Last week, I posted a status on my Facebook page about “Why I’m not Living the Dream,” and it turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever shared. It has 169 likes, 20 comments and 5 shares.
So, I decided to write this blog post to elaborate a bit more on my point.
If one more person tells me, “You’re living the dream,” then I’m going to go insane.
Ladies and Gentleman~ I’m not living “the dream! I’ve simply created a lifestyle based off the thing I love doing most – traveling the world. I did this by taking advantage of several opportunities that’ve come my way.
You can do it too if you want. I’m a regular person just like you are. It’s pretty easy to live like this if you set your mind towards it.
But most people choose not to, and then send me emails wishing that they could live my life. I’m sick of it.
Immediately after I graduated from college, I made a move that 99.9% of my friends didn’t make. I took a job teaching English in South Korea.
Why did none of my friends do this?
– They thought it was too risky
– They had fear of the unknown
– The didn’t know anything about Asia
– They were too scared to live alone in a foreign country
– They were worried about language barriers
– They were forced to step out of their comfort zone
– They were scared to neglect getting a “real job” like society told them
– They thought that it will set them back from pursuing their dreams, instead of thinking that it would help them achieve their dreams
Notice a pattern here?
Moving to Korea to teach English was the best decision of my life.
It has enabled me the lifestyle that I live, which is traveling around the world full-time. Since I graduated from college in May 2013, I have been to 23 new countries – essentially FOR FREE. My job provides me enough money to fully fund my travels and rage in Seoul every weekend. I even have a bit of money saved in the bank for shits and giggles.
But I realize that not everyone has the same opportunities that I had. Not everyone is able to teach English if they don’t meet the basic requirements of being a native speaker, having a bachelors degree from a 4-year university, and obtaining a TEFL certificate.
And that’s OK! Don’t worry if you don’t have this opportunity, because you can still live a lifestyle of travel.
How can you do that?
Look for opportunities to live and work abroad. They are everywhere.
Off the top of my head, I can think of about these jobs that you can find overseas.
– hotels & hostels
– cruise ships
– tour guide
Better yet, start a career in a field that lets you work from anywhere in the world with a wifi connection. It’s called being a digital nomad and it’s becoming a new standard for millenials. Here are some ideas:
– travel blogger
– SEO expert
– stock trader
– or maybe your current company has branch overseas?
It took me just one year of full-time blogging to make enough money to travel the world indefinitely.
With hard work, passion and dedication, you can easily do this too. It’s not difficult; it’s just risky to drop everything and leave home. But I am happy to help you make decisions along the way. (contact me here.)
Traveling is easy.
People always tell me, “How on earth do you travel so much?” “How is it possible?”
Well I have good news for you! Traveling today is the easiest that it’s been in the history of the world.
With the power of the internet, you can easily plan your tips yourself and find out any information about your destination on blogs and travel sites. There are literally millions of resources all over the web. Our parents never had anything remotely close to this freedom.
And guess what? Flights today are as cheap as they’ve been in history. Did you know that you can fly to Europe from Boston for $99? Do you know that Air Asia has a promotion where you can fly unlimited around South East Asia for one month for under $200?
Over the last year, I have flown from Singapore to Malaysia for $23, Korea to Japan for $44 and Bali to Sydney to $120. How’s that for affordability?
The book that inspired me that I can work and travwl from my computer is called The Four Hour Workweek. Tim Ferriss is the leader of a new age movement of digital nomads and his master techniques will teach you how to live and work online from any location. I highly recommend it to everyone.
So the bottom line of this post is that it’s pretty easy to do what I do. And to be honest with you, I’m surprised that more people don’t do it too.
Why am I the only one out of my friends that lives like this? Why do people keep emailing me every day, telling me how jealous they are of my lifestyle?
I am very upset that more of you don’t take the initiative to live life based on what your heart is set on. I am truly sick and tired of hearing your excuses.
Because I can assume several things about you due to the fact that you’re reading this right now:
– you own a computer or a smart phone (probably both)
– you have access to the internet, which 2/3rds of the world doesn’t have
– you have a passion or desire for traveling like myself
– you have an education (likely of a higher degree)
– you own a passport
– you are determined to make something out of your life
You’re privileged. I’m privileged. Let’s make the most of our opportunities and let’s live life like we were meant to live it.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Live like it.
I’m more than happy to answer your questions and give you suggestions along your way. Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime!