Meet Jarrod

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Hey my name is Jarrod and I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. Ever since my maiden traveling adventure back in 2006 I have known that a normal life of full time work paired with a live-for-the-weekend mentality was never an option. I was unable to accept that the majority of my week would be spent pretending to enjoy working for someone else, trading my time for money in the hope that maybe one day things would just fall into place and that the fairy tale life of perpetual travel would somehow become a reality.

I quickly learned that a life of endless travel wasn’t a new idea. It wasn’t as if it was completely unachievable. Even if it was only a small percentage of people had figured it out, it was still enough to make me realise that it was absolutely possible. There were actually people out there that experience true freedom every day of their lives; not having to answer to anyone, not having to turn up to work in a stupid suit, doing what they wanted, where they wanted, when they wanted. That was, and still is, the definition of true freedom.

It was during the Australian summer of 2009 that Europe kick-started my burning desire to see more, do more and most of all experience more. I couldn’t stand to live another monotony-filled day. I had to get out and see what this world had to offer. I was certain it wasn’t the world I had been told accept as “work 40 hours a week until you’re, like, 60 and then you can have all the free time you want.” No Thanks

I know for some people travel may not be their cup of tea, but it’s not just about travel. It’s about finding something that you’re passionate about and creating a lifestyle around it. Travel has definitely been a catalyst in opening my eyes to what is truly possible if you set your mind to something. Not just for one day, not even for a month. It has to be a relentless effort to succeed, nothing should ever get in your way of living your passion day in, day out.

So armed with nothing more than a laptop in one hand and my passport in the other I hope to inspire you to at least entertain the idea of dropping everything and booking a one way ticket to a place you’ve always wanted to go. If not, I hope you find a way to make living your passion a reality.

–  Jarrod

6 Comments

  1. Kaeleigh Williamson

    Hello,

    I do not have much travel experience but I do have a passport.

    I am toying with the idea of quitting my 9-5 to fulfill my soul’s desire for waunderlust. I do not have a degree or any trade skills. Some have also suggested I travel alone for 4-6 months to make sure it’s for me before plunging.

    Some have suggested not completely quitting in case solo travel is not for me. Unfortunately, my current job I earn time off per pay period for up to 10 years per year off. Given that criteria, it makes “country hopping” a challenge. Plus my employer doesn’t have global offices.

    I’ve been mentally exploring what I can do for work as I am not wanting to settle down anywhere yet. I’ve seen different ideas to creatively earn money: blogging, photography, au pair, teaching English, house sitting, flight attendant, massage therapist. Unfortunately I’m too old to travel under a student visa. I’ve been trying to network more as well. I would consider myself a social media junkie.

    I’ve gotten rid of numerous items I owned so that I can move towards minimalism.

    Here are some questions for now: How did you afford to take the plunge, do you have an emergency fund while traveling, how much would you say (on the high end) is needed for a year of travel, how do you earn money while traveling and how does that play into legality of taxes for that country, can I use just my passport, if not, how do I find out what is needed? Any knowledge would be appreciated. I currently live in Kansas in the USA.

    Kaeleigh

    • Jarrod

      Hey Kaeleigh
      I suppose it just depends on how much you value your job over doing what you really feel you want or need to do.

      I’ve actually never been to university solely because I could never really see myself sticking to one particular subject for the duration of the course. Neither could I see myself staying in one line of work for any longer than a few years. I have also made a point of steering clear of most commitments that wouldn’t allow for flexibility ie. Owning a house, having children. This made it very easy for me the make the transition into traveling full-time.

      The cost of traveling really depends on the countries you choose to travel to. I was working full time for around 3 years before I first took off to Europe in 2009. I had saved up about 20K which lasted me almost a year with no budgeting whatsoever, having said that, during my stay in Guatemala in 2015 I spent around $400 of my own money because I was volunteering at a hostel for around 25 hours a week. So you can see how finding volunteer work can be quite a good route to go if you’re wanting to stretch the money you have.

      I am currently working on my an online business which I will be launching within the next few months. There’s a million different ways to make money online, but I have chosen to go with affiliate marketing.

      It’s obviously a decision that is left entirely up to you, but if you feel as though travel is something you really want and need to do, I wouldn’t worry about your career for now. Get a little bit of money together, research a few volunteer jobs in the areas you wish to travel to and book yourself a one way ticket. It sounds scary, but it really isn’t.

      I have never heard someone say “Man, I regret traveling.” However the amount of times I’ve heard “I wish I had of quit everything and just traveled.” is enough to have me very proud of the decision I made all those years ago.

      Only you know what the right decision for YOU is. Just go with it.

  2. kerem

    How can we survive without working?

    • Jarrod

      It depends how you define work, I suppose. It’s not about simply not working at all, it’s about working smart, not hard 🙂

  3. Shealee

    Although you work on the go, how can you make enough to constantly travel all the time? In America, I was taught this mentality that it’s too expensive and just once traveling to a single country is hard enough as is on the paychecks and savings. People make it seem impossible to take more than a single trip in your lifetime.

  4. Sara Stiller

    Congrats on this wonderful life you have made, travelling the world. My question for you if you are willing to share, is how have you managed to have so many Instagram followers with only 80 posts? It’s okay if you don’t want to tell me, but if you could please give me an idea. Thank you!

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