Is Chris Hughes the Coolest Digital Nomad Alive Today?

Chris Hughes

If you flew to Panama with a lot of debt, a little cash, no experience and nothing but a plan to make money online, would you still play it cool?

A common theme of this podcast is to explore transition. No one gives permission to do this stuff. It takes a leap of faith to make it happen. I love to ask how the most successful people made it happen.

My guest today is Chris Hughes (@whosChrisHughes). We met at KoHub one night. I dive into that story in the podcast.

Lots of people say that building a business is like jumping off a cliff and building an airplane before you hit the ground. For Chris, that plane was a Duck Dynasty Facebook fan page. Duck Dynasty caught him before he hit the dirt. He’s still flying. It’s a crazy story.

“Do the stuff you’re supposed too, before you do the stuff you want too.” – Chris Hughes

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Travel Topics:

  • How Chris almost killed his friend [02:20]
  • Starting a life of travel [02:40]
  • The viral power of Duck Dynasty [03:35]
  • Using a Facebook Fan Page to buy a margarita [06:50]
  • Valet-parking cars for Orlando Magic [10:45]
  • Refusing job opportunities to keep your freedom [14:10]
  • Learning how to make money online [16:05]
  • On completing college for your parents [18:03]
  • Burning your ships and making the leap [22:38]
  • Being smart with your money [23:20]
  • Juggling for video games [25:20]
  • The benefits of Capitalism [29:05]
  • Leaving the surfing haven of Costa Rica [30:35]
  • Building systems for your business [33:30]
  • Making business work on Facebook [35:50]

Chris Hughes Talking Points:

Facebook | WhosChrisHughes

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Take Action:

What was your last important life transition?

James Abbot: From Living on a Boat to Building a Coworking Space

James Abbot

Welcome back to the show everyone.

Today I’m talking to the brains and mastermind behind KoHub – the tropical coworking space in Koh Lanta – James Abbot.

James was a digital nomad before there was even a name for it. He used to divide his time between programming remotely using his collection of 3G sim cards, exploring undiscovered scuba diving spots, and sailing around South East Asia on the boat he lived on!

Since then James has traded in his life of perpetual travel, sold his boat, and now spends his time building a community within his coworking space along the Andaman sea.

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Travel Topics:

  • Feeling like something is missing [03:11]
  • Asking the boss if you can take a year off [03:49]
  • Selling all of your stuff [04:00]
  • Are workers who live the nomadic lifestyle happier? [07:00]
  • Is digital nomadism a movement or industry? [10:45]
  • The need to run a coworking space as a business first [11:45]
  • Making Thailand your home [15:00]
  • The Coworking Unconference Asia (CUASIA) [16:25]
  • The growing number of digital nomads in South East Asia [17:45]
  • Working from a boat with 3G [20:00]
  • Cabin Fever! [23:45]
  • Rekindling the love of diving [25:00]
  • Why James sold his boat [29:00]
  • The sustainability of living on a boat [30:00]
  • The trials and tribulations of visas [31:00]
  • Organizing the weekly beach cleanup [37:00]
  • Traveling vicariously through the stories of the people you meet [40:00]
  • The difficulties with finding staff in Thailand [42:00]
  • The philosophy of the risk-taker [46:00]

James Abbot Talking Points:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Music Credit:

Take Action:

Have you ever thought about moving your life to Thailand?

Marcus Meurer: Building a Better World for Digital Nomads

Marcus Meurer on the Love Affair Travel Podcast
Compliments of V D’Rozario

Marcus Meurer and I have businesses that don’t involve location requirements. That empowers us and people like us to live in a new city every 1-3 months. It’s great for individual freedom, but what about community?

Marcus Meurer is the mind behind a lot of companies. He is now focused on the problem of community for the digital nomads. He is one of the founders of DNX, a co-working organization which sets up events, camps and a lot more for all these digital nomads scattered like glitter across the earth.

I met him on the island of Koh Lanta on the Andaman Sea side of Thailand. He was leading DNX Camp at the time and graciously offered a bit of his time to share with us how he is supporting the digital nomad community.

“Getting the first client and getting the first bill paid changed everything for me.” – Marcus Meurer (Tweet It)

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Welcome back to the show everyone.

Some of you may have noticed that Love Affair Travel got knocked out by a team of Chinese, Russian, Myanmarian hackers. It was a nightmare. The good news is, we’re back better than ever. The site loads faster, is more secure and just looks better. We’ve even added forums. My hope is that I can be of assistance to those who are listening to this show.

Just to catch you up, V and I have moved to a small island on the western coast of Thailand in the Andaman sea. It’s called Koh Lanta and we’re not alone here.

There is a large group of Digital Nomads here and one sect of them is the DNX camp headed by Marcus Meurer and his girlfriend.

In this podcast we discuss the nature of the digital nomad community, how it’s growing and what we can do to make the scene more vibrant for those new entrants.

Marcus Meurer Talking Points:

  • Working with other digital nomads
  • Transitioning from the 9-5 into the nomad lifestyle
  • The challenges of building and working with remote teams
  • On removing the barriers that you create when the business needs you to grow
  • What is Freedom Podcasting and what do we do?
  • Exploring loneliness, a significant challenge for digital nomads
  • Co-working and how to create a hub for the modern workforce

Lovely Links:

Twitter  | Facebook | Instagram

“Sometimes you have to NOT make a science out of everything. Get started and get the content out there.” – Marcus Meurer (Tweet It)

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How to think about community?

John Blomquist: Climbing Expert Regales Travels to Central America

Host of Chalk Talk, a Climbing Industry Podcast.

John Blomquist remembers his travels to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Running through the jungle, sometimes in pouring rain.

Host Ian Robinson made a great travel buddy.

John loved Costa Rica so much he got married there years later.

Introducing the champ, John Blomquist.

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“Punta Mona, it’s kind of like this Garden of Eden & you’re greeted by people with the biggest smiles on their faces, because they’re living in heaven.” – John Blomquist (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Recently started a climbing podcast, Chalk Talk
  • Traveled to Costa Rica with host Ian Robinson in 2007
  • Went to Puerta Viejo en route to Punta Mona
  • Punta Mona is a center for Regenerative Design and Botanical studies, founded by Stephen Brooks
  • How he got lost in the jungle by himself, nearly killed by a coconut
  • Ran through the jungle in the pouring rain with Ian
  • Got married on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica
  • How the unfortunate growth of Costa Rica has lead to it loosing it’s charm
  • After Costa Rica, went to Nicaragua, to Ometepe Island
  • stayed at El Zopilote on Ometepe
  • Traveled to San Juan del Sur
  • More tales of his travels to come on the Love Affair Travel podcast

“Nicaragua still has that developing country charm & it’s such a treat.” – John Blomquist (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Facebook | Twitter | Chalk Talk

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The Traveling Dutchman: Using Airbnb to Fund Your Travels

He optimized use of his Amsterdam flat by listing it on Airbnb.

He used the income from renting to travel the world.

He also writes a blog about it.

Now he advises others on how to make a living on Airbnb.

Jasper Ribbers has become The Traveling Dutchman.

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“Traveling opens your horizons, you start challenging the things you think are normal & you start questioning things.” – Jasper Ribbers (Tweet It)

Travel Topics:

  • Was traveling a lot and renting out his flat in Amsterdam
  • How he wasn’t making money on it so he couldn’t stay at his flat when he returned
  • How he’d used Airbnb as a traveler so decided to try it as a host
  • Renting his flat on Airbnb makes it financially feasible to live the traveling lifestyle
  • Once his income was covered he started doing what he thought was fun… Blogging and Writing
  • Tourism isn’t the only demand for Airbnb
  • Was a trader in Chicago, en route to settling down, knew it was time to make the dream of travel happen
  • Went on an inspirational vacation by himself to the Philippines, wanted more of those experiences
  • People are investing in properties for sole use with Airbnb
  • Sometimes disruption of an industry can be a good thing

“Not only does Airbnb allow accommodations to be used in a more efficient way, it also connects people.” – Jasper Ribbers (Tweet It)

Lovely Links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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