Travel blogging / writing
The main way I financially sustain my full-time travels is through travel blogging and freelance writing. I write about travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design, and have written regular columns for websites, print magazines, and I even have a few books (both in print and e-books). I have (humbly) reached a point in my career where editors approach me for work, and I charge top dollar.
I'll help you set realistic goals for writing, creating a niche, getting sponsorships, and more.
Travel gear / packing
I love my travel gear! I've been living out of a bag since 2007, and I recently made the leap to traveling full-time with carry-on luggage only. I can give you tips and tricks to pack lightly and effectively.
I sold everything I owned (including a busy financial planning practice) in Canada in 2007 to embrace my dreams of living around the world, and I've been traveling full-time ever since!
I've traveled quickly (25,000kms by train in 30 days – yes, it's true – and other similar stunts), and I've traveled slowly (which is ultimately my preference, spending a few months in each place I visit).
In all, since 2007 I've traveled through or lived in over 40 countries around the world.
I was once a competitive skydiver, with almost 300 jumps.
I used to race motorcycles.
I've bungee jumped in five places spanning three countries – including the world's highest bungee jump in South Africa.
I'm a mountaineer and former spelunker (cave explorer).
In New Zealand, I did just about every adventure activity you can imagine, from rafting the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, to the world's longest abseil (rappel) into a cave.
Like adventure? Yup. So do I.
Traveling on a budget doesn't mean being a "dirty backpacker"! I've travelled full-time for way less than it ever cost me to live in Canada…for example in 2010 and 2011 I spent just $17,000/year to live and travel full-time. I lived in mansions, retreat centres, and beachside villas – mostly for FREE.
When I travel, I fly long haul in business class – for less than the price of an equivalent economy ticket.
And when I want lobster – I eat lobster.
I lived in Hawaii for 6 months (on The Big Island), and have spent many months (on and off over the years) in various places around Florida.
I also grew up spending my summers in New York State and Cape Cod (Mass), and I've visited many (many!) other places in the USA as well.
I lived in Australia on and off for 18 months, and New Zealand on and off for 9 months.
In Australia I lived close to Melbourne but circumnavigated the entire country (a few times), and my time in New Zealand was spent on (and all over) the North Island.
I lived on the Caribbean island of Grenada on and off for two years. I also sailed the Caribbean for three months, living on five boats spanning three countries (including St Martin, the BVIs, and Grenada).
I'm currently living in the Sacred Valley of Peru, near Cusco.
I'm originally from Canada (Toronto), and I've traveled the country by train, and lived in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta for 7 months.