Alan Perlman: A World Traveling Cost of Living Analyst finds The Holy Grail

He’s travelled to over 60 countries.

Researching the cost of living.

The Indiana Jones of the Internet World.

Give it up for, Alan Perlman.

“Fortune favors the bold!” – Alan Perlman (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How he became A World Traveling Cost of Living Analyst
  • The magic of getting off the beaten track
  • Why human connections fuel his long term travels
  • An expert’s opinion on the best places according to cost/lifestyle ratio
  • Leveraging travel experiences and a blog into a career
  • How spare time in travel (waiting for visas, bribing officials) helped him through his Personal MBA
  • Running on adrenaline and shooting from the hip – how dealing with unusual situations rocketed his professional goals
  • Living out an Indiana Jones fantasy: seeing the temple of the Holy Grail in Petra, Jordan

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Wandering Trader: How Day Trading, Entrepreneurship and World Travel Fuel the Good Life

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Day trading still doesn’t make much sense to me. It seems like magic. Some people just get it, others don’t. I don’t get it.

So inviting the number one nomad trader onto the show seemed like a great idea.

Marcello is a great guest. Not only is he one of the most traveled people I’ve ever come across, he does it in style. He’s been to all 7 continents. Yes, even Antartica.

This is a good one for all of you who want to hear from someone who is traveling a few more resources to work with.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that your dreams can’t come true.” – Wandering Trader (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Marcello broke free of the 9-5 paycheck driven world
  • A world traveler’s favorite cities
  • Exploring treasures hidden in Atlantis and the foot of the Sphynx
  • How a world traveler sees investing in emerging economies
  • How he fell in love with Entrepreneurship and World Travel
  • The psychological aspect of world travel and day trading
  • Why volatility is a good thing to day traders
  • On the value of a semester off and a trip around the world

“It’s the only profession in the world where you don’t have to rely on anybody & you can do well no matter what the world or the market is doing.” – Wandering Trader (Tweet It)

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  • Theme Music: Love and Light
  • Episode Music: The Three R’s (Remix) by Jack Johnson

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Pat Flynn: Letting Go

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Pat Flynn was my most useful teacher. His blog, Smart Passive Income, is perhaps the best resource for anyone seeking to grown an online business these days.

His podcasting course was the backbone for what became my podcast production company. That’s a pretty amazing thing when you think about it.

Pat Flynn lives in San Diego with is family. Some might say that makes him a bit off topic for this show. To me, being location independent doesn’t mean you have to move to a new country every three months. It just means your independent of the need to stay.

Since recording this, Pat Flynn has gone onto even bigger and better things… he’s even traveled a lot. 🙂

This is a big one and an old one. I hope you enjoy this interview with Pat Flynn.

“Life beings at the end of your comfort zone.” – Pat Flynn (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Learn the concept of Pat’s book Let Go. Why adult elephants can be held captive with small chains.
  • Understand the mentality and tools that Pat uses to create
  • The importance of focusing on work that achieves your goals rather than “busy work”
  • How travel and new environments help Pat to think creatively
  • The benefits of a location independent business
  • Pat gives us a specific plan for building a location independent business
  • He shares a story of failure he hasn’t shared anywhere else

Pat Flynn’s Lovely Links:

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Elon Musk is the Real Life Iron Man

Elon Musk is my hero because he works as a creative fundamentalist.

Hey Elon, do you think you can handel a contract with NASA to take astronauts to space?

“Sure we can create the first private astronaut orbital transport… but what we really want to do over the long term is work out the cargo transport problem to mars and be able to establish a self sustaining civilization on mars.”

Wait what? Where did you get that idea?

“The calculations worked out.”

So you’re telling me life is sustainable on mars?

“You’d need to live on a dome at first but over time, life could be terraformed and you could actually walk around on the planet without anything. It’s a fixer upper of a planet.”

Right… so moving on. What’s the deal with the electric car?

“The problem with the electric car is that the price of gasoline is way to inexpensive so we’ve gotta make them WAY better than our competitors who get the benefit of an artificially low cost of running internal combustion engines.”

Wow, that sounds stressful. What’s the secret to your success?

“Well, many people reason by analogy and I try to reason with a physics approach to reasoning…. Essentially, if you want to figure out something new, it’s best to start with the most fundamental principals/truths and reason upwards from there as opposed from reasoning by analogy.”

analogy |əˈnaləjē|

noun ( pl. analogies )

a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification: an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies | he interprets logical functions by analogy with machines.

Natalie Sisson: Going Pro as an Entrepreneur, Adventure Junkie and a Digital Nomad Author

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Natalie Sisson isn’t inspirational because of the things she has done. What makes her inspirational is the nonchalant attitude that she has towards it all.

Want to ride a bike across Africa? Yeah! Let’s do it.

Want to start making $15,000 a month? Where do we start?

Her attitude is contagious. No wonder she wins body sculpting and boating competitions. When your attitude says, “lets do it.” Things happen faster and it’s more fun. She takes this to business, social enterprises and even book publishing.

It’s all quite inspirational.

Thank you for coming on the show Suitcase Entrepreneur. Enter Natalie Sisson.

“Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. I’m always opportunistic and I’m usually prepared.” – Natalie Sisson  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Natalie Sission went from broke to earning $15,000 a month
  • Why a SuitcaseEntrepreneur lifestyle feels stable
  • On deciding to go pro as an entrepreneur and digital nomad
  • Secrets to managing the ups and downs of a traveling entrepreneur lifestyle
  • Natalie Sission shares moments of awe in Brazil, Africa and Australia
  • The story of when Natalie Sisson biked across Africa
  • Why pushing limits in business and adventure feels good
  • Natalie Sisson shares her concept of The Perfect Day

Links by Natalie Sisson:

Suitcase Entrepreneur | Twitter | Facebook

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Whats your next big adventure?

Luke Metelerkamp: Global Sustainability, Travel and a Purpose Driven Business

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Luke Metelerkamp and I met on the farthest southern island of New Zealand. It’s called Stewart Island. This is pretty much the farthest point into the middle of nowhere a person can go without doing a trip to the Arctic or Antartica. That’s the kind of guy that Luke is.

We went our separate ways after meeting at a lodge on this remote island. I think he went back to South Africa where he is from. That was when I went to Australia. We exchanged Facebook friendship while chilling at the lodge.

I knew I was headed to Cape Town for the FIFA World Cup and he was certain to be there wrapping up his studies. He said he would take me surfing and I thought that would be great.

If I knew then what I know now, that invitation should have been viewed with a comfortable level of trepidation. Luke likes to surf big waves in frigid Cape Town water during the nastiest parts of the winter. He’s a machine.

“Travel gets you outside of your comfort zone & open to new ways of thinking & being.” – Luke Metelerkamp  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Luke was inspired by his 5 year journey to start a Purpose Driven Business – An education program
  • On the sustainable practices of the Nepalese and how they inspired Luke to build his program
  • Contrasting the effects of pit mining in India with Nevada and Australia
  • The story of Luke’s treks around far west Nepal
  • Costa Rica: The Environment, Ecology, Surf and Permaculture
  • How to hack a month of snowboarding in Kashmir for about $700

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Jodi Ettenberg: Tales of a Lawyer Turned Slow Traveling Global Adventurer

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Sometimes life requires something more.

One can have an excellent job in a prestigious place.

Yet the call of exotic lands can be too much to bear.

After realizing this Jodi turned that passion into a powerful journey.

She has been on the road for five years and has only just begun…

Please welcome, the founder of Legal Nomads.

The lovely, Jodi Ettenberg.

“Opportunities come your way and you either go with them or not.” – Jodi Ettenberg  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Jodi’s excellent packing guide
  • Explaining her lifestyle of living in SE Asia half the time and USA the rest
  • How Jodi went about leaving a well paid position at a law firm to travel the world
  • The transition between a lawyer turned slow traveling global adventurer
  • How 5 years of travel has led to a career she never expected
  • How to budget for travel on a per year basis
  • The origins of LegalNomads.com
  • How her passion for writing almost accidentally turned into a profession
  • On the importance of authenticity
  • The long term, community driven way to make money online
  • Why providing value is essential to entrepreneurs
  • On the value of sticking to what you care about
  • What captivated her about the Trans Siberian Railway
  • On the joys of being bench-pressed by giant Russian men
  • Her magnificent story of a “non-space view of the overview effect analog”
  • How slow travel works
  • Why Jodi made the decision to stay in Bangkok during the riots of 2010
  • How to question engineers as to the direction they placed their sniper wire
  • Even as a lone female traveler, she feels safer walking around at night than in much of North America
  • We discuss safety on a deeper level than I ever have before
  • How travel safety instincts can develop with time on the road
  • The value of avoiding attention when in a foreign country
  • On the challenge of being sick in a foreign country
  • How having a backup plan to a lifestyle of long term travel is a smart decision
  • On how building a worse case scenario and preparing for it can give you more confidence in your travels
  • Jodi’s entrepreneurial plans for launching food explorations of cities based on colors
  • Her plans to create a travel site to help those travelers with Celiac Disease
  • Advice to those who know they want to travel but are unnerved by taking the first step
  • How Jodi uses Twitter
  • All the other Lovely Stuff

Lovely Links:

LegalNomads | Twitter | Facebook

Travel Tools:

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Colin Wright: Muggings, Minimalism and the Exile Lifestyle

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This handsome devil moves to a new country every year.

His readers decide where he will go next.

After 4 year on the road, he’s started a publishing company.

We talk about muggings, baliwood and making money.

So plug in those ear buds, hit play and get outside for a beautiful walk.

Colin Wright is on the show. Tell the WORLD!

“I want to have the things that make me truly happy, but nothing more.” – Colin Wright  (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Despite co-founding a publishing company in Montana, he spends part of his time in Iceland of all places
  • How Colin’s Exile Lifestyle works
  • How he developed the plan for this lifestyle despite having a blank passport and having never left the USA
  • Living in Argentina for four months as his first expedition
  • The unexpected similarity of Romanian and Argentine Spanish
  • On Romanian cost of living, hospitality and internet speed
  • What his financial situation was like before leaving the USA
  • How the tragic state of New Zealand’s internet shattered his business, yet helped him refocus his aspirations on publishing
  • Why publishing is the best vehicle to realize your ideal lifestyle
  • Useful tips on avoiding victimization in impoverished countries
  • Colin’s (surprisingly) heroic story of punching a guy to avoid getting mugged
  • The risks of getting mugged in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • How New Zealand is one of the safest, easiest countries to travel in the world
  • MINIMALISM | from 8 computers and a walk in closet to carry on luggage
  • The value of traveling light
  • Humanism… We’re all human first and everything on top is icing
  • How the fear of the other doesn’t matter as much as the media and politicians make it out to be
  • Why understanding humanism can be a helpful tool on your journey
  • How to enjoy communication despite having neither language or culture in common
  • On the value of sustainability in consumption, economy and travel
  • On being bullied out of the rainforest by howler monkeys
  • A hilarious tale of playing the Cowboy in a Bollywood movie
  • How travel has effected his entrepreneurial work
  • The value of diversifying income streams
  • About his publishing company/start-up incubator he co-founded
  • The philosophical frame work that Colin has build in Act Accordingly
  • That travel is valuable and the sooner you take advantage of it the better

“The most important thing is that you have what you need, as opposed to owning stuff that is excessive.” – Colin Wright (Tweet It)

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Graham Hughes: World Record Holder Talks About Traveling to Every Country Without Flying

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A lot of people talk about being well traveled.

Graham Hughes holds the world record.

He’s conquered traveling to every country without flying.

What is probably the most impressive, he did it without flying.

That’s right folks. No airplanes.

I hope you enjoy this podcast with Graham Hughes.

“The world isn’t as scary & expensive as a lot of people think. The only person who’s really stopping this is you.” – Graham Hughes (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • How Graham caught the travel bug growing up
  • About the show that inspired the Odyssey Expedition
  • That there is no longer any country in the world that one can’t go to
  • Where to travel if you want to go to Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan – Stay away from the South!
  • Independence of Somaliland from Somalia and how this affects travelers
  • How his expedition has led to a dramatically more vivid view of the world
  • We discuss the value of travel and how anyone with a US, Australian or European passport can do it
  • How mainstream news “by it’s very nature,” misleads people into thinking the world is a dangerous place
  • How Graham conceived of the idea to travel to every country and where he started
  • How to map out a journey around the world without flying and where the trouble points are
  • CouchSurfing and it’s importance in Graham’s journey
  • Whether or not a woman could travel the world like this
  • His story of traveling from Senegal to The Cape Verde Islands in a leaky canoe with 10 Senegalese fishermen
  • How being locked up in prison in Congo and Senegal were the worst parts of the trip
  • “Be good to strangers because one day you might be the stranger.” – An Old Bedoun Saying
  • How Iran was the most hospitable, friendly country in the world
  • How Graham was able to financially maintain his travels
  • The paradox of expensive public transportation in the western world
  • How to travel the world on a shoestring budget
  • Graham shares magnificent stories of awe:
    • A shuttle launch in Florida, USA
    • A volcanic, electric night storm in Papua New Guinea
    • An Iranian phone call of hospitality
    • Swimming with stingless photosynthesis jellyfish on a Rock Island in Palau
    • A mesmerizing midnight creep to the top of the Great Pyramids of Giza
    • Staging a sit down in the sarcophagus of the Great Pyramids
  • The hardest times in which Graham was closest to giving up on the Odyssey
  • How arriving at his final country he found himself with 4 freshly created nations to visit
  • All about the island nation of Nauru and how it’s an example of the scarcity that we will face if we continue to consume our fossil fuels at the current consumption rate
  • Tips and Tricks for getting aboard cargo ships
  • About the lives and the importance of the Merchant Marine Captain
  • How post September 11, 2001 security situation is making life harder for travelers
  • Why Graham is so passionate about Water Aid and what sets it apart from other aid organizations
  • The story of how his journey came to a successful conclusion in South Sudan on November 26th 2012 after 1,426 days on the road
  • Why the journey isn’t over and if any countries become independent, Graham will have to grab his bag again and hit the road
  • How Graham spends less than 7,000-10,000 pounds per year on long term travel

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Starting a Blog that You Want to Monetize One Day

One of my best friends is starting his online empire. He’s asking me questions about how to start and I think the answers would be great to share here. My thoughts on this stuff are always changing, but to me; this is great advice for anyone seeking to start building an online empire….
The H2 tags are his questions and my responses follow.

What are some useful/awesome plug ins for word press you like to use?

Here are the basic plugins I recommend for starters:
All in One SEO Pack – Constantly updating and constantly improving. The best for starting out.
Akismet – Spam Filter Rocks.
W3 Total Cache – Speeds up your site. I don’t know why or how… but it works
Sharebar – Automates the social media sharing. Quick and easy.
That’s it. Don’t even worry about installing others because the real valuable thing you can do now is to start writing. When I was starting out, I spent way too much time focusing on this sort of plugin BS and it got me no where.

Would like to post/blog a lot of basic and free info about the test and the industry in general but am considering a Work Book of sorts to be purchased.  

Sweet. Do both. Post everything for free and see if anyone even comes to see it. Once your site gets traffic, collate all the information you posted to get that traffic and sell it as a product on the first page. The product will have everything on your site that is available for free, but it will be in a more concise format that will be worth the $20-$50 or whatever. Keep it focused though “Pass the Cicero Test” is better than “Be a Beer Expert.

This would require some sort of Shopping Cart.  Is that a plugin you can use or is that something entirely different that I must purchase?

Once you get traffic to your site, you’ll know whether or not building a product is a good idea. Once you know that, you can think about building the product. Once you have built the product you can worry about shopping cart solutions.
When you do get there, use e-junkie.com. They handle the whole shopping cart thing and it costs $5 a month.

Blah what else? ummm what are your thoughts on backlinking.

Backlinking is really important, but it’s an endless hole of shifting SEO industry non-sense. If you focus on building a website with great information and is user friendly, you’ll have a better chance of industry people linking to your website. This will be the most powerful form of backlinking. When you’re starting out, don’t even think about backlinking. Just think about writing awesome shit. 

Do u write a lot of blogs for the sole purpose of driving traffic to you content?

Yeah writing blogs is how I get traffic to my websites. But the sole purpose should always be making something awesome that people will share and comment on. One good blog post is worth way more than a month of backlinking work.
I’ll Tell You My BS backlinking Story:
I did a month of backlinking work on one online property back in 2012. I did the gambit of spinning articles, posting them to web 2.0 sites, using UAW to massive link to that outer web which I then linked to my site using my target keyword as the anchor text. If this doesn’t make sense, don’t worry about it because the moral of the story is, “Don’t do it.”
This should have worked well and I had initial jumps in search engine results.  Then there was a google update and everything I had done turned into a liability. Those anchor texts I used throughout the whole internet made google index me as a spam site (hell it was a bunch of spam.)
Essentially, I spent a month building a liability. To this day, that site ranks well in Bing and Yahoo and the business is profitable from that traffic… but it ranks awful in Google and I’m confident that the reason it does aweful in Google is because of the junk I made during that month. Undoing those junk back-links I built is on my to-do list today, but I haven’t got around to it because it’s a serious task to undo. Lesson: Don’t worry about backlinking. If you want to learn about how the link economy works, read Trust Me I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday. This is a much better us of your time.
People share good information. You’re a funny [email protected])er, you’ve got a niche topic of value and your passionate about (product) so you’ll be able to make stuff that people read and share. Focus on that and if you need some SEO work done in the future, outsource it so someone who loves that s&$t.
I get 1,000 visitors a month to one blog due to one post. If I spent that first month building good stuff rather than trying to game the system, I bet I’d have an extra blob of passive income coming in my Adsense account today. Hell, I might have a lot more.

I am far from this stage at this point but I just read about it so I thought I would ask yas.

Lastly, just start right now (Yeah you. If you got this far, stop reading this and take the next critical step towards making something useful.) It’s more than OK to write a few pieces of s%$t before you really start making stuff that is awesome. No one will go backwards on your site to find the bad stuff you wrote while starting out. People come to the site to get information the need. Write a bunch of posts that are valuable to them and then you’ll have a launch pad for making something that those people will pay for in the future.