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5 Amazing Islands You Can Afford to Rent on Your Holiday Vacation

Islands you can rent for your holiday vacations

You don't have to be a billionaire or be listed among Hollywood's rich and famous in order to enjoy a dream holiday on a private island.

Here's a list of islands you might want to consider leasing the next time you plan your vacation.

1. Porer Island in Croatia

Porer Island, Croatia

At around $527 per person weekly, Porer Island is a half-acre islet that sits 2.5 kilometers away from the Croatian coast. 

At Porer Island, your holiday getaway in the Adriatic Sea will involve watching Porer's magnificent sunsets and boat trips (that should all be arranged beforehand) to the small islands in the vicinity.

This private island rental has a 35-metre-tall lighthouse tower.

Its main accommodation for guests is the modest stone edifice at the base of the lighthouse tower.

2. Robert's Caye in Belize

Situated 10 miles from the coast of the mainland, this one-acre private island is a steal at an estimated $150 per person.

Robert's Caye is an offshore island in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of Robert's Grove Resort located in the mainland's sandy beaches.

There are a few sparsely outfitted yet fully functioning rooms at Robert's Caye, a setup that is all too perfect for a castaway-from-modern-civilization lifestyle.

You might be staying with a caretaker and some other guests, depending on the time of the year.

3. Coco Plum Caye in Belize

Coco Plum Caye is another affordable private island for your dream holiday destination in Belize. 

Situated eight miles from the coast of the mainland, Coco Plum Caye offers attractions like breathtaking views, as well as unforgettable diving and kayaking experiences, for an estimated weekly starting rate of $1,550 per person.

Just like in Robert's Caye, everything at Coco Plum Caye is managed at a casual, fun, and relaxing pace.

For example, there is no uniformed staff to wait out on you as you drink local beer and rum while lazing away on the hammocks.

There are ten romantic oceanfront cabanas for guest accommodations.

Watching sundown on one of the private island's lounge chairs, you can mingle with the guests occupying the other cabanas.

4. Dunbar Rock in the Honduras

The notorious pirate Blackbeard once inhabited Dunbar Rock, which now sports one of the most stunning villas in Honduras

At a weekly rate of around $1,200 per person, you get to enjoy a concierge-assisted diving and reef exploration, your very own white sandy beach, on-call masseur, and a pool bar for happy hour.

Numerous other pampering options are on hand for guests in Dunbar Rock, starting from being warmly welcomed upon arrival at the GuanajaAirport and the ensuing boat ride to the caye.

Related: Pirates of the Seychelles

5. Utter Inn in Sweden

This fascinating holiday destination is for the adventurous and definitely not for the claustrophobic.

Utter Inn is a uniquely charming floating house, which doubles as a private island outfitted with underwater rustic lodging. 

It sets you back an estimated $1,800 per week.

Climb the narrow stairs to reach the structure's above-water area.

The bedroom is built underwater, and you get to see fish on the glass portholes.

There is a small dining area, a latrine, and a battery-run hotplate in the makeshift kitchen.

Wrapping Up: Rent an Island for Your Holiday

The aforementioned five private islands won't necessarily break the bank for most people.

Look at quotes from various sites and make your reservation months ahead.

Also, don't forget to note peak holiday seasons because rates may be higher during those times.

10 Extreme Destinations for the Most Adventurous Travellers

Extreme Destinations for the Most Adventurous Travellers

In the broadest definition, there are two types of traveller.

First, there is by far the most common kind, that being the type who wants to experience the world with some semblance of comfort and safety and without having to spend a fortune as well as months of preparation.

The second type concerns the world’s most adventurous type, that being the person who thrives on pushing themselves to the absolute limits to do something utterly crazy if only just to be one of the few on the planet who can make such a claim. This list is for the latter.

1. Oymyakon, Russia

Oymyakon, Russia

There’s bitter, frostbite-inducing cold, and then there’s cold that’s so intense that a cup of coffee turns to snow if it’s thrown off a balcony.

Welcome to Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth, and a place where diesel spends half of the year frozen solid.

The remote Siberian town of 500 people is built entirely on permafrost and surrounded by a tundra where the mercury regularly plummets below -50 °C during the winter months.

Appropriately, the Soviet-Era entry sign to the town reads ‘Oymyakon, The Pole of Cold’.

2. Lut Desert, Iran

Lut Desert, Iran

If you feel the need to warm up a little after a visit to Pole of Cold, the Lut Desert shouldn’t disappoint.

The 20,000-square-mile salt desert in Iran is one of the driest and hottest places on the planet, with surface temperatures reaching a balmy 70 °C. In 2016, the Lut Desert was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List owing to its unique geography, climate and bizarre sand formations.

Beautifully post-apocalyptic in its appearance, the Lut Desert is characterised by countless towers of mud and sand, eroded over the eons by the wind.

3. Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert

The driest place in Earth, some parts of the Atacama Desert, which is mostly located in Chile, haven’t seen rain since records began.

Much of the region is almost entirely lifeless, looking more like the surface of Mars than anywhere else here on Earth.

In fact, that’s precisely the reason why it’s long been one of the world’s favourite places for filming movie scenes set on the Red Planet.

With nary a cloud in the sky, the Atacama Desert is also a paradise for skywatchers seeking the world’s best views of the heavens, completely devoid of any light pollution.

4. Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic

Tristan da Cunha Rockhopper Penguin a.k.a. Pinnamins

Some people just want to get away from it all, so what better option than the remote island of Tristan da Cunha, located in the middle of the South Atlantic.

The island is some 1,200 miles away from the nearest inhabited area, Saint Helena, which itself is one of the most remote settlements on the planet.

The population of 265 lives entirely in the village of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas relying largely on the local crawfish industry and the sale of postage stamps. There are more rockhopper penguins, known locally as pinnamins (image above), that are residents Tristan da Cunha than people.

The only way to get there is by fishing boat, a handful of times per year from South Africa.

5. La Rinconada, Peru

The highest permanent settlement in the world is, sadly, also a thoroughly dreary place of abject misery.

Its population of some 50,000 relies entirely on the local gold-mining industry where they work for free every day of the month except for one, when they’re allowed to take home anything they find.

In addition to what most of the civilised world would describe as corporate slave labour, the residents of the town have to make do without any plumbing or sanitation.

Making matters even worse is the fact that breathing at a height of 16,700 feet is hardly easy.

6. Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy Australia

Coober Pedy, a remote town of some 1,700 inhabitants, is the world’s biggest supplier of opals.

However, while daily temperatures regularly exceed 40 °C throughout the year to make this a rather inhospitable place, the ever-resourceful Australians have found a novel way to live with the harsh climate – to build underground.

Much of the population lives, shops and even worships under the Earth, and there’s a subterranean hotel, bookstore, church and more where temperatures consistently hover around a rather more pleasant 22 °C.

7. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

With only 56,500 inhabitants, Greenland is by far the least densely population country in the world, so its remotest town, Ittoqqortoormiit, is quite literally in the middle of nowhere.

Far above the Arctic Circle, this small town of 500 people is a place where the sun never rises above the horizon in winter.

The mercury rarely goes above 6 °C, even in summer, and the place is not exactly easy to get to either.

Nonetheless, it offers a truly unique experience to visitors who can enjoy their time dog-sledding and kayaking in one of the world’s most unspoiled destinations.

8. Lloró, Colombia

Lloró, Colombia

Don’t forget to bring your umbrella if you decide to visit the village of Lloró in Columbia.

The British might be infamous for complaining about the weather, but they’ve got nothing on this place, which receives an average annual rainfall of almost 300 inches. That’s 40 feet of rain per year, compared to 2 feet in London.

In the wettest place in the world, temperatures average 25-30 °C throughout the year, and there’s almost never a day without rain.

However, the surrounding area is abundant with lush jungle, making it a haven for exotic plants and animals.

9. Krubera Cave, Abkhazia

Those seeking a caving adventure may find it worthwhile to pay a visit to Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia.

Though the troubled region is not easy to get to, it is home to the deepest cave in the world, located high in the mountains.

The limestone cave is around 7,200 feet deep and over eight miles long, and much of it still remains unexplored due to its very narrow passages.

Even more impressively, the unique environment has given rise to some equally unique animals, including several endemic species of spider, crustaceans and beetles.

10. Outer Space

There are some adventurers for whom Earthly delights simply don’t cut the mustard.

Fortunately, there’s an infinity to discover beyond and, slowly but surely, tourism to outer space is becoming a reality.

It will still cost you a fortune, with ticket prices for a brief Virgin Galactic trip, albeit one where you can experience a microgravity environment, costing $200,000.

However, now that many private companies are investing heavily in space tourism, it seems almost certain that, in the next couple of decades, it will no longer be a luxury exclusive to the world’s millionaires.

Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and Space X… time will tell when you and with who you can push the edge to the final frontier.

Wrapping Up: Extreme Destinations

The exciting world of adventure travel presents literally limitless exciting possibilities, and the above represent just a few of the most extreme.

None of them are particularly hospitable, but for the most daring, they certainly promise to be among the most memorable.

You Can Start a Location Independent Ecommerce Biz

location independent entreprenuership

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

shopify fulfillment

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 Fulfillment Bridge 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 Fulfillment Bridge and see how they can help you navigate the global supply chain.

Outdoor Adventures: 3 Ways to Get in Hiking Shape

How to Get in Hiking Shape

For experienced outdoorsmen, there’s nothing quite like taking a relaxing hike on your favorite nature trail.

Depending on the time of year, hiking has many advantages. From beautiful natural scenery to physical exercise to socializing with other hikers, outdoor hiking offers a perfect escape from the stresses of the weekly work grind.

However, hiking is not necessarily the easiest of fitness hobbies.

To get into hiking shape, there are some particular steps you should take in addition to your weekly fitness workout.

Cardio for Hiking Shape

First, it is very important to include cardio conditioning in your training regime.

Specifically, make sure to fit in three to four sessions of 30-80 minutes of cardio into your weekly routine.

These sessions should be relatively low-impact cardio, such as taking a light jog or, even better, setting the treadmill at a sharp incline and walking at approximately four miles per hour. You can also begin taking shorter hikes in your area.

The purpose of low-impact cardio conditioning is to build endurance, rather than speed.

Most hiking sessions can take anywhere from two to eight hours; more advanced hikers will even enjoy day-long hikes. To ensure that you make it to the top of your chosen trail, begin conditioning your body for cardio endurance in advance.

Second, be sure to focus on building lower-body strength.

lower body strength for hiking

One mistake that beginning hikers make is to assume that because they can run for long-distances, or are cardio-fit, they are sufficiently prepared for a hike.

However, there is a significant difference between a flat running surface and a steeply inclined hiking trail, which may also include periods of walking up steps or rock climbing.

For this reason, it is necessary to include lower-body training sessions, focusing on the muscles that will propel you towards your hiking goal.

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Include 30-40 minute weight-training sessions at least two times per week that emphasize your leg muscles, with a focus on quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles.

If you prefer to avoid using machines, there are a number of functional body weight movements you can use, including weighted squats and weighted lunges.

Your calves are both typically underdeveloped and extremely important to your hiking success.

To improve them, you can try standing on the edge of a stair or other raised surface so that your heels are hanging off the edge and you are supporting yourself only with the ball of your foot and toes. Raise and lower your body 15 times for three sets to complete the exercise and feel those calves burn.

Third and finally, hikers sometimes have problems with mild injuries, such as rolled ankles or pulled muscles.

How to Flexibility Training for Hikers

These can be due to the unstable terrain of a hiking trail, or even just due to over-working the muscles.

One way to avoid these injuries is to add flexibility training to your workout. It is important to stretch in general after working out to reduce soreness and prevent injuries from stiff muscles.

To improve your hiking flexibility, focus on leg muscle and core stretches, such as a wide leg, sitting stretch or a toe-touch stretch. For ankle flexibility, lie flat on your back, extend one leg, and use your foot to “write” the letters of the alphabet in the air. Repeat the stretch with your other leg.

Wrapping Up

By working on your cardio endurance, lower body strength, and flexibility, you can ensure that your hiking experience is both fun and relaxing.

In addition to improving your hiking abilities, these training methods have the added benefit of improving general health, not to mention the mental benefits of hiking.

By getting started on these steps at the gym or at home, you will be able to reach the top of your favorite nature trail in no time at all.

Five Major Benefits of Being a Digital Nomad

Benefits of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Remote working was virtually unheard of only a few decades ago. Having a full-time job usually meant working in the same place every day, with a fixed schedule and the same group of colleagues.

With the internet having become more widespread, it is now much easier for people to work remotely.

Over the past few years, a whole movement based on working remotely while traveling the globe has emerged. “Digital nomads,” as they are commonly known, typically have jobs which allow them to be fully remote, such as translation, computer programming or writing.

Here are five major benefits of the digital nomad lifestyle:

using technology to work from anywhere

1. You can live almost anywhere you like

You can base yourself anywhere that’s equipped with electricity and a reliable internet connection. There are even websites that rate top digital nomad destinations, for example Nomadlist, you can see it here.

Looking for something more fantastic, if you’ve always wanted to live by the ocean, or in the shadow of a mountain, now you can.

There’s no need to live in an overcrowded, polluted city just because that’s where all the jobs are.

Digital Nomad Working Mountainside

Also read: Top 5 Cities to Live as a Digital Nomad

2. You can make time differences work for you

Some digital nomads are lucky enough to be able to set their own schedules and work whenever it suits them.

Others need to work fixed hours, especially if they need to be available to take calls or participate in video conferences.

However, even if you fall into the second group, you can make the time difference work for you.

When you’re a night owl, try living somewhere which is 10-plus hours ahead or behind your home country, so that you can work until the early hours while still being able to take calls and contact your team.

When we asked Richard McGirr the founder of Visichain.io, a Hong Kong based Digital Transformation consultancy that specializes in supply chain and procurement digitization, his views on employing digital nomads, he said:

“Our company utilizes a few digital nomads some based in Eastern Europe, and a few in the Philippines, while we also tend to hire the best contractors for specific projects no matter where they are….the top reasons we hire both task based and full time digital nomads are to 1) leverage time shifts, so we can service our clients 24/7; 2) leverage lower cost countries with equivalent or better cost for value; and, 3) loyalty, our remote workers that have flexibility in their location tend to stay with us longer”

Hiking Watch

Also read: Travel + Work: Synching Across Multiple Time Zones (When on the Road)

3. You don’t have to put up with colleagues

One of the biggest problems you might have at work is dealing with annoying colleagues, whether they won’t stop talking when you’re trying to concentrate, or they have a taste for stinky egg sandwiches which they eat at their desk.

Working remotely usually means working alone, from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

If you do get lonely, you can always use a co-working space to meet other digital nomads; unlike traditional working environments, it’s totally up to you.

soloprenuer

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4. You can move around regularly

As the name implies, digital nomads are free to move around as much as they want to.

Many stay put in one place for several months, or even years, but others choose to relocate more often.

As soon as you feel the need for a change of scenery, you can book your next flight and go.

Lots of nomads even travel with carry-on luggage only, to make it even cheaper and easier to work while on the move.

Backpacking Season

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5. You have much more free time

People with regular 9-to-5 jobs usually have to commute. That means a lot of wasted time, whether they’re waiting for delayed trains or crawling along the freeway in rush-hour traffic.

When you’re a digital nomad, going to work can be as easy as walking downstairs and setting up your laptop on the kitchen table, which can save many of you up to two or three hours per day.

You can use that extra time to catch up with friends, pick up some new skills–like hiking or Mandarin–or just wake up later in the morning.

Hiking Trip Essential Preparation

Also read: Essentials for a Safe, Enjoyable Hiking Trip

Remote Work Isn’t for Everyone

The digital nomad lifestyle is definitely not for everyone; it wouldn’t suit those who have time-management issues or need to be close to family and friends.

However, it can be an eye-opening experience for those who struggle to fit into traditional workplaces or who want to see more of the world without being limited to a few weeks of vacation time per year.

Why not give it a try?

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