Introducing Life Nomading Podcast 2.0

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Kicking off 2019 with a bang, we’d like to introduce the new and improved Life Nomading podcast! No longer a dormant trove of audio files, instead we’re back and we’re excited to be bringing you fresh travel episodes every single Monday morning. So tune in and spend some time every week with Caroline and me as we explore the world and share it with you.

In this episode, we give a rundown of what all has happened and what is currently going on at Life Nomading since the last episode 3 years ago. Buckle up, because we have plenty of exciting news to share.

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Ian Hoyt: And she’s not kidding, we’re literally sitting on the floor. We have two microphones, different microphone, cardboard boxes, cardboard boxes. We have one glass of whiskey to offset the frustration of setting up technology. Just so we can record semi decent audio. So wherever you’re at, you can hear us

Ian Hoyt: Hey there, fellow nomads. This is Ian and Caroline, and this is the Life Nomading podcast,

Ian Hoyt: Hey there, fellow listeners. Welcome back to the Life Nomading podcast. It’s been awhile. It’s been about three years, two years since the last substantial episode has hit your podcast feed, so I’m pumped if you’re listening from the past life, but I’m even more excited if you’re a new listener. Excited to go in this 2019 journey with us as we reboot Life Nomading and bring some travel content and I’m not alone this time. I have a cohost and her name is Caroline. Caroline, how’s it going?

Caroline Lloyd: It’s going well. I’m excited to be here.

Ian Hoyt: Is it weird having microphones in your face?

Caroline Lloyd: Yeah, I’ve pretty much tried to avoid that at all costs in my life. Um, There’s a reason that I’m not a singer like everyone else in my family, so this is a step of bravery for me.

Ian Hoyt: And we are sitting on the floor of our New York apartment in Harlem because we can’t afford anything else

Caroline Lloyd: with mics propped up by cardboard boxes.

Ian Hoyt: Literally cardboard boxes. We had to throw the cat out because it was pawing at all the chords. But anyway, we’re here. Uh, we’re happy to have you. Thanks for listening. Uh, we’re going to make this quick. This is a quick little intro episode. Life Nomading podcast has existed before, but we’re new. We’re improved and we’re ready.

Caroline Lloyd: We’re going to be consistent.

Ian Hoyt: Consistency is key. Anyone that has gotten anywhere has been consistent in life. So we are going to be doing this podcast every single week.

Caroline Lloyd: New episodes dropping on Mondays for your morning commute to make them a little bit less miserable and you can dream about traveling the world on your way to work.

Ian Hoyt: And to that point Life Nomading has been in an evolution the last two or three years since I last graced you with a podcast episode.

Caroline Lloyd: Graced you with that lovely voice.

Ian Hoyt: It was still deep back then. I was still old enough to have a deep voice.

Caroline Lloyd: I feel like you were up playing it a little bit more like you’re. You’re not like going full radio host right now,

Ian Hoyt: Which is good. I hope not. I’m not. I’m trying to be authentic Yo, but here we are so we have this podcast, but Life Nomading is so much more than a podcast now. So Life Nomading started in like 2014 for context for me to write about my feelings about travel and life in general and people actually started to read it. People actually started to connect over it, not just with me but with other readers. We created a facebook group and then all of a sudden this community started to form out of thin air and I was pretty excited. People were connecting over this travel thing, this, you know, doing something different than the regular normal thing and so from 2014 to now it has evolved from being just a blog and a podcast to now we’re doing so much more and for example, this year actually, or sorry last year in 2018, we launched our first group trip to Iceland, a Life Nomading group trip is where we take about 10 people and we just, we plan it all and people arrive into this awesome foreign country they’ve never been to before and we do incredible things that are authentic to the culture in the country,

Caroline Lloyd: but it’s not your typical group travel, right? So it’s not just everyone piling onto a coach bus and you sit there all day and look out the window. You’re really truly experiencing things. You’re getting to know your fellow travelers. You are exploring on your own and you are testing the boundaries of who you are in this new area. This new country, so it’s really different than, you know, walking around with a tour guide with the flag on. So we want the group trip to be really authentic.

Ian Hoyt: Absolutely. And uh, I’m not going to ruin the itinerary or like what do we do in Iceland? You’re either going to have to go on that trip or b. Listen to future episodes to learn more about that. Uh, but what I can say is of all the people on that trip, uh, we got so many responses, hey, this actually changed my life, like this made me want to travel more or made me want to do x, y, z after this trip we can’t stop talking about this trip. And that was exciting to us because our whole mission at Life Nomading is to make group travel authentic. And so group trips have been great and we’re expanding those trips and we’ll talk a little bit more about that in a second. Actually, maybe we should backtrack even more. Let’s Caroline, who are you?

Caroline Lloyd: I have always wanted to travel. Um, but I’ve also been a very tight planner in life in my day to day activities. I walk around with a paper planner is still, I know that most people don’t even know this existed anymore. Um, but I had very clear cut timelines for my life and traveling, unfortunately, did not fit into that timeline. So, you know, I was following my life timeline pretty perfectly if I do say so myself. Um, and I found myself in a job that I had pretty much dreamed of my entire life. Um, and then I realized that I had accomplished it pretty quickly. I was pretty curious to travel again. So I quit my job in summer 2018 to take a two month trip with Ian.

Ian Hoyt: So also for context, we gotta we gotta set the stage for this pinnacle change that happened. Do you remember the night vividly?

Caroline Lloyd: We’re cooking dinner in your apartment.

Ian Hoyt: My sublet apartment watching Netflix and we’re watching some random.

Caroline Lloyd: You know, one of those like, like millennial generation, quit your job, travel the world, live in a bus, take your dog, live your best life, really inspirational indie music.

Ian Hoyt: Mogli, right? Yeah. Awesome music. We Love Mogli. If, if, if you’re listening, can we use your music in our podcast anyway…

Caroline Lloyd: So like I still, I can’t take off without playing that album because it just reminds me that I am off to a new adventure and that is just a pinnacle moment. Anyway.

Ian Hoyt: Music has so much deployed with adventure for some reason it’s Cliche, but we’re sitting there watching this documentary now mind you, obviously I have context, I’ve traveled, blah, blah, blah, blah. You on the other hand, you know you’ve stayed domestic. You haven’t really gone many places.

Caroline Lloyd: For context. I was looking for other jobs at the time, so I got to this crossroads where I could either continue applying and I think I was on like a second interview for a new job

Ian Hoyt: And you’re just hating it. You’re just not into it.

Caroline Lloyd: I didn’t realize it that I knew I wanted out of my job, but I didn’t realize that I was applying for jobs that would put me back in that exact situation two years down the road. And I think when I realized that that gave me the courage to, you know, make a drastic change in my life.

Ian Hoyt: And so we were watching that thing and did we book the tickets that day? Was it that day?

Caroline Lloyd: No, we were going to go to South America first and then we’re looking at South America for a really long time and we had grand plans of going for a full year.

Ian Hoyt: So we sat on the concept of dropping the grand vision was dropped everything and travel indefinitely, like a true, true, true, true, true nomad.

Caroline Lloyd: And I’m like there’s absolutely no way that we’re going to be able to do this. And I’m the type that’s just like, it works itself out, which we need to get back to you. We met in the middle, we met in the middle and things worked out a lot easier that way anyways, so we’re trying to figure out where to go, how to do this. And so Ian pulls in his expertise, friends Mitko and Sarah.

Ian Hoyt: Shout out to them. They’re also on the team.

Caroline Lloyd: So originally we were just asking them for advice or like, you know what, what to do, how to get started.

Ian Hoyt: Sarah was and they travel extensively together, which traveling as a couple, as much different than traveling solo. We sat on the idea and we realized that they were going to be in eastern Europe in the summer like they always are because Mitko, he is originally from Bulgaria and we’re like, why don’t we just go hang out with them? I think that’s Kinda just how I happened.

Caroline Lloyd: Well we didn’t ask. We politely were invited first and then we weighed our options and we accepted.

Ian Hoyt: So she drops her job. We have a logistical nightmare of finding like four sublets.

Ian Hoyt: We should do a whole episode of sub-leasing in New York. We don’t want to get sidetracked too much, but long story short, my biggest phrase in life is it’ll all just work out, which is cliche and really simplistic. But what happened?

Caroline Lloyd: So three subleasers later. We put our stuff in storage and we left for Europe for two months.

Ian Hoyt: We found three subletters at all different levels of subletting.

Caroline Lloyd: I had attempted to find a job that I could work remotely during the trip and ended up applying for jobs while I was on the trip, which still works out.

Ian Hoyt: It’s going to be another episode for sure on how to work and travel and just all that crazy stuff. But long story short is we spent the summer in eastern Europe, um, a majority of it in Bulgaria. And um, that’s actually where our next group trip is going to be for 2019. Uh, so that’s a long-winded way of explaining how we got from a blog, podcast to Iceland to Bulgaria to a new podcast and welcome. We’re excited to be here.

Caroline Lloyd: So we spent the summer in Europe and it was great and we’ll have episodes about that later. But one of the things that kind of came to us in a miraculous moment of realization was when we get to a new destination, new city or new country, the first thing that we would do on the morning that we woke up we went on a walking tour.

Caroline Lloyd: Now in Europe, a lot of the walking tours are free. They happen every day and there are just crowds of people that come to them and it gives so much context for the rest of your stay in whatever destination that you’re in, you know, the landscape where things are, you know, best areas for restaurants, history, culture. It was just so informative and changed the way that we interpreted what that city had to offer that we had to take a step back and realize that we live in a city that is, you know, a pinnacle city of the US. So after going on all of these walking tours in Europe, we wanted to start our own in New York. Now New York is not short of any tours or tourist attractions.

Ian Hoyt: I think they have like five, I think.

Caroline Lloyd: Yeah, I mean you can like to cover your basis. Uh, but we wanted to offer something different.

Caroline Lloyd: You know, we wanted to offer your things from a local’s perspective with the history and the context that you need, but really giving a true, authentic experience which aligns with what we do on our group trips. Yeah. So one of the ways that we made it really stand out and be authentic is that we started doing tours in our favorite area of the city, which is the Upper West Side. And after doing a little bit of research we realized that there weren’t any tours of this area, which is a shame because it’s very historical and it’s beautiful in a lot of people. Never even make it outside of Times Square. Right. So we launched our upper west side tour and then we also launched a midtown tour, which does cover a lot of the touristy sites, but from an experiential standpoint that is a little bit more authentic.

Caroline Lloyd: So we have two tours going on in New York right now and it’s really been eyeopening. I’m kind of relating back to where Life Nomading started with the blog. We’ve really started to see a community start to build. So within this community, we’re starting to, you know, make connections all over the world and it feels really great to share our city with international travelers just as we learn about their city when we’re traveling. Um, so it’s kind of reciprocal feedback there.

Ian Hoyt: We just want to be the vessel to be able to meet other travelers and we’re hoping that we can do that with this podcast, with the blog and with our trips and tours, we’re extremely excited to be back at it podcasting and above all else consistently every single week. On what day?

Caroline Lloyd: Mondays.

Ian Hoyt: Every single Monday we’re going to be here with new travel content, whether it’s interviews with industry experts, uh, whether it’s a new travel guide or hacking guide of some sort or other, or whether it’s just kind of a chronicle of our experiences in different countries and cities. We’re going to be bringing something new to you every week for your commute or for your walking the dog time and we hope that maybe it helps you push over the ledge that we pushed over ourselves and begin traveling more.

Ian Hoyt: So if you’re down for some travel content, you’re down for learning a little bit more about how to travel more in your life. Maybe this is the podcast to subscribe to. We’d love to have you. So until next time I’m Ian.

Caroline Lloyd: I’m Caroline

Ian Hoyt: And if you have any suggestions for us for future episodes, please email us at podcast[@] That’s podcast[@]

LN 006: Millennial Probs with Megan Tan

Megan Tan | Millennial Podcast

Who is Megan Tan? That’s a great question, and one you definitely should be asking. Fortunately for me, she is a good friend but fortunately for you, she is a millennial on a mission. In this podcast episode we dig deep into Megan’s journey from college to now and talk about the struggles that us millennials face on a daily basis and how she is documenting it.

…Don’t be afraid to, to make your goals bigger than what you think you can achieve and then just go after them. A lot of times when I’m afraid to do something, I tell myself “You have nothing to lose, so why not?” and then I just rip off the bandaid and do it. – Megan

Megan Tan - Millennial Podcast

Megan in her recording studio… a 1X5′ Closet!

What you will learn in this episode

  • How Megan Tan went about starting her Millennial Podcast
  • Some great insight into being an accountability tool for friends vs. a babysitter for their dreams.
  • The anxieties that come with our generation and the reasons behind that.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Like I have said a million times, if you haven’t listened to Megan Tan’s podcast you can do so by going to

Follow her and the podcast on Twitter: @HearMillennial

Leave an honest review on iTunes, and reach out to Megan and tell her how you liked it.

Also mentioned in this episode a few times, is a previous guest: Ben Severance

Final Thoughts

Megan Tan | Millennial Podcast

Taken by Ben Severance

This episode was a long time coming. Megan is such a great person and it was wonderful having her on the show. Her perspective is one that I find super valuable in this journey we all call life. Thank you Megan for shedding some light, and more importantly thank you for the value and insight you bring to all of us on your podcast.

Have questions about this episode or for Megan? Leave them in the comments below!

LN 005: Finding What Works with David Sherry from Death to the Stock Photo

David Sherry | Death to the Stock Photoa

David Sherry is a friend and someone I have looked up to in the creative business space for the past year. Funny thing is, I would have never thought I would have had the chance to pick his brain about the creative world. David is the co-founder of a startup called Death to the Stock Photo, which creates monthly free photo packs for use by creatives who need to make their website, blog articles, books, or marketing materials look great with visual deliciousness.

In this episode, David and I talk about finding what works in your pursuits toward starting a business or refining your personal brand. We focus on how your brand is you and that alone is what can set you apart. We talk about his failures and his wins and really dig deep into what it is like for him to live as a remote working founder of a creative brand.

…Artist, I think you have to look at your work like an artist. Make sure you are taking risks like an artist. Figure out, whatever your platform is for trying things, I think that is the core thing that you have to create for yourself, you just need a platform. -David

Death to the Stock Photo

Beautiful photography from Death to the Stock Photo (I use this one for advertising)

What you will learn in this episode

  • David Sherry’s background and his path towards Death to the Stock Photo
  • How to pull inspiration
  • How to strengthen your brand whether it be personal or business
  • Whether there is such a difference from personal brands and your business

Links mentioned in this episode:

Join Death to the Stock Photo for free and get a new photo pack every month, or go Premium for $10/month to get full access to all of their beautiful and inspiring photos.

Want to learn more about David? Visit his website at

Find him in the Twitter world @DavidSherry36 but make sure to stay up-to-date on his Instagram life as well @brandswell

David mentioned he finds inspiration and mentorship by specific people in each sector of life such as Seth Godin, Chris Mcallister, Brian Zuercher, Remit Sethi and even a young photographer Joe Curtin.

His favorite Seth Godin book is All Marketers Are Liars

Going to Chicago anytime soon? Visit his favorite Chicago BBQ joint, County Barbeque for lunch or dinner.

Death to the Stock Photo’s creative end has Allie Lehman written all over it! Be sure to check out her beautiful blog. I have yet to meet her (this is a call out to get coffee some time) but she seems like a cool cat on twitter.

Final Thoughts


Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock Photo

This was a jam packed episode with countless moments of inspiration and quality conversation. I had a lot of fun talking with David Sherry about his journey to where he is today. The thing I am most excited about is sitting back and watching where he will go, and where Death to the Stock Photo will go in the coming years. Thanks again man, and thanks everyone for listening!

Have questions about this episode or about Death to the Stock Photo and David in general? Leave them in the comments below!

LN 003: A look into an Airline Pilot’s Lifestyle with Al Waterloo

Al Waterloo | Simple Flight

Al Waterloo from Simple Flight joins me on the Life Nomading podcast in Episode 003. Al is all things aviation, and in this episode we tap into his experiences and the lifestyle as an airline pilot. If you are looking for a way into the traveling lifestyle, airlines have been the home to many young skyward gazing explorers.

We talk about the ups and downs of being on the flight crew in the airlines and we also talk about what it’s like always being on the road.

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LN 002: Remote Working and the Startup Lifestyle with Jay Clouse

Jay Clouse: COO at Tixers and Startup Weekend Organizer

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a startup company? If so, you’re in luck today. In this Life Nomading Episode my friend Jay Clouse gives us a first hand insight into his daily life as the COO of He talks to me about the pro’s and con’s to the startup lifestyle and what it’s like working remotely.

Jay’s involvement with the startup world goes much deeper than his position at Tixers, in-fact the fundamental thing that changed his life was Startup Weekend, an event held during a long weekend where entrepreneurs, coders, hackers, hustlers, and designers gather and pitch ideas for businesses to create in that same weekend. He must be telling the truth when he says it changed his life, because he is now an Organizer and Facilitator for Startup Weekends.

Startup Weekend

Jay with friend Suzy Bureau (Startup Weekend Organizer)

What you will learn in this episode:

Like explained above, you will learn what it’s like to work for a startup, remotely. Not only that, you will get insight into the personal battle we all have with staying positive even in times where it is difficult to do so.


Life is the longest thing you’ll ever have, but still too short to be upset about anything. – Jay

Links mentioned in this article:

Jay’s personal website:

Find him in the Twitter world @JayClouse

His first startup Market OSU, a platform like craigslist for Ohio State University students to buy and sell stuff.

Jay works for an awesome startup based out of Cincinnati called Tixers. Be sure to check them out next time you plan to go see a game, event, or concert. Have extra tickets to an event? Tixers will give you credits towards future events in return for tickets you want to get rid of too!

Briefly mentioned in this episode was a Columbus based entrepreneur and startup. Web Smith has found a ton of success in the past in Columbus, and he is now at it again with a super rad concept called Whence, check it out.

We spend a vast majority of the episode referencing some of the things only remote working people go through which you can read about a little more in detail.

Paul Graham, founder of Y-Combinator wrote an article questioning why 20 somethings should or should not start a business called “Before the Startup” . We talk about his philosophy behind this and why he really makes a lot of sense.

Last but not least, shout out to one of our favorite working coffee spots Caffe Apropos in Columbus, Ohio

Final Thoughts

I loved doing this episode, Jay is a great guy and turning out to be a great friend. I want to thank him one last time for taking an hour out of his bustling life to share his life with the Life Nomading community!

LN 001: Dream Bullies with Ben Severance

Ben Severance | Timber & Frame

In this episode my guest Ben Severance and I have a conversation over a case of Coronas and delicious pizza about his article The 5 Whys That Will Change Your Life and what a Dream Bully is and why you need one in your life.

This is the very first episode of the Life Nomading Podcast and I am extremely excited to be adding this to the Life Nomading line up. You can expect episodes twice monthly including interviews with people who have found success in following their passions, tutorials to help you work remotely, and other fun and valuable content in the traveling world.

Life Nomading PodcastWhat you will learn in this episode:

In this episode you learn how to use the 5 whys technique to discover what you are meant to be doing in life. In addition, you will know what a dream bully is and how you should go about finding one to have in your life. They will help you stay on track and get you to where you want to be.


Links mentioned in this episode:

Watch some of Ben Severance’s Timber & Frame videos

Be sure to LIKE Timber & Frame on Facebook

We also talked a bit about one of Ben’s favorite scenes in the movie Up in the Air. This scene is where Ryan calls out the man he is firing for selling out on his passion in life. Be sure to be sitting down when you watch it, it’s that powerful.

Thanks so much for listening and I look forward to the next episode! Be sure to subscribe below to get all of my podcast episodes sent to your inbox in addition I am offering exclusive free access to my Explorers Club on Facebook to anyone who subscribes!