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Interview: Francis Tapon

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Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern and everywhere I set foot in between…I have loved Africa. When asked about my time on the continent, my answer is always the same, ‘Africa gets in your soul, and stays there’. Each time we leave I can’t wait to return. Through social media and travelers postings, I connected with Francis Tapon who is on a journey to document the Unseen Africa. A traveler, author, speaker, co-founder of a robotics vision company in Silicon Valley and owner of an MBA from Harvard Business School, Francis Tapon ditched life in Silicon Valley in 2006 to pursue another dream to travel to each of the world’s countries. To date, he as been to more than 80, backpacked over 20,000 km (walked across America four times) and is currently on a three year trip around the African continent. His most recent journey works on showcasing more of Africa than what is shown in the media. In his own words, this ‘adventure travel show is part documentary and part reality show’. If you’ve never been to Africa, want to reminisce about your travels or want to learn a bit more before you book that ticket this might be your chance. Check out his travels, back the project, follow the journey or just delve a bit further into the gifts of travel provided by the beauty that is Africa. Read the rest of this entry

Traveler Interview: Candice Walsh

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Ever since my first trip to Israel, I’ve loved to travel. Every school/teacher break I had you’d find me on an adventure somewhere. I talked about travel, researched travel, dreamt of travel and relished the excursions I was lucky to take. Colleagues often asked ‘where are you off to next’ when they knew a school break was on the horizon. It wasn’t until Mathew and I took our ’round the world honeymoon that I even thought a travel-based existence or a lifestyle of constant travel possible. After we returned, I took a Matador U travel writing course to get more details about the possibility of writing becoming more than a hobby and that’s where I met Candice. Holding the position of lead writing faculty, she read some of my work and we edited articles together. Nomadic for about half the year, she travels and writes her way around the world. To me, Candice’s story is a bridge between those who are able to travel when holidays allow and others who are nomadic full time without a home-base. Whether you dream of travel, save for that weekend trip with friends, take a once a year holiday with family or think it might be possible to one day leap full time-her story just might inspire you to book that much thought about adventure.

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Interview with The Frugal Traveler: New York Times columnist Seth Kugel

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The travel community is filled with amazing people. Research and social media has given me the opportunity to reach out to a few prominent individuals with travel-focused lives. Seth Kugel writes The Frugal Traveler column in The New York Times. Over the phone we discussed his travels, tips, career and how he came to write this well-known column at this major news outlet. While he is writing, traveling and working on a book-here he shares his story and what he finds to be the gifts of travel.

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Traveler Interview #11 : Kirsten Alana

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The travel community is filled with incredibly interesting people. Kirsten Alana (of Kirsten Alana Travels) is one of those travelers who found a way to add travel into her life. Now enjoying life from a base of a New York City apartment, travel continues to play a focal role in Kirsten’s life. Her photographs, blog posts, and consulting advice are ever present in the travel world of social media. Here, Kirsten shares her story of how the gift of travel adds to her world. Read the rest of this entry

Traveler Interview #10: Tim Leffel

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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 #6: A Lady in London’s Julie Falconer

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Traveler Interview #6: A Lady in London’s Julie Falconer

The travel community is filled with incredibly interesting people. Julie Falconer, of A Lady in London is one of them. Research and social media has given me the opportunity to reach out to a few prominent bloggers who are living life on their own terms. Perhaps Julie’s story will inspire you to bring the gift of travel more to the forefront of your life in a way that works for you.

Interview with A Lady in London (Julie Falconer)

1.When did you get started traveling? My first trip was to England and Scotland when I was five years old. My grandmother was from Glasgow, so my mother wanted me and my brother to see her country. I started traveling on my own when I went to a language school in Nice when I was 18. I spent most weekends in European cities, and I discovered a passion for travel. Read the rest of this entry

Traveler Interview #5: Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere

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Traveler Interview #5: Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere

The travel community is filled with incredibly interesting people. Gary Arndt, of Everything-Everywhere is one of them. Research and social media has given me the opportunity to reach out to a few prominent bloggers who are living life on their own terms. Perhaps Gary’s story will inspire you to bring the gift of travel more to the forefront of your life in a way that works for you.

Interview with Everything-Everywhere (Gary Arndt)

1.When did you get started traveling? I began traveling full time on March 13, 2007.

2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent existence? I wasn’t thinking of location independence per se. I just wanted to travel around the world and see things.

3.What benefits do you feel you get from this lifestyle? How do you handle the nay-sayers in your life? I get the freedom to go where I want, when I want and see all that the world has to offer. I don’t listen to nay-sayers.

4.How did you save money to be able to afford living ‘on the road’? How long did it take you to make the jump to a location independent life? I had money from selling my home and my business. It took me a little under 2 years from coming up with the idea to getting on the road. Most of that time was spent trying to sell my house.

5.How do you choose your destinations and for how long you’ll stay? What type of accommodations do you typically choose? Are there any specific resources you recommend? I pick places based on my desire to visit. I seldom stay in one place longer than a week or two and am usually moving constantly. For example, in 2013 I visited 44 countries. I normally stay in hostels or guesthouses as they are cheap. I don’t use any particular resource. I just look for places online and ask other people.

6.How much money do you traditionally need annually to support this lifestyle? There is no answer to this question. It is totally dependent on where you live and how much moving around you do. The answer for Switzerland will be very different than the answer for Thailand. The minimum is probably $1,000/month

7.How do you make money on the road and save for retirement? You don’t really. There is no need to retire from this lifestyle.

8.How do you handle visas, vaccinations, legal documents/passports, taxes and healthcare while living without a home base? I use my mother’s home as a mailing address. It really isn’t that difficult as many things can be done online.

9.If you decide to settle somewhere – where and when do you think it will be? No idea. It depends more on business opportunities and cost. My problem is that I always want to go somewhere else after a few weeks.

10.What advice do you have for others trying to make the jump to a location independent lifestyle? Make sure it is really something you want to do. It isn’t all glamorous. Most people actually couldn’t stand to do it for more than few months.

Find out more about Gary and his ’round the world travels at Everything-Everywhere.

Traveler Interview #4: Caroline Makepeace of yTravel Blog

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Interview with ytravelblog (Caroline Makepeace)

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1.When did you get started traveling? When I was at University, my brother moved to London to work and travel Europe. I was captivated by his stories and knew I wanted the same adventurous and carefree life. 3 days after I graduated from University in 1997, I jumped on a plane to work in London and travel. I’ve pretty much been traveling ever since.

2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent existence? There just isn’t any other life my soul yearns for. It’s so used to living a life on its own terms that I can’t settle for anything else. I love to have complete control over how every day looks. If for whatever reason my heart and soul decides it needs to live in Bali to learn and grow more than I want the freedom to follow that urge. Read the rest of this entry