You’re curious about how much it costs to move to Thailand? You’ll get your answer in this article, along with valuable insight into the daily cost of living here.

I’m in my tiny house in Thailand right now, and in this article, we’re going to talk about exactly what it cost me to move to Thailand and what you can expect if you’re looking to move here, too.

The first thing you have to worry about when you’re considering moving to Thailand is getting a visa to move there.

Visas to Thailand

Most of the time you can get a tourist visa for 90 days tops.

There are other ways, say by taking Thai language lessons or taking Muay Thai lessons (receive an ED Visa), that you can stay longer for a year or even longer, but most of the time a lot of digital nomads are going to live there for three months on a tourist visa.

If they want to stay longer without the ED Visa, they’ll just have to exit the country and come back in with a new visa.

So how much do these tourist visas costs?

The first time you apply for one it’s going to be $40, and that’ll get you into the country for up to 60 days.

And then while you’re inside Thailand, you’re going to need to go to the immigration office to extend that visa another 30 days to get the full three months, and that will cost you an additional $60.

So in total, visas in Thailand for three months are going to cost you $100.

Flights to Thailand

Very important. You got to get a flight to Thailand.

Now, how much is a flight to Thailand going to cost you?

It really depends on where you’re from. I was coming from Hong Kong, so my flight cost me less than $100, but I’ve flown to Thailand from the United States, and it cost less than $500 to fly one way to Thailand.

Cell Phone Connection in Thailand

When you finally land in Thailand, you’re going to want to connect your phone, so you need to get a SIM card.

You can do this inside of the airport, there are multiple places to do it.

If you’re going to connect, just connect right away.

Get a SIM card, get a month set up.

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Anywhere with a sign that says ‘telecom’ or ‘mobile repair’ will have a SIM card for you, no reason to shop around, it’s all same-same, as the Thai people say.

It should cost you no more than $15 for unlimited data.

Leaving the Airport, Going to the City

You’ve got to get to the city center. How are you going to get there?

You can take mopeds, buses, trains, et cetera. I usually take a taxi.

It’s just the most convenient way to get there, and it usually doesn’t cost any more than about $15 to get to the middle of the city.

If you’re not planning on living in Bangkok, and you’re going to be headed somewhere else, maybe just take a day to rest there at least.

I recommend just finding a hotel.

There’s a really nice one that I enjoy down Khao San Road.

It’s called Rambuttri Village Inn and Plaza. It’s a really nice place.



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It costs anywhere between 20, 30 dollars for a night.

It’s got a couple pools on the roof and it comes with breakfast included, so check it out for under $30.

Exiting Bangkok, Moving to Your New Home in Thailand

The next day, if you’re like me, you’re headed down to the islands.

Now you don’t have to go to the islands.

You could head north; there’s plenty of countryside to see.

I’m just going to give you an example of headed down to the islands because that’s where I’m living.

So getting from Bangkok down to the islands, you got to get on either an overnight train which can cost you $50 to get down to the islands.

Or you can get on a bus that will take you to a boat, and the boat will take you to the islands as well.

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Cloudy day, but the island is still nice to look at from the boat.

A bus/boat combination ticket to the island will cost you $30.

Transportation in Thailand

Once you’re finally on the islands, you’re going to need to be able to get around because you have to find your accommodation.

How are you going to do that?

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Too expensive for my tastes, I prefer having my own transport.

You don’t want to take the taxis here; the taxis are going to cost you five, six dollars each way, no matter where you go.

So the first thing you can do is try to find yourself a motorcycle.

You can rent them pretty easily anywhere in Thailand for less than, say, $75 a month, sometimes $60 a month.

Usually people pay about $100 a month to rent a moped or a scooter or a motorbike.

I straight up recommend buying one once you get here, and then sell it on Facebook a day before you leave to make your money back.

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Bike rental shops are everywhere, but so are bikes for sale, just look at local Facebook groups to find heaps of them.

Just buy a bike for anywhere between $300 to $350 for a decent set of wheels.

Fuel for Your Motorbike

If you’re going to be driving around that bike, it’s going to cost you no more than $10-20 tops, if you’re living on the islands, per month for the petrol you’re going to be using.

It cost nothing. It’s so cheap.

Once you got your bike and you got it filled up with gas, then you got to find a place to live.

Finding a Place to Live in Thailand

For the accommodations on the island in Thailand, they range anywhere from private little bungalows on the beach to huge villas with private pools of their own up in the mountain tops.

So no matter what your budget, you can find a place.

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Some houses look like this in Thailand. JK, this is a temple.

The cheapest I’ve seen on the islands is about $150 a month, and that can go all the way up to the thousands.

The International Education System in Thailand

If you’re like me and you got kids, I’m sending mine to a school here.

That school is a full time, five days a week. Goes about 8:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon.

They’ve got a great international curriculum. They teach Thai lessons to the children as well.

It’s a fantastic school. It costs about $300 per month.

Eating in Thailand

If you’re a single person, eating in Thailand can be so, so cheap.

You go out to the restaurants, you can get a meal for a dollar or two, and that’s every single meal.

You can go more expensive than that if you want to, but you don’t have to.

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One of my favorite Thai restaurants on Koh Tao. The owners are really nice and the food is so good!

Say you go out and you spend $2 every meal, three meals a day should fill you up.

You’re going to spend no more than $180 per month on food.

Cleaning Your Clothes in Thailand

Your laundry’s going to be super cheap.

You drop it off at the laundry shop, you give them a dollar or two.

They’ll have it clean for you the very next day.

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Cheap laundry! And it’s done for you, which is nice.

Laundry for myself and my daughter each month costs no more than $8 per month.

Staying Hydrated in Thailand

You’re going to need fresh water, and you don’t want to be buying those tiny little bottles over and over and over again that are polluting our oceans.

Get one big bottle, get it for about $4, and you can head in and refill it whenever you need to for about $0.66.

Travel Insurance for Thailand

If you’re living in Thailand, you want to make sure you have good travel insurance.

There’s risk of food poisoning if you eat street food, there’s also risk of getting into a motorbike accident.

Those things aren’t exactly safe all the time, so you want to have good insurance here.

 

The healthcare system is quite solid, but having good insurance to back that up will keep you safe.

That costs a single person about $85 per month.

Total: How Much Does it Cost to Move to Thailand?

With all that added up, what is the final tally of the cost to move to Thailand?

Now, I’m going to include the first months costs just because I believe that’s part of moving somewhere, is that that first month you’re going to have a little bit higher budget.

  • Your visas, $100.
  • Flights, $500 or less.
  • SIM card, 15 bucks.
  • Taxi to the city center, about 20.
  • One night in Bangkok, 25, 30 bucks.
  • Getting yourself to the island, 30 to 50 bucks.
  • Buy your first motorbike, $300.
  • Fill it up with gas for the month, 20 bucks.
  • Get your bungalow or room rented, about $240.
  • Your food’s going to be about 180 bucks.
  • Laundry, $8.
  • Water jug, $4.
  • Insurance, $85.

So all that added together, it’s not going to be any more than about $1,500 to move to Thailand, to pay for that first month and all accommodation, transportation, food, et cetera.

That’s how much it costs to move to Thailand!


 

It’s not that expensive, and once you’re here, the cost of living is so much lower than where it is, say, in the United States, that any hurdle it takes to get here is going to be offset within the first month or two.

You’re going to make that money back just on your cost of living alone.

So if you’re looking for an awesome place to move to with some great food, super nice people, and fantastic weather and places to live, then Thailand should be on the top of your list.


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Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, or even Father’s Day, buying a gift for a guy who has everything and says he wants nothing is a difficult task. 

What are you to do?

 

I want to make it easy for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a dad, and there’s no thing that I desire. 

I want to let you in on a convenient loophole in how to find a gift for a guy who says he wants nothing.

It’s true, there is ‘no thing’ that we want, but that doesn’t mean you should buy us nothing.

Instead, buy us something that gives us more than a thing. 

 

A hat is a hat, a tie is a tie. They are just objects that temporarily attach to our bodies. 


 

If you truly want to get an awesome gift for your dad or a guy who says he doesn’t want anything, then get him something that gives him experience.

How to Buy a Gift for a Guy Who Wants Nothing

Yes, there is no thing that he wants, so get him something that is more than that.

Get him something that expands his life. 

Here are a few ideas:

1. Gifts of Knowledge (no, not a book)

Some gifts disintegrate through time, others last a lifetime. 

The gift of knowledge is one that lasts forever.

A Smoky Wisdom 

 

 

 

Buying a guy a new grill is no new concept; but, buying him an outdoor smoker means you’re buying him a new skill he can be proud of. 

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You don’t have to start a business, it’s a personal endeavor!

Learning how to smoke meat is a valuable experience itself; eating the meat is just an added bonus.

 

So check out this elite smoker from Traeger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If he’s not the type of guy that wants to capture the flavor of smoke in meat, perhaps he’s the kind of guy who would enjoy capturing the moments of life.

The Wisdom of Observation 

 

 

I learned how to shoot on the predecessor to the Nikon D5600, and I’ve stuck with the line ever since.

But I also had professionals teaching me how to shoot.

The Nikon D3400 comes equipped with a ‘Guide Mode’ that teaches beginners how to take the perfect shots in a step-by-step educational format. 

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The D3000 series by Nikon is the best lineup for beginners, imho.

 

 

 

The kit that comes with it has everything a new photographer could need, so there’s no worry that you’ll leave him wanting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If cooking outside, or shooting photography outside, or just being outside, in general, isn’t on his wishlist, then invest in his education indoors.

There are two awesome ways that he can continue his pursuit of lifelong education.

Old-school Wisdom in a New-school Way

The schoolhouse model of education is dead. 

Now it’s online, it’s when you want it, and it’s vastly more effective.

Skillshare is a great way for him to continue his education indoors and on his time. 

Learn on Skillshare 

Or, he can start learning on Udemy today!

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Both options give him a plethora of resources to be inspired, learn, and continue growing.

Maybe he’ll want to consider starting a blog and monetizing it?

Who knows, your gift of education could become his new business model!

More active guys, however, just want to get out of the house. 

2. Give Him the Freedom to Explore

There’s no greater feeling than the freedom to explore.

To venture out past one’s own limits! 

Here are some gift ideas that give a guy who wants nothing, everything he could ever want: a life of exploration.

The Gift of Freedom on the Open Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give him the freedom to explore the open waters with this durable, inflatable pontoon boat.

 

 

It’s perfect for packing up tightly and exploring quickly and lightly.awesome gifts for wealthy guys

Some people aren’t meant for the sea, some are meant to fly.

The Gift of Freedom by Air

Consider getting him the newest piece of DJI’s drone technology, the gorgeous Mavic 2.

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Mavic Pro by DJI

I fly the  Mavic Air myself, which is the best drone for travelers, in my humble traveler opinion.

 

 

 

But for most dad’s, the Mavic 2 is the latest and best device to give your dad the freedom to explore by air.

Other guys who are impossible to buy gifts for, might just need the gift of travel itself. 

 

 

The Gift of Freedom to Travel

Even for a man who says he has everything he wants, there are always places he hasn’t been. 

 

 

 

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some gorgeous places around the world, here is my favorite place to give as a gift of travel for a guy who already has it all. 

My favorite place to recommend to people to visit is Koh Tao in Thailand.

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My favorite place in Thailand.

 

 

 

It has it all: beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, and spectacular adventure tours including some of the best scuba diving on Earth!

To stay at my favorite place overlooking the sea in a private villa with a pool, check out Koh Tao Heights. I loved it so much there I almost took a job with them!

 

3. Give Him the Gift of Time

Time is more important than money. 

These gifts will help him save time, and/or stylishly wear it. 

Time-Saving Gifts

If you want a fast life, actions need to happen as fast as words.

That’s why it’s important that people focused on saving time use voice technology.

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When the busy guy runs out of protein powder, Alexa listens and takes note.

Alexa can quickly give him the weather while he brushes his teeth.

And with voice technology, overworked guys can get sports scores on-the-go. 

The Echo Plus is just what he needs when he thinks he already has everything.It’s the best tool to set-up a smart home.

And what makes it better than the Echo Dot?

The sound quality. 

It’s a musical beast.

Wearing Time Like a Boss

If you can’t think of something to buy him that’s worth his time, then literally buy him time.

Watches don’t just tell us the time, they tell us a story. 

They might tell us a story about a rugged trekker, who created a watch to match his lifestyle. 

Or they might tell us the story of an artisan, a meticulous hermit delicately balancing the gears of homemade watches.

If your hard-to-buy-for guy is into artistry, check out this–my favorite– watch by Hublot:

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 Some watches have a more down-to-earth feel about them, but they don’t lack in elegance.

For example, this lovely woodgrain watch by Original Grain.


 These beauts are handcrafted and sustainably sourced from American oak barrels that used to store whiskey. 

There might not be a better gift for a guy who already has everything than this.

I bet he doesn’t have a whiskey barrel watch. 

And he should.

There you go! My top 9 gifts for a guy who has everything and wants nothing.


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I’m surprised you’re looking up single parent travel.

Are you interested in trying it for yourself?

Or are you a keyboard warrior prowling for bloggers to harass about how traveling with young kids is unsustainable and not good for their stability?

However you found this post, I’m glad you’re here.

Trolls feel free to leave comments below, I’ll give you some hugs, it’s clear you need it. 

What is Single Parent Travel?

We could all talk a little more about single parent travel.

And we can’t talk about it without discussing what it looks like, who does it, and how it’s done. 

Single Parent Travel
My daughter and I in Thailand.

What does single parent travel look like?

Perhaps you imagine a fit mom wearing a backpack with a baby seat marching her way to the top of Machu Picchu?

That’s not real.

Sometimes we go to cool places.

single parent travel blogger
We often go to Hong Kong.

But I make my daughter hike on her own.

Single parent travel is slow, thoughtful, and deliberate.

I’m not gallivanting my way from resort to resort.

I recently spoke to a friend who asked me how I could possibly be living in Thailand; I must be spending $100-$200 a day just on accommodation alone, right?

No, that’s my monthly budget for a private bungalow on an island in Thailand.

I travel as a single parent because it’s more sustainable for me than living in the United States.

My rent is lower abroad, the food is cheaper and healthier, the cost of transportation is minimal, and because I don’t need to hustle my life away to pay rent, I have heaps of time to spend with my daughter every morning, evening, and weekend.

To me, single parent travel is about giving my child as much of me as possible.

I was stretching myself too thin in the US, and this approach to life puts my parenting first, instead of my paycheck.

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When my dad came to visit us in Asia, we all went to Chiang Mai!

Who are these single parent travelers?

Like myself, there are single parent fathers out there doing the same thing.

Most people that I talk to are on board with the idea of single dad travel.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not met with skepticism.

Travel Dads

Consider this story of a single dad who was traveling with his teenage daughter when the authorities were called on him by the hotel staff because they thought he was a pedophile.

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Perhaps it’s the stigma that ‘single dads are bums’ that lead to this unfortunate incident, causing the staff to not stop to think, ‘oh yeah, some single dads are good dads.’

Whatever it was, there are some really unique challenges to being a single dad.

You can read a little more about mine in this Reader’s Digest article I was quoted in.

There’s another brave father out there with the heroic name of Talon Windwalker, and I’m pretty sure it’s his real name.

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Photo credit to 1dad1kid.com

Anyway, he and his child have done heaps of travels, including scuba diving all over the world.

You can read more of his story at 1dad1kid.com.

Travel Moms

Queenie Tan

I’ve been fortunate to meet some pretty cool people in my travels.

One of them was Queenie Tan, Asia’s premier parenting coach.

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Photo credit to https://foongkwin.com/

She’s smart, driven, and full of good advice for parents who are interested in worldschooling.

You can find her here, and I recently did a recorded podcast with her that I will link you to when it goes live!

Trippin’ Momma

I’ve got the easy life: one little child who is only occasionally a devil.

Amoya of Trippin’ Momma has one little child and two bigger ones.

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Photo credit to https://trippinmomma.com/

I often reach out to her to talk travel strategy, parenting tips, and online income ideas.

You can find her blog here.

Why do single moms and dads travel?

The real question is why does anyone travel?

What is it about far-off destinations that makes any rational person want to get on a flying piece of metal to go swim with sharks or risk their lives climbing a mountain?

I imagine it’s because the very first humans were travelers.

To be fair, we don’t really know anything about the very first humans except that they first roamed the plains of Africa around 300,000 years ago and built tools out of the environment around them.

If we know that, what can we ponder about the way they must have lived?

I like to imagine I’m living 250,000 years ago.

(You can skip past this italicized portion if you’re not interested in creative fiction, if you like spending some time in a pretend world, however, the italicized portion is for you).

My eyes slowly peel open when the sky is dark blue, moments before the first birds start singing. I look over at my daughter who’s rolled away from me. Her mother was eaten by a sabretooth tiger one night when she went out to urinate alone. 

I stand up and pull my tanned-hide cloth up around my waist. Looking around the dark interior of our hut, I see other parents stretching their arms and putting on their cloths, even some of the late-teenagers have sat upright.

I’m the first out the door, I take it a deep breath through my nose of the winds coming across the plain, and I recognize our problem and know our solution immediately. My closest friend in our 40-or-so-family community steps out of the hut, smells the wind, and exhales in exasperation.

“What’s wrong?” I ask, “The herds move every season, it’s more fun trying to find them after they’ve moved over night! It’ll be an adventure.”

“It will be,” he replies, “but we’ll be running into rain later.”

I inhale deeply through my nose again, faintly smelling the onset of rain in the distance, “good nose.”

We quickly disseminate among the families that the herd has moved and it’s time to follow.

Myself and several others prepare to track and find the herd while everyone else breaks down camp and gathers the necessary tools and skins for travel.

With a razor-sharp knife cut from stone, a 6-foot spear of the strongest and lightest wood, and a skin of water enough for 3 days, our team of 6 sets out in pursuit of the buffalo.

At first we jog, following their scent, faint as it is on the wind and masked by the impending rain, zigzagging a bit to get a sense of where they went.

For hours we search, until we find their tracks. 2 of the team members turn around, to give word to the other families which direction to follow.

Our jog intensifies, our barefeet land ball-first, coil the heals down, and the rear tendon snaps back to push us forward.

Our run is rhythmic, simple, and efficient.

We could run like this for two-days straight. One of the team members once did, just to prove he could.

After hours of prodding across the open plains, watching the sunrise and feel the heat intensify, the rains begin to fall, but only lightly.

We find the rear of the herd. Walking slowly and lazily, they’re resting, enjoying the coolness the rain brings.

Steam rises from the sea of their backs and horns.

This is the time of year they aren’t going to stop moving.

They’re leaving these plains because they know the rain is leaving.

The journey ahead is a long one, and every member of the 40-families will have to endure it.

(The creative fiction ends here and the blog continues)

Obviously, we don’t know for sure what people were doing 250,000 years ago. But I like to think about things–even single parent travel–from an evolutionary standpoint.

Our eyes point forward, our hips are upright for walking and jogging, our feet are biological masterpieces of efficient forward motion.

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Feet are made for travel.

I truly believe we evolved to travel.

That’s where the urge for far-off destinations came from.

Our ancestors were all travelers.

That’s why great kings expand their empires and why we visited the Moon.

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Expert traveler.

It’s why we look at Mars and think, what if? It’s why we create movies like Avatar, Star Wars, and even Dora the Explorer.

So if you ask why single mothers and fathers want to travel with their children, just blame it on first humans who loved chasing buffalo across the open plains.

How do single parents travel?

Okay, we no longer carry spears and chase buffalo, but long-term with kids is still possible, even for single parents.

Let me put this plainly: single parent travel–if done properly–is less expensive than living in the United States.

That’s even compared to my home state of Michigan, which has a relatively low cost of living.

Also it’s frozen AF for half the year, but that’s another story.

 

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Michigan thinks it’s cool because it has lighthouses. Well, those lighthouses don’t do anything in the winter!

When people think of parents traveling with their kids, they think of the vacations they’ve taken in their lives that cost thousands of dollars for the family to stay 7-days and 6-nights at an all-inclusive resort.

That is not what single parent travel actually looks like, and the costs are nowhere near the same.

Single parent travel is about downsizing what you own to maximize your time with your kids.

It’s about finding the cheapest flights, staying in the most affordable place for a long time, and living as close to a local’s budget as you can wherever you go.

It’s a life focused on consuming less material to spend more time doing what’s right for our families.

That alone should be enough to convince anyone that single parent travel is okay, but they’re always concerned with the logistics and the finances.

And rightfully so.

But their concern overwhelms them and turns into fear and fear turns into excuses that reinforce the ideas that keep them away from encountering their fears.

Single parent travel is keeping concern at face value.

It’s something that’s there, but you can prepare for it and it doesn’t have to stop you.

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You must trust your travel instincts.

Here are some of the excuses I hear about why people think single parent travel isn’t possible, and what I think about those excuses.

Excuse 1: Travel is expensive, I can’t afford that.

Does your child currently go to daycare or preschool in the United States?

Mine did and her school cost just shy of $1,000/month.

Your entire cost of living with one child as a single parent in Chiang Mai, Thailand will be less than that.  

If you can afford daycare in the US, you can afford to travel.

I do understand that income is tied to your job, but nowadays it’s not so hard to find a job that lets your work remotely.

And you don’t need to be making much to make it a sustainable lifestyle.

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In one month, you can spend this on daycare in the US, or on ALL YOUR EXPENSES COMBINED in Asia.

Ways Single Parents Can Make an Income While Traveling

Work Abroad

Teaching

How to work abroad with family

Teaching English is the most abundant job, but if you have a specialty, all the power to you.

I taught Math and English in Hong Kong. 

Nursing

how to work abroad with children

Travel nursing is a real thing.

Heaps of people do it. 

Special skill instructor

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Think SCUBA, surfing, dancing, singing, yoga and whatever other skill you can teach.

You can take them all on the road. 

WWOOF

how to work on a farm overseas

What better way to connect with the world around you than volunteering on a farm somewhere far away?

Your whole family will be stronger and healthier.

House Sitting

how to house sit as a single parent

People leave their houses, they need others to take care of their houses and often their pets.

That can be your job. 

Transfer within your own company

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I know heaps of people who have been able to spend time traveling simply by transferring within their own company to another of their locations overseas. 

Could you do that?

Work Online

Teach English

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Your energy level on camera needs to solid.

It’s easy to make around $20/hour teaching English online to Chinese children.

Heaps of people do it full-time.

Blog

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Blogs have dozens of ways they can make money, you just have to start one, which you can do with this step-by-guide that I wrote.

Then you need to monetize it by investing in yourself, and I show you some awesome ways to do that here.

Youtube

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I really enjoy making YouTube videos.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever be someone who makes a living off of it, but the worst-case scenario is that I get to watch cool videos of my travels when I’m old and senile!

Coach

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You have a skill? You can coach it.

You’re a super mom.

Coach non-super moms your ways.

And do it all online.

Travel agents

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The job description is in the name.

But these agents don’t sit in one cubicle their whole lives.

Digital nomads of all kinds

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Web-developers, videographers, bitcoin traders, writers.

There are too many different types of digital nomads to name.

It’s anyone who works online. 

Since we’ve confirmed single parents can easily make an income while traveling, the next excuse is usually about protecting their children.

Excuse 2: My child’s education…

Is extremely important.

So why leave it up to a system that is falling behind in the world?

The United States public education outcomes don’t rank in the top-10 in anything other than dropout rate for developed nations.

According to the 2018 PISA Worldwide Rankings for Math, Science, and Reading, students in the United States ranked just 31st overall.

The education style that’s being taught in the US isn’t preparing our children for the world they’re growing up in either.

That’s why less traditional schooling options are on the rise:

  • Homeschooling
    • Traditional curriculum in a non-traditional setting.
  • Unschooling
    • No set curriculum; learn from life experiences; self-driven education.
  • Forest Schools
    • Classes are taught outside; children are given the ultimate freedom to explore nature.
  • Montessori Education
    • Self-driven education in an experience-based classroom.
  • And more

If those aren’t your thing, single parents have the option–like I do–to send their children to an international school that will still provide them with the education and certifications that they need to attend universities back home.

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My daughter in her ‘Scouts’ uniform in Hong Kong.

When you throw in the fact that children in travel families get to learn new languages, try new foods, and see the world, you can see why your child’s education is going to be just fine.

When they know their income and education concerns are covered, they instinctively worry about themselves.

Excuse 3: I’d have no support system.

That’s a pretty fair point.

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It’s easy to worry about your children.

Taking care of a child, they say, takes a village.

But a life of travel and interpersonal support systems aren’t mutually exclusive.

For me, it works perfectly.

As an out-going introvert, my favorite job of all time was when I was a summer camp counselor.

I could be a part of a vibrant community for two months, then spend the rest of the year in a more introspective lifestyle. It’s a great balance for my personality type.

And when I travel, the same thing tends to happen.

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You can build a big family wherever you go. Summer Camp 2014

We can live somewhere and find a local community using Facebook groups or meetups, but I can still live my own lifestyle on my own time.

And when the scary moments happen–like when I got really bad food poisoning in Thailand–the expat community on Facebook where I was staying responded with overwhelming hospitality.

It feels scary to not have the support system you’re used to back home, but you’ll always find that good people everywhere are happy to help if you ever need it.

So you just have to replace your fear of not having support, with a trust in the world to help you when you need it, because it will.


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Loving your work, unless you’re very lucky, is difficult. Asking yourself, “how can I love the work I do?” is soul-crushing. You can’t force love.

So why don’t we love our work?

To me, it’s because jobs are inherently full of doom. 

The doom of traffic.

The doom of clocking-in.

The doom of the guy who works in the cubicle next to us and makes weird grunting sounds while he shuffles his keyboard. 

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The Doom of Traffic

Every job has its own special doom–or more than one.

That’s why 60% of employees report being stressed all or most of the time at work. 

Unfortunately, we need to work. Debt is at an all-time high in the United States.

Student debt alone has surpassed $1.5 t-t-t-trillion

That’s insane.

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We have to work. 

And we have to work in jobs that most of us are unsatisfied with.

I’ve gotten to work in jobs that I’ve loved at the beginning, then loathed later on. 

And other jobs that I loathed at the beginning, and still loathed as I left with a middle finger in the air. 

But I’ve also been very lucky that I’ve had several jobs that I loved to do.

From farming to blogging, here’s why I love them. 

The Jobs I’ve Had Where I Loved My Work

1. My First Job

Though I loved selling through the fundraising packets our school gave us as children, my first real job came at the age of 12-years-old. 

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Kids can work hard, too!

No, my parents didn’t force me into it to make ends meet. 

I wanted to work on the weekends so I could have money to buy a Gatorade and some Slim Jims before basketball practice. 

So, after harvesting, I took up a job on a farm bagging beets. 

They’d give me a roll of some big ass plastic bags, a ring of ties, and I’d stand next to a mountain of beets filling up those bags by hand. 

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Meet a mountain of beets.

I’d make $5/hour for two hours of work every Saturday and Sunday morning. 

Just throwin’ beets into bags and tying them up.

Sounds pretty boring, yeah?

Sure was. 

But it did a few things for me at that age.

  1. It taught me raw beets are delicious.
  2. It taught me that hard work pays off in the long run.

So, I loved that job, even while I was doing it because I knew I’d be getting a Gatorade and snapping into some Slim Jims after school on Monday. 

2. Photoshoots with Flipper

The summer of 2008 was a glorious year for me. I was 21-years-old and headed to Orlando from Michigan to spend my summer vacation as an Intern Photographer at Discovery Cove. 

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I took photos like these.

It’s a beautiful, all-inclusive theme that at the time was owned by Anheuser-Busch in their Busch Entertainment Corporation. 

I began my job in the learning zone: the entrance where guests get their first photo. 

As my skills improved, I became a photographer next to the waterfall, and then in the aviary, and then I got my feet wet in the stingray pool, and I eventually made it into the dolphin pool.

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The cow-nosed sting rays I worked with.

While the pool I worked in had about 15 of the resort’s dolphins, I can only remember one of them, Akai.  

He was the oldest and largest dolphin in our pool. 

I can even remember his face: many of his teeth missing, a dark melon, and scratches from scuffles with his pool mates. 

Despite his grittiness, he was a gentle giant.

And when I felt the power of his tail as he swam by me, I knew his age was no barrier to his strength. 

I loved that job for the dolphins, though as I’ve grown older I feel more pity for them now.

I remember the baby dolphin, one of Akai’s sons–who frequently strayed from his trainer to explore the videographer and I–split her legs and nearly caused her to drop her camera into the water. 

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Silly dolphins. They’re not actually smiling, they’re probably cute for evolutionary reasons.

Who says dolphins don’t have a sense of humor?

3. Summer Camp is the BEST!

I can think of no better job for me than ‘summer camp counselor.’ 

It’s a grueling schedule of daily sports, entertainment, education, and safety regulation. 

But if you don’t have energy, you won’t last through summer camp. 

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And you’re doing it all on nothing but pasta, salad, and a lack of sleep.

I make it sound rough, and it is. 

But it’s that good struggle.

The daily regimen, the obedience to authority, sometimes harsh working conditions; on paper it sends up nothing but red flags for someone who finds happiness in freedom and self-driven pursuits.

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Okay, it’s not this intense. Maybe sometimes.

But in practice, summer camp is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking.

It’s the practice of bringing people together from all over the world, and molding them into a giant family that knows there will be a day when you have to say goodbye.

I loved being a summer camp counselor because it gave me a fresh perspective on how to approach life and death.

Life is when camp begins. It’s easy in real life to forget that death will catch us, but in camp, you only have two months.

You know what you do now is already on the march to its end, and you accept it as a part of camp.

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The best days at summer camp look like this. Yes, that’s me shooting in an epic game that we lost in triple-OT.

And this acceptance brings about a glorious feeling of timeless unity and energy.

That you’re all in this grind together, that you’re all an important part of your big family–your camp family–that’s where the energy to be a camp counselor for 14-hour days over 8 weeks straight comes from. 

I realized that if I can accept my inevitable death in the long run like I do the final day of camp–which I both dread and always look forward to at the same time–then I can live my life in the same marvelous, camp-life-like fashion.

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My camp family. Circa 2014.

I’m too old to be a summer camp counselor these days, but it will always be a job that I loved.

4. What I Do Now

Though I don’t love the onsetting carpal tunnel from a gazillion hours on the computer over the past two years, I do love writing and creating content.

I don’t love it as a job because I enjoy the process of content creation itself (though I do), I enjoy it as a job because it gives me the freedom and self-drive that I mentioned earlier. 

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Ya know, just working with my shirt off, nbd.

I’m a stay-at-home single dad and I need flexibility in my schedule.

As a single parent blogger and freelance writer, I can set my own hours.

I usually work all day when my daughter is at school, but if I want to take a day off to go snorkeling then I can get my work done at night. 

From blogging to freelance writing to my poetry and books to YouTube and Facebook videos, I’m getting a lot of content out there these days and I never feel emotionally exhausted from it. 

That’s a big reason I love doing what I do now: I don’t feel the ‘stress of everyday life’ anymore. 

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Average sunny day in Thailand these days.

There’s no long commute through traffic, no having to clock in each day, no one staring over my shoulder, etc. 

Today, my biggest stressor is my daughter. And that’s how it should be.

I shouldn’t have to worry about what job I’m doing when I have a daughter to raise.

Raising her is the only job that matters.

Sure, I have to please my editors and make sure I’m writing engaging content which takes effort, but it’s not work that stresses me out. 

And that leaves me all the energy I need for my daughter. 

That’s why I truly love to do what I do now. 


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So you started a blog knowing that it’s a great way to make money these days; you check your accounts and…nothing?

If you haven’t started a blog yet and you’d like to know how, check out this helpful article I put together to compliment this article. 

Are you wondering how to make money from your blog fast?

How to make money from my a blog

Well, it takes time. 

But there are plenty of ways to make considerable money from a blog. 

How to Monetize Your Blog for Success in 2019

Your blog is up, you’ve put money and work into it, now it’s time to start making your money back!

How are you going to do that?

There are many ways.

Most of them will annoy your readers, so I don’t recommend them.

My three favorite ways to make money through blogging (without annoying readers) are with affiliate marketing, freelancing, and selling products.

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You won’t make money straight away, but blogging income builds over time.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing 

If you want to make serious money on your blog, then you should become a master affiliate marketer (more on this at the end of the post).

Most beginners start with two programs and stop there:

  1.  Amazon Associates
  2. Google AdSense

I’m actually considering quitting using Google Adsense for the time being because the returns on it are so low for the space it takes on my website. 

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But there are a plethora of affiliate programs out there that can make you money, including being an Amazon Associate.

To find products to sell as an affiliate marketer, follow these easy steps:

  1. Whatever your niche is, identify what products are sold in that niche.
  2. Type those products’ names (+ affiliate program) into Google search and find the affiliate programs.
  3. Sign up and start selling today!

Freelancing Your Services

If you’re not keen on being an affiliate marketer, the easiest way to make money through your blog is by offering your freelance services.

If you’re a blogger, that means you’re also a writer.

And perhaps a photographer, videographer, or dog hair stylist.

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You could make a living taking photos like this.

Or maybe all-of-the-above.

So, what’s your skill?

People will pay you to do it when you reach them through your blog, because a blog shows you’re serious about what you’re doing.

I’m a freelance writer, and I get my clients through my other websitethat focuses on my writing services.

This is my main form of income, and it’s the easiest way to quickly start earning money through your blog. 

Sell Your Own Products

Ideas for your own products you can sell on your blog:

  • E-books
  • Courses
  • Merchandise
  • Membership Areas
  • Photographs
  • Music
  • Digital Subscriptions
  • Crafts
  • and more

It’s really up to you what you sell, but the possibilities are endless.

My blog is based on my travels with my daughter and how we do it, so I’m currently working on another book about exactly that. 

Take a Blogging Course to Shorten Your Learning Curve and Make Money Fast

It’s awesome you have your blog set up, but you’ll soon realize that it’s more than just typing and publishing.

There’s nuance to getting your blog to reach more people and hold their attention longer.

Learn from the best, from those who’ve successfully monetized their blogs and went into income overdrive!

Here are the people I’ve learned from that I would recommend as your next teachers:

Best Course for Blogging and Freelance Writing: Elna Cain’s Write to 1k! Writing Course

When I first started blogging, Elna, even if she doesn’t know it, was an inspiration to me.

She urged me to continue my pursuit of a writing career.

Elna’s course is all about building a freelance business around your blog.

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Photo credit to Elna Cain

And she taught me ways to maximize my pursuit.

If you’re looking for an excellent teacher to show you the ropes into a freelance writing career, take the Write Your Way to Your First 1K! Writing Course by Elna Cain.

You’ll be freelancing your way to a stable online income in no time, just like me!

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I get heaps of free time with my daughter these days 🙂

Best Course for Aspiring Travel Bloggers: Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging Course

Let’s be real.

Bloggers are dreamers.

We blog about what excites us, what drives, and what hurts us.

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Leaving this waterfall behind hurt.

We talk about things in public that others shy away from in private.

We get it all out there.

So why shouldn’t we get something back from it?

Super Star Blogging

If you’re a dreamer with a travel blog, take Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging Course to turn your dream into an income.

And because I love you, here’s some bonus material for those who are extra hungry.

Bonus! (only for those who are super serious!): Join Wealthy Affiliates and ClickFunnels

A blogging course teaches you how to properly run your blog for your needs.

To maximize your profits from your blog, there are tried and true programs designed for beginners like you!

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Me, writing this post.

Best Course for Affiliate Marketing: Wealthy Affiliates

Affiliate marketing.

It’s the step most bloggers take before they start selling their own products.

It’s easy-to-understand, and relatively passive after the initial work.

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Wealthy Affiliates helping you scoop up money. Do you like my photo editing skills? 😛

To jump-start your affiliate marketing skills, join Wealthy Affiliates by clicking here.

You’ll have access to the best and most prestigious affiliate marketing course on the web with consistently high-rated reviews from students.

Wealthy Affiliates is perfect for beginners because it also has a built-in site builder that will do most of the work for you!

You can try it out for free with no risk at all.

As WA puts it: Endless Opportunity. Zero Risk.

Best Course for Selling Your Own Products: ClickFunnels

As a ClickFunnels student, you’ll have access to everything you need to market, sell, and deliver your best products online.

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Again, you can try it out for free so there’s no risk. Click this linkto get to know them!

It’s drag-and-drop editor inside and its easy-to-use dashboard makes ClickFunnels an investment that simplifies your life.

That’s what I think is truly important.

Time-saving tools are my number one priority.

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Super important.

ClickFunnels is the ultimate time-saving tool for bloggers.

Conclusion

Starting a blog for free isn’t impossible.

But the goal shouldn’t be to start a blog for free.

The goal is to start a blog that makes money in 2019 and beyond.

If you’re using the Wealthy Affiliates and ClickFunnels approach from above, you’ll likely be running several profitable blogs after a few years of seeing how awesome running just one is!

I’ll be starting my third website later this year!

The blogging courses by Elna Cain and Nomadic Matt are great for building an audience and a business around them.

Their leadership is what lead me to running this blog today!

If you want to blog forever, follow the instructions in this post.

But blogging is a long-term game.

This is just the best way to get moving.


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I remember brewing my coffee and watching it spiral and steam. I took a sip, sat down, and typed into Google search, ‘how do I start a profitable blog for free?’ I thought I could start a blog, make money, and be done with it.

I never did find a satisfying solution, but the last sip of coffee was still delicious.

If you’re looking to start a blog for free, then making money from your blog in 2019 probably isn’t in your future.

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You’ve got a lot on your plate. That’s why I made this post for you: so starting your first blog will be easy.

If you’ve been wondering, ‘how do I start a blog that makes money?’

Now we’re talking.

I’ll let you know from experience, if you don’t put money into your blog, you can’t expect much out of it.

That doesn’t mean a blog has to be expensive.

It just means that you have to invest something.

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And that something can be as much or as little as you like.

If you’ve created a blog for free and have successfully monetized it, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to see how you did it!

If you consider yourself a beginner, but you’re ready to make money from a blog before 2019, this post is for you.

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I was new to blogging once, also!

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Here are four actionable and easy steps to get started! 

Action 1: Name Your Blog

What exactly are you going to be writing about?

Is it your dog’s extensive fashion wardrobe?

Are you obsessed with Nerf guns?

Do you travel and want to share your experiences?

Your blog needs focus, what’s yours?

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When you know what your focus is, you can start thinking of a name for it.

Key things to remember when selecting a name:

  • Is it easy to remember?
  • Is it relevant to your blog?
  • Is it SEO optimized? (will people type the words you’re using into a search engine?)
  • You can always change it later if you don’t like it.

Use this domain name search engine to see if someone else already has it:

Once you have a name for your blog, it’s time to claim it.

Action 2: Claim Your Name with BlueHost

This is where the process starts getting a bit more technical, so I’m going to walk you through how to get your first blog post up step-by-step.

Bluehostis the perfect, easy-start hosting service to getting your first blog up.

Most importantly, it includes a money-back guarantee if you don’t like it!

But I still use it to this day because their Q&A section quickly solves any problems I run into when working the backend of blogging.

I’m no tech whiz, but Bluehost is pretty easy in my opinion.

The reason Bluehost is a great tool for your first blog is because it includes your domain name, SSL certificate (important to keep your site safe in this internet-era), and 1-click install of WordPress.

To get started with Bluehost, click this link nowthen return back here for in-depth instructions and help.

Step 1: Once you’ve arrived, click ‘Get Started Now’

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Step 2: You need a plan with BlueHost, select the ‘Basic Plan’

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Step 3; Input your Blog’s name as your ‘New Domain’ name.

If you haven’t decided, you can choose later, just click the option below where the red arrow is.

Step 4: Sign Up with Your Google Account

The next page will ask you for your account information.

I suggest signing up using your Google account just to make it easier on yourself.

 

Step 5: Customize Your Account Settings

Scroll Down to ‘Package Information’

View the ‘Account Plan’ tab. (This is for my pretend website: babyburgerpizzajoint.com)

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It should indicate that you’ve already selected the ‘Basic Plan’

You can choose between the 12, 24, 36, and 60-month month options.

The 36 and 60-month options give you the best value, while the 12-month plan gives you the lowest upfront cost.

Scroll down to ‘Package Extras’

I recommend only adding on the ‘Domain Privacy Protection’

The Domain Privacy Protection keeps people from being able to see who owns the site and where they live (your address).

The other add-ons are superfluous–in my opinion.

Scroll down to ‘Payment Information’

Enter your card info, click the checkbox indicating you read the T&C’s, then click submit.

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There you have it! 

You own your first blog!

After submitting, you will be asked to create password for your account (if you haven’t logged in with your Google account) and you’ll need to select your theme.

Action 3: Customize Your Platform with a Template

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of themes available for your blog.

You can pick one now and change it later if you want to.

This isn’t a full commitment right now.

There are plenty of great options for free themesalready on WordPress.

But people who are serious about their blog generally upgrade to something more visually appealing.

I’m using Boldgrid on this website right now, and I’m waiting for my subscription to run out so I can upgrade myself. 

I will be upgrading to Elegant’s Divi theme.

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I recommend getting a theme from Elegant Themesbecause they have beautiful drag-and-drop themes that are perfect for beginners.

After owning several versions of this website and another, I can tell you from experience that not making a template investment is a bad choice.

If you want what’s widely considered the best theme for beginners on Elegant, go for Divi by clicking the image:

Divi WordPress Theme

Again, you can try it out for free to see if you like its drag-and-drop features for building an awesome website!

Action 4: Get Your First Post Live (and set a schedule for yourself)

The most important part of building your blog after your first post is remaining consistent.

So, once your blog is set up, set a schedule for yourself.  

Are you going to post Every Tuesday and Friday?

Will you post on the 1st and 15th of each month?

Or will you post every single day at 6:00 pm?

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It’s up to you, just remember that consistency is important.

Your readers want to rely on you being there on a regular basis.

Starting out, it may take you 3 hours or more to get a blog post up.

Why? Because you’re new to this and you’re learning.

After some practice, you’ll be able to post 1,000-word posts within an hour–depending on how fast you can type.

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I didn’t start off as an expert blogger, either. Keep working!

Remember this is a learning process and you will get better at it.

Here’s how to set up your first blog post.

Step 1: Head to the Admin

Go to your browser and type in ‘yourblogname.com/wp-admin’

For my pretend website this would be ‘babyburgerpizzajoint.com/wp-admin’

Step 2: Click on ‘Blog Posts’ in the Dashboard.

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Then, click ‘Add New’ either in the sidebar or near the top left-center of the screen.

Then you’ll be greeted with your first view of a blank blog post page!

Step 3: Create Your First Post

From here it’s slightly more intuitive.

Add your title here:

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Add your content here:

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You can easily decide between seeing your post in visual or text format.

I recommend you click ‘Visual’  so you can see your post without the code.

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In the visual field, you’ll see all your content.

Click ‘Add Media’ to add photos and videos either from your computer or from a URL.

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Step 4: Optimize Your Post

In the sidebar on the right, you can add tags, create categories, add a featured image, and fiddle with your publication times.

Categories are the topics in your blog. If you’re a dog fashion blogger, your categories might be ‘New Dog Fashion’ ‘Fashionable Dogs from Around the World’ and ‘Dog Styling Tips’, for example.

The categories below are from this blog.

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It’s up to you.

Tags are indicators of what your post is about.

You want search engines to know the foci of your content.

Let them know in the tags.

For a post about the newest dog boots, your tags might include ‘dog fashion’ ‘dog boots’ ‘dog style’ ‘dog winter boots’ and ‘stylish dogs’ for example.

 

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This lets search engines know exactly what your content is about so they can find it when people are looking for it.

The Featured Image is the photo that is the face of your post. When you link to it in social media, people will see the featured image along with a blurb.

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If you’re out of time for the day and want to continue creating or editing later on, click ‘Save Draft’

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If you are done with your post, I recommend you see how it looks live before you publish.

Step 3: Publish Your First Post

Click ‘Preview’ to see what it will look like when it goes live.

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Read it through one last time to check for any errors.

The switch from the ‘editing page’ to the ‘live page’ gives you fresh light on your content.

You’ll catch things you would’ve overlooked.

Click ‘Edit’ next to ‘Publish: Immediately’ if you want to schedule your post to publish for another time.

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When you use the Publish feature, your post will go live, or publish at your scheduled time.

That’s it, your first post is up!

Now off to social media to promote it!

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Are you weird?

Hopefully.

Feeling average and want to be weird?

Here’s a weird way to live your life: as a minimalist traveler.


The best part of a life of travel is that it teaches you the value of minimalism.

Why is that the best part?

Because it helps you reduce your carbon footprint, free your mind, and live in a way that is more connected to reality

I’m a full-blooded American. 

You know, in the way that my mom’s side came from Canada and my dad’s side descended from Poland and the Netherlands.

A real American. 

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My daughter and I, Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan.

But an American that loves to travel and see the rest of the world.

It’s hard to reconcile the materialistic lifestyle with the travel lifestyle.

You can only carry so much luggage.

If you want to travel like me, you need to travel like me.

With as few things as possible.

What I Got Rid Of: The First Step towards Minimalism

Before I left the United States, I had a yard sale and sold pretty much everything. 

Then I donated the rest.

Except for my Xbox. That was put into storage should I ever return for a week and want to slay some faces.

But I wish I would’ve gotten rid of it, and I definitely feel weird saying that!

Even the thought of owning stuff I can’t quickly account for is mind-scattering.

I want to live in the ‘now,’ so I live with as few things to think about as possible. 

As Few Things As Possible

This is one of my mantras.

I try not to purchase something unless I absolutely need it. 

The more I own, the more I have to carry.

Is that weird?

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Everything I travel with these days.

This weight-conscious approach helps reduce my carbon footprint because I don’t consume as much.

When you appreciate that, you can live more simply.

It’s why many travelers are minimalists at heart, even if they don’t know it.

The weirdos. 

What Are You Focused On?

Is your reality what is happening in front of you?

Or is it the worry that you lost your favorite piece of jewelry?

What a weird thing to worry about, a small stone.

The more stuff you have, and the more ‘value’ you put on it, the more it controls you and places unnecessary stress on your life.

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How I used to live.

Owning as few things as possible means you have fewer things to worry about.

Your mind is more open to the present moment.

It’s more ready to enjoy the now.

If your life is filled with objects, then your mind is always preoccupied with them. 

And that’s a weird way to live.

The Best Part of Minimalism Travel

Your life is freer and less expensive.

You can move without worry, live without want, and make travel a lifestyle. 

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The first minimalist travelers.

The first humans were minimalist nomads, is that weird?

Maybe.

But the minimalist travel lifestyle is a way to turn back to your roots. 

Weird or not.


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I know a lot about single parent travel, mostly because it’s the definition of my life. What I know best is managing times of stress before they occur. It’s called preparation folks. 

Preparing to get on a plane with your kids takes just that. 

Here are my six quick tips for traveling with your children as a single parent. 

1. Kids are Weak

*Affiliate links (disclosure here) may be present in this article.

Since everyone can usually take a carry-on bag for free, make sure your kids each take one.

The key is to give them the big, lightweight objects.

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Things your children can carry:

– Neck pillows

– Coloring books

– Their stuffed animals

This distributes the load evenly among the capable legs in the group.

You don’t want to be  crushed to death by your family’s luggage.

2. Pack Your Books High

Books are valuable tools for surviving single parent travel life.

Keep them safe by packing them on top of everything else.

single parent travel
All the books you’ll need to pack to travel as a single parent.

You don’t want their spines to be snapped.

Remember: books have feelings, too.

3. Pack Just a Few Clothes When Traveling

You don’t want to be carrying around a wardrobe.

That’s too heavy for proper single parent travel techniques.

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Not a smart way to pack for traveling.

If you need stylish clothes on the road, check the local night markets.

4. After You’ve Packed, Remove 50% of Your Items

Surviving family travel means carrying as little as possible.

Once your bags are packed, unpack them.

I promise you, you overpacked.

Things to remove:

– Any more than two pairs of pants

– Any more than 6 pairs of socks/underwear

I use one check-in bag for long-term traveling with my daughter.

And we don’t even fill it.

You can check out the bag I use in the video below.

5. Pack Smashables Down Low

Books aren’t smashables, they belong up high. 

Clothes are smashables.

Pack them low. 

6. Micro-pack Your Necessities in case of Baggage Delay

Single parent travel isn’t too difficult.

Until you don’t have a toothbrush and diapers because you checked them in.

Have a little bit of everything you would need for a day and a morning.


 

Just enough to get settled without stressing after your flight.


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