From Sumplace New: The Long-Term Travel Podcast

From Sumplace New: The Long-Term Travel Podcast

Curious about international travel? Want to leave everything behind and become a digital nomad? We — Karen and Jon Sumple — did just that, leaving the USA in July 2018, and our open-ended, long-term travel journey has taken us through Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina Scotland and, now, South Africa. We enjoy living "Sumplace New" every few months because it provides perspective, awareness and understanding. We meet amazing people and witness how they live, work and play. We visit well-known destinations and wander roads less traveled to see where they lead. So why and how are we doing this? What are the obstacles, frustrations and lessons learned? The highlights and insights gleaned from living abroad, yet living locally? Listen in as we share all this and more. We continually challenge ourselves to "do the new" — and we encourage you to do the same, whether it's close to home or the other side of the world.

Episodes

September 22, 2021 38 mins

Episode 53 of From Sumplace New is an homage to the friendships we made during our time in Cape Town, South Africa. While some might say eight months is a long time, we left feeling like it wasn't enough. We also left with a heavy heart and shed a few tears because we made great friends -- friends for life, and friends we can't wait to see again. And it's all because we're open to creating connections during our...

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"I'd rather be at the bottom of a ladder I want to climb, than half way up one I don't" says the Barber of Carlisle (aka Alex Culley), who drops some sage wisdom in Episode 52 of From Sumplace New about not just chasing dreams, but realizing them. After choosing an engineering program at a hometown factory, Alex realized he was on a path that didn't suit his personality and long-term vision. Despite advice ...

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Episode 51 of From Sumplace New may be the most important episode yet because it focuses on mental health, understanding needs, navigating obstacles and creating solutions while living a travel lifestyle. Jon shares the story behind Karen's decision to step back from the podcast and why he felt it was in the best interest for everyone involved -- especially the Karen and Jon relationship part! The key takeaway from this episod...

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Hola! And welcome to episode cincuenta of From Sumplace New! For this milestone 50th episode, Sarah Tarvin, a hyperpolyglot, joins us to discuss the importance of learning a language while traveling,  and the language acquisition process — which will help you learn in a way that's most efficient and productive for you. Sarah currently speaks eight languages with a few more in the works, and she has been teaching her 18-month o...

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Jennifer Jennings (aka Jenn) and husband Kendall are living proof that you can build your ideal life by following your dreams and goals. In two short years, they went from living in Alberta, Canada, and working in the oil and gas industry to living in an RV in Baja Mexico and making a living doing what they enjoy. Jenn shares how much "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss inspired them to make changes, and she reveals the ...

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Erin Thomas is a professional leaper. Period. Envious of her husband's travel for work, she hit a wall after an a-ha moment encouraged her to return to the office from lunch and resign on the spot. What transpired was a series of intentional planifesting for a life of travel, which also lead to an unexpected business for people who want to travel, too, but don't know how to manage their home while away. Erin to the rescue...

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To the point: Florian Hornig blew up his life and is happier for it – and that's not an understatement. Florian guides listeners on his journey from doing what was expected ... to trying and failing ... to climbing the ladder of success ... only to discover he was unfulfilled. While sitting at a cafe in 2012, Floh had his a-ha moment when he realized what he would like to be doing. And he began the journey of a thousand steps ...

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Bob DePasquale is on a mission to spread the message of positivity to a billion people -- yes, a billion! You can add two more to his list of positively inspired people: Jon and Karen! After this episode, we were truly inspired by Bob overcoming his personal struggles, his journey forward after having his sports career derailed, serendipitously finding his future wife Trisha while traveling, fostering a desire to travel more freque...

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Erica Boucher is an author, counselor, yoga instructor, retreat leader and world traveler, and we're happy to call her a friend of the show! Episode 45 is chock full of travel wisdom, common sense, ah-ha insights and guiding mantras. We delve into:

  • the explorer/traveler vs. the vacationer mindset
  • what it means to be in the moment when traveling
  • adopting the mantra of "no matter what happens it's all part of the adve...
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Anybody else in disbelief that it’s already April? 2020 was a year that felt like a decade and, now, 2021 is just flying by. But it's all good because we’ve dusted off our podcast gear and are excited to share a very special conversation with two amazing work-from-anywhere travelers. We stumbled upon Will and Jess Sueiro while researching info on travel visas in February 2017. We loved their passion and energy and proceeded to...

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We're back! It's our first episode of 2021, and it's the first episode of our new and improved format where we interview a guest. This week, we spend time with Kirsten McCormick who shares why and how she and husband Justin manage a full-time travel lifestyle with their five children. After spending a year and a half traveling the US in a converted school bus, the McCormicks spent a few years back home in Texas befor...

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We're transitioning! No more podcast episodes with just Jon and Karen droning on and on. Moving forward, episodes of From Sumplace New will feature guest interviews. To help prepare you for this new format, we're sharing an interview we did with podcast host Erica Boucher for her All Ways Evolving podcast last October.

Erica, too, wants to move into a long-term, ongoing-travel lifestyle, so she has questions abou...

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It's hard to believe we started this podcast just weeks before the pandemic struck, and here we are 41 episodes later and we're still in pandemic-ville. *sigh* We're going to take a break from podcasting for the rest of 2020 so we can come back refreshed for 2021 with a new vision for the podcast! Listen in to learn more. We're excited about what's next for the podcast and the new year, and we hope you are,...

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Episode 40! Where has the time gone? Seems like the pandemic started just yesterday, no? Speaking of the pandemic, it has wreaked havoc on travel plans around the world. Trips have been cancelled, travel influencers have been grounded, and everyone is yearning for a time when travel restrictions are no more. Despite the frustrations resulting from COVID-19, travel IS possible if you plan correctly and find yourself a member of the ...

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Trying to be stylish while living out of a suitcase 365/24/7 is challenging. If you're considering a work-from-anywhere, open-ended, long-term travel lifestyle, you need to determine your fashionista quotient — practical (like Jon) or stylish (like Karen). While preparing for our journey, Jon focused on packing lightweight, performance-based clothing that was easy to manage. Jon admits he'll never win any style awards, bu...

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Despite the pandemic limiting our full-speed ahead travel mindset, we're grateful we can move around (a little) and experience new things. One thing we've learned over the past two-plus years is how rewarding long-term travel is. In so many ways. We discuss a few of these in E38 of From Sumplace New:

  • No end date or feeling of finality. 
  • No pressure to have an amazing time in a concentrated period. 
  • Revisit coffee shops a...
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This is the story of how Karen and Jon turned a 4-5 hour hike into an 8-hour ordeal in a violent hail, lightning and thunder storm while hiking back from the Inca ruins of Waqrapukara near Cusco, Peru. Besides the storm, why did it take so long? Short answer: It's all Jon's fault for wanting to take hundreds of photos and chatting with the guide. Really, this one is all on Jon. Learn how hail lit the way and helped guide ...

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We're big believers that there has never been a better time than right now to begin planning a work from anywhere lifestyle. And even if you don't think the time is right for you, where would you go if you could? Just going through the exercise will help you better understand what your options could be. Armed with that information, you may realize this is a lifestyle worthy of contemplation (and planifestation!) In Episod...

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Jon offers some insightful answers to Karen's questions about travel and our work from anywhere lifestyle. But first, the best thing that happened to Jon last week: freezer boots! The covid clampdown is coming to Scotland, but first, Karen wants answers from Jon to these questions:

  • What was your first international trip? Highlights?
  • When did you realize travel was important to you? Or What about you makes you wired for trave...
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Six countries officially offer visa programs directly targeting digital nomads, and two more have programs in the works. Check back in a few months, and there likely will be more countries added to the list. Why? In an effort to boost local economies — especially on the heels of the Covid pandemic — countries are looking to lure workers who have the ability to work from anywhere. And there are more and more of them every day.  (Mak...

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