How to Become a Full-time Traveler and Work from Anywhere in The World?
You want to travel the world and enjoy your life to the fullest? You can picture yourself as a full-time blogger traveling around the world? You have the intention to go on the journey of your life?
I’ve talked with a blogger Candice Walsh a few days ago. She has all the positive answers to the questions above, because she’s living the life of her dreams.
Candice is a full-time traveler who has a rich portfolio of visited destinations. She left her job a few years ago and started working as a freelance writer.
Freelancing ment that she has the freedom to do what she wants and wherever she wants. Since her first trip, she never settled down, because the whole world is her home.
If you want to become a full-time traveler Candice has some great information for you. I did an interview with her, so you could see what a life of a travel blogger looks like.
You travel the world, you meet new people and cultures and simply fill out every moment of your life with satisfaction and pleasure. How did your adventure of realizing the life of your dreams begin?
But I was naturally curious about the world, especially because I’ve always been a huge reader. I consumed books – you kinda have to when you live in the middle of nowhere without cable television.
In university, I studied English Lit. My university offers a study abroad program in the UK, so I hopped on for a semester with a bunch of other young students for my first time ever outside the island. It was fantastic because I had more experienced travellers to ease me into this new world, and I loved every minute of it.
I was hooked on travel after that, and I combined my love for writing with my love for travel, and tried to make a career out of it.
List and describe the 5 key steps that a person should if he/she would instantly decide to start living a life like yours.
The thing is, there aren’t five key steps. I don’t like articles that pressure people to sell off their stuff, ditch the 9-5, and travel the world open-ended. If that’s what you want to do, fantastic! Do it. But it’s not for everyone.
I prefer having a home base, most certainly. I like knowing I have somewhere to come back to. If you want to travel more, you can:
- Realize there is no RIGHT way to travel – if you’re uncomfortable with open-ended travel, you don’t have to do it.
- Find your own path – if you want to find a career that gives you the flexibility to travel like I do, you don’t always have to listen to everyone else. Success is rewarded to those who stand out.
- Save a ton of money – because I assure you, what you think is enough is NOT enough.
- Make a plan – set some goals. Being spontaneous is fine and dandy, but at some point you’ll have to address real life matters.
- Ignore the nay-sayers – people often don’t think of my lifestyle as a permanent thing. It’s more temporary to them – a dream vacation, if you will. But it’s not. And people find this unsettling sometimes, and they’ll ask you probing questions. “What will you do if something goes wrong?” “Don’t you want financial stability?” “Don’t you miss job security?” You don’t have to answer to anybody but yourself.
Do your adventures look much different now, opposing to what they looked like at the beginning of your traveling career?
I was really inexperienced when I first started out, and pretty much afraid of everything.
Cities overwhelmed me; large crowds threatened me. But like any skill, travel gets easier with practice. Especially solo.
I do prefer staying in one place for longer bouts of time now, as opposed to earlier trips where I breezed through cities and countries in a couple of days.
Your adventures certainly are not free. Can you tell me how much money do you spend and what on, during a trip?
I don’t spend a great deal, but it depends on the country, of course. Thankfully I love cheaper destinations anyway, like Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
I rent via Airbnb or other sites so that I can stay in an apartment for a week at a time, or longer. This gives me working space as well.
Food and nightlife are probably my biggest expenditures. I love trying new local things, but it does add up. So usually I’ll spend money on nice evening meals, but I’ll cook lunch and breakfast at home. I also LOVE sampling local beers and wines, and experiencing the local nightlife.
I always opt for free walking tours, and I love for free museum days. Groupon is also a good way to find local activities for bargain prices.
But travelling for me is sometimes cheaper than living at home in Canada. Fresh foods abroad are insanely cheaper than at home (unless you’re hitting up maybe Scandinavia, or the UK). Alcohol is cheaper, etc.
When you’re at a fascinating destination that offers an interesting service, do you make sure to try it out?
It’s hard to remember all the weird things I’ve done, but I once did an overnight horseback trip through the Saskatchewan prairies, and camped out under the stars surrounded by wolves.
I like trying new and weird foods, like fermented shark and Iceland, and guinea pig in Peru. And this year I completed a pilgrimage across Spain (the Camino de Santiago).
You are describing your exciting trips and adventures, on your own very interesting blog. How did you get the idea you to start a blog? What are the benefits you now have from writing a blog?
I started blogging in high school, because I loved writing and I loved journalling. Except those blogs were mostly private back then.
I started writing more publicly in my university years when I realized I actually had a really interested readership, and travel became a natural part of that transition.
I don’t take a lot of free trips or accommodations, as I find it skews my personal opinions. But I will work with brands and destinations that are of interest to me, especially if I can publish stories in other publications. I don’t make a lot of money as a writer, so aid is always appreciated.
I see that you have many followers on social networks. Have you achieved these incredible numbers by creating interesting and original content or did you use some other methods to get as many fans as possible?
I’ve never bought any of my followers, and I put in a huge amount of work to build a strong social following. My numbers still aren’t as high as other bloggers, but I have a super engaged audience.
I try to be funny and interesting, and I post a lot of quirky stories. I share the work of others (blogs that I enjoy). I share images, and life anecdotes. People really appreciate knowing the personality behind the avatar. At least, that’s been my experience.
You have managed to transmit a quality relationship with your fans, into some of your projects. One of them was “live a day following the wishes of the Twitter users”. In a few words, you have posted several surveys during the day, and the Twitter users had to answer them. Based on these answers you have planned your day in Berlin (if I’m right). How do you rate the quality of that project, what was the interest of your fans, and what lessons did you learn during this project?
That’s correct! It was so much fun. It was really a way for me to get outside my comfort zone by polling my followers about what I should do throughout the day.
I published the story with Buzzfeed, and the response was great. Basically, I wandered around parts of Berlin I probably wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. It was interactive and entertaining.
In order to live freely as you live now, you had to get rid of all the shackles that binded you to one destination. In particular, I’m interested in how you make money for your adventures? Also, what’s bothering you in such a nomadic way of life?
Fortunately for me, I’ll always have a home to come back to. Newfoundlanders are fiercely rooted to their province. I have tons of friends and family here.
Most of my money comes from writing for other publications, and a great deal of copywriting for the web. My blog doesn’t earn much, but I use it as a portfolio to attract potential clients. It’s worked for years.
As for the nomadic life, I almost always have a home base. I need to know there’s a comfortable space for me to come back to – I couldn’t do this otherwise.
In your ‘traveling CV’, you have already included more than 30 countries around the world. Can you please enumerate five destinations that have blown you away, and describe poetically, why we all should visit these destinations before we die.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
This country in the Balkans blew me away with its beauty. The people are so incredibly warm, and the towns are beautiful. I loved Sarajevo and Mostar. Plus it’s super affordable. A lot of people still think of it as a war-torn place, but it’s not. And they could use your tourism dollars.
I know, typical! But after travelling around Italy this spring, I can totally confirm it’s one of the best places on the planet. The lifestyle is just wonderful. Other than all the historical amazingness (and the food!), some of my happiest moments were just enjoying a spritzer on an outdoors terrace, watching the world go by.
Spending time in the Greek Islands was one of the best experiences of my life. The people are outrageously warm and friendly, and the Mediterranean is just stunning. Plus I love Greek food, love! Nothing beats that fresh seafood.
Obviously I’m biased, having lived here for a year! I admit that I didn’t get to explore much of the country, but Berlin is my favourite city on the planet. The atmosphere is just incredibly unique and fun.
Clearly I’m obsessed with Europe! Prague is another of my favourite cities on the planet, and so is Cesky Krumlov. Few cities can compare in beauty.
Do you think that you will ever get bored of this nomadic way of life? When you get older, do you think that it will come the time for you to slam on the brakes and settle down somewhere for a longer period of time?
It’s hard to say.
I doubt wanderlust ever goes away, but there’s a lot of value in having a home and a family. I don’t think travel and having a “normal” life are mutually exclusive, either. For now, I’m pretty content to be free floating.
Some bloggers I interviewed have told me that they visit blogging conferences regularly, in order to meet new trends and socialize with like-minded people. What’s your relationship with other bloggers like, and do you sometimes indulge in the traveling adventures together?
I backed out of the travel blog scene for awhile there because I felt like there was a lot of negativity circulating. But in reality, the travel blog community is wonderfully supportive, kind, and fun.
I’ve made some excellent lifelong friends through blogging. I haven’t attended many conferences lately, but I always grab an opportunity to hang out with bloggers when our paths cross. (Which is quite often!)
We all want to live the life of our dreams, but only few of us manage to do so. Try to motivate my readers to stop making excuses, and to finally start with the realization of their dream life, in a few sentences.
Taking that first step is the hardest.
I admit I had it a bit easier – I was laid off from my 9-5 job, and in my downtime, I started picking up freelance writing and blogging full-time. But once I got started, it was easy.
Fear is our main discourager. Don’t let it win! If you don’t bite that bullet, you’ll never know the full extent of your capabilities.
I believe that you know a lot more about the full-time travelers after having read the interview. Although you’ve obtained some great information, I believe that you’re now eager to find out more useful information.
In order to find out more about Candice’s life, take a look at her awesome blog Freecandie. All the answers you want to know are hidden there.
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