In just two days, right now, I’ll be on a plane flying far far away from home. The end destination is Podgorica, Montenegro.
This is a mini-life/mini-retirement I’ve been wanting to pull off for a long time now, but it’s finally happening.
Every single time someone hears that I’ll be there for two whole months, they ask a pretty silly question (in my opinion):
Why so long?/What will you be doing?/Why Montenegro?
In this post I’ll try and explain what my goals for the trip are, what I plan to be doing and why I’m embarking on this journey in the first place.
Reasons For Leaving
If any of you have read the 4-hour workweek, you’ve probably understood the concept of mini-retirements.
It’s pretty silly to work your ass off for 47 years (the time until my “official retirement”) just to get to the magical reward in the end, when you’re old and wrinkly. Then you spend at most a few years travelling, while you’re already tied down with family, more obligations, responsiblities etc.
Instead, Tim Ferriss’s concept is to take “mini-retirements” every now and then. These are long-term stays away from your everyday life, anywhere from a month to a year.
With this method, you get the same gratification way sooner and when you come back from your trip, your mind will be replenished. Your motivation will be sky-high and odds are that you will be a lot more productive.
1. Get away from everyday life
For two months I won’t have to hear a word of the Estonian language, I won’t have to walk my dog two to three times a day (although I’ll miss her), I won’t have to wake up in the same place, same bed, every single day. I’ll be free.
Want to go to the gym? No more of the same, routine trip to your regular place. Quick Google search and yet another new place to go to.
Sick of eating rice and chicken every day? (No, I’m not.) You can simply go to a cafe or restaurant, some place you’ve never been before and eat some crazy Montenegro cuisine.
You could say that there are hundreds of restaurants and gyms in Tallinn that I haven’t been to, but that’s simply not the same.
2. Amazing Climate
The Estonian climate is pretty depressing. Actually the “pretty” part doesn’t fit there.. The climate is disgusting.
We have 8+ months of horrible dirt, rain and mud. Two months of terrible cold and way too much snow, we’re talking -25 Celsius and 60 cm+ snow.
If you’re lucky, you’ll have two months of “summer” which means more rain and dirt, and maybe a week or two of nice, sunny weather at 20-30c.
Montenegro however, being by the Adriatic Sea, has an average yearly temperature of 21C.
During July and August, temperatures above 30 are average and peak at over 40.
I’m a big fan of warmth, the sun, sand and beaches. This is a vacation way overdue for me.
3. Get Travel Experience
I’ve always said that I love traveling, and want to travel a lot. Until I was 18 (slightly over a week ago), this wasn’t really a possibility, at least not alone.
I’ve been to the Czech Republic, the Baltics, Finland, Sweden, Tenerife and Egypt, but that was when I was a lot younger.
Now I have an opportunity to actually do it and immerse myself in another culture, see how much I really enjoy it.
4. Be Alone
There’s something magical about solitude, that’s hard to explain.
I really value the time I spend alone, it’s just a great way to escape from everything and relax.
You get to reevaluate everything in your life, ponder over your priorities and goals and get a new outlook on things.
Another benefit of being alone is the increased productivity. Even when someone is in the other room, behind closed doors and completely quiet, I simply cannot sit down and write a post like this. Or any other post for that matter, with the exception of forum posts.
5. Become Self-Reliant
More than anything, this trip is an “exam” for myself.
Do I have what it takes to not only survive, but thrive when I’m alone?
Can I count on myself to get up every single morning and get shit done?
Will I be eating out every day like a bachelor or will I actually cook? (Chicken and rice doesn’t count.)
Although I’m home alone the majority of the time, I still get a lot of help from my mom and leave quite a few tasks up to her.
Now is the time to prove to myself that I’m capable of doing all of this, on my own, without any outside help.
What’s The Plan? What Will I Be Doing There?
Now that I’ve gotten the reasons for the adventure out of the way, let’s get to the part of actually being there.
Below I’ll try and list some of the things I’ve got planned.
1. Get Shit Done
Procrastination is one of the easiest things to do in the world, and it’s also one of the most destructive.
It becomes even easier when you’re in your comfort zone. Your own “boss chair”, familiar environment, bed two steps away from your office, lots of familiar places to go to, dozens of people to call for no apparent reason and the list goes on…
I really really believe that procrastination in Montenegro will not be a problem. It will be either adventure, or work. No sitting around playing games or watching series.
Work-wise, I’m going to be:
- Writing at least two posts a week for this blog.
- Finally getting IM Livin’ set up properly (Mailing list, design modifications etc)
- Doing SEO work for two clients
- Writing a lot of articles for myAmazon associate sites
- Learning, learning, learning.
2. Relax & Do Exciting Stuff
Although work will be a key component of this journey, I’m going to be mixing it up with a vacation as well, of course.
Sitting on the beach or at a local pool, partying and sightseeing will be on my itinerary, for sure.
Regarding the exciting part, I kind of mentioned a few of the things above..
Those are all things I’ve wanted to do for a long time, yet haven’t had the chance to. Back in November I got myself the PADI Open Water Diver license and now it’s time to put it in use.
3. Meet New People
Every single time I’ve mentioned that I’m going on this trip alone, people look at me like an idiot.
“Dude, you’re going to be bored out of your mind…”
No, if I took someone I knew with me, I might as well stay home.
When you have someone familiar with you, it’s way too easy just to do everything with them or stay in one place.
Being a social being, alone, forces you to go out and DO STUFF. Meet amazing new people that you otherwise would’ve never gotten to know.
This could lead to new relationships, awesome adventures and perhaps even business contacts.
For example, both on my way to Podgorica and coming back to Estonia, I’ll have to sit in Istanbul, Turkey for one night.
While there, I’ll be meeting up with a Turkish guy who was going to be my Virtual Assistant back in February.
4. Work, Work, Work
This is the part I simply cannot stress enough.
There’s no better time to work, than while you’re already getting gratification from it.
I’ve worked my ass off to make this trip a reality.. One of the key reasons people want to make money online, including myself, is the ability to do it from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an active internet connection and at least a laptop.
Sitting in paradise with the laptop you’ve earned, with godlike views, amazing people and surroundings is the ultimate motivation to keep going at it.
Who knows where I could be next summer..
If any of you have any final tips before I embark on my journey, feel free to share them in the comments or via my contact page.
All kinds of feedback, criticism, thoughts and questions are welcome 🙂