I’m all about giving people more reasons to travel, and as more and more time goes on I’ve realised that post travel thinking is definitely a big one! Now you may be wondering what I’m banging on about by that, well having realised how much my thinking has changed now I’m back in the UK, I wanted to write a post all about mindset when you come back from travelling, because outside of the experience itself, it’s one of the best things about it.
Unfortunately it seems lots of people return and get the post travel blues, longing for those days where they were partying on a beach in South East Asia, or jumping out of a plane in New Zealand. But, for me travel should be an opportunity to refresh your mindset and look at your options, it should be a stepping stone, not a final hurrah before settling into something unfulfilling for the next 40 years. Not to mention, once you’re back you can still take breaks and see new places even once you’re working full time again. So brush away those post travel blues and start taking action to make sure travel isn’t just once in a lifetime, its lots in a lifetime.
I’ve called this the beginner’s guide because that’s exactly what I am, a beginner still only scratching the surface. 6 months ago when I returned from my trip, if you had mentioned things like: FI, drop shipping, vanguard, index funds & affiliate marketing, I would have had no idea what you were banging on about. However, these are all terms I’m now familiar with because luckily I’ve been able to educate myself more & more on passive income and how you can live a life that isn’t ruled by your job. Now, I want to get to a stage in the long term where I can support myself and be independent financially and geographically. Worst case scenario and nothing comes of it, I’m still doing more productive things with my spare time and learning lots of skills such as e-commerce, web design, digital marketing & SEO.
So below are a few resources to get started on changing your mindset, my favourites are books, audio books and podcasts (which are completely free!), as often it’s a lot easier for me to find the time to listen whilst doing other things, but if you like to read or dig deep into some blogs, pretty much all of the names below have really informative blogs alongside (or often started out as blogs originally!).
– The 4 Hour Workweek – Tim Ferris (http://fourhourworkweek.com/)
This was actually something I bought before I went travelling, and one of the first books that when I started reading, it seemed like the author was inside my head. All these things he was speaking about in the opening chapters resonated so much with me. Tim Ferris is a really interesting guy, and although there will likely be parts you disagree with the main message from this book is that there is an alternative, and there are ways that you can streamline your work and change your lifestyle that will allow you to be a lot happier in the long run.
– Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki (http://www.richdad.com/about/rich-dad)
I was gifted this book during my travels by my girlfriend. Where this book really shines is that it’s all about financial education and thinking about money in a different way. It’s a really good way to change your mind set about your relationship with money and a good springboard to open up thinking about investments and making your money work for you.
– Never Work Again – Erlend Blake (http://youwillneverworkagain.com/)
This is something that I’ve read recently, and I’ve got to say it’s been great. It’s extremely relevant and current, and the author is somebody who embodies what he talks about. The best bit for me was that in the book there are interviews with people who are making money for themselves in different ways, and all of these can be adopted by you. It’s a fantastic resource for ideas on how to start small businesses yourself whilst still having a day job.
– Financial Independence Podcast – Mad Fientist (http://www.madfientist.com/podcast/)
The Mad Fientist podcast has been a fantastic resource for me, because although it’s still not that mainstream, there are so many great interviews with people who have achieved financial independence in different ways. From couples who have just chosen to change their spending habits and invest for the future, to entrepreneurs now running website flipping companies from the Philippines. If there’s one resource you choose to check out from this list this should be the one. The host Brandon is an informative, enthusiastic and genuine guy who will introduce you to lots of other topics you can look further into if you so wish. Importantly too, this podcast is a great resource to get you thinking about investing for the future. Listening to people who were on average salaries, but are now retired at 40 because they made different choices about their money. It really opens your eyes.
– Empire Flippers Podcast – Empire Flippers (https://empireflippers.com/podcasts/)
Those guys running a website flipping business from the Philippines mentioned above… this is them. The podcast is all about E-Commerce, people who are making their money online and how they do it. Want more detail on people who are making money through affiliate marketing, drop shipping, or Amazon FBA? This is the place to go. I’ve personally found great resources and further reading on drop shipping particularly through interviews of people who not only did it themselves, but now run sites teaching others how to replicate their success.
– The Tim Ferris Show – Tim Ferris (http://tim.blog/podcast/)
As mentioned Tim Ferris is the author of the 4 hour workweek. Having written other bestsellers and had great success he now interviews guests who have achieved great success in order to deconstruct their routines and how they did so. It really is fascinating with a great variety of topics and people interviewed, from actor Vince Vaughn to Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook) to Tony Robbins. I could go on, but there are over 200 episodes here and plenty of variety to check out, businesspeople, atheletes, spiritual gurus, musicians, essentially if they are world class in their field Tim Ferris will try and interview them for the show.
This is just a summary of my favourites and a place to start, but have any thoughts or other resources I should check out, comment below as I’d love to hear!