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Two digital nomads bringing highly-produced audio storytelling to travel podcasts.

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Two digital nomads bringing highly-produced audio storytelling to travel podcasts.




Airing Out The Stereotypes Of Third World Air Travel [Season 5, Episode 9]

Today, we are going to talk about travel. Yes, we’ve talked about travel for the better part of 4 years. But this time, we’re taking a broader look at how air travel works in places like Southeast Asia. Because unless you’ve experienced it first hand, you likely have some misconceptions about air travel in developing nations. Topics covered include: “Taxis” aren’t always taxiscurbside check-inAirports that make LAX and DFW look like regional airstripsStanding on the walkwaysWhy we really...


It’s Too Painful To Move [Season 5, Episode 8]

Let’s talk about your place of residence. Specifically if you’re renting the place in which you live. And even more specifically, the horrible “switching costs” associated with moving from one address to another. Moving. It sucks. Which is probably why, statistically speaking, you’ve probably lived in the same place for a very long time. Moving… sucks. At least, it does here in the west. But in developing nations? It’s kind of a breeze. We’re sharing with you just how incredibly simple it...


Proselytizing From West To East [Season 5, Episode 7]

It’s hard to believe we’ve been making this podcast for four years, across five different seasons. And in that time, we’ve never really talked about religion. Well… that’s changing. Based on our time abroad in some 20-ish countries in 3.5 years, we’re qualified enough to discuss the “optics” of religion in societies around the world. This isn’t a comparative study of religion for college credit. No, this is real-world things we’ve seen and heard in more than a few nations, from emerging to...


Dirty Underwear Abroad [Season 5, Episode 6]

As you might imagine, there are lots of little things that we notice that bug us. Things you probably ignore. Things that we ignored the first four decades of our lives. Some of those are so baked into the very fabric of our lives, they disappear into the background. So much so, that you don’t think about them. Until you’re out of clean underwear. Listen to this episode and find out exactly how convenient it is to have access to nearly full-service laundry in every home really...


Senegalese Stoner Coffee Stories - SPECIAL RELEASE!

Traveling the world, we’ve had some pretty great coffee. But the Senegalese spiced coffee we found tops the list. Listen in to learn more and to discover that, if you play your cards right, we just might send you some as a token of our appreciation, Patron. ----- This is the actual episode we released to our patrons over the weekend. We're giving it to you, the listener of our "regular" show, so you know what sorts of things we get into on the Patreon-only show. If you like where you...


Grocery Shopping The Western Way [Season 5, Episode 5]

We’re taking a look inside your refrigerator. Not that we care what kind of food you eat. You do you. No, what we want talk about is how the items in your fridge or your pantry got there. We’re claiming expert knowledge of shopping around the world. Where many travelers stick to dining out when they visit a new country, we LIVED in most of the countries when we traveled, and tried to live as “locally” as was possible. That means we shopped in lots of grocery stores, bodegas, fresh produce...


Is the Ethnic Food You Are Eating Really Authentic? [Season 5, Episode 4]

Living in Phoenix Arizona, it really seems like there is a new ethnic restaurant popping up on every corner. Ethiopian food. Peruvian food. Dominican Republic food… You could probably eat the cuisine of a different culture at least once a week (maybe even twice a week) for an entire year and still not have covered all of our ethnic food choices. And that’s us in this overgrown cow-town we call Phoenix! ----- Key Links: Niccolo Chengdu- Best hotel experience in China!Thipsamai- Best Pad...


Make American Healthcare Great Again [Season 5, Episode 1]

Key Links: renuval- Medical tourism to ThailandBonus content & early access ----- One of our biggest concerns was what to do about healthcare as we traveled the world. As good Americans, we bought into the story of incredible the healthcare in America is compared to anywhere else in the world. Turns out, we were suckered. Our first-hand accounts of encounters with the medical system of countries like Denmark, England, Spain, and Thailand have give us a new perspective on what we used to...


Is Pot Culture Hurting Medical Marijuana [S5E2]

Before we go too far down highway 420, we need to stress that the two strongly support a comprehensive repeal of America’s stupid federal ban on cannabis. We’re also keenly interested in the good studies on the medical uses cannabis -- either the whole flower or isolated compounds -- might have on public health. 28 countries -- including the US and Canada -- have some form of medical cannabis law that ostensibly allows an authorized patient to spark up a spliff in the comfort of their own...


Is It Safe To Drink The Water In America? [S5E1]

Key Links Smart medical advicefromDr. Terry SimpsonSupport us on Patreon ---------- There's a common stanza for Americans who travel abroad: DON'T DRINK THE WATER. To find out why -- or even if -- that's a problem, we enlisted the help of one of our good friends, Dr. Terry Simpson. Prepare to be terrified back to the tap… unless you’re traveling overseas.


Sak Yant Wai Kru 2018: Thailand [Ambient Audio #1]

As a special treat to those of you who stay subscribe to our podcast, we’ll be releasing some special, long form audio over the coming weeks as we travel to Cambodia, China, Japan, and Korea before landing back in America. Today, you’ll hear a long-form ambient audio recording of one of the most bizarre -- at least by western standards -- religious events in Thailand. It’s called the Sak Yant Wai Kru. It takes place every year at a temple called Wat Bang Pra, which is about 50 km NW of...


20 Life-Lessons From 20 Different Countries [Season 4, Episode 30]

It’s almost impossible not to learn things as you travel. After traveling to 20 different countries as we’ve lived as expats for over 3 years, we’ve racked up quite a few memories and life-lessons we’ll take back with us to America. On this, the final episode of the 4th season of podcast, we’ll list the major life lessons each of us has learned from every single country we visited across three continents. Some might surprise you. Some might make you think. But all of it should make you...


Bizarre Foods From Around The World We Have Known [Season 4, Episode 29]

In the three years we’ve been traveling the world, we’ve eaten some weird food. But what’s the most bizarre food we’ve encountered. That’s the question we’re answering on this, the penultimate episode of Season 4 of our comedy/travel/advice podcast. (Don’t worry: Season 5 is right around the corner.) For Sheila, the answer was mashed potatoes covered in fish eggs she found -- and loved -- in Spain. Your challenge is to replicate the recipe the next time you sit down for a traditional...


Becoming Gigi and คุณปู่ [Season 4, Episode 28]

If you haven't heard the news, we’re going to be grandparents in the next few months. So of course, the most important thing we have to decide is the names we want this new kid to call us. Today on the program we’ll detail all the names we’ve considered, settling on a few we’d be happy with. We found a few lists of trendy names for grandparents, and a lot of them are just silly. Which we kinda like. Here are the ones what we’re considering, some more or less seriously than...


How Americans View The World [Season 4, Episode 27]

Listener Tiffany from Puerto Rico wants to know what we think about this racist, ignorant map that supposedly denotes how Americans really view the world. Now obviously, we don’t like it, and Tiffany wasn’t looking for us to confirm its accuracy. So we take it as a springboard to talk about the realities of terrible geographic knowledge that plagues American… and probably every other nationality. If you leave us a quick voicemail, we’ll play it -- with an actual answer -- on next week’s...


How Learning Thai Makes You Hate The English Alphabet [Season 4, Episode 26]

Recorded live on location at Save Our Souls after probably too many beers, Evo goes on a tear about the English alphabet. What predicated this outrage/outburst? Learning the Thai alphabet, obviously. (Don’t worry about the incorrect number of Thai consonants and vowels Evo says on the show. Did we mention he’d been drinking?) Linguists probably won’t care much for this episode. But pragmatists, realists, and anyone who isn’t a native English speaker but has learned this goofy language will...


Why We Didn’t Get Rich As Travel Influencers [Season 4, Episode 25]

Today’s show was inspired from Maria, who asked the following: “I wanted to ask your opinion on [NAME REDACTED] travel writer's program. As a travel writer, do you think this program is a good investment?” Without any personal experience with the travel program in question, we decided to reinterpret her question as: “Should I pay good money to take travel-writing specific online course that promises to make me a travel writer rich beyond my wildest dreams?” In a word: No. In more than one...


Estonian Cheese and Beer, It’s Why We’re Here! [Season 4, Episode 24]

When we booked a private Estonian sauna for a couple of hours in Estonia, we knew it was a perfect time to reflect on the best parts of our trip to Tallinn thus far. Even though there was beer involved (are you surprised?) we managed not to ruin our equipment as we recorded in the super-hot sauna or bubbling jacuzzi. But if you get hungry listening to us describe the fantastic beer, cheese, and bread we’ve had during our visit, don’t blame us. Instead, book a trip to Estonia! (No, they...


A Very Dive Bar Xmas in Estonia [Season 4, Episode 23]

We’re in Estonia traveling and really hadn’t intended to put out a show from the road. But on Christmas Eve, we were entertained by a drunken Finn named Miiko at one of Tallinn’s most notorious dive bar, Valli Baar. As our xmas present to you, we chopped the 48 minute rambling down to 5 of the better minutes. You wanted authentica travel stories? You’ve got one. Prepare to be entertained by a typical Finnish meat-eating man who’s way of life is under threat. It’s getting so a man can’t even...


Evo’s Brush With Thailand Motorbike Crash Statistics [Season 4, Episode 22]

A not very funny thing happened on the way to pick up gifts for our supporters: Evo got into a motorcycle accident. As a passenger in an Uber in a very Thai neighborhood of Bangkok. How does a passenger in the back of a car find himself a player in a motorbike crash? Like we said, it’s not a funny story. Hopefully it has a happy ending. Got a question for us? Leave us a quick voicemail. And if you want these episodes early and gain access to all of our bonus content, support us on...