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True lovers of travel all have one thing in common: We love to share our stories and experiences with others. Ryan Spiegel shares his love of travel as well as his story of opening a hostel in Nicaragua in his book, “Travel Deeper: A Globetrotter's Guide to Starting a Business Abroad.”
Ryan shares his entire process of opening a business abroad, including the missteps he made along the way. Being able to learn from the mistakes of others is so valuable, so I advise anyone wanting to start their own business to take note of Ryan's.
Instead of a step-by-step process on how to start a business the right way, we are allowed to follow Ryan's story as it actually unfolded. We are invited along to see his dream property, to meet his guests and employees, to see the behind-the-scenes red tape of a brand new business, and to see relationships being made as well as falling apart.
“Travel Deeper” is an easy read that will keep the reader's attention through its humor and relatable situations. Ryan takes the daunting subject of starting a business and makes it easy to understand.
As travelers, we love stories of places that are exotic to us, we love differences in cultures and we love meeting new people. Ryan describes so well the travel bug: "After a while, traveling didn't feel like a vacation so much as a lifestyle. We stayed in areas longer and got to know the rhythms of our adopted neighborhoods, the bus schedule, the best lunch deals and the local grocery store. Traveling felt more like home..."
How can you keep this feeling? For Ryan, it was opening a business abroad. Ryan fell in love with the unique call of Nicaragua and knew he wanted to open a business there; a hostel that would allow others to stay, enjoy and also fall in love with the area. This would also satisfy his urge to have a "home away from home."
Ryan takes us on his journey of finding the right place to open a business, creating or molding existing relationships to fund, set up, and maintain a business, and all the downfalls and mistakes that occurred along the way while living in a new place with new people.
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He reminds us that no matter how much you love a town, city or community, that you should always be aware of untrustworthy people. On that same note, no matter how well you think you know old friends, surprises could be in store if you involve them in your business.
While you may know to be aware of legal differences from country to country, Ryan also discusses problems that you might not think about. Keeping weight in check, for one. I know that if I felt like I was on vacation every day, my weight would skyrocket!
You may be wondering just what kind of business we're planning on opening abroad. Well, we're not. However, this book is written in a way that most of the points can be applied to anyone starting a business. I found myself thinking of this very blog as I was reading!
So, whether you're truly opening a business abroad or just thinking of starting any venture on your own, give this book a read. Especially if you love travel.
Ryan's easygoing tone comes across in the written words, much like he's sitting across from the reader, telling his story. You'll root for Ryan's success and soon find that you're rooting for your own!
Title: "Travel Deeper, A Globetrotter's Guide to Starting a Business Abroad"
Author: Ryan Spiegel
Publisher: Ryan Spiegel (June 2nd 2016)
ISBN: 0692691197 (ISBN13: 9780692691199)
Ryan Spiegel provided me with a reading copy of this book, but all opinions are my own. Thanks so much for sharing your story, Ryan!
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This story originally appeared on the Just Chasing Rabbits blog.