Today’s post is my first podcast ever. It’s an interview with Adam Shepard, author of the book “One Year Lived.”
If you want to skip the backstory, you can listen to the podcast here:
I will also be giving away three signed copies of the book as well. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this page, or tweet with this post.
It was early 2008 and I was sitting at my desk job on a lazy Friday afternoon, when I first came across Adam Shepard.
I was just beginning to sense the twinges of unhappiness and wanderlust that eventually led me to where I am now, but stumbling upon Adam definitely pushed me in the right direction.
At the time he’d just come out with his first book, Scratch Beginnings. He did one of those things you always wonder if you could do. He took 25 bucks, moved to a new city, and wanted to see if from scratch (not leveraging his credentials, money, or current contacts), he could successfully obtain the basis of the American Dream.
Here are a few more details (via Wikipedia):
I am going to start – almost literally from scratch – with one 8′ x 10′ tarp, a sleeping bag, an empty gym bag, $25, and the clothes on my back. Via train, I will be dropped at a random place somewhere in the southeastern United States that is not in my home state of North Carolina. I have 365 days to become free of the realities of homelessness and become a “regular” member of society. After one year, for my project to be considered successful, I have to possess an operable automobile, live in a furnished apartment (alone or with a roommate), have $2500 in cash, and, most importantly, I have to be in a position in which I can continue to improve my circumstances by either going to school or starting my own business.
All I could think of was, “now that’s cool.”
Adam went on to be featured all over the place, ABC and the Today Show, among other spots.
I just remember thinking, one day I want to do something like that.
One Year Lived
So why am I telling you this?
Well, let’s fast forward about 5 years. A few months ago, I got an email from Adam – out of the blue.
I vaguely remembered the name, and when I Googled him, all I could think of was how funny it was that I was looking up to this guy before my business even existed, and now here he is emailing me.
The world’s a funny place like that.
So why was he emailing me?
I’ll give you one guess…
Yep, he has a new book out!
Adam decided to forgo the traditional publishing route and self-publish his book, for better or worse, this go around.
The book is called One Year Lived and is all about how he saved his money for two years and then proceeded to travel the world for one year, and spending it all in the process.
Why This Book
Admittedly, I know that this isn’t a new story. In fact, if you’re outside the United States doing exactly this is usually the rule, rather than the exception.
And that’s exactly why I wanted to share Adam’s story. First off, he ‘s a good writer, and the book is entertaining – so if all you want is a bit of an escape and to live vicariously through someone else’s travels, then pick it up now.
However, for many of you, I hope this strikes a deeper chord.
I never did this. I got 3 weeks in Europe, and because I never had this big travel experience I always felt it was missing – which is probably what prompted me to take off in 2010.
I’ve said numerous times, when I’m 80 years old, I want experiences. I want stories to tell – this is the kind of trip that creates those stories.
So today, I’m excited to share Adam’s story and do something I’ve never done before.
Welcome to the first ever Location 180 Podcast
Yes, I did a podcast.
Well, kind of.
When talking about the best way to cover the book, we agreed because of our similar experiences, simply having a conversation about it was the best way to share the message.
Is this going to be a regular thing? I have no plans of making it a regular podcast.
That said, I want your feedback. Did you like it? Would you want to see more of these? What could be improved on? Let me know in the comments.
Keep in mind, this is pretty raw. No editing, no fancy transitions, just Adam and I talking about travel, business, and what’s it’s like to live a lifestyle against the grain.
Podcast Episode 1: How to Take a Year Long Trip (with Adam Shepard)