How to Help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims

Hey Rebel Nation –

Last night, a horrific earthquake shook Kathmandu, Nepal, killing at least 8,019 people (UPDATE: official count as of 4 pm Eastern on May 11, 2015). The death toll continues to rise.

Nepal Earthquake

As many of my longtime readers know, I was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. Many of my family members still live there; fortunately they’re safe.

Unfortunately, many others can’t say the same. Thousands of children are new orphans today. Thousands of survivors are permanently disabled or homeless. Ancient temples are destroyed. The earthquake triggered avalanches in the Himalayas, killing at least 10 climbers on Mt. Everest, with many more missing or injured.
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I Stepped Away from My Business for a Month. Here’s What Happened.

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A few days ago, I slept in my own bed for the first time in more than a month.

I’ve been on the road nearly nonstop for the past few months — including trips to Costa Rica and Ireland — and the last 30 days really took the cake: from San Diego to New Orleans to Austin, I traipsed all across the U.S.

These trips were half-work, half-play.

I made speeches and presentations at a couple of conferences, met with a various bloggers, and participated in a few face-to-face mastermind groups. But I also went camping with friends, read loads of books, hiked, kayaked, paddleboarded, and generally soaked up each new location with gusto.
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The Secret Truth about the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

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I’m about to tell you something that most travel and lifestyle bloggers are afraid to say.

I’m going to reveal the truth about the “digital nomad” lifestyle.

The term “digital nomad” (or the phrase “location independent”) refers to people (like me) who have the freedom to work from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection. Bali, Barcelona, Belize — the world is wide open. We can roam the globe freely.

Most articles about location independence only highlight the awesomeness. (And to be fair, it’s absolutely awesome.) But most bloggers gloss over the rough edges.

Fortunately for you, I’m not “most bloggers.”
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Why “Get Paid to Travel” is a Myth (And What You Should Pursue, Instead)

Why 'get paid to travel' is a myth

I’ve been in Costa Rica for a week now; a few more days until I fly out.

Believe it or not, I came here for work. I spoke at a blogging workshop for the first five days, at the invitation of a publishing company. About a dozen attendees came to learn about blog writing and tour this beautiful country.

(True to my “one day of freedom for each day of work” philosophy, I decided that 5 days of speaking should be followed by 5 days of beach time. So here I am, literally writing this blog post from the beach.)

In speaking at this workshop, I fulfilled a decade-old ambition: I’m “getting paid to travel” for the first time.

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Fire Your Boss, Travel Slowly & Reach Escape Velocity

If you want to enjoy time away from work, and don't have enough vacation days, you need to fire your boss so you can begin to experience the world.

If I’ve been conspicuously quiet on this blog lately, there’s a solid reason: I’ve been traveling nearly nonstop.

One of the benefits of no longer Working for the Man is the ability to do whatever the heck I want, and “what I want” usually involves airfare.

Life hasn’t always been this way. There are three phases in a person’s quest for financial freedom: Start, Accelerate, and Escape.

Four years ago, when I first moved to Atlanta, I focused on building both my online business and my investment portfolio. I traveled very little. Those were the “Acceleration Years,” when I sacrificed all else for the sake of hitting Escape Velocity.

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