Preparing for travel hijinks
In this series of videos we’ve been talking about being location independent or a digital nomad and some of the challenges that can bring. Today we’re going to talk about travel hijinks and some of that stuff that you just can’t predict and some solutions for those. Check them out below!
So travel hijinks. Honestly, stuff that you can’t predict, you can't prepare for. My best tip for that would be to do what you can and to learn to roll with the punches.
However, the best thing that you can do to prepare is do a lot of research. So when you’re traveling abroad, that means getting on the internet and learning about visas, what are the entry and exit requirements from the countries that you’re visiting? What’s important to you in a place that you stay? I’ve been staying in Airbnb’s lately and I check out the reviews before I book them and look out for what’s important to me as someone who works on the road. I’m looking for strong Wi-Fi, looking out for bedbugs, somewhere that’s comfortable and these sorts of things.
Another thing is to make sure that your passport is up to date. Make sure that its valid for long enough for you to get in and out of these countries that you’re visiting. Get a travel consultation before you leave the country. Make sure that you got your vaccines and maybe most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! You know, people are awesome and they’re willing to help you if you’re kind. :)
I’m filming this video from unbelievably beautiful rainbow mountain in Peru. I'm also a copywriter for female entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in learning what its like to work with me, I do free connection calls. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Until next week, I hope you’re amazing and we’ll talk to you then!
Have any fun travel hijinks stories? Share them below in the comments. I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Making friends on the road
In this series of videos that I’ve filmed, we’ve been talking about the challenges about being a digital nomad. In this one I’d like to address the challenges of making friends while living abroad. Read on or watch the video below to see how...
So, making friends while living abroad and traveling. It’s not always super easy but I do have a couple of tips for you.
Your first few days somewhere, consider staying in a hostel instead of an Airbnb or a hotel. It’s a lot easier to talk to people there. Everyone’s there to meet people, a lot of people are traveling alone, there’s often a bar there and its really easy to strike up a conversation. There are often events planned and it makes it a lot easier to approach people. They’re very open to chatting.
Another thing you can do is choose to stay longer in one spot. When you’re on vacation its feasible to hop around a great deal. But, when this is your lifestyle, if you stay in one spot for a bit longer it makes it easier to meet other people.
And then of course there’s stuff like joining meetups, joining Facebook groups for expats, trying to do this sort of things you’d like to do at home. Dance classes, yoga, any of these can make a difference. Walking tours. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and talk to people. Have fun with it!
Today I’m filming this video from magical Machu Picchu in Peru. I’m a digital nomad myself so I do know a thing or two about the challenges and about rolling with the punches since you can see that Machu Picchu is currently covered.
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Until next week, we’ll talk to you then!
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Staying in touch with crappy wifi
In a recent video, I talked about the challenges of being a digital nomad. The first was about spotty wifi and staying in touch with your family. In this video, I’d like to offer some solutions. Read on or listen below...
So getting around crappy Wi-Fi when you’re traveling around the world. I have a few suggestions for this. I have a resource that I like and use that compares prepaid data SIM cards that you can use from your phone or pair with your computer. This resource compares different service providers on characteristics like coverage or amount of data.
Another thing that you can do is remember that if you visit restaurants or Starbucks, they often have Wi-Fi if you buy a cup of coffee, so that’s a way you can get around that too.
Another thing you can do before you even leave home is check out service providers that have good plans for traveling. Canada’s not so great for this to be honest, but I know that England has some good “roam away from home” type plans.
And finally when it comes to staying in touch with your friends and family, why not lean into being a bit old school and send a postcard? Finding a mailbox isn’t always super easy, but your Airbnb host or someone at the hotel or hostel will probably know where you could do that.
So that’s it for today. Challenge #1 complete!
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This video was filmed in beautiful Ollantaytambo, Peru.
What are some of the ways you stay in touch while traveling abroad? I'd love to hear your tricks! Comment below and let's chat.
Ever wonder about some of the challenges of being a digital nomad? In this video, I’d like to talk about just that. Watch or read on below for some great insight!
I’m recording this video for you from Huacachina, Peru, which is an oasis in the desert and it’s absolutely amazing, as you can see! One of the upsides of being a digital nomad is traveling to cool places, but there’s stuff that can really hold you back too, and some of it’s obvious and some is less obvious.
Challenge #1: It can be difficult to stay in touch with friends and family on the road. Wi-Fi can be iffy when you travel abroad and that can make it really difficult.
Challenge #2: Making friends when you’re staying in hostels is a little easier, but it’s hard to do work there. If you get yourself an Airbnb or stay in a hotel, it means that the onus is on you to go out and meet people. It can be tricky abroad if you don’t speak the language or if you’re shy.
Challenge #3: Traveling hijinks. Stuff going wrong that you could never have planned for. Did you know, for example, to be allowed entry into Peru you need to have proof of exit at the time you are getting onto your flight? I learned that one the hard way… And finally,
Challenge #4: Work-life balance. When you’re doing this, you may be used to traveling for fun and when you’re doing this as a lifestyle, this is your life, so you have to find a good balance between seeing the cool things that there are to see in the world and doing the work that you’ve got to get done. So those are the quick 4 tips that I wanted to share with you about that.
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Until next week, you’re doing amazing and I’ll talk to you then!
At one time or another, we all struggle to lead lives of meaning. In this post I’d like to share something that I’ve found extremely helpful and I hope will help you too. Watch or read on!
Within the past couple years, I found an author by the name of Russ Harris. He has written a wonderful series of books called “The Happiness Trap”, “The Confidence Gap”, and “The Reality Slap”. They all cover something called ACT Therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The specific tip that I wanted to share today is something I have taken from Russ on how to live a life of meaning. Russ’ suggestion is that when you’re clear on your values, you can always be headed in a meaningful direction. Even if you’re struggling with anxiety—I have anxiety and I know a lot of female entrepreneurs and other people do as well—no matter how you’re feeling, even if that can’t control that, you can always act in line with your values, and THAT is what makes a meaningful life. So getting clear on your values is…well, invaluable.
On the note copywriting, if you’re interested in seeing if we’d be a good fit to work together, I do free connection calls. Tell me about what you’re working on and let’s see if we’re a good fit!
This week I am sharing from Lima, Peru. Go team #DigitalNomad!
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Do you ever feel like your priorities aren’t your own and that you get sucked into say yes to everything because you like pleasing other people? In this 90-second video, I share an easy first step to managing this problem. Or, continue reading below.
Today I want to talk about the overwhelmed “yes girl” who needs an alternative. I actually am taking inspiration from a friend who found herself doing this all the time, and my suggestion to her was that instead of saying “yes” right away when people asked something of her (e.g. Can you take on this project? Can you accompany me here? Can you grab the groceries for us tonight? etc.), try saying, “can I get back to you?” She wanted to say something, but also leave herself a little time to put aside her people pleasing habits and think about whether she had the bandwidth, time or desire to take the new thing on. Just try that on for size and see how it feels! Instead of an instant “yes”, try “can I get back to you?” People can usually wait an hour while you think something through, and I bet it will make a difference. Give it a whirl and let me know how that goes for you; I’m going to make an effort to try that this week too.
I’m currently in Medellin, Colombia, loving life... but not much longer, because soon I will continue on to Peru. Until next week, I will talk to you then!
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Annnnnd of course, please don’t leave me hanging out here by myself. I love to chat. Do you have other tips you use for managing your people-pleasing tendencies?
Ever wonder about a copywriter's motivation for starting their business? I have several, but the main one is... you. Let me tell you more about why Megan Words got started in the video or transcript below :)
Megan Words is a boutique copywriting and editing consultation business. I love what I do because it gives me the opportunity to help other people birth their visions. Yeah, that’s kind of cheesy… but the truth is that while most business owners and entrepreneurs have mastery of their core offering, talking about it is a completely different beast. It comes to me naturally and I love to help other people share their value with the world. The other thing that being a copywriter allows me to do is be a digital nomad, which means that every week I’m sharing my vlogs from somewhere new and interesting. This week, it’s from Big White in British Colombia, Canada. I love how it allows me to connect with other people; being a copywriter I get to talk to big-hearted, service-providing female entrepreneurs on the daily. Yahoo!
If you think we might be a good fit, please reach out. I would love to do a free connection call. We can talk about my process, see if we’re a good it, talk about what you need. Contact me here!
Don't let me talk to myself... let's make this two-way. Why did you start your business? Tell me in the comments and I promise to reply.
So you've got the website... but you don't have the clients. What gives? The #1 reason your web copy isn't getting you clients revealed in this video (and the transcript below).
I’ll just spit it out. The #1 reason that your website isn’t getting you clients is because you’re speaking in your voice, not your client’s. Think about that for a minute. You sell purple widgets. You want your prospective clients to buy purple widgets. What you really need to sell is what purple widgets will give your clients. “What’s in it for me?” That’s what everybody wants to know. So when you’re writing your copy, think about it from your client’s perspective. Learn everything you can about them, and out yourself in their shoes.
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Hey you, yes you there! Talk to me. Do you know how to learn more about your clients' pain points? Tell me how you'd go about this.
Are you feeling a little guilty about hiring a copywriter? Or maybe you’re thinking about hiring a copywriter and you’re wondering if it’s “cheating” to let them do your writing for you? Watch this short video to debunk that particular myth (or read on).
Recently I had a client share with me that she was feeling guilty that I was writing her content for her. The way we used to work together, she would provide me with an email that she had written, I’d edit it and get it back to her. But I pointed out to her that I could save her some time by writing in her voice and writing the emails for her. She LOVED the results and the time savings, but she worried, “uh, I didn’t write the words myself, is that ok? Is it cheating?”
In response I asked her, “do you think Oprah is writing her own email blasts?”
I don’t know Oprah (yet!), but I bet you dollars to donuts that she’s not writing her own emails. No woman is an island. We can do a lot ourselves, but we can’t do everything ourselves. And the emails I wrote for this client, they were her ideas, her voice… I just helped her write them down. You can have that too!
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So what is a digital nomad? Did you know I’m one? Watch this short video to hear about it, or read below.
A digital nomad is a professional who lives a location independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and do their work wherever they are. The vast majority of this time, this means using telecommunications to earn a living. This is how I'm living as a copywriter! I have no formal office, no cubicle, no formal hours, and basically none of the restrictions of a 9-5.
More generally, digital nomads conduct their lives in a nomadic manner (aka they have no permanent residence), and often travel through and work in foreign countries.
My daily office is a friend's house, a hotel or hostel, a coffee shop or restaurant, a public library, or a co-working space.
People have different reasons for choosing this lifestyle... and you can see what one of them is in the above video!
Owning my own business in an industry in the "knowledge economy" means that the cool side perk of living as a digital nomad is available to me. I can do my work as a copywriter anywhere I am (so long as I have my laptop and a wifi connection, that is).
If you are thinking about working with a professional copywriter, I would love to do a free connection call with you. We can talk about what you’re looking for and see if we’re a good fit, and I can provide some initial thoughts on your content, walk you through my process, and address any questions you might have about working together. This conversation is free and no pressure, so don’t be shy. Or if you have a friend who you think would love to work with me, ask me about my referral program.
Interested to hear about how I made the switch to a nomadic lifestyle? Let me know in the comments.
Megan is the owner of Megan Words, a boutique copywriting and editing consulting business devoted to helping female entrepreneurs with worthy causes develop high-quality web copy and content. She sometimes wears pants. Learn more about her here.