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Curious about international travel? Want to leave everything behind and become a digital nomad? We — Karen and Jon Sumple — did just that, leaving the USA in July 2018, and our open-ended, long-term travel journey has taken us through Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina Scotland and, now, South Africa. We enjoy living "Sumplace New" every few months because it provides perspective, awareness and understanding. We meet amazing people and witness how they live, work and play. We visit well ...
 
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Episode 53 of From Sumplace New is an homage to the friendships we made during our time in Cape Town, South Africa. While some might say eight months is a long time, we left feeling like it wasn't enough. We also left with a heavy heart and shed a few tears because we made great friends -- friends for life, and friends we can't wait to see again. A…
 
"I'd rather be at the bottom of a ladder I want to climb, than half way up one I don't" says the Barber of Carlisle (aka Alex Culley), who drops some sage wisdom in Episode 52 of From Sumplace New about not just chasing dreams, but realizing them. After choosing an engineering program at a hometown factory, Alex realized he was on a path that didn'…
 
Episode 51 of From Sumplace New may be the most important episode yet because it focuses on mental health, understanding needs, navigating obstacles and creating solutions while living a travel lifestyle. Jon shares the story behind Karen's decision to step back from the podcast and why he felt it was in the best interest for everyone involved -- e…
 
Hola! And welcome to episode cincuenta of From Sumplace New! For this milestone 50th episode, Sarah Tarvin, a hyperpolyglot, joins us to discuss the importance of learning a language while traveling, and the language acquisition process — which will help you learn in a way that's most efficient and productive for you. Sarah currently speaks eight l…
 
Jennifer Jennings (aka Jenn) and husband Kendall are living proof that you can build your ideal life by following your dreams and goals. In two short years, they went from living in Alberta, Canada, and working in the oil and gas industry to living in an RV in Baja Mexico and making a living doing what they enjoy. Jenn shares how much "The 4-Hour W…
 
Erin Thomas is a professional leaper. Period. Envious of her husband's travel for work, she hit a wall after an a-ha moment encouraged her to return to the office from lunch and resign on the spot. What transpired was a series of intentional planifesting for a life of travel, which also lead to an unexpected business for people who want to travel, …
 
To the point: Florian Hornig blew up his life and is happier for it – and that's not an understatement. Florian guides listeners on his journey from doing what was expected ... to trying and failing ... to climbing the ladder of success ... only to discover he was unfulfilled. While sitting at a cafe in 2012, Floh had his a-ha moment when he realiz…
 
Bob DePasquale is on a mission to spread the message of positivity to a billion people -- yes, a billion! You can add two more to his list of positively inspired people: Jon and Karen! After this episode, we were truly inspired by Bob overcoming his personal struggles, his journey forward after having his sports career derailed, serendipitously fin…
 
Erica Boucher is an author, counselor, yoga instructor, retreat leader and world traveler, and we're happy to call her a friend of the show! Episode 45 is chock full of travel wisdom, common sense, ah-ha insights and guiding mantras. We delve into: the explorer/traveler vs. the vacationer mindset what it means to be in the moment when traveling ado…
 
Anybody else in disbelief that it’s already April? 2020 was a year that felt like a decade and, now, 2021 is just flying by. But it's all good because we’ve dusted off our podcast gear and are excited to share a very special conversation with two amazing work-from-anywhere travelers. We stumbled upon Will and Jess Sueiro while researching info on t…
 
We're back! It's our first episode of 2021, and it's the first episode of our new and improved format where we interview a guest. This week, we spend time with Kirsten McCormick who shares why and how she and husband Justin manage a full-time travel lifestyle with their five children. After spending a year and a half traveling the US in a converted…
 
We're transitioning! No more podcast episodes with just Jon and Karen droning on and on. Moving forward, episodes of From Sumplace New will feature guest interviews. To help prepare you for this new format, we're sharing an interview we did with podcast host Erica Boucher for her All Ways Evolving podcast last October. Erica, too, wants to move int…
 
It's hard to believe we started this podcast just weeks before the pandemic struck, and here we are 41 episodes later and we're still in pandemic-ville. *sigh* We're going to take a break from podcasting for the rest of 2020 so we can come back refreshed for 2021 with a new vision for the podcast! Listen in to learn more. We're excited about what's…
 
Episode 40! Where has the time gone? Seems like the pandemic started just yesterday, no? Speaking of the pandemic, it has wreaked havoc on travel plans around the world. Trips have been cancelled, travel influencers have been grounded, and everyone is yearning for a time when travel restrictions are no more. Despite the frustrations resulting from …
 
Trying to be stylish while living out of a suitcase 365/24/7 is challenging. If you're considering a work-from-anywhere, open-ended, long-term travel lifestyle, you need to determine your fashionista quotient — practical (like Jon) or stylish (like Karen). While preparing for our journey, Jon focused on packing lightweight, performance-based clothi…
 
Despite the pandemic limiting our full-speed ahead travel mindset, we're grateful we can move around (a little) and experience new things. One thing we've learned over the past two-plus years is how rewarding long-term travel is. In so many ways. We discuss a few of these in E38 of From Sumplace New: No end date or feeling of finality. No pressure …
 
This is the story of how Karen and Jon turned a 4-5 hour hike into an 8-hour ordeal in a violent hail, lightning and thunder storm while hiking back from the Inca ruins of Waqrapukara near Cusco, Peru. Besides the storm, why did it take so long? Short answer: It's all Jon's fault for wanting to take hundreds of photos and chatting with the guide. R…
 
We're big believers that there has never been a better time than right now to begin planning a work from anywhere lifestyle. And even if you don't think the time is right for you, where would you go if you could? Just going through the exercise will help you better understand what your options could be. Armed with that information, you may realize …
 
Jon offers some insightful answers to Karen's questions about travel and our work from anywhere lifestyle. But first, the best thing that happened to Jon last week: freezer boots! The covid clampdown is coming to Scotland, but first, Karen wants answers from Jon to these questions: What was your first international trip? Highlights? When did you re…
 
Six countries officially offer visa programs directly targeting digital nomads, and two more have programs in the works. Check back in a few months, and there likely will be more countries added to the list. Why? In an effort to boost local economies — especially on the heels of the Covid pandemic — countries are looking to lure workers who have th…
 
There are dozens of advantages, but we're sharing five that really speak to us and will, hopefully, encourage others to see the benefits of working while traveling abroad. Our podcastation this week is in our new Edinburgh apartment situated on the Royal Mile (Canongate, for those familiar with Old Town Edinburgh). Our pandemic update is a step in …
 
The longer we travel, the more we're inspired to keep traveling. Jon asks Karen a surprise question: What would it take to stop you from traveling? Her answer spurs a conversation around the explorer mindset, and that cultivating one encourages a desire for more exploration. Just like the first sentence above says. Travel begets travel. Exploring b…
 
Self-limiting language leads to self-limiting behavior. As long as you're saying things that support why you can't or shouldn't be doing something, the easier it is to not do it. Episode 31 features the top five excuses we hear from people who say they'd love to be living a work from anywhere lifestyle, but can't: Kids Job doesn’t allow for it Too …
 
Our first time driving in the UK! Was it a white-knuckler? Or super easy, barely an inconvenience? Jon shares his biggest challenges driving from the passenger seat (in the US) and on the left side of the road, and it has nothing to do with actual driving! We rented a car and took a spontaneous trip north with the intention of spending the night, u…
 
After six weeks in Edinburgh, yet only four outside of our apartment due to quarantine upon arrival, we've spent weekends exploring, dining and shopping, which means we're frequently hearing the English language with a Scottish flair, and we love it. This week we share some words and pronunciations we have grown to love (and now say) as well as a f…
 
Whether your journey to "someplace new" is in your hometown or on the other side of the world, don't wait for the perfect time to go for it. There's never been a better time to start something new than right now. When talking about our onward travel journey so far, the one thing we realized was how quickly the past two years have flown by. And it's…
 
What started as a short Q&A session, wound up including an update on covid restrictions that make sense and work brilliantly in Edinburgh, a follow up on last week's episode with Alex's response and appreciation, and Karen's Edinburgh shopping binge and renewed love affair with Amazon (after a two-year break). The big three questions we've been ask…
 
Want to travel long-term like we do? Before you say "Sure, but I can't ..." you need to listen to this episode — especially to hear Alex's story. Alex is a barber at Edinburgh's Rag and Bone who cut Jon's hair last week, and he shared how he changed his life following a moment of inspiration about what he didn't want to do. His story resonated so m…
 
After months of lockdowns and quarantines (March 20-August 6), we finally had a chance to get out and explore again, and boy did we! Saturday and Sunday were jammed packed, as we walked over 40,000 steps exploring Edinburgh. Needless to say, we weren't disappointed. So, for episode 25 of From Sumplace New, we want to share our initial impressions f…
 
When we left Seattle on July 31, 2018, we were long-term travel neophytes with very little understanding of how this working and traveling lifestyle would impact us. Two years later, we know, and we're going to share the 10 things we've learned about ourselves and how being location-independent wanderers enriches our lives. Here is what we cover in…
 
Nearly four days of travel: 16.5-hour car ride, 32.5-hour layover, 13.5-hour flight, 13-hour layover, 2-hour flight. It absolutely could have been a royal pain in the ass (but only the car ride was a literal pain in the ass). After a ton of research and preparation, we knew we did everything possible to make our journey from Bariloche to Buenos Air…
 
Episode 22 of From Sumplace New takes the podcast into the mystical realm when Jon shares his profound experience during our visit to the ancient Maya ruins at Chichén Itzá in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. It was moving for both of us, but Jon had a totally different vibe, literally. After sharing what happened with our guide, Jon asked about the "sk…
 
With only a week left before we leave Bariloche and South America, it's the perfect time to reflect on what we'll remember most about our time in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina. We've whittled it down to eight primary topics (it very easily could have been 38): Cost of living People Historical Sites Food Geography Traditions Transit Sou…
 
This episode answers the big question we've been asking ourselves for three months: Where are we going next? We reveal what country we're heading to and why — and it was a challenging process that changed daily based on what country would let us in! We also answer questions we've been hearing regularly during our stay in Bariloche, Argentina, inclu…
 
Episode 19 was stirred by painful news: the diagnosis of a family member's terminal cancer. Learning about this was a kick in the gut and had us reflecting on what we are grateful for and why our health is so important to our ability to travel and work abroad. Karen shares several quotes about gratitude that inspire her, and we both discuss why rec…
 
This list represents items we would have said we couldn't live without several years ago. Choosing to travel changes your perspective on everything. You begin to understand the difference between routine and adventure; nice-to-haves and essentials; wishing and doing. Because the more we do, the less we need or want of the "things" that filled our l…
 
True or false? When traveling long-term like we do, it’s hard to meet people or make friends. False. And it's a no-brainer based on our experience. In this episode, we discuss how important making connections is, and how easy it can be when you make the effort. This applies to everyone, traveling or not. In hindsight, we kick ourselves for not maki…
 
We have never been more amped up than we are for this episode because it has become crystal clear that the current employment environment is opening doors for people to take their remote work on the road. Want proof? 77% of survey respondents of a recent survey expect the number of employees working primarily from home (at least three days a week) …
 
This episode continues the conversation from Episode 14 with Karen sharing the process she went through to prepare for our ongoing travel lifestyle. There are tips to help you start you on a path of minimalism, and tips she recommends for while you're on the road. We also introduce a new segment called "The best thing to happen to me last week" and…
 
For episode 14 of "From Sumplace New," Jon interviews Karen about her journey toward minimalism — the challenge of being a clothing and decor aesthete who had to whittle down her stuff before hitting the road with the just the basics. The obstacles were plenty and the struggles real, but the transition was well worth it. In the end, Jon may be more…
 
Day 59 of "Bariloche Lockdown" is also time for episode 13 of "From Sumplace New" — the one where Karen and Jon talk about how their perspective of international travel has transformed dramatically during their journey from Seattle to Mexico and South America. Three years ago, international travel meant vacations to tourist destinations every 2-3 y…
 
On January 31, 2019 — a day many people were glad had arrived due to the crappy year 2019 turned out to be (if we only knew what was coming our way!) — Jon had his brand new smart phone stolen in a busy street market in Santiago, Chile. Not swiped from a table or picked from his pocket, but grabbed and wrestled from his hands. How did this happen, …
 
After providing our "Locked down in Bariloche, Argentina update" (there appears to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!), we unveil — with a twist — what we love and hate about being isolated for 44 days and counting. The twist: We didn't share our respective points of view until we recorded the episode. Some are similar and some are qui…
 
Episode 10 kicks off with a day 37 update of lockdown life in Bariloche, Argentina, including our confrontation with the neighbor across the hall who was convinced we were walking Covid-19 infections since we were tourists, as well as updates regarding the latest local restrictions -- no, we're not expecting easing anytime soon. After our update, w…
 
Covid-19 has stolen our ability to travel, so we're stuck in Bariloche, Argentina, and it's not ideal! This episode gets real and shares the latest restrictions in Bariloche (we're only allowed to go outside 3 days a week!) as well as the challenges, struggles and emotions we're dealing with confined to our 2-room apartment. It hasn't been easy sin…
 
Jon kicks off the show with a raspy voice -- was it due to a bout with COVID-19? -- before we jump into today's Travel Stories. During our 20 months of travel, we have encountered numerous situations where strangers go out of their way to lend us a helping hand. In this episode, we share specific experiences about the security guards in Akumal, Mex…
 
Part 2 of our conversation on the importance of being flexible and open-minded while traveling abroad. In the second half of this conversation, we talk about managing tech needs, challenges and solutions; having a plan B for WiFi needs; cell phone data plan options; our Lima Airbnb lost power and forced us to find a new place in one day, and how we…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has the entire world adapting to change. For this episode of "From Sumplace New," we thought it was the ideal time to discuss the importance of being flexible and open-minded while traveling abroad. There's so much information on this subject that we decided to split the episode into two bit-sized morsels instead of a marathon…
 
This short Travel Stories edition of From Sumplace New is all about ... bus travel in South America. Yippie! And before you wince at the thought, we're here to say bus travel is the go-to transportation option throughout the countries we've visited so far (Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina) because it's extremely inexpensive and the buses are very…
 
We picked a great time to launch a travel podcast — just before the coronavirus became a global pandemic! We discuss the impact the lockdown has had on us as well as how calm and civil it has been in Bariloche, Argentina. The primary focus of Episode 4, however, is a review of the seven myths surrounding long-term travel. And here they are: It’s ex…
 
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