Moving From Paris, France to Hong Kong
In late 2011, before going to Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit West, I took a very important decision: moving from Paris, France, to Hong Kong. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a week, you probably know that I’m a defender of location freedom.
Working online provides us with one of the greatest opportunities of all time: being able to work from anywhere in the world, as long as we have a laptop and an internet connection.
I’ve been spending the past 2 years building my online business to reach financial freedom and location freedom. In last December, I decided that it was time to take a leap of faith and finally move to another country.
It took me quite some time to weight the different opportunities and decided that if I was going to move to United States, Canada or somewhere in Asia (Hong Kong, Philippines or Thailand). Each of these places has its pros and cons.
Back in June 2011, I traveled to Hong Kong to meet with a couple companies I was doing online business with. It was a pretty amazing experience and I really liked the place. One of the best things with Hong Kong is that, even if its quite a small city, its location in Asia makes it a fantastic place to live in: you can travel for the weekend or for a week holiday to numerous other countries, including Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Japan, and the list goes on…
My business being more stable, moving to a new place wasn’t such a big risk, and I didn’t want to wait for another couple of years before enjoying the results of my hard work.
So… I just did it! I got rid of my apartment in Paris, then I either sold or gave most of my belongings, keeping only what would fit in my suitcase. Then, after spending a week in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace for Affiliate Summit West, I didn’t take a plane back to France, but I took a plane to Los Angeles, then another one to Hong Kong, completing my first roundtrip around the world.
Moving to a new country was somewhat scary but the fear was completely over-balanced by the excitement of discovering a new culture and meeting some new people…
The main problem I have to face these days is the timezone issue. Hong Kong has a 12 Hours time difference with New York. And when it’s 6pm on the US West Coast, it’s 9am on day+1 in Hong Kong! That’s very complicated to get ahold of people for skype chats and video conferences…
Now here I am, living in Hong Kong since mid-January 2012. And so far it’s a tremendous experience! (More to come about Hong Kong soon)