10 Tips for Retiring to a Life of Island Hopping

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The most stunning picture I've snapped during the past 40 months? I think so. A tiny bit of editing and pure nature shining through in Nagigi, Fiji.

The most stunning picture I’ve snapped during the past 40 months? I think so. A tiny bit of editing and pure nature shining through in Nagigi, Fiji.

 

How did I do this?

What inspired me to become an island hopper?

5 years ago, at this time of the day back in New Jersey, I’d be reading numbers off of a container in Newark. I was a security guard who worked in a shipping terminal.

Now, at this time in the South Pacific, here in Savusavu, Fiji, I’m sharing my thoughts about retiring to a life of island hopping. I’d never have dreamed this would be my life….in a million years.

Back in the old security guard days I was:

  • Ignorant of the internet’s earning potential
  • Ignorant of the rules of entrepreneurship
  • Ignorant of all things blogging
  • Ignorant of personal development

Yet here I am. How?

I became comfortable with being uncomfortable. Forget about all the traditional advice, of having a vision, or desiring a fuller life, or any of that good stuff.

I became comfortable with being nervous, or anxious, or worried….or with being angry, or resentful, or jealous….or with being excited, or elated, or….with watching my mind race ahead at 15,000 RPMs each time I found myself in an uncomfortable situation.

Yes, no matter how much you try to avoid these emotions, you need to face, embrace and release them, to retire to a life of island hopping, through smart bloging.

 

Fiji and Me

 

Fiji has been a treat. Everybody here speaks English. No language barrier, no communication barriers, and not many cultural barriers too as Kelli and I have become accustomed to island living over the past few months, and through trips to places like Bali and Koh Lanta.

My time in Fiji was marked by a massive shift, though. I shut down my old blog. I trashed 3400 blog posts. That felt super uncomfortable, but since I feel comfortable with being uncomfortable I went ahead, trashed it, and grew like a weed, since.

I had to let go to grow, and letting go is a freaking uncomfortable experience at times.

Hey, since I’m all about sharing blogging tips here, I may as well share the greatest piece of advice I could share to anybody who want to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging:

“Your desire to be free must be greater than your fear of letting go.”

I was hungry. Damn hungry, really, to be free. I tired of working for people. I wanted to travel, I wanted to work when I wanted to work, and to take off when I wanted to take off, and more than anything, I wanted to be free.

Because I wanted to be free more than I feared letting go, I:

  • Let go the 9-5 job gig
  • Let go weekly paychecks on each Thursday
  • Let go my apartment
  • Let go my car
  • Let go old, worn out friendships
  • Let go the need to have people tell me, to do what I needed to do, in order to do it, and to get paid through this process (this is commonly called, working for someone else)

Hey, I loved most of my jobs and felt grateful for each one. If you have a job, be grateful for it. It rocks. Trust me. Compared to much of the world we’ve seen….like in Cambodia, where the average person earns $1.90 a day, according to figures I read from the Phnom Penh newspaper….and yes, I read this in Phnom Penh….you’re so rich, if you have a full time job.

I learned so much down at the docks, and in various office settings, but I simply had a different preference than many folks, and I followed through on realizing that preference.

That’s why I’ve retired to a life of island hopping.

That’s why I’m writing these words from a cliff-side house with a million dollar view, overlooking the bay in Savusavu, Fiji, instead of looking at Newark Bay, in NJ, USA, back when I manned the patrol post, at Terminal 64 (what we called it, at least).

On to the tips….

 

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Know Why

 

It’s funny; sometimes I see failures, or to put it nicely, people who are failing, and angry, and miserable, who want nothing but the most practical tips.

Yet, their ignorance of mental science mires them in a nasty muck that prevents them from seeing good advice when it pops up in front of their eyes.

That was me, my friend, 5 years ago. I wanted to be free, but not so much that I’d actually pay attention to choosing my “why” reason.

Now I know better. I wanted to be free, more so than I feared being uncomfortable, a few years back. When I made that shift, and things swayed in the direction of my desire, things improved for me.

When I shifted my “why” a few months ago – I want to take you with me, so we can both blog from paradise – things REALLY started to accelerate.

When you’re thinking of leaving the 9-5 gig to live life as an island hopper all sorts of fears may flood your mind. Money worries, stability worries, all types of worries, may cause you to panic.

Be calm. Embrace the fears. Re-visit your freeing desire. Doing that embrace thing, and shifting your attention, is the way to freedom, and that little change in focus helps inspire you to make the changes necessary to begin the journey to retiring.

 

Let’s Talk Money

 

4 years ago I had monster cajones. I retired when I had no business retiring, from a financial standpoint. I made a choice. I stuck to that choice.

I had no kids to take care of. I had no financial commitments other than mine, and Kelli’s. So I went for it.

Since I’m about transparency here, I’ll offer you 2 sets of advice.

1: Choose to retire without a financial safety net. The talents you’ll find, in you, will astound you, with your back against the wall.

2: Choose to retire with a financial cushion of savings. The talents you’ll find, in you, will astound you, when you don’t worry about money, or where your next meal is coming from.

As an honest guy, I’ll tell you to go for option #2. Only because I suffered through #1 for many years.

I'm downing fresh coconut juice on the beach here in Nagigi, Fiji.

I’m downing fresh coconut juice on the beach here in Nagigi, Fiji.

 

You can decide that you want to retire. Then, you’d build an action plan. Then, you can work full time at your non-blogging job, and start seriously working your blogging gig, while you pile up savings.

Then, you can quit your job when your blogging income streams, collectively, provide you with a comfortable monthly income.

I’ve no clue in hell what your risk tolerance is, nor if you live lavishly, or frugally. You make the call, dollar wise, because EVERY person is different, in terms of the “should I quit my 9-5 to retire to a life of island hopping(have I saved enough money)?” question.

How did I do it? I retired from the 9-5 before I had a cushion. The School of Hard Knocks taught me, to teach you, that padding your savings until you ditch your job is the way to go….but you gotta make that decision.

As a rule, if you’re making enough money through your blog to cover all expenses and to sock away a nice chunk of change in the savings account, you can consider retiring from the full time job.

 

OK, Now Let’s Talk about Money, but Let’s Apply it to Traveling

 

This one will make you think about Tip 3.

Here in Savusavu, Fiji, the USD to Fijian Dollar exchange rate is almost exactly 1:2. This means that every USD I make gets me 2 Fijian dollars. Since the cost of living here is relatively low I’m taking advantage of the internet lifestyle bit in a big way.

In a place like Chiang Mai, Thailand, Kelli and I paid $2 USD a day for a lunch for 2. Awesome vegetarian food, healthy servings, wholesome fare. We weren’t cheaping out. We were just living in Chiang Mai, eating in a veggie haunt, with awesome food, in a Thai neighborhood.

In January through March we rented an apartment fit for a king in Chiang Mai. In the New Jersey, in a town like Hoboken, we’d have paid 3 to 4 times as much for this slick, custom-built, spacious, gorgeous apartment.

So, you understand what I’m getting at; if you travel, and if you live in places like Southeast Asia, or even,  in a place like Fiji, you’ll be able to live on a helluva lot less than versus if you lived in NJ per se.

This is the whole relative wealth versus absolute wealth thingee that I love stressing, before you believe that traveling, or living in paradise, is impossible because it’s too expensive.

Having absolute wealth means you make a ton of dough. Not a bad thing.

But many folks who have big league absolute wealth are tied down. 7 days of work a week. Can’t travel. 18 hour days. No real home life. Etc. You get the picture

Having relative wealth means you make money from anywhere on earth. Many of these places have a very favorable exchange rate for a guy who gets paid Western rates, in USD.

So a high rolling online entrepreneur or doctor making big bucks in the USA, but who’s tied down, to a location, for 80 hours a week, may have serious absolute wealth but in the relative wealth department, he or she is poor.

What it boils down to is this: if you can’t ENJOY your health and money, and freedom, who cares if you’re stacking up big figures? If you truly enjoy your job or business than more power to you. If you rue that you can’t take a vacation until next year – and that, it’s only for 1 week – you’re doing life wrong. Something’s up.

Now, the guy/gal who retired to a life of island hopping engineered a freeing lifestyle. He/she may not – or may – have as much money is his or her bank account than a high roller, but he/she can drop everything and fly to Bali tomorrow. He/she can take this week off.

 

(Video time. I wanted to share a video of our front yard in gorgeous, Savusavu, Fiji. This is what blogging from paradise looks like. Watch in 720 HD for a more eye-popping experience.)


 

He/she can live in countries where their currency is super strong, and where, even though the area is paradise, the cost of living is super low.

So before you start crunching those retirement numbers understand that the amount of cash you have saved in a country like the USA can go a LONG way in a country like Thailand.

Cash in point. Even if you have only $5000 USD, saved up, in Chiang Mai, this is like $20,000 USD. Renting a small, basic but clean place, would cost you $350 a month. Lunch is $1 to $2 at a local stall, where the food is excellent, and sanitary conditions are up to snuff. If you want to go high end, Western style food wise, dinner for 1 may cost $5.

If you’re really savvy, you can cut your bills on airfare too. Just check out a guy like Tim Ferriss. He’s a multi millionaire but gets off on getting deals. He once booked a series of flights around the entire world….for only $1500 freakin’ bucks.

Amazing.

 

Get the Logistics Down

 

Have your friends or family check your mail, if you rent out a PO Box, or change your mailing address to a family member’s mailing address, so they can check your mail easily.

Also, if you’re doing the 3 or 4 or 5 year travel thing, and will be visiting home for like 2 or 3 months a year, sell your car, and most other physical possessions.

Ours is not the life for sentimental people, I know, but if you want to be free, and to have your capital and investments working for and not against you, sell the stuff.

As for your house – if you have one – think long and hard about paying mortgage payments, or power bills, or maintenance bills, for a big old dust collector, if your goal is to travel for 2 or 4 or 5 years or longer. Think about selling, and investing the money in a future home 4 or 5 years down the road, or perhaps, some other investment if home ownership ain’t for you.

 

Create Really Really In-Depth Blog Posts

 

Blogging from Paradise gained so much traction so quickly because I over delivered off the bat. Each post spans 2500 to 3000, to, in the case of my last post, some 3800 words.

Google likes long posts. Readers like in-depth resources. Knowing this, I chose to create super in depth posts.

Remember, I’m blogging to take you with me to paradise, not to stick to some blog posting sked, or not to blog, just for the sake of blogging.

I say, 2,000 words minimum. Then, go a little beyond. If you’re newbie blogger start out at 600 words. Write 2 posts a week, or maybe 3. Push yourself. Take your time in writing posts, but do publish a few times each week.

Over delivering creates an influx of value. That influx of value flows to you in the form of prospering ideas, valuable relationships with influential bloggers, and money…and yes, each thing, or person, helps you retire to a life of island hopping.

 

Gobble Up Interview and Guest Post Requests Immediately

I have a new guest post out.

Yes, again.

I’ve featured on some 22 blogs in the past 8 weeks. 2 more interviews are in the works…make that 3….and 1 more, I’ll be completing tomorrow.

This week's dessert, all picked from the front and back yard. Red bananas are about the sweetest I've tasted, and Fijian papaya rocks.

This week’s dessert, all picked from the front and back yard. Red bananas are about the sweetest I’ve tasted, and Fijian papaya rocks.

 

That’s a lot of interviews, guest posts, and features. But the more folks who know about me, the better, right? So they too can island hop, and retire to a life of paradise-living, through smart blogging.

Only turn down guest post and interview requests from low quality or non relevant blogs. Gobble all the others up immediately.

Ok, back to the new guest post.

Jacob Share of JobMob asked me to submit a guest post for his awesome contest. I obliged. Heck, he picked up my eBook and he’s a fellow world traveling blogger. I was inspired to create something for his blog.

Click the link to visit, and if you want to help me win the contest, please comment on the post and share it across all of your social networks.

I appreciate your support.

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By the way, Max CDN is one of the contest sponsors. Since I’ve used Max CDN in the past and was impressed with the improved speed of my blog, I’ll happily give them the thumbs up.

MaxCDN is all about speed. They have PoPs around the world to distribute your content to visitors from all over the globe. You’ll have your website faster in minutes using their services, and since I experienced this personally, I highly recommend the folks over there and the service they provide.

(By the way, I’m not an affiliate, you FTC folks out there hiding in the bushes, and of course, so you my loyal readers know.)

 

Align Your Blog

 

The prior tip is a perfect example. I’ll sell what I’ve used. I will never sell what I haven’t used.

Pros who retire from being an employee, and who become successful entrepreneurs, only sell what they fully believe in, and what they’ve personally used.

I only promoted MaxCDN because I used it, AND I really dug the service. If I didn’t – and for a while, I found no contest sponsors offering stuff that I used – I would have told Jacob to either delete the post, or to pull me out of the contest.

Why?

Integrity, being transparent, being authentic, and just flat out promoting stuff you’ve used and believe in, or that you’ve created yourself, is what separates the people who lead their niche, from the rest.

People who island hop, and do this blogging bit full time, are the leaders in their niche. Leaders are authentic, and people who act with integrity have aligned their entire brand, blog, and all that good stuff, perfectly.

They sell nothing that doesn’t align with their core values. Actually, they DO nothing that doesn’t align with their core values.

Align all you do. Get clear. Succeed.

By the way, if you need help aligning yourself on the personal development/self help side of things, visit my fiancée Kelli Cooper’s blog. She has a real knack for inspiring by sharing simple, powerful concepts….and her travel pictures rock too.

 

Automate Intelligently
I use Hootsuite Pro. I suggest you use Hootsuite Pro to automate too.

Automating:

  • Helps you enjoy your travels
  • Saves you time
  • Boosts your cash flow
  • Adds a passive element to your blogging campaign
  • Helps you reach multiple time zones in a few clicks
  • Is kinda fun, when you think about maximizing your leveraging potential from some tropical locale

On that last point…..I’m writing this post from Savusavu, Fiji. Fiji is 16 hours ahead of EST in the US. EST is kinda the optimal time zone for me and many folks around the world.

So I’ll auto publish this bad boy while I’m fast sleep in Savusavu. 8:05 AM, EST, on Friday is 12:05 AM, Fiji Time, on Saturday.

Enter tools for sharing. I’ll wake up around 8 AM on Saturday….aka, 4 PM Friday, EST. OK, I’ll share the post on a few networks at this time but I’ll put on the share rush for 8:05 AM Saturday, morning, EST time, via Hootsuite Pro.

I’ll share the post on Faceook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus (through my Page), and I’ll also pop in, check my @replies on twitter, and stagger my responses hourly, for the following day, 8 AM to 4 PM, EST.

Automate. When you’re in a different time zone, or up in the air, or traveling by rail, or by bus, or doing touristy stuff in your paradise of choice, send out automated updates.

 

Make Friends in High Places

 

Friends in high places expand your presence quickly. A tweet from someone with 300,000 followers helps you reach hundreds of new folks, pronto.

Being promoted by some real heavies on sites like Triberr leverages my presence something serious.

Comment on authority blogs. Promote niche leaders. Retire to your island paradise of choice.

You know about my aggressive blogger outreach campaign by now. I’ve gone as far as my friends have carried me.

Friends in high places will inspire you, support you, and will also give you a platform through which you can connect with a ton of people.

 

Create Multiple Sources of Income

 

MSI. The great secret of island hoppers everywhere.

Heck, just look at someone like John Chow. He island hops here and there, but even though he’s a bit more of a home body than myself the man has some serious multiple sources of income.

He’s a champ.

MSI helps you receive cash through channels like:

  • Freelancing
  • eBook sales
  • advertising
  • affiliate marketing
  • consulting

You choose the number of channels; just be creative, and be innovative, and keep on creating and connecting…..one note: do one thing DARN well. Don’t open multiple sources of income through different niches. This confuses your audience.

Become a skilled, well-known, well-connected blogger, who writes and networks like a champion.

Before you criticize my blog or brand...I'm becoming kinda nice with the machete, if ya know what I mean.

Before you criticize my blog or brand…I’m becoming kinda nice with the machete, if ya know what I mean.

 

Then you can parlay your writing skills into offering freelancing writing services, and into generating sales through the eBooks you’ve offered, and into generating ad, affiliate and consulting revenue.

Another note: MSI can be passive, too. As I noted, Kelli and I each have savings accounts, retirements accounts, and we have my pier guard pension, too.  Invest intelligently, open up those streams and boost your net worth to blog from paradise.

 

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Are you struggling to become a full time blogger?

What do you need to let go, to retire to a life of island hopping?

 

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52 Comments

  1. Kevin Duncan

    Hey Ryan,

    Congrats on yet another guest post. I’ll have to head on over and read it as soon as I post my comment.

    I’ve told you before, but I admire how you’ve been able to retire so young. Island hopping isn’t in my plans, but “retiring” young (quitting my day job and working from home as a blogger) most definitely is.

    Each step I take with my blog, each post I write, each comment I leave, is with this ultimate goal in mind. When I write my first eBook (which I’ll ask you to endorse the same way you asked me to endorse yours!), it’ll be with this ultimate goal in mind, too.

    I’ll get there. And when I do, maybe I’ll take a cue from you and register the domain “BloggingFromMyCouchInMyPajamas.com.” ;-)

    Hope you have a great weekend, Ryan. Talk to you again soon.

    – Kevin
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Kevin, I do love that domain name, go for it ;) And of course I’ll be so happy to review your eBook, and I KNOW it will rock. Keeping the ultimate goal in mind helps us make a beeline to wherever we want to be. It’s like a homing device. Thanks so much for sharing Kevin. Enjoy your weekend, and chat soon.

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  2. Mandie

    Hey Ryan!

    Island-hopping may not be my ultimate goal, but a lifestyle of freedom sure is! :)

    Great post – the part about alignment really resonated with me. It’s all about longevity. If you want to make a quick buck, you can go ahead and recommend any product of service with an affiliate program, but if you want to build a brand with integrity and authority, stick with the ones you’d recommend even if they weren’t paying you. Promoting what you believe in will ALWAYS pay off in the long run.

    I’m curious how long an average post takes you to write? My posts are generally around 1,500 words now, and I’m starting to shoot for 2,000. I’m trying to manage my time more efficiently, so just trying to gauge how long something like that should take me.

    Thanks!
    Mandie
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Mandie, Amen on alignment. When we keep our good name, by promoting what we believe in, and align with, we’re golden. Most posts take me about 1 to 2 hours to write, and another 30 minutes for proofreading, and picture selection, and all the linking out/in. So I guess we’re looking at between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Mandie :)

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  3. kelli

    Hi Ryan
    First off, thank you for the mention. I really appreciate it..even though I’m your fiancee, I know you wouldn’t promote my blog if you really didn’t think it was good–I know how you are about protecting your brand and only offering quality resources so that means a lot.

    The tips you offered here are excellent. The point about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is particularly important because really changing our lives often requires us to do things that test our faith and what we believe to be true about success, happiness and the like. There is a lot of growth necessary and that can make us feel really uncomfortable. But, like you said, if you can withstand it, and not try to make it ‘go away’ you can do things you never imagined possible.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi KC, Yep, you know me by now ;) The more folks you meet, the more your presence will expand online….awesome blog, awesome domain, awesome energy over there. Well said on that; we’ll explore so many wonderful, unseen areas by diving into life. Thanks as always :)

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  4. Harshajyoti Das

    I love your transparency in your writing. A few questions I always wanted to ask…

    — Are you living in a work visa or a travel visa? How long till the visa expires? What are your plans after that ?

    — If you were to choose between writing blog posts and writing a book, which one would it be?
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Harshajyoti, Thanks much.

      1: Travel Visa, and for Fiji, it’s 4 months long for a US citizen like myself.

      2: We’ll live for 1 month in Bali, then, for a bit in NJ, back home in the USA. After that, maybe Central America but we’ll see.

      3: Both :)

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  5. Vernon

    Hi Ryan,

    I’m really having fun checking out all your blog posts. I continue to be inspired by your massive social media and blogging outreach.

    Like a lot of the commenters, I don’t plan on Island retirement right now. My blogging is mainly aimed at driving a business and hopefully soon, selling a book (though I have a personal blog purely for the fun of blogging).

    Running my own business I’m seeing a gradual increase in people that I’ve met through blogging and social media (and they’re my coolest clients too!) to the extent that I plan to do no more print ads at all in 2015. I only need to sell a few tours a year and I’m set, so I can spend my time writing, spending time with my kids and enjoying life. It’s not the same as yours, but considering a few years back I was working at a lodge waking up before my kids and getting to bed only after them, I was working myself out of a life.

    Each person is in a different stage in their lives, but your lifestyle crafting is something we can all take on board in our own unique ways.

    Regards,

    Vernon
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Vernon, I like how you word it: “working myself out of a life.” That’s it….we can work to free ourselves or to make ourselves bound. We choose. You’re living and working in paradise, in some of the most gorgeous spots on earth, surrounded by stunning wildlife. Combining that lifestyle with the online gig, yep, you’ll meet so many cool clients through social media and blogging. Thanks so much for sharing Vernon.

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  6. Don Purdum

    Hi Ryan,

    Man you have this down and I’m loving it!!!! You brought out four really strong points that stood out to me in this article:

    1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable – this is some of the best advice I’ve heard in a long time. I tell aspiring entrepreneurs I meet this all of the time.

    In fact, I go as far as to tell them to get to failure as fast as possible. If you get successful too fast you’re likely to get complacent, sloppy, and lazy. Look at companies like Groupon or others that experience hyper-growth and you’ll see a faster decline than you will growth.

    Get comfortable not knowing what is going to happen tomorrow or how you will make the rent or the electric bill. You’ll learn how to work smarter and harder and pull yourself out of your situation. You’ll feel great about overcoming your adversity and it will build your confidence. If you fail you’ll feel great that you learned something new.

    Personally, I’m a person of faith and I believe all things happen for a reason. I’m in God’s hands and nothing will separate me from His love. So, what’s the worst thing that can happen? Can I really fail?

    2. There is no real security in having a job or a savings account

    If the last five years have taught us anything it’s that there is no such thing as security. In fact, in my opinion you are less secure putting your life and well being in someone else’s hands. Your employer isn’t going to look out for you. They will look out for themselves first and as long as you are in their plans you’re okay. But as millions have found out that’s subject change quickly.

    In addition, you have to rely on them to perform, grow, and become better people. That’s a much riskier proposition in my opinion than putting your life in your own hands.

    3. Why? – know your why!!!!

    I’m a seasoned 10 entrepreneur who has not known comfort for many years now. Working with hundreds of business owners during this time I learned my why!

    Simply stated, it is to help businesses owners and entrepreneurs learn to stop thinking like employees and giving themselves jobs in their own companies. I want them to connect more meaningfully and purposefully with their business so that they can run their business and it not run them.

    Do I build websites? Yes. But I do it as a means to meet business owners who I know I can help make a real difference in their world by helping them connect more meaningfully with their prospects and clients online that will in turn become raving fans that increase ROI and profits.

    I love consulting and coaching and teaching people and businesses how to learn to think like their customers and earn the business.

    4. Friends in high places – you’re so right, we can only go as far as our networks take us. I’m a master networker offline and I’m working on mastering it online.

    I’m creating new strategies this weekend to find and connect with influential business bloggers, business owners who blog, business journalists that blog, and speakers who are speaking to the small business community.

    I would love to do interviews and guest blog, but that hasn’t come my way yet. With this new direction I’m taking over the last few months I’m just not known right now. That’s okay. However, I’m sure in time my opportunities will come. I’m not one to ask right now. I’m just following my strategies and blueprints and we’ll see what happens. Right?

    With that said, that’s what I gleaned from your post today that I could walk away with. As I was writing my notes going through your article you helped me gain some clarity and focus.

    You know what happens when you have clarity + focus? It = execution.

    Enjoy your weekend Ryan! If you’re ever back in Jersey perhaps we can connect offline? I’m just an 90 – 120 minutes away!!!

    ~ Don Purdum
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Don, Wow, thanks SO much for that whopper of a comment! Having faith in a Higher Power just makes this life thing so much better. Wonderfully put, and yep, why worry, or doubt, when you know that all is progressing according to Plan. Don, I’d love to meet up when we’re back in NJ for a while. That would be awesome. Thanks so much for sharing, once again, and enjoy your Sunday.

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  7. Sunday

    Hi Ryan,
    The idea of retiring to a life of island hopping is appealing. It would be good to make the necessary preparations of ensuring that the laptop lifestyle is sustaining while Island hopping.

    Your tips are down to earth. They remind me of the good reasons of blogging. I appreciate you taking time to share in details each tip.

    If you ask me, the tips talking about aligning blogs, making friends in high places and creating multiple sources of income are powerful takeaways!

    I left this comment in kingged.com where this post was shared and upvoted

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Sunday, The aligning this is oh so key. If we can align to a core purpose, and keep true to that intent, we’ll stay on the straight and narrow, and of course, we’ll rock it out online. Thanks so much for sharing Sunday.

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  8. Carol Amato

    Hi Ryan,

    It is an extremely stunning picture, yes!! You are truly an inspiration to all of us to go after our dreams. Love that you got “comfortable with being uncomfortable…”

    Yep, leaving our snug as a bug in a rug comfort zone is easier said than done, but when you’re driven with the desire for change, and the pain of staying where you are is greater than the fear of where you’re going, then it all clicks! :-)

    Letting go of your old site and content is quite admirable, and something I really respect about you as you had to follow your instincts on this and just do it. Awesome!

    Okay, now just read this: “Your desire to be free must be greater than your fear of letting go.” Of course, this is absolutely the case and makes perfect sense.

    Yes, Siree – it all starts with the WHY! Awesome to witness your shift and the journey you share, truly is.

    We are planning on making a move to Italy in the next year or so, but it won’t be to retire per se…It will be to get to the place we’ve longed to get back to so we can enjoy being near family and friends and also enjoy a change of lifestyle.

    Much more time off. Much more time to enjoy life. Much more time making memories with loved ones. And much more time to travel.

    Loved the tip to automate intelligently – love using Buffer app which helps me use my time for other things.

    Loved your post, Ryan and will be sharing in a sec…

    Have a great weekend. :-)
    – Carol
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Carol, Wow, how exciting. How long do you think you’ll stay? That will be fun…I am sure…I’d want to visit Italy one day too. Kelli loved her stops through the country a few years back. Yep, keep fanning the flames of being free and you’ll knife through uncomfortable situations. Thanks so much Carol.

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      1. Carol Amato

        Hey Ryan,

        Oh, we plan on staying. My husband was born and raised in Italy, and we plan on spending most of our time there with annual trips back to the states 2-3 months to visit our adult children.

        We expect lots of visitors over there though… lol

        Yep, lived there in 2006, then came back for 8 years, but this time it will be to stay.

        I ate more and lost weight because of the activity and organic state of the awesome food. :-)

        Ciao Ciao!

        – Carol
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        1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

          Excellent Carol! I am excited for ya ;)

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  9. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Ryan,

    Awesome article. You are presenting blogging in a different manner and enjoying your world travel too.

    Sounds interesting! Your posts are excellent all the time.

    Thanks

    Have a nice weekend!
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Nisha, thanks so much. See you soon.

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  10. Brittany Bullen

    Ryan,

    As usual, these are all great tips, but I have to say that one thing stuck out to me in particular. It’s something I think about a lot. You said something along the lines of “You have to fear inaction more than you fear failure”– and I really think I’ve said almost that exact same sentence within the last week.

    I feel scared all the time. I second guess myself all the time, thinking if I let any one little thing slip, the big bad internet will hate me and call me out for being a bit fat phony pretending I know stuff. But still, people ask me all the time how I manage to accomplish the things I’ve accomplished… and it really is just that. I’m more afraid of inaction, of deferring my dreams, than I am of failure.

    So you and I, we push through the fear. We keep trying. We keep working, with the faith that in the end something lovely will come of it. I’m so glad to know it’s working for you.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    BB
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Brittany, I love that. You’re living proof that diving into freeing, but at times uncomfortable, situations is a regular act of faith that is oh so prospering. Some who deem me “lucky” forget that I was a security guard with knowledge of how to check my email and espn.com, online That’s it. I can’t recount how many thousands and thousands of times I was terrified to do something new, and how embarrassed I felt doing these things at times. To go from broke security guard to world traveling blogger ya gotta do SO many new, scary, freeing, uncomfortable things, to connect those dots, and I know you’re doing them too Brittany. Thanks so much, you too buddy.

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  11. Steven J Wilson

    Hi Ryan,

    You drive and know how are so inspirational! Not sure if i mentioned it to you before but I appreciate everything you have done ever since you launched BFP.

    From day one I saw your vision just from domain name and your post surely do deliver!

    I absolutely plan on blogging from paradise. I want to travel and experience other cultures.

    I think your tip on going to places where the cost of living is much lower is so smart. I came across another tip on a blog from someone who had an eCommerce business. He traveled a lot off of miles.

    He traveled a lot for free. He would finance everything he did online and off with credit cards that offered miles or cash back deals. This allowed him and his wife to travel a lot for free.

    I’m not sure if you use this method or even mentioned it but It’s something I plan on doing in the future as well!

    Excellent post Ryan.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Steven, That absolute vs relative wealth is a biggie. Tim Ferriss makes this point so frequently, no matter how much you make, if you’re living somewhere with an awesome exchange rate, your net worth skyrockets. Or, even if you’re just living there for a few months each year. Your savings accelerate quickly. Thanks SO much Steven, appreciate it.

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  12. Jacob Share

    I love this: ‘I became comfortable with being uncomfortable.’

    Talk about turning Western civilization on its head. Almost everything we do and buy is about making us more comfortable. People get into comfort zones and never move again until someone or something forces them out, and then- turmoil. Because they’re not used to it. Because they were so comfortable.

    But if you’re used to being uncomfortable, of constantly dealing with changing situations, you grow much faster as a person. This is why I love traveling to live in different places, like Tim Ferriss and Ryan. Constant change.

    Make the world your comfort zone.

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Jacob, That last line is spot on, love it. Traveling is a foolproof way to get uncomfortable, to free yourself, to learn and to grow. I’ve no idea why more Americans don’t travel. I feel having Canada and Mexico so close plus the underlying silly belief that all you need, is in the USA, that many of my country folk cling to, is a reason. Thanks so much Jacob.

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  13. Phillip Dews

    It’s amazing those statistics 3400 blog posts. I can honestly say that I have never written that many before in my life. Actually did you write more? I seem to think that you had some blogspot posts about the place! I am sure you did dude.

    No matter all that content gone now! I can relate though as I lost my ‘The Epic Blog’ a while back with a tonne of content on that badboy back then along with 3 eBooks, am so glad that I did as I am much happier with my content now dude.

    My Why is simple and very similar to yours dude. Put simply to be free and to help people achieve business success via my website creations and blog tutorials. as a website developer I suppose I can work anywhere in the world and island hop like your good self. but moving my rig about would prove a little difficlt hey dude. Just being free from bosses and working for the man makes me happy!

    Good advice on the money front. I remember you saying once to pad your savings and have enough to survive on for an entire year should you not earn a single penny. That was some sage advice there buddy.

    Logistics, yep again great advice dude. for me and Lou though we only got the one commitment and that is our little apartment here in Minworth. luckly for us though the mortgage is getting paid off next year so the option to rent out is a very distict possibility (Yet another income stream to rely on especially with no mortgage.)

    Again integrity, transparency and honesty should be at the forfront of every bloggers mind. Mine is and my client testimonials show that. Awesome peice on aligning our blogs Ryan I loved this section as much as the automating section. I love the fact that with hootsuite pro I can enroll on their social media university and become a social media pro (something I have already achieved and got the badge to prove it). The exams are indepth and can be quite taxing on our noggins but in the longrun it’s worthit especially if you want to be seen as a leader.

    Yep with friends like Starack and Brogan your sure to goto places dude. Am going to make a concerted effort to really get commenting on their blogs more often! Love triberr as well. I really goto think about making my own tribe on there.

    Love the machete pic dude. btw you hiring a car out? As there is one in this pic dude!
    Great post as usual dude. Looking forward to the next. BTW I printed off your eBook and on the second round of reading it!

    If you ever update it, add to it or make a v2 of it. Perhaps it would be good to launch a paperback or hardback version. Just an idea for you dude.
    Have a great day.

    – PD
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi PD, Actually I’m starting another eBook now…details soon. As for the car, no keys. Just the homeowner’s ride. We’re still walking and leaning out. Wow, what an awesome take my man. Great points all around and I agree on Hootsuite Pro. I’m learning more about the tool each day, to better leverage my presence. Thanks SO much Phil as always.

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  14. patricia

    Hello Phillip thanks for always be there to push us people that are entering into the blogging world. I’m doing my own blog about travelling in spanish, because it’s my main language and there is a lot of travelling blogs in english but not so many in Spain. I wish there was more blogs like yours in spanish, lucky me I know enough english to follow your steps!! you are an inspiration. Thanks.

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Patricia, Are you responding to Phill’s comment? If so, I agree, he’s an inspiration ;) If not, I’m Ryan. Great to meet you. So happy that you’re blogging, and that you can follow BFP. Appreciate it Patricia, see you soon.

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  15. Bruno Buergi

    Interesting story you tell. The thing with the money, not be concerned where the money comes from is the biggest challenge I face to give up my part time job and only doing my online business and blogging. One thing I hesitate is because I live in Switzerland and everything is very expensive. The other thing is, at least in seven years I can go into an early retirement and the money will be enough to live here.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Bruno, I can understand, as I’ve met many folks from Switzerland during my world travels who’ve become expats because of the cost of living. I feel weighing out the pros and cons of living there or moving can lead you where you want to spend your life, if you can leave your part time job soon. Either way, you’re living in paradise :) Thanks Bruno.

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      1. Bruno Buergi

        Leaving Switzerland is for me not really an options. As you said, I’m living in paradise. There are so many good things to live here. Especially the mountains I love to go hiking. But I also love traveling through the world.
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        1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

          Hi Bruno, Your home country is paradise, for sure. Maybe when you retire you can visit Thailand or Bali, as I’ve met Swiss folks who either traveled or in both cases, moved to these spots….if you want to of course ;) Thanks Bruno.

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  16. Betty Rose

    I just love the way you write simple and informative,
    Thank you
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Betty, Appreciate that. See you soon.

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  17. Sue Bride

    You gave up your income and security for your island hopping life but if you are older and have some assets behind you it would be even easier. I’ve considered renting out my house and heading off overseas. The rental income I’d get would go a lot further in many places and I could still earn money online. I’ve even considered selling the house and traveling frugally off the proceeds but I love where I’m living now and would prefer to be able to come back here when I wanted.

    I have a partner and adult son with a disability to consider and even though I’d be happy experiencing new horizons I think they’re too used to their creature comforts to go to certain places, on a strict budget, or do it for too long.

    Living in Australia I am used to automating to fit into other time zones. Hootsuite is great for that.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Sue, Good points all around. Hootsuite Pro does rock, and if you’re in Australia I can see how it’d benefit you. Thanks much for sharing Sue.

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  18. Lash

    Hey Ryan,

    Great in-depth post here, mate! Good one!

    Congratulations on completing your eBook. That’s a massive undertaking! Even bigger congrats on the awesome endorsements you got for it. Pretty amazing.

    Sounds like you’re already enjoying your new blogging direction. Great site name & branding. On your way!

    cheers, Lash

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Lash, Great to see you here! Appreciate it, and hope to see you soon…..on the web and on the road ;) Thanks Lash.

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  19. santosh singh

    hi ryan,
    nice post. i am interesting in knowing how you are pulling so much traffic and hence money. i am really interested in your blog money making technique. hope you will share it as i think you are doing something extra-ordinary.
    thanks in advance
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Santosh, Stay tuned, we have more updates coming up. To find out how I make money blogging please download my eBook: http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/ebook/

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  20. Jane

    Island hopping is certainly not my thing :) But retiring to a posh lifestyle is my thing. I find it really easy to work smart (and not hard) on my goal since now I have a clear goal. Since the time I aligned myself and everything I do to my goals, things have got a lot easier.

    I love to see your pictures. They are surely an inspiration. And I love your advice – being comfortable with being uncomfortable. It takes a lot of practice to get there :) But it is a big thing to succeed in anything!

    Thanks for all the inspiration and the lovely stuff you share Ryan :) Convey my regards to Kelly and she is so wonderful (for having inspired you to do what you are doing now!).
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Jane, Awesomeness…paradise is different for each person, and that’s why my blog vibes with folks with different desires. We can also use these insights to live on an island, or to retire to a posh lifestyle. Clarity is so big; I love that you became clear, because things do get easier when you cut through confusion. Thanks so much Jane.

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  21. Kate

    Hi, Ryan!
    My congratulaions on one more great article! I am stuck on your blog. I love the idea of island hopping but it doesn’t fit me right now. But I love your inclination to feel free with lifestyle blogging. Yeah there are a bunch of awesome ways how to reconcile your job with life retiring.
    I want to make something that will make me feel omfortable. That’s what will make me feel happy. The freedom of blogging is for sure what I really sit right with me. Thanks!
    My round of applause! Great job!
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Kate, Thanks so much for reading and sharing. Why doesn’t the island hopping idea fit you right now? Just curious, to see if maybe you have something to release, to follow up on an idea you love ;) Thanks again Kate, appreciate your support :)

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      1. Kate

        Actually the idea is really low key, but I guess I am not ready to change something right now. Yeah, you are right I am going to realese something, but I will let m you know what it is soon.:)
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        1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

          Cool Kate I look forward to following your journey :)

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  22. Chery Schmidt

    Hello Ryan, Wow what an a article,Sure does make one think. I dont know if I could do it my friend, Give up my home, my possesions Yikes I never thought of myself as a materialistic person but this one scares the heck out of me.Traveling for 3-4 5 years Sounds like fun but I woule miss my grandbabies for sure..

    I would come and visit you though LOL?

    I love what you have done here with your blog, the pics the videos All Awesome.. Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

    P.S I did land here today Via Kingged
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Chery, Hey, great to see you. Yep letting go has been tough at times but I’m digging the minimalist thing, even if I didn’t intend for it to happen. Sounds great, you see in Fiji but for a week or 2 ;) Thanks so much Chery.

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  23. Andrew M. Warner

    Hey Ryan,

    Great post. You know what I like about you? You stay true to yourself, talk in your own voice, share lots of interesting pictures and videos, call it like you see it … and like that great lifestyle we all strive for. Both you and Kelli.

    “Gobble Up Interview and Guest Post Requests Immediately”

    I want to talk about that briefly. When you have all of these opportunities presented to you, such as guest posting opportunities, and requests for interviews, speaking to College kids, etc. you better take full advantage of it because that only means that what you’re doing and all the hard work you’ve put in, is finally starting to pay off.

    You’re proof of that.

    Great post, my friend. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

    – Andrew
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Andrew, I see you’re taking the guest post advice to hear. You’re popping up all over the place over the past few days. I saw you on Adrienne’s blog and Kevin’s blog, and each of your guest posts were fantastic. Keep up the fab work Andrew, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

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