People around us and the stories we tell are two timeless factors of our wellbeing. The vast and unprecise term – "the news media" is used as a scapegoat. Any political outcome, social unrest, or economic struggle can be connected to the controversial stories in "the news". I don't fall into the trap of simplification. Understanding the complexity of journalism, business models and the role of the Internet is vital for me. Until now The Correspondent was the best news project that unfortunately didn't pass the test of time.
Like many other technologists, I am also fascinated by the wide spectrum of possibilities made with machines. Social Media is one of the prime examples of a "thing" that managed to become a mainstream method of building online relationships. In some regions, it's even perceived as the Internet itself. Yet, the tremendous privacy abuse, political manipulation, and mental toll can't be a "necessary evil" characteristic. It's time to Build Better Systems.
A month ago I wrote a short casual post and now I'd like to get back to that form. There are three reasons why it's important to me. Firstly I see a good track record of habits that now became my second nature (yoga, dancing, sleeping). Secondly, I'm inspired by successful creators that publish regularly (Seth Godin, Wait But Why, Tim Ferriss). Thirdly I'd like to share valuable info between long-form articles that take much more time to prepare.
Time is the only common denominator. Fortunately, our perception of it is subjective and open for interpretation. This allows us to choose and value the time we spend on important activities. For me, the act of writing is one of them. I love every single part of it – the struggle to focus, the slow process and the lightweight output that fits any screen. Here's a random blog post to play with creativity.
Nerd on Tour Podcast continues! For the second episode, I invited Guillaume Lorain – a digital nomad from France. He's running a sustainable network of French blogs and provide web dev consulting. Microsoft branch in Paris was the place where Guillaume started, later on establishing his location-independent freelance gigs. That resulted in a great journey around the Australian coast and visits to South-East Asia. Listen to our conversation in this exciting episode!
This is the very first deep conversation recorded for the Nerd on Tour Podcast. I couldn't ask for a better guest than Fajar Siddiq. A known influencer in the Maker Community, who is always there for you to support, provide feedback and help to get customers for your bootstrapped project. Fajar lives in the culturally dense and diverse Singapore and whenever possible he's visiting nearby countries with his laptop and yo-yo. Let's dig into the digital nomad topics with Fajar Siddiq!
International travel is a timeless experience. Adventurous stories written in books and blogs or beautifully presented in videos and social media encourage us to cross borders and seas. Travelers who value their time, choose to buy prepared packages and we the tourism professionals are here to help them. Particularly if you run a tour operator business you know how important are the international business relationships to facilitate a great service for tourists. This article is specifically about optimizing money transfers across the borders.
How can I see the bigger picture? What sources can I use to gain insight? How to verify the information and improve my critical thinking? These are some questions that I ask myself on a regular basis. Whether it is a fictional world crafted with great storytelling or a real-world phenomenon described in scientific research, I apply triangulation. It's a method to determine a location or in a broader sense – to find an answer to a burning question. Every Tuesday I'm sharing my discoveries.
I'm one of over a billion people that travel. Moreover, I work in the tourism industry and the global spread of the new virus is partly caused by the freedom of movement we have had. COVID-19 pandemic is (according to the history) a once in a century occurrence. Beyond worries of family health and global economic implications, this situation creates another serious layer of complications for all digital nomads, travelers and economic migrants. This article is a summary of practices and tools to help you during this period.
In the origin story, I shared my travel experiences that shaped the idea behind Nerd on Tour. Now begins a new chapter. Last few years showed me what is working and what direction I want to go. The core of my actions is explained in the catchphrase: Storytelling Guide to Internet Presence. Let me tell you more about it.