The truth about laptop lifestyle

Last Update: February 28, 2016

Hey WA.

As some of you know I am spending 4 months traveling this year. The adventure began 2 days after I returned to Montreal from the epic Las Vegas Wealthy Affiliate Super Conference.

I love traveling and discovering new places. The "laptop lifestyle" allows m to do so. Thank You Kyle, Carson, WA, many members here and I thank myself for the effort I put into the online business to achieve this (btw, traveling smart is really not expensive, I probably spend less than I normally do at home).

I decided to write this particular post from a beautiful and still somehow not too-touristy island of Lipe in Thailand (Koh Lipe). Just look at that view:

Looks pretty nice, right? Food is amazing, water is pure, weather is great, you get the point. However, there is pretty much no internet here.

I thought I would love being a beach bum for the rest of my life, just relaxing, snorkeling and drinking a cold beer while enjoying the sunset. I was wrong.

The first 2 days were fine but the rest of the week I felt useless. I even felt a little guilty because i couldn't get any work done.

We often here about the "laptop lifestyle" where we're promised to work 1 hour per week and make millions (and unfortunately some people fall for that, I know I did a while ago) but such thing doesn't exist. You need to constantly take action, you need to move forward, you need to learn and grow.

Even though I can easily afford this lifestyle for a while, I realize that I dislike it. I actually LOVE what I do for a living hence I love working. When I do NOTHING for a week I know something is really wrong. Sure we all deserve a vacation but at this point work feels like a vacation.

I am sorry for this rant. I hope this quick post helps some of the members here set better goals (and achieve them). I hope some of you will sit down and start thinking very hard about what you would want to do for the rest of your life, with passion. Then do that.

Creating an income is very possible for every single person here but it will take hard work and some mind-shifting. Do what you love, the success will come as a by-product of that.

I am now in Bangkok and I enjoying having internet access and having a chance to get work done. That's the real laptop lifestyle in my opinion.

Peace,


Alex

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ElianeLima Premium
lol
Loved this, Alex.
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BRawiri Premium
Hi Alex,

This excited me!
With a little persistent and a lot of consistent action I can be where you are now- having the option to work or not.
Like you, when I get to the success levels I am aiming for, I will be too busy sharing this news with others so they in turn may join me!
But somewhere in there, I will take some time with my family and soak in something unique and beautiful. It may even be for a while. I don't know, I guess I'll wait and see... but that's what's so great about having options :-)

Thank you again for the inspiration.
Cheers Brenda
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AfqmBiz Premium
I am reaching to the point of my WA membership just start to do what you have been doing for years, my friend. Since coming on board, when travel, my laptop always together with me. Just being consistent and finding the balance of these lifestyles I am lacking, now and this the aspect I need to be at home and consistent.

Thanks for your kind of blogs here bring different elements and it is meaningful to me :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Totally agree with you Alex!
This is also what I feel. People who really find success online are those who take this as a passion. Working online is not a work or job, instead it's just like you've said - a vacation! It has become a part of their life and they cannot stop doing it.

For those who are struggling, they still treat this as a work to be done and a mean to their dream lifestyle. They are just imagining their dream "laptop lifestyle" or the lifestyle image that many scammers have created and put into their mind.
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Ivileivine Premium
I love your posts Alex. You definitely spark inspiration's!
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CraigW315 Premium
Great post. I look forward to reaching this point myself. My problem right now is that I am too busy looking at the destination that I am having trouble keeping my eyes on the path, but hearing from real people who have managed to succeed is a big help.
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teampower Premium
How long have you been in it Craig?
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amgolf Premium
You traveling Thailand, sweet and beautiful beach.
Your laptop lifestyle is amazing and idol to me.
Great, I see you in youtube channel, interesting!
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teampower Premium
I am sure you will get there soon.
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Ralljr Premium
Hey Alex
thanks for sharing its a great goal to work towards.
Enjoy
Regards Rall
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Sdaviscs1250 Premium
Mine sure does. I am on a cruise for 7 days with my sister and not attached to a desk. I am able to stay connected to my online business with my laptop, iPad and iPhone

So glad I found WA.

Sharon
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SamiWilliams Premium
Alex

I too like to work.

The challenge of learning something new has had it's moments!

However, the fact is that I love to learn! And learning in this business!
As the business is a continual changing process, it is perfect for me!

Enjoy your travels!

Sami
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Pios2012 Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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Jim-Bo Premium
Alex,

Derek is in Chiang Mai!
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derekmarshal Premium
Thanks Jimbob. Just to mention it Alex, I live here. need any help gimme a shout
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ChrisGooden Premium
I discovered, many moons ago, that my tolerance for idleness was limited to around 4 hours.

It has become shorter every year since. It's currently nearer half an hour now.
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derekmarshal Premium
Dude I'm up north in Chiang Mai.
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freedom1207 Premium
Awesome post, Alex. As much as we all dream of how great it would be to not have to work so we could simply travel and explore our dreams and wishes, you made such a great point...that you actually LOVE working...especially at something you're crazy about. No matter what we work at, I feel that it is in the act of giving and contributing that makes us feel good if we can learn to view our work in this way. That's why when we do nothing and give nothing, it feels heavy and awful. Having said that, I'm sure it's a lot easier to do so when our work is our passion. :-)
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billybons Premium
Well said, Alex! I don't believe in "work 1 hour a week" fairy tales. If you've made it this far that means you're a person of action (meaning- work). To feel fulfilled they need to do something useful. People who enjoy doing nothing usually can't make a dime.
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mackiejw Premium
Stop whining Alex. Enjoy the trip and, hopefully, many more to come. Then, when you get my age and look back, you will be glad you have not missed seeing the world. Only place I never made it to is 'down under', and I regret it.
John
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AlexSol Premium
Thanks for the advice John :) Traveling is fun but even that gets boring sometimes.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Does anyone think I can do so much on a tablet like on a laptop?. I am thinking of buying a medium range one that is easy to carry about and do my work on the go. What do you recommend. Many Thanks.
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Kevin67 Premium
I've never used a tablet so I wouldn't know, A laptop is easy to carry and so is a good smart phone.
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AlexSol Premium
I would highly recommend a laptop over phone or tablet. I find that typing on a phone or a tablet can be rather complicated. Than there are websites and services that aren't compatible with mobile devices and you'd need a laptop once again :)
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Kevin67 Premium
Well there you go
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Elijah1916 Premium
I thought so, thanks for confirming my fear. I thought going away with a tablet will slow down things. Best wishes always.
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derekmarshal Premium
Yes but in certain places in Thailand the internet is not so good. You find we have a great digital nomad community here, especially in Chiang Mai, hub of digital nomads. If you decide to see the north give me a shout as I travel a bit also.

Based up North and in Penang flirting between Penang and Chiang Mai.
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AlexSol Premium
I am in Chiang Mai right now until the end of March.
btw, I totally loved Gergetown :D
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derekmarshal Premium
dude wanna meet some time? I'm up moonmung rd top end soi 2 nearer to Chiang Mai gate than thapae gate.
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AlexSol Premium
PM ;)
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scorpwealth Premium
Love the honesty Alex and thanks for the words of wisdom. Enjoy your travels it is the best life experience one can achieve. I look forward to it when my boys grow up and I will be available for more leisure time. Reach out to me if you ever need anything and thanks again. Enjoy.
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AlexSol Premium
Thank You so much! Traveling can be done at any age (although the experience will certainly be different for everyone). Sometimes I wish I was 18 again but sometimes I really enjoy the fact that I am traveling in my late 20s :)
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dickw Premium
That was inspiring Alex. Looking forward to feeling guilty about not working for a week.
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AlexSol Premium
Hahaha, thanks :)
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mechidor Premium
Cool! Awesome!
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Jim-Bo Premium
Next time ur in the neighbourhood, drop in and pay me a visit. I'm in Thailand. Could use some of your over the shoulder help. Hehe

cheeky ain't I?

lol

but anyways, u just gave me a great idea.

when I get really going, I am gonna try "the laptop lifestyle" for a while.

MAYBE if I am able enough, I will travel to different countries to visit struggling affiliate marketers and give them some over the shoulder help.

FREE accommodation would be nice!

wouldn't that be cool?

and of course, if you're visiting people building websites, you're gonna have internet access pretty much for sure....

hehe

what an idea!

new site coming soon.

I will call it something like

thetravellingovertheshoulderinternetmarketingblokewhodossesaroundtheworld.com


lol
u think people would remember that domain name? hha!

All the best, wherever you are!

Jimbo
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AlexSol Premium
I'm still in Thailand. Will be spending the next month in Chiang Mai :)
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AlexSol Premium
Actually just rented an apartment in CM so it's official, I'm here til the end of March :D
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Sui_generis Premium
That 2nd pix is gorgeous! Sometimes it is nice to disconnect from wifi but I find it's also hard to catch up. Enjoy that view though!!!! ~Debbi
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AlexSol Premium
I like that pic the most as well :)
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SZev Premium
Interesting, Alex - one of those "be careful what you wish for" insights. Thanks for sharing.
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AlexSol Premium
Hahaha totally!
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Fashion17 Premium
Awesome!!
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Marcus1978 Premium
Wise words, indeed.
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AlexSol Premium
;)
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bryonbrewer Premium
I noticed the same thing Alex. I was travelling round New Zealand for 3 weeks in January, and I felt uncomfortable if I didn't get work done every day (I'm just talking about replying to the 100+ emails I get daily here).

Ironically, I also felt bad that I was on holiday and travelling, but still felt the need/urge to work.

I realized though that I was happy doing my work, and equally happy knowing that I could take my business with me wherever I went, so it wasn't exactly a bad time. Just a shame that wifi in some parts of NZ is terrible!
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AlexSol Premium
Exactly same feeling :) made it to Chiang Mai, renting an apartment with WiFi for a month :)

See you in Montreal?
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bryonbrewer Premium
Cool, lot's of digital nomads in Chiang Mai. I'd probably find it impossible to get any work done up there!

Yeah, will be in Montreal late April, staying till at least October.
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AlexSol Premium
Awesomeness!
Hit me up if you need a place to stay, I know a few people ho rent out apartments. Any other questions about MTL - I'd be happy to help out :D
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bryonbrewer Premium
We'll probably airbnb it at first but definitely worth checking out some recommendations. Maybe PM me?
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Mark1957 Premium
Great blog Alex......I guess a lot of people here have been seduced by the "work one hour a week and make millions" pitch, I know I was for a while but came to realise that nothing works as well as working at it.

By the way Alex, how do you overcome the wifi access thing when you're abroad? Like most people, I guess, I've got wifi at home and there are places out and about where there are broadband "hot spots" but when you're travelling you don't have your home country contract access so how do you get online without paying for it when you're travelling ie on the beach in Thailand or wherever?

Mark
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AlexSol Premium
I use a local Sim card which gives me 3G or 4G when I need it. However, most places like hotels, hostels. Apartments. Airports all have free wifi (or really cheap)
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Mark1957 Premium
Thanks Alex, worth knowing for future reference.
Mark
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rodeves Premium
When I am abroad, I normally buy data and they are very cheap when using the dollar. All the best!
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Mark1957 Premium
Thanks rodeves, :-)
Mark
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AlexSol Premium
Just paid $15USD for a whole month of wifi in the apartment I am renting in Thailand. Rather cheap :)
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Mark1957 Premium
Sounds like a deal!
Mark
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Samaffiliate Premium
Anyone know why the sea is so clear and fresh? I've never seen such a beautiful beach with such clear seas.
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AlexSol Premium
It's next to a national park which is protected, so I guess no trash (or a lot less), no pollution. They aren't even allowed to build a pier so they could save the corrals ;)
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jasonluke Premium
I love this insight! You are where i want to be in the future so it's awesome to get some good advice now! thanks.
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AlexSol Premium
You'll get there :D
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mergie1 Premium
You are absolutely right. I don't think anybody could sit on the beach everyday and do nothing, unless we were brain dead.
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NatNiches Premium
Absolutely. I think working, (when it's something you love!) is good for the soul. I need to work, but now I look forward to it. When I'm actually making a full time income from doing what I love, that will be completely amazing.
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speedking Premium
Thanks for the share Alex, and yes when one discovers what your passion and purpose in life is......... its exactly as you have written it here. My dad was an ardent and professional farmer all his life and he could only allow himself a holiday once a blue moon and not longer than a week. He had to get back to his calling in life. I learnt a lot from him. Enjoy Thailand and your laptop, Alex, take care, Johan.
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NORZ Premium
Wow! How I want to have such kind of lifestyle as well. When I start doing internet marketing I usually feel guilty even by just an hour of watching useless TV shows.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Having no bosses (except for maybe google/affiliate programs rules) and the freedom to give yourself a pay rise (almost) every time you work is the laptop life. No alarm clock would be nice too haha
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KatieMac Premium
Thank you for those insights, I do know what you mean when I am away I miss doing the work even though I am still learning and growing I really enjoy building my business and feel I cannot enjoy my holiday unless I have some input each day..Safe travels
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AlexEvans Premium
That is so motivating Alex, thank you for sharing. Keep us posted how you get on.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Well thanks Alex, next time you find yourself in that situation, take the good old paper and pen, look around, and start writing something you can develop later. There's creative writing in every opportunity. All the best always.
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AlexSol Premium
I ended up writing using my laptop (without internet) :)
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JuliusLT Premium
This is just pure motivation for me. I can't wait to reach your level and enjoy every minute of it. Way to go!
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paulmees Premium
Great to hear about your travel experience from beautiful Thailand. Keep it coming. Thx
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kumar1992 Premium
Hearing things like this is always what's keep me going. Thank you for sharing this, man!
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AlexSol Premium
I am happy to hear that ;)
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DLansing Premium
Great post Alex! I'm in total agreement with you. 1 week of doing nothing but lounging in the beach did make me feel so unproductive and waste my time. I did just that last year in Mabul Island, in Semporna Malaysia. I felt like I should have brought my laptop along lol!
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AlexSol Premium
Yeah man :) Although my girlfriend who's a beginner vlogger got her laptop full of salt water when we got splashed by quite a few big waves on a speed boat (the only way to get to the island). Everyone got soaking wet including the luggage... #thatIslandLife lol
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DLansing Premium
Oops.... I hope you guys laptop is ok man!
Welcome back to the city where Internet line is in abundance hehe
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BoldChanges Premium
Great post and thought-ptovokimg as well. I do agree that if your work is your passion, you really don't need much of a vacation.
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AlexSol Premium
Totally. The problem is that sometimes it takes a while to fully understand your reasons and set your real goals.
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rfriedly Premium
Awesome encouragement thank you I look forward to the day that will be my office moving around enjoying life and writing and building more followers thank you again
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AlexSol Premium
I think this is achievable for all WA members ;)
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rfriedly Premium
Thanks again
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nudge1969 Premium
At lease by working hard, you now have the option of working the hours you want, when you want and where you want. Cheers
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AlexSol Premium
I think that was my goal from the very beginning although I didn't realize it back when I started :)
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