November 27th, 2015 3:04 AM
Yep, that how it all started. There is nothing in this world I love more than a free spirited woman that knows what she wants, I got a good one! Now as I sit here a little over a month later we are well on our way in our preparations to move our family to Chiang Mai, Thailand in just 4 months time.
The New Age of Travel
We found the aforementioned @Andydew on Periscope, Apple's App of the year for 2015 and in my opinion the most important social networking site in the world right now. Technology has brought us into a new era were we can now simply scroll around a world map in the app and select our next destination of choice, find a local scoper and get a real time look through the lens of a local expat, which is exactly what we did.
At 29, I am now what the kids would call an OG in the travel scene. Long form blog content like this post you are reading is becoming a thing of the past and no matter how engaging and elegantly I can put this prose to paper, the truth is that today's generation can skip the time needed to read through countless blog posts, hop on Periscope and travel virtually anywhere in the world in seconds. Oh ya, the future is here my friends.
Why Chiang Mai?
Asia is a blank canvas for our family. While Nicole and I have traveled to many other countries, Asia always sat on the back burner as a must see destination that we just had not got around to yet. Now the inevitable push of western culture, advancing technology and emerging markets in Asia, lead me to believe that we should probably see it now before the magical natural beauty and crowded, dirty markets give way to 5 star resorts and the massive influx of tourists ruin what is still so unique and beautiful in many of these southeast Asian cities.
While Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore have transformed into mega metropolises with ever changing skylines and blinding smog, places like Chiang Mai, Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane still have that uniquely rugged, wild west-like quality to them, begging travelers to come explore their ever present beauty before globalization roars through.
I want to believe that is why we are going, but...
A Quick Cost of Living Comparison
Scottsdale /Chiang Mai /Savings
2 bed Apt $1250/$450. -$800
Food & Ent $1400/$450. -$950
Car Ins/trans $310/$30. -$280
Elec, Water,Gas $300/$50 -$250
Cell Phone Plan $186/$60 -$126
Cable/ Internet $130/$45 -$85
Storage $0/$135 +135
School $0/$350 +350
Total- $3578/$1570 -$2008
So there it is! Not only can our family see an amazing place, learn a new culture, send our daughter to private school and eat out more often(which I've factored in), but we can also save over $2000 a month or $24,000 a year!
Ok, sounds interesting but how do I make money and not go broke for a year?
Five years ago today after months of planning and selling all my belongings I boarded a one way flight to South America, traveling through Peru and Chile before living in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 3 months. While this trip was amazing and changed my entire perspective on the world and what I wanted from my life, I inevitably ran out of cash and came home to start all over again in saving for my next trip.
What I realized after coming back home was that I needed to find a way to make money while I traveled so that I could have the freedom of staying anywhere I wanted for as long as I pleased. In the coming years I built a few different business both in e-commerce and in real estate. After putting over 15,000 miles on my car in 2014, I had made a lot of money but also realized that I had lost all my freedom of time, something I knew was far more important than any dollar amount.
In 2015 yearning to hit the road once again with my family, I actively stopped taking appointments, passing up tens of thousands of dollars, which was to say the least not an easy thing to do. Luckily, I have a spouse that believes in my madness and has unflappable confidence in my ability. I built my business focusing solely on a cash flow business model that I could run remotely from anywhere in the world. Building revenue from 0-$6500 a month by years end. I now had the cash flow business I needed to hit the road, live like a king and most importantly reclaim my time and freedom.
We moved to Scottsdale, AZ away from all my business dealings in August, bringing my time spent on daily medial tasks to 0, working solely from my laptop and causing me to panic, freak out and worry like a mad man for the first week here before deciding there wasn't much I could do now to change. I relinquished my 9 to 5 duties, deciding instead to lay in the sun by the pool and delegate my time consuming duties to outsourcers in the Philippines and hire a few errand runners back home part time.
Within a month our profits soared from $4,000/mo to $6,500/mo and I realized that the only thing holding my business back was me putting myself in the middle of everything and micromanaging. It is stunning to see just how we can limit ourselves in trying to put in more effort, instead of focusing on effectiveness, working to be busy rather than to actually produce revenue. It is truly the American way to work harder not smarter and I once again had to learn this in order to create my ideal lifestyle.
Now it seems some days that work is too slow sometimes and we find trouble filling the void left by automation. A good problem yes, but to be honest we are just downright bored. Our family is just different really, all of us are just wired this way. Our daughter Lilly has no problem picking up and moving, going to a new school, making new friends and in fact prefers this lifestyle, often asking, "where are we going next daddy?". We are so proud to raise a daughter so open to the world, yearning to learn of new places and cultures, a lifestyle we couldn't even comprehend as kids.
Long Term Family Travel- A Welcome Rant
As soon as you realize that you do not need to live life in the way that everyone else does, as soon as you realize that you can actually forgo the 9 to 5 grind in favor of a life of adventure, perpetual travel and growth and free of your own limiting beliefs that have been engrained in you by the cultural status quo of what normal life in western culture is supposed to look like. When you can wake up to the new reality of what is possible now in 2016, that is when you can learn to be free. You can really unburden your mind from wanting that new car, that expensive apartment, those new Jordan's or that new Chanel purse. In short, you really don't need any of that shit. It will not make you richer, nor will it change you in any meaningful positive way. I've lived both lives and I know. A life of freedom, adventure and exploration is more rewarding than anything you are doing in your 10 mile radius back home, I can promise you that. If not now, then when?
Stop Peaking over the edge and just jump!
In the coming months on this site I will be focusing a large amount of my time and effort in teaching my readers how to build their own source of income online, plan their own adventures and hit the road. I will provide informative posts, tips and tricks as well as e-books with step by step instructions on finding your own muse for creating your online business, delegating the tedious tasks and building revenue that will enable you to travel anywhere you would like while working under 20 hours a week remotely from your laptop. Our hope is that you too will regain your freedom of time and location, hit the road and hopefully come see us out on our journey as there is nothing better than when the paths of other like minded nomads cross with our own.
I hope to teach you that:
- You CAN quit your job within 3 months
- You CAN build a passive income stream of $10k a month or more with minimal investment of time and money
- You CAN book a one way ticket to anywhere you want to go within 6 months of today
I know because I have done all 3 multiple times. All that is required is a commitment to yourself and your freedom. In coming posts I will document your first steps in getting started and also show you multiple ways to fund your travels from flipping houses, to copy writing, to eCommerce and everything in between. The time to proclaim your independence is now and I hope you will let me lead you to a more fulfilled and purposeful existence.
Until next time...