This episode explores travel, and I’ll take the partial credit or blame in advance, as it might want to make you quit your job and head off to the airport with a backpack.
I have interviewed some fascinating people from around the world and in the next hour we will actually travel around the world with them. We’ll also explore specific tips and strategies from our conversations related to how they think about travel, how they personally travel, and the role that travel can play in your life. This includes conversations with:
- Vagabonding author Rolf Potts about seeing the world now rather than waiting until some vague “later” that might never happen.
- My friend Kevin Rose about hiding tattoos in foreign lands and getting by without knowing the local language.
- Phil Keoghan from The Amazing Race about a life-changing epiphany earned while shipwreck diving.
- Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly about favorite travel tools and gadgets on our trip through the mountains of Uzbekistan.
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Scroll below for links and show notes…
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Connect with Rolf Potts:
- Connect with Kevin Rose:
- Connect with Phil Keoghan:
- Connect with Kevin Kelly:
- Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts (or enjoy it on Audible)
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- BootsnAll: Independent Travel Community for Indie Travel
- Paris Writing Workshop
- Airbnb: Vacation Rentals, Homes, Experiences, and Places
- Couchsurfing: Meet and Stay with Locals All Over the World
- Araya Totoan
- In spite of the tattoos, Kevin Rose assures us he’s not Yakuza.
- 7-Eleven and Circle K are different in Japan.
- Suntory The Premium Malt’s — “brewed with pride”
- Ghibli Museum
- Instagram photos tagged #takeshitadori
- Over 280 Images of the Most Imaginative & Strange Cosplay at Comic-Con 2016 by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub, Collider
- 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese by Giles Murray
- Japanese Verbs & Essentials of Grammar by Rita Lampkin
- The Amazing Race
- The Last Cruise of Mikhail Lermontov by Derek Grzelewski, New Zealand Geographic
- New Zealand’s Mikhail Lermontov: A Wreck to Die For, Diver Magazine
- The Bottom of The Great Blue Hole in Belize
- The Tien Shan Mountains, Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Uzbekistan, Lonely Planet
- Nau Vice II Blazer
- Logitech Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Stand-Alone Keyboard
- Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs
- Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow
- A compact umbrella with top spray-painted silver to reflect the sun.
- Introducing Rolf Potts. [06:59]
- How does “vagabonding” differ from just going on another vacation? [08:40]
- Rolf’s first vagabonding experience. [11:17]
- Using our own time wealth rather than waiting for the lottery to give us a windfall to travel. [12:32]
- Rolf’s recommended resources for fighting the fears associated with world travel. [13:09]
- How the double-edged sword of technology cuts into the experience of the modern traveler for delightful convenience over inspirational serendipity. [15:00]
- Introducing Kevin Rose. [22:20]
- What it’s like in Japan if you don’t speak the language. [25:03]
- The difference between losing a personal item in Japan and the US. [26:00]
- Tokyo has a reputation for being an expensive city, but you can still have fun on the cheap. [28:54]
- Book recommendations for people who want to learn Japanese. [33:33]
- Introducing Phil Keoghan. [34:25]
- Phil tells us about having a panic attack while diving a shipwreck at 120 feet — and how this charted the course for a life of adventure. [34:59]
- What was Phil’s self-talk when returning to the wreck (and in the moment of facing similar fears)? [47:14]
- Introducing Kevin Kelly. [49:18]
- We cross a pass in the Tian Shan mountains at two thousand meters while Kevin explains the relative geography of Uzbekistan. [50:58]
- My first cool tool. [51:59]
- My second cool tool. [56:57]
- My third cool tool. [59:30]
- My fourth cool tool. [1:02:07]
- Kevin’s heat-repelling cool tool. [1:04:55]
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