How to Quit Your Job and Travel The World In One Year (Or Less)

Chances are, you travel. A lot.

But are your travels limited by a lack of time or money?

It sucks, right?

Believe me, I’ve been there.

This lesson outlines how to break the cycle. It shows how to start building a profitable travel blog which will help fund your travels indefinitely.

But first, a little backstory…

Act #1: The Grind

My wife Darcie and I were working like crazy in San Jose, CA. She was working 60 hours a week with one job, while I worked as a travel agent by day and waiter by night. It sucked.

But it was worth it. We ultimately saved enough money to take a year off and travel through Southeast Asia, India and Nepal.

During this time we did something different: we began building websites which produced passive income. Now please don’t get me wrong. It’s like we’re internet millionaires or anything. At the time we were probably making $600 a month passively.

Act #2: The Beach

But $600 a month takes you pretty far in other countries. So we lived on our passive income and dipped into savings for the rest each month.

The whole time, however, we kept working on building more websites. It wasn’t all just work… we had a damn good time. Scuba diving in Thailand and Indonesia. Trekking in Nepal. Meditation courses in India.

Then we headed home…

Act #3: The Return

We returned to California and got “real” jobs for awhile. Darcie did marketing for a toy company and I worked as a marketing analyst for Google (and doing copywriting on the side).

We kept building websites, but to be honest, most of them were crap. Looking back, I wasn’t interested in helping people… I just wanted to make money.

And it showed.

It wasn’t until we launched Trekity (and now TBA) that I loved working on a website. And you know what?

It shows.

This is the key to a successful travel blog. You have to LOVE working on it. You should improve your writing, build your traffic, write guest posts, monetize your site… and love every minute of it.

Journalist Maria Bartiromo famously said:

Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by, by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you who really wants to do what you’re doing. And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.

Put simply: passion drives success.

So does planning. So with this in mind, let’s take a moment and review what we’ve discussed in this course so far:

Choose Your USP

Find out what makes you different than other travel sites. Choose a region (unless you’re stupid ambitious like me and cover the whole world) then determine what it takes to stand out.

Travelfish rocks in Southeast Asia - could you do something similar in Central America? How about Africa?

Or instead of choosing a region, select a few interests like scuba diving or cooking. Then write about your travels where you actually DO these activities and offer advice about it.

Perhaps the best example of this is Fluent in 3 Months, which covers language learning around the world. Benny (the site’s creator) sells his own Language Hacking Guide from the site.

This is a smart business model. He provides killer free content targeted to a specific demographic (people who want to speak another language) and sells a premium guide once they’ve learned to trust him and his content.

All this comes from having a strong USP.

The next step is to…


Host your blog on your own server (instead of so you own your real estate. Then, install the necessary plugins and carefully select a few additional ones to serve your needs.

Create Killer Content for Your Readers

Every piece of content you write serves a higher purpose. It should answer your readers burning questions and build trust with them. Then, when you create a paid product they know what level of value your bring to the table.

Of course, killer content takes time. This one took me fifteen hours of work. But it shows a level of commitment and really helps you stand out. Stealing from yourself doesn’t hurt, either.

There are still two main ingredients: getting traffic and monetizing your travel blog. We’ll discuss these in later tutorials… for now, focus on getting your USP, blog and content up and running.

By the end of the year, you’ll have one helluva travel blog set up.

I promise.

To your successful travel blog,

Adam Costa

Editor in Chief, Travel Blogger Academy

P.S. This is part of a 24 part course on travel blogging. If you haven’t already, sign up for it now.

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Adam Costa is co-founder and Editor in Chief of both and TravelBloggerAcademy. He currently lives... um... somewhere.

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  1. Adam,
    As a novice blogger (launched 6 months ago) and part of the “boomer” crowd, your Academy is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Wow, THANK YOU!!
    Much of what you outline, I gleaned from research, experience and just plain experience and intuition, but there was certainly doubt and confusion (ok, and frustration) as well.
    Your info is clear, concise and the “roadmap” I was seeking…
    Perfect timing to really take it to a new level in 2013!

  2. Adam, the links aren’t working.

  3. Hey Adam,

    Thank you for this! I definatly need every bit of advice I can get! I just wonder, for every 100 successful travel bloggers who make enough money to travel and live in reasonable comfort, how many travel bloggers fail?

    My blog is just over a month old and is making me a little bit of money at the moment, however when I tell people what I’m doing I’m always told there are so many people doing the same thing. Should I dismiss the doubters or should I work harder?

    • Hi Stacey,
      My blog is just a few weeks old, so we are in a similar situation. I don’t think it is a matter of my blog “failing”, just maybe not going as far as possible. My plan is to move slowly, learn, and just enjoy the experience before I attempt to earn any money from it. I hope we can share our “newbie blogger” experiences and will enjoy watching our blogs grow. cheers!

  4. I have to say a big thank you for publishing all this amazing content, espeically this post! I think you are actually talking about perhaps the most important issue with making money as a travel blogger, or any type of blogger, really. The aim is not to make money with sites that have no meaning to you and provide no value to anyone, the aim is to make a site that you are proud of and that actually helps people (like this one).

    I think the content on this website is the second best content I have seen (after Tim Ferris’s website where he shows how to do pretty much anything). What also amazes me is how many people are NOT following your advice (even certain people who actually bought your courses!) and I really hope I’ll have the will-power to do what you say we all should do.

    (P.S. there is a small error where you say ‘It’s like we’re internet millionaires or anything’, I am guessing it is meant to say ‘It’s not like…’ 😉

    Thanks again for making this amazing website and creating all this free content!

  5. I love your articles! Your blogs have given me a lot of info. I have not started travel writing/blogging yet, because I haven’t done any significant amount of travel in a very long time, but I love to travel and have decided I need a career that has SOMETHING to do with travel. I’d like clarification on one thing in this article. At the outset, you said you built several websites to help you save up money to fund your travels, which then gave you fodder for travel writing. My question is what kind of sites did you build? Were they travel-related? That may be a silly question, but I’m wondering if it might be a starting point for me.