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EOCP #12: Phillip Louie and Olaf Nonkes – Volunteering Through Workaway, Hitchhiking Across Canada, and Visualizing Fear

January 22, 2018

Let’s talk Workaway! Olaf Nonkes from the Netherlands and Phillip Louie from Canada join this week’s podcast. This episode focuses on the world of Workaway and other exciting travel topics. Our discussion takes place while volunteering at the WaGaLiGong Surf Hostel & Bar in Dulan, Taiwan. We were able to land this opportunity thanks to the website, Workaway. Workaway is a platform to connect people (mostly travelers) with hosts. From their website, “It’s the world’s leading community for volunteering, working,…

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EOCP #11: Jason Patrick Irish – Professional Backpacker, Global “Yes Man,” and Lessons From Exploring 119 Countries (and Counting)

January 15, 2018
Backpacking Everest

“Live in the moment. Be a ‘Yes Man.’ Be aware of your limits but also push your limits.” – Jason Patrick Irish   Jason Patrick Irish (@jason.patrick.irish) is a professional backpacker, global “Yes Man,” and world explorer who creates his own opportunities, which has allowed him to visit 119 countries and counting. After graduation from university in 2009, Jason applied to a few odd jobs around the world. One of these was teaching English in South Korea. He received an…

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Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route: A Must for Active Adventure Seekers in Japan

December 22, 2017

I stopped and took a foot off my rusty bike pedal as I slowly and reluctantly looked towards the last climb of the day. My mental and physical state was quickly declining with a setting sun, sore back, and aching butt. Despite exhaustion creeping into my body and a craving for sushi growing by the minute, I could not wipe the smile off my face. I had looked forward to cycling the Shimanami Kaido immediately after learning about it two…

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EOCP #10: Jan Illner and Yannick Klijnsma – Ten-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

December 17, 2017

“Everything we have, everything that is existing, is just right now. Here in this second. Everything else – the future and the past – we are just constructing with our mind.”   Ten days of silence. No cellphones or electronics. No reading, writing, Netflix, or any other external stimulation. Ten days of practicing meditation. Sitting cross-legged on a small cushion, walking slower than a sloth, and chanting unknown phrases in Thai. Surrounded by strangers but not asking typical questions like,…

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EOCP #9: Sahan Weliwita – Perspectives From Growing Up and Living Around the World

December 13, 2017

“Destinations and landscapes aren’t a big thing for me…traveling has always been about visiting friends I’ve met throughout my life and establishing or maintaining the relationships.” – Sahan Weliwita     In this episode of the Edge of Comfort Podcast I talk with Sahan Weliwita during a return trip to Singapore. While some might dub Austin Powers the “International Man of Mystery”, this title is actually better suited for Sahan. Answering the question, “Where are you from?” is often difficult…

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EOCP #8: Sophia Iaquinta Part 2 – Packing Light, Creating Experiences, and Understanding Fears

December 5, 2017
Sophia Iaquinta Packing

“Just because you don’t know and aren’t familiar with it, doesn’t mean you should fear it…Try to understand how it’s different and what’s going on, because it’s normal to someone else.” – Sophia Iaquinta Missed Part 1 with Sophia? Listen here.   While you met Sophia in Part 1 or our conversation, you didn’t learn much about her background. Thus, we start by discussing more on Sophia’s story and insights from her travels. After working as a nurse in a hospital Medical…

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EOCP #7: Sophia Iaquinta Part 1 – Exploring Myanmar and Different Cultures

November 28, 2017
Sophia Myanmar

“In Myanmar, there are times when you don’t see any other tourists. You feel immersed in the culture and what’s going on in daily life…It’s also the land of five million trillion pagodas!” – Sophia Iaquinta You are listening to Part 1 of 2. Listen to Part 2. Sophia Iaquinta (@smiaquinta) joins the Edge of Comfort podcast during her exploration of Myanmar. Originally from Nebraska, Sophia attended university in Minnesota to earn a dual degree in Nursing and Sociology & Anthropology. She…

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EOCP #6: Isa Lindberg – Working in Australia for a Year

November 20, 2017
Isa Australia

“Traveling alone is something you just have to do…It’s such a good thing to do for your self-esteem and confidence. You will be a whole new person.” – Isa Lindberg   Work and Travel in Australia On this episode of the Edge of Comfort Podcast I talk with Isa Lindberg (@isalindberg) from Boden, Sweden. Booking a flight to Australia on short-notice, Isa moved to Sydney during November 2016 to find work and travel. Isa originally planned to only spend 6-months…

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EOCP #5: Advice & Tips For Your Travels

November 13, 2017
Edge of Comfort Travel Advice

Let’s take a moment to reflect and revisit snippets from past episodes with Lars Feste, Theo Moon, Ryoji Yoshimura, and Aqeel Karim. Each snippet is a part of our conversation that offers a good piece of travel advice, tip, or mindset. If you have listened to all the podcasts already, fantastic! These are great reminders and snippets to revisit. If you haven’t heard these yet, you will enjoy listening for the first time. Definitely go back and play the individual…

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EOCP #4: Aqeel Karim – Adventures and Insights From Over 250 Days of Travel

November 5, 2017
Aqeel South America

“I want to push myself to the limit, and this is what happens when you travel…When you travel, you appreciate what you’re doing. You get caught up in this traveling mode of, ‘Why not? Why can’t I go and do this?’ You start to get brave. You start to come out of your shell much more. That’s the beauty of traveling.” – Aqeel Karim Aqeel Karim (@muzzaabroad) is an avid and adventurous world-explorer pushing the boundaries of travel in the…

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