“Deep fried termites anyone?”
As the rainy season tapers off, a mixture of challenges and wins came my way. In the past two weeks:
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As Solo Trip Report evolves, I’m contemplating a name change, in April 2018, if voter approved.
The 50th release would mark the start of my third year abroad and publication of Solo Trip Report. It seems to be the right time to make an update.
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Solo Trip Abroad has three pillars to help guide decision making and website content focus: Work Mobile. Consume Local. Live Global. Today, we’ll talk about what I use to support Solo Trip Abroad and related social media under the Work Mobile pillar: Digital Automation.
As I continue building and modifying this website, it’s become clear — there’s always more to learn. And, there’s a lot to manage. Such management requires tools which is what I’ll share with you today.
Many are familiar with IFTTT, it allows two internet services to connect and create an action if a certain event/trigger happens. For example, IF you post a photo on Instagram with a specific hashtag, THEN it will update the same photo on twitter. Or, IF your Uber ride is completed, THEN it will send an email to a friend, letting them know you arrived home safe.
What I’m finding really helpful, is how IFTTT shows a variety of services that work on the platform. This is a great way to learn about tons of different internet services, and their functions, without having to go and look yourself on Google.
This week, I want to share how I'm incorporating the values of the Solo Trip Abroad Mission, and add an action step you can take to start for yourself.
Even though I’m not a full-time digital nomad, yet, I have started the process, and am working on routines which align with the lifestyle. Although many who've made the change are location independent, learning to manage your day, keep a lid on procrastination, taking effective action, incorporating fitness and building your efforts into something marketable takes practice, skill and time.
I have been writing Solo Trip Report since I started living in China, but it wasn’t until Viet Nam I really started expanding on it. Playing new with apps and services, making the content more professional, building an email campaign and expanding the list of people who receive updates. In fact, Solo Trip Report is delivered to people in more than a dozen countries, in four continents, around the world! Subscribe to Solo Trip Report updates here.
On March 15, 2016 I launched Solo Trip Abroad with the intention of having a record of my travels, adventures and thoughts along the way. This would serve as a way to offer what I learn, provide resources and insight to anyone who is interested in taking action and moving abroad or considering a travel-as-a-lifestyle change.
Solo Trip Abroad has been a little project of mine since departing from Canada with the intention of being a creative platform which allowed me to build, experiment, and learn. The entire project was designed, conceived and established all on iPad Pro (90%), and iPhone 6 Plus (10%). I've been using Weebly to develop my website and run this blog. The experience overall has been beneficial, however, it has come with its own set of learning opportunities.