2019 moving forward, updates and old questions from readers

Updates from the field of life.

2019 should be everyone’s year to travel more, to move forward with Ernest towards goals of progress, momentum and to push life forward; this is not a time to stand still or look back to the past. Remove politics, distractions, and noise from your life and hold tight to a new path.

The world is poised for growth in specialized fields, new energy, driverless cars and new global economic connections that’s never been seen before.  The political noise is only designed to distract the stupid and hold back the weak minded. Climate change is here, immigration and global trade will always win over protectionism. Innovation will always drive economies forward. You only hold back your potential when you dwell on the noise of politics and fight a fight of pointless noise.

This week I met a flight attendant who after 12 years has quit her job and moved to build her own business in Australia. She sees a world where inflation is much more rampant then we see at first glance and just making a salary will do nothing for her future; a world where millionaires are the middle class is the future she sees and I can’t disagree.

As we look into 2019 everyone should consider there will be some serious changes and disruptive technologies brewing around the corner for us all. Trucking as an example will see more testing of driverless vehicles, Tesla will be pushing their 500-mile batteries and rates should rise for logistics in North America for the coming year as fuel prices trend upwards again.

Cryptocurrency will still be here and I expect the downturn in prices to stay here awhile before any upward momentum, but the idea and technology will stay. The World needs this. Master-nodes are better investments than just holding currency or mining right now and I think this will continue for years to come.

Inflation is going to be a bigger issue then we think, it is by far been the next generation that is unprepared for larger inflationary moves than any other generation and by that token Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at the same stage of life adjusted to inflation. That said I expect growth to stagnate in the world economy somewhat and don’t invest in wild ideas of stocks and investments growing past this point.

I have been busy with building a new brand for my own technical services and pushing myself forward, working with some new clients and trying to be more healthy. I have gotten a number of emails from my nomadic friends and wanted to post again as I know its been too long. The same questions keep getting posed…

 

Where are you?  Toronto currently and will be here for a while.

Why have we not heard from you? I am busy, I just don’t always have time and ideas to blog about anymore. 

Are you just a business traveler these days? This is a complicated thing to answer really, I don’t travel just for pleasure as much as I used to. But I always find ways to grow my list of experiences and sometimes an event ends and I make sure to stay an extra day. 

Are you still travel hacking? Of course, I am; but as a Canadian, there is less and less available these days for really good travel hacks. There is still some good opportunity available in the US market but keep in mind that the airlines are cutting down on travel rewards as an industry. We should keep in mind that there are good investments to be made into cheaper revenue options for travel then non-revenue tickets. Also, credit card rewards are at an all-time low. 

I remember the days of you posting pictures of different places every month? What happened? Privacy concerns actually have been a large degree of the motivation to the shift or change in my social media posting. It’s not an anti-facebook rant or a broken sense of trust of the companies that I post on nor is it something that changing my viewpoints from past issues. I never had trust or felt something was private on these sites. We live in a world of crazy people, an example is someone researching you & finding your clients and going after them or border guards interpreting your facebook as something else other than the reality. People also see something that’s not reality when they follow you on Facebook or Instagram. 

Can you still help with hotel reviews and experience audits? Yes, but the clients have changed and it is something I am not focused on anymore. 

What keeps you busy? Event Coordination and working on logistics for these events.

Politics?  I hate the state of our politics in North America. It’s broken and trumpism just shows it. It is not something I can fix nor is it worth my time. Wanting to be fiscally conservative and socially responsible is harder then you would think in a world of negative liberal and republican rhetoric. This economist’s perspective is simple what is good for the few is never good for the many, what is good for the many is never good for the individual.  Be careful of Russian and Chinese troll farms this Canadian election cycle and the conservative and oil fear-mongering.  

Trips to war-torn areas? I honestly can’t answer these questions and you should stop asking me. But here is my generic answer, it’s a bad idea. On this note, rich men and wannabe journalists pay large sums of money to visit war-zones and this has some seriously negative effects. Touring war-zones is stupid and harmful to locals. But there is more to any story and you should take the time to personally do your research and reach out to local knowledge. When someplace has had something happen to detract tourism it’s always worth a quick look. If your location is on an ICAO list of conflict zones you should reconsider.  If you must go, communicate with the consulate in the area as its the best place to start if you run into trouble and gain information from them. 

I am searching for an affordable short term apartment rental in NYC? Honestly, so is everyone else. Find a furnished apartment agency or try staynovo.com. airbnb in NYC is a bad idea and I have had really bad experiences.  Paying to Housesit is another option. 

Tea or coffee? Ahem…  Coffee always. 

What’s been your weirdest moment? I was in South America and had an altercation with some obviously fake policía and I called them on it. I am still not sure why I am still alive actually but my aggressive attitude pushed them to back off. I am not invincible and it could have ended badly.  A local also joined in and the fakes dashed away.  Be careful with any third world law-enforcement.  We did a tour to Nicaragua just before the issues that there having there now. The tour operator got to the border and started passing a line up of people and flashed some cash to the guards. They stamped everyone’s passport at once and sent us on our way. He said it is the way things work out here. 

Favorite hotel chain? I don’t have one, but Fairfield by Marriot has been great to me. 

What’s your top travel tip? Mindset. Have fun, too many people find traveling is a pain and out of there comfort zone; honestly. Enjoy the time that is now and the journey ahead. Fear of flying is also a big deal and makes people not enjoy the journey.  Travel light and spend money wisely. But honestly have fun!  Also, be careful what you eat. My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have lodging in place, too many people don’t book these things in advance.

 

I promise to blog more this year. I know.. I know.. You have heard this before.

 

####Picture from a trip this year where I had rental car trouble, I had decided to enjoy the historic donuts I have passed by about a million times.  3 hours later my car was towed away leaving me carless in L.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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