Interview with Thailand Based Nomad, Cody McKibben

In this interview, Cody McKibben of ThrillingHeroics shares his experiences living in Thailand and doing freelance WordPress development and social media consulting.  (It is my first video interview and we had several broken Internet connections, so I apologize for the rough editing and generic iMovie effects. I will improve in the future!)

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0:25 Who is Cody McKibben
He runs ThrillingHeroics.com, where he blogs about personal development, travel, web entrepreneurship and living location independent. His business does WordPress development and social media marketing.

1:00 What is Thailand like?
He has been living in Bangkok, Thailand for 8 months. The lifestyle is awesome and the cost of living is low.

1:50 How do you manage your visas in Thailand?
He leaves the country every three months to renew his visa. He uses the opportunity to travel to other countries and do fund-raising and charity work.

3:30 How much does it cost to live in Thailand?
It has a low cost of living and nice lifestyle. He lives pretty well for US$750 to $1000 per month. Rent for a basic studio apartment in the city center is US$220.

4:30 Is WordPress development a good opportunity for new Freelancers?
There is lots of work and it is a pretty easy learning curve so he does recommend WordPress development.

5:10 Please tell us about the social media projects you are working on.
He is working with Jun Loayza of Viralogy.com and Lea and Jonathan Woodward of LocationIndependent.com. If you are considering becoming location independent, Cody highly recommends the top quality resources of LocationIndependent.com.

7:03 What’s the future for Cody McKibben?
He wants to cultivate the freedom to choose the projects he wants to work on and the people he wants to work with and when and where he works.

8:20 How long do you plan on being in Thailand?
The plan was for a year and a half but he is working on other projects that might keep him there longer. Cody also plans on spending time in other countries like Australia, Argentina and maybe somewhere in Africa.

9:15 Do you have any plans to settle down and move back to the US?
Cody plans on visiting home at least once a year but he likes traveling and expat life so he doesn’t plan on settling down anytime soon.

Links Mentioned in the Video
ThrillingHeroics.com
InSearchOfSanuk.com
Viralogy.com
LocationIndependent.com

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

8 Responses to Interview with Thailand Based Nomad, Cody McKibben

  1. Roy says:

    Nice, only this week I featured both of you guys on my site, keep up the good work.
    How is the plan coming along? Any ideas which country you are headed to?
    Roy

    • John says:

      Hi Roy,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. The plan is definitely a go. No, matter what happens we are leaving. We want to leave our English school in good hands so that is the only thing holding us back. If we can sort that out, we will be leaving early. We are not sure where we are going first, but in the first year it will be Europe, The Philippines, Central and South America. We are not sure what order though.

  2. Nate says:

    John this is an awesome interview! I just subscribed to Cody’s blog the other day so it was cool to see him and hear more about him. I’ve been working on convincing my girlfriend that we should move to Thailand for a few months, and I think she’s starting to warm up to the idea. I think I’m gonna have to show her this video!

    • John says:

      Cody is a great guy and Thailand is a great country. Personally, I don’t like Bangkok so much. It is too polluted and smelly. I would recommend spending your time on Koh Samui or Changmai. It is also cheaper as well.

  3. Sorry for the slow connection and the choppy video guys! (ew, ugly morphed face!)

    John, it was fun to talk with you, thanks so much. And the video’s great! I love the transitions and titles, looks good. Great job salvaging the good stuff! Cheers! 🙂

  4. Roy, thanks for including me in your blog list! Great set of folks.

    And Nate, let me know when you decide to come out here to Thailand!

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