Tag Archives: extended travel

Traveler Interview #10: Tim Leffel


Tim Leffel is one of the interesting members of the travel community. A travel value and destinations expert often quoted by major media outlets, he is president of a diversified web publishing company, as well as an accomplished author, editor and publisher. As a traveling on a budget guru, Tim has authored and updated The World’s Cheapest Destinations and is editor of Perceptive Travel Webzine as well as Practical Travel Gear. Working with countless bloggers, dozens of freelance contributors as well as publishing from various continents, he is a force in the world of travel, living life on his own terms and writing about it. Read his story – see what he has to say. Perhaps he will inspire you to bring the gift of travel more to the forefront of your life in a way that works for you.

1.When did you get started traveling? Kind of late actually, after being in the working world for nine years first after college. But I made up for lost time after that when my now-wife and I spent three out of the next four years backpacking around the world and teaching English abroad. Read the rest of this entry

Traveler Interview #9: Chris Christensen of Amateur Traveler

Traveler Interview #9: Chris Christensen of Amateur Traveler

The travel community is filled with incredibly interesting people. Chris Christensen (of Amateur Traveler) is one of those travelers who found a way to add travel into his life. Living in Silicon Valley with his family, Chris travels around the globe for a good portion of the year. His podcasts, blogs, and advice are ever present in the travel world of social media. Here, Chris shares his story of how the gift of travel adds to his world.

Interview with Chris Christensen of Amateur Traveler

1.When did you get started traveling? My family traveled when I was a kid. We visited most of the National Parks in the west pulling a small travel trailer.

2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent/travel-based existence? I am not a nomad. I have a house, a wife with a job even though I am now traveling about a quarter to a third of the time counting work trips. Since the late 80s I have worked in Silicon Valley with most of that time at small startups but did quit the day job last August to work for myself. Since then I have been juggling blogging/podcasting, working on BloggerBridge.com and working as a contractor 3 days a week for TripAdvisor to pay the bills. Being a contractor has given me time to work on my own projects as well as flexibility to do more press trips. Read the rest of this entry

Traveler Interview #8: Retire Early Lifestyle (Billy and Akaisha Kaderli)


Billy & Akaisha Kaderli have been location-independent long before it was a recognized travel term. These two are dreamers and doers who found their own way to include travel as the focal point in their lives. They left the traditional workforce before turning forty and have been traveling and wandering the globe ever since.  Before face time conversations and amidst naysayers-they ‘left’ and haven’t looked back. Having four home-bases (where they set up housekeeping and travel out of) in Arizona (United States), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Chapala (Mexico) and  Panajachel (Guatemala), they travel with the ease found after twenty years on the road. Considering themselves ‘retired’, here they offer travelers a glimpse at life their way.

An Interview with Billy & Akaisha Kaderli of Retire Early Lifestyle


1.When did you get started traveling? Billy and I were both travelers before we met each other in the mid 1970’s, and it was an important ingredient to our relationship that we held in common. One of the first things we did together was to go to Europe in 1979 and spent about 6 months traveling around. Billy was a trained French Chef at the time, so we ate and drank our way through our travels. When we returned to California, we purchased a restaurant which required a lot of time and work to run. Our travel time was relegated to long weekends and two week vacations. It was because we wanted to continue to travel without limits that brought us to this lifestyle when we left the conventional working world at age 38 in 1991. We wanted to see the world and have been traveling together ever since. Read the rest of this entry