Quality of Life

Mind Machine

Changing Your Operating System

Posted by | Destination Freedom, enlightenment, Entrepreneur, Freedom, Quality of Life | 2 Comments

Last weekend’s presentations on travel blogging and social media went off with such a success that I was able to book us space this upcoming weekend at the Centro de Las Artes del Municipio de Benito Juárez. One of our friends is closely tied to the director of the building, and we were able to book space after the turnout we had last weekend.

Classes in Playa del Carmen are filling up fast, and I’ll be teaching from November 23rd and the two subsequent Saturdays after that for a total of 9 hours across three Saturdays at the Coworking Playa del Carmen office.

This week has been pretty groovy, and I’ve learned a lot about flexibility. More so than in previous weeks/months. Much of this is related to a local business initiative that myself, Devlin and Cris have been working on, connecting with local businesses and working with them on advertising and design projects. But some of my flexibility learning this week has been with my baby, Marginal Boundaries, and realizing that I might be shooting myself in the foot in regards to certain business decisions.

Which leads me to the primary reason for this blog post. I’ve finally listened to some of my friends and trusted business associates and decided to make a change.

We are now accepting purely online attendees for the November 11th through January 31st Destination Freedom brand boot camp. 

But before I get into the details, I want to go into the reasons behind why we made the change. Read More

Destination Freedom group in San Cristobal de las Casas

Traveling Without Assumptions

Posted by | culture, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 6 Comments

The ability to accept that all countries and all people are equal is a vital aspect of living in other countries. It’s traveling without assumptions. We are all of us human beings, and just because one country has gone a certain direction socially while another country has gone somewhere else does not make one of those countries inferior to the other. Yes, there are still crimes against humanity to consider, and there are certainly countries with human rights issues that are frowned upon by the global community, but that’s the important thing to remember: we are a global community, not merely “My Country versus Everyone Else”. There is no one country that has the right to dictate terms and policy to the rest of the world.

Just because you can legally drink a beer at the age of 14 in Bulgaria, marry at the age of puberty in Sudan, smoke pot legally in Amsterdam, carry cocaine on you legally in Mexico or have multiple wives in Islamic nations, does not make any of these countries inferior or superior to another. They have merely gone a different evolutionary path on the social scale, and just as much as black skin is no different than white skin or worshiping Jesus is no different than worshiping Allah. The countries that you choose to live in are full of other human beings, just like you and I, equally deserving of respect. Read More

Melnik, Bulgaria

Five Reasons to Live Abroad

Posted by | Expat Lifestyle, Freedom, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 19 Comments

For many people, the glamour of travel is that it is the chance to explore new destinations and experience new cultures and places that allow them the opportunity to step out of the 9-to-5 routine work grind and enjoy a little downtime for a couple of weeks. Some prefer hiking mountains and volcanoes, while others enjoy lounging on the beach, kayaking down a river somewhere or enjoying a 5-star stay in a world-class destination like Paris or Rome.

For these folks, vacation is as close as they think they will ever come to experiencing “the good life”. But if you are one of those who, like me, want to enjoy “the good life” on a regular basis, there are numerous reasons why you choose to live in a foreign country and city for prolonged periods of time. It’s actually quite difficult to narrow the list down to just a few, but for the sake of space (and your eyes!) I have chosen what I think are the top five reasons people should choose to live abroad. Read More

Cristina of Marginal Boundaries

A Personal Journey – The Power of Conscious Change

Posted by | Destination Freedom, Entrepreneur, Freedom, Mexico, Passive Income, Quality of Life, Social Media, The Secret of My Success | 16 Comments

These days, Marginal Boundaries is a joint venture between myself and Cristina. It wasn’t always so. When I first arrived in Cancun in September of 2010, before the brand was even launched, I was a solo traveler, fresh out of an almost nine year relationship that ended badly. I spent my first few months in a haze of tequila, weed and the embraces of all the hedonism that the tourist part of Cancun is known for.

Eventually, I made my way back to working; a contract from Lea and Jonathan over at Location Independent to draft a Cancun travel guide presented itself (ultimately it never saw the light of day but turned into my first Live Like a Local immersion guide), along with about $12,000 dollars in contracts from three long-term clients, and I pulled myself out of the fog and back into my work.

The next couple of months (December of 2010 and January of 2011) were spent working 10 – 12 hours a day out of my apartment and then in the evenings I would head to a little cafe just down the street from where I would hole up for my nightly editing sessions. There, I would sit for another three to four hours while editing the work from earlier in the day and shoot it off to my clients. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that after several months of frequenting the cafe that I found myself drawn to the girl who was always serving my tea and softly smiling when I would fumble through my fledgling Spanish mumbling thank-yous and beyond.

But this isn’t a story about love on the road. At least not in full. Rather, this is a tale of how one person’s life can change dramatically, and the power  The Internet, social media and passive income have for allowing a person to completely reverse their fortunes and provide a life previously only dreamed of. This is Cristina’s story.  Read More

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Cost of Living in Cancun, Mexico

Posted by | Cancun, Freedom, Mexico, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 22 Comments

While it’s covered in greater detail within our Cancun travel guide, it’s a question that comes up on a regular basis at our social media outlets as well as in emails. How much does it cost to live in Cancun?

The answer always surprises people, because many of them just don’t realize how cheap you can get by when living in Mexico, much less have access to the exact same amenities and creature comforts  you have while living in a so-called “developed” country where the costs are four and five times or beyond.

But don’t take my word for it. Read on to find out just exactly how cheap it is to live in Cancun, and how Cris and I manage to keep ourselves living the good life without spending out of our noses. All costs are as of 2016. Read More