Welcome to the first in my new series – ‘a week in the life of a traveling entrepreneur’.
It’s not strictly a week in my life and these won’t be posted on a weekly basis, but ‘a week in the life of’ sounds better than ‘an interesting period of time in the life of…’
So what’s this all about then?
I decided to start this series because my blog is all about how to build businesses and create an income from anywhere in the world and yet I never really talk about my travels.
We’ve been across the world over the last 8 years and yet there’s hardly any pics or stories about the amazing places we’ve been on my blog.
(Like the time I met Mark Zuckerburg on the Great Wall of China – seriously!)
And no I’m not a travel blog, but I do want to inspire my readers with what can truly be achieved in the wonderful remote & mobile world we now live in.
So whilst I now live mainly in Phuket we’re always off here and there and somewhere and I’m usually researching a new business or investment opportunity (currently learning about blockchain and Alexa Skills – unrelated but both very exciting) and I love to learn and share.
So I do hope you’ll enjoy these short insights to the world of a globe trotting entrepreneur as I work, invest, explore, have fun, strive to make a difference in the world, and generally grab life by the balls!
It’s the Summer Hols!
Our only restriction in life at the moment is our daughters schooling and to be honest I’m seriously reconsidering that long term, but that’s another blog post.
For now, it’s her summer hols and so we left the sunny, warm island of Phuket at the end of June to head to Victoria, Australia to visit family.
Whilst always nice to have a good family catch up, what on earth were we thinking??
South Australia in Winter is not much fun for someone who’s blood has clearly thinned from living in warmer climes!
Brrr I dislike the cold.
Plus I picked up a cold within a week of being there and so felt very sorry for myself, but moving on….
We had a great City break in Melbourne while there, particularly as it was also the World Cup….
Englands Going Home
It was an exciting (if chilly) week in Melbourne with England’s climb to the World Cup semi-final – unfortunately quashed in the early hours of Thurs morn here in Oz (I had to get up at 3am to get down to the Casino to watch the footie).
Exciting to watch on the big screen though and very interesting having a beer at 4am! Not sure it’s an experience I will repeat in a hurry but lots of fun at the time. :)
I have to say though Melbourne ranks right up there as one of my favourite cities in the world. If I could pick it up and put it somewhere warm, I’d live there in a heartbeat!
Here’s a quick look at this vibrant, friendly, cultural city in pics (click on any pic to enlarge);
Also if you get into Melbourne at all, an absolute must visit is Dialogue in the Dark in support of Guide Dogs Australia.
What a fantastic experience. You’re taken through the pitch black by a visually impaired guide & asked to experience the sites & sounds of Melbourne via sound, touch, taste & smell. Amazing, loads of fun & all for a good cause!
Visiting The Hobbit’s Hometown
Next stop New Zealand. What a beautiful country that is.
We called it the land of rainbows as I’ve never seen so many rainbows!
Still pretty nippy, we headed to a very smelly Rotorua, the home of the Thermal Spa.
Phew, one whiff of the sulphur and you know you’re alive! But you can’t beat getting in the natural hot pools up to 41 degrees! Nice.
Some fun riding the Luge & a great (but very cold) evening in a Maori village and our trip was done, but not before stopping off at Hobbiton on our way back to the airport.
Here’s some piccy’s!
So as I write this we’ve just landed in Tahiti!
Finally I can peel off the 65 layers I have been wearing for the last 4 weeks and get back to shorts & flip flops. Happy days.
Off on a sailing trip around the Islands over the next week or so. Bora Bora has long been a bucket list item of mine so I can’t wait to tick that off!
I look forward to sharing the pics. Just keep your fingers crossed I don’t get eaten by a shark in the meantime….
What I’m working on as I travel!
JBO Podcast – so shortly before we left Phuket I started my new podcast show – Jo Barnes Online. Thankfully I did a fair amount of prep work in advance and recorded & edited some shows up front, which means so far I’ve just had to add some descriptions and photos & click ‘publish’ in the anchor app. Not too taxing.
However as the traveling continues I do have to do some recording & uploading which could get challenging depending on internet, will have to see how we go.
I was thinking I might do a blog post or two about starting a podcast using Anchor, let me know if you would find that useful.
Ooh this one’s exciting and I’m not going to say too much yet as I’m reading, researching and exploring what impact this could have on our future. But my instincts are telling me – HUGE!
Currently reading – That Book on Blockchain – One Hour Intro
Great book to get your head around what the Blockchain really is, but quite complex for the non techie.
This book goes beyond Bitcoin and digital currency and walks you through the impact Blockchain could have on the world. Exciting!
I will definitely be recording some podcast episodes around this subject so keep your eyes open for those.
New blog layout
Yep, after a break and some time away, I’m looking to slowly rebuild my audience over the next few years and attract the true action taking, grab life by the balls type entrepreneurs who want to build robust businesses that give them the freedom to travel, invest for lifelong income and give back to make a difference in the world whatever that means to them.
So I’m playing with the layout, to represent my message and hopefully attract the right people to me.
Of course the most important part is the content I produce, so I would love to hear from you with any questions, suggestions, or challenges you’re facing at the moment.
As always I’m here to help!
Right now though we’re headed out to explore French Polynesia, so have a good one and I look forward to speaking again soon.