How to Make Money While Travelling: GoodTravelYoung
Welcome to the 13th edition of “How to Make Money While Travelling” which features successful nomadic teams and interviews with location independent entrepreneurs.
This week I interviewed Steven Marin, the founder of GoodTravelYoung, a travel planning service offering personalised itineraries for any city around the world.
So, how do you make money while travelling?
While traveling I primarily make money from GoodTravelYoung, my travel planning business. Once someone answers a short questionnaire on my site and choose their plan, I contact them and start working on their custom itinerary.
What were you doing before GoodTravelYoung?
I'm actually still working as a digital marketer in New York City, so I haven’t quite gotten to the point of being location independent as GoodTravelYoung is only a few months old. It is however, my main goal. :)
What are your reasons for becoming location independent?
My biggest passion is traveling, meeting amazing people, experiencing different cultures, and eating delicious food. In order to do just that, location independence is important.
Although I haven’t yet gotten to that stage, my reason for working towards it has been to take complete control of my life. To be both location and financially independent means you have absolute freedom to live the type of life you want to live and that to me is the most important goal one can achieve.
Working a 9 to 5, in addition to waking up early, commuting to and from, and possibly staying late to finish up time sensitive work, you’re missing out on most of the day. No sane person would choose that sort of life if they knew better.
The truth is most people are too busy existing and not truly living. Next time you’re on the train, in traffic, or speed walking to work, look around and notice the “rat race” in full force.
Do you face any challenges while both working and travelling?
Always. Working while traveling still requires one to deliver on obligations. The most important thing is to be organized, create a schedule and follow it. I’m a huge fan of Google Docs, Asana, and Evernote for staying on task.
How do you find work while travelling?
For GoodTravelYoung I’ve gotten the majority of my clients from referrals and I also run ads online.
Do you think businesses should offer more remote working opportunities? If so, why?
I think if businesses offered the option to work from home or at the minimum one day out of the week, they’d see employee morale and ROI skyrocket. No one likes the morning rush or heavy traffic, especially early in the morning. Working from home removes that added bit of stress allowing employees to just focus on what needs to get done.
And let’s face it, with all the technology available for communications and team collaboration, there’s no legitimate reason to flock to an office.
If you were to give advice to someone who wants to quit their desk job to become location independent, what would it be?
Read the 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Provide a solution to a pain point that people are experiencing
Never stop learning
What is your favourite travel quote?
I ask this very question on my blog’s interview series and just now realized how tough it is to choose just one haha! If I had to pick one at this point in time:
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you have a mantra, slogan, or catchphrase?
This phrase has always resonated with me:
“Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.” - Publius Syrus