When I first started traveling full-time, I was running a small content strategy and copywriting business. I could do my work from anywhere, so I was free to travel and live abroad while still running my business and earning money to live. Now, I’m a full-time travel and inspirational writer, something I not only can do from abroad, but need to do from abroad.
I’ve also found that living/traveling abroad usually costs the same or less than staying put in Colorado. While I’m traveling, I may spend a little more on food or attractions, but I spend far less on clothes and books and home decor and so forth.
I also sold my car, gave up my permanent address, and got rid of as many expenses as possible before leaving.
In the simplest terms: I left my ad agency job for a less demanding corporate gig and spent six months working nine to five while collecting freelance contracts, launching a website, and thinking through a business plan in my spare time. Once I had enough freelance clients that I couldn’t possibly take another, I quit my full-time job and, with a combination of nervous and elated energy, started building and running my business full-time.
After two years of running my business out of my home, I packed my computer up and took to the road, a full-time digital nomad.
Then, in October 2013, I made another switch and started writing full-time.
Currently, I am a travel and inspirational writer. I write for magazines and online publications. I’m working on my second book. And I’m thinking about doing some writing workshops in amazing locations around the world.
Yes! Luna has been to 10 countries and counting. In the simplest terms, taking Luna with me means:
1) Researching dog travel requirements for a country I want to travel to (you can usually find these on embassy websites).
2) Following instructions to the letter.
3) Always carrying any pet passports, rabies vaccination paperwork, etc. with me.
4) Traveling on pet-friendly airlines, trains, and buses (again, research).
5) Carrying dog food, a dog jacket, two toys, a brush, a water bowl, and a comfy dog carrier.
When you are researching requirements for the country you want to travel to, make sure you are also factoring in where you will be arriving from. The UK, for example, has different requirements for dogs coming from Australia than it does for dogs coming from Kenya.
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