“How can you afford to take two months off in the winter?”
That’s what the US border official asked me last week, when I was catching a flight to Corpus Christi, Texas, where I will be spending some quality “winter time.”
When you’re in Canada and fly to the USA, you cross the “border” inside the airport, so when you land you don’t have to go through border control again.
The agent was very friendly and genuinely asked me how I could take two months off to go to a more sunny place. After all, he was probably stuck in Canada for the entire winter due to his job!
Every year for the past 6 years or so, I’ve spent a good chunk of the winter in a sunny, tropical place. This year is the first time I go somewhere that’s not really “tropical.” In fact, Southern Texas is even a bit chilly right now. We’re almost at the border of Mexico, but I see the UPS guy wearing a hat and mittens while I’m out for my run in a T-shirt!
I guess Southern people are not very resistant to the cold…
My friends in Dallas tell me that it’s freezing and snowing there, and that because they lack infrastructures to deal with the winter, everybody freaks out and the entire city shuts down.
Many people would love to spend a few months of the winter in a sunny, tropical place. Even folks in Dallas! And people in Miami might even want to get away from the tourists for a while.
I once met an American guy on the island of Moorea, in Tahiti, who would spent six months a year there because he thought Maui was becoming too developed. Going from one tropical paradise to another!
Having a winter retreat makes sense for most people. While some intrepid folks make a complete move full-time to a tropical paradise, the reality is that living full-time in the tropics is not for everybody. But living there part-time is a dream come true.
I’ve spent many winters in Costa Rica, and last year I travelled around the world. Next year, we might go to Thailand, but we haven’t decided yet.
When the border official asked me how I could take two months off in the winter, I told him that I owned my own business. To that he said:
“I guess with the Internet nowadays you can live anywhere, as long as you have a laptop.”
And to that I said “Exactly!”
And that’s true.
Yet most people are stuck where they are and can’t move like trees, which is a tragic thing.
That’s the beauty of what I call the “Internet Freedom Lifestyle.”
There are ups and down in building your Internet business, but if you’re patient enough the results are liberating.
How do you make that happen?
– First of all, you need to structure your business in a way that you don’t have any employees, only contractors. In other words, you want to be a client for other people’s business, instead of having employees. That way, you avoid the burden of payroll, a crushing administrative expense that can destroy your freedom.
– Second, you want to sell products that don’t require you to physically go to the post office and ship anything yourself. That’s easy to do with digital products but also print-on-demand.
– Finally, you have to set yourself up to be totally mobile, with a laptop, a mobile fax number (I recommend www.efax.com), a mobile scanner (I recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap)… so that if anything comes up while you’re away, you can deal with it efficiently as if you were in your own office.
Of course, there’s a lot more than this in building the Internet Freedom Lifestyle.
In future posts I’ll tell you more about it.
In the meantime, the best way to get started is with the Do What You Love Success Group.
And as a special bonus, if you try out the Success Group, you’ll get a copy of my CD-ROM “Laptop and a Beach” that teaches exactly how to create a mobile, Internet Freedom Lifestyle.
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