Today I looked at the calendar: April 21st.
I have been traveling for exactly two months. In February, I took a leap of faith into the unknown leaving my life in New York to pursue my own entrepreneurial endeavors.
In two months, I’ve not only seem some incredible places, but I’ve also been able to get an enormous amount of work done. Since leaving I’ve been heads-down working and friends keep asking “What are you even doing?!”
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Ever since I’ve figured out how to live in hotels for less than my New York rent, I haven’t looked back. Over the past few months, I’ve seen Bilboa, Spain, Rome, Italy, Budapest, Hungary, and The Canary Islands. And all of this travel was less than my rent and expenses in NY!
Any company – big or small, needs great marketing collateral. Whether I’m in a restaurant glancing at a menu, or online shopping looking for more information, I’m always astonished by how many companies have poor collateral and design. I always am thinking: “Ah! If they just fix a few small things they would be so successful!”
One of my passions is creating content so I have been building service that does just that. PDF on Demand is a new product offering from my agency, Airlink Marketing. Now companies can get beautifully designed content in 48 hours or less.
The last two months have been a unique learning experience – and it isn’t always easy. From trying to form friendships to overcoming language barriers, traveling can be tough and mentally draining. Here are a few ways I’ve been able to keep up this lifestyle without burning out.
Find a Base
If you’re going to be traveling for an extended period of time, it’s recommended to have a home base in the continent you’re traveling around – a home away from home. I’ve based myself in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and rented an apartment for three months (Until the EU kicks me out!) Instead of bouncing around from place to place, I take weekend trips and then have a home to go back to. This way, I’m able to keep a normal weekday work schedule and have the weekends to enjoy. When I was in college, I backpacked around Europe for three months with no home and no direction. One day I’d be in Italy, the next in the Netherlands. Though a great experience, it was absolutely draining. Having a base will ensure a great wifi connection so you can get work done – and you’ll be able to monitor deal sites to take weekend escapes.
Learn The Language
“Your Spanish is bad, but you have the confidence.” I always remember this line from my college Spanish professora. When I first started learning Spanish, I would try to talk to anyone I could to practice. Though my grammar was a disaster, I would push myself to try and carry on a conversation. Sure people would laugh at me when I said stupid things like “The food in Spain is great because there are less condoms in the food!” [Tip: Preservatives is not translated to preservativos]
Years later, I’m fluent and can travel around all of Spain with ease. The biggest travel mistake I’ve made in the past is going somewhere without possessing a beginner knowledge of the language. Spending a few hours a week learning a new language can make all the different in what type of experience you have abroad.
It may seem overwhelming to travel while also maintaining your productivity. One tactic I’ve found helpful is to plan a work schedule that allows you to work at the hours of the day where you feel most productive. For me, I tend to start around 2pm Spain time and work into the wee hours of the night. This allows me to work on US time zones and also work when I’m most productive. No matter where I am – I tend to stick to this schedule and then allow myself to have fun in whatever place I’m in.
Even though I’ve been working more hours than ever before, I’m less stressed, I am having more adventures, and more importantly, I’m far happier.
So – who is coming to visit? 🙂