Five years ago I walked into my boss’s office with sweaty palms and a cracking my voice and handed in my resignation. I wasn’t going to a competitor. I wasn’t moving companies. I was DONE. I was done with working in an office. I was done with feeling unfulfilled in my work. I was done meticulously counting my vacation days like a kid counts pennies.
It took a long time but I had finally mustered up the courage to recognize my true passions and things I really wanted to devote my energy and time to. I wanted to live abroad and become a writer and photographer. I wanted the freedom of working for myself while being able to inspire others. I was full of passion and excitement.
And nerves. LOTS of nerves.
I had the big picture all laid out but there were a lot of unknowns and a lot of trial and error. Five years ago, I didn’t have the luxury of endless online support and blueprints. I was fumbling my way through the dark trying to make sense of it all, learning from my mistakes and trusting my gut and following my intuition.
After a lot of hard work and too many sleepless nights, I finally began realizing it was working. I was living. And traveling. And completely self-sustaining. The life I dreamed of was becoming a reality and I knew I had made the right call.
Like so often in life, all it takes is a leap of faith. And a whole lot of trust in yourself.
You hear so often these days about bloggers quitting their jobs to travel (hello!) but I’m not saying you need to quit your job to pursue blogging. In fact, today I’m going to argue you don’t do that.
Just because it’s what worked for me, doesn’t mean that my path should be the same for everyone. Writing and photography isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and behind the glam and pretty photos, it’s a lot harder and much more time consuming than anyone could imagine. Success as a blogger is never guaranteed, and it takes a lot of hard work, stubbornness and creative thinking to make it work.
But listen, just because you’re not interested in a blogging career doesn’t mean your chance at a fulfilling career that lets you travel is out of reach.
Blogging is one of the hundreds of ways to be self-employed and travel the world while working remotely. I don’t know about you guys, but my life goal has always been to work less and travel more.
And you’re in luck because it’s 2018 and there’s literally information EVERYWHERE about exactly how to do this and be successful. One of my biggest secrets is that I’m all about upskilling, and trying to teach myself new tricks, hacks, and lessons that I can apply to making my business infinitely better. There is always something new to learn beyond what I have figured out on my own.
Every year I patiently way for when the Paradise Pack goes on sale, and I’ve been a loyal buyer every year since 2015. A massive collection of all the best online courses taught by experts that goes on sale once a year for a week, it’s worth over $8000 and this year is $497. It’s everything you need to create an online lifestyle business from scratch that earns you a serious income.
I get it, $500 ain’t cheap, but in the long run, it’s worth the investment, and it’ll pay itself off with probably one sale, job or commission. Doesn’t that make it worth it already?
The Paradise Pack is literally handing you roadmaps to success in every avenue you could imagine. Not into blogging? Don’t sweat it. Here are five other ways to quit your job and travel without ever setting up a blog.
1. Make it as a freelancer
When people think of working in travel, the most common answer that first comes to mind is usually working as a freelance writer or photographer. Let’s call it the more traditional path. It’s certainly a part of what I do as well, but not all. But how do you start?
I get it. Freelancing can be an intimidating world. With ever-increasing competition, it can be hard to make yourself stand out from the crowd in a busy digital market. And if you do stand out, what next? How do you determine your prices? How do you track invoices? How do you make your business run as efficiently as possible?
Freelancer Start-Up Programme is part of the Paradise Pack offering in 2018, and it will jump start you in your freelancer career while still accommodating freelancers who are new and not quite ready to commit full time. There is another course in the pack that delves into working as a virtual assistant, which was one of my very first location-independent jobs.
If you’re determined to make it as a travel writer and find yourself near Australia this June, on June 30th, my business partners and I are presenting our 5th Travel Bootcamp workshop on the Gold Coast, and Georgia Rickard is leading the sessions on writing and freelancing.
2. Build your own online business that doesn’t suck
If you were to ask me where to focus on in 2018, this would be it. There are so many amazing ways to make it online. Why be tied to an office with limited vacations when you could be living like a king on the beach in Thailand?
But it’s not easy. So many people have business ideas that never come to fruition. Only those who have both the end vision and the blueprint to get there see success and believe me, I know it’s hard to see the path when you’re the one creating it. But at the same time I know people who make
The Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur Bootcamp is designed to help you make that giant leap, giving you step-by-step instructions and ready-made templates to get your idea off the ground. There is even an exclusive course in the Paradise Pack worth over $1200 included that teaches you exactly how to build an online business with a 4 hour work week. Hello, who doesn’t want that? This one is what pushed me over the edge this year into buying it.
3. Travel hacking with frequent flyer points
One of the biggest barriers to travel is the cost of flying. Sure, Europe has those cheap airlines that practically charge you if you sneeze on their aircraft but that’s not the only way to travel on the cheap.
The Frequent Flyer Bootcamp 2.0 is a world best-selling course on travel hacking frequent flier miles and is included in the Paradise Pack this year. Imagine flying worldwide for under $100?! Travel just became a whole lot more accessible.
Now travel hacking isn’t necessarily a career job, but if it saves you thousands and thousands and allows for free or basically free travel, wow, then that is worth it, isn’t it?
4. Podcast your way to success
Podcasting has seen a huge increase in popularity over the past few years and for good reason. People are always looking for inspiration and entertainment through their earbuds while the face the daily commute or while they’re out for their morning run.
With Irresistible Podcasting, you’ll have step-by-step instruction laid out in a series of 11 module videos to show you how to create, grow and monetize your podcast, even without a huge audience!
I have become obsessed with Podcasts this past year, usually true crime and self-help ones, an odd mixture I’ll admit, and I am hoping one day I can even start my own! That is, when I come up with a creative idea for one, and also get over the sound of my own voice.
Seriously, who is that breathy child on the phone? Oh, it’s me. SHAME.
5. Become an influencer like me!
Now hear me out. I know that the word “influencer” might be the douchiest word out in existence but it also happens to be an epic career path, if you’re willing to make it work. Perhaps it’ll even be Oxford word of the year in 2018 (disclosure – I just made that up).
But I digress. Perhaps one of the newest ways to make money while traveling is become an influencer. I know, I know, you’re shaking your head and cursing millennials right now, but bear with me.
People build entire careers out of creating and cultivating a brand. It’s very likely you have at least one hobby or interest that really gets your blood racing. Something you can talk about for hours. If you can pinpoint what exactly you love doing, you can learn to build a brand around what you love, motive it and reap the benefits of building your name within that industry. The Hobby Hacking course will help you get from a passion to a career and there are other helpful courses in the Paradise Pack this year that are focused on branding, one of the hardest parts of online work.
So there you go. You don’t need to be a verbose blogger to make a career out of travel.
You can have your cake and eat it too with the tools in the Paradise Pack but, as with any new venture, be prepared to work for it, not give up and don’t take no for an answer.
My blogging career hasn’t been luck. I have poured every ounce of passion and energy into this world for years, and often with no hope or thought of money, and you should be prepared for that too. It takes effort to study and learn and grow but I promise the handwork will be worth it. You just have to figure out the right path for you to take and with these tools, you’ll be in an amazing position to figure out how.
I believe in you! You can do it!
Do you dream of traveling the world and working remotely? Any tips to share? Spill!
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