Chris Guillebeau

@193countries  >> Writer and world traveler. ✈️ >> Author of The $100 Startup and host of #SideHustleSchool. New episode each day! 📚🎙 >> Relaxing stresses me out.🏃🏼

3 weeks ago

I recently had the chance to speak to a large and enthusiastic group of people at The Next Web in Amsterdam. I was nervous beforehand, because speaking to a tech-minded audience in Europe is *much* different from speaking to a general audience in the U.S. You have to consider differences in style, tone, and choose examples that aren't all obviously American. The Dutch are also famously direct, so if they don't like something, they'll let you know. . . All that to say, it actually went fairly well! I'm not saying I crushed it, but I did walk away feeling mostly satisfied, which I rarely feel after talks. I think it helped that I knew most of what I wanted to say, so I was able to spend my preparation time focusing on how to say it. . . I'll try to remember this the next time I *don't* do a great job and end up kicking myself afterwards. Oh, and here's a bonus lesson: never pass up a chance to visit Amsterdam. Such a great city. 🇳🇱 . . #tnw2017 #thenextweb #chrisguillebeau #speaking #ontheroad #amsterdam #igersamsterdam #allofthelights

3 weeks ago

Up in the air on a flight to nowhere. This morning I came to SFO to fly to... SFO. This was a test flight to demo some new technology that will bring high-speed satellite internet to the skies. Even if you don't like to be online while flying, this has the potential to make travel better for everyone because it allows pilots to better anticipate turbulence, communicate more comprehensively with ground teams, and more. Fun stuff! . . Oh, and I also got to skip TSA completely (we just drove up to the plane from an external terminal), fly on the only 757 in the world that can be configured with three engines, and hang out behind the pilots in the cockpit for as long as I wanted. Don't worry, I didn't try to land the plane ... even though I did play a lot of video games when I was a kid. . . #upintheair #sfo #wifithatflies #homeoffice #wanderlust #instatravel #aviation #aviators #adventuretime #dayinthelife

3 weeks ago

I'm headed out on a short trip today and will be taking the MAX train line to PDX airport instead of my usual Uber or Lyft ride. Along the way I hope to visit this makeshift memorial. . . You may have heard about what happened in Portland last weekend. Two men were killed and another was seriously injured when they confronted a man who was yelling racist comments at two teenage girls, one of whom was Muslim and wearing a hijab. . . This station, the closest one to where the incident took place, is also the closest one to my home. I live in a fairly well-off, progressive neighborhood, and while we all know that these things can happen anywhere, it does feel different when it's so sudden and so close to home. . . I'm really not sure what to say about this. It feels like an impossibly sad situation. But I didn't want to move on without acknowledging what happened and being mindful of the victims. Before one of the men died on the scene, he said "Tell everyone on this train I love them." . . 📷 by @katebingburt via @brandenharvey

3 weeks ago

I've been running every day lately as part of my unintentional travel fitness routine of "exercise every day in a row for a while, then don't exercise for 10 days while flying around the world, then start again before too much time passes." . . Not sure this will become a bestselling fitness routine, so I just try to do what I can. Oh, and the weather in Portland has been nothing to complain about! . . #pdxnow #igerspdx #instagood #instatravel #onmyrun #instarunners #jetlag #portlandoregon #homeoffice

4 weeks ago

Last night I received the first galleys (advance copies) of my new book! SIDE HUSTLE debuts on Sept. 19th, and I'm planning a world tour to meet readers. . . My goal with this book is to provide a step-by-step plan to help busy people create a new source of income in less than a month. By the way, this is *not* the final cover—this one is placeholder—but we just selected the final one yesterday and it's looking good. 😎 . . If you'd like to pre-order the book, that would be awesome! You can do so from your local bookstore (they'll know how it works), or any online book retailer including Amazon.com, BN.com, or iBooks. I'm really excited to see this go into the world (along with me...) this fall. . . #chrisguillebeau #igreads #sidehustle #sidehustleschool #sidehustlebook #instabooks #instareads #bookstagram #becauseofwriting #bookphotography

1 month ago

Amsterdam rooftop view. I did 3 events in 2 days on that side of the world, then stayed up way past midnight before getting up early to fly nonstop back to Portland (the west coast one) for a wedding that took place the same afternoon. I'm a little jetlagged but to be clear: not complaining! Every day I feel fortunate for good work and good friends. . . #ontheroad #amsterdam #wanderlust #igersamsterdam #tnw2017 #chrisguillebeau #travelgram #travelislife #instatravel #instagood #viewfrommywindow

1 month ago

For the next 48 hours, all digital versions of The Happiness of Pursuit are on sale for just $1.99. You can get it directly from Amazon, BN.com, or your local bookstore if they use the Kobo system. . . Usual disclaimers: publishers and bookstores control book pricing, not authors. This discount is only intended for the U.S. and Canada (since other publishers have their own versions of the book worldwide)—however, if you're outside North America, you *may* still be able to purchase from a retailer over here. It is the internet, after all. . . Oh, and as for the book—it's all about finding and pursuing a quest, whether visiting every country in the world—that was mine—running 250 marathons in a single year, producing the world's largest symphony, living in a tree for 300 days, and even becoming a ninja. You might like it. If not, well, it's just $1.99. 🙂 . . . 📷 @see.you.in.books // #bookstagram #instabooks #instareads #findthequest #chrisguillebeau #becauseofreading #bookworm #bookphotography #happinessofpursuit #thehappinessofpursuit

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