Earn $5 a Day? You Can Travel Forever
“If you can earn $5 a day, you can travel forever.”
That’s Andy the Hobo Traveler’s motto, at least. And he can talk: for close to 11 years, Andy has been perpetually travelling the globe, with no intention of returning home.
For most of us, travel is a finite experience. Our trips may be long, but they always have a Point A and a Point B: a beginning and an end. Most of us return home; some people relocate to a new home; but we always arrive home.
Not Andy. Thanks to the success of his two websites, HoboTraveler and HoboHideout, Andy has been able to travel perpetually for over a decade, making his way through 77 countries across the globe. A little while ago, I asked Andy to share his story.
I had a successful business. I was making good money, had a boat, two houses. But I was bored.
“I was bored with life in the United States. I had a successful business. I was making good money, had a boat, two houses. But I was bored. I wasn’t married. I was always waiting for the day when I’d get married. Then one day I just took off.
“When I first left, I went down to Mexico for a one-year sabbatical. I wanted to see if I could earn money from the internet. At the time, I was working as a real estate broker, I was very good at marketing and sales, and the internet was blossoming. So I decided to take a sabbatical, move down to Mexico, live in a hostel and work eight hours a day trying to make enough money off it. I didn’t plan to travel forever.
“After about a year, I realised I didn’t want to go home under any circumstance.
“Later, when I was in Costa Rica, I met a German guy, who said to me: ‘After being gone this long, you’re addicted. You’re going to have trouble stopping.’ I never forgot it.
“I decided almost eight years ago that I didn’t want a home. For the first two years I was still thinking I’d go back.
“I was in Khao San Road in Thailand and I’d just made $5 that day through my website. I thought to myself: ‘I don’t ever want to go home again.’ You have to be able to have perpetual income no matter where you are on earth.”
The art of perpetual travel
If the idea of travelling forever sounds appealing to you, you’re not alone. While I haven’t been able to find any other travellers online who have been travelling perpetually for as long as Andy, there are others out there living their lives on the road.
Over the next few weeks, TravelBlogs will be featuring a series of articles and interviews with some of these perpetual travellers. People who, like Andy, have decided to spend their lives on the road.
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