Vagabond Financial Crisis —
I am in a financial crisis. The How to Save Money to Travel project concluded successfully — I shared a formula of how a person, any person, who can work legally in the USA can make and save enough money to travel for over a year off of 3 to 6 months of work.
But this project had little to do with my circumstances — it was a facade, an experiment, a project, a way to show a path through the woods: “If you want to travel you could do this, this, and that.” A sharing of suggestions and ideas.
This project was to show how a single person who makes and saves money just for themselves — and themselves alone — can make money to travel as an individual. This was my path for a long time, but it ain’t no more.
I have a family. A family of three. I need to save three times as much money as I specified in the project. For my circumstances, the parameters of the project that I just completed are irrelevant — as they are no longer my own parameters. If I was to save up enough money to travel with my entire family for over a year, I would need to work three times as long using the formula that I put forth.
This is too much time.
I need a new formula. The how to save money ideas are still good for me — they could be good for anyone in any circumstance. But the “lots of work for a few months, lots of travel for years” mechanism for wandering around the world is no longer applicable to me. It would require too much time working to make it viable.
I am in a financial crisis.
I need a new formula.
I need a way to make money every day while traveling.
The plot has changed.
To have a steady stream of income no matter where in the world I am was one of the prime directives behind Vagabondjourney.com. This website was designed to provide me with the barest amount of money that I would need to keep traveling: $10 per person per day. But now the people that I need to make money for has tripled, I now need to make $30 a day (although $60 would be better).
This website is growing and I make a little more money off of it each month, but the growth rate is slow. Through ads, affiliate programs, and reader contributions I make roughly $200 per month. This is not bad, I suppose. But it is not enough.
I need a new formula.
I need to live the life of the hobo, not just a traveler, full time.I need to wander around the world from job to job rather than just place to place.
I look out on a map of the earth like a connect the dots picture. I see dots everywhere, but I also see paths that make the picture come clear. If I want to work, I need to go to where the work is.
I enjoyed working on the organic farm in Maine this summer and I am currently enjoying traveling around the USA chasing archaeology projects, but I know that I want to leave the country soon.
Australia grants temporary working holiday visas to US citizens under 30 years old pretty easily. I am getting close, I am 28. This may be one option.
It would enable me to work while traveling.
And there is a path of travel that extends up through Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, the Phillipeans, Taiwan, Hong Kong right up through China, Korea, and Japan that extends north from Australia.
I made a deal with my wife, Chaya, last night:
I work in Maine, the Southwest, Australia, but you need to work when we get to Japan. Because there is no way that I want to teach English again.
This is the new hobo travel around the world strategy — chasing work from one edge of the planet to the other.
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