Ever since I was kid, my dream was to travel the world. When I was young, I told my mom I wanted to buy a motorcycle and ride across the United States. Growing up, I dreamt of exploring the Amazon in South America and walking the neon lit streets of Tokyo. I remember telling my friends that someday we were going to rent a beautiful penthouse on the beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and hang out for a month living the good life. Just cold booze, coconuts and tan Brazilian ass. 🙂
I always made these little money goals in my head that would make me push my dream back further and further. Things like, OK when I have $XX,XXX dollars in the bank I will travel for a year. Or, OK once I buy a rental property I will quit this job and travel… The next thing I knew, I was 28 years old and I didn’t even have my passport. I hadn’t even left the east coast of America. All my friends were married with children and they had mountains of debt they were chipping away at while working some bullshit job that they hate. I was drinking myself to sleep every night after working a blue collar job and losing money with my struggling business ventures. I was burnt out and depressed.
Then something snapped in my mind. I remember it so clearly. One cold winter day, after working another twelve hour shift of manual labor, I bought some fast food, a case of beer and drove home. It was late, and I was too exhausted to go out and party with my friends. I turned on my laptop while I ate my shitty meal and drank a cheap can of beer.
I went on google and started looking at exotic locations around the world… Thailand, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico… I stopped staring at the beautiful pictures for a moment and looked around at my shitty little apartment. My cold, wet, dirty work clothes were laying in a pile on the floor. They represented everything I hated about life. The weather, my home city, my job, my co workers, my failures in business that forced me to work there in the first place. This is the exact opposite of what I wanted my life to look like.
I remember being hit with an overwhelming feeling of depression and anxiety… Like there was a party going on somewhere, and I was missing it! WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING??! IS THIS LIVING??! What is the point of life if you are miserable every god damn day?! I have dreams and I am not chasing them. WHY?! What am I afraid of?
I can’t explain it, but I made a mental shift that night. Things were different now and I was on a mission. My mind had already escaped to paradise, and now I just needed to make the arrangements to get my body there. The next day I went and applied for my passport and then started selling everything I owned. I started really researching locations and I decided Thailand would be my first adventure.
I started saving every single penny I could. I stopped partying and I stayed inside reading business books for the next month. I had a lot of self doubt and anxiety about flying half way around the world alone for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect… Reading self improvement and motivational books were critical to my sanity at that time.
My friends and family all told me I was making a mistake… “You’re throwing away a good job with benefits, it’s dangerous out there, you will be lonely, what if something happens to you?” On and on with the negative bullshit. I just ignored them. I knew in my gut that this is what I wanted to do. The world is bigger then the neighborhood you grew up in and I was ready to explore!
Then I came across the book that changed my entire thought process… That book is called, The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. Click that link to view it on Amazon. This booked rocked my world and I’ll tell you why.
I always had dreams of being an entrepreneur. I had several small businesses over the years. I’ve done several real estate deals and other investment ventures. I enjoy being an entrepreneur, but the business ventures I pursued were all location dependent. Meaning, I must be there in that city to run the business.
This dream clashed with my other childhood dream of world travel. That’s why I was always putting off one dream to chase another. When it came time to travel the world, I shut down my business ventures in my home city because they depended on me being there.
What Tim’s book showed me is that you can travel the world AND build an extremely successful business at the same time! I’m not very tech savvy and for some reason the idea never clicked in my mind that I can run a business while traveling. I don’t know about coding or programming… What the hell can I do with just a laptop? I always viewed travel as a fun vacation from work. I wasn’t even going to bring my laptop!
“The Four Hour Work Week” showed me how a motivated person with a simple idea can run a successful business from a café in Vietnam or a penthouse in Rio De Janeiro… And the trip doesn’t have to be one month. It can be forever if that’s what I choose! I read this book at the perfect time in my life. It gave me the confidence to run in the direction of my dreams and it showed me I don’t have to settle for less. I have been traveling in South East Asia for over a year now and I’ve never been so happy in my life. 🙂 My only regret is not going ten years ago!
What I want is time, freedom and enough money to cover expenses and emergencies. Of course, money is extremely important, but if someone offered me $1,000,000 cash to work in a warehouse for the next ten years I would tell them to fuck off. I’d rather struggle with building my own business from the beaches of Ko Samui. This is freedom. This is living. This is my dream!
You don’t have to save all the good times for the end of your life. You can enjoy the best this world has to offer while you are still young, healthy and single. If there is something you want to do in life, don’t put it off for another second! Time is ticking and tomorrow is not promised.
If you are interested in making money while you travel or you just need some motivation in your life, order a copy of The Four Hour Work Week on Amazon. The audio book is fantastic as well. Just be warned… It might make you sell everything and fly to Thailand. Cheers!