Hi 😀 . My name is Bert Luxing and on this page I’m going to tell you a bit about myself and Survive Travel.
Towards the end of this page there are some links to my favorite travel tips/digital nomad related posts, or if you prefer, you can go straight to them now.
I was born in the early 80’s in the large(ly empty) state of Western Australia. My father was a Malaysian born Chinese, and my mother is Colombian. I’m lucky because almost everywhere I go I can pass as a local… that is until I speak of course.
My preferred method of traveling is to rent a fully furnished place for a month or two (or more). That way I can take my time – wake up naturally, exercise my mind and body, attempt to cook local dishes, have an afternoon siesta, and explore at a leisurely pace.
Of course, this style of ‘slow travel’ is not always possible (mostly due to visas restrictions), and often I just want to check places out instead of living in them.
Some of my favorite things to do while exploring are:
- Hiking / Walking. This is probably the thing I do most. It can be done anywhere, even in cities (parks, botanical gardens, neighborhoods, etc.), and it is often something that just happens as I’m going to do one of my other favorite activities.
- Waterfalls. I actually love canyoning but I don’t do it very often, mostly because it is something I feel I need a guide for and I’m not a fan of guided tours. Hiking to waterfalls is a happy medium for me.
- Snorkeling. Preferably in places I don’t need a boat to get to.
- Street art. One of my favorite things to do in a big city is to wander around looking at street art.
- Food. I LOVE trying local dishes from different countries and also attempting to cook them myself. This is my favorite way to experience the culture.
- Languages. I’ve always had the want to be able to speak a few languages, but didn’t really start taking a serious interest in learning them until mid 2017.
Occasionally I also venture out to visit a tourist trap or two… they’re not called tourist traps for nothing! Sometimes there are things that I would regret if I didn’t check them out, even if I do have to brave the hoards of people.
Besides travel, my other passion is developing and training in the Survival Fitness Plan, which includes things like healthy living, self-defense, parkour, yoga, survival skills, swimming, sustainable living, and more. Most of these things I can do/practice almost anywhere so I usually just do them in the comfort of “home”. You can learn more about the Survival Fitness Plan here.
Funding My Lifestyle
My main source of income is from the Survival Fitness Plan Training Manuals. This blog also makes some money via affiliate links, and I occasionally get some perks (comped trips and discounts), but mostly I think it just helps promote the books.
The other big thing is that I live cheap and prefer to spend my time in developing countries. My budget is $50usd a day and I rarely exceed it. In fact, most months I come considerably under that figure.
Traveling slowly is a big factor for keeping costs down. Renting per month (or more) usually halves the price of accommodation. I also get a kitchen to cook in and a lot more space than a hotel room.
How I Got to Where I am Today
I first started blogging when I first started traveling, somewhere around 2003/2004. Back then it was just a hobby, and it wasn’t called Survive Travel. I made money with odd jobs both in Australia and abroad.
About 10 years later, while freezing my butt off in a small town in the north of China, I decided that I was tired of having to get up and go to work (I was teaching English at the time), so I worked towards creating an online income. One where I wouldn’t have to answer to anyone but myself and that I could do from anywhere with an internet connection – some place warm! I started to create Survive Travel and Survive Travel Publications, and later on the Survival Fitness Plan.
I escaped the rat race in 2015. Now I focus on achieving my goals while exploring the world doing the things I enjoy.
Here are some things I am currently working on.
- Complete building the Survival Fitness Plan (SFP) website.
- Learning Spanish.
… and some things I endeavor to do in the future.
- Build a small SFP training center.
- Learn more languages.
Once last thing I like to do is to help others create a life of travel and/or become digital nomads.
Here are some useful links about that:
- All my favorite travel resources in one place.
- How to find the best value flights and/or accommodation possible (links to resources page.)
- A packing list for world travel. Be warned, I’m a minimalist.
- A simple method to work out your travel budget.
- Tips for living and working abroad.
- Three steps to create a life of travel.
- How I created a life of endless travel and how you can to.
- One of my all-time favourite posts is this opinion piece about the travelers spirit.
- Ways of being an ethical traveler.
Well that’s it for now.
Bert Luxing 😀 .
If you have any questions about me or Survive Travel please feel free to post them below.