How I Created a Life of Endless Travel and How You Can To!
On the 14th of July 2015 I (finally) began endless travel. First I’ll share how I created a life of endless travel. Then I’ll let you know how you can do the same.
For the last decade or so I’ve been doing the work abroad thing. I do not count working abroad as endless travel, because there is the obligation of work.
Three years ago I decided to build an income that I do not need to stay still for, i.e., so I can just stop or go as I please.
Being able to go and do what I want when-ever I want is what I mean when I say endless travel.
How I Created a Life of Endless Travel
I first caught the travel bug in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2011 that I made a firm decision to create a life of endless travel. To do that I needed to create a source of residual/passive income. Actually, I had been trying to do this since I first came back from Malaysia in 2003, but I failed at it… lots (for 8 years no less!)
Oh man!! … You have NO idea how much time I spent trying out all kinds of different business ideas. I wouldn’t say it was a waste of time, because I learnt a lot (about what not to do), but it was a lot of time spent none the less.
Creating a Definate Goal
The difference is that my firm decision in 2011 to create a life of endless travel gave me a definite goal – and definite goals are accompanied with massive determination.
Teaching English in China was the best way I could find for me to maximise my time so I could work on creating a residual income (and therefore a life of endless travel), whilst still making enough to travel during the holidays (approximately 12 weeks a year). I taught a maximum of 16 hours a week and because China is so frigin’ cheap I actually saved more money there than I have in any western country I have worked in including the UK, USA, and Australia!
Anyway, the idea was to work in China until I was making at least $50/day residual income. That goal was achieved in January 2015 so I went about preparing for a life of endless travel.
Actually, my residual income has dropped dramatically since then. As it turns out that was just a “spike” in income and only lasted three to four months). It is now a steady 500-600 $US/month, but gradually climbing. Also I managed to save up a bit so that will cover me until it builds back up.
The Universe is On My Side
I am not from a wealthy background. Money is something the universe did not endow me with. I am from a single parent family. I was not taught about money when I was young. As a result I got into debt as soon as I could (worst thing I ever done). Actually, I only just finished paying it off earlier this year (yes, I have been paying of debt WHILST traveling – this surprises many people but it is very possible.)
Fortunately I have two things that far outweigh the lack of money and I would dare say that at least 70% of the people that read this post will have the same:
1. English is my native language
If you are from a native English speaking country then your opportunity to work abroad is much higher. Most countries that have English as a first language are also relatively easy to get visas for.
2. I am a positive person
I truly believe that this trumps everything. If you believe you can do something, you can. Also, when things go wrong (and they will) the positive ones know that everything will be alright. Sh*t hitting the fan can be fun with the right attitude.
How You Can Do the Same
You Don’t Need Lots of Money to Live a Life of Endless Travel!
I think a lot of people think that traveling costs a lot of money. It does not. I spend less living my life of endless travel than I did when I was living a “normal” life. This is because I don’t have anything to “maintain” e.g. car, house, children etc.
On average, I spend well under $1000usd a month. This is because I travel in cheap countries and do not have expensive tastes. I consider myself to be just a cut above homeless. Closer to a well-fed bum that indulges in private accommodation.
My two biggest expenses are food and accommodation. I keep these low by eating like locals and always going for the cheapest private accommodation I can get, that is still in a decent location. (Check out my travel rules for more details.)
I feel I splash out on accommodation. It can get much cheaper in shared dorms or even free on couch-surfing.
What You Need is Time
Instead of trying to create lots of money, work on how you can maximize your time. You need to create a residual income. I have built mine with this blog and some other ventures I experiment with. There are numerous other ways you can do it. Eventually I will put my method step by step into a book, but for now, read the Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris to get ideas and start doing it.
It will not happen over night (it has taken me three years and I’m still not 100% there yet) but just keep on keeping on. Persistence pays off and those that want it make it!
I Will Help You!
I know there are not actually any details about how I created my residual income, nor are there any on how you can create yours, but that is because everyone is different. The way I did it is most likely not the way you want to do it, however, I can still help you. Just contact me through the contact page. Don’t worry, I wont charge you anything. Perhaps one day we can meet during our travels and you can buy me lunch.
Do you have or do you want a life of endless travel? Let us know that or anything else you want to say in the comments 😀 .