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Chris Pyak interviews courageous people that have been able to ditch their traditional lives and desk jobs to chase their passions all over the world. The topics covered include travel stories, the best ways to find travel deals, how living in an unconventional way has improved their lives, how they fund their travels, how to make money on the road, and advice for those wanting to ditch their desk as well. 956258
 
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Do you make travel a financial priority? My guest today takes this idea so seriously that she treats saving for travel like paying a bill. A portion of every paycheck automatically gets put into a special savings account exclusively for travel. Danielle Desir is the author of several travel books, including Affording Travel and Traveling with a Ful…
 
We are back with Vanessa Bouvry, a sophisticated Parisian living in Boston, and she is spilling the Boston baked beans on all the cultural and culinary experiences you should have in the U.S.’s most historic city. We discuss: celebrating Marathon Monday exploring the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shopping in Boston Market touring Fenway Park eati…
 
Bean Town. Boston. Home of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. And also my home for awhile, both times as a student. But this was years ago. That’s OK, some things in Boston haven’t changed in centuries. Today we are talking with Vanessa Bouvry, a Parisian who’s made her home in Massachusetts. Vanessa is Associate Director of Program Development at my alma…
 
Today I am back with THE History Fangirl, Stephanie Craig, a travel writer and an American expat/nomad based in Sofia. In the last episode, we talked a lot about cultural Bulgaria and its history. Today is a deep dive travel guide on everything you need to eat, drink, and do when traveling to Sofia, as well as day trips you can take. You’ll discove…
 
Bulgaria — is it on your travel list? It’s on mine, especially its capital, Sofia, a city rich in Roman ruins and Byzantine architecture. If you’re a history lover who enjoys affordable travel and getting off the beaten path, then Bulgaria might be the place for you. Joining me today is Stephanie Craig, a travel writer and an American expat/nomad b…
 
Did you study abroad? I spent a semester in London and it was one of the best times of my life. That experience definitely played a role in me moving to England permanently. But did you know that you can spend your entire university experience in another country? That’s what today’s guest did. I’m talking to my friend Candace Salter, a Florida gal …
 
Expats: How do to become a precious asset to any employer. Especially when you move to a foreign country. Ana struggles to find a job in Germany, despite a PhD and an EU passport. Together we figure out how she discovers employers pain points and use them to her advantage. More: immigrantspirit.comBy Chris Pyak
 
Let’s talk about upgrading your weekends. I learned about this concept from Laura Vanderkam, the time management expert you heard on the episode on how to Stretch Time so You Can be More Productive and Pursue What You Love. Laura says that having a great weekend requires some planning, even for free spirits who are up for anything. Because a little…
 
Most of us still can't travel right now thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So this should be the perfect time to plan for future travel and adventures abroad. For some, this means creating an online business that allows them to work from anywhere. But...a lot of us are having a hard time focussing. There's a lot happening in the world right now. Plus…
 
Are you feeling the need for some community right now? Some levity? Some fun? I have created a Facebook Group for us called Live Abroad and Love It (our first party is in a few days — details below). I have made some incredible friendships through this podcast and I want to meet more of you. This group is for serious travelers. The kind who would p…
 
How do you get a job if you cannot leave the house? Shannon Digby had bad luck. She moved from New Zealand to Germany - just to be stuck in her flat, days after her arrival. I let you eavedrop while I coach Shannon. Together we figure out how you reach the decision makers behind a job ad - when you cannot leave the house. This method is respectful.…
 
Today I’m speaking with Crystal Davis, the Borderless Coach and founder of High Income Digital Nomad. Crystal’s mission is to help people build thriving and enjoyable businesses that let them travel and work remotely. We get into the nuts and bolts of how to get up and running with a profitable online business right now. We discuss: why conventiona…
 
Let’s move to Mexico, shall we? Specifically Playa del Carmen. Great restaurants, bars, beach clubs, and easy access to nature and ancient UNESCO sites. But the best part, is we’ll get to hang out with my friend Cristal, Dyer, also known as the Tofu Traveler, and one of my all-time favorite travel partners. On today’s episode, Cristal shares everyt…
 
We’re living through a global pandemic. It's okay to have down days and to be upset about the way things are. None of us want to be locked up in our house or to lose our job. But if we wallow in that negativity for too long, that doesn't mean we're going to get extra days in our life, right? We're not going to get bonus months at the end of our lif…
 
Most of us dream about all the great things we could achieve if only there were more hours in the day. Well, what if I told you time was more abundant than you think, and that we can actually stretch it? My guest today is going to tell us how. Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Juliet’s School…
 
When you think of Ancient Greece, what do you think of? Maybe philosophers wandering around ruins. But they weren’t ruins in 450 BC — nearly 2,500 years ago. The temples were marble masterpieces painted vibrant colors. But the rest of the city was small, and even squalid. Athens was never the richest or the strongest city, and yet it is the birthpl…
 
Chances are, at some point in your life you’ve traveled with someone for so long you start to drive each other a little crazy, and you don’t really know why. Spending every moment together can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Assessments like Myers Briggs can make you a more compassionate person because you learn how we all see the world th…
 
The COVID-19 coronavirus has upended most travel plans, at least in the short term. So what should you do? On this episode, I’m bringing back Phil Sylvester from World Nomads, where I always buy my travel insurance, to talk about how to recoup your travel costs, why ‘cancel for any reason’ insurance might not be worth it, and other travel insurance…
 
How wonderful would it feel if you actually got stuff done? If you could make real progress on your eternally long to-do list? If you’re feeling forever busy but aren’t achieving the goals you’re setting for yourself, stay tuned as I walk you through your 10-step productivity plan for overcoming overwhelm so you can live a life you love. Visit post…
 
This year, while planning out my goals, I first blocked out time on my calendar for travel, and the happy anticipation of these trips feels great! (postcardacademy.co for show notes) But I’m in trouble because I just attended London’s Holiday and Travel Show, and now my travel list is twice as long! In this episode, you’ll hear where you should hea…
 
Postcard Academy listeners ask me how they can live abroad if they don’t have Italian blood, a foreign partner to marry, or a global corporation sponsoring them. I believe the easiest way to make a life abroad and/or a location independent life happen for you is to create your own job that you can do from anywhere, and I especially love online cour…
 
The other day someone told me that New Year’s depresses them. Another year gone by. That’s one way to look at it. But, a happier, more satisfying way to approach the New Year is to plan how we want to enjoy the rest of the years we have left. This year on the Postcard Academy, I will be sharing more episodes on how we can live our best lives, and m…
 
Happy holidays! How are you celebrating? I’m visiting my family in the States but always love hearing how people are enjoying the holidays in other parts of the globe. What are the traditions? What are the foods they’re eating? So, I invited some of my favorite guests on this show to call in and tell me about Christmas in their adopted cities. So t…
 
If you’re a long-time listener, you’ve heard me mention Sarajevo before and how it completely transfixed me. I had the same feeling as when I saw the Roman forum for the first time. There was just something about the vibe of this place that transported me. I became obsessed with Sarajevo and its history and felt so embarrassed that I knew so little…
 
At this time of year, a lot of Europeans like to fly to Spain's Canary Islands to catch a bit of sun. But they’re not the only ones. Beach-loving digital nomads and location-independent entrepreneurs love Gran Canaria, the main island, especially the island’s capital city Las Palmas for its amazing weather, affordable living, and co-working spots. …
 
**Special offer until Nov 26** Podcast Launch Academy is accepting students until Nov. 26. If you've been struggling to start a podcast and are seeking hands-on, step-by-step support, you're going to love this course. Go to sarahmikutel.com/course for details. Now on to Costa Rica... “The monkeys wake me up every morning. There are parrots outside …
 
Back by popular demand... Happy Thanksgiving, U.S. listeners! This year about 54 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles during Thanksgiving, and most of these people will be driving, estimates AAA. However, it’s a myth that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year (that honor actually goes to several weekends thro…
 
The Postcard Academy has gone bi-weekly this season as I prepare to launch The Podcast Launch Academy, the ultimate online podcasting course that has been my dream for awhile. But setting this up took a lot longer than I thought it would! I realize now this is mostly because I have been approaching starting this business with a ‘maximizer mindset.’…
 
When you’re traveling, do you open yourself up to new experiences, including talking to new people? Do you do the same at home, or does talking to strangers suddenly feel a little crazy? According to science, we’d be living healthier, happier lives if we maintained the sense of openness and adventure we experience while traveling to other places. O…
 
Believe it or not, Niagara Falls is wine country. “We’re on the same parallel as Northern California, so it's perfect weather conditions for wine,” says American expat Andrea Jones. “We have a lot of wineries just 28 minutes north of Niagara Falls in Niagara-on-the-Lake.” Andrea started out life in Miami, then moved up to Atlanta, and now she finds…
 
When tourists visit England, most miss the beautiful coastal towns south of the London, and almost none of them have heard of Folkestone, the magical town in which my guest Tony Quarrington and I live. But we’re letting you in on the secret! (visit postcard academy.co for our list of recommendations.) In the last episode, you heard about the histor…
 
When tourists visit England, they usually stay in London. Maybe they’ll do a daytrip to Stonehenge or, if they’re feeling extra glam, take the Eurostar to Paris. If they wanted to experience something extra special, they’d take the train south to visit the beautiful coastal town of Folkestone. You’ve probably heard of the White Cliffs of Dover. Nex…
 
My mother and I are sitting at a red light then BAM! A truck hits us from behind. The driver claims he sneezed and lost control of his vehicle 🙄 Aside from some soreness, we are OK, but what if the accident had been a lot more serious? The thought of hospital bills bankrupting me makes me panic more than broken bones. I’m American, but I don’t live…
 
Author Katie Parla not only knows her Italian food, she knows her Italian history. Her deep culinary knowledge takes cookbook writing to the next level, with stories beautifully woven between recipes and lush photos. (show notes at postcardacademy.co ) In a previous episode of the Postcard Academy podcast, I interviewed Katie, an American expat liv…
 
Like many expats I know, most of the travel I’ve done has been outside of my home country, the U.S. In fact, my European friends have seen more of the States than I have, and their wistful descriptions of the U.S. national parks have inspired me to plan a trip. (show notes at postcardacademy.co) Danielle Jacobs-Erwin, host of the podcast Everybody’…
 
Imagine this: You are a successful lawyer in New York. You graduated from a famous University. You worked in France and Japan and you even had a stint at the European Court of Justice. Then you fall in love and move across the big pond to Germany. And suddenly none of your life achievements are worth anything. Join me in a short coaching session wi…
 
Willie Gevertz is a visual storyteller from the U.S. who fell in love with Budapest while visiting a friend. The city captivated him so much that he moved to Hungary, which is fortunate for us because he’s the best tour guide we could ask for. Willie is the type of guy who lives every day to its fullest, and I asked him to join me on the Postcard A…
 
Summer’s in the air…at least in my part of the world, and so I’m sharing a mini-episode on my deep summer thoughts. Summer has always been my favorite season. It meant no school. Swimming. No cold weather. My birthday. Vacations. Barbecues. Now as an adult, I also appreciate the joy that I see in other people at this time of year. People are happie…
 
“How do I apply for Italian citizenship?” That’s the no. 1 question I get from listeners of the Postcard Academy. On the show, I’ve spoken about how I became an Italian citizen through my heritage, and how I applied in Italy. But this was almost 10 years ago and I wanted to refresh my memory on the process so I could share it with you. On this epis…
 
Happy World Emoji Day! Why today of all days? Because the calendar emoji (📅) features the date July 17. Some hotheads get really worked up about emojis having their own day, but it’s all in good fun, like Pizza Day (February 9 in the U.S.). To celebrate, I’m re-sharing my podcast interview with Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia, and an Australian…
 
Rachel Berryman owns Tirana Yoga, one of the most successful yoga studios in Albania. But she didn’t move here to become a business owner; Rachel, who is American, first came to this former Communist country with the Peace Corps. On this episode, Rachel and I talk about the kind of volunteer work Rachel was doing and why she fell in love with Alban…
 
My friend Cristal and I traveled down Croatia’s coastline then made our way to Albania. While getting here wasn’t easy and involved a bus detour in Montenegro, exploring Albania is definitely worth it if you enjoy good food, cheap prices, and fewer tourists than Europe’s more popular destinations. Sounds pretty good, right? Cristal and I visited ma…
 
A few months ago, I did a podcast episode on the best places history lovers should visit to avoid the crowds. I’m making my way through those cities and countries, and, of course, had to podcast about it. On a two-part episode of the Postcard Academy — Roadtrip! Croatia + Albania — I chat with my travel friend Cristal Dyer to reminisce about our tr…
 
Did you listen to the Artisan Florence episode yet? Nardia Plumridge shared some of her favorite boutiques and other hidden gems that she featured in her gorgeous book Lost in Florence — and this could be yours for free! I’m raffling off a copy of Lost in Florence to one lucky listener. For your chance to win, sign up for Postcard Academy email upd…
 
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