How I Will Help You Slow Travel the World


Welcome to – a blog that helps aspiring digital nomads build engaging, freedom-enabling online businesses.


And yes, this site is about you. Your dreams to travel the world and develop a business that supports your lifestyle wherever you are. 


Since I know everyone asks, I’ll tell you a bit about myself anyway. I promise we’ll get back to you shortly :)


Hi there! My name is Rich Polanco. I’m a digital nomad currently living in Antigua Guatemala – though not for long!


I love to slow travel, which is very different from what the jet-set types do. I like to immerse myself in a foreign location, “go native” as they say, and get off the tourist trail to really “get” the place.


If you’ve ever wanted to find a way to travel the world, do work that inspires you, and change the lives of those around you, you’ve come to the right place.


From No Way Out to a Life of Travel



Back in 2008 I “had it made”. I had just accomplished the biggest goal of my life: I’d finished training to become a full-fledged federal agent (cool badge, gun, black sunglasses, the works).


I was soon making more money that I’d ever made in any job up to that point in my life, in a prestigious job with all the perks. By all outside appearances, life was going great.


Or so everyone thought.


Work was becoming more about filling out forms, writing reports than it was about doing truly meaningful work. But hey, everyone knows that you have to suck it up and grind until you finally get to collect that pension, right?


That couldn’t be further from the truth.


Even after realizing that things did not have to be that way, that I could design the lifestyle I wanted and work in projects I cared about… I still stuck to my old ways.  The pay was too good, the benefits too great.


Until I met the love of my life and the person that is now my wife. After being unable to help her stay in the US, it was time for me to figure out a way to go to her.


Where there’s a will, there’s a way.


Trying to figure out a way to build a location-independent business was how it all started for me. I realized that there were a million different ways of achieving freedom. I got my feet wet developing an income from “niche” sites, eventually applying my skills helping others (online and offline) build their own freedom-enabling platforms.


The lasting result of your life’s work, your legacy,

shouldn’t only be money.


The goal we’re trying to do here is not just to create a business online, one that is engaging and matters to you, and that leaves you enough time to do all the other activities you swore to yourself you’d find the time to do one day. In the end, life is about making meaningful connections with others and sharing what you’re passionate about with the world.


I’d like you to achieve two goals:


#1 – Freedom to Slow Travel as you see fit.


#2 – To earn a living doing something that you truly care about.


In other words, to quote Steve Jobs, that you’re able to at least “put a dent in the universe.”


Why UnwireMe?


I started as a place to document my passion for Slow Travel, to leverage geo-arbitrage (make your money go further by living in low-cost, high-value locations) and born out of a desire to help others with their online businesses.


If your story is anything like mine, you probably have a dream to start a business that allows you time and financial freedom.


There’s only one problem: Mastering the necessary web technology and all the aspects related to running an online business is a huge learning curve for some. It can be a challenge even for web-savvy people.


Because of my lifelong personal and professional background in technology, I’ve helped hundreds, if not thousands of people to better use the technology at their disposal. I’ve spoken about technology at conferences and helped people one-on-one with their web platform issues.


In all my years, I’ve yet to meet anyone who knew everything there is to know about building an online platform. Even if you know your way around the web, there are still a lot of things you have to get right for your platform to be successful. From marketing, to web-design, to mastering social media… it’s a handful.


But… if building a web platform has frustrated you in the past, or intimidates you enough to think twice about starting, don’t let it.


My goal is to make learning web technology simple and fun for you. Platform building is like painting-by-numbers and the colors are all your own.


I want you to get you as quickly as possible from point A (building a web platform) to point B (engage with your audience and grow your online presence), without getting lost in the weeds trying to find your way. The faster you get to point B, the happier and more fulfilled you’ll be.


Start by signing up below and receiving my free eBook, “7 Days to a Better Web Platform” (iPad and PDF format). Full of tips and worksheets, it lays out a plan for improving your website right away.


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If you have any questions about platform building shoot me an e-mail at richpolanco (at), or use the contact form.


I’d love to help get your business on track and get you on your path to freedom.


  1. Minnie MacDonald says:

    I really like your story, Rich, and have downloaded your ebook which is actually REALLY useful. I had it on my iPad for ages and only read it this weekend. Really good for beginning bloggers and just as good for old bloggers like me who need to remember what it’s all about. Thank you and God Bless.

    • Rich Polanco says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Minnie! I’m overjoyed you’ve found the book useful. I have plans to update it soon and would love to hear your feedback on what struggles are most common as you build your online platform. Would love to make the book even better and address burning questions with actionable solutions.


  2. Lovely blog, Rich! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter!
    Hitchhiking in many ways is slow travel, and sometimes even very slow :) Staying with the locals, observing them on their way to work, being invited to their houses, learning their language and their local cuisine, sometimes getting lost in the country we have never been before… these are all the things we love about hitchhiking!
    Keep up the great work and travel safe! Oh… and all the best in the New Year! :)

  3. Jim Gnitecki says:

    Rich: I just bought and read your book on Antigua, all in one day! EXCELLENT book! You made it a solid source of real information by having the required detail (400+ pages), lots of full color hi res photos, covering all the important topics, and providing local cultural information critical to anyone trying to function within, and not offend, the local culture. Really, really nice work.

    My only concern abut Guatemala at this point is the violence statistics, which are pretty seriously noteworthy. The murder rate is about 40 per 100,000 of population, which is well above the U.S. (about 4.5) and well above even Nicaragua and Panama, and far above the apaprent Central American poster child of Costa Rica (under 7).

    I realize that your advice about taking prudent precautions lowers a visitor’s or expat’s odds of injury or death a lot, and I note in the available statistical information that most of the deadly violence is centered around young poor males and gang activity, but I still wonder if I need to be concerned about putting Antigua onto the short list for a retirement destination for my little family.

    Should I be concerned?

    Jim G

    • Rich Polanco says:

      Hi Jim! Thank you very much for your support and kind words about my work.

      As far as crime statistics in Guatemala, they really don’t apply to Antigua. The deadly violence you read about happens in very specific sections of Guatemala City, far enough away to be considered a different world. Now, there is crime in Antigua, but mostly of the petty variety – car break ins and such. The only violent stuff seems to mostly happen to young folks who go drinking and come out of bars drunk, late at night.

      I recommend you come check it out for a few months. Depending on your comfort level, it might be suitable for you, or not. Lots of retirees here, so you’re not alone in thinking it’s a decent place to live.

      Good luck, hope that helps!


      • Jim Gnitecki says:

        Rich, I see that you cna get from where we live in Austin, Texas to Antigua, by highway through Mexico and into Guatemala. Do U.S. retirees sometimes move to Guatemala by road versus plane, especially if importing a vehicle, or is the highway trip ill-advised for any reason (e.g. poor road sections)?

        Jim G

        • Rich Polanco says:

          Hi Jim. It’s very doable to drive from Mexico to Guatemala, specially if you’d like to use your vehicle here. Bring vehicle as a tourist, decide if you want to import and pay taxes later. You can always keep your car here as a tourist, as long as you don’t let your permit expire. Also, there are definite considerations regarding which route you take. Knowing a bit of Spanish helps. If you do drive, don’t rush, take your time, don’t load your car with lots of goods you may be forced to pay taxes for twice, once in Mexico, then Guatemala.


          • Jim Gnitecki says:

            Thanks, Rich. Especially the mention of avoiding double import taxes by putting a lot of stuff into the car for the trip! I had not thought of that!

            Jim G

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