Adventures: From Melbourne to Munich

Hello, G’day, Hola, Ahoj, Hallo, Mrhaba, Chaírete… These are the greetings of the past few months of my life. I’m back again with a travel update, maybe some industry insight, some tips, some lessons, some stories to tell your grandchildren. Oh and maybe some gym recommendations. I began writing this post from the train-cabin enroute from Prague, CZ to Berlin, DE. What a beautiful country-side.

German Countryside
German Countryside

I’m on my second round-the-world trip this year, hopping around to a lot of conferences, meeting with businesses, traffic sources, advertisers and affiliates as much as possible, increasing my network one day at a time. From the palm-trees of San Diego, to the picturesque islands of Greece, it’s been quite the exhausting adventure thus far. This trip began back in Melbourne, my birth place, where I spent 2 months regathering my life and wondering how the F I got to this point. It’s truly amazing. I managed to take advantage of my status and frequent flyer miles this time around to get upgrades into business class, which was quite nice, given I paid full price the last RTW trip I completed earlier this year.

In Carslbad, San Diego with Jason Akatiff of A4D
In Carslbad, San Diego with Jason Akatiff of A4D

Before I departed Melbourne, I reached out to the very-awesome girls, Eleah and Naomi from Adsimilis, to ask how to RSVP for their meetup in Prague, as I was planning to attend since I would already be in Europe for a few other events. Little did I know this would result in my first time public-speaking in many many years (do birthdays count?). I was invited to be a speaker at their event which was an honor and an experience I couldn’t pass up. I spoke on topics I am more familiar with (fitness, travel, staying productive whilst traveling). The other 4 speakers absolutely killed it. The line-up was Alexander Tsatkin (Angry Russian), Rohail Rivzi (, Max Teitelbaum ( and Ryan Kauffman.

Adsimilis Meetup - Speakers - with Max Teitelbaum, Alexander Tsatkin, Rohail Rizvi and Ryan Kauffman
Adsimilis Meetup – Speakers – with Max Teitelbaum, Alexander Tsatkin, Rohail Rizvi and Ryan Kauffman

Back-tracking to the beginning of my trip, I started in LA, visiting good industry friends who I have often Joint-Ventured with (Alex Tao), then made my way up to San Diego for a few days to catch some friends. I then made my way over to Dallas, Texas for a meeting with an advertiser I’ve done business with for approx 3 years and generated 7 figures in revenue for to catch up. Next stop was New York City, the big delicious concrete-jungle apple, to attend Affiliate Summit East and to attend my good friend’s wedding (also an affiliate). ASE this year wasn’t as productive as last year, but the meetings I had were somewhat productive, some new things were learned and of course, the always over-the-top parties were attended.

Tropic Beauties Party in New York, with Sean Falls, Sonny Palta, Anthony Navarini
Tropic Beauties Party in New York, with Sean Falls, Sonny Palta, Anthony Navarini

After NYC, I flew over to London for 1 week, where I was supposed to have a meeting with a financial advisory firm, but I decided to cancel and just see a couple friends, catch up on work, go to the gym and prepare my liver for Amsterdam. I flew over to Amsterdam to party with F5Media and Zinq Media (organizers) for SAIL (happens once every five years). Zinq put together an epic show, hiring out a large three-level ship with open bar and finger food, entertainment and speeches as we cruised alongside other boats and ships.

SAIL Amsterdam with Dalin Hays
SAIL Amsterdam with Dalin Hays

At 11pm we were all escorted into private transfers to an unknown location, taken down a tiny Amsterdam-style alley way and into the back door of a ‘bar’ which also had an open bar. The girls serving drinks had kinky-collars around their neck, attached to a chain, which was attached to a roof. They were seated in chairs on a platform/stage serving drinks to intoxicated affiliate marketers, managers and the like. There was also one more surprise in this venue, a wall with holes cut out for you to poke your head through. On the other side were two bar-tenders, a wall of breasts and a jug full of ‘titty-milk’ which would be poured into your mouth from shot glasses by one of the eccentric bar-tenders.

"Titty bar"
“Titty bar”

Such a unique experience – Once again, thanks to Zinq Media ( for the organizing this epic event. If you’re after lead-gen offers, hit them up.

The Bucket List

After Amsterdam, I and a good friend decided we must cross something off our bucket-list. The world’s largest food-fight: La Tomatina. It was guns blazing, tomato’s being pelted in every direction, my head throbbing by the end of it all. The day started with Sangria on an empty stomach, followed by more drinking, a Tomato-War, more drinking and a sun-kissed hangover by 2pm. “Sunglasses and Advil, that Tomato-Festival was mad real”.



After our Valencian stop-over, we trekked up to Barcelona for a few days to do a little sight-seeing, catch a few friends, before heading over to the Island of Malta – my potential future European home-base. I have been looking to relocate to either North America or Europe for quite some time now and Malta seems like the ideal choice right now due to their Residency and Tax Laws.

The fun stuff – Malta is a beautiful, history rich, warm country with a relatively small population of only 400,000 people and approximately 2 million tourists per year. The Mediterranean ocean water is a clear as it comes, there’s a lot to see and explore there. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Azure's Window, Gozo, Malta
Azure’s Window, Gozo, Malta

After Malta, we made our way to Santorini for 3 nights just to see it. I challenge you to take a bad photo in Santorini. Absolutely stunning. There isn’t a tonne of things to do, but it’s definitely one of the most picturesque places you can ever visit in the world.


We then boarded a ferry over to Mykonos, with intentions to attend the Clickdealer meetup, but failing to do so as the venue was impossible to find. Nevertheless, Mykonos is one fun island! I only stayed 4 days but it was a great time regardless of the failed-meetup attempt.

After Greece, I flew over to Frankfurt via Athens (with a cold unfortunately), then took a train to Cologne, Germany to attend DMEXCO. Due to the sinus issues, flying really killed me and blocked up my sinuses like crazy so I had a hard time hearing. I only attended the conference floor for about an hour and had to leave due to feeling unwell, but managed to get to the unofficial STM meetup and OMClub later that night for more networking.

Affiliate Meetup at OMClub, DMEXCO, Cologne, Germany
Affiliate Meetup at OMClub, DMEXCO, Cologne, Germany

The next day I was to depart for my trip to Prague. I was running to get to a train with my large suitcase and backpack, in the rain, in order to get to the airport on time and somehow allowed my wallet to jump out of my pocket. Great! I just donated 210euros to some lucky person. I quickly ran back to the apartment thinking I may have left it there, but didn’t find it. I rushed to an ATM, took out more money with one of my backup cards (ALWAYS travel with backup cards in your passport holder or backpack!!!) and hopped into a taxi. I somehow made my flight to Prague luckily! Just in time for the Adsimilis meetup. I had an excellent time. Thanks to Sean, Michael, Eleah, Naomi, Joanie, Rachel and the rest who helped organize it!

After Adsimilis’s meetup, The European Summit was on, which is for the Adult Industry. I focus mostly on mainstream offers and traffic so for me, the meetup was purely to network and see if I could potentially discover some new traffic sources.

Interesting Sponsor, PussyCash
Interesting Sponsor

Needless to say, I didn’t find much there but it was an interesting meetup to attend.

I’m in Germany now, in Munich, and attending Oktoberfest as well as seeing who’s out here and wants to network.


Have had some drama with a traffic source and of my servers (down time TWICE) recently has kept me on my toes.

More updates to follow regarding this drama… if I’m legally allowed to post about it..


Ooh, I love this topic.. I will be posting more info about this, stuff that I wrote for the meetup, as I think it’s important for the world to know, as opposed to how much I travel… For now, here’s what I found during my travels to stay in shape…


Name: Jubilee Hall Gym


Drop In: 11 Pounds

3-day passes available, not sure how you get them though.

I got lucky as I befriended a personal trainer in London so I got free-entrance.


Name: Health Club Jordaan

Drop-in: Not sure


1 week trial passes available, requires a deposit which you get back if you cancel your trial before the trial ends. It’s a small gym, not a lot of equipment, but should suffice for your non-weed-smoking days.


There are three gyms in Barcelona that I have been to. Holmes place was expensive and crap so don’t bother. The one we went to only because it was close-by, but it isn’t cheap, is DiR. The other is cheaper but a bit far from where we stayed, and has a weird layout.

Name: DiR Gracia (they have many locations too).

Drop-in: 11 Euros


The cheaper alternative:

Name: “BCN Fitness”

Drop-in: 15 euro’s for 5-6 visits


Notes: the lady at the counter only spoke spanish when I went but someone helped me out to get by.


We stayed in St. Julian’s, there’s a decent gym there with a OK weekly rate.

Name: Cynergy

Drop-in: 10 Euro’s

Weekly-Rate: 35 euro’s



In Santorini we didn’t bother finding a gym but went on a few hikes in the heat which made up for it.

In Mykonos, there was a half-decent gym at the old hard-rock café which is now defunct, but it has no name to it as far as I know.

All I know is it’s about a 5 minute scooter ride from where we stayed, in the direction of Elia Beach from the Alexandros Hotel.

Drop In: from memory it was 10 euros per visit or 30-40 for a week pass from memory.

There really didn’t seem to be many options in Mykonos.


Name: Fitness Kotva (Cybex).

Drop-in: 140 CKR


Tips: bring a towel and “indoor” shoes. They’re quite anal and strict there.


There’s a few options here, McFit has a 2 day trial pass but we never went.


There was a gym that was close to our apartment that was 10 euro per visit and had a strict house-rule about not wearing any muscle tops.

The name was Fitness Point. OK Facility but the heaviest dumbbell is only 27.5kg. Wussies.



So far have tried a few gyms. Munich Gym GmbH has a 39 euro week pass, but it’s a poor facility in my opinion.

I paid 10 euro for  a drop-in, and was far from impressed.


Fit X is a bit far out, has a 2 day free pass and is a pretty awesome gym.


McFit also has a 2-day pass but I haven’t seen it yet.

Hope you enjoyed reading, and I hope some of it was inspiring, useful or helpful to your poor little souls without motivation to work harder and achieve a life of freedom.

Til next time…

– Andrew, aka Andy D


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My Top 8 Tips for the Globe-Trotting Working Professional

Travel Tips to Ensure a Better Journey

Often I get asked how I manage stay productive and travel for most of the year, or at least the discussion comes up, and the answer to that question is a variety of things that contribute to it. I’ve become a lot better at travel over the years, with better preparation, more efficiency and more productivity in my days. It’s hard to stay on top of things when you run an online business and are packing, unpacking, moving, checking in, checking out, hunting for food, sightseeing, sleeping, researching, booking hotels, renting cars, booking flights and the list goes on and on.

Over time you learn some crucial lessons. You learn to ask the right questions and scope your accommodation out before you blindly book something – a mistake I’ve made before.

You learn how to pack better, what to pack, when to pack, how much time you need to get to and from the airport, travel options, being prepared for a long haul flight (ESPECIALLY regarding your business), how to get yourself into a local gym for free or cheap and to never let certain things monopolize your time.

Right now I am on the butt-end of my most recent journey which began back in January on the western side of America. I started off in LA and San Diego for about a week then hit up Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit West before heading up north to Whistler Canada for the STM Meetup. Afterwards I took a quick trip over to Calgary before heading back down to San Diego to catch the A4D Meetup (during Traffic & Conversion Summit), then drove over to Orange County & Los Angles for a few meetings.

This is how you travel
This is how you travel

After soaking up much of California’s beautiful weather, I flew over to  Miami for a few days to meet a new Nutra Advertiser then over to New York for a week where I had some meetings with a couple traffic sources, an affiliate network and some industry friends.

Then I ventured over to London for the incredible STM meetup before heading to Spain to catch Las Fallas in Valencia, and explore much of Barcelona. My trip didn’t end there. I then flew over to  France, stopping in Annecy for a few days to see a close friend, then over to Paris to learn more about the city, culture and the local Parisian market.

STM Meetup (Bowling)
Stack That Money: London. Games night, bowling, foosball and networking

I ended up venturing to Amsterdam to spend time with a bunch of the STM guys, talk shop and celebrate mine and friend’s birthday before heading back to London for a week, after which, I flew to over to Thailand where a huge affiliate population resides. I spent a bit of time in Bangkok and wound down the trip for a couple days in Krabi (Ao-Nang & Railay), which was a lot of fun!

As I write this, I am on my last leg back to Melbourne via Sydney. Phew! Exhausted.

Read my other article on how I managed to do all of this flying in business/first class saving myself a tonne of money and acquiring a nice chunk of frequent flyer points and status credits here.

Freeing up my time to do the things I like, or must do to stay sane whilst on the road so much is a big priority for me, such as eating good quality food, staying on top of my fitness, finding time to explore the area I am in whilst managing to accomplish any business-related objectives at hand, researching local markets (human behavior, level of local advertising, spying on mobile advertising in said cities etc..) and of course, staying on top of my affiliate campaigns.

A really great takeaway from travel as a media buyer, and which may help you understand why certain geographical regions respond better to certain online advertising, is the amount of exposure there is to advertising in day to day life. For instance, in Asia, specifically, Japan, you cannot look in any one direction without witnessing some sort of intense, colorful, seemingly ‘busy’ advertisement(s) full of weird creativity and humor. On the contrary, somewhere like France didn’t seem to overwhelm me and felt quite the opposite in that regard. If anyone has ever bought media in both countries, there’s a chance you’ll see some sort of correlation there and how performance and user engagement can differ significantly.

As you can see, this is just ONE of my most recent trips. Experience the is best teacher, so here we go, on to the tips!

Tip 1: Packing – My Approach

Use Packing Cells

I absolutely love these things. The ones I use are from Kathmandu. I know there are many other companies out there that make these, so don’t hesitate to shop around for some, otherwise, go to your local Kathmandu store (if there is one in your city) or if you’re ever traveling and can get to one, get yourself a bunch of packing cells. I have a small one for underwear, a tube-style one for socks, a large one for pants/shorts, another large one for t-shirts, a medium sized one which fits 2 pairs of shoes and a small one to put all my cables in. These things make it so much easier to find what you need in your bag, keeping everything neatly segregated and allowing you to pack and unpack faster.

Packing Cells
Packing Cells

Folding your t-shirts

My approach to this is to layer each t-shirt I am taking with me on top of each other, stack them on top and once done, fold it up into one big pile of folded shirts. This may seem to take longer when you pack / unpack / need a shirt, but it takes about 5 minutes to do and you’ll thank me later when most of your shirts are crease-free and you don’t need to fold each one independently. Besides, who has time to iron t-shirts?

Folding T-shirts the smarter way
Folding T-shirts the smarter way


Tip 2: Gadgets You Should Travel With

For me, given I am a traveling professional, working online and in front of a screen, I try to bring the luxuries of my home office with me wherever I go. Of course, much of this is at the cost of more weight in your backpack which can get to become burdensome at times.

The things I ensure to bring with me are:

  • Keyboard, mouse and mouse-pad
  • USB monitor (ASUS MB168+)
  • Wi-Fi Extender from TP-Link (USB) for hotels/airbnb’s with bad WiFi Signals (We all know how frustrating that can be and how that can impede on productivity).
  • Emergency USB charger for when your phone runs out of juice (never fun getting lost in a foreign country)
  • 4-Port Belkin USB hub
  • Cables for charging all your devices

If you’re like me and like to stay put for a week/month in one spot, it makes sense to bring the above things, as you’ll be more comfortable and more likely to power through more work, freeing up time to explore/workout/eat/network etc…

Traveling set up
Traveling set up


Tip 3: Ask The Right Questions

I’ve now made it a habit to ask the top 4 questions that are important to me when I travel when seeking out an AirBNB (I always go with AirBnB first before Hotels, more on that in a minute). The general message I send to hosts is this:

“Hey there, I’m interested in booking your place for the above dates and was wondering if it was still available? If so, I have a couple questions regarding the place that I hope you can answer!

  • I run an online business so solid wireless internet (WiFi) and a comfortable table/chair are both really important. Does your place have a good wireless connection and a suitable working space?
  • Are there many places to eat, drink coffee or get groceries nearby?
  • How far away are you from public transport should I need to use it?
  • And lastly, are there any gym’s nearby that you know of which would allow me to do a “drop-in” / “day-pass”?

Look forward to hearing back from you!”

The reason I prefer AirBnB over a hotel if there are good ones available is because you tend to get more space, better and more reliable internet which isn’t shared/less secure, a washer/dryer (hotels are expensive, and finding a laundromat is a time-suck!), a kitchen (cooking your own breakfast saves loads of time if nothing convenient is nearby), and lastly, you tend to be able to get one in a better location if you hunt for them. The only downside is that you don’t always have a lot of reviews to base your decisions off, which has led me to end up in some shitty AirBnB’s over the past few years. I had a few bad experiences in New York, and the place I recently stayed I n wasn’t the best in Paris (terrible shower, small apartment, bad Wi-Fi, lots of street noise and noisy renovations at 7am in the morning!).


Tip 4: Travel with Backup’s!

What exactly do I mean by traveling with backups? Well, for starters, being in transit, staying in hotels, in locations foreign to your understanding (of safety) , you inherently become susceptible to petty theft. You also become heavily susceptible to losing things, especially if you enjoy a wild night out in exotic, foreign locations (who doesn’t once in a while?).

My top tips here would be:

  • Travel with emergency credit-cards which you leave in a safe place locked away in your room. There’s nothing worse than losing your only Credit Card/Debit Card in a foreign country and having no other way of accessing your funds. Recent experiences with me were that one of my Credit-Cards became victim to fraud (swiped) leading to that card being cancelled and was unable to have a new one shipped out to me in time, another card expiring literally the next day, and an ATM at the airport in Madrid eating my card for no apparent reason.
  • Take a spare mobile phone if you have one in case yours gets stolen or lost. I travel with a spare iPhone, which is always on, and has my Australian SIM card in it in case of emergencies. I was incredibly lucky during this trip as I lost my brand new iPhone 6 on the mountain in Whistler but was able to recover it as an honest individual handed it in (thank you, I owe you a case of beer!). Guess it was good Karma for handing in a phone I found on the mountain in Niseko, Japan, earlier last year.
  • Use a backup service to backup all your data, Skype conversations, photos, work documents etc.. There are many cloud storage services out there you can use such as Copy, Dropbox and more which can help sync up multiple devices and allow you access said files online, however, I would highly recommend using a good backup service such as CrashPlan to ensure peace of mind. A friend of mine, Genji, recently had his laptop stolen in Honolulu in the blink of an eye, but thankfully for him he had the majority of his files backed up.


Tip 5: Research Places to Eat

In most destinations, you can get away with using TripAdvisor for most things, including finding well-reviews, great places to eat and drink which is a total time saver if you’re the type to wander around endlessly looking for an appealing place to eat and one which won’t leave you with nasty food poisoning. Preferentially, if Yelp is available in the city you are visiting, it tends to be my first choice for finding great places to eat. We found some serious winners in Barcelona and ate some of the best food we’ve ever had.


Tip 7: Save Money Where You Can

Services I love to use for finding flights, accommodation or car rentals are:





Car Rentals:

In America: HotWire (great for getting LDW insurance for $9 USD a day). Better for North America.

Rest of the world: Kayak


Tip 8: Check the Visa Requirements!

One thing I’ve learnt the hard way is that not all countries have visa on arrival system, a visa-waiver program etc.. and it is all very dependent on which passport you hold. For example, whilst I was traveling around Cambodia, I was supposed to fly over to Hanoi, Vietnam from Siem Reap, but once I had gotten to the airport, I was told I needed a visa before I could even board my flight.

What eventuated out of that situation was I had to pay a fee to reschedule my flight to the following day, forfeit a night’s accommodation in Vietnam (Make sure you call the hotel in situations like this), find a last minute place to shack up for the night, apply for a Vietnamese tourist visa, wait patiently til the next day for it to be approved, have the hotel print it out and finally fly to Hanoi. The whole process could have cost around $20 USD, but because I neglected to do the research, I got set back around $200 and lost a day of travel.


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading, and I hope it helps you on your next trip, where ever that may be!


Best, Andrew.

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