October 2008 Archive
As a perpetual nomad, I spend a lot of time traveling. Extended time on the road will leave a person with innumerable highs and intolerable lows. I’ve been moving now for two years and in that time I’ve seen a lot. One of the benefits of travel is that you are constantly experiencing new things and not a day goes by where I am not awed.
A few weeks ago, my wife Bec and I were enjoying breakfast with a two old friends we hadn’t seen in a while. We talked about what we’d all been doing, and our plans for the future. We mentioned that we’d considered travelling next year, but had changed our minds recently.
They urged us:
“If you don’t go now, you never will. You’ll get pregnant, and then that’s it. You’ll be tied down.”
Jamie and her boyfriend Nik left their cushy life in America to live abroad in Thailand. They both blog about sojourns around Thailand and other parts of Asia.
Bessie and Kyle are on a year-long trip from Mexico to the southern-most tip of Argentina, where they plan to pick up work and continue travelling even longer.
Chris Guillebeau has just released The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself, the second ebook in his series of Unconventional Guides (his first was a guide to discount airfares I reviewed last month).
In the new guide, he shares how you can set up a small online business to earn at least $200 a month.
About Chris: If you’ve ever dreamed of travelling long-term while living off a small perpetual income, you need to know this about Chris: he’s on a mission to visit every country in the world over the next five years, and has visited 100 so far. He doesn’t have a “real job”, but he’s been working as an online entrepreneur for 10 years. He speaks with a voice of experience, not only as an online entrepreneur, but also as a traveller.
When I first left the country, I was an angry girl; ashamed of my country, annoyed with American tradition & culture, disregarding of my family history, disappointed with my education, and I was no longer on speaking terms with religion.
It was the story of the young shepherd, Santiago, in The Alchemist that filled my spirit with an insatiable fire to move, and specifically to buy my first open-ended ticket to what would eventually accumulate into seven years of adventures abroad. But I still vividly remember the moment when I closed that little book and said, with noted disappointment, to myself, “Wait. The boy ends up where he began?” It was foreshadowing on my life that I was just barely smart enough to note with a squinted and suspicious eye.
Michelle is an Irish mum living in Seattle with her husband and two sons. As Wandermom, she is full of advice on how, where and why to travel with kids.
So, you’re pumped. You’ve just learned that $5 a day is all you need to travel forever, and you know it’s for you.
But now you’re wondering: How will you get that $5 a day? And what if you want to earn a little more than that, so you can be a little less frugal or travel in more expensive place?
Wade has been on the road for 9 years, in which time he’s made his way through 40 countries and across 5 continents. Last year, I talked to him about why he’s been travelling so long; this time, I decided to find out how he does it. Or, more specifically, where he gets the money to be able to travel perpetually.
Last week, I wrote about Andy the Hobo Traveler, and his inspiring motto: If you earn $5 a day, you can travel forever.
That article received a strong reaction, and not just from people who were inspired by Andy’s approach to long-term travel. Others were skeptical. One reader, J Nizzle, commented:
“5 bucks a day. I think that is totally possible. If you don’t mind those living conditions. How long can you sleep on the ground? Or better yet in some seedy places that work with a 5 dollar budget. What is the quality of food you are eating? How about not showering for a few days?”
Aaron Santos moved to Hanoi, Vietnam in mid-2007, where he works as a photographer for a local magazine. His blog is filled with beautiful photos captured in Hanoi and on his travels throughout the region.