For four and a half years, Justin Cooke has lived in Davao City, in the Philippines, and hosts his own podcast, Empire Flippers while running his own outsourcing company. How he landed in the Philippines was an accident.

He is consciously taking steps towards creating a life of travel, even more so than he already lives from the Philippines in which the rest of Southeast Asia is just a short, inexpensive flight away.

Previously, he was working for an SEO company – and visited the Philippines as well; however, when he saw the opportunity to take his full-time job on the road, and perform their role remotely, he jumped at it. Listen to how Justin made the leap to take his work on the road, and how he overcame the emotional and logistical hurdles to begin his life of travel, and how you can setup your own location independent business.

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Words from an Explorer:
Justin Cooke on The Daily Travel Podcast

“There’s something that changes in you that you can never get back… but one door closes, and many more open, when you travel.”

“Your first trips into a totally different culture is just mindblowing… On all of my travels since then, I’m chasing that feeling.”

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Music: Imogen Heap – Wait It Out (Artec Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.