#9 Harvey Kettleborough from New Zealand

1. How and why did you choose to go nomadic?

I had been earning Internet based income for over a year. The landlord in the flat that I was living in told us that they were selling the house and we all had to move out in 6 weeks.

One of my flatmates was going to Thailand for a holiday with her friend a couple of weeks before we had to move out and suggested that I should come too. I didn’t want to have to look for a new place to live. I was a little worried that a hotel to stay in would be expensive but I found a cheap flight and the landlord said I didn’t have to pay the last two weeks rent if I left early so thought why the hell not.

When I got there I learned that it was pretty cheap to live in SE Asian countries so I decided to loiter.

2. What was it like leaving your home country?

The check in at the airport was flawless. I had some time after passing through security to grab a snack and check my emails. Shortly after boarding, the plane taxied onto the runway and was cleared for takeoff. As the plane reached the critical speed, the air pressure above the wing was lower than the air pressure below the wing, and so the plane took flight.

3. What are your biggest struggles? Fears?

Jeez, what an intense question! I guess bowling leg spin with a consistent line and length is always a struggle, as is getting to bed and out of bed at a reasonable hour.

Biggest fear is always fear itself.

4. How are you funding your lifestyle and what projects are you working on?

I earn a monthly wage from a US conglomerate as a website fixit guy. I’m working on a project called Digital Freedom Academy.

5. What is the estimated monthly cost of living for one of your favorite locations? What lifestyle does that afford?

Location: Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

  • Accommodation: $450/mo. Lovely private room with ensuite, A/C, TV with HDMI and daily cleaning. Located 300m from awesome surf beach.
  • Food: Can get great Indonesia food for $1.50/meal, or Western/Mexican/Thai from $2.50 to $4. Splash out and get awesome wood fired pizza for $4.75. Wash it all down with a nice cold Bintang for $1.75.
  • Scooter: $2.50/day

6. What is your top tip for someone who aspires to earn money online and travel?

Learn to make money online first, then travel. Otherwise it’s like learning how to ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time.

Also, traveling is a crock of shit. Living abroad is where it’s at (staying in each town/city for at least one month). Traveling (staying a different place each night and moving between towns/cities and site seeing and crossing off the ‘things to do’) should only be attempted infrequently, and never for more than a week at a time. After one week, marginal utility declines so steeply that you are actually paying top dollar for the privilege of being tired, grumpy, hungry, lost, late and in constant fear of missing out on something.