Internet Lifestyle Mastery: Interview with The Goats on the Road

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  October 13, 2014 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 9 minutes read
The Goats blogging on Holbox Island in Mexico.

The Goats blogging on Holbox Island in Mexico.

 

Who’d have thunk that you could become a prospering digital nomad by listening to the advice of a few goats?

 

You can. Today on Blogging from Paradise we’ll feature 2 of my favorite travel blogging buddies. Nick and Dariece, also known as the Goats on the Road, caught my attention a few months ago. Actually, they caught my attention a while before that but when I created Blogging from Paradise I made it a point to build bonds with some of the best travel bloggers out there, hence our cyber bond forming.

 

The Goats qualify as some of the best travel bloggers out there. They are smart, funny, and more than anything, generous, successful bloggers who’ve engineered the internet lifestyle which Kelli and I enjoy. They truly have retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

 

I see so many parallels between the Goats and I, which is why I jumped all over the opportunity to interview one another for our blogs after Dariece emailed me a few weeks ago.

 

We’re both traveling couples who do the full-time, pro blogging bit, and both couples are freelance writers (among other online income streams we work). Neat.

 

This line from their blog is totally up my alley, too:

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β€œWe’ve found many ways to be free & travel forever and we share our secrets, stories & ideas here!” ~ The Goats on the RoadΒ 

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That’s it. They get it. Being free and traveling forever are part and parcel with retiring to a life of island hopping, through smart blogging, so you better believe I found a match when I read this line on their blog, and when I saw that they completely embody the digital nomad lifestyle Kelli and I have experienced for the past 42 months.

 

The Goats on the Road

 

I appreciate their hustle. Everywhere I turn I see them being interviewed, publishing a kick butt guest post or posting helpful, thoughtful comments on travel blogs. They embody so much of what I do here that I felt my neighbors from the north – well, at least, in our respective homelands – would be a perfect match for my audience.

 

Since this one’s an interview we won’t be doing the 3,000 word bit today. I want you to have enough time to read this interview, to visit their blog, and to get to know them. Learn more about the Goats, what they do, and how their services can benefit you.

 

Don’t forget to become friends with them too!

 

Without further delay, let me introduce, The Goats on the Road.

 

1: Hi Guys, please introduce yourselves to our community.

 

Hi Everyone! We’re Nick and Dariece, a 30-year-old couple from Canada, but we haven’t lived there in 5 years.

 

In 2008, after realizing we weren’t totally happy in our lives, we gave up our “great jobs” back home and set off on a 13 month backpacking trip through SE Asia and India. Needless to say, that trip changed our lives. We knew we couldn’t live the traditional western lifestyle anymore. We decided to spend 1 final year in Canada and save as much cash as possible before heading off again.

 

We left after one year of saving and haven’t looked back. Our travels have taken us through the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and practically all of Asia.

 

We love travel, adventure, food, meeting new people and living life on the road! Travel has definitely become our way of life πŸ™‚

 

2: I’ve seen nothing like your brand/blog name in the travel blogger niche. Well done πŸ™‚ What made you choose the blog name, “Goats on the Road?”

 

Haha, it’s quite a different name, isn’t it?! Well, everywhere we travel in the world, no matter where, there are goats on the road (and in the case of Morocco, they’re also in the trees!) Plus, Nick and I started calling each other “goat” as a sort of pet name…and we’re also on the road. Also, we love goats! So, Goats On The Road seemed fitting.

 

3: As a fellow full time professional travel blogger what do you feel is the best way to rake in the dough – or simply, to make money – while living abroad?

 

There are numerous ways to make money abroad, some we’ve tried, some we’ve yet to try, and others we have no desire to try!

 

Palm Island St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Palm Island St. Vincent and The Grenadine

We believe that the best way to make money on the road is to run an online business, or blog. That way you work 100% for yourself and you can blog/write from anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. For us, this is the best way to make money abroad, as it gives us complete freedom. Freedom to travel where we want and freedom to work when we want.

 

Making money online can take time and patience, and although our freelance writing and our website fully sustains our lifestyle now, it took us about 2 years to get to this point. During the time when the website wasn’t making money, we taught English in China, which is another great way to make money abroad.

 

4: My audience here at Blogging from Paradise knows I’m all about sharing my wild travel experiences. I remember reading a while back that you suffered through chikungunya. I’d never heard of that disease, but it sounded quite serious. Can you share your experience here?

 

I’m actually still suffering from it over 3 weeks later! Chikungunya is another nasty mosquito borne illness like Dengue Fever or Malaria. It’s found in Africa and Asia and as of a year ago, the Caribbean. We recently had an outbreak here in Grenada and everyone on the island pretty much has it, or has had it in the past.

 

The symptoms are: full body rash followed by high fever, aching joints, insomnia, fatigue, swollen limbs, swollen lymph nodes and glands and sometimes, numbness.

 

The virus mainly attacks the joints and I’m still walking like I’m 100 years old! Stiff, and sore joints are the worst because we’re very active people and we just want our life back. The actual fever and debilitation lasted only 3-5 days, so that wasn’t so bad…it’s just this lingering pain that were sick of.

 

5: You’ve been to 43 countries so far. What’s your favorite country to visit?

 

This is a tough question because everywhere we’ve been has left a mark on us in one way or another. For us, the best countries to travel to are the ones where we can have great connections with the local people. We really enjoyed Iran, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, China, Egypt and Turkey. I realize that’s more than one country, but there are too many amazing places to choose from!

 

In Iran, we were invited into the home of complete strangers and spent 6 nights there with them! This lovely couple cooked us authentic meals, showed us around Esfahan and even took time off of work to hang out with us. Everyone in Iran was so welcoming and kind.

 

China was great because the people there are so interested in foreigners! Even though many Chinese people don’t speak much English, they’ll try really hard to have a conversation – think lots of charades and hand motions.

 

Turkey was awesome as well for local experiences. We couldn’t go far without being invited in for tea and a chat with shop owners, random people on the street and even restaurants! I think that has to do with the fact that we travelled to the far east as well, it’s less touristy there.

 

We made wonderful friends and had authentic experiences during our 8 day trek in Mongolia as well, being invited into family yurts was a definite highlight.

 

Talking about these experiences makes me want to travel!

 

6: Many travel bloggers are looking to diversify their online income streams. As successful freelance writers, what practical suggestions do you have for them?

 

I think we as a community of travel bloggers think too much “inside the box” rather than outside of it. We’re always looking to write on other travel blogger’s sites and hoping to make money from sponsored posts & advertising (the former everyone should avoid).

 

It’s time to branch out more! We suggest writing for other fields outside of the travel niche. Check out websites related to finance, lifestyle design, cuisine, expat life, etc. any topic that you know a little bit about, and then try to write for them. This is a great way to get your name out there, make some money and expand your circle of contacts…who knows what kind of opportunities could arise!

 

We also suggest joining affiliate programs. Think of the items/services the visitors to your site may need, and then join those programs. As an example: we house sit, travel and run a website, so we’ve joined affiliates with a house sitting company, website hosting company, hotel companies and travel insurance as well. Find out what your visitors need, and you’ll end up making some decent money off of the sales, while helping them to find what they’re looking for.

 

7: What is far and away the biggest challenge for you as digital nomads?

 

I think the biggest challenge is finding a balance between work and travel. We love being on our website and are constantly thinking of ways to improve and expand, so we really enjoy our work, but we’re travel writers and in order to write about travel, we have to get out there and explore! We’re getting better at this, but it’s hard when we’re in a hostel and everyone is partying or hanging out and we’re on our computers.

 

Another challenge is finding decent internet connections!

 

8: We’re house-sitting now in Fiji. Where have you house-sitted during your world travels? What have your experiences been like?

 

Here in Grenada is the first overseas house sit we’ve done, and it’s one that will be very hard to top! We’re actually just pet-sitting the most amazing dog ever, his name is Spare. We have our own cottage just steps from the beach and it’s set on the most beautiful property we’ve ever seen. We have nothing to do with the owner’s home, our main responsibility is taking care of Spare Dog. Grenada truly is paradise and it will be hard to leave here after our amazing 7 month stay.

 

9: What do you feel is the ideal frequency for updating your blog?

 

We post new articles to our blog 5 times a week. We try to be very consistent with it as well, as Google likes that! We always post a GoatLife TV episode on Mondays, then an article on Tuesday and Wednesday (and sometimes Thursday) and then a Sunset photo for our Sunset Sunday Series.

 

We used to post more often, but I think it’s overwhelming for our newsletter subscribers to receive 5 articles or so a week.

 

Plus, with our freelance work, posting more than 4 times a week would be difficult to stay on top of.

 

10: Where can we get in touch with you?

 

If you want to say hi, you can send us an email to:

 

dariece (at) goatsontheroad (dot) com

 

nick (at) goatsontheroad (dot) com

 

Our Website: Goats On The Road

 

Facebook: Facebook.com/GoatsOnTheRoad

 

Twittter: @GoatsOnTheRoad

 

The Wrap Up

 

Thanks Goats! It’s freaky when you read an interview and keep nodding your head, from the income stuff, to the house sitting stuff, to pretty much everything. Loved the interview, and I so appreciate you Nick and Dariece for taking the time to share your thoughts with our audience.

 

St. George's in Grenada

St. George’s in Grenada

 

About the Goats: Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they’ve been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. Visit their blog at Goats On The Road.

  1. Richard Martin says:
    at 7:47 am

    Awesome post and interview Ryan.

    Love that opening picture of Nick and Dariece blogging against a backdrop of palm trees, mountain tops and the sea. Mega awesome!

    I agree with the branding thing – innovative and charming – Goats on the Road. I had better not brand any business I have with the pet name my wife calls me πŸ˜€

    One thing I would like to ask you, which is also relevant to N&D – how the hell do you guys maintain a decent internet connection in some of the most remote parts of the world?

    • Dariece says:
      at 8:52 am

      Hey Richard!

      Thanks for commenting. Luckily our pet name was something appropriate and we could turn it into a website name also πŸ™‚ We’ve been blogging from some pretty amazing paradises, there’s just something about palm trees, isn’t there?!

      Regarding the internet connections, we’ve struggled a lot in the past. In China, we couldn’t get on to any social media networks, so needed to have a VPN. In Iran and the rest of Central Asia, internet was awful. We’d sit on the computer and wait, and wait, and wait just for one picture to upload!

      There are USB wireless internet adaptors that you can get. They hook up to 3G networks and can get you some basic internet in a crunch. It’s difficult at times, but honestly, some times we don’t mind “unplugging” from the internet from time to time to enjoy the random place that we’ve found ourselves πŸ™‚

      Cheers from sunny Grenada!

      • Richard Martin says:
        at 5:01 pm

        Interesting to know.

        I used to work in a remote part of the UK that’s all, and I couldn’t even get a 3G signal there, used to drive me crackers when I needed to get online. So just wondered how you guys managed. Thanks for answering.

        Enjoy and take care!

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 12:49 am

        My pleasure Richard πŸ˜‰ Oh yes I know that going nuts feeling ALL too well lol…here we’re OK, we’ll see in a few weeks in Bali though πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:10 pm

      Ditto on the picture Richard, so impressive. All of them rock. I’d agree with their approach, and sometimes, we just have to eat it. Or, say, not going to be online as much in some areas. Kelli and I research extensively beforehand though, and I’m sure the Goats do too, to avoid any areas with little connectivity. Thanks Richard πŸ™‚

      • Richard Martin says:
        at 5:03 pm

        Thanks for the insight Ryan!

  2. Dariece says:
    at 8:57 am

    Hey Ryan!

    I just woke up, looked outside at the gorgeous morning, stared at a couple of hummingbirds and decided to make some breakfast..guess what was on the menu? Paw Paw!

    A massive thank you again for having us on your website πŸ™‚ I know you don’t really accept guest posts of have interviews on here, so we really appreciate it! We definitely have similar lifestyles and we too find your life to be amazing.

    We love the intro video you created as well, nice one.

    Have a great day, happy blogging and keep in touch πŸ™‚

    Dariece

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:08 pm

      Dariece my full pleasure! Thanks so much for being an inspiration for us, I really love what you guys are up to. The Goats rock!!!

  3. Mandie Sanders says:
    at 12:12 pm

    I was excited to see this interview, since I’ve been a fan of Nick and Dariece for awhile now. The freelancing guides on Goats are excellent!

    I can’t believe you guys post 5 times a week! I guess it helps that there are two of you, but that’s still impressive.

    I definitely want to do the housesitting thing for my next big adventure. I’m such a big animal lover but I don’t currently have my own (pets & the nomadic lifestyle aren’t always the best fit).

    Thanks for the Monday inspiration here. Since I’ve only been freelancing for about 6 months now, I’m still in the hustling stage. However, I’m getting jobs faster than I expected, so I look forward to being where you guys are soon. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for posting this, Ryan! Have a great week, everyone!

    – Mandie

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:07 pm

      Mandie you’ll love house sitting. We’re watching 4 cute cats – 3 most of the time, in Fiji now, and they’re so much fun. Ditto on the 5 times. They’ve given me inspiration too. Keep on hustling, and thanks Mandie!

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:53 am

      Thanks Mandie! We really appreciate you commenting. We do four a week for sure, and then we really try to do 5 if possible. This month has been insane with all of our blogger outreach and freelance work though!

      That’s one of the great things about house sitting! If we didn’t, we would never be able to have a pet. The dog we’re taking care of now is so adorable, it’ll be hard to say goodbye πŸ™

      Happy blogging!

  4. JP says:
    at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for the excellent interview Ryan! I’m a huge fan of the Goats too, I’ve learned a lot about our craft from them, they’re so professional and can write beautiful articles!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:05 pm

      Agreed on all counts JP. They’re wonderful, aren’t they? So fun and N and D vibe so much with Kelli and I. Thanks much!

      • Dariece says:
        at 11:55 am

        Awe…thanks πŸ™‚

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:56 am

      Hey JP! We’re so glad you’ve found our info useful. Happy blogging and thank you for the comment πŸ™‚

  5. Sue Anne Dunlevie says:
    at 3:22 pm

    Hi, Ryan,

    Loved this!

    I’m going to do the house sitting idea or even a house trade for vacation. I think I can find people who would love to trade with me and vacation in Florida for awhile!

    Appreciate getting to know the “goats”.

    Sue

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:34 pm

      Sue, oh yes, No Doubt! Florida is awesome and you’ll have few problems finding willing partners there. All the best with it!

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:57 am

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for your comment, it’s nice to connect with new people!

      For sure you would be able to find people to come and house sit, or house swap with you in Florida! Definitely look into it, it’s a great way to travel πŸ™‚

      Cheers from sunny Grenada!

  6. Karyn @ Not Done Travelling says:
    at 7:20 pm

    Awesome interview! I love Nick and Dariece, and have been following their blog for a while now. They’re so approachable and always respond to comments (not every successful blogger does this, so I always appreciate people who do!)

    Goats on the Road is such an inspiring website too, and I love how they are really open about how they got to where they are and how other people can do it too.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:48 am

      Agreed Karyn! They’re such kind people, really engaging, and it’s fun to pick the mind of some digital nomads…always some gems here. I really feel honored that they let me interview them. Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:58 am

      Hi Karyn,

      Wow, thank you for the kind words! We too appreciate when people reply to our emails and comments and tweets, etc. But it can definitely be difficult to try to stay on top of things. For us, we feel like if people took the time to comment/connect with us, then we should definitely take the time to respond! Connections with people are so important.

      Thanks again πŸ™‚

  7. kelli says:
    at 2:24 am

    Hey Ryan
    I loved reading this interview so much. It is cool to learn about people that are living a similar lifestyle as us. They seem really cool and I have been on their blog before. It is really great. Great stuff!

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:59 am

      Hi Kelli πŸ™‚ It’s nice to hear from you!

      Nick and I so appreciate the lifestyle you and Ryan have created for yourselves. Cheers to happiness and freedom!

      Have a great day.

  8. Frank says:
    at 3:23 am

    Hey! We’re big fans of Goats on the Road, they’re Canadian like us and just recently helped us out when we needed their advice for one of our posts. Nice couple and they go and write about places that most bloggers would never consider going.
    Nice to see them showing up on this blog πŸ™‚
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:49 pm

      Love ’em Frank, and they do visit so many off the beaten path type spots. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:03 pm

      Hey guys!! Nice to see you commenting on here πŸ™‚ We’re happy to help!

      Cheers.

  9. Catherine Holt says:
    at 7:05 am

    What an awesome blog they have! I am a huge travel fan, and whilst it’s not the right time for me right now, I love to see other people’s adventures. It will be me again one day πŸ™‚

    I love that more people are showing that you can do what you love and get paid for it. Awesome work!!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Catherine! Agreed on that….it really inspires folks to do the work at home bit, wherever that home is.

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:04 pm

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you for your comment and kind words! It’s so true, nowadays more and more people are realizing that you can live the lifestyle of your dreams, without having to stay in one spot…AND get paid for it! Gotta love that, right? πŸ˜‰

      Have a great day. Cheers from Grenada!

  10. donna merrill says:
    at 11:35 am

    It is a pleasure to meet you Nick and Dariece right here on Ryan’s blog.

    It is great to see others living that laptop lifestyle, while traveling the world. It must be difficult to sit at the keyboard while there is so much to see in new places. I’m sure your success is deemed by discipline.

    But I can see that disciple comes easy when you love what you are doing! My husband and I live the laptop lifestyle, but we don’t travel much. It may sound crazy but every few years, we sell our house and move to another state!

    It is a wonderful thing that we can achieve to live anywhere we want, have the freedom to create our own income and not be tied down.

    I’m heading over to your blog after this comment!

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:40 pm

      Donna, not crazy at all! I dig the idea. We sold our places for good and ran with it but I vibe with your mindset too. So much of the world to see, so why not enjoy it. Thanks much!

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:07 pm

      Nice to meet you Donna!

      We so love connecting with new people. You’re right, some days we look outside and think, “wow, it’s a stunning day, let’s go to the beach instead of working!”…and you know what? We go to the beach. We just see how the weather looks, or see how we’re feeling and decide if we want to work or not. Maybe we’ll work in the evening instead of the morning, or vice-versa.

      Of course we have deadlines for various projects, and we are responsible when it comes to that, but if we have the time, we’ll take off to the beach!

      I love that you move around so much as well! Have you thought of renting in each state? Or are you buying and selling as a money-making strategy? I just know how stressful it can be to sell a home!

      Happy travels to you and your husband πŸ™‚
      ps, I love “laptop lifestyle” I may have to borrow that…

  11. Mi Muba says:
    at 12:55 pm

    Wonderful post Ryan

    I appreciate their title of Digital Nomad; idea is wonderful and it is really great to learn this much about them here. This is your unique way of making people speak to share as much their experience as possible.

    It is so impressive that they update blog five times a week while we enjoying the goddamn comfort of our home hardly update our blog hardly one to two times. It means your productivity enhances when you go out of home.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this interview blog post of these wonderful guys.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:39 pm

      Mi, they are quite awesome. 5 updates a week while blogging from paradise has inspired me to bump it up some. So much inspiration. Thanks much!

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:09 pm

      Hi Mi,

      We try to post 5 times a week, but 4 is our minimum. At one time, we were doing 7! That was way too much for us to keep up with though. We needed to find a balance.

      Thank you for your comment and for the kind words.

      Cheers from Grenada!

  12. Bruno Buergi says:
    at 3:27 pm

    Interesting interview Ryan. I agree that it takes time to get to a level as blogger that you have a sustainable income all the time. But it’s worth to take the effort even when you don’t travel and do it only to spend more time at home.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:43 pm

      Exactly Bruno, you really can grow something worthy if you are patient, and take the right steps to grow your blog. Thanks much.

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:10 pm

      Hi Bruno,

      Thanks for commenting. We think that even if you’re not travelling, it’s still extremely beneficial to grow your online company/blog/business so that you can have more time to do what you love. Maybe it’s not travel. Maybe it’s just spending more time at home with your kids, maybe it’s golfing more, maybe you want to take a cooking class, etc. It’s all about having more free time!

      Cheers!

  13. Don Purdum says:
    at 5:33 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I really enjoyed the interview. It’s really nice to meet you Nick and Dariece!

    I couldn’t agree more with Nick and Dariece that no matter your industry there can be great advantages to networking online outside of your niche. I am actually working on connecting with event planners and journalists, though I’m not one. I’m sure you may know where I’m going with those relationships?

    Being out of the box is such a big deal and so many are stuck for so long they just don’t know how to get out of it.

    That’s why articles like this one are so critical to helping people see another way of doing things. Perhaps someone will be inspired?

    I sure hope you get to feeling better soon Nick. It doesn’t sound like your sickness is much fun.

    I hope you have a great Wednesday Ryan!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:42 pm

      Don, Ditto on that. Going outside of your niche here and there is helpful, both to build your network and to expand your awareness. We really can do amazing things be introducing ourselves to new people and new ways of thinking. Thanks so much Don!

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:13 pm

      Hi Don!

      Nice to meet you as well πŸ™‚

      We actually found it quite hard to get out of the “travel blog” bubble. Like you said, once you’re in the box, it can be hard to get out of it. We’re working on it now though and have branched into finance & money, expat life and lifestyle design. Obviously, so many doors have been opened now because of that! I hope people read this and get inspired to change it up as well.

      The chikungunya is pretty much gone, but my joints are still sore…doing loads of stretching and exercise to loosen up!

      Take care Don!
      Cheers from Grenada

  14. Phillip Dews says:
    at 3:30 am

    Awesome Interview dude,
    The Goats look live they are always having fun, seems to be a theme amongst you guys! I too want to live this awesome lifestyle as well you know and I will be travelling an meeting up with you guys soon!

    As I have said before, I am a city guy at heart but I do love nature and the idea of spending time on little islands in paradise really get me excited, but big city’s like NYC and Singapore get me excited too also you know how much I love London but for me paradise is Barmouth and the place that one day I will truly retire to.

    The thing that worries me about the travelling this is the internet connections thing being a website designer and developer this is something that I will need!

    Top post as usual guys! I will be sharing this.
    – PD

    • Dariece says:
      at 12:17 pm

      Hi Phillip!

      Thanks so much for the comment πŸ™‚ It’s true, we do like to have a lot of fun..haha.

      It doesn’t matter if you like the city, the country, the jungle or the beach, as long as you love where you’re living and what you’re doing. We really believe that everyone should be happy in their lives, so if cities make you happy, then go for it. As long as you have free time for yourself to do what you love, then it’s all good.

      As far as internet goes, we’ve found pretty good connections around the world – except for China, Iran, Central Asia and a few parts of Africa. But in Asia it’s good, Europe is good, Central America and the Caribbean it’s good too. So is the Middle East. You know where had the best internet ever? Russia! Ha!

      Good luck to you and happy trails πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:08 pm

      As The Goats noted PD, sometimes they’re a bit slow but overall you can get a great one anywhere. Maybe not LIGHTING speed in some spots but enough to get the job done, especially with 3 and 4 G. We had a lightning fast connect in the jungles of Kovalam Beach, India. I was stunned! Off of a stick…..thanks again my man.

  15. Dennis says:
    at 12:17 pm

    Ryan, Nick and Dariece,

    I always love reading interviews like this. It keeps me going. One of my goals is to eventually leave the city and just do at least part of what you guys are doing but I have a timetable that I’ll be sticking with. It’ll have to wait until Im 35.

    Here in the Philippines, the internet speed is horrible. As my work revolves around faster internet speeds, I need to make sure I do things in advanced or secure a place with a good connection. It’s why I had trouble in Bali when I stayed for a month. Japan was also a bit troublesome for me as it took me a while to figure out how to get mobile internet there lol!

    Thank you for the story and the inspiration. You guys (that includes you Ryan) are work horses, not goats – to be able to churn out great content regularly while fighting the urge to party and laze around haha.

    I find 2 hard enough!

    Enjoy the weekend guys! Great work as always!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:18 pm

      I imagine Dennis that working with those internet speeds is a challenge. You’re a champ for persisting! Thanks much.

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:40 am

      haha, work horse, not goats…love that! When we were in the Phils, we found the internet to be so-so, but you’re right, it’s not lightening fast at all. It can be frustrating for sure. We sometimes right articles just with Word or some other document program while there isn’t any internet. Then, when the internet is good, we’ll copy and paste them over to WordPress..seems to save some time that way.

      Thank you for the reply Dennis. Happy trails πŸ™‚

  16. Sylviane Nuccio says:
    at 8:57 am

    Hi Ryan, Nick and Dariece,

    A little late here, but I’m glad I’ve caught that post, because what I’ve read motivated me even more to follow through on my upcoming plan.

    I am originally from France but having lived in the US for the last 2 decades and being divorced with no children, plus having recently lost my best friend (my cat) of 14 years, I’ve decided to got to Italy for year and teach English there as I continue to build my online business as well as coaching business.

    Reading about your experience here had to make me simile seeing that you’ve done just that.

    For some reason I feel a pull toward Europe again, even though it’s where I’m coming from, so I’ll start there, and see where that leads me.

    Thank you Ryan for sharing these successful bloggers story πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:46 am

      Sylviane, congratulations! That’s wonderful, and I’m happy that you’re making the move. Going through difficult, tough, life-changing experiences can move you in the direction of travel, for more of a fresh new start. Before I began my current trip, heading off to Bali, I suffered through depression. It was the best move of my life, literally. Thank you for sharing Sylviane, and do keep us posted with your travels πŸ™‚

    • Dariece says:
      at 11:42 am

      Hi Sylviane πŸ™‚

      So glad we could inspire you and that you saw this post at the right time! Teaching English is a great way to earn some cash while you’re working on your online business. Not only that, but it’s a great way to integrate yourself in the community, meet some local people and of course, help people learn English.

      It seems like the timing is right so go for it!

      All the best,
      Dariece

  17. Tara - Hippie Hits The Road says:
    at 1:01 pm

    Hi guys! I’m a new travel blogger (only had my site for two months, and just started my one way trip about two weeks ago) and have really found both of your websites helpful and inspiring! Thank you so much for all of the information πŸ™‚
    I’m hoping to teach English this fall or winter somewhere in Asia, and since my favorite thing about traveling is to meet people and try to integrate into a new culture, from what you said I think it will be a really good experience.
    Do you have any experience with “voluntourism”? I’m a licensed nurse and have always had a passion for global health so I would really like to help out as I travel.
    Thanks again for the advice and inspiration!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:04 pm

      Congrats Tara! Wonderful, freeing move you’d made. I do not have experience in that area but will keep you in mind if I come across someone who does. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

  18. Leslie Denning says:
    at 3:19 pm

    Hi Ryan. I very much enjoyed this post. Except for our annual cruise, I pretty much have to do arm chair traveling due to my health. But it is exciting to read about the lifestyles of internet nomads. Where’s my magic genie to make me young again?

    I do love the internet lifestyle from home, though, and I don’t have to worry so much about diseases from insect bites (except for Lyme disease). Fire ant bites set off my fibromyalgia, and that’s enough for me, thank you very much! Although I can’t be a blood donor because we cruise to the Western Caribbean a lot.

    Keep traveling and writing, and I’ll keep enjoying your adventures vicariously.

    All the best,

    Leslie

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