About us

Hi, we’re Craig and Linda, the two Kiwis behind the Indie Travel Podcast. Since February 2006 we’ve been travelling around the world.

We are addicted. We see no end in sight.

Craig and Linda in Moldova.
Craig and Linda in Moldova.

Travel has always been our passion, but it didn’t come easy at first. For our first two years out of university we worked multiple jobs, did long hours, and kept up the student lifestyle, only with less beer. Every dollar saved at the end of the month got dropped on our credit card debt, then overdrafts, then Craig’s university loan.

There were some pretty depressing times punctuated by the reward of long hike, or a week-long trip to Australia or Fiji.

But the goal was in sight: we were debt free. Life could become a bit easier, and saving could begin for the big trip. It took more than another year before we left, but in February 2006 we road-tripped New Zealand’s South Island with our friend Angela then headed to Malta via Hong Kong and London.

We worked as we went, started the podcast too, and didn’t leave Europe for another two and a half years.

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Craig and Linda in Central Park, New York City

Travel had begun, and now we’d like to show you how you can live like us, travelling independently, full-time, and debt-free. Welcome to the Indie Travel Podcast.

About the Indie Travel Podcast

After several months on the road, we realised we had made some really dumb mistakes. We had become stuck in places we couldn’t afford to leave, not validated train tickets, failed to have insurance at the right time.

There were so many things we learnt on the road that we hadn’t ever read in a guidebook, and we wanted to share it. The Indie Travel Podcast was born, with our first show in recorded in St Albans, England — hosted on a friend’s spare server space.

Now, more than nine years later, the Indie Travel Podcast is still going strong, with a fortnightly audio show giving travel tips for independent travellers. We share interesting stories from people on the road, amazing opportunities to fund people’s travels, and practical advice from every continent in the world.

There’s an amazing, worldwide community of indie travellers and many of them contribute their stories to the podcast. It’s become much bigger than us, but we’re glad to be caught up in the adventure with so many interesting people.

Thanks for being one of them. Now get outside and travel.

In the press

The Indie Travel Podcast is the Best Travel Podcast, according to Lonely Planet. And although we disagree with them on some things, we’re not going to push back there. We’ve also been featured in newspapers and magazines, on the radio and on national TV in several countries.

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Craig and Linda in the Botanic Gardens of Goteborg, Sweden. Too cute, we know.

More reviews

For the intrepid traveler, there’s the Indie Travel Podcast (www.indietravelpodcast.com), which features the travels of a New Zealand couple and includes subjects like Accommodations, Reviews, and Equipment.

PC Magazine, June 2008

“If you’ve just finished Uni or are on a gap year or you’re simply sick and tired of the nine-to-five lifestyle then why not get a few tips and a bit of advice from these experienced budget travellers.”

Podfinder UK

Any one who has made up their mind that budget travel is for them should give this podcast/website combo a try.

Surviving the twenty-somethings

“…One of Europe’s leading travel podcasters…”

ExplorerPod.com

There are two types of people in this world — those who love tourist groups and those who’d rather die than experience the world with a bunch of weird strangers (we’re not judging, we’re just sayin’). If you fall into the latter category, check out the Indie Travel Podcast…Episodes, covering everything from travel tips and reviews to personal stories, are enlightening, informative and always frank.

Rachel Leibrock, the Sacremento Bee

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Craig and Linda in Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru

Technical details

This site was built by Performance Foundry and hosted on their Managed WordPress Hosting. You should definitely use Performance Foundry to build and host your website! (Disclaimer: Performance Foundry is our company, too.)

Craig’s carrying a 13″ MacBookPro and an iPhone 6. Linda has a MacBook Air and an iPhone 5. We prefer the Apple workflow to what we used to do on a PC and do recommend them.

We started out recording using the inbuilt mic on our computers, then switched to a Zoom H2 field microphone, which was eventually chewed up by a dog while we were in Argentina. We tried out a Mikey Blue for a while but soon went back to Zoom. We currently use the Zoom H2n.

The site runs on WordPress which is a content management system. WordPress is free and opensource and takes very little work to install. If you need help setting up a blog, check out our other company, Performance Foundry.

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Craig and Linda on the Line of Capricorn, near Antofagasta, Chile

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Want to know more about us and our travels? Read one of our travel diaries, below.