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Author: Sean Tierney

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Nomad Podcast is inspiring stories of lifestyle transition with successful digital nomads. You'll find conversations with nomads, founders and domain experts who share their wisdom and special expertise to help you be more effective on the road. For videos, links, show notes, interview questions, transcripts, travel photos and more visit
42 Episodes
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit:   Matt Rudnitsky helps others write un-putdown-able books. He's worked for Tucker Max's "Book in a Box" and now freelances under the brand "Platypus Books." Learn his tips for writing.    Have you been intending to write a book for ages but constantly find that task at the bottom of your todo list? Or maybe you've made it further and have actually begun the process of writing but now find yourself with writer's block and at a loss for how to move forward? Matt Rudnitsky has dedicated his life to helping others extract that book from their head and get it into print with the least amount of brain damage possible. In this interview Sean and Matt discuss his writing process, how he deals with haters, techniques for breaking writer's block, a horrific travel snafu in Russia, how to sneak into the Super Bowl, fawning praise for Nasim Taleb and more. Enjoy!
For video, links, transcript, show notes and more visit: A common mistake amongst entrepreneurs is becoming obsessed with a product idea and winding up building something nobody wants or needs. Yanir Calisar has managed to learn the technical & business skills via his involvement with various startups throughout his career that have allowed him to build a portfolio of micro niche products that sustain him while he works on his moonshot product Whastlly.  In this interview on my last day in Koh Tao, Thailand we talk about Yanir's process for rapidly validating a product idea and hammering out a proof of concept in 48hrs, his philosophy on lean product development, the startup scene in Tel Aviv Israel, stories of advanced open water night diving, delicious hummus and more. Enjoy! 
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Trevor Wright has cracked the code for essentially free air travel to any destination in the world via his "Mile Method.” Learn how he does it. Trevor has mastered the art of accruing and redeeming travel points via strategic credit card applications. This craft allows him to fly anywhere in the world for $17 per ticket on average (the cost of airport taxes). He’s turned this into his full-time business and has made a living by helping others to fly for free. In this interview we’ll learn the crux of the “Mile Method,” common pitfalls and mistakes for first-timers attempting to play this game, nuances of how to amplify the utility of the miles you accrue via redemption hacks and more. Enjoy!
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit:   Julia Shem has automated and delegated her way into financial and location independence. Learn how she’s done it.    At the age of 27 Julia Shem has accomplished more than the average person having built two side businesses that generate six-figure yearly revenues. And with her technical background she’s automated the entire operation so it largely runs on autopilot. In this interview we delve into Julia’s entrepreneurial journey, her philosophy on automation, her use of meditation, how she employs Tim Ferriss’ practice of “tear setting” for making difficult decisions,  and her latest hobby: kite surfing. Enjoy.
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit:   Johannes Voelkner has built a conference at sea for digital nomads and has cultivated a community of 1200 loyal cruise participants. Hear how he did it.   Johannes wanted a way to meet fellow nomads and travel South America together. In the process of scratching his own itch he inadvertently stumbled into creating a thriving business and community of nomads who meet bi-annually on a cruise ship to grow personally & professionally. Hear his story of how he did it and what he learned in the process.
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit:   Ash co-founded the Lisbon Digital Nomad Meetup which has become the largest meetup of its kind in the world. Learn how he did it.    Ash founded an online vintage arcade emulator site when he was 13 and has had a number of entrepreneurial ventures since. He crossed paths with Trevor Gerhardt of the very first Remote Year group while they were in Turkey and has been a pillar of the Lisbon nomad scene having founded the Digital Nomad Meetup group. That group has been so successful that sent delegates to study how it’s operated to learn why it’s thriving so well.   In this interview we’ll hear about Ash’s video game business, his entrepreneurial journey since his first venture, what’s been involved in growing the largest nomad meetup in the world and what he’s up to with his latest venture purchasing and renovating a coffee shop in Lisbon. Enjoy.
For links, transcription, video, slides, show notes and more visit: This is the audio capture of the opening keynote Sean gave for Nomad Cruise X on 11/30/19. It's the distillation of the top ten lessons extracted from all the guest interviews for this show. If you're a new listener this is a great table of contents index to the current body of interviews. Happy New Year! 
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Darius Moravcik is Head of Growth for Reflectly, a popular journaling mobile app. Learn the ingenious strategy he’s implemented for accelerating their customer acquisition.  What would 20-30k new users per day mean to your business?  Darius has implemented a brilliant strategy for customer acquisition that involves soliciting user-generated ad content and using empirical data to guide ad deployments across a variety of channels and segments. In this interview, Darius shares the details on how he’s added over 4 million new users in a year since joining Reflectly, his philosophy of A/B testing, thoughts on a new exciting channel he’s discovered and his life as a digital nomad. Enjoy!
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: What is the true value of diversity in a travel program? How can you keep productive on the road? How might a program like this work with families? Tune in for answers to these questions and more.  Wifi Tribe is a work/travel program that enables location-independent professionals the ability to plug into a community and live and work in cities around the world for a month at time.  I recently completed my first chapter experience with the Wifi Tribe in Barcelona and had the opportunity to sit down with Diego, Karol and Aura from their team to do a round table discussion on topics like community, diversity, productivity, creativity and nomadic travel. Near the end we also got into an interesting discussion around a forward-looking idea of building a nomadic travel program that could one day accommodate families. What follows is an hour-long engaging conversation with a portion of the management team of Wifi Tribe and the people who have been instrumental in sculping it to be what it is today.If you have a question for them leave it in the comments. This interview picks up where my first interview with Diego left off - you can find that conversation here. Enjoy.
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Liz Ribot became the first community manager for Emmanuel Guisset's vision in Santa Cruz creating the first Outsite. 22 locations later Liz is in charge of global expansion. Hear how she's doing it.  Outsite's goal is to give location-independent workers a community and a place that feels like home the minute you walk in the door. I had the chance to sit down with Liz Ribot, cofounder of Outsite, while she was in Lisbon and talk through the vision and how they're executing on it. In this conversation we discuss the origin story of Outsite, the growing trend of coliving, how they're facilitating community, the details and perks of their membership model and more. Subsequent to the recording of this interview I had the opportunity to stay at Outsite and can vouch that it was a clean and productive place with a great community element. Enjoy!
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Rob Price has spent years understanding the causes and effects of stress. He has built a free app that helps others actuate his learnings. Hear how it works.  Stress contributes to many health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes (and that is to say nothing of an array of potential mental health complications). These negative effects are avoidable however. Rob Price has studied the causative and preventative factors of stress deeply and has created and published a simple, free system to help inoculate people against stress.  In this episode Rob delves into the physiology and neuroscience of how stress works in humans, the ramifications of unchecked, high-stress on individuals and how to combat these issues via a simple practice he's enabled via his app "The Power of Calm."
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Joshua Ashman's firm Expat Tax Professionals won the 2018 Tax Provider of The Year award for their unparalleled service. Learn what you need to know tax-wise as a US expat.   Josh Ashman is the most knowledgeable expert I’ve met on tax-related matters for US citizens living abroad. He’s helped me personally for three consecutive years in qualifying for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and in navigating complex tax issues. I invited him to be a guest on the podcast to help educate others so that they can keep more of their own money.  Having read the IRS documentation on the FEIE and a number of other blog posts on the subject I can confidently say that what follows is the single most concise and comprehensive overview for expats on optimizing your taxes. Note: none of this interview constitutes formal tax advice nor should be construed as establishing a CPA / client relationship. Enjoy! 
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: David and Susan Tierney just celebrated their 50th year of marriage together. Learn about how they met in Venezuela, built a life together in Phoenix and their thoughts on nomadic travel.  Today's episode is special. For the 30th anniversary of this podcast I had the unique opportunity to sit down with my folks and interview them while visiting with them on Martha's Vineyard for their 50th wedding anniversary.  In a time when one out of every two marriages in the US ends in divorce and the average lifespan of a marriage is 8.2 years, it's a treat to interview two people who have made it work for so long. And it's an honor to be able to share stories and wisdom from the two people who are my greatest teachers and mentors.  In this interview we discuss how they met each other in the Peace Corps in Venezuela, their move to wild west frontier of Phoenix, AZ in 1969, starting & growing a law firm which today holds the distinction of <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Best Law Firm in Arizona</a> for the 8th year running as rated by Ranking Arizona. We also discuss the immigration problem confronting the US and what can be done to develop a more sensible and sustainable immigration policy in America. Enjoy!
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Oli Nold has developed a sustainable online business teaching others the secrets he and his partner use to achieve massive results for clients via platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Learn how he does it. Facebook hates Oli Nold. They hate him because he’s cracked the code for how to leverage their platform for promoting businesses effectively without paying Facebook any money. Oli has since replicated his methods on neighboring platforms LinkedIn and Instagram and is now teaching others how to apply these techniques for obtaining breakout results in their own businesses.  In thos episode Oli shares the four “tumblers" that unlock viral visibility for posts on LinkedIn, his process for outsourcing specific aspects of social media, the main pillars of the Traffic Secrets Academy, insights about the role of emotion in selling, and an ingenious hack that will change how you share your videos on FB and enable deep insight into who is interacting with your videos.
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Khemit Bailey quit his role at Apple to pursue development of a methodology that helps people discover their core values through mining insights from their favorite movies. Learn how it works. Myths are humans' attempts to answer timeless, fundamental questions. Khemit believes movies are the modern day vessel of these mythological stories and that our emotional reactions to them hold the clues for unlocking insights about our true purpose in the world.   Khemit developed The Character Arc Academy to enable us to excavate our core values via analyzing our reactions to our favorite films. In this episode we dig into his technique called "Smart Streaming" for extracting these insights through focused movie watching. We discuss the nature of the societal "mythological crisis," how to implement smart streaming to re-establish alignment with our core values and the power this can have for unlocking our natural potential. Enjoy!
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Miles Anthony runs an ecommerce business that enables him financial and geo freedom to travel. He's gone nomadic and is now using profits of that business to run a self-funded venture fund focused on the blockchain space. Learn how he's doing it. Miles discovered an unserved market niche in college in the electronics space and created an ecommerce business selling power bricks for mobile devices. He's now parlaying the profits of that business into his next venture, Flux Capital. He's working with technical teams around the world to build out gaming assets in virtual, decentralized worlds that are based on blockchain technology.  In this conversation we delve into Mile's journey creating his ecommerce business, lessons he's learned along the way in entrepreneurship, we spend the majority of time demystifying concepts related to blockchain and cryptocurrency and having a philosophical discussion about what the future of money looks like. Enjoy! 
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Christiaan Oosterveen went from prison inmate to professional speaker. He's now rewiring his brain and body to run a sub 3-hour marathon having never run before. Christiaan found himself in a Dutch prison in 2015 for unpaid insurance debts. While behind bars he was inspired by Richard Branson's biography and similar situation to delve into the neuro science of behavior. Through study of Neuro-Linguistic Programming he has developed a framework for self-transformation that has brought him out of debt and vaulted him into the limelight as a public speaker. He's now seeking to prove his methodology by transforming himself into a top 2% upper-echelon marathon runner having never run before. This is his story.   
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Sondre Rasch has created not one but two separate companies as a part of the Y Combinator incubator. His latest, SafetyWing, is disrupting the insurance industry for nomads. Learn how. Services like AirBnb and Uber have disrupted the age old hospitality and transportation industries and vastly improved the experience for nomads. The insurance however remains largely in the stone ages in terms of usability, accessibility and alignment of incentives.  Sondre Rasch felt these pains intimately both from an employer perspective as well as a nomad consumer perspective. He encouraged colleagues to take up the torch and address the deficiency but when nobody did, he took it on himself and started SafetyWing. In this episode you'll learn about pitfalls of the insurance industry, Sondre's entrepreneurial journey with Konsus and SafetyWing, recommendations for aspiring YC applicants, productivity advice for entrepreneurs and more. Enjoy!  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
 For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Christa was nearly paralyzed in a diving accident in college. She made a full recovery and subsequently adopted an attitude of living life to the fullest. Hear how she has applied that in her life since. With only a week to go before leaving for her study abroad program in college Christa found herself in the hospital with a broken neck from a diving accident. She miraculously made a full recovery and vowed to never miss an opportunity to accomplish an item from her bucket list. Years later she traveled to 53 countries and checcked off countless bucket list items. Hear from Christa about this formative experience, the work she does for her startup, how she's grown an impressive Instagram following of over 16k people, her experience teaching english in Thailand, starting her nomadic journey in Costa Rica and more. Enjoy! 
For the full audio interview, transcript, show notes, photos and more visit: Danielle Thompson has architected an amazing life of world travel and helping other freelancers via her online course. Listen to her journey and where she's headed next.  A visit to Costa Rica led Danielle down the path of adopting the nomadic lifestyle. Fast forward a year and she's now built an impressive agency business and as well an online academy to help empower other freelancers to achieve financial success and freedom of mobility in their businesses. Danielle recently checked off a bucket list item of signing a long-term lease living with friends in an amazing house in Bali. In this conversation we discuss Danielle's morning routine, what meditation means to her, her multiple experiences with ayahuasca, productivity tools, mindset adjustments, biofeedback and more. Enjoy this conversation.
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