Test Driving a Tesla Model X

V and I went down to Burlingame, CA to test drive the Tesla Model S. V drove the Model S, I got to drive the Model X. Both cars are my favorite that I’ve ever driven… but the Model X is the car that I want more than any other. It’s so beautiful and fast.

Reading biographies of interesting people is one of my favorite things. This book was well worth the read.  Elon’s story is fascinating and the biographer does a good job of keeping it entertaining the whole way through.

I loved the car…. but the problem is that it costs around $100k and I could use that money to build income streams and travel more.

Despite how amazing that car is, I find it hard to actually want to have a monthly car payment of $1,200. Anyways, I like paying cash for cars so the idea of owning a car that loses me money every month is undesirable.

But I’m working hard on a lot of stuff so I’m sure that that monthly payment isn’t going to seem too large for long.

Keep traveling friends. Please let me know what you’re thinking in the comment section below.

Brent Rose: Inside the Life of a Location Independent Tech Journalist

Brent Rose on Love Affair Travel with Ian Robinson
Courtesy of Gizmodo Australia

Wish your road trips never ended? For Brent Rose, they don’t.

Brent Rose is a freelance technology journalist who has spent the last 17 months living out of a van and road tripping around the United States. For Brent, what started as a year-long road trip has turned into an open-ended lifestyle.

Brent tells us about how he decided to start his van life, how he equipped his van to be able to work from anywhere, and what his nomadic life is like. He also gives us some pointers and great stories and information about his career as a tech journalist.

“I’ve been on the road for the last 17 months now. I’ve put about 35,000 miles on the thing. It was originally going to be about a year-long thing, and now I don’t know how or where to stop. I don’t know if I want to stop – so the adventure continues.” – Brent Rose

Travel Topics:

  • Why Brent decided to convert to van life [5:27]
  • What to look for in a vehicle for long term travel [8:19]
  • How to convert a van to fit your lifestyle [8:47]
  • How to get into tech journalism [10:18]
  • What is Gizmodo? [11:43]
  • What it means to be a good writer [13:39]
  • The transition from office life to van life [24:43]
  • How Brent’s location independence influences his professional output [27:03]
  • Kayaking from Cuba to Florida [28:47]
  • Benefits of a press trip [37:29]
  • Making that important decision… what do you write about?! [38:45]
  • Most memorable moments on the road [43:13]
  • How a pearl in an oyster can lead to a great pick-up line [45:35]

Brent Rose Talking Points:

Website | Instagram |  Facebook | Twitter

“I love the freedom it affords me.” – Brent Rose

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Brent drives his van on a constant road trip to balance work with adventure. What can you do to bring more adventure into your everyday life?

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Jake Heilbrunn: Off The Beaten Trail

Jake Heilbrunn on Love Affair Travel with Ian Robinson
Courtesy of Jake Heilbrunn

Have you struggled with making your dreams a reality? Do you feel stressed out trying to find a compromise?

When Jake Heilbrunn realized his passions and his life were not aligned, he left for Central America to help find fulfillment and discover his purpose. What he found was an incredible community of people, a beautiful expansive world, and the determination to bring his visions to life.

Today we’ll be talking about traveling in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, writing his book Off The Beaten Trail, holistic healing, and the many amazing people he encountered on his journey.

“I was living a disconnect. What I really wanted to be doing, traveling and experiencing other ways of life and volunteering, was not what I was doing.” – Jake Heilbrunn

Travel Topics:

  • How Jake went to Guatemala to teach English and soccer [4:30]
  • Need to make friends and don’t know the local language? Carry a soccer ball [6:38]
  • When he was attacked by ‘dinosaurs in Jurassic Park’ [12:19]
  • How a child left for dead became an incredible local saint [15:23]
  • Why ditching your travel plan can have amazing results [19:50]
  • How Jake’s vision of writing his book happened with a shaman [21:43]
  • Does Baskin-Robbins get their flavors from cacao plants? [24:52]
  • You tend to meet and attract certain people when you travel alone [29:08]
  • What a spiritual community did for Jake’s mind and body [33:25]
  • How one town’s diet of fruit and vegetables helped Jake’s skin problems [37:36]
  • What Jake loved most about the places he stayed and people he met [40:16]
  • How writing a book is “like starting a business” [41:53]
  • Jake’s daily writing routine, and how he made his book stand out [43:03]
  • Writing a book? Allow yourself twice to three times as much time to do it [45:53]

Jake Heilbrunn Talking Points:

Website | Eyes Fully Open | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Jake’s time in Central America encouraged him to pursue his passion. What would you need to do to follow yours?

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Karsten Aichholz: Gaming Entrepreneur and Creator of Thailand Starter Kit!

Karsten Aichholz: Advice from Gaming Entrepreneur and Thailand Starter Kit! Creator
Courtesy of Karsten Aichholz

Karsten Aichholz is the perfect person to author the Thailand Starter Kit!, a website full of advice for ex-pats moving to Thailand. After nearly a decade of living in Bangkok, Karsten offers advice on everything from housing to fitness to grocery delivery in the Land of Smiles.

In our entertaining and fascinating discussion, Karsten explains how he went from corporate climber in Germany to one of the first nomadic entrepreneurs in Thailand’s video game sector.

Along with Thailand Starter Kit!, we also talk about Karsten’s Brewed in Bangkok podcast, an excellent dive into the hidden world of the most extraordinary people you meet in Bangkok.

“I took out a quarter of the money we had… It was a leap of faith, but I thought we got to do something.” – Karsten Aichholz

Travel Topics:

  • Moving to Bangkok 10 years ago before ‘it was a thing’ [2:20]
  • How to create a business from near scratch in Thailand [9:45]
  • How 3,700 hours of EverQuest in high school paid off [11:02]
  • Advice for freelancers: Creating a start-up? Find a platform to do your marketing [16:05]
  • Another tip: A platform bans your product? Make a new platform! [16:30]
  • Why Karsten actually loved working for a corporation [20:15]
  • What can happen in German bureaucratic unemployment offices [26:40]
  • When you almost run out of cash, you become less risk-adverse [35:20]
  • How Karsten’s partner left the gaming world because he was ready for more intellectual pursuits [43:40]
  • New dreams: Turning altruistic hobbies into a business [47:20]
  • Wild stories accrued while living in Bangkok for a decade [52:07]

Karsten Aichholz’ Talking Points:

Website  |  Twitter  | Facebook

  • Connect with Thailand Starter Kit:

Website  |  Twitter  | Facebook

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Take Action:

When Karsten and his business partner almost ran out of money, he decided to take a risk that changed the fate of his company. SO go ahead and take a risk!

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