Hi, and welcome to week 9 of my journey around the UK, Europe and the World.
This week was a little bit different.
Instead of the happy array of pretty pictures and pleasant surroundings, I flew out to Budapest to get some treatment for my aching teeth. I was in search of a Toothful Nirvana, but got 5 days of pain. None the less, I have begun my journey to have my mouth transformed and hopefully my smile will return.
You might be thinking, why did I go all the way to Hungary for the treatment. Very simple, cost, PLUS, the standard of Dentistry in Hungary is second to none.
So, I’ve completed my first treatment, I had 5 implants, 3 root canals, one sinus lift and a tooth from the front row removed. The next stage is to come back in June of next year to have the teeth, crowns, and bridges fitted, hopefully returning my face back to a smiling one..
(Watch this space)..
BOOM!… here is a quick video I shot in Budapest from the top of the Budapest Eye. This is a fairly new landmark in Budapest and arrived only recently in March of 2017..
P.S Forgive the poor quality, my face was aching and my mind was elsewhere..
After a few days of treatment, I could see how this relates to people who struggle with things every day. Progress, or trying to progress does not come easy to most people as we are constantly programmed to stay the same and “fit in”. Each step toward a goal can be very painful (like the dentist), but as we take each painful step, the pain lessens as we progress..
So, what did I learn this week. Simple, progress is pain. Each painful step is another step nearer to your goal. This week represented anew beginning for my teeth, but each and every week, I will take a new and painful step toward another goal. This is the key to success in anything.
KEY: You can’t move forward in life, business or relationships if you just stay the same. It takes courage to branch out, get noticed and introduce change into your life. Be brave, don’t fear the pain, don’t fear failure.. it’s only temporary. Success is around the corner if you are brave enough to “go for it”.
Until next time…
I wish you peace and happiness. If you got value from this post, please share and comment. Thanks
Wow, last week (week 7) was pretty much a “write off” week. My car decided to give up the ghost and needed a new water pump. so I was pretty much grounded in my hotel in Skegness, Lincolnshire for three days while waiting for the car to get fixed..
The Journey so Far
Soooo, I headed down from Lincolnshire to Porlock in Somerset to begin Week 8.
Porlock is a beautiful village in the heart of Somerset, 5 miles west of Minehead. The area has links with several Romantic poets, R. D. Blackmore, the author of Lorna Doone, being one of them and it is very popular with visitors.
The Village of Porlock has has a feel of “stepping back in time” and some of the cottages are many hundreds of years old. The village itself has links to Saxon times and is now a part of the Exmoor national park.
I stayed at Glen Lodge in Porlock which I can thoroughly recommend. The views were amazing (see below)
You may think it is expensive to keep on travelling. This is true as you have accommodation , food and fuel costs (for the car), etc, etc, however it’s all relative. If you have a mortgage or you are renting, the costs can be quite high.
5 weeks and 5000 miles later on my constant travel around the UK and I have to admit. It’s time for a well earned rest. Driving can be exhausting..
I am currently in Chichester, West Sussex for a few days at my cousin’s house.
I am just starting week 6 of my travels around the UK & Beyond. This digital nomad life has it’s fair share of ups and downs and may not appeal to everyone, however despite a few early ups and downs, so far it’s been a great experience.
I’ve seen more of the UK in the last 5 weeks than I’ve seen in my entire life.
This last week alone, I have revisited places I haven’t seen since I was a child, in Somerset (Minehead and Blue Anchor Bay).
I started my travels off last week by driving down to Plymouth in Devon, this is approximately 190 miles south of London. I arrived late in the afternoon and the traffic was building. The harbour in Plymouth looks great, it was getting late so I was looking forward to putting my feet up in an AirBnb I had booked..
There are lots of steep hills in Plymouth. I used the SatNav to find the address and was warmly welcomed. It was a nice place, a bit cold but it was quiet. The very next day, I moved on to Newton Abbot.
This was my second AirBnb experience and it was a good one. The couple who owned the property were entrepreneurs themselves, so we had a lot in common.
I have often been asked on Facebook, why I don’t stay longer in some of the places I’ve visited. This is a good question. I am really doing a sorting process at the moment, I’m looking to rediscover my home country, the country I spent most of my life but didn’t see much of.
So, I’m cherry picking areas to revisit in more detail at a later date…
The Laptop Lifestyle – Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Obviously I can’t speak for others. I have noticed some Digital Nomads calling it a day after a few months/weeks and going back to having a fixed address etc. However, lots of digital nomads are living a great life in exotic countries.
You have to be realistic. Not everywhere has good Wifi. Even though I have mobile wifi on the laptop (Thanks BT Wifi Fon), even this can’t be picked up everywhere, however some places that I have stayed at have had good Wifi (so does Costa’s & Mcdonald’s etc).
Also, if you are constantly travelling, you may skimp on work, as this can be your bread and butter, always make sure you find some time to deal with Income producing activities. You need to keep building your business, or you’ll end up spending more than you’re making… and this is so easy to do if you are not careful.
If you are travelling by car, you have petrol, you have food costs and you have accommodation. This can amount to quite a bit, so to keep costs down, you could apply the following.
The Laptop lifestyle – How To Keep The Costs Down
1). If you have friends or relatives who could put you up now an again, this would save a bit. or/and, you could go housesitting yes, people will let you house sit and look after their homes while they are away. One of my good online marketing friends has a 3 month house sit in Canada coming up. That’s 3 months of Free accommodation, wifi and the owners have even given her 3 months use of their car.. .I know, it sounds crazy, right?..
2) Don’t keep eating fast food. I was guilty of this for the first few weeks, I ate it ever day and put on a whole load of weight around the waist. Buy some healthy food from the supermarket and find AirBnB’s that will allow the use of their kitchen. If the worst comes to the worst, go into a supermarket, or a subway shop and order a salad…
3) I did a lot of Zig Zagging across country at first in the car. This led to a lot unnecessary petrol use. I was like a kid in a candy shop at first and wanted to travel “everywhere” in the UK. It’s best to plan your route daily and go the quickest (or most scenic) way. It’s your choice, whatever way you choose..
This week I visited, Devon and Cornwall, specifically Plymouth, Newton Abbott, Dartmoor, St Austell, Charlestown, Bridgewater, Taunton, Torquay, Paignton & Boscastle, and in Somerset, Minehead, Blue Anchor Bay & the Medieval village of Dunster.
I will be hitting Europe and the rest of the World at some stage, but for now it’s the UK for me.
I hope you got some value from this post, if you did, do leave a comment in the comment section below. And if you have been thinking of going on your travels. Do it while you can. Who knows what might happen down the road.
I wanted to tour the UK, then Europe, and on to the World. This was a big goal. Travel, for me has always held a huge attraction, and making money while on the move was an even bigger draw. So how is this even possible?..
It has been made possible because of the power of the Internet. Today, more and more people are becoming “location independent” and are bringing their business on the road with them.
As long as you have an Internet connection, you can run a business. Selling products online is big business nowdays if you know what you are doing, and there seems to be an insatiable appetite to buy good products that people can access instantly.
The Laptop Lifestyle – So, what products do I sell while I’m on the road?
I sell digital products. If you sell digital products, you don’t have to worry about delivering them personally.I tend to sell more high ticket productsthese days as this really is where the money is. It’s not that much more difficult to sell a product with a $1000 commission than it is selling a product with a $25 Commission.
I mainly concentrate on getting the traffic and sending it to a recorded webinar or capture page. If you go with an “all in” package, you can get the sales funnel & the email follow ups done for you. This is ideal, if you want a “hands off” business.. I just set the traffic and monitor the business at will.
I’m not saying it’s all this “easy” but a lot of people make this business so much more complicated than it needs to be. Don’t try to do everything and don’t try to be everything to every one, this will only lead to frustration and heartache. The “simple” version would be to sell products other people own, and sell them on commission.
Keep it simple..
This is a great way to get into the Internet Marketing business. It’s called Affiliate marketing and can work extremely well if you are prepared to put the work in. The idea is to build a list of people that you can market to on a regular basis and build your business from there.
I also use a blog and youtube videos to promote my capture pages. If you are just starting out, you don’t have to do this to get traffic. There is plenty of free traffic available on Facebook. (Nearly everyone is on Facebook these days)..
It really isn’t that hard once you get the hang of it. I’m actually writing this blog post from McDonalds in Skegness using their free Wifi.
The Laptop Lifestyle – Is it really all a life of dreams on the Road?…
NO.. I won’t kid you.
If you are going to do it, try doing it with a partner. It can get lonely. Although, if you are quite chatty (like me), you’re never alone for long.
Some B&B’s are OK, but some are horrendous. You might be better off going on to Air BnB some of these rooms can be booked very cheaply (especially if you book a week or month), or you can try going free by being a Housesitter (I haven’t tried this yet), there are also many hostels around the UK, Europe and the World.
So, you need to be earning while you are on the move. The best way, in my opinion is to be marketing high ticket products and/or services, the reason being is, you want decent commissions to pay for your travel, getting one or two $25 commissions a day will help but won’t pay your travelling bill.
I hope this gives you a bit of an insight into being on the road and running a business. When you start out, make sure you have regular commissions already coming in, get a Sat Nav for your car, don’t forget your credit cards…
I keep track of my spending much better if I use my credit card and pay it off each month from the bank account I pay my commissions into..
Prepare yourself for a fun (sometimes frustrating) experience. There is nothing quite like travelling and making money.. Let me know your experiences in the comments below. Or P.M me privately on Facebook if you have questions
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