Welcome to Episode 12 of Make it Happen Monday!
Published every Monday, this is my weekly video series helping you to blast through any barriers holding up your success in life and business and giving you weekly tips and inspiration to move forward to achieve your goals and dreams.
Can you believe that I crossed paths with Mark Zuckerberg on the Great Wall of China!!!
Certainly one of the highlights of our 18 day tour across Asia.
I also flew back from Kuala Lumpur on the same plane as Goldie (you know the guy from a James Bond movie with all gold teeth.)
But apart from rubbing shoulders with celebs we had amazing experiences as we train, plane and automobiled ourselves across Bangkok, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo & Kuala Lumpur.
I picked up some travel tips along the way plus some thoughts about running a business while on the go and that’s what I’m sharing on this weeks Make it Happen Monday Episode.
Check it out below….
I wrote a few weeks about what living an online lifestyle means to me and my plans for an 18 day, 6 country whistle stop tour of Asia.
Well, I’m back!
You may have seen some of my images and videos on Periscope, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We went from Phuket (where I live) to Bangkok, then Vietnam, Hong Kong, China (Shanghai and Beijing), then on to Japan (Tokyo) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar) before flying back to Phuket.
What a fantastic experience….and very tiring!
Also, guess who I was overtaken by on the Great Wall of China? Mark Zuckerberg, the one and only creator of Facebook!
And yes, the internet worked all the way up the Great Wall of China! I’ve put a link below this video of some of the Persicopes – go check them out!
What I also got from my trip was how much I learnt, not only about how best to travel, but also about my business.
I’ll go through my travel tips first, and then my business tips:
1) Make an itinerary.
If you’re visiting a few places over a short period of time, the only way to get the most out of each place is to plan. Look at exactly where you’re going, and then plan what you want to see and do.
Get some maps off the internet before you go. The internet is your friend.
2) Travel light.
My sister and I had hand luggage only. This meant we didn’t have to hang around waiting for our baggage at each airport – a Godsend when we were flying from place to place.
Which leads to……
3) Ditch the taxis and use public transport.
Because we only had hand luggage, we were able to use metros, tubes, buses, even a monorail in Tokyo.
There’s something about using public transport that makes you feel like part of the community. You’re really experiencing the culture and getting to know how people live on a day-to-day basis.
Yes, this did mean in some cities, such as Tokyo, it was super busy and we were jammed in. But there’s all sorts of experiences to be had! Just having to walk to your hotel from your bus / metro / tube stop allows you to get a feel for the area.
You see a lot more of the place you’re in. Don’t just jump in a taxi. Experience the life there!
4) Use ‘hop on, hop off’ bus tours.
These tours meant we could literally get on and off the bus whenever we wanted throughout the day.
Within the first few hours of arriving somewhere, we would have a good idea of the lay of the land. If we wanted to go back and see specific places, we could jump on public transport and know how to get there.
If you’ve gone to a more rural area with no bus tours, simply jump in a taxi and pay somebody for a few hours to take you around and show you where everything is.
5) Always have some cash in the local currency.
If you get to the airport and for some reason your car doesn’t work, or there’s some other problem, have a little bit of cash on you so you can always get to where you need to go.
6) If you’re using taxis, Google how much a taxi should cost.
This is good practice anywhere in the world, but especially in Asia! The truth is that some people will try to wiggle deeper into your purses because you are a tourist.
In Vietnam, a taxi driver tried to charge me and my sister twice the normal fare because there were two of us.
Luckily, because I had Googled that it should cost us about 130,000 dong, when he asked for almost double, I was able to fight my corner (and win!)
7) If you’re going to China, work everything out before you go!
I mentioned in tip one that the internet is your friend when travelling. Well, not in China!
Be aware, China is a standalone country. It doesn’t want its citizens looking out to the rest of the world. So there’s no Google, Facebook, Instagram etc.
Being unprepared means having the frightening experience of thinking ‘Gosh, I can’t Google, I can’t find out about anything…..what am I going to do??’
I was able to access Google intermittently using a proxy called Ark VPN (allows search via other countries) but there’s no guarantee it will work.
8) Get fit!
I didn’t really exercise much before my Asian tour, and I was shattered by the end of it!
I wish I actually took the time to get fit before I went. I’ve come back with a renewed vigour. The next tour I do, I’ll be super fit and able to keep up!
1) There’s a whole wide world out there!
It’s easy, when you have a business, to think “I’m not getting any traction, maybe there isn’t enough people interested in this niche,” etc.
The truth is, there are millions and millions of English-speaking people in different countries that want to change their lives, do other things, learn about stuff, or buy products.
Travelling forces you to think broader and realize that your little corner of the world is a small part of what is actually out there and available to you.
For example, we started selling on Amazon in 2000 and had hundreds of people buying our little product every single day throughout the year.
This increased through Christmas to tens of hundreds. That’s just in the U.S. and that’s just one product!
We still have hundreds of people buying our product every day, despite being in competition with tens of thousands of products sitting on Amazon.
It blows my mind how many people are actually out there looking for products and services!
2) Be prepared.
On my Asian tour. I only took my mobile phone and my iPad, so I struggled with doing some of the things I wanted to do.
Luckily for me, I’ve got a team in place who I could contact. We also had some systems set up before I went, so things would continue to run while I was gone.
Make sure you have the systems and resources in place so you’re not worrying constantly when away.
This leads on to……
3) Take a power pack.
I took a power pack with me on my travel and it meant I could charge up my phone and iPad wherever I was. Perfect for being able to stay in touch with what was happening in my business and not worry!
4) Use travel as a way to get ahead in business.
I came back from my trip with renewed enthusiasm. My sister and I had these huge, life-changing conversations about what we wanted to do when we got back, what we weren’t doing with our lives yet etc.
Getting away from it all is hugely beneficial.
It allows you time to just think about life; where you are, your dreams, your goals, are you moving closer to your dreams, what you need to do to move closer, what you really want out of life etc.
Any kind of rest, whether it be travel, a weekend break, or even just a day out, it’s really good for the soul. Give yourself time to step away so you can make sure that you’re heading in the right direction.
5) Grab inspiration!
While I was away, just from looking around and seeing what other businesses are actually doing, what’s working well, I got so many new ideas for my business (you may start seeing some of this in my blog posts).
Even when you’re not traveling, just go around your local neighbourhood and grab inspiration from what other people and businesses are doing, even in totally different industries to you.
Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it, is…
I have no challenge for you this week! However, for those who didn’t do the challenge I set 2 weeks ago, you have the opportunity to do it this week.
I truly believe this will help you become ‘unstuck’ in every aspect of your life!
I’ve posted a link to my Make it Happen Monday episode ‘Don’t Live a Limited Life’ below this video.
I wrote two weeks ago about how I started traveling, why I’m here in Phuket, and how I did it all on a shoestring budget.
In other words, how you can start living your dream before you even believe you have the resources to do it. Watch this video if you have not already watched it.
Have an amazing week, live life on purpose and make it happen!