How To Do Travel Trading - Humbled Trader

Do you want to know about travel trading? Well, you are in a right place. So, here’s what I really think about travel trading, it absolutely sucks.  


We’ve all seen those day trading marketing ads selling you the dream of travelling the world in luxury, chilling on the beach, and banking Lamborghini money with just a few clicks on a laptop or on cell phone.



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And especially during the pandemic right now where travelling out of the country and flying out on planes is very restricted and out of reach for most people, those sorts of travel trading ads is giving me some serious foo.


So, in June I packed up my bags and flew half way across the world out of Vancouver Canada to Taiwan. Where I have most of my family there. 


Guess what, life is pretty much normal here. Local spread of the virus has pretty much been contained at zero since early June.


 I get to finally go outside and not be afraid of interactions, and all all the businesses are running as per usual. 


All that is great and all… but how is this affecting my own trading?


I’ll be sharing my honest thoughts on travel trading, what the pros and cons are, and the best trading strategies and actionable tips that is suitable for trading remote or trading part time.


And whether you  are currently travelling or not, this article will definitely provide you some insight into  


  1. How you can improve your trading
  2. How  to focus in on what’s been making your profitable  and push to the next level  


Obviously that would be all the experiences of going out and you would otherwise never have if you were just stuck at home all day trading.

Which as many of you know, was pretty much my most of my daily life… even before the pandemic hit. Like, I’m a loner didn’t have much of a life.


 So, taking this vacation and getting out of north America has been an amazing break for my life. The food here in Taiwan is a-amazing.

 Not just the street food or the world-famous night markets but of course all the cultural cuisines in the mountains, where they still raise the chicken free range in traditional methods and grow their own local vegetables and spices.


If there’s one thing you need to know about Taiwanese people, is that we love to eat.  I know this isn’t a food or travel channel but I just want so share these insights with you.


 So, I’m going to eat almost every day, and I go on day trips and weekend strips with my family and travel around the whole island.  Good food, good people, good culture and sceneries, you have it all here.


The second pro to travel trading is that it provides you a mental reset away from focusing on the market 24/7.


Which was essentially what I was doing. 


  1. I’d wake up to prepare  premarket at 4am local time in Vancouver,  
  2. have the watchlist ready by 6am, 
  3. trade actively  from open to 9am, 
  4. take an hour nap or so,  
  5. go back to trading afternoon and power hour  till close, and 
  6. then continue reading up on  news and reviewing the market and helping  other traders out in my own trading community  on Discord.


 I was living, breathing, and pretty much eating day trading all the time even before the pandemic.  

Which for the most part this kind of hyper concentration and zoning in on the market is great for my trading performance, but I had lost a lot of humanity and human connections.


  And my personal relationships suffered greatly.  So, this vacation and travel trading has been great for my mental health.


 Of course, travel trading is not without sacrifices and some setbacks. Let’s move on to some pretty realistic cons of travel trading.  

The first is the lack of focus and decrease of mental concentration for your trading.


  First of all, you have to understand that trading is 90% a mental and psychological game. Like I’ve often talked about on the channel before, how you carry yourself in your daily lives will form a trickledown effect to your trading performance.  


So, if your day to day life is hectic, your personal relationships are a mess, or if you are currently undergoing a lot of financial stress and are worried about how you’re going to pay rent or put food on the table for your family.



 All those are extremely stressful and will affect your trading. You might not able to wait patiently for your set up and get into trades too early, or you may not follow your stop losses when the trade is going against you.

 

Because losing any amount of money, however small, while you’re financially stressed, is simply hard to accept.


 And unfortunately, holding on to losers and not cutting losses for too long is what will turn a small loser into a big unrecoverable damage.  


And ever since I’m on vacation and going out and about with my family here in Taiwan, my life has been extremely hectic and busy.


 So, you can only imagine how much there is to take in mentally and physically for me. 


Trying to take in all the sights, the time with my family, and take in all the food into my stomach…  all of that can definitely be draining on the mind… which would affect my trading.


  Like I mentioned earlier trading is very much a mental game and requires 100 and 10 percent concentration.

 

And I did find myself somewhat distracted coming back from a day out and about, and trying to sit down around 6:30pm or 7pm local time and trying to pull my mind back and re-focus it back to trading, and getting ready for the open at 9:30pm local time.


I’m not sure if this is going to make sure, but I find my mind and thoughts to be like wild stallion unleashed for the first time.


  If there’s lots of things going on in my life, my thoughts are just running around bouncing from left to right up and down processing all the information at the same time and it’s hard to calm it down. 


Maybe that’s why I talk so fast, and it’s just literally impossible to slow me down. Seriously, the playback speed function is there on the YouTube player, extremely useful.


I just can’t slow down; it would kill me. Maybe I have a minor case of add, maybe.  


And in trading, we need a calm and collected approach in order to trade well. But thankfully, I already knew about this inability to concentrate while travelling would happen before I went on this vacation. 


And I have taken appropriate measures, which ill share with you later on in the video.


So, on top of my own inability to calm down my mind after a day of going out, there’s also the distractions at home. 


Which probably wouldn’t happen if you were travelling by yourself or living on your own in a hotel like I did for for two weeks.


 But now that I’m out of the quarantine hotel, I'm living in my parents’ home and well there's just some distractions.  


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Now the second con of travel trading is that you’d be trading on a lightweight mobile trading station, which is usually subpar in comparison to trading on a home set up.


 And that also means the lack of screen real estate.  I have made a video on both my home trading set up, as well as my travel trading computer set up.


 And I have to say…. I miss my desktop pc trading station so much.


I have an extremely fast PC gaming tower at home, which is connected to 4 full size monitors, and a full size RBG mechanical gaming keyboard optimized with all the hotkeys.


 In additional, I had a full-size table with plenty of space for me to write notes. So, I’m definitely missing my own space a lot.  My travel set up is decent.


 My gaming laptop nitro 5 is a beast and i never had never speed or processing issues. But like I said, the lack of screen real estate is an issue. 


Even with 2 mobile monitors all the three screens are still only 15 inches. I could only observe up to 5 or 6 stocks at any given time.


Whereas at home I could watch up to 20.  And like I’ve mentioned many times before, 90% of the trading is simply observing and waiting, not clicking buttons. So, since I can only watch 5 to 6 stocks, that affect my trading drastically.


  Just last week when I was trading 4 stocks around the same that were showing amazing set ups… well I could really have used to full sized monitors to manage those positions.  


Two of those stocks were MRNA and NVAX that turned out to be really big winners, but unfortunately the other two NKLA and IMRN did not.


 NKLA ended up being a small winner which was fine, but IMRN turned out to be a big loss.


I’m not trying to make any excuses, I did the  best I could followed my risk and managed  the positions, I really shouldn’t have been  trading all those positions at the same time  while trading remote… but if I had bigger  monitors and more screens, I would have been  more equipped and prepared to take full advantage  of all of those set ups that was presented  to me.


  On top of that, I’m so sick of trading in a cramped space. When I was in the quarantine hotel for 2 weeks, I did have a table, but it was barely enough for me to fit two laptops, and my very important Lamborghini cardboard box took up a huge amount of space.


 Now even though I’m set up in my dad’s home office, I’m still pretty cramped for space.  I did have to say goodbye to my loyal cardboard box because of that.

 

Thank you for all your service, you were good for two weeks. In place of the box I now have a pile of books I gathered from home.


 The third con to travel trading is more specific to the current pandemic situation. I did get a lot of comments in my travel trading set up video, why would you fly during this time.


  And that’s true, flying 13 hours from Vancouver to Taipei was not fun, especially with all the personal wear protection.


 I had a full N95 mask, a pair of glasses, and another full facial mask in front of me, and a full protection suit.  So, to travel during this time, you essentially had to give up breathing during the flight.


  And be willing to quarantine for 2 weeks in isolation in a hotel room by yourself.


 Which I was perfectly fine doing. But most people, can’t. I have a full video on a day of my life in the quarantine hotel, how I was living, eating and trading if you’re interested in checking that out.


 But here are some key takeaways from my so far, a little bit more than a month of travel trading experience, and some actionable tips for you if you ever decide to take off travelling the world for a few months and continue trading to supplement your income after the pandemic ends in 20 years.


First, I would focus one just 1 to 2 high probability set ups that you have traded time and again in the past, and ignore all the B and C set ups.


And the reasoning are obvious, by focusing on your bread and butter set ups and stocks that you know inside out, you’ll be able to trade more effectively and most likely save you the headache. 

 

At the same time, it won’t require as much mental energy.


Because like I said earlier, you’ll most likely be distracted and the focus just won’t be 110% like if you were trading back home.


 Second, I would downsize your share sizes by at least 30% to 50%, if not even more. 


Again, this goes back to reducing stress and the amount of full focus you’ll need. If you’re on vacation or travelling you don’t want your trading to affect your mood.


Sure, that might mean less profits at the end of the day, but trust me, you don’t want your trading, whether green or red, to have a huge psychological impact on your ability to enjoy your trip.  


It’s been following these two rules, that I’ve still been able to enjoy my time with family during the day here in Taiwan, and come back and trade the market at night after 7pm.


Despite the fact that the month of travel trading means a lot less profit due to the fact that I'm making less trades with a lot less size, I'm still able to maintain a really positive month with very few red days, and still get to enjoy time with my family with relatively little stress.


 Which is all I could ever ask for.  Well, I did say relatively less stress.


  So anyways I really hope this video gives you some insight to some very real problems with travel trading. It’s not always sunshine and roses where you go chill on the Eiffel tower and come back to bank Lamborghinis.  





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