No more excuses. If you haven’t thought about taking your children to Barcelona, Spain, it’s time. Not only should you consider taking them there, but I’m also even considering moving there and settling down for a while. Sound crazy? Why would a single father move to Barcelona with his daughter? Here are five reasons why you should consider taking your children to Barcelona, Spain.
1. Learn MUCHAS Languages
For children, learning a new language can be difficult, frustrating, and, at times, isolating.
I would remind her that people are talking to her, she just couldn’t understand it yet and to just keep listening. She did.
By the fourth month, she started to show a pretty solid understanding of the context of the conversation in Cantonese around her, she was even speaking a few words here and there!
In the sixth month, over the course of 12 days, her language exploded. She went from phrases to sentences to run-on sentences in less than a month. Her progress has never faltered.
But we’re not in Hong Kong right now, we’re in Barcelona. She hears Spanish with me and at school, of course. It’s no surprise that living in Spain gives children the chance to learn Spanish.
But, it also gives them the chance to learn another language. In the case of Barcelona and the surrounding area, the local language is Catalan. I don’t speak it, but it sounds a bit like a blend of French, Spanish, and Italian with its own unique sounds.
There are other unique languages in Spain as well, such as the Basque language, but in Barcelona, children have the opportunity to learn more than one new language.
2. A Friendly Population That ISN’T Touchy!
For any parent travel blogger who has blogged about traveling in some parts of Asia, there is a concensus that some cultures are way too touchy.
We smile and act polite, but inside we want to scream when a stranger pets the face of our child, rubs their head, or squeezes both their cheeks. Why must they be so touchy?
Oh well, that’s a part of travel I suppose.
Spain is a great option for travel families because the Spanish people are super polite and friendly, but they also aren’t touchy with your children.
I’ve been here over a month and not one stranger has touched my child. It feels like a great weight of daily annoyance has been lifted.
Thank you, people of Barcelona, for not randomly touching my daughter.
3. Coffee is Barcelona
I never was a coffee person. That was until I became a single parent. Now I’m about 41% coffee.
Spain keeps my homeostasis in balance with high dosages of caffeine for very few euros. Coffee and croissant shops are ubiquitous, delicious, and seem to always be busy.
If you’re not a coffee person already, it’s also a good place to become one. The coffee in Spain isn’t overwhelming like a cup of Vietnamese coffee, but it’s potent and tasty enough to be a little addictive.
That’s gotta count for something.
Parents unite! Around the coffee in Spain. Just another great reason to take your children to Barcelona.
4. The Mediterranean Sea
The Mediterranean is super salty. In a good way.
I love salty sea air, it’s almost as good as jungle mountain air. The way the waves break along the multiple beaches in Barcelona, there can simultaneously be calm places to swim and others to surf a decent wave.
It’s a great place for water sports and the beaches are massive.
For people with children who need sunscreen, bring some. There aren’t many places for cover on the beach. But the sand is soft and the water cool.
One of the best things you can do with your children in Barcelona is take them to one of the beaches, doesn’t really matter which one. But, the beach nearest Hospital Del Mar has a large climbing structure that children and adults seem to enjoy.
Plus, bring some potatoes to dip in the salty sea, I hear monkeys do it on some remote island.
I’ve never been a big fan of architecture, but I grew up in an area where the architecture was the forest around my house, the gas station 10 miles away, and the grocery store was very rectangular. Not a lot to see.
Then I got to Barcelona. Even from the sky, the city looks beautiful. Its distinct roads carving their ways in odd directions through separate barrios make it look like a painting from above.
Street level is even more impressive. Some of the most common buildings downtown are more beautiful than any buildings I’ve seen in my life. It’s no wonder that Europeans have a much more refined sense of style than me and my fellow Americans, we’ve been living near architectural manure our whole lives!
It’s obvious to anyone who’s been to Barcelona, but this dude Gaudi built some wild buildings. You’ve got to take your children to Barcelona to see the architecture, it’s wild. I said wild twice. That’s how serious I am about this.
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This is the first time I’ve written a blog post in Europe. Actually, this is my first trip to Europe! My daughter and I are in Barcelona, Spain. Her reaction as our plane was descending over the city has summed up our experience the last couple of weeks here: “it’s sooooo beautiful!”
She was right, the way the city looks from above is beautiful, and the architecture and people of Barcelona are no different. People are polite and relaxed, the bus drivers say good morning to everyone, and the fresh bread, donuts, and coffee on every corner keeps us happy.
Enjoying our time so much here has got me asking myself, since I’m a single parent who has done quite a bit of traveling with my daughter, “should I move to Spain?”
Should I Move to Spain as a Single Parent?
I never thought I would be asking myself that question before. Actually, I never really envisioned even coming to Europe. But we’re here now, and we kinda love it. Is it a perfect location? No, it has its flaws, but the upside might be worth it.
Let’s take a close look at the pros and the cons that I see.
The Downside to Living in Spain
Firstly, the taxes are quite high. I’m a writer, so I would move to Spain under the autonomo visa, which is perfect for freelancers. But, the taxes on income here are a flat 20%. Plus, you’re required to pay into their social security which can take up to another 10% of your income.
Living in Spain means giving them most of your money.
Next, my Spanish sucks.
I thought it was good a few years ago when I was Costa Rica, but it’s quite awful now! I guess I have a lot to relearn, and my daughter is getting her first full go at it as well.
Lastly, none of our family lives in Spain. When we’re in Asia, Auburn can visit her grandparents and Chinese family members. When we’re in the United States, we can visit my parents, siblings, and new niece.
In Spain, it’s just us.
Reasons not to move to Spain as a single parent:
Isolation from family
Positive Reasons to Move to Spain as a Single Parent
The culture, climate, architecture, Mediterranean Sea, food, transportation, and healthcare systems are just a few reasons it might be a good idea to settle in Spain as a single parent with young children.
For starters, if we spent the next three years here, Auburn would spend her primary school perfecting Spanish. She would also have access to the Spanish healthcare system since I would be paying in the social security. We can swim in the sea and I can teach her to surf here.
Most importantly, Barcelona feels safe to me. My daughter is my first priority and when I take her outside in Barcelona, I never feel a sense of danger. It’s an inviting city that seems like a wonderful place to raise children.
Reasons to move to Spain with children:
What do you think? Is Spain somewhere to move with children?
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water jug, $4.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyway, he and his child have done heaps of travels, including scuba diving all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ways Single Parents Can Make an Income While Traveling
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.
Travel nursing is a real thing.
Heaps of people do it.
Special skill instructor
Think SCUBA, surfing, dancing, singing, yoga and whatever other skill you can teach.
You can take them all on the road.
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.
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
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?
It’s easy to make around $20/hour teaching English online to Chinese children.
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:
Traditional curriculum in a non-traditional setting.
No set curriculum; learn from life experiences; self-driven education.
Classes are taught outside; children are given the ultimate freedom to explore nature.
Self-driven education in an experience-based classroom.
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.
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.
Taking care of a child, they say, takes a village.
But a life of travel and interpersonal support systems aren’t mutually exclusive.
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.
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.
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?
But it did a few things for me at that age.
It taught me raw beets are delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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?
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’
Step 2: You need a plan with BlueHost, select the ‘Basic Plan’
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)
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.
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.