Because of the work I do for Rockstar Finance, I skim hundreds of blog posts and news articles each week, and there are a handful of themes I see over and over again. Paying off debt, embracing minimalism, building wealth and retiring early are among the top five. But the topic of “quitting your job to travel the world and do what you love” is, without a doubt, at the top of that list.
The success stories sound dreamy. People write about how they live on as little as $1,000/month in various countries, with accompanying pictures of laptops on beaches and books in hammocks. Instagram feeds are filled with ocean views, mountain tops and cold drinks dripping with condensation during afternoon siestas. And the captions that go along with them express nothing but joy and gratitude. It seems like a fantasy come true. However, like so much of the curated content we are exposed to, it’s not the reality for the many of those who are trying to live and work on the road.