It feels so long ago now that I travelled around the world for one year. Yet the biggest lesson I learned during that trip still remains strongly ingrained in my mind. And that is that a better option to live your life is available out there. And that how you were taught on how you should live your life doesn’t work for everyone. So if you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to live that traditional lifestyle, then I think your first step is to travel around the world. By travelling around the world, you will get your first glimpse on how to achieve your freedom.
What is the traditional lifestyle?
What is that lifestyle that won’t work for everyone? Well, the traditional 9 to 5 lifestyle of course. The lifestyle where you go to college, get a bachelor’s degree, get a stable 9 to 5 job, get a mortgage, have kids, then retire at the age of 65. And only at that point are you allowed to be happy.
Reading the description of the traditional life sounds for unappealing. So yeah, nope, it’s not for me. I mean, I guess I don’t really have a choice. I tried following the traditional path in life before and I suck at it. Committing to work for the same company until I retire feels like death to me. I know for some people, it gives them a sense of liberation to be a lifer at a stable good paying job. But I’m not one of those people and I know many people who feels the same way as me.
Grinding day in and day out for a paycheque is a horrible long term goal for people like me and those who hate that sort of lifestyle.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t work. I am completely for working hard at achieving your goals and dreams.
I work very hard at whatever endeavor I decide to pursue as long as I’m passionate about the topic. In my day to day life, I have a full time day job in the fitness industry while running the Travel and Live Free blog and YouTube channel on the side. And on top of that, I have another YouTube channel that is completely unrelated to travel and I have a girlfriend.
Working hard is good – following the crowd is not
So yeah, I’m quite busy pursuing my passions just like many people out there who’s busy working a day job while maintaining a household. I’m just planning on approaching things a little bit more unconventionally.
So what exactly did I learn during my one year trip that dissuades me from following the traditional path that society laid out for us? And how is everything I said above connected together so you have a concrete action plan that you can follow to achieve your ideal life?
Definition of freedom
Before we jump into that, let’s quickly define what freedom is. My definition of freedom is having complete control of your time. This means having the ability to do anything you want, at anytime you want, without being restricted by the obligation of going to work from Monday to Friday between 9 to 5.
It doesn’t mean you don’t work anymore. We obviously don’t live in that dream world nor do we want to. I like working and I think many people do so as well. But having the freedom to work and live your life at your own time is what we are after here.
Therefore, the goal at hand is to win your time back somehow which I will elaborate more in this article.
Why travelling around the world for one year will help you achieve your freedom
Feeling of freedom and liberation
Travelling from one country to the next was such an amazing experience. At any given time, I can just get up and go to the next destination. I have complete control of my time and decisions.
If I crave adventure, I can go to a more exciting travel destination to get my fix of excitement. Should I start feeling tired of moving so much, I can temporarily set roots in a country that I really enjoy. I can stay in that country for awhile until I feel ready to move on to the next place.
Doing this for one whole year gave me a preview of what freedom felt like. And if I never travelled for one year, I would have never known what it’s like to feel so free and happy.
That is why I encourage everyone to travel for one year. So you can preview your freedom as well and understand that there is a better way to approach your life. The sooner you do this, the better your life decisions will be.
It’s cheaper to travel – your excuses are not valid
I have a friend who is a 70+ year old lady by the name of Gloria. Ironically, her blog called ItsCheaperToTravel.com which talks about her travel experiences and why it’s actually cheaper to travel than to live the traditional 9 to 5 lifestyle.
Her target audience are baby boomers who are either retired or approaching the retirement age. Despite her desired target audience, her wisdom is applicable to anyone of any age.
If you have any excuse in regards to safety, security, affordability, or practicality, she has already demolished all those excuses already. I know for a fact that Gloria is one of the happiest people I have ever met. She definitely lives the life that she preaches.
To give you an example, you can live a really good life in another part of the world where the cost of living is much lower. Many places in the world like Thailand still have westernized amenities without having to pay westernized prices.
Your money goes a long way in those parts of the world and you can live a good life for as little as $1000 CAD a month.
How travelling for one year can help you achieve your freedom
While I was travelling from one country to the next having a great time. I noticed something very quickly. The amount of investment and business opportunities are everywhere! I couldn’t believe it, what was I doing with my life in Canada, grinding day in and day out? I can be doing so much better financially if I just allocated my earnings elsewhere.
Living in Vancouver, Canada, the main source of investment that people look into is buying properties. With those properties, you can rent them out to people and basically, the property will pay for itself.
There’s just one problem, condos here in Vancouver, Canada cost at least $500,000 for a small one bedroom one and most houses cost over $1,000,000.
I’m a millennial and there’s just no way I can afford to pay for these prices, especially since salaries hasn’t caught up with the cost of living.
However, when I was travelling, I soon realized that I can purchase properties in countries like the Philippines for as little as $40,000 CAD. I can go to Colombia and get a really nice apartment for $200,000.
So if I take the money I earn in Canada and invest them elsewhere, I can still follow the system of buying a property and renting them out. The only difference is that I don’t need to have a ridiculous $80,000 down payment just to get started.
I also saw tons of ridiculous business opportunities while I was travelling around the world. When I was in Africa, I met tons of locals that run tours in their country. If I wanted, I can connect with those locals and start a partnership where we can offer tours to Canadian travellers. I can then work with South African partners to make these tours happen. And that’s just one example of business opportunities I encountered while I was on the road. These kind of opportunities was all over the place!
Another really good one I discovered is the ability to hire university educated individuals with perfect English in developing countries for as little as $400 a month. For that price, they have a good life in their home country and you can hire talented employees to help your run your business.
The next step to achieve your freedom after coming back home from travelling for one year
The first and most important thing after returning back home after travelling for a year is figuring out how you can make that ideal lifestyle permanent.
The biggest factor you’ll need to get started are:
- 1 year’s worth of living expense – $20,000 CAD is a good goal to have
- Online income that generates you at least $1000 per month minimum
- Marketable skills
With $20,000 CAD minimum saved up, you have money in case something happens while you are living abroad. Obviously, the more money you have saved up the better. You can also use some of your savings to help you get started with either building up either an online business or a local business abroad. If having a business is not your preference, you can also do freelancing work online assuming you have a marketable skill.
Examples of marketable skills are:
- Web design
- Accounting and book keeping
- Coding and programming
- Video and photo editing
Places you can get freelancing work if that’s your preferred route are:
Why do you need to be able to earn $1000 per month?
If you are able to earn at least $1000 per month from online income sources before you travel and live abroad, all your living expenses are essentially covered. As a result, you don’t need to dip into your savings as you try to build a new life for yourself.
How can you earn $1000 per month online?
The surest way you can earn $1000 per month online is to make online courses. Afterwards, you can upload your online courses on Udemy and Skillshare platform. As of making this blog post, I have 5 courses on Udemy and 5 courses on Skillshare. While I’m not making a lot of money, I am making about $60-$80 a month on pure passive income.
I then learned that if you crank out online courses on both platforms, it’s just a matter of time before you hit $1000 per month in revenue.
How do you know what kind of courses to sell on those platforms? In my opinion, the easiest way to do this is to simply read tons of books. Every book you read you can turn to a new online course. You never know which one is going to sell well so your best bet is just to crank out online courses and keep uploading them on Udemy and Skillshare.
Winning your time back
By having at least $20,000 saved up and with you making at least $1000 per month in online income through Udemy, Skillshare, and/or doing freelancing work, congratulations, you have now won back your time and your freedom. Who knew freedom was so cheap?
From here, your goal is to keep building up your earnings by building either an online business or by leveraging globalization from all the business and investment opportunities you discovered while you were travelling around the world.
Your end goal is to achieve complete freedom where you don’t have to work anymore if you don’t want to because you’re earning enough money from multiple business and investment sources.
How I am using this information to achieve my freedom
As of writing this article, I am currently living back in Canada as I build up my savings and my online income sources. Once I have saved up $20,000 and earning $1000 per month minimum from online income, I will venture off to travel around the world again.
My next goal is two things:
First, I want to visit all 193 UN recognized countries.
Second, I will continue to build up my online business’ while putting any revenues I have into property investments in countries like the Philippines, Cambodia, and Colombia.
So I’m working hard right now to win my time back and essentially my freedom. Afterwards, I will work on completing my personal mission of visiting all 193 UN recognized countries while going through the grind of achieving complete freedom.
Conclusion to how travelling around the world can help you achieve your freedom
While grinding to achieve complete freedom sounds similar to the traditional 9 to 5 life, make no mistake, it is not the same. With the traditional 9 to 5 lifestyle, you are sacrificing 30+ years of your life to achieve that goal. And if you’re not one of those people that loves the traditional 9 to 5 lifestyle, chances are, you will be miserable during that 30+ years.
I have no desire to be miserable for 30+ years. Maybe for 5+ years but certainly not 30+ years. So the biggest difference is instead of sacrificing 30 years of your life to achieve complete freedom, you are just giving up 5+ years. The other 25 years you can be happy and do things on your own terms.
I don’t think people realize that time is not something you can get back and once it’s gone, you can’t have it back. Eventually, you’ll be old and frail and you just realized you squandered your life and your happiness. By then it’s too late so don’t make that mistake of sacrificing your life.
You only get one chance at this so don’t mess it up!