Floship Ecommerce Fulfillment Allows for Location Independence, Run a Biz While YOU Travel

Thanks to the development of eCommerce, it’s never been easier for those seeking the nomadic lifestyle to structure their business in a way that allow them to travel and to sell goods across the globe.

Sales have progressed from trekking the Silk road to get goods from Thailand to Italy. These days, logistics solutions can deliver a bouquet of fresh flowers, from a manufacturer in Connecticut to a customer in a Paradise Island!

But this ease of delivery also has its share of hoops to jump through.

Sellers find they have to make more decisions for their business than they envisaged. Among other things, they have to decide on the best locations for their warehouses, or whether to even fulfill orders straight from the manufacturer.

Having to choose from many options leads to decision paralysis among sellers, causing some to decline any cross-border selling. But with the cross-border opportunity estimated at $60 – 100 billion, that doesn’t seem to be a smart business decision.

Moreover, when you structure your business to fit your lifestyle–in this case a lifestyle of travel–you can gain advantages by understanding the locations you are traveling in and their market needs; the eyes of the traveling soul allow for increased marketplace opportunities and connections around the world.

Understanding Global Logistics and Travel go Hand in Hand

Taking advantage of the opportunity presented by globalization, requires understanding how international logistics works.

As a location independent entrepreneur, you are at an advantage to having clarity on this compared to your homebound competitors.

The problem is many sellers are stuck in their local understanding of logistics as being “the movement of goods from one place to another”.

For a business with plans to sell overseas, it can be significantly more than that:

Global logistics encompasses the sourcing of suppliers, finding most efficient ways to get the SKUs to a storage facility, how it is packaged to survive international travel, how it will get to the paying customer etc. On a global scale, you also have to contend with the different rules regarding transportation, customs and tariffs in every country.

It’s fair to say global logistics can be quite a complicated process.

The Global Supply Chain

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Instead of sellers trying to focus on the 1,001 different elements they have to get right, they can do better by channeling their efforts towards creating an effective global supply chain.

In recent years, more manufacturers are setting up foreign factories to benefit from tariff and trade concessions, low cost labor, reduced logistics costs etc.

For smaller companies, this is a gateway to creating global collaborations that will be mutually beneficial. In a bid to get to market faster, more companies are splitting their supply chain across continents.

Take storage for example, if you have enough contacts and suppliers internationally, you can reduce the amount of stock you have to hold. This translates into cost savings for storage and transport.

A global supply chain also makes securing of almost any item easier, after all it is being produced somewhere in the world. And, as you travel with an eye for business opportunities, you’ll be sure to encounter products and manufacturers in countries you pass through.

Developing a global supply chain has huge benefits for any sized business.

Apart from time and cost savings, here are some more advantages:

  • Due to the time differences across countries, the global supply chain operates on a 24/7 basis. The chain is constantly on the move, working to meet all your supply chain requirements.
  • Operating a global supply chain brings new opportunities for the markets. For example, if you source goods from China and store them in Hong Kong, it is feasible that you may find other customers in other parts of Asia. Since you already have established sources in the region, selling to customers here will be done at a lower cost.
  • The global supply chain allows you ‘borrow’ expertise from a varied number of other businesses. Not everyone runs their business exactly like you; by studying their models, you can learn new production, distribution or marketing methods, from others.
  • Having a global supply chain increases your chances of maintaining sales, even if there is an economic downturn in some other markets.

By integrating a global supply chain into your remotely structured eCommerce business, you’ll find that the elements of global logistics that you need to get right, seem to fall into place.

Remember the supply chain is working around the clock, meaning your goods are moved from stage to stage efficiently.

Developing a global supply chain that works in your industry involves an in-depth analysis of all the moving parts of your supply chain.

  • Are your products manufactured in Asia or in Northern America?
  • Will you require special packaging for particular SKUs?

Answer these and other critical questions and you’ll be close to developing a supply chain that can handle all your logistics needs and allow you peace of mind to be able to build the foundations of an income stream that allows you the freedom and flexibility to operate it from anywhere.

  • Are you ready to increase sales and profits by reducing your dependence on the local economy?
  • Are you ready to expand your businesses and enter into new markets?
  • Are you running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and need to easily track deliveries to your backers using Floship and a campaign management tool like Backerkit?

If you are running a product based business, doing crowdfunding or otherwise need an eCommerce fulfillment partner that simplifies your operations by shipping globally from one fulfillment hub at near domestic rates, check out Floship and see how they can help you navigate the global supply chain.

No Need for the Amazon: Ayahuasca Ceremonies in the USA

There are physical adventures, there are mental adventures, and then there is ayahuasca: a relentless spiritual-physical-mental adventure that may be one of the most intense ordeals your soul can choose to experience in this life.

If an ayahuasca ceremony is on your bucket list, you no longer have to go all the way to South America’s Amazon to reach your goal.

Thanks to religious freedoms in the USA, you can finally check-off this list item, the ayahuasca ceremony, without leaving the USA. There are a handful of legal ceremonies popping up in urban areas and far-out locations in scattered pockets across the United States of America.

According to a page on the ayahuasca retreat section of AyahuascaRecipe.org, a Native American Church is offering ayahuasca in the United States for people interested in the sacramental ritual of an ayahuasca ceremony and the full-on spiritual practice of ayahuasca tea imbibing.

“The tea, known as Ayahuasca, is revered as sacred by Church members. It is a sacrament serving to heighten spiritual understanding and perception, and brings the practitioners closer to God and the Divine.” — Chief Minister Steve Hupp

It seems that the religious protections invoked by the religious freedom in America have made it possible — for people acting under the auspices of a church — to recruit new members to the church’s spiritual practices, where, as a potential member, you can partake in the ritual drinking of ayahuasca.

In other ceremonies that take place in the USA, invoking religious freedoms, take the UDV, for example, where it’s typical for UDV ayahuasca sessions to include dancing all night, wearing pure white clothes, and singing Christian songs. That’s right, the UDV is Christian. During a ceremony you’ll be immersed in an alternative Christian world that — to outsiders, the uninitiated, fundamentalist, or bible pounding puritans — may seem like sacrilege.

For the Native American church in Kentucky, you’ll have contact them to find out exactly what their ceremonies entail.

This is the most unusual US ayahuasca experience to come across Heroic Adventures’ radar, and it happens to be located in the same state as one of North America’s most famous horse races, the Kentucky Derby.

Yes, you read that correctly, Kentucky.

Save the South American journey. Instead, buy your plane ticket to Kentucky.

In all fairness, probably not everyone is as excited about an ayahuasca adventure in Kentucky as they would be taking the sacred medicine, say, with a Shipibo medicine man in South America — but, the novelty of the offer can’t be disputed.

Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.

It’s time to take a Heroic Adventure not to the Amazon but to Kentucky.

Compare the first photo from the Amazon, below, to the second photo of Kentucky, below, it would appear there is a spiritual connection between the two… Well, at least, they both have a lot of nice green plants.

USA Ayahuasca Retreats

The Amazon isn’t the only place to legally ingest ayahuasca. Ceremonies are now emerging commercially in the United States of America.

Kentucky, USA

Looking a bit like the Amazon without the river, in Kentucky you can now legally drink ayahuasca with a Minister from a Native American Church.

And, a caveat from a reader:

“Hey Team,

I’m not one to normally send feedback on posts, but this feels especially warranted. I appreciate you giving information to the public about Ayahuasca ceremonies being held in the U.S. I believe it’s a positive move forward that Americans will have Ayahuasca as a more accessible possibility. However, as someone who has experienced Ayahuasca, I really advise against saying things like “Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.” That’s a very, very scary thing to advise people to do. When you take the medicine, it stays in your system for a much longer period than the one or two days you’ve actually consumed it. You need to have preparations in place for how you’re going to reintegrate into your daily life after the experience, and making it sound like it’s a “no big deal, let’s go do Ayahuasca this weekend” kind of thing is not only dangerous but it’s furthermore disrespectful toward and completely underestimating the power of the medicine.

I’m not trying to be a heckler, but please understand that this is powerful stuff. For the sake of your readers, I hope you reconsider the phrasing of your post and add in how important it is to seriously consider whether they’re ready to take the medicine, as well as how important it is for them to do their research regarding preparations before and after the experience.

Thanks for your time,

(updated August 26, 2015)

Interesting Discussion on Legality of Ayahuasca in the USA

In the Fall of 2015, a website popped up touting the First Ayahuasca Church in the USA that is open for ceremonies to anyone. Now this is a distinct organization front Mr Hupp (in the article above). After this article was published detailing why this church is not legal–it seems the site went offline, maybe it will emerge again–for your own investigations–here is the link: https://ayahuascahealings.com.

And to see the site in it’s original splendor, the Internet Archive has a stash of how the site last looked on November 20th, 2015, available here: Ayahuasca Healing Internet Archive Snapshot 

A curious story in the world of spirituality, religious rights, internet marketing, and law.

(updated December 08, 2015)

What is the Best Detox Retreat in Thailand?

Thailand — Adventure to Phuket Island for Weight Loss and Detox:

Phuket Island is also known as Phuket Province, it is an island that is mountainous and covered in rainforests; located near the Andaman Sea.

Known for containing some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, especially the ones found along the coast of the clear waters near the western shore.

The island is home to all kinds of resorts, restaurants and spas that are high-end and top-quality; with all kinds of services, entertainment, and relaxation: There are many retreats and resorts for losing weight and detoxing in Phuket.

From research and talking to locals, our correspondent quickly discovered one of the best weight loss and detox retreats in Thailand, as can be seen by the reviews here, known as PhuketFit.

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The main town in this island is called, Patong and the inhabitants of this island say that there is a very casual vibe you can feel and see everywhere. Some aspects that help to create a vibe like are all thanks to the discos, the bars and the nightclubs that there are.

With that being said Phuket Island is a popular destination for the sole purpose of losing weight and or going through the process of a detox; such a wonderful and relaxing destination to go to when having to go through something so serious and so stressful.

The methods used here help you to lose weight in a safe manner yet it can be done in a very fast amount of time and the results will last a long time, so you can be happy with your results and that know all of your hard work and efforts are sustainable and strong and worth it all.

One way, offered by PhuketFit, is Muay Thai–that’s a Thai martial art that conveniently doubles as a great and adventurous way to get fit too, as the below shows:

There are plenty of weight loss and detox programs and retreats within Thailand but the most popular one and the best one seems to be PhuketFit on Phuket Island.

Did you know that more than one third of the population in the world today is considered to be obese, don’t worry because it is really not all of your fault; self-control, being active and healthy eating help but are not the entire solution to a problem such as being overweight.

Participating in a retreat program such as this means that you will closely be working with their team of fitness and health professionals from all over the world; they will guide you through the whole process step by step, they will cleanse your mind, body and soul, they will train you with how you think, how you eat and how you live your life.

On a detox retreat, you will also enjoy food with a menu that is designed to help you lose weight and boost your immune system in your body; think of a ton of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables as well as meats that are lean for your protein. Food items such as these are where you get your minerals, vitamins and nutrients that are needed in order for the body to work properly on a daily basis.

Lastly they will also educate you in all that you need to know about starting this program, going through and life after it; changing your life and becoming a healthier and better you is simple, you just need a guideline to follow, determination, patience and someone to enforce you to follow it all.

The approach of PhuketFit is vastly different than any other and this is a good thing, for starters they clearly acknowledge that there is no one size fits all and that when it comes to losing weight everyone is different.

Each person who participates in this program will get a regime designed specifically for them. This is done so he most weight can be lost in a healthy and safe approach. This cleanse only takes a total of five days to go through and their professionals are there for whenever you need them; they don’t just help you but they also support you.

From Muay Thai to Zumba, your specialized retreat program doesn’t have to be boring.

Lastly, you will learn how to take everything and apply it to your life after the program so you can continue to be healthy.

You will learn how to exercise properly as well as how to cook meals that are healthy. You will even be given several private consultations and be trained in physical education and even given a decent education in the field of nutrition.

Eliminate the bad toxins in your body and get rid of the stress you have at the same time with their help.

So you don’t get lost trying to find PhuketFit, we’ve included a map below. Getting fit can be just the thing you need to keep living your own heroic adventure…


Traveling to Thailand don’t miss these other post to help you plan your adventure:

  1. Phi Phi Island Excursion by Ferry Boat
  2. Chiang Mai the Perfect Place for a Long Holiday

Phi Phi Islands Excursion by Ferry Boat

One of the most glorious tours I ever took while on vacation in Thailand was a Phi Phi Island Ferry.

When I was in Phuket, on the coast of Thailand, it’s hard for me to even describe how incredible it was, as if I was in the most idyllic spot on earth, all for an experience that was affordable.

Phuket is already spectacular, but taking a ferry trip remains simply unbelievable. Let me tell you what’s in store and believe me, by the end of my tale you’ll be booking a seat.

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Great Tools, Apps and Gadgets for Planning a Holiday

Planning a holiday used to mean a trip to the travel agent to see what package holiday deals they had on this season. Nowadays we have the Internet, which has literally opened, up the world to us. There are an infinite number of places to visit, so here are some things I have used to help me plan trips.

Best Website: Trip Advisor
This website has revolutionized the way we book and plan our holidays. The most important feature is the accommodation reviews, which are pretty unbiased, unlike certain websites which sell rooms where there seem to be less negative reviews. You need to keep an eye out for fake reviews still, which can be done by Continue Reading →

Chiang Mai the Perfect Place for a Long Holiday

Chiang Mai is the northern capital of Thailand. It is nowhere near the beaches that the country is famous for in the southern islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phang Nang. It is nowhere near the seedy nightlife found in cities such as Bangkok and Pattaya.

It is quite literally nowhere near these places not just by distance but also in many other ways. Some of these things are what makes Chiang Mai the perfect place for a long holiday.

Doi Suthep: Making Chiang Mai feel like a Mountainside Town
Doi Suthep isn’t the most spectacular mountain, or the highest. But it is right next to Chiang Mai. The city is so small that it has a kind of small town feeling. This combined with a mountain backdrop on one side makes it feel like a lovely mountainside town. On the other hand you also get the benefits of a city such as modern malls, three opened within the past couple of years.

At the top of the mountain is a wonderful temple with stunning views over the city. If you can find a place to stay with a view of the mountain, you will really appreciate it. We changed rooms 4 times to earn the best view in our building. Now that we have the view we want, we will keep the apartment even when traveling elsewhere. Which brings me nicely onto accommodation…

Value Accommodation
At any time other than December and mid April, you will easily find excellent value long-term accommodation in Chiang Mai. When I say excellent value I really mean it. We pay $150 a month for a spacious, clean, modern studio apartment. It has a balcony with great views of the mountain, which we enjoy most at sunset.

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5 New York City Highlights

New York is one of the greatest cities on the planet – here’s what to do on a trip to this fantastic place.

There is nothing quite like the excitement of planning a trip to New York. The hardest part is knowing exactly how big a bite you will be able to take out of the Big Apple due to not only it’s size but the amount of attractions it boasts. It can be daunting to try and narrow down what to see and what not to, and trying to fit too much in will just leave you exhausted and not enough time to enjoy what you are seeing.

Before you go to the USA you will need to prepare – here’s a quick guide how:

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4 Best Cities in the World for Skateboarders

Some action sports enthusiast, spend a lot of their lives on skateboards. The Heroic Adventures team has collectively skated all over the world; it’s been a privilege to experience exotic urban landscapes while skating on multiple continents.

What we’ve learned is this — not all places are created equal, especially when you are traveling as a skateboarder.

The peaceful small city of Varna, Bulgaria? Scenic, indeed, but its cobblestone roads are not going to be very friendly to urethane wheels.

With some of these past experiences in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the 4 best cities in the world to ride a skateboard.

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7 Best Secret Islands to Relax in Privacy

Islands have become one of the most celebrated places in the whole world. They are a favorite by people who find pleasure in having a cool place to spend their holidays. They have also proved to be the perfect destinations for enjoying a romantic holiday. However, not all Islands are capable of offering pleasure in the same measure. While seeking a place to enjoy your holiday, there are 7 best secret Islands you should know about. Below is a list and description of these destinations and what you will like about them. Continue Reading →

Top Summertime Destinations You Can’t Miss

The United States has a lot of beautiful places to visit when the weather is warm. Summer always brings out the best in cities around the country. In this article you will learn about the best places to travel during summer. It’s a good thing to know where to travel during certain seasons.

Miami Beach in Florida has some of the best weather during summer. Walk through the sand, shop at the nearby shopping centers, and enjoy fine dining all within walking distance from your hotel. Miami Beach has a lot of fun night activities such as drinking and dancing. Young couples that want to take their first trip together can make this trip a memorable experience. Families can also have loads of fun by visiting the local attractions, spending a full day at the beach, and eating great food all over the city. Continue Reading →