#69 Getting More From Your Travel


On this week’s episode, James surprises Tim on his mobile, where the two share best tips and practices for the traveling business owner.


In the podcast:

– Revealing insights from the New York Times
– Running a business while you’re away
– What travel can teach you about your business
– The lingering influence of the industrial age
– Business + personal video mementos
– Online while on-the-go: James’ equipment essentials
– The physical effects of traveling
– Hygiene, hydration and dressing for travel
– Stretching your wardrobe
– James’ flight routine
– Bonus travel tips



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Here you’ll find Tim and James have some things to help your business become more powerful.




James:            Hey, James here, and what I‟m going to do is I‟m actually going to dial up Timbo on his mobile phone, because he‟s driving around Victoria right now, and I‟m actually overseas. On today‟s episode, he mentioned last week, we‟re going to be talking about travel. So I thought it would be really cool to put him on the spot. I‟m just going to hit record and see what happens. So join me as we dial up Timbo.

Tim:                 Hi, Tim speaking.

James:            Good day, it‟s James here, How are you going, buddy?

Tim:                 How are you James? Good, how are you?

James:            Good. You‟re out and about.

Tim:                 Yeah, well quite appropriate, given the topic of today‟s show.

James:            What‟s the topic of today‟s show, Timbo?

Tim:                 Being out and about and running a business, remotely, when you‟re on holiday in Italy.

James:            Lovely. Now you‟re not in Italy yet, right?

Tim:                 Not yet, mate, another… next Tuesday.

James:            Beautiful.

Tim:                 Beautiful. How are you?

James:            I am fantastic. I‟ve just had breakfast here in Manila, and I‟ve been reading the international New York Times, which is very revealing.

Tim:                 In what way?

James:            Well, Detroit‟s declared bankruptcy, so they‟re going to wipe $18 billion in debt. And only one-third of ambulances in Detroit work, and only 9 percent of crimes are solved, and they‟ve got exoduses of hundreds of thousand of residents. And then on other pages, I‟m reading about Google buying a lot of robotic companies to automate process lines after we‟ve seen Amazon‟s drones…

Tim:                 Yes.

James:            Now obviously, this is going to take someone‟s job, these automated things. They‟re getting very powerful, Google. Very, very powerful. They control a lot of data. Yesterday I was reading about how they‟re taking over data centers and giving Amazon a run for their money. And the guy that used to run Amazon has moved to Google to do their cloud storage servers.

Tim:                 Wow.

James:            And then I just saw this huge article about affiliate marketing, which I‟ve never really seen in a mainstream paper…

Tim:                 No.

James:            … and they were talking about affiliate fraud, and different networks, and the guys who got done for dropping cookies on the eBay program for $20 million. A lot of interesting news today.

Tim:                 There is, mate. Well out of all that, I think what should happen is Google should buy Detroit. It‟s be cheap, like it‟d be so cheap. And, you know, buy low, sell high.

James:            And then they could get Amazon to drop it off in a drone.

Tim:                 Yeah, and Detroit would have all these factories, which will have drones. They should be making drones. Run by drones, making drones, in Detroit, owned by Google. It‟s all there. And then there‟s a whole affiliate model off that, where you‟d become an Amazon affiliate. And you‟ve got your own drone. You‟ve got your own sponsored drone.

James:            Well, there‟s the thing. A lot of this stuff sort of happened in the past, with the Henry Ford factory and a thousand cars a day and not needing to make so many cars and everything getting too production line-focused, so it‟s fascinating to see history repeat itself.

Tim:                 All a cycle. Everything‟s a cycle.

James:            So reading the international newspapers is something I do when I travel. And it‟s part of that opening up the world window and seeing what‟s going on. And also I watch movies. I saw Ender‟s Game last night.

Tim:                 Never heard of it.

James:            Oh, I think you‟d probably like it. It‟s a little bit different than the typical formulaic video.

Tim:                 Ender‟s Game?

James:            Yeah. It‟s an interesting movie. So, travel. Let‟s talk about that. My first thing is pack light.

Tim:                 Well, keep your powder dry. Or are you recording now?

James:            Oh, the whole thing. I just hit Record and I‟m into it.

Tim:                 Oh, you‟re into it? Oh, well. Well, hello, everyone. Welcome back to another episode of Freedom Ocean. And this is Tim in car, and that‟s James in his apartment over in Manila. We‟re talking about travel and how you can run your business while you‟re on the road. It‟s just apt that we‟re both out and about. And I‟m about to head over to Italy, and you know, it‟s just that time of year, mate. So, fun. That‟s a fun intro to Freedom Ocean and if you‟re wondering what this is, for the first time listener, or listeners, I reckon we‟ve got more than one by now, and it‟s a show where we talk about all things online marketing. There you go, mate, we‟re back into it. I just needed to establish who we were and what we were doing.

James:            Yeah, well that‟s fair. That is fair. But you know, our long-term listeners are loving the more frequent shows, so that‟s a big win.

Tim:                 I know.

James:            So it‟s good to be on.

Tim:                 There‟s love out there, isn‟t there?

James:            There is, and here‟s the thing. This is like one of the first principles of travel is that it doesn‟t mean everything has to stop. And the traditional mindset is that when you are at work you‟re at work, and when you‟re outside of work then everything stops. And that‟s how normal shops used to work, you know? Like a hairdressing shop. When you leave the shop, you turn off the lights, you pack away the tools, and nothing happens. There‟s no money being made while that shop‟s sitting there in the dark, and you‟re at home watching telly or whatever. But in the modern world, you can create these businesses that are always running. My online shop or my websites are always open, and people will be buying even if I‟m watching a movie or talking to you. Right now, someone is on our website. And that just really requires a different mindset shift. So the world opens up and your office space is infinity, really. In fact you could be absolutely anywhere, and even if you don‟t have Internet, you can still create. You could create a report. You could write down some notes in a notepad that could form the basis of an inspirational blog post when you get back to civilization. So there‟s this ability, and I guess a blurred line between work and not work, so this will be an interesting way to see how you approach your trip.

Tim:                 Yeah, well it‟s interesting because I‟m sort of nervous about it in a couple of things. I‟m really excited about it, to be going on a big European vacation, like the Griswolds, going away on a European vacation, the Reid family going to Italy. But… I‟m excited, the nervousness comes from the fact that there are still things that I feel depend on me, but over the past 12 months I‟ve really established my speaking business, and that is very much… you know, I don‟t have any bookings over the time I‟m away, obviously, and if they do come in then that‟s all done by email. And since I‟m still only a phone call away, I‟ve taken a – we‟re going to talk about different products that we would take, different things that we would take with us – I‟ve actually got this thing called a travel SIM card. And it‟s fantastic. Just put it in my phone here, gives me a new number while I‟m over there, but it works in a hundred and sixty countries or something like that, around the world, and it‟s just easy, so it‟s not as though we‟re not contactable. So I‟ve kind of set myself up with the speaking business to be able to be run from anywhere, and the other thing is you and I both have a forum, and I‟m excited by the fact that I can be doing that. I‟m looking forward to actually going and sitting in a little cafe somewhere in Italy once a day, probably at the start of the day, before everything starts to happen, and getting in the forum. That‟s possible from anywhere. So that‟s exciting. The other things that require me to be there I just hope I‟ve got people to cover that.

James:            And there are some things that you won‟t be able to cover, and you can delight in the fact that this is going to teach you about your business. It will actually show you, it will put a big spotlight on which parts are Tim-dependent and which parts are not.

Tim:                 Yeah.

James:            And when you get back, you can make a decision around whether you want to change that or not. And here‟s a couple of interesting points on what you just talked about. I find when I travel to different time zones, I start to interact with different people on my Facebook wall and in my community, because I‟m now in a different time phase to my regular routine.

Tim:                 Yeah, interesting.

James:            Like I‟m almost always asleep between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. when I‟m in Sydney. But quite often there‟s people in the USA or Europe who are very active during that particular time zone, so when I move time zones, I start tapping into different parts of my customer base, because…

Tim:                 You make new friends.

James:            Yeah, you see them when they‟re actually there rather than seeing what they left while you‟re asleep. It really is quite interesting. And also people respond when they start seeing different types of pictures loading up to your Facebook wall. Like different foods, different unique, quirky shopping things… and I‟ve seen you do that when you travelled to Vietnam, while you still had a camera.

Tim:                 Fertilized duck egg.

James:            Yeah. Well, here they wrap a lot of stuff in plastic in the shops, and they don‟t unwrap it, so the bookstores have books that are all wrapped in plastic…

Tim:                 Oh, yeah.

James:            The shoes are quite often wrapped in plastic in the displays, so it‟s really quite interesting just seeing how things are different, and then reporting on that to your network and getting some comments around them. It‟s sort of like sharing your experience as you go, and it‟s kind of fun.

Tim:                 Yeah, look mate, I think for many people listening, they probably have removed themselves significantly from the business, and in the space that you operate in, Jimmy, you deal with lots of people who are well-removed from their business. There‟s a lot of people in my space who aren‟t, and this conversation can really freak them out, because they are on the tools, so to speak, you know, they are in bricks-and-mortar based businesses or they are kind of – they feel committed to the business. I was only speaking to – you know Chris Ducker?

James:            Yes, I do.

Tim:                 I was only speaking to Chris yesterday, and three years ago he was stuck in his business where he couldn‟t move. He just could not move because he didn‟t know which way to get out of it. Everything was relying on him, he had everyone sending him emails, staff members sending him emails, and he actually went cold turkey and just removed himself from the email part of it to start with, and then sort of went from there.

James:            That was kind of me, six years ago.

Tim:                 Yeah?

James:            And I ended up sort of removing… I literally made myself redundant in my job, but I was still kind of stuck in the physical locality of having to turn up, because of this crazy mindset thing that we must work nine to five, Monday to Friday or every second weekend. Because someone put this stuff down in the industrial age and it never really stopped.

Tim:                 Yeah.

James:            And having just read the book “Remote,” and really resonating with that, and having a global team now of people from all different houses, wherever they live, there‟s no actual physical office in my business and there‟s no stock as such apart from a few hoodies and a couple of workbooks and stuff. You know, like there is nowhere to go, and one of my bosses, one of my mentors actually, had no office in the dealership that I worked in. He didn‟t have an office, he didn‟t have a desk, he didn‟t have a phone.

Tim:                 Nice.

James:            He‟d basically cruise around the whole business. And also work away from the business. It was really kind of wow, how come

he doesn‟t have an office? Everyone had, you know, the big wood panelled office, and the whiskey bottle up the end…

Tim:                 Yeah, the mahogany office. The mahogany corner office.

James:            Yeah, and he didn‟t have it. There was none. It was quite radical to see that. But I think he was quite ahead of his time in the way that he thinks. And one of my team members, one of my sales guys, had no chair at his desk.

Tim:                 Yeah?

James:            And that was the first stand-up desk I remember. And he was a design minimalist. And he, actually funny, he‟s a designer now, so it‟s funny how people end up gravitating towards their natural tendencies.

Tim:                 How much do you think James, that we are still influenced… it‟s a general question, but how much we‟re still influenced by the industrial age? Because we‟ve moved on in so many ways, you and I were talking about Detroit before we hit the On button today. You know, we‟ve moved on from that kind of factory setting… Many of us have, but we still do things that are kind of part of that era.

James:            I think a lot. I think people are not questioning why they‟re doing stuff, and realizing that there‟s a different opportunity to do it differently. And the moment that you‟re brave enough or courageous enough to tackle your own assumptions, that‟s when things can change. You can really have a shift. It still can be mind-blowing how possible it is, but confronting and scary at the same time. And here‟s the thing. When you‟re in it, you can‟t really see it. It‟s super clear once you get out of it. But when was working in the car dealership, it was like a vortex of despair. You couldn‟t imagine a world outside of that. It was such a big thought and such a scary thought and you don‟t know all the answers, so it‟s very difficult. But for me, that path was to get that affiliate business cranked up and then to go overseas and attend a conference, and to surround myself with people who were making significantly better scenarios for themselves, and then trying to work out how I could do that. So it was a bit of a process, it took a few years.

Tim:                 Yeah, yeah, interesting. Talking yesterday first about travel, and I‟ve got a bucketload of travel books for the coming 12 months. It‟s going to see me in about five or six different countries and a whole lot of travel around Australia, and you know, having that idea yesterday, talking to Chris about every time I go somewhere different, organize a mastermind group. You know, people that follow you on… it might be on Facebook, or a podcast, or through the email lists and actually just tag on a day to the business trip, and actually bring a group of people together and you know, that adds an additional revenue stream, it plays to our strengths, and just thinking differently like that, as opposed to you know, OK I‟ve got to go and do business there, I go, I come home, job done.

James:            Well, that‟s a very popular business model. Dean Jackson does that, and Chris Ducker does it. And I do that as well. I‟ll go a day early for a traffic and conversions summit, and I‟ll meet my mastermind people the day before. And anywhere that I go I like to meet members of my community as well.

Tim:                 Bit of a meetup.

James:            Last night I met up with one of my SilverCircle members in Manila, here, I‟ll always go out of my way to have a meal or to catch up, have a drink, and I did the same in Thailand. And certainly when I‟m in the States, a lot of friends over there. So I think that‟s what I‟m talking about, this blurred line. Imagine if your Italy trip, if you had a meetup in Europe. I actually literally did. I met a guy in Avignon, in France, and he joined my mastermind. And he was sort of tracking me around the countries, through Switzerland and Italy, and finally connected with him when I went back past there in France. And I also filmed a lot of videos at historical monuments like the Leaning Tower, the Ferrari museum, Rome, the Trevi Fountain. And I did like the video of the gelato shop, the automatic vending machine for soft drinks, the roadside cafe, the man who built a house on the side of a hill… I mean, I can actually remember these videos, and here‟s the thing: sometimes we‟re whizzing through life so much we forget to stop and enjoy it. And I‟ve actually now got a video memento of everywhere that I went on my – all of my trips. I can look through my Facebook, but I can also look through my YouTube channel now and I can see videos from all around the world. I can see where I‟ve filmed stuff in the Dominican Republic and Thailand and Miami and all sorts of places.

Tim:                 Are all these videos… are you talking about just pure travel videos, or are you drawing some kind of business learning from each of those places that you‟ve been?

James:            Exactly. I‟m actually saying they‟re the same thing now.

Tim:                 Yeah, right.

James:            I‟m saying like, if I go to the Ferrari museum and I take in the exhibit and I film a few pertinent points about the marketing of Ferrari but also the people selling test drives out the front of the museum, and then I go for a test drive in one of them and I video that too, then it‟s a fantastic life experience. My boys had an amazing time, and I also get to share the story with my customer base. Because now we‟re all doing it together.

Tim:                 Yeah, love it. Let‟s talk about some specifics in terms of what you take. We both agree travelling light is a good thing. So a nice little computer, maybe not even a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air but an iPad will suffice, depending on what your needs are. Any particular pieces of software you carry along while you‟re away?

James:            Yes, there‟s a few things. You‟ve got your travel SIM. I tend to survive off Boingo or WiFi as in cafes. And depending on the country, for the United States I get a Verizon Jetpack, which is a WiFi unit that powers my phone and my computer, and it‟s really cheap compared to hotel rates and stuff. So I don‟t even need the hotel thing. It works off the phone network.

Tim:                 What‟s Boingo?

James:            Boingo is kind of like a really global telecommunications thing and in most airports, or the airplanes, even if you have the Gogo, you can pull down a little dropbox and access the Internet using Boingo. it works in Thailand, it works in the USA, it works in Europe, it works in London, like just everywhere you go, there seems to be a way to access the Internet via Boingo.

Tim:                 And in the air?

James:            Yeah. And a lot of flights in the US, when they‟re over the US land mass, will have WiFi. And these days in America, you don‟t even have to turn your device off anymore. They„ve overturned that ruling. So that started a month ago.

Tim: Never made sense, anyway.

James:            No. It‟s like, if this plane can come down because I‟m using a telephone, then we‟ve got bigger problems. I guarantee you, someone‟s left their phone on, every single flight.

Tim:                 Of course.

James:            So there are some of the changes I‟ve seen. The other thing is, just keep in mind when you travel that your energy levels will be zapped compared to normal, because you’re just burning up brain cells thinking about languages, currencies, navigation, you know, where’s the next hotel, where am I going to eat? And even just consuming different food and different levels of sun and pollution and stuff, you can really play around with your body a bit. And of course time zones and jet lag and different water through the taps… all sorts of things can upset your normal routine, so you have to be pretty flexible, and if you open to change, and if you enjoy that difference then it can be really cool as well. But what I’ve found is, sometimes you don’t have the energy to do heavy tasks like editing or really in-depth conversations with the high-level business things. Sometimes it‟s best to schedule those for an off day, like when you do nothing else, and just bank them up to an off day or wait till you get back. So I literally will roll a lot of stuff for when I get back or go, you know, I‟m travelling until the blah blah blah, call me after then. And I just don‟t do heavy work. It‟s like not operating heavy machinery when you‟re taking a pill of some kind.

Tim:                 Yup. Yup, good point.

James:            So, equipment, I actually travel very, very light now. I really just have the standard Apple headset, I don‟t take Bose headphones or anything, I don‟t take Logitech units. I have an iPhone and my Macbook Pro and my iPad MIni. And the reason I have all three is because I do still video edit, and I want a more powerful machine than an iPad for my travel. But a 13-inch Macbook Pro is still quite easy to travel with.

Tim:                 Yeah mate, the new ones are super thin.

James:            A couple of these sort of non-obvious things are get an auxiliary cable for your iPhone, that plugs into the rental car navigation, so that you can use like Apple maps or Google maps and get instructions. So basically, you‟ve got a navigation unit with your phone and if you get an auxiliary cable and also a USB power for cigarette lighter adapter then you can drive all around with your phone now as long as you‟ve got a way to access the Internet and that‟s pretty handy. If you are in a place for a long time, get a WiFi unit and also get an Ethernet adapter if you‟re using a computer that doesn‟t have an Ethernet thing like a Mac Air, then get an Ethernet adapter because some hotels especially in older countries still have Ethernet and no WiFi so you can hook into broadband and then get obviously an adaptor for whatever country you are in that works with your power cord.

Tim:                 Yup.

James:            Remember to take your USB thing so you can charge your phone with the computer, which you can do while it‟s on the backpack by the way. You can still charge a phone up to your laptop, without even plugging into a wall socket. So I quite often use my laptop as a power recharge from my phone because the phone will run out first.

Tim:                 That‟s good point.

James:            Be sure to turn off your data roaming if you are using your normal SIM card. I use my normal SIM card everywhere I go. To make calls like this, I‟m always using Skype where I can dial out. So I‟ve called your landline number, you just charge it up with credits. It‟s pretty cheap when you are overseas to dial real phones using Skype.

Tim:                 Where am I at the moment, I am driving through sunny broad in Melbourne

James:            Lovely. So I put all my little cords in a gear bag. It‟s just like this little soft bag that has a drawstring and I stuck all my cables in that and then that goes in my backpack. I take my passport and travel itinerary and I have currency. It‟s usually good to carry US dollars to most countries so it will get you out of trouble but get a bit of currency before you go but almost everywhere you go, you can suck money out of the ATM. And I take a little A4 size or standard letter size envelope and everywhere I go I put my receipts and my travel documents in there and when I get back, I just put on the shelve and now I have my marketing paperwork.

Because I carry on, you‟re not taking scissors or anything sharp, or anything flammable, anything over 100ml so I actually have the little plastic bag that you use at the airports and I put my toothpaste, aftershave and deodorant into that little travel bag.

Tim:                 Do you wear aftershave?

James: I do, because you want to smell nice if you are in a hot climate and you‟re on an airplane. It‟s sort of courteous for people around you just to smell nice.

Tim:                 What are we talking there? Brut 33, Old Spice?

James:            No. I was thinking more, Armani or something like that.

Tim:                 Right but I didn‟t think you were an aftershave guy.

James:            No, I use aftershave. I mean have you ever wondered why I always smell so nice?

Tim:                 You know what? I haven‟t.

James:            Well that‟s good. At least you weren‟t thinking I smell so bad

Tim:                 Exactly right. Yeah correct.

James:            Also, here‟s a little tip. Quite often when you get upgrades to business or something on points which I do all the time because I got a lot of credit card points for my credit card „cause I pay for things even tax on credit card and it racks up the points so you usually get given a toiletries bag in business class that‟s good enough to use in your hotel. So you don‟t have to take an extra toiletries bag because they‟re going to give you one on the plane.

Tim:                 Nice pick up.

James:            Put in a little sachet of sports rehydration powder

Tim:                 Yeah, that‟s good stuff, hydrolytes.

James:            Yep. Take a bunch of those tablets or some sachets, because if you go somewhere dry or hot, you‟re going to have to hydrate a lot or you will get dehydrated and you‟ll get diarrhea. It‟s not from the water, it‟s from actually being too dry, so you‟ve got to just tip some of that in a bottle of water, and drink that if you get diarrhea, and you‟ll be fixed straightaway. I take a cap to keep the sun off and some sunnies. Protect yourself. Easy to take a very good pair of walking shoes, that were fitted in a shoe shop for runners. These are like Mozimos, and I can walk around a whole city and not even feel it. Like some people make the mistake of taking footwear that‟s not appropriate, and if you‟re going to do a lot of kilometers or miles, walking, you want really good shoes for that. And they can still be very light, and you can still hang them off your backpack if you can‟t fit them inside the backpack, if you want to travel in flipflops on the airplane, which I do.

Tim:                 Yep.

James:            And if you buy stuff overseas, and you end up not being able to fit everything on the way back, you can always tie your sneakers to the bottom of your backpack.

Tim:                 You are a – I was going to call you a productivity machine. You are that anyway, but you‟ve got all these tips sorted, haven‟t you?

James:            I do. I take one belt, but I don‟t wear it to the airport. I put it in the side sleeve of my backpack, because I don‟t want to take it off through the metal detectors when I‟m travelling through countries. So generally when I‟m travelling, I‟ll just wear shorts or stretchy jeans, you really want elastin in your jeans. I don‟t ever buy jeans unless they got 2 percent elastin because they’re like tracky pants, you know? And undo the top button when you get on the airplane, because you‟re going to swell up a bit, and no belt, and you‟ll be able to have a really comfortable flight. And the blanket, you can stretch all the way over your shoulders, so you don‟t even need a heavy top. Travel light. Get something with technology that wicks moisture and has a little pull over hoodie that you can roll up into your bag, and that will cover you for most climates. Obviously a pair of flipflops, one pair of jeans…

Tim:                 I‟m flying into Rome, it‟s going to be about 6 degrees.

James:            Well, here‟s the other thing. Look on your iPhone for the destination climate before you go. It‟s going to help you pack. But then flipflops are good for airplanes, and they‟re good for… sometimes you might go somewhere where there‟s outdoor showers, like maybe a hot springs or something, and you might want to have that to protect from tinea. OK, so then you have maybe three T-shirts and three pairs of boxer shorts, a couple of pairs of shorts and a warm top. And that should do you.

Tim:                 Mate, that is, right there, that‟s your travel list for the next 12 months. Done.

James:            And maybe two pairs of socks. Now here‟s some little tips like they go, oh, you know, how come I only need three pairs of boxer shorts and three T-shirts? What you can do in the hotel is you can, at the end of the day, you could shower, and you take your t-shirt and your boxer shorts into the shower, and turn them inside out, and you can soap them and rinse them and wash them at the end of your shower and then wring them out. If you‟re on the fly, you‟ll find it very expensive to wash clothes in hotels, but it‟s also a pain in the ass to carry around a huge bag that you have to check in, that could get lost, it‟s really heavy, it‟s hard to put in the back of a car, and a taxi, and everything else. It‟s way better to travel light, knowing that you can buy anything you need on the go. And you probably will. Almost everyone buys something overseas. And I actually specifically buy something when I travel, as a memento of the place I go to, whether it‟s a shirt or a pair of shorts or a pair of shoes or something. So travel very light…

Tim:                 Aftershave?

James:            Yeah, aftershave. And basically if you‟re running low on clothes, you just hop into the shower with your shirt and your undies, turn them inside out, and….

Tim:                 This is getting really awkward. Really awkward.

James:            No, it‟s not.

Tim:                 Surely we‟re not recording all these.

James:            Soap it all up, wash it, wring it, and then roll it up in your towel, and then twist the towel, and then you hang your thing on the coat hanger, and with the air conditioning in your hotel room, it will be dry as a bone the next morning…

Tim:                 Ohhh… this is the Freedom Ocean… Welcome to Martha Gardner‟s Freedom Ocean. Have a nice day.

James:            It works, bro, it works. Well anyway, I just think it‟s a good handy tip in case you spill some beer on your T-shirt on the plane or something.

Tim:                 Yeah, yeah. Oh, so you get into the grog on the plane, do you, Jimmy?

James:            Well, my routine is usually I‟ll have a champagne in business class, when we‟re getting into the seat, and then when we take off they usually start drinks, so I‟ll have a gin and tonic, and then I‟ll open up, I‟ll watch my first documentary, and then they‟ll serve a meal and I‟ll usually have a red wine with meals. So I end up having about three drinks and I feel very inspired, and I start writing notes in my iPad, and it‟s a good planning time, just time away from the Internet, and it‟s time to… you know, you get eight hours or 14 hours, my usual sort of flights, whether it‟s the Philippines or Los Angeles, to watch a couple of movies, have a bit of a sleep, and the thing is, just keep drinking water. Don‟t be afraid to drink water on those flights because that‟s what saves you from hangovers and headaches and jet lag and…

Tim:                 Oh, you‟re always making phone calls when you travel.

James:            Lots of water, and you‟ll be fine. And drink bottled water, wherever you go, if you possibly can.

Tim:                 Yeah, good point mate. Hey, we might wrap this up, because obviously we‟ve got a poor connection, and I am at my meeting, so buddy, good travel tips there, a bit of hardware, a bit of software. A couple of laundry tips, you know, important to get those flip flops hanging off the side of the backpack. At one point during the chat, James, it felt like like an episode of Absolutely Fabulous, you sitting at the top of the plane there, champagne in hand, tapping away at the iPad, I think it‟s a bit of a… I loved it, you know? And I want to see, for the show notes, I want the picture to be you, in the shower in your hotel room, turning your undies inside out. OK, listeners, episode of Freedom Ocean. I hope it was useful to anyone who‟s travelling anywhere, whether it be interstate or overseas, and hopefully it can help you remove yourself from the businesses a little bit more, and have a comfortable travel. Glass of champagne, business class, seems to be the way to go, Jimmy, and turning your undies inside out in the shower, they might be two big takeaways. Thanks, buddy, we will do an episode… I‟m not sure when and where the next one will be, but if we can get our time zones sorted out maybe we can do an episode in a couple of weeks, aye?

James:            Beautiful. Thanks, Timbo

Tim:                 Thanks, Jimmy, see you.

James:            See you.

So there you go. That was the episode on travel with Timbo. I thought of a couple more tips, just while we‟re at it. Remember to check your loyalties program, ask for room upgrades, see if they have included breakfast or special room deals for extended stays. You can save a lot of money, and especially when you have free Internet. The other thing is, always check when you‟re in a third world country that your taxi meter is running, because quite often they will recognize a tourist and try and overcharge for your fares. It‟s best actually to pick up a taxi from the arrivals area of the airport, rather than departures, because you know that someone just made it safely to the airport in the taxi, and usually there‟s no competition for it. So anyway, I hope you enjoyed this episode. Be sure to comment at FreedomOcean.com, right underneath the podcast episode where we publish the show notes, and also you could leave a comment in iTunes. We‟d really appreciate it. Thank you and we‟ll catch up with you in a future episode.


  1. I learned that “sunnies” in AU is equivalent to sun glasses in the US. And of course I learned a whole bunch of other stuff.

  2. Love this episode !! Just out of interest what size backpack do you travel with James ?

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