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January 2017 UpdateGreetings from Taipei, Taiwan and welcome to my January 2017 remote update! This is the very first month of my 7 months of travel in 2017 so I’ve got lots to share.

In an effort to make things easier for you, I’ve separated my update into three sections:

  • Where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing
  • Lessons learned
  • Updates on my web agency Tandem Designs and on The Remote Lifestyle

I’ll also be including timestamped notes below and also links to anything I referred to so you have everything you need right here.


Time Stamped Notes:

  • Where I’ve been the past month
    • Shanghai, China – 1:40
    • Bangkok, Thailand – 2:40
    • Taipei, Taiwan – 4:15


  • Things I’ve learned this month – 6:35
    • Things are so much more affordable here – 6:50
    • Why affordability makes such a difference to your quality of life – 7:21
    • Learning the local language is so important – 9:20
    • Get a credit card with no foreign transaction fee (travel hacking article) – 11:00
    • Always pay in the local currency if given the choice – 12:10
    • Withdraw some cash in your home currency so that you can exchange it upon arrival at your destination – 12:50
    • ATM fees are the devil – 13:15
    • Get an account at Charles Schwab to avoid ATM fees (how to apply for an account) – 13:45
    • Get T-Mobile if you’re US-based and planning on traveling around the world – 14:40
    • Why you should always put your phone on low-power mode – 16:00


  • Tandem Designs Update
    • Work has not changed at all even though I’m halfway across the world – 16:40
    • The power of outsourcing, setting up systems and processes – 17:00
    • Rebranding the agency website – 18:06


  • The Remote Lifestyle Updates
    • I’m no longer writing blog articles – 18:46
    • Good results with the podcast – 19:30
    • Big focus for 2017 is my YouTube Channel – 20:48
    • Made my first $100 from the blog – 23:00
    • Why this first month traveling has already made me realize that I made the right choice to pursue this lifestyle – 23:40



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