While in Viet Nam, I’ve been blessed with the ability to explore the country and have settled in Nha Trang. It has truly been an amazing past two and a half months. Although I technically do have a job now, I work like eight hours a week for the time being, so lets call it more of a side gig. With so much time on my hands, one might think it’s easy to become bored? This assumption comes from what is often envisioned without a job. The imagined scenario goes something like this:
If I don’t have a job, I won’t have any money. I’ll sit at home, bored and alone, until the end of the month, when I’ll be kicked out. Homeless, I’ll become a drug addict and life will be shit.
This is because our education system is designed to trade time for money:
The Western culture of formally educating people (on your own dime), working slave hours, no matter your pay, isn’t freedom. We’re so accustomed to thinking money and possessions can buy liberty and identity, when the truth is, they don’t, and conversely eliminates them! You must act with liberty to build an identity — money will surely follow. What else do you think I’ve been doing and learning on this adventure?
I’ve been fortunate to not have to work for months, and explore Viet Nam using my savings (which is costing me less than $800/month, including rent, btw). I’ve experienced, first hand, the pleasure, creativity, independence and personal development of waking up in the morning, having nothing planned for the day, money in the bank and the ability to do what I please. Liberation is an understatement!
Exploring the physical world, it’s challenges, opportunities, culture, and scenery without the constraint of a job or place to live, forces me to make decisions, refine who I am, what I want, and how I respond to problems, opportunities and successes. My identity is shaping from external exposure and internal responses simultaneously.
Suppose I give you $10,000US, and you can do anything you want, provided you travel and explore. How long you stretch the money is up to you, and whenever it runs out, you have a job offering enough money to live comfortably. What would you do today if that was the case? Would you take a flight to your most desired country for a few days, a week, a month or move there? I never said the job was in a certain location, why can’t it be in your upcoming destination? Would you pursue an idea you’ve kept locked up? How would you live? What activities would you do instead of grinding at the office, bitching in anticipation of the weekend, and worrying about all the things you “need” to buy? Surely, you’re life is worth more.
With my freedom, I’ve been working on creating my own schedule and routine. Learning the best time, place and way, for me, to work, learn and act. When do I write the best content? How does being in the ocean, or on mountains, help with critical thinking? How much more effective are my actions after being in nature?
Thanks to this freedom, I’ve developed clear objectives for the projects I’m working on and would like to share them with you. Solo Trip Abroad is my platform, and its mission is very clear:
“Inspire millennials to Work Mobile. Consume Local. Live Global., through action, writing and digital products.”
Here is a break down of those values:
Work Mobile: The ability to earn income online from your desired area of interest.
Consume Local: Working towards 80% of product consumption coming from local sources and 20% from global sources.
Live Global: Choosing where you live, anywhere in the world, and for how long.
Making choices reflecting these ideals fulfills the “action” part of the Solo Trip Abroad mission. The blog and Solo Trip Report deliver on the “writing” content. Soon, I will be adding digital products; tools to guide your transition into this new and exciting way of life.
The Solo Trip Report mission is “Global Living Inspiration”. The writing will highlight what my life is like in an educational and entertaining light. I strive to be an example, offering inspiration for you to change your life in pursuit of excitement! Going forward, posts on the weeks of the 1st and 15th, will feature excerpts of the current Solo Trip Report, for free!
Many young people, perhaps even you, are not satisfied with the current way of life. I know I wasn’t. Grinding away at unfulfilling work, the high cost of living, uncertainty about the future, and pressure to “get a real job”. There is a desire for change but many are unwilling and unsure about where to start, and how to lead a different life than the school-career-family cookie cutter. This is where I come in.
You know I’ve been living an alternate life since March 2016. Now, I’m making a conscious effort to provide you the tools and step-by-step education on how I’m doing this so you can duplicate my successes and learn from my mistakes.
Why am I doing this? Because someone took the time to push me to move abroad and change my lifestyle. To say it’s been a life-changing-transformative experience would be an understatement. It was scary as hell, but now I can’t imagine any other way of living. I know many other people are in the same situation I was, and now I’m in a position to extend you that same invitation. It won’t always be clear how amazing things happen. But, I promise you, if you have faith that they will happen, they absolutely do!
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