FAQ

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So you travel full-time? What’s that mean exactly? Where do you live?
For most of the last seven years, I’ve traveled according to a framework that has me moving to a new country every four months or so, based on the votes of my readers.

This is something I’ve riffed on quite a bit, and I do take time for other adventures (travel-related and otherwise) in between. But I don’t have a fixed home anywhere: I’m legally a resident of Montana, but my home is wherever I happen to be. This keeps me from experiencing home-sickness, because it allows me to be at home even in a new, foreign-to-me country. I means I’m not comparing a new place to a familiar place elsewhere, and it means I’m able to be fully invested in wherever I land, rather than leaving something of myself (mentally, but also in terms of possessions) elsewhere.

How can I do what you do? Traveling is my dream!
Rad! There are lots of ways. As many ways as there are people, in fact.

And something I really want to make clear is that my way won’t be your way. I’m able to do what I do because I have my exact background, my exact experiences, my exact collection of skills, my exact motivations and priorities, etc. All or most of these things will be completely different for you, and as such, you’ll likely make your monetary living differently than I do, will spend your time doing different things, and so on.

That said, there are a few things to be thinking about:

1. What do you want to get out of travel? What do you hope to achieve by living in this way?

2. How might you earn an income while on the road? What skills do you possess that might allow you to work from a laptop/phone/carrier pigeon currently, and what skills might you acquire that would help you do so?

3. What elements of your comfort zone will need to be taken into account when figuring out expenses, locations, methods and frameworks for travel, and other such considerations? That is to say, are you comfortable being uncomfortable, or will you need a large cozy bed and a first class plane ticket everywhere you go? There’s nothing wrong with it if you do, but this is something you’ll need to work into your plans, because such expenses add up quickly.

From there, it’s just a matter of deciding that you’re going to make this happen, setting yourself a deadline to get all your ducks in a row, ensuring that you have a way of paying your expenses, and — perhaps most difficult of all — taking that first step onto a far less-conventional path.

Do you accept guest posts/submissions for your blog?
Nope, sorry!

Why not?
It’s just not how I use this space. Back when I first started blogging I accepted a handful, but not anymore. The blogosphere was a very different creature back then, and so was I.

Can I buy an advertisement on your blog?
Nope, but you may be able to sponsor a post (or a podcast episode, or a newsletter), depending on what it is you’re wanting to promote. Send me an email and we’ll talk.

What’s the difference?
Advertisements on websites tend to annoy me, and I try to do unto others as I would have others do unto me. As such, I don’t use pop-ups or banner ads or anything like that. But if someone from a company I respect, or who has a product I enjoy wants to unobtrusively sponsor a post I would write anyway (which my readers can read for free)? That’s a scenario that allows good companies to sustain indie creatives, and I dig that.

Wait, if you don’t display ads like a smart business person, how do you make money from your blog?
The short answer is: I don’t.

The longer and more complete answer is: I don’t make money directly from my blog, generally, but it serves as a means of communicating with my audience, sharing valuable things, and then hopefully, over time, showing people enough of my work that they’re interested in perhaps picking up a book or attending a talk.

It’s a slower-burn means of making a living, certainly, but it’s one I feel good about. I wouldn’t be able to say the same if I was bombarding folks with marketing messages or slamming them with blinking ads from entities selling widgets to people who don’t need them.

Will you come speak at my conference/event/school/business?
Perhaps! Here’s some info about me as a speaker and how that all works.

Aren’t you a minimalist? Isn’t it counter to your philosophy to sell books?
Nope. Being a minimalist doesn’t mean owning nothing, it means owning exactly the right things and nothing more than that. Said another way: it’s not about being anti-consumption, it’s about being anti-compulsory-consumption.

There are things I own that add to my level of personal enjoyment and fulfillment immensely. There are other things I could own that would actually weigh me down, or consume resources (time, energy, money) that I could spend on truly valuable stuff (according to what ‘valuable’ means for me and my priorities).

Being a minimalist is about owning the right things, and if a book brings you joy, or helps you learn, or exposes you to new ideas, there’s a good chance it passes muster.

In in either case, I encourage folks who buy my books to hand them off to a friend who they think might enjoy it afterward — a good way to get the benefits of a book without the clutter.

What products and services do you use to run your business/live your lifestyle?
Here’s a list of some goods and services that add value to my life.

How do I write and publish a book?
The first step is to start writing. A lot. It’s remarkable how many people want to write a book but don’t write, or are afraid of starting to write before they feel they have the entire publishing scaffolding in place.

Don’t do that. Don’t wait for permission. Get started, write all the time — it’s the only way to get better, and it’s the best possible way to sounds more like yourself and develop your personal style over time.

Also, feel free to borrow the process we use over at the publishing company I co-founded.