Earning Money for Perpetual Travel is easy, you need to work, that is the hard part.
“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.”
- Babe Ruth
I was at Lole's Restaurant in San Pedro La Laguna, on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, and a chubby girls from the USA asked,
"How can people live here for months?"
"How do they have enough money to travel all the time?"
"There are people in my Hotel, that have been hanging around here for six months, where do they get the money?"
I shook her hand, and said,
"The is the essential question, where does the money come from...?"
She went on to say, there is something romantic about traveling forever, and looked at me, but I was unable to to stop my body language. I grimaced, and squinted, and thought to myself, now she is losing the plot, but I said nothing, but went on to explain.
I believe that about 80-90 percent of the younger people here on the Lake, say under the age of 30 have rich parents. And, the parents would pay a lot of money to keep their children traveling. They do not want their screwed up children to return home, they are the "unwanted." The parents would do, and pay any amount of money to keep their children from sitting around at home, being lazy, and reminding them, that as parents they failed.
The chubby girl had a job in the USA, so she said,
"That is not me, I work, it just is romantic, the idea of traveling all the time."
Hmm, "Romantic," this girl had talent, she could identify the essence of travel, we go off traveling the planet, looking for romance, a life worth living, where the rest of the world is envious. But, this is where 99.99 percent of the travelers lose the plot, yes, it is fun, glamorous, and romantic to sit around in a Hotels, talking with sexy hippie chicks all day.
And, it is not romantic to work.
Endless vacation, never ending holiday, never ending fun is great, it is the "Peter Pan Syndrome." This is romantic travel, and what 99.99 percent of people really want, they want to go on vacation, and never return to work. But, then again, the young people here in San Pedro, have never worked, they have not yet started their career, if indeed they ever have one?
Peter Pan never wanted to grow up... and many adults want to stop thinking about adult problems, to return to their youth, to find Never Never Land again. To find that happy thought...
-- ScienceDaily.com Quotes
"The ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ affects people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, people with the body of an adult but the mind of a child. They don’t know how to or don’t want to stop being children and start being mothers or fathers."
"Overprotecting Parents Can Lead Children To Develop 'Peter Pan Syndrome"
-- ScienceDaily.com Quotes
Perpetual Travel Requires about 25 USD per Day
15 to live, and 10 per day saved up for airplanes.
- 750 per month.
Double that, if not triple that, if you drink beer.
- 1500 per month.
What happened to the 500 USD per month?
Now, Peter Pan, you need to grow up, and look at life realistically, there are millions of ways to make money, and there are millions of ways to spend money. No two people are the same, it is time to grow up. I would love to change the number daily, just to play games with your heads.
Many, many, many people think they want to start a web site, they want to be location independent, and work anywhere, and live anywhere they wish.
Do you want endless vacation, or do you want to work?
There is no escaping in life, money is good, money is needed, money is the essential problem for perpetual travel. However, earning 25 USD per day remotely, living in the 150 countries that are cheap is immensely easier than trying to earn 100-200 per day, and live in the USA.
Both require work, and if you work you will succeed at whatever you choose, and if you fail, it is because you gave up, that is the adult version of life. All you really need to succeed at a business abroad is this, find someone who is already doing the business you want, then copy that persons ever move. Do what the person does until you succeed, but please do not start a Blog unless you want to be a writer, I am a writer, not a person that owns a web site. I am both!
I truly believe in the Amazon.com thing, this is the great way to live abroad as of today, you can send products to Amazon.com, they will inventory them, and you make money. Money is easy to earn, you work all day, and magically it comes to you, no big secret. Unless, you are hanging out in Starbucks, thinking you are working, then are delusional that this is effective work habits. It is 5:00 am in the morning here in Guatemala, go figure?
Oh well, have fun, it is easier to work for someone else, self-employment is truly the hardest work on the planet, and the boss is a jerk, he requires you to succeed, he has no mercy.
Start working, and never stop, keep the overhead down to nothing, and stay away from the donuts, fast cars, and fast women.
Andy Lee Graham living anywhere I want.
Aww shit Andy, I have been taking your advice to heart now for a year and only *now to you tell me to stay away from the fast cars and fast women. Too late Andy. But at least I can break out into a big huge grin anytime I want just thinking about it.. all those sweeties climbing over pore ol philsie here, hot motorcycles... haul ass cars. and a front seat on some world class engineering and management fiasco's. Its been a hell of a country.
I am 71 now I may start traveling and saving $1,000 a month while I'm on the road... then die on the road too.
I am going to take the next 2 months off and unload all of my crap.. then I'm gone... I had been torn between staying in the US in a remote area..but with vehicles necessary in the US more or less, taxes and insurance.. its a bit of a trap.
Wow. I am impressed. I could never have articulated that. I am amazed. You distilled that whole idea down to such an easily understood blog. I totally understand what you wrote.
I love travel so much. It is my passion in life. I cannot get enough of it.
I guess in times past I would have been said to have an itchy foot. My ancestors did. They left the British Isles to emigrate to the United States. So I come by my love of travel honestly. I cannot wait to get back to Panajachel. See you soon I hope.
You make it sound easy! But then again, anything worth having is also worth working for. At the moment, I am also looking for my "thing". I have a website, but not making enough to live off of it. Just keeping on working....
I liked your comment on children who are being paid to stay away from home and travel. In times past, rich families in Europe often sent wayward sons to the south pacific islands like Tahiti or to the Caribbean to live. They would send them a monthly remittance for support. So that group of people came to be known as remittance men.
Mike, Andy once made the statement that to succeed you need to find someone who is successful at what you are trying to do. Then copy them. Just a thought. Do optimize your website though. Remember to outwit big g to optimize your profits. One website to look closely at is a virtual empire now. Just Google Kathleen Peddicord. She found a niche market and is now wildly successful. Good luck.
There is a lot of romance in traveling all the time if you remember why you want to travel. I travel not to escape one world, but to see many worlds. I just love seeing what is just over the next horizon and meeting new people all the time. It is such an incredible adventure.
I love new restaurants, new foods, and new islands. And I have never lost my love of flying. I flew aircrew professionally and just love strapping in and bracing for take off. But I try to only fly out of airports that I like while studiously avoiding the ones that are problems.
Good luck and I hope I bump into you some morning at Margo's in Panajachel for a morning cup of coffee.