Season 2 of The Thought Card Podcast

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Welcome friends! I’m back with Season 2 of The Thought Card Podcast. For this upcoming season, we have some incredible guests lined up and I’ll be detailing my travels as well as my money story. In this episode, I recap my summer and share what I’ve been up to during my four-month podcasting break.

What I’ve been up to lately?

#1 I published my first book, an Iceland travel guide called Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure. In this book, I share how to plan an affordable, adventurous and culturally enriching trip to Iceland. If you’re interested in traveling to Iceland, grab a copy on Amazon!

#2 I’m speaking at a few conferences this Fall including She Podcasts LIVE, DC Podfest and Money on the Mountain Financial Retreat.

#3 I co-hosted Podthon ’19 with the Lee Uehara, Founder of Asian American Podcasters. Podton is a virtual summit for podcasters featuring 18 speakers, bonus episodes, and worksheets. If you’re interested in podcasting, I highly recommend getting the All Access Pass.

#4 During the summer months, I’ve been a featured guest on over 10 podcasts. Check out the full list of podcasts down below.

Danielle’s Summer 2019 Podcast Tour

  1. Make Travel a Financial Priority with Danielle Desir – Money Talk with Tiff
  2. Pay Off Debt While Traveling with Danielle Desir – The Money Exchange
  3. Becoming a Financially Savvy Traveler with Danielle Desir – Worth Listening
  4. Travel Free (almost!) with Danielle Desir of The Thought Card Podcast – Travel Gluten Free
  5. Danielle Desir on How to Become a Financially Savvy Traveler, Budget for Your Travel Goals and How to Use Travel Credit Cards – La Gente Podcast
  6. Meat-Free Barcelona, Picasso Museum, Exploring the Walkable City with Danielle Desir of The Thought Card – Our Food Adventures
  7. Traveling the World, Side Hustling, and Paying Off the Debt with the Amazing Danielle Desir – Side Hustle with Soul
  8. Danielle Desir Founder of The WOC Podcasters Community – Michelle is Money Hungry
  9. Community + Travel with Danielle – The Freelance Friday Podcast
  10. The Financial Travel Guide (@thethoughtcard) with Danielle Desir – Know Debt, No Problem

#5 We spent a week in Orlando visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. I can see why so many people are obsessed with Disney. We loved it and had a wonderful time. I can’t say enough great things about Epcot.

Listen to Episode 36: Our Experience at Disney’s Avatar Flight of Passage

Listen to Episode 37: Disney vs. Universal Studios

#6 What’s new for the podcast? Moving forward, each season will have 10 to 12 episodes. Episodes will continue to be a mix of solo episodes as well as interviews with inspiring guests who have interesting money stories.

2018 Year in Review The Thought Card by Danielle Desir

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Happy New Year! I can’t believe that we are already a week into the new year.

I experienced a lot this year. Many great things happened and I learned a lot of important lessons along the way.

Throughout 2018 I was bold.

I got a promotion (which I negotiated), I started this podcast (with no experience), spoke at a podcasting conference and I even found love.

In this episode I share what worked in 2018, what didn’t work and the most important lessons I learned. I also share my top goals for 2019 and why “committed” is my word for the new year.

Year End Review Resources Mentioned

Back to Budgeting Basics Course

What Worked in 2018

  1. Got a promotion at work. I’m now a Grants Manager.
  2. Launched The Thought Card podcast with over 500 downloads in the first month.
  3. Created WOC Podcasters (Women of Color) an inclusive podcasting community for learning, networking and sharing resources.
  4. Presented at Podcast Movement in Philadelphia, the world’s largest podcasting conference.
  5. Became an editorial board member of Podcast Business Journal.
  6. Participated in my first panel discussion in New York City with A.I.M. Unlimited.
  7. Went on lots of short trips in 2018 including trips to Ireland, Chicago, Oslo, Iceland, Puerto Rico, the Finger Lakes (New York), Orlando and Toronto.
  8. Attended FinCon and TBEX North America – Listen to Episode 8 where Yasmine and I share tips for attending FinCon for the first time.
  9. Got featured on lots of podcasts including Chronicles Abroad, Comfortably Excluded, WTF?! IDK Podcast and Travel Fuels Life.
  10. As a freelance writer, I also contributed 5 articles to Go Banking Rates, a leading personal finance banking website.
Tips for paying off credit card debt and student loans faster.

What Didn’t Work in 2018

  1. Overworked myself and got really sick.
  2. House hacking and having roommates was challenging – don’t worry, they moved out!
  3. I didn’t finish working on my book. 
  4. Planned too many trips, too far in advance and had to cancel.

Lessons Learned in 2018

  1. Health is wealth. 
  2. Budgeting is still very important

What are your goals for 2019?


Leave me voicemail or join the conversation over at Financially Savvy Travelers and share your top travel or money goals for the new year! Happy New Year!

Danielle Desir host of The Thought Card Podcast a travel podcast and personal finance podcast.

Welcome to The Thought Card Podcast, an affordable-travel and personal finance podcast empowering financially savvy travelers to make more informed financial decisions – travel more, pay off debt, and build wealth. I’m your host Danielle Desir. I’m an author, blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster based in Connecticut, USA. The Thought Card Podcast is a spin-off of my award-winning travel blog The Thought Card. If you’re not familiar with me, you can learn more about me here.

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About The Thought Card Podcast & Host Danielle Desir

In a nutshell, I am passionate about helping people be intentional with their money and make informed financial decisions. But it doesn’t stop there. I geek out over saving money and finding creative ways to spend it. Some people call me “frugal” but I prefer “budget-conscious” or “wealth-conscious”. I believe in saving and splurging on the experiences that matter. I’m not opposed to spending money. I’m just opposed to wasting it.

I’ve traveled to over 27 countries by scoring cheap flight deals (from sites like Thrifty Traveler Premium) and leveraging credit card rewards to travel more.

You’ve come to the right place if you want to:

What To Expect From The Thought Card Podcast

Join me every other week (on Thursdays) as we tackle travel and personal finance issues head on. Hear from inspiring guests who are traveling the world, crushing their financial goals and living life on their own terms. Other days we’ll dive into topics that are near and dear to my heart.

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See you back here for Episode 2 where we chat about the importance of having a travel fund.