From an interview with a trio of YouTuber travelers about financing their travels:
5. What’s your top tip for someone trying to figure out how to make long-term travel financially possible?
If you want to travel long term, then you need to just get out there and stop stalling. There are plenty of ways to make money abroad. The city Paddy lives in (Chiang Mai, Thailand) has over 30,000 expats living there and most of them work remotely online. If you have skills that you can use on the road like photography, teaching, and anything online-based, then save up some cash, start traveling, and start hustling!!!
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard Chiang Mai described in this light: apparently it’s something of a Mecca for millennials earning a “passive income”–running a popular YouTube fitness channel and drop-shipping fitness equipment into Iowa, for example.
Here’s someone else, writing about the cost of living in Thailand:
I can live in Thailand, get massages every day, eat delicious and healthy foods, and do everything I want for about $25 a day and that’s while spending quite liberally and tipping.
If someone wanted to live cheaper, it certainly is possible. One expat I met told me he only spends $45 a month on rent!
The bottom line is: once you start viewing the world as a giant playground, the possibilities are limitless.
I’m all for the transformative power of world travel, but hanging out in an enclave of well-massaged digital beach bums in Thailand sounds like hell. And I’m not sure that “viewing the world as a giant playground” is the best use of globalism.