In 2009 I set a goal to work from a beach and today’s show is my achievement of that goal. Recorded from a beach in Thailand, episode 275 is a collection of travel hacks I’ve gathered over the last month in SE Asia and the lessons I’ve learned.
More Travel Hacks From a Beach in Thailand
When you hear this episode you’ll hear the waves crashing in the background as I sit on a beach called Katamai in Phuket, Thailand (that’s pronounced foo ket). It’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen and I wanted to share a little bit of it with you in this recording.
If you’re just joining us I’ve spent the last month traveling various countries in SE Asia, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and obviously Thailand. I spent a week at Chris Ducker’s annual Tropical Think Tank where I was invited to speak, and then I’ve taken the additional three weeks after to see this part of the world.
During that month I’ve realized a few things about travel and have uncovered some great travel hacks for my future trips, hopefully you can use them as well.
In This Episode, You’ll Also Hear:
- How to make traveling affordable.
- Why a SIM card has been invaluable on this trip.
- Why I skipped Bali and recorded from Thailand instead.
- Dexter’s diagnosis.
- And so much more…
I’ve learned I need to split my travel into thirds: one third just to do touristy things, another third to explore my hobbies and the final third for adventure and relaxation. That combination of activities and leisure time suit me best and allow me to get the most out of my travels.
As far as hacks, on this trip I’ve discovered 3 great resources I highly recommend: a SIM card for your phone, Hotels.com and TripAdvisor.
Whenever you leave the airport of a new country be sure to grab some cash (50-60 bucks should be enough), then look for stands that sell SIM cards. Pick one up and you should be able to get 5 gigs of data for around $10. Use that to power up your Google maps for directions, and then to explore Hotels.com and TripAdvisor.
Hotels.com has gotten me some killer hotel rooms for great rates in every city in every country I’ve traveled to. Plus they offer a rewards program where you book 9 nights and your 10th is free. You can hang on to that free night and cash it in, or apply it to a super fancy hotel for a discount.
And once I used Hotels.com to find a hotel, I checked the hotel’s ratings on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor never steered me wrong; I always knew if the hotel was in a good location and would be a nice place to stay.
Whatever your next travel goal is these three hacks should help you greatly, they certainly did for me. I also share why this goal has meant so much to me, and why I believe travel is incredibly beneficial for all of us at any stage in our solopreneur journey. Check it out on this edition of The Solopreneur Hour and we’ll see you next time.
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