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I've delayed writing this article for a while now because I'm not an authority on the subject. I don't make millions of dollars, and neither does Todd (that I know of).
However, something I realized is that it doesn't TAKE millions of dollars to make enough money to leave. Panama could easily be lived in for $1000 a month, and that's a sum that ANYONE could make.
So, instead of focusing on making huge sums of money, I'll focus on the first step : how to get out of the rat race and become location-independent.
Figuring out the best flashlight to buy was no easy feat. I jumped in head first to the flashlight forums (oh yes, there are forums dedicated to flashlights), and was immediately confused.
It seems that the thing to do is to buy PARTS and build your own flashlight. This made super high quality flashlights, but they looked terrible and were fairly big. Not to mention they all ran on hard to find lithium batteries.
Finally I came across this gem - a relatively cheap, prebuilt, amazing flashlight.
Some people have it, but most don't. For those who have it, it permeates every area of their life. They look for it in everyone else. Those who don't have it are naturally drawn to it, but they don't know why. It attracts the opposite sex.
What am I talking about?
Elai asked yesterday about how we stay paperless.
As much as we're promised the paperless office, the fact is that lots of people still send mail. Some insist on receiving things as faxes. That doesn't mean that WE need to use paper, but it does mean that we need to figure out a way to get it virtualized.
The first step is to get a mail account at Earth Class Mail. These guys are one of a kind, and are totally amazing. I used them when I was living in my RV as well.
I only have one Icebreaker shirt right now. But I only own three shirts, so it's a significant part of my wardrobe. When I go to LA for a pit stop before Japan, I'm going to buy two more Icebreakers and get rid of my other shirts. That's how good they are.
They're lightweight, breathable, and luxuriously soft. I wear mine working out as well as out to dinner or karaoke. Wool is NOT itchy and gross anymore - this is WAY more comfortable than cotton.
But here's what's REALLY amazing about it : it doesn't smell bad. EVER. I can literally do a full workout, be dripping with sweat, and smell awful. I take a shower and get out, and I go to give the icebreaker a sniff test.
It's 2002 and I haven't even heard of the pickup community. It's a shame because there is just about nothing I need more.
I get on my plane, headed back to Austin. It's a late flight and there aren't too many people on it. I have a whole row to myself. I'm not paying attention, and before I know it we're airborne.
The cabin lights are off, but some people have their reading lights on, creating small islands of light in the darkness of the plane. The island in front of my is inhabited by two girls.
Ok, I want to make sure that I post here frequently, but we haven't been too much that's exciting enough to write about.
The thing about just picking a day to leave on a huge trip like this is that it's hard to be totally ready to go. Both of us had projects that we were hoping to complete before leaving, but didn't quite finish. Never underestimate the difficulty of selling everything you own.
So now we work all day.
Ahoy! After six months of doing little other than working on it, Conversion Doubler is finished. You can see the rough draft of my copy at www.conversiondoubler.com. YES! It feels great to be done. It came out amazingly well... I'm 100% confident it's the best product out there. If anyone who reads here would like a copy, I will give it to you for 75% off ($50/mo). The catch? You must have posted a comment to the blog, sent me an e-mail, or have had an account before today on my forums.
In other news, my RV is for sale. If anyone here would like to carry on the tradition of being a nomad, here's the link : Tynan's RV. Even if you don't want to buy it, there are a bunch of pictures taken by my brother, so you can see how I lived for 9 months!
The blog started right after we got to our first stop here in Panama, but the dream and the planning of going nomadic began about six months prior.
I think Todd's reasons for going are similar to mine, but I'll speak for myself for now.
Traveling has always been one of my favorite things. Ever since I was fortunate enough to go to Taiwan when I was 13 (Thanks Charlie!), I had the bug. Not only to travel, but to go off the beaten path. Honduras is more appealing than San Francisco.
We were up in Houston visiting a friend who was very excited about a thrift shop.
Normally I'm not a thrift shop kind of guy. I'm too particular about what I buy and I just don't like shopping that much.
But this time I was excited.