tumultuous boat trip in Indonesia. Finally we discuss how animal trafficking and cruelty found abroad, and the steps one can take if spotted. Follow the link below to become aware of illegitimate animal trafficking.


Episode Highlights:

  • Drop Bears and Bogans
  • The Catamaran Catastrophe
  • Sea Sickness Survivor
  • Animal Tourism Advice

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EP 21: Jen Serrat- Work Abroad, Date Abroad, Tinder Abroad


Jen has lived, worked and obtained her Master degree in various countries the past few years. She can't be stopped! In this episode, Jen educates me on the great jobs she worked outside of the U.S., and the not so great jobs. We then discuss the dating scene as an Expat. Jen so graciously details a funny and embarrassing hook-up story she endured in Spain.

Episode Highlights:

  • What the Flock is a Chugger?
  • Au Pair....Oh No.
  • Argentinean Hook-Up Havoc
  • Shaving Cultural Differences
  • Am I Running Away? Maybe?

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EP 22: Jon Sarry- The Chaotic Kebnekaise Mountain Hike


Jonathan is a world traveler who I first met in South Korea. Jon then worked in Vietnam for a bit, then bounced to Finland where he currently resides. In this episode, Mr. Sarry regales his treacherous, harrowing, and ill-prepared journey up the Kebnekaise mountain. During his story, we learn the importance of preparation!

Episode Highlights:

  • Jon's Hubris Takes Over
  • We F**ked Up
  •  The Treacherous Hike Up...and Down

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EP 23: Nick and Stef- The Long Journey Home


Nick Doran and Stef Russell (AKA Stifneck Dorsell) embarked upon a 15,000 kilometer journey from South Korea, to their home in Ireland. How did they do this? By bicycle! Their bike adventure across China, the Middle East, and Europe was filled with excitement, strife, and a plenty of police encounters! Check out their website to learn, in detail about the the bicycle trek. 


Episode Highlights:

  • Comedic Chinese Police Run-ins
  • Ghost Cities
  • Iran Hospitality
  • Border Crossing Confrontation
  • Bizarre, Awkward Bathrooms

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EP 24: Rob Greenfield- Discovery's Free Ride Experience, No Money International Travel, and Exotic Food Stories


Rob Greenfield is a international renowned traveler, an environmental activist, and one rad dude. He has mastered traveling around the world with little to no money, literally! The man is a travel budget guru! He also is an incredible ally to the environment who educates, and promotes green initiatives! In this episode, Rob discusses his insane international travel stories which includes Discovery Channel’s Free Ride production, eating exotic foods, and his hitchhiking experience from Panama to California.

Check out his website to learn more about his past and present projects.


Episode Highlights

  • Creative Protein Consumption 
  • Travel on a Budget. Or no Money
  • Panama to The U.S. Adventure
  • Take Risks
  • Discovery's Free Ride Experience
  • Dung Beatles and Chicken Heads

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EP 25: Andrew Musick- Muay Thai Kickboxer Experience, Drunk ROK U, and Expat Advice


Andrew Musick joins me on the podcast. He is a skilled Muay Thai Kickboxer, and a veteran Republic of Korea Ultimate Frisbee player who spent nine years living in Asia as an ESL teacher. Musick divulges stories of his international kickboxing experiences, and a humbling matchup. We also discuss drunkin Ultimate Frisbee League ROK-U antics. Andrew and I also give tips and advice on how to survive and thrive as an ESL teacher and expat in South Korea.

Episode Highlights:

  • Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • A Humbling Experience
  • Ultimate Frisbee (ROK U)
  • TILT Toga Party in Pohang
  • Expat and ESL Advice and Tips

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EP 26: Jerrica Peterson- ESL Teacher Trials and Tribulations..and Excellent Advice


Jerrica from America joins the podcast. She is a nomadic ESL teacher who retains an incredible sense of adventure and knows how to find the perfect balance of teaching and travel. She has a knack for finding and exploring amazing locations in various countries around the world. During the episode, Jerrica gives great advice and tips for those looking to teach English in South Korea, as well as how to get started as an ESL teacher in a foreign country.

Check out her website for more info!


Episode Highlights:

  • Bathroom Conundrum 
  • First day in S. Korea Nightmare
  • Dreaded First Day of Teaching ESL
  • VIP Kid Experience
  • Teach Abroad 

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EP 27: Alex Troitzsch- Journey From Germany to America. How to Live Abroad


Alex Troizsch is a techno DJ, a talented Graphic Designer, and a Suana Spa expert! In this episode, Alex describes in detail, his journey and adventures traveling from his home country of Germany to America, and all the great experiences and opportunities he came across while studying and working as an expat. He gives his uniques perspective as to what it has been like living away from his home country for so long. Alex also educates us as to what he loves about living in the United States.

Episode Highlights:

  • Real Talk, Beer Talk
  • Dropping out of Law School to Become a DJ
  • Living as an Expat
  • A Bizarre Limbo
  • U.S. Patriotism

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EP 28: ILU- The Beautiful, Terrifying, Romantic Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp


ILU Narang joins The Travel is Real podcast! She is a digital nomad, an incredible fitness/diet consultant, and woman with a beautiful travel instagram. In this episode, she describes her journey of becoming a digital nomad, followed by a her story of how she trekked up Mt. Everest Base Camp! She details the wild, unhinged journey up the mountain. The adventure was fraught with mental and physical hardships. Also, unique tinder experience which charged ILU to climb further up Everest!

Check out her Travel and Business at:


Episode Highlights:

  • From Corporate to Nomad
  • The Flight from Hell
  • Altitude Sickness on Everest Trek
  • Tinder Saves the Day
  • Hiking Hardships

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EP 29: Michaella - From Coal Mining in Vietnam to Rescue Diving in Koh Tao


I have Michaella Lampe on The Travel is Real this week, and what lady she is! Miss Lampe is an incredible world traveler who has amazing scuba diving stories in Koh Tao and South Africa. My guest educates me on the marine conservation efforts of ECO Koh Tao, and how the organiztation seeks to preserve and regrow coral reef. We also discuss what happens when one becomes ill in a boat, or scuba diving underwater. Finally, we learn what it feels like to become "Narked".

For more information on ECO Koh Tao conservation efforts and Dive School, visit their website below


Episode Highlights:

  • World's Most Frightening Bungee
  • A Little Coal Mining Town in Vietnam
  • Koh Tao Rescue Dive
  • Narked!
  • Puking Underwater
  • Marine Conservation

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EP 30: Alex T - The Dire Diarrhea Disaster and How to Avoid Food Poisoning


A six inch roast beef sandwich eaten in the Kuala Lampur Airport was the catalyst to the worst day of Alex Terpstra's life. Listen to two stories of how the host of The Travel is Real royally screwed up by eating the wrong food, and what became of him hours later. Its embarrassing, its gross, and its somewhat informational. Learn how to avoid food poisoning by listening of my travel mishaps while living in Asia. It might save your vacation...or maybe even your life. Or at least, you won't find yourself in a "crappy" situation.

Episode Highlights:

  • The Roast Beef Sandwich
  • The Horrorshow 
  • The Deadly Seaweed
  • How to Avoid Food Poisoning while Traveling

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Season 2

EP 31: Johnny- MotorCycle Vietnam: The Wild, The Weird, The Dangerous


In this episode, my guest is Johnny, owner of the beautiful, and wonderful Saigon Hub Hostel. Mr. John has lived and worked in Vietnam for many years, to where he has enjoyed and endured many incredible experiences whilst living abroad. Fast and loose seemed to be John's mantra years back, but now he is raising a family in Vietnam while running an excellent hostel. My guest and I discuss what he experienced while riding his motorcycle up the Ho Chi Minh Road. His stories are not for the prude, or the faint of heart.

Episode Highlights:

  • Hostel Life
  • Comical/Embarrassing Bathroom Story
  • 10 shots, 47 Rules
  • Centimeters/inches from dying
  • Vietnam Foodies


EP 32: Murrie H.- The Aussie Bush Nightmare


Murrie H. is a friend of mine who traveled the entire Ho Chi Minh road with me during my Vietnam adventure. I could not have asked for a better travel partner! In this episode, Murrie and I reminisce over some of the close calls (aka near death experiences) on the road, and some of the strange things we learned to love while riding through the beautiful country of Vietnam. Finally, my guest recounts a nightmarish encounter while camping in Australia.

Episode Highlights:

  • Travel Injuries
  • Motorcycle Fun
  • The Wonderful Thuoc Lao
  • The Australian Bush Nightmare


EP 33: Jay- The Serbian Maximum Security Prison Experience


I met Jay in the first hostel I stayed in while in Canggu, Bali. Turns out, he is one interesting character who travels the world. Jay starts off the recording by illustrating his first day in Detroit, and how he nearly died. My guest then follows up with illustrating his experiences with the Serbian police, and how he found himself in a maximum security prison in Serbia. Fun stuff!

Episode Highlights:

  • Gunfire and a Near Miss
  • Serbian Border Crossing
  • Serbian Maximum Security Prison


EP 34 Jessica: - Tour Guide from Hell, and Bathroom Romance

Travel Bathroom Romance and Tour guide Nightmare

In this hilarious episode, we hear a cautionary tale regarding tour guides and drug dealers. My guest Jessica details the circumstances that lead her and her boyfriend into a dark and dangerous tour around Colombia. After that, Jessica graphically details how food poisoning drew her, and her one night stand closer than ever. It's comical, it's gross, it's incredible. When traveling, love can truly be found in hopeless places. Even in Bali.

Episode Highlights

  • The Dangers of Tour Guides and Drug Dealers
  • The Moral of the Story
  • Bathroom Romance


EP 35 Neus: - The Journey to Yogi


Neus, a Yoga instructor, world traveler, and all around badass, illustrates how traveling was ultimately her salvation during our recording. During our interview, my guest details how she found the remedy to her eating disorder. After that, she gives light to her difficult, arduous journey to become a Yoga instructor while living in India. She ends by telling a wild bus ride story from Rishikesh to Dharamshala. Check out her Instagram for more-


Episode Highlights:

  • Traveling with an Eating Disorder
  • Recovery
  • The Difficult Journey to Yogi
  • Pee Bus
  • The Dalai Lama


EP 36: German Mark- The Hostel Stabbing and Christchurch Shooting

German Mark looking into the ocean

In this alarming and grim episode of the travel is real, my unlucky guest details two events during his travels that made him fear for his life. The first story, Mark accounts a nightmare scenario in a hostel upon arriving in Melbourne Australia. He then follows by illuminating his experience during the Christchurch Terror attack in New Zealand. 

After all the dark and danger, Mark and I discuss that, even though travel is risky, there are more benefits than drawbacks.

Episode Highlights

  • A Violent Hostel Stabbing
  • Traveling During a Terrorist Attack
  • Scuba Diving Troubles
  • The Benefits of Traveling


EP 37: Emily Gough- Leaving on a JetPlane: The Nine Year Infidelity Story


My guest Emily is the host of her own Podcast called "Room to Grow" and she owns an online business. During this incredible episode, Emily details her startling reason why she left her home country for the digital nomad life. We discuss infidelity, self reflection, and personal growth. It's deep, it's wild, its thought provoking, and most importantly, its entertaining!

Find out more about Emily and her fantastic journey on her website: http://emilygoughcoaching.com/hello/

Episode Highlights:

  • Canggu Food
  • 9 Years of Infidelity Story...Holy Cats!
  • Solo Travel and Self Reflections
  • Newly Single Revelations

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EP 38: Olumide Gbenro- The Digital Nomad Story

OLU. Digital Nomad expert and Founder of Digital Nomad Summit.

In this episode, I am joined by Olu, a master digital nomad marketer, and founder of the Digital Nomad Summit. He lives here in Bali for the time being, and I was lucky enough to get him on the podcast for an entrepreneurial blitz discussion concerning work and travel.

We touch upon topics such as skills he acquired which led him to live the travel lifestyle, and marketing strategies. But first, we begin the start of Olu’s journey, and a nauseating hostel experience in Germany that sparked path to success.

Check his Instagram here:


Episode Highlights:

  • Living the Nomad Lifestyle
  • A Nauseating  Hostel Experience
  • The Nomadic Path to Success
  • A Most Important Item

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EP 39: Maree Mackenzie- From Rock Bottom to Sober Girl Travels

Sober Girls Travel. Sobriety and Travel. Maree Mackenzie

In this very special episode, my guest Maree Mackenzie, owner of Sober Girls Travels details her journey from her most rock-bottom moment, when she struggled with alcoholism, to her journey which led to a thriving sober women's retreat and tour guide specialist. Her story is one of strength, desperation, and determination. If you want to contact Maree, visit her website www.sobergirlstravel.com

Episode Highlights:

  • The Ubud Pie Lady Business
  • The Dreadful Rock Bottom Moment
  • Journey to Recovery
  • Disastrous Consequences of Binge Drinking Abroad
  • "Recovery is the New Black"


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