Being Social While Traveling

Jon Blomquist, Immersion Traveling, Nicaragua

Being social while traveling has never been difficult for me. I don’t have a hard time making friends. I like talking to new people. I like to feel a connection with strangers. I like to let other travelers know that they are not alone. I know, too, that I’m never alone, wherever I go. In the words of one of my favorite bands growing up, Death Cab for Cutie (yes, I went through a phase of emo music in high school), “Cause all you see, is where else you could be, when you’re at home. Out on the street, are so many possibilities, to not be alone.”
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Why So Few Possessions…

Jon Blomquist in Gotland, Sweden

Upon arriving at my new destination, wherever that may be, I am often asked by my host, “Where is the rest of your stuff? Why so few possessions…” This is a good question, and one that I have had to explain many times before.

Since I started traveling, I have significantly cut down on the amount of luggage I carry around. Before, I would pack many items that I thought “may come in handy” or I would just bring along items for preventative measures. Now, I can fit everything neatly into two bags. And this consists of 95% of my personal belongings!
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Why I Hate Roller Tote Bags

travel bags

I wonder if anyone else knows to what I am referring, regarding one of my pet peeves of travel. I just experienced this pet peeve, again today, while helping out a friend transport her luggage for what seemed like miles in the blistering sun.

On my first solo adventure across the Atlantic, I planned and prepped the packing of my bags for weeks in advance. Part of the reason for planning so far in advance was just out of pure excitement. The other part was that I had no idea what I was doing. I kept asking myself in my head, “How many days would I be gone? Would I need nice clothes for going out? Should I bring reading material? Batteries? What color shoes should I bring? How many pairs of socks & underwear would suffice? Would I be able to do laundry?”
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The Not-So-Glamorous Side of Running Your Online Business

online business desk

In the previous post “How Much Does it Cost to Start an Online Business,” I detailed the benefits of starting an online business, specifically the low up-front costs most online ventures will require. In comparison to the majority of business start-ups, particularly the traditional brick-and-mortar setups, the capital needed up front is usually a fraction than what most people would expect. This is a huge motivating factor to get going on selling your new product or service and making your easy millions! However, it is not easy, as there are many other things to consider when deciding to start your online business; Particularly, the amount of time that is required. And, do you have that time and the resources readily available?
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How Much to Start an Online-Business?

online business laptop

You may be wondering how it would feel to run your own online business. How would it be, if, every morning you were able to wake up and proceed with the day on your own time. No boss would be there to tell you what to do, or how late you would need to stay, or how to “more efficiently” complete the same tasks. You would be able to move about the world as freely as you are able. No borders would hold you in, as long as you had some passive income streams to allow you to enjoy your new-found freedom from the office confines.
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