Nomadic or not, you might be one of the many people in the world who communicate and even work with people in different time zones. Add your (or their) travel into the mix, and it gets even more complicated keeping track of it all. I'm constantly coordinating with people in other time zones, and over the years I’ve found some helpful tools to stay on top of time zones when working and/or traveling internationally.
Here’s as close as I can get to a comprehensive list of all the tools I use to run my businesses no matter where I go. I'll keep updating it as my needs and choices change.
I've learned a lot since I launched my podcast in September 2014, and I thought I would share some of my lessons learned for those who might also be interested in podcasting while traveling.
I'm constantly adding to, and tweaking, my list of most-used and favorite apps and services that make living and working anywhere in the world possible (and easier!). I just found this cool service called List.ly, so I thought I'd try it out as a way to share my latest favorites with you.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I'm guessing you've heard that phrase before, and I would guess the literal meaning is that if you put all your eggs in one basket, and then you drop the basket, all the eggs will break, and you’ll be left with no eggs.
We've spent the last nine months in SE Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand) and India. One of the biggest changes for us has been the difference in time zones; in Asia, we're about 12 hours ahead of most of our friends, family, and clients, and we've found it has its pros and cons.
In 2005, I did a 10-day silent meditation retreat in Thailand. It was an incredible experience, but once I started working for myself, I assumed I wouldn't be able to do another one. And then I had a realization that shifted everything...
Last summer, Christie Halmick of Jewels Branch and her husband, Jamie, who is also an entrepreneur, packed up their businesses and their twin daughters and headed west on a three-week road trip.
You've just arrived in a new location, and everything's calling to you: new food to try, sights to see, beaches to relax on, and local neighborhoods to explore... But something else is calling you, too: that nagging feeling that you should be working instead. What to do?
I don't bother with New Year's resolutions anymore, but I do like to set intentions for the coming year, and as a nomad, a lot of that has to do with where I want to be and the experiences I want to have. Here are the rough plans we have so far.
Running a business from anywhere is not really that much different than running a business from one place. There are just a couple important things to set up, and you'll be ready to go!
There are so many tools, apps, and services available these days that are helpful for nomads, travelers, and online entrepreneurs. Here are the ones that work for me right now.
I know how easy it is to get bogged down in the logistics of creating a nomadic life, which can seem really complicated sometimes. But let's put it all in perspective, shall we? To have the freedom to go anywhere in the world, there are only a few things you really need.
There are plenty of people who are technically location independent (meaning they could do their work from anywhere), but they haven't actually given it a test drive. Then something unexpected happens—a storm, a family emergency, or something more fun like a spur-of-the-moment vacation—and they're not prepared to work from somewhere besides their home office (or local coffee shop). What to do?
We have stayed in 4 different places/cities since we left our home base in Buenos Aires 12 days ago. A lot of that time has been focused on visiting with friends and family, leaving less time for other things like business development, client work, and tying up loose ends.
It can feel like an eternity trying to uncover your passion, figure out how to make money around it, set up the business, start making money, and eventually support yourself doing it. Especially when you're antsy to just quit your job/get on the road/make a change already! Sometimes it's worth finding an interim solution, a stepping stone, a bridge from wherever you are now to where you want to be.
This is Step 5 in the 7 Steps to a Life of Travel series. Before you go, some things will have to be taken OFF autopilot, and others will need to be put ON autopilot.
Nomadtopia isn’t a blog for entrepreneurs per se, but if you want to be location independent, you will need to think of yourself as an entrepreneur, so I thought I’d share my experience at Marie Forleo's RHH Live event in New York.
Having a way to make money from anywhere is one of the essential components of a successful location-independent lifestyle (aka Nomadtopia). This post lays out some of what's worked for me and things to consider as you work on your money plan. This is Step 1 of the 7 Steps to a Life of Travel.
Not being able to get connected when you need to is one of the worst things that can happen to a digital nomad! Get my top tips to handle the situation here.