Maintaining a “traveling lifestyle” while working on a start-up

Clickbait title: how I had 9 mini-vacations and still work in a very ambitious start-up with crazy working hours

Working at an ambitious start-up is not aaalways the best for your health and mentality. We work 60-70 hours a week – with 80 hour week exceptions. And we’re not talking “American “biography book” work weeks” – we’re talking actual hours at the office working.

This has a lot of obvious challenges (especially regarding general health), but also a lot of side-benefits I haven’t thought about before:

  • You start to become more narrow-minded
  • You loose friends / you don’t get to meet so many new people
  • You don’t get to cultivate many other interests

To conquer this you need crazy discipline.
Recently I started running at 6am, I sign myself up for half-marathons every 3 months, I force myself to listen to audiobooks whenever I’m in transit or do sports, I time block “meet friends” in my calendar and fill it out every week with new people.
The whole point is: you need to make a real effort to get basic things to work.

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Working 70 hours a week vs. being a digital nomad

Start 2015 I proclaimed I wanted to become a digital nomad. I wanted to travel the world, work remote and see the world.

A quick definition for those unaware of the term digital nomad:

Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.)

It was something I had dreamed to do for a long while. Being able to live where I wanted, work when I wanted and see what I wanted – not limited by geography.

In 2015 I managed to get that to work. I managed to be able to pull a stable 50k DKK salary a month (roughly 7.5k USD) from running my remote outsourcing company – and I could have increased that and been living like a king in most places of the world. I lived in Thailand and Philippines. I worked from Malaga. I worked from Bucharest. I worked from Hong Kong. I worked from Berlin.
– All amazing places – especially since I had/have friends and family in those places.

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Being sick as a digital nomad – when a disease hits you

Being a digital nomad is awesome most of the time. You get to see the world, work from different places, and meet a lot of new people. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it is a trend on the rise.

I like graphs, and in this post I’d like to introduce a graph which shows the way I see human emotion. It’s based on a simple fact: Sometimes we, as human beings, are happy and satisfied. Sometimes we’re sad and dissatisfied.

If we draw this graph for normal human beings, it should look something like a sine wave, going from “good to bad to good to bad to good”. Hopefully having more good than bad:

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Uber in Manila (Philippines) – how good is it?

I am a huge Uber fan and I use it everywhere I go. I’ve always been pleasantly surprised by its service and quality. I have used Uber in Denmark, United States, Thailand and now the Philippines.

Now, the reason why I want to make this post, is because the Uber experience in the Philippines is very different than any other country.

There are some good, and some bad things about it.

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How different countries affect you emotionally and mentally – and a self-improvement followup

Today I learned something new.

I have traveled a lot before. I’ve spent months travelling. I have lived in Hong Kong for 3 months, before spending 3 months in Manila. I would say I am quite a seasoned traveler and know my way around. Yet, I still learned something critical after arriving in Hong Kong yesterday.

In order to explain better, let me explain a bit about myself:
I see myself as a “high performer”. I don’t try to be Elon Musk and work myself tirelessly 20 hours a day to save the planet (even though I probably should… later in life), but I do try to get the most out of life.

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Review of co-working spaces HUBBA (Bangkok) and Punspace (Chiang Mai)

I’ve now been living outside Denmark for nearly two weeks. To me having a great space to work is essential, as I am an entrepreneur doing a lot of stuff online.

As I’ve started in Thailand, I’ve had the experience of working in three different locations:

  • HUBBA, Bangkok (a co-working space in Bangkok city)
  • The two Punspace offices in Chiang Mai (also a co-working space)

I thought I’d give a quick review for anyone interesting in that matter.

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Mrs Pa smoothie in 2015 (Chiang Mai) – where is it (map) ?

When I was in Chiang Mai the first time back in 2014, I went on the quest for finding the world famous Mrs. Pa smoothies.

I went to the south gate by around 7pm, to find the very busy night market. I walked and walked, and couldn’t find it! Just as I was about to give up, I found it – Mrs Pa’s smoothies. I said hi and was surprised she spoke very nice English, and I got a really, really nice smoothie.

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The first days as a digital nomad living in Thailand

Sunday morning at 7am I arrived in Bangkok airport. Tired after forgetting to sleep in the plane (who can sleep at 3pm???), I was in a good mood and wanted to get into the city.

First I had the pleasant surprise of finding out sim cards are VERY easy accessible. Around 15 USD poorer, I had 3gb of 4G data and unlimited 3G. Hello connected world!

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Preparing to become a digital nomad

After an amazing Workaway trip to Morocco back in January, I decided to become a digital nomad. It’s a dream I had had since I read the “Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris back in 2010.

However, in reality the concept is a bit more difficult. The key issue is finding a way to have a stable income while working remotely, which is very difficult while being an employee (possible, but ridiculously complicated in some industries at least).

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