It is hard to have a clear perspective of the world if you only hear negative stories perpetuated by the mainstream media. Travel does have some dangers, but at the core of it, there is a kindness that coats every corner of the world. In almost every city, we have found kindhearted people that have either opened their hearts or their homes. Many offered a meal, shared a story, helped us in a time of need, and shared a part of their culture with us. In this episode of Passport Joy Travel Talk, we … [Read more...] about Podcast 64: Kindness from Strangers (Amazing Humans during our Travels)
Have you ever dreamed of leaving it all behind to travel the world? If yes, this is precisely how Matt and Nikki Javit felt before packing their backpacks to leave the United States in February of 2017. They both think that their mid-career retirement will become more common as people pause their hectic lives to seek more from experiences. Both have been featured on podcasts and blogs around the world and Matt has been called the Anthony Bourdain of Barber Shops based on his series World Barber Shop Adventures.
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Being able to see the world as we did for 27 months gave us much to ponder as we returned home. In this episode of Passport Joy Travel Talk, we reflect on a few lessons learned from traveling, including our new ‘real world,’ patience, our fresh perspective, and building a global travel network. As we transition back to our normal life in Indianapolis, our views will likely adjust over time, but we wanted to share what we are thinking within the first few weeks. Main Topics Covered: A Few … [Read more...] about Podcast 63: A Few Lessons Learned (from Long Term Travel)
In Part 2 of the Q&A with Matt’s longtime friend, Mike Polder, in Youngstown, Ohio, we talk about what we would do first if we started the journey over, cannabis laws around the world, a time when we partied too hard, could we do this trip without smartphones, and several other creative questions. Enjoy this special edition of Passport Joy Travel Talk while we enjoy a few drinks while catching up with friends after seeing 35 countries in the past two years. Main Topics Covered: Live … [Read more...] about Podcast 62: Live Q&A After 800 Day Journey (Part 2)
After traveling the world for 27 months, we are back in the United States visiting friends and family. As we make the rounds to a few cities in the midwest, we stopped by Youngstown, Ohio, where Matt spent part of his youth and still has many longtime friendships. His buddy, Mike Polder, does an outstanding job interviewing with some very different questions. In this episode broadcasted from Sam’s Wedge Inn, find out the most critical item in the backpack, the overall attitude towards … [Read more...] about Podcast 61: Live Q&A After 800 Day Journey (Part 1)
We heard about the natural beauty of the South Island of New Zealand from travelers around the world. They told us many times about the mountains, hills, lakes, and countless sheep. We began our trip in Christchurch, where we started our adventures around the South Island. We stayed in Lake Tekapo, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Ranfurly, and Dunedin. With our rental car fueled up, we took our time discovering the ins and outs of this wonderful country. We stopped many times to take photos along the … [Read more...] about Podcast 60: New Zealand Part 2 (South Island)
Road tripping through the North Island of New Zealand was more fun than we could have imagined. Taking in all of the beauty with the endless hills, wildlife on the farms, and scenic landscapes was a treat as we stopped for photos several times. Auckland offers a ton of great restaurants and nightlife for the city lovers while the rest of the trip was mostly town-sized communities surrounded by nature with jaw-dropping beauty. We visited Rotorua, Lake Taupo, and Wellington as we headed south … [Read more...] about Podcast 59: New Zealand’s North Island (Road Trip Tips)
The Fiji Islands are high on everyone’s bucket list for good reasons. With unforgettable snorkeling, world-class hospitality, and gorgeous beaches, you will have the time of your life no matter accommodations you plan. In this episode, we will give travel tips on what we experienced with our friends and how it might help you in your adventure to the islands. Not only did we take advantage of having shark at our feet, swim in the best snorkel areas of our lives, and lay near the most … [Read more...] about Podcast 58: Fiji Islands (Tips for an Unforgettable Trip)
Spending almost three weeks in Brisbane and Sydney helped us truly understand the ins and outs of Australian life. We enjoyed our time with our two friends, Nick and Kathryn, and their kind family. BBQs, rugby, and laughter dominated our time in Brisbane. We had a chance to walk the coast in Redcliffe, get some ink like an Aussie, and cheer on the Lions. The wide range of bars and restaurants provided many chances to discover what the Brisbane nightlife is all about. Transitioning to Sydney … [Read more...] about Podcast 57: Brisbane + Sydney (Living the Australian Life)
With only a few weeks left on the 27-month journey around the world, we wanted to take some time to give updates on what the future of our trip looks like as well as the passion projects we have been working. We cover the Kickstarter campaign for the photo book POLICE: Brotherhood in Uniform Around the World, Nikki’s recently released travel memoir Passport Joy: Reflections on Life, Love, & Other Stuff While Traveling the World, World Barber Shop Adventures, the Passport Joy Travel Talk … [Read more...] about Podcast 56: Passion Project Updates (Final Weeks of Travel)
Tasmania is a gorgeous island state of Australia off the southern coast of the mainland. We wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness, the peaceful town with plenty to do, and fun day tours to visit exotic animals. We loved walking around Hobart to visit boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and galleries. You can find plenty of shops in Salamanca Place, Battery Point, and all of the quaint neighborhoods of Hobart. Tasmania has a large port area with huge yachts, quiet … [Read more...] about Podcast 55: Tasmania Travel (Peaceful Australian Island)