Hi, I’m Dave Weatherall, creator of That Travel Blog; a blog for travel entrepreneurs and those who aspire to be one! In April 2014, at the age of 20 without a degree and no savings, I quit my 9-to-5 desk job to travel indefinitely.
1- What inspired you to decide to live this nomad lifestyle?
Like many nomads who work remotely, I was once sold the empty promise of “good career progression and development opportunities”. Investing the next 40 years into someone else’s business, with only 5/6 weeks of the year to see the world did not appeal to me.
I wanted to travel. So, I decided to work on side projects at the weekend while learning how to grow my online business and become a professional travel blogger. After 1 year, with a basic but livable income from these side projects, I was able to redesign my lifestyle and quit my job!
2- Is a travel lifestyle as glamorous as people think?
“Living the dream” is hard work. Most of the time I am staring at a screen or searching for Wi-Fi cafes. But when I do take a break, I’m often a short walk from something really cool and unique.
3- What keeps you motivated to keep on travelling?
Travel blogging keeps me motivated. I enjoy writing about my experiences and providing tools and inspiration for those who want to make money while travelling.
I also interview successful nomadic teams and location independent entrepreneurs, every Sunday. I am always inspired by their stories.
4- What do you love most about long term travel and what do you dislike most?
I have been travelling on and off for 3 years so I miss my family and long-lasting friendships. I am also starting to feel disconnected from social circles back home.
But I love experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and hearing unique stories.
5- Have you had any major troubles on your travels?
Most of my troubles have been accommodation related. When you travel to different locations so frequently, you will get the occasional bad landlord. I haven’t had any major troubles but it is always important to stay safe and seek advice if you are unsure about anything.
6- How can you afford long term travel?
With my blog, my main sources of income are from affiliate marketing, Instagram promotion and guest blogging. I also make money while travelling with my team of digital marketing nomads; That Social Agency.
7- Where are you now and where are you going next?
I am currently based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan! In the next few months, I will be going on many exciting excursions. There is so much to see and do in Taiwan and if I venture abroad; Japan, China, SEAsia are all nearby.
8- Of all the places you’ve been, which one would you recommend for digital nomads and why?
Porto is a beautiful, up and coming city in Portugal of which shares the same timezone as London! I spent 6 months there when I first started travelling in 2014. It is full of character with an abundance of tasty food and cheap wine.
I am really enjoying Asia but for an easy-going city in Europe; Porto is a perfect choice!
9- What item/gadget don’t you travel without?
I feel terrible for writing this but it has got to be my iPhone. I have my favourites like my GoPro and Nikon D3300 but there is nothing more important than being able to connect instantly with my work and friends on-the-go, wherever I am.
10- What advice would you give to someone who is about to start long term travelling?
Hold tight! Don’t quit your day job just yet. Make sure this life is for you. Take some time off, go travelling by yourself. Build a freelance portfolio, try to generate an income on the side. Then ignore my advice and do whatever your heart tells you to do.
If you fail, you won’t fail because you will have had an amazing experience. It’s better than looking back on what could have been.
“Don’t risk spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” Randy Komisar