“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” (Nelson Mandela)
Having started out as an English teacher with the JET programme (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme), Brad has now lived over 12 years in Japan! We talk about teaching English abroad, how much learning a local language can transform a trip, and the little things that led him to pursue a Doctorate of Education in Postsecondary Leadership.
- [Minute 0:00-12:00] Talks about the living in Nikappu, Hokkaido with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
- Highly recommends learning basic phrases in the local language of the country you’re visiting!
- Brad’s favourite language apps: Duo lingo for a base of vocabulary and grammar, and HelloTalk to communicate with others.
- Great book on the Middle East: Thomas Friedman’s From Beirut to Jerusalem
“Only put off till tomorrow what you’re willing to die having left undone” (Pablo Picasso)
August 9, 2019
Sherrod was born in Guyana, lived in Barbados, and travelled throughout the Carribean with a performing arts company. Today, he calls Winnipeg home. Hear about how Sherrod’s life has led him here, and how he connects with community in Winnipeg.
- Guyana is the only english speaking country in South America.
- Sherrod explained the symbolism of the Guyanese flag also known as the Golden Arrowhead, which you can see here
- Sherrod’s favourite Guyanese dishes:
- Roti and curry chicken
- Dhalpuri roti
- Guyanese cook-up rice
- Guyanese pepperpot
- Black cakes
- Cornmeal cou-cou with salmon
- Sorrel drink
- Ginger beer
August 2, 2019
What if you returned home from a trip having achieved a very specific goal? Purpose Driven Travel is choosing a focus for the duration of a trip, but there are also less-obvious benefits to it.
- Libby + Brad stayed at the Wu Wei Si Monastery in China, and also studied mandarin at Keats School in Kunming, China, and worked in a rice paddy in Japan as a part of helpx.net
- Check out episodes 10, 13 or 19 to hear more from travellers that have engaged with purpose driven travel in different ways!
- Episode artwork by Laura Studney!
For me, the only way you can “live like a local” is when you’re stepping into the place of the local.
When you’re in their house, taking care of their animals, going to the market that they recommend.
July 26, 2019
Since leaving home almost 10 years ago, Dalene and her husband Pete have housesat around the world, travelled to far away places like Greenland and the Faroe Islands, become National Geographic Travelers of the Year, and NATJA Medalist for Best Independent Travel Blog. In this episode, you’ll find out all about international housesitting, and Dalene also shared about the grief that resulted in deciding to change their lives, and how they ended up setting roots back home in Alberta once again in 2016.
- Housesitting website Nomador was mentioned quite a few times in this episode
- Buy the “How to become a house sitter and travel the world” e-book: 100% of proceeds go to the Last Chance Cat Ranch
- Check out Dalene and Pete’s blog to find out about how they became Travelers of the Year, went to the Faroe Islands, and more!
- There is one swear in this episode, after minute 30. Put on your headphones if kiddos are around!
- Episode Artwork by Laura Studney
You always have to be able to carry your home with you, regardless of where you are.
July 19, 2019
Having moved from Nigeria to Canada for University, Tobi has lived a life driven by storytelling and writing. We talk about the building blocks of Tobi’s life, the concept of home, growing up in Nigeria and his most recent book: The Burgess Theory.
- In Nigeria, Tobi lived in Port Harcourt and Lagos.
- Hearing the Christine Blasey Ford case in the USA inspired Tobi’s book, the Burgess Theory.
- Tumblr post: What does home mean to you?
- Tobi’s PechaKucha talk: u
- Nigerian Authors Tobi Recommends:
Episode 17: 5 Tips to Unplug While on Vacation
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, even you.” -Anne Lamott.
July 12, 2019
Do you struggle with unplugging on vacation? Here are 5 unique tips to help you unplug and shake off stress, emails and screens just like a dog that’s shaking off after a swim. Doggedly: In a manner that shows tenacity and grim persistence.
- Tip #1 is from Courtney Carver: Be More with Less
- Quoted in the episode: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, even you.” -Anne Lamott
- Episode artwork by Laura Studney! Welcome to the Team!
Episode 16: Daria- Backpacking With Children, and Without (Many) Plans
“We got a little cabin on the ocean! WE’RE NOT IN OUR TENT!”
July 5, 2019
What happens when a couple takes their 5 and 8 year old travelling for an entire year? In the book “Don’t Try This at Home”, Winnipeggers Daria and Rob took on an ambitious goal and caught themselves in a series of misadventures in 15 different countries!
- Travelled to: New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru Ecuador, Colombia, Thailand, Singapore
- Their budget for a family of 4 was $150/day
- Check out Daria’s website for her blogs, e-newsletter, and other book, The Prairie Bridesmaid
- Article: “I briefly lost my 5 year old in Thailand“
INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!! We’re giving away “Don’t Try This at Home” if you enter before July 10th. Click here for more details!
Episode 15: Olivia- Teaching at Russian and Chinese International Schools
I’d never even heard of Kazan. Yet, here we are!
June 21, 2019
Can you imagine going to a job fair to find out which country you’ll live in for the next 3 years? Olivia, a teacher from New Zealand, spills on life teaching at an International School in Kazan, Russia, her very recent -and unusual- wedding, and upcoming summer travels in Europe and the USA with her husband and a dog!
Episode 14: Live Recording! “Finding Armchair Travel” at PechaKucha Winnipeg
Where has your curiosity taken you lately?
June 14, 2019
Where has your curiosity taken you lately? Libby went LIVE about Travelling Minds at PechaKucha (Peh-CHUK-cha) Winnipeg! In this episode, Justin Ladia (@jrladia), organizer of Winnipeg’s PechaKucha, tells us what it is, and what it means to him and the creative community. At min. 8:30, Libby’s recorded talk begins.
- PechaKucha is an international movement started by Klein Dytham Architecture. On June 6th 2019 (vol. 38), there were 12 events happening on the exact same day around the world!
- Visit Pechakucha Winnipeg for the full presentations; follow @pkn_winnipeg (Twitter, IG) or @pechakuchawinnipeg on Facebook.
- Check out Justin’s favourite talks: What’s up with Trans?, It’s a Squirelly World, and Stories are Important, Let’s Tell Good Stories.
- PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.
- Libby made one fantabulous slip up in her talk: instead of 1790 (Xavier De Maistre), she said 1970! Wait for it…!
Episode 13: Ryan- Cycling Across Europe from Turkey to Portugal
“Following your own advice is hard to do.”
Jun 7, 2019
10 years ago, Ryan cycled across Canada. In March and April 2019, the coach and mortgage broker hit the road again, this time cycling Europe from East to West, through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal. A total of 3500 miles in 2 months!
- Recommends reading The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
- Travelled with his little pals Conan Connelly and Maverick “Jet Dog” O’Malley
- Learn more about Ryan on his website, or on instagram: @rumotiv8d!
Episode 12: How to Pick Accommodation Like a Nomad
May 31, 2019
In this tips and tricks episode, find out three quick questions to ask yourself and make the most of your accommodation on a nomadic trip. By considering Me-Time, We-Time, and See-Time, take pressure off your budget, and become more intentional about how you book!
Photo: The view from “me-time” accommodations in Busan, South Korea- by far one of my favourite places!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Episode 11: Bryce and Lana – Health, Mishaps, and Silver Linings Abroad
“Always learn from others’ experiences, but always take them with a grain of salt.”
May 24, 2019
With travel plans overhauled when Lana was suddenly injured, both Bryce and Lana also have chronic health conditions. They will tell how they prepared for an ambitious nomadic year away, and how they adapted to ‘worst case scenario’ situations. Hear about their trip from Saskatchewan to Newfoundland, to England, France, Toronto, then Thailand, Bali, Burma, and Malaysia. Although travels strayed from the original plans, their relationship with one another, and unexpected time spent with family and friends is the silver lining.
After our chat, they added this thought:
“It was a powerful year of discovering old friendships- across Canada and around the world- and making new ones. That is what travel is about: relationships.”
- Lana had lived and worked with Karen people(refugees from the Kayin State in Myanmar (Burma)) both in Thailand as a volunteer 20 years ago and more recently in Saskatoon as an EAL Teacher.
- While travelling with insulin, Lana used FRIO (a light and compact cooling device that she could use in her backpack) “Truly a life-changer.”
- Sites including Booking.com; tripadvisor.com; workaway.com; airbnb.com and the discussion boards on lonelyplanet.com were incredibly useful resources.
- To get around, try GoCar in Asia (like Uber) and Blablacar in Europe.
Newfoundland is gorgeous in the summer. Gros Morne National Park provides an exceptional quality and variety of hikes. There are other beautiful and exhilarating outdoor spots within an hour or two of the park as well.
- The hardest thing was to leave pets for a year with their families. “We really felt the difference. We held them even closer since we’ve been back.
Episode 10: Danya- On Seasonal Work, Surfing, Yoga and Wanda the Van
“People ask me what my favourite country is, and a lot of it has to do not with the actual country but the people within it.”
May 17, 2019
As a massage therapist doing seasonal work, Danya began travelling in the off season in Europe, South/Central America, Southeast Asia, Australia and the list goes on. She now lives in her van, Wanda, and is a certified yoga teacher sprouting some new dreams. We talk about van life, purpose driven travel and bug bites in the Amazon.
- Get your adventure started: Join Danya and Becky on a YogA’dventure. Want to know more? https://www.lokahiadventures.com IG: @lokahiadventure
- If you love animals, Danya highly recommends volunteering at Inta Wara Yassi in Bolivia.
- The ocelot is a small wild cat that Danya would take out for “walks” in the Amazon. (Yep, you read that right!)
Episode 9: Row – A Family of 4 Finds a Home Base in France
Getting along with gratitude.
May 3, 2019
Hear how a wishlist created 19 years ago led to a family of 4 travelling in Europe for 4 months (May-Aug 2017). Row, Kelly, and their pre-teen sons Jonathan and Adam rented a house in Orbey, France, which was a home base while they also travelled weekly using the Eurail 3 month pass.
- Row, her husband Kelly and their two kids: Jonathan (12) Adam (11) travelled May – Aug 2017 and saw 15 countries, 38 cities.
- Travelled with the Eurail pass for 3 months. After 90 days, they had to leave the Schengen region, so split one month between Montenegro and the UK.
- Unexpected surprise: Kotor, Montenegro was beautiful, great for families. There was also a waterpark in Budva that was a huge hit since it was scorching hot : 40 – 45 degrees with humidity!
- Loved the first class train from Prague: “It’s the best meal we ever had!”
- Most adventurous experience was canyoning in Fier, France.
- The hiking in St Wolfgang, Austria was so beautiful they nicknamed it “God’s Country!”
Episode 8: 4 Ways Support Your Career While Travelling
April 26, 2019
Host Libby Jeffrey explores how focussing on ‘soft skills’ while travelling can set you up for success when you come home from a big trip and are looking for work. Soft skills including Creativity, Collaboration, Adaptability and Time Management are both valuable for the workplace, and easily integrated into a trip!
- Linkedin Article: These 4 Ideas are Shaping the Future of HR and Hiring
- Linkedin Article: The Most In-Demand Hard and Soft Skills of 2019
- Trail Wallet App: this is how I record my budget because its easy to use and converts prices to my ‘home’ currency!
- Working Visas for Canadian 18-35 year olds: International Experience Canada
- Work Exchange opportunities: Helpx, Wwoofing, Workaway
Episode 7: Amber- From Temping Agencies in NZ & the UK to a Career in Travel
Put one foot in front of the other, and just do it.
April 19, 2019
Amber’s work abroad with temping agencies in New Zealand and Scotland led to a career in her home city of Winnipeg that takes her around the world. She could be on a work trip in Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel or at home coordinating exchange programs with University students: both allow her to live a life of travel!
- Amber also travelled for varying periods of time in Europe, India, Asia, Australia, southern Africa and Morocco.
- In the picture, she is in Inhambane, Mozambique.
- The International Experience Canada visa is available to all Canadian 18-35 year olds to work in dozens of countries around the world. Find out more here
- Amber discovered her favourite book when she was in the UK: The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice.
Episode 6: May Lin- Rediscovering Identity and Language Abroad
“Wherever you are, be all there!”
April 12, 2019
May Lin left Canada 3 years ago to join her husband, Seb in France. We talk about treating culture shock with cheese sandwiches in Paris (worth a try), becoming a ‘trailing wife’ in Nairobi, Kenya and how along the way, May Lin has been pulled out of her ‘Canadian bubble’ when it comes to race, multiculturalism and identity.
- “Wherever you are, be all there!” ― Jim Elliot
- When May Lin taught English in France, she got an International Experience Canada visa, available to all 18-35 year olds to work in dozens of countries around the world. Find out more here
- Recommended by Libby: For more on identity, race, language, and culture, check out NPR’s Code Switch podcast. Hosted by journalists of colour, a great description of their show is actually a question: “Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity and you just get… stuck?”
Episode 5: Susie- Exploring International Development and Climate Change in Malawi
Curiosity did not kill the cat.
April 5, 2019
A far-reaching conversation that spans international development, responsible tourism, adaptation to climate change, and bad dance moves at a wedding. Susie shares how her 1 year teaching English in France turned into a total of 5 years spent between France, England, India and Malawi.
- Photo: Helping with a reforestation project while working in Malawi
- Susie initially went to France to teach english with the Assistants de langue program
- Studied International Development at Oxford University in England
- In Kerala India, Susie studied social change among the adivasi (Indigenous tribal people- no formal title for the group) who occupied part of the Harrisons Malayalam Ltd rubber plantation
- Found work in Zomba, Malawi via CIDA (now Global Affairs), which connected her with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and in the end worked for LEAD: Leadership for Environment and Development with the Southern and Eastern Africa chapter
- Zomba is a city of 93000 people, Malawi is located in southeastern Africa
- Highly recommends climbing the Mulanje Massif in Malawi
Episode 4: Miranda- Working in Glasgow and London
March 29, 2019
Miranda left for Europe in 2005, which kicked off a love story with Glasgow, Scotland. After finishing her initial working visa and working with a temp agency, Miranda studied nursing to eventually move back and get a sponsored visa. Now that Miranda and her son Declan have returned and are setting up life in Winnipeg, we talk pubs, working abroad, pop culture, and homesickness for Glasgow. Then we had a pure dead brilliant night out!
- When Miranda first left Canada, she worked in Scotland with the International Experience Canada visa, available to all 18-35 year olds to work in dozens of countries around the world. Find out more here
- Auchentoschan scotch is distilled just outside of Glasgow and known as a great ‘breakfast whiskey’
- Eurovision 2014’s Conchita Wurst is a must watch: click here. To go further down the rabbit hole, check out Best of Eurovision, and Abba’s winning year in 1974.
- Český Krumlov is a fabulous little town in the Czech Republic
- “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Samuel Johnson
Episode 3: Matt and Ariel – Backpacking Europe, Asia and Oceania (Plus a USA Van Trip!)
March 22, 2019
This week, I talked to Matt and Ariel from Saskatchewan, who now live in Vancouver. Matt and Ariel travelled for 10 months in 2017-18 in Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, Tasmania and my favourite part: wrapped up the trip with a retrofitted van and camped their way through the United States public lands. This was their “pre-moon”: a honeymoon before getting married!
- Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England
- Portugal in the off-season (November) was fantastic! Particularly: Lisbon, Ericeira, Porto, Coimbra, National Park of Peneda-Geres
Southeast Asia and Australia/Oceania: 19:16
Roadtrip in America: 30:00
- The West is Best – camping on the public lands in the United States was some of their cheapest and most rewarding portion of our travels, in a Toyota Senyina mini-van.
- Southwest Corner: Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado (major National parks examples- Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyon Lands)
- Drove across the mid-west, explored the east coast White Mountain region, Maine (e.g. Acadia National park), Visited friends, family and the Great Lakes, finished the trip in Yellowstone National Park and the Teton region
Episode 2. Judy and Ron- A 34 Year Long Nomadic Career
March 15, 2019
We’re hearing from my Aunt Judy and Uncle Ron, who in 1970, first left the Manitoba prairies for Ottawa, Canada’s capital and left for Australia one year later with the Federal Government.
What followed was 34 years of long-term travel and over that time, a total of 12 moves: their postings would be anywhere from 2-4 years at a time, and ranged all corners of the earth including (in order): Ottawa, Australia, Cuba, Los Angeles, Edmonton AB, Kuwait, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Pittsburgh USA, Edmonton, Norway, Ottawa Ontario, Ladysmith BC, and most recently, Winnipeg MB.
Episode 1. Welcome! People create the paradise you find.
March 8, 2019
Thanks for welcoming me into your ears with this new podcast (has anyone ever thanked you for that?!). This first episode is a little bit about me.
- Modern Gonzo: http://mg.mettamedia.ca/finish-the-sentence/
- SWAP (Student Working Abroad Program): http://www.swap.ca
- More about Benin? Start here.
- More about our “year off” in the Cook Islands, New Zealand, China, Japan and Korea? Start here.
- Special thanks to Mark Dyck, who inspired this project with his bakers podcast, Rise Up!
- Happy International Women’s Day, in memory of Brownie Lee and Amber Duncalfe.