IM While Travelling the World

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Hey all,

I am currently planning on quitting my FT job and taking a year out to travel the world.

I hope to use the time travelling to boost my earnings from IM. I plan to take a netbook to allow me to fill dead time writing content, developing sites etc and hook into wifi where possible to make updates.

I'll be spending much of my time in SE Asia.

Does anyone have any experiance of IM while on an extended trip such as this?

Any tips, advice, things to consider?
#travelling #world
  • Profile picture of the author YseUp
    Hey,

    I know a couple of people that do this, which is why I want t get into IM.

    One of my friends spent 3 months in Thailand, cheap to live, plenty of internet.

    See the similar topic I started here:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...razy-idea.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
      i have spent long periods in thailand and made money from sports trading/IM from the comfort of my laptop

      many hotels will offer free wifi but if you rent a condo/house be sure it has phone line installed and internet is available, Also internet connection in thailand can be dreadfull at the best of times. never ever use internet cafes in thailand as there are alot of them have have key loggers installed

      Also if you are making money in thailand, dont tell anybody about it because in theory you would have to pay tax. tell the expats or anybody else that asks that you have investments, never disclose that you are working whilst in thailand.

      I can also tell you that thailand is not as cheap as everybody thinks, maybe 10 years ago, but definately now now. Phuket is the most expensive part of thiland. I have spent alot of time here, if you need anymore info send me PM, i know the place inside out

      And if its girls you after get yourself to pattaya cheaper than phuket but not as beautifull.

      Just keep your wits about you whilst in SE asia, everybody will smile and pretend to be your best friend, but all they care about is taking your money. Thailand is known as the land of smiles but since living there i refer to it as the land of fake smiles.

      if you need anymore info pm me as i have extensive knowledge of thailand

      I loved it and will return very soon

      cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author designfuschion
        Great thread! I've been pondering this awhile now. I've always wanted to travel the world,and IM is perfect way to achieve that.


        Originally Posted by Pattaya-Addict View Post


        Also if you are making money in thailand, dont tell anybody about it because in theory you would have to pay tax. tell the expats or anybody else that asks that you have investments, never disclose that you are working whilst in thailand.
        I'm trying to wrap my mind around how this applies at customs. After the many customs style shows on tv lately and reading on various forums about airport customs rules.
        Basically,I'm wondering, is it suspicious to enter a country on a tourist visa with a laptop? Do customs officials get sus on this?
        I couldn't leave home without my laptop. I mean when people go on holiday -why bring technology-you never know some customs officials might view it this way. (Not thailand specifically)
        I know from watching 'border security'(local aussie reality tv show about australians customs border control) and 'customs' that entry to a country needs to be legit(basically nothing weird) and sometimes having enough cash to last the trip is enough evidence.
        Maybe i'm barking up the wrong tree or something. It's just in my opinion the stereotype of a person travelling with a laptop means business,and i'd be worried entering a country on a tourist visa only to be questioned about my intentions at entry.

        Maybe its a silly question. For all i know there are probably lots of 'holidayers' that take laptops.
        give it to me straight if i am barking up the wrong tree on this please.
        thanks.
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        • Profile picture of the author astaga
          Originally Posted by designfuschion View Post

          Maybe its a silly question. For all i know there are probably lots of 'holidayers' that take laptops.
          give it to me straight if i am barking up the wrong tree on this please.
          thanks.
          TV shows dramatize alot!
          You have nothing to worry about, as long as you're not doing anything illegal.
          (it's a different story if you are there to look for, or moonlight at, a job, which they frown on and that's what gets folks into trouble)....
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        • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
          Originally Posted by designfuschion View Post

          I'm trying to wrap my mind around how this applies at customs. After the many customs style shows on tv lately and reading on various forums about airport customs rules.
          Basically,I'm wondering, is it suspicious to enter a country on a tourist visa with a laptop? Do customs officials get sus on this?

          One time US immigration asked me how much cash I had on me.

          I said $50.

          It was a dumb question. I'd just arrived in the US (literally not even through customs and immigration), I had a visa card with a substantial balance but they didn't ask me that.

          I had a courtesy shuttle from the airport to the hotel I was staying at.

          Why would I be carrying around US dollars?

          Much easier to get some out of an automatic teller once you arrive.

          In any case they sat me in immigration until one of their staff interviewed me.

          She saw my laptop and said "you work from your laptop and make money while you're travelling don't you?"

          I said yes and that was the end of the conversation...she cleared me through.

          So at least some immigration officials look favorably on people who make a living with their computers.


          Customs rarely bother asking for receipts etc for laptop comptuers. It's too much trouble for them...so many people carry them...and in most countries you're allowed to carry personal possessions like a laptop in and out of a country anyway.

          I've never been asked.

          I know people who bought a laptop in a country then entered and left several countries and were never asked about it.

          Kindest regards,
          Andrew Cavanagh
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        • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
          Originally Posted by designfuschion View Post

          I'm trying to wrap my mind around how this applies at customs. After the many customs style shows on tv lately and reading on various forums about airport customs rules.
          Basically,I'm wondering, is it suspicious to enter a country on a tourist visa with a laptop? Do customs officials get sus on this?
          They don't care - I ALWAYS have at least one laptop with me - sometimes two and I've NEVER (bare in mind that I've flown about 50 times in the last year to about 30 countries) been asked anything about why I have them.

          As for tourist visas etc.. all you have to do is cross the boarder to renew it - so for me in Singapore all I had to do was go play golf off the island for a few hours or go shopping. As it was I was traveling anyway so it got refreshed every time I went anywhere - but that was my backup plan

          I'm going to Bratislava next week and taking a laptop and I don't give these things any thought at all. It's much less complicated than you might imagine if you don't travel much.

          Even for America (and they're pretty strong on security) I've been over 5 times in the last 4 months with laptops and at worst - they take the battery out, but normally they don't say anything.

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          • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
            all the times i have travelled i have never been asked anything about my laptop. i do remember one time though, a customs agent in thailand asked for a look at my digital camera and went through some of the photos on it, this was because some tourists to thailand often take xxx pictures/video clips of the thai girls which is highly illegal, the custom agent wanted to check that i had no such pictures (which i didnt)

            And one point i forgot to make to the OP, is........ if you are travelling to SE asia, NEVER EVER BUY DRUGS. even the smallest amount of cannabis could get you years in prison (unless you have enough to pay the police) when i lived in phuket my next door neighbour was a 20 year old lad from liverpool, he was a nice guy but a bit wild, always throwing house partys, taking drugs etc. The police raided his home one night because of complaints of the noise and found 6 extacy tablets in his apartment, he received 5 years in prison. true story !! places like ko samui and pattaya are full of drugs but always say NO. Its well known that some dealers work with police and will sell you drugs, then when the drugs are in your posession, the police are waiting for you and will try to extort big money from you, if you dont have the money your in big trouble.

            one book i would highly recommend is "the damage done" by warren fellows. Excellent read
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    Hey 2ndAccount.

    What you are about to do is pretty much what
    a small portion of all internet marketers does.

    Making money online while travelling is one the best
    thing you can be doing. Enjoying travel while making money?
    Can you think of something better?

    Igor
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  • Hey man, yeah I lived in SEA for some time dude the only thing that can be tricky is if you need to buy things . You really need to have a western credit card with becaue some parts of SEA the debit cards don't work on the internet so keep your credit card in good standings
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
      also i forgot to add, if you are an affiliate and receive affiliate cheques DO NOT have them sent to thailand, the postmen are corrupt as hell (along with everyone else) and if they think there is money or something of value in your mail, they will open it. So have your affiliate cheques mailed back home and have someone lodge them into your account.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
        anonymous affiliate is correct, its better to set yourself up with a base and get your internet connected. then you can still do a little island hopping/ weekends away etc but still have your base to come back to.
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  • As an ex-backpacker and ex-expatriate in the past, I have been thinking about doing it all again now that I do make a comfortable living off IM. However, I just dont think it's quite feasible to travel+work, or at least considering that I need full-time efforts to make my money. How could I work full time while traveling? hopping from internet cafe to internet cafe for one or two hours a day? nah, it's not really realistic.

    I really would like to go SEA, rent a nice bungalow with internet connection by the beach and work from there, but I am sure my IM business would take a HUGE hit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I travelled for 6 months around Australia in 2007 and it was great to be able to take my work with me. Although I didn't do as much as I obviously wanted to enjoy the holiday, but whenever we started to run a bit short of cash I would run a WSO to write articles for people and bump up the bank balance again.

    IM is a great opportunity for people that want to travel and still earn some money. Just remember to enjoy your holiday too and not work too hard
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  • Profile picture of the author jojobusiness
    My boyfriend and I are traveling and working online, RIGHT NOW.

    We spent 1 month in Thailand in January of this year. Since then we've been to Malaysia, France, Spain and soon we'll be in Italy, Greece and then USA.

    It has been fantastic. Some days we go off and see the sights and other days, like today, we spend a few hours working from our apartment, which we are renting on a short term basis.

    THINK OF IT THIS WAY: If you are earning US dollars online, why not travel to somewhere like SE asia, where the cost of living is much cheaper ... and the quality of food, accommodation, is HIGH ... and SAVE money while traveling?

    Or you could stay in Australia, like we did, and pay $5 for a coffee, spent almost $2,000 a month on rent, almost $2 a litre on petrol, and basically be overcharged to live in your own country?

    Why do that when you could experience the world for less than what you spend back home? Do the math yourself, and book your ticket. You'll never look back.
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    • Profile picture of the author YseUp
      I agree with jojobusiness. If I stay in Europe it will take me a lot longer to become profitable, wheras if I go to SE Asia I only need to be making $30 a day to break even.

      I've already been on holiday to SE Asia so I don't need to see any sites.

      I'll be able to concentrate on IM 100%... this may sound unbelievable but sitting on a beach all day gets boring after a while.

      No commute to work, no need to do food shopping or cooking, no need to clean my house.

      My plan can not fail!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
        Originally Posted by YseUp View Post

        I agree with jojobusiness. If I stay in Europe it will take me a lot longer to become profitable, wheras if I go to SE Asia I only need to be making $30 a day to break even.

        I've already been on holiday to SE Asia so I don't need to see any sites.

        I'll be able to concentrate on IM 100%... this may sound unbelievable but sitting on a beach all day gets boring after a while.

        No commute to work, no need to do food shopping or cooking, no need to clean my house.

        My plan can not fail!
        i know what your saying, it does become boring after a while sitting at the beach all day and finding yourself with nothing to do. Personally i wouldnt be able to survive on $30 per day but it is possible. Does you $30 include health insurance (very important) motorike rental, food, drinking money, electricity, laundry, cable bill, internet bill, money for girls,etc etc etc

        to survive in thailand i need at least 120k TB per month minimum which is about 3.5K USD, yes i know it sounds alot but when im away i like to play hard. pool villa, different girl every night, out most nights,eating in nice resteraunts etc etc, it all adds up.

        proper playboy lifestyle tho innit, love it
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    thanks for the replies.

    Pattaya-Addict - i'll be getting all post redirected to a family member here in the UK. they'll be banking my cheques for me ;-)

    Sheryl Polomka - great ideas re doing a little writing to bump up the income! so far i've written all my own stuff and had a fair amount of success so maybe this is something i could offer a good service for the right money. how much did you charge?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by 2ndAccount View Post

      Sheryl Polomka - great ideas re doing a little writing to bump up the income! so far i've written all my own stuff and had a fair amount of success so maybe this is something i could offer a good service for the right money. how much did you charge?
      Wow, let me think.....

      It was a couple of years ago now but from memory I charged around $5 per unique article and I sold them in sets of 5 or 10 articles.

      When I got orders I would connect to the internet to do a bit of research on the niche and then disconnect and go and write the articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
    I haven't experienced this although is something I've always dreamed of. The way my business is structured now makes it impossible for me to do it.

    One of the things you should worry about is the way you connect to the Internet. If you are not connecting through vpns or encrypted proxies, it is possible for someone to steal your passwords and other important business information.

    Tyrus
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    • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
      Originally Posted by Tyrus Antas View Post


      One of the things you should worry about is the way you connect to the Internet. If you are not connecting through vpns or encrypted proxies, it is possible for someone to steal your passwords and other important business information.
      Hye Tyrus - hopefully i'll be using my own netbook and wifi connections. are you able to explain exactly what "vpns or encrypted proxies" are and if i'll need them?
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      • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
        Originally Posted by 2ndAccount View Post

        Hye Tyrus - hopefully i'll be using my own netbook and wifi connections. are you able to explain exactly what "vpns or encrypted proxies" are and if i'll need them?
        Since you'll be using other people's connection they can theoretically read all information transmitted between your computer and the sites you're visiting.

        Now that doesn't means that's exactly what is going to happen, but it can happen.

        One of the ways to prevent information theft is to make sure all important sites you visit use a secure, encrypted connection. For instance, you can connect to Google gmail using https instead of just http. Because https is encrypted, nobody will know your password when you login. Not all services provide this though.

        Another way is to use a vpn which stands for virtual private network. You use the wifi connection to connect either to one secure network you have access to or to a vpn provider. There are many out there:
        vpn service - Google Search

        You should use a provider if you're not technically minded. This is the only real way to be absolutely secure nobody will steal your information. That said, if you connect to wifi hotspots controlled by reputable companies you're unlikely to have any problems.

        Edit: forgot something really important. Don't even thing about using Internet cafes to access private/password protected information.

        Tyrus
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        • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
          MANY leading internet marketers spend a lot of their time on the road.

          A few tips:

          # Convert to gmail if possible as your primary email address. That will make it far easier to check your email when you're travelling.

          # Get a small portable hard drive and keep a copy of all the software you might need as well as all the files you might need. Get in the habit of saving things to the portable hard drive (as well as to the hard drive on your computer).

          # Assume that you won't always have access to your computer (they have a tendency of breaking down on the road or getting viruses that are hard to fix etc etc).

          Arrange things so you can go on any computer anywhere and get your work done if necessary.

          # If possible use free software like Open Office and Kompozer so if worst comes to worst you can download the software you need completely free offline and get yourself up and running again (don't even assume your portable hard drive is a safe plan...you need to be able to run your business from an internet cafe without any back up at all if necessary).


          # Carry an address book or notebook with the physical passwords written down of sites you need to get into.

          Put them in code so that no one can know what they are without also knowing the code.

          Remember that if everything crashes you need to be able to login in to your key sites and that means passwords and usernames.


          # If your business is substantial you should seriously consider having an assistant or two who can answer support desk enquiries and handle minor stuff.

          If it's really tiny stuff you might convince a trusted friend to help you out by showing them how to work your help desk.

          If you're on a plane flying long distance that can put you offline for 12 to even 30 hours or more (if everything goes wrong)...way too long for someone who needs urgent assistance.

          You really want to be setting your business up so the day to day stuff can run for long periods of time without you anyway.


          # Having some kind of wireless laptop computer can save you a ton of time as long as you go to the trouble of making sure you book into places that have wireless internet.

          So plan ahead for the necessity of getting online easily. Make sure the places you're staying in have it...preferably have a good speed and that you won't be paying extra if you're online for several hours a day.


          # Work out your own system...what works for you. Everyone does it a little differently and has different preferences. What is important is to develop a real system so you know what you're doing when you travel.

          # Have fun. An internet business is now pretty easy to run on the road and a GREAT way to make money while you're travelling.

          Kindest regards,
          Andrew Cavanagh

          P.S. Recently I spent around 12 months out of 2 years on the road in some foreign country or city and I made VERY good money doing it.

          But I actually LIKE staying at home.

          I know there are internet marketers spending most of their time travelling and quite a few are big names.

          They spend a lot of their time speaking at internet marketing seminars and going places they want to go.

          If you could get one of these big names to give you some tips that would be cool.
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        • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
          Originally Posted by Tyrus Antas View Post


          One of the ways to prevent information theft is to make sure all important sites you visit use a secure, encrypted connection. For instance, you can connect to Google gmail using https instead of just http. Because https is encrypted, nobody will know your password when you login. Not all services provide this though.

          Tyrus
          thanks - this sounds like simple great advice as i am a heavy user of gmail, gcalander, gsites (for todo lists etc).

          presumably i should be able to use this technique when doing my internet banking etc?
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          • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
            Originally Posted by 2ndAccount View Post

            thanks - this sounds like simple great advice as i am a heavy user of gmail, gcalander, gsites (for todo lists etc).

            presumably i should be able to use this technique when doing my internet banking etc?
            If your bank doesn't default to a https connection you definitively should NOT be doing business with them. Any reputable bank only allows https connections.

            Login to your Internet banking account and in the address check if it's using https. Most likely, it is.

            Tyrus
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            • Profile picture of the author bannor32
              IM/writing while traveling is exactly what I want to do. As soon as the mortgage gets paid down I'll be off...
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  • Profile picture of the author jjbalagosa
    Check to see if you need a power converter to plug your notebook into. Different countries have different power outlet settings.

    If you do need one, invest in a good one as well as a good surge protector. I fried my laptop once while traveling, it was a total nightmare!
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  • Profile picture of the author AgencyScripts
    "i need at least 120k TB per month minimum which is about 3.5K USD,"

    Only $3,500 USD a month to live like a rockstar? NICE!

    {EDIT}

    This is something I want to do this year (or next). Can anyone give some links to
    good sites that discuss getting a nice condo in Thailand, and other tips like that
    for traveling.

    That would be very much appreciated
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
      Originally Posted by Dylan Jones View Post

      "i need at least 120k TB per month minimum which is about 3.5K USD,"

      Only $3,500 USD a month to live like a rockstar? NICE!

      {EDIT}

      This is something I want to do this year (or next). Can anyone give some links to
      good sites that discuss getting a nice condo in Thailand, and other tips like that
      for traveling.

      That would be very much appreciated
      http://www.pattaya-addicts.com/forum/forums.html if you want information about pattaya

      and

      Thailand Forum - Golf, Diving, Nightlife, Travel, Culture if you want info about phuket

      both forums have an expat section with properties advertised for sale/rent
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    thanks andrew - some good tips there.

    it will be exciting as i currently work long hours full time so my IM is only a hobby. if anything i expect my IM time to increase during my year on the road.
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  • Profile picture of the author jigsawguy
    I'm based in Thailand and been here now for 7+ years. Spent 4 years in Bangkok and then moved down to Pattaya where I live now which was a good decision. I have my own offline business here and also been spending more time recently on setting up IM revenue streams. PM me if you have any questions about Thailand. I can't promise I have all the answers but I'll tell you what I know. If you are planning to be in Pattaya, drop me a PM and I would be happy to meet up and share stories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryce
    Originally Posted by 2ndAccount View Post

    Hey all,

    I am currently planning on quitting my FT job and taking a year out to travel the world.

    I hope to use the time travelling to boost my earnings from IM. I plan to take a netbook to allow me to fill dead time writing content, developing sites etc and hook into wifi where possible to make updates.

    I'll be spending much of my time in SE Asia.

    Does anyone have any experiance of IM while on an extended trip such as this?

    Any tips, advice, things to consider?
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  • I dont know guys, but I can only see it feasible if you're planning on "sustaining" your IM business, meaning that you have already in place your money making sites and you just need to keep them rolling. Like for example you already have a successful blog well established and with a solid readership base, and you only need to upload three posts per week. Or like if you already have a number of profitable PPC campaigns running and you just need to fine-tweak them a little bit here and there...

    ...BUT if you're looking to "create" or "expand" on your IM business... how are you going to do it if you don't sit on your computer desk for hours every day? I personally need long sessions to get any new idea shaped up and kicking, let alone afterwards creating the product, outsourcing some tasks, recording some video tutorials, contacting JVs, crafting an engaging email sequence, split test conversions, push your backend products/offers, manage customer support and billing, etc... How are you going to do all that from occasional work-sessions on pesky internet cafes here and there?

    I dunno... I just dont see the laptop road warrior thingy realistic... I mean I LOVE the idea and we have all dreamt about it but... I just dont think it's feasible.
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeDaly
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      I dont know guys, but I can only see it feasible if you're planning on "sustaining" your IM business, meaning that you have already in place your money making sites and you just need to keep them rolling. Like for example you already have a successful blog well established and with a solid readership base, and you only need to upload three posts per week. Or like if you already have a number of profitable PPC campaigns running and you just need to fine-tweak them a little bit here and there...

      ...BUT if you're looking to "create" or "expand" on your IM business... how are you going to do it if you don't sit on your computer desk for hours every day? I personally need long sessions to get any new idea shaped up and kicking, let alone afterwards creating the product, outsourcing some tasks, recording some video tutorials, contacting JVs, crafting an engaging email sequence, split test conversions, push your backend products/offers, manage customer support and billing, etc... How are you going to do all that from occasional work-sessions on pesky internet cafes here and there?

      I dunno... I just dont see the laptop road warrior thingy realistic... I mean I LOVE the idea and we have all dreamt about it but... I just dont think it's feasible.
      Partially agreed. As someone who has traveled Europe, Central & South America over the last year and a half, I can tell you how unreliable and sometimes expensive the Internet cafes can be. And not to mention a number of them don't even have programs such as Skype yet alone other downloaded tools necessary for a proper Internet Marketer(and they all have safeguards on their computers to disallow any downloading). Building an online business, or even sustaining one, would be frustrating hopping from Internet cafe to Internet cafe.

      But to truly live the traveling abroad lifestyle as every Warrior should, you have to think a little outside the box. Simply take a laptop and rent an apartment, three months at a time in the location of your choice. With the rise of WiFi over the last few years, I've truly been hardpressed to find even tiny towns in the outskirts of Costa Rica that don't have WiFi locations somewhere, while most modern apartment buildings are outfitted with them. The connections are at least decent, you can live two blocks from any location in the World within your budget, and continue to build your online businesses more reinvigorated than you ever have been. When your apartment lease is up 3 months later, take a trip half way around the World and experience an entirely new culture.
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      • Originally Posted by JakeDaly View Post

        But to truly live the traveling abroad lifestyle as every Warrior should, you have to think a little outside the box. Simply take a laptop and rent an apartment, three months at a time in the location of your choice. With the rise of WiFi over the last few years, I've truly been hardpressed to find even tiny towns in the outskirts of Costa Rica that don't have WiFi locations somewhere, while most modern apartment buildings are outfitted with them. The connections are at least decent, you can live two blocks from any location in the World within your budget, and continue to build your online businesses more reinvigorated than you ever have been. When your apartment lease is up 3 months later, take a trip half way around the World and experience an entirely new culture.
        I did this for 6 months on Buenos Aires a few years ago. Leasing a ready-to-use apartment under a short-term contract, fully decked with furniture, wifi connection, etc was expensive as it's the type of condos that are usually aimed for corporate expatriates. I paid for that condo in Buenos Aires almost as much as I would have paid on my home town.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      I dont know guys, but I can only see it feasible if you're planning on "sustaining" your IM business, meaning that you have already in place your money making sites and you just need to keep them rolling. Like for example you already have a successful blog well established and with a solid readership base, and you only need to upload three posts per week. Or like if you already have a number of profitable PPC campaigns running and you just need to fine-tweak them a little bit here and there...

      ...BUT if you're looking to "create" or "expand" on your IM business... how are you going to do it if you don't sit on your computer desk for hours every day? I personally need long sessions to get any new idea shaped up and kicking, let alone afterwards creating the product, outsourcing some tasks, recording some video tutorials, contacting JVs, crafting an engaging email sequence, split test conversions, push your backend products/offers, manage customer support and billing, etc... How are you going to do all that from occasional work-sessions on pesky internet cafes here and there?

      I dunno... I just dont see the laptop road warrior thingy realistic... I mean I LOVE the idea and we have all dreamt about it but... I just dont think it's feasible.


      It's feasible. I've done it and I know others who have done it...and with some quite major projects too.

      You have to be efficient with your time and yes you're going to have to spend at least a couple of hours a day on your computer.

      But yes you certainly can get projects started, outsource things etc etc even while you're on the road.

      A huge part of it is just deciding you'll be disciplined enough to get it done regardless of different challenges that might come up in different locations.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Hehe... interesting to see this thread. We hit the road ourselves in 30 days!

    We're doing things a little different though. We plan to travel around the US in the next several months - camping

    I'll be powering my laptop with solar panels so I can write content for my sites and edit pictures, then prepare everything for putting online. We'll drop into local libraries/coffee shops/etc for wireless connections as needed along the way.

    We'll spend some time close to Tucson at first to visit with family and work the kinks out of the new setup, then we're slowly making our way east. We have to be on the east coast by mid-end of August then we'll probably meander back towards Arizona again.

    Should be fun!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Brite
    You should look at investing in a wifi card on a mobile provider network. Im not sure how much they cost a month because it depends but you don't want to be doing a load of work and then struggling to find a wifi spot. Or if you are planning on staying in hotels just make sure they all have wifi and find out the cost's if any as some places charge.

    However good luck to you. Im currently on 'holiday' in the UK and been working here too.

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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hi,

    I've just been doing exactly this. I usually live in the UK but I spent the last few month of last year living in Singapore and traveling around Asia and Australia and the first few months of this year living in America.

    I had with me a laptop, a Blackberry and an Iphone and there was the odd occasion when I used Internet Cafes, but in general my laptop was what I used most in coffee shops and at the apartment I rented as a base while I was there.

    Banking wasn't a problem as money went into my normal account and I had a credit/debit card with me - Just make sure to tell your bank that you're traveling and rough dates or they may freeze your cashpoint access during their 'security checks' and have you need to call them to say it's really you.

    The one problem I did have was early in this year when I went over the amount of money you can have come in to Paypal - they need you to jump through some security hoops to confirm who you are. Usually I just have them call me at home and it isn't an issue, but because I was traveling and out of the country when they did it - I needed to use the online bank verificaion - which took a matter of days and that Paypal account was frozen during that time (very annoying).

    It's a great thing to do though and because I was based in Singapore - there were a lot of IMers and even in IN seminar while I was there so I met a bunch of friends from the UK and US who were actually speaking at the event and had already met a lot of IMers from the region and had offline group get togethers, so I'm sure you're going to have as much fun as I did.

    If you're a musician or like live music there's a lot going on too.

    Have fun.

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    • Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      Hi,

      I've just been doing exactly this. I usually live in the UK but I spent the last few month of last year living in Singapore and traveling around Asia and Australia and the first few months of this year living in America.

      I had with me a laptop, a Blackberry and an Iphone and there was the odd occasion when I used Internet Cafes, but in general my laptop was what I used most in coffee shops and at the apartment I rented as a base while I was there.
      Andy, how did you find it as far as coping up with heavy work-load periods of time such as product-creation? I am looking to go "world-wide" at the end of this year but I just can't see myself being able to keep up with my IM work schedules. That's what holds me back mostly: I have worked too hard now to let my IM business slow down just because I want to hit the road for few months.

      Any feedback would be appreciated.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
        Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

        Andy, how did you find it as far as coping up with heavy work-load periods of time such as product-creation? I am looking to go "world-wide" at the end of this year but I just can't see myself being able to keep up with my IM work schedules. That's what holds me back mostly: I have worked too hard now to let my IM business slow down just because I want to hit the road for few months.

        Any feedback would be appreciated.
        I outsource most of the packaging - so I just write the content and get others to create the graphics, create software etc. even do link building - so the bits that involve me are either systemised and take little time or are what I like to do (thinking and writing).

        I did find that some things were a struggle and I had to cut down on coaching clients because I couldn't guarantee what day or time I would be available - that's one of the things I like about being back, although I'm still traveling it's mainly around Europe now and I can be available a lot of the time.

        I actually found other opportunities to make money while I was traveling too, I got paid a few thousand dollars to write an article for a technology company at one point, so opportunities were always appearing that I never expected.

        Mark Joyner even offered to do a forward for my next book when we had lunch once as he was passing through at the time and I was around to meet up with him.

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  • Profile picture of the author astaga
    FWIW, here's my experience for a travelling IMarketer road warrior.
    The key things to make sure you have at ALL times:
    a) passport
    b) ID
    c) wallet (only for it's relevance in accessing moola funds!)
    d) primary comms device, aka your notebook PC or netbook
    e) secondary comms device, aka your cell or mobile phone

    The first 3 items above are, by neccessity and law, required (item c is to prove to immigration the financial ability to support your stay when you arrive, so don't give them any excuses to doubt this).

    The 4th and 5th items will make your travels and sojourn more enjoyable. A IMarketer's ability to stay in contact (or if you so desire, your "capability" to get connected online) is paramount. With all the primary SE Asia countries (S'pore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei) this is not a major problem. S'pore & Malaysia have excellent WiFi facilities at many spots like Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Gloria Jeans, McDonalds, etc... and these are free. Singapore is one HUGE wifi connected country and KL is very well covered.
    The main capitals in the other countries are well equiped too.

    A neccessary evil (?) is electricity, so bring along a universal power plug. All notebook or netbook PCs' power supplies are designed for 100-240V input. The comms world is bigger and more pervasive than the PC, so having a GSM cell or mobile phone helps heaps to staying in touch. If yours is a smartphone, then you are well equiped to surf via it too. To keep costs down, use a worldphone and get the local country SIM when you arrive. Suitably equiped, nobody will even realize where in the world you are even when they are talking to you on the phone!

    Re funds access, have a ATM card, that's a member of the Cirrus or Plus network (biggest in the world). If you are worried about security, get a Visa debit card and control the amount of ca$h sitting in the card balance there. You then can go online and transfer funds from your bank/Paypal to it as and when needed.

    That's pretty much the key stuff. I have mine set up as such and the motto "have laptop will travel" pretty much sums it up! Who knows, we may bum into each other at one of the WiFi joints!

    HTH, PM or holler if you need help......
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  • Profile picture of the author BrockSoft
    You must get the book:
    Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    Pattaya-Addict - thanks, no danger of me doing that - those days are long gone!

    Andyhenry - thanks for the advise/support.

    the way io look at all this is that i am planning to go travelling anyway. i have a good stash of savings and can afford to quit and take a year off.

    the fact that i currently do IM on the side is a bonus as it gives me the opportunity to firstly offset some of the travelling costs and even to expand my IM business.

    I am not fooling myself to that it will be easy to expand things however like Any I enjoy (and am good at writing/creating content. currently I work in an investment bank so the long hours mean i currently have little time to dedicate to IM. travelling will i am sure guive me more time to work on things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
      sounds like your sorted mate

      any ideas of the countries you will visit?
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  • Profile picture of the author LFL
    Hey Thailand experts, how difficult do you reckon it is to rent a nice place in southern Thailand (islands mainly) with WIFI and all the necessary comforts?
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    here is what i am looking at:

    fligh to moscow
    trans siberian train to beijjing
    then....
    hong kong
    thailand
    vietnam
    cambodia
    laos
    singapore
    malaysia
    indonesia
    phillipines
    borneo
    oz
    new zealand
    chile
    brazil (prob just rio)
    then home!
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    • Profile picture of the author LFL
      Originally Posted by 2ndAccount View Post

      new zealand
      chile
      That's the only problematic leg of your trip. Only LAN Chile links NZ and Chile via Easter Island and the tickets are booked ages in advance... at high prices too. Unless you buy a RTW ticket that is.
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      • Profile picture of the author bravegoat
        This is the very reason I'm trying to get into IM for.
        Creating passive (or semi-passive) income in order to travel the world
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    LFL - think i am looking at a RTW ticket
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  • Profile picture of the author Fox30
    This is my ultimate dream! I will be realizing it within the next few months.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    I go for long periods travelling especially around europe and as long as we have a internet connection and our laptop we can do as we please. We moved from england to portugal just about a year ago and it has literally been plain sailing.

    good luck to you!


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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndAccount
    thanks for all the comments and wishes of good luck.

    anyone know of any good ways to charge a netbook when traveling and no access to mains power.

    there are a few ropey looking solar options which i can't decide about.

    does anyone know of any winding options or anything else?
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  • Profile picture of the author Waterways2k8
    Hi..

    Erm... I don't have any tips or anything, but I do know a good book that might you with it - It's a well known book and everyone seems to have a copy of it somewhere - It's called

    "The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris"

    and in the book it discusses how the one can travel abroad, have fun, whilst also being able to make money and live the good like style. It's certainly not fiction and they are lots of useful hints, tips and decent advice too.

    All the best and have a great time
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