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Interview with RTW traveller and long-term expat Tal Gur

In this interview, Tal Gur of BelowZerotoHero.com shares some insights into how travelling around the world has made him a better person. He also talks about how he has managed to build a largely passive income to fund his adventures. After six years in Australia and a 3 year round-the-world trip, Tal has now decided to set up a homebase in the US with his wife.

Interview with Tal Gur

Tal Gur of BelowZerotoHero.com

Please tell us about yourself?

I am originally from a Israel, though I feel at home in many places.

In 1996, aged 21, I took a long motorcycle trip in Australia and immediately fell in love. Years later I went back to complete my Masters degree in Information Management Systems and adopted Australia as a second home.

In 2009, after six blissful years in Australia, I packed a small backpack and left on a 3+ years ‘Round-The-World trip. I’m now in the process of adopting the U.S. as my new and third home. 🙂

What are your main websites about?

I own quite a few websites but the two main ones are Below Zero to Hero and Passively Free.

The first one has been crafted in the purpose of …

A Week in Chiang Mai – Photo Diary

Here is a selection of photos to show a little about what our life is like in Thailand. We tend to get into a routine and do the same things on a regular basis. Our life is simple, but very enjoyable. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t grateful for the opportunities we have. We live in amazing times.

Visa Run to Myanmar

Every digital nomad knows this story well. After two or three months you have to travel to another country to renew visas for another short stay. Fortunately, visa runs are well established in Thailand and there are tours specifically for getting a new stamp in your passport. A day trip to Myanmar from Chiang Mai costs less than $20 with lunch and some sight-seeing included. Now we are good for another two months in Thailand.

Myanmar border

Visa run to the Myanmar border.

Great Thai Food

One of our favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai is Imm Aim (formerly Pun Pun). We go there 4 or 5 times a week because the food and atmosphere are great. I love small family run restaurants and the open garden is so relaxing. Imm Aim is a must try for …

Interview with the House Sitting Couple

Interested in getting free accommodations while you travel the world? House sitting may be the answer. However, it’s not always easy to find the first housesits before you have built up references and a track record. James and Jenna of TheHouseSittingCouple.com show how they started in this interview and provide a step-by-step plan to get you started in house sitting. There is some great advice here. I love how they created a dedicated website to market themselves as house sitters.

James and Jemma the House Sitting Couple

the House Sitting Couple

Please tell us about yourselves?

We’re both Celts 🙂 James grew up in Cork in the south of Ireland and Jemma grew up in Edinburgh in Scotland. We met in Edinburgh where when we both worked for a small media agency in a ‘trendy’ part of the city called Leith. If you’ve seen Trainspotting or better yet read the book, you’ll recognise the name. Don’t worry, by the time we were working there it had evolved from a junkie paradise to a yuppie paradise, so it was quite a pleasant place to live and work for a while. We didn’t get together then but kept in contact and somewhere along the line James managed to woo …

Interview with Location Independent Copywriter John McIntyre

One of the best parts of being based out of Chiang Mai is the large digital nomad community here.  I don’t know of any other city in the world that comes close. It’s amazing to be able to connect with so many travellers and entrepreneurs. By far, the most dominant group of location independent entrepreneurs are the Dynamite Circle members from TropicalMBA.com. I recently had the opportunity to meet DC member and copywriter John McIntyre. John talks about his background, what makes Chiang Mai so great and gives some advice for aspiring copywriters in this interview.

John-McIntyre-working-Philippines

Please tell us about yourself?

I hail from the grand ol’ city of Sydney, Australia. But… I haven’t been there in over a year.

I never had a typical career and never wanted one. I jumped from casual job to casual job, moving around whenever I got bored. I had a knack for figuring things out quick. The problem was once I had it figured out, I lost interest. I did a lot of sales jobs. Both face-to-face and on the phone. The experience in sales has been incredibly valuable.

I played with online marketing on and off, but never got enough traction …

Interview with Long-Term Traveler and Blogger, Dave Dean

The best part of working on this site and doing so many interviews, by far, is the opportunity to meet and connect with people in person. I was fortunate enough to meet up with Dave Dean three times this year. His inspiring fundraising work with OneGirl is a perfect example of what all of us can do if we set our minds to making the world a better place. In this interview, Dave provides some details on his travel lifestyle and how he earns a living,  He also gives some great advice on making money with a travel blog and how to get freebies and sponsorships. Enjoy the interview!

Please tell us about yourself?

I was born and grew up in New Zealand, graduated with a History/Political Science degree and fell into working in IT. At the age of 22 I left for the UK, living and working there for three years while developing a travel addiction every chance I got. For several years after that I tried to juggle my career with regular travel stints, failing miserably to achieve the balance I desired. Finally, a little over a year ago, I ditched the cubicle for the final time in …

Interview with Travel Blogger, Author, Volunteer and SEO Consultant – Shannon O’Donnell

In this interview, Shannon O’Donnell, author of The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook offers some great advice for those looking to do good on their journeys. Shannon funds her travels as a SEO consultant and more recently as a travel speaker. She also talks about her annual travel costs, homeschooling, SEO freelancing, and more in this monster interview. Enjoy!

Please tell us about yourself?

I am a rarity in the United States in that I am a native, born-and-raised Floridian—I grew up in St. Petersburg and lived there until I left for college, at which point I moved about two hours north to attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando. When I entered college I decided to pick a “useful” major rather than my passion, so my degree is in Advertising and Public Relations but I used my four-year scholarship to take advantage of all the acting, theatre, and foreign language classes I could also fit into my schedule.

After graduation, I immediately moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and it’s at that time that I began to learn about SEO and started consulting and writing on the internet. Those early years when I lived in LA, I …

Making a Difference in Bangkok – Interview with Dwight Turner

It’s easy for a new university graduate to go abroad and spend all their free time partying and socializing. That’s what I did when I first moved abroad. There is so much to see and do in a foreign country that it’s easy to get caught up in an exciting new lifestyle. Then there are people like Dwight Turner, who realize that they have the power to make a meaningful difference in the world. Dwight is the perfect example of what I call a JetSetCitizen. In Bangkok, Dwight ended up creating his own non-profit that helps refugees in Bangkok which he runs in his free-time. He dedicates countless hours of his time with no salary to providing food, housing and education for 13 families who would be other be subject to prison and other depravities in Thailand. We need more Dwight Turners in the world. I hope you get inspired to take action from this interview. It would be great to get some more donations to Dwight’s charity.

Dwight Turner Bangkok

How did you end up in Bangkok?

Basically, I studied intercultural communication at the State University of Sacramento. I really loved it and had great professors. One of them, an associate …

Interview with World Traveler and Berlin Expat, Adam Groffman

With Germany’s forward thinking Freelancer Work Visa and inexpensive living costs in the creative and culturally rich city of Berlin, there is only one digital nomad headquarters in Europe. Increasing numbers of travellers are falling in love with Berlin and making this city their homebase. After a round-the-world trip, designer and blogger Adam Groffman couldn’t resist the pull of Berlin and has relocated there. In this interview, he shares what makes Berlin such a great city, shares his travel experiences and explains how he funds his expat lifestyle.

Travels of Adam - Adam GroffmanWhat made you want to quit your job to travel around the world?

I grew up in Texas but went to school and lived in Boston for a while. I studied communications with a focus on advertising (though I’d initially started my studies as a journalism student), but actually worked in the book publishing industry right out of college doing graphic design. I studied abroad twice while at university and that always made me want to live abroad. In 2009, I realized it’d been years since I traveled abroad so a friend and I planned a weekend trip to Iceland. Neither of us had any spare vacation time, so we planned the …

33 Months of Location Independence – A Personal Update

Next February will mark three years since we sold our business and left Japan. It seems like such a long time since we first made the one year plan to change countries and careers back in 2009. Here is an update on what is happening in our lives and some of the lessons learned over the past few years.

Location Independent 33 Months

Travel Plans

Today, we’ll be headed back to Asia for the winter. We will spend most of our time in Chiang Mai again, but also have some shorter trips planned to Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and possibly some other nearby countries. This will probably be our last trip to Asia for a while, as we haven’t been to Europe for a couple of years and we still haven’t made it South of Mexico.

New JetSetCitizen.com Website

This website has finally gotten a redesign. You’ll notice (I hope) that the site is simplified to make it easier to navigate and find past content. It is not 100% finished yet, but I wanted to get it up before I leave. I’ve lost the count of the Twitter shares, but everything else seems to have went well in the migration.

I’ve been blogging for four …

How to Start a Travel Blog – Step 1

This is the start of a new series on how to create a travel blog from absolutely zero. It’s aimed at complete novices, so you will not need any prior knowledge or skills to go through this content.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes with all my sites and blogs. This information is what I wish I knew in starting out and what I would do different now.

Travel Blog

Why You Shouldn’t Start a Travel Blog

I wrote about Why Travel Blogging is a Lousy Way to Make Money Online. I think most travel bloggers would agree that if your primary goal is to earn quick, easy money, then travel blogging is a terrible choice. Blogging takes a lot of time, effort and skills. Even then you will need to do it for years to build a substantial audience.

If you are only going to travel for a year or so, it probably would make more sense to work an extra part-time job or overtime hours to save money before you depart. You don’t want to spend your precious time abroad in internet cafes, behind a computer screen for some vague hope of generating an income from your travel blog. …