"Move to the Cayman Islands!!! You don't have to pay any taxes!"
Sign me up!! I'm in!
When I was moving overseas to the Cayman Islands in 2013, all I heard from friends who lived there was how I didn't have to pay any taxes. All of the money I made would go directly into my pocket!
If this wouldn't make people pack up their bags and move to the Caribbean, I don't know what would.
What my friends failed to tell me was that I still needed to file my taxes. Or that there were extra documents that needed to be filed if I had foreign bank accounts with over $10,000 in them (it's called an FBAR, by the way, and needs to be filed even if you've asked for an extension.) They also didn't tell me that there was a limit on the income you could make and if you were over that limit, you'd have to pay taxes on that additional amount. Back in 2013, the limit was $99,000, and it changes every year.
How I thought it would go: quit my job, fly to another country, find a cute coffee shop and build my business from the road. I'd work two days a week, creating content and meeting with clients. The rest of my days would be spent laughing, eating with friends, sleeping in, and snuggling up on my week old niece.
How it really went: quit my job, flew to another country, drank a ton of coffee, got easily distracted by all of the people and noises, and felt like I was totally neglecting my business. I set aside two days a week to work, and then felt panicked that I wasn't spending enough time on my business.
I scheduled clients (and even met with two of them face-to-face!!), and created just enough content for my new 5 Day Mindset Challenge that I felt sorrrrrrrt of ok. "Sleeping in" ended up being 8am PST, and most days I was awake anywhere from 5:30am-6:30am (stupid time zones.) I missed calls from clients because I couldn't figure out the time zone conversion, the wifi sucked and dropped calls and internet connection. I had to call one client back FOUR FREAKIN' TIMES during one session. There were a lot of F bombs in that recorded call.
And let's talk about the guilt!!!...
As a member of several travel groups on Facebook, I've seen a few women asking for suggestions on things to do on long flights overseas since they weren't going to have wifi (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?? NO WIFI!!!). At first I laughed, but then I thought, "Really?? Come on now." I was once told, "Only boring people get bored", and these kick ass female travelers are far from boring, so perhaps they're just not thinking outside of the box.
So here's a list of 50 things that YOU can do on your long flight to the other side of the world instead of sitting on Facebook and Instagram...