Solar power travel gear reviews

One thing I seek as a Nomad is the sunshine, and with sunshine comes energy, limitless energy.

I sit at home now with my Powermonkey solar cell sitting in my window charging up my mobile device, cool eh! It’s actually charging it pretty fast too!

Oh how I wish such portable energy sources were available back in 2005.

The Powermonkey explorer was actually a birthday present from a great group of friends of mine, who obviously know me pretty well. The other part of the Powermonkey is the main charger that is a small unti with a tail (lead) that can store about enough power to charge an iphone 3 times.

The main unit can be charged by solar or from mains electricity. Charging it up by solar does take a lot longer but that’s to be expected with such a small solar cell.

The great thing is that the solar cell is easily attachable to your backpack and you could run a small cable into one of the pockets where your mobile phone or charger is. I am planning on doing the Camino Frances in Spain during late August and the solar cell will be providing my camera and phone with energy direct from the Spanish sun!

If you would like more details and where to buy the powermonkey then check out the link below.

PowerTraveller Explorer Solar Power Charger Device 

Four global hot-spots for real estate investment

The world has experienced a huge property bubble and in many cases this house price inflation has eased or in some cases crashed. If you have money to invest then real estate is still a great bet compared to other asset classes such as gold or stocks.

As a global citizen owning property can enhance your passive income and add further security for your advanced years but you must be careful where you choose.

To invest in countries like the UK, Australia, France you would be completely nuts as rental yields are generally under 5% and any income will be swallowed up by fees, maintenance and voids.

I am no expert but those that are suggest a minimum of 7% yield. My top four global hotspots are all up around 10%.

1. Indonesia (Southeast Asia)

Indonesia, the giant of SE Asia comes in at a nice 10% rental yield. This huge country of a thousand plus islands is well placed to succeed in the new world order, being placed well for India, China and Australia.

Indonesia, the largest Muslim country, is also a huge holiday vacation destination for people around the world.

Jakarta can offer yields up to 13% but ownership is not straight forward and one should approach Indonesia with a lot of research before diving in. Bali is also a good option as it has a well established expat scene.

2. Moldova (Europe)

Moldova is a small country with high rental yields. The capital, Chisinau, has very steady prices and offers up to a huge 13% yield on small apartments which is better than anywhere else in Europe!

If Moldova ever becomes EU members then there is the real possibility of capital growth too in the future.

3. Jordon (Middle East)

Apartments in Amman are good, at around 7.5% – 10%, with the expectation that this will grow along with the economy of the country.

There are some minor buying issues with Jordon but this is out-weighed by the low taxes available.

4. Jamaica (Americas)

Yields remain very strong, especially on apartments in Kngston, the capital. The year round sunny tropical climate also makes it a good bet for investment.

There are a couple of downsides to Jamaica with security and taxes being an issue so it would be quite a risky venture but with yields up and around %10 then it might just be worth.

If visiting any of the above locations then you should be looking at cheap airline tickets to keep your expenses down.

Location will not matter in the future of work

Some of you may not know the reason I ended up working for myself as a location independent professional. My previous job was outsourced, a term that we have all become familiar with, and I saw this as an opportunity to do something for myself.

I could have retrained, updated my skill-set and got back on the wheel but I felt I was losing a fighting battle (being at least 10x more expensive than someone in India / China in my industry for instance).

The irony is that I now outsource work myself.

The future of work is thought to be flat, where location is not the key factor but communication is. Competition for your job will be global, but the opportunities will be vast for those who embrace the future.

It’s pretty scary really. What’s stopping someone in Vietnam competing with me for my advertising revenue? If I can go and work in Bali for six months and run everything from there, then why can’t a Balinese compete too?  The web is enabling that.

It has got me thinking about what can I offer in the future that would be hard to replicate elsewhere. Working online leaves me pretty exposed but I have been thinking more local, where I have the knowledge, contacts and emotional ties. This could be my value add over someone from the Far East.

Much of the work and business today that’s conducted online is not reliant on being local or having local knowledge.

I wonder how many people are only living in London because of work? I moved there for work in the late 90s and at the time work was my only motivation. London of course is a fantastic city to live (if you have money) and many choose to live there simply because its so vibrant and exciting, but how tempting would it be to take your job and salary to a more affordable part of the country or another country altogether?

The future of work might well be that location is not longer a factor*. If that’s the case then will businesses still locate to expensive cities with expensive work forces?

There is a little video linked at the end and its worth watching for the 6 minutes as it is pretty thought provoking.

* Of course some jobs, such as those that involve physical work will always be local.

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New webhost and forum

I have finally ditched my old web host who to be fair have been pretty good over 5 years but it was time to head to new pastures where I could ensure to have updated versions of fourm and blog software.

However the change over has been a little messy but think I am getting there now so thanks to all the forum members who have been patient with me!

This should herald a new start for the site and will hopefully continue to inspire a new wave of working nomads!

Travelling soon to a foreign country? then look at your travel health information and tips. Traveling overseas then you will need over 70s travel insurance to ensure you have any unseen medical costs covered because medical bills can be very high otherwise.

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