Have you ever thought about living abroad? If so, in which country would you reside? This week’s guest on S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk made his home in South Korea and has never looked back. Meet Phil, “The Blerd Explorer.” Blerd, (Black nerd), is not only embracing living abroad, but is now on a personal mission to help others live an Ex-Pat lifestyle. In this episode of S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk, The Blerd Explorer, shares with host J Haleem, his background in travel, the hardships he’s experienced since moving to South Korea, and why more minorities need to travel and leave their city and state.
1:37 - J Haleem welcomes Phil, “The Blerd Explorer,” to S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk
2:03 - The Blerd Explorer shares his back story of getting into traveling and being inspired by a show on The Cartoon Network
4:22 - Recounting his 1st trip to S. Korea
5:12 - After visiting S. Korea, The Blerd Explorer shared what made him want to travel to other countries
5:54 - The Blerd Explorer shares more on why he chose to write a book for Black people to travel
7:27 - The Blerd Explorer shares the benefit of encouraging Black people not only to visit, but live in S. Korea
8:07 -Seoul is an “underrated” city according to The Blerd Explorer, but it has many benefits and features
9:36 - J Haleem shares an idea with The Blerd Explorer about interacting more with the American military
10:18 - The Blerd Explorer shares the top three hardships he endured by moving to Seoul
11:45 - Success as a first-time author
13:54 - The Blerd Explorer answers an important question, is Korean fried chicken the same as American?
14:58 - The Blerd Explorer shares the approach to his second book, which was to include stories of other Black people living in S. Korea
17:42 - Launching a business in South Korea
19:35 - Why most Americans will never leave their city or state
20:45 - Navigating coming back to the States
22:43 - Having a stronger peace of mind living abroad
24:27 - Encouraging others to take the risk & explore the world
26:07 - Opportunities African-Americans can take advantage of in their jobs & careers
27:30 - Managing COVID in S. Korea
30:07 - Where did the name “The Blerd Explorer,” came from?
30:49 - Is it now cool to be a “nerd?”
32:18 - The Blerd Explorer speaks on the content he’s creating
33:18 - Where did The Blerd Explorer’s name come from?
34:30 - What S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk means to him?
35:36 - The process of book publishing internationally
Connect with The Blerd Explorer
IG - @theblerdexplorer
TikTok - @theblerdexplorer