Balancing Minimalism, Travel, and Business Growth with 7 Effective Tips

Michelle Whiting
4 min readJun 1


Imagine a life where you can explore the world, immerse yourself in different cultures, and grow your business profitably — all while living a minimalist lifestyle. It may sound like a dream, but for Chris Manderino and his wife Daniela, it has become their reality.

A Short Overview of Chris and Daniela’s Story

Over the past three years, they have embarked on an incredible journey, traveling and living abroad in a dozen countries including Brazil, New Zealand, Bali, Italy, Portugal, Vietnam, Thailand, and Greece to name a few.

What began as an impromptu wedding celebration in Brazil became the unplanned adventure of a lifetime. Determined to get to Bali for their honeymoon, Chris & Daniela took the road less traveled…connecting with farmers and suppliers along the way, and gaining invaluable knowledge from health experts around the world to understand the true value of health and happiness through diverse cultural practices, which they found to be very different and more sustainable than the extreme diet and fitness culture in the US.

The unique perspective on health & wellbeing they gained through living and traveling abroad along with a long road to overcome her own personal health challenges inspired Daniela to pursue a holistic health coach certification through the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. Armed with updated scientific knowledge and a more personalized approach, they developed the LYFE Transformation plan — an all-encompassing program that incorporates coaching and community support to share what they’ve learned with an audience hungry for a fresh approach to living fully.

By combining their firsthand experiences with both the latest research and traditional wisdom, they offer a comprehensive solution for individuals seeking to optimize their well-being. Moreover, they started a business, LyfeFuel, focused entirely on helping people approach nutrition more effectively using an intuitive approach to nourishment that aims to put back what’s missing from food to fill the gaps of modern diets.

Now, you may be wondering, how can one balance living a minimalist lifestyle, traveling the world, and growing a profitable business? Here are 7 valuable tips Chris and Daniela share to help you navigate this exciting path:

  1. Embrace Minimalism Fully

Minimalism is not only about decluttering physical possessions but also about simplifying your mindset and focusing on what truly matters. By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can free yourself from materialistic burdens and create space for personal growth and meaningful experiences.

2. Leverage Technology

In today’s digital age, technology can be your greatest ally or your biggest curse. Utilize online platforms and tools to manage and grow your business remotely, but be selective about how you spend your time online. The keyword here being “tools” and not simply a distraction to escape from reality. Being able to get online from (almost) anywhere in the world makes running a business remotely easier than ever before, but the idea of plugged in 24/7 can also make it difficult to simply live in the moment and create space for creativity and ideas to flourish. Finding your ideal balance can enable you to work from anywhere in the world without the need to undergo a full digital detox.

3. Prioritize Time Management

Efficient time management is crucial when balancing travel and business growth. Set clear goals and establish a routine that allows you to allocate dedicated time for work and exploration. Avoid multitasking and maintain a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout.

4. Build Relationships

Connect with local communities, fellow entrepreneurs, and like-minded individuals wherever you go. Networking can open doors to new opportunities, partnerships, and collaborations, enriching both your personal and professional life. Instead of jumping from place to place trying to see and do it all, give yourself ample time to settle into the place and live like the locals. Chris & Dani found that a minimum of 4-weeks in each locale gave them enough time to settle into a routine and create relationships.

5. Delegate and Automate

Delegate tasks that can be handled by others or automate repetitive processes in your business. This approach allows you to focus on core activities and enables your business to run smoothly even when you’re traveling. They met amazing people along the way which continue to support the business through their applied set of skills.

6. Cultivate Resilience

Traveling and managing a business simultaneously can present unforeseen challenges. Cultivate resilience and adaptability to overcome obstacles and embrace the unexpected. A positive mindset and the ability to learn from setbacks will be invaluable assets on your journey.

7. Seek Inspiration from Local Cultures

Embrace the diverse cultures you encounter during your travels. Learn from their unique practices and incorporate elements that resonate with you into your lifestyle and business. This cross-cultural inspiration can lead to innovative ideas and fresh perspectives.

Bottom Line

Chris and his wife Daniela have shown us that it is possible to balance living a minimalist lifestyle, exploring the world, and growing a profitable business. By immersing themselves in different cultures, connecting with local communities, and leveraging their experiences to create meaningful solutions, they have carved out a remarkable path for themselves.

So, if you’re ready to embark on your own journey of exploration, personal growth, and business success, take inspiration from Chris and Daniela’s story. With dedication, adaptability, and a sense of adventure, you too can find harmony between your dreams and business aspirations.

Keen on learning more about LyfeFuel? Visit the website here and check them out on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.



Michelle Whiting

Copywriter, publicist & entrepreneur. Passionate about sharing empowering and informative stories from thought leaders across the globe.