(cue the musicians)
This round-the-world “trip” of ours has just been expanded.
Yep, that’s right. We are going to be citizens of the world, settling down when it suits and traveling in between.
(high fives all around)
Life will be one long fabulous journey of exotic destinations, fascinating people, and delicious food.
(the crowd roars)
It’s no longer a trip; it’s a lifestyle!
Ahem. Just one minor detail to work out, though.
(the music awkwardly stops)
How in the hell are we gonna PAY for that?
Well, it turns out that our decision to continue this little journey of ours indefinitely does have a practical consideration. We need MONEY! Our travel funds will eventually dwindle to nothing if we don’t do anything to replenish them. Rather than wait until we get closer to the red zone, we’ve decided to – gasp! – start generating some income now.
It’s actually not as dramatic as it sounds. We’ve both worked online for a while now, writing, building websites, and consulting with small business owners. Warren has even continued his website development with a few clients since we’ve been on this trip. But we had not planned to really focus on work much at all during our travels.
You know, since this was just a trip and all.
But now that we’ve crossed the line from “trip” into “regular life” we have to find a way to pay for this retirement-like lifestyle all the way into our actual retirement ages.
This fall we will be settling down for six months to do a few things:
- Grow our existing business to be able to support us long-term
- Take the downtime to pursue some long-term interests, like cooking, yoga, and language lessons
- Work on some bigger projects, like finishing the book and enhancing our website
One of the rules (the only rule, actually) of settling down is to not spend our travel money. That means we have to make enough money to support ourselves in full for 6 months. To that end, we are both looking for some new projects, Warren with his WordPress website development business and me with my small business content creation services.
You get a bonus out of this in 3 ways:
- We’ll write about the successes and challenges in creating this kind of work/travel lifestyle so you can create your own if you want to (if you thought the 12-mile fight was good, stay tuned for the living AND working together fights!)
- You’ll see what it is like to live in another country as an ex-pat. This is going to be very different than just traveling through and staying in hostels.
- We’ll finally finish writing the book.
We need your help
Now that we’ve made the big decision, we have one other thing to do: Decide on a location. We’ve outlined our top 3 choices based on lifestyle, cost, and interest, though we are open to your suggestions. Watch it, weigh in with a comment or a thumbs up, and let us know what you think. (Click here if you don’t see the video below.)
We’ll be making our decision by the end of this month and heading to our new digs in October after we do some traveling around Europe.
Continuing the life-improvement process
This is the thing I love most about creating the life you want: once you achieve your dream, you open yourself up to new experiences and opportunities, which create even bigger dreams.
This is the most recent incarnation of our dream, and we are excited to share it with you just like we did when we sold everything we owned and saved like mad to go on this fantastic journey.
It all comes down to this: Life is short. Live your dream.