Blogging Around the World….Literally

This post was guest blogged by Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com

In a recent post, John pointed out how part of the Dot Com Lifestyle is being able to blog from anywhere. The freedom which blogging offers, however, doesn’t just mean working in your pajamas or from Starbucks. It literally means you can work from almost any corner of the Earth.

In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world and see if I could make a career out of traveling. Since then, I’ve been to 45 countries and territories and have been able to blog from almost all of them. That includes some of the most remote corners of the world such as Easter Island, Palau and East Timor.

Blogging overseas isn’t as hard as most people think. One of the things which has surprised me has been how ubiquitous internet access is today. As I write this, I am in a cafe in Vietnam on a free wifi connection. All over SE Asia, even in poorer countries such as Cambodia, you can almost always find wifi or at least cheap internet cafes ($1/hour or less). In the Marshall Islands, I went to the national communications building where they have an internet connection via satellite and managed to update my site from there. I’ve even done it over packet data terrestrial radio from a village in Fiji!

During my travels I’ve had the pleasure to meet up with several bloggers who have decided to pack up and live overseas in places such as Bali, Fiji, Japan and Thailand. Not only can you earn money from anywhere, but your dollar will usually go much farther overseas (depending on where you live of course). In Vietnam I can easily get by on $30 a day, and could get by on half that if I really needed to. Having an apartment or some sort of permanent residence, as well as cooking your own food can drop that amount even more.

There are challenges you have to overcome. Getting payment can often times be slower than if you lived in North America. While you can get online, bandwidth may be less than what you are used to. (Depending on where you are, it can also be much faster. South Korea has 100mb connections to most houses.) Often, I work ahead and upload photos and video in batches.

I carry more electronics than most people who travel, but it isn’t that much. I have a MacBook Pro as my laptop. I recently purchased a new one in Saigon, but my previous one had lasted me for over a year and a half of heavy travel. A Nikon D200 for my still photography, and a Sanyo Xacti HD1000 as my high-def video camera. I also have 2 external USB hard drives for backing up my photos and video. The total for everything I carry, including clothes, is about 50 pounds.


65 thoughts on “Blogging Around the World….Literally”

  1. Very nice, i would travel if i have money ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. blogmerchant says:

      awesome! I’ve always wondered if people can make a living out of this!

      1. Trevor says:

        Nice post.

        There are enough technologies for people to do this already.

    2. Ben Pei says:

      Yeah.. Thats the ultimate goal… Travel around the world and still making money..

    3. Same here dude! I’d love to travel but funds are just not allowing that.

    4. If YOU HAD MORE MONEY. Dude, He just wrote that he can travel for about 30.00 a day in Vietnam. There are other countries that you can travel in and hang out for a year for about what it costs you to live for a month or two in this country. Pick up the book, “Vagabonding” no excuses my man no excuses

  2. Jon says:

    I have been doing something similar though not as extensive and I must say, it’s a great lifestyle if you can pull it off!

    Jon
    http://DreamClue.com …get the message!

    1. Wow, that’s great hey. Travelling is the best meditation you can do for your mind and body. I’m also planning on travelling once I’m financially fit enough and stable.

  3. I would love to try and hope to do so in the next few years and blog about it as I go to!

    I bet it is a great experience and the way you travel sounds very good.

    Kind regards,
    Carl

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Travel.. Take photos and show people how happy you are blogging around the world!

  4. We don’t have appropriate internet facility here to blog from everywhere.. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Kelly Stone says:

    It’s one of the best things about blogging – being able to do it from anywhere. I love the fact that I can travel 200 miles to see my family and still be able to work.

    I do try to not work whilst I’m on holiday but it does give me the freedom to visit the family more often.

    Great post.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Hey Kelly.. I agree with you! Working from ANYWHERE is the best thing we can have..

      1. Li Weng says:

        Hey it’s not just blogging. Pretty much if you make money online, you will be able to achieve this once you get to a certain stage. It’s like this on the internet, the more money you make, the less work you’ll have to do.

        1. Now that sounds llike the ultimate lifestyle.

  6. Hajib says:

    John… come visit my place… Kuching City, Malaysia Borneo. Perhaps you can try blogging in the cave. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ganesh says:

    That must be fun. One can get along fine in India by earning just $20 a day. But the only thing I don’t like in here is that I’m not accepted in many programs and payments are pretty slow and problematic.

    1. Azmi says:

      $20 a day??? Wow, so basically who ever is a blogger, and can earn $100 a month from Google AdSense will be fine in India.

  8. I love to travel but after my marriage.

    1. Li Weng says:

      It’s a cool idea, but it’s only ideal when you don’t have family. It’ll be very difficult to do when you have kids, because schooling will be a big issue. Even if you have pets, it wouldn’t be so convenient.

  9. Nikolai says:

    Awesome post I also love traveling.

  10. It’s a great idea to travel while working the dotcom lifestyle – there are tons of travel and expatwriters that blog from everywhere or go flashpacking now-a-days. Not to mention photogs, people that sell on esty, or do other Work at home options while traveling or living the high life that is expating. No one quite does it like Gary, though. Loved this post.

  11. Its absolutely mind blowing how internet access, and particularly wifi, has spread throughout the world. The ability to go overseas and blog a wonderful feeling! Thanks
    for this great post.

  12. Ryan says:

    Wow that must be some kind of awesome lifestyle you live! Before I go check out your site, what made you want to spend your time traveling everywhere? Also, with that much traveling, even with the low cost of living in most other countries, I’m sure it gets expensive at times?

    Anyway, great guest article. You, sir, are quite an interesting person ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Gary Arndt says:

      Cost can vary greatly. I’m currently in Vietnam and will be in Laos tomorrow. It is dirt cheap here. Australia was very expensive because I was there when the US Dollar exchange rate was at its worst.

  13. kikoo says:

    must be intersting to be able travel around the word ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Azmi says:

      true, but it’s expensive though

    2. Ben Pei says:

      Its a lifetime experience!

  14. BusinessX says:

    This post points out that blogging from anywhere is possible, but it may not be optimal. Especially if you’re trying to make money. Though I work from home and have the freedom of time, it also takes discipline and work. You still have to work at it. I am sure the examples of the Marshall Islands and of Fiji, they aren’t going to let you have the internet access for hours at a time everyday. Especially to check your PPC campaigns, link build, SEO, blast out an email campaign, check offers, etc. It is obvious that Gary Arndt loves international travel, and that passion makes it happen. For me, I like the dotcom lifestyle method of blogging from the mall or park, while being just a drive away from homebase to do the work.

    1. Gary Arndt says:

      You are correct, it isn’t for everyone. However, it does offer the freedom to do it if you wish. I’ve been able to go places, see things and meet people which most people will never be able to do in their lives.

    2. Li Weng says:

      It’s not possible in the beginning. But it’s very possible once you start automating 90% of your income. It’s not really good to do this when you’re just starting up and building your business.

  15. I would love to do that. It must be great seeing all those different places around the world while still earning an income.

  16. Excellent write up, Gary. I am from Malaysia. Looking forward to backpack to Europe and making money online while travelling…

    I am sure you did achieve it by living life to the fullest….do checkout my newly launched love blog at Cupid Blogger Dot Com

    1. Gary Arndt says:

      I enjoyed Malaysia. I was in Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo as well as Peninsular Malaysia (Singapore to Penang). Mulu National Park in Sarawak was one of the highlights of my trip.

  17. Karl Hadwen says:

    Nice I’d love to travel ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. ManZine says:

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I WANT TO LIVE THE DOT.COM LIFESTYLE AND EXACTLY WHY I’VE STARTED MY BLOG!

    HOPE TO GET IT TO SET OFF.

    I WANT TO TRAVEL THE WORLD AND HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT BY BLOGGING.

    THANKS FOR THE POST!

    1. Try getting your own .com name. Your blog is great by the way.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Yup I agree with that..for branding purpose.

  19. I would love to be able to do that. Luckily I live in Las Vegas and so there are more opportunities to visit things here like seminars and what not but I still don’t have money to get in.

    My Goal is to go to E3 and the Tokyo Game Show. I am a gamer.

  20. Pheak T says:

    that’s the life, being able to just blog, make money online and be wherever you want to be.

  21. Robby G says:

    I’m taking a trip to Holland for a year to study and plan to travel all throughout Europe during my trip. Useful post to keep in mind. Thanks.

  22. angelin says:

    John.. When i can read on your blog this post November Income 2008 ?
    Thanks

  23. MoneyBlog says:

    must be amazing to be able travel around the word

  24. Azmi says:

    John have you been to Bangladesh or India? You should go there, the people there are very friendly. People from Bangladesh especially love the Chinese.

  25. chuan says:

    best! hope i can do so..

  26. I have heard of that blog a year ago and what he is doing truly is great ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder how he makes so much money to do it!

    -Mike

  27. Great one Gary!

    As you know, this is a lot easier and a lot more rewarding than most people realize.

    To those who think this can not be done as a family, I say nonsense!

    We are going on our 3rd year of traveling the world as a family and have loved every moment. Our child has had the best possible education one can get for a global citizen of the 21st century. We have been to 4 continents, 29 countries so far and she has seen and deeply experienced more of the world than most people ever will.

    We do all of this while living large on a total of 20K a year total expenses for a family of three ( and we have been mostly in “expensive” Europe so far). We could do it for less, but we love luxury and we could never have this kind of luxury on that amount of money at home. We could spend more, but we like to continue using our assets to make more money.

    Here is a post I wrote about how to do extended travel.

    http://www.soultravelers3.com/2008/06/how-to-do-exten.html

    Here is a little inspiration from our 1st Youtube video that has had close to a million views:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/soultravelers3

    Carpe Diem!

    1. Li Weng says:

      It’s possible to travel with your family but think about the impact it has on your kids. Yeah they might be experiencing a lot and seeing more of the world. But do they have any real friends? From social development point of view, this is not an ideal lifestyle for kids. From my experience, kids that are too small don’t get to really appreciate what they’re seeing when traveling anyway. It’s like when I went to great wall of China as a kid vs as an adult. It’s totally different. And I’ve worked with people who traveled around as kid because their parents were diplomats, and I have to say they were not exactly sociable.

      1. You are thinking in old terms and not today’s reality. Sorry, but you are wrong, this is an IDEAL way to raise a child in terms of social development. It may not be your cup of tea which is perfectly fine, but your assumptions are just dead wrong. We are older parents who put much thought into this and have talked to many who were raised this way and appreciated it so much.

        Many experts think this is the best possible way to raise and educate a child and in fact that is our primary reason for doing it. Slow travel, webcam internet and the tremendous luxury of time together creates awesome family bonding that enriches the child and the entire family.

        Read this from Transition Abroad:

        โ€œIt is never too late to build family foundations,โ€ says Dr. Nicholas Levy, a pediatrician affiliated with the Univ. of California, San Diego, who advocates traveling sabbaticals for families. โ€œTravel, particularly international travel, exposes families to different lifestyles that intrinsically bring families together.โ€

        โ€œAdaptation and accommodation are probably the most valuable lessons that we can teach our children,โ€ Levy says.

        Yes, my daughter has tons of great friends!

        We are spending our third winter in Spain, so she sees the same kids here for 5 or 6 months every winter in a wholesome, idyllic environment of a gorgeous 15th century village with spectacular ocean and mountain views. The kids play in the cobblestone streets too small for cars, in the 2 parks, plus nearby countryside and she immerses deeply in her 2nd language, culture and literacy. She has sleep overs, play dates & after school activities just like any other kid.

        Meanwhile, she still keeps close with her friends at home in the States ( and grandparents etc) via webcam free Skype calls. They can see each other and gab for hours whenever the mood strikes. We were recently home for a month and she had playdates with all her old friends and kids at her old school treat her like a rockstar as they love following along on our journeys.

        Plus we meet tons of kids and folks whenever we are in travel mode and she continues those relationships over the computer. We have lots of schools following us, so those kids like to chat with her too and we do collaborative projects with school kids from around the world over the web.

        My very exuberant social little girl thrives on her social life via travel and will always have friends from around the world as well as a deeper understanding of how people live in other parts of the world. Trust me, a child who rides a camel into the Sahara at 6 to play a violin concert for 60 Berber kids who live without running water & who have never seen a violin, will remember that experience, those beautiful people and her month in Morocco forever.

        http://www.soultravelers3.com/2008/12/sahara-dream.html#more

        A kid seeing a place for a day, is much different than living somewhere. or spending time just being in one place. We often stay in places for a month or more ( like Santorini, Dubrovnic, Barcelona etc) and often return to them over the years for more long stays. We read about them before, during and after and prepare our homeschooling directly connected to our travels. Using great children’s literature we enhance our child’s travels which also enhance the books.

        http://www.soultravelers3.com/2008/12/venice-via-kids.html#more

        Reading Odysseus at Troy in Turkey and in Greece, Harry Potter while visiting Hogwarts and Pippi Longstocking while in Sweden, etc deepens the child’s experience in a way that they can understand and connect deeply. Our videos, pictures and blog always keep it fresh.

        http://www.soultravelers3.com/2008/12/little-pilgrims.html#more

        The whole beauty of mobile living and popularity of things like the 4 hour work week is that each person/family can create it to how they see fit. We were happy in our dream home in California, but we are much happier now with this life of total freedom. We all thrive on slow travel and life as a field trip! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Some of the brightest and most qualified people on Obama’s team ( like him) are people who spent time in their formative years outside of the US. Many see this as an asset. Because my daughter homeschools in English year round and goes to a local school for a few months in Spain, she has a very different experience than a diplomat expat kids who tend to go to America schools with other diplomat kids.

        Never the less:

        “According to a body of sociological literature devoted to children who spend a portion of their developmental years outside their โ€œpassport country,โ€ the classic profile of a โ€œTCKโ€ is someone with a global perspective who is socially adaptable and intellectually flexible. He or she is quick to think outside the box and can appreciate and reconcile different points of view. Beyond whatever diversity in background or appearance a TCK may bring to the party, there is a diversity of thought as well.”

        I grew up doing lots of moving around and feel it has been the very best part of my upbringing that has served me so well in my life. I wanted my daughter to have these same advantages as I think the coming world needs diverse thinkers who have a global perspective.

        It works for us and I think more people will be doing extended travel in the future. It is something that can really serve mobile workers AND their families!!

        1. Li Weng says:

          A single line here and there from so-called experts don’t prove anything. Behavioural science is based and proven by statistics. Statistics from psychology studies have shown that a stable environment is better for the personal development of a child between ages 0 – 17. You wouldn’t really know if I’m right or wrong until your child becomes a full-grown adult.

          I’m not saying traveling as a kid is bad. I personally have done a lot of traveling with my parents as a kid. Those were good times. I’ve also traveled extensively as an adult. But traveling as a lifestyle when you’re a kid, where you don’t have stable schooling and move from country to country, that’s a completely different story.

          Yeah they might KNOW a lot of people and get along with different people from different cultures. How strong do you think those temporary friendship would be? The friendships I built with people that I grew up are so strong and we’re just like family. Why? Because we actually grew up together, experienced everything together and went through different stages in life with each other around. Do you think your kids would ever experience that?

          1. It does not sound like you read my posts. I explained clearly how we are handling that and the many benefits of SLOW travel and seeing the world for a child and a family together. I know plenty of very successful, happy, well adjusted adults who had very stable backgrounds but also moved fairly frequently and in different countries ( including all my sibs and me!). You are thinking refugee & poverty, not luxury, slow travel.

            One of the greatest benefits is family bonding and indeed that is the most important relationship in a child’s life, not peers. I think we actually have many problems in society today because many kids bond with their peers more instead of their much wiser parents.

            To Dr Raymond Moore:

            “We should not be shocked then by the Smithsonian Report on genius which offered a three-part recipe for high achievement, consisting of 1) much time spent with warm, responsive parents and other adults, 2) very little time spent with peers, and 3) a great deal of free exploration under parental guidance.”

            We do take our child’s social emotional needs into great consideration and have done extensive research on that. You sound like the people who give that false view about homeschooling for some of the same reasons, thinking that the only healthy way is school in one place which can actually be very unhealthy for many. Many top schools like Stanford and Harvard actually prefer homeschool kids as they tend to be much more mature and self motivated.

            Perhaps you should read a little from an award winning teacher, Gatto:

            http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html

            or these:

            http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2003/demaine-0226.html

            http://www.amazon.ca/review/product/0676974724

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

            ( all gathered from our website)

            Next winter will be our 4th winter here, these are not temporary friendships and she still is in regular contact with her friends in the states.This is a very small village of 1000 people with wonderful bonding rituals and traditions for all, a most wholesome place to grow and be together as a family.

            In this digital age, a lot of communication, connection and collaboration takes place over the internet. Not that she is on that much, but when she is, it is about connecting for her with friends from around the world. You are thinking in a very 50’s kind of way, but the paradigm has changed in the 21st century. One can immerse deeply in a new culture while still maintaining ones own culture at home.

            We all have a much healthier, enriching environment & the luxury of time together in this mobile lifestyle. You can not compare a life at home and a life on the road, we can. We had a very typical life at home and this one is MUCH better for all of us. I am 56, I have a lot of experience to base this on.

            It is not about a rush of a week vacation, it is about a global, connected ,FREE lifestyle that i think more families will do. Everyone that I know that is doing it has thrived and those that had to stop are saddened. There are lots of different ways to do this, tweaked to each families needs.

            You and I just think differently, have very different experiences and read different things which is just fine and it makes sense that we would make different choices.

            Traveling the world is not for everyone, It is a dream for most as 70% of families would like to do extended travel together. Today it is easier than ever for all. I am a person who lives & fulfills dreams! My daughter will be that kind of person as well, knowing nothing is impossible and love is everywhere.

            Some would prefer to stay in one place and that is just fine too. Different strokes for different folks. Just do not tell me it is bad for the children, because you are dead wrong on that and there is a lot of scientific and anecdotal evidence to back my opinion up.

            Now traveling may have been bad for you, but I can tell you that it was great for me and will be great for my child. What in the world makes you think that a child can not have a stable environment while slowly traveling the world? My child has more time with her father and mother than any child on this planet and has already seen and experienced more of the world’s beauty than most will ever see. My child actually has a more stable environment that most, she has two nurturing parents with the time to nurture her deeply. You don’t sound like you are a parent yet .

            What child would not want more quality and quantity time with BOTH mom and dad & live life like an ongoing luxurious vacation???

            I can tell you that we have a whole lot of kids and adults that beg us to adopt them and take them along with us. LOL.

            Peace! Do what ever works for you and allow me to do the same. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          2. Li Weng says:

            Hey looks like we have different views, but that’s cool. Good discussion.

            Do you have to make your posts so long? lol

          3. Li Weng says:

            and don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy traveling and I didn’t have bad experiences for traveling. But I just don’t believe it’s a good lifestyle choice to make for your kids, that’s all.

  28. Bob says:

    Awsome idea, i have read a lot of that blog. I will travel the world in the futire me thinks.

  29. jee says:

    Me too! I’d like to travel the world and at the same time blog and make money. I wish….

  30. I love being able to blog anywhere I want. It definitely beats the typical 9-5 job.

  31. Hajib says:

    i’m still on hard work to make my blog as my travel wallet…..

  32. Hey John, is your travelling sponsored by corporates or is it self-sponsored? You sound like a guy smart enough to find a company that will sponsor your travelling.

    1. BTY it was written by Gary Arndt and not John. Gary what are somethings to think about when you carry your own tech set up? Do you have to worry that it’s going to get stolen so you have to keep it with you all of the time?

      thanks for the post

  33. The opportunity to be able to work whenever and wherever you want is too good to pass up. Who wouldn’t want that lifestyle?

  34. Ray says:

    It almost sounds like the rest of the world has us beat on the whole wi-fi thing. Amazing! Glad to hear from you in Vietnam……Vietnam!

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