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I’m Patrick Jones. I started BoostFitnessMarketing.com back in 2011, though it was called Text Marketing Miami at the time. Since then, I’ve been able to live 100% off my online business earnings, all while traveling and seeing a large chunk of the United States, South America and Europe.

Traveling Abroad: One Benefit of Online Entrepreneurship

Last Updated on Mar 15, 2018

This article is part of the FitnessTexter travel series. A collection of posts that highlight one of the main benefits of online entrepreneurship, traveling abroad. I don’t like to consider myself a digital nomad. I actually dislike the phrase, it sounds too pretentious and Instagram-hashtagy. A nomad would be someone that doesn’t like calling someplace their home; someone who is constantly on the move (#wanderlust!). I, on the contrary, love having a place to call home. My home, however, has changed many times during the past five years. My journey into the world of online entrepreneurship is a strange one. How it went from online entrepreneurship to traveling and living in Barcelona is another long story. Then that leaves me where I am today (April 24, 2017), sitting on my bed in Rome, Italy, next to my Italian girlfriend of nearly two years. Well, let’s get this show on the road. I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in May 2010. I graduated with one of the most pointless degrees, marketing! Honestly, I have a hard time quantifying how pointless a marketing degree is. I learned more during my first internship/year of running a business than I learned during five years of business school. However, I would like to highlight one great professor I had, Joseph Redden. His 4000-level marketing strategy class was one of the most difficult classes I had my senior year. He got rid of all the marketing fluff (I’m talking about you Four P’s) and got down to the numbers side of marketing. Honestly, probably the only truly worthwhile course I took in Carlson besides accounting. Too much fluff, not enough substance. After graduating from college, I got a paid internship ($10/hour) at Augeo Affinity Marketing. They’re a Minneapolis-based marketing company that sets up loyalty rewards programs for large corporations. One of my assignments during my internship was to research text message marketing software. They were looking to get into the business. I did a thorough market research paper for my bosses and they promptly put it into the file cabinet. No biggie. That’s what happens to most intern research. Sometime during this internship, I realized that I was sick of...

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The Cheap Way from Cusco to Aguas Calientes | The Inca Trail for Free

Last Updated on Mar 15, 2018

This article is part of the FitnessTexter travel series. A collection of posts that highlight one of the main benefits of online entrepreneurship, traveling abroad. Here’s how to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu for $7. It’s not free, but it’s $173 cheaper than the train. When Marianna and I decided to hike Machu Picchu, we elected against doing the Inca Trail. Though we had heard many good things about it, it was just too expensive. The going rate these days is $650 per person. That’s insane! There was no way we were going to spend that much money on the trek. If you’ve got money to burn, give it a shot. If not, our version would be called The Poor Man’s Inca Trail. We did the entire journey with simple hiking day packs too. The only other option, so we thought, was to take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. There are only two companies that provide train transportation from Cusco and Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, PeruRail and IncaRail. I refuse to hyperlink their websites because I don’t think they deserve the traffic benefits. They have a duopoly over the entire train network to Machu Picchu and treat the Aguas Calientes locals like garbage (They have to sit in the back of the tourist trains in rundown carriages). That said, we didn’t know there was another option. We purchased our Machu Picchu tickets for Nov 16 and decided that we would purchase our train tickets in Cusco. Well, as it happens, there was a two day strike by the citizens of Aguas Calientes against the train companies for, you guessed it, mistreatment, two days before our Machu Picchu entrance date. Even if we had purchased train tickets, no one was getting into Aguas Calientes during the strike and no one was getting out. The city is only reachable by train…or so they tell you. Unbeknownst to most, it’s 100% legal to hike the train tracks to Machu Picchu. Some business owners might tell you otherwise, but that’s because they want a finders free if they get you to do their friend’s brother’s cousin’s guided tour. We passed police officers and train officials along the route and they...

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