LocationlessLiving.com is a travelogue where I write about my financially sustainable, continuous travel lifestyle. My name is Jason, and pursuing my travel interests has allowed me to be self-employed with the ability to live, work, and travel anywhere in the world.
I did not decide I’d had enough of my career after 30 years and quit my job to go traveling . I have actually never had any traditional job since I began pursuing my interest in business at age 16.
Now I am 25 years old, and I have been traveling more or less full-time since January, 2010. I have also traveled or lived abroad during four to eight months of each year since 2007.
Where are you now?
Check the top left of this webpage for the photo of me in an airplane. That will tell you where I am right now.
My travel timeline looks like this:
I started traveling around Latin America during college breaks starting in the summer of 2007. Since graduating in December, 2009, I left the United States to revisit some places from my previous travels in South America. I returned to the United States for a quick three weeks in May 2010 to attend a wedding and visit family.
I then jetted away to explore more of the world and visit friends from past travels in many countries starting in Europe (Ukraine, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, etc.) and ending in Asia (Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, etc. until the middle of September, 2010.)
After a month of recovery in the U.S. I temporarily moved to Colombia, my favorite country at the time.
After four months of living in Colombia I spent a month in Israel in February, 2011. I traveled a bunch and rented an apartment by the beach in Tel Aviv for a couple weeks. I flew from Israel back to Colombia where I stayed until the end of April 2011.
At the end of April I moved to London, where I lived until sometime in June. In the middle of June, I subletted a great apartment in my home city of Philadelphia, where I planned on taking a break from travel, seeing friends and family, and generally enjoying familiar soil until the weather turned cold.
But by the middle of August I was going stir-crazy so I decided to scratch the travel itch by booking a flight to Mexico and traveling for the month. In the middle of September I returned to Philadelphia where I rented the same apartment for a year. I had every intention of staying put.
But in November, 2011, I returned to London. There were side trips to France and Ireland, but I pretty much remained in London until February 2012. On February 5th I went to Egypt for a week and then returned to Philadelphia. I took a month long trip to left for Panama for in May and headed south across the border for month-long trip to Mexico in August, 2012.
Right now I’m back in Philadelphia, but I have plans to visit Panama and Ecuador in December, 2012. After that, who knows?
How are you able to work and travel full-time?
I earn 100% of my income on the internet with three businesses that can be run through email. I also have just hired my second full-time employees. Those two run much of the show.
And what online businesses are…?
I own a career consulting company and a couple of travel blogs. Click here to learn more about my seven years of entrepreneurial history. If you are to lazy to click the link, then I can summarize briefly.
- The career services company specializes in writing resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters, and coaching clients on interviews. We get an average of 45 new clients each month. The company has created and revised over 1,000 resumes and curriculum vitae since 2007 for everyone from recent college graduates looking for their first job to professionals ready to take the next step in their career. In September, 2011, I hired my first full-time employee from Maine and brought him down to Philadelphia. In August, 2012, I hired my second full-time employee from Oregon and also brought him down here. They both pretty much do all of the work for this business.
- The second business is this very travel blog. Despite a relatively small amount of visitors I have found a consistent way of earning income from it by way of advertisements. Often times the advertisements are sponsored articles. I outsource the writing of sponsored articles to my full-time employees so I can continue writing as a hobby. I write as a hobby for a few other more popular websites which allows me some amazing perks like free travel and products to review. Besides, this blog, I also started www.flashpackerguy.com to represent my new travel style.
- The third business overlaps with the second one. I leverage my advertising contacts to sell ads for four other websites in the travel industry. I act as the middle man connecting the website owners with ad deals. I essentially contact advertisers, negotiate deals, forward the deals to the website owners, and then sit back and collect my commission.
How many hours do you work?
I used to work 22 hours/week when I ran everything myself according to Rescuetime, which tracks my computer activity. I would also work all seven days a week, splitting my work week into what was usually 3 hour work days.
Nowadays, I usually work 5 hours a day, five days a week. I am mostly managing my staff and developing the businesses.
What is your typical day like?
I don’t have just one typical day but a few different types depending on where I am. No matter what, I go to sleep whenever I feel exhausted which is usually between 1 and 4 AM and wake up whenever, usually between 9AM-1PM.
If I am in an unfamiliar city for the first time I will typically go do a local activity or walk around and explore an area for a few hours. Then I’ll work, and a then reward my self with a night out at a bar or club.
In a familiar city that I have previously visited I usually start work after waking up. After working I might chill in a hammock, read, watch TV, or meet new people at the hostel. I almost always go out with some friends to a bar or disco afterward.
What do you bring with you when you travel?
This is pretty easy to answer. Click here to check out my packing list. (I admit I have not updated this in years. Nowadays I travel much differently.)
Where in the world have you been?
Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia (2x), Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Egypt, Panama, Colombia (6x), Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador (2x), England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, and Uruguay.
Do you speak any languages?
I do speak conversational Spanish. I am able to have a normal paced conversation on almost any topic with one person. While I am not yet fluent I am getting close. When I’m in a place where there aren’t any English or Spanish speakers, I rely on good ol’ hand motions and miming. Even though that sounds fairly difficult, it’s been succesful enough that I feel like I am able to travel just about anywhere. (Although, the truth is, you can usually find somebody who knows English just about everywhere these days).