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. 

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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.

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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

how to make money working abroad

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

make money parent blogging

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.

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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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You think you know parenting? You know the struggles of waking up early, dealing with tantrums, and ensuring your children’s needs are met each and every day? Try on the crazy struggles of single parent travel.

You’ll be glad you’re not doing it.

1. There is no such thing as “sleeping in.”

Oh, it’s Saturday and you want to sleep in until 10?

Too bad, you have a child who wakes up with the sunshine, is massively hungry, and won’t stop bouncing on your bed.

Here’s a video of how little space you can have while traveling with your kids:

Thought it was fun to stay up late with a few beers and binge watch Stranger Things?

Big mistake.

Sure, Stranger Things is pretty awesome, but now you’re dehydrated, exhausted, and a child just cannon-balled your chest cavity.

2. You have to trust, a lot.

When you grow up hearing the phrase, ‘don’t talk to strangers,’ that really does something awful to your ability to trust people.

And when you’re traveling as a single parent, you have to trust.

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When I trusted that Auburn could learn from people all over the world, she started showing her true colors.

You have to trust strangers that don’t speak your language around your children.

You have to trust the world to bring you good luck.

And most importantly, you have to trust yourself to be able to respond to any emergency in an effective way.

You have your   children’s lives depending on that.

3. Sometimes people look down on you.

“You need to do what’s right for your child.”

“Your child needs something more stable.”

“Aren’t you worried about your child?”

I am.

That’s your opinion.

And, yeah, single parents who travel are not monsters.

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Maybe Auburn’s not so sure about that. 😛

People have a weird idea of who you are and what you do.

Single parents dragging their children from one country to another sounds antithetical to everything they’ve been taught, and they will judge you for it.

Are they wrong? Yes.

Does it suck? Also, yes.

4. It’s exponentially more expensive to travel with children than solo.

So many living the life of travel are budget travelers.

They take the cheapest long-distance routes.

They eat only the cheapest food.

And they don’t spend money on big attractions.

I’m on board with those ideas.

But I also have a child.

That means double the airplane tickets, double the dinner plates, and the occasional trip to Disneyland.

With these extra costs, mingling with the budget travelers and their buckets of change can feel disingenuous.

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Budget travelers these days.

They’re my people, but family life appears more expensive (it is), and my people probably think I’m rich (I’m not). 

Also, I’m pretty awkward with peers and I’m a super weird dad so maybe the money has nothing to do with it?

5. There’s so much to carry through airports.

When you’re by yourself, you can easily carry your bags in the airport by rolling your check-in luggage and throwing your carry-on over your shoulder.

Single parents roll multiple check-in bags, a carry-on over each shoulder, and a snack bag to keep the kids happy during the most testing moments of the transition.

I can’t tell you how many single parents have been crushed and killed in airports by the luggage they have to carry.

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Mine and Auburn’s packing list.

There aren’t any stats for that kind of tragedy.

6. So many documents, single parent travelers need a PA.

If you’re not crushed by your luggage, you have to pull out a rolodex of passports and a briefcase of legal documents proving you’re able to travel as a single parent.

Solo travelers have one easy passport to carry, they don’t face this existential crisis at immigration checkpoints.

7. Transition periods are hard, later on.

Transition periods from one place to another aren’t the hardest part of the transition, despite the aforementioned difficulties.

The most difficult part of the transition is the emotional aftershock it has on children.

They can be super happy to travel, excited all the way through!

Then, like my daughter did, immediately begin crying for their grandma as soon as the plane lifts off the tarmac.

Then there’s the sleep and time adjustment to a new time zone.

You’ll be exhausted, your children will be wide awake.

After the initial shocks, the secondary shocks set in: homesickness, difficulty falling or staying asleep for a week or so, separation anxiety, the list goes on.

Transition periods are hard not just during the transition period, but for days or weeks after.

8. Reverting to co-sleeping.

When you’re trying to overcome all these stressors, you might think it’s a good idea to get your rest, ensure that you’re able to function during the day.

To do that, you let your 4-year-old crawl into bed with you, and they fall asleep quickly and stay asleep all night.

Sometimes they sleep like this.

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But, you made the right choice, right?

Wrong.

You’re back to where you were in the past, when your child was dependent on you for their sleep.

It can be tough to let them struggle through the adjustment of a new place, and it’s something that many single parent travelers stumble over before they overcome it.

9. LTR Dating is impossible.

Speaking of stumbling and sleeping alone: dating!

Finding someone who is compatible to fit your travel lifestyle with your child isn’t great.

Sure, you can hop on Tinder and be unliked as soon as someone reads your profile and notices you’re a single parent, but why not expedite that rejection and just try to meet someone face to face?

How my pickup lines are generally taken:

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It’s probably the best way to meet anyone: in the grocery store, at the ice cream shop, at the park.

Actually, if you’re looking for a long-term relationship, you probably aren’t a single parent traveler.

10. Your children can speak languages you can’t.

If you’re discontent with your lonely life as a single parent abroad, prepare to feel even more isolated.

Your children have new friends, and they’re talking in a language you can’t understand.

Are they giggling about the boy they like, or planning to shaving-cream my face when I take a nap?

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Auburn with her Chinese family. She wasn’t really speaking much Chinese at this time, but she sure does now! To see for yourself, follow us on IG: TheSingleDadNomad

How’s one to know unless one takes that nap?

11. You. Move. Very. Slowly. Everywhere.

Speaking of napping: children walking.

My god, I’ve never seen something move so slowly, and I tried to watch grass grow as a child.

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Here’s a picture of Auburn when she’s walking. For real, I didn’t think I’d ever get to use this photo in my blog, this is best chance I’m gonna get so here it is.

You can’t. But it grows faster than children walk.

Attention children everywhere: ya’ll need to hit the gym.

12. There is no nightlife.

If I hit the gym and expand my chest to look like Arnold, who cares?

I can never flaunt it at the club.

Nightlife is nighttime for single parents who travel.

There is sleeping, some Youtube, maybe some starlit yoga.

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Well, she doesn’t like yoga.

Outside of that, it’d be irresponsible of you to go to the bar when your children are sleeping.

Unless you can effectively drink a martini while watching your baby monitor, of course.

13. Your children won’t remember these awesome times traveling, what a waste!

Young kids these days, I tell ya. They just don’t remember the good stuff.

Small children generally don’t retain their memories.

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She probably won’t remember bonding with this adorable Vietnamese child a few years ago. That’s okay.

That means my daughter won’t remember looking over the edge of Niagara Falls or playing in the waves in Colombia.

But then again, hopefully, she doesn’t remember  the time she fell into a hot spring in Thailand.

14. Picky eaters become even pickier when traveling.

Kids can be picky eaters.

It’s our fault as parents, we know.

Blah, blah, blah.

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Yes! Yes! Yes!

Here’s what I know: when kids are being picky and they don’t have their favorite restaurant to soothe their grumpy bellies, shit gets real.

But what am I supposed to do? Not encourage my daughter to eat pizza with me?

That’s a disgusting idea.

15. You can’t ride all the roller coaster rides.

Kids hold us back in so many ways.

There’s no love life, no nightlife, and worst of all, you can’t ride the best rides.

Here was our trip to Ocean Park for her 5th birthday!

 

Luckily, when my daughter and I went to Disneyland in Hong Kong, she was just big enough to ride most of the cool rides.

Though I’m surprised her tiny body survived the jarring Star Wars Experience and the Tony Stark 3-D ride.


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Have you ever asked yourself the question, “should I move to Thailand?”

If you have, you’re in the same position I was in a few years ago. I wanted to quit the American rat race to find a better way to live. I felt stuck. Until I found salvation by asking myself one question, “should I move to Thailand?

Moving to Thailand isn’t going to solve your problems in life, but it is a way to live an inexpensive, healthy, and pleasant lifestyle.

So, if you’re considering moving to Thailand, here are my top 9 reasons you should!

1. Moving To Thailand Is Cheap!

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Big city life in Thailand. It’s different, but as the Thai people will tell you, it’s ‘same same.’

When you first get there (you’ll likely land in Bangkok), you’ll see that life isn’t that much different than living in a big city in a Western culture.

There are skyscrapers, noisy streets, and well-maintained roads.

But, you can go out at night with $10 in your pocket, eat a buffet of different street foods, consume colorful drinks, and meet people from all over the world, without running out of money!

Though Thailand has its own style and is not identical to Western comforts. The housing, dining, healthcare, and transportation are all substantially less expensive than what you’ll find in the West.

2. The Food Is Healthy

If you’re not a fan of noodles and rice, you might not enjoy the majority of the cuisine.

But don’t miss the spicy salads, grilled arthropods, and fresh fruit stands all over the place.

Interestingly, while there are popular traditional Thai dishes, each restaurant will offer what they call “same-same, but different.” It’s a common saying that means everyone makes pad thai, but everyone makes it a little bit different, for example. 

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Seafood pad thai

Did I mention it’s super cheap? 

3. You’ll Feel at Home

Spend more than a few weeks in one place and you’ll be recognized by locals who will appreciate you using phrases like sawatdee and khop-khun-kha (hello and thank you).

They’ll wave to you, smile at you, and if you purchase from their food stalls often enough (or have an adorable child like I do), they’ll give you free food with whatever you order (be grateful for this, but don’t expect it, obviously)! 

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Locals love Auburn

We just returned to the island we love the most for the first time in 1.5 years. Within the first week, several locals have stopped us and told us they remember us, luckily, I’ve remembered (most of) them also!

4. The Weather is Exceptional

Yes, there is a rainy season that drops ungodly amounts of rain on you at certain times, but for most of the year, you’ll be looking at blue skies with (sometimes scorching) sunny days.  

 

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5. You’ll Learn to Defend Yourself

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Muay Thai in the river, even the children are obsessed with the sport!

Ever heard of Muay Thai? It’s like boxing except their allowed to kick and use elbows.

It’s a brutal sport, but it’s a great method of self-defense to learn in Thailand.

Bonus: some schools will help you get extended, year-long ‘education visas’ just for studying Muay Thai.

And, you don’t have to be kicked in the head to learn how to kick someone else in the head. Awesome!

6. Life is Better, Down Where It’s Wetter, Under the Sea

Yes, that’s another Disney reference (that’s what you get when you read this single parent travel blog!).

Redundancy aside, Thailand is home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, and it’s one of the top places to learn on a budget.

The video below shows my daughter’s first time snorkeling in the open water!

I’m currently living on Koh Tao, and even though I get seasick and don’t enjoy scuba diving that much, I can’t deny the underwater beauty here.

That’s why I live on an island for divers where I don’t dive; I LOVE to snorkel here! 

7. You’ll Get Unique Insight into Gender Roles

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Some cultures have up to 5 described genders. That certainly changes the debate.

What you’ll see in Thailand is that there are men, women, and everyone in between, and many times, you can’t tell the difference. 

The term ‘ladyboys’ is thrown a lot here, and I’ve met and seen many people who don’t fall into traditional gender norms the way the West sees them.

The image above is pretty obvious, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at cashiers in 7-11 and not been able to decipher their gender for absolute certain. 

8. You’ll Meet Insanely Industrious People

Have a problem you think you can’t solve? Thai people can solve it.

You can’t own a tiny motorbike with a family of 5? Thai people can show you how everyone easily fits and rides comfortably. 

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This has her restaurant attached to her motorcycle. Pretty common sight in Thailand.

Do you have a small business idea? Thai people are already doing it. What’s more, they’re doing it with half the resources you grew up with. 

9. You’ll Be Safe Even When You’re in Danger

There are many expats that have moved to Thailand for a variety of reasons.

What you’ll find special about Thailand, however, is that the best hospitals, doctors, and dentists are all top-notch.

In fact, many expats that live in the neighboring Southeast Asia countries will fly to Bangkok to get serious medical care. Thailand’s health care system is held in high regards. So no need to worry about moving here with your children.


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Teaching Math and English in Hong Kong. It was my first ‘real job’ out of college, and I burned out in a few years. 

Can Single Parents Teach Abroad?

For a year, I taught (mostly) pleasant students, and dealt with amicable parents.

My next teaching job started a few months later, and it wasn’t the best.

I won’t complain about the conditions but I’ll just say I didn’t last long.

I taught for one month in Colombia before I decided that it wasn’t the right place for me.

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It’s all for this little face right here! My prime motivator 😀

My next teaching job came a few months after that as a Writing Consultant for a community college.

My position made me the first point-of-contact for international students, and I taught them how to read and write at the university level.  

Overall, my teaching career was nothing to complain about.

It had its good parts and its bad parts like any job, but I don’t regret teaching for a few years, even though I burned out.

Teaching is a great way to get started traveling and living a life as a digital nomad.

It didn’t matter how pleasant or intellectual the students were, I just couldn’t teach anymore.

It wasn’t that I didn’t find satisfaction in seeing people grow in their education and working with students who were excited to learn, I did very much.

I just hated doing it on-the-clock, because the clock ate up the time I should be spending with my daughter. 

For the record, even the income from my community college teaching job left me working a second job: umpiring high school sports.

And that would keep me through the evening and early into the night. 

My number one goal is to spend as much time with my daughter as I can before she grows up and moves out from under my wing. 

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More times like these, please.

So, I can’t work for a clock; I work for my time. 

A Man Not Made for the ‘Job’

There’s only been one job that I truly enjoyed doing on-the-clock, and that was working as a counselor at a summer camp in upstate New York.

Unfortunately, that job doesn’t exist year round and I’m too old too experienced for it these days. 

Other than that, I’ve always felt like the clock and necktie lifestyle just doesn’t work for me.

Sure, we all gotta do it.

Unless we design our own lifestyle. 

I went from tired teacher to trudging writer. 

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A few of the journals where you can find my work.

Writing for a Living; A Single Parent Lifestyle that Works for Me

I like what I do now, it’s taken me two years of freelance writing to get to a point where I still worry about my writing prospects, but I also have the experience of succeeding through that worry.

2 years ago, I set a 10-year goal for myself to make writing a sustainable, full-time career.

I started by ghostwriting heaps of content, around 150 articles, before I got my first byline. 

 

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Could definitely go for more of this.

Now, I’ve had a book published, poetry featured in several major magazines, gotten around 50 paid bylines, and have been quoted in Reader’s Digest and South China Morning Post 

I’m feeling more confident today than I was two years ago, and that’s a good feeling.

Not because it’s confidence, but because it’s confidence built off of a long-term dedication to hard work and slogging through the mud.

It’s taken me a long time to finally feel that reward system fire.

It took a commitment.

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This is what I really committed to.

That’s what I did two years ago, and I’ve been grinding for 24 months.

With my 50th byline, I feel like I’ve taken my first step out of the mud and onto hard land, and now, drenched in the muck of progress, I need to shake it off and start climbing the mountain.


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