Amazon Publishing with Warren and Betsy Talbot of Married with Luggage

Why would a professional couple with good jobs, great friends and a comfortable lifestyle give it all up to travel the world? Warren and Betsy Talbot of explain exactly what led to their  location independent lifestyle, what they did to prepare, how they fund their travels, total costs for RTW travel, hardships, relationships and more in this comprehensive interview. They are Amazon publishing experts and have a wealth of knowledge and advice to share. Grab a notebook because there is some great advice and actionable information in this interview. (The video follows the questions below.) Enjoy!

Interview Questions

  • 0:20 Can you give us an introduction into your website and background?
  • 2:00 What kind of work were you doing before you started this lifestyle?
  • 2:15 Did you enjoy your work? Were you feeling fulfilled?
  • 3:01 What was your wake up call to make you start planning for your new life?
  • 3:58 Are you doing the things you most want to in life now?
  • 4:40 Was travel an essential part of living a more fulfilled life?
  • 5:21 What exactly did you do in your 25 months of preparation?
  • 7:35 Do you still have a homebase?
  • 7:57 Do you have chances to go home often?
  • 9:32 Tell us  about your travels. Where have you been and what have you done?
  • 10:56 Do you have time to work with all of your travels?
  • 12:15 What does travel entail for you? (Are you moving around all the time?)
  • 13:20 How do you make money? What’s your business?
  • 14:48 Why do you sell your ebooks on Kindle rather than your own site?
  • 17:54 How much did you sell your first book for on your website?
  • 20:39 Did you lower the price for Amazon?
  • 21:11 So the volume makes up for the fact that you are making a third of the price?
  • 21:53 Do you have any specific tactical advice for Kindle publishing?
  • 26:15 Is Barnes & Noble a major platform for you?
  • 26:49 Do your book sales decline, or do they sell consistently?
  • 28:56 Do you have any advice for a new author?
  • 32:18 Do you write what you want or do you write what people are buying?
  • 34:34 Can you tell us about the bad parts of a travel lifestyle? What are some of the hardships? What do you miss?
  • 38:26 Are you going to move into other business areas, or are you focused on being authors?
  • 40:26 Would you go the traditional published book route with a publishing house?
  • 42:52 Can you please give us a run down of your travel costs?
  • 44:42 What house-sitting advice can you offer? How did you get started?
  • 46:24 Can you give some advice for people looking to make a major career or life change?

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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.

4 Responses to Amazon Publishing with Warren and Betsy Talbot of Married with Luggage

  1. Frank says:

    John, thanks for this interview. I don’t know about others, but I enjoy the interviews with digital nomads. It could be because we just made a move to South America ourselves. Really identified with this interview more however ,because Warren and Betsy are not the tipical 21 year olds as you stated. So, in that respect, I’ve had enough of the 21 year old backpacket and appreciate hearing from the more mature couple that had to make a change in their career in order to make it happen.

    • John says:

      Thanks Frank.

      I also appreciate the more experiences of more mature digital nomads. It’s much harder to make a major career change in your 40s, than your 20s.

  2. Maria says:

    Happy to see this interview with the Talbots – they’re such a dynamic duo and don’t gloss over the nitty-gritty details of how they got the funds to follow their dreams.

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