Freedom, Travel, and a Six-Figure Income

A decade ago, I had no idea this type of freedom was possible…

I thought I’d spend the rest of my career working for an employer, getting 3% raises each year, hoping for a tiny holiday bonus. I thought I’d be chained to a single location, traveling only during my vacation days.

But thanks to the power of the internet, which creates the opportunity to embrace location-independent jobs like blogging, I’m now able to go anywhere I want, anytime I want, for as long as I want.

I’ll be in Brazil in a few weeks—a decision I made on a whim.

Last year, I spent two weeks in New York, two weeks in Ireland, 10 days in Costa Rica, and a handful of weeks on the beaches of Florida and South Carolina. I traveled for more than 120 days last year…about one out of every three days.

This year, I’ll be traveling to Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Switzerland, and Italy, as well as several spots around the U.S.

I love that I have this freedom, this flexibility. And frankly, I’m not particularly special or talented; I’m just an ordinary person who enjoys writing and decided to parlay that into an entrepreneurial, online endeavor.

I can work from anywhere on earth with an internet connection. It doesn’t matter whether I’m in Thailand, France, or Mexico, as long as I’m digitally connected.

That’s why you might spot me at a cafe in Paris, running my six-figure business through my laptop. I get the freedom of experiencing life untethered. And it’s all thanks to blogging—a profession that didn’t exist a decade ago.

A decade ago, I had a full-time job. I liked my boss and my colleagues, I enjoyed the work itself, and I lived walking distance from my workplace.

But I felt stuck. I couldn’t fly to Italy or Argentina on a whim. I couldn’t spend a few months traveling across Europe. If I wanted to travel, I needed to accumulate “vacation days” and formally submit a request for time off.

My time didn’t belong to me; it belonged to my company. That was no way to live.

In 2008, I quit my job and started traveling the globe; and I started a blog just to share stories about my travels; I wanted to write about the adventures and lessons I learned along the way.

At the time, I had no idea that the blog itself would grow into a full-time, six-figure business, giving me the freedom to work from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection.

But it does.

During my forthcoming excursions, I’ll open up my laptop from a balcony in Costa Rica and write blog articles with a view of the ocean in the background. Or I’ll email with my readers from a cafe in Switzerland while sipping a coffee and nibbling on a light lunch, before closing my computer to spend an hour hiking in the nearby hills.

And when I don’t have deadlines, I’ll take a day or two off—without needing to request a single “vacation day” from human resources.

If I can make it happen, you can, too.

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