1. How and why did you choose to go nomadic?
I studied abroad in Ghana for 5 months at age 21. It really opened my eyes to the world and made me want to take advantage of my (American) passport.
Everyone in Ghana would tell me how they were “stuck” there. Yet I had a passport that allowed me to almost anywhere. I felt it was my duty to see the world and travel!
Ghana was amazing as well! Ghanaians are the happiest people in the world. If you don’t believe me, watch the following video:
2. What was it like leaving your home country?
It gets easier and easier every time I leave. It can be hard to pack when you are not sure what you will need and also what will be available.
The first time I went on a long trip, I was freaking out only to realize that my destination (Israel) happened to also have my favorite cereals (honey bunches of oats!) and candies.
Now my philosophy is, “I’ll just buy it there,” and if I get there and I can’t buy it then I just try to live and learn! There’s a lesson behind every mistake. 🙂
3. What are your biggest struggles? Fears?
I struggle to keep in touch with family and all the amazing people I meet. You meet a lot of interesting people on the road. There is not enough time to talk to and see them them all!
My biggest fear is missing out on the final moments of a loved ones death because I decided to turn my life on airplane mode. I like taking breaks from electronics and wifi and I don’t always remember to warn people. I suppose this is my warning! Haha.
4. How are you funding your lifestyle and what projects are you working on?
I have an online business. We do lots of online marketing but specialize in copywriting and sales funnels.
I also perform music in Vietnam. Some of my songs have gone viral throughout the country. Here’s one that pokes fun of the excess of sugar everywhere:
I also post music weekly to my YouTube channel and I’m working on my first book. It’s called “Faking Fame” and is about my story of getting famous in Vietnam and going on a Vietnamese reality tv show. I know, it is and was and will always be absurd. That’s why I need to write a book about it!
Here’s a highlight reel of the show:
5. What is the estimated monthly cost of living for one of your favorite locations? What lifestyle does that afford?
Saigon, Vietnam = $1200.
This includes weekly laundry and cleaning service, monthly yoga pass, gym membership, weekly massages ($7–20), a small one bedroom apartment with kitchen access, and more. I don’t drink alcohol but speak Vietnamese and am good at bargaining so my expenses are lower than most.
6. What is your top tip for someone who aspires to earn money online and travel?
Surround yourself with people that you want to emulate.
If you don’t think these types of people would want to hangout with you then start building skills and learn how to provide value.
The more people you help succeed, the higher your chances of success will be.
Any final thoughts?
If anyone is interested in Vietnam or anything else I mentioned please reach out through my website. I read and reply to everyone.