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On the Road Again: Next Stop, SoCal (and beyond)

*** Happy Labor/Labour Day! If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday. Everyone else, enjoy the lull in traffic while many people in North America are offline doing other things. As for me, I’m heading back out on the road, flying down to San Diego today and then around the…

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41 Days to World Domination

First up, Happy Easter to all! I hope you’ve had a good weekend with people you love. *** This is a short weekend update before the regular programming of the week. In 41 days, awesome people from all over the world will arrive in Portland for our inaugural World Domination Summit. We’ve been working every…

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Behind the Scenes of the Travel Hacking Cartel

Greetings from Singapore, where I’m in transit and decided to write the first Sunday Store Update in a while. If you’re new to AONC, I use this space some weekends to write about the business side of our community. Regular articles appear (without fail) every Monday and Thursday. Two months ago, I launched the Travel…

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Business Goals for the Travel Hacking Cartel

I was all set to go on national TV Friday morning to discuss travel hacking, but then I got a frantic message from the producer: “Have you been to Egypt?” Why yes, I said, I have—not checking the news, since I was thinking ahead to the segment for which they were interviewing me. The next…

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Notes from the Road, Vol. V

Greetings from Durham, North Carolina, near the Duke campus where we did last night’s Unconventional Book Tour stop. One week ago, I ran ten miles in non-stop pouring rain. The only thing that made it easier was thinking about everyone else running the Portland Marathon on the other side of town. Ten miles in the…

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Notes from the Road, Vol. III

Hi from St. Louis, Missouri, where I’m back on the road for a big swing through the Midwest and Great Lakes region. Between the World Domination Summit launch and getting back on the tour, it’s been a big week over here. If you’re new to AONC, regular articles are posted on Mondays and Thursdays. I…

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Notes from the Road, Volume I

Greetings from Providence, Rhode Island. This week we launched the AONC book and began the Unconventional Book Tour, with six stops in six days. If you’re new to AONC, regular articles are posted on Mondays and Thursdays. I often use Sundays for a weekend update about my business, UnconventionalGuides.com. For the rest of 2010 I’m…

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Belarus Strikes Back

This week in the “wow, really?” department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belarus has provided detailed comments on my recent experience attempting to get a visa for their country. You can read the official government response here in Russian, or over here in a fun translation provided by The Google. (My favorite line in…

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How to Conduct Your Own Business Audit

Last week I headed out for the Sunday morning long run, and my legs decided not to cooperate. After four miles, it was time to pack it in. Bummer—so I tried again a few days ago. The same thing happened… almost. At mile four I was ready to quit. Through an act of God and…

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100 Days, 100 Updates, and a Note on the UBT

I made it home to Portland after walking around Almaty, Kazakhstan for several days. For some reason I didn’t have high hopes for Kazakhstan, but I actually enjoyed it… and no one really acts like Borat. *** This is the Sunday Store Update, where I share some brief news about the business side of AONC.…

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Freelancing Update from Bamako

Greetings from Bamako, Mali—en route back to Europe after a week in West Africa. This trip has been intense, but it’s also been good. This time the temperature in West Africa was a more reasonable 90°F instead of the 250° it felt like in Equatorial Guinea last month. Roaming the region also felt familiar instead…

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Site Update: June-July 2010

Greetings once again from the homeland, also known as Portland, Oregon. I haven’t been running as much as I’d like lately, but this morning I made it out to the Springwater Corridor for a fun 10 miles in great summer weather. All is well with the world once again. *** Each month once in a…

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Motivation and Product Launches

For a few months I used this image as my laptop background. Why do you do the things you do? is always a good question to ask yourself, whether in business or in life. This is the Sunday Store Update, where I write about the business side of AONC. Earlier this week I had the…

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Revenge of Empire Building – The Final Saga

Greetings, friends and readers. I made it back to America after the latest Round-the-World journey. People sometimes ask how jet lag affects me as I roam from continent to continent. Here’s the general rule, Twitter-style: Jet lag day 1 = zzzz. Day 2 = worst day! Day 3 = don’t fall asleep! Day 4 =…

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