This week we spoke with Trevor Cole, who’s photography captures inimitable moments today to reflect upon tomorrow. Trevor’s photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images which reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world. He seeks the moments and the light in whatever context he finds himself and endeavors to use his photographic acumen to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Trevor also leads small photo tours in Donegal and Ireland but also to other destinations. He lived in Ethiopia from 2006-2010 and since then has returned to take photographers to the Western and Eastern Omo, Harar, the Danakil desert and the highlands of Ethiopia. Additionally Trevor takes photo tours to Iceland, Namibia, Chad, South Sudan, Eritrea and India as well as travelling to discover and capture new locations.
Ray Blakney is probably like every other award-winning Filipino-American entrepreneur who grew up in Turkey and lives in Mexico that you know. His specialty is bootstrapping 6 and 7-figure location independent online businesses (you’ll learn what that is on the podcast). He and his businesses have been featured in #Forbes, #EntrepreneurMagazine, #TheBostonGlobe and other top publications. Ray has also been a speaker at multiple conferences around the world.
Some of his businesses include @LiveLingua (one of the top online language schools), @Twiducate (a social network for schools with over 200k registered users, and Podcast Hawk (a SAAS product that helps you get booked on podcasts on auto-pilot).
In this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of March. We break down our favorite different news articles, including:
Ray Blakney on creating a business that could allow you to become location independent
Trevor Cole on African photography
Travel Around Table on Becoming a Digital Nomad
On this episode of the Travel Around Table, the group discusses some of the issues related to cultural appropriation and how we, as travelers, can become more educated on what it means to appropriate a culture. There was A LOT to unpack here, and I think we did a great job (thanks to our incredibly informed guests) of navigating a very complicated and polarizing topic. By the end of this conversation we had a much deeper understanding of the issue and were able to take away a few things we can do to move the needle in the right direction.
Matilda, Travel Influencer (@moonshyyne) https://mileswithmoonshyyne.ca/
Ariel Rose, Travel and Social Media Coach (@im_arielrose) https://msha.ke/im_arielrose/
Lu Colmenares of The Solo Female Travel Podcast (@lucolmenares_)
Jeannette Ceja, Bilingual TV Host and Travel Journalist (@jetsetwithjeannette) https://www.jetsetwithjeannette.com/
Carolene Méli is an Experience Strategist helping businesses create exceptional experiences for their employees and their guests through inspiring workshops, speaking and 1:1 consulting. She has spent the last 10 years on tour with Cirque du Soleil running front of house departments in 17 different countries and over 50 different cities worldwide. On top of this, she ran the entertainment department on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, coached gymnastics in France and headed a luxury villa experience project in Portugal. Her love of travel and experiencing the world is highly influenced by her multicultural upbringing being born in New Zealand, growing up in Australia, having a Kiwi mother, French father, Spanish grandmother and a Maltese surname. Carolene is now a full-time traveller and has travelled to 41 countries thus far. She is currently based in Montenegro where she works remotely with clients from all over the world.
Charles Hammerton, while in the Royal Air Force, rescued a pet ferret called Bandit. The pair had a great bond and climbed mountains, trekked across countries and raised thousands of pounds for various charities. In 2017, after the loss of close family members and being discharged from the RAF, Charlie and Bandit decided to sell all they had and leave the UK behind to embark on a 10,000 mile road trip across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to Sicily! Charlie is now an author, children’s support worker and business owner... but he’s already planning his next adventure!
Jeannette Ceja is a bilingual Travel Journalist, TV Host, Travel Advisor, and a Global Public Speaker. Last year, she was awarded as one of the top 20 Global Women of Excellence by U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis and the Multi-Ethnic Advisory Task Force. In this conversation we discussed the challenges and ambitions the travel sector faces as it transitions to be more inclusive of all people, cultures, and ethnicities. Jeanette provided valuable insight on her work to increase representation associated with travel companies, and perhaps more importantly, travelers themselves. This was an incredibly insightful conversation, and one that we hope to repeat moving forward!
In this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of February. We break down our favorite different news articles, including:
Jeanette Ceja on cultural inclusivity within the travel industry
Charlie Hammerton on overcoming homelessness and mental health awareness through travel
Carolene Méli, Experience Strategist on how to have the perfect travel experience
The Travel Around Table Discussion: Cultural Appropriation
On this episode of the Travel Around Table, the group discusses how we, as travelers, can be more mindful of the people, culture, cuisine, and general destination we are lucky enough to explore. It all comes back to proper etiquette, and with this conversation we dissected multiple areas where we can be a bit more thoughtful while traveling.
Matt Waugh, a Scottish Expat, moved to Peru in 2006 as a tour leader responsible for groups of tourists from all over the world. He now leads treks throughout Peru and Columbia, and today we discussed his tours through the Columbian jungle! Matt is the Co-Founder of South Andes Tour Agency & Operator which specializes in local options and personalized experiences for hikes in Peru and Columbia.
Inside the Episode:
Nikola Kostic, born in Serbia, has lived in Indonesia for the past 20 years. He has a passion for photography with a strong fascination for cultures in transition. With the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, and the vibrant countries of southeast Asia at his doorstep he’s never short of inspiration, and spends much of my time on the road (and on the ocean) capturing the magic of life through a series of fleeting moments.
Inside the Episode:
In this episode we discuss some of the recent travel related news we found interesting or relevant over the month of January. We break down our favorite different news articles, including:
Nikola Kostic on photographing cultures in transition
Matt Waugh on Exploring Columbia
Travel Around Table discussing Travel Etiquette and Mindfulness
On this episode of the Travel Around Table, the group discusses:
(03:25): We open up strong with budgeting recommendations (or lack thereof)!
(08:55): Amanda and Ryan get into their long history of backpacking around the world.
(24:15): We discuss some of the best ways you can ensure your trip is meaningful.
(37:11): We take a deep dive into the planning aspect of backpacking abroad.
(47:12): We get into work/travel balance for long term travel as a digital nomad.
Wen Muenyi is the creator of HercLéon, the world’s first laundry-free clothing. A native of Cameroon, Wen discovered antimicrobial fabric blends after a trip to Iceland. He realized some fabrics held odors longer than others and committed to discovering why. With four successful crowdfunding campaigns under his belt, the company has earned over $700,000 from hundreds of backers on Indiegogo and Kickstarter — $551,000 in 2020 alone.
Inside the Episode:
(04:52): We start with an introduction of Wen, including his upbringing in Cameroon Africa and some early moments that inspired his travels.
(35:09): Wen brought us through his hilarious story in Iceland that ultimately inspired his laundry free clothing line HercLeon. He found himself in a common situation among backpackers and travelers - being stuck with smelly worn clothes with no idea where the closest washing machine was. It was in those smelly moments that Wen got innovative.
(38:18): HercLeon is a self cleaning fabric, (no, the shirts don't know how to operate a washing machine) meaning the fabric itself actively fights off bacteria growth making it a perfect piece of clothing for those of us who live out of backpacks, climb mountains, sleep on airport floors, and don't know how to eat pad thai with chopsticks. We’re all in!
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