Traveling adds not only adds personal experience, but insight into entrepreneurship. How else can you understand the global marketplace, see the broader trends and objectively understand your current location?
The insight can become even more powerful when you skip visiting and actually live somewhere else for a while. In my own life, living on both American coasts and in various places in between enriched my career and given me perspectives I would have otherwise missed.
Today, though, you can truly go global and keep your business going as you do so. Here are three key ways to make it happen today:
Rent a global apartment: New startups like Roam give you the keys to any apartment worldwide within their network, which means you could live today in Miami and tomorrow in Madrid. It's not as crazy as it may seem, as I know co-founders who have taken up temporary digs in key locations so they can better understand their startup's market.
Fully commit to the cloud: If you're like many professionals, most of your work is backed up, but a handful of files are stored on your local computer or mobile. Break that habit before you plan your move to another place. As Inc. contributor James Parsons noted recently, "Any number of events can render your hardware inaccessible, temporarily or permanently. If you've been working remotely and storing your data on the cloud, you'll be able to pick up where you left off with ease."
Become a temporary local: Digital nomad Mike Elgan shared with me the ultimate tip: "The biggest misconception is that living as a digital nomad is like an endless vacation, or like retirement. It's not. In each location, you become what I call a 'temporary local.' You get to know people, and become a regular at the stores, restaurants and other places." Remember that relocating somewhere is not the same as visiting, so structure your move in a way that not only respects your business needs, but respects the local culture that is including you.