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Jackie Nourse: World Traveler, Budget Travel Expert and Blogger

Podcast Overview

World travel is available to anyone who wants it. Jackie from The Budget-Minded Traveler Blog is an expert at traveling internationally, especially on a budget, and she’s here to share all things travel with you. Tune in to get inspired through interviews with other world travelers and be equipped with the tips and tricks you’ll need to make international travel happen in your life. If you want to see the world, you can make it happen, and The Budget-Minded Traveler will help you get there.

Podcast Episodes

BMT 80: #Vanlife with Photographer Andy Austin

One year ago, Montana photographer Andy Austin bought a converted van and moved his life onto the road. Since then he has chased countless sunrises and sunsets, dealt with check engine lights, had coffee over campfires, and collected endless stories under the stars, sometimes down by the river, sometimes in Walmart parking lots. Today, he joins us on the show to share the highs and lows of the not-always-glamorous experience he wouldn't exchange for anything: the reality behind the romanticized #vanlife.


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BMT 79: Travel Game Show with Podcasters Derek Loudermilk and Hayden Lee

Game show? Yes! Because I love games, I am going to be hosting travel themed game shows more regularly on the BMT podcast. For each game show episode, I will have guests who work in the travel industry, whether they are bloggers, podcasters, or other travel media influencers, all of whom are well-experienced in travel, with plenty of stories and advice to share. We will take turns answering randomly selected questions about travel experiences and preferences, some of which were asked by YOU in the BMT Community. Some are light and fun, some are big and serious, all are entertaining.

Today's guests are Derek Loudermilk, host of the Art of Adventure podcast, and Hayden Lee, host of Travel Stories Podcast. Hayden is also our audio engineer for the BMT podcast, so for the first time, we get to hear his voice on the show! Join us for a round of laughs, interesting facts about ourselves as travelers, thoughts about travel, stories, advice, and more.


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BMT 78: Breaking Free of the Script - Fast Forward Two Years with John Owed (Part 2)

Two years ago, John Owed declared (on the podcast) his intent to break away from his office job to explore the world and realign his daily life with his personal priorities. He is from Ohio and was working with a company in Australia at the time. According to him, his life was a script written by someone else. After his declaration and change of mindset, he rewrote everything, and he's here to share about his last two years of establishing himself on his own in Australia, and even meeting the girl of his dreams.


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BMT 77: Moving to Israel to Teach English with Maddy Wolfe (Part 2)

Remember Maddy from episode 66? She was about to graduate college and pick up her life and move to Israel, where she had accepted a teaching job at an American school. Now, nearly a year later, she is here to share about her experience teaching English and her life in Israel so far and how much has changed, including what she thought her career path was going to be.


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BMT 76: Catching Up with the Benson Family After 6 Months in Latin America (Part 2)

That's right, they're back! We first met the Bensons in episode 67, when they were planning to sell their house and hit the road for a year with their three boys. This adventurous family of five has now been on the road for six months and is here to catch us up on their experience thus far. Today we get to see how things have turned out for them on their travels, including the good, the fabulous, the bad, and the very ugly. Find out what they have learned, where they're going next, and how this trip has changed everything for them.


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BMT 75: The Ultimate Alaska Road Trip with Chris New

Two years ago, young professional and adventurer Chris New decided to take his life on the road long-term. He is slowly making his way through our beautiful continent of North America, in his truck, which he recently took on an Alaska road trip. I caught up with him after he spent a few months exploring nearly every road Alaska has to offer, and he's here today to share advice about itinerary, budgeting, activities, and more in the last frontier.

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BMT 74: From Peace Corps Volunteer to Business Owner in Moldova with Expat David Smith

Today we head across the pond to Chișinău, Moldova, where entrepreneur and American expat David Smith is making positive changes in community development by starting his own small businesses. He started as a Peace Corps volunteer and has set up a life there, and he's here today to share his trials and triumphs along the way, along with some meat, beer, and goofy people stories.


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BMT 73: Life As A Serial Expat with Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg left her job as a corporate lawyer to pursue her dream of traveling the world for a year. That was over eight years ago, and she is still on the road. In today's episode we get the inside story about why she left, what struggles she has faced along the way (including an emergency trip home), what she has learned about traveling with celiac disease, how she uses food to connect with people and cultures, and why she isn't planning on settling back down any time soon.


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BMT 72: Facing Fears Through Adventure Travel: My Via Ferrata Experience

No matter what your individual fears may be, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is a great exercise for personal growth. I have been using adventure travel to challenge myself lately, and in this special episode we dive into my journey of recently attempting two via ferratas, even though I have a pretty significant fear of heights. Follow me on my journey as I share what I was feeling, get a sense of what was going on in my head during the tough parts, why I wanted to attempt these via ferratas in the first place, what it took for me to get through them, and why I believe the takeaways and lessons I learned can be applied to anyone, anywhere, in experiences all across life. We can leverage travel to safely find these challenges and push ourselves to be stronger, more courageous, and more confident. 


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BMT 71: Finding Life and Love in Thailand with Expat Ian Ord

In today's episode, we move across the pond - westward, with Ian Ord, a Canadian expat who built a new life in Thailand. Though he only planned to stay for a few months at the beginning, he is still there over five years later, with a couple of businesses, a new fiancee, and a life full of adventure. Hear his story about how he did it, struggles he faced along the way, and whether he plans to stay in Thailand in the future.


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