How to Ditch Your Desk and Travel Forever

Traveling the world, especially if you’re broke, is a powerful learning curve that will teach you more about yourself and this amazing planet than any other experience can.

But traveling the world and earning money online – now this is living the dream.

By now, you’ve all heard about digital nomads, maybe you’ve thought about how you could become a digital nomad yourself or perhaps you have no idea what is a digital nomad?

A digital nomad is somebody who travels the world whilst working online – simple as that.

If you have access to the internet, you can work online. If you’re interested in how to become a digital nomad, read on amigo, let me break it down for you…

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The Secret to Traveling the World Forever

Traveling truly is a life-changing gig.

Travel is a million different things to a million different people. Travel is about weird food and intoxicating cultures. It’s about epic sunrises and the never-ending bus journeys. It’s about the late nights partying in Colombia and the early morning hikes in Nepal.

Travel is about freezing your ass off in a tent, catching the cute girls eye across the bar, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone on your journey. It’s about evolving, learning, forging connections and re-evaluating what matters to you in your life.

But more than anything, travel is about freedom.

The freedom to go where your heart desires.

The freedom to try being a new person, to start your life from scratch, to reinvent yourself.

The freedom to live an alternative lifestyle, to break the mold and step away from a traditional, predictable existence.

And at the end of the day, we all want more freedom.

Becoming a digital nomad offers you that freedom.

You don’t want to answer to a schedule determined by somebody else… You want to do your own thing, on your own terms and to kick ass at it too.

The thing is, to travel the world forever, to truly have that freedom – you gotta earn it.

Digital Nomad Jobs

The really exciting thing about becoming a digital nomad is that this is a constantly evolving space and as an entrepreneur part of your job is to come up with new niches, new ways to monetise, new plans for world domination!

There are LOTS of different ways to make money online, today I’m going to introduce you to the best eight ways to make money online as a digital nomad…

1. Become a digital nomad with blogging

I want to start my own blog!

OK, might as well start with this and get it out of the way. Blogging has completely transformed my life.

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy… In my opinion, starting a travel blog is one of the hardest ways to become a successful digital nomad.  You should note that whilst I do not recommend aspiring digital nomads necessarily go down the travel blog route, you will almost certainly need a website or blog to make money – you should just focus on choosing a less saturated and more profitable niche than travel blogging.

Starting a blog does open up a TON of options for different ways to make money online – you can find out more here about how to start a blog that actually makes money.

2. Become a digital nomad with affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of my favourite ways to make money online as if you set it up properly it will run in the background as a passive income stream. Affiliate marketing is when you drive traffic to somebody else’s products and receive a commission on any sales that are made. The biggest affiliate program in the world is the Amazon affiliate program. I make a decent chunk of my income from this affiliate program as well as several others.

You can drive the traffic through either your own website, Facebook adverts or Google ads. Driving traffic through your own website is the best option in my opinion. Check out this post all about Affiliate Marketing. 

3. Become a digital nomad with dropshipping

Dropshipping is a very exciting way to make money as a digital nomad but it usually requires capital to get started. Dropshipping is when you ship products to customers, usually in Europe or the USA, from somewhere cheap, usually China.

There are two dropshipping methods – the first is fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) and this is something I’ve been experimenting with for nearly a year now. You send products, from China, to an Amazon warehouse. Amazon handles storage and individual shipment of the products to your customers and, of course, charges a fee. This is all fine as long as you drive enough traffic to your Amazon listings to be able to sell your products, if you can’t you are in for a world of pain.

The second method involves only shipping products once you have already sold them, this requires you to have a Shopify store (which will not convert as well as Amazon) so you can push your products and take payment. You can automate much of the process but it can be tough to drive traffic, and see conversions, to a Shopify site. Customers also do not usually like the long delivery times.

I’ve been selling products through the Amazon affiliate program for over two years. A year ago, I looked at which products I sold the most of through my website and then decided to make my own version of those products and to dropship them from China as I KNEW I would sell X of each product per month. I already had the traffic, and I wanted to max out the income from that traffic. So far, this has been a successful mission and I’ll be releasing a full case study on Ditch Your Desk later this year.

4. Become a digital nomad by designing and selling digital products

An oldie but a goodie, digital nomads have been making money online for a long time by designing and then selling their own digital products. Right now, I only have the one digital product – The Backpacker Bible – this took nearly a year to write and, honestly, probably took me over a thousand hours as I wanted it to be perfect. It hasn’t made me rich but it IS a passive income stream and I make a couple of hundred bucks from selling this book every month.

If you produce multiple digital products, each bringing in a couple of hundred bucks every month, this can be enough money to travel the world as a digital nomad.

5. Become a digital nomad by selling SEO services

SEO is the single most valuable online skill you can teach yourself and personally, I’m passionate about SEO. You can make a TON of money if you know your SEO because it allows you to push your posts to the front page of Google, snap up lots of free tasty traffic and make bank on your affiliate or dropshipping content.

If you don’t have a website, you can sell SEO services to people who do as most folks online don’t have a clue about how SEO actually works. To find out everything you need to know about SEO, check out What is SEO over at Ditch Your Desk. 

6. Become a digital nomad by designing websites

Just like learning SEO, many entrepreneurs aren’t keen on the learning curve involved with building their own websites. The truth is that it’s actually pretty easy to build a website and if you can learn, you can outsource your services and build websites for others.

Check out this post for more info on becoming a freelance web designer. 

7. Become a digital nomad by trading cryptocurrency

I first started trading Cryptocurrency in December 2016. I started out with $9000 that I scraped together on credit cards and was able to turn this into nearly $350,000 in under a year. I strongly believe that all digital nomads should consider investing 5 – 30% of their disposable income into cryptocurrency but be warned; it’s high risk and you cannot rely on it as an income stream as it is not especially easy to move money in or out of crypto. Trading cryptocurrency requires nerves of steel – at one point I watched $250,000 bleed out of my portfolio. I want to really hammer this home – this is NOT a reliable source of income and you should do a LOT of research before you decide if this is a path you want to walk.

Find out more about how I built my cryptocurrency portfolio. 

8. Become a digital nomad by managing social media.

There’s lots of big companies and professional marketers out there who want to outsource everything… content, SEO, web design and even social media growth and engagement. You can make really good money doing this if you get some clients on monthly retainers as you can outsource all the work to talented yet cheap labour in The Philippines…

My friend Louise, who is one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs that I know, makes a killing selling her tailored Pinterest growth and traffic driving services.

There are SO many different paths to becoming a digital nomad and earning money while traveling the world but the above eight are the digital nomad jobs which I personally hold in the highest regard… These are all accessible and with a lot of hard work it is possible to succeed at any of these.

 

Travelling the World Broke AF (My story)

When I first hit the road, I had just one goal – to travel the world, non-stop, until I got myself killed on one of my adventures.

My life plans were thrown out of whack and so I had nothing to lose.

I was determined, young, battling some issues in my head and convinced that the road was the best place for me to recalibrate.

Backpacking became my whole world.

I totally reinvented myself on the road and grew into somebody else; a calmer, more able, and more confident person.

I traveled the world with glee, sleeping rough on cardboard in train stations, camping out in fields, working behind bars and in hostels, Couchsurfing with strangers, volunteering on farms all while learning new skills along the way.

I learnt how to sleep anywhere, how to take down my tent in the dark, how to make small talk without speaking the language, how to fix broken shoes and clothes, how to hunt, how to make new friends, how to make yoghurt, how to sell, how to negotiate, how to sail, how to wield a pickaxe, how to flirt, how to stay calm.

More than anything, I learnt to problem solve and to look on the bright side.

I was often hungry, cold, wet, whatever – you name some kind of discomfort and I experienced it.

But it didn’t matter to me. My whole goal was to travel and to prove to myself that I could handle discomfort. It was a small price to pay to see the world.

I look back on my broke-ass hobo days with fondness. Truth be told, I’m not broke anymore. I make a killing online working as a digital nomad.

But being broke, on the road, by myself was the single biggest learning curve of my life and it presented me with incredible experiences, friendships and connections along the way.

I honestly think that everybody should travel broke at some point in their life. It’s possible to hit the road and Travel on just $10 a Day, sometimes even less.

But here’s the thing, if you want to travel long term, if you want to ditch your desk and become a perpetual digital nomad, soaking in the wonders of the world 365 days a year – you need a plan.

After years of traveling the world broke, I decided I was mostly done with sleeping rough. But I was not done with travel, I wanted to continue backpacking and exploring the world and myself.

To do that, I needed to find a way to support a life of adventure.

Rewind to five years ago. I was broke. I was hungry. I was in India, out of weed, and in need of somewhere to sleep.

I knew I didn’t want to stop traveling, but I knew if I wanted to keep it up, I’d need a reliable income stream.

The OLD way to make money on the road

On my travels, I was always looking for ways to make a couple of bucks.

I picked up random work wherever I could; I herded goats, I planted never-ending fields, I laid foundations, I served beers, I flipped colourful shirts in festivals, I sold marijuana on the beaches of Goa.

There are plenty of these types of travel-jobs. Cruise ships, tour guides, English teachers. All of these help bring in a backpacker income… but none of these offer the same kind of freedom as becoming a digital nomad and earning money online.

I used to make $10 and a few free beers after a full night tending the hostel bar.

Now?

The NEW way to make money while traveling

We are living in the middle of a revolution.

The internet has changed everything. No longer are we tied down to jobs. No longer do we need to be shackled by the chains of corporate slavery.

The internet has revolutionised the world.

Unlimited potential, unlimited resources, unlimited knowledge is at your fingertips.

But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy…

The Hard Fucking Truth about Making Money Online

Brace yourself. This is as real as it gets.

As long as you have a wifi connection, a travel friendly laptop, a bit of resourcefulness and a fuck ton of dedication, you can create a very successful online business in under two years.

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You can learn to blog, dropship, create niche markets, trade Cryptocurrency or dive deep into the fascinating world of SEO.

Your digital nomad venture will allow you to live and travel anywhere in the world.

You can start making $500 a month in just a few months of working online.

And if you scale your business correctly, you can scale that $500 a month, to $5000 a month.

Internet businesses can be started on a shoestring budget.

Being able to invest more money will help you tenfold, but you can start your first website for less than $100. 

And it may just be the best investment you ever make… By the end of 2018, I expect to be crushing 20k a month online – if I can do it, you can too. There is a ton of money out there, just waiting to be made.

The sky is the fucking limit here guys, you can set up a digital nomad career that will fund whatever kind of lifestyle you want…

So. With that information… how could a normal job be acceptable?

You’re here because you’re thinking “I want to ditch my desk!”

You’re here because you’ve seen that there is a path out. It’s not an easy path. But there is a path, and it is being walked by people like you every single day. 

The Digital Nomad Revolution is waiting for you, are you ready to take the plunge? 

Spoiler Alert! Do Not Start a Travel Blog (what you should do instead)

Some of you will be relieved to hear this.

I’m going to be 100% honest with you – Travel blogging is a rough road.

When many backpackers think of making money online they automatically gravitate towards starting a travel blog but the truth is, travel blogging is one of the hardest (but also one of the most rewarding) ways to make money online as a digital nomad.

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There are easier, less competitive, niches out there.

Why does everybody wants to start a travel blog? Because it’s sexy! Everyone and their mother probably follows a perpetual traveller or two on Instagram, flying their drones around, sipping cocktails on rooftops.

I get it. It’s enticing, it looks cool.

But the fact of the matter is that travel blogs are rarely profitable and very rarely really profitable.

For every really successful travel blog out there, there’s five hundred travel blogs that have been abandoned.

If you have a passion for storytelling then go for it! You may make an awesome travel blogger. However, if you don’t really like writing – then do NOT start a travel blog.

If you want to have a chance in hell of being successful and making money, you need to be incredibly passionate because this is one mega-competitive space.

I am not saying it’s impossible to start a travel blog. And in fact, if that’s your TRUE passion, I commend you for going for it.

I can even tell you how to start a travel blog, and I can tell you that (like any niche in life) there are still plenty of paths to success. It’s just a path that is oversaturated, competitive and filled with pretentious wankers wonderful people.

The biggest take away from this?

I don’t want you to think travel blogging is the only way to make money online because it definitely isn’t.

In my honest opinion, from a time to dollar ratio…

Travel blogging is the WORST way to make money online 

Travel blogging is a glamorous lifestyle which means that its oversaturated and as a result, 99% of people involved are getting paid dirt or nothing at all.

Many travel bloggers work for free, driving down prices even further.

And it’s only getting worse as more and more people saturate the niche and lower the standard rates.

This might be a surprise to you. But while you might know me as a travel blogger, truth be told,  I’m not really a travel blogger.

I’m more of a serial entrepreneur.

Travel blogging is only one part of what I do as a digital nomad to make money.

Why I started with a Travel Blog

It seemed like a dream job. There are many ways to become a digital nomad but, since I had been on the road for years, I decided to go down the travel blog route.

It took me just four months to make my first hundred bucks. Now, I make more than enough money to travel indefinitely, worry free, and to save up cash in the background for my grand project; backpacker hostels around the world.

In 2017, I brought in an average of about $5000 a month from my travel blog; some of that was from sponsors or advertisers, some of it is from affiliate sales on travel insurance and hostels and the rest are from brand partnerships.

$5000 a month is a lot of money, no doubts about that but ultimately I end up investing almost all of it into launching new online ventures.

I am experimenting with the different digital nomad jobs out there – I’ve launched amazon niche sites, started a dropshipping company, partnered with a lead generation guru, and been trading cryptocurrency – so that I can report back and fill you guys in on the best options for how to become a digital nomad that actually makes money and can travel the world without worries.

The sky really is the limit when it comes to building an online income and my objective is to up my income to $20,000 a month by the end of 2018 – so far, with my first Amazon niche site bringing in $2000 a month after just four months, I’m off to a good start. Update: March 2018: We’ve cracked $12,000 in February. Very excited for this year 🙂

Ultimately, I want to live an off-the-grid existence. My objective is to earn enough money over the next four years and to teach others how to become a digital nomad along the way, so that I can delete social media forever, buy a large chunk of land somewhere in South America and set up a commune in the jungle.

That may sound nuts but that’s what I want to do and creating online income streams is how I am going to get there.

I am a blogger, sure. I am a Digital Nomad. But most importantly, I’m an entrepreneur. I make a comfortable income running multiple income streams – all while traveling the world.

My lifestyle looks pretty magical and people often tell me how lucky I am. 

But here’s the thing; My lifestyle has nothing to do with magic. And it has nothing to do with luck.

So, how did I start living like this? 

The biggest part was knowing what I wanted. It was discovering my desired lifestyle.

My story (and how to start yours)

I had spent years backpacking the world on an extreme budget, and once I started, I knew with 100% certainty that I would never be able to go back to living a normal life in the UK.

I knew that no matter what happened in the future, travel had changed me. I would never be the same, and I would never want to stop. 

So I made a decision. I wanted this to be my life. I wanted to wake up every day with the freedom of choice to be wherever I wanted to be.

So I decided to build an online business. 

I started my blog in November 2014; it was crunch time, I had years of adventures up my sleeve and was ready to teach people how to travel the world on a budget.

As I learnt everything I could about building an online income, it was very much a case of two steps forward, one step back. I had to work my ass off to figure out what does and what doesn’t work online and over the last year (2017) I have made and then reinvested well over $100,000 into my online businesses. 

But finally after two years, I made it to where I wanted to be and I am now earning five figures a month. Thousands of hours of learning and failing and researching and struggling… but now, here I am. Living the Digital Nomad dream!

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My advice for you

Get in the game. Making money online might seem new and scary, but anyone who is willing to learn will quickly realise just how fascinating it is, and just how many opportunities there are.

Start your own journey and learn how to become a digital nomad… the sooner you start, the better.

We are in the midst of the internet-gold-rush. It’s harder than it was five years ago, but five years from now it’s going to be much harder.

That is why you must start today.

But Will, I have no idea where to start!?

Let me tell you something about myself. Before starting my travel blog, I had no online experience. I could barely even operate a computer.

You wanna know what my job was? I was unloading fucking trucks.

Yes, that’s right. To save up for my travels I worked whatever paid me the best, and in England that meant waking up at 4am in the brisk cold to freeze my ass off unloading trucks into a giant walk in death-freezer.

Now? I’m making 10k a month and am aiming for 20k a month in the near future.

You think it’s just me? Hell no.

The funny thing is that the majority of people making money online are just like you and I – with little to no experience. The hungrier you are, the harder you work.

Working hard is 90% of the battle, my friend.

Consider this…

There are no college programs teaching SEO or facebook marketing. There are no universities specializing in blogging, and there are no high schools teaching the intricacies of Pinterest marketing. It doesn’t exist.

What does this mean? It means that like me, basically everyone who is making money online is doing so by being 100% self taught. Nobody has a competitive edge on you.

Ditch Your Desk

If you are still reading this, go ahead and do us both a favor and sign up here…

Have you done it? Great. Welcome to my greatest project to date – Ditch Your Desk.

Co-Founded with my best friend, and marketing ninja, Aaron Radcliffe –  Ditch Your Desk was created to be the ultimate resource to teach you how to become a digital nomad and make money online.

We want to show you the exact blueprint to building a life of freedom, and that with hard work, persistence and drive, the digital nomad lifestyle is accessible to everybody.

Ditch Your Desk doesn’t show you bullshit fads that will die with the next passing year, we focus on showing you the proven ways to generate income.

Aaron and I look at the internet scape as a whole and show you the paths that generate the highest and most sustainable success for newbie entrepreneurs.

We test everything, laying bear my online ventures so you can see what does and doesn’t work.

I’m a complete beginner

Perfect. If this is the case then Ditch Your Desk will show you the ropes of becoming a digital nomad. We’ll show you exactly, step by step, how to…

  • Effortlessly set up your first website
  • How SEO works (and why it’s the most important thing you can teach yourself)
  • How to invest the least amount of money and get the most bang or your buck
  • The ins and outs of affiliate marketing (and how to start making money right away with it)
  • How to start building your first audience (and our proven ways to keep them around)

I’ve been dabbling and am ready to level-up

This is the part of your business where you’ll understand the ropes, and be looking for explosive growth, both in terms of your audience and your income.

  • Our branded checklists for advanced for SEO (some tricks helped us triple traffic in a few weeks)
  • How to explode your social media following
  • Creative ways to monetize your blog (even if traffic is low)
  • Advanced backlink building techniques

I’m a pro!

So you’ve been in the content game for a while, and now you are ready to take that 2k a month to 20k a month. We’ve got just the stuff for you…

  • How to scale your content – Ditch Your Desk’s branded system
  • How to scale your link building
  • Ways to triple your email subscription conversions
  • Our exact investment strategies – (The software that gives us the highest ROI)

And much more.

The Decision

At the end of the day…. this all comes down to one thing.

You.

You want to build a life of freedom. That’s obvious. Now the question is, will you do what it takes to take your life and make it your own? Do you want to become a digital nomad? Do you want to b the master of your destiny?

Is it easy?

Hell no.

But what in life worth doing it? (I’ll give you a hint, the answer rhymes with schnothing)

You can live a lifestyle of perpetual travel. You can live a life of freedom. You can be your own boss, make money online, and join the millions of people who are taking control of their lives as part of the digital nomad revolution. 

And you can begin now.

Sign up to the newsletter below to be kept in the loop for the launch date, it’s going to be fucking awesome…

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34 Comments

  • Steven Conte says:

    These were some really creative ideas. I started off teaching english myself in Thailand and absolutely hated it for numerous reasons. After about 3 years of teaching , I eventually got my SEO business up and running. It has been the dream life ever since. I also highly recommend web design. I am terrible at it but I have some friends who are creative and make a killing!

    • Will Hatton says:

      Hey Steven! Hell yeah man, there is SO much scope out there for those looking to make a living online; blogging is my passion but I may well have a crack at something new next year as well! 🙂

  • nikedis says:

    good

  • Holly says:

    Could you make a list of the things you should have to travel? Along the lines of passport, travel insurance, copy of birth certificate, etc?

  • I’ve handed in my notice and in around 100 days will be flying back to Asia to backpack and be a beach bum. I’ve told my friends and family I will be back after 1 year but in my head I know the only thing stopping me from travelling forever will be running out of money. It’s inevitable. How could I return to a 9-5 life after experiencing the world and its wonders! This list is seriously helpful, I’m considering getting a TEFL when I find somewhere I love and would like to settle. Thank you for the inspo, well done on setting up that life for yourself. x

  • Gary says:

    Hi Will, I am planning a trip to Nicaragua soon from the US. Do you know if I can book a 1 way flight-Miami-Spirit Air with an onward bus ticket to Costa Rica maybe 60 days after Nica entry. I want to travel open ended to other areas over a few months. Hope it is not a problem.

  • Awesome post. You are absolutely correct about making money by writing, blogging and teaching. I’ve been doing okay with those lines of work. Loved the dropshipping idea. Thanks for that one!

  • Hannah T. says:

    Super nice post! You have created a great life for yourself. I didn’t think about Drop Shipping yet, good idea.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Brez says:

    Wise words Will (WwW) copyright.
    Useful info, insight and inspirational words to get out there and do it, with the tools and many possibilities you have suggested.
    Nice one dude.

  • Hikexplorepeat says:

    What a great read. Currently doing my adventures in New Zealand and hopefully trying to break out if the normal and become a digital nomad. With these read i now know how to become a digital nomad.

  • Emily says:

    YOu are a boss! I’m a digital nomad through career coaching and am trying the travel blog thing simultaneously. I agree with you everyone can do it but really good on you for doing it on $50/week. I’m sure you had a lot of fun stories to tell – and learned tons about yourself and what little you needed along the way. I’m a fan hope to meet you in the same country someday!

  • Amber Rees says:

    This was such a great read and inspired me so much to plan my next travels – thanks so much! – Also similar to boat work, there’s some winter season jobs you can get helping set up music festivals in the alps, meaning you can travel round and ski/board too !

  • I enjoy your articles and have recently started out travelling and thinking strongly along the lines of earning while we travel. Difference is though, that we are 49 & 50 year young midlifebackpackers who would love to do the whole digital nomad lifestyle. Other than the youngsters out there, we have some passive income via a small property portfolio & are debt free, so that would help.
    However, we have way more commitments and of course it costs money to maintain properties, medical aids, insurances etc, so breaking free also becomes more difficult with age.
    There is much talk of generating income and the various methods are much publicized but of course the details are always vague & never specific, unless one spends 100s of dollars on online course being told that you can make 100’s of dollars if you offer courses, You know, the whole pyramid way of scamming people for bucks.
    Anyway, right now I’ve barely figured out how to set up a basic blog, facebook page & best of all an income generating guest unit called Protea Retreat, that is taking off on Booking.com, so at least that’s one way to fund our next travels. Read all about it on Midlifebackpackers.
    Cheers-Menno & Janneke

    • Will Hatton says:

      Hey amigos! You are definitely right… There’s a fuck ton of misleading, pyramid-scheme, get-rich quick info out there and the internet is a minefield. But, luckily, if you know where to look it can also be a goldmine. There are so many opportunities out there right now, I’m unleashing a ton of blog posts on other digital nomad careers this year, and it’s totally possible for anybody with a laptop and fingers to make money online. Your situation does sound a little different to some of my readers but although you may have different obstacles you will also have different advantages – chances are you have more capital to put into online ventures and that can help you grow your business so much faster (don’t worry – I’m not suggesting you pay for a course!) if you spend it in the right way… Good luck in all your online ventures and watch this space, I’ll be publishing a lot of really practical content soon on this topic.

  • Angelina says:

    Hello I’m 17 years old
    I would love to be a nomad person, travelling is my goal, I only study to make sure I will have enough money to travel
    In september I will probably go to a Biology university
    I would love to work até national geographic or something similar, not be in a lab all my life, I want to move
    My parents don’t like this idea cause they say after it Wil be complicate if I have childs and a man
    Anyways
    I want to be my own boss to travel as often as possible
    Cause I DONT think my parents will agree if I was travelling all my life, I’m scared, I don’t really know how to start, if after I Will find a job, If it will be as good as I think ir is, I’m scared but I know I want to travel, to Discover the world
    I would love too, to have a traveler blog, while I’m travelling I would be writing my adventures
    I’m Lost
    Please Help me
    Peace

    • Will Hatton says:

      Hey Angelina, being a nomad is the way to go! Nat Geo is for many a dream, they are the pinnacle of adventure journalism. Getting in is very hard though and you would need to work your way up, build a following online and get your wwork featured on other online publications – all of this is achievable. If you want to be your own boss, there are a lot of different ways now to start making money online – blogging, vlogging, amazon niche websites, drop-shipping etc – have a look at the ditch your desk section of the site, there’s some good stuff in there and I’m working on a lot more guides on how to quit normal life and travel cheap whilst earning money. If all you really want to do is travel, then that’s awesome – go with it. Trust me that travelling will not damage your chances of finding a job when you get home; travelling will make you more confident, give you more experience, teach you how to multi-task, how to problem solve, how to socialise. It’s the ultimate tool for personal growth and will make you far more hire-able than something straight out of uni. A travel blog is a great way to record your adventures but it is very hard to make money out of travel blogging and there are easier online avenues. There are just a LOT of travel blogs now so standing out is tough. My advice is to travel. If you want any further advice, drop me an email – will@thebrokebackpacker.com Good luck!

  • Derek Cullen says:

    Great post Will – I think that $1,000 per month mark is crucial and a point when you realize the “possibilities” even further. I also think what most people miss out on though, and where many people go wrong, is that they fail to see it’s all about the hours you put in – not the work itself. ie. it pays to work hard rather than trying to be clever all the time!

    Well done selling out your Pakistan tour in 5 days, I never knew it happened so quickly – you’re amazing man!

    • Will Hatton says:

      Cheers Derek! I hope you’re kicking ass out in Africa amigo and I hope, even more, that you get your ass back Asia-side soon so we can catch up! You take it easy dude.

  • Lynn Marie Oliveras says:

    I am inyerested in meeti g up with other people who truely want to drop the average lifestyle and just go, like now. I founda lot of talkers and not the get yp and go people I woukd like to meet. Any thoughts, i tried the recommemdes webaites.

  • Paulina says:

    Hi Will, the link at the end of Step One didn’t lead to an article on best Digital Nomad jobs but to one on non digital jobs. Where is the correct one?

  • CJ Haughey says:

    That was a great read. It fills me with great hope when I see how quickly you made it, inside 2 years and while travelling with little money. I am a little concerned about how to truly grow and develop the blog site while travelling, dealing with poor internet in South America and keeping on top of spending! However, I know I’ll make it. That belief just doesn’t fade and I’m living for the day when any time is beer o’clock and I can take 6 weeks off when I want!

    • Will Hatton says:

      Hey CJ and thanks man! It’s definitely a uphill struggle at first but if you persevere and put in the hours, you will prevail! My top tip would be, since you are going down the blogging route, to focus on your SEO and to pick a niche where you can dominate that SEO – If you ain’t got readers, you ain’t got nothing and with social media getting more and more competitive, SEO is the way to go. I’ve seen your site – it’s good man, best of luck with your adventures! If you make it to Venezuela, let me know, would love a guest post from you.

      • CJ Haughey says:

        Hi Will! Cheers for the tips (and the praise!). SEO has been but a distant acquaintance thus far (#yoast plug-in) but I’ve great intentions of powering through a course or three on the topic! Social media is definitely a crowded field now but I’ve high hopes for the future, just got to be patient and persevere as you say!
        Venezuela looks slightly less than appealing right now, but who knows, I should be on the continent for the guts of a year so plans can change! Would be delighted of the opportunity to guest post for you so I’ll keep that one in mind for sure! Hope the ebook is doing well, going to be snapping it up soon to keep my wallet in check!

  • James says:

    Hey Will. First of all great article – muchly appreciated. So I was hoping for some advice. I am 32 years old and currently working and living in Brighton. Im a minimum wage chef with no enjoyment in hospitality, and as Brighton is the 2nd most expensive place to live I also have zero savings.

    Anyways, iv started having panic attacks again after a four years absence and in my head I know I need to get out the UK and make a go of the nomadic lifestyle. Family, friends etc are not a concern. Unfortunately time is a huge constraint. Both seasons (summer is ending) and my inability to stray and work and attempt to save.

    Essentially I’m looking to sell everything I own which would net me around £500. This is not much I’m aware.

    My question then to you would be what would you suggest as a first step, the big leap so to speak.

    ANY advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you and keep up the amazing work!

    James

    • Will Hatton says:

      Hey James, I hail from Brighton myself! £500 ain’t much but you can stretch it far if you need too… You can travel for a little while on that but it’s going to be hard unless you head to India, Iran, SEA or Central America; pick a cheap region, be open to picking up work as you go and if you have a laptop you can look into making money online – there’s lots of options but admittedly, you do need some cash to get started. My advise is hitchhike, couchsurf, work on farms – and along the way, you will figure out what you want to do 🙂

      • James says:

        Cheers Will.

        ,You reaffirmed what I already suspected. I figured with the savings and the imminent weather change my best option would be to head to the Netherlands, then Germany down to Italy then Greece across to Turkey then Find a cheap flight to China. Im open to working in whatever means necessary similarly I’m not adverse to dumpster diving, camping in parks etc. What ever needs to be done right?!

        I am curious about the online money making – iv been doing some research but in all honesty I’m pretty clueless. Im currently trying to figure my webpage/blog and thankfully I think iv found my niche!

        Again, thanks for the swift reply and embrace the adventures!

        James

  • Troy says:

    I read this post fully regarding the difference of most up-to-date and
    earlier technologies, it’s awesome article.

  • Nick says:

    Hey Will, Im doing my final project in Design school on Nomadic Furniture and was wondering if you had time for a short fifteen minute interview on what you do, where you’ve lived, and what things you’ve brought with you. Any insight you have is much appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Nick

  • Leanne says:

    Building a blog really wasn’t all that hard, it’s building an audience that’s hard!

  • I to am trying to ditch the desk and travel more. Your blog was an eye opener and I loved all the good information you had. I am getting ready to start my own blog….wish me luck.
    Thanks

  • Penny says:

    Trouble is the rules keep changing. China fails to ship. Amazon drops fees, FaceBook goes silly, and your ads don’t fire.

    Me, I’m still working at it.

    Great post.

    Cheers Penny…

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