Frantzces Lys is a Life Coach and the co-founder of Chronicles Abroad. Chronicles Abroad is a blog and podcast that uses travel to highlight stories of personal growth. From courageous world travelers and creative wanderers to digital nomads, Frantzces and co-host Nubia inspire people who have been wavering to finally pursue their dreams of moving abroad.
Frantzces also writes for various online platforms such as Tiny Buddha and she is a regular contributor to SOULE, an online publication for LGBTQ news and pop culture. Her mission in life is to inspire people to live mission-driven lives that feed their souls.
Life is like a movie but unlike movies, there are no sequels.
In this episode we cover:
Living, working and traveling abroad
How Facebook is a go-to for finding expat communities online
Frantzces’ personal experience being black in Asia
Today I’m joined by Shereen “a.k.a. funnybrowngirl” Kassam. Shereen is an internationally touring stand up comedian, radio personality, actress and the host of Creative Breakthrough a podcast where passion and hustle meet.
Creative Breakthrough helps creatives jump start their creative careers by bringing listeners in-depth career driving conversations with successful creative leaders of color across TV, film, music, literature and more.
If you’re thinking about starting a podcast and wondering how much it costs, this episode is for you. My hope is that by pulling back the curtain a bit and sharing how much podcasting costs, you’ll be able to make an informed financial decision about starting a podcast.
Spoiler alert, both Shareen and I spent over $650 while podcasting for 3 months (including start-up costs).
So how much does it cost to start a podcast?
In this episode, we chat about our podcasting costs for:
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Brandon Neth left the U.S. for the first time in 2008 destined to teach English in Thailand. Him and his wife left with only $3,500 to their name. Twenty-two months later they returned home addicted to travel.
During their time abroad, Brandon taught English in China and India and worked in Australia for a year where he made some serious cash. Knowing he wanted to continue his nomadic lifestyle, Brandon tried a little bit of everything, however, when he discovered points and miles, it all came together.
Combining entrepreneurship, side hustles, investing and real estate, Brandon continues his nomadic lifestyle by diversifying his income streams.
Sixty-four countries later, Brandon and his wife travel six months out of the year. In addition to owning several real estate properties, Brandon works at Financebuzz.com, a personal finance site that provides valuable and entertaining content about personal finance and travel.
In this episode we chat about:
Why using credit cards is a good idea if you want to travel more
Brandon’s favorite credit cards for travel rewards
What to look out for when getting a new credit card
How Brandon saved $100,000 working in Austraulia on the working holiday visa
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Did you know that visiting countries with a favorable exchange rate (where the US dollar is strong), is an easy way to stretch your travel budget without really trying?
In this episode we cover:
What is a foreign exchange rate?
How to take advantage of favorable exchange rates to save money on your next trip
5 countries where the US dollar goes further right now
What is a foreign exchange rate?
A foreign exchange rate compares the value of two currencies.
For travelers, the exchange rate is very important because when we travel, we exchange our home currency for a foreign currency.
So as an American, I think of it this way, how far will $1 USD dollar get me in another country? How many euros or pesos can I buy with $1 US dollar?
What does it mean to have a strong or weak currency?
With a strong home currency, your money is worth more abroad which means that you spend less on everything. On the other hand when your home currency is weak, your money is worth less. This ultimately means that you’ll spend more on everything.
With that being said as you plan for your upcoming trips, consider visiting countries with a favorable exchange rate to get a bit more bang for your buck.
Don’t forget to support the local economies wherever you visit.
Some easy ways to support local economies include joining local group tours with local guides, eating at locally owned restaurants, buying souvenirs from artisans and staying at guest houses using Airbnb.
Where are the best places to exchange money?
For the best exchange rates, exchange your money at your local bank in your hometown or an ATM when you arrive at your destination. Both options allow you to get local currency at the current exchange rate.
Avoid airport currency exchange counters, they charge exuberant fees unnecessarily.
Alternatively you can use a debit card with no ATM fees or a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. Also for the best exchange rates, always opt for paying in local currency.
Turkey’s art, culture, and landscape make it an incredibly diverse country. I hope to spend lots of time in Istanbul, but I also want to visit Troy, Ephesus, and go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.
India is home to great architecture like the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), the Ganges River (considered the holiest river in the world), sensory overload and history dating back thousands of years. India is also full of eye-opening experiences and vibrant colors.
Here luxurious accommodations are affordable, eating out costs less, and transporation is very cheap. With the recent drop in rupee value, India continues to be a bargain destination for travelers on a budget.
$1 USD = 13.95 South Africa rand (ZAR)
Home to nature reserves like the Kruger National Park and wild safaris, South Africa is the perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts. There are also plenty of colorful beach towns like Cape Town and museums detailing the history of apartheid.
$1 USD = 37.34 Argentine peso (ARS)
You might be surprised to see Argentina on this list but Argentina’s currency has fallen dramatically recently due to economic crisises.
Flight prices to Argentina are less expensive now and bottles of wine are a third of the price.
What are some of your favorite affordable destinations to travel to?
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Although traveling the world as a single parent isn’t something that we hear a lot about, there are single parents out there who are opting to move abroad and live nomadic lifestyles with their children. Daniela Gibbs is the perfect example.
Daniela Gibbs is a single mom who travels with her son. Together Daniela and her son have embraced the nomadic lifestyle and moved to Thailand. They plan to call Germany home next.
Daniela inspires parents to travel with their children and informs them of the possibilities of achieving their goals, especially travel goals, through sheer will, desire and determination.
Daniela is the author of “We Travel Two” the resource guide for keeping your child educated while traveling.
“We Travel Two” is a 3-part series (part 2 and 3 coming soon) that shares educational tips and resources for traveling parent(s) dispelling common fears that single parents can’t show their children the world.
In this episode we chat about:
What inspired Daniela to move abroad with her son
How moving abroad has changed her family dynamic
The top destinations she considered when moving abroad including:
What life is like living abroad in Thailand
Factors to consider when moving abroad with children
Fertility of the market
Cost of living
Cultural immersion (strong family values)
Is living in Thailand as cheap as they say?
Average cost for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Thailand
The difference between worldschooling and unschooling
How parents can reinforce learning with CCQs (concept checking questions)
Debunking myths parents have about the nomadic lifestyle
What is unschooling?
Worldschooling and unschooling are alternatives to traditional educational curriculum which offers a more natural and holistic approach to learning.
Unschooling is the natural method of learning – children have a natural desire to learn and understand the world around them by watching, engaging and experiencing things either on their own or with family.
With unschooling you don’t follow a curriculum but instead allow the child to take control of their own education pursuing their interests and passions.
What is worldschooling?
Worldschooling takes the unschooling concept and adds travel. Worldschooling is a global approach to education.
Worldschooling is when you let exploring destinations and experiencing and interacting with the world guide a child’s learning.
Essentially you’re letting cultures, religions and the way of life do the teaching. With worldschooling, the world is a classroom!
Since worldschooling doesn’t have an official definition, each family defines worldschooling differently – there is no right or wrong way to do it.
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Also, listen to more episodes of The Thought Card like Episode 3: Teaching English in China. In this episode Richelle Gamlam shares tips for teaching in China and why teach abroad programs may not be best fit for aspiring teachers.
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Fender and Maloney are the dynamic duo that make up Traveler Broads. Together they share domestic and international travel tips and help people find creative ways to interact and support local communities through hyper-local travel.
Fender and Maloney are also enthusiastic New Orleans locals who know the French Quarter inside and out. They’ve come on the show today to share with us their favorite tips to explore NOLA like a local.
In this episode we cover:
What is hyper-local travel?
Ways to support the local economy while traveling
Why New Orleans is a unique travel destination
Some of the things most tourists overlook when planning a trip to New Orleans
Ways to save money in New Orleans
Where to eat and drink in NOLA
French Quarter Off the Record Map– The French Quarter Off the Record Map is perfect for those who want to learn what the French Quarter is like when you live there. Order your map before you get to New Orleans or find them throughout several stores in the French Quarter. It includes shopping, eating, bars to go to and lots more.
Ways to save money in New Orleans:
Look at the events calendar and avoid price spikes from events like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Mardi Gras, Essence Festival, Halloween etc.
You are allowed to drink on the streets – so you technically don’t have to go into a bar to have a drink if you don’t want to.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on good food in New Orleans.
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