I think it is obvious now blogging is absolutely essential for all businesses and people interested in professional development. The reason I am living a travel lifestyle now is largely do to the public declaration I made in a blog post to leave Japan and find a new career. Blogging really is life changing. Also, this JetSetCitizen blog has helped me connect with hundreds of travelers and other like minded people. The experience continues to be invaluable.
Get your own domain name from GoDaddy.com. It looks much more professional than a free site, you will own the name so you can build your own brand and it only costs about $10 per year. Keep an eye out for specials and it might even be cheaper. GoDaddy has a good interface for managing multiple domain names and are a reputable company to deal with. I have been using them for many years. GoDaddy also offers inexpensive hosting but I have only used them for domain names.
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Getting your own website host for unlimited domain names and email addresses can cost as little as $5.00 per month. I have been using HostGator for years and am very happy with their service. You can install WordPress blogs and many other scripts with just one click. Their customer support is responsive and the control panel to manage everything is easy to understand.
Make Money Online
Earning an income is the hardest part of living a travel focused lifestyle. Here are some resources that will help you get started.
Affiliate Marketing for Beginners
Affiliate marketing means creating mini-sites to market other people’s products or services. You don’t have to create the products because there are thousands made by others to sell already. You just have to get traffic to a site. If a sale is made through your web site you earn a commission, often around 50%. So for a $100 product, you would earn $50 per sale. Take at look at this post for more information: What is the Best Way to Fund a Travel Lifestyle?
Corbett Barr’s Affiliate Marketing for Beginners is a great inexpensive course to get started in affiliate marketing. Corbett walks you through all the steps in choosing topics, researching market potential, finding products to sell, creating mini-sites, search engine optimization and more with a real affiliate marketing example. The best part is that all the modules have comments so that you can ask questions that Corbett will answer. Everything is explained clearly and concisely without all the hype and pushy sales tactics. I did an interview with Corbett on this site as well.
Set up a Business in Bali
How would you like to set up a business in paradise? Bali is definitely one of my favorite places in the world. It has great restaurants, surfing and beaches all for very inexpensive prices. Long time Bail expat, Mike Henry has a great ebook, How to Start a business in Bali with detailed information on everything you need to know about setting up a business on the island. I found the in-depth interviews at the end particularly fascinating. It is great to hear the stories of expat entrepreneurs. Here is the interview I did with Mike Henry.
Long time traveler Mathew Kepnes has been funding his travel lifestyle for years through his various blogs and travel websites. He wrote a great ebook, “How To Make Money With Your Travel Blog.” The ebook walks you through all the steps to creating successful and profitable blogs right from the very beginning. This is a great start for novices and offers some more detailed information for those with more Internet experience. You can see the review I did of the ebook here, How to Make Money with your Travel Blog, eBook Review.
If you don’t know how to build a travel blog or even where to start, Nomadic Matt will walk you through all the steps in another ebook, How to Build a Travel Blog. This ebook is only $4.00.
Teaching English is the fastest and easiest way to establish yourself in a foreign country. I was able to relocate to Japan with only one week of notice and very little savings. You don’t really need any special qualifications or skills either.
Nomadic Matt also wrote an inexpensive book about teaching English around the world. (I helped edit the Japan section.) It covers information on TEFL training programs, requirements, salary expectations and job listings from all the top English teaching destinations around the world. The best part is that the 101 page ebook is less than $10. Buy “How to Teach English Overseas” NOW!
Teach English in Japan
Japan is my personal favorite teaching destination. I lived and taught there for 13 years, while owning my own English school for more than 10 of those years. I have written a comprehensive book of everything you need to know. If you have any further questions after reading the book, purchasers can email me to get more information, clarification or advice. Here is more information on The Complete Guide to Teaching English in Japan.
Get Paid to Travel
WanderingEarl has a comprehensive ebook covering the ins and outs of the cruise ship industry. Traveling to exotic destinations aboard a ship can actually be a great way to save a lot of money. Click Here to read more.