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In print: Christine Gilbert is Almost Fearless

If you were struggling to hear parts of my podcast with Christine Gilbert, creator of Almost Fearless, you’re not alone. Skype enabled us to chat when she was in Colombia, but it got a little bumpy in some spots. So if you missed anything, give your ears a break and read the transcript.

Christine Gilbert is Almost Fearless as she travels the world

Almost Fearless not only describes a lot of people who want to quit their day job and travel the world, but it’s also the name of the popular travel blog penned by Christine Gilbert. It follows her journey from corporate manager to full-time traveler, writer, and mom.

Last week Christine was in Colombia, with her husband and infant son, and I was able to talk to her on Skype for a podcast. She even used to bring her two dogs, but she decided not to take them on this leg of the trip.

You might be asking, she travels with a baby? Yes, when you’re a full-time traveler! After having her baby at the beginning of the year, she got back on the the road and surprisingly she’s found traveling with her son to be fun and easier than expected.

Hit our podcast to find out what it’s like to travel with a family in tow, and where the best places are to stay if you’re taking a little one along for the ride.

We also talk about the documentary she is filming on digital nomading. Christine’s been raising money to finance it on her blog for months now. She tells me what the documentary is about and where they plan to go this year to film it.

In addition to filming documentaries, Christine also writes e-books. “A Practical Guide to Going Digital,” “30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel the World,” and “Twitter for Travelers” are three that we dive into in the podcast.

I could go on telling you what we talked about, but there’s so much more! My best piece of advice is to click play and start listening to find out what it’s like to walk in Christine’s shoes, where she’s been so far, and what her travel advice is for those thinking about venturing around the world.

A quick note about the podcast. Since she was in Colombia on Skype, the connection is fuzzy in some parts, so the transcript will be posted shortly.

Brave New Traveler’s Christine Garvin on becoming a global citizen, in her own words

If you’re more of a visual learner, you can read the transcript of my podcast with Brave New Traveler’s Co-Editor, Christine Garvin. In her own words, she’ll tell you about her holistic approach to travel and the many paths a person can take to becoming a global citizen.

A holistic look at travel with Brave New Traveler’s Christine Garvin

Brave New Traveler Co-Editor,
Christine Garvin

One of my favorite online travel publications is Brave New Traveler (BNT). Contrary to what you might think, it covers everything about travel except the destination itself. You might be saying, “Whaaaaat?” Flip over to their website, and you’ll see what I mean.

BNT teaches readers how to travel the world, respect other cultures, and discover the many paths to being a global citizen. It’s all the intangibles of traveling beyond the hotel amenities and tourist attractions.

Christine Garvin is the co-editor of BNT and I had the pleasure of chatting with her last week in a podcast, which is below. She leads a team of travel writers stationed all around the globe who cover intriguing topics, such as “Does Every Culture Have Sarcasm?” to “Can A Yogi Clean Up India’s Political System?

Christine pens plenty of articles herself and I asked her how she comes up with these different perspectives. A lot of her inspiration comes from her background. Christine is a certified Nutrition Educator and holds a master’s degree in Holistic Health Education.

This lets her look at travel differently than mainstream media. She looks at the good and the bad sides of traveling, as well as how it effects a person, the country they go to, etc. It’s truly a holistic approach, which makes her a perfect fit for BNT.

She’s been there for just over a year and has written a lot of memorable articles. One of her more popular articles we dive into is “What’s Your Travel Personality?” But you’ll have to listen to the podcast to get all the details.

Our talk wasn’t all work and no play. I uncovered Christine’s favorite travel destination. She was a little hesitant to admit it because it’s widely visited. Learn what city it is in our podcast, and listen to her great advice on the best time of the year to visit, and what to see and avoid.

There’s a lot more insight from Christine in the podcast, so click play and start listening.

A first-hand account of Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of China tour

In case you’d rather read my interview with Ron Beller about his Best of China trip, I’m posting the transcript here. Don’t forget to take a look at his photos too.

Friendly Planet review: A snapshot of the Best of China tour

It’s nice to have a friend recommend a city, a hotel, and even a restaurant when you’re deciding where to travel. I know it makes me feel more comfortable knowing that someone else has been there and liked it.

Ron with his wife Jan and trusty camera in China 

So when Ron Beller was deciding to travel to China, one of his friends recommended Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of China tour. His friend just returned from the tour and was raving about it. That was enough to sell Ron on the trip.

Ron and his wife Jan booked the tour for October 2009. They had an equally amazing time in China traveling to Shanghai, Yichang, Three Gorges, Guilin, Xi’an, and Beijing.

When he returned, Ron e-mailed us some fantastic photos he took in China. If a picture says a thousand words, these pictures said all that and more.

I had to give him a call to get the stories behind the photos. He told me he was a nature photographer, so he was practically born with a camera in his hand. He was always lagging behind the group trying to capture just a few more photos. He had taken 1,600 by the end of the trip!

We talked about what it was like traveling to China in late October, seeing the 2,200-year-old terra-cotta soliders, the Yangtze River cruise, the camera he used, and more. So if you’re considering traveling to China, listen to my podcast with Ron and then view his photos. He’ll give you a first-hand look into Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of China tour.

On paper: Tales of a modern nomad from Matt Kepnes

If the audio sounded a little fuzzy to you on my podcast with Matt Kepnes, it wasn’t your ears. Conducting a phone interview across the Atlantic Ocean is known to cause some connection problems. ;-) Apologies if you were straining your ears, but if you missed any part of the conversation, you can catch the transcript. Hopefully it’ll be easier on your senses.

Matt Kepnes: tales of a modern nomad

Nomadic Matt: Professional vagabond

Matt Kepnes was a typical college grad in 2005. He was working and completing his MBA. But after a trip he took to Thailand that year, he decided he wasn’t meant for a desk job, and traveling the world was going to be his new career path.

Matt finished school, quit his job, and in 2006 started traveling full time. Four years and 31 countries later, Matt has become better known as Nomadic Matt, professional vagabond and creator of the popular website, Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site.

While Matt was in Amsterdam last week, I interviewed him about how he got the courage to leave everything behind to travel, how he stretches his dollar, some of his most unforgettable memories, the cities with the best food, and more.

What I discovered is that Matt’s travel philosophy is a little different than one might expect. He doesn’t mind visiting the same city over and over again to really get to know it. It’s one thing to say that you’ve traveled to numerous countries, but it’s another to get to know the towns, the people, and the culture that turns you into a great traveler.

Matt also gave us a sneak peek to the big changes coming to his website. But I won’t dish them here. Click play and listen to my podcast!

Laura Carroll’s advice for student travelers: The podcast transcript

If you didn’t take notes during my podcast with Laura Carroll, Managing Editor of Students In Europe, don’t sweat it. Grab a highlighter and read the transcript.

What students should know before traveling to Europe: Advice from Laura Carroll

A few weeks ago, Students In Europe interviewed our own Peggy Goldman about what to do and see if you’re a student spending a semester “across the pond” (a.k.a. Europe). Peggy had such a great time working with the writers that we decided to turn the tables and interview Laura Carroll, Managing Editor of Students in Europe, in a podcast.

Laura studied abroad in Paris, France when she was in college. The romantic mood of the city inspired her and she fell in love with the people, the culture, and the time away from home. Since then she’s been an advocate for students to get out of the U.S. and over to Europe for a life-changing experience.

I talked to Laura about her travels and how she’s learned to cope with home sickness, handle currency exchange rates, schedule spontaneous trips to different parts of Europe, and more. She translates all of her real-world experience into practical posts on Students in Europe.

The website is dedicated to providing young travelers everything they need to be well-prepared for their journey to Europe. Its city profiles, news updates, product and venue reviews, interviews, and tips create a field guide to European travel for students.

Even if you’re not a student, my chat with Laura offers great insight to anyone looking to spend some time living in, or exploring parts of Europe. Turn your speakers up and be prepared to get rocked with information.

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Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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