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Optimize your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual life with interviews from experts in fitness, meditation, psychology, travel, and entrepreneurship. If you like Tim Ferriss, Joe Rogan, Dave Asprey, or Ben Greenfield, you'll be inspired. Come by part of our community led by Matt Wilson co-founder of the travel company Under30Experiences.
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Dec 27, 2017

Amanda Goolsby is an executive coach, business consultant, fitness professional and world traveler. She was one of the original staff at the fitness brand Orange Theory, the fastest growing franchise in history. After growing with Orange Theory for 5.5 years, going from overseeing one million dollars in revenue to over twenty million in revenue, she has started a new chapter of her life helping driven high achieving leaders reach aligned success through coaching.

Our episode this week is all about figuring out who you are and what’s important to you. Amanda experienced an amazing journey from a debilitating accident, to selling drugs, to a spontaneous move from Portland to Phoenix, to working her way up the ladder running an extremely popular fitness business and finally starting her own coaching business a few months ago.

We discuss how her trips to Costa Rica and Malawi were a huge turning point for her, and how travel has continued to be important to her over the years. She also shares some of her biohacking tricks to prevent jet lag on long international journeys.

Amanda details her journaling practices to separate identity from ego, and her end of year reflection exercises. She discusses how getting to know herself has taught her how to avoid burnout by balancing relaxation, breaks, hard work, and fitness.

Read the full article on the Under30Experiences blog.

Dec 20, 2017

Dr Sharad Paul, author of the book “The Genetics of Health,” has lived across the world over the years. In addition to being an author, he is also an evolutionary biologist and holds a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics /Master of Philosophy from the University of Glasgow. He is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy based on his groundbreaking research into the best skin lines for cutaneous surgery.

His Skin Surgery Clinic has one of the largest series of skin cancer patients worldwide, with over 100,000 consultations and 45,000 operations since the clinic opened in 1996. He initially trained in general and plastic surgery and is currently a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, and is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners.

Our episode this week is all about the role of genetics in health, specifically discussing wellness measures we can take based on testing our genetic background. We discuss the roles Omega 3 and Vitamin D play in health, the evolutionary basis for race as it relates to Vitamin D absorption, and how we can optimize our internal environment by carefully selecting what we put into our bodies.

 

Dr Paul shares some general wellness measures that can be fine-tuned after genetic testing. His number one piece of advice is to eat unprocessed foods low in salt and sugar, move for flexibility and endurance, and live socially and positively.

Read the full article here: 
https://www.under30experiences.com/category/live-different-podcast

Dec 13, 2017

David Simnick is the CEO and Co-founder of Soapbox Soaps. He had the idea for Soapbox when he was working as a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development and then began making soap on the side. Soapbox had their first big break selling with WholeFoods and currently sells their personal care products in major retailers across the US (Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, Meyer, Kroger, and Walmart to name a few). They have been featured on the Today Show, MSNBC, Entrepreneur magazine, and Forbes.

David has even given a TEDx talk entitled “Great Leaders Need Authenticity.” Soapbox was founded on a mission to save lives and make a difference in the world. They produce quality personal care products without harmful ingredients, participate in soap recycling programs with hotels to reduce personal care products in landfills, and give away one bar of soap to the less fortunate per every product sold.

Our episode this week is all about how personal care products are so much more than just a way to stay clean. We discuss the involvement of soap with disease, school attendance, and landfill waste.

With a lot of humility and very very small beginnings, David googled how to make soap and made his first batch in his kitchen at American University. From there, Soapbox Soaps has grown tremendously and even went through a major rebranding recently. They pride themselves on not including any ingredients that are thought to be harmful, toxic, or carcinogenic.

Did you know soap works in a similar way to how oil and water separate? When soap gets in contact with water, it picks up the particles on the top layer of your skin and that’s what’s washed off.

In this episode, we discuss how importing personal care items can upset local economies, and steps organizations can take to provide these items by working with local NGOs instead. We talk about working together with hotels to recycle soap and prevent it from accumulating in landfills. David elaborates on the multiple factors that play into creating an affordable and accessible product, as well the relationship between why a customer makes a personal care purchase and the branding displayed on products.

David fills us in on the development of Soapbox Soaps, some of the struggles they have faced, and what they are working towards. He also gives advice for budding entrepreneurs from his own experience.

Dec 6, 2017

Jen DeSimone is Under30Experiences’ Chief of Community and a certified life coach.

Jen’s passion is to support people living their most radiant lives. As the Chief of Community for U30X and a lifestyle coach, Jen is able to support her passions and live a fulfilled lifestyle. She is also a strong advocate for the importance of taking risks in your life.

We kick off the conversation speaking about our relationship with food and how to feel empowered eating foods catered to your body.

Jen speaks about her health journey and how she approaches food choices as an opportunity to play as adults.

She also opens up about being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and how it impacted her to make a change in her meal choices.

In this episode we really dive in the topics of health, choices, diets, and how to begin crafting a diet that’s right for you.

Nobody is going to care more to take time to learn about your body than you, so invest the time to find the content that speaks to you and peaks your curiosity.

Nov 29, 2017

Dave Nelson from Milestone Mind is interviewing Matt this week.

We’ll get plenty of insight into some of Matt’s favorite topics including self-improvement, travel, identity, health, sustaining success, and much more.

Dave, the interviewer this week, is the CEO and founder of Milestone Mind. Milestone Mind is a professional coaching organization that helps highly motivated people think through how to get to the next level. Dave was also featured in episode #70 of the Live Different podcast.

Matt Wilson is the regular host of the Live Different podcast and co-founder of Under30Experiences a travel company and community for millennials.

We kick off the episode by talking about fulfillment and how Matt lives a more fulfilled life by seeking improvement every single day, taking baby steps, and paying his experiences forward.

Today, Matt pays his experiences forward with Under30Experiences and we discuss how you can find your own authentic narrative to sustain your own success. Surrounding yourself with the right people who will encourage you to seek improvement and stick to the path is essential.

Learn about the journey of how Under30Experiences started from one retreat style trip to dozens of locations, hundreds of trips around the world, and serving thousands of millennials.

Finally, create a new identity through the power of travel because identity is where everything starts. Behaviors, values, traits, even environments all help foster your identity. By traveling you can re-engineer your identity in a good and healthy way that allows you to thrive.

Nov 22, 2017

Cody McLain is the founder of SupportNinja. He started his first business at 15 years old and has since built and sold four companies that have grossed millions in revenue.

Cody has been featured in several notable publications including Forbes, Mashable, and Entrepreneur.

Today, he blogs regularly on his website CodyMcLain.com. He’s also the Executive Chairman at SupportNinja, a service dedicated to helping entrepreneurs become more efficient and scale their businesses.

We sit down with Cody to chat about how he started his successful entrepreneurship journey, developing a limitless mindset, and creating habits that help will you succeed.

Cody grew up in adverse circumstances but instead of burying himself in sorrows, he decided to start building businesses.

We discuss the importance of starting with a few small wins in order to create a growth mindset. Cody shares the small wins and habits that guide him towards limitless potential.

We also talk about how creating keystone habits that prioritize your mind and body. Cody walks us through some important takeaways on habit formation and the necessary steps to make good habits stick through intentional commitment.

Nov 4, 2017

David Spinks is the Founder and CEO of CMX Media. CMX is an association for community managers that provides events, membership, and training for teams and companies on how to launch and scale communities.

He started CMX Summit and CMX Hub after he noticed that the thousands of community builders in the world weren’t talking to one another. Ultimately, David seeks to help and empower communities through his work with CMX Media.

Our episode this week is all about how community can help us live happier, healthier, and longer lives. We discuss how to find our community, and even how we can create our own tribe.

For all of human history, community has played a vital role in our safety and sense of purpose. Over the years, quality connection has been replaced by quantity - leading us down the path of a thousand connections, but has simultaneously left us feeling alone.

In this episode we talk about how finding community in the 21st century can be challenging, but is imperative to our wellbeing. David gives us actionable advice on how looking for opportunities to help others can help us find our tribe, and reap in the benefits of having a support system around us.

Community has the power to extend our lives, and David is in the business of forming quality communities.

Listen to this episode and live a longer happier life with quality community.

Nov 4, 2017

Chris Hughes is an internet entrepreneur, world traveler, surfer, author, and CPA (Cost per acquisition) expert. Chris has been able to make a living as an internet entrepreneur while traveling the world, but it did not come easy.

He’s become a successful business owner by using “brute perseverance and force” to get to where he wanted to be.

It took Chris 6 years of experimenting and failing before he was able to make a sustainable living online. Today he lives life as a digital nomad, traveling the world, and surfing on his free time. In order to sustain his location independent lifestyle, Chris has had to experiment and fail consistently until he was able to attain what he wanted.

Chris takes us through the journey of quitting his job, moving to a foreign country, being completely clueless in what he was doing, making his first $800 in one day, and finally making a living online.

We wrap up the episode by talking about how to form our perfect day and the importance of getting clear on what we’re working towards in life.

Nov 1, 2017

Tim Sykes is a penny stock trader, entrepreneur, and full time teacher who has generated millions of dollars through his investment strategies.

Dozens of Tim’s students are now earning six figures/year and he’s also created several millionaire students.

Tim is in a field that is oversaturated with people who misinform and lie. Therefore, he seeks to be a truthful expert in his field and his results speak for themselves.


Today Tim is using his wealth to build 1000 schools around the world in an effort to bring education to those who need it most.

In this episode, we discuss how he’s using the internet to bring exposure to his charity work as well as his business.

Tim has made a lot of money by being the true expert in his specific field. There is a lot of money that can be made from being an expert, and all that’s required is patience.

We also talk travel and how traveling to 114 countries has influenced Tim’s perspective on what’s meaningful in life.

 

We live in an amazing time where you can do anything that you want, all over the world, from anywhere in the world, but most people don’t take advantage of it. Tim drops some knowledge on how we can begin taking steps towards taking advantage of these incredible gifts.

Oct 25, 2017

Leo Babauta is a writer from Guam, who was once deeply in debt, overweight, and a smoker. Within a few short years, he completely eliminated his debt, lost 65 pounds, quit smoking and started Zen Habits which was named Top 25 Blogs by Time Magazine (twice!).

Leo has a wide range of accomplishments from writing a best selling productivity e-book, to creating a habit membership program that helps thousands of people change their habits.

Today, more than 200K subscribers read Leo’s work on Zen Habits where he discusses in greater detail many of the topics we cover in this episode.

We speak about a wide range of topics from overcoming bad habits and urges, to practicing non judgmentalness. Each of the topics we discuss have made a positive impact in Leo’s life and he shares these lessons brilliantly throughout our conversation.

Learn how to let go and even embrace discomfort, strangeness, and resistance through this conversation with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits.

Oct 23, 2017

I, Matt Wilson, was officially homeless.  

Tamarindo, Costa Rica July 2012

My apartment in New York was packed up, my stuff was thrown out, donated, or put in various friend’s attics.  I was free.

I had nothing but my Marmot climbing pack on my back. Minimalism had been achieved.  

Now it was time to see some shit.

My plane landed in the eco-capital of the world-- Costa Rica, where 5% of all the world’s biodiversity lives.  

Did I break out my bucket hat and birdwatching pants and head into the jungle?  

Nope, I went to the most gringo town Costa Rica has to offer and took up surfing.

Goal #1: Learn a new skill

While I wasn’t exactly on an eco-lodge in the jungle growing my own food, hear me out… Tamarindo’s mix of surfing, partying, and people patient enough to listen to my broken Spanish was just what I needed.

Little did I know, surfing would actually be a great way to get in touch with nature and even develop a little more understanding of the zen philosophy I had been studying.

If you are looking to get rid of bad habits, or negative patterns in your life, finding a new hobby or a new skill is a great way to focus your efforts in a new direction.  It’s why they give alcoholics the same advice when they put down the bottle; they are in need of a new best friend.

Speaking of new friends, developing new skills are a great way to meet people who you actually have something in common with.  And yes, this works for romantic encounters as well.  Surfing never worked out for me (it’s all dudes), but yoga has been a great decision (it’s all chicks).  Figure out what you are into and get involved in a community of like-minded people.

Goal #2: Do something physically challenging

Travel has a magical way to pull you into the present moment as your senses are immediately overwhelmed with new sights, sounds, smells, etc… surfing, and any extreme sport for that matter, can do the same.  

I love strenuous physical activities because when you do things that are physically and mentally exhausting like climbing Dead Woman’s Pass or Rainbow Mountain at high altitudes in Peru, there’s no chance your mind is wandering.

Some days the waves were so big I could barely even paddle out.  By the time I even got out there was I was too fatigued to try and catch a wave.  This is the place where you really start learning to be present; when you are questioning your life choices.

When a huge wave is about to crush you, you aren’t thinking about your inbox or to-do list.  

If you are interested in this subject, I recommend the book The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.  

Goal #3: Do Something Mentally Challenging

The waves in Tamarindo can be fucking huge.

Intimidated or not, I had no choice but to paddle out into the lineup, learn the rules of the road, and try to catch my share of waves amongst the overly-aggressive locals. Learning a new skill, and one that can be extremely dangerous, was the perfect way to get myself out of my comfort zone and shock my system.  I was literally developing new neural pathways by learning to do new things with my body.

Everyone says do something that scares you.  It sounds cliche, but when I see people who are afraid of heights do things like zip-line in Costa Rica, or go paragliding in Lima, people have breakthroughs.  If you can jump out of a plane, you can also quit your job, end that toxic relationship, or start that business you’ve been hesitating to do.

Exercise your courage muscle!!   

Goal #4: Do Something in Conjunction with the Planet

Most of us are just so damn disconnected these days.  It’s said that if you live in Hong Kong, you can go the entire year without actually touching your bare feet to the ground.  We now live in not-so-healthy, climate-controlled environments, where it’s possible never to get sunshine, fresh air, or water that is truly clean as I described in my previous post on nature.  Get yourself in the water and immediately you are getting exercise, absorbing nutrients from the salt water, producing Vitamin D by getting in the sun, and taking in beneficial ions and electrons from the sea.  The health benefits are immense.  

You don’t have to go surfing, you can pick something else as your gateway to nature, but for me, it’s pretty cool when you start to think about waves and tides…

You literally sit out there and wait for the earth to move, so you can ride it.  Talk about being in conjunction with the planet.  

And to think the tides are dramatically affected by the moon...That’s some interstellar shit right there.

Even when I paddle out and don’t catch a single wave, the meditative effect of watching wave after wave come in rhythmically while listening to the sound of the ocean, puts me into a good mood for hours after I get out of the water.

Find something that helps you go with the flow.  You won’t regret it. 

Oct 18, 2017

Joe Knoernschild is the co-founder of multi-national apparel giants Hurley and Billabong. He started the companies when he was just 26 years old and on the episode we chat about his love for surfing and adventure. We quickly learn that both surfing and adventure run deep in his DNA.

Joe walks us through his story about how he went from making and selling surfboards, to making millions in sales, and eventually teaming up with Nike.

An important lesson Joe leaves us with is the importance of thinking globally but acting locally.

Join us on this episode where we discuss the connection between surfing and spirituality, travel stories from around the world, and much more.

Oct 16, 2017

“Matt Wilson, you want energy before Mountain Hut?” Siggi said to me in his thick Icelandic accent.  

Hvolsvollur, Iceland March 2012

“Sure Siggi,” I said.  “I’m pretty hungry.”  

Siggi dug into his mom’s refrigerator and pulled out a heaping plate of leftovers.  Mashed potatoes, gravy, and a tender red meat I’d never had before…

“Siggi, this is delicious, what is this?” I asked.

He glanced down at my plate to make sure I was done…

“It’s horse, of course!” he said with a chuckle…

Welcome to Iceland

We were on our way to Siggi’s Mountain Hut deep in the interior of Iceland.  I wish I could describe this place, but it’s hard to put it to words.  

Most people say Iceland looks like the surface of the moon.  Black lava rocks, dense rolling fog coming in off the North Atlantic, and permanently ominous skies.  Just driving down the road, you’ll find waterfall after waterfall coming off the fjords.  Dive deeper into the interior and you’ll find hidden canyons and geothermal steam rising from the ground.  All of this, painted on a backdrop of volcanic glaciers waiting to erupt.  

Siggi and I loaded up his Superjeep and took off down a dirt road.  I know Superjeeps aren’t the most eco-friendly thing in the world, but if you are on the Icelandic Rescue Team like Siggi is, they seem pretty necessary for getting to the top of glaciers and volcanoes.  

Siggi is all about tradition.  He loves to tell stories of Icelandic Sagas that happened literally in his backyard.  His favorite is about Gunnar Hamundarson who lived in the 10th century and could jump his own body length in full armor, back to front.  Icelanders also believe in elves and trolls Siggi tells me.  

Up we climbed to the top of Hekla volcano.  It was getting late, but it didn’t seem to matter to Siggi.  He’d been to the top of this snow capped glacier more times than he could count.  Somehow I was supposed to be reassured knowing that it hadn’t erupted since 2000.  If molten lava did start busting through the icecap causing massive floods that would destroy the valley below us in mere minutes, there was nobody that I’d have more confidence in getting us out alive than Siggi.      

It was almost 11pm now, and we were getting to the top.  Siggi pulled out his favorite Chivas Regal whiskey and two cigars to celebrate as he does atop every mountain he summits.  Looking out at Eykjavikfokull in the distance, time seemed to stop.  That sunset was a game changer for me.  

Under30Experiences was born.

“Damn, I need to do more of this,” I started telling Siggi.  

Sunsets, hiking, and the great outdoors were what I was raised on… how the hell did I get so disconnected?  How did I become so caught up in a superficial world?  

“Why do Americans work so much?” Siggi came back with.  “That’s not all there is to life.”  

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Where am I supposed to go with this article now?  If you aren’t sold by the romanticism of the above, I should probably give up.  

When it comes to designing the life you want, there needs to be a balance.  Yes, I understand technology keeps us connected around the clock, but seriously, put that shit away sometimes.

Maybe you are allergic to nature. (Read the hygiene hypothesis.)  Maybe you don’t like to get dirty as one of my biggest diva friends once told me.  If so, start small.  Find a little green space somewhere in your crowded city and try your best to enjoy it.  Get some sun on your face, take off your shoes and put your feet directly on the ground.  I promise you there are major health benefits like Vitamin D and grounding that I’ll get into in future posts.

This series is about what worked for me in my personal evolution and how you can find your own path.  The answers to my stressors are not going to be the same as yours.  I might have needed a dramatic shock like climbing active volcanoes in Iceland to get me out of my rut.  You might need something else.

Whatever you do, I urge you to get out of your comfort zone.  It sounds cliche, but do something that scares you, even if it’s something as small as attending one of our meetups where you don’t know anyone.  Maybe signing up for a $645 trip to Costa Rica is out of reach for you right now and that’s okay too.

At the end of the day, evolving as a modern human often means going back to the roots of our ancient ancestors before Instagram Addiction was a thing.  Find some silence, fresh air, clean water, and natural beauty around you.  I promise it will open you up to the natural beauty within yourself.  

Oct 11, 2017

Luz Garcia is a 1,500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with 14 years of yoga studies that have consisted of Yoga Works Method, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Shala Method, Restorative, and Prenatal.

Luz is driven by the philosophy that we are students forever and we need to continue learning every day. This philosophy has fueled her to perfect her craft.  

Luz battled against depression and anxiety when she was younger. Through yoga she was able to heal and better understand herself. She literally credits yoga as being a lifesaver for her.

We nerd out about everything yoga, walk through the basics, as well as dive into the more advanced concepts.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, or just thinking about getting started, this episode will help you recognize how practice on the mat can translate over to real life situations.

Finally, we speak about how combining travel and yoga will help you discover a transformative superpower to conquer fear and resistance.

Oct 9, 2017

Matt Wilson

Iceland March 2012: Becoming a Digital Nomad

“Velkomin á Íslandi” I heard as I pried my eyes open getting off the red eye flight.

Beautiful blonde Icelandic women with farm working physiques bullied their way gracefully to the overhead compartment.   

My mountain guide met me at the terminal.  “Hello I am Siggurdur Bjarni Svienson.” (spelling) he said with a long pause.  “But you can call me Siggi he said, with a slight sense of dry Icelandic humor.”  

The sun was barely up.  A thick mist of dense clouds rolled in from the North Atlantic.  The ground was black, covered with sharp lava rock. Not a tree in sight.

Where the fuck am I? I wondered.

I started to feel bad that humans even attempted to live here.

We wound our way down the Icelandic coastline to the capital city of Reykjavik where 230,000 of the 330,000 inhabitants of this bleak terrain decided to call home.

Siggi dropped me at my hostel and said he’d return that evening.

I was on my own.

 

Becoming a Digital Nomad 

What was the first thing I did on my trip to Iceland that Sunday morning at 8 am?  

Answered emails.

I shit you not.

I was addicted.

This is incredibly embarrassing thinking back at it.  Do you know how many people in that inbox truly did not matter?

At the time my Co-founder Jared O’Toole and I were running a successful media site for young entrepreneurs called Under30CEO.com.  It was near the peak of our traffic numbers, at over 500,000 unique visitors per month… we had boatloads of fans from India, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and of course all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

God, we thought we were important.

Note: if you want to see hilarious pictures of Jared and I on jumbotrons in Time Square, ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ, or being invited to yap about the importance of small business on Fox Business, take a look at the article announcing that Under30CEO was acquired.

 

How to Travel the World and Never Really Have a Chance to Enjoy It 

Okay, I’m joking.  But not really.

Everyone wants to be a digital nomad these days… but not so long ago, co-working spaces like WeWork were not a thing, hostels didn’t have conference rooms, and you could’ve actually found a seat at a coffee shop in Austin, Texas.

The reality is, being a digital nomad is fucking awesome.  It’s why it seems that all the cool kids are doing it.

And therein, lies the problem: the cool kids.

Yup, I am sad to say I was one of them.

Addicted to email.  Caffeine.  And worst of all, stress.

The rest of this post is going to be devoted to strategies on…

 

How to break free from your desk, travel the world, and not stress yourself out

I’ll be honest, when I hear someone describe themselves a “digital nomad” I usually cringe.  Call me a seasoned gringo, but the “cool kids club” is exactly why I packed up and left New York.  I’m not trying to hang out with a bunch of stressed out people talking about marketing, complaining about the wifi here in Costa Rica.

If you really want to enjoy the “pura vida” as we say, you’ll first have to get a handle on your travel schedule.  The first rule of thumb is don’t overdo it.

In upcoming posts, you’ll hear me talk about how stressed out I was my first time to Bali, traveling around the island until I found a Starbucks because I had to hit a deadline.  Backpacking and hitting deadlines really doesn’t work.  You shouldn’t try to travel South America while taking on new web design projects.  You need to find somewhere you like and develop a routine so you can be in a higher state of flow, complete you work, and then go have fun.

 

Choose your City

As a general rule, cities have better wifi than rural locations.  This is bad news for me, as I prefer mountain hideaways and surf towns.  These places also have worse 3G and 4G cell service, which you’ll need as backup when the wifi goes down.  If you want some cities that are close to natural wonders, think Medellin, Colombia, or Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Nomad List is an incredible resource for comparing cost of living and intel on how good the wifi is.

 

Choose your Dwelling

This for me is one of the most fun parts of living in places where the dollar goes far.  I’ve lived in $300/month local spots in Costa Rica to massive villas with a pool and security.  My current setup is a private four bedroom house in the jungle, and luckily for me, the lower level has a private entrance which I can Airbnb when I want.  During tourist season I can easily pay my rent with the money earned on Airbnb and when friends, family, or business associates come to visit, they have plenty of space.  

Costa Rica is far from cheap however.  Friends who live in Thailand or Bali can afford places that are absolutely palatial.  

I realize now that I’m making joining the digital nomad “cool kids club” sound a little too easy.  I want you to know that it’s often a pain in the ass to find places to live as a digital nomad.  Remember, in the developing world, a quick google search for “apartamentos Costa Rica” won’t help much.  

Some quick tips:

  • Find local expat groups like “Expatriates in Nicaragua” or “Gringos in Medellin” where there are often listings
  • Make a local connection.  In Cusco, we found the Under30Experiences’ staff house through the brother of the owner of the hotel where we stay.  All the listings online where long term leases only.
  • Ask around.  In Bali, Luz, my girlfriend and Under30Experiences’ Yoga Teacher, found an amazing place to stay right next to the Yoga Barn for just $20 night just by asking her driver.
  • Avoid tourist areas, as people make more money on nightly rentals than they do renting their apartment per month.  Prices of monthly apartments in places like Barcelona become inflated.

 

Pay Attention to Quality of Life

If your job is to work from a computer you need to think about how you can best get into flow state without the interruptions.  Remember-- you want to get your work done and then go explore, and get to know a place.  You won’t want to stay in a hostel for very long as they usually aren’t conducive to work.  There are exceptions like Selina’s across Panama, Colombia, and Costa Rica that offer built in co-working spaces.

When I did a stint in Barcelona, I found a place with a kitchen, connected to a gym, down the street from a great grocery store, with great internet, and lots of cafe’s with wifi nearby just in case I needed a backup place to work.  These are the things that make me productive.  

Other things that digital nomads’ love that are usually affordable and make them more productive include maid service, access to transportation and again, co-working. In Paris I lived a block from the metro and could walk to one of their Anti-cafe concepts where I paid by the hour for co-working.

 

Wifi

The longer you stay in a place, the better you will understand where to get the best internet connection.  Here in Costa Rica, I struggled with the wifi for years until I got it figured out.  Once I discovered that I could have a 4G Personal Hotspot through my cell phone service with Movistar my life changed.  When the wifi is down, I simply put on my hotspot.

Since I’ve been living here for a while, I know to immediately call a technician when the wifi is down.  It helps I’m fluent in Spanish now. Me trying to get the wifi working in French put me back down to tourist status.  

I even have friends who have two internet service providers at their house in Costa Rica just in case one goes down.  Make friends with the wait staff at your favorite cafes so they will reset the router for you.  Select a workspace next door to a restaurant with good wifi.  The Under30Experiences Costa Rica Office always has a backup… thank you Sancho’s!

When selecting a place to set up shop, check out Nomad List’s internet rankings before you go, and once you get to a place use Speedtest.net to see at how many MBPS you are working with.  For a general workday including Skype audio calls and podcast recordings 5-10 MBPS works fine for me.

 

Bring on the Fun

At the end of the day it all comes down to designing the life you want.  I know it’s tempting to try to try and see the entire worldl, but you’ll need to get the backpacking and moving around out of your system until you are exhausted.  Then, go back to a place you really loved and spend more time there.  My initial strategy of traveling every five days was disastrous.  I worked Monday - Friday, packed up, and then traveled to my next destination over the weekend.  This led me to quick burnout as I describe in this throwback “Confessions of a 26 year old Entrepreneur.”

 

Finally, I went back to the place that had the most to offer me.  I wanted to learn Spanish, surf, practice yoga, and live in nature.  Select a place that’s right for you during this point in your life.  Realize that life on the road is lonely, so settling into a place will help you make connections and become part of a community.  I happen to love small town life, where I know everyone at my local bar.  Other people can’t stand it.  

Choose what’s right for you and make sure you find yourself in a place where you can continue to learn and grow as a human.

That’s the point of travel.

Oct 4, 2017

Diana Stobo is the award-winning author of the healthy lifestyle book Get Naked Fast! A Guide to Stripping Away the Foods that Weigh You Down to Lose Weight Fast. The book serves as a guide that Diana wrote from her own personal experience healing herself from illness, losing 100+ pounds, and changing her life.

Diana is an expert on Naked Nourishment and juicing. She is also living proof that a healthy diet can help you lose weight, gain energy, heal your body, and help you to look and feel younger and more vibrant.

Diana helps others heal themselves through her books, 10-day detox program The Naked Challenge, public presentations, and private coaching.

 

The Episode

In this episode she walks us through the ups and downs in her health and wellness journey and how you can apply the lessons she’s learned into your own life. Diana opens up about some health scares in her personal life and how she was able to overcome each of them through diet changes.

 

Diana doesn’t support dogmatic diets, but has always been a proponent of experimenting and listening to your body to understand what to avoid. She talk about diets in terms of “knowing the no’s” not “no-no’s”.

 

This episode will share how to get started taking positive steps towards eliminating toxic foods from your life. We discuss the role coffee, proteins, and even tequila can play in your diet as long as you’re not abusing it.

 

Topics Covered

  • Diana’s health and wellness story
  • Overcoming health obstacles
  • The process of healing
  • The benefits of crystals
  • The importance of what you put in your body and what you put on your body
  • Battling cancer through diet
  • First steps for the elimination diet
  • “Knowing the no’s”
  • How much protein do you actually need?
  • The role your blood type plays in your health and wellness
  • Don’t fall into the dogma -- listen to your body
  • Probiotics and the importance of gut health

 

Quotes from the Episode

“The only time your body works against you is when you go against what your body is asking for”

“When you eliminate the foods that are causing your body inflammation, you automatically start the process of healing”

“60% of what you put on your body is absorbed”

“Your body is the only thing that will give you the information you need”

“Everything begins from the gut, 85% of all disease begins from the gut”

“Your personality, mental health, hormones, are all connected to what you put in your body.”

“What you don’t put in your body is just as important as what you do put in your body, eliminate the foods that weigh you down, and fill it with good plant based food.”

 

Resources

Get Naked Fast! A Guide to Stripping Away the Foods that Weigh You Down to Lose Weight Fast

DianaStobo.com

The Naked Challenge - 10 Day Detox

Diana Stobo Lifestyle Retreat in Costa Rica

23 and Me

 

Oct 2, 2017
Matt Wilson
 
Wish you could make money and travel the world? 
 
It starts with focusing on the things that are really important to you.
 
In today's experimental Live Different Podcast, my focus is minimalism.  This is a beginning of a series I will be releasing on Mondays to give you guys a look into what I've learned traveling the world over the past five years.
 
You can find the article to accompany this podcast on Under30Experiences.com/blog or view the podcast recording on https://www.youtube.com/user/MattWilsonTravel
 
Have some feedback on the new series?  Send me a note matt (at) under30experiences.com
 
Good luck on your journey of minimalism!! 
Sep 27, 2017

Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times’ Bestselling Author who shares strategies to start your Side Hustle to learn how you can make money on the side and travel.

Chris is the author of the new book Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days.

Five years ago, I remember staying in a hostel on the beach in Nicaragua for $7/night reading Chris’ original book The Art of Non-Conformity.  This is a book that made a dramatic impact on my life and inspired me to build Under30Experiences into what it is today.  If you haven’t heard about Chris’ World Domination Summit, it’s a community I highly recommend getting involved with.  

Chris and I talk about what it’s like to see every country in the world and how creating such a massive quest for himself allowed him to get to know himself better, which almost always leads to great confidence and levels of success.

I have the opportunity to ask Chris how he began to find his voice, especially as an introvert, and what other shy people can do to get out of their comfort zones.  

If you are wondering what’s next in your life or how you can start to earn money on the side, I highly suggest listening in to Chris’ advice.  I truly enjoyed this conversation and knowing that not everyone has to take the same path to success and starting a side business should be easy and fun.

Listen until the end to find out Chris’ favorite book, country, meal, and worst side hustle he ever started himself.

Sep 19, 2017

 

Joy Parish is co-host of Girls Gone WOD Podcast and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Joy and I talk about her journey creating a massively successful podcast. We also talk therapy, Crossfit, issues facing modern day society, and everything in between.  I ask her questions about what it’s like to be a therapist and in this very casual conversation between friends, she drops some amazing pieces of advice on mindfulness and listening to yourself.

I do my best in this episode to understand competition and weight training from a female perspective and talk about the importance about having someone to talk to.

The Girls Gone WOD podcast is a great resource for people to understand they aren’t alone out there and as you can tell from this episode, it’s always a fun listen.

P.S. Did you know Girls Gone WOD is going to Iceland with CustomExperiences?! 

Sep 13, 2017

Rajiv Nathan is a Indian-American rapper, yoga teacher, pitch consultant, and storyteller… not necessarily in that order.

Growing confidence in becoming yourself, growing your influence, confidence, and doing what you really want to pursue in life.

Raj and I start off with some deep conversation about becoming the people we want to be, and his journey through adversity, pursuing his passions in a world where Indian Americans became doctors, not rappers.

We also have the college vs. no college debate, and I ask him whether he got more benefit out of his university education or from his yoga teacher training, or last startup venture that didn’t work out.

I encourage all readers and listeners to live long lives and careers, be multi-passionate and pursue many things you love.

“It’s not enough to do good, it must be done well.”

Sep 7, 2017

Daniel DiPiazza comes on the show for a fun chat about topics ranging from brain health, to becoming a best-selling author. 

We talk about my latest exploration in optimal brain wave states, meditation, and neurofeedback.  Matt goes on a rant about eating enough fats, veganism, and Daniel talks about the high price of living in Los Angeles, why he decided to drive a Mercedes Benz, and why he wants to move to Barcelona.

Daniel drop some sage knowledge from Alan Watts and how to be comfortable with who you are versus doing things simply because you want to be better than other people.  Do things for you and nobody else.

Matt and Daniel also talk about how it’s way better to have a small group of dedicated customers instead of a big following on social media.

Aug 30, 2017

Dave Nelson, Founder and Coach of Milestone Mind joins us on the podcast today.

Do you want to live life authentic to who you are?

Do you think that fitting in is bullshit?  Do you wish you could feed your rebel soul?

Listen in to how Dave has overcome so many challenges in his life to become confident in the person he is today.  Dave is a certified Warrior Mind, Mental Strength Coach and has a lot to offer on how to recognize when change speaks to you.

Dave has a “process minded philosophy” to live and is great at creating systems to allow you to find something in life bigger than you.

We also talk about one of my favorite topics and that’s breaking out of the victim mindset and go over strategies to stop blaming yourself and people around you.

We leave you with the mantra “How is this currently serving me?”

Aug 21, 2017

Zen Dudes, Brandon Epstein and Dan Witmer are fresh off their retreat to Costa Rica and are here to raise this planet’s collective consciousness.

These guys want you to have more fun and live the life you want. Lucky for you, they explain how to do it in this week’s episode of the Live Different Podcast.

Their tag line “do the thing” means that you have permission to ask yourself “what’s my vision for myself” and go out there and make it happen.

Brandon and Dan were former college football lineman who lost a ton of weight and along the way, optimized their mental and spiritual health to levels they never could have imagined.

Who do you want to be?

In this episode we talk about their trip with Custom Experiences to Costa Rica, their upcoming Zen Dude Retreat to Bali, how they grew their YouTube channel to over 100,000 subscribers and a ton of other strategies and tactics to live your best life.

You can get their 7 Day Beginner Jump Rope Series, their 4 week Jump Rope Challenge, or nerd our about how to increase mitochondrial function using a whole body vibration plate or jumping rope.

Go out there and get on your conquest today!!

Aug 7, 2017

John Hall, CEO of Influence and Co, and author of the new book, Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter to You joins us on the podcast today.

We talk about how every person and brand can have an online content strategy and how to do it the right way.

John is an expert on building credibility, authority positioning, and humanizing businesses in the online world.  

John and his company’s strategies have personally helped me do things like: write for Forbes, be flown to judge Startup Weekend with a panel of esteemed judges, grow my following on LinkedIn and help get the right people talking about Under30Experiences.

John is a huge believer in taking time off to think, reflect, and surrounding yourself with the right people.  He’s also been Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and has led his company to Forbes’ America’s Most Promising Companies list…. Listen up!

Jul 15, 2017
Nathan Chan of Foundr Magazine told me he found what he was born to do.
 
Nathan and I chat about travel and how it helped break him out of his comfort zone into a path of self discovery and growth. 
 
Just a few short years later, Nathan has a multi-million dollar operation and has interviewed people like Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, Arianna Huffington, Tony Robbins, and Barbara Corcoran.  
 
Foundr Magazine has amassed over 1,000,000 Instagram Followers and has an incredible community in their Foundr Club.
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