Don't be rich, live rich
How we travelled the world while working.
DON’T BE RICH LIVE RICH Nomadz.nu Monday 27 June 2011 A nomadic Adventure Monday 27 June 2011 2010 LOOKED like this: Monday 27 June 2011 FLEW into South Africa Monday 27 June 2011 MOVED ON TO THAILAND Monday 27 June 2011 AND TRAVELLED TO ARGENTINA Monday 27 June 2011 WE SET FOOT IN 10 COUNTRIES Monday 27 June 2011 Lived in A SOME DESIGN APPARTMENTS Monday 27 June 2011 Drove A VINTAGE CAR Monday 27 June 2011 Game watching in Kruger Monday 27 June 2011 BBQ In a township Monday 27 June 2011 Africa Burn in the desert Monday 27 June 2011 SurfING Monday 27 June 2011 DID HORSEBACK RIDING IN PATAGONIA Monday 27 June 2011 SAW FALLS BY FULL MOON Monday 27 June 2011 WALKED ON A GLETSJER Monday 27 June 2011 met incredible people Monday 27 June 2011 had loads of fun! Monday 27 June 2011 ARE WE rich? NO! Monday 27 June 2011 THE COST, YOU ASK? A normal monthly wage Monday 27 June 2011 HOW DID WE DO IT? WE KEPT ON WORKING! Monday 27 June 2011 WHAT do we do ? â˜… â˜… Monday 27 June 2011 Catherine: online communication + launching www.butikk.nu (@cvanholder Ine: web designer & photographer (@matuvu) WHY DID WE DO IT? ★ Love travelling ★ Have more ‘time’. ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Wanted to do our own projects again Donâ€™t be rich Live rich Nomadz.nu Monday 27 June 2011 Lifestyledesign ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Design your own life according what you want to make out of it. Don’t think in the normal ‘templates’ of life. Nu NOMADS Monday 27 June 2011 ★ Live on the road while working ★ Location Independent Life HACKING Monday 27 June 2011 ★ GTD: Stop underperforming: Win ‘time’ ★ Achieve goals & dreams ★ Time & space for personal projects CAN YOU DO IT? YES, you can! Monday 27 June 2011 SO HOW DID WE DO IT? Monday 27 June 2011 How? ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Work while on the road ★ Have the right tools ★ Plan carefully ★ Budgetted OUR WAY OF DOING IT Monday 27 June 2011 First step ★ Figured out what we wanted in life. ★ Read ‘4 hour work week’ and checked the side info ★ Downloaded a budget planner ★ Chose destinations (gut feeling + internet available) ★ Started planning ★ Monday 27 June 2011 & Saved money (by selling stuff + asking 4 money instead of presents SECOND step ★ ★ ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Figured out a job to do remotely / Checked for grants / gap year subsidizing / ... We went to the accountant and asked what is possible Went 4 cheap tickets (Airstop / Connections) and checked early booking We told our clients we were leaving. Prepared them (and our family). Installed Skype on their PC THIRD step ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Found a hostel / hotel / couch for some days (couchsurfing.org, booking.com) Went on the local craigslist for apartments / checked the ads in the newspaper Found locals through twitter / couchsurfing Got a local mobile number + connect it to nomado.eu Found ourself an office / café with wifi FOURTH step ★ Lived locally ★ Worked normal hours ★ Spent weekend on doing fun stuff Monday 27 June 2011 HOLD ON.. IS IT THAT EASY? YES! IT IS! Monday 27 June 2011 HOLD ON.. IS IT THAT EASY? NO! IT ISN’T! Monday 27 June 2011 SOME OF AFTERTHOUGHTS Monday 27 June 2011 THE HARD STUFF ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 You just can’t do it all. You’re not a tourist, you have a working life and are not on vacation. Although many people think you are. Tourist stuff is expensive. Very expensive. THE HARD STUFF II ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Starting over and over again is tiring. Rather choose for 6 months than 4. Don’t underestimate the practical stuff you need to learn (which supermarket to go, find an apartment, postal office) Language is a deal breaker: we made easily friends in S Africa. Thailand and Brazil turned out to be hard due to the language. THE HARD STUFF III â˜… â˜… Monday 27 June 2011 Some countries are not what you thought they would be. Argentina turned out very expensive. And too big for weekend trips. And for that reason not that exciting for us. Difficulties can put your relationship under stress. Most important: Keep on talking. Respect each other. Give each other space. (We survived and the relationship became stronger.) THE HARD BUSINESS I ★ ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Working needs discipline: It really helped us to have an office in Buenos Aires. We became much more productive Headphones are a must Good internet makes a hell of a difference, although, not having it all the time makes you more productive THE HARD BUSINESS II ★ ★ Clients that were difficult at home, are difficult on the road. We didn’t do anything illegal, but for what we did, there wasn’t any real regulation... Monday 27 June 2011 THE GOOD STUFF ★ ★ We did it! We really did it. And it worked! We had an amazing year. We were able to focus on the things we wanted, like we had in mind. ★ We travelled a lot. Really a lot. ★ And we came home with more money than we started. Monday 27 June 2011 ADVERTISEMENT Monday 27 June 2011 BUDGETBOUTIQUE HOTELS.net ★ Feel like staying in those splendid places we do? A site out of all those cheap wonderful hotels we visited, and others. So all of you don’t have to envy us anymore. 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Monday 27 June 2011 INTERESTING TOOLS Monday 27 June 2011 Gear ★ ★ Laptop iPhone + Local mobile number + SIP solution (local Belgian number is gated to our local number abroad at very affordable rates) ★ iPhone + Skype ★ TelenetConnect for internet (on laptop + iphone) ★ Backup disks in case of emergencies Monday 27 June 2011 PRO software ★ Skype for contacting clients + screensharing ★ Billings for tracking time + invoices ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Dropbox / Sugarsync / Nomadesk for filesharing Backblaze for online backupping xtra Gear ★ E-Reader (Sony Reader) ★ iPod / mp3player ★ iPad ★ Camera’s ★ Monday 27 June 2011 Well, clothes and other stuff you need for living & travelling. OTHER TOOLS WE LOVED ★ See before (VOIP/nomado.eu, telenetconnect, skype) ★ AirBNB.com: holy cow! ★ ★ Monday 27 June 2011 The combo wifi/3g + Booking.com rocks! We once arrived in Thailand from Belgium, booked a flight on low cost carrier, and immediately booked a hotel via booking.com. All in the airport... 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