FL113: From Walking Across Cuba To Building A Travel Community With Dan Pierson + Big Review Of Outsite Co-living Space

In this episode, Kevin discusses his experience living in a co-living/co-working house in Hawaii, and interviews Dan Pierson. Dan is a long time traveler and entrepreneur. Some of his memorable travel experiences are biking 3000 miles through the United States and walking across the island of Cuba.

He also runs The Bolt Collective – a travel community of like-minded explorers. They use collective purchasing power to unlock otherwise impossible experiences, at a fraction of the cost of less interesting solo alternatives.

Check out this episode if you are curious how to maintain healthy relationships while traveling, hear cool travel stories or learn how to build a travel-oriented business

Topics discussed :

  • How he became what’s he is now
  • Dan’s experiences in Cuba
  • How did he come up with the Bolt Collective idea
  • Living in 160 square feet apartment

And much more

Links

Outsite.co
The Bolt Collective
Dan Pierson – Twitter

 

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FL112: From Black Markets to Copywriting & Human Psychology Mastery – With Nathan Fraser

In this episode, Kevin interviews Nathan Fraser. Nathan is a copywriter, marketing guy and all around entrepreneur. He explains to us how he started his current business, why a good product does not sell just by itself but we also dive deep into marketing and copywriting tactics and human psychology.

Check out this episode if you have an online business and you want to get sales or you just want to learn something new about writing a good sales copy.

Topics discussed :

  • Nathan’s background and his early businesses
  • What is copywriting?
  • His favorite books
  • Where is the distinction between marketing and manipulation

And much more

Links
– Nathan’s business Copy and funnels

Books mentioned
Ready Fire by Michael Masterson
INFLUENCE by Robert Cialdini
To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
Books by Edward Bernays (Propaganda)

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An Honest Review of Outsite – Haleiwa

I just got back from a 9-day trip to the North Shore of Hawaii, specifically the town of Haleiewa (pronounced hal-ay-eve-ah).

I stayed the whole time at the Outsite.co co-living, co-working house there, and wanted to write a review of the house, Outsite itself, and my experience.

I would like to start out with the background of my story, and a bit of my experience with the company in general…

Here we go!

I discovered Outsite in January, as I was living in Venice, CA. I went to meetup with a presentation by the founders of Safety Wing, a digital nomad travel insurance company with some world-changing goals. (you can listen to my interview with the founder, Sondre Rasch, here.)

Outsite seemed like a wonderful idea! Traveling to cool, fun, interesting places and living with others who are also working on projects or just working while they travel. This solves a lot of the problems I’ve experienced in the past, where the backpacker crowd is kind of the default of who you meet on the road.

When you’re not a 20-something penny pinching backpacker trying to scrape up enough to travel and barely get by, and you’re not highfalutin resort-type, and enjoy meeting people with business and life goals that align with your own, Outsite is pretty ideal.

I was really wanting to leave LA and work from somewhere else. I noticed they had a house on the beach in Costa Rica, and I had a couple friends traveling throughout that country that I thought would be cool to meet up with.

So I first applied to become a member of Outsite, since you get booking discounts as a member, and it’s only $150.

I filled out the application and days went by, but no response.

Oh well, I thought, I’ll just book a room at the CR house anyway, as it might sell out, and I was only about 8 days out from when I wanted to leave.

So I requested to book a room in the Costa Rica location.

I got a confirmation in less than a day. “Congratulations! You have been accepted, please fill out the form with your credit card to reserve your room for the stay”.

So I filled everything out, got a confirmation that they got my booking, and went ahead and booked a flight (one way) to San Jose, CR.

The next morning, Outsite sent me a message:

“Apologies for the inconvenience, but the house is full for the dates you requested.”

Huh?

I was accepted and booked it, how could it be full?

I emailed them back, but rather than wait, since the clock was ticking, I went to their Facebook page.

I told them what happened and my situation with a non-refundable plane ticket.

Here’s the exchange on FB messenger:

So they ended up offering me the 2 free nights, and I took them. I searched and found that there was room at the Haleiwa house, and I had some United Airlines miles to use for a flight, so I just went ahead with it- I wanted to give Outsite to full chance here.

Unfortunately, I lost about $480 on the flight to Costa Rica that I had to ditch. The 2 free nights make up for some of this, maybe $160 worth, which is much better than nothing, and I’ve been wanting to go to Hawaii for a while, so I was not upset- only disappointed that Outsite didn’t seem to want to acknowledge their mistake, or that they would correct the process for others in the future, so that it does not happen again.

Off To Hawaii – Haleiwa

I was excited to hang out on the North Shore of Oahu, experience the lovely weather, get some work done, and hike, surf, swim, and meet some interesting people.

I booked 9 nights. Why not? YOLO and I had no reason to hurry back to California.

I spent one night at a hotel in Waikiki. This is not my favorite place. I waded through the mass of Japanese and American families on their vacations and grabbed breakfast at IHOP. $20!

Then I went to Starbucks to do some work. Yep, living the American dream here!

I thought the Outsite house was 35 minutes away, but unfortunately that must be late at night, because I checked Uber and it said 1 hour 10 minutes, while the bus was 2 hours, 10 minutes away! I opted for a $61 Uber to get to the North Shore.

When I got dropped off, there was this odd gate at the front. It was clearly there to block cars from getting through, but it was “locked” with a bike lock that you could easily lift up and open the gate!

The house and the grounds were REALLY cool! It’s on a farm and you’re surrounded by green grass- along with chickens, roosters, lots of chirping bird, frogs, lizards and more!

I was a bit confused when I walked up to the house (there’s no front door), but a couple of people were in a little co-working area downstairs, and one of them showed me around a bit, and I found my room on the 2nd floor.

The Pros

I had a great feeling about the place. From the house, to my room, to the kitchen (there’s actually 2 kitchens in this house), to my “housemates”, to all the sounds of the jungle outside, I quickly felt like I was in the right place.

And a fascinating thing happened when the house was full, that I really appreciated. I think there were 7 people staying in the house at one point. And there are really no rules. Some might think that this would lead to chaos.

But something called spontaneous order took over.

Someone would always do the dishes.
Someone would make the coffee in the morning.
Someone would take the trash out.
Everyone helped with cleaning.
Everyone respected noise levels at night.

There was no schedule or top-down set of rules to keep things orderly, yet, spontaneous order worked very well every day I was there.

Doing without a car at the Haleiwa house was not ideal, as it isn’t extremely close to town, but it worked out just fine for me, as I was able to get rides from housemates, and occasionally bike into town.

The co-working space was just about ideal for me. It’s indoors but the walls are screens, so you get to feel like you’re outside, and you can hear all the birds and roosters (although the birds and their games can be distracting, they do funny things at odd times!)

The food in Haleiwa was also amazing.

Everything I ate from a truck was delicious- the Pitaya bowl, the Japanese place, the Thai place, the taco/Mexican place, all fantastic!

And if you want to stay in, you can order food from Dude, Where’s My Food? (no joke!) I tried it one night and it worked very well.

As far as things to do? Too much to squeeze into just a week or so! Surfing, hiking getting a tan, biking, bird watching, waterfalls…paradise!

Top of the Crouching Lion Hike

Top of the Pillbox hike overlooking Sunset Beach

And I want to comment on the house manager, Trini. She was very on top of things and very responsive to any needs I had. She even offered to lend me her car on my last couple of days! She organizes events once a week at the house, and while I was there, the event was an awesome hike near Sunset Beach.

The Cons

In the co-working room, there was a tear in one of the screens, and mosquitos were getting through.

There were a few other details that were lacking. Sometimes, things were needed at the house that        weren’t there, and there wasn’t anyone to help. For example, we needed a can opener, and apparently that was reported but we never got a new one.

There were TVs but I don’t think they connected to Macs, so difficult to watch anything.

If you are staying downstairs, you will hear the toilets flush upstairs loudly. That only woke me up a few times.

And my main issue goes back to the organization of the company. I was scheduled to leave on Sunday, but wanted to see if I could stay an extra day. I asked on Friday, when there were only 4 of us in the    house, with 2 empty rooms. I figured it would not be a problem to either keep my room, or move to another empty one.

“Sorry, house is full on Sunday” is what I was told.

But Saturday, nobody new showed up. It was hard to imagine that 4 or 5 new people were going to arrive Sunday!

So I left. And, as I heard from one of the housemates later, nobody showed up on Sunday either.

This goes back to organization. I have to question Outsite’s system of keeping track of guests at various houses. Just like when I was told the Costa Rica house was full after I booked. Just like when I applied to be a member and never heard back.

This is clearly a system issue that needs to be worked out.

Maybe they are just passing around an excel spreadsheet, and someone forgot to update it! 🙂

They lost money on me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one having this problem (in fact there was another guy in the house that was having trouble booking multiple nights as well).

The other thing that is missing is a rating and review system for houses.

When you go to book a room on the Outsite webstie, you have no way to get info from previous guests. This is a basic feature that anyone who’s traveling needs to know. This would help both customers of Outsite, to find out more about various locations, and also the company itself- to get better feedback and improve things where needed.

Summary or TL;DR

I’m very bullish on the concept of co-living and co-working.

Haleiwa is a cool little town with lots to offer.

I think Outsite has some issues with organization, customer service, and a way to rate/review houses.

But they get a lot of things right, and the Haleiwa house in Hawaii is overall one of those things.

Incredible Sunset a little West of the house

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FL111: Words With Winos’ Matt & Marilyn: Traveling The World, One Bottle At A Time

In this episode, Kevin interviews Matt And Marilyn, a twenty-something American couple who love long-term traveling. Matt and Marilyn decided to not look for a job after graduating college but instead travel the world. They support themselves working online as English teachers and they also create Words with Winos, a travel podcast/blog full of their amazing experiences.

Check out this episode if you considering traveling the world and/or living on your own terms. It’s packed with tips and tricks and cool travel memories so you won’t get bored.

Topics discussed:

  • Why did Matt and Marilyn decide to travel
  • What was the reaction of their friends and family
  • Where have they been and what was their favorite place
  • The scariest moment of their life
  • Pros and cons of traveling as a couple
  • How do they manage their time and various projects

Links
Words with Winos
– Terrorist attack in Barcelona

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FL110: Chris Reynolds On Building Location Independent Businesses And Building Tribes

In this episode, Kevin interviews Chris Reynolds. Chris is a digital nomad who started the Entrepreneur House project. It is 1-2 months of co-living and co-working where entrepreneurs from the world over get together to collaborate, produce and execute their creative business initiatives.

The Entrepreneur House has been in places like Chiang Mai (Thailand), Barcelona (Spain) and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Chris is also the host of the podcast called The Entrepreneur House podcast. In more than 170 episodes he interviews successful location independent entrepreneurs.

Check out this really amazing episode to learn more about digital nomad lifestyle, building a tribe on the road and power of digital detox!

Topics discussed:

  • How did Chris support himself when he started traveling
  • Why did he choose digital nomad lifestyle
  • What are some pros and cons of this lifestyle
  • What is The Entrepreneur House and how it solves one of the biggest disadvantages of being nomadic
  • What is the Digital Detox Camp
  • What are the effects of being completely offline for a few days

Links
– The Entrepreneur House – podcast
Coliving Outside.co
DIgital Detox Camp
WWOOF – Live on organic farms
– Christmas Truce of 1914 – During WWI soldiers from opposing sides laid down their guns and celebrated Christmas together – video

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FL109: Liam Martin (Time Doctor & Staff.com) On How To Successfully Manage a Remote Team

In this episode, Kevin interviews Liam Martin, Co-Founder of Time Doctor & Staff.com.

Liam began building a web-based tutoring business and gradually got more involved in tech companies. Liam has been a consultant for many online businesses concentrating on process design and scaling companies through outsourcing. He’s now the co-founder of TimeDoctor & Staff.com – both are world-leading time tracking softwares for remote teams. They help companies to be able to manage remote workers just as if they were in the same office, maintaining a high level of productivity.

Liam is also running the Running Remote conference in June, in Bali!

Topics discussed:

  • How could tracking hours increase your bottom line
  • What are the specifics of remote work
  • How to successfully hire good remote employees
  • How to have 90%+ retention rate inside the company
  • Challenges of managing a team that is all over the world
  • How big is a boost in productivity after face-to-face team meetings
  • What is Running Remote Conference in Bali?

Links
– Liam Martin – LinkedIn
Running Remote Conference
– Time Doctor
Staff.com

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FL108: Building An Online “Country” For Freelancers And Digital Nomads

In this episode, Kevin interviews Sondre Rasch, Founder and CEO of SafetyWing about building a global safety net for online freelancers.

Sondre’s vision is to build a country on the internet and the first product he launched in this direction is a travel medical insurance.

Topics discussed:

– What does a country provide to its citizen
– How can the decentralized services solve the basic needs
– Smart cities, Liberland, Seasteads and other concepts
– What is the future of SafetyWing

Links
– Sondre Rasch – Twitter
SafetyWing
– Seasteading – world’s first floating city

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FL107: Freest Country On Earth, Co-living, and Part 3 of Building a Freedom Stream

In this episode, Kevin talks about Cato’s “Most Free Countries” list, Co-living & Co-working, and Step 3 in building a freedom stream: The bare essentials.

This show will also give you tips when choosing places you want to live in.

Topics discussed:

– John Stossel’s take on the Freedom Index
– Kevin’s point of view
– Switzerland and other countries
– Outsite and Co-living ideas
– How to outsource to get your website built

Links
Work Hero
Outsite
Cato Freedom Index

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FL106: Location Independence Freedom Stream Part 2: Product

In this episode, Kevin talks about Los Angeles vs. San Diego, his travel plans, and the second step in creating a location independent freedom income stream: Your Product.

This show will give you 5 concrete steps to help you easily create a product- even before you have a website.

Topics discussed:

– LA (Venice) vs SD
– Kevin’s travel plans
– Talk to actual people in your market and find out the top 5 frustrations
– Never assume anything
– Doesn’t need to be the final version
– Video series’ work well
– Interactivity works well
– How to build a membership site without a website

Links
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FL 105: Create a Freedom Stream: Step One – Your Topic

In this special episode, I talk about the first step in creating a freedom income stream: your topic.

This show will help you realize that there are so many creative ways to start and you too are almost definitely an expert at something. Don’t miss it!

Topics discussed
– Creating a freedom stream
– Info products
– Thinking about something that really excites you
– Having a unique take on it
– Combining of ideas
– What to do TODAY

Links
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