Want To Live A Life Of Travel? Here’s How..

Live a Life of Travel

How to Live a Life of Travel! (it doesn’t really look like this..)


Anyone can live a life a travel if they really want to. Age or income doesn’t matter. A new handbook dispels the myths & teaches you how to make your travel dreams reality.

At one time in the not-so-distant past I thought world-travel was only for people with tons of money & time on their hands. Like many of us, I assumed I would have to wait until I was retired to explore the world.

But then I started reading some eye-opening travel blogs and discovered that regular people like me were breaking free of these assumptions and pursuing their travel goals right now.

My friend Derek “Earl” Baron is one of these people. For over 10 years now he’s been traveling around the world visiting over 70 countries along the way.

He began his epic journey with a plane ticket and only $1500 in the bank.

Guide To Low-Cost Travel

After one incredible experience led to another, he quickly fell in love with independent travel and wanted to continue for as long as possible. Travel become a priority for him. Earl soon discovered how to earn money on the road and adjusted his spending habits to travel for less.

In the meantime he was meeting great people and having the time of his life in countries like India, Thailand, Mexico, Afghanistan, Fiji, and many, many more.

Earl has just released a self-published book on the topic called How to Live a Life of Travel.

After reading it, I have to tell you I’m super impressed. It’s full of real-life examples and very specific advice that have let Earl follow his dreams & see the world.

If his guide was around when I started traveling 2 years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time, money, and frustration.

Live a Life of Travel

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Nothing Should Be Stopping You

If you think international travel is too expensive or overly intimidating, this book is for you. Here are just a few of the great topics covered in it’s pages:

  • Motivating Yourself to Go
  • Saving Money to Travel
  • Earning Income on the Road
  • How to Travel For Less
  • Finding Cheap Airfare
  • Logistics & Planning
  • Safety & Flexibility
  • Meeting New People
  • Unique Resources & Tips
“Travel can be MUCH CHEAPER than living in the ‘real world’. It’s quite a crazy realization but once this truth settles in, it gives you that extra push to get out there and start traveling.” ~ Derek “Earl” Baron

I’ve been following Earl’s blog for a while now, and had the opportunity to travel with him in South Africa.

He’s a fascinating guy with a true passion for exploring the world. He also knows what he’s talking about after living a nomadic lifestyle for over 10 years!

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Practical Advice & Real Examples

With 3 years on the road myself, I thought I knew a lot about budget travel. But I was surprised at how much I learned after reading his book. It contains practical advice for both new and more seasoned travelers alike.

My favorite part of the guide is Earl’s “Currency of Pad Thai” budgeting system.

It’s an absolutely ingenious way to prioritize your spending and make all your wildest travel dreams come true! Now before I buy anything at all, I ask myself: “how many days could I travel somewhere exotic for this same amount of money?” It certainly helps curb your spending habits.

  • Do you think extensive world travel is only for rich or retired people?
  • Want to learn how to travel the world for less than you spend living at home?
  • Ready to pursue your travel goals today, instead of 5-10 years from now?

If you answered yes to any of those, this book is for you.

More Information

Product: How To Live A Life Of Travel
Cost: $27 US
Useful Notes: The ultimate guide to getting off your ass and seeing the world on a budget. It’s an eBook, meaning that you can instantly download the PDF to your computer and read it. There is also a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.

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  1. Hi, love your blog! Just wondering if you have any advice on traveling with children? Its an odd question for someone without, but as a traveler seeing the world and knowing how it works, perhaps you have some advice.
    Any is appreciated :)

  2. Do you know anyone who has participated in peace corp then used that money to start independent travel?
    Currently I am passionate about traveling and I am thinking the peace corps will be a great way to be introduced to that lifestyle.
    However, my granparents and mentor are highly pushing for the commissioned officer life.
    I understand that the military provides more financial assistance, but I am in love with traveling and I need to make a decision soon seeing as real life isn’t far away. (I graduate college in Dec.)
    any advice on the matter?

  3. I have been a traveler of the same type, but with a slightly different twist all of my life. I have actually had a home base somewhere over the years, but worked off for extended periods of time. Sometimes that was eight months, sometimes a year, sometimes two years. I come home when I am in between gigs and just take a small job to get by or substitute teach, until the next gig comes through. I am searching for somewhere else to call home, paradise if I can find it. I don’t see much around in my area to cause me to want to stick around. Where are the best places to go if one desires to stretch the USD to it’s limits right now? I want to avoid the high crime areas and the war zones.

    1. I’d say follow the mediterranean line… Italy is an obvious choice but you should give Albania, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey’s west a chance. Don’t go south in Turkey though, it’s pretty dangerous. These countries are pretty cheap, too.

  4. Hi I’ve saved $8000 nzd and want to go-to the UK to work is this amount enough? I’ve only been to Australia and don’t know anything about work visias or even if I could get work there any help? Please and thanks..

    1. Depending on your age – you can get a working holiday visa (assuming you are a kiwi). Google it to check the process to apply.
      Is it enough depends entirely on what you want to do – if you’re going to work straight away then you don’t have a problem.

  5. You’re website is very inspiring. I’ve always wanted to be able to travel and see other parts of the world. Do you have any advice for traveling while your family is at home? I bring in the income in my family, so I can’t stop bring in an income but would like to make sure they are taken care of when I am ready to travel. I want to be able to know that I have a home that I can come back to when I am ready. Is there a way to do this?

  6. Hi Matt, Ive been reading around your blog and am already hooked – your travel tips and gear are great (putting the tripod on my wish list!) Ive recently started a travel blog with the hope of one day monitizing it and I freelance around a bit….but my burning question is this: What advice would you give to a mid-20s traveler with 30k in student loan debt (?!) Currently, I go home, work my butt off and save a few thousand but thats only to pay back the loans….in country I do odd jobs like sell and bake pastries, do henna and of course….write! Im running out of sustainable solutions faster than I am out of wanderlust…..

    1. Hey Chelsea,

      I definitely understand where you’re coming from. I, myself, am a mid twenties guy with student debt but there is a way out. I didn’t know much about debt and what not growing up in, let’s say a “less than favorable situation,” so I finished my military career with about 10k in debt and then took some college courses which only added to the issue no matter how hard I tried to combat it. I’ve found that trade jobs seem to be the best since they start usually around $18/hour and move up from there pretty quick. Easily paying off your debt, saving you some money, and giving you a tool you might be able to use if you wanted to work in a country aside from just writing.

  7. I’m in my 50s and the travel bug has hit big time. I want to travel but my husband does not. The idea of leaving him to travel full time at my age, with limited funds, is daunting, but I’m giving it serious consideration. Do you know of anyone else who has done this at a more mature age?
    Everyone I read about is either very young, or married or doing it in retirement. Leaving ones husband to go travel as a 55 year old single woman doesn’t seem to be the norm!

    1. Hi Lindy,
      I have been moving around the world – travelling and living in other places for over 30 years – I just keep on moving – and now I have that 5 number in my age as well. I have lived and travelled overseas as a single, as a single mum with three kids, and very soon I will be back to a single again as the kids have nearly flown the coop. I can definitely help you out if you want to contact me – I love reading this sort of thing and have helped plenty of people with ‘roadblocks’ like yours get on their travels. If you want to contact me I’m at 2sydneyz@gmail.com
      Good luck if I don’t talk to you! It is definitely not a problem traveling alone at our age!

    2. Lindy, I am 49 and about to start living “on the road”. I am doing a few things to make that possible. I am a tour guide certified by the International Tour Management Institute in California. This certification is not cheap but is respected among the tour profession. You have to work hard to get the jobs but once you do and you do a good job you are traveling often. The average age in that class is 55ish and of course you have to work while you are on the road. The other thing I am going is getting a TEFL certification to teach English abroad. I will teach mostly in Latin America because that is my love. It is a break even proposition but I am able to do that several months a year as I am conservative and have no debt. So, YES, it is possible!

    3. Lindy,
      i am 49 years old woman. i have traveled 40 countries with almost nothing . just a backpack.
      Do it! you will love it !

    4. Lindy

      I have an aunt who is 57,that just did what you want to do and it is the happiest she has ever been. Her husband is happy to get her out of his hair at the same time lol. She stays in hostels, you would be surprised how many older individuals go that route, and has felt complete freedom and completeness since she started. Take my advice…just go for it!

    5. Hey it’s about traveling. He sure not agree . But try taking him places for 1-3 month stay, like spiritual Rishikesh, Tibet, Thailand, many places in us, Switzerland on a go. Well think and rethink. Where you will stay. A month rent at a place won’t be high. You can live easily then move on to next.
      When he is bored of that place, he will ?.
      Take suggestions. Plan even the smallest. From food to basic items, local dialects, and just stay like you own the place. Like this slowly slowly you will keep achieving few destination, don’t rush. But do plan.

  8. Hey Matthew,
    I’m currently studying International Business, Spanish & Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel and study abroad quite a few times, but it never feels like enough. I’m totally addicted like you! Also, I really like that you encourage people to stay in hostels because I’ve found that not only are they more affordable, they’re usually a lot of fun! :) With that being said, I just want to thank you. I’m already extremely inspired by your blog and it’s only my first time reading it.

    1. Hey Kelsey! Yeah, it’s much easier to meet people at hostels than alone in a hotel room. I read an article a while back about a famous Australian celebrity who preferred to stay in hostels, even though she was worth millions. Sure it’s cheap, but that’s not the only reason to stay there! Glad you’re enjoying the site!

  9. Hi my name is Danny freed. I have saved up $7500. Do you think that will be plenty enough to travel for awhile?. If so. How do I start?.

    1. Hey Danny.

      So far I have travelled for roughly six months on about $7,000 USD. This was living quite comfortably most of the time. The main thing is enjoying staying in hostels (which means making new friends), not eating in restaurants, and not too many flights.

      I also found myself volunteering in a bar in cambodia for a while which meant I could also live without spending any money and experience some more of the culture there.

      I’ve found most travellers make ends meet when coming to the end of their travels, and I’m sure you could travel 4-5 months comfortably. That being said – I suggest settling down somewhere and finding work.

  10. One of my dream is to travel around the globe.. I’ve been to other places and planning next year for asia or europe tour. I like reading all the comments in here, so encouraging and exciting.. Thanks

  11. Great site Matt, so much information.

    Me and my wife are just about to quit our jobs and set off on our big trip. We’ve sold the house, got rid of absolutely everything and are in the middle of planning 3 years away. The big difference between us and most travellers is that we don’t want to be constantly on the move but want to actually live in as many different places as we can. At least a month in each preferably two. We start with a couple of months in our favourite place Bavaria before heading further east.

    Do you have any advice or tips that might help us on our trip?

  12. Does anyone talk about how to do with with a spouse and children?

    That it what I want to plan for, and I am ok waiting and planning for this. It is easy when you are the only one that you are responsible for, but I don’t want to just have stories to tell my children, I want to share in the experiences with my children and my wife.

    Personally I have put thought into it and I have a way to make it a reality, but I want to know if anyone is blogging or sharing information on how they did this (without being born into money). I am not talking about for a year or 2, I am thinking long term, 10 -15 year, and then our “Vacations” will be home to see family and friends where ever they may be.

  13. I don’t have alot of money, just tired of the same scenery/jobs/people. I have maybe 300 dollars cash and really just want to pack my stuff, sell what I can’t carry and start hitch hiking to mexico. I’m 22 and just want to see what this world has in store for me. Any advice? Reading yalls stories has really opened my eyes.

    1. While you can certainly do it that way Corey, personally I’d save more money first. That would be my advice. You don’t need to spend that extra money you save up, but having it there will make things easier should shit go wrong.

  14. I love your blog! I just got hit recently with the travel bug! I just got back from Europe and my husband and I visited 7 countries and 15 cities! It was amazing! Thank you so much for your tips they are so helpful.

    1. Yes, I hear that I’m “lucky” all the time Marie. Sure there’s some luck involved, but most of it is hard work, a willingness to take risks, and a general passion for what you’re doing.

  15. m a b.tech student mechanical engineering,,,,

    m dream is to became a traveller an travel max. part of worl….but actually problem is this thas i have no money…..so is this possible to earn money and make m dream real to happen…..m a 19 year old boy….

  16. Talk about cheap travel. At the end of the day all you need is a sharpie. Make yourself a credit card and take out a deposit!

  17. So me and my bestfriend are taking a year off collage and are so down to travel all the 50 states in the US. I think that its pretty awesome that you travel around, but how do you do it with money and such? How old were you when you started traveling? You sorta remind me of Christopher McCandless :)

    1. Hi Zaulem! A US road trip (or even hitchhiking) sounds great. I started traveling when I was 29, a bit later than most. For money, I spent a year saving everything, and also built up an online business selling a few ebooks I wrote. So when I left I was making about $1000 a month from that, which I could manage from anywhere with WiFi.

      Most people spend a year or two saving the money for a long-term trip. A good amount to have is $10k-$15k per year of cheap travel. It can be done with less, depending on where you go and if you find a way to make money on the road.

  18. Do you know of any great blogs by female older travelers? That’s me, and I’m loving your blog–altho would love to see one by a woman concerning women’s tips.

  19. wow! this site is really great! this could surely help since i have just started traveling. I wish I could just live a life like this one right now.

      1. Hi Matthew,
        it is great to find your website!
        We are an old couple compare with backpackers.
        however we dream of traveling the world with just social security money.
        Have you ever seen old people doing backpacking?
        Can we connect with them during the trip?
        Thanks for your advice and ideas!


        1. Hi Long! Yes, I see older people traveling on a budget quite often. Generally they are the ones with a private room at hostels, but I’ve also hung out with some great older people in dorm rooms too. It’s pretty easy to make new friends (of all ages) when traveling, as you always have something in common (foreigners in a new country). :)