My “4-Hour Work Week” Experience

On June 6th, 2011, I said “Goodbye” to home-cooked meals, my comfy bed, friends & family, and packed my luggage for a four month trip around Europe and Asia.

After two years of leaving Timothy Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek book collecting dust, I finally spared some time to read the book while I was in Bali.

After finishing the book, I said to myself “Why not?”.

I was inspired to give it a try. Most of all, I wanted to take advantage of what my online business offered i.e. – the freedom to work from anywhere and at anytime.

In the book, Tim Ferriss talks about creating a “muse”..or in other words, some type of product you can sell.

Thankfully enough, running an online business allows you to create multiple products in any niche, with very little expenses.

Here are some snapshots of my trip:

Pictures of Europe

I was excited about the concepts taught in the book though I must say, I was very hesitant at first because I thought I would need to sacrifice a lot — especially traveling for months, but it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss; I wanted to see the world (at least part of it) before I grew older and settled down.

Here are the countries and cities I visited during the trip:

  • Dubai
  • London
  • The Netherlands – Amsterdam and Den Haag
  • France – Paris, Nice, Monaco
  • Belgium
  • Italy – Rome, La Spezia, Florence, Cinque Terre
  • Croatia – Sailed  for 7 days
  • Greece – Santorini, Mykonos
  • Turkey  – Istanbul, Cappadocia
  • Nepal – Kathmandu, Pokhara
  • China
  • Hong Kong and Macau
  • Malaysia

Nepal, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia

I packed very light because what was more important to me was to enjoy the places, trying new dishes, learning, and meeting people. Plus, I also had to carry my 17″ MacBook Pro laptop!

I’ve learned about many cultures and people along the way. From the countries I visited, you can see how diverse it is. Everyone I met were genuinely nice people. Getting lost was very easy but thankfully, most people were helpful!

Cinque Terre, Italy

The views, sights and food were amazing… From Dubai where the tallest building (Burj Khalifa) stands at 2,700ft (830m) and bearing the 45° Celsius (113° F) heat to China, where I tried the best Peking duck in the world.

In the Greek Islands, you’ll find the best sunsets! In Hong Kong, you’ll find delicious food in every corner of the street. It was probably one of the best places I enjoyed the most.

In front of the hotel I stayed in - Atlantis at The Palms in Dubai

I even volunteered in Nepal at an orphanage to help kids who are less fortunate and lost their parents due to tragic incidents. I learned that they were really happy kids, despite their past. They were probably the most friendliest people I had ever met who don’t judge you by your possessions, where you’re from and how you look. They were the happiest kids who required very simple things in life – food, shelter and love.

At the orphanage with two bright kids teaching me their language

All-in-all, it was an experience of a lifetime, and it was only possible thanks to a decision I made in 2005 to quit the vicious 9-5 cycle I was in and lead my own life. It’s given me the time + freedom to do what I want without any restrictions.

In the 4-Hour Workweek book, Tim Ferris says something along the lines of “have mini retirements instead of waiting until you’re 60-70 to enjoy the lifestyle”. This was one of my “mini retirements” that I got to enjoy.

Checking some emails while enjoying the sun in Mykonos, Greece

Just as a little side note, in a previous post, I shared 16 tools that I use to work from anywhere. These tools were used everyday while I was traveling. I recommend you read this post => 16 Must-Have Tools To Run Your Internet Business From Anywhere.

Let me end this post by leaving you with this.  Having more time and sitting by the pool, sipping pina colada is the ideal lifestyle for a lot of us, but it takes passion, dedication, persistence, learning, and most importantly – a deep desire to keep moving forward. I sure haven’t reached my desired goals, so I’m striving to keep moving forward…but just remember, you should celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back for making even the smallest milestone. That’s how momentum is built.

I hope this post has inspired you, because I definitely needed the inspiration before I even made a decision to pack my bags and see the world.

Comments

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  • Carl January 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Awesome Aurelius, it is good to see you are enjoying a trip of a life time and to think it was all possible as a result of the creation of the Internet.

    I will be taking a look at the 4 hour work week and see where that takes me in 2012.

    Keep safe and continue to enjoy your trip.

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  • Aurelius Tjin January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Yes! It was an awesome trip! I recommend you read the book. It’s not gonna change your life overnight, but it’ll open your mind to the possibility.

    Thanks for the comment Carl.

    My trip’s already over but I hope to do more!

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  • Alessandro Zamboni January 20, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Hi Aurelius, 4 Hour Workweek by TIm Ferris is a book every internet marketer in the world must read. It’s awesome and contains some gems able to improve your work so much to gain more free time.

    I’m sad I didn’t know you came in Italy, otherwise we should have met in my country…
    Anyway, I’m also organizing to live everywhere in the world, because this is possible for every internet marketer who earn a good income. My dream is moving in England to live.

    Thanks and see you soon,
    Alessandro Zamboni

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  • Aurelius Tjin January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, definitely Alessandro. I loved Italy!

    Keep it up Alessandro! Thanks.

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  • Leonard Jackson January 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Looks awesome!! That’s what I’m working for.

    Heard of the four hour workweek but never read it yet

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  • Aurelius Tjin January 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Give it a read Leonard :)

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  • Jonathan Teng January 20, 2012 at 5:36 am

    hey bro…

    Inspiring and really awesome! Would like to try that too. lol. :)

    What’s the muse you found out? ;)

    -Jon
    PS: Think you’re about 7 hours ahead of me in time zone. So it’s a problem to be same time on skype. But just drop me an email if need be. :)

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  • Aurelius Tjin January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hey Jon! Well, the muse is all the info products that you and I are selling online :)

    It’s passive. It’s scalable. Two of the elements that Tim Ferris talks about when creating a muse.

    Sure. We’ll chat on Skype Jon!

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  • Stu Sensei January 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    that’s awesome Aurelius! congrats. looks like an awesome time. 4 months traveling and working around Europe? goon on ya for doing it… and yeah I love the 4 hour work week book too.

    Stuart

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  • Aurelius Tjin January 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks Stuart! I’ll stop by Japan one day!

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  • Lui Ko: Private Student Loans January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    A 4 hour work week eh? Well thankx for making us all green with envy.

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  • -Johnson. February 4, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hey Aurelius,

    The “4-Hour Work Week” is a book I haven’t read yet but I do think that one of the most important things that people lose on when they go for a job is time. I’m just about to finish uni and while everyone’s trying to focus on securing a full-time job, I’m just trying to make the most of the time I have left before I join the rat race (temporarily…) to create a muse (or two).

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  • Aurelius Tjin February 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Enjoy Johnson! But always move forward!

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  • Nino February 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Aurelius, Im pretty sure you had an amazing time… I’m really curious, approximately how much it cost you for the entire trip. Im planning on a similar endeavor myself.

    Thanks,

    Nino

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  • Aurelius Tjin February 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Nino. Good to hear about your plans!

    You’ll save a lot by staying at a friend, family or relative’s place. I’m thankful I stayed with friends and family at few destinations I visited. My online business also supported my travels which is what this whole post is really about. I still worked, but not as much as I normally would. I’ve even experienced a thing called “couch surfing”. You should check it out – http://www.couchsurfing.org. Not every place I stayed had the best conditions or 5 star ratings. I wasn’t really that important to me to be honest.

    Good luck on your trip Nino! You’ll enjoy every moment, I’m sure!

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  • mashengky February 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    i envy you…

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