How I Easily Installed Solar Panels on My RV Van Roof With No Experience

I installed a complete solar system on this RV with no experience; the panels, the batteries, the inverter, all the interior components.

And I really learned a lot along the way, and so I wanna share that with you today.

If you don’t feel like reading this post in its entirety, you can watch the video on my YouTube channel, but I do recommend you also read this post because I have included extra tips, tricks, and ideas along the way as a supplement to the video.

And I am not an electrician or anything like that, so please don’t copy exactly what I did and then go out and hurt yourself and blame me for that.

This is just what I learned over about two months of study, what I put together over another two months of work, and I just hope to share the information that I’ve discovered with you.

I’ve loved solar systems since I was a little kid.

I remember seeing in like a fourth-grade science book that every vehicle in the United States was going to be solar-powered by the year 2000.

It did pique my interest, and I’ve always been curious about solar systems since then.

So why would I just be buying one now?

Well, even just five to 10 years ago, their prices were highly unreasonable, and now they are much more realistic and make it much more worth their costs upfront.

And what those costs are paying for are basically the free electricity that we’re getting every single day.

But there’s also the hidden cost of having the freedom and the ability to move, especially in these days when there are closures and lockdowns and quarantines and all that kind of stuff. So it’s really a priceless addition to have.

So given all that: the reduced cost these days, the free electricity, and the enhanced mobility during a time of border closures and quarantines, I think right now is the perfect time to invest in a solar system.

What Can Solar Panels Run in an RV or Van?

Well, there are some limitations on my system.

For example, there is no air conditioner in there except for what comes out of the dash.

Now, a lot of these class B road trucks do have air conditioners.

And the second and only other limitation that I really have is that my inverter is only 1500 watts.

And that means I can’t run both my oven and two electric burners at the same time.

I probably should have gone with a 2,500 watt or a 3,000 watt inverter to handle more of a load at once.

But what does this system run for me?

It can run everything from AC to DC components.

It runs a water pump and heater, a furnace, a fantastic fan on the roof, which controls for temperature and humidity.

It runs all the lights.

It runs my computer.

It runs several tablets and phones.

It runs all of my gear like this camera that you’re looking at and the microphones here.

We have two electric toothbrushes, an electric razor.

We have a 43-inch TV with a soundbar that it runs as well, and don’t forget all of my cooking stuff that I mentioned.

I have an oven, two electric burners, and an Instant Pot and a waffle maker.

And all that can run off of my solar system.

And sooner or later, I’m gonna find an Xbox Series X. I’m gonna plug that in as well.

I just can’t find one yet.

But until then, thankfully, I can game on my computer through an HDMI cable into my TV. And that’s still pretty sweet too.

So now that we have a little bit of background, and you know what a system like this can actually run, let’s get into how to actually install it.

What Components Make Up My Solar Panel System in My RV?

And everything that I mention, all these tools and components, I’ve used, and there’s also great reviews for them. So you know you’re gonna get something that’s quality, no crap here.

Okay, so I have five 100-watt solar panels from Renogy.

 

They are their lightweight and smaller-edition panels, but still just as effective.

A Renogy 60 amp MPPT charge controller with the Bluetooth adapter.

 

The Voltworks 1500-watt pure sine wave inverter.

 

Two lithium iron phosphate batteries, also by Renogy, 12.8 volts.

 

Some additional components that you’re going to need are MC4 connectors to connect the panels together.

 

You might need some solar extension cables to connect them together as well. These effectively make the cables that come off the panels longer by a meter, which is useful if some of your panels are spread out and need that extension to get connected.

 

You’re gonna need an inline fuse to connect it at the end.

 

You’ll also need a 20-foot solar extension wire. And you’re gonna need to cut into this at some point, so don’t be worried that it comes with two connecting points.

 

You will just chop off one end, because you’re going to have to stick that through the solar entry gland, and don’t forget you need a solar entry gland.

 

I recommend you buy some prefabricated battery-to-battery cablesif you plan on using more than one battery. Remember to not mix and match batteries, and use the same battery if using more than one.

 

To fabricate some of your own wires, you’re gonna need four-gauge wire that comes in a pack with shrink wrap and ring connectors.

 

And don’t let that scare you. I will show you later how to do that. It’s really easy.

You’re also gonna need a 60-amp circuit breaker for this system.

 

The Tools For Installing Solar Panel System on RV or Van Roof

You need a hammer and a hammer crimp for those wires you’re gonna make.

 

You need screwdrivers and wrenches. That means Phillips, flathead, sockets, things like that.

 

You need a heat gun for the shrink wrap when making your own wires.

Now I actually just use a candle.

You need a wire stripper and wire cutters to actually get to the point where you can use the shrink wrap.

 

You’re gonna need a power drill with some bits to get through the exterior of your vehicle. We’re not drilling the panels in place, we’re just making one hole for the solar cables to enter your vehicle through the solar entry gland.

 

For keeping the panels down, you’ll need either PL Max or VHB tape. You can use both, and we’ll talk more about that later.

 

I recommend also having some Gorilla Tape and EternaBond.

 

And you might find you need some things like a Skilsaw and a jigsaw to make some room inside of your vehicle to put your batteries and stuff like that.

 

Once everything is installed, I used a 42-foot steel cable to tie down all these panels and make sure they don’t go anywhere in case they break off.

You can get a steel cable like this at somewhere like The Home Depot and just ask for a custom length, whatever your vehicle needs. I have a 20 foot vehicle, so I got a 42 foot cable and cut it in half, and ran a cable down each side of the panels.

You’re also gonna need all the nuts and bolts and washers that you need to keep all this stuff together. Thankfully, a lot of the components come with all their own hardware.

And finally, you’re gonna need some cleaning equipment like some rubbing alcohol or just some alcohol wipes that you can use to clean off the roof of your RV or vehicle.

 

How to Pick the Right Solar Panel for Your RV Van Roof?

I think the most important thing that you really need to think about when deciding which solar panels to get on your roof is you wanna have ones that:

  • are lightweight
  • give you the most wattage per square inch
  • and you also don’t want to be mixing and matching panels

And so that’s why I went with Renogy’s latest 100-watt panel.

It’s smaller than their traditional panel, both in terms of length and width, and it’s also about three times lighter.

So it was really easy to install.

Could just carry it up there on the ladder one-handed and really easily set it down. It’s quite light.

So let’s actually get into how to install the panels up on top.

Now, one of the first things you wanna think about is where is the solar entry gland going to go?

Because that’s going to determine how you should orient your panels and how they should be placed up on top of your roof.

And if you don’t know where you’re going to put your solar entry gland quite yet because you’re not sure where the interior components are going to go inside of your van, please skip ahead to the next section on the interior components.

And so you can see where I placed mine up there.

It’s right where all the panels come together in the middle, plus where it’s just above where my batteries and my charge controller and my inverter, right beneath that passenger rear seat there.

So you know where your solar entry gland is going to go.

That means you know how you should orient your panels, that is, which side the cable should go on to make it easy to connect them all.

Once you know that, you can start tinkering with the brackets a little bit to figure out where exactly you want to place them.

Now, I think at this point, I should mention that if you purchase some Z-brackets, I think they would be much more useful.

 

You have much more mobility to put them really wherever you want them on top of the roof.

You may find like I did that the brackets are going to look different on each panel.

And that’s because maybe the curvature of your roof isn’t exactly uniform.

And so every panel is gonna need a different placement for the brackets.

And the little key tip right here is to, if you are using these stock brackets here, is to flip them so they’re inside out.

It just makes them easier to get to once you actually have them installed there.

So once you know where all the brackets are going to go on each panel, and you know how they’re all going to be arrayed up there, you need to pencil in those locations.

Then you need to take some alcohol and clean off each area where they’re going to be.

You want each spot to be nice and sparkling clean. Try not to erase your pencil marks too much, as they might come off a little bit.

But just make sure that you get it nice and clean so that the tape or the PL Max will cure properly in there.

Once it’s all nice and clean, you need to decide how you’re going to actually stick it onto your roof.

Mine’s fiberglass, so I used two different types of adhesives. I used something called PL Max, which kind of comes out in like, a caulk gun.

And then I also used VHB tape, which is the same kind of tape that they use to tape up big glass panels on skyscrapers.

So you can trust that it’s quite strong.

Now, this is where I think you can really learn something from me.

PL Max I think is going to work fine on any of the panels that are in the rear that are not facing a strong wind shear.

And I say that because I initially used PL Max on these front two panels.

And the one that’s up on top right here, the front ones that’s above this passenger door right here, that one actually came off.

That PL Max broke off, and it felt like it was solid previously.

Thankfully, I had it safety-cabled down, so it didn’t go anywhere.

But that PL Max did not prove strong enough with the wind shear that that one was facing. 

It was a lot: high speeds, high winds, and the panel itself sets in an awkward position that catches air as the vehicle moves forward.

I put that one back down with VHB tape, and then I eventually built these wind guards right here that you see, and that has worked out really well since then.

But saying that, I would just think that on these front panels where they’re catching a ton of wind, have a windshield built like this.

It was actually quite simple. I just used Reflectix and Gorilla Tape to put it up there.

But also use VHB tape instead of the PL Max to glue those down.

And make sure you’re using as much as you can.

Now, what you wanna do is just attach it to the bottom of that bracket and cover as much of the spatial area on the bracket as you can, and then press it down.

And you’ll do the exact same thing with the PL Max too.

Just cover as much as that bracket as you can.

And then you want to press that down and let it cure for at least 72 hours.

Once those brackets are actually down, I like to take another step, which is either take some Gorilla Tape or some EternaBond and put it over top of the bracket itself.

That kind of tapes it down. and it also creates another windshield for the bracket.

Once all the brackets are down and in place, then you can actually start connecting the cables.

Now, this is where your MC4 connectors are gonna come in.

And you wanna connect them in parallel all the way down.

Here’s a diagram of how mine is set up.

So, black to black to black to black, red to red to red to red all the way down until you get to the solar entry gland because each of these connections is going to end in an MC4 connector.

And on the positive MC4 connector, you want to install your fuse right there.

This is where you’re gonna wanna get out your power drill and drill through your vehicle as few holes as possible to make way for the 20 foot solar extension cables into the vehicle.

And so we did a half-inch drill.

And that’ll go through the solar entry gland as well.

And we were able to get both of these cables through there.

Now, it was a really tight fit.

Once those cables are through, you can take some putty and just kind of putty up the interior of it.

You can use either PL Max or VHB tape to secure the solar entry gland to the vehicle. I also placed some Eternabond over two of the edges (the top and front) to further protect from wind shear and water entry.

Once that’s all done, and you have those 20-foot cables running to the outside of the solar entry gland, you can finally connect that to the MC4 connectors and the fuse.

So this means that you have your solar panels all installed.

You have the wires running through the solar gland into the vehicle, and you have your cables at the end inside ready to go.

Do not plug them in yet, not until the charger and the inverter and the batteries are all ready to go.

Where To Put An Inverter, Batteries, and Charge Controller inside of a Van or RV?

So you need to start scouring your RV or van or vehicle or whatever you’re in at this point and start thinking about, which cabinet can I sacrifice?

Can I move stuff underneath the sink? Is there somewhere underneath a seat somewhere?

You really need to find the space for all this stuff because it’s unlikely that it’s just built in somewhere into your vehicle.

 

After scouring high and low in mine, I finally found some space underneath this rear passenger seat right here, as I mentioned earlier.

There used to be a drawer here as I mentioned.

But I took a Skilsaw to it and completely emptied out the inside of this seat.

Now, as you can see in here, it gave me room for two batteries, my inverter, all the wires, and a 60-amp circuit breaker.

And then on the outside, over here is where I’m actually keeping the charge controller.

And that allows all the wires to run out and through the bottom and up into it like that.

And just be sure that when you’re installing it, you give space out the top and bottom of it because you’ll need to attach the wires through the bottom.

And it just needs space to breathe out the top as well.

And I use the drawer opening over here as a place to access my inverter.

I’m gonna have access to three AC ports and two USB ports on the inverter itself there.

Again, needs a little bit of space to breathe, but it’s been doing just fine down in here for me.

That is bolted down with the bolts and nuts and washers that comes with it.

As you can see, I have my two lithium-ion batteries strapped down with a bracket down there and another bracket down there, kind of with a custom top that I did there.

And so those are both bolted down.

I have them also with that piece of styrofoam right there, just jammed in there perfectly.

And then those stay together with a piece of cardboard in between them.

They’re not the most expensive Battle Born Batteries that most people get, but they’re also not the budget batteries.

And I really like the balance that I’ve struck here.

They’re quite a bit less expensive than Battle Born.

They give me over 2,500 watts to discharge.

I can fully discharge them, and you know they don’t have any gases like some other batteries.

And they just last a lot longer than like AGM batteries and stuff like that.

So, a great investment, I think, for this type of system.

And I have the Bluetooth adapter so I always know what’s going on with my batteries.

And you can see these longer cables here.

That is the 20-foot cable that I was talking about earlier that runs to the outside through those holes back there and up into the solar entry gland, which is located behind that panel up there that we remove.

 

And this itself right here is a little controller for the inverter, which also a wire runs down back in the same place back to it, so I can turn it on and off quite easily.

So actually bolting all this stuff down isn’t quite difficult since they all come with their own hardware and stuff like that. And you can read inside the manuals on how to actually do that.

The tricky part is determining where to actually put them and place them in a layout scheme.

You want all of the components kind of close to each other.

You see I have the inverter in the middle with its posts kind of close to the batteries and then close to the circuit breaker.

And then those all kind of are right next to the charge controller.

So like I said earlier, the tighter the system, the more efficient it’s going to be, and the shorter the cables, the better.

So just before you bolt everything down, make sure you’ve kind of tested that everything fits and that all the cables are actually going to make it from post to post.

And of course, some of them you’re going to make yourself, and it’s not that difficult.

So don’t worry about those ones.

But bolting things down and bracketing them in is actually quite simple, their instructions are found in the box and they come with all the parts they need.

That’s except for my batteries with I bolted down with some spare brackets, screws, and ‘plumber’s tape’.

Now, when you’re installing everything, just make sure everything is positioned and ready to go before you start connecting them.

Now again, a lot of prefabricated wires are going to be very obvious on where they go from battery to inverter or from battery to battery, for example.

But for some of the wires going to the circuit breaker, for example, you may need to custom-make those.

Now, it’s actually quite easy.

You just need to:

  1. Measure out your wire and then make a marking with a sharpie and cut it it with the wire cutters.
  2. Then strip it back about an inch so you can put on one of the connecting rings on that you need for it.
  3. Place the neck of the connector ring into the hammer crimp, and then hammer it down there until it’s nice and solid. You should hear a thud.
  4. Put a little bit of the shrink wrap on the connection, and then just give it a little bit of heat to shrink wrap it. Be sure to leave the ring exposed so it can make a clean connection to the post.

It’s actually quite easy with the right tools and these instructions. I did it right on my first try.

Once you have all your wires ready, the prefabricated ones and the ones that you’ve made yourself, it’s time to start connecting them.

How to Connect Batteries/Inverters/Solar Panels to Charge Controllers.

You’re gonna want those batteries connected, if you’re using two or more like me, before you start connecting the inverter and charge controller and things like that as well.

So make sure you use those prefabricated battery-to-battery cables for that.

When connecting wires to the charge controller, simply remove the faceplate of the controller, and unscrew the ports until you can insert an inch or so of exposed cable.

Then, screw in the ports until you hear a good, small crunch of the wires and there is a strong connection.

So you can connect the inverter to the charge controller by placing the black wire directly into the charge controller and then the positive wire via the circuit breaker, as I’ve done with mine.

And from there, you can connect the inverter to the battery, first the positive, and then the negative cable. If you used two Renogy LiFePo4 batteries like I did and connected them together, then the inverter-to-battery cables should connect on separate batteries.

And then once everything is connected up, you should see the charge controller kick on as the batteries give it juice.

Now this may not happen, and it didn’t happen for mine right away, so I was a little bit concerned that I didn’t have everything connected properly.

But the moment that I connected a small solar panel to my charge controller, it fired right up. So that’s when I was confident that I could finally install the actual solar panels.

So that’s when it was time to finally take those 20-foot cables, measure them out to the length that I actually wanted them, cut them, and strip them down, and then attach them up into the charge controller.

Just make sure again that you’re connecting the solar panels positive and then negative.

At this point, it should all be working.

You should be able to generate power into your charge controller, and you should be able to get energy from the solar panels into the batteries and then pumped into the inverter.

You just wanna make sure that they’re nice and charged up all the way before you start actually trying to draw power from them.

And the most important thing when you finally have your solar system set up is that you actually tie down the panels with safety cables.

Do not let one of these snap off and kill somebody in the expressway.

Get them tied down.

And if you want to see a tour of this RV when I first bought it, you can watch it right here.

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Hi, I’m Nicholas Demski from The Single Dad Nomad, and I’m down here in Medellin, Colombia, a city that some people would say is not too safe.

I’ve only been here for a month, but I haven’t felt a degree of insecurity.

However, traveling does bring up some safety concerns, especially since the number of petty thefts and robberies has been on the rise in Medellin

So, that’s why today we’re going to be looking at one backpack that I’ve absolutely loved, it’s the OutJoy Anti-Theft Backpack.

I’ve been using this since August 2019, and I haven’t regretted the purchase (sub-$50) once.

The Best Anti-Theft Backpack for Travel

The best anti-theft back for travel is the OutJoy Anti-Theft Backpack.

The number one reason that I really like this backpack is that it can lock right up top to keep your things secure while proving easy access when you need it.

The locking mechanism on my OutJoy Anti Theft Backpack

It keeps anyone from being able to pickpocket you while you’re walking around, it’s really effective.

You can set your own combo on it, and it’s really easy to open.

Even though it has a reliable locking mechanism, some people might still worry about people running up and cutting their bag’s straps.

The straps on the Outjoy anti-theft backpack are quite thick, potential thieves won’t be able to cut through them quickly.

Lastly, it has a semi-hard shell.

It’s not completely solid, but it’s not squishy, so it will protect your valuables.

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OutJoy Anit Theft Backpack opened up

The large laptop pocket easily fits my  Dell XPS 15  that I use for editing videos while I’m traveling. 

Additionally, since it locks, you might be thinking, “I wanna keep some things on the outside, I don’t want to get into the locks every time.”

That’s fine, there’s an extra zipper on the sleeve, and another one on the bottom that’s much larger.

Even though they’re on the outside of the bag, their respective locations keep them totally secure.

A Look Inside the OutJoy Anti-Theft Backpack

I’m actually gonna fill this bag up with some of my things to show you what it looks like when I take it on carry-on.

And I can show you how much it actually carries and protects at one time.

For recommendations on things to pack into your carry on, check out this video I made from my experience after multiple 16-hour flights. 

This bag opens up really wide to make it easy to pack.

It has some Velcro straps here to keep it tight at the bottom, if you want, as well.

7 Things to Pack Into Your OutJoy Anti-Theft Bag

1. Laptop

I wouldn’t have bought this bag if it didn’t have a large laptop sleeve.

I use a Dell XPS 15, it’s one of the only laptops that can actually edit 4K video, which I need.

 

I upgraded from a MacBook Pro, actually, to this.

It fits in the bag perfectly, the straps hold it down, and it stays well-cushioned and supported throughout my travels.

2. Noise-canceling headphones

Want top-of-the-line noise-canceling headphones but don’t want to hand over around $300 for the Bose QC 35?

I use the Bose QC25 headphones with a Transeca Bluetooth adapterwhich, combined, cost around $150. 

You’ll cut your costs in half doing what I did and not sacrifice on the quality of your audio at all.

The Bose QC 25 are absolutely amazing and essential for getting on any kind of long flight because you have the option to plug into the plane’s audio if you need to, or use your Bluetooth to listen to your own devices.

 

The Bluetooth adapter fits really well in the pocket on the carrying case of the Bose headphones.

3. Battery Pack

If you need a smart bag but want more travel freedoms, the OutJoy Anti-theft Backpack is for you.

The BESTON 10,000mah power bank is great for travel and fits well into this bag.

 

You can easily charge your phone from it, but it’s not a backpack that will violate airline policies which can restrict the use of smart bags on planes.

There’s a little compartment for a battery with a cord that attaches through the backpack to provide USB charging capabilities without opening the bag.

4. Notebook and Pens

The Outjoy Anti-theft backpack is great for note-takers.

There’s another slot in front of the laptop slot that can hold a notebook or two and is accompanied by several slots for pens. 

By the way, the only pen you should be writing with while traveling is the Pilot G2 series, a refillable pen.

 

5. Keys

Never lose your keys again by clipping to this handy keyring inside your anti-theft backpack. 

It’s almost fool-proof.

6. Cell Phone

This bag has the perfect pocket for any phone.

I’m currently using the XiaoMi A3 because it’s an affordable phone with a great triple-camera and it works well around the world as I change SIM cards from country to country.

If you’re new to traveling, not every phone does that. 

Check it out for yourself here:

7. Passport Wallet

I keep my passport and money safe while traveling with the Eagle Creek Undercover Hidden Pocket

It’s a security belt that goes under my shirt or around my waistline under my jeans when I need it, or safely in my backpack when I don’t.

 

No chance of being pickpocketed.

5 Extras to Pack into Your OutJoy Anti-Theft Backpack for Carry On Luggage

  1. Water bottle: I often pack a 1 L bottle easily into this bag with everything else listed here.
  2. Book to read: I pack at least one book whenever I’m in transit. I usually place it with my notebook.
  3. Toiletry bag: This small bag will include the basics for me: toothbrush, deodorant, small toothpaste. Only the things I may need immediately if my check-in luggage is delayed for any reason.
  4. Wallet: Be safe. Your wallet should go into your anti-theft backpack while traveling.
  5. Sleep kit: This sounds lame, but it’s a lifesaver. My sleep kit includes Mack’s earplugs (the best earplugs on earth), an eye-shield, a pack of Dramamine, and an inflatable neck pillow.

You can zip up your OutJoyt Anti-theft backpack, lock it up, and you’re ready to go anywhere in the world and you don’t have to worry about anybody taking any of your valuables.

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  • Step one to travel the world with an online income.
  • Learn a few platforms on where to get started as a freelancer.
  • Understand the mindset behind finding work online.
  • Avoid the mistakes I’ve made in the past.

To travel the world full-time, you need to generate an income online. 

 

 

Travel The World With An Online Income

I highly recommend for anyone who wants to be a nomad to get a freelance job.

You can do it.

Let me explain how.

I’m Nicholas Demski from The Single Dad Nomad and I get a lot of questions about “how does a single dad get to travel the world?”

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Hanging out with my daughter during some time off.

We spent a few months in Barcelona this year, a few months back in the United States, a few more months in Mexico, and now we’re down here in Medellin, Colombia.

So how do I do this when I have a six-year-old daughter?

That’s what I’m going to talk about today.

What Drives You To Make Income Online?               

The most important thing is that you have to know exactly what you want to do.

Do you want to be a nomad or do you want to stay home and have your house and do your job and be a part of that routine?

That’s fine.

Go do that if that’s what you want to do.

You don’t have to change the country you’re in every three months like I do.

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Hanging out in Thailand, working from anywhere in the world.

Now, I get a lot of joy out of that, a lot of pleasure out of finding new places and encountering new experiences and learning new languages, things like that.

Knowing Spanish has helped me immensely as I travel around Spanish-speaking countries.

There are three good ways to learn Spanish: 

      1. spend time in Spanish-speaking countries
      2. Use Babbel to learn on-the-go. You can get 20% off a yearly subscription by clicking here.
      3. Try Duolingo, a rudimentary, but free language learning software. Note: you will only learn basic words here, maybe some phrases.

     

Learning a new language is something that I really enjoy, but you might find something else.

You might have another reason to nomad, that you might want to go explore the world with your family.

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Chilling in Barcelona.

I don’t know what those reasons are.

I’m not going to presuppose them on you.

What I will just say is that if you want to live this nomad life, there are a few ways to do it, but you have to be able to make money. preferably online.

Can I Make Money While Traveling?

Yes.

Now, I started off as a teacher.

I was teaching in Hong Kong as a math teacher and an English teacher.

It was fine.

I made okay money and it was a good job, I think, especially compared to what teachers have to do in the United States.

But I really wanted to get into freelancing.

I wanted to work for myself.

I didn’t like having a boss staring over my shoulder, I didn’t like having to clock in for the 9-to5.

But I also don’t want to disillusion you and make you think that you’re not going to be in a 9-to-5 when you’re freelancing.

Instead, it just becomes a “midnight-to-midnight” because your clients can call you at any time.

So it’s not going to like make your life necessarily better from a schedule stance.

step one to freelancing is getting started freelancing
The view when you’re freelancing is a bit better.

But I much prefer having some control over when I work, I like to work from home.

I’m a single dad; I like to spend time with my daughter.

I would highly recommend, for anyone who wants to be a nomad: get a freelance job.

You can do it.

Let me explain how.

Get Started As A Freelancer/Making Money Online

Number one: you need to build up your social proof.

How did I do this with my freelance job?

I got onto Upwork.com.

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You can make serious money on Upwork

Now I know there are a lot of people who hate Upwork.com.

They say, “Oh, it’s just a bidding website. So you put in your price and someone then puts in a lower price and the client always takes the person with the lower price.”

That is total crap.

You do have to get in on the bidding wars early on.

But when you first start, for example, you don’t have any social proof on that site.

You have a profile maybe, but there’s nobody who’s worked with you.

You need testimonials that say, “this is how this person works. This is how good they are. They’re timely, they’re creative, they communicate, et cetera.”

Nobody knows you on that platform. You might be the best website designer in the world, but if people don’t know you on that platform, they don’t care.

So if you want to get on Upwork and you want to be successful and you want to be a top-rated freelancer, like I am, with a 98% customer satisfaction score and continuous longterm well-paying clients, well then you have to do what I did.

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Let’s make money!

How To Get Started On Upwork to Get High Paying Clients

  1. Create a fully-optimized profile.
  2. Bid for jobs in the “Entry Level”.
  3. Work for far less than you’re worth.
  4. Build social proof on UpWork by completing low paying jobs with expertise and enthusiasm.
  5. Gain the trust of the platform by continuously supplying excellent work and get labeled as a “Top Rated” freelancer.
  6. Apply for the best paying jobs and proudly accept the invitations for jobs that come your way. 

I started off, again with no social proof on the site.

My first project: I literally wrote an entire book for $10.

That might seem ridiculous.

It is. It’s working for pennies on the dollar.

But it started my social proof.

I got my first five-star rating on there, which allowed me to apply for another job, which got me another five-star rating.

It still didn’t pay well but allowed me to apply for another job, which still didn’t pay well, but it got me another five-star rating.

After a few of those, it builds up.

And then by the time you have a lot of five-star ratings, you can raise your prices and people come to your page and see, “Oh, well this person has all these satisfied clients. Now I’m going to go work with them because everyone else on this website says they’re awesome to work with.”

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Working way too hard. But the pay off comes later.

And I’m going to tell you that clients care a lot more about the quality that they’re going to get from freelancers on the sites than they care about the price they’re going to get from them.

Now, that’s not every client.

Many clients there are just looking for the best price.

The thing is: you don’t have to apply for those jobs.

Apply for the jobs that pay the best because those are going to be the best people to work for.

Now, again, it takes a long time to get up to that point.

You have to be able to build social proof on that site.

You have to have your name out there and you have to have the stats and the data that shows you’re easy to work with on Upwork in order to get the clients that pay well there.

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Lunch in Barcelona when you can work from home.

Now there are of course other websites you could go to that kind of do the same thing.

Freelancer platform like PeoplePerHour.com or Fiverr.com.

They do a lot of kind of the same things, so I’m sure that the system is quite similar there.

If you haven’t started growing your influence on social media platforms, including LinkedIn, you should be.

Growing Your Online Income Isn’t Easy

The point is: you have to work for it.

It might take a year, it might take two years before you actually get that social proof and you start getting the clients that are going to give you top dollar for your work.

You just have to stick with it.

If you really want the nomad life, you’ve got to start today.

You got to work on building your freelance client base.

Having a website and being able to create your own blog, and your own content…people can find you that way.

I started freelancing in 2016 and I didn’t really feel comfortable with my income until the end of last year, 2018.

It took me over two years of freelancing, working for crap money, until I finally made it to the point where I was making enough money to feel comfortable to talk to you about how to get into the nomad life with freelancing.

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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’ve seen my daughter go through the pains of learning Cantonese in Pre-K. For the first few months, she felt alone at school and would tell me that no one talks to her.

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!

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Auburn after school one day in Hong Kong

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.

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How strangers act with my daughter in Asia

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.

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Coffee is often served with some type of bread: baguette, roll, donut, or similar.

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.

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A popular beach in Barcelona

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.

5. Gaudi

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.

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A Gaudi building in Park Guell

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.

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Auburn and I in Barcelona

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.

So, what would possess a single parent who’s lived on 3 continents (now 4) with his 5-year-old daughter to settle down in Spain?

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Playing at a playground in Barcelona

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.

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Exploring Barceloneta

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:

  • High taxes
  • Language Barrier
  • 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.

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She lost that panda on this day. Poor thing.

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:

  • Beautiful climate
  • Pleasant culture
  • Good food
  • Nice location
  • Good healthcare
  • Solid education
  • Safety

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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.

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

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

Leaving the Airport, Going to the City

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

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

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

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

I recommend just finding a hotel.

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

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



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

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

Exiting Bangkok, Moving to Your New Home in Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transportation in Thailand

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

How are you going to do that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fuel for Your Motorbike

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

It cost nothing. It’s so cheap.

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

Finding a Place to Live in Thailand

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

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

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

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

The International Education System in Thailand

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

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

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

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

Eating in Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cleaning Your Clothes in Thailand

Your laundry’s going to be super cheap.

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

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

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

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

Staying Hydrated in Thailand

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

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

Travel Insurance for Thailand

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

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

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

 

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

That costs a single person about $85 per month.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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


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

What are you to do?

 

I want to make it easy for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

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

How to Buy a Gift for a Guy Who Wants Nothing

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

Get him something that expands his life. 

Here are a few ideas:

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

Some gifts disintegrate through time, others last a lifetime. 

The gift of knowledge is one that lasts forever.

A Smoky Wisdom 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

So check out this elite smoker from Traeger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Wisdom of Observation 

 

 

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

But I also had professionals teaching me how to shoot.

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Old-school Wisdom in a New-school Way

The schoolhouse model of education is dead. 

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

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

Learn on Skillshare 

Or, he can start learning on Udemy today!

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

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

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

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

2. Give Him the Freedom to Explore

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

To venture out past one’s own limits! 

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

The Gift of Freedom on the Open Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

The Gift of Freedom by Air

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

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Mavic Pro by DJI

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

The Gift of Freedom to Travel

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

 

 

 

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

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

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My favorite place in Thailand.

 

 

 

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

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

 

3. Give Him the Gift of Time

Time is more important than money. 

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

Time-Saving Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

And what makes it better than the Echo Dot?

The sound quality. 

It’s a musical beast.

Wearing Time Like a Boss

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

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

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

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

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

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

For example, this lovely woodgrain watch by Original Grain.


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

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

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

And he should.

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


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

Are you interested in trying it for yourself?

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

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

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

What is Single Parent Travel?

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

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

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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

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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

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Travel nursing is a real thing.

Heaps of people do it. 

Special skill instructor

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

You can take them all on the road. 

WWOOF

how to work on a farm overseas

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

Your whole family will be stronger and healthier.

House Sitting

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

That can be your job. 

Transfer within your own company

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

Could you do that?

Work Online

Teach English

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Your energy level on camera needs to solid.

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

Heaps of people do it full-time.

Blog

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

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

Youtube

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I really enjoy making YouTube videos.

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

Coach

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You have a skill? You can coach it.

You’re a super mom.

Coach non-super moms your ways.

And do it all online.

Travel agents

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The job description is in the name.

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

Digital nomads of all kinds

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Web-developers, videographers, bitcoin traders, writers.

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

It’s anyone who works online. 

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

Excuse 2: My child’s education…

Is extremely important.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excuse 3: I’d have no support system.

That’s a pretty fair point.

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It’s easy to worry about your children.

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

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

For me, it works perfectly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

So why don’t we love our work?

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

The doom of traffic.

The doom of clocking-in.

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

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The Doom of Traffic

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

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

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

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

That’s insane.

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We have to work. 

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

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

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

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

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

The Jobs I’ve Had Where I Loved My Work

1. My First Job

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

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Kids can work hard, too!

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

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

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

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

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Meet a mountain of beets.

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

Just throwin’ beets into bags and tying them up.

Sounds pretty boring, yeah?

Sure was. 

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

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

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

2. Photoshoots with Flipper

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

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I took photos like these.

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

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

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

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The cow-nosed sting rays I worked with.

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

He was the oldest and largest dolphin in our pool. 

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

Despite his grittiness, he was a gentle giant.

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

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

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

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

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

3. Summer Camp is the BEST!

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

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

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

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

I make it sound rough, and it is. 

But it’s that good struggle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My camp family. Circa 2014.

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

4. What I Do Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Average sunny day in Thailand these days.

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

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

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

Raising her is the only job that matters.

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

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

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


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

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

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

How to make money from my a blog

Well, it takes time. 

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

How to Monetize Your Blog for Success in 2019

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

How are you going to do that?

There are many ways.

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

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

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

How to Start Affiliate Marketing 

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

Most beginners start with two programs and stop there:

  1.  Amazon Associates
  2. Google AdSense

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

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

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

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

Freelancing Your Services

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

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

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

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You could make a living taking photos like this.

Or maybe all-of-the-above.

So, what’s your skill?

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

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

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

Sell Your Own Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit to Elna Cain

And she taught me ways to maximize my pursuit.

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

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

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

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

Let’s be real.

Bloggers are dreamers.

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

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Leaving this waterfall behind hurt.

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

We get it all out there.

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

Super Star Blogging

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

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

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

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

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

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Me, writing this post.

Best Course for Affiliate Marketing: Wealthy Affiliates

Affiliate marketing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As WA puts it: Endless Opportunity. Zero Risk.

Best Course for Selling Your Own Products: ClickFunnels

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

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

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

That’s what I think is truly important.

Time-saving tools are my number one priority.

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Super important.

ClickFunnels is the ultimate time-saving tool for bloggers.

Conclusion

Starting a blog for free isn’t impossible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But blogging is a long-term game.

This is just the best way to get moving.


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