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As you read this issue, think about these insightful words from Rumi:

When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from someone who has never left home.

Barbara on the Train Last week someone on Twitter challenged us to make a list of six words that described us. At the top of my list are 1) homebody 2) hobo. I mastered the first of those years ago, but it took a bit longer to find a way to satisfy my wanderlust. It wasn't until I discovered my entrepreneurial spirit that I realized I could design a business that required a passport. That was a huge incentive to succeed.

As time went on, I discovered many participants in my seminars also had been bitten by the travel bug. That makes perfect sense to me since entrepreneurs and gypsies share many of the same personal qualities. Curiosity, low threshold of boredom, sense of adventure, idea seeker would describe both groups. I think incorporating travel into your business plans ultimately makes you a better entrepreneur. Here are five bonuses you'll receive if you add wheels and wings to your business.

Gather ideas. A couple of years ago, I wrote an article in Winning Ways called Take a Trip--Come Back With a Business. I mentioned Starbucks, Trader Joe's and Smith & Hawken as examples of businesses that were inspired by travel abroad. Then I said, "While it's true that many entrepreneurs travel the world seeking business ideas they can bring home, it's equally true that the alert traveler may come across an entrepreneurial idea that refuses to be ignored." A change of scenery is very healthy for our creative spirit.

Eliminate dithering. Travelers don't have the leisure to procrastinate so decisions are made quickly. The willingness to take action, to make corrections as needed and to keep an open heart and mind are inherent in travel. Those things work well in building a business also.

Connect with kindred spirits. At a session of Making a Living Without a Job in London, we had participants from France, India, Sweden, and Scotland, as well as from Britain. These days, geography has far less to do with running a business than it used to. Twenty-first century entrepreneurs and their customers and collaborators are connected by values, philosophy, and shared interests not zip code.

Something to talk about. As storytelling expert Annette Simmons says, "Those who never venture into the world don't have many stories to tell."

Live in a bigger world. As Rick Steves points out in his manifesto, "Globetrotting destroys ethnocentricity. It helps you understand and appreciate different cultures. Travel changes people. It broadens perspectives and teaches new ways to measure quality of life. Many travelers toss aside their hometown blinders. Their prized souvenirs are the strands of different cultures they decide to knit into their own character. The world is a cultural yarn shop. Back Door Travelers are weaving the ultimate tapestry."

Learn travel secrets designed to help you live wherever you want, travel as often as you please, fund your vacations and explore the world like a VIP.

Last July, a panel of seasoned and savvy travel writers, editors, and photographers met for a special three-day workshop where they discussed the tools they use to consistently fund and profit from their vacations. And now-until December 31-you can get your hands on the audio recordings of that workshop PLUS online access to every resource they handed out.

Instead of $299, this 2009 Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop-At-Home Package can be yours for just $99 until December 31, 2009.

Start today and enjoy 2010 on your own terms! I highly recommend this program. Go here for details:

Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop

Lisa Tarrant and I are in the process of creating a new section of devoted to supporting your wanderlust. This is largely inspired by my own raging wanderlust and plans to travel much more in 2010. Details will follow soon.

Until then, you may want to connect with some other travel enthusiasts on Twitter. Here's a list compiled by someone who calls himself Nomadic Matt of Top Travel Tweeters. That list doesn't contain two of my favorites: Evelyn Hannon @journeywoman and Cynthia Morris @JourneyJuju.

Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project will be showing up in bookstores soon. Last week, she wrote a terrific piece called 10 Reasons Why Using Twitter Will Boost Your Happiness. If you're one of those Twitter resisters, you may be surprised by Rubin's ideas. If you're a Twitter fan, you'll be even happier you're a participant.

I often get e-mails from readers asking about my whereabouts in the photos at the top of this mailing. I just realized that the picture today was taken as I was enjoying a train trip in Switzerland and, at the same time, making a recording that became a popular CD program a few years back. Nice office, huh?

Buona fortuna,


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