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Art serves to fulfill the desire of man to transcend the death and decay to which all earthly things are subject. Art consoles man to help him imagine what is desired but is not immediately available for use. Art takes you to another world where you interpret everything by your emotions, art is a crucial part of human evolution but ask any artists and they’ll tell you that the world of art isn’t the easiest place to make a living.
The purpose of this post is to show all those struggling artists out there, that with the right information, a few digital skills and just a bit of know-how, you can spend more time doing what you love by learning how to use the internet to monetize the work that you do without having to create any more content or art.
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My mission is to teach people how to live a life of joy, abundance, and of course Geographical freedom.
Why you might ask? well funny enough, that’s what gives me joy, abundance and you guessed it, geographical freedom.
In this post you will learn about
What exactly geographical freedom is
How to live it
The pros and cons of traditional income vs online income
What stops most people from living a life of geographical freedom?
3 things you can start doing today to begin building a life of geographical freedom?
What exactly is geographical freedom?
If you could be absolutely anywhere in the world right now, is it where you currently are? If yes, then you are already doing better than most people, the question is then, if you could be wherever you like tomorrow, next week, next month, and the month after that? could you do it without going backward financially or screwing up some aspect of your life?
Geographical freedom is the ability to live an abundant life on your own terms, spending your time where you want, with who you want and when you want without being dependent on the so-called “stability” of a rented home, and typical location-based income.
I say “stability” with inverted commas because as many people have just found out or are finding out with Covid-19, what we consider as stable jobs, aren’t always that stable.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that some people have no desire to travel and explore the world and that is fine, a lot of normal jobs are extremely important for society to work, but the point I’m trying to focus on here is careers that allow you to move where and when you want. To be honest, sometimes all I want to do is stay in one place, but if you have complete geographical freedom, you can! but if a family member gets sick, a sibling or best friend is getting married or having children, you are also able to spend the day or week visiting them without losing income or having any problems.
How to live a life of geographical freedom?
The way I see it there really is only three ways to live a life of geographical freedom,
Be super-wealthy (easier said than done)
Be extremely resourceful (still requires a lot of skill) or
Create a profitable income stream that can be managed 100% from your computer or smartphone.
My Goal is to be all 3, and although I do believe that just about anyone has the ability to create this lifestyle, unfortunately not everyone has the right mentality, so it has to start there, most people let fear and limiting beliefs paralyse them from taking the simple steps necessary to step away from the social conditioning that prevents us from living a life that many only dream of, thoughts like;
I’m not worthy of a life like that.
I’m not smart enough to figure that out.
I’m no good with computers or technology.
I could never run a business.
I am terrible with sales.
I’m too disorganised.
I don’t have the time or the money.
It sounds too good to be true, so it must be.
The most common assumption or limiting belief is that you need to be super rich to be geographically free.
Although I will not argue that having a ton of money is going to make certain things a lot easier and that a certain level of financial education is something I think everyone should put some time into, I am open about the fact that I am not a super financially wealthy individual, well at least not in the sense of an income, in fact, if you have a full-time job in Australia, my home country, then chances are that you are probably making a higher annual income than me right now, yet for the past few years, I’ve lived in over 14 countries, spent months at a time with family and friends in different parts of the world and can probably guarantee you that I live a much more fulfilling, enjoyable, adventurous and rich lifestyle.
Why can I say that? Well, I’ve been where you are, I used to have what most people would consider a good, high paying, “secure” job, but let’s compare my life then and now.
Pros and Cons of a normal job vs Digital Entrepreneur
Normal Income Pros
Predictable income. Makes daily planning and budgeting easier.
Fixed schedule. Forces you to get out of bed even if you don’t feel like it.
Holiday & sick pay.
No skin in the game. So if the industry or business fails, you don’t lose what you’ve invested, just your job.
Future JOB opportunities. Future employers like to know how well you take orders and get them done, a long time in one job can show you are loyal and a good worker bee.
Borrowing ability. It can be easier getting a loan from a bank if you have an employment contract.
Employer pays your tax and super payments for you. Meaning you only need to think about tax once a year and often comes with a return.
Normal income cons
Little control. The biggest downside is having almost no control over what happens, with who, how, or when you work.
Trapped in one place. We tie ourselves to one place because if you leave you lose your job.
Employees pay the highest taxes. As an employee, there are few tax deductions available for you.
Commute to work. Costing time, money, and stress.
Less job security. Although many people don’t understand this, the truth is your employment is at their mercy.
No equity. When you do leave, there is nothing to sell.
Production quotas, although running a business means you don’t get paid if you don’t produce results, at the end of the day, it’s the same with employment. Don’t get results and I guarantee you won’t be hired for very long.
Live for the weekend. Monday doesn’t suck, your job sucks.
Capped salary – When you trade your time for money it can’t be scaled, there are only so many hours in the day and so to increase your income you must decrease your free time and quality of life.
Workplace politics – brown-nosing, red tape, bureaucracy are common soul crushers in an employment role that make people feel undervalued and unappreciated.
Not Fulfilling – The employee mindset is often to try to get the highest pay you can get in a job you don’t hate or at least has an element that you like.
Same Sh*t different day – As an employee you are often doing repetitive monotonous tasks day in day out, crushing your creativity and often leaves you feeling like a robot on autopilot
Digital Entrepreneur Pros
Total Control. The buck stops with you, you decide when, how, where, and with who you work.
Complete Geographical Freedom – having the ability to earn from your computer means you can earn a great income no matter where you are and for how long you are there.
Time Freedom – If an employee knew that they would get paid the same no matter how quickly or slowly they completed a task, I guarantee you they would work twice as fast. As long as you get what you need to get done, it really doesn’t matter how many hours you do or when, sleep in if you want, take a break if you want. Not to mention you can automate a lot of repetitive tasks.
Financial freedom – Any self-made millionaire will tell you that you will never become financially free by getting a job, you must learn to either invest or build a successful business.
No daily commute. Which not only saves you time but money and stress.
Tax benefits – As an independent contractor or business owner, you have the ability to write off so many everyday costs that an employee can’t, meaning that someone who is self-employed or who runs a business will end up with more money in their pocket at the end of the year when compared to an employee who earns the exact same amount.
You can never be fired – If you make a mistake, you need time off to refresh, be with loved ones, or you just don’t feel like it today, no worries, you don’t need to explain yourself to anyone.
You have equity. A well built online business takes time, money, and energy to set up, the good thing is, just like physical real estate, digital real estate can also be worth quite a lot.
Automation and passive incomes. – One of the best things about setting up an online business is the ability to automate your income meaning you can literally be making money 24/7, including whilst you sleep.
Scalable income – once you work out a winning formula online, scaling it is much much easier as in many cases the work can be automated or outsourced, and increased income doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in overheads, plus you have a market of 8 billion people online rather than just the local market.
Fulfillment and purpose. – There is so much opportunity online today that you can literally find success in almost any area of niche no matter how small or obscure it might be. Building a business around your hobbies and passions allows you the joy of helping other like-minded people with solutions whilst being immersed in what you love.
Digital Entrepreneur Cons
Income reflects your value in the market. This can be tough in the beginning and or if you’re lazy and do a bad job setting things up.
Requires self-discipline. Although you can set a fixed schedule, You don’t have someone organizing your schedule or holding you accountable, although this can be seen as a positive it also means you can allow yourself to be distracted or procrastinate which can then affect your income.
No Holiday and sick pay. You are responsible for your own costs for holidays and time off for illness.
No guaranteed success. not that a job can either.
You have skin in the game. If things don’t work out, you risk losing what you have invested.
Borrowing ability – banks will want to see at least 2 full years of financials and tax returns before they will even consider lending you money.
Tax responsibilities – You are responsible for putting aside enough tax to pay your quarterly BAS statements plus paying any staff taxes and superannuations payments including your own.
What stops most people from living a life of geographical freedom?
As you can see in the pros and cons, there are much more positives to running your own online business compared to the status quo job, but if you ask most people why they choose a job they will either tell you they have no idea how they could make a decent income online without being a genius with computers or they don’t have the money and or time but what’s really stopping them is;
Beliefs – fear, guilt, doubt, pessimism, attitude. If you don’t believe that there is a way, then you aren’t even going to bother trying.
Education – knowing what options there are, and how to take advantage of them. You may already have all the skills and abilities but just need to learn the strategies and vehicles that can take you where you want to go or perhaps you need to learn a few new skills, either way, learning how to adapt for the digital world is key.
Resourcefulness – most people use a lack of resources as an excuse to justify inaction, but the truth is it isn’t a lack of resources but a lack of resourcefulness that is truly stopping them. Sure, if you have the money to pay a mentor or course, it will certainly speed up the learning and earning curve, but literally everything you need to know to start an online income stream or business can be found online for free, if you don’t have the money to invest, you just need to invest the time and ask the right questions. Follow me on Facebook and Youtube for tips and advice.
Action – We all have that friend who is full of ideas, they get it on a mental level but they never follow through, they let the 3 things above hold them back, ideas without action are dreams, ideas with action become goals.
3 Actions you can start doing today to begin building a life of geographical freedom?
Train your brain to become resourceful – To find the right answer, you need to ask the right question, I challenge you to start replacing “I can’t” with “how can I?” and just watch how your mind starts to come up with creative solutions. In all areas of your life.
Upskill and Educate – People invest the best years of their lives and thousands of dollars to get an education that lands them a job they hate, but then the fear of the unknown or change paralyzes them from investing even a year and a few hundred dollars to learn a skill that would allow them to earn money online, and live a life of purpose and freedom. If you have a fear of technology or don’t know where to start, do what I did and do an online course in your spare time, even if it’s just a few hours a day after work, once you start to earn and prove to yourself that you can do it (Belief) then quit your 9-5 and come visit me somewhere around the world to celebrate. Here’s a link to an amazing online training course that teaches you how to start an online income from scratch with no experience, in your own time. This is the same course I started with and I can’t recommend it enough. It also gives you access to an incredible network of digital entrepreneurs to learn with and from. Which brings me to the final action point
Grow your network – Without a doubt, one of the most useful resources I have is my extensive network of amazing friends across the globe and I would say that it’s no coincidence. If you are a little bit socially awkward, don’t worry, networking and people skills are 100% learnable, a great book on the topic is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie
As I said at the start, it is my mission to teach people how to live a life of Joy, Abundance and geographical freedom, if that is something you want then one last action you can take that won’t cost you a thing is subscribing to my Youtube channel, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram.
We all have those ah-ha moments in life, moments of enlightenment where something or someone wakes us up to a whole new perspective.
The statement in the title is something that a mentor of mine said to me when I was 18 years old, it’s a profound statement and easily misinterpreted for someone who is young and naive.
15 years later and although I still believe it’s true, my perspective has dramatically changed.
What do most people want?
At the age of 18, I was working for a direct sales and marketing company and like many moldable 18-year-olds, I was lead to believe that having a big house, fast cars, and expensive accessories were the keys to success and happiness. A majority of what I was busting my guts, working 100 hours a week for was completely materialistic.
By the time I was 24, I’d become a master of sales, opened a fast-paced direct sales and marketing company, made my first $10k in a day, had my dream car, and made almost $250k that year alone, but I was also extremely confused, because that very same year, whilst in many people’s eyes, I’d “made it”, I was having a massive identity crisis. I was spending money almost as fast as I made it just to cover up the fact that even with all the things that I thought I wanted, the things that so many people think that they want, deep down I wasn’t fulfilled, I wasn’t happy.
I have a very fond memory in primary school when my teacher was asking all the students in class what they wanted to be when they grow up.
Kids who were asked before me spouted off stereotypical answers like “a fireman, police officer, astronaut” and so forth, I found myself profoundly answering
“I want to be happy”
As I write this, I admit it does sounds like the answer of a sad or depressed young kid, the truth is, I was a very happy kid, and I thought the answer was quite clever, other kids seemed to agree, laughing as they started to copy my answer,
“Yes! I want to be happy too!”
“That’s very nice Tom, but I’m referring to the type of job you would like to have” said My teacher.
It’s funny how we are trained from a very young age to decide what it is that we will dedicate the rest of our lives to, when we have almost no experience of life and what’s out there that might actually make us feel happy and fulfilled.
We create verbal prisons for ourselves based on experiences that we have not even had and then in many cases force ourselves or our children to follow through, or else they are “giving up on their dream”, a dream that was probably misleadingly created whilst watching a Hollywood film star glorify the roll.
Considering my primary school story, it makes me smile that 24 years later, I can confidently say that I have lived a very happy life, sure I’ve had my moments, close friends have died, I caught my now ex-fiance cheating on me whilst we were on holidays together in Thailand with a complete stranger, my mother was diagnosed with cancer, and I’ve personally escaped death more than once by the skin of my teeth, yet if you ask anyone who knows me well, these events as painful or scary as they may have been, have also put things into perspective and catapulted me to higher levels of gratitude, personal growth and strangely enough, happiness.
So What is The Secret to Happiness?
Well I’m not saying I have all the answers, and I still have my off days but as I said above and if you ask anyone who knows me well, they would tell you that I have an uncanny ability to see the positive in every situation, and even when I’m having a rough day, I’ve been through enough to know that, tough times never last, tough people do and simply knowing that gives me a little bit of light even when all seems dark.
That said, I have investigated as to why I have this ability and the good news is, I honestly believe it is something that can be learned and applied, so here are a few tips as to how I’m such a happy fella.
Fulfilling your heart’s desire
When a very close friend died in her sleep in a tragic house fire, it made me realize that we could wake up in heaven tomorrow, so if you are not fulfilling your heart’s desire and living a life that you love then something needs to change, no money in the world is worth ignoring that. Her passing gave me the courage to resign from a role that most people think would fix all of there problems because of how much I was getting paid.
My heart’s desire was to travel the world, try new things, experience new cultures, learn a new language and fall in love, not be chained to a desk 50 plus hours a week in a city that bored the hell out of me just to fill my bank account, only to spend half of it on the weekends to try put some colour back into my life.
That said, I’m acutely aware that although money doesn’t buy you happiness, being broke doesn’t buy you anything and having a certain level of financial stability is important for your general wellbeing, but if you follow me, on any of my social media platforms, or through my website one of my goals in life, which also brings me a ton of fulfillment is showing people that you don’t have to choose one over the other and that it is possible to make a great income doing something you love.
When I caught my partner of more than 4 years, and fiance to be, in bed with a complete stranger on a holiday that I was paying for, sure I drunk myself stupid for a few days but eventually came to the realization that I had, in fact, dodged a bullet and was better off without her, this taught me so much about myself and the power of forgiveness, an absolute key to true happiness! It took a number of years and personal growth but has now lead to me finding a partner that I have a much deeper level of communication and love with.
How many people hold onto the pain of infidelity, betrayal, and let it prevent them from moving on to something bigger and better?
How many times have you heard the following
“All men want is sex”
“All women want is your money”
“All men/women are the same”
Yes, like Donald Trump and Mahatma Gandhi are soooooo similar right?
When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, although our family was already very close, the news shook us all to the core but reconnected us in a way that made us even more grateful for every passing moment that we get to spend with each other. We now even have a family messenger group because of it where we share and communicate on a daily basis.
This incident also sparked the flame that was responsible for another life course correction and a massive reminder to pursue a fulfilling lifestyle career over a good job and income, which lead me to the geographical freedom lifestyle, philosophy and business model that I now live and love, as it has given me the freedom to spend more time with who I want, where I want, and when I want.
PS I’m thrilled to say that mum is a cancer survivor and is inspiring me more than ever with her passion for life, massive heart, and wonderful words of wisdom.
Daily Physical and Mental Stimulation
Another thing that I would attribute to my generally happy disposition is something that Tony Robbins refers to as feeding your body and mind daily.
He is the king of one-liners so I’m going to steal one more of the quotes I’ve heard him say, “readers are leaders“, even if it’s just half an hour a day, I’m not talking about an article in Dolly or Thrasher Magazine, read something that will challenge your beliefs, or teach you something new. The mind is a muscle and your mental growth and strength depend on how often you exercise it.
PS for those of you who don’t skate, “Thrasher” isn’t a type of porn magazine, but porn mags don’t count either, sorry guys 😉
If you think the body and mind aren’t tightly connected than you are kidding yourself, and even though I can name the time and location of the 3 gym visits I’ve had in my life, I do however like to do something active on a daily basis.
Be it running, swimming, riding, any sports activity, or even just smashing out 50 pushups, making sure you do something that challenges your body EVERY DAY can have massive effects on your energy and happiness.
It’s very well documented that the endorphins released during exercise improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood, and by improvingself-esteem and cognitive function, exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. which brings me to my final point for this particular article.
Here is a question for you, Do you know what the opposite of addiction is?
Studies have shown that it’s not sobriety but in fact connection. And don’t be fooled, I’m not just talking about drug addiction. So then, with more ways to connect than ever before, why is it that we are so disconnected?
A massive skill that we must learn on social media is to connect, not compare.
Constantly comparing yourself to celebrities and all the “happy” faces on social media, has fuelled a fear of not being enough, leading to mass consumption and the idea that the more we have the happier we’ll be, wasting time and energy on things that do not serve us.
On that note, it’s getting a little late so I’m going to use that as a great bridge to say, if you got value out of what I have written, and want to learn how to live a more fulfilling, forgiving, grateful, stimulated and connected life then hit me up! let’s connect!
Please, reach out, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and my personal website for more personal growth and tips around building a lifestyle around the things that you love and the people you love.
We all want to live a wealthy life or at least a significantly comfortable one right? Yet most people these days are stuck in older generation ways of thinking, and without realizing it they are shooting their present and their future in the foot!
Learning to make money online is possibly one of the smartest investments you can make in today’s digital world and I will get into why further down, but let’s start by addressing some of the most common investment mistakes the average person makes today and why.
The 4 most common investment mistakes that people make today.
Go to university, get a degree,
Get a job for a stable company, be loyal,
Get a mortgage,
Work hard, save 10% of your wages in a high-interest bank account.
Do all of this and you should be able to retire comfortably and self-funded right? Not necessarily.
Let me explain
Go to university, get a degree,
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for education, however, according to CNBC news, statistics in the USA show that well over 40% of the people that graduate with a degree, either end up not using it or in a job that doesn’t even require a degree anyway.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, outstanding student loan debt in the United States lies between $902 Billion and $1 Trillion with around $864 Billion in Federal student loan debt, and this is a common trend all over the world.
In other words, half of the people that go to Uni thinking it’s the smart and safe option for a secure future, end up not only struggling to get into the workforce but they also have a massive debt that they need to pay off.
I’m not saying these people completely wasted their time, however, I do believe that in most cases, it could have been spent better.
2) Get a job for a stable company, be loyal,
Long are gone the days of employer-employee loyalty, I hate to say it but for many businesses, to survive in the competitive ever faster-changing markets, it often means “trimming the garden” on a regular basis.
In fact, studies show that companies all over the world are starting to see the value of contracting people from the “gig economy” over traditional employment roles, meaning traditional “job security” is becoming even less secure for those who don’t learn how to adapt and upskill to provide skillsets for the digital world.
You don’t want to be the 50-year old that has only ever worked one role for 30 years only to be laid off and not have any new relevant skills to help you get back into a decent paying job.
3) Get a mortgage,
Now as an investor in land myself this might sound hypocritical but I use my land to create an income stream that not only pays for the mortgage, but also the maintenance, and even improvements of the property, what any savvy property investors would call a cashflow positive investment.
A common mistake Australians make is thinking that “Negative gearing” is a smart investment strategy because of the tax benefits that they can claim against their income tax, which is complete stupidity. Aside from it still being a loss, what happens if you lose your job and don’t have an income to claim the tax benefits against? Let alone pay the mortgage repayments.
If you are going to take out a mortgage make sure you educate yourself first.
Often new homeowners are so excited by the “possibilities” that they take out the biggest loan they can get at the time based on the wage they are currently getting with high hopes that the property value will go up and everyone will live happily ever after, they don’t consider what would happen if they were to
a) lose their job because of the previously mentioned, unloyal business world that we live in or
b) Something like what we are seeing right now with Covid-19 happens and the world economy takes a nose dive meaning the value of the land may very well fall below the mortgage value meaning potentially massive loses very quickly.
It’s estimated that on average you will see at least 1 to 2 crashes in the economy within a lifetime yet the word mortgage is derived from a Law French term used in Britain in the Middle Ages meaning “death pledge” and refers to the pledge ending (dying) when either the obligation is fulfilled or the property is taken through foreclosure.
Mortgages are a long term commitment and shit happens, just ask our good friend Corona.
Again, I’m not saying getting a mortgage is a mistake, but doing it wrong definitely is.
4) Work hard, save 10% of your wages in a high-interest bank account.
Taking into account all 4 mistakes mentioned above, we are literally told to sacrifice the best years of our lives in the hope of a comfortable retirement and this is still considered to many as the “safe” option, or at least our parents still believe it to be.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, you see, this belief stems from an age where banks would give you anywhere between 10-15% interest on the money you put away in a savings account, (Historical CD Interest rates 1984-2020) which meant over your working life, with the interest and savings compounding you actually could save a significant amount of money in your bank account by retirement and then likely live off the interest in your old age.
Fast forward to today and you are lucky to get 2%, on your money in the bank, In fact, as of late January, the average 1-year CD pays just 0.76 percent APY, according to Bankrate’s most recent national survey of banks and thrifts.
But 0.76% is still better than nothing right? WRONG!!!!
What most people don’t realize is that the current inflation rate is sitting at around 1.5% meaning that by saving money in the bank, it is technically losing value meaning,
By saving money, you are losing money!
A large portion of society is starting to realize that we don’t live in the same age as our parents or grandparents so the same rules don’t apply.
Thanks to the internet and exponential growth in technology, times have changed dramatically, yet although we now spend most of our time and money online, for some reason most people still find it hard to believe that they can make a decent income on the internet, which would also give them the freedom to work from literally anywhere, as long as they have a laptop, smartphone, and an internet connection.
It’s just logical
From a business owner’s point of view.
The truth is, a lot of office tasks these days are done on a computer anyway, so why pay for a manager, staff, office space, and all the other overheads if you can get what you need to be done, on a task by task contractual basis with lower overheads and fewer liabilities?
From a worker’s point of view.
Why should you have to travel to and from a set location, costing you more time and money than it would if you have every ability to complete the task at hand from your computer at home?
It’s my mission and job to show you that there is a better way and that it’s probably a lot simpler than you think, you just need to open your mind and get out of your comfort zone.
I won’t promise that the transition will be easy, for some maybe but neither is paying tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over 4+ years to get a degree that you have a high chance of not using anyway!
Ask yourself these questions
If you could simply replace your current income and be able to do so from absolutely anywhere in the world, without having to organize international work visas, without having a boss telling you what to do, and without even having set time tables as long as you get the work done, what would that mean to the quality of your life?
What would you be willing to do? Would you go to uni for 4 years and pay thousands? The good news is you don’t have to.
You probably already have most of the skills you need.
In today’s digital world, developing skill sets that allow you to provide any kind of value online, is one of the smartest investments you can make, but in most cases, you probably already have the skills you need to earn a decent income online, all you lack is the right vehicle (business model or strategy) and some guidance.
Maybe you’re like I was just a few years ago and you’re a bit of a technophobe? No worries.
“If the goal is big and important enough, you’ll be able to see past the challenges standing in your way”
Some people are content with the typical 9-5 job, and there is nothing wrong with that but, If you’ve always wanted something more, or if you’ve ever run or plan to run a business, you must understand the importance of having an online presence, and in today’s digital world, even more so than ever!
How can you learn to adapt to the changing climate?
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Have you noticed how many ads are popping up at the moment with people selling online courses? Specifically, teaching people how to make money online?
“Learn how to trade Bitcoin”, “Make money trading on FOREX”, “Build an online business from scratch”, “Turn your passion into income with online business”, “Become an influencer or online coach” and the list goes on and on. I’ve been watching this trend increase over the last few years but the recent events with Covid19 have accelerated the process, this article should help explain why.
Let’s start with a little bit of history to help explain exactly what is going on. Throughout time there have been a number of leaps in human evolution, “The Agricultural Revolution” or “The Age Of Agriculture” was a period of technological improvement and increased crop productivity that occurred during the 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe which the increased crop yields and overall quality of life, this paved be the way for the “Industrial Revolution” or “The Industrial Age”, with new inventions yet again making productivity and the quality of life jump tenfold, next came the invention of the internet, and with it “The Age of Information”, as the internet developed over the past few decades and things became simpler, it created the foundation for what is now being called the “Digital Age”, an age where almost everything that we are, and will be doing, is partially or completely done online or using technology.
What does Covid19 have to do with all of this then?
Just like any major shift in history, there is usually a large majority of people that are resistant to change which slows down the transition, in fact, it’s well documented that one of our biggest fears is the fear of the unknown, aka change, for example, you may have heard the debate that “technology is taking peoples jobs”, but perhaps what you didn’t know is that this exact dialog was very common as we shifted into The Industrial Age back at the end of the 18th century, which we now know, dramatically increased the quality of people’s lives all over the world and although certain jobs were lost, they were often unfulfilling, mundane jobs anyway, and in their place, new jobs were created that never existed prior, jobs didn’t go away, they just evolved.
The exact same thing is happening today, technology isn’t taking away jobs, it is evolving them, and as much fear/resistance, as there may be from some, the shift or evolution is inevitable, all that the coronavirus is doing is accelerating the process, forcing us to realize the benefits of changing sooner than later and as scary as it may seem to some, history has taught us, that every time we enter a new age, the general quality of life for people all over the world increases, and especially for those who embrace the change early on.
I realized a few years ago that if I could learn the skills needed to earn an income online that my quality of life would improve dramatically, and I was right. Since then I’ve been teaching people the value of transitioning their skills and or passions into the digital space, and thanks to Covid19 completely screwing up our current system, people everywhere are starting to realize for themselves exactly why I’ve been focusing my energy on doing so for the last few years.
Today, more everyday people are making money online than ever before, and as they do, realizing the epic freedom, or in the case of a pandemic, the security that comes with it.
Pandemic aside, who hasn’t been on holiday and as your vacation nears the end, thought to themselves, I don’t want to go back to the “real” world, but can’t think of a realistic way they can do so and still pay the mortgage and bills, so you reluctantly go back to your office or mundane, repetitive routines, I know I’ve been there.
Well I’m here to tell you, that way of thinking is BS, it’s a limiting belief, and it’s out of date! There is a better way and you can either get on board or fall behind as the rest of the world shifts towards the digital economy.
Here are just a few of the many examples of how everyday people are making a decent income online right now, and guess what, you don’t need to be a computer wiz.
E-commerce, is crushing traditional retail stores into the ground, with much lower overheads and a larger audience, selling physical or digital products, be it through building your own website which with website building tools like GoDaddy, makes so much sense and it is so easy these days that a monkey could do it, or, you can simply leveraging free market places like Amazon, eBay, gumtree, Craigslist, etc.
Dropshipping, selling other companies’ products by setting up your own Shopify website, and learning how to advertise online, meaning you don’t even need to have your own product, warehouse, or fulfillment processes.
Trading, be it by learning about cryptocurrency which is surprisingly stable and resection proof or learning how to trade on the stock market, which if you know what you’re doing, you can make money regardless of whether the market is going up or crashing like it is right now, the same goes for trading on Forex, the foreign exchange market.
Content creation, maybe you’re a person that loves creative stuff, music, art, video, photography. There are tons of switched on artists leveraging the digital economy and making a fortune by creating art and content than putting it online through sites like Redbubble and many others?
Teaching or coaching, if you are good at anything, yoga, an instrument, public speaking, building sculptures out of rubbish, languages, you name it, you can literally get paid by running online classes! I guarantee you that there is a niche for almost everything that you can think of! Did you know you can get paid up to $25 (US) per hour just for being a native English speaker and teaching English online, even if you don’t speak any other languages? Especially now with the current, Covid19 situation, and a massive need for more online English teachers, in many cases all you need to do a quick course (which you can do online) to get what’s called a TEFL certificate and then rich Chinese people which there’s no shortage of will pay you decent money to talk English with them and you can work as much or little as you want.
Transcriber, don’t like talking to people? There are 300 hours of video being uploaded just to YouTube every single minute! Did you know that thousands of people around the world are getting paid on average between $8-$15 (US) per hour to write the subtitles for those videos, from the comfort of their computer, wherever and whenever the hell they like? through companies like Rev.com or Transcribeme.com
Look, I could seriously keep going, but the reason I chose to tell you about the ones above is that they all have one thing in common, which is that to earn an income from them, literally all you need is the right skills and an internet connection! giving you the geographical freedom that I’m always harping on about! I hope you’re getting the point by now, that online income and business is the way of the future.
So the choice is yours, you can either look at all of these ads that I mentioned at the beginning and go, “ahh another one of those online, multi-level marketing scams, I’m smarter than that” and completely miss the boat, (I’m not saying the scams don’t exist so do your due diligence) or you can get on the digital age bandwagon and join me and a bunch of my friends who are living the digital nomad lifestyle and freaking loving it!
If you are asking yourself the question, so what do I do from here? how do I start? truth is, all the information you need is just a Google or Youtube search away and if you know where to look it won’t cost you a cent to learn, in fact, it’s not a lack of info that’s the challenge, in fact, I believe that the best way to learn something is to teach it so I have a number of social media channels dedicated to teaching people what I know for free, if that interests you, then follow me Facebook, Instagram, YouTube but I’m also going to ethically bribe you, If you 1) like and share this post and 2) comment below telling me what is your biggest passion in life, I will also send you a link to get a value-packed free video training series that will teach you everything you need to know to get started from scratch to build an online income around those passions.
The digital age is here people, don’t miss the boat because after everything dies down with this corona madness, I guarantee you that some will go back to the mundane routine that was sucking the life out of them, and many more will be well on their way to soaking up the sun on a deck chair somewhere in paradise as the new norm because they chose to learn how to move into the digital age, hopefully, I’ll see you there, remember, like, share and comment, and if you are really serious, I’m open to having a Skype or WhatsApp call with anyone that has doubts or questions as to whether or not they can make it work for them. What have to got to lose? ️
Planning your next or first big trip? There are many common mistakes aspiring travelers make when it comes to how and what they travel with, mistakes that not only weigh and slow them down but unnecessarily chip into travel funds, I was certainly guilty of it in my early days.
Use a suitcase, not a backpack!!!! – WHAT? BUT I’M GOING BACKPACKING! For some reason when we think about backpacking around the world we all go out and buy these massive backpacks to later realise that pretty much the only time you use them is when going between transport and or to your accommodation. Not only are they expensive but unless you’re planning to climb a mountain without a sherpa or do a week-long single-trail walk over rough terrain, then they are a pointless, hot and heavy, and a real pain in the back! literally!!!
New age suitcases are light, strong and have wheels!.
Better for protecting your fragile things from breaking
Easier to pack and unpack.
Safer as backpacks are easy to cut into from theaves.
Same price or even less.
Easier to transport without doing your back in because did I mention, they have wheels!
When going backpacking in certain countries you will go on some rough terrain so I do suggest getting a suitcase with some solid wheels like this one
Small day/backpack – A small backback is still a good idea.
Hotels and hostels will often let you leave your suitcase safely stored for several days at no cost whilst you explore the local area, especially if it means you’ll stay another night with them when you get back.
If you’re not using your day pack, it doubles as a great separator for your dirty clothes inside the suitcase (I’ll always keep a plastic bag in it also for the wet or dirty stuff)
Only take what you absolutely need – When packing, if you look at an item and think, “yeah I’ll probably use that”, DON’T take it! The less experienced traveler often packs half their suitcase with things they don’t even end up using. If you haven’t seen the documentary or read the book “The minimalists” Do yourself and the world a favor and do so, I now live by the principles in this book and am way more efficient, lightweight and happier because of it.
Dark over light – All you goths out there will love this. When traveling, washing your clothes can often be tricky and quite expensive, the darker your clothes the less you’re going to have to wash them, saving you time and money.
Sarong not towel – normal towels are bulky and heavy, a definite no-no, I used to use a large traveling shammy towel however, I found that they are so good at soaking up water that they would even soak up the humidity in the air, so unless you take great care in drying it after every use, it will quickly become smelly and then can’t be mixed with the rest of your things.
A Sarong works just as good and double as so many different useful things, for example;
Beach or Bath Towel
Scarf / Shawl
Curtain or Divider
Shoes to choose – there are really only 3 pairs of shoes you need.
Flip flops – for those warm casual days.
Going out shoes – for when you want to go out dancing or dating.
Active shoes – for when you’re going trecking or doing something that your feet need solid support. Packing Tip – Pack them at the bottom end of the suitcase heal to toe and fill them with small things or breakables to save space but also act as extra protection for fragile things, you can put extra padding in them by storing your socks in there also.
Roll don’t fold – Not only does this make it easier to pick out an item without making a mess of others, but it also saves space as your ability to compact things better by rolling.
Take a small power board with you – That way you’ll only need one international adapter and can charge all devices at the same time.
Books are for idiots! Ok maybe that’s a bit harsh if you are a book person, sure take a book with you, you may not always be able to charge your devices easily and there is something nice about reading on paper, but only take one! they are heavy and these days most hostels have some kind of book exchange.
Rather than a book, e-books on devices like a kindle will save you plenty of space and weight. I can’t recommend audiobooks enough.
Listen on the go.
Instant access to just about every book you can think of at your fingertips.
Works off your smart phone so takes up no extra space.
Once the book you want is downloaded to your device, you can listen offline, whilst on a plane or hiking in nature with no wifi.
audible is an amazing application, I would even go as far as saying, I love it! it has made my life so much more productive and worth every cent ten fold! for a small no-contract monthly subscription you get 1 free book per month which is often worth more than the actual subscription and kind of forces you to educate yourself which has truly changed my life and saves me carrying around novels.
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It’s simple really, who wouldn’t want to stay “goodbye” to the 9-5 grind, the long and painful commute to and from work to a job that’s not fulfilling and replace that with hours of your choice whilst working from where ever the hell you like on something that you’re passionate about?
Earning an income from your laptop is certainly an attractive idea, and advances in technology have made it much easier for the average person to start their own online business, seriously, just google “best ways to make money online” and you’ll find a plethora of ideas, here are just a few.
Social media manager.
trading bonds or stock.
Blogger, YouTuber, Vlogger.
Freelancer in the “Gig” economy through sites like Fiverr, UpWork or other similar sites where Artists, designers, copywriters, musicians and just about anyone can offer their skills for short contract work from their laptop.
These days you don’t even have to be that great with computers! I know of a 12-year-old who makes more money than most doctors because he started a youtube channel cutting things in half for crying out loud! yes, you’ve probably seen some of his videos. That said there are a few things that you should know before you quit your day job and dive into the world of making money online.
Now before you go on I want to be 100% transparent, the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you buy anything from those links, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only link to stuff I’ve actually used and never endorse crap. I’m more than happy to help you learn how to do this yourself and of course, your support helps me keep the site going and to continue writing useful content from the comfort of my bed 😉
1. It’s not easy, especially in the beginning.
Beware of anyone telling you otherwise. It took me 6 months of invested time and money to learn how to earn my first dollar online, so if you’re looking for a get rich quick scheme, chances are you are going to find a “get ripped off quick” scheme.
If you’re not willing to put that effort in, I honestly suggest you stick to your 9-5, however like anything that you invest time and effort into, it does get easier with time, you just need to make sure your reason is strong enough to get momentum going, for some people that might be to get out of the rat race or simply being their own boss and living life on their own terms!
Either way, once you’ve mastered the skills, the content you put out there is working for you 24/7 all over the world, for example, this blog, once uploaded it’s there forever, and as long as people see value in what you post about and continue to purchase products through the links you share, you can literally earn money whilst you sleep, and from anywhere in the world!
2. Beware of scams!.
Some are pretty obvious but you would be surprised how convincing some of these scams can be, so how do you know which is a legitimate opportunity and which is a scam?
Don’t fall for fear of loss trick- A common technique used to scare you into action is what’s called “fear of loss”, basically the idea is to give you the impression that if you don’t act there and then, you’ll “miss out on this amazing opportunity”. If an opportunity really is that good, they should be able to inspire you to act, not give you the impression that it’s now or never. If they don’t give you enough time to do a quick google search to find out what others have said about the company/product or opportunity then the chances are it isn’t worth doing anyway or, it’s simply a scam.
Do your due diligence. –One skill that everyone needs to get good at in this day and age is fact-checking, it isn’t hard, we have all the information we need literally at our fingertips. Before you buy into anything, simply do a bit of googling.
Use your common sense – It is worth noting that people do put bad reviews on good products, so read between the lines and, you will find enough information to use your own judgment and at least make a more rounded, less emotional, educated decision. Here are a few reasons why a bad review might be on a good product-
A competitor trying to unfairly tarnish the product, this will often be followed up with them adding a link to “a real opportunity”.
Someone hoping it was going to make them rich with little effort.
They aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed. You can often tell by the way they speak.
“If something seems too good to be true then chances are it is
3. Great opportunities do exist.
To some people the idea of being able to make money whilst you sleep or from your laptop from the comfort of… where ever the hell you like, may seem too good to be true, but I assure you it’s not. like I mentioned earlier, if you click on links in blogs or content that I create, not always but often I may have an affiliate agreement with those sites, meaning if you buy something from them, they will pay me a small commission for anything that you buy at no extra cost to you, yes, even if I’m asleep.
For example, ever shopped on Amazon or eBay? I’m guessing yes, now;
a) You can go directly to Amazon, purchase something and let’s say it costs you $50, Amazon will charge the product provider a cut for selling the item on their platform and for fulfilling the order or;
b) You might click on a link through a youtube channel or a blog like this one doing a review on that product and buy the same thing, still only pay $50, Amazon will still charge the same fee to the product provider, however the person who did the review or blog (like me) that directed you to the Amazon or eBay page will automatically receive a small commission out of the fee Amazons charged the supplier.
Pretty cool hey? In essence, it’s just one form of online marketing and sales.
On that note, if you like what I’ve just taught you, and have been thinking about buying something on Amazon or eBay, maybe some electronics or something for your kitchen? if you go through one of my links here, it’s the best way you can thank me 😉 cheeky I know, but hey, it comes out of Amazon’s pocket not yours, and you’re helping me to continue creating useful content and live the dream! just being honest 🙂
Watch out for the “Cookies” monster
One last thing, you may notice that once you start researching this topic, all of a sudden you will start seeing ads for similar or related opportunities being advertised all over your social media or computer screen, this is due to the “cookies” which are messages that web servers pass to your web browser when you search or visit Internet sites meaning companies AND SCAMMERS will know when you are looking for “ways to make money online“, so remember what I’ve told you, be vigilant have fun and come join the digital economy movement.
With Peace, Love, and Purpose
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What? are you saying spend less money AND have a better time? Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
“It isn’t a lack of resources that is stopping you but a lack of resourcefulness”. (Tony Robbins)
When people ask me how I afford to travel as much as I do, my first response is usually something like,
“well I haven’t been to the hairdressers in about 3 years, I might be a hairy beast but I save a fortune on hair cuts”
I’ll be honest, there are a ton of bloggers out there who’ve written articles around this topic, some great, but a lot suggest things like hitchhiking everywhere, eating self-cooked beans and rice 3 times a day, even suggest dumpster diving as a way to save money on food.
For the record and all my hipster friends in Melbourne who are about to bombard me with messages about how much “perfectly good food” is wasted by large commercial businesses, I hate how wasteful our society is, so much so that I’ve even started a not for profit called Wasteless World check it out 🙂 so yeah, I have nothing against dumpster diving, it’s just not my idea of a fun time.
Sure, if you can get over the fact that essentially you’re rummaging through a bin for food then go for it, just do a quick search on google and you’ll find plenty of tips but, I’ll leave that up to you.
As for hitchhiking, I have done it quite a bit in my life and you often meet amazingly beautiful, caring people which can lead to great things but it can also lead to waiting hours in the middle of nowhere or worse!
If you want to consider hitchhiking as a means of travel I suggest checking out https://hitchwiki.org/en/Main_Page a site 100% dedicated to hitchhiking advice around the world, You can even make posts in advance in the hope that someone might be going in your direction and are happy to give you a lift.
As the title suggests, the idea of this article is to make the travel budget last without ruining the trip but rather enhancing it.
If you can get one bit of advice from this article that will help make your travel experience better and last longer, then I’ve done my job. Below are my top 10 tips to make your travel savings last whilst still having a blast.
10 tips to make your travel savings last whilst still having a blast.
Leverage the web – We live in an incredible time where there’s a site or app for just about everything you can imagine, yes even dumpster diving! not only can we communicate and get around easier with things like google maps and social media but if used correctly, technology can save you a ton or even make you money whilst you travel, here are a few sites I often use to save money whilst traveling.
google flights – You may have heard of sites like “I know the pilot” or “Skyscanner” and various other flight scanning platforms that compare airline prices but, I almost always end up going through “google flights” the granddaddy of search engines, it’s what most travel agents use to book flights for you anyway. Using the “Date grid” and “Price Graph” makes it super easy to see what days have the best deals around when you want to fly. lastminute.com Hotels/hostels would rather fill empty beds last-minute cheaply, than not fill them at all, I’ve scored up to 80% off normal prices on this site. transitapp.com Quickly compare all of your options for transport including rideshare options in 206 cities, 10 countries and 4 continents all on one screen. couchsurfing.com create a profile and connect with kind-hearted people all over the world who are willing to share their couch or spare bed for free, plus connecting with locals is always better than getting caught in the tourist traps. gasbuddy.com Driving on your travels? Compare gas prices along your route to ensure you don’t buy gas only to realize there’s a cheaper option just a few minutes down the road, this is also useful even if you’re not traveling. Flixbus.com – throughout Europe flixbus provide extremely cheap bus and even train tickets. megabus.com – Operate in Europe but also the UK, USA, and Canada. If you get your tickets early sometimes you can get stupidly cheap tickets as low as £1
Stay awhile – As a less experienced traveler, I spent around 7 months traveling the Americas with my little sister, starting in the USA and finishing in Peru, excited to see as much as we could we visited 11 countries and multiple places in each, if we liked a place we would be lucky to spend 3 days there before packing our bags and moving on. Sure we covered plenty of ground and saw a lot but, we also spent a lot, plus it was kind of exhausting, ironically I felt like I needed a holiday afterward. The problem with moving so quickly is you never get a chance to find the hidden gems and are often subject to “the gringo trail” and the prices that come with that which adds up quickly, I spent about $20,000 au within that short period, so find somewhere you love or that’s been recommended to you and stay awhile, find a business, foundation or hostel that you can work or volunteer for a month or three, not only will you feel like you have some purpose, you’ll save a fortune on travel, accommodation, food and get to know the local prices (not gringo prices), hidden gems, people and culture a lot better. It’s a lot cheaper, less stressful and in my experience a much more enjoyable way to travel.
Buy a vehicle – I’ve traveled and know others who’ve traveled in everything from a bus to a took took and everything inbetween. Sure it might be a decent upfront cost but if you look after it, you can often sell it toward the end of your trip for the same price you got it for, and if it doubles as a place to sleep, you’ll save a fortune on accommodation, plus the freedom to move around as you please is the best! Just do your due diligence, the last thing you want is to have to deal with mechanical problems in the middle of your trip. Don’t buy something you or someone you trust hasn’t looked at and tested. – Organize an international license before you leave your country, they are quite easy to get but can take a few weeks to receive so don’t leave it until the last minute. – Ensure the vehicle and try to keep it in a safe place, I had a motorbike stolen on one of my trips and I didn’t have it insured, money down the drain. – If you are only going for a short time, it may be better to consider hiring rather than buying. – Avoid unnecessary fines by checking common road rules that catch people off guard in the countries you will be driving. – Google the best site for purchasing vehicles in the country you will visit and start looking in advance to get the best deal. For the USA – Cargurus.com and cars.com even https://www.ebay.com for Europe – https://www.autoscout24.com Australia – https://www.carsales.com.au/
Travel Insurance– that covers you and your valuables is something I would always suggest NOT cutting corners on. I traveled a whole year without needing insurance so I decided it was a waste of money and didn’t renew it, two weeks later I got seriously ill and the hospital bill cost me about 40 times more than if I’d just renewed it for another year. If anything should go wrong, not being covered can put a costly end to your trip.
I won’t recommend any particular travel insurance because the cover that is good for a 20-year-old male who loves extreme sports and going to South America, isn’t likely to be right for a 50-year-old woman going to Europe so, “get your google on” and do your due diligence.
Travel cards – Avoid paying double atm withdrawal fees and currency conversion fees by organizing a travel card through your bank or other financial institutions. On my last trip to Italy, Colombia, and Mexico I didn’t bother to organize a travel card and it cost me hundreds of dollars in excess fees that could have been avoided. Before coming on the European trip that I am currently on I organized a Qantas Frequent Flyer travel card which has not only saved me hundreds in fees but I’m also getting frequent flyer points every time I use it which will help save on future flights, I’ve also heard good things about the Virgin Frequent Flyer Travelcard.
Buy a local sim card – It often cost next to nothing, you’ll able to take advantage of the local providers best rates, your new local friends, hosts or employees can call you if they need to and these days as long as you can get wifi, so can everyone else around the world for free! The last thing you want to do is travel with your phone plan on roaming as it will cost you a small fortune, if you are locked into a contract with your phone then it does make that harder, hence why I never have a phone plan anymore.
Plan for spontaneity – “The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go astray”, Generally the more you can plan the better but, I have a twist to add. Although booking flights or accommodation ahead of time generally gets you a better price, the most amazing opportunities I’ve ever had more often than not came from meeting people I clicked with along the way. Although this does require an element of spontaneity, THAT’S FUN! and when you get good at it, you can in fact plan to be spontaneous. Don’t over commit, early on in my travel days I bought a non refundable multi-trip tour through Mexico thinking it would save me money and save me thinking about where I would go next, I quickly learnt that the price wasn’t that good anyway and a week into my trip I was offered to join two guys who’d done up an old school bus and where doing a surf trip right down the west coast and said I could join them as long as I chipped in for beer, I was devastated that I’d just spend almost $500 (that’s a lot of beer in Mexico) on this non-refundable multi-trip, needless to say, I’ve never done that again. To enter a new country you’re normally required to show travel insurance and an exiting ticket or they may not even let you on the plane but unless I’m 100% sure of any trips I’ll need in between, I generally book a flight for the start and finish of my trip, and that’s it. Another fun spontaneous thing you can plan for is to register to receive promotions or notifications from low-cost airlines like AirAsia, Jetstar, RyanAir, EasyJet, FlyMonarch or Virgin Australia as you can score super cheap flights. Jetstar, for example, was recently giving away $0 flights to promote a new route they’d opened, all you had to pay was the airport taxes and be one of the first few hundred people to claim a spot.
Low-cost airlines can cost you more. Now I know I just said to sign up to receive deals from low-cost airlines but a general word of advice with low-cost airlines, make sure you read the fine print and conditions of your flight carefully or you may end up paying just as much if not more than just going with a more reliable airline.
I didn’t read the fine print on a confirmation email from VivaAir saying that if you don’t bring a printed boarding pass with you to the airport they charge you almost $20(US) to print it at the airport check-in, so the flight ended up costing the same as one of the better airlines but with half the service.
When looking for cheap flights through sites that compare and work out the cheapest routes, they will often provide combinations of airlines that aren’t always affiliated with each other, if this is the case, it may mean you will need to collect and recheck your luggage at one of your connecting flights, I have lost luggage this way because funny enough poorly trained VivaAir staff wrongly advised me that I didn’t need to recheck my luggage in Peru when I initially checked in at the first flight. #neverflywithVivaAir
Another thing to be conscious of when you don’t have a direct flight is weather or not you need to be aware of any extra taxes or visas that you might need in the country that you have your flight change in, for example;
If you are Australian and you pass through Chile, if the agency who organized the flights has included a connecting flight through Chile with two airlines that don’t work directly with each other, you will need to pay an airport tax of $150 US just to re-check your luggage.
Even if you are just on a layover in the USA you need to organize and pay for an ESTA visa, they aren’t expensive and depending where you are from fairly easy to organize online but if you don’t do it before you check into your first flight you are not going to be allowed on the plane even if you’re just changing planes in a USA airport and you could lose your flight if it’s a non refundable low-cost airline.
Who’s in your network? – One of the biggest expenses with travel is accommodation but quite frankly I’d rather stay with people I know, be it directly or indirectly and not just for the obvious financial benefits but the overall experience of having a local friend to hang out with who really knows the area and it’s secrets, things that those staying in hotels or hostels will often miss or have to pay for.
Look and post on social media for people that live in the areas you are thinking about traveling to, do you have friends who have friends in those areas? Make a list, get in touch and have a chat, maybe you can even organize work through them in advance.
In the past few months here in Europe I’ve spent an amazing 5 weeks sailing through the Greek islands as crew on one of the most gorgeous yachts I’ve ever seen, 2 weeks in Germany just outside Munich, 1 week just outside Zurich in Switzerland, 4 days in Lucern Switzerland, 1 week in Paris, a week in Amsterdam and Breda in the Netherlands, a number of weeks in a camper van with my brother on his #looptheworld tour staying in all sorts of places across Europe and the UK, and only paying for the odd campsite a hand full of times because the rest of the time I’ve been with good friends or friends of friends.
I’m currently writing this in a gorgeous little village in Wales called Beddgelert, where for the last 2 weeks I’ve been helping some new friends in their hotel, in exchange for a room and 3 meals a day, they are also paying me for the hours that I’m doing so I’m actually saving money whilst I take a step back from the constant travel and enjoy the Welsh highlands, which is absolutely stunning by the way! The situation is so nice that I’ve decided to stay for another 4 weeks at which point I’ll be going to stay with a friend in Madrid for a few days before road tripping across Spain in her car for a few weeks.
I’m not saying this to brag but simply highlight the answer the question, HOW DO YOU AFFORD TO TRAVEL SO MUCH? all of the above and sometimes paired with my final tip which is…
Have faith in the kindness of strangers, of course, that is a two way street, the world is a mirror. Show love and kindness with the world and trust me it will show it right back. To all those who’ve hosted me around the world, they know they have a place to stay when they come to Australia. Like anything, everything becomes easier with time as your experience and network grow, so get out there and let the adventure begin!
It’s astonishing how many people will put up with a job they don’t like, to only just cover expenses in a lifestyle they’re not thrilled about either.
Too often we ignore our inner child and sacrifice our happiness for a “healthy” paycheque. Considering it’s been proven that happier people live longer and that we spend on average 1/3 of our life at work, most of which whilst we are fit and healthy, it just makes so much more sense to put job satisfaction before income.
If it came down to it I’d rather just get by, besides the ones I love, doing things I love, in places I’d rather be or preferably all three together, that’s said, with a bit of hard work, the right planning and advice, you don’t have to give up the healthy paycheque either.
Over the years I’ve learned to live quite comfortably and even make great money as you travel, all you need is a bit of courage, effort and a pocket full of knowledge, yes your smartphone will do 😉
There are a bunch of amazing lifestyle jobs that allow you to travel and enjoy the world before you’re too old, below you have 10, I personally have done more than half of these “jobs” and loved all of them, the others I have also investigated or have close friends or family that chose these lifestyles, love life and travel a lot, I will save my personal favorite until #10. Please feel free to get in touch or leave comments if you know any other great options that may be useful for other readers. Enjoy!
1 – Cruise Ships–
Cruise ships have pretty much every type of service onboard meaning they hire everything from the crew, labor work to hairdressers, entertainment, hospitality and much more.
A simple search for “cruise ship jobs” and you’ll be able to find a company that works from your home country and everything you need to get started.
2 – Yacht Crew
There are sites you can create a profile, where boat owners who need crew are looking for people who they might get along with and want to share their pride and joy (boat) with.
Once sailing around you often meet other interesting people with boats that you can connect with so, It does get easier once you get in the scene.
You may already know someone who knows someone with a boat but otherwise put some love into your profiles online. Below you have a few places you can start.
Another effective tactic is just going down to your local marina and asking around, show your character and show your keen, meeting in person always has more impact.
3 – Airline Industry
Becoming a Pilot obviously requires a decent amount of discipline and investment of your time and money but the pay and perks reflect the investment.
There are a number of pros and cons with becoming an air host, here is an article that you might find interesting if you want to consider this as the job you’d like to go for.
Airline jobs that come with the travel perks aren’t only limited to the jobs just mentioned but these two positions certainly provide more travel as you work.
4 – Volunteer
Hostels all over the world rely on volunteers, in exchange you will get everything from just a free bed to sometimes 3 meals a day and more depending on what is expected in return. Get in touch with a few in the area you’re wanting to go and see if they will have any available positions around the time you plan to be there. Once you get going, again it becomes easier as your experience and network grow.
Not just hostels but many businesses or foundations rely on volunteers, so you can find a large variety of volunteer jobs that you can apply for, here are a few places you can start looking.
Having certifications that back up your experience will always get you more jobs but I got my first guiding job just simply by being confident with people, bikes and having my first aid certificate and then grew from there.
You can get pretty serious with guiding and make serious money along with it, but it really isn’t about the money for most guides, I have some friends that do it full time, but I also have friends that volunteer in adventure tour companies all over the world in exchange for board, food, a great time doing activities they love plus the occasional tips.
7 – Snowfields/Ski resort work
You don’t need to be a ski instructor to enjoy the slopes, one of my mates works as a Chef, follows the seasons and just snowboards in his time off, he gets paid well enough to keep bouncing from one side of the planet to another and gets staff discounts off everything from accommodation, food and lift passes.
You will almost definitely need a working visa to work in snowfields around the world, so it’s worth noting that in most places that become hard once you turn 30.
You don’t have to be an amazing musician/artist to get started, whilst I was in Florida USA, short on cash I knew a few songs well enough on guitar to play them on repeat as people walked past on the boulevard, I made about $40 US in 2 hours, which doesn’t sound like much but you can definitely get by on $40 US a day.
Busking is a great way to improve your music as you travel and once you’re a more weathered entertainer, you can also start to book paid gigs.
Cruise ships often pay well for in house entertainers, the work is regular and comes with perks of food, accommodation and of course travel. This isn’t limited to just music, maybe you’re a dancer or magician.
Here’s a great article about how my brother has been traveling the world for 1500 days straight on his #looptheworld tour, all paid for by his music and how he gets gigs along the way. HOW TO GET GIGS ON THE ROAD (By Simon Wright)
10 – Online Income
The idea of being able to earn a great income from anywhere in the world or be with my loved ones when I want or when they need me was more than enough motivation to overcome my terrible computer skills and figure out how I could make an income with just a laptop and wifi signal.
How? Turns out in today’s ever-growing digital world there are plenty of ways, and the good news is that with a bit of discipline, as long as you can self motivate and follow simple instructions, then you don’t need to be a tech nerd anymore to make good money online. I literally taught myself to touch-type just a few years ago, why now? because geographical freedom aside, the truth is that online business is the future and I know it.
If you’d like to learn how to build a profitable online business from scratch and turn your skills or passions into an online income stream so that you too can start building a future with geographical freedom then feel free to get in touch or click here for more info.
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Until next time, be good to yourself and each other.