Posted tagged ‘Travel’

Business Travel – A Guide to Easy Life on the Open Road

August 24, 2009

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I am a traveling professional… or professional traveler depending on which way you want to look at it.  For the last two years my career has required me to travel nationwide at the drop of a hat. With this experience in mind, I wanted to share some tidbits of knowledge and advice to those who are beginning the joys of business travel.

Let’s start at the beginning and work our way through each stage of the travel process.

Hopefully you gained something from my experiences.

Overall, the main thing to focus on is that traveling for business can be a fun and enlightening experience.  It allows you to meet new people, see new places, and experience new things.  Once you get the basics of travel down it becomes easier and easier, until  you get to the point where every time you go is an adventure.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my past two years as a nomad and wish you the same success on your trips as well!

Ever Wanted to Visit China? Go Tour-ING With Our Newest Ninja – Doug Ma!

May 20, 2009

Fellow Ninjas,

I’d like to welcome Doug Ma, a good friend of mine since our high school days, to the DNC Worldwide family. Doug embodies the DNC philosophy in that he has worked hard to be successful scholastically and professionally while maintaining a foothold on his dreams. Starting out at UT-Austin, Doug was a Chapter President for his fraternity, Lambda Phi Epson, before graduating with his BS in Finance. He then landed a job on Wall Street, where he worked for several years before deciding it was the right time to pursue the adventure of a lifetime.

Doug now lives in Beijing China where he runs a company, Go Tour-ING, which specializes in tours of the fast-developing and visually-stunning nation. He wanted me to pass along the message that if any of you are interested in visiting the far east, he would be delighted to welcome you with open arms and Go Tour-ING would be an easy way to create the experience of a lifetime.

Company Profile:

Go Tour-ING is a new tour operating company that specializes in organized tours in China centered around sightseeing, networking and partying for people aged 21-35.  The company was founded by two ex-finance workaholics who traded in their cubicles in order to pursue their interests in traveling.

Please check out their website  for more information about their tours and their departure dates. You may also join our Facebook fan page for the latest in updates and media.

So what are you waiting for?  Go Tour-ing with us!

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Doug Ma is graduate of the University of Texas-Austin holding a BBA in Finance and currently lives in Beijing, China. After school, he worked on Wall Street for a couple of years before he decided to leave his job and travel the world. His journeys led him to China where he co-founded Go Tour-ING, http://www.tour-ing.com. Taking experiences from all his travels, he wanted to create tours that centered on sight seeing, networking, and partying for travelers aged 21-35. Besides traveling, Doug enjoys watching MMA, playing sports, and trying out new things.

Project Bonafide and Creating a Self-Sustainable Ecosystem

May 15, 2009

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Editors Note: The following is a blog posted by Duane Batcheler, an acquaintance I was introduced to on the social networking site Myspace in 2005. At the time, Duane had recently quit his job in finance and sold everything he owned for a chance to travel the world. Since then, Duane has been involved in several different projects involving cultural awareness and making the world a better place.

  • Duane’s Travel Blog on Myspace – here
  • Link to Duane’s Slideshow of Ometepe Island – click here

Duane’s exploits show proof that it can be done, whatever it may be that you aspire to. He has accomplished plenty, all based on an inspired decision to get out and do something more than working 9-5pm. This is the spirit of what we are building with DNC Worldwide.

His latest project is enormous in scope and the most ambitious I’ve heard of in quite some time. Read about Project Bonafide below, perhaps it is something you’ll consider participating in yourself.

PROJECT BONAFIDE – By: Duane Batcheler

I’m done with traveling for a bit and now working with a group to purchase a 105 acre piece of land on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua.  Ometepe Island is considered the largest island in the world found in a freshwater lake.   It is formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua joined by a land isthmus and measures 276 square kilometers offering a great variety of ecosystems and natural tourist attractions such as rivers, waterfalls, springs, beaches and wetlands, all characterized by their almost virgin conditions.  The property has great views of the surrounding volcanoes, direct access to the lake, beautiful huge old growth trees, mango trees, palm trees and long treed arbor walkways.

Currently there is a farm with orchards, cows, and horses, about 30,000 square feet of existing buildings that can be used for temporary living quarters, offices, restaurant, hostel, and workshops, as well as a pier complete with a fishing boat and gear. The goal is to build a self sustainable organic farm, with solar and wind power, pump water from the lake for agriculture, and use wells for drinking water.  The other major focus is on hospitality: eco-lodge, cabanas, restaurant, hostel, kayaks, horses, beach, bar and night club, yoga, massage, hiking tours up the volcanoes, craft center, etc.

We hope to close by July 11th and start prepping the land for people to come down in December.  I will be working with a group called Bona Fide learning as much as I can about ‘permaculture’ over the next few months.

We’ve talked about catering to tourists who want to learn a skill, help with locals, or work on a farm.  We plan to bring in building materials in bulk and build each others houses as well as the common structures. If anyone is interested in helping or joining please let me know.

For more information on Nicaragua, Ometepe Island, and Project Bonafide, visit Duane’s blog.

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