Edited and updated 7 September, 2021
We are often asked how we are earning while we travel the world. We've been on the road a little while now and I haven't yet shared our story about this. We set off with a bit of savings, and a plan to build an online business and travel blog before our savings ran out.
Selling Everything We Owned (Not A Lot)
Back in February 2020, we sold everything we owned. This consisted of: one 9 year old small SUV (which didn't sell until three months after we left) and a PURPLE 1995 Hyundai Lantra (honestly, it was the best car I've ever owned and people on Facebook Marketplace were fighting for it) ?
We sold our 2011 iMac and then it broke the day after the guy paid me, so I had to refund him. Our 2011 50" TV was awesome, but it died two months before we left. That was all our 'expensive stuff'.
We didn't own a house, or have shares or investments to sell up. It was literally our household items we put on Facebook marketplace.
So what did we sell? Everything but the kitchen sink. Beds, mattresses, some stuff we had to giveaway, other stuff we had to throw out. We sold my husbands shoes, desks, tables. You name it, we sold it. We made a few thousand from selling everything inside our home. which was awesome ?
All our savings plus everything we sold, was a total of about $20,000 AUD. Which was less than our goal of $25,000.
It was freaky as getting on a plane knowing we were going to New Zealand where yes, we spent a fair bit of our savings in only a month.
We were so lucky our first stop was the wonderful Vietnam because it is affordable here. And we were blessed to be stuck there during Covid.
We were also grateful to be able to access some extra cash when my other car sold (just under $9,000) and a bit more from our Super (mine didn't have that much to begin with, so we took all of it) ✨
Now we've been abroad seven months and we still have a fair amount left. However, it's time to get serious. Travel blogging isn't cutting it (even the most successful blogs aren't making their money, so it's unreasonable for me to think I can make $5,000 a month blogging in the next 18 months)... So we needed SOMETHING, ANYTHING. FAST. And something that wasn't going to take too much time from me ⏳
I've been dabbling in Crypto and Shares for ages, but I'm just not an active trader.
A Passive Opportunity Saved Us (But it didn't Last)
We got involved with a trading platform. At the time, everything checked out. Subsequently, the trading company (that was registered and even actually sponsored the Seville Football Club in Spain), was shut down and a guy was arrested for fraud.
In October, 2020, an opportunity crossed my path, and my heart exploded. An opportunity to invest a small amount (only $300 USD), and allow some pro traders to trade in the Foreign exchange market which was going to help me double our return over a period of months.
I was joyful to discover this because I didn't have to stare at screens all day. Instead, I was able to watch my balance grow, then cash out and / or deposit my earnings to grow some more.
For our family, this seemed perfect. And it fed us for a few months. However, as time went on, it drastically changed and eventually stopped paying in March 2022.
What I learned:
As I've become deeply involved in crypto, I discovered projects like this are usually ponzi's with a great story, and lots to cover up.
- 'Promise to pay' programs usually go bust. The one we were involved with is probably one of the very few that lasted beyond two years.
- I learned the longer they operate, the more people they burn.
- I've learned there are other, more transparent ways to trade and retain full control of your finances.
- When the promises aren't delivered, you should run a mile (but try not to go there in the first place)
Amongst announcements and changes, I realized I didn't feel comfortable being 100% dependent on our Forex trading investment and started looking for a job. I began to accept that this could all disappear overnight.
This is why I don't really talk too much about the opportunities I find anymore (most things just are too good to be true).
I Got a Remote Job Earning BTC Instead of Dollars
During my time of uncertainty, I applied for a remote job working in the crypto sector. It took a while for my application to process, however once I hit my first interview, things went really fast. It was a dream job for me and I accepted in June 2021.
This job, for me, isn't a prison. Part of our mission is to help half the world exit the traditional financial system by 2030. That mission sets my heart on fire.
One of my wildest dreams since I was 18 or 19 was to work for Google. I applied once. Didn't get the job. In 2019 I had an opportunity to get a job with Google in Sydney. I spoke with a friend who worked there and asked about what it was like. My friend told me about the hours involved and I decided not to apply because my heart said it would take me away from my family too much.
My new job feels right. For me, cryptocurrency is doing amazing things for the financial sector. Right now, crypto is comparable to what the internet was like in 1996. This is the start of something much bigger than most people can see right now. So it turns out, I've manifested my big dream. I think my job is better than working for Google!!
This job also gave me the depth of knowledge and understanding that I want to provide full transparency about ALL that I know and do. This is why I don't refer people to the Forex trading platform anymore. It's also why I haven't taken down my story reel. It's an unfinished story. I want to show you what happens (even if it turns out badly).
My failures are part of my learning journey. Just as my achievements are.
There are people out there who will judge me based on MY mistakes, or my inability to spot a scam. That's just part of life in our current times. Hopefully, most of my readers may just want to see the truth. And hopefully most people will appreciate the transparency with which I share these stories.
In conclusion, if you're looking for opportunities to earn while you travel, there are plenty out there. Very few will actually create a long standing income though.
I had a baby, and decided I want to reboot my online incomes
In 2022, I was blessed to become a mother to our fourth baby, Manaia. Since that time, over 1.5 years at the time I write this, I haven't had many full nights sleep. I work, I sleep. My excitement for travel turned into burn out. I have been tired, not excited. I just wanted to rest!
Meeting good friends in Bulgaria, that subsequently followed us to Vietnam, reignited my passion to build an online income stream. I really want to build my own products and share this journey with others.
I decided to be open to different ways to make money online again. But with boundaries. No Network Marketing, no MLMs, no trading schemes. I saw a friend of mine talking about $700AUD days. She's a mum, and it got me curious. So I reached out.
What I found was something that I'm excited to share. It's not Network Marketing, it's not MLM, it's not trading. It is a digital marketing course that teaches people how to create ANY online business.
I bought the course, and by doing so, I gained full resell rights. This means I can sell the course at any price I choose (as long as it's above $497 USD), and no middle man takes a cut. I have set up my own Stripe payment and Bitcoin payment options.
Going through the course, I realized it would help me also build my own courses and content. I have started with my first Bitcoin for Beginners course. And I also have a 1:1 program launching soon.
This digital marketing course really set me up for the next level of success in online business. I'm really excited about this and truly believe if people are willing to put in the time and effort to learn a new skill, this is the best opportunity out there!
If you want to watch a short video about it, click here and subscribe.
I'm also putting refreshing an old guide I had - 20 ways to make $10k per month online. It'll be available soon!!
If you've got questions, reach out. I'm here for you!