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A podcast for those who are doing the daily grind in a foreign land (or for those who want to know more about life overseas). If you ARE living abroad, you know the average day is anything but ordinary. Join Alicia, Melissa, and Denise as they chat about learning to embrace the joys AND trials of taking root right where they’ve been planted.
 
Travel, productivity and general mucking about... the good life abroad... the tendency to add prefixing letters to the word 'office'... All of these things shouldn't be discussed in any length, and will. Join me as I prance around in foreign countries, interview interesting people and discuss notions related to living and working abroad. All whilst failing to do any justice at all to any of the subjects at hand.
 
Nomadtopia Radio features interviews with people all over the world who have created their ideal lifestyle through location independence, long-term travel, living abroad, and more. Guests run the gamut from serial expats to slow travelers, digital nomads, location-independent entrepreneurs escaping winter, families traveling overland (and homeschooling!), solo backpackers and road-trippers... you name it. Their stories highlight all the different ways to explore the world, live and work on y ...
 
Four Seas One Family focuses exclusively on the overseas lifestyles of expats, immigrants and migrants. Listen to insights our host and guests bring that will assist in constructing a clear understanding of how being a global citizen can help people from different backgrounds learn more about themselves and others while at the same time appreciating that we all have a lot more in common than we think.
 
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If you’ve stumbled upon this episode, you’re probably already part of a distanced family or you will be as your life as a nomad unfolds. Leaving behind your family can be one of the hardest parts of setting off on your nomadic journey. In this episode, my guest is Helen Ellis, founder of DistanceFamilies.com and author of Being a Distance Grandpare…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about “summer break” and whether or not we’re actually having a break from school. We discussed how the 2020-2021 school year went for each of our families, how the school year ended (or has it?) and what we’ve learned from the Lord about ourselves and about our children in this last year. We also chat about a new wor…
 
This is the Beauty Episode! In this episode we talked about the evolution of our style and beauty throughout the years; from all the way back in the awkward days when we first started trying to look pretty, till now. We discussed how to stay true to your style and "feel like you" when moving to a new country and how sweat drains our motivation to p…
 
Do you have your legal ducks in a row for your nomadic lifestyle? As an online entrepreneur, freelancer, or even an employee living a nomad life, you need to know about the legal concerns that come along with being a digital nomad. In this episode, my guest is Layne Lyons JD, U.S. lawyer, business protector for women entrepreneurs, and creator of T…
 
Are you a parent that is dreaming about going nomadic with your family? Or are you a current nomad that is thinking about starting a family? If these relate to you then you might be wondering HOW you can become a digital nomad family. In this episode, I was joined by Julia Jerg and we both shared our experiences of having children abroad. We also e…
 
Today we’re chatting Rachel Pieh Jones (who has previously joined us here on the podcast). For those of you who don’t already know Rachel, she writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture. Rachel just released her latest book, Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus. She shares stories that recount the personal encounters and…
 
Josh is one of those heroes of the interwebs, holding all us would be creators up with his incredible tutorials. If you've ever tried to learn anything on the adobe creative suite it's likely that you've come across Josh. His kind and straightforward demeanor sets the stage for a presence which treats others well while never hesitating to get down …
 
Should you eliminate the word “goal” from your vocabulary? This idea may sound a little outlandish or may come as a surprise to you but as you’ll learn from my guest in this episode, it could be a gamechanger in your goal-setting practices. In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Erin Elizabeth Wells. I met Erin through a mutual online…
 
Welcome to the Preggisode! But don't run away! This conversation is packed full of laughs that you'll enjoy even if pregnancy is far from your mind. In this episode we talked about allll the pregnancy things. We've had a lot of kids overseas, a combination of 10 pregnancies. So, there are many paths to walk down our memory lanes. Being pregnant and…
 
Implosion of the Democratic World Part 2 民主世界毀滅 2 In this episode, I take a deep dive into how democratic nations are allowing themselves to blindly become subservient proxy elements of foreign governments that exploit their democratic liberties in their nation to create social and political disruption across the board that may easily lead to their…
 
As a current or aspiring nomad, you have probably thought about or tried to learn a new language. If so, this is for you! In this episode, my guest is Ray Blakney, a serial expat and co-founder of an online language school. Ray grew up as a TCK (third-culture kid) which has significantly shaped his worldview and how he approaches life. During our c…
 
In this episode, we’re doing our first round of “ask us anything.” We had so many questions from listeners there was no way to answer all, but we do discuss our friendship, how to maintain long-distance friendships and family relationships, meeting neighbors with limited language, and embarrassing moments (well, we only had time to share ONE moment…
 
You get a person like Andrew when positivity collides with work ethic. Of the many things you could call this man: engineer, videographer, skateboarder, woodworker—lazy does not rank among them. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new skill, interest or craft. It is something wholly different to continue applying yourself past the ini…
 
Robin answers questions with the careful confidence of someone who considers well what's in their head before speaking. When you ask her about what led her to Japan, you notice something curious: while she describes her series of choices plainly, and as though any other might have made them, they are exceptional. Not many have travelled in her fami…
 
At long last, Alicia is back! She's recovered from her whirlwind trip back to Indonesia, and her return inspired today's episode about moving overseas for the first time. In this episode, we discussed how we prepared when we first moved overseas, how we handled (and still handle) those wretched goodbyes, and what helped us when we landed in a new c…
 
Viktor and I have collaborated over the years on various projects. Although he is taking a break from it now, he is an excellent photographer and his travels around Japan have taken him to many beautiful places. Viktor prefers to emphasize the art in his work, and is incredibly weary of becoming overly concerned with reach. A noble consideration gi…
 
Where are all our housekeeping fans? {crickets, crickets} Okay, so house cleaning and home management might not top our list of fun pastimes, but they are a necessary part of this overseas life. Whether you keep a sparkling clean house, or you fall into the “God bless this mess” camp, this episode is for you. Our friend, Sharon, joined us to talk a…
 
@subversion @statesponsored @fakenews @4s1f This is a spotlight why democratic nations and their citizens must stay vigilant of how their rights and freedoms are being used against them by external forces that disrupt the core that holds their governments and national identities together. Please leave a comment if you have anything you would like t…
 
Tyler has a herculean work-ethic. That has led him to become one of the fastest evolving and in-demand film makers now working in Japan. He runs a studio out of Tokyo with an impressive range of international talent that are pushing the limits of what is possible in Indy Film production. We get into it all: influences, work flow, what keeps creatin…
 
When you moved overseas did you have a plan for how long you would stay? Did you imagine you'd be there for a long time, or are you considering staying longer than you originally planned? In this episode we had a conversation with Kim, our friend in Ukraine, about living overseas for the long haul. We talked about our initial plans when we moved ov…
 
As an event producer, in these difficult times, Matt has had to adapt. Obviously live events are something we look back on fondly for the time being and if we do gather it is constrained to an online experience. Few would handle that pivot so well. Matt is an example of perseverance in the face of difficult circumstances. We did both agree though, …
 
Our discussion this week is all about TCK friendships. This topic can be a tough one, but it's oh so important for the health and happiness of our kiddos in their life overseas. In this episode we break down the discussion into the Early Years, the Middle Years (aka "The Hay Day of School Age Kids"), and then on into the Tween and Teen Years. We ta…
 
Originally from New-York, Alessandro is an Italian film-maker who has made his home in Kyoto for the last decade. Where his roots may lie in the classic cinematography style, in more recent years, he has left his mark in the burgeoning field of VR 360 film-making. Alessandro describes his work as a double act of translation: that of the medium in w…
 
Willem's career as a game designer could serve as a lesson to anyone seeking employment in an industry with a high barrier to entry. A man who simply would not take no for an answer and managed to carve out a career for himself in this highly competitive industry, he has now built a resume which would be the envy of anyone involved with the field.…
 
Social mayhem affecting black communities in the United States appears to have reached a breaking point. Many African Americans are searching for the rights and freedoms they felt they never received in the United States and began looking towards their ancestors' lands for corrections and solitude. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THIS EPISODE! If you en…
 
We're chatting about new beginnings (NOT new goals). As expats, we don’t have to wait for a new year to roll around to experience new beginnings. Whether it’s a new location, new language, new schooling choice, or new housing situation every time you return to your passport country — it can bring a roller coaster of feelings. We'll be chatting abou…
 
The Taking Route Community is growing and we are so happy to see more and more women from around the world connecting and encouraging each other as we all learn to thrive right where we are planted. With that growth comes the need to reevaluate what brings life as we juggle connection online and feeding our multitudes of children. So.Many.Children.…
 
Johannes has an incredible story. From being one of the very first people to work on android, to designing his own game, he's had a storied career both in and out of Japan. For anyone interested in the IT landscape in Japan, Johannes' is an example of what is possible if you apply yourself.
 
The guest today is Drew Wallin, a bilingual entrepreneur who's life is a case study in how truth trumps fiction when it comes to experiences beyond belief. We discuss materialistic habits and how they are often maligned as horrible. But is this necessarily true? Could elements of materialism actually ground us in reality and grant some insight into…
 
For our last episode of Taking Route Podcast, we’re doing something a little different — a Christmas Special, if you will. This episode is only about ten minutes — but it’s packed full of Christmas goodness. First, we’ll read an expat-friendly rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then, Melissa will perform a new song she wrote (it’s recor…
 
The final stop in our series, “This Global Pandemic,” is in South Korea to visit Oklahoma native, Kara. She, her husband, and their four kids stayed put in South Korea this year, even though they had long-awaited travel plans to go to the States (it’s been four years since their last visit!) In this episode, Kara shares what a pandemic looks like i…
 
Today's guest is Terrance Reynolds. A man who in a few short years went from working an entry level teaching position to becoming a local celebrity DJ and then a software developer following that. There's no point in small dreams and Terrance is a study in that ideology. His instagram: terrancee95
 
#Blaxit #Blaxodus #AfricanAmerican #Saviorcomplex Part 1: Please give what I present some thought because I am sure my observations will upset a few of you. I would like to discuss if Blaxit is the only solution African Americans should embrace to solve their problems today in American and may later encounter in the future.…
 
I'd say it's a healthy bet that most people are ready to move on to the new year. Mine wasn't exactly easy if I'm honest. That said, a lot has come out of it and I actually appreciate the events I was witness to in the course of reaching the proverbial finish line of December. No email responses in today's podcast. You and I, we haven't spoken in s…
 
We’re coming up on that time of year: the time of turkey, traditions, and gathering around the table with the ones we love. It’s almost Thanksgiving! Will there be green bean casserole and sweet potatoes on your table? Can you even get turkey wherever you are in the world? In this episode, Denise, Alicia, and Melissa talk about all things Thanksgiv…
 
Next in our 3rd installment of our “This Global Pandemic” series we are travel to São Paulo, Brazil to visit Tennessee native, Melissa (@melissastormer). Melissa along with her husband and three kids are determined to thrive and not just survive this pandemic. Melissa tells how they’ve maintained their well-being, learned to prioritize and let some…
 
Since 2010, Heather has lived and traveled all over the world while running two businesses (one of them a polar expedition company!). She joined me from her home base in rural Sweden to talk about getting over what other people think, building resilience, what it means to have “no Plan B” and why it matters, and more. Get a free chapter of Heather'…
 
China sought to use the name of its legendary philosopher to project the image of honesty and morality. However, let' take a look at how education has been used by the Chinese Communist Party as a dividing line to separate and control the thinking of freethinking societies. YouTube: https://youtu.be/msJlsJ7Ny7E FAIR USE NOTICE This video may contai…
 
One of the hardest parts about expat life is being so far away when tragedy strikes your home country. You want to hug your loved ones, process things out loud with your closest friends, and be near the ones you hold closest to your heart. In today’s episode, we talk with Tamika about what it’s been like to be a Black American woman, married to an …
 
Living with out autism is one thing, abuse, something entirely different. Joseph joins me on the podcast for ep.29 to share his experience of having to grow up dealing with both. I think him a good example of what it is like to be repeatedly given a situation in which no one would fault you for giving up or becoming bitter but defying that choice a…
 
I finally finished Caesar's biography and naturally there were some life lessons to take from it. Much having to do with how deflated we feel once we catch that mouse we've been chasing. So here is to useful enemies and never ever reaching our goals, no matter how at first, that defeat depresses us.
 
Not every grounded nomad has been willing or able to stay put, sign a longer-term lease somewhere, or otherwise take a break from their nomadic lifestyle to wait out the pandemic. Eager to get back to their low-cost lifestyle as housesitters, Eden and her husband were able to take on a last-minute sit in Hawaii after their extended sit in Egypt thi…
 
Who is your team and where are they? I was watching The Last Dance on Netflix recently and for a guy, me, who hasn't played team sports for the last decade, I definitely came away with a feeling like I still was. The realization being that we are always in a team. The game has changed but the goal remains the same, to win, to win life. Additionally…
 
As the Covid 19 pandemic spread to each of our corners of the world earlier this year, many of us had to consider access to medical care (or lack of it) as we made decisions about staying or evacuating. When Rachel and her husband found out they were pregnant with their fourth child right as lockdowns began, they had to make the hard choice to leav…
 
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