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Forever Nomad: The Ultimate Guide to World Travel, From a Weekend to a Lifetime (Life Nomadic) Paperback – March 25, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1985166895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1985166899
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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A good quick read of an hour and even as a seasoned traveller i found myself learning a few things to share with friends (ie jetlag prevention via hydration). Pick this up and you'll be surprised at the little gems you found useful!
As far as books go, this one feels more like an extended bullet point list. The book was written in 2 weeks and it shows. He touches on some great ideas but then it's all he does, he touches on them. He hints at something. Even though there are concepts he has executed many times himself and probably has lots of insights into them. He can probably write several books with the material in this one but instead he just glances over so many fascinating ideas!
For example, one chapter is about him and his friends collectively buying houses and apartments all over the world. In the book he mentions he does all the research, collects information, prepares some kind of sales pitch to his friends, forms an LLC and buys it. BUT HE NEVER SHOWS IT! Tynan, if you're reading this: it would have been really cool if you showed us how you were looking for real estate in several countries, what pitfalls you've learned to recognise, do you work with a local agent or not? What does the pitch to your friends look like? Could you have included screenshots? How do you internally structure the deals? Are lawyers involved? ... And so many more things left unanswered!
If you're looking to dive into the nomad lifestyle, get this book and follow Tynan. He definitely knows what he's doing and is a smart guy. But don't expect any 4-hour workweek kinda bible. Tynan's no writer and it shows. This book is far from an ultimate guide. Probably more an ultimate list of things you can google afterwards.
But it is a short read, I finished it in an afternoon.
If I could change one thing, it would be to add a bit more detail in some places, for those who aren’t as familiar. There wasn’t really a primer on travel hacking, just a straight jump into the meat of it.
I have never personally met him or spoken to him, and receive nothing from this review.
Would have liked a review of the writer’s lesser liked cities only because someone else may find it interesting enough to try.
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"Safe journey; safe return" - and that's a little bit more assured with the knowledge gleaned from within these pages.
When travelers are disrespectful of or oblivious to local culture, it creates a hostile relationship between the two groups. This encourages a race to the bottom where locals see travelers as walking wallets, and travelers see locals as one-dimensional play actors in their “dream vacation”.
But if you keep experiencing the same things, your mind keeps its same patterns. Same input, same response. Your brain, which was once curious and growing, gets fixed into deep habits. Your values and opinions harden, and resist change. If you don’t flex, you lose your flexibility. You only really learn when you’re surprised. Unless you’re surprised, everything is fitting into your existing thought patterns. So to get smarter, you need to get surprised, think in new ways, and deeply understand different perspectives.
Where you stay while traveling can have a large impact on your experience in that place as well as how you feel about the city in general. In other words, choosing somewhere to stay is important and warrants some time spent on it. Location is extremely important. If you can’t afford to stay in a good location somewhere, even in basic accommodations, I’d suggest traveling somewhere else first. It’s better to have a good experience in a place that’s your second choice than to have a bad experience at your first choice.
I organize my groups the same way every time. I write what I jokingly call the hard-sell email and I send it out to everyone who I think would be a great member of the group. When I bought the island I was desperate to get a group together because it was an excellent deal and I didn’t want to miss out on it. So I sent the email to a lot of people, including people I never thought would say yes. I was shocked at the turnout. Even my aunt, who I’d never seen in nature before, said yes! So don’t think much about whether the person will say yes or not, just think about whether you’d want them to. To write a hard sell, think about what each member of the group will be motivated by. I don’t care too much about the beach, but I knew key members of my group are, so I highlighted it in my Puerto Rico hard sell. Same with things like nightlife and food. I also include things that I’m personally excited about, even if I don’t think my friends will be excited, because I think that enthusiasm is contagious. Right off the bat I want to sell the “vision” of the place. This is to make sure that everyone is on the same page and has the same expectations for what the place will be used for.
When I pitched the island, I pitched it as a way to reconnect with nature, build things, and to get away to write or program. My worst nightmare was that half of the group would want to turn it into a party island. The vision for Budapest was a common European home base from which we could work and explore the city and neighboring areas. For Vegas it was the ultimate US home base with a community focus.
A running theme in my ongoing travel philosophy, and thus this book, is reducing friction. The easier you can make travel, the more you will get out of it, the more you’ll be able to do in the future, and the better your life will be.
Because this stuff lasts so long, you have a high up-front cost, but very low ongoing costs. Predictable spending is always better than unpredictable spending.
I always feel like I have to write this disclaimer whenever I talk about gear. Gear can make your trip better, but it won’t make a bad trip good. In other words, focus on the travel and the people with whom you travel, and let the gear enhance that experience.
I’d suggest that you take my gear recommendations because it’s unlikely that you’ll be as compulsively obsessed about gear as I am, so you may as well let me do your research. But what about items I don’t cover, or times my suggestion doesn’t work for you? Think about what the primary criteria for the gear is going to be.
You can also find comparable products and good reviews by searching for the product name and the word “vs.” in a web search. This will show head-to-head comparisons.
When you’re at the hostel, spend as much time as possible in the common area. A recent study came out and showed that the number one factor predicting which dorm residents made the most friends wasn’t their extroverted nature, hobbies, IQ, or anything else; those who were in higher foot-traffic areas made the most friends. So sit where people will walk by. Start the easiest conversations you can think of. Ask people if they’ve done anything cool in the city yet. Ask them about what they’re reading. Ask if they know if the food in the restaurant is any good. More than any other environment I’ve been in, people in hostels are likely to engage in a real conversation based on any small beginning. A good strategy is to have a couple ideas for things you might want to do, and then to invite people to join you in a low pressure way.
If you find yourself lonely while traveling, it’s probably because you haven’t adapted to your new reality. Embrace the differences between normal life and nomadic life and use them to your advantage.
When we get used to traveling, it’s easy to forget exactly what it means to be a nomad. The point isn’t to go to more countries than your friends, to see everything, to stay away from home, or to get some imaginary Digital Nomad merit badge. It’s to expand your definition of “home”, maybe to the entire world. If you were in your home city, you wouldn’t walk downtown with no purpose and expect that it would be a good use of your time. But because the novelty of traveling is so powerful in the beginning, we forget that there’s no inherent point in going to any one place. We should be traveling for a reason, not traveling first and then trying to shoehorn the experience into something it’s not. A few years ago I found out that Vermeer had only painted 36 paintings. I like his paintings and decided that this was a unique opportunity for me to see the entire output (minus a stolen one) of one of the best artists ever. At first I went to the easy ones like the ones at the Met in New York, but eventually I started traveling around just to see them. I went to Dublin for two days to see the one that was there, Dresden for 12 hours to see that one (museum was closed... oops), and Dallas for five hours because one was on loan there. I did a bunch of other cool things in Dublin, but having a reason to go there gave me a sense of purpose and it set the bar. If I went and just saw a Vermeer, the trip was worth it. Everything else was gravy. Most importantly, I knew why I was going.
If you’re bored while you travel, ask yourself why you’re doing it. Why did you start? Are those reasons still important to you? Maybe you need to get back on mission, if so. If they’re not important, is there anything you still want out of travel? Most people who start down the nomadic path find more and more reasons to travel, but not everyone does. Maybe you’re done. Figure out why you’re traveling, work towards fulfilling that goal, and you’ll lose your boredom.
Adicionado: segunda-feira, 16 de abril de 2018 19:07:21
The times when travel was least fulfilling for me was when I traveled by myself to places I didn’t have much interest in but “thought I should see”. I analyzed when I felt most fulfilled, when I felt least fulfilled, and made changes to steer towards the former. It’s not travel that is leaving you unfulfilled, it’s the type of travel which you’re doing.