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I ALWAYS keep it moving! What "traveling marketers plan" do. Get paid from anywhere

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by ClThis, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. ClThis

    ClThis Regular Member

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    I am young. Not young like 15 but young enough to know that I don't have any "Real" responsibly. Paid car, rent month to month, no kids, self employed, graduated college.

    Question

    AS AN INTERNET MARKETER what would you "pack" in order to make money while moving?

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    5. etc

    Please feel in the blanks


    MY PLAN:



    I am going to get:

    1. 2 computers
    2. 2 net cards
    3. 1 business phone
    4. Small amount of clothes/needs
    5. Join Hotel/AAA discount plan for extended stay vacations
    6. Vacation rentals
    7. Hotels (not a lot)
    8. Common sense
    9. My BH[W] fam bam





    I do a bit of this now, actually, you wouldn't guess where I am at even if you had my personal info.

    So, what is the collective thought process on "keeping it moving" ? How many of you keep it moving, I HAVE A HOME but I want to go on a TOUR and start to meet you guys and the rest of the world.
     
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  2. ClThis

    ClThis Regular Member

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    No "4 hour work week" types?
     
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  3. ClThis

    ClThis Regular Member

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    I was thinking about that, but I that would only be for part of the "trip." I don't necessarily want to live out of a motor home. I do want to know what I need for complete mobility. Planes, trains and automobiles :)
     
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    Take a few beautiful babes with you.

    I'm guessing you are somewhere between 18-25 maybe, same as me. These are our golden years, live life to its fullest bro.
     
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    Yeah I have done this,
    Went all over Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica while 'working'
    My tip is travel light, and dont shell out too much cash on gadgets. Because they are bound to get stolen sooner or later. Also do regular backups onto a USB flash drive and either mail it home or stash it somewhere. Real CIA style stuff!
     
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  6. vette09

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    I've been doing this for a while now. Last year I spent 10 months traveling around Mexico and in a couple weeks I leave on a year-long sailing trip down the Pacific Coast of the Americas.

    To run my business I have:

    An Asus EEEPC (Big enough to work on, small enough to not hate)

    That's it, that's all I need.

    For convenience I have a thumb drive in case I need to print something and for personal use I have a cheap-o phone with a local sim card so I can text local friends and a 500GB external HD with a butt-load of movies, books, music.

    Other than that I have my clothes (which all fit into a single carry-on size backpack) and my camera.

    Go light, you won't regret it. There is 0 need for 2 laptops. Back up regularly and if the one you have dies, buy a new one. This will only not work if you are deep in the bush in which case you won't be able to use your laptop anyway.

    Leave the phone behind and use skype. Leave the netcards. Forget about 5, 6 and 7. Stay at hostels and couchsurf.

    It's a great lifestyle but it's not for everyone. I'm a bit older than you probably (just turned 36) and I tend to stay in one place for weeks (and sometimes months) at a time rather than moving constantly but that's because this is my LIFE, not my vacation.

    Go for it. Have fun. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask. :)
     
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    HELL yeah!

    Thanks for posting this CLthis, I have been meaning to make a post similar to this, with similar questions. I am definitely with you on this one.

    Are you in the US?


    Keep the suggestions coming guys.

    I think the biggest cost would be hotels and finding places to stay...
     
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    Check out couchsurfing.com and stay at hostels. Not only are they cheap, they're a great way to meet other people. I averaged about $500 US/month in mexico and could have easily shaved another $100/month off had I not eaten out so much and had so many drinks. :)
     
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    dont forget your fleshlight
     
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    LOL! But will it pass through customs?
     
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    Thanks man. Thats exactly the kinda thing I had in mind. That site is bad ass. Have you used it successfully? For how long?

    $500 living expenses traveling through mexico? Or even $400, I think I'll have the good food and drinks though and spend the extra $100/month :cool:

    How about traveling in the USA?
    How much per month?

    I'm also interested in Argentina, anywhere in the Caribbean, and All of Europe
    If you have in advice and/or monthly cost info on those....

    @Vette09 How many years have you been a "traveling IMer"??

    You have any suggested reading/videos?

    Thanks for your help,


    KBC-12
     
  12. vette09

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    I've used couchsurfing successfully several times and have made several good friends and connections through it. I highly recommend it. You can find me there as vagabondette74. If you're going to use it I'd suggest signing up now and starting to connect with people so you can get a couple references. It helps your chances of being able to surf.

    Traveling in the USA would be at least double and much more challenging due to size and lack of public transport. For example, the most I ever paid for a hostel in Mexico was $8.50 a night and that was a private room and included breakfast. When I came back to the states I stayed at the one on Portland and it was $20/night (which was my entire daily budget in mexico). This is one reason I don't travel in the US much any more. Plus, getting around without a car is a major PITA in most areas though I've used CL rideshare with success a couple times (from Chicago -> New York and Phoenix -> San Diego)

    Argentina is supposed to be amazing but I've heard that it can be $$ if you want to be in a city - but I've not been there so I can't really say. Hopefully next year. The Carib you again run into transport costs that can be $$ unless you have some boating (sailing) skills that you can barter for transport.

    Europe depends. Western Europe you can expect to pay at least as much as most of the US, and more in many places. Southern Europe tends to be cheaper than northern but has gotten more expensive since the Euro. Eastern Europe (basically anything not on the Euro, Franc, or Pound) can be pretty cheap though the really touristy cities (i.e. Prague) are getting more expensive.

    Advantages to Europe are that it's *very* easy to get around via train, bus and cheap flights. Many people speak English (though I strongly recommend you learn at least some of the nice words). It's a good entry into traveling as you still have easy access to the same comforts you'd have at home so the transition is easier.

    The main disadvantage is the visa. Most of Europe is part of the Schengen Agreement which means you can only spend I think 90 days there at a time and then you have to leave Europe for a while. You'll want to double check the timeframes as I had a visa when I was there so I didn't have to worry about it. It makes traveling easier because you don't have to worry about border checkpoints as much (though you don't get stamped any more :( ) but 90 days really isn't all that long.

    I lived in Geneva for a year and loved it. I'd love to live in Europe again but between the visa issues and the cost it's not an option right now - I'm a cheapo. :)

    I've only been an IMer for a year but I've been a traveler for a whlie. My first international trip was in 2001 when I moved to Europe. Since then I've been back almost every year. I also travel a lot domestically (I've been in 8 states in the last 10 weeks) and I move cross country every 1-3 years. I started traveling full time a little over a year ago. Sold 90% of my crap, put the important stuff in storage and headed out. Haven't looked back.

    Not sure about reading materials, but I've found the bootsnall forums to be great for info/advice. There are a couple books but none that I've read personally. Go to the travel section of your local Borders and browse for a while.

    Good luck, sorry for the long-ass post. :)
     
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    Can't vouch for a fleshlight as that's not my bag, but from experience, though it can be embarrassing ("why is your bag buzzing?") most adult 'toys' will go through customs with no problems. I don't recommend them when coming back from Amsterdam though as they search much more thoroughly on those flights and, well, let's just say that people were blushing.... :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    I'd take one older model laptop and have a remote backup like Carbonite (paid) or skydrive (free) and, very important, an adapter.

    Toys are useful on the road to help with the sometimes lonely life. Just one more electronic gadget, surely someone has made one to look like a computer part? If not, I know they make one that looks like lipstick :D. Failing that as you sit in the room alone you can google home made versions. Order tomatoes lol. Anyway, as long as you have a cc then somebody will be available to you.

    Also handy for the suspicious or dominant partner (although not applicable to you yet) there are those male chastity belts that pass through customs easily since they are made of polymer. Maybe you should take one to test it out? Bet they have a great affiliate program.
     
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    Bump for the thread
     
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    Here's a great book on the subject of traveling light (and cheap) but the light part is what worked for me. The books a bit dated but there's still some worthwhile tips in there. Art and Adventure of Traveling Cheaply by Rick Berg

    Used the tips in it to hitchhike from England into central Germany. What a great experience with nothing more than the clothes on my back, some bread & cheese and a toothbrush.

    These days I take summers off and travel around a bit but keep most all my productivity needs on a flash drive with all kinds of portable apps and 1 laptop but my flash drive is the core of my absentee functionality. The apps you choose really depend on your style of IMing.

    Much success in your travels.
     
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    yea traveling's great

    i lived in 5 different cities this past year lol :D

    don't forget to pack a good gps so u can find your way around new places

    its also helpful to open a ups mailbox for all your physical mail and to use as your official permanent address

    also make sure you backup all your important stuff in online storage just in case you lose something along the way
     
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    Thank you to everyone
     
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    Staying at places can ad up, its about finding the discipline to work.
     
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    OhHHHH shit! Do I know you? Inside joke with some of my friends for a while