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Yes, congrats on finishing Day 11. Just emailed you a few minutes ago. I’ve intentionally left the last 3 days unrecorded for now and instead teach that material via 1-on-1 live trainings using Zoom video conferencing with students. Doing it that way gives you personalized instruction & a chance to ask questions and gives me opportunity to better understand what people want to learn so I can better calibrate the final lessons. When you’re ready to do our live call please the link I sent you via email to schedule that.
At some point based on what I learn from these calls I’ll firm up the material for the last 3 days and turn them into pre-recorded trainings. Hope that approach makes sense. Talk soon.
Awesome. Great to hear Don. And thanks for your service as a Marine.
I’ve not yet produced the content for the last 3 days lessons but what I’ve been doing is just doing a one-on-one call with students when they get to that point and covering that material via Zoom. Whenever you’re ready to set that up go ahead and book with me here (just ignore the part about the podcast instructions): calendly.com/scrollinondubs
Don, I see you just saved the checklist. Do you have cookies enabled in your browser?
It uses this WordPress plugin that enables data persistence across sessions. If it’s not working for you my first hunch is that it’s an issue with cookies not being enabled.
For your avatar image, there is no upload. It uses the image from this service: https://en.gravatar.com/
So you can just create an account there and upload your photo to that site and it will populate your profile image here and on various other services with that image.
Let me know if that last save you just made is persisting across visits. Try logging out/in and let me know if the data saved correctly.
Don, I can help troubleshoot this. What’s a change you’re making that’s not sticking (ie. what is the data that’s displaying but failing to save)?
I’ve only had one plan the whole time abroad so not much perspective to able to compare different plans/companies against each other but I have the Patriot plan from IMG. It was like $600USD for the year and covers up to $2MM. Deductible is $2500/yr.
I’ve heard good things about World Nomads anecdotally from other nomads. I had an issue in London that required getting an ultrasound of my ankle and I paid $400 out of pocket because they didn’t accept my insurance at the urgent care clinic (but it wouldn’t have mattered anyways since my deductible is way more than that). I’ve heard only positive comments about World Nomads from multiple sources. I would recommend checking them out and I’ll likely switch myself once my renewal is up.February 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm in reply to: What's the difference between a power converter and a power adapter? #1273
So just FYI this is covered in this lesson in the free portion of the course but basically the distinction is this:
- A power adapter just changes the shape of the plug so that it fits the wall outlet for the country you’re in.
- A power converter (or sometimes called “inverter”) not only changes the shape of the plug but also changes the voltage of the electricity coming through the outlet before it gets to your device(s).
You’ll need to research whether the countries your visiting have different voltages such that you’d need a converter vs. an adapter. Converters tend to be noisy (at least the ones I’ve used) whereas adapters are silent. One thing: not all devices require a converter, for instance the newer Mac power adapters can handle different voltages. So this is a function of both where you’re going and what devices you’re using. There’s a helpful link in the Day 3 lesson above for a useful chart that shows what you need where. good luckFebruary 2, 2018 at 3:05 am in reply to: Any recommendation on an app to print/mail photos to non-tech-savvy friends? #1233
So some good news for you: provided you’re out of contract with your carrier, they have to by law unlock your phone upon request. I just went through this with T-Mobile as a matter of fact and while it was mildly a PITA it took about an hour of futzing on the phone with a rep and then another 24hrs before the phone was actually unlocked and able to use a local TELCEL SIM card in Mexico. For T-Mobile check your eligibility and follow the instructions here. I can confirm it does work but is indeed annoying in terms of the hamster maze you have to run to make it happen.February 2, 2018 at 2:54 am in reply to: Any recommendation on an app to print/mail photos to non-tech-savvy friends? #1231
Yes, check out TouchNote. Simple app that lets you turn any digital photo in your phone into a postcard and send it remotely. You can write a little message (even in what appears to be handwriting) and address it and have it mailed all from your phone in about 3min. It’s a very handy app that makes sending post cards way easier and also allows you to send more personal post cards that you’ve taken yourself. Highly recommend.February 1, 2018 at 4:30 am in reply to: What's the best recommendation for a mobile wifi hotspot? #1228
I would save the $$ you would spend on a hotspot and instead buy a backup phone that can be used as a hotspot but also as a fallback in the event your main phone gets lost, damaged or stolen. I would get an unlocked phone that mirrors your current model, clone it so it matches your existing one then buy a prepaid local SIM in each city. Enable tethering so you can use that phone as your hotspot. Whatever data plan you have on your main phone can then be conserved purely for the phone itself. Do all heavy workload tethering off the burner phone and only use tethering on your main phone in the event you run out of data or juice on your burner phone.
I cover this in the course but I highly recommend the app “OfferUp” for finding a cheap, unlocked phone. Get the seller to supply the IMEI number prior to meeting and check it via this site. That will enable you to preliminarily verify it’s truly unlocked prior to meeting. You can then use the in-person methods described here to confirm it’s 100% unlocked before purchase.
This way you kill 2 birds and get a hotspot and phone redundancy in one purchase. OfferUp has great deals and you can typically find something within a day or two depending on where you are. good luck
Totally depends on what countries and areas you’re traveling in… I cover this in Day 3 of the free course so you should just take that but TLDR; I got hep A/B, tetanus, yellow fever & typhoid. I didn’t do malaria because frankly it wasn’t a risk in most of the places we were in in South America. Also, malaria is totally treatable and the inoculation for it has undesirable side effects like weird dreams and having to limit your sun exposure.
Truth on the yellow fever question: leaving Chile for Costa Rica they insisted I produce my yellow fever vaccine card. Fortunately I had it in my passport holder because they wouldn’t have let me fly without it. I don’t believe a scan suffices either- they want to see the physical card (these guys were hardasses and also required printed exit confirmation for egress from CR and it had to be a flight and not a bus). I recommend doing Day 3 of the course as there’s a link that shows you which vaccines are recommended for each locale. It varies not just by country but by area within the country that you’re traveling.January 28, 2018 at 1:18 am in reply to: How important is it that I have ethernet or can I trust wifi will always exist? #1149
It’s not a terrible idea to get a wifi dongle if you have the budget for it. 99% of the time you’re fine. In all the workspaces you can assume that wifi will be present so that’s not the issue. But I had to configure the router in my apartment one time and doing so required that I was physically plugged into it. I suppose I could have just opened a support ticket and had someone else take care of it but I had the ethernet cable and dongle so I was able to take care of it on my own.
So in summary: not necessary to have ethernet but it’s nice to have that option if you ever need it.January 28, 2018 at 1:08 am in reply to: Will my valuables be safe in my living space? I've heard there have been thefts #1147
The accommodations at least for Remote Year were all secured fairly well and we didn’t have any theft issues in our group. The only time we had an issue was in our Riad in Morocco we thought we had an intruder one night. It turned out it was the caretaker who lived in space that accessed ours who got hammered one night and broke every glass in his kitchen. RY took appropriate action once they learned that there was a non-RY person sharing our space and the guy was fired the next day. In general though the accommodations were all very well secured. I know Libertatems did a side trip in month one where like 8 people had their laptops stolen but that was I believe an AirBnb where it happened.
If you’re really concerned I would buy a chain lock and most places will have a radiator you can lock your suitcase to. Then just obviously lock anything valuable in your suitcase. In the advanced NomadPrep course I show you how you can use 2 free apps to turn your backup phone into a motion-activated CCTV system that you can place in your room and have it auto-arm/disarm when you leave/arrive. That setup won’t deter a thief but it’ll capture the theft on video if one happens while you’re away.
So speaking only for the workspaces that Remote Year had in each city, security was adequate where I would leave my laptop setup while I went to lunch. There will almost inevitably be other people working and keeping an eye on your stuff. I do recommend that you setup hot corners so you can easily activate a screensaver which locks your computer when you leave. I know there was one incident over the summer at WIP workspace in Lisbon while I was there where someone left their computer setup overnight and it got stolen. I would recommend packing your stuff up at the end of the day and taking it home but I left my laptop in each workspace for lunch without issue everywhere we went.December 27, 2017 at 6:20 am in reply to: I’m in a relationship now. How feasible is it to maintain my relationship while #727
So just to preface, I’m literally the worst person in the world to ask about relationships. I can’t comment first-hand on this as I ended my relationship before moving abroad but we had both couples in our group who traveled together as well as people who maintained long-distance relationships successfully. I do think doing the long-distance thing can be a challenging situation to navigate and for sure stress-tests the relationship but if you come through it on the other side it means you have something rock solid and very special. I question the opportunity cost of what you’re missing out on in terms of connecting with locals as you travel or potentially finding love within your group, but this is all just speculation and opinion.
I would say these things about this question:
- Yes it’s definitely possible to make long-distance work. The people in our group who did had really strong, pre-existing relationships going into it and seemed to regularly do calls and have at least quarterly visits (either their significant other joining the trip or going back home to visit him/her).
- That said I think you should take a hard look at what you have and use the litmus test that one of my favorite role models proposes, No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.”
- I would say use a regret minimization framework here and do the thought experiment in which you explore which scenario you will regret more. Do the opposite scenario.
That’s my best advice but again, I wasn’t in a serious relationship prior to leaving for Remote Year so this decision was a no-brainer for me to end the relationship before departing. I’ll defer to the better advice of others who have been in strong relationships facing this question here.
As Director of Sales for a web hosting company I had a job which required doing sales calls primarily during US business hours. I have a few thoughts on this subject:
- This can either limit your itinerary to the Americas or you can embrace the timezone offset and derive value from the shifted hours.
- In my situation I actually benefitted from the offset initially. Our group started in Europe with an 8-hr offset from my core team. This means I was working mostly from 2pm-midnight doing most calls during that window. As a night owl I actually dug this work style as it meant I knew I never had a call before 2pm.
- This freed me up to explore the city in the morning or actually make forward progress on strategic initiatives before my inbox filled up. I think it also forced the issue of recognizing how many roles I had been performing prior and precipitated a couple of hires that might have been deferred otherwise.
- Having only a small overlap window with your core team forces everyone to be hyper efficient in how they communicate and eliminates possibility of “death by 1000 meetings.” The guys from 37signals wrote about this benefit of a globally-distributed workforce extensively in their book Rework.
For more on this topic see my talk from PressNomics below (slides and downloads here):