Don't be rich, Live rich - One year on the road - The good and the bad

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We travelled for one year, taking our work along. …

We travelled for one year, taking our work along.
This presentation is about our experience, with the good and the bad, and some tips & tricks when you want to copy this lifestyle.

By www.nomadz.nu
This presentation was presented on Barcamp Ghent 4 - 2011

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  • 1. DON’T BE RICH LIVE RICH Nomadz.nuMonday 27 June 2011
  • 2. A nomadic AdventureMonday 27 June 2011
  • 3. 2010 LOOKED like this:Monday 27 June 2011
  • 4. FLEW into South AfricaMonday 27 June 2011
  • 5. MOVED ON TO THAILANDMonday 27 June 2011
  • 6. AND TRAVELLED TO ARGENTINAMonday 27 June 2011
  • 7. WE SET FOOT IN 10 COUNTRIESMonday 27 June 2011
  • 8. Lived in A SOME DESIGN APPART- MENTSMonday 27 June 2011
  • 9. Drove A VINTAGE CARMonday 27 June 2011
  • 10. Game watching in KrugerMonday 27 June 2011
  • 11. BBQ In a townshipMonday 27 June 2011
  • 12. Africa Burn in the desertMonday 27 June 2011
  • 13. SurfINGMonday 27 June 2011
  • 14. DID HORSEBACK RIDING IN PATAGONIAMonday 27 June 2011
  • 15. SAW FALLS BY FULL MOONMonday 27 June 2011
  • 16. WALKED ON A GLETSJERMonday 27 June 2011
  • 17. met incredible peopleMonday 27 June 2011
  • 18. had loads of fun!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 19. ARE WE rich? NO!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 20. THE COST, YOU ASK? A normal monthly wageMonday 27 June 2011
  • 21. HOW DID WE DO IT? WE KEPT ON WORKING!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 22. WHAT do we do ? ★ Catherine: online communication + launching www.butikk.nu (@cvanholder ★ Ine: web designer & photographer (@matuvu)Monday 27 June 2011
  • 23. WHY DID WE DO IT? ★ Love travelling ★ Have more ‘time’. ★ Wanted to do our own projects againMonday 27 June 2011
  • 24. Don’t be rich Live rich Nomadz.nuMonday 27 June 2011
  • 25. Lifestyledesign ★ Design your own life according what you want to make out of it. ★ Don’t think in the normal ‘templates’ of life.Monday 27 June 2011
  • 26. Nu NOMADS ★ Live on the road while working ★ Location IndependentMonday 27 June 2011
  • 27. Life HACKING ★ GTD: Stop underperforming: Win ‘time’ ★ Achieve goals & dreams ★ Time & space for personal projectsMonday 27 June 2011
  • 28. CAN YOU DO IT? YES, you can!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 29. SO HOW DID WE DO IT?Monday 27 June 2011
  • 30. How? ★ Work while on the road ★ Have the right tools ★ Plan carefully ★ BudgettedMonday 27 June 2011
  • 31. OUR WAY OF DOING ITMonday 27 June 2011
  • 32. 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 ★ & Saved money (by selling stuff + asking 4 money instead of presentsMonday 27 June 2011
  • 33. SECOND step ★ 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 PCMonday 27 June 2011
  • 34. THIRD step ★ 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 wifiMonday 27 June 2011
  • 35. FOURTH step ★ Lived locally ★ Worked normal hours ★ Spent weekend on doing fun stuffMonday 27 June 2011
  • 36. HOLD ON.. IS IT THAT EASY? YES! IT IS!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 37. HOLD ON.. IS IT THAT EASY? NO! IT ISN’T!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 38. SOME OF AFTERTHOUGHTSMonday 27 June 2011
  • 39. THE HARD STUFF ★ 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.Monday 27 June 2011
  • 40. THE HARD STUFF II ★ 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.Monday 27 June 2011
  • 41. THE HARD STUFF III ★ 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.)Monday 27 June 2011
  • 42. THE HARD BUSINESS I ★ 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 productiveMonday 27 June 2011
  • 43. 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
  • 44. 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
  • 45. ADVERTISEMENTMonday 27 June 2011
  • 46. 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. You can now stay in the same places without being www. rich! :) butikk.nu - the website catherine launched for affordable design/boutique hotels worldwide.Monday 27 June 2011
  • 47. ANY QUESTIONS?Monday 27 June 2011
  • 48. ★ Ine Dehandschutter www.matuvu.nu @matuvu ★ Catherine Van Holder www.newbraveworld.nu @cvanholder ★ Nomadz.nu www.nomadz.nu Read you soon!Monday 27 June 2011
  • 49. INTERESTING TOOLSMonday 27 June 2011
  • 50. 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 emergenciesMonday 27 June 2011
  • 51. PRO software ★ Skype for contacting clients + screensharing ★ Billings for tracking time + invoices ★ Dropbox / Sugarsync / Nomadesk for filesharing ★ Backblaze for online backuppingMonday 27 June 2011
  • 52. xtra Gear ★ E-Reader (Sony Reader) ★ iPod / mp3player ★ iPad ★ Camera’s ★ Well, clothes and other stuff you need for living & travelling.Monday 27 June 2011
  • 53. OTHER TOOLS WE LOVED ★ See before (VOIP/nomado.eu, telenetconnect, skype) ★ AirBNB.com: holy cow! ★ 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... ★ Facebook & twitter: best way to keep in touch easilyMonday 27 June 2011