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Traveling Abroad: You’re not on vacation…

eating two of my favorites - beef noodle soup & pan fried dumplings:)
eating two of my favorites – beef noodle soup & pan fried dumplings:)
Traveling Abroad: You’re not on vacation…
Whether you’re on vacation for a few days or a few months…STOP worrying about having to “share” every single moment of your trip. Why? You’re doing what you’re “escaping” from…creating more work for yourself! Let me explain further what I mean:
Let’s say you’re spending a week in Costa Rica. Here’s the typical habit of an individual on vacation:
wake up: get on facebook to see what everyone is doing. feeling insecure, this person is going to take a pic of their view, what they’re eating for breakfast, and post how much they’re enjoying their vacation in Costa Rica.
reality: you just created work and you forgot why you’re on vacation…you’re suppose to destress and detach! instead of enjoying their breakfast with a view – you’re glued to your device and waiting to see how many people “like” or “favored” your post.
afternoon: you’ve checked your device at least 30-50 times, taken way too many photos/videos, and posted to 3-4 social media sites…all this from the time you woke up.  still think you’re on vacation? how many moments of “relaxation” have you missed? many!
evening: every scenic moment that should have been mentally and physically savored, was lost in the need to capture…post…and waiting for “likes.” pretty pathetic!
You may not have noticed, but you have been working all day (and not getting paid for it), instead of decompressing and enjoying your experiences in Costa Rica – you’ve been caught up in the digital world…just like back home sitting in your cubicle!
I spend most of my time overseas – living in 2nd and 3rd world countries. I’ve traveled to over 30 countries, visited many historical sites, and experienced many cultures & exotic cuisine. You would think that someone like me would have thousands pictures and thousands of hours of video footage – I don’t. I have something more important – “many moments” that I’ve savored over and over – that I’ve never missed because I was “fumbling over a digital device or busy posting pics online.”
When traveling for leisure, I spend very little time on any portable device and social media. I may take a picture or two to quickly capture the moment, instead of posting it, I will go back to what I’m doing…enjoying myself:) Many of my travel photo’s, videos and experiences…are posted weeks…months…or even years later. I have no urge to tell the world, “what I’m doing at that moment!” I travel to detach…I travel to get away…I travel for me – traveling brings me inner-peace:) Traveling makes me a better person. The only time I dedicate to photo’s and videos is when I’m on “location” working on my travel show – I keep those trips separate.
On your next vacation, take the time to remember why you’re there. Take in and cherish every single moment, savor the experience, remember how it makes you feel. so when you’re sitting in your office stressed out over your shitty job – you can mentally escape to that moment in Costa Rica.
…detach and save your posts when you get back. Travel for you – not for others.
Travel Far & Travel Often,
Will Roadhouse
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podcast: Bangkok Thailand episode 7: Millennial (Gen Y) why you want to move to Thailand!

Podcast episode 7: Millennial (Gen Y) why you want to move to Thailand! Establishing residency? Housing and other expenses. International real estate. Types of professionals and business owners that would thrive here in Thailand! Starting a business? Local internet and wireless services? More travel tips! Pictures and video on our facebook page, youtube and vimeo channels.

“Travel UnCUT!” is series of podcasts with personal experiences from our 13+ yrs working and living abroad in Latin America and Asia. Please feel free to share this podcast with anyone looking to move to a foreign country and/or planning a vacation. Our podcasts will provide you with a lot of detailed information from people that actually live in these foreign countries. No FLUFF and no BS…just the TRUTH! We won’t “candy-coat” anything:) For more information about Compass Group International please like our facebook page: www.facebook.com/CompassGroupInternational
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video: Must watch video for real estate investors! When is the right time to buy a home overseas?

Must watch video for real estate investors! When is the right time to buy a home overseas? Should I wait for better deals? These important questions and many others will be answered in this short informational video from ‪#‎CompassGroupInternational‬ Please share with anyone looking to buy a home abroad. This video will also be available as an audio podcast at iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/…/compass-podcast-liv…/id1014063814) and Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/willroadhouse

Mui Ne, Vietnam: Ride an Ostrich for $5! Crazy FUN!

Mui Ne, Vietnam: Ride an Ostrich for $5! Crazy FUN!
About Mui Ne: this coastal city is the adrenalin capital of southern Vietnam. There’s no scuba diving or snorkeling to speak of, but when Nha Trang and Hoi An get the rains, Mui Ne gets the waves. Surf’s up from August to December. For windsurfers, the gales blow as well, especially from late October to late April, when swells stir thanks to the Philippine typhoons. Kitesurfing has really taken off and the infinite horizon is often obscured by dozens of kites flapping in the wind. If this all sounds too much like hard work you can simply lounge around on the beach, watching others take the strain.

Achieving Personal Happiness: The forgotten Mental Tool of “Self-Reflection.”

St. Emilion, France

Achieving Personal Happiness: The forgotten Mental Tool of “Self-Reflection.”

I’ve been working professionally and hold many titles such as: Consultant, Advisor, Coach, Trainer, Mentor, Founder, CEO, TV Host, Director and Executive Producer. My personal & professional experiences have helped me master a specific trait of, “understanding the complexities of human behavior.” I’m in the people business:) I get to, “see and experience first hand,” the emotional up’s and down’s of my clients. It’s not always pretty.

So often I see through their forced “smiles” and lack of “self-confidence.” Through this invisible barrier, I see “pain, anger, depression, insecurity, desperation,” are just the few “hidden” emotions that radiate from within. Running large organizations and making decisions hinder one’s ability to “step back and face their demons.” At one time, I too was shroud with negative emotions, and often created a fake “front stage” to hide the “real me.” Everything changed when I found the mental tool of “self-reflection.”

Our busy lifestyles tells us to “replace” and “mask” these internal emotions with work, entertainment (watching a shit load of TV) and to interact & over consume social media. Today, more and more individuals prefer to “live through the eyes of others via digital content.” When you stop to analyze this…it’s pretty sad. My personal happiness and my life is dictated by me…and only me. I live through my eyes and create personal experiences by “walking in my shoes.”

In my solo travels, I was able to spend more time in my thoughts. I remember getting lost in the historic and picturesque streets of Madrid, walking for hours…in deep thought. I mentally searched for answers:

  • what are my top three negative habits? have i done anything to fix them?
  • am i sad, depressed or in pain? if so…why? if i’m not in pain…why am i happy? what is the cause of my joy? is it real? if it’s real, how do I continue to recreate this feeling?
  • am I cursing too much? its unprofessional!
  • am I in a healthy environment? are there people that I need to let go?
  • how are my finances? am i overspending and accruing stupid shit?
  • what is the mental state of my family?
  • what is the status of my company? where will we be in 5-10yrs? are we on track? do we need to make changes to reflect the current and future economy?
  • i can’t believe i’m in Spain! this is awesome!

Those were my exact thoughts as I roamed the streets of Madrid taking in the sights and absorbing the local culture.

Self-reflection is a long forgotten mental tool. This process targets and eliminate the negative aspects in one’s life…and it will clearly show you what’s making you happy:)

Whether you’re happy or sad, take the time to self-reflect on a weekly bases. It’s important to make sure you’re on the correct path. The journey to creating and achieving “personal happiness.” Godspeed – I wish you well:)

Travel Far & Travel Often,

Will Roadhouse

Top 5 ways to “Ruin” your life abroad!

New Article by Will Roadhouse

Top 5 ways to “Ruin” your life abroad!

Getting injured or sick!

  • Eating street at food carts that wash their utensils and plates from the same tub of water. This is a frequent practice in many 3rd world countries.
  • Renting a motorbike in a large city! Expats and tourists get sent to the hospital often! It’s somewhat safe to rent one in a small beach city or village with very little traffic – don’t attempt it in a large city of millions. The traffic is unpredictable!
  • Bungee Jumping & Skydiving in a 3rd world country! They have no safety compliance and use old equipment that causes injury and death.
  • The good news is, medical care in these countries are often inexpensive and good!

Getting scammed!

  • Jet Ski Scam! Don’t rent one…don’t get on one even if the first 30mins/hour is free. 99% of the time the vendor will force you to pay for bullshit scratches and damages. Also, the local police is in on the scam. Google “jet ski scams!”
  • Precious jewels. Often it’s too good to be true. Yes, you can find great deals but make sure you research ahead of the time for “reputable” jewelers in the area. Never walk into a shop because the vendor lured you in!
  • Buying real estate (land, condo, house) that does not belong to them. Make sure you use a reputable real estate professional and local attorney for all transactions. You will be surprised how many times this happens. Remember, if it’s too good to be true – it’s a scam! Buying directly from an owner without using a 3rd party to verify ownership is trouble waiting to happen!

Getting robbed!

  • Never wear gold and/or jewelry with large stones in small villages and beach cities.
  • If you get approached by a stranger that speaks great English…ignore and walk away! Often times they are going to rob and/or scam you. FYI…in most 3rd world countries, any local that walks up to you from the street (and speaks great English) is up to no good.
  • Men, keep your wallets and phones in your front pockets.
  • Never leave your rented condo/house unlocked regardless of how safe the area is. You will be surprised how many knuckle-heads leave their doors unlocked and end up getting their shit stolen by locals. They just walk in and take what they can see.
  • Never leave anything out in the open in your rented car. Phones, tablets, laptops, cameras…again, your window will be broken and your stuff will be stolen.

Traveling with a person you fight with on a regular basis!

  • If you think a trip abroad will change things, make your relationship better – you’re wrong! If you fight with that person at home – you will continue to fight with them abroad. The only thing that’s different is the, “change of scenery.”

Nothing good can happen between the hours of 1am – 5am!

  • Most violent crime and murders happen between these hours.

These tips may seem “trivial” to you. Some may even say, “I already know this! It’s just basic common knowledge.” Well, you’d be surprised how many tourist and expats fall for these “common sense” mishaps. Use your head, be observant, and NEVER assume a stranger that speaks good English is there to help you!

Travel Often & Travel Far,

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Will Roadhouse

CEO | Compass Group International

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Podcast => Travel UnCUT! episode 8: Planning your next trip to Thailand!

Travel UnCUT! episode 8: Planning your next trip to Thailand! Listen to this podcast before planning your trip to #AmazingThailand. We will help you plan your 7 – 10 day itinerary. Best international and domestic carriers. Accommodations. Travel tips & money savers! Local customs and cuisine. Sights to see & tours. Cities to visit. What to look out for…what not to do!!! Scams!!! Difference between Latin America and Asia. Why Thailand should be on the the top of your list of countries to visit! Explicit language…that’s why it’s called #TravelUnCUT

“Travel UnCUT!” is series of podcasts with personal experiences from our 13+ yrs working and living abroad in Latin America and Asia. Please feel free to share this podcast with anyone looking to move to a foreign country and/or planning a vacation. Our podcasts will provide you with a lot of detailed information from people that actually live in these foreign countries. No FLUFF and no BS…just the TRUTH! We won’t “candy-coat” anything:) For more information about Compass Group International please like our facebook page: www.facebook.com/CompassGroupInternational
and subscribe to our youtube page: www.youtube.com/wroadhouse

If you’re looking to move abroad Compass Group International also offers “one-on-one” consultation. Please head to our facebook page or email me for more information.
www.facebook.com/CompassGroupInternational
Will Roadhouse
CEO | Compass Group International
Will@1Compass.net
Blog: livingon1000.wordpress.com/
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