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Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Change, Guest Post, Relocation, Travel |

How to Take Your Show on the Road

How to Take Your Show on the Road

Gigi Griffis of The Ramble and Content for Good shares with us how to move forward towards location independence in 2013 (for those who dream of such a thing!) Last year, after two years of owning my own business and over ten years of loving travel, I gave up my permanent address and hit the road full time with my growing business and my small dog. It probably sounds pretty unusual, but the truth is that there are lots of people out there just like me who are digitizing their businesses, packing their bags, selling their stuff, and hitting the road with gusto. Statistics say that by 2016, one in five Americans will be working outside an office. And outside an office doesn’t necessarily have to mean from home in your pajamas. If you’re willing to juggle time zones, give up some of the comforts of home, and get creative, it could mean anywhere in the world. But if working remotely—be it full-time or part-time—is your dream, how do...

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Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog, Change, Culture, International Education, Relocation, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

The Art of Asking: Travel with Questions Not Answers

The Art of Asking: Travel with Questions Not Answers

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. — Chinese Proverb Questions are essential tools for the traveler. A good question opens doors, conversations, and hearts if the response falls on the ears of an attentive listener. A question may also be the origin of a new friendship, companionship, or opportunity. A question can divert aggression, misunderstanding, and bring clarity to an uncomfortable moment because it requires the suspension of judgement to find out more. Asking a good question begins with keen observation of self and extends to the other. What is a good question? A good question takes into account the person asking and the person it is directed at. What do I want or need to know? Why is this information or story important to me? Where does this person come from? What is important to her? How does he express what he values? What is being communicated through body language that is not...

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Blog, Relocation, Road Trip USA, Travel |

Home is Where Your Underwear Is

Home is Where Your Underwear Is

Where should I live? Although not as important as how should I live? it’s still kind of a big deal. And it’s not easy. There is the movement of large objects across vast distances to consider, finding of a space to put aforementioned large objects, figuring out where the grocery store is, and the paperwork. A whole lotta’ paperwork. Normally goodbyes are a major deal but considering I’ve been in travel-mode since May, hellos and goodbyes are part of the routine at this point. The new thing will be, “Oh hello! Nice to see you again.” When it comes to location, there’s the wish list, want list, need list, and no-way list. Some things jump from one list to another. Sometimes I throw out the thing altogether. When it comes down to it, every place has something really great to offer and also pretty rotten stuff. A dear friend recently reminded me that places, like people, are pretty imperfect. Utopia doesn’t exist just like “the perfect partner” is a...

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