“No, that’s not going to work, too much backlight”
“Well, what if we shined this lamp on it, and shot it from below?”
“That doesn’t look natural. How about if we sit over here on the Chaise and shoot it from this angle?”
“No, then you can’t see the fountains.”
“This is stupid, let’s go play more craps.”
“Ok. Can we grab a beer on the way?”
This conversation happened while Tate and I were in Las Vegas, and trying to take a photo for this post.
In early 2011 I introduced my “10 coolest offices” post, and ever since it’s always in the back of my mind when I travel.
The idea is that the term “office” is very fluid these days, and can really be just about anywhere.
Considering I’ve built my whole brand and business on the idea that you can make the world your office, I always like to have a little fun with this post and see what kind of unique environments I can find myself in.
While there aren’t quite as many beachfronts this year, the scenery is no less spectacular.
To qualify as an “office” I actually to do real work there. You know, with like a computer, and stuff.
You can also check out My 10 Coolest Offices of 2011.
10) Mountainside at Vail, Colorado
My first trip of the year was one of my favorites. I’d always wanted to take an epic ski vacation to Vail and with my buddy Andy moving to Boulder, it made perfect sense.
While the conditions weren’t quite as great as I’d hoped for, we still had a killer time staying mountainside in Vail, and then had a sweet mansion (literally) in Breckenridge basically to ourselves.
This trip was so much fun that I’m doing it again next week with a few more friends in tow.
Failed at getting a good photo, but you can see the room and our hot tub in Breckenridge in this video. Both were excellent offices.
9) Sunriver, Oregon
This year my good friends Chris and Hannah have been on a tour around the world sponsored by Home Exchange. Their travels have taken them to Australia, Tahiti, Mexico and one of my favorite places on earth Sunriver.
Considering they had this cabin for 5 weeks, they invited me over for a few days and played amazing hosts.
We’d work in the mornings on the deck (where this shot was taken), and then in the afternoons we’d hike, golf, or take brewery tours all over Bend.
Not a bad way to spend a week in July.
Kempinsky Hotel Amman, Jordan
Jordan was one of the most unique places I visited this year. I had no idea what to expect, and my suite at the Kempinsky overlooking the entire city of Amman certainly exceeded expectations.
The night we arrived Joel and I had the chance to walk around a bit and experience what a cafe in the middle east was all about: tea and hookah.
More from Jordan:
- My 24 Hours on Mars
- When Was the Last Time You Ventured Off the Beaten Path?
- Indiana Ogle and the Search for the Holy Grail
- 10 Reasons to Go to Jordan on Your Next Adventure
7) Kempinsky Hotel Aqaba, Jordan
Jordan held quite a few spots in this year’s list, as it seemed like everywhere we went we ended up with a beautiful “office”. This was no exception.
Without a doubt one of my favorite hotels I stayed at this year, the Kempinsky Aqaba was modern, beautiful, and right on the Red Sea.
6) Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas
Remember that story up top? Yep, that actually happened.
This room at the Cosmopolitan was easily one of my favorite hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in, and the only thing better than the room – was the view. This is what happens when you head to Vegas during the middle of the week – things get real cheap, real fast.
While I still wasn’t able to capture the perfect photo, this one should give you the general idea.
5) Penthouse in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
One of the biggest surprises of the year. After my stay at Taninah (see #4), we lucked our way into an incredible penthouse for dirt cheap right in the heart of Playa del Carmen.
4) Mayan Compound, Taninah
11 incredible people, one giant compound. My week at Taninah was one of the most incredible I had, and it reminded me just how important it is to play on occasion.
We had our own zipline, cenote, miniature golf course and way more. Even though I would have hoped to have not worked at all this week, Murphy’s law was in full effect and the Location Rebel forums went down in the middle of the trip. So, work had to be done!
3) Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The work here was very limited, just 15 minutes to make sure that the world hadn’t blown up while I was gone. However, this is good, as it isn’t the type of place you want to work.
Rather when you’re in the middle of Wadi Rum you want to soak in as much of it as you can. It’s one of the most unique landscapes in the world, and to have the chance to be hosted by the local Bedouin people is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
This photo was at sunrise before we went skydiving, looking down at the tents that made up my office.
2) Giggling Tree, Yangshuo, China
Being here was like being in a completely different world. We took a 7 hour overnight bus from Guangzhou and then rode our bikes 5 miles farther out into the country before we found or guest house The Giggling Tree.
Easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, this was definitely not a bad place to hang out for a few days.
Also check out my “Cribs-esque” tour of our place here..
1) Hotel Parque Central, Havana
And now the moment I know you’ve all been waiting for, my coolest office of 2012: The top of Hotel Parque Central in Havana, Cuba.
While any of these could have been competition for the top spot, this one one out because of what it meant for me personally. When
I first created my bucket list, the thought of actually smoking a cigar in Cuba seemed so ridiculously impossible I never actually thought it would happen.
And yet, here I am with two of my good friends overlooking the entire city and smoking a Cohiba. That was a cool moment, and definitely worthy of the top spot.
Where Was Your Coolest Office?
I’m not wasting any time next year. Early in January the plan is to hop over to Asia and actually do some real traveling. It’s been awhile since I’ve actually done that. Sure I’ve taken trips, but I haven’t been in travel mode in a long time.
I’m looking forward to spending a month bouncing around to various spots in Asia, seeing old friends, making new ones, and proving that you really can run a business from anywhere in the world.