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Matt Bowles interviews today’s most interesting real estate investors, entrepreneurs, and world travelers and pulls out actionable tips and advice that you can begin applying in your own life each week. Hear personal stories about their worst failures, biggest breakthroughs, amazing travel adventures, and most valuable lessons learned on their journey to financial success, location independence and lifestyle freedom. Guests include investment property owners traveling the world on their passive income, location-independent business owners designing epic lifestyles, long-term digital nomads who globe-trot on their own terms, and other inspiring people. You’ll get their recommendations for the most influential books, resources, tools, hacks and practices that can help you take your entrepreneurship, investing, and lifestyle design to the next level.

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    167: How To Create Deep Friendships Quickly and Design an Ecologically-Regenerative Nomad Life with Kaela Atleework

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 81:08

    Kaela Atleework takes us on her journey growing up in California, becoming an international model for Chanel, and then leaving it all to pursue the nomad life.  After 10 years of traveling, she shares her critical reflections on “voluntourism”.  Kaela then takes us through some considerations for being more socially conscious travelers, including the importance of learning the historical and political context of the places we travel.  Next she shares a story about the time she hitchhiked across South America alone, and reflects on how becoming a digital nomad helped her create a more socially connected life.  Kaela then dives into her area of expertise on human connection, talks about her concept of “Instantaneous Intimacy”, and shares techniques for making deep friendships quickly.  She then explains the importance of being more than just environmentally conscious travelers, and shares some specific tactics for how we can be “ecologically regenerative” travelers.  Kaela then talks about founding Montaia Basecamp as a model for ecologically regenerative and socially connected co-living and co-working in connection with the land.  She then explains her “migrational” nomad lifestyle and the unique benefits of this particular travel style.  And, finally, Kaela  offers her observations and analysis of the way a segment of the pseudo-spiritual wellness community has coalesced with the far right wing around narratives around COVID disinformation and anti-vaccine conspiracies, and what she feels is a potential path out.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    166: Empowering Displaced Persons and Refugees to Become Online Language Teachers and Tell Their Stories Across the World with Aline Sara

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 59:38

    Aline Sara takes us on her journey growing up in a Lebanese immigrant family in New York and reflects on how her family's experience in Beirut during the civil war shaped her passion for international human rights and conflict resolution.  She shares her extensive world travel experiences through Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Matt and Aline talk about the international solidarity dynamics among oppressed people around the world, in countries ranging from South Africa to Chile to Ireland.  Aline then talks about her experience working as a journalist in the Middle East during the Arab Spring.  She explains how the Syrian refugee crisis was the main inspiration for founding NaTakallam as a language learning social enterprise.  She explains the mission is to empower displaced persons and refugees to work as online language teachers, regardless of their location and status, and to virtually pair them with students who are also interested in hearing their stories.  Aline talks about how she scaled NaTakallam, how she finds and hires the teachers, and shares some examples of their lives prior to being displaced.  She also talks about the customer experience, the expansion of NaTakallam's service offerings, and explains how it provides an opportunity for refugees and displaced people to tell their stories across the world, and to build bridges across cultures.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com  

    165: Nomading in Mexico, Stylish Minimalism, and Becoming a Full-Time YouTuber with Sergio Sala

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 85:14

    Sergio Sala shares his journey growing up in Mexico, studying abroad in Italy, backpacking around Europe, and eventually becoming a full-time digital nomad and YouTube video creator.  He shares the top digital nomad destinations for living and working in Mexico, including what he loves about Mexico City and how to get to the hidden beach near Sayulita.  Matt and Sergio then discuss the close bond between Ireland and Mexico and reflect on their travels in Ireland.   Sergio then opens up about on his first trip to New York City, and how it changed his perceptions about people in the U.S.  He then shares some of his top international travel experiences including attending the World Cup in Russia, studying at a Buddhist temple in China, and spending two weeks in Tibet.  Sergio also explains how he selects his travel destinations, structures his day, and sustains the digital nomad lifestyle with no base.  He then takes us behind the scenes of his life as a professional YouTuber, shares some tips on how to do it full time, and reflects on how he balances the video documentation of his life with the importance of being present in the moment.  Sergio also discusses the importance of minimalism in his life, and shares some tips on how to travel the world with carry-on luggage only while still looking stylish (including his favorite travel clothing brands).  And, finally, he reflects on why he continues to travel after 8 years as a full time nomad, and what travel means to him today.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com    GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK WHITE PAPER “Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads:  How to Buy U.S. Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World and Finance an Epic International Lifestyle”   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK PACKING VIDEO “Stylish Minimalism:  How to Travel the World Long-Term with Carry-On Luggage Only”

    164: How to Land a Remote Job in 90 Days and Become a Full-Time Digital Nomad with Juliana Rabbi

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 77:17

    Juliana Rabbi takes us on her journey growing up in Brazil, moving to Spain as an ex-pat, transitioning to remote work, and then becoming a digital nomad who travels the world full time with no base.  She reflects on her experiences living in Madrid, Barcelona and Kilkenny, Ireland, as well as the impact of joining theater and improv groups in Spain.  Juliana also shares her experiences backpacking in Thailand and Nepal, life lessons learned, and how that inspired her to become a full time nomad.  She then shares the details of how she transitioned to become a location-independent entrepreneur.  Next, Juliana talks about the services she offers today and how she helps her clients find their remote dream job in 90 days.  She explains how to use LinkedIn effectively, how to tap into the “hidden job market”, and how to prepare to crush your job interview.  Juliana also explains how her services work and describes her ideal client.  And, finally, she explains how she designs her lifestyle and how she structures her work and travel as a nomad. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

    163: How to Sell Online Courses to 265,000 Students and Achieve High Level Goals with Jimmy Naraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 70:57

    Jimmy Naraine shares his process for setting and achieving high level goals.  He then talks about his day structure and productivity optimization techniques while traveling the world full time.  Jimmy also reflects on his 8 Years as a digital nomad, his experience during the pandemic lockdown, and what travel means to him.  He then talks about his decision to become a full time online course creator, mentor and educator.  Jimmy takes us behind the scenes of how he scaled his online course sales to over 265,000 students.  He breaks down the key marketing techniques to launch, create momentum, and become a best-selling course creator.  Jimmy then offers the Maverick Show listeners a discount code to get one of his courses for free.  And, finally, he shares his favorite books, travel destinations, and his top 5 hip hop MCs of all time.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVIALABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    162: Jimmy Naraine on Being a Full-Time Nomad for 8 Years and Connecting With People Across Cultures Through Hip Hop

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 64:41

    Jimmy Naraine takes us on his journey growing up in Poland to mixed parents, getting into graffiti and skateboarding as a form of rebellion, and eventually embracing hip hop and beatboxing.  Jimmy beatboxes live on The Maverick Show and then explains how he still uses it in his personal and professional life today, as well as in his travels—both to connect with people across cultures and to diffuse potentially dangerous situations. Jimmy then talks about how his interest in world travel developed, and how he was able to travel on a shoestring budget before he had much money—including a 3,000 kilometer trip across Europe on just 200 Euros. He then explains how he learns languages through intensive immersion and by leveraging the 80/20 rule.  Jimmy also reflects on his sustainability pillars for living a healthy, fulfilling, exciting life as a full time nomad for over 8 years.  He discusses his selection process for his travel destinations, and explains how he structures his lifestyle.  Finally, Jimmy shares his experience hiking the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas, and the profound life lessons that came out of it.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    161: Reflections on “Home” as a Third Culture Kid and Resources for Muslim Travelers with Sally Elbassir

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 69:32

    Sally Elbassir takes us on her journey being born in Ireland to Egyptian and Sudanese parents, and growing up mostly in Los Angeles.  She shares the experience of her Muslim immigrant family in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks in the U.S., and reflects on her identity as a “third culture kid”.  Sally shares her experiences going back to her homelands of Egypt and Sudan for the first time as a teenager, and then again as an adult.  She also explains the context of the pro-democracy uprising in Sudan after the coup in October, 2021.  Sally then takes us on her own world travel journey—from a school trip to China, to studying abroad in Ireland, to interning in Indonesia, and eventually leaving her job in 2015 to become a full time digital nomad and embark on her first solo journey to Spain.  She opens up about navigating her parents' traditional cultural expectations in order to pursue her dreams of world travel. Sally then talks about founding her blog, “Passports and Plates”, and explains her passion for experiencing the world through food.  She also talks about misconceptions about Islamophobia, unpacks the concept of “travel safety”, and shares her experiences traveling in the Middle East and North Africa.  Sally then reflects on the impact that world travel has had on her, and shares how she now understands the concept of “home”.  Finally, she shares tips and resources for Muslim travelers, as well as advice on how non-Muslims can be better allies.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABELE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    160: How to Travel More Responsibly, Impactfully, Sustainably and Ethically with Dr. Vincie Ho

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 59:16

    Dr. Vincie Ho takes us on her journey growing up in Hong Kong, studying abroad in France, traveling through Europe, and having her social and political consciousness raised.  She explains the dynamics of the uprising in Hong Kong and then talks about her experiences doing refugee advocacy work in Senegal and learning the importance of solidarity and empowerment.  Vincie then discusses her transition from academia into the nonprofit space, and founding RISE Travel Institute in 2020.  She explains the problems with “voluntourism”, and breaks down some of the unsustainable tourism practices associated with the “extractive model” of tourism.  Vincie then explains the “regenerative tourism” model as an alternative and shares tips on how we can all be more responsible, impactful, sustainable, and ethical travelers.  She explains the interconnected systems of oppression in the travel industry and why it's important to use an “anti-oppression lens” when making travel decisions.  Vincie also talks about global vaccine inequity and gives some tips on making travel decisions during the pandemic.  Finally, she talks about the team at RISE Travel institute, the courses and resources offered, and how she envisions the future of RISE.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    159: Founding “Hijabi Globetrotter” and Building a Community for Adventurous Muslim Women Who Travel with Kareemah Ashiru

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 57:58

    Kareemah Ashiru talks about growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, and then moving to the U.S. and attending high school in Toledo, Ohio as one of the only Muslims in her school.  She explains how her love of travel developed growing up, and how she navigated her strict parents who had traditional cultural expectations in order to pursue her dreams of living abroad and traveling the world.  Kareemah shares some of her travel highlights from Spain, the Basque Country, Turkey, Morocco, and Peru, including her experiences connecting with the local Muslim communities.  She then talks about founding Hijabi Globetrotter as an online platform to highlight underrepresented travel stories from a Muslim perspective and reflects on how it has grown and evolved over the years. Kareemah also talks about founding the “Muslimahs Who Travel” group as a supportive community for adventurous Muslim women who travel.  She then shares some of her top budget-travel hacks, tips for solo female travelers, and her #1 piece of advice for Muslim travelers.  Kareemah also suggests specific ways non-Muslims can be better allies to Muslims. And, finally, she reflects on how travel has impacted her and what travel means to her today.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    158: Joshua Stephens on Being a Nomadic Writer: Reflections on Dislocation, World Travel, and James Baldwin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 59:55

    Joshua Stephens discusses his writing techniques and shares his rationale for interweaving politics into longform prose pieces that he publishes in some of the world's top journals on seemingly apolitical topics, like coffee or football. He reflects on his life as a nomadic writer, and discusses how the theme of “dislocation” has shaped his perspective and impacted his writing.  Joshua then shares some of his influences and discusses how his style of prose has evolved over the years.  He gives specific tips for honing the craft, writing more tightly wound prose, and becoming a better writer over time.  Joshua also discusses the influence of James Baldwin's work on his life, politics and writing.  He then reflects on what travel means to him, tells a story about almost getting kidnapped in the Sinai and shares how that moment profoundly impacted him.  He then recommends some of his favorite books, his favorite coffee shops around the world, and his favorite travel destinations.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK WHITE PAPER “Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads:  How to Buy U.S. Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World and Finance an Epic International Lifestyle”   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK PACKING VIDEO “Stylish Minimalism:  How to Travel the World Long-Term with Carry-On Luggage Only”  

    157: Pro-Democracy Protests in Thailand, Rising Fascism in the U.S., and the Anti-Austerity Uprising in Greece with Joshua Stephens

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 75:24

    Joshua Stephens shares his experience in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in New York City, and explains how he then transitioned into the nomad lifestyle which he has maintained for nearly a decade.  He shares his experience traveling to Egypt during the Arab Spring to interview local activists, and also reflects on his experiences with Israeli “Pinkwashing”.  Joshua then talks about his experience on the ground in Athens during the Greek anti-austerity protests and explains many of the more nuanced dynamics that did not get much coverage.  He then defines “fascism” and provides context and explanation for its recent rise in the U.S.. Joshua addresses the role of conspiracy theories in the fascist project, and contextualizes the QAnon and anti-vaccine conspiracies.  He also discusses the politics of negation, the proliferation of anti-mask and anti-vax sentiment, and its significance in this political climate.  Joshua then talks about the pro-democracy uprising in Thailand which he has been documenting while living in Bangkok for most of the last 18 months.  He explains wealth inequality in Thailand, as well as the institutional arrangements with the military and the monarchy.  Joshua then explains the class dynamics, as well as the role of skateboarding culture in this uprising.  He reflects on some of its most unique attributes, and why it is getting so little coverage in the media.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK WHITE PAPER “Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads:  How to Buy U.S. Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World and Finance an Epic International Lifestyle”   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK PACKING VIDEO “Stylish Minimalism:  How to Travel the World Long-Term with Carry-On Luggage Only”

    156: Anarchism, Zapatismo, and the Transformative Impact of Palestine Solidarity Work with Joshua Stephens

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 73:23

    Joshua Stephens shares the story of a non-violent direct action he was involved with as part of the “Free Burma” coalition in Washington, DC, that got him arrested at the Myanmar embassy and subsequently labeled a “terrorist in the pay of the CIA and the Vatican” in the official paper of the Myanmar military junta.  Matt and Joshua then talk about how they met doing activist work in the early 2000s, mostly in the Palestinian solidarity organization SUSTAIN, and reflect on the lasting impact that the experience and people had on them.  Joshua then opens up about his upbringing, the impact of moving between the US, Bermuda and Sicily, and reflects on how stand-up comedy, skateboarding, straight edge culture and punk rock music influenced the development of his politics and worldview.  He also explains Anarchism as a political practice and organizing framework, and shares historical examples of its implementation from revolutionary Barcelona in the 1930s to present day Rojava.  Joshua also talks about the Zapatista movement, and how his experience with Zapatismo In Chiapas, Mexico influenced him significantly.  And, finally, he reflects on his experience participating in the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Palestine, and how that solidarity work on the ground in Palestine was so transformative for him.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK WHITE PAPER “Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads:  How to Buy U.S. Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World and Finance an Epic International Lifestyle”   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK PACKING VIDEO “Stylish Minimalism:  How to Travel the World Long-Term with Carry-On Luggage Only”

    155: Decolonizing Ourselves, Cultivating an Anti-Oppression Lens, And Living in the Hyphen with Justine Abigail Yu

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 77:52

    Justine Abigail Yu takes us on her journey growing up in Toronto as a Filipina-Canadian, navigating that hyphenated identity, and living between two cultures.  She describes how travel has impacted her and reflects on the impact of traveling back to the Philippines at different points in her life.  Justine gives tips on visiting the Philippines, where you should go, and why you should definitely not skip Manila. She also talks about attending the Fringe Festival in Manila, and how it functions as a space for the expression of gender fluidity within a conservative society.  Justine then shares the story of how she met her relationship partner while traveling.  She shares their experiences traveling as a mixed race couple in Asia, and how it provoked some of her most profound reflections on the importance of decolonizing ourselves.  Justine also talks about her trip to East Africa and reflects on the evolution of her anti-oppression politics and the development of her 3DR Approach—Decolonize, Disrupt, Dismantle and Rebuild.  She then talks about her magazine, Living Hyphen, reflects on the importance of storytelling for marginalized communities, and discusses the expansion and future of the project.  Justine also talks about her role as the Marketing and Communications Director at Wanderful, and her involvement in developing their Anti-Oppression toolkit for content creators.  She then explains her role as the senior advisor for the RISE Travel Institute which promotes responsible, impactful, sustainable & ethical travel.  And, finally, Justine reflects on the concepts of allyship and solidarity and what travel means to her today.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK WHITE PAPER “Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads:  How to Buy U.S. Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World and Finance an Epic International Lifestyle” GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK PACKING VIDEO “Stylish Minimalism:  How to Travel the World Long-Term with Carry-On Luggage Only”

    154: Remote Year President Sam Pessin on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Building the World's Largest Work-Travel Program

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 65:01

    Sam Pessin talks about his international upbringing in London, Jerusalem and Beijing, and how that impacted his life and his passion for travel.  He then talks about his professional career trajectory and ultimately deciding to co-found Remote Year in 2015.  Sam takes us through the evolution of Remote Year, refining the customer experience, scaling it to over 100 employees by 2019, and being acquired by Selina in 2020.  He then describes the current Remote Year offerings, ranging from one week retreats and one month workations to 4 and 12 month work-travel programs with a community of location independent professionals.  Matt shares his experience on the 12-month Remote Year program in 2016 and why it was the best year of his life.   Sam then describes the customer experience on Remote Year programs today and discusses safety, inclusion, positive impact, local immersion, and community building.  Matt and Sam also discuss the Remote Year alumni “Citizenship” program and why it is one of the most valuable parts of the Remote Year experience.  Sam then talks about the company's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion priorities, and the progress Remote Year has made on its DEI goals over the last two years.  He then opens up about the impact that the pandemic had on Remote Year, the acquisition by Selina in 2020, his current role as President, and his vision for the future of Remote Year.  Next, Sam talks about Remote Year's process for hiring amazing people, building company culture in a remote environment, and gives his tips on executive leadership.  He then shares his personal productivity habits, how he manages stress, his biggest lessons learned from building Remote Year, and what he would do differently if he had to do it all over again.  And finally, Sam shares his #1 Remote Year memory.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVIALABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK WHITE PAPER:  “Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads:  How to Buy U.S. Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World and Finance an Epic International Lifestyle”   GET MATT'S FREE MAVERICK PACKING VIDEO: “Stylish Minimalism:  How to Travel the World Long-Term with Carry-On Luggage Only”

    153: Traveling the African Continent with Wazha Dube

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 78:48

    With his roots in Botswana and the U.S., Wazha Dube shares his experience growing up in 6 countries on 4 continents before the age of 18, going to college in Hawaii, and then backpacking through China during the Olympics.  He shares his top highlights and recommendations after years of living and traveling in China.  Wazha then talks about his professional journey into the travel industry and eventually managing the Africa Collection of luxury travel and hospitality brands for Index Select.  Matt and Wazha then discuss the different regions of Africa and share their experiences traveling in North, Southern, East and West Africa, as well as the African islands.   Wazha then explains the post-colonial power dynamics of the travel and tourism industry in Africa, discusses Black-owned hospitality brands on the continent, and gives tips on how to make socially responsible travel decisions in Africa.  He also talks about the importance of avoiding the “white savior complex” and discusses alternative ways that white people can act as allies and advocates in ways that are empowering and respectful. Wazha also shares what travel means to him at this point in his life.  And finally, Matt and Wazha discuss hip hop around the world, and Wazha names his top 5 hip hop MCs of all time.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT:  www.TheMaverickShow.com

    152: Diversity in Travel, Connecting the Global African Diaspora, and Creating the ABC Travel Green Book with Martinique Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 65:31

    Martinique Lewis shares her journey growing up in an immigrant family in Oakland, California, studying abroad in London, and her path to becoming an award winning Diversity in Travel Consultant. She talks about what she loves about London, and how she travels the world like a local as opposed to a tourist.  Marty then talks about her passion for learning about and connecting with the African Diaspora around the world.  She gives the history of the Negro Motorist Green Book, and talks about her inspiration for creating the ABC Travel Green Book to connect the African Diaspora globally, promote Black-owned businesses, and identify safe spaces for Black travelers.  She also talks about being the President of The Black Travel Alliance and shares their founding story, thier impact on holding the travel industry accountable on diversify and inclusion, and the launch of the new Black Travel History website. Marty then talks about her path to becoming a professional Diversity in Travel Consultant and breaks down the power dynamics that inhibit diversity in travel brands.  She talks about the impact she is making on the board of Conde Nast and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Marty then shares her reflections on racism in the U.S. through the lens of international travel.  She also reflects on her support and solidarity with the “End SARS” campaign against police violence in Nigeria. Marty then shares her thoughts on safety considerations for Black travelers, and offers her thoughts on how people can be better allies.  And finally, she shares what travel means to her. 

    151: Sunken Forests, Bioluminescent Bays and Swinging Off the End of the World with Jen Ruiz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 71:24

    Jen Ruiz takes us on her journey growing up between Puerto Rico and Philadelphia, becoming an attorney, practicing law up until the age of 30, and then leaving her job to become a full time travel influencer. She talks about her decision to take 20 trips in a single year while working at a full time job in her late 20s, and then reflects on her decision to leave her office job for good, become a location-independent entrepreneur, and pursue her passion of travel.  Jen then shares some of her most epic travel experiences, like visiting the Sunken Forest in Kazakhstan, seeing snow leopards and holding eagles in Kyrgyzstan, visiting the Sea Caves in Portugal, and what to be careful of when swinging off the end of the world in Ecuador.  She also talks about why she is intentional about doing homestays, connecting with local people, and sharing their stories.  Jen then breaks down her business model, and explains the way she makes money through multiple streams of income.  She shares the tactics and techniques for how to monetize your passion, and clarifies the first steps to take if you still have a full time job.  Jen also shares 3 hacks for getting cheap flights and traveling the world inexpensively.  She then shares her tips for time management, optimizing productivity, and maintaining motivation in a remote work environment.  And, finally, she reflects on the impact that travel has had on her and why she continues to be so passionate about it.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVIALABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

    150: How to Be Global, Navigate Privilege and Learn from Other Cultures with Sarah Rapp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 59:42

    Sarah Rapp talks about growing up in Germany in a homogenous, privileged, cultural bubble and shares her journey of becoming a world traveler, learning from other cultures, and giving back.  She explains why Mexico and Albania are her two favorite countries, and how joining JA Worldwide changed her life and set her on the path to becoming a global citizen.  She shares her experience living in Malta, and her transformative trip to Ghana.  Sarah opens up about how her social and political consciousness developed, and why she is so passionate about human rights around the world. She talks about launching the “How to Be Global' podcast, and reflects on what she has learned from her guests over the first 100 episodes.  Sarah then talks about her involvement with the UN Foundation's “Equal Everywhere Campaign” and her role as head of PR at “Nomad's Giving Back”.  She then reflects on navigating the dynamics around her own privilege when doing global advocacy, and the importance of listening and learning from other cultures.  She also reflects on the transformative impact of travel on her own life, and what travel means to her today.   FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    149: Getting 8 Million Downloads on the Zero to Travel Podcast, Building “Location Indie”, and Hitchhiking Through Scotland with Jason Moore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 63:50

    Jason Moore shares his journey growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and creating an unconventional path to start traveling the world.  He shares mishaps from his first backpacking trip and highlights from a hitchhiking race around Scotland.  He reflects on the impact of his travel experiences and gives some tips on ‘traveling deeper' and connecting with locals.  He then talks about founding the “Location Indie” community and the “Lifestyle Launch Academy” where he has mentored hundreds of location independent entrepreneurs.  Jason also talks about his podcast, Zero to Travel.  He reflects on how he got over 8 million downloads and distills down some actionable tips for other podcasters.  He also talks about founding “Camp Indie” and how you can attend the next live event!  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    148: Ray Blakney on Sword Fighting, Bootstrapping 7-Figure Businesses, and Changing the Game with Podcast Hawk

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 77:22

    Ray Blakney takes us on his journey being born in the Philippines, growing up mostly in Turkey, and then moving to the US for the end of high school and college.  He reflects on feeling culturally out of place in the U.S., and more at home in other countries.  Ray opens up about how he was on the traditional corporate path and abruptly chose to change his life course, join the Peace Corps, sell all his belongings and move to Chiapas, Mexico.  He tells the story of how he met his wife in Mexico, got married, and started his first business with her—opening a school together with $2,000 in savings and sleeping on the floor of the school for the first 6 months.  Ray then explains how and why he moved the business online and eventually scaled “Live Lingua” to 7-figures.  He reflects on the multiple 6 and 7-figures businesses he has bootstrapped, and shares his tips on hiring and managing a fully-distributed team, building company culture in a remote business, executive leadership, and the most effective SEO tactics that are working today.  Ray then shares his process for bootstrapping and scaling 6 and 7 figure businesses, how he launched and grew one of the top daily language learning podcasts, and explains his groundbreaking new business, “Podcast Hawk”.  Finally, he shares how he optimizes his time and productivity, what his stress management techniques are, what Kendo means to him, and his path to becoming a semi-professional sword fighter.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com   

    147: The Power of Storytelling, Centering BIPOC and GLBTQ+ Travel Narratives, and Producing Fly Brother with Ernest White II

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 94:54

    Ernest White II talks about his parents' experience growing up in the Jim Crow American South, and then reflects on his upbringing in Jacksonville, Florida, and his desire to travel the world even as a kid.  He then shares his experience attending Florida A&M University, explains the historical significance of HBCUs, and opens up about how his college experience really shaped his views on the reality of institutionalized racism and policing in the U.S..  Ernest then talks about his study abroad experience in the Dominican Republic, and reflects on the racial and power dynamics of being able to “pass” for a local.  He then shares what he loves about Sao Paulo, Brazil and why the city is so special and unique.  Ernest then offers his thoughts on the gender-fluidity on display during Carnival in Brazil, and also reflects on GLBTQ+ travel to places like Morocco where homosexuality is officially illegal.  He also reflects on the unique brilliance of James Baldwin and shares this thoughts on the transformative impact of travel.  Ernest then talks about the power of words, storytelling, travel writing and discusses “Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel”.  He explains how and why to write memoir with an edge, and offers tips on honing the craft and becoming a great travel writer.  He then talks about his journey producing the PBS Docu-Series “Fly Brother with Ernest White II”, and the unique points of differentiation that separate the series from other travel shows.  And, finally, he offers his thoughts and tips on how to travel the world more thoughtfully and sustainably.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    146: Travel as a Political Act, Shifting the Safety Narrative, and Founding “Wanderful” to Help All Women Travel the World with Beth Santos

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 76:34

    Beth Santos takes us on her journey growing up in the U.S., studying abroad in Portugal, re-connecting with her heritage, and then moving to the West African island-nation of Sao Tome and Principe at age 22. She reflects on her work in the non-profit sector, her experiences in Sao Tome, as well as her subsequent travels to Brazil and other places around the world, and how it all contributed to the development of her social and political consciousness.  Beth talks about the importance of reconsidering dominant narratives around “travel safety”, especially for solo female travelers, and explains how travel safety rankings and warnings are often overly-broad and tend to homogenize entire countries.  She also explains how “travel safety” discussions are frequently laden with the race, class, culture and identity bias of the person writing the article, or being interviewed for it, and that such rankings are often limited to considering the safety concerns of only certain groups of people and not others.  Beth then goes on to explain the importance of understanding travel as a political act, and how to be a more thoughtful and socially conscious traveler.  Next, she explains the origins of her company, Wanderful, and how it aims to help all women and gender-diverse people travel the world.  Beth talks about her choice to build a diverse team, and to center intersectional anti-oppression politics into Wanderful's community-building, empowerment of content creators, and advocacy within the travel industry.  And, finally, Beth opens up about her own entrepreneurial journey as a mother with two kids, and gives tips on how to run multiple businesses as a “Start Up Mama”.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    145: Climbing the Location-Independent Business Ladder and Living That Remote Life with Mitko Karshovski

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 61:22

    Mitko Karshovski takes us on his journey growing up in Varna, Bulgaria and then moving to the U.S. at 10 years old and navigating the immigrant experience.  He then opens up about his life path and how he decided to drop out of college to pursue entrepreneurship.  He shares his failures and pivots, how he bought courses, found mentors, created partnerships, and learned  through doing.  He then talks about his path to becoming a digital nomad and reflects on the 5 year journey of full time world travel that he and his wife have been on together.  He shares their travel cadence, lifestyle design, destination selection process, and gives tips for traveling full time with a spouse.  He also talks about Bulgaria as an optimal destination for digital nomads and why Varna, in particular, is so underrated.  He then talks about his concept of “The Business Ladder” and breaks down the steps for location-independent entrepreneurs.  He also talks about his new company, Parable—a membership community that studies real business case studies from 6, 7 and 8 figure location-independent companies.  He then talks about his podcast, That Remote Life, and reflects on the most profound lessons he has learned from his guests. And, finally, he shares his thoughts on the sustainability pillars for long-term world travel.   FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    144: Matt Bowles on Building Maverick Investor Group as a Fully-Remote Real Estate Brokerage with 4 Pillars of Purpose

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 46:08

    On this episode, the tables are turned and Lydia Lee of “Screw the Cubicle” interviews Matt Bowles. Matt talks about how his Irish-American cultural background and his time living in Ireland impacted his politics, identity and world view. He then shares the behind the scenes story of how he co-founded Maverick Investor Group to help people buy cash-flowing rental properties in the best U.S. real estate markets from anywhere in the world. Matt explains how he and his business partners built the company as a fully-remote real estate brokerage from day 1, and how Maverick's location-independent infrastructure provides unique benefits to their clients. He then explains how Maverick empowers all their clients to conduct independent due diligence on their rental properties before buying them, without actually having to see the properties in person. Matt then shares how Maverick was intentionally built on “4 Pillars of Purpose” and how that provides multiple layers of motivation for the company to succeed. And, finally, Matt reflects on his 8 years of full-time world travel with no base, and shares his thoughts on some of the key sustainability pillars for a healthy life of long-term world travel. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: wwwTheMaverickShow.com

    143: How to Land Your Remote Dream Job with Jordan Carroll

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 69:14

    In this episode Jordan Carroll talks about growing up in the Bay Area of Northern California, desiring to travel, and starting to work remotely in various capacities. He opens up about how his location independence saved his life and how travel helped him emerge from struggles with substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and other mental health challenges. He then shares how he landed his dream job with his dream company through entirely unconventional strategies. He explains how he subsequently identified a need in the market for remote job coaching, started his own business and became “The Remote Job Coach”. He breaks down the biggest challenges, obstacles and mistakes that remote job seekers are making today, and explains why traditional methods of job searching are not effective today. He then goes on to share some advanced LinkedIn strategies, the most effective techniques for virtual networking, his 3-Step non-traditional approach for landing a remote job interview, and his top tips for crushing the interview. Jordan then talks about his “Road to Remote” Facebook group, where to access his free content on finding remote jobs, and how his “Remote Job Club” and coaching services work. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

    143: How to Land Your Remote Dream Job with Jordan Carroll

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 69:14

    In this episode Jordan Carroll talks about growing up in the Bay Area of Northern California, desiring to travel, and starting to work remotely in various capacities. He opens up about how his location independence saved his life and how travel helped him emerge from struggles with substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and other mental health challenges. He then shares how he landed his dream job with his dream company through entirely unconventional strategies. He explains how he subsequently identified a need in the market for remote job coaching, started his own business and became “The Remote Job Coach”. He breaks down the biggest challenges, obstacles and mistakes that remote job seekers are making today, and explains why traditional methods of job searching are not effective today. He then goes on to share some advanced LinkedIn strategies, the most effective techniques for virtual networking, his 3-Step non-traditional approach for landing a remote job interview, and his top tips for crushing the interview. Jordan then talks about his “Road to Remote” Facebook group, where to access his free content on finding remote jobs, and how his “Remote Job Club” and coaching services work. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

    142: Fear of a Muslim Planet, Global Islamophobia and the Top 10 Hip Hop MCs of All Time with Arsalan Iftikhar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 85:18

    Arslan Iftikhar reflects on growing up in a Pakistani immigrant family in Chicago, experiencing racism, and being inspired to pursue a life of anti-racist advocacy work. He talks about his Punjabi cultural heritage, makes Bhangra music recommendations, and shares tips for traveling to Pakistan. He then talks about his experience in South Africa and the inspiration he drew from Nelson Mandela in his decision to become a civil rights lawyer and focus on Islamophobia in post 9-11 America. He then goes on to discuss his new book “Fear of a Muslim Planet” and explains various manifestations of Islamophobia around the world and their inter-connection to other forms of racism. He then unpacks “The Great Replacement” white-supremacist conspiracy theory, and gives examples of anti-Muslim case studies around the globe ranging from Hijab bans in France to Uyghur internment camps in China to right-wing Hindu nationalism in India to the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar. He then talks about his experience as a global media commentator and reflects on the time CNN's Don Lemon asked him on prime time television if he supported ISIS. He also talks about the influence of Islam in hip hop culture and names his Top 10 hip hop MCs of all time. Finally, he discusses how we can all be better anti-racist allies. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    141: Nomading with a Family of 5 and Traveling to Over 100 Countries with Chantal Patton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 63:33

    Chantal Patton talks about growing up in Canada, starting to travel internationally, generating location-independent income, meeting her digital nomad husband, and choosing to travel the world together with their 3 daughters. She explains about how she structures her family's lifestyle, travel cadence, and why she chooses to maintain a home base. Chantal then shares her home-schooling curriculum and gives tips and resources on how she world-schools her 3 kids at all different grade levels. She talks about the value of learning through travel, and how the kids have now developed a series of classes for other kids called “Geography Made Fun”. Chantal then reflects on some of her family's travel highlights, including the time they spent in Cambodia, Nicaragua, Romania, and a memorable trip through 8 African countries. She then gives tips on designing travel itineraries with kids, creating stability anchors, and designing a healthy work-life-education-travel balance. Chantal also explains how she handles healthcare for her family while traveling and shares her #1 affordability hack that enables her family to have inexpensive accommodations all around the world. She then reflects on the impact long-term world travel has had on her family and her kids, both in terms of their social lives and in terms of the way they see the world. And, finally, Chantel explains how her family collaborates to document their travel journey, create their online content, and how you can follow their adventure on their YouTube channel. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    140: Swimming with Jellyfish, Dog Sledding in the Arctic, and Visiting 400 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 130 Countries with Gary Arndt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 65:35

    Award-winning travel blogger and photographer Gary Arndt shares his experience growing up in Wisconsin, becoming a competitive debater, building and selling a 7 figure business, and then deciding to travel the world. After visiting 130 countries during 14 years of world travel, he reflects on his experiences and gives his top travel recommendations. He shares his best international wine experiences and what he thinks is the best culinary city in the world. He gives his tips on traveling through the Pacific Islands, seeing places most travelers don't go, and tells the story of swimming the Jellyfish Lake in Palau. Gary then shares his top scuba diving experiences around the world. Next, he shares his experience dogsledding in the Arctic and recommends the best place in the world to see polar bears in the wild. He then reflects on his visit to over 400 UNESCO world heritage sites across 130 countries and recommends the most spectacular, less visited sites. Gary shares his approach to learning through travel, the unique types of tours he is organizing, and gives tips on how to be a more respectful traveler when visiting other cultures. He then reflects on the impact 14 years of world travel has had on him and how he now sees the world differently. Finally, Gary shares his thoughts personal brand building, the advantages of podcasting over travel blogging today, and breaks down how he grew his podcast audience to over 100,000 monthly downloads in less than a year. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    139: Anthony Bourdain in Palestine, Merging Art and Agriculture, and How to Be an Ally to the Palestinian Struggle with Vivien Sansour

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 60:37

    In Part 2 of this interview with Vivien Sansour she reflects on her travels in Guatemala and why she feels such a profound connection to the country and the indigenous Mayan people. Vivien explains some of the primary causes of emigration, including the US and Israeli foreign policy violence in Guatemala, and how many of the same techniques were used in Palestine. She then reflects on her love of Mexico and the powerful inspiration she received from her time in Chiapas. Vivien then opens up about her decision to move back to Palestine, re-connect with Palestinian agriculture, and ultimately to found the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. From there she explains how she eventually merged agriculture with art and began presenting exhibits around the world, including at the Chicago Architecture Biennale. Vivien then reflects on the time she spent with Anthony Bourdain in Palestine, the impact he had on her and other Palestinians while he was there, and the global significance of that episode and of his work overall. She then offers suggestions for how people can be better allies to the Palestinians, and shares educational resources where people can go to learn more. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    139: Anthony Bourdian in Palestine, Merging Art and Agriculture, and How to Be an Ally to the Palestinian Struggle with Vivien Sansour

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 60:37

    In Part 2 of this interview with Vivien Sansour she reflects on her travels in Guatemala and why she feels such a profound connection to the country and the indigenous Mayan people. Vivien explains some of the primary causes of emigration, including the US and Israeli foreign policy violence in Guatemala, and how many of the same techniques were used in Palestine. She then reflects on her love of Mexico and the powerful inspiration she received from her time in Chiapas. Vivien then opens up about her decision to move back to Palestine, re-connect with Palestinian agriculture, and ultimately to found the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. From there she explains how she eventually merged agriculture with art and began presenting exhibits around the world, including at the Chicago Architecture Biennale. Vivien then reflects on the time she spent with Anthony Bourdain in Palestine, the impact he had on her and other Palestinians while he was there, and the global significance of that episode and of his work overall. She then offers suggestions for how people can be better allies to the Palestinians, and shares educational resources where people can go to learn more. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    138: Transnational Solidarity Against Israeli Apartheid and Founding the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library with Vivien Sansour

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 61:10

    Vivien Sansour reflects on growing up in Bethlehem, Palestine, under Israeli military occupation, and connecting with the Palestinian land and the nature as a child. She then opens up about her experience immigrating to the U.S. at age 10 and navigating anti-Arab racism in North Carolina. Vivien reflects on the humiliation deeply ingrained in the immigrant experience and shares her personal journey in developing resilience and self-love. She then talks about her connection with agriculture, plants and seeds, and founding the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library in 2014. Vivien provides context on how Israeli colonialism severs Palestinians from their food source and then goes on to talk about Palestinian agro-resistance and how seeds provide an opportunity not only to resist but to create. She explains how Israeli Apartheid confines Palestinians to an open air prison and severely restricts their movement. Vivien then talks about her early desires to travel the world and shares her experiences in Argentina and Uruguay. She then reflects on the transnational solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, including the closeness she feels with the African-American community. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    137: Color Me World, Anti-Racism in the Travel Industry, and World Schooling Her Son in 15 Countries with Karisma Shackelford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 64:23

    Karisma Shackelford takes us on her journey growing up in Los Angeles, developing her desire to travel internationally, and creating her entrepreneurial path. She talks about the importance of mindset in overcoming obstacles, changing life around, and achieving goals. Karisma shares her experience “world schooling” her son across 15 countries, and reflects on the impact it has had on him. She tells stories from their month in India together and reflects on many of the lessons learned. Karisma then talks about organizing a series of events called: “Moving Forward: An Anti-Racist Town Hall for the Travel Industry” and reflects on the powerful conversations and outcomes of those events. She then talks about founding the “Color Me World” Community for Black and Brown travelers, and how it includes virtual content, expert trainings, social networking, and group travel opportunities. Karisma reflects on what travel means to her and then offers tips on how we can be more socially conscious travelers as well as more eco-friendly travelers. She then gives tips for Black and Brown world travelers, as well as her tips on how white travelers can be better allies. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    136: Five Ways to Get Free Accommodations Around the World and Being a Professional Hobo for 12 Years with Nora Dunn

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 82:07

    Nora Dunn (a.k.a: The Professional Hobo) takes us on her journey growing up in Canada, becoming an entrepreneur, and then selling her financial planning practice to travel the world full time as a Professional Hobo. She talks about her lifestyle design, travel cadence, destination selection, and adventures over her 12 years of full time world travel. Nora shares her experience working as a Shaman's Assistant in Peru and Ecuador. She also talks about her experience taking the train from Portugal to Vietnam as well as her bucket list ride on the world's most luxurious train India, the Deccan Odyssey. She then breaks down the 5 ways to get free accommodations around the world and how she has saved over $100,000 on accommodations. Nora also talks about her reflections on dating, relationships and finding love in the nomadic lifestyle. She then talks about her coaching practice and shares the three pillars for building a financially sustainable life of world travel. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    135: Teens of Color Abroad, Learning Languages from Refugees, and the Power of Hip Hop with Lamar Shambley

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 65:35

    Lamar Shambley takes us on his journey growing up in the housing projects of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn and reflects on the impact hip hop music had on him growing up. He shares the origins of his interest in languages and cultures, and how he was able to overcome financial barriers to take his first international trip to the Dominican Republic. Lamar reflects on the many layers of impact that trip had, and then talks about his experience studying abroad in Spain and being fully immersed in foreign culture for 6 months. He then takes us on some of his world travels through Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, and how all of that inspired him to teach young people and empower them to learn languages through travel and immersion. Lamar explains how underrepresented Black students are in study abroad programs today and how his former students inspired him to found “Teens of Color Abroad” (TOCA). He then shares how his pivot during the pandemic to virtual language learning with native speakers enabled his students to learn languages directly from refugees and to develop cultural empathy for their lived experiences at the same time. Matt and Lamar reflect on the global impact of hip hop music and how Lamar arranges international DJ sets and cooking classes as part of the (virtual) global cultural immersion in the TOCA program. Lamar reflects on the impact TOCA has had on his students thus far, and shares how listeners can support TOCA. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

    134: Riding the Hedonic Wave, Building Intentional Communities and Organizing the Work Travel Summit with Victoria Puzach

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 72:23

    Victoria Puzach takes us on her journey growing up in Russia, moving to Malaysia and then becoming a full time itinerant nomad and traveling to over 55 countries. She talks about her experiences kite surfing in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Brazil, and how that journey learning to kite surf turned out to be a metaphor for life. Victoria also tells the story of hiking an active volcano in Guatemala. She then reflects on her 3 year relationship and gives tips on nurturing a healthy, loving relationship in an itinerant nomadic lifestyle. Victoria then talks about her lifestyle design philosophy of “riding the hedonic wave” by creating more adventures, seeing new places, and creating new connections on the ongoing basis. She also gives tips on building meaningful communities in an itinerant nomadic lifestyle. Victoria talks about her “CoLife Home” project--a co-living experience that brings   together an intentional community for one-month stays in epic locations around the world.  And finally, she talks about founding the Work Travel Summit, gives an overview of the content people can expect from the event, and how to register for free. FULL  SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    133: Solo-Traveling to 55 Countries Safely, Confidently and without Draining the Bank Account with Shakeemah Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 61:19

    Shakeemah Smith shares her experience growing up in East Orange, New Jersey during the Golden Era of hip hop in the 1990s. She explains how she overcame perceived financial obstacles and was able to travel to her first 20 countries for under $100 per flight. Shakeemah then explains how she was able to travel to a different country every month while working at an office job. She shares the reasons that she chose solo-travel, explains how she develops her trip itineraries and shares the safety precautions she takes before each trip. Shakeemah then takes us on some of her most epic travel adventures, ranging skydiving in Australia to getting chased by a wild elephant in Zambia. She explains the biggest misconceptions about ‘safety' and why the U.S. is the most dangerous country she has ever been to. Shakeemah then talks bout getting residency and second passports in Antigua for her family, including her 13 year old nephew, and explains her primary motive is protecting him from racialized violence in the U.S. After taking her nephew to visit 7 countries by age 13, she reflects on the profound impact it has had on him. Shakeemah then shares her entrepreneurial journey—how she was able to monetize her travel expertise by coaching other women on how to solo-travel the world safely, confidently and without draining their bank account. She explains how she was able to build her personal brand, develop key partnership, and eventually scale it into a successful business that allowed her to leave her job and become a fully location-independent entrepreneur. And finally, after traveling to 55 countries, Shakeemah reflects on what travel means to her. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    132: How to Travel Deeper and Transform from a Tourist to a Townie with Gareth Leonard

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 89:57

    Gareth Leonard shares his experience growing up outside Rochester, NY, studying abroad in college, working in a start-up that he wasn't passionate about, and then deciding to change course completely and buy a one way ticket to Argentina. He takes us on his journey of slow-traveling the world for 12 years, making local friends, and understanding foreign places by the people and cultures that define them. Gareth shares stories from his first 5 years in South America—Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, learning to cook Peruvian food in Lima, volunteering to build libraries in Bolivia, helping small businesses get micro-loans in Guatemala, and working at the World Cup in Brazil. He also tells the story of how he got to perform in the Level 1 Samba School Parade Competition at Carnival in Rio. Gareth then talks about the techniques he has developed for traveling deeper and transforming from a tourist to a townie. He shares specific tactics on how to make local friends, develop a local social network, and immerse into the local culture. Gareth talks about how he currently determines his travel destinations, and gives tips on how to travel deeper on shorter trips or vacations. He also breaks down the sustainability pillars for maintaining a healthy, fulfilling, substantive life of full time world travel for 12 years. And, finally, he talks about his “why” for continuing to travel and, at this point in his life, what travel means to him. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaerickShow.com

    131: Rafting the Zambezi, Walking the Camino, and Bootstrapping Companies for 8-Figure Exits with Dave Williams.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 79:24

    Dave Williams shares his entrepreneurial trajectory growing up in Delaware, becoming a digital marketing pioneer in the 1990s, and eventually bootstrapping and selling multiple 7 and 8 figure businesses. He then talks about his world travel journey with h

    130: Dating Advice for Digital Nomads: How to Find Connection, Love and Partnership While Traveling the World with Kimberly Koehler

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 95:09

    Kimberly Koehler shares her journey growing up in Minnesota, becoming a real estate entrepreneur, and eventually a professional dating coach. She then shares her world travel journey, her transition into the digital nomad lifestyle, and her decision to focus her business and dating expertise on the digital nomad niche by becoming a co-owner of “Nomad Soulmates”. Kimberly reflects on her 15 years experience as a dating coach and shares some common themes on which she repeatedly coaches her clients. She shares dating tips for successful women, as well as advice for men on how to avoid the “friend zone”. She then gives tips on dating locals around the world, reflects on the reality of having the entire planet as your dating universe, and emphasizes the value of virtual dating. Kimberly talks about the potential beauty of short and medium-term nomadic relationships as well as long-term partnerships, the crucial importance of communication, and the potential implications of having so many global dating options. She then gives specific advice on improving your dating profile, and talks about Matt's dating profile and introduction to the Nomad Soulmates Facebook Group. Kimberly then talks about her upcoming event “Finding Love Online”, and shares some examples of Nomad dating success stories. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    129: Building a $100 Million Company in 5 Years and Reducing Global Wealth Inequality by Making Remote Work Available to Everyone with Tony Jamous

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 65:57

    Tony Jamous takes us on his journey growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s, being inspired to his grandfather's entrepreneurship, and eventually moving to France at age 17 and starting his world travel journey. He reflects on his top travel experiences, what travel means to him, and how he ended up founding and scaling his first company to over $100 Million in under 5 years and selling it for $230 Million. Tony breaks down some of the biggest leverage points that enabled him to scale that fast and build an operational infrastructure with internationally distributed staff in over 50 countries. He reflects on his personal leadership style, what he feels makes a great CEO, how to attract and hire top talent, and tips for managing an internationally distributed team. Tony also reflects on how and why remote teams can outperform in-office teams and gives tips on how to effectively build company culture in fully remote businesses. He then shares his personal productivity routines, stress management techniques, and how he approaches business problems. Tony also talks about his latest venture, Oyster, that he founded with the vision of changing the world by making remote work accessible to everyone. He explains how his talent-enablement platform works to empower employees from anywhere in the world to work for the best global companies without leaving their home countries. He explains the mission and values of Oyster and how his goal is to reduce global wealth inequality and positively impact the environment by disrupting and revolutionizing the way companies can hire the best staff around the world remotely. He explains the service offering, the customer experience, and how companies can start using the Oyster platform today. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    128: BlackTrekking: Connecting with Black Cultural Heritage from Colombia to Ghana with Stephanie Claytor

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 52:57

    Stephanie Claytor takes us on her journey growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, traveling around the U.S. as a kid, and eventually kicking off her world travel journey by studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. Stephanie reflects on her experience living in the DR at age 19, the impact that had on her life, lessons learned, and how it inspired her future travel journey. She then talks about her experience living in Colombia as part of the Fulbright program, connecting with Afro-Colombian heritage, interviewing internally displaced Colombians, and having a blast salsa dancing and going to Carnival. Stephanie also reflects on the racial profiling and other problematic racial dynamics she observed while traveling in Latin American. She then shares the inspiration for writing her memoir “BlackTrekking: My Journey Living in Latin America” and explains what people can expect from the book. Stephanie then shares her reflections on her trip to Ghana, including her visit to the Slave Castles and her participation in a traditional “Naming Ceremony”. She then talks about her blog, Blacktrekking.com, which focuses on Black cultural heritage around the world. She also shares some examples of important Black heritage destinations in the U.S. that she has visited and written about. Stephanie explains why her goal is to inspire more Black Americans to travel the world and live abroad. She reflects on her minimalism, why she prioritizes experiences over material items, and how and why she intends to integrate world travel into her son's life. She concludes by sharing why she continues to travel, what travel means to her at this point in her life, and her top tips for Black world travelers. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    127: Traveling The World for Coffee with Resi Schlage

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 82:08

    Resi Schlage shares her journey growing up in Germany, getting her Master's Degree in Global Studies, working in the International NGO sector, and then transitioning to become a full-time digital nomad and professional coffee writer in 2016. Matt and Resi discuss the coffee equipment they both carry while traveling (for making filter coffee and espresso) and the importance of coffee grinders and scales in preparing a great cup of coffee. Resi shares her path to starting her coffee blog and choosing to travel the world for coffee full time. She talks about her experiences spending time with coffee producers in Sri Lanka and Thailand and making a connection between the coffee communities in both countries. Resi then goes on to define some of the most important coffee terminology, explains the seed-go-cup pipeline, and highlights the different aspects of making a great specialty coffee. She then gives tips on exploring the realm of specialty coffee and refining your coffee palate. Matt and Resi then discuss why they slow travel the world and what they love about experiencing different coffee shops across the globe. Matt shares his favorite coffee shops in South Africa and Colombia and Resi talks about her favorite coffee shops in Thailand and Japan. She then reflects on the relationship between producers, roasters and coffee shops. And, finally, Resi discusses why she continues to travel full time and what world travel means to her. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    126: Stopping Hate and Violence Against Asian-Americans and How You Can Contribute

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 12:40

    Matt Bowles gives a brief historical overview of hate and violence against Asian-Americans over the last 150 years, leading up to the hostile anti-Asian climate of the present day United States. He then shares specific ways that you can support Asian-American communities from anywhere in the world. FULL SHOW NOTES (Including Links and Resources for How You Can Contribute) AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    125: Fifty Countries in Six Years: Reflections on Genocide, Couchsurfing, Work-Travel Programs and Dating as a Nomad with Lauren Carey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 77:54

    Lauren Carey takes us on her journey growing up in Boston and then quitting her corporate job at age 27 to travel the world. Despite having no family or friends that were international travelers, she reflects on her decision to get a one-way ticket to Thailand to teach English. She then shares her path to becoming a full time digital nomad and living in 50 countries over the next 6 years. Lauren explains how she documented her entire journey on her blog “Girl Gone Abroad” and built her personal brand on Instagram along the way. She shares her experiences couch-surfing through Turkey, solo-traveling through Siem Reap Cambodia, and the emotional impact of learning first-hand about the Cambodian genocide from family members of those who were killed. Lauren then shares her experience joining the “Wifi Tribe” and traveling the world with a work-travel community. She also reflects on her experiences dating both locals and other travelers, and shares her tips and advice on dating as a nomad. She then offers her tips for solo-female travelers and, finally, reflects on why she continues to travel and what travel means to her. Full Show Notes Available at: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    124: Screw the Cubicle, Design an Inspired Life, and What to Do When You Find Gunmen in Your Bedroom with Lydia Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 90:16

    Lydia Lee takes us on her journey growing up in Malaysia, immigrating to Canada as a kid, leaving home at age 17, and eventually starting to travel the world as an adult. She tells the story of her trip to Southeast Asia with her girlfriends where she woke up one morning to find gunmen in her bedroom, and how she confronted them. She then talks about how it was the travel she did as part of her corporate job that inspired her to travel the world as a full time nomad. She shares a major life-transitionary moment in Russia, when she had a total breakdown and began reassessing her entire life, and that started her journey to location- independent entrepreneurship. She explains how she started her blog “Screw the Cubicle” and eventually scaled it into her coaching business that she runs today. She breaks down the process she uses with her clients of finding their zone of genius, identifying their super power, establishing purpose in their business, beta-testing their product or service and ensuring they love what they are doing before they scale it. Lydia then explains how she designs her lifestyle, her choice of travel cadence, and shares her tips on sustaining a life of long-term world travel. She also shares her personal reflections and tips on dating and finding love as a nomad. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    123: From Heroin Addict to World Traveler and 6-Figure Freelance Copywriter with Francis Nayan

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 63:15

    Francis Nayan takes us in his journey growing up in a Filipino immigrant home in Memphis, Tennessee. He reflects on his immigrant identity growing up in the American South, including the racism he experienced, but also shares the things he loved about his diverse upbringing. Francis then shares his experience going to college in Mississippi, getting into drugs, and falling into a downward spiral that led him to heroin addiction. He explains how a heroin overdose that almost killed him was actually the event that saved his life. Francis then takes us on his journey of getting clean, healthy and designing his dream lifestyle around world travel. He explains how he moved to Barcelona to teach English for a year, followed by teaching for a year in Budapest, Hungary. Francis then takes us on his entrepreneurial to from an English teacher to a location-independent 6-figure freelance copywriter who has now been to over 30 countries. Next he shares tactical advice on how businesses can significantly augment their email marketing strategy. He goes deep on market research, email-list segmentation, personalization, crafting emotionally-driven story-based copy, automating email campaigns, and optimizing deliverability and open rates. Francis also shares the #1 leverage point a business with an established email list can do right now to improve performance immediately. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    122: Bohemian Vagabonding as a Real Estate Professional and Asians for Black Lives with Jacki Ueng

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 48:16

    Jacki Ueng takes us on her journey growing up in LA in a Taiwanese-Chinese-American immigrant home, living in a diverse community, and desiring to travel the world. She takes us through her professional career path to becoming a Real Estate Title Rep, building her initial client base, and then making her career completely location independent and traveling the world. Jacki talks about her experience investing in rental property and using the passive income to help finance her world travels. She then shares her travel hacking tips, including her credit card points strategy for consistently getting free flights around the world. Jacki then talks about her travel experiences in some of her favorite countries, and shares stories and recommendations from her time in India, Lebanon, Iran, Mainland China and Taiwan. And she also talks about the evolution of her travel blog, “Bohemian Vagabond”, and building her personal brand to over 100,000 Instagram followers. She then shares her top tips for solo- female-travelers, reflects on what travel means to her, and explains how and why she gives back to causes that are important to her. And finally, she talks about the importance for the Asian-American community to strongly and visibly support the Black Lives Matter movement. Full Show Notes Available at: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    121: Hebah Nigm on Speaking 6 Languages Fluently by Age 23, Grounding Her Identity in Islam and Traveling the World as a Hijabi

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 57:43

    Hebah Nigm takes us on her journey growing up in an Egyptian immigrant family in Vienna, Austria, and learning to speak 6 languages fluently by age 23. She explains how her passion for language learning developed through her interest in other cultures and world travel. She reflects on her own identity, being torn between cultures, and not being fully accepted in either Austria or Egypt. By contrast, she reflects on the stability and consistency of her Muslim identity, and her ability to connect with people across cultures, borders and languages through Islam. She then reflects on her international travels to Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Ceuta in North Africa, Finland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. She shares on her safety precautions, the importance of travel planning, and provides tips for other Muslim women travelers. Hebah then talks about foreign language learning and why it's important to begin with a self- assessment to understand what type of language learner you are. She explains the importance of exposing yourself to the language as much as possible and gives tips on how to refine your accent by carefully listening to the sounds, intonation and melody of the language. And, finally, she talks about her YouTube channel, “Hebah's Rollercoaster”, where she shares language- learning tips, insights from her world travels, and reflections on race, gender and her Muslim identity. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

    120: Mickela Mallozzi on Dancing with Strangers, Winning 4 Emmys and Experiencing the World One Dance at a Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 90:30

    Mickela Mallozi tells her story of growing up in an Italian immigrant home in NYC, getting into music and dance as a kid, pursuing it professionally, and then having a vision in the middle of the night for her now 4-time Emmy award winning travel show “Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi”. She explains her passion for dancing with strangers, and how that magically opens doors when traveling and allows her to meaningfully connect with people when she doesn't speak their language. She then talks about how she spent her life savings to produce the pilot episode, and shares her subsequent mistakes pitching the show. She explains how she honed her craft of storytelling and continued networking until eventually she struck a deal with PBS to air the show and subsequently won her first Emmy. She then takes us behind the scenes of Season 1, and explains how she got to dance in a professional Tango show on the main stage in Buenos Aires after only a week of learning tango. She then explains how Season 2 showcases the diversity of dance across the various immigrant communities in New York City, and why Bhrangra music had such an important role in her life. Next she talks about Season 3, in which she traveled to countries where she has DNA heritage and shares her experience in Uzbekistan and Morocco. Mickela then announces her brand new two-part special focusing on the Guadaloupe Islands. She also invites people on her “Bare Feet Tours” where you can travel with Mickela and experience the world through dance. Finally, she talks about her 4 th Emmy acceptance speech and how continual rejection has inspired her persistence. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

    119: Family Travel to 35 Countries on 6 Continents and Making the World into a Classroom for Your Kids with Monet Hambrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 52:47

    Monet Hambrick takes us on her journey growing up in south Florida in a Jamaican immigrant home, developing her passion for travel while growing up, and continuing her world-traveling lifestyle with her family after getting married and having kids. Monet explains how she took both of her daughters on international flights before the age of 1 and shares tips on traveling internationally with babies. She talks about the dynamics of traveling the world with her husband and two daughters, and shares family travel stories from Costa Rica, Kenya, and Morocco, including spending a week alone with her 3 year old in North Africa before meeting the rest of her family. Monet also explains why she is intentional about not instilling fear into her kids, even if she is personally afraid to do something. She then talks about her family trip to Brazil, and how it inspired her first children's book “The Traveling Child Goes to Rio de Janeiro”, the first on her forthcoming series. Monet also talks about co-founding The Black Travel Alliance, and gives her international travel tips specifically for Black families. She then talks about building her family travel blog “The Traveling Child”, growing her Instagram following to over 120,000, and making the leap from her corporate job to becoming a full-time location- independent entrepreneur. She explains that she wants her blog content to inspire and provide practical tips for families to travel the world, and that she posts her kid-friendly travel itineraries as well as tips for traveling much more affordably. And, finally, Monet shares her family trip-planning process and reflects on the uniquely positive impact international travel has had on her kids. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com

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