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Oct 14, 2021

How do you know if your nomadic life is on the right track?

Here, the answer to that question is a sort of metric system -- one that lets us organize the chaos of this lifestyle. For any location you're in, these pillars help you thoughtfully assess whether this location is actually giving you what you need.

And, to that point, these pillars are also a vehicle for self-reflection -- a chance to question the way you prioritize your nomadic values.

Aug 30, 2021
When your environment keeps changing, it inevitably becomes more difficult to stay focused. The fluctuation and constant building of new routines is part of the digital nomad charm... But it's also one of our biggest challenges.
 
Here, Eli talks about his approach to building and keeping that focus in new locations -- including both practical tips & more general mindsets!
Jul 30, 2021

How do you record your experiences? Is it even an important part of appreciating what's around you? Or does it take you out of the experience and cheapen it?

In this episode, Eli & Dan discuss their approaches to remembering and looking back on their travels. We debate the importance of doing something now for your future self, the methods of memory capture that we find most meaningful, and the ways in which recording experiences can actually deepen their value.

Also, really want to give a shoutout to StartupBlink -- their global startup ecosystem map & rankings have been updated for 2021. Really fascinating stuff; check it out at www.startupblink.com

Jun 29, 2021

There's something special about just getting in a car, shifting gears, and going... wherever. So in this episode, Eli & Dan talk a bit about the unique, psychological effects of cross-country road trips.

We discuss the experience of shifting landscapes & cultures, the benefits of changing locations, the mentality of reexamining your life story, and a whole lot more.

Are you a big cross-country road-tripper? We'd love to hear your story & where you've been! Give us a shout at dan@becomenomad.com & eli@becomenomad.com

May 31, 2021

The actual tactics behinds saving money while traveling change month to month, year to year. But the necessary mindset underlying it all tends to stay consistent.

In this mini-episode, Eli reflects on his decade-plus of travel to share some "mindset hacks" for living a low-cost lifestyle.

Do you have any hacks that you've implemented into your lifestyle (travel or otherwise)? Let us know at support@becomenomad.com -- we'd love to hear from you!

May 1, 2021

We've talked before about the nomadic social life... But never like this.

This episode won't give you tips for socializing while traveling or anything like that. You can find that elsewhere. But we will talk about social life from a bird's eye view: What are the big challenges and the mentality required.

Join us here for a back-&-forth discussion about what it means to try to build friendships on the road.

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Books mentioned:

Tribes by Sebastian Junger

Social Chemistry by Marissa King

Mar 29, 2021
We're too busy. We're all plugged in. And even for us nomads, it can be easy to lose sight of the greater goals.

 
In this episode, we're trying to recapture our spirituality. With all this talk of building startups and finances and practical elements, let's remember why we're doing all this in the first place.

 
How do we tap into that deeper fulfillment? Is it getting harder as the world gets more connected? And what does it mean to be a spiritual nomad, anyway?

 
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Plus, a huge thanks to our sponsor, Flexverk! They make awesome laptop accessories for travel (think: laptop stands & cases). Check it out at www.flexverk.com and use code "flexnomad" for 10% off (good thru end of April, contrary to what Eli says in the pod intro :) ).


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Mar 1, 2021

Apologies to all! We had a mix-up with the audio yesterday, but are back on track. Full, correct episode is here -- thanks for bearing with us :)

The Camino de Santiago -- it's one of the most famous treks in the world. In this episode, Victor Prince joins us to share the practical & spiritual realities behind such a journey.
 
Victor Prince is the author of The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain. The book shares stories and lessons that he (& dozens of other hikers) learned by walking the 1,000-year-old Camino de Santiago trail across Spain.
 
See photos and videos from Victor's 5 hikes on the Camino at victorprince.com and #TheCaminoWayBook on Facebook.
 
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Also want to give a huge shoutout to our sponsor, FlexVerk!
 
Their laptop products make the transition from work life to personal life seamless -- perfect for anyone who's on the move. Get 10% off with code "flexnomad" (good thru end of April).
 
Jan 30, 2021

When business commitments start increasing, can you still live a nomadic lifestyle? And if yes, how does it differ from a freelance or purely nomadic lifestyle?

In this episode, we continue the conversation from episode 078... But instead of focusing on "what it's like to build a startup while nomading," Eli explains "what it's like to nomad -- while building a startup."

By the end, we surprise ourselves with some candidly open reflections on the nomadic pursuit and what it means for a fulfilling life. What else would you expect from a BN pod??

Our conversation mentions startup ecosystems and StartupBlink's work in tracking them. Check out the map & ranking system here to see what we're talking about!

Dec 28, 2020

On this episode, travel guru Derek Baron pops in to shed insights on his 20+ years of continuous travel.

From the state of travel blogging to digital nomads' evolution to his social mindset, Earl brings his uniquely honest attitude to everything we discuss.

He's one of our favorite travel bloggers -- check out his website to see why!

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