Dec 09

As-salamu alaykum from Salalah Oman. We docked today after 5 days at sea and spent the afternoon racing around to see the mosque, the market, a maritime history museum and the beach.

I have a second talk earlier this week on how we’ve systematized sales at Pagely. You can find the slides by Googling “pagely sales system.”

My two fav talks thus far have been @daviddangvu & Julia Shem. I got to mastermind with them and other rockstar guests of @mattbowlesmaverick show last night.

We had a pool day earlier this week but there was a plot twist… #NoMads #NoWater #NoProblem

More TRX workouts off the back of the boat…

+ running…

+ an intro to Krav Maga workshop = barely offsetting my caloric dessert intake. For the people interested in Krav follow my buddy Joey’s account @kravmagaxd

I got to play my fav song “Jaded” at the talent show this year which was a real treat. You can find it on Sound Cloud here:

Dinners with rad people every night…

And epic sunsets. Been a good @nomadcruise so far. Peace in the Middle East. (at Salalah, Oman)

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Dec 03

It’s the first week of Nomad Cruise X and we’ve covered a lot of ground.

I got my start as an Instagram influencer in Athens by riding @helensimkins coat tails.

258 of us then got on a really big boat and I had the honor of doing the kickoff keynote on what I’ve learned via my guests for @nomadprep.

We then crossed from the Mediterranean into the Red Sea via the Suez Canal.

Made our way past Egypt…

Did some TRX off the back of the boat…

And made it to Jordan where we are now. We hiked around Petra today which is stunning.

How these people carved this facade into a rock wall is just unreal.

It’s not a visit to Petra without the obligatory photo. Photo cred @benlakoff with his inferior iPhone 11 ;-) HBD Ben!

And yes we got a jumping photo with a cat. So… it’s been a successful day. We head back out to sea tomorrow towards Oman. (at Petra, Ma`An, Jordan)

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Nov 24

I arrived in Athens last Thursday and have now had the chance to walk a total of about 15mi through the city. Athens is a bustling place that has a similar energy to Lisbon.

Before leaving Lisbon last week I had the opportunity to capture two great interviews with impressive people: Darius Moravcik of Reflectly and Ash of the Lisbon Digital Nomad Meetup. In both we dug into how they’ve seen success in their respective endeavors: Darius in signing up 20-30k users per day for Reflectly and Ash in growing the largest Nomad Meetup group in the world.

Lisbon has been a dreary rainy place the past two weeks. It’s nice to finally be in some sunshine.

This shot is of the Keramikos archeological site – an old cemetery near the Thissio train station.

My friend @mattbowlesmaverick and I did half-day walking tour of the Athens street art scene that started there. I’ll post a more extensive collection soon but here are a few.

Here is a shot of the Acropolis during the day from below.

And one from a rooftop bar at sunset.

We had some phenomenal Greek wine (Mavrotragano 2017) at the #1-rated wine bar in Athens @oinoscent We will pretty much buy anything from our wonderful sommelier @lilly_clk at this point.

On the flight over from Athens I finished a really powerful book on sleep. I first heard the author Matthew Walker on a Joe Rogan podcast episode and had to listen to his interview twice. In this book he makes a compelling argument that if diet & exercise are the pillars of well-being, that sleep is the bedrock on which those pillars rest. As a society we’re woefully neglecting the importance of sleep. Highly recommend checking out the podcast interview:
Here’s the spot I found for my TRX workout this morning. TRX is a great alternative to finding a gym in every city and is super compact to travel with.

We’re in the final stretch leading up to the departure of @NomadCruise X later this week so the next one of these updates will likely come from a big boat in the Suez Canal. Kalispera!

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Nov 18

Charity Makeover #6 in Barcelona is now a week behind us and I just had the chance to writeup a nice summary of the event complete with an extensive photo album. Check it out on

It’s been a rainy past week in Lisbon and I’ve capitalized on that time to finish the Snowden book.

“Permanent Record” is an important one I highly recommend reading. I could write a whole novel myself on this book but it’s an amazing account from Edward Snowden on how, why and what he heroically did to make the public aware of the unconstitutional mass surveillance programs that the US implemented.

My last night in Barcelona I played an open mic that was really more of “get up and jam with the band session” but it went well and I chose what I thought was an appropriate song given the circumstances.

Two nights later @ivanso let myself and @lukeislegend play a show at his place on Pink St.

And then Friday it was @goncalo_regalado birthday. Happy Birthday sung in Portuguese is very different

The founder of Nomad Cruise invited me to lead a keynote on NCX on the lessons I’ve learned from interviewing 30+ location-independent individuals. I’m super stoked for that opportunity.

This new album from Arizona band @jimmyeatworld has been in my headphones the last couple weeks. I didn’t like it at first but it’s grown on me and will now forever remind me of walking around Barcelona.

IFTTT is a super useful app. I used it to implement a microblogging workflow that now pipes these mini updates I post on Instagram to my personal blog (which is nice because I’ve completely neglected it for the past year).

I head to Athens this Thursday to begin 4 months of nomadic working travel. This trip will take me to the Middle East, Asia and potentially South Africa – all new places for me so I’m excited. In prep for this I’ve collapsed everything I’ll have during this time into this backpack. Carry-on only from here out… giddyup. (at Lisbon, Portugal)

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Nov 10

Barcelona week 3 recap:

It’s been a challenging week. I learned Friday from a MRI that the source of my neck/shoulder/back pain for the past decade (but most acutely over the past 10 days) is due to 2 herniated discs in my neck (C6 C7). The past 10 nights have taught me a lesson in gratitude for the 99.9% of the time that I live in absence of excruciating pain.

Before that though Halloween was fun. A bunch of us from went out in costume and showed Barcelona how to dress.

I had the opportunity to sit down WT management later and do an interview for the @nomadprep podcast. Topics like: “What is “home?“ What is the end game of nomadic travel? Could kids be raised in a tribal nomadic environment?

I then hopped a train to Valencia to visit my friend @lishiechristinie who I haven’t seen since our Remote Year program ended.

It felt like home for the first time in awhile.

And we’re basically both professional @vans models now.

It was then back to Barcelona to hold our biggest Charity Makeover event yet: 4 charities, 17 volunteers and an intense exercise in what game-changing assets can be built under extreme time constraints.

It was a veritable “Voltron of Darien” presence with @con10to coming all the way from Rotterdam and showing up to lead the team for @seeds_for_autism?
I could not be more proud of what these 4 teams accomplished in a single day. We’ll have a full write-up on soon. I recommend adding your email there to follow along with how this effort develops.

Thank you #Pagely and @nomadcities for the meal sponsorships and @malibucowork for graciously hosting us in their beautiful space by the beach.

I started this public journaling experiment 2mos ago in Crete to see if I could use social media differently to take stock of my life on a weekly basis, create surface area to connect more deliberately with friends and strangers and log this unfolding journey. This was a really challenging week. It’s so easy to take our health for granted when it’s perfect. I start physical therapy in Lisbon later this week and hope to return to pain-free life soon. (at Barcelona, Spain)

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Nov 03

Barcelona Week 2 recap:

Started out with an insanely good dinner with my friend @toldbyalyse
You should try @eatwith if they have it in a town you’re visiting. These are some of the most amazing culinary experiences wherein you dine with complete strangers and are served by local independent chefs (and sometimes just people cooking out of their house). This one did not disappoint.

Woke up the next day on the beach in Ibiza.

We toured around (some of us on quads, myself in the jeep) and explored some beautiful ocean views.

Contrary to the looks of these ominous clouds, the weather cooperated with us the whole time.

We hiked down a fairly steep sandstone rock face and found this swimming cove and all these really cool rock formations.

We saw some stunning sunsets from the western-most point of the island.

It was pretty surreal.

This one on our last night with beautiful cirrus clouds above.

It’s been an epic two weeks with the @wifitribe crew. We’re t-minus 6 days from the Charity Makeover event in Barcelona and it’s completely sold out so I’m excited. Unfortunately I woke up with a crazy shooting pain in my right shoulder and I’m headed to get an MRI tomorrow to figure out what’s going on. Feels like sciatic nerve only radiating from my T2 vertebra to my right shoulder to my fingertips… hoping it’s just a pinched nerve and heals quickly on its own. If anyone has a theory on what this might be or what I could do to alleviate the pain I’d welcome any ideas.

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