21 Things You Need to Know about Blogging from Paradise

December 17, 2014

Blogging from Paradise Fiji

$3800 a night.

3800 dollars a night. In USD. Seriously.

Down the street they paid 3800 dollars a night and our view kicked their view’s ass.

Sorry guys.

And guess what?

I was house-sitting.

What a bum!

What a life!

I mean, I never want to take myself too seriously. I stare at a glowing screen. I strike little squares with my fingers.

I change lives I free folks I get paid….yadda yadda yadda.

Hey, I get it. My intent is taking shape. I am freeing me, and you. So I manifested one of the most stunning, shocking, life-affirming, beautiful views on earth, in Savusavu, Fiji, from June to October in 2014.

Picture this: the crib was nestled 150 meters high on a jungle cliff overlooking Savusavu Bay and the Pacific Ocean. We had sweeping, panoramic views of the water, the mountains and damn, we were surrounded by some 20 plus papaya trees too. We had papaya daily, picked from the yard by yours truly, as well as:

  • Coconut
  • Pineapple
  • Passion fruit
  • Well, FOUR types of papaya now that you want to know
  • Bread fruit (although it tasted sucky, it was still on the grounds)
  • Red bananas
  • Yellow bananas

All these fruits. On the grounds. With the best view on earth. And we were house sitting? Are you serious? Yes I am.

Blogging from Paradise does not suck.

Until it sucks, for those character-building minutes….or hours….or days….when you’re a dumb-dumb who doesn’t go to the doctor, when an alien life form is growing from within your gut.

 

Pukus from Paradise

 

Sweat poured off of my brow.

I had vomited for the 4th time that night. I was dying. Or so I thought.

After losing 20 pounds in 10 days I – like an idiot – still didn’t demand to be rushed to the hospital.

I could see the vertebrae in my spine. My cheeks were hollowed.

On the upside, my 6 pack abs were back. Was the modeling offer from 12 years before still on the table? I hoped so.

But I was sick, really sick, and I needed fluids immediately….or else….

Lesson: Don’t eat *anything* in India which tastes remotely funny. Hell, don’t eat salad dressing or eggs or anything which spoils easily, because you may just wind up like me….puking in paradise.

I shared this harrowing tale as a little counterbalance. Blogging from paradise may will expose you to the entire tropical experience from time to time. How delicious and interesting!

 

Blogging from Paradise: What You Need to Know

 

98.9676% of my blogging from paradise lifestyle has been as sweet as the Holland Papaya I picked daily from Savusavu, Fiji. I’ve enjoyed my ride, living for months in places like:

  • Fiji
  • Bali
  • Costa Rica
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal

I’ve loved the life. I LOVE the life. But more than anything, these days, I want to take you with me. I am freer and freer daily and I want to take you with me to paradise. Wouldn’t it feel amazing to laze in Laos? Or to chill in Chiang Mai? Or to soak up the best view on earth in Savusavu, Fiji?

Of course it would!

Props to my friend Lorraine Reguly for suggesting this post topic. I had to mention her, because hey, she was the genesis for this post. She’s the only person who talks more than me in the comments section and if you like to gab that much, well, you have to earn some type of recognition for your persistent engagement.

So here you are Lorraine!

We may be here for 6,000 words. Or, for an eBook. So let’s get started.

Before we dive in though I wanted to clarify; this post is about both living in paradise, and blogging from paradise. I’ll break down things you need to know life-wise and business-wise…because this blog is called…Blogging from Paradise (duh, right?).

What I intend to do is to give you a glimpse into what it’s like to live in paradise for years at a time. Kelli and I have traveled through many pristine, tropical locations for the past 44 months. We have learned a world of lessons along the way.

We’ll get hard core at times. Which is good. No filters.

I also wanted to promote my kick ass eBook,

Blogging from Paradise: How My Wildest Travel Stories Can Help You Become a Successful Blogger.

Here’s a 5 star review of the eBook on Amazon, from reader Natasha:

 

Testimonial for my Lovely Traveling and Blogging eBook

 

“Ryan is a captivating story teller who imparts important blogging lessons through stories of his most challenging travel moments. This book is a great resource for any blogger who is trying to learn the ropes of the business. I enjoyed reading this book because I never felt like I was reading one of the countless ‘blogging advice’ e-books that can sound preachy and boring. Ryan beautifully drives home the point that to be successful as a blogger, you must be patient, selfless, focused and willing to work tirelessly. Some hard hitting lessons here about building a strong foundation as a blogger!”

 

Come to think of it, I just created my Buy 1 eBook Get 1 eBook Free deal today. Why not pick up 3 eBooks for the price of 2? Click on one of those covers way up top on the page for Buy 1 Get 1 Free then pick this bad boy up. That’s 25% off a 3 eBook bundle, which is a phenomenal deal!

I also wanted to explain what it’s like to blog from paradise. I’m not just island hopping with a banana shake in hand and shades on, being the Joe Cool of Jimbaran. I work guys. I have fun, but I do work, and I blog, and I have built a successful enough blogging business to generate a full time income.

I know what it takes to be a digital nomad, whether you wish to blog from paradise full time, for years, like us, or whether you wish to dip your toes into this deal for a few weeks or months.

Now, on to the 21 things you need to know about blogging from paradise.

 

1. Paradise Isn’t Always Hot

 

Fiji, during high season, dropped to 55 degrees F on some nights. For my Celsius friends – aka much of the modern world – that means cold as hell. Kelli and I freezed our fannies off at first. We were stunned.

I mean, we knew it’d be chilly but were shocked by the chilliness. Ditto on Chiang Mai, Thailand. Low season in Chiang Mai, especially in December, means temps in the 60’s and 50’s at times. We’re talking sweat shirts, ski caps, sweats, scarves and all that good stuff if you’re used to hot temperatures.

Even the dogs wear sweaters in Chiang Mai during the cold, chilly early high season months. It’s bananas.

 

Dog Chiang Mai

This one will screw you up, if you visit a spot like Chiang Mai or Fiji during the cool point of high season. You’re all ready with tank tops and shorts and flip flops, then when you walk outside in early December at 11:00 PM, getting ready to snag a mixed vegetable curry at one of the countless food stalls, you freeze your buns off. So be ready, and research the heck out of the tropical hot spot you’re visiting because it may be a cold spot.

Pack your ski cap, sweatshirts, sneakers and socks for this time of year.

Yes, but 4 months after this December chill Chiang Mai sees daily temperatures of us to 115 degrees F. The tropics can throw you a curveball.

Coolest Spot: Tie between Savusavu, Fiji and Chiang Mai, Thailand (during respective high seasons)…both spots, mid 50’s at night during the coolest time of the year.

 

2. Paradise DOES Get Damn Hot

 

I checked the temperature in Hoi An Vietnam. I did a double take. The heat index was 117 F at 7:30 AM. 7 in the morning and sweat dripped off my elbows. Amazing. Of course being the nut job I am, I went for daily bike rides through the rice fields when the heat and humidity created 120 F or higher heat indexes.

Hoi An was the hottest place I visited and Pondicherry India came in a close second. Heat indexes reached 115 F regularly. Both Hoi An and Pondicherry were so freaking humid. Heat is one thing but when you factor in humidity you’re dead. Or, you’re alive, but will sweat like Patrick Ewing while doing indoor and outdoor stuff.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • Drink 1 gallon or more daily in paradise. Hydrate yourself in brutally hot climes
  • Research tropical hot spots before visiting to find out how truly hot these spots are
  • Do touristy stuff and cardio early in the morning and early in the evening; we witnessed large groups of Cambodians exercising by the river at night in Phnom Penh, a notoriously hot and humid city in SE Asia
  • Don’t push it; if you’re getting acclimated to hot and humid temperatures and your pasty white behind can’t take it, just relax, and don’t force day trips, etc.

Hottest Spot: Hoi An, Vietnam…heat index of 117 F at 7 AM one time!

 

3. A VPN Will Be Your Best Friend

 

Our VPN kept us sane in India, Nepal and in other red flag countries like Sri Lanka.

Paradise has a seedy side. Aka, idiots from counties beside the equator sometimes spam and scam folks in their desperation. This means financial websites and some social sites flag your accounts if your IP address pops up as being in one of these questionable nations.

Our VPN helps us to log in from San Francisco or NYC, in America, which means we don’t set off those red flags which lead to accounts being locked.

If you’re going to blog from paradise you darn well better pay $8 a month for a VPN. For peace of mind, to keep your cash online flowing and to avoid being blocked from social media sites.

In Communist nations like Vietnam and Laos we were able to Facebook it by using our VPN. Pay for the service so you can show off your tropical selfies, and so you can *get paid* while living anywhere on earth.

You’ll NEED a VPN in: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam (Communists block Facebook)

 

Practical Tips

 

You can shop around for a VPN but I’d just get with Strong VPN. It hasn’t failed us during our 44 month island hopping trip. Just invest in the darn thing to save yourself a world of headaches, OK?

 

4. Movies?

 

Movies? Where? When?

Penang, Malaysia was a movie nuts dream. We paid $3.50 – or less? – for movie tickets. The theaters were stunningly beautiful, modern and quite frankly put our New Jersey theaters to shame.

One reason: movie piracy is such an issue in Malaysia that movie prices are bargain basement. Even in world class theaters.

We saw kick butt theaters in:

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Bangalore, India
  • Hue, Vietnam
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Phuket,Thailand

As for Savusavu, Fiji, hell nah, there are no theaters. It’s remote. Ditto for Laos. Cambodia suffered such a massive blow during Pol Pot’s murderous reign that it hasn’t recovered yet. No western style movie theaters in the capital or anywhere in the nation from what we saw.

Costa Rica had a few theaters but we never attended flicks. Ditto on Lima, Peru.

Well, if you want to operate outside of the bounds of the law you can buy bootlegged movies in places like Bali, Vietnam and Thailand. Late releases, for about a buck per DVD. Not that I would do anything so disgraceful. (wink….wink….)

As far as creativity, Sihanoukville, Cambodia takes the cake. Kelli and I paid a few dollars – literally – to watch DVD movies in a tiny motel room/movie theater. We had about 5 rooms/theaters to choose from.

For a few extra cents you can buy soda and snacks. The rooms are dark, air conditioned and pretty darn neat. This is a creative workaround to not having movie theaters from a dude who converted a motel into an entertainment center in paradise.

Best Movie Theater: Penang, Malaysia

 

5. Paradise Provides You with the Ultimate Inspiration

 

I published 10 Blogging from Paradise eBooks in 4 months, in Fiji.

Click that link. Pick up my 5 eBook combo at a 10% discount. It’s the blogging tips book steal of the century.

I conceived the idea of Blogging from Paradise in Fiji.

This may be a “duh” moment, but paradise is the place to visit for unlimited inspiration. Get our your credit card. Book the weekend trip to Costa Rica or do the weeklong trip to Bali or just heck, become a religious reader of my blog, and of my social media accounts, if you want unlimited inspiration for retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

You need to know: you’ll find deep reservoirs of talent you never knew existed in you by living in places like Monteverde, Costa Rica for a month.

You’ll become an absolute creative blogging dynamo, publishing 3,000 word, inspired posts, by living in paradise. Or maybe 6,000 words posts.

You’ll find the best blogging tips (check out Sue’s post is a gem) and you’ll share them for your audience by living in paradise.

My home office views are some of the best on God’s Green Earth. Kelli and I chose to blog from paradise because we wanted to be free and we want to take you with us.

Make the decision. Subscribe to my blog. Buy my eBooks. Come along for the ride!

Most Inspiring Place: Savusavu, Fiji.

 

6. Thai Lady Boy Whores May or May Not Stalk You in Paradise

 

2 Thai lady boy whores tried to grab me or stalk me or rob me 2 weeks ago at 6:00 AM by Khao San Road in Bangkok.

Hey, it happens.

I had to tell you. To be transparent about paradise.

 

Ryan Spoon Plane

 

Most Crazy Place: Bangkok, Thailand.

 

7. Cost of Apartment Rental/ Home Rental

 

OK this one ranges from a few hundred bucks a month in Chiang Mai, Thailand to thousands of bucks a month when you’re talking villas in Bali.

Your taste dictates your cost.

If you want a simple, clean apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand, you’ll pay anywhere from $400 USD to $600 USD for a nice spot. A 1 bedroom job. That is no typo. $400 and up, for a real nice place. Chiang Mai is inexpensive. I feel it’s about the most inexpensive city in Asia and many other expats agree, as some 50,000 expats live in the Chiang Mai complex. Complex meaning, in suburbs around town plus in town.

You’ll pay higher rates for really high end stuff in CM, but most readers here would be happy with the $500 a month kick butt nice spot.

Thailand – Inexpensive.

Bali – largely, inexpensive, although it runs more than Chiang Mai.

Costa Rica – $600 or more a month for a decent spot.

Laos – Reasonable.

Malaysia – More expensive than other SE Asian spots.

Fiji – Inexpensive, largely….but we house sit….lol…..so we have no renter’s experience.

We use sites like AirBNB to find apartments or homes..

Homes in places like Hoi An, Vietnam, can be rented for $650 a month. Yes, a 2 bedroom, large, expansive home, for $650 a month.

Not bad, eh?

Now we’re on a house sitting kick. I vibe with the comedian who said, “Be friends with the guy with the big boat, instead of buying the big boat.”

Hey, to watch a cat or dog, and to do a little landscaping, I can live in some ridiculous tropical hot spots for free. I’m in.

Fiji was a 4 month house sit and we’re also doing a 1 week house sit at an apartment in NYC, with a stunning view of the East River. Not bad, not bad.

Here’s a cool house sitting site: Trusted House Sitters

Lowest Cost of Living (for Apartments and Homes): Chiang Mai, Thailand with Hoi An, Vietnam coming in at a close second.

 

8. Shopping Options

 

Phuket has tons of shopping. So does Chiang Mai, in Thailand. Ditto in some Bali areas like Kuta and Ubud.

In paradise though, once you travel outside of town the options diminish. During our recent stay in a Balinese neighborhood in Klebang Moding, we had access to a warung, or corner store, and that was about it. Everything was cheap as hell because we paid Bali prices. Bali prices are non-white/non-Boolie prices. We’re talking 8,000 Ruppiah for ice cream cones and 2 assorted snacks.

8,000 Ruppiah = 66 cents. Or $.66 USD. Funny, right?

In general, in places like Cusco, Peru, and Playa Potrero, Costa Rica, as you head away from town you’ll see places to eat, and that’s about it.

The big cities in any paradise have virtually all the creature comforts you’d associate with Europe, Australia or the United States.

One note: the big deal mall in Vientienne, Laos was pretty neat. As of 2012, it was consistent with malls in the USA from approximately 1982. I thought it was cool though. I would call it a glorified flea market at best, but I’m not saying that sarcastically my friends. Just sharing my take.

I admired the folks from Laos. They were proud of their country and their big deal mall, the online one in the country, so good for them!

 

Bartering in Paradise

 

Uggh….I get it, but damn I hate bartering. In many spots in good old paradise bartering runs rampant in markets. Some SE Asianites and other folks are adopting Western-Style pricing, meaning, put numbers on items to be clear and to save both parties’ time. I love these guys and gals.

Other folks are more old skool.

If you run into a bartering situation just do your best to have fun with it. These folks will go really high so you can go really low, then you either meet at an agreeable point or thank them for their time and move on. It’s nothing personal, remember. People will try to get the best part of the deal, but in virtually most cases they will be fair.

Best Shopping: Phuket, Thailand or Ubud, Bali.

 

9. Food Options

 

Food virtually everywhere we’ve been was cheap as hell.

Chiang Mai and Southern India both take the cake.

Kelli and I ate lunch at Chiang Mai for $2 USD a day, or, for 60 Baht.

Included:

  • Large serving of rice
  • Unlimited cups of water
  • Warm bowl of soup
  • 3 curries, rich with vegetables and tofu, or some faux meat

$2 was for TWO folks, by the way. When I did Chiang Mai solo I ate lunch for $1 a day.

In Kovalam Beach, India, Kelli bought a huge bag full of product for like $2. It was obscene. Oranges, spinach, bananas, the volume of fruits and veggies for like $2 was asinine. I couldn’t believe it. Thought it was a mistake until they kept charging the same price when we bought the same thing daily. Kelli and I do not explore much on the food side of things. We’ve seen roasted tarantulas in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and fried scorpions in Bangkok.  Boar heads in Kathmandu and all types of wacky, living, bleeding food in Vietnam. Vietnam’s kind of gruesome for the living food bit. Kill the damn things already guys!

Anyway, we keep it simple. Veggies for Kelli all of the time and I eat vegetarian 95% to 99% of the time.

Food options were limited in places like:

  • Savusavu, Fiji
  • Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
  • Muhamma, India
  • Ninh Binh, Vietnam

These were off the beaten path places with only local fare for the most part.

Favorite Dish: Mixed Vegetable Curry in Thailand.

Best Food Spot: Chiang Mai, Phuket and Ubud, Bali (for kick ass Western fare) in a Tie

 

10. You’ll Become Magnetic to Successful Bloggers

 

I magnetized myself to successful bloggers like:

…by blogging from paradise. My vibe went through the roof, being surrounded by inspiration and by being pushed out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. This perfect storm of conditions makes you attractive to successful people. What a delish ride you’ll take, blogging from paradise!

I spoke to a class at NYU last week. My friend and NYU professor Matthew Capala graciously invited me to do so.

Here I am. Do I look like the new Wizard of Oz, because I’m the wizard on the curtain?

 

NYURyanBiddulphSpeakingBloggingfromParadise

 

Matt and I became good friends and business partners in paradise.

You’ll attract success by living an inspired, freeing lifestyle.

Count on it my kiddies!

Best Blogging Buddies I Met in Paradise: All of Them

 

12. Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

 

I learned a few words of Indonesian over the past month. I had too. Otherwise I’d be grinning like an idiot at the Balinese women who lived in our complex. They didn’t speak English. They didn’t have to. They lived in Bali, in a Balinese hood, and hey, I should learn to speak Indonesian, because I’m a Boolie living in their country.

Folks, paradise may be paradise, but that doesn’t mean everybody speaks English there. Some people may and most will speak enough English to sell and buy yet, you’ll find yourself in uncomfortable situations when it comes to language barriers and cultural barriers. Freeing, and fun, yet uncomfortable situations.

I remember waiting for 2 hours for a bus in Vietnam. 2 hours. Why? I have no clue in hell. The bus driver just showed up and smiled and we took off after waiting for 2 hours from the alleged departure time. I couldn’t ask what happened. We were not in a remote area of town but nobody spoke more than a word of 2 of English.

Paradise.

Paradise rocks but paradise means that you better be ready to be comfy with being uncomfortable.

Language barriers can be frustrating to overcome but I’ve learned to roll with it. Hand signals work nicely. So do calculators.

I once recall walking into a vegetarian restaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam. The waitress and cook were fast asleep on the tables. The heat index regularly hit 120 degrees in Hoi An. Sue them! But what we found as funny may be a bit annoying for less fun-loving folks.

I figured that visiting paradise was a chance for me to slow down and leave my “insane rushing through every day New Jersey Mania” behind. And I did. Other people may not adjust as quickly. Hey, it’s paradise.

I felt bad waking up the Vietnamese women but I wanted a veggie burger. So I coughed really loud, they woke up, smiled, and got to taking our orders and cooking. It was a real hoot!

Kelli and I routinely saw a shop owner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia sitting in his underwear. Just his tightie whities. While he was keeping shop. I thought it was hysterical. Kelli did too. Other more serious folks may have viewed the situation as being a bit uncomfortable.

My advice? Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Be open to experiences. Don’t judge. Blogging – and living – in paradise will place you in many new, exciting, uncomfortable situations. You will see some eye-popping things – such as animals being slaughtered on the street – but in the end, reserve judgment as much as you can and be open to the experience.

You’re being freed folks.

Most Uncomfortable Experience in Paradise: Having Giardia in Muhamma, India (more on that later)

 

13. Pants Are You Worst Enemy

 

I rarely wear pants in paradise. Pants don’t work.

Mind out of the gutter folks! I wear shorts. Shorts allow your legs to breathe. Shorts help you feel cool. In paradise.

 

Ryan and Kelli Phuket

 

Contrary to popular belief it’s OK for tourists to wear shorts in conservative spots. Shorts are OK, but if you want to wear tank tops as a guy, or go topless as a dude, or if you’re a woman who wants to wear a bikini top you may not be respecting the local culture in places like Cambodia or Laos. Shorts = OK. But unless you’re in a heavily touristy area like Phuket in Thailand or Seminyak in Bali you want to keep things conservative when it comes to bikini tops, or shirtlessness for guys.

Most Time Spent Partially Nude: Phuket, Thailand

 

14. Automate Sparingly

 

I know. You need to automate from paradise. I was 17 hours ahead of EST when I lived in Fiji. So I automated. But I did so sparingly because automating like a mad man or mad woman causes one to lose the personal touch, the connecting factor, the trust building factor.

You do need to reach multiple time zones. I’d suggest tweeting out new blog posts 3 times daily. Hit the East, Europe and America. That should work on Twitter.

As for Facebook share updates once daily. Automate to hit your target market. I automate updates from paradise to hit my 7 EST target time.

Recommended Automating Tool: Hootsuite Pro

 

15. Your Net Worth May Skyrocket Overnight

 

Blogging from Paradise in Chiang Mai, Thailand means your net worth increase 5 to 6 fold – or more – overnight.

Think about it: you’ll pay $1 for lunch from a Thai stall or veggie restaurant and you’ll pay $350 to $400 for a kick butt, modest, tidy apartment in CM, so imagine how quickly your USD or AUD or other Western currency multiplies? This is why I don’t do income claims. Who gives a shit if you make $10,000 a month? You can live like an absolute pimp in Chiang Mai for $1000 a month or less, unless you’re a drunk.

I am no slave to the dollar. I make my dough and move to paradise places where my dollar explodes.  We really, really benefit from watching our monthly income – which is doing nicely, thank you, by US standards lol! – multiply to big pimping type levels.

Blogging from paradise may permanently skew your healthy perspective on Western living. I almost vomit when I pay $11 for a meal in NJ or NYC because I paid $1 for similarly-sized meal in Chiang Mai. Or I paid $2 for a full, healthy, nutritious meal in Bali, or in Pak Nam Pran, or in Fiji. So yes, you may be a bit mad after being spoiled in paradise. But the flip side is if you commit to blogging from paradise and create value and make connections you can do this gig full time.

If you want to explore tropical hot spots with a low cost of living research:

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Ubud, Bali
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Hoi An, Vietnam

I don’t do the exact figures bit but I can guarantee you after living in these spots for months that they are some of the most reasonably-priced spots on the face of the earth, paradise-wise.

Best Paradise Hot Spot for Boosting Your Net Worth: Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

16. Mosquito Nets Rock

 

I avoided a rash – literally – of mosquito bites in Klebang Moding a few months ago. Our friend Wayan hooked us up with mosquito nets.

A few months earlier in Fiji we were beset with mosquitoes once we walked outside of the house. It wasn’t pretty. I felt like the victim in a slasher flick. The little SOB’s ate me alive in Savusavu. But in Bali, we were saved by the mosquito net.

Buy one or ask your host to purchase one if you are living in a mosquito-rich zone. Trust me, you’ll know if you’re living in such a zone after your first night in the spot.

 

Where We Could Have Most Used a Mosquito Net: Kerouatan, Bali

 

 

17. Internet

 

As far as Blogging from Paradise you’ll never know exactly how the internet works until you spend a few days in the hot spot. You can discern through reviews if the internet is dependable. Dependable means, up for 80 to 90 percent of the time.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a lightning fast connection in paradise. In almost 4 years of island hopping we’ve had a lighting fast connection in Pak Nam Pran, Thailand. That’s it. We did have a fast connection in places like Klebang Moding, Bali, and in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in Savusavu, Fiji, we had a nice solid connection too.

In some Bali spots the internet was horrific. Terrible. Hey, it was paradise! We dealt with it. In Cusco, Peru, it was tight. Ditto with many spots in Costa Rica.

The only spot where the internet was an absolute nightmare was Kerouatan, Bali, because we were working off of a stick and also we were in a jungle area with poor reception.

The internet is included with rent in virtually all spots. We only had to pay for the internet in Savusavu, Fiji and it was a bit expensive. Most months we plunked down $120 or more but the quality of our connection in a place well off of the grid made the investment well worth it.

 

Practical Tips for Using the Internet in Paradise

 

  • Do your homework beforehand; check reviews on sites like AirBnB to get a feel for reliability of the internet connection
  • Buy a dongle to access the internet from anywhere with an internet connection; you can find one on Amazon for under $60
  • You’ll never know exactly how good or bad the internet is until you live in paradise for a few weeks, or a month; this is part of the game
  • Access the internet in restaurants or other hot spots by your tropical accommodation if your connection at home stinks
  • A poor internet connection gives you an excuse to write more eBooks and super in-depth, thorough blog posts offline

 

18. Sickness/Shots

 

I haven’t traveled to Africa yet. No need to get shots. If I did the Dark Continent I’d get my shots.

As for India, Bali, Sri Lanka and Nepal, well, each country is a bit old world with a few having less than optimal health standards. Bali is solid, but India is probably the least clean country I’ve visited. I don’t blame the residents; it’s an awareness issue. In truth, many Indians are super, super clean, and hygienic, at least from what I’ve seen.

With that in mind, if you’re a Westerner you’ll likely puke your guts out at least once in India. It’s gonna happen folks.

 

Kelli and I and Pukey

 

Kelli and I had some hardcore food poisoning in Pondicherry, India. This is par for the course. She has backend, I had frontend and backend. Anyway, it was a much more fluid view of paradise than I had seen to that point…..ha!

I had pizza. I threw up the pizza within 30 minutes of completing my meal. That my friends, is hardcore, indicating that I probably ingested crap or something else horrific for my body.

I noted scenes like this in Pondicherry; walking down a side street I’d see bottles of olive oil sitting outside. I walked down the same street 4 hours later. The same bottles of olive oil were sitting in the sun, for those 4 hours, being subjected to a 115 F heat index. As you may imagine the microbes and other little nasties that grow in rancid oil, cooking in the sun, can wreak havoc on your digestive tract.

This is paradise folks. Sometimes in the tropics you’ll be subject to less than sanitary standards. You will build up a tolerance over time and you can’t worry about the sickness. All you can do is be aware that if/when you get sick, you’ll have paid your tuition on the road.

 

Giardia

 

I had giardia in Muhamma, India. I lost 20 pounds in like 10 days. My fault. Big time. I didn’t go to the doctor when I knew something was wrong after 4 days of feeling very off.

No need to revisit this story again. Just click the following link to learn more about my run in with giardia and some other whacky travel experiences in paradise.

http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/coked-out-in-peru/

Anyhow, if you ever do get giardia in paradise, get high powered antibiotics into your system pronto. In India since you’re dealing with some nasty third world strains of stuff, and the MDs are a bit more lax, you’ll take an antibiotic which is roughly 15 to 20 times more powerful than its American counterpart. It’ll kick your ass, but it works!

Practical Tips for Keeping Healthy on the Road

  • Do not eat with your hands; forks and spoons are the way to go
  • Do not eat street food
  • Do not eat fish unless you’re eating from a respected, hygienic restaurant; folks, your wimpy system likely can’t handle fish that’s been sitting out in the sun for 6 hours, and much of this fish served in less than fancy establishments has sat out in the sun
  • Wash your hands before eating
  • Stick to fruits, veggies and complex carbs
  • Stay away from salad dressing in paradise; it often spoils
  • Stay away from dairy in paradise; warm, humid temps promote spoiling

On to the next tip.

 

19. Water Weight Will Never Be a Problem for You

 

Ha! I lose 5 or more pounds within a day of traveling from New Jersey to the tropics. Every time. Water weight be gone!

 

20. Airports and Bus Terminals and Train Stations Are Your Best Friend

 

I flew 25 hours from Bali to NYC a few weeks ago. I got a bunch of stuff done, sitting in airports in places like:

  • Denpesar, Bali
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait

When I flew from Phuket to Fiji in June of 2014 I was able to get work done in places like:

  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Nadi, Fiji

Can you kinda get why I published 10 eBooks in 4 months? I take a ton of time off to get my creative juices flowing but I also create a bunch when in transit to and from paradise.

Use your transit time wisely. Rest, and do a bunch of creating.

I mean, I enjoy my time in paradise and I enjoy my transit time but I also get to creating, to publish really helpful content, and to stand out from the online crowd.

 

21. It’ll Be the Most Freeing Experience of Your Life

 

44 months ago I was a shy security guard. Today I’m a prospering, funny, pretty well known blogger who’s:

  • Spoken at NYU
  • Been endorsed by celebrities
  • Island hopped for the past 44 months
  • Lived in places like Fiji and Bali for months at a time
  • Generated a full time income through blogging so he could retire to and blog from paradise

I freed me by blogging from paradise.

Here’s an example.

At the beginning of my latest trip to SE Asia I had to fly from New York City to Bangkok, Thailand on my own. To let you know about the old me, I didn’t like taking a taxi cab or bus or train on my own, 2 or 3 towns over.

I took the train from NJ to NYC, and then the LIRR was cancelled, so I had to take the subway to Queens. Then the air rail to JFK airport. Then I flew from NYC to Delhi, India. I flew from Delhi, to Mumbai. I flew from Mumbai to Bangkok. I flew from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and then I took a taxi cab from the airport to our apartment in Chiang Mai.

I know I know, give me a brownie. Not a huge accomplishment to seasoned travelers and hell, looking back on it, it was easy peasy. Yet 6 years ago when I first bought my domain and hosting and started my online journey I’d have called you a loon if you said I was going to travel on that journey….BY MY SELF!

As a kid I wasn’t even allowed to cross the street on my own. Umm….even a few years beyond my kid days, lol! Yet here I am. I have freed myself through traveling.

I have freed myself by blogging from paradise.

I dove into uncomfortable and freeing situations, day after day. For years. So here I am. World traveling dude, living for months in Costa Rica, and Fiji and Peru, and in Sri Lanka, and in Malaysia. Amazing, right?

Travel freed me. Or, my decision to travel freed me.

I know you can blog from paradise.

You can be free in Fiji, or you can chill in Costa Rica, or you can ball in Bali.

I believe in you.

Make the freeing, uncomfortable decisions to free yourself from bondage, and I will see you in paradise.

 

Your Turn

 

Do you blog from paradise?

What new things did you learn today about blogging from paradise?

Have you ever been accosted by Thai lady boy whores?

Did you ever fall ill on the road?

What tips or insights would you add to this list?

 

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71 Comments

  1. Suzanne Says:

    Hey Ryan,
    Like you, I also blog from “paradise” but also face the problems of being a hyper-aware local, seeing all the bad stuff as well. How can I have the best of both worlds?

  2. Hi Ryan,

    Love the post! I wasn’t expecting some of the things that you ‘have’ in paradise or that you’d have to worry about food and shopping options or wearing pants. LOL! I’m so very glad to have connected with you as you go through your journey.

    It’s also incredibly exciting to know that this experience will help me hook up with more great bloggers and help me learn how to get to where you are.

    Great article and love your style. 🙂
    Be well.

    Barbara Charles

    • Barbara I appreciate that and yep, I discuss some whacky stuff here lol…..thanks!

  3. Andrew Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I’m starting to realize that you had some pretty non-paradise moments in paradise. Puking in paradise and all. Coked up (almost) in Peru. You need a movie made about your life, buddy.

    I like point #5 … paradise provides you with the ultimate inspiration. I remember when I was on vacation last year May, I would go to the beach at 6am with my laptop and just write. The view was breathtaking and I certainly found so much inspiration in that enviromnet. So kudos for that point.

    I do agree that it’ll be a freeing experience. Just from following you and hearing/reading your stories and adventures, I can tell that it’s a real trip. Maybe one day I’ll experience that full time.

    Good post here.

    – Andrew

    • Andrew there’s nothing like writing on the beach, right? What a fun life you’re living too and hey, I hope I’m discovered for a movie soon 😉

  4. Amit Kumar Says:

    Hii Ryan,

    After a long time i come across your your blog due to my examination and other offline works i was unable to spend more time on net.

    At first, Happy new year 🙂 and thank you so much sharing this superb article with us. You contribution of lovely words and ideas through this article is just awesome. All these 21 valuable points of this article are sharing a greate experience.

    Thanks again 🙂

    • Amit good to see you again! How did your exams go?

  5. *** Patrick Ewing – What a visual! That dude sweat his balls off on the court! Ahahahaha!

    *** Thai Lady Boy Whores – I’m looking forward to a blogging/life lesson post coming from the full story told about this… “What a Fine Thai Lady Boy Whore Taught Me About…”

    *** The bit about the guy wearing his tightie whities while keeping shop belongs in the “Pants Are Your Worst Enemy” section. Hahaha I’m not blogging from paradise, but pants are my worst enemy when I’m working here in my home office in Las Vegas – even when it’s “Fiji down season cold” here. My preference is either my Calvin Klein boxer briefs (I just say “no” to tightie whities and regular boxers) or my wide array of Jordan basketball shorts.

    *** I don’t know why, but mosquitoes absolutely LOVE me. The feeling is not mutual because it’s a lop-sided relationship – they get drunk on my awesome blood and I get a huge itchy ass swollen lump. If it were bad enough for me in paradise, I think I’d find a tailor to make me a head to toe body suit made out of mosquito netting. Some places I’d slide shorts and a shirt over it when I go out. In other more relaxed places I’d just stroll around in nothing but the net suit and my CK briefs.

    I totally get what you talk about how you were before you took the leap and started travelling on a grand scale. I admit that at this point in my life I’m more like Bilbo Baggins was when he said, “Adventures make you late for dinner” than I am like you.

    But I can totally see how it would be incredibly liberating to immerse yourself in experiences that are completely foreign, making the best of them, and coming out the other side enriched for having done so.

    Blogging was that experience for me back when Obama was first elected into office. I remember the timing because the second or third post on our site made reference to this event.

    At that time it’d been a decade since I’d written anything that even remotely resembled content. I’d been writing sales letters but that’s a entirely different animal than writing an article.

    When we started the site my business partner had been writing the posts and I was doing the sales copy but one day he said, “I want a post done by tomorrow on whatever topic you feel comfortable writing about that’s relevant to our site.”

    Fuck.

    I was scared and of course I wanted to tell him to go screw himself. Being a high school drop out lingered heavily in the back of my mind. You just don’t write content when you don’t have all the “Book learnin'” that them educated folks have.” What are you stupid? Why would you even think of doing that?

    But he believed in me more than I believed in me. That’s the only reason he threw down the challenge. He believed in the hundreds of hours I’d spent educating myself on the topic of self improvement, marketing and advertising and trusted I had something to say. And I’ll forever be grateful to him for having done so as I can’t imagine who I’d be today without being 1,000% certain of my ability to write.

    402 posts and over forty 40-150 page nerd reports later I’ve become more than willing to take on the challenge of expressing myself and fleshing out ideas on the page.

    Now perhaps the next step in my evolution is that of not being scared of traveling this world of ours, which in reality is what I am. I can make up all kinds of excuses about why I can’t travel but at their essence they’d all be bullshit. I’m just being a big baby.

    I do accept that travel changes you in many valuable ways and soon I’ll have to accept your challenge to let it do this for me.

    I’m honored to have been mentioned here Ryan. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and I also thank you for being the person I’ll always remember and be grateful to for encouraging me to leave behind the “adventures make you late for dinner” mindset relative to globe trotting.

    May your journey continually unfold in a full deluxe manner my friend. 🙂

    • Lewis, comment of the year! Thanks so much and hey, hopefully those skeeters cease getting drunk off of your blood!

  6. Kunal Says:

    Long post are always impressive, the main focus should be on retaining the readers for long time which i am learning these days. Anyways thanks for this awesome post.

    • Kunal that’s a keen point! Keep those readers around. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. If you don’t mind Ryan, do long post help out your bounce rate? I’m sure it depends on niche and the ability of the post to keep readers engaged, but it’s something I struggle with. Do I write every post in-depth or just as needed. When I see my word count at 5-600 hundred it kind of creeps me out, and makes me feel as though I don’t do my job. Just trying to get a feel for it.

    • Jakarri it really does help to keep your bounce rate down because people stick around longer to read your posts. Yep, they want value, and resources, for the most part. I’d work your way up to 2,000 word posts. Pull back a bit, posting once a week or so, and you’ll notice quality metrics, like bounce rate, and also, opt in rates, increase, because quality posts bring in quality results. I say, in-depth! You get what you give 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Adrienne Says:

    Wow Ryan,

    Now that’s a great write up about the places you’ve been and what we can all expect. The insiders view of living in paradise.

    Although this doesn’t compare, I went to Nasa, Bahamas years ago with a girlfriend of mine. We came out of the hotel and were going to flag down a cab to see if we could find someplace better to eat than the tourist places. This cab came up so we just go in the car. He sat there a bit and then this lady came out and got in the front with him. He asked us where we wanted to go so we told him we’d like a local spot if he could recommend one.

    Come to find out he was actually off work and picking up his wife but wanted to help us so he took us to a place for the locals, told us what to order and that he’d come back after awhile to pick us up and carry us back to the hotel. He was SO nice and helpful and it was a great experience. We got to actually visit some local spots way off the beaten path and steer clear of all the touristy places that were just so expensive.

    It’s great to get the inside scoop though when you’re traveling like that so thanks for sharing your adventures with us all while you’re living your dream my friend.

    Enjoy your week and have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    ~Adrienne

    • Adrienne, oh yes that does compare! I am really, really happy you shared that story because it’s those spur of the moment, moments, when you’ll have the most spectacular experiences. It’s always those chance encounters with locals that lead to such wonderful days and evenings. Thanks so much for sharing, and have a very Merry Christmas Adrienne!

  9. Hey Ryan,

    I feel your pain getting sick on holiday.

    Of course, I haven’t travelled as much as you (I don’t think I know anyone who has travelled as much as you!)

    But I remember travelling to Morocco when I was 5 months pregnant at Christmas and making a concious decision to not eat any meat/fish/seafood or anything risky (so no lamb tagine for me). I was on a strictly vegetarian diet of well cooked veg.

    I still got ill but not as bad a you. Just bed ridden for 3 days. Not fun when you’re carrying a small human being. But I recovered quickly and it was an amazing holiday.

    Naomi

    • Naomi, I can only imagine! It was enough for me and I was living for one lol….cutting out meat is a really helpful one in many spots. It just sits there in the sun, and our Western digestive tracts can’t cut it, flat out. So happy you recovered and that you enjoyed Morocco. We’d love to visit there one day. Thanks so much!

  10. Joy Healey Says:

    Hi Ryan

    Amazing post packed with tips for traveling bloggers and those who aspire to travel.

    I haven’t traveled much, I’m pretty much a home bird really – although I’m looking at a trip to New York, maybe, in 2015. Depends how certain things in my “off-line” life go!

    You ask: “Did you ever fall ill on the road?”
    Well I fell on the first bit of ice in Harrow (on some steps) a couple of weeks back, so that’s the nearest I can get LOL. Happily I must be a tough bird because I escaped with just bruises and cuts and a bit of a shock. LOL – perhaps I SHOULD aspire to blog in Paradise and fall on a beach instead.

    The tip that helps me at the moment is “Get comfortable being uncomfortable”, as in 2015 I’m joining an offline business networking group. Because I’m a pretty shy person, that is uncomfortable for me. I’m telling several high profile bloggers like you so I can’t back out!!

    The closest I have got to Blogging from Paradise (so far) is quitting a part-time job I had (to supplement the income from my offline business) so I could concentrate on the online business. “How is that Paradise?” you may ask…. Easy! When there is snow on the ground outside (and sometimes when there isn’t) I can snuggle back under the duvet until I CHOOSE when to get up. Likewise, I work until I CHOOSE to stop.

    My son has taken himself off to live in his version of Paradise in Spain so I visited him earlier in the year. He loves it there. Although I enjoyed my week there, I was pleased to get back to my own version of Paradise here 🙂

    Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year – look forward to reading about your celebrations.

    Joy

    • Spain, that’s wonderful Joy! Sounds like paradise to me 😉 And yes, that lifestyle sounds like paradise to me too. We all have a different version and I’m so happy to see you live yours….thanks so much Joy, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  11. Hi Ryan,

    Wow, you didn’t forget anything here, did you?

    For some reason, last time I checked your blog, I didn’t see a new post and now I’m back and see that your post is few days old 😉

    I like that you are really telling like it is, the good and the bad, and what to expect.

    Wow, I can only imagine how this VPN can be valuable for you guys over there, in those far, far away places that can be not online friendly. As a blogger from paradise the last thing you need is to have your accounts blocked. I’m not surprised that communist countries are blocking Facebook.

    Food and water would be what I’d be the most nervous about consuming in some places, because once you’re sick that’s the end of the world, isn’t it? there’s nothing you could do, but try to get better.

    Thanks for this great information, and Merry Christmas to you!

    • Yep Sylviane the VPN has been our life saver on many occasions 😉 Ditto on food and water. In most countries it’s OK to sample foods, but as for water we always go with bottled. Save Fiji, which we boiled because we worked next door to a guy who worked at the water company. He said it was kosher 😉 Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to you too!!

  12. Mohit Says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Awesome post which contain very useful information about 21 things you need to know about blogging from paradise. Very interesting article. I liked it. Great points include in the post. You are doing a great work Ryan. Thanks for sharing views. Have a great week ahead.

  13. Akhil Says:

    One thing Ryan Awesome….
    You not only explained this article so, well you also maintain our interest in that. This shows that how much talented and good blogger you are. 🙂

  14. Mark Says:

    Wow Ryan!

    What a truly amazing you’re on on! This post is really a well written mini series!

    So many incredible experiences the two of you are experiencing! And all the while your adventures with us as you do so!

    It’s easy to forget that you’re having your share of Internet service challenges.

    That has got to be amazing to experience so many different cultures first had!

    What an awesome and life changing experience! Thanks so much for sharing them with the res of us!

    • Mark my pleasure! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

  15. Elizabeth Says:

    Ryan, point number 6 cracked me up!!! Of course they stalk you! My husband doesn’t have the lady boys but does occasionally get a few cat calls from the other bar chicks. Who of course may or may not be lady boys. Hard to tell I guess unless you know…you find out lol!

    Damn I missed your sale! Absolutely loving your latest book by the way. I am really considering writing a few ebooks but have put it off for years as like many bloggers/writers, I have so many ideas. But your book and how you talk about starting with why has got me thinking about it from that point of view. Start with being of service, and what problem one can solve. Or is most passionate about and there are others who share that passion.

    • Elizabeth, wow that’s funny lol! In many cases, the lady boys are a pretty easy spot, but in some, you’ll have a tough time. As for the katoeys, they are a mystery lol! I saw one on youtube the other day who was one of the most gorgeous looking woman I’ve ever seen. I mean, man. I mean, transgender, oh hell I have no clue what to call the gorgeous person, it was so confusing 😉 Yep I may be running sales from time to time, just gotta figure out a better way to promote them. Oh yes, I need to get more famous LOL. Thanks so much for your comment, and as for your service quote, it is dead on. Appreciate it!

  16. Hi Ryan.

    I don’t get the opportunity to travel so I really appreciated this.

    Thanks for sharing both your paradisaic and non-paradisaic insights from paradise.

    Tweeting soon.

    Nathan.

    • Nathan that’s way cool 😉 I’d suggest doing your best to make your travel dreams come true, if you’re dreaming them. So much fun and excitement in the tropics, it’s quite fun to travel there and to travel all over God’s Green Earth. Thanks bro, and have a fun weekend!

  17. Hi Ryan,

    Great post and I enjoyed reading about your adventures. You made me jealous and now I want to blog from paradise! LOL!!!

    I loved how you shared the positive and negative experiences and that there is hard work involved. Thanks for sharing these experience as if you took us to paradise and back again. LOL!!

    Thanks Ryan for sharing and for your tips. Enjoy your Friday and have a wonderful weekend ahead.

    Wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!!!

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

    • Neamat, alright! Come on down 😉 My blog posts and eBooks are neat resources for soaking up, if you want to blog from paradise. Yep, hard work, smart work and clear work all factor in to this equation. Hey thanks so much, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas Neamat!

  18. Peter Kanayo Says:

    Ryan, I really dig your article. Your transparency makes you who you are. And I think that why you’ve built connection right, left and centre. Not only that you take your time to reach out to people.

    Really loved that you shared those challenging experiences you heard. Not only that you provided us with solution if we ever get to find ourselves there.
    Do have an awesome day

    • Peter much appreciate 😉 I do my best to be genuine and to be helpful, and although I fall a bit short at times, those times aren’t too frequent lol. Thanks so much Peter, and you do the same!

  19. Hey Ryan. Your writing is like glue my friend.

    I just can’t keep my eyes off once they are there. A really interesting read.

    Especially about food, money and temperatures.

    I know you don’t do income reports because of the relative thing – and that’s a good point. A few months ago I berated the fact that the blog only earned me a few hundred dollars. I said it wasn’t much. I got a comment saying that they would swap with me anyday, because the amount I earned would be sufficient to live off in the East. We live in a seriously warped world.

    $1 for a full meal? Jeepers. We went to an Indian place the other night, rice, 1 curry dish each, and a couple of Cobra beers set us back the equivalent of $50. That’s just insane the amount you pay.

    Some nice insights Ry, and no, thankfully the ladyboys have never chased me…It must be those guns that does it for them dude…

    • Hahaha Richard, may be the guns but they were looking at my wallet LOL! Ditto on the money thing. Honest, being grateful even for bucks is a good thing because even though here in NJ and across the pond in the UK, we can buy little with a few dollars, we’re still doing OK compared to much of the world. Tough to remember this at times 😉 Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Good stuff my man. I have to say I want to go to Asia very badly. Just came back from Peru and it was unreal, spending $3 or $4 and getting a full meal. Damn, I got great food for as little as $1. It was just too good to be true.

    Asia though, damn, Asian food is amazing. Culture is fantastic. I need to go there.

    The language will be a challenge. I’m rambling. Thanks Ryan, keep blogging prolifically from paradise!

    • Jon, Peru’s a blast! We did 2 weeks there, in Cusco and Lima, and we loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Don Purdum Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I was just talking about you yesterday with Ken Harvey while I was in DC. Do you remember who Ken is? He’s a former Pro Bowl linebacker with the Washington Redskins. He was asking me how can someone really be successful in making a living through blogging.

    So, I told him he needed to read your blog! You are a fantastic example of someone who shares what it is really like to blog for a lifestyle, not just a business.

    I love this: “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” – that’s the story of life my friend! That’s what it means to be an entrepreneur or a business owner. Be willing to take the risks and not have the answers. That is a very uncomfortable place to be for too many, but it’s what it takes to be successful.

    It’s funny, when you learn how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, your comfort zone changes and you’re open to new possibilities and opportunities.

    I hope you have an awesome finish to your week Ryan. What an inspirational story!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Wow Don oh YES, I do remember his well! What a player! I saw you had that fab speaking gig with former NFL athletes down in DC, and wow, thanks so much for referring Ken to my blog! Appreciate that! Ditto my friend, ditto, ditto. You have done such a fine job shifting that comfort zone, as is evidenced by your success and your glowing endorsements. I enjoy reading them on Facebook and on your blog, because they are so, so true. Likewise Don, have a great weekend and thanks for sharing!

      • Hi Ryan,

        I saw you reached out to Ken on Twitter. We’ll find out how well he was paying attention, lol… It was the first time I met him and John Booty. I’ve been Gary Clark several times over the last few months and in January or February we are talking about how we might be able to work together. He obviously has a lot of contacts due to his ongoing work with the NFL Alumni Association.

        So, it could be pretty cool, we’ll see.

        Have an awesome day!

        ~ Don

        • Don, what blasts from the past 😉 I haven’t followed the NFL religiously for many, many years, but back in the day – aka, the days of Jon Booty, etc – I was heavily into it. So cool to meet with these folks. Yep, gotta follow up with my @ replies now. Thanks so much again Don, and you too!

  22. Noel Rosos Says:

    Truly inspiring Ryan!

    You’ve just given my dream an additional push! Seeing how free and happy your lifestyle is, it makes me want to push more until I can finally quit my J-O-B. Thank you for the tips and inspiration.

    Regards,
    Noel

    • Noel go for it! Happy to give you the push!

  23. Tor Refsland Says:

    One word, Ryan: WOW.

    That is an amazing post about your experience from paradise. You freaking rock, dude 🙂

    The post is packed with premium tips on what do to (or not to do) while travelling in paradise.

    I must admit that I had to laugh really loud when you were mentioning the grabbing and stalking lady boys in Thailand. I know the experience. Wise people say that you grow on experiences, whether it`s good or bad.

    However, to be quite honest, that is truly an experience I could have been without, regardless of the personal growth 😉

    I really like the “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” section.

    If you want to achieve something new, then you have to go out of your comfort zone and do something you haven`t done before.

    Keep up the good work, man.

    Tor Refsland

    • Tor I know you’ve blogged from paradise, and from Thailand, so you know how the lady boys do it! They are aggressive!!! LOL….thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, and we’ll see you soon!

  24. I can feel myself in the locations you talk about, Ryan. That is amazing because I’m not a great “visualizer”. But your writing takes me to Fiji or Vietnam and I truly feel I’m sweating on the streets with you. That’s an amazing ability you have – to write like that so I feel I’m in Asia.

    Thanks for taking me to the opposite side of the world!
    Sue

    • Sue Anne I appreciate that! I am trying to get that feel, to bring folks along for the ride 😉 Thanks so much!

  25. Hey there, Ryan.

    What a post!

    There are so many things to say that I hope you have room for another 6000 words. Ha! Kidding!

    First let me begin by saying that I like how you listen to your readers and give ’em what they want. I had every confidence in you when I asked you to write about the things people want to know (in that one particular blog comment). I’m happy to say that you delivered! In fact, you might have over-delivered!

    I’m kind of like you in that I’m not materialistic. Sure, I like nice things, but what’s more important to me is inner peace and happiness. Being raped as a teenager causes a person to have a hard time finding that. I guess that’s why I also vibe with the saying “Be friends with the guy with the big boat, instead of buying the big boat.”

    Secondly, let me say that I never have eaten spiders, especially tarantulas! Gross!

    I did, however, have a housefly fly into my mouth one day while I was riding my bike. Of course, I nearly choked and immediately spit it out. Nearly crashed my bike, too. Ugh. What a weird thing to happen. All I was doing was breathing through my mouth! Whoa.

    Thirdly, the costs of living on the many islands you have mentioned seem unbelievable. I think anyone could easily live a life island-hopping. Blue-collar folk, white collar, or no caller… alike. (Yep, I watched Survivor tonight and an am helping them plug their 30th season, upcoming in February, debuting on the 25th. It’s gonna be like Christmas in February!)

    Finally, Ryan, I wanted to thank you for the compliment, link, and mention. It’s kinda funny how I’ve been mentioned three times this past week in blog posts. Sylviane Nuccio included me in her list of 42 Bloggers You Want to Meet in 2015, and Greg Narayan from Dear Blogger mentioned me in his latest post about AdSense. We had a mind-blowing Skype session a while back and I changed his life. So to find out that I was mentioned in this post of yours really took the cake, as you are the only person who wrote about my noticeable gift of gab. LOL

    I’d like to know one thing, though, but I don’t think you’re going to have an answer for this for some time yet… but I’m going to ask anyway: How many, if any, of your readers have had a taste of paradise like you have? Can you think of any names off the top of your head?

    I’ll leave you to ponder and hopefully answer that question for now, as I’m off to Tweet and share this post with my peeps. 🙂

    Thanks again for this post, Ryan. It answered the burning questions I had.

    BTW, I’ve always wanted to visit St. Maarten. Have you ever been there? I’ve seen videos of folks standing on the beach when the planes flew in. The planes look like they’re going to hit the people! (Lois, from My Cruise Stories was there. It was her video.)

    Okay, now I’m really going… and looking forward to your two answers. 🙂

    Farewell for now from Wording Well. 🙂

    • Lorraine, thank you!!!!! Your comment SO rocks and I appreciate your idea….and hey, it was my pleasure. I haven’t been to St. M’s yet but we hope to do that area soon. As for now, we just lined up another 4 month house sit in Bali, so we’re stoked. Thanks!

      • Umm… great! But I’d still like to know this: How many, if any, of your readers have had a taste of paradise like you have? Can you think of any names off the top of your head?

        Maybe people aren’t as brave as they’d like to believe…

        • A ton Lorraine, as far as I know 😉 I do have some travel bloggers, and some blogging tips bloggers who’ve lazed in Bali, and who’s chilled in Chiang Mai….speak up guys, be heard! Frank for one – up top – is in Isan now, in Northeast Thailand.

        • Tor’s another paradise blogger….he lived in a stunning Thai beach community for a minute.

        • Kelli lives in paradise with me too…is that cheating? She’s an avid reader though, honest!

        • Donna lives in paradise, in Maine, in awesome Kennebunkport. I was up that way and it’s as pretty as anywhere I’ve been. Really amazing spot!

        • BTW these are just the commentors on this 1 post, 24 hours after the fact 😉

          • Wow. Thanks, Ryan. Very cool. I think I might have to make some new friends. 😉

            And maybe meet up with all of you on some exotic island… someday!

          • Oh yes Lorraine I see us ALL having a neat conference in paradise!

  26. Since I was young, I wanted to do 2 things: (1) be a writer and (2) travel the world. Life got in the way for a long time but I started blogging about 6 weeks ago and it is doing quite well. I’m not exactly near paradise, but your blog gets me thinking that maybe I could be a travelling writer. Your blog gets my jaded spirit excited again.

    Do you think it is possible to blog from paradise with 2 young teens, being a single mother?

    • Sharon, yes! The biggest thing to think through would be home-schooling, if you wanted to do the travel bit permanently. For now you could just do summer when your young teens are out of school. Or, there is always moving to a country, and being an expat, with your children going to local English schools….these schools are common in places like Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in Bali, with so many expats. So happy your dream is alive and kicking and thanks for stopping by!

  27. Frank Says:

    Too many topics to address…but greetings from Nong Khai, Thailand where it is 20C (68F). They’re blaming the Chinese for the cold spell – just the same way Americans always blame us Canadians when a bit of cold air blows down from the north :). Staying here and paying a little less than $300/mo (that’s Canadian, probably around $260 US these days) for a comfortable little room with AC. Beautiful little town and sure beats Chiang Mai with its smog and traffic. Uploaded a pic for you: http://bbqboy.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/promenade-in-Nong-Khai.jpg
    We’ve saved over 20k since leaving Montreal over 5 months ago using Prague and now Thailand as bases…sure wouldn’t trade this life for anything.
    And haven’t gotten sick either. We try staying away from anything suspect…Urrg, but totally get your Indian story. Same thing happened to me when I was in a national park outside Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Puked and crapped for over 24 hours, every 20 minutes on the dot. Had to go back to Bulawayo for treatment. Mexico had a bad case of the crappuccinos and lost 5 lbs over 2 days. Never eat salad in Mexico, don’t eat anything unless fried, boiled, or roasted. Haven’t been to India and these kind of stories exactly why…
    Hmm, a few people have mentioned Hoi An which I had never previously heard of. Sounds like a nice place to visit.
    Entertaining post!
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Beautiful Frank! We’d love to visit there and what a deal too. 68 is amazing, but then again, it’s 12/18, and you guys are up there in Isan, so the temps can drop a bit. Yep these Chinese cold fronts can really do it, dropping the temps. What a fun comment and hey, I am so happy you guys are in the Land of Smiles. One of my fave places on earth. Heading back to Bali soon, it’s a secret for now (my parents don’t read my blog) but we’re excited to be heading back to SE Asia again. Thanks Frank!

  28. Andy Willis Says:

    Another inspirational post Ryan, I too have never looked back on my decision to set myself up to “work from anywhere”. I am however new to the blogging game and I must say that writing is definately not one of my strengths, but I’m giving it my best shot and will be using your Ebook “How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging” as further inspiration.
    As far as blogging from anywhere offline, I actually wrote one of my blogs sitting on a rock in a river in Bali, twas a nice feeling http://www.workingfromanywhere.com.au/working/wfa-stories/entry/sitting-on-a-rock-in-a-river-blogging
    Thanks for your continued inspiration 🙂

    • Andy that’s awesome. I see that you haven’t looked back which is the way to go. Awesome piece on Bali too; I’m checking it out now. Keep up the great work and thanks for stopping by!

  29. Hi Ryan!

    This was a really enjoyable read. I don’t travel much (I’ve actually never been more than 1000 miles away from home) but I hope to travel around someday so it’s really eye opening to see just how different life can be in different areas of the world.

    Heck, here in Washington where it rains almost every day, 55 degrees is warm enough for shorts and 65 is enough to merit a swim. The summers are still relatively cool for your standards but 80 degrees for us Washingtonians is about unbearable.

    But enough about gloomy old Washington… we’re talking about paradise here!

    Just the other day I was participating in a group discussion with a man who was considering moving somewhere in south east Asia or Central America to retire, and live off of his retirement money and the passive income his assets were generating for him. Obviously I had no personal experience on the subject but there were a lot of interesting points brought up.

    Sometimes I wonder if I were to ever live in another country (even for only a short period of time) how well I’d be able to adapt to the local culture. I wonder how well I’d be able to handle the uncomfortable situations you’ve been through.

    Time will tell I suppose… you never know where life will take you, right?

    Thanks Ryan!

    – James

    • James that’s the truth! I had no idea I’d be living in paradise 4 years ago yet here I am. Life takes us in interesting directions at times. We need only be open to the experience and we can see some pretty interesting parts of this wonderful world. Thanks so much James!

  30. Markos J.K. Says:

    Ryan,

    Thanks for another entertaining yet highly informative post!

    I just wanted to share with the BFP community one part of this post that really resonates with me.

    “Anyway, we keep it simple. Veggies for Kelli all of the time and I eat vegetarian 95% to 99% of the time.”

    This right here, although many people will downplay it, is lifestyle choice of yours and Kelli’s that has a great deal to do with your energy, drive, and sheer love of life!

    I’ve known many people who wonder where I get my drive from, my craving to physically train day after day, to always better myself from one moment to the next.

    My reply is always the same, “I choose to eat and love the food that loves me back; Whole Plant Foods!”

    I personally have been fascinated by your ability to write so darn much, but I am no stranger to where your source of energy comes from!

    Anyway, I just wanted to show my appreciation for that little gem I found while reading this article. It’s far less expensive and far healthier to consume whole plant foods rather than animal products and processed science experiments.

    Again, thanks for the great article, and good luck keeping the lady boys away, you stud!

    Infinite gratitude,
    Markos J.K.
    Warrior-in-chief of http://foryourliberation.com/

    • Hahaha Markos on the lady boyz lol! SO true man…..what we eat fuels us, and in a way, fuels our lives. If you want to energize yourself and your life and if you want to live the internet lifestyle keep it clean, both on the eating and also the workout front. Keep that energy flowing. Thanks so much Markos!

  31. kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    Reading this was like taking a nice stroll down memory lane. I think this is a super inspiring post not just for anyone who wants to travel while blogging, but anyone who is blogging with the hope of creating whatever their version of ‘paradise’ is, and wants to live life on their own terms. You are truly an inspiration and I feel lucky to have access to your wisdom and enthusiasm anytime I want it.

    • Right KC? I really wanted to help folks grow, and to free themselves, by giving them a primer for blogging from paradise. From all of our experiences, to the blogging tips, I wanted to give a nice little primer to them. Hey so are you! Gracias!