Go Paperless and Communication-Free Now (You’ll Have to Anyway While Abroad)

I’ve been pimping Tim Ferriss’ The 4 Hour Workweek pretty hard over the past few weeks. Maybe too hard. But because his writing revolves around simplifying your life, he also presents a great deal of useful tips and advice for travelers.

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One of his recent posts (okay, it’s about six weeks old) entitled How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call ”¦ deals with simplifying all of your communication and transactional overhead (how’s that for coining a phrase?). Forget writing checks; lose the voicemail; stop answering the phone; etc. They’re all things you almost have to live without while traveling anyway. And if you can live without them abroad, you can certainly live without them at home.

So why not start now? Trust me: it’s a lot easier than you might think. It’s good for your stress level, good for preserving your only nonrenewable resource (i.e. time), and good for the environment. It’s a win-win … -win.

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  1. Just some suggested reading for you…

    If you haven’t already read A Walk in the Woods (which you probably have by the sounds of your Appalachian Trail talk) I highly recommend it! A great read.

    And, again, if you haven’t already, be sure to pick up my friend Ted Simon’s book, Jupiter’s Travels. This documents his first trip around the world by motorcycle. You can read a review of this and other books that gave us inspiration on our full-time RV lifestyle blog.

    Ted just recently released his new book that follows his repeat journey around the world nearly 30 years later, at the age of 70!


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