The Dark Side of the Internet Lifestyle

I’d like to start with a humble apology.  I really haven’t posted much in the last month.  There are many excuses I could make.  Instead I’ll simply say that I wanted to enjoy a month-long trip in Europe; without feeling pressure to do work.

Darth VaderyThis leads us to the topic for today’s article…

Much has been said about the concept of the Internet Lifestyle.  For some, it seems like a dream come true.  With a laptop and a wireless connection you can work from any spot in the world.  Take a look at any advertisement for a ‘home based business’ product.  Odds are you’ll see shots of ordinary folks “working” while living in a warm, tropical paradise.

With all that said, I think there’s a dark side to this lifestyle.  What’s not talked about are the many hassles that occur while running a business out of a backpack.

I’ve traveled for about 11 months in the last two years.  That’s 46% of my time working while being on the road.  During this time I’ve learned that are certain negatives to this lifestyle:

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18 Lessons I Learned while Traveling for Seven Months

Last Monday marked the completion of my seven month journey through Europe.  This trip was an incredible experience where I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted to do moving forward in life.

Today I’d like to talk about these lessons.  Some of them are unique to my situation – While others will hopefully provide some guidance in your own life.  I can’t say the entire trip was positive.  But both the good and bad moments provided a ton of lessons that’s helped me grow as a person.  So let’s talk about eighteen things that I learned since April:

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20 Travel Horror Movies that Make You Want to Stay Home

I’m writing this post from Bratislava, Slovakia.

To be honest, I was a little hesitant to come here because the only things I knew about this place come from a few movies: Hostel (Parts 1 and 2) and Eurotrip.

Both portrayed this place as an example of a backwards, “evil” Eastern European city.  The truth is this is a great city, full of cool and interesting people.

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9 Work Abroad Jobs to Support Yourself While Traveling

9 Travel Abroad Jobs

9 Travel Abroad JobsAs most of you know, I’m a self-employed America who live the “lifestyle lifestyle,” traveling through Europe for 7+ months.

(To learn more about this, learn how to start a new life.)

In addition to maintaining the Steve Scott Site, I run my own affiliate marketing company.

It allows me to work nearly anywhere in the world as long as I have the ability to carry my laptop with me and connect to the internet.

Since embarking on my trip I’ve received emails from several different people that are also interested in visiting other countries. The common denominator of the emails was suggestions on how to survive financially while being away from home. Although it’s what I do for a living, running an online business is not the only way to support yourself while traveling—in fact, I’ve met quite a few people with unique work abroad jobs.

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Realize your travel dreams – How to find time

This is the 2nd post in the two-part guest series provided by Marthe of the Mausumi blog.  In the last article she discussed how to afford to travel.  Today she gives some excellent about where to find the time.  Again, I think she gives a lot of helpful tips that anyone can use to get the most out of their travel dreams…

If you have a 9-5 job, one of the best excuses to avoid traveling is to hold on to the fact that you have a limited yearly vacation. Most students, like my friends, also think that they don’t have time to travel during the term. As with most “I don’t have time”-excuses, you really have time if you want to find it. Here are my tips when it comes to traveling and living a busy life:

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Realize Your Travel Dreams – How to Afford It

This is the first edition of 2 part series brought to you by Marthe of the Mausumi blog.  Here she provides some excellent advice about how to afford to travel to places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.  I’m pretty excited about these posts because it dispels the myth that you need to be rich and have lots of free time in order to see exotic, cool places.  Marthe explains how traveling is a lot more feasible than you probably think…

At 23, I have already traveled more than most people I know. When people hear about my adventures, I get the impression that a lot of people dream of traveling, but still don’t. The excuses such as “I don’t have time” or “I can’t afford it” are frequent.

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