Archive | going abroad

07 April 2013 ~ 8 Comments

10 Things You Should Know Before You Move To South America

Here are some things to help you prepare… 1. People on the ground are your best resource. When I first went to Colombia, the number one thing I did right was to have contact with somebody on the ground. I was admittedly a bit nervous when I first went to Bogotá. After all, I was [...]

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03 March 2013 ~ 10 Comments

Danger Is Part Of The Package (Welcome To South America)

One of the questions that comes across my mind often is “Is _____ dangerous?” By “_____”, I’m thinking of a number of places in South America I haven’t been to yet. Specifically, these days I am thinking about Venezuela, a country which I have been curious about for some time, and which sits just across [...]

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20 January 2013 ~ 18 Comments

Why I’m Beginning To Re-Think South America For Nomadic Entrepreneurs

I’ve traveled a bit through South America the past two years, but am re-considering it in light of a few general realizations. 1. Internet is too slow / unreliable for serious internet entrepreneurs. The last time I was in the USA, I went to a co-working space where the internet was 6.0 Mbps download / [...]

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29 July 2012 ~ 6 Comments

8 Reasons To Go Abroad Before You’re Ready To

A lot of people wonder if they are ready to go abroad, ready to travel, ready to jump into the unknown of a foreign place. Let me just answer this question for you… GO. REGARDLESS. Seriously, do not sit around waiting until tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Your life is now. You should even go abroad [...]

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11 April 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Four Caricatures Of Geo-Arbitrage (Or, How Your Travel Lifestyle Can Determine Your Costs)

Geo-arbitrage is the idea that you can earn money in one part of the world and spend it in another. If you do this, often you will find that your dollars (or pounds / euros / francs / krone) go further, and you can afford a higher standard of living, partially due to exchange rates. [...]

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29 March 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Want To Go Abroad? Step Into The On-Deck Circle

Going abroad is a relatively simple task. All you really need to do is to get on a plane. But if you really plan to do a significant amount of travel, you can begin to do things now which will prepare you to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of. For one, if you aren’t [...]

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12 February 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Why You Should Absolutely Positively Take Your Precious MacBook Abroad

Once upon a time, I had a gear page on this blog. On my gear page, I explained how a Macbook laptop, a scanner, and Evernote have drastically reduced my paper consumption and have consolidated my technical belongings. I scrapped the gear page after it was the lowest performing page in my first several months [...]

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12 January 2012 ~ 7 Comments

10 Reasons You Should Go Abroad This Year

In 2011, I made the leap and spent an extended time abroad, mostly in Colombia and a little bit in Ecuador. Here are 10 reasons you should go abroad this year: 1. You will love it. What is better than having the best time of your life? Some people may view going abroad as a [...]

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28 August 2011 ~ 15 Comments

How You’ve Lost 30% Of Your Wealth But Didn’t Know It (Or, Why You Should Learn About Currencies & Exchange Rates)

The other day I was chatting with a friend about his time in Brazil. He lived there for 2 years and had a blast. Interested to see what it would cost to return there, he looked up the exchange rate of Brazilian reals to US dollars today. The rate was BRL 1.57 to USD 1. [...]

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31 May 2011 ~ 12 Comments

How My Life Has Significantly Changed After My First Trip Abroad

As some of you may know, I returned to the US in early May 2011 from Colombia, a trip which was my first extended experience abroad. When I got back I noticed I was different. It’s difficult to describe, but going abroad has changed me in some major ways. Some of them are internal… Nowadays, [...]

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