Millennial Travel Podcast

Travel the World, Find Your Niche, and Build Your Brand with Legal Nomad Jodi Ettenberg

Hannah Pinkerton
January 16, 2024

The Guest

After working as a lawyer for several years, Jodi Ettenberg founded Legal Nomads in April 2008 to document her long form travel writing and photography. In subsequent years, the site has won multiple awards and her business has expanded to include a book about food, celiac translation cards, public speaking, consulting work in social media and branding, and an eCommerce store featuring hand-drawn maps of food.

The Episode

Our episode today is all about finding authentic experiences through travel and connections with others. Jodi has had quite the journey from corporate attorney to food travel blogger.

Jodi shares advice on how to never be bored, finding your lens to view the world and your travels, and tips to get started with meditation.

Jodi leaves listeners with the advice, “Every place has things that make it interesting. Explore your own backyard.”

Topics Covered

  • How Jodi went from a corporate attorney to travel blogger
  • Jodi’s long standing desire to visit Siberia and what it was like
  • What it means to have authentic experiences
  • Ways to find your lens to see the world
  • Actionable advice to find your own authentic experiences
  • The historical significance of the spice trade
  • Jodi’s introduction to wellness and meditation
  • How to never be bored
  • Tips to meditate anywhere
  • Jodi’s current health situation
  • What she would do differently if she had to do it all over again

Quotes From The Episode

“The ways that people interacted so different. If you can just sit back and watch it and learn you come away with a lot more flexibility in your own mindset. That’s part of what makes travel so fascinating.”
“This obsession for finding authentic places comes down to finding themselves.”
“It’s about the connection to other people.”
“Anything can be a beautiful transformative experience if you just stop to think”.


Legal Nomads Website

Purchase gluten free travel cards and food maps

What Does Off the Beaten Path Really Mean? Blog Post

Say hi to Jodi

Insight Timer Meditation App

Interview with Gary Arndt


“Spice: The History of a Temptation” by Jack Turner

“Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: Or The True And Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader who Changed the Course of History” by Giles Milton

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

10% Happier by Dan Harris


Listen in Now, and begin building your brand today!

You can get this episode directly to your iPhone on iTunes, your Android on Stitcher, or on Soundcloud.

Hannah Pinkerton
Hannah enjoys spreading love in the world through travel, blogging, and teaching Spanish. Her hobbies include exploring in nature, taking naps, and spoiling her two dogs. She is proud to use her organizational and list making skills as an Executive Assistant for U30X.


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