Unconventional Lifestyles



This podcast was born out of my dissatisfaction with what we know in the developed world as "normal life". So I got a job in Antarctica and never looked back! I have since been all over the globe. This podcast is a platform for people living unconventionally to share their stories.


  • 014 - Lily Simonson

    05/04/2017 Duration: 01h07min

    Lily is an artist who frequently embeds in research expeditions to remote environments. Her immersive large-scale paintings of bizarre environments and animals aim to transport viewers to these far flung worlds and expose them to new discoveries. Simonson spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. She has also served as the resident artist aboard ocean-o-graphic expeditions on the Research Vessels Atlantis and Melville, and the Exploration Vessel Nautilus. ---- iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unconventional-lifestyles/id1144743750?mt=2 Website: UnconventionalLifestyles.com ---- Andrew Thurber - Discovered kiwa puravita, a species of Yeti Crab in 2010. NSF Antarctic Program grantee for deep sea exploration and Antarctic Research Paul Dayton - During a 35-year career at Scripps, Dayton has researched coastal Antarctic habitats and the rocky shore habitats of Washington in order to better understand marine ecosy

  • 013 - Kelly McCord, Live from West Africa!

    21/03/2017 Duration: 56min

    We catch up with Kelly McCord as she roads-trips through west Africa. Kelly has been to 90+ countries and has been traveling pretty hardcore for the last 13 years. She scuba dived all over the world, has been medically evacuated out of a very rural island on a Russian cargo plane where no on aboard spoke any of the same languages as her, she has also hike up to Everest base camp in Nepal at 17 thousand feet. We also talk about how she funds her adventures and much much more.

  • 012 - Mark Brown - On evergreen values and mindfulness

    07/03/2017 Duration: 50min

    In this episode, we talk about everything from evergreen values to spiritual mindfulness, to his best-selling children’s book series, Zen Pig to his newly developed brand for adults, The Inner Space Program. --- On iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unconventional-lifestyles/id1144743750?mt=2 Website: UnconventionalLifestyles.com --- Show Notes: Tara Brach - A leading western teacher of mindful meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. On iTunes ---- Authors Mark Keeps Around Tony Robbins - American businessman, author, and philanthropist. He became well known from his infomercials and self-help books: Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant Within. Eckhart Tolle - German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's Purpose. In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tick Naught Han - Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace ac

  • 011 - Jared Fortner, Traverse to the South Pole

    24/02/2017 Duration: 45min

    Jared was involved in a special operation in Antarctica where he and a small team delivered hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel to the South Pole station.

  • 010 - Greg LaHaie - Live from Kauai

    03/02/2017 Duration: 01h02min

    Greg is an Alaskan Bush pilot and owner/operator of Kantishna Air Taxi which is located deep inside Denali National Park. Greg spends his summers flying tourist around Denali and his winters traveling to warmer climates such as Kauai. Greg built his operation from the ground up and is now truly living the dream. Get ready to be jealous!

  • 009 Larry Jarriel - Summiting Denali

    06/12/2016 Duration: 48min

    Larry is a professional vagabond and a sponsored traveling photographer who recently summited Denali in the summer of 2016. Larry and I met in Denali National Park where we both worked as grounds crewmen for a small air taxi service known as Kantishna Air Taxi.

  • 008 Ryan Skorecki - Live from New Zealand

    12/11/2016 Duration: 54min

    Ryan is a helicopter pilot that I met in Antarctica. We played in a band together on The Ice and became great friends last summer. In this episode we talk about Ryan’s background as a pilot and why he transitioned from fixed wing aircraft to helicopters. We also talk about what it’s like flying in harsh environments such as Antarctica and how the helicopters are transported to The Ice... and what maintenance is required for such extreme environments. Ryan recently appeared on Discovery Channel’s new docu-series, Everest Rescue where his efforts rescuing climbers in Nepal on Mt. Everest were documented. The series will be airing later this month and you should definitely check it out. He also talks about what that experience was like and how vastly different it is than flying scientist around in Antarctica. We also dive into the physics of how to safely land a helicopter if the engine loses power. This is a fascinating maneuver known as Auto Rotation and is a very dangerous, last resort maneuver that every

  • 007 - Lenny Lind. Live from El Salvador!

    19/10/2016 Duration: 40min

    This is a bit of a different episode because Lenny and I have never met before and this is our first conversation that we have ever had but the correlations in our lives are paramount. Lenny current lives on the side of a volcano in El Salvador. I have lived on the side of a volcano in antarctica. Lenny has spent time in Antartica as well on an expedition climbing one of the highest peaks on the continent. Lenny had an “ah ha” moment in Baja Mexico, and he soon after landed his photography dream job with United Airlines. This is interesting to me because it is very close to the place that I am going to inhabit for the first part of 2017. Lenny has experience in the aviation sector as a pilot, while I am not a pilot I have spent the last several years around aviation from military grade operations to small air taxi services and beyond. Although Lenny and I have a lot in common, I have barely breached the surface of what he has accomplished in his short time on this earth. Lenny runs a very successful

  • 006 - Crossfit Jesus

    18/10/2016 Duration: 27min

    This is a bit of a different podcast than normal episodes, yet it still rings true to people living unconventional lifestyles. Danny jose Is our guest today and outside of the great things he continues to do for the crossfit effort in antarctica, he’s changing the fitness mindset of athletes in america and around the world. In this episode we dive into: The misconceptions of crossfit and high intensity workouts. And how and why you don’t need to spend countless hours in a gym everyday to see results We also dive into Danny’s online business, Ufitness which allows him to tailor personal workouts to your lifestyle and gets the results which you aim to accomplish. His programming is individualized based off of what you are trying to achieve and what accommodations you have readily available to see your desired results. We also dive into my personal walk with Ufitness and the results that I have obtained and the obstacles that i have overcome. We talk about how important it is to have accountability, not o

  • 005 Jan & Petr - Live from Prague.

    01/10/2016 Duration: 45min

    We cover what it is to be a Certified free diver instructor Free-diving and what it actually is Trash Hero, a phenomenal organization helping clean the planet How they built a free school for the children in the Philippines out of "Up-cycled" resources. And how you can help along the way!

  • 004 - Chloe Wessling, Live from Australia!

    15/09/2016 Duration: 29min

    In this episode we talk about everything Scuba diving! Under the water and on the reef in South East Asia, where we met.

  • 003 Josiah Heiser live from Antarctica!

    10/09/2016 Duration: 36min

    Conducted 10,000 miles a part, Josiah shares... -what it's like in Antarctica during the winter -how he got his face ripped off by a 1 ton beast -when tragedy struck while on the ice -what behind the scenes of reality tv is really like -why he chose to build a resort in the Philippines

  • 002 Jake Jorgovan on the nomadic lifestyle

    31/08/2016 Duration: 43min

    Jake is a Digital Nomad that’s living abroad. Jake is also a Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Sales Guru, World Traveler, and has a fantastic Podcast about working remotely that is rightfully entitled, "Working Without Pants". Jake is also the founder and CEO of the company that I am currently working with, Outbound Creative. In this episode we dive into many topics such as: -Transitioning from the traditional 9-5 to working remotely -Living abroad, making money remotely, and how he became successful at it -Complete freedom and opportunities that are afforded to you by this type of lifestyle -Benefits of being a digital nomad -The dream job is the job that allows you to live the lifestyle in the way you want to live -“The Focused Creator”Jake’s book, and how productivity drastically effects your life -Goal setting and how it’s the most important part of getting things done -Morning routines, productivity, power of meditation, journaling, and daily affirmations -On bad advise and how failures shape your future

  • 001 Introduction to the podcast

    22/08/2016 Duration: 25min

    In this episode, we will discuss the mission of Unconventional Lifestyle as well as dig into the background of your host, Whit Aldridge. The purpose of this episode is to prep you for future shows to come, give you some context about what you will be learning and a brief introduction to my story.