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Destination Freedom – A Marginal Boundaries Retreat

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My long term plan for Marginal Boundaries was always to get the company to the point where I could host retreats. While initially I had planned on starting to do this at the end of 2013 as opposed to the end of 2012, the recent suicide of my brother inspired me to accelerate my plans to help others avoid the same fate due to depression related to years of unemployment, impossible debt and third-world living conditions in first-world counties for those who haven’t found a way out yet.

On December 8th, I took the concept for Destination Freedom to my private newsletter subscribers and received a resounded “YES!”, along with an immediate three sign ups for our very first Marginal Boundaries retreat. Sophie DouglassJen Welzel, and David Meier are the first three adventurers who have signed up for Destination Freedom and are ready to embark upon a new journey of discovery, awakening and a life of location independence, and the time has come for me to announce the retreat to the public…as well as let you know about the Summer and Winter retreats we also have planned.

So what’s it all about? Well, it’s a culmination of everything I’ve been doing the last two years with Marginal Boundaries. From 30 Ways to 30 Days to The Expat Guidebook to our immersion travel guides, to the YouTube channel and the social media pages, I’ve been writing about how to realize a life of total creativity, unplugged from The Matrix and absolutely free to pursue whatever lifestyle and career you want, in any corner of the globe that you want. To do exactly what it is that I’ve been doing since January of 2008, debt-free and entirely through my creativity as a human being.

Now, rather than only the newsletters and books and blog posts and the YouTube channel and via video chats online, I’m also organizing and leading cultural retreats with my girlfriend and partner where the focus for the entire time is on one thing and one thing only for the three month duration: the creative growth of the participants as they embark on an intense journey of discovery.

Follow along the YouTube channel as we document the process and show their growth. This is a three month journey of expanding consciousness, teaching how to break the chains that bind people to the old way of doing things. To teach people now to master their own human potential through social media, global consciousness and the understanding that the possibilities are infinite when you can create your own reality through digital means.

You’ll build a brand, a website, an idea, from the ground up, or enhance what you already have. You’ll learn Spanish, the language of the number one market in the world for job growth in the current era. You’ll be in a continual state of learning for the course of the three month retreat in an environment that is designed to enhance your learning potential. Don’t worry about food and accommodations; we’re taking care of all that, so the only thing you need to focus on for three months is your personal growth and evolution.

Along with myself, we’ve also got a small team of guest teachers for Destination Freedom who will be speaking on topics ranging from full-time travel to passive income, brand building, traveling with kids and beyond!

First up, I’m pleased to announce that Wandering Earl, who will be in Playa del Carmen with his own tour group in March, will be guest speaking for a night or two, plus we’ll be meeting up with his group for a dinner out on the town. For those of us within the travel blogging industry the guy needs no introductions. If you don’t know who he is, check out his website.

We also have Hans from the Pro Web Group, who you’ll remember from our YouTube interviews, teaching classes on website development and coding, such as what he does through PSD2HTMLPros. He’s an entrepreneur like myself who has gone to Japan to buy motors to repair and re-sell in Canada, he’s gone to the Congo to buy and sell precious metals, and he regularly works as a web developer. He also lives here in Cancun six months out of the year, which was how we initially met a couple of years back. He’ll be primarily speaking on web development, but also on digital entrepreneurship and “thinking outside the box”.

On top of that we have my friend Janelle, who is the driving force behind Virtual Assistant Info, who will be teaching on traveling with children between countries and going into more details on what it means to be a global virtual assistant for clients around the world, using social media and the power of The Internet to create your own reality.

And on top of that, we have a specially designed team-building tour, designed exclusively for Marginal Boundaries by Snail Adventures, included in the price of the retreat, so that we can bring our community of digital adventurers together even closer to inspire their creativity and cohesiveness. A cord is strongest when it is made up out of many other cords intertwined together. 

You can check out the full media packages for the retreats at our Facebook Page or our Google+ Page, depending on which one you prefer. There are only two more positions left for the March, April and May retreat, and positions are on a first-time, first-serve basis. Registration has been extended to January 21st. 

Destination Freedom

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The Human Potential

The Human Potential

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One of the most amazing things about living in the times we live in right now is human potential. Every advancement we make with technology is one more step towards realizing the universal truths that have always existed. We can be anything that we want to be, do anything that we want to do, simply by changing our outlook and tuning into the universal reality.

Terence McKenna had an amazing series of seminars and books that he produced throughout his life, but one of the most revealing as it relates to the times we are living in right now was called Culture Is Your Operating System. It was the truth that no matter where we come from, no matter where we are born, all of the various cultures around the world program the minds of the people who are within that culture to believe and behave a certain way.

But with enlightenment comes the realization that we, as human beings, are just like computers in that we can be programmed with any array of information types. We can delete, reformat, download and install — at will — various types of information to change our programming and how we operate within “The System” that we know as human consciousness.

Now, I’m not going to delve deep into alchemy or universal vibrations or quantum theory or any of that within this email (although I am a student), but there is an important lesson to be learned from all of this. The universal truth that is accepted by most scientific minds around the world is that we live in a world where everything is made up of many different types of vibrations, and if we understand those vibrations we can adapt and tune ourselves in to any vibration we choose.

In other words, we can choose to create realities based on our own desires.

In the past, this was slightly more difficult for people to understand, but in the modern era there are flashing signs everywhere you look pointing to the fact that yes, we do indeed live in a universe where the only reality we choose to live in is the one which we create. We are nothing more than machines running on an operating system. Organic computers.

The Internet was the first step in humans re-discovering our full potential: the ability to globally communicate. Along with this has come revolutionary discoveries as scientists have uncovered more and more “mysteries of the universe”. Every advancement we make is allowing us greater and greater control as a human species over the realities that have so long (falsely) defined who we are and what we could do.

Websites and online businesses are just the first step to anyone, anywhere, being able to realize their true potential and follow their inspiration to create their own realities. Crowd funding is the latest discovery that has opened up even more doors than before, allowing people to completely bypass the traditional way of doing things with degrees and higher education and hundreds of thousands in school loans and debt and mortgages and reliance on social security and pension and healthcare and employers who define 40 hour work weeks and slave wages to keep us chained to a desk.

No longer do you have to go to a bank, prostrate yourself before someone with a title, and beg for money and access into the Great Machine and its cycle of credit and debts and numbers and slavery in order to “make it” in life. No longer do you have to play by their rules, to follow a certain set of instructions, or to function within a specific cultural operating system. When you choose to shed your cultural programming, you essentially stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche (McKenna’s words). From there…it’s just a matter of reprogramming your operating system with something new.

In today’s era, more than ever before, anyone, anywhere, can not only come up with an idea to create something…but they can find other people, regular people just like you and me, who also want to see those same dreams made reality. We are creating reality with our global consciousness. 

The true power of human potential lies in our ability to create.

But it still takes courage to make the first step. Governments around the world would have you believe that absolute freedom is dangerous. China, for example, exerts a large amount of control over what it’s people are allowed to view on the Internet, and what they can and cannot learn about or have access to. The U.S. government and the rest of The West are still actively pursuing SOPA to enact the same types of control.

Thankfully, every day we see more and more opportunities arising as crowd funding and private websites and everyday investors are standing up and telling the failed banking systems to take a hike…we don’t need your money, we don’t need to rely on your broken credit system, your so-called global crisis and your so-called “need to work for someone else’s benefit for the good of our society” that forces people to spend years in unemployment, living on federal aid, racking up tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt that will keep them forcibly in a prison sentence for the rest of their lives.

Human potential, true human potential, lies in our ability to create our own reality. To find our own operating system, and to network with others who share the same global consciousness and the same ideals and the same desires to see the entire planet evolve as a single entity. The Human Experience. We are One People, One Planet. And we have infinite possibilities at our fingertips. We have our own version of the Internet, and it is called Global Consciousness.

As we move into the new era defined by the various indigenous tribes of the world, remember that we are now moving back into the Golden Age, where humanity’s true potential isn’t limited by restrictive systems of government and banks and controlling entities whose only goal is to dominate the weak. Instead, we have a global consciousness moving us forward as we all begin to create our own realities and define our lives on our own terms. Absolute freedom and absolute bliss.

It’s a powerful time, my friends!

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Bogota, Colombia

Location Independence Does Not Mean You Are Homeless

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One of the biggest misconceptions regarding what location independence really is directly relates to the affiliation with the digital nomad existence. Being a nomad simply means that you have some form of income coming in directly to your bank account via the Internet, whether it is a pension or a salary or your wages from being a freelancer or your residual income from various online enterprises, enough so that you can travel around the world and go anywhere without having to worry about having a specific office in a singular location. It’s a lifestyle of freedom that has its roots in the nomadic, roaming existence of the desert Bedouins.

Location independence has been directly tied to the digital nomad lifestyle for a long time, but in reality there are two different types of location independent expats. The first is the aforementioned digital nomad who prefers to wander around the world backpacking and enjoying each destination for brief periods of time. The long-term immersion expat, on the other hand, is still a location independent traveler, they just choose to opt more for the long-term travel option, staying in one place for three years to five years or until they’ve earned a secondary citizenship. Alternatively, if you are independently wealthy you can simply buy yourself a secondary citizenship, but most countries want a minimum investment of around $250,000, which leaves most of the middle class out of this particular option.

When I try to explain location independence to someone who isn’t familiar with the lifestyle, their first reaction is usually to question how anyone could think of doing that without having a home, a base of operations. And while backpacking is one way to be a location independent traveler, long-term immersion trips give you base of operations from which you can then explore the surrounding area at your leisure, along with friendships, business relationships, personal connections and beyond through cultural and language immersion. Not to mention access to the local cost of living, which are always a fraction of what they are the United States and the United Kingdom.

Living abroad as an expat doesn’t mean you have to be without a home. While backpackers tend to live in hostels, hotels and other people’s homes CouchSurfing or other sites as they make their way around the world, long-term travelers rent apartments, condos and houses, or they buy an affordable piece of property and sit on it for a few years while they earn their residency and then either keep it as a rental or sell it on the way to the next destination. Others house-sit, or house-swap, going to different places around the world and basically taking care of and maintaining houses for anywhere from a few weeks up to six months or more while the family or individual is off on business or otherwise.

As you all know from reading the blog and immersion guides sold here here, the free 30 Ways in 30 Days which accompanies our newsletter and The Expat Guidebook, I promote long-term immersion travel for numerous different benefits, not the least of which are mentioned above. When I am living in a city like Bogotá or Cancun or Sofia, I have access to local rates on accommodations, which are always cheaper than hostels, just like hostels are cheaper than hotels. But with an apartment I also have security, maid service, furnishings and privacy, which makes it perfect for a base of operations from which I can not only work, but also utilize as a logistics hub for my travels into the surrounding regions both for pleasure and for video work for the company.

Having a local base of operations allows you to lighten the load because you have a place where you can store all of your things and know that they’re safe while you’re out and about adventuring, taking pictures, recording videos and having fun with your local friends and doing things like going to the beach, camping or hiking trips. Or clubbing, if that’s your thing, although that’s generally reserved for picking up bar chicks/guys rather than exploring a destination for its cultural worth.

At no point since I left the United States in January 2008 have I ever once been without a home despite the fact that I am location independent and I have a job which allows me to travel the world and go anywhere I want. I had a two bedroom apartment in Sofia, I have an apartment here in Cancun, and I had an apartment in Bogotá. I have always had a home, a place to store things, my own bed, my own desk, a safe, filing cabinet, printer and everything else you need to have an actual home or base of operations. Things that you don’t want to have to lug around with you when you are backpacking, but you can have when you are doing immersion travel and long-term expat living.

At the end of the day it is still a choice as to which lifestyle appeals to you the most, but I wanted to point out that there is such a thing as having an actual home despite being location independence. Some people refer to it as slow travel; I prefer the term immersion travel, but it means the same thing. Rather than bouncing around with a backpack and a few spare changes of clothing, long-term immersion trips mean having that feeling, even while traveling, of “Home Sweet Home”.

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Partnerships Versus Competition

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In The Expat Guidebook as well as in the Live Like a Local guides one of the prominent topics is the importance of networking with other expats and digital nomads not simply for the sake of friendship and camaraderie, but also for the working relationships that can arise from mutual mindsets and similar goals/plans. Much as two pairs of eyes are better than one for finding solutions, there is a lot to be gained from building partnerships with other expats and digital nomads in your field.

Mutually beneficial working relationships are one of my personal favorite aspects of being a full-time expat living abroad. You meet some of the most amazing people who have networks that you can take advantage of, networks that not only benefit you personally but also work towards benefiting everyone involved.

To give you an example of how powerful this can be, I have a small group of associates here in Cancun. As a group we regularly meet up for beers/dinner to cover business strategies and what’s working/not working with our various platforms, plus we have a private group on Facebook where the four of us trade backlinking strategies, latest news and changes with Google, new projects that we have going (four separate entrepreneurs = four different client pools from which we can all dip from) or new products/services that we know we and/or our readers will benefit from. The concept between us is that 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing, and while we all have our own products/services to sell we are all of us sort of piggy-backing off each other with specific website/business relationships that are mutually beneficial.

This goes beyond the local level. When you travel around the world you have the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs in every corner of the globe, and by networking with them on a global level you can ensure a global reach for your products and/or services, as well as ensure you are giving the most relevant information and products/services to your clients/readers due to your professional working relationships around the world.

Competition is a thing of the past. With the power of affiliate sales at their highest levels due to the advent of the Internet, everything is about having as many networks and connections as you possibly can to spread the wealth of information. It’s all about Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+, along with the other social media outlets. The current predictions regarding how Google will continue to rank information is pointing to the importance of social media as never before to keep yourself in-tune with the current era from a business and personal standpoint, and the best way to do so is to spread your social butterfly wings and soar. Make as many impressions as you can and see your business opportunities and personal plans come to fruition.

Don’t view other people in your field as people you need to fight against. You both have similar clients, and while you can’t find perfect working partnerships with every individual and client (certain products don’t always work together), there is usually one way or another to find some form of mutually beneficial partnerships where you are splitting profits and using each other’s knowledge/resources to work together towards a common goal where everyone involved benefits.

Another example of a working relationship is a good friend of mine down here who works primarily in astrology and internet marketing, working together with industry veterans to establish a timetable for releasing products based upon astrological timing. While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, he has a track record that is proven regardless if you believe in his methods or not. I just had breakfast with him this morning and he’ll be helping me push my latest product, The Mediterranean Lifestyle and Diet: Olympian Health and Wellness eBook into the light of day. I created the product and I’m basically handing it off to him to let him work his magic in terms of marketing, and rather than worrying about the competition our strategy for success is actually all about working with other, established industry veterans so that the product is pushed straight into the hands of willing clients.

The point is…you don’t have to be doing this on your own. Regardless if its your first time starting out with an online venture to fund your eventual expat lifestyle or if you are a seasoned professional who has been on the road for a dozen or more years, there are working partnerships to be found all over the world in all walks of life, and it’s up to you to see those partnerships to fruition. Everyone working together = no more 99% versus 1% because when we are all working as partners in everything it is a symbiotic relationship where everyone wins, 100% of the time.

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30 Ways in 30 Days – Day Thirty: Settling In

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Ok. So you’ve settled your affairs back in your home country, you’ve had a smooth flight in, you’ve got your apartment squared away and you have a Live Like a Local guide for your chosen city that you’ve read through at least once so you have a vague familiarity with wherever you are. Now it’s time to actually settle in to do as the guide suggests and transform into a local resident. Just another day in the life of a location independent digital nomad.

First and foremost, congratulations for making the transition into a digital nomad lifestyle. You’ve taken the first steps on a grand adventure that will last a lifetime, one that will take you to all corners of the globe to experience multiple different cultures and bring you to the realization that we are all One People sharing One Planet and working towards One Goal of shared experience. You’ve broken the shackles of conformity and you are now a liberated person, free to live your life as you see fit, in any place that calls to your heart, with people who have the same goals, ideals and desires as you. You are one of the Free People of the planet, and I welcome you!

But there are a couple more things I want to talk to you about before I leave you to explore your new life. Because despite how excited you are right now, and despite how much fun you are having exploring your new home, there are some issues that can potentially cause problems for the uninitiated newbie.

Homesickness is one of the issues that can arise to plague digital nomads on their first extended stay outside. It can strike in many different ways. It might start small, like missing your favorite supermarket, or the snacks you can buy at your local 7-Eleven or equivalent. It might be the breakfasts they serve at McDonald’s in your old home. It could even be the type of cars people drove where you originally hailed from, or the type of clothing or the weather or any multitude of things. But at some point during your first location independent city stay you are going to experience a sense of longing for the way things used to be. A sense of familiarity. And that’s normal. It happens to everyone at some point or another, and it’s no different than quitting cigarettes; at some point during the breaking free stage you are going to experience withdrawal.

Next up is culture shock. This is a big one, and for some people it is the make-or-break aspect of transitioning into a location independent lifestyle. It goes hand-in-hand with homesickness, but it’s not a yearning. It’s a blatant slap in the face in terms of things being totally different than what you are used to. Time has a different meaning in other countries, customer service is different, bureaucracy is different, the way people drive is different, the food is different, the people are different, the culture is different, the weather is different, the customs are different…everything is different. And you are either going to accept this fact and learn to let go of your old self or you are going to break like a twig and scurry home with your tail tucked between your legs.

If you follow the methods described in the 30 Days in 30 Ways: Transitioning into a Location Independent Digital Nomad Lifestyle, combined with the information in the Live Like a Local guides, the Marginal Boundaries website and the various links to other sites here on the site, you should have no issues making the transition and becoming a successful and happy digital nomad, but the important thing to remember is that these things affect everyone in a different way. Myself personally, when I first moved to Bulgaria I didn’t experience anything for the first six months, but there was a hard two months in there when I had a serious bout of culture shock, despite having spent years traveling to the country off and on before I moved there full time. I personally never experienced homesickness, but I did have a few difficult moments dealing with the fact that time works differently outside of the United States and most cultures outside of her borders don’t stress about punctuality and what time of the day it is or whether or not a schedule should be kept. But other people get hit after only a few weeks, and others can go for even longer.

While these aren’t huge issues, they can still be a problem for some people and it’s worth knowing in advance the potential pitfalls so you can do your best to work around them. In any case, you are at the start of a new adventure and there are numerous experiences out there in the world for you to explore, so take your time and enjoy and don’t stress about the little things. Keep your feet planted firmly on the ground and enjoy your time as a digital nomad. The fun is just getting started :)

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