30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel the World

Let’s face it, if money was no issue, you’d already be traveling. In fact, if you have a passport, a clean change of clothes and a dream destination, you already have everything you need to travel. The problem is, of course, what happens after your Visa gets shut off, you have no more cash and your boss fires you for not showing up to work. Obviously, you need a better plan than hopping the next flight to Toyko.

This September and October, I’ll help you build that plan.

I’ll be posting the practical, real world steps you need to take to get from wherever you are, to exactly where you want to be. I’ll be talking about dealing with debt and financial obligations, finding remote work, deciding whether to store or sell, saving for travel and everything else it takes to make long term world travel a reality.

But I need your help. I’m looking for the toughest dilemmas: give me your real world scenarios and I’ll attempt to address as many of them as possible. Post your story in the comments below or contact me directly at christine.gilbert@gmail.com.

Also be sure to bookmark this page, as I’ll be updating here with links to each post as they are posted.

What would it take for you to redesign your life and travel the world?

Posts

Day 01 The Mental Shift to Begin the Redesign

Day 02 The Travel Diet

Day 03 Turning Your Job Digital

Day 04 Convincing Your Loved One to Travel Too

Day 05 Bringing Your Pets Around the World

Day 06 Safe, Affordable and Clean – Finding Places to Stay When You Travel

Day 07 Planning a Travel Budget that Works

Day 08 Selling Your House in the Downturn

Day 09 The Trouble With Saving

Day 10 Staying Forever – Living in Another Country

Day 11 Whatever You Do, Don’t Become a Travel Writer

Day 12 Taking the Classroom on the Road

Day 13 Getting Health Insurance When You Travel

Day 14 Holy Crap, What Have I Done?  (Pre-trip jitters)

Day 15 The Not-So-Secret Trick to Finding Cheap Airfare

Day 16 Becoming a Digital Nomad, Freelance Edition

Day 17 Extreme Debt – Pay or Stay

Day 18 The Part-time Digital Nomad

Day 19 Paying Bills Online and Other Sundry Tasks

Day 20 67 Travel Friendly Jobs to Consider

Day 21 Common Sense Safety While Traveling

Day 22 Telling Your Friends and Family

Day 23 Becoming a Digital Nomad: Small Business Edition

Day 24 The Art of Unplanning

Day 25 Advanced Digital Nomading – The Time Shift

Day 26 Watching TV/Movies Overseas

Day 27 Traveling Homeschoolers Speak – How They Do It

Day 28 How to Make More Money

Day 29 Getting a Job When You Return

Day 30 Take a Breath, This is Happening

Author’s Note: This concludes the 30 Days series.  If you would like all of this content in a free, easy to read ebook, I have made that available here.  I hope this series was helpful!  And don’t forget to send me those postcards. ;)

121 Comments

  1. Christine, I’ll be very interested to read your series. As someone who sold house, car, etc. to travel for 13 months – with a one-year-old in tow – I can attest to the fact that traveling is possible for anyone who wants to make it happen.

    I know for us one of the biggest challenges was figuring out how to find appropriate & affordable places to live – when you’re traveling with a little one you need to have a place that isn’t too dirty, noisy, or unsafe. We failed that test big time on our first stop.
    .-= Mara´s last blog ..Mondays are for dreaming: A country fair =-.

  2. Biggest dilemmas: 1) how to travel/get work/do the things you are talking about for a shorter amt of time (say, the summer or a few months). not only is traveling constantly tiring, but not necessarily what i want, although i love travel. 2) convincing family/friends that this would be a good idea. yeah, you have to do what is right for you, but when my husband won’t come along, i can’t travel the world indefinitely. how could i do so for a period of time and support myself too (sort of connected to #1). And how about just in general, how find work to work remotely all the time so that i am free to travel when all the cool deals come up!! 🙂

  3. Christine:

    I saw your post and am excited to read more on your series. I am a tour director in the DC area. It is a very seasonal job and don’t seem to have enough money or get jobs outside of the DC area. All my money seems to go to food and bills. I am taking AWAI’s travel writing course and would like to be traveling more so that I can have more to write about so that I can get paid for those articles so that I can travel more.
    .-= Cybele´s last blog ..Writing Buddies =-.

  4. Hi Christine, Several months ago I decided to open a vacation saver account with my credit union and put away a little each week and adage “out of sight, out of mind” is more than true! With my first major trip I’m planning to go to Italy in late 2010 so I picked my target date, counted back to number of weeks, got out my calculator and found my weekly dollar amount and away it goes bye bye week by week! In the short time already my airfare target is already put away and now have a year and half for the rest of my financial needs.

    Looking forward to your tips, thanks
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..Me =-.

  5. The biggest issue for me is visas. Leaving a country every 30, 60 or 90 days is a little too nomadic for me. I want to get a little more established and comfortable in the places I visit. It would be great to be able to get 6 month or 1 year visas, but unfortunately it is not that easy yet.
    .-= John Bardos – JetSetCitizen´s last blog ..Alan Perlman Gets Paid to Travel the World =-.

  6. Hi Christine ~

    Great idea for a post … thank you!

    My two issues:
    1) I tried to convince my present employer to let me work remotely. They are convinced that “in this global world” it is more important than ever that I am “physically in the office.” I’ve gone to part time to build up a portfolio that I can use to go 100% freelance. But I don’t just want to “live” … I want to be able to put money away for retirement so I can live comfortably forever. So … how do I convince my employer that “in this global world” more and more people are working remotely? And … how can I not only live, but save?

    2) I know you have pets. I have four pets of my own (two senior dogs, two adult cats). I want to travel extensively, but I am such a softy at adopting older and special needs pets who would live their lives out in animal shelters if I didn’t adopt them. Do I have to choose between long-term travel and my animals?

    I look forward to your series Christine!
    .-= JoAnna´s last blog ..Travel Inspiration: 5 Websites That Inspire Travel – Part 2 =-.

  7. I am definitely looking forward to the information. Here are some of the things we are struggling with right now – because we really want to be able to travel and work anywhere.
    1) we have a house, not yet paid off. We’re not really in a seller’s market. We’d still sell, but are concerned no one will buy and we’re still paying a mortgage while traveling. Renting might work, but overseeing that from afar is still challenging. We don’t have family or very close friends here that we could entrust with the day-to-day landlord type duties.
    2) I have a location independent job, though so far it doesn’t pay a whole lot. My husband has a desk job. He could move it to be location independent but due to the nature of his career he’d have to cover some large liability insurance coverage which isn’t all that affordable. So, he needs options. Well, we both need options so we can make more money. We aren’t afraid to live on a budget, but we don’t intent to live in hostels, etc.
    3) At this point (we’re both over 30, my husband is almost 40) we can’t just not ave for retirement. So, we’ve got to bring in enough money to pay day-to-day stuff AND save. Working hard is okay. But, still clocking 40-60 hours a week in a foreign country is not exactly our dream.
    4) We have a 1 year old Lab. Your post on Matador about taking your dog overseas is not showing up anymore. Plus, loud trucks spook her so we’re pretty concerned about what an airplane trip might do to her (to the point we’re seriously considering taking a ship if we ever take her overseas.).

    I think that’s enough questions. Our main issue right now is just funding our start-up costs. We’d like to focus on RV travel in the US with occasional international trips. Problem is, we need a new RV first as our is getting pretty worn. Big investment, which we can afford sometime next year probably. I think our main issue is just dealing with the waiting time until we can finance what we need to finance to make this happen.
    .-= Chris Clark´s last blog ..The Wind in My Face – Chicago =-.

  8. As someone who can only take weekends off, maybe this post wouldnt be for me
    but still interesting ebough
    .-= Aditya Rao´s last blog ..The fresh and new carwale.com =-.

  9. The biggest problem that my wife and I have had in planning our trip is health insurance. As we found out by talking with a benefits specialist as we were planning on resigning from your jobs, and the employer provided benefits, the critical aspect here in the US is maintaining “credible coverage”. In most states you can not have a gap of more than 1-2 months before it is EXTREMELY difficult to then get personal health care policies without significant restrictions and exclusions on preexisting conditions. World Nomads and many of the other popular travel insurance companies are not underwritten here in the US and are not considered credible.

    The solution we found was to move our permanent address to New Jersey while we are traveling so that we can get a basic Horizon Blue Cross plan that we will never actually use but it ensures we maintain credible coverage. All in all health insurance for Americans while traveling and when you return is INCREDIBLY complicated and expensive. Any insight here would be great.
    .-= Keith´s last blog ..Lists to keep along the way =-.

  10. carolina.baker

    i’m a travel person by nature. and i married the love of my life but we grew up quite differently. it was a freakin haystorm to convince him that i did not want to buy a house and settle down when we got married in 2007. we both work corporate jobs and they provide for a pretty comfortable lifestyle. my issues are: how do you deal with convincing a person who has come to appreciate travel (because of me), but is very satisfied with the routine that corporate life offers? I know that I could travel without my husband but at the end of the day – I love traveling with him. I love experiencing the world through his eyes as well as my own because it is so rewarding. Also if push come to shove (and he doesn’t want to go everywhere I do), how do you deal with convincing your husband that taking a vacation by yourself to a country isn’t a random thing to do?

  11. The money issue and job issue weren’t that hard for us because we are savers by nature and my husband has been working remotely for the last 5 years. Both of us have also developed enough contacts while working full-time to get contracting gigs on the road.

    By far, the very hardest part about long-term travel for us is leaving our dogs behind. We’ve worked this out by splitting up our trip into segments so that we will come back home every 2-3 months so we can check on our dogs. My parents are going to be watching the dogs and we are going to try to use all the technology we can to be able to see them: we are going to set up at least 1 webcam in their house and also getting GPS tracking collars so that my parents can keep an eye on the dogs while they are at work and also so we can make sure that they don’t get loose. I know that you shipped your dogs to Europe so I would be interested in hearing the details of how that worked out.
    .-= Akila´s last blog ..vieques: feeling good =-.

  12. I’ve been working mostly corporate jobs for the last 15 years. The job I’m working now is corporate and comfortable financially – I’m making a good living, about $70k per year. But I feel like my soul is being ripped out of my skin every time I get to the office at 9am. I have a passion for music and art. I’ve tried teaching guitar lessons, studied audio production, worked for a record company, worked for a nonprofit film festival….I simply couldn’t make ends meet trying to make a living based on my interests. Now, I do Internet Marketing for a software company. It is a conservative company and a remote work agreement is highly highly unlikely. I’ve been working in Marketing for 15 years. I want to make a comfortable living following my passion for music and/or art. I’ve read the 4 Hour Work Week….I want to travel and don’t want to be tied to a desk. I am single, never married, no kids.

  13. My concerns:

    1. VERY ACTIVE 2yr old (how would he do with so much change and frequent flights?)
    2. Prescriptions. I have 2 I must fill monthly. Do you buy a years worth and how do you recommend traveling with meds? I’m sure there is a certain way you must label it so I don’t get detained in each country

  14. Annie Backer

    I have the fortune to travel for business, and I escape for a day or two in the city or town of the world I have to go. But the last time I traveled for work or leisure was more than two months ago, I went to cartagena : http://www.casablancabyb.com/ and stayed in that hotel who is luxrious, amazing and breathe taking. But I want to go to Colombia for the pleasure of experiencing! there are wonderful places to go down there!

  15. Am looking forward to your series Christine.

    I left my corporate job in November 2008 and months later I managed to rent my house and also get a “location independent” job as a legal consultant. So far I’ve managed to work remotely from Paris and from the Caribbean…. but how do I manage if I want to visit more remote places such as Asia? With a 12-hour difference, am not sure it could work as far as work and communicating with my employer… even if it’s location independent?

    Also I’ve discovered my love for photography and have now been taking pro images. How do I make money with that, is it a good business to take on the road??

    What’s the best course to take for travel writing – or should we take a course at all?

    I’m curious to read your suggestions for remote work, as I think nowadays it’s key to have multiple streams of income, to pay the bills but also have extra to splurge while traveling and save for retirement all at once. Is that even possible??
    .-= Lily´s last blog ..Turning A Passion or Hobby Into A Business: Travel Photography =-.

  16. I’ll be interested in reading this, we set off 8 months ago to travel long term and there were definitely a lot of tough calls in the process.
    .-= Saben´s last blog ..The Secrets of Medusa =-.

  17. Hi, I am 31 years old, and have just had the blinders ripped off. I’ve been so afraid of “what might happen if” that I’ve been working for 15 years in a soul-sucking job I hate. I should have known better, having been raised by an artist, but some things you need to find out for yourself. Now I have 6000 dollars in credit card debt, am moving to the U.S. to get married to someone slightly more interested in “things” and “gadgets” than art and travel, and all I want to do is try to support myself enough to make fine art, preferably by making art! I also have a degree in music and have taught privately in the past, so that’s at least an option for “day” job. How do I pay off my debt without losing the momentum to build this new life?

  18. I am retired and that solves some problems but creates others. My wife and I will often travel for a few weeks to a month at a time then return home to “catch up” . We often travel/camp in state but sometimes take longer trips also mostlu USA and Canada. I will be looking forward to your posts Thanks Joe Todd
    .-= Joe Todd´s last blog ..FRENCH RIVER,Rivière des Français’ ONTARIO,CANADA =-.

  19. Hi Christina. My biggest issue is the financial responsibility at home. I need at least $1000/month for student loan payments, car & home insurance. Aside from that, I would need the money I myself would need to live on. So I guess overall for me, it’s about money. Thanks! I will definitely be reading your series.

  20. Jenn…I’m currently traveling for one year and I also take two prescription medication for a chronic disease. I managed to fill all my prescriptions in Canada and travel with the whole years worth in my pack. I keep them in the original, labeled containers and have had no trouble so far…fingers crossed! One border official just wanted to see them after passing through xray – that’s it. Also, I’m not a very good pill taker but I take them everyday now as I know that everyday makes my pack lighter!!
    .-= Gillian´s last blog ..Like A Rhinestone Cowboy =-.

  21. Cliff Hansen

    I really look forward to these upcoming posts! My situation is somewhat similar to those listed above me: it’s student loans. I went to college originally since I was unsure what to do in my life and got a degree in International affairs. I spent a couple years working in the developing world and fell in love with that lifestyle. I wanted to help the developing world out in a certain industry, but didn’t feel I had the skills myself so I went back to get a new degree. Now, I find myself with the exact skills I wanted to contribute but student loans that must be paid at a salary I can’t find at the places I want to live. We only get one life and I think must live it the best way we can so I don’t want to settle, but I’ve not been sure of the best course of action. I owe those loans, I feel they have given me the education I requested, but I feel that they paradoxically prohibit me from the original reason I got them. I guess I should have put more thought into this, but it’s frustrating seeing a lot of my (nonAmerican friends) not need to worry about their loans at all unless they’re at a certain income level or have had college paid for entirely by the state. Any advice you have would be wonderful.

  22. The biggest issue for me to travel regularly or for long periods of time is we have animals (a cat, a dog, and 10 chickens) and when we go away I need to hire someone to take care of them and watch the house. That’s a big expense for us.

    Recently someone asked me spur of the moment to travel for a weekend and I couldn’t only because I hadn’t secured someone to watch the animals and I wasn’t ready for the expense, that’s it!

    I love your blog and I’ll definately be reading this series!

  23. Confused

    This is very timely for me because my husband and I are trying to decide what to do with our lives. We know we need a change, but we are torn between (1) quitting our well-paying but soul-sucking jobs, travelling for a year, and trying to figure out what to do with our lives when we get back or (2) staying here, getting new jobs, having kids, and trying to live a happier and more authentic life than we do now.

    Our obstacles:

    1. We just spent 4 years renovating our house. We are almost finished, relatively speaking. It seems crazy to sell now, both because we are about to achieve calm from the crazy renovations and because of the market.
    2. Also related to our house – we have to finish it before we sell it and go on the trip, which means many more months of working at our dreaded jobs, instead of finding new jobs now.
    3. At the moment we don’t want kids, but we don’t want to wait too long. If we don’t go on the trip soon, it means pushing back having kids for longer than I would like.
    4. We are crazy cat people. Cats don’t travel like dogs. I’m not sure who could take our cat, plus I would miss him like crazy.

  24. Danielle

    Any advice for the laborer?
    I work a manufacturing posistion and make a decent living, but my work won’t travel. Please don’t tell me to go to college. If one more person tells me to go to college I’ll scream. College can be wonderful for many people, but it is not the path I want to take. Of course, skipping college doesn’t seem to provide many location independent options 🙂

  25. Ladexpat

    I am in the fortunate position of being able to travel five months out of the year. I just arrived back today from my latest travels. This vacation was a little different. I did a freelance writing gig while I was on the road (not travel related). It was a great experience, and opened my eyes to lots of things that need to be considered when working freelance and traveling.

  26. maybeoneday

    We are a family of 5, the children are 11, 10 and 1 year old.
    The main concern for us is not on the financial side (we both work on IT field, we already have some remote contract job), but on the schooling.
    Ok, we can homeschool our children: this can work while they are in elementary or middle school, but when they will be in high school age ?
    I guess is too difficult to teach them in arguments that we don’t know very well or at all….
    So, there is a “travelling way of life” compatible with kids in high school age ? I know that Australian folks have a great support from the school system on distance learning, but Australia is not my country….
    Maybe, for families like mine, could be better leave kids in the normal school, and find location-independent jobs, travelling every time is possible (3 months by year) ?
    Here is my dilemma…

  27. Yep, this is a great idea for a series – you can tell the need exists just by how people opened up to you about their biggest challenges.

    I look forward to seeing what comes next!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Travel Talk At The Grey Dog’s Cafe =-.

  28. Thanks for all the great questions! Please continue to post, even if you see someone mentioned something similar to yours. I’m also receiving emails on this, so I’ll use the total number of times a particular question comes up to help me determine which things to cover– since between email and comments I’m well over 30 potential posts.

    Thanks again everyone!

  29. I’m really psyched to read this!

    I imagine the main deterrents to people traveling would be 1) money and 2) leaving the security of home, family pets etc. The second one is probably harder to overcome than the first as it involves rearranging your mental perspective and the way you think about life. In truth I think it is possible to travel no matter what stage of life you and your family are in but it probably means redefining what you want your life to look like.

    For me right not the biggest issue is the money one. If it weren’t for that I’d leave today. Instead I’m stuck saving here for another year or so…

    Stephanie
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Wednesday Postcard: Berunes, Iceland =-.

  30. This is a great post and there are alot of really good questions and answers on here. i dont get to travel as much as Id like, but I will have to work it into my work for the annual conventions and trade shows. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement.

  31. Before we left people kept saying “Man I wish I could do that!” My reply was always the same: “You can.” Having recently been through the process of getting our ducks in a row to go global (we left our lives in the US in June 09) I know how daunting it can be. A family of 4 can accumulate a lot of stuff!!!

    It’s an awesome idea. Good for you.
    Brenna
    From Here To Uncertainty.com
    .-= Brenna Gibson Redpath´s last blog ..A Short List of Mildly Annoying Moments When Living in a Foreign Country =-.

  32. I’m 30 years old, single, in debt from school loans, car loans, and a semi-failed business. And now I’m without a real career. I’m kind of lost. I suppose that traveling now might not be the best idea, but it also might be the perfect time to sell all my stuff, hit the road and figure out exactly what to do with my life.

    How long is something like this sustainable? Do people live this ‘digital nomad’ life for an entire career? Or do most eventually settle down somewhere? Just trying to get ideas.
    .-= Chris Cavs´s last blog ..Day Trippin’ =-.

  33. Big dilemma for many: student loans. It’s lucky I’m overseas for work right now, or I’m not sure how I’d pay them off. I know you can do unemployment or economic hardship deferment, but still. It’s a big hurdle, and eventually you’ll have to pay them back.
    .-= Tanya´s last blog ..Getting Over Jet Lag =-.

  34. fitting two tweens in the mix of long term travel…advice?!?insight?!?!

  35. @Tanya, yes I agree with the student loans issue. I had my loans deferred while traveling for a year, (at their suggestion). I called my loan guarantor while preparing for my trip and they advised that if I wouldn’t be working during the year, effectively $0 income, I should just defer them. This worked for me, as 1/2 were interest subsidized and 1/2 at super low interest rate. I guess this would only work if you have low interest loans (since you’ll have to pay accruing interest) and aren’t planning to work while traveling. 🙂
    .-= Powered by Tofu´s last blog ..Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soups: In Season Cooking =-.

  36. To travel the world and write about it is my life’s dream. As I see it, there are two things in my way:

    1. School-age children. I can’t leave them home or take them with me.

    2. Money. I need to be able to generate income while I’m on the road.

    Solve these two dilemmas, and I’m gone.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..TV that inspires creativity =-.

  37. Yes, school-age children again. Someone mentioned home schooling them, but that idea scares me, even when it comes to home schooling my 5 year old. For one thing, I am a single parent, so I do not have anybody to share the responsibility with. Also, I’d be constantly paranoid about whether I am doing it right (the combination of being a perfectionist and placing very high value on education will likely produce this effect). .

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  39. I’m loving reading this and finding the words “soul-sucking corporate job” peppered liberally throughout so many posts. Me too! Me too! I’m 52, single, have grown kids and have no problem renting out my house until the market makes selling more attractive. I also have MS and need helath insurance, big time. I’m finding the health benfits “golden handcuffs” are rapidly becoming a not so “golden garrotte”, and I’m frustrated that that is what keeps me in this job. I’m willing to budget EVERTYTHING to hit the road, but am overwhelmed by where to even begin with the health insurance issue. Anay help will be most appreciated! Thanks for your blog!

  40. I would LOVE to read this! After reading all of the above comments, I can see that a lot of people have the same concerns as me.

    One of my main concerns is my pets. I have a cat and a small dog and wouldn’t want to bring them with me. I supposed I could leave them with my parents….

    I am also very concerned about health insurance and medications for long-term travel. I have great health insurance through my day job. I do a large amount of freelance work, so while I could likely support myself on that, I wouldn’t have health care. Not sure how I would manage that, or what I would do about the several medications I’m on (can you get birth control and things like that abroad?)

    Going abroad for several months sounds like a dream, but all of these logistics are eating away at me and preventing me from taking the leap!

  41. I have been planning for the past year to get my act together and get a job overseas too – a bit more challenging when you are 50+ and have stuff to get rid of – have debts (student loans and cc debt). I also have to line everything up in a neat little row to get overseas. I threw out tons of stuff – but now I am getting down to stuff it is harder to toss out or sell. In addition the recession is making it more difficult to find work overseas. A youngster told me to just pack my bags and leave the stuff behind for the landlord to deal with – oh – the optimism of youth!

  42. Visas always seem to be a big hurdle, especially if you are wanting to travel throughout Europe in the Schengen Zone. I wish there was a way to stay in the Schengen Zone for longer than 90 days in a 180 day period.

    I have a good friend who is picking up and moving to Germany next month. He doesn’t have a Visa yet, but he figures he has 90 days to figure it out once he gets there.
    .-= Pond Jumpers: Croatia´s last blog ..a stop over in Milan and Venice =-.

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  44. I have most of the same issues lingering around as others….but other issues as well
    My husband and I want to travel for 1 year around the US with 3 kids and a dog

    I am currently homeschooling – cyber schooling my 3 children so I solved this problem cyber schooling is awesome as there is a teacher on the other end of computer

    We sold house that was basically upside down because of the market (my stupidity as well) and now are renting month to month

    Bigger issue at present time husband bought car that he is now upside down in he owes about 9000 more than it is worth

    Our plan is to save enough, kill the major credit issues we created and leave in 1 year….the car issue is really holding us back and I guess the self doubt that has hovered over me throughout my life….

    this blog is really inspirational!!!!

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  46. Hi,

    Well I am a just out of my teens(Actually I will be 23 this year), thankfully with a decent job and good savings with a small problem that I am an Indian. Living like a nomad is one thing I dream about everyday, and yet the physical boundaries make the dreaming a big hassle.

    I have nothing to lose, almost no responsibilities and enough money to atleast kickstart my adventure. What I do not have is that if I do vagabonding even for a year, then how will I get back to the normal daily life and find again a decent job.

    Mine seems the best situation from almost all listed above and still I cannot start on the adventure for the fear that what will I be 5 years down the line if I waste one year on myself!!!

    It seems a stupid and yet a valid question, hopefully someone can answer.

    p.s Just to get a feel of vagabonding I am going on a solo backpacking trip to Spain for a couple of weeks… wish me luck!!!
    .-= Devashish´s last blog ..Follow the Leader =-.

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  56. Hi Christine!

    I’ve got a few ideas that might work for some people. If you don’t mind doing a little work in exchange for free rent, there’s a publication, The Caretaker Gazette, that lists available caretaking positions all over the world. http://www.caretaker.org/

    If you’re looking for a cheap flight, you can try working as an air courier. I don’t know how many flights you can get, but it might be worth checking out. http://www.courier.org/bulletin/

    The Web site, Transitions Abroad, has tons of information on working and living abroad. They’ve even got a section on health, safety, and INSURANCE abroad. http://www.transitionsabroad.com/index.shtml

    If you’re single and carefree, what about working on a cruise ship? They need all kinds of employees, from cooks, bartenders, janitors, engineers, aerobic instructors, dance instructors, massage therapists, hairdressers, actors, singers, musicians, etc.

    As for pets, if you’re only going to be gone a few weeks, you can hire a pet sitter (works especially well with cats–the sitter only has to visit every other day to check up on and clean up after the furry ones. Some will even give medication. Ask your vet to recommend someone or check out http://www.petsitters.org/. Just make sure your sitter is bonded.). If you’re going to be gone for a while, maybe a friend or relative could take your pet. I don’t know if you’d want to take your pet overseas unless you’re planning to live there for a while. The quarantine period for animals varies from country to country so it might not be worth it if you’re only staying a short time or going to be traveling around a lot.

    And for those who love Spain and are native English speakers, I found this site a while ago. In exchange for your language skills, your meals and accomodations are paid for. http://www.vaughanvillage.com/index.asp

    Hope this gets the ideas flowing.

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  65. just retired house paiid for, have i got the guts to do it who knows.may be 2 or months at a time .could it be used to lose weight cos i,m far to heavy,but would love to try big q is solo or find someone to travell with!!could it be used to find myself?

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  74. Lived overseas for 14 years but want to escape cubicle land again.Rather than just go off for years I am inspired by the Tim Ferriss model,he of the four hour work fame.Rent an apartment in a city for three months and explore the city and it’s surrounds at a calm pace not cramming it all in like some binge tourist.

    My situation?Work in cubicle land always one pay check away from being broke,got a mortgage to pay.I am doing MLM and affiliate marketing but with little success.Any suggestions?
    .-= Andrew Collinson´s last blog ..Sep 26, Bournemouth Hotels:from luxury to cheap =-.

  75. Andrew,

    Well, without knowing too much about your situation, it sounds like your expenses are too high. Sell the house, get the cheapest apt you can get and save for six months so you can leave. I think the MLM/online stuff is smart, but that’s more for maintaining your lifestyle… it takes a while to build up. If you want to leave in the next year, the expenses have to be cut.

    Cheers!

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  77. well my plan is to not go away for too long,go for say three months,so want a home to come back to.I had considered renting the house out but my mortgage is higher than rent I would get on it so we need cash to to make up the shortfall.

    For me a business on autopilot a al Tim Ferris is the way to go.

    Thanks.
    .-= Andrew Collinson´s last blog ..Sep 26, Bournemouth Hotels:from luxury to cheap =-.

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  80. I think for many people the dream of travelling the world is better than the actually doing it part. If you truly want to do it, you will find a way. It may take you 1,2,5, 10 years of planning. It is never too late or you are never too old for travel.

    Dreams are for making come true and the only person that can make them come true is ourselves.

    The prospect of travelling the world isn’t something that appeals to me. My goal is just to get enough money together to head back to the Caribbean for another 9 month trip lazing about.
    .-= William Wallace´s last blog ..Nottign Hill7 =-.

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  83. Wow, I love your idea. Would you write a guest blog for Outdoorbaby.net.

    My husband and I are in the works of planning a leave but we are thinking more in ten years than in thirty days, but your tips are great and are an inspiration.

    We don’t own a house or a car. We have very little dept, but we have no credit cards no savings and a three year old and a three month old. Any tips for us?

    Heidi Ahrens http://outdoorbaby.net
    .-= Heidi Ahrens´s last blog ..Threadless Tshirt Giveaway at jaypeeonline.net =-.

  84. Hello,

    What a great idea.

    My husband and I are planning a leave but we are thinking of it for in a few years.

    We have no dept, no car, no house, but no credit cards and no savings and we have a three year old and a three month old? Any tips for people with kids?

    Also, would you be interested in a guest blog on outdoorbaby.net

    Heidi
    .-= Heidi Ahrens´s last blog ..Petzl Elios Helmet: =-.

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  91. Wow! That is an impressive list of very useful posts! I’ve read them all and think they can be tremendously useful for many persons that want to travel, but just never seem to know how to get going!

    There are really lots of very useful tips and advices! Many of then were already known by me, but yet valuable, to sort of get things I’ve been thinking of myself confirmed: I’m not that crazy… *giggles*

    I hadn’t thought of that clever way of figure out a travel budget – very useful indeed!

    I’m surprised over all the comments you’ve got here with so many different questions or request of help!!! Looks like people really want to get away.

    Oh, and I’ve also read your ebook Twitter for Travelers twice now and that one is as useful as this 30 days-posts are! You’ve done a great work compiling so much useful information and links at one place – and for a very generously low price.

    Thanks 🙂

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  94. I like where your head’s at!!
    Might take me a while to get through it all but thanks for all the info 😉

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  98. I definitely agree with most of what was said in this article. However the post about blogging/travel writing can be a bit discouraging. Due to the rapidly growing number of bloggers and travel writers, it becomes not what previous experience you have, but whether you can be genuinely entertaining.

    Start a travel blog/vlog, get a dedicated team and post as often as possible. Make your website look good, and try to promote yourself as much as possible. Most of all, you MUST offer something unique. You can have brilliant technical experience but if you aren’t entertaing in your methods you won’t sell.

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  100. Christine, This isn’t a series of posts but a whole ‘How to’ course! There is really useful information covering a host of topics I hadn’t considered. I look forward to the sequel!

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  103. Hey Christine! I just found your blog. This is great stuff! Keep inspiring people to travel and LIVE. Also, Zen Foodist is incredible. Thanks!

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  105. Hey Christine no words to say thank you! Very much useful for all travel lovers. Once again thank you for posting all valuable info in one article.

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