Since human existence, mankind has been a natural wanderer. Centuries ago, we fed our curiosity and imagination of what the world looked like by going from one place to another, making sure not to settle down in one place. We followed the moon and the stars. We moved from one place to another with every season. We left one place for another place for so many different reasons. With these movements, we discovered lands, the sea, more people, and just about anything in our ways.
It has become so different today though. Everything has embraced the modernization trend. It isn’t about wandering the world anymore. It has all become a survival race. We move and act to survive. Unfortunately, it’s not the classic meaning of survival anymore where we look for greener pastures. We live an everyday life with one thing in mind – to keep up. To keep up with our wants and our desires. Humans today has evolved into a creature who has created so much desires that our lives have been focused on getting those desires, whatever it may be.
Here is a fact: Most of us is unknowingly devoting so much of our own resources in paying for what we already consumed or somewhat acquired. Our time, energy and finances seem like a temporary thing now, holding it for a bit, and it’s gone! Funny but that is actually what most of us are longing for, unconsciously. It’s a mentality. This kind of mindset has put a lot of us in a position where we are always running against time. It is all work to pay debts now or borrow to pay what’s borrowed. That results into a never-ending 9-5 daily grind, all to achieve that patented American Dream, or pay for it, more realistically.
Though it is a reality, no one wants to be on that situation. Every human wants to be free of that mentality. Of that debt. The world would be a much better place if everyone is able to go out at any time and see the world. Follow the stars and moon. Experience different seasons. Meet different races of people. Learn different languages. Travel through sea, land and air. Nobody wants a 9-5! Everyone wants to wander the great world.
We’re not talking about a simple vacation, though. This is not the “employee” type of vacation where you just get out of your desk for a week or so staying out of responsibilities and obligations at work. What we are trying to talk about here is true freedom, where you are free to travel the world whenever you want – while still being able to fulfill your responsibilities in your work and life. For most people, that is the ultimate goal, the best thing you can do in life – become a world wanderer.
Every normal being would surely want to be a wanderer, to have that kind of life. However, it might be easy to dream and long for it but being able to travel around the world while working and earning at the same time is not an easy thing to achieve. That is except if you are a billionaire or your parents are with massive passive income. It’s hard, for real, but it’s not impossible. It may sound far-fetched, but it’s actually something that is very attainable.
Wandering the Earth, which I have been doing the past ten years, made me a carefree soul, an addict for adventure, lover of wonderful new experiences. I had become someone who think travel as a necessity to live. Sounds wonderful it does but being able to do this today wasn’t instant it surely wasn’t nearly as easy as wanting it. I had to go through so much pain and endurance, failures, and challenges just to get the life of leisure I wanted to achieve.
When I first had my desires of being a world wanderer, I knew the greatest challenge would be how to finance the kind of lifestyle I wanted. Everywhere I look, everything leads to one thing, passive income. I did not have a single idea on how I’d get a passive income, I just knew I had to. I was fixed on achieving that, or I’ll never be a wanderer.
A passive income is huge. It’s probably the best type of income anyone could have. Everything about it is just amazing. It gives you so much. You get automatic income in recurring fashion, you don’t have to work by the hour, you get to choose your schedule. Having a passive income does not only give you cash, it gives you time, which is the ultimate world wanderer resource!
Passive income is still a tough cookie though. Easy is not found anywhere when you talk about passive income. It’s not like the get-rich-today systems you often see by some “rags-to-riches” internet marketers who usually say anyone can be like me! Please, I am warning you, those are pure scams. One thing to remember though, not every marketer is like that.
Getting a passive income is so important when you want to be a modern-day wanderer. In fact, you can’t be one if you don’t have a passive income. It doesn’t matter how you do it or how you achieve it. The bottom line is, no passive income, no wandering. Choosing a career that enables you to work and earn remotely is a good start for your wandering dreams. That allows you to work while travelling so that’s a step ahead in your dream.
Moreover, it really isn’t limited to having passive income alone. I know some wanderers who are able to survive the wanderer life on active incomes. It is way more challenging than having a passive one, but challenges are wanderer’s thing, right? So yes, you can have a really good active income while you fly around the world.
Contrary to what is commonly believed, traveling the world does not necessarily mean having to spend so much. Most countries wanderers like are ones that have significantly lower cost of living and less overhead expenses. It’s not really that much that you need to be able to travel, you just have to carefully select the places you will go.
When one has to write about traveling the world and living the lifestyle of a wanderer, it’s just right to mention the world’s most popular wanderer and probably one of the most successful ones. He became a media and internet star because of his travels around the world in more than 80 countries and hundreds of places. He was able to fly thousands of miles and he did all that even if he wasn’t even rich. He is living proof that you don’t need to be very rich to circle the globe.
Matt Kepnes is the guy I am talking about. Matt is also popularly known as Nomadic Matt. One feat of his was a one-year adventure around the world that actually turned into an 18-month journey to some very far places. When he got back home in Boston in 2008, he woke up one day realizing he was born to travel. His heart was undoubtedly made for travel and that he never is meant to stay at home.
Matt had his desires in place, but he was smart enough to know that he can’t just easily decide to go out once again and travel, carelessly. He knew from the very beginning it would be impossible without money or income. The same as all we are, he desperately needed to find a way to produce money while wandering. He had a descent income generating cubicle job, but would no way allow him to wander the planet. He asked himself, how do I do it?
Matt did a of pondering on his short but quite difficult question to answer. He is longing for a solution that would allow him to earn while travelling – not once, but forever. Then one fateful day, the thought came into his mind. He thought, he could be a travel writer! It’s all perfect. It is what he wanted and is natural for him. That was then the beginning of everything. It all started with his website. A few months later, he learned the sad reality. The fact that it won’t be easy, it won’t be instant. He worked long hours but nothing seemed to have worked significantly.
Matt now learned that starting a blog is easy but making it popular and building a solid following is the opposite of easy. Many people should realize this, especially those thinking to start a blog, that you can’t expect to earn easily in a few months. It is going to take you years to create a following. You will need to work hundreds of hours for your content. And it’s not purely about content, no. You need be technically capable of running a website and knowing how to market it.
Unlike other aspirants that wanted the same thing and who experienced the same realization, Matt did not give up. Because it was his passion, he maintained it. He continued what he started and slowly, he started getting a following. His focus on budget travel made it for him. So many people across the globe were interested in his content. Because it was his passion and he truly was a budget wanderer, he was being so effective in producing content about it and people loved it. He got bestselling guides and writeups and eventually was able to establish a gigantic platform.
Here are some very useful lessons we can all learn from Matt:
Traveling is in us all. People go out every day to wander. People survive this kind of life. The modern-day travel industry has become very sophisticated it has made traveling a lot easier and way more convenient. Matt went out, rode the train, flew in a plane, and worried for anything else later. He taught us that everything will figure out itself. It’s natural to worry, but I have to tell you, that would take you nowhere. If you just try it, you will get to realize that it’s easy, actually. Just think of this, many has travelled before, and most of them survived, why can’t you?
They say experience is the best teacher. Indeed, it is, especially when you travel. All throughout my wandering, I have learned to adjust, to understand deeper, to be a little more patient, get social, and best of all, to read actions, gestures, and communicate without words. Traveling gave me the chance to interact with so many different cultures and languages. Those experiences where my training. The training in general has made me a better person. It taught me how to be independent. What I learned is this – it will be scary at first but trusting yourself will be all worth it in the long run.
I never really knew this, and surely did not expect it, but I made the best friends I have now during my travels. I made friends wherever I went. From beaches to boats, in hotels to restaurants, to festivals and religious events. I realized that the best kind of friends are actually found on circumstances you least expect. Today, even though I don’t see them often and we are miles apart, I still end up being part of their weddings, Christmas celebrations and special events. The distance in between them cannot and will no way break the friendship I made with my friends I made when traveling.
When you decide to become a wanderer, you can’t afford to be an overthinker. Once in a while, you will make mistakes and wrong choices. As a wanderer, you need to get yourself ready for this. It’s not like you are to make mistakes freely, but you are to treat your mistakes as positive investments, lessons you will have in your arsenal so you won’t make the same mistake again. After all, there is no such thing as a fun adventure without the challenges and one of those challenges are the mistakes you make.
Here in America, the principle of our culture is that we need to be wary and stay away from strangers, thus the saying “don’t talk to strangers”. When you get the chance to wander the world, you will see that we are living in that crooked principles. Realistically, when I started traveling, way more strangers made a positive impact on me than people who I already know. The world outside my world is actually full of nice, kind, and helpful people. This is one very important lesson I learned and you will learn as well as a wanderer. By default, people are nice.
For sure, when you have come to this part of this piece, you will now want to be a full-time modern-day world wanderer. Here are some tips I’ll share to you on how to become one. Take note of all this and take all necessary details into careful account. If you get the hang of it, it is guaranteed that you will be a great wanderer.
More than time, to be a successful wanderer, you need cash. Not a lot of cash, but enough cash. When you travel, you still leave behind bills and other payables. You can’t just leave them so what you need to do is eliminate as many expenses you normally do as possible. Besides, many of these things you unnecessarily pay for will all be useless when you start to wander world.
Examples of these are gym memberships, Netflix subscriptions, luxurious everyday coffee, taxi fare, shopping sprees, and the like. Remember, when you are travelling, you can’t use these things and if you continue to pay for them, it will become a stress source for you especially when you’re tight for cash.
If by any chance you have a car that you don’t use too often, selling it may be a good option. If you are renting, it would be a smart idea to move out and put all your things you are not bringing along with you in storage. One good way to get extra cash is to do a garage sale. You will have less clutter to leave and extra cash. It’s best to get rid of unused things especially when you have no idea when you will be back.
When you wander the world, you need only cash but you need income. The cash you have at the start of your journey will eventually go away and you need to replenish it. If you don’t have a business running and giving you passive income, you will need to work while you travel. The only way to do that is working remotely. So, what you would need to do is learn online work like writing, marketing, programming, and the like. These types of jobs allow you to earn regardless of your location, so long as you have a laptop computer and occasional internet access.
Just slowly develop skills that will enable you to work online. You can be a remote employee. You don’t have to create a blog. You can instead write for other. You can check out online jobs sites like Upwork and Fiverr. Do some research, there are so many online work opportunities out there. You can work and earn while wandering if you have the right skills.
Just one important thing to remember is always find the opportunities that would allow you to work anywhere. Do not go for work that limits you to one place. That will hinder your wandering career!
Wandering the world is about going to one place to another. The experience gets way better when some places are unplanned. But, on the other hand, when you are just starting, you need to know in advance where you are going. That is the safest thing to do as a beginner. You need to know details about your destination like modes of transportation, hotel and hotel rates, language, traditions, restaurants, shopping areas, and more. This will be a good jumpstart for you. You can’t afford to go somewhere with zero knowledge. Once you’re experienced enough, you can then go for unplanned destinations.
When deciding for destinations, be sure to do a lot of research. The internet will be your best friend as there are hundreds of tools online that you use to help you decide your first destinations. Take all the time you need to research to arrive to the best destination.
Traveling is no easy thing to do when you have no clear direction. That is why it is highly essential for you to write a plan and set up an overall plan. Be clear about what you want to experience and what will make you happy. Consider the destination, the period of your stay, the places you’ll visit, activities you will do, things you will buy, and more.
And planning doesn’t stop there. You need to have a plan about your finances. Do calculations, be sure you have enough to support yourself. Plan where to get cash, where to work remotely, schedule everything. You need to do this because you can’t afford to get short of cash when you’re not at home.
It is also highly advised for you to have a plan B and so on. Remember, you need to expect unexpected things, because things will not go the way you want it to go every single time.
When you are an aspiring wanderer, the best source of advice for you would be communities and organizations. That is why it is advised for you to join groups and organizations like this. You will have a lot of input from real life experiences. You will also get tips and guides about destinations, people, food, culture, and just about anything else.