This is part 2 of my conversation with Steve Kamb. Listen to part 1.

Steve Kamb is the man behind the incredibly successful where he helps nerds and average Joes, and podcast hosts, level up their lives. As the title suggests, his primary focus is on fitness but he also writes about his adventures in world travel and travel hacking, which he implemented to go over 120,000 miles across 15-countries to Australia/New Zealand, through Asia, the US, Western Europe, and Argentina… for about $400. And I was thrilled he accepted my invitation to have him on the show to discuss both travel and fitness and how they relate to each other, while exploring how and why Steve was able to make travel a bigger priority in his life.

Before any of this, Steve had never traveled outside of the country. It was always something he wanted to do but he kept sying “I hope I get do that someday.” And like many people, he kept putting off his desire, thinking there’s not enough time, money, or life is just too complicated.

In the first part of my conversation with Steve, we discussed how he was able to successfully change his mindset when the opportunity to make travel a bigger priority in his life presented itself. He seized it. Today, with 2-3 big trips every year, Steve has combined a love of fitness and travel, and how the two relate, which we’ll explore in part 2.

Words from an Explorer:

“Every dollar that you spend is an opportunity for you to say where your priorities truly lie.”

What we cover on the show:

  • Steve’s community is doing the stuff of legend by transforming their lives completely.
  • The amazing things running a business affords him the ability to write off.
  • How everyone can pursue their own ‘epic quest of awesome.’
  • Steve’s best advice for people, like me, who are all-or-nothing fitness types, often struggling to get started with new workout programs because they’re such massive changes.
  • How to keep yourself prepped and ready to climb mountains in Hawaii, or whatever adventure you’d love to do in your travels.
  • Why celebrating quick wins matters and how Steve rewards himself without undoing his progress.
  • How stuff owns you, while experience grows you.

Steve’s Best Travel Advice:

The First Step: Pick a date, and start automating deposits into a savings account. Set aside your first $10, tell someone you’re doing this, and reach out to people who have been the places you want to go.

Packing: Travel light to be flexible, and bring only the essentials, then, buy the things you need on the road. At the end, donate or toss them. “I’m very stuff averse.”

Money Saving Tip: “Every dollar that you spend is an opportunity for you to say where your priorities truly lie.”

Internet resource: The Great Circle Mapper tool

Favorite Travel Book: The 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss

Best Travel Gear: Kelty Coyote 4750, his backpack

Weird Eats: Crocodile


Music Credit: Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings (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.