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Is anyone out there running their AM business from the road? Do you have any advice? Do you have family cash your checks while you're gone? I have a laptop and will get a T-Mobile Hot Spot account or some such, but what else do I need?
Can't help ya there because I'm in the same boat - I'll be off to europe and travel the continent with my laptop and my cell phone (and digital camera(s)). You may consider a cable lock, and don't forget the different power adapters for each country if you go out there. Other than that, regular travelling rules apply :)
If you happen to skim over the pond to Europe let me know, and we can hook up somewhere, anywhere, anytime ;)
#1 - good laptop, with long battery life! (spare battery would be a huge plus)
#2 - Family or friend to cash the checks regularly
#3 - Don't bother with your cell phone in Europe unless it's tri-band. Europe's GSM networks operate @900Mhz i believe, so be prepared to buy a new one in Europe.
#4 - Bring your familiar software applications, backups of your website files and so on... so you don't waste your travel time writing code!
#5 - Visit Germany, it's very clean and the beer is GREAT!
#6 - Visit Belgrade (Serbia), it's one of the best places to party and the weather is usualy nice... I came here (Belgrade) in 2001 and somehow decided to stay! :)
Bring a camera and a walkman, travel by train, you'll have fun for sure!
For payment options, I get everything deposited to my account either by the company, or my parents receiving the checks. I keep a house in Florida, which I consider my home base where I leave all of my stuff.
For travel, I always take the same laptop where I have all of my valuable information (leave backup home). I created an instruction manual that I leave to a trusted family relative with clear details on how to run my online business. That manual is sealed in an envelope and should only be opened if there is a circumstance that impedes me from running my sites from another country.
In less developed countries, they have few wifi facilities, so the internet cafe's are the temp solution for daily checking of the sites. I never access highly sensitive information in these places.
South America seems to be my getaway place of preference because of buying power. Europe is pretty, but much more expensive. However, Europe is better for finding wifi.
There's a law that you get to keep the first $80k you make per year tax free if you have lived an x amount of months out of the USA, I think about 10 or 11 months.
If you guys are going to be around travelling, let me know, I'd like to join you for dinner some time.
By EFT I take it you mean Electronic Funds Tranfer?
Does this mean the money goes to your bank account automatically?
Rfung, you have been to Europe... How easy is it to withdraw money from a bank account in the states over there?
yes, EFT means that.
As far as western europe - an ATM card will do fine and work most places you go.
I'm not sure about eastern europe, but I'll let you know when I find out :)
14 days and counting...
Bank cards do not have fraud protection, so if anything happens, you're scre*ed.
I have been mostly in eastern Europe since 2002 and I can tell you that it's a LOT better and safer than it was just a few years ago.
PS: Happy travels rfung! (and anyone else for that matter)
Warsaw is nice too - reconstructed section is worth a long afternoon and evening exploring (with everything from Pizza Hut to local cuisine dining options). And ATM's work fine there.
For people wanting to read up - years ago I bought an "Avant Guide" book for Prague (now they have almost a dozen cities, as a quick search for their site showed). It was a full-fledged guide book, but it had uber-cool off-the-beaten-path suggestions that would probably appeal to people here in the forums.
This thread has been inspiring... goes back to what a friend's dad (cardiologist) asked me a long time ago: What will people in the world do if they don't have to work every day for money?