Troy Hendershott has been traveling the world for over 2,000 straight days, that’s over 5 years. He has perfected the art of traveling slow and because of that, he has found creative ways to earn money along the way from managing hostels and teaching English down to editing menus for grammar mistakes in exchange for a free meal.
Troy grew up in Denver and left a 12 year career in TV production working for one of Mark Cuban’s companies to pursue his dream of indefinite Global Budget Traveling.
We also touch on the fact that he was born in South Korea, was adopted by his family in Denver and how he’s woven his travel into a search for his birth mother.
I actually speak to Troy, ironically, while he was passing through Seoul South Korea and we talk about how that city deals with being less than 50 miles from the border of North Korea.
“If you travel slow and don’t have a time limitation you are going to find ways and extremely creative ways to save money and possibly earn money to really enjoy these places to their fullest.”
Something else you will learn is that early on in his travels, he decided to ditch the travel books and rely completely on recommendations from people that he meets along the way.
In this episode we discuss…
His early career working for HDNet, the company founded by Mark Cuban.
His experience working at over 500 live sporting events.
What is his definition of Global Budget Traveling.
How he planned on leaving his 12 year career in TV broadcast and production.
Living out of a backpack for 5 years running.
The creative ways he’s earned money from managing hostels to teaching english.
Why he decided to ditch the guide books for personal recommendations from fellow travelers.
Paying less than $500/month rent in Seoul, South Korea.
The tone of Seoul being only 50 miles from North Korea.
The travel tools that he relies on for hotels, couch surfing, hostels and airplane tickets.
The work and volunteer resources that he relies on to find his next gigs.
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Thank you to Michelle Mesenbrink for introducing Troy to the podcast.
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