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Podcast 35: Top Nerd Travel Tools

Podcast 35: Top Nerd Travel Tools

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Drew:Hey all people. Drew Sanocki right here with the Nerd Marketing podcast. This is an early morning podcast. I’m recording this at four:30am as a result of I’m on the West Coast and I’m nonetheless on East Coast time. Got up this morning on the good time of three:00 a.m. I don’t even have my youngsters right here with me to get me up, so what else would I wish to do at zero darkish thirty however bust out a podcast?

I’m right here engaged on a giant deal, and extra on that in an upcoming podcast episode. Today, I do know I promised all people my high instruments, my high journey instruments. These are apps and instruments and devices and funky issues that I actually appreciated after I spent seven months on the highway with my household going to Europe over the past 12 months. We’re about to go to Asia. We’re pondering of a visit to Asia once more for one more six or seven months. These issues are going to be in my journey bag or on my laptop computer or on my telephone. They actually assist run my enterprise remotely. I believe I discussed within the final episode that one of many visions I’ve is operating an iPad enterprise or being an iPad chief. What that simply means is I need to have the ability to run all the pieces off the iPad. I don’t wish to do it on my pc.

Initially I laughed after I noticed these type of senior non-public fairness guys present up at board conferences simply with their iPads, however now I get it. There’s nothing higher than getting on an airplane with simply your iPad and a small bag of your garments and simply type of sitting down, ideally in top notch or enterprise class, you are taking out the iPad, do some bit of labor, watch a pair movies, watch some Seinfeld and that’s it. I don’t wish to be hunched over a laptop computer the remainder of my life so iPad management is type of what I’m going for and that actually has helped inform a few of these instruments.

I began out to do an inventory of about 12. I believe I ended up with an inventory of, I don’t know, I wish to say 30 or so. Too many to enter on this podcast, so what I’m going to do is spotlight a few of my favorites on the podcast after which you’ll be able to go to the present notes and obtain a PDF that has the entire 30, a lot of which you most likely learn about, however I believe what I attempted to do right here is be somewhat bit completely different from the usual Tim Ferris bio life hacking stuff and simply speak about what a typical dad would possibly respect on a visit or a typical mother or father.
So, with out additional ado, SaneField. Let me begin with SaneField, which I’ve talked about earlier than. It’s an app that can assist you handle e-mail. The main profit is fewer interruptions, proper? It’s like lowered info that you need to course of every day. This holds true for those who’re touring, it holds true if you’re going into your workplace day-after-day, however there’s numerous proof that exhibits that the extra info you’ve obtained to course of, your willpower goes down, you simply type of get crushed down and stressed.

The great thing about SaneField is you’ll be able to configure it, or when configured the right method, you’ll be able to open your inbox at any time and all you see is a very powerful stuff and it’s usually, in my case, I’ve obtained the factor so dialed that it’s like three or 4 emails that I want to answer at anyone time. If I open it at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 p.m., nighttime, it’s simply a very powerful issues. At a later time I can batch all the pieces else. This is the place I throw within the joke about emails from my mother, proper? Goes into Sane Later, which is the folder that I course of as soon as per week, as soon as each different week. And, you recognize, initially I used to be scared that that strategy of identical to dealing with a pair emails a day and batching all the pieces else would in some way detract from my effectiveness or get individuals pissed off and it’s simply not the case. You can batch your e-mail as soon as per week and the world, usually, is not going to discover until, after all, it’s the individuals at what you are promoting, the individuals who want a response to one thing from you for those who’re the CEO or the founder and in that case they simply go into the in field. I actually just like the filtering, I really like the flexibility to batch.

They’ve obtained a pair different capabilities there you’ll be able to simply in a short time unsubscribe to one thing with out coping with clicking by means of the e-mail and go right into a website the place you’ve obtained to reenter your e-mail and unsubscribe. They’ve obtained a folder known as Sane News, so all my information goes in there. It type of turns into like an Instapaper type of learn later folder for me the place I simply type of, after I’ve obtained a while on an airplane or when my youngsters are asleep I simply type of compensate for information.

If you wish to actually stage up your SaneField, it’s obtained the flexibility to delegate entry to an assistant. So, in my case, Audrey, from Worldwide 101. I get her in there after which she will be able to begin chipping away in any respect my later emails. She takes it to the following stage, so she goes into my batch folder and she or he’ll simply say, “Look. These guys over here want meetings. I’m going to treat them one way. These people,” perhaps it’s like podcast requests, “these people over here, I don’t know what they want from Drew. Maybe Drew needs to take a look at those.” But no matter. She goes into that folder and she or he and I’ve labored on sure SOPs or customary working procedures the place she triages and she or he is aware of that individuals who wish to have a gathering with me she will be able to schedule that assembly. She is aware of after I need the conferences. She is aware of, within the case of after we have been touring, she is aware of after we’re going to be close to a wifi or after we’re going to be at a resort and I might additionally batch my conferences, batch my calls. So, man, SaneField plus an assistant or a digital assistant is simply actually going to stage up. It’s most likely my primary tip basically for private productiveness as a result of in field is such a bear that takes you down for those who don’t get management of it.

Let’s transfer on. Multiple passports. I’m going to go somewhat bit James Bond right here. I’ve a second passport. I’m a U.S. citizen. I’m additionally the citizen of one other nation. How did that occur? I don’t … I communicate very crappy French, so if you recognize me, I’m clearly not something aside from an American. I believe … I began this after I bought my firm. One of the primary issues that occurs while you promote an organization is you instantly get very defensive and also you begin pondering like, “I just got this big bulk payment and I don’t want to lose that.” You change into somewhat bit extra threat averse. You begin interested by issues like taxation. You begin interested by issues like what occurs if the monetary system goes to hell in a hand basket? What do I do with my belongings? How do I reside in an surroundings? Because this is quite common exterior the U.S. Look at Venezuela, take a look at international locations the place there are runs on the financial institution and simply all kinds of … Or the federal authorities type of repatriates 401(ok)s.

I can geek out on these items, however on the finish of the day it’s nearly managing threat, and so one of many issues I began wanting into was overseas citizenship. The rationale could be that if I’ve obtained two passports or two citizenships, at any time I might decide up my household and transfer to a different nation and will do it as a citizen. I might punch out of … I talked about punching out of assorted methods within the final episode, however I might punch out of the citizenship system. I might additionally simply reside legally out of the country ceaselessly.
So that was the concept. I began wanting into it and actually there are a variety of the way to get overseas passports. If you’ve obtained sufficient monetary assets you’ll be able to mainly purchase your individual overseas passport in quite a lot of international locations, normally within the Caribbean. That’s not the route I went. I went a unique route, which is somewhat simpler and cheaper, which is you determine your loved ones historical past and your lineage and sure international locations, mine was in Europe, sure international locations permit so that you can declare citizenship for those who successfully can observe your lineage again to that nation and present that, in my case, my nice grandparents got here to the U.S. and had their youngsters earlier than they have been naturalized as American residents and so technically the European citizenship handed down throughout to me.

It was a ache within the ass to be trustworthy with you, to get the second passport. It took perhaps two years of me working with a guide and submitting varied paperwork and translating these into the native tongue and submitting stuff to authorities companies to get proof of naturalization and delivery and dying certificates. But on the finish of the day, that FedEx envelope exhibits up and I open it up and I’ve obtained a passport from one other nation. I then had my youngsters get their overseas passports. My spouse is now within the technique of getting hers and so we, as a unit, can journey as Europeans. I received’t say the nation, however we are able to roll into the E.U., any E.U. nation, take out the overseas passports and, I don’t know, if any of you have got gone to Europe you recognize there are normally two strains to get into a rustic, one for E.U. residents and one for everyone else, and the all people else line is the longest line you’ve ever seen.
The small, minor, rapid profit is which you could breeze by means of safety however there’s numerous different issues that go on behind the scenes that you’ve the flexibility now to remain there indefinitely, personal belongings out of the country, reside out of the country, you don’t want a visa, personal actual property there, I might go on and on. There’s … I started my search on this website known as Sovereign Man. I’ll put a hyperlink within the present notes to the web page that type of obtained me began. If you are able to do this, nice journey profit.

Next journey hack or device could be the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. No, this isn’t a ploy for me to get a bunch of affiliate hyperlinks to Chase Sapphire. I actually didn’t care about level methods. I assumed it was such a ache within the ass. I assumed my buddies who have been actually into hacking factors have been simply spending numerous time, ineffective time that you can spend on quite a lot of different issues and, boy, was I fallacious. Part of it was that I’m married to a journey editor, so she, as a part of her job, is simply up on each level system and has most likely had me in 10 or extra bank cards over the previous couple of years simply hacking this.

The main profit is miles factors. Who cares about these? Well, simply the flexibility to fly cross, from the U.S. to Europe enterprise class or top notch in a pleasant Lufthansa jet, I can’t describe how superior that’s. For me, I can by no means sleep on a airplane. I can’t sleep on a airplane and my brother advised me the massive purpose is as a result of your physique likes to have your toes elevated or one thing about blood move, however he’s completely proper. You go first or enterprise class you’ll be able to lay down, you’ll be able to sleep.

Yes, I had a two 12 months outdated and a 4 12 months outdated in top notch and it was most likely the largest douche bag factor I ever did since you see all people getting on the airplane and so they’re like, “Oh, this asshole puts his kids in first class.” I’m like, “Well, I did it through miles.” I ought to have made an indication that I did it by means of miles. That was price it as a result of for those who’ve obtained small youngsters it’s insane touring with youngsters on a airplane and so they simply go nuts and also you’re speaking about six or seven hours on a airplane. We’re going to go to Asia. That’s a 9 hour flight. I’m going to flying in enterprise or top notch for that purpose, simply to get these guys on an iPad, get them on the flicks after which I don’t should cope with my household or my kids for 9 hours, which is at all times the top objective. I imply, that’s at all times the top objective.

So, Chase Sapphire Reserve I’ve discovered is the perfect if you find yourself actually into journey. You get thrice factors for journey, so that you guide a airplane, you guide a resort, you get thrice the factors. Some of the higher advantages for me, it prices about 4 or 5 hundred bucks to get the cardboard, however you get a credit score in direction of international entry or TSA pre. Man, is that price it. You go to any U.S. airport now you’ll be able to register for TSA pre. You can go within the speedier line. That’s one. You journey internationally, you come again to the U.S., you recognize what a significant ache within the ass it’s to get again into this nation for those who’re an American citizen. Maybe that is simply JFK in New York City, however the line goes by means of three terminals. And that’s Americans coming again to the U.S. It’s a humiliation. It’s a nationwide embarrassment, however on the very least, international entry enables you to minimize that line and undergo faster.

You additionally get membership to lounges. Before I had youngsters, I by no means would have appreciated the fantastic thing about an airport lounge. I assumed it was pointless. I imply, you get free wifi indoors, outside, nevertheless it’s the meals, it’s the flexibility to park the youngsters and also you to have a drink or one thing and sit back. The precedence move lounge community is on the market in most airports all over the world, so I really like that. No overseas trade charges, there’s simply numerous advantages to this card. I’d go along with Chase Sapphire Reserve and the second that I take advantage of for the remainder of my enterprise is Chase, Inc. Both of these are simply superior playing cards for accruing factors. The hack, the final word hack, all people listening to this most likely runs their very own enterprise. The hack is you’ve obtained to run your Facebook adverts by means of this stuff, or your paid adverts, as a result of that’s the best way you get miles actually shortly. Make positive you’re accruing them on a card and actually simply nice profit there.

What else do I’ve right here? I talked about Audrey earlier than, my assistant. She works with a gaggle known as Worldwide101 and that is most likely the primary factor I’d do if I have been making over 100ok a 12 months. If you’re taking that out of what you are promoting yearly, you want a private assistant. There are quite a lot of methods to go along with this. Ari Meisel over at Less Doing was the man who type of obtained me began down the highway of non-public assistants. There are mainly two differing types. One is devoted. That means you have got one one who is assigned to you. The different is, I don’t know if you wish to name distributed, however which means it’s a workforce and there are advantages of each.

The distributed one, I performed round with one known as Fancy Hands, fancyhands.com. I nonetheless have a membership there. That is a workforce of VAs, or digital assistants, all around the world that reply to your requests. The great thing about that’s I might give them one thing throughout this podcast and they’d be finished with it by the top of the podcast. Now, I can’t give then something. I don’t know the place they get these individuals, however they’re not, I don’t wish to say they’re not the sharpest instruments within the shed, however they’re identical to a Google search plus. So mainly discover me a restaurant close to my resort or get all this knowledge right into a spreadsheet and, increase, they’re going to crank on it and crank on it shortly. That’s the dispersed workforce or the workforce strategy.

The devoted is, in my case, Audrey. You have one assistant assigned to you and she or he will get to know you. They get to know your preferences, they get to know your schedule and you may simply go deeper with that assistant. In my case, give them financial institution accounts, give them entry to all the pieces in my enterprise. They get to know my household. They know my spouse is gluten-free. They know when all people’s birthdays are. They can proactively then come to you and counsel items or methods to assist out. That’s a devoted. I’m really utilizing each now and I actually like this capacity to make use of each and make the Fancy Hands app obtainable to Audrey so all the pieces, in my case, pipes by means of Audrey. Audrey then can handle a lot of the contractors for my enterprise. She can handle Fancy Hands. There’s a extra premium model of Fancy Hands known as Leverage, which Ari at Less Doing got here up with. That’s additionally a superb resolution.

But, yeah, get a digital assistant and the first profit is simply actually going to free you up. It’s going to liberate your time. It’s going to assist you to do issues like, properly, right here’s a pair issues that I speak about. From touring, and in addition from operating a enterprise, blowing up my schedule. I do know that each one the SAS guys are into Calendly or Book With Me or all these varied on-line reserving methods. They suppose it’s so cool, like ship me a hyperlink to schedule with you. I get that. I’ve tried them, however my schedule’s simply method too fluid. Okay, three conditions. Number one, I may be touring and we determine to depart two or three days early as a result of this island sucks or one thing, and I’ve obtained to explode my schedule. Calendly or the web scheduling apps don’t assist you to blow up your schedule with one Slack message. In my case I can e-mail Audrey and say, “Blow up Thursday.” She simply is aware of to go in and simply reschedule the entire thing, reschedule them for different days. So that’s most likely the primary purpose I really like her.

The second purpose why I’d wish to blow up my schedule is I’m working and also you simply get too many conferences or one thing and you must blow up a day. The third is, in my case, emotional vitality. After sure days I would simply be spent. I would simply be having a good time with my household and I simply can’t deal. I can’t cope with conferences tomorrow, and simply the flexibility to maneuver all of them with one bulk message is fairly empowering. You can management your schedule. I’d extremely advocate doing it by means of a digital assistant. If you get to the extent you’ll be able to have a full time one, in my case, Worldwide101 is nice. It’s an incredible compromise between Fancy Hands and having a full-time one. They’ve obtained varied applications the place you should buy hours, however, yeah, can’t advocate that sufficient.

Another app that I take advantage of on a regular basis to handle my VA is Loom. Loom is a display screen sharing app or only a very fast video recording app. I’ve discovered that one of the best ways to work with Audrey is thru creating customary working procedures. It’s actually one of the best ways to work with anybody. I’ve her construct out a normal working process for all the pieces she does, whether or not it’s processing my e-mail, getting a podcast collectively, getting a flight reservation. She is aware of my preferences, she is aware of the way to do it, she is aware of all my mileage applications. That all goes within the SOP.
The vital factor you must do is have that particular person handle and replace the SOP so that you don’t should do it. You do it, you’re going to get overwhelmed by all of the work you must do, however have them handle that SOP. What that enables is, primary, constant service, constant expectations, simply the identical factor occurring each time.

Number two, fixed enchancment. As you replace these SOPs, they change into extra superior and actually you change into an increasing number of efficient over time. I’d say quantity three, it’s actually scalability. In the occasion that Audrey determined to depart Worldwide101 or no matter, I wish to combine extra assistants into my enterprise, then she will be able to simply hand that SOP on to someone else. There’s been quite a few examples the place she’s gone on trip herself and another person has stepped proper into her footwear and hasn’t missed a beat. Think of like Upwork and Odesk and the period of time you set in to discovering someone to do search engine optimisation or to replace weblog posts or to do one thing like that. And then you definitely prepare them and so they punch out or they flake, and then you definitely’ve obtained to go prepare someone else.

This is why you utilize SOPs. I simply use Evernote for mine. You can use Google Docs, however Loom is an effective way, getting again to Loom, the place I began this, is an effective way to type of get the message throughout and, in my case, display screen shares. Say I’m reserving a flight on JetBlue. I’ll pop open a display screen share, a Loom display screen share, and I’ll simply discuss to Audrey. I’ll say, “Look. Here’s what I want. Here’s the flights, here’s where I enter my TSA pre. Here are my seat preferences.” I hearth that video off to her and she or he simply creates an SOP from it. I try this on a regular basis. I do it in WordPress, I do it in Slack. I simply do it in each app that I take advantage of to type of prepare individuals how I need issues finished. It’s only a hell of loads faster than typing it out into an e-mail. So, Loom. Check it out.

Let’s see. Let’s conclude with extra of a enjoyable one right here. This is just not an app, nevertheless it’s extra of a chunk of hardware. I really like my Perch laptop computer stand. I’m in my mid forties. I’m beginning to get hunched. My head is beginning to come out of the entrance of my chest as an alternative of off the highest, which isn’t supreme. I’m actually making an attempt to make a degree of standing up whereas I work and simply having good posture basically. I’ve obtained a Mac Air, so it’s very small, and if it’s on a desktop I’ve obtained to hunch over to have a look at this factor. The Perch laptop computer stand type of kicks it as much as head peak. The profit is I really feel loads higher utilizing it for any time period, primary, and quantity two, it’s mild. It’s product of light-weight plastic. I might fold that factor up and throw it in my journey bag. I take advantage of that factor in all places. I crank it out, introduced an exterior keyboard with me and it was only a very nice type of handy moveable laptop computer setup.
So, there are some instruments. Again, that is simply the highest of the iceberg of issues I discovered to be helpful. If you wish to give a skim to the 30 or in order that I actually couldn’t reside with out, simply go to the podcast notes and we’ll put a PDF in there with all of the hyperlinks and stuff.

Hope you loved it. It’s type of a departure from the Nerd Marketing stuff, however hey, I discovered these items helpful in operating my enterprise. Hope you guys do, too. I’ll discuss to you subsequent time. Thanks.

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