Getting Started…



Interested in living a life of travel? Not sure how to get started? Unable to find the information you’re looking for on this site? This page is your solution. Listed below are a variety of useful posts to get you started.

And be sure to check out my new project, Wandering Earl Tours, where I lead unique, small group trips to my favorite countries around the world!

“How to Live a Life of Travel”

Check out this useful guide that will show you exactly how to create a lifestyle that involves as much as travel as you wish.

Travel Tips, Advice & Thoughts

Why You Should Travel Despite Your Fear of Failure
How Can We Help You Travel?
A Quick Chat With My Younger Self
How Does A Permanent Nomad Pack?
Please Don’t Be Afraid To Travel On Your Own
Traveling With A Purpose
Advice From A Solo Female Traveler Riding Around The World
How To Avoid Being Ripped Off By Taxi Drivers
You’re Still Young, Do It While You Can
All Is Well In Istanbul, Thanks To Shakira
Do You Need A University Degree To Travel Long-Term?
How To Spend Your First 20 Minutes In A New Country
Do Long-Term Travelers Prepare For Retirement?
How I’ve Handled Travel Insurance Over The Years
Yes, Travel Does Have Some Risks
A Little Human Connection Goes a Long Way
The “One Person Rule” That Can Change It All
Wandering Earl’s Guide To Travel Blogging…Sort Of
You Can’t Fail At Traveling The World
The One Person Rule That Can Change It All
Places Around The World That I Shall Never Forget

Travel Costs

Countries You Can Visit For $1000 Or Less Per Month
How I Can Afford My Life Of Constant Travel
How I Can STILL Afford My Life Of Constant Travel
How Much Money Do You Need To Start A Life Of Travel?
Living Abroad For Less Than $1000 Per Month
The Currency Of Pad Thai
How To Rent An Expensive Apartment For A Budget Price While Traveling
How to Make Your Money Last Longer While Traveling

Work & Travel

How I Make Money Online To Support My Travels
How I Can Afford My Life Of Constant Travel
42 Ways You Can Make Money & Travel The World
It’s Okay To Be A Non-Digital Nomad
How To Get A Job On Board Cruise Ships
How To Fund Your Travels With Creativity
There’s Nothing Wrong With a 40-Hour Workweek

Travel Gear

Here’s a list of travel gear I carry around with me on my travels. Be warned though, I don’t carry around much at all!

You might also want to read…
Traveling With Technology & How I Keep It All Safe

Life As A Nomad

Challenges of a Permanent Nomad
Has Travel Made Me Dumber?
How Many Beds Have You Slept In?
I Have Worms
If You’re A Socially Awkward Nomad & You Know It…Clap Your Hands
Everybody Told Me I Was A Useless Bum
Am I Destined To Wander The World All Alone?
A Test: Is Long-term Travel Right For You?

Country Specific Information

AfghanistanAlbania – Antigua & Barbuda – Argentina – AustraliaAustria – Bahamas – Bahrain – Bangladesh – Barbados – Belgium – Belize – Bosnia & HerzegovinaBulgaria – Burma – Cambodia – Canada – Chile – China – Costa Rica – Croatia – Czech Republic – Dominica – Egypt – El Salvador – EstoniaFijiFinlandFrance – Germany – Greece – Grenada – Guatemala – Honduras – Hungary – Iceland – IndiaIndonesia – Italy – Iraq – Jamaica – Jordan – Kiribati – Kyrgyzstan – Laos – LatviaLebanon – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malaysia – Malta – MexicoMoldovaMontenegro – Nepal – Netherlands – New Zealand – NicaraguaNorth Korea – Norway – Pakistan – Panama – Portugal – Romania – Saint Kitts & Nevis – Saint Lucia – Samoa – Serbia – SingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSouth Africa – Sri Lanka – Sweden – SwitzerlandSyriaThailandTurkeyUkraine – United Arab Emirates – United Kingdom – United States – Uruguay – Vatican City – Vietnam – Yemen

Travel Tales & Adventures

Chewing Qat With Locals In Yemen
A Chinese Bar, Shisha & ‘Sexy Sexy’ in Iraq
The Day US Customs Found A Bullet In My Pocket
Thank You To The Militant Who Stole My Car
The Day I Was Followed By A Secret Agent In Beirut
The Simplest Hotel In The World
The Dumbest Things I’ve Done While Traveling
Chewing Qat With Locals in Yemen
My Experience In Tamga, Kyrgyzstan Is Exactly Why I Love Travel
Wandering Earl: Live From Here (Video Series)!

More Resources To Explore

Whether you want to…

  • create your own life of travel
  • build a successful travel blog
  • learn how to get a well-paid job on board cruise ships

…this additional page of resources will provide the information and inspiration you need.


And as always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to send me an email!

12 Responses to Getting Started…

  1. Rommy says:

    hey there ! look i am doing Graduation in business management in india and cant leave the college for more than a month. And i want to travel Whole world and how should i do this ???
    Can u please Tell me how should i start with so little money in hand. What should i do that could end in a month and i would be paid and also could travel by that. please do reply

  2. Melody says:

    Thanks Earl. A lot of great tips that I’m going to take away with as I start my travel journey.

  3. Ken says:

    Hey Earl,
    I’m interested in starting an occupation on a cruise ship but have no prior experience or references from past employment that would encourage a cruise employer to hire me. Although I am a 29yo, presentable, reliable, English speaking, white American male who is hard working and basically willing to start whnvr and wherever I can no matter the wage. I would think someone with that criteria should be able to get his foot in the door on a ship somewhere. Can you point me in the right direction with some specific 1st steps to take? (preferably w/o trying to hard sell me on a stack of ebooks) I’d appreciate it, Thanks!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Ken – I’m not going to hard sell you but that is the reason I created my How to Work on Cruise Ships eBook. It basically covers everything you need to not only apply for any job on ships but to have the best chance possible of getting hired. And the reason I recommend the eBook is because it would take me 100 pages to provide the kind of information you are looking for. It’s not something that I could provide in just a couple of paragraphs unfortunately.

  4. Joe says:

    Hi Earl,

    I’m sorry if you’ve covered this before… but did you attend college? It seems like if I want to get a college education travel seems impossible for fear of loan debt.

    If you did attend, how’d you do it?!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Joe – Yes, I did graduate from university and in terms of loans, I simply deferred them for 1.5 years until I figured out what I was going to do. Then, I happened to land a job working on board cruise ships and that allowed me to pay off the loans over the next few years while saving some money as well.

  5. Lesha says:

    Hey Earl,

    Came across your blog about a week ago and have loved my time reading through your entries. I’m 20 and in this position in my life where I just don’t know where to go, what to do, or how to go about getting where I want to be in life and its nothing but stress. The single thing that has remained constant for me though is the urge to travel, but never thought possible for me until discovering WanderingEarl. Knowing travel costs next to nothing is DREAM, and this blog has inspired me to really try my hand at traveling for a year (or more) if I can cut it. But I have a hard time believing I can just take what money I have in my bank account, buy a plane ticket, pack a bag and leave.
    You’ve talked about a wide range of topics about traveling, but what about a quick post on visas and health care? (I haven’t gotten around to your earlier posts yet so maybe you already have) Do you have to apply for one for each country you visit? Do you only need a passport? How much planning goes into deciding where to visit next? Have you ever been turned away from a country because you didn’t have the necessary documents? What do you do if you get sick while traveling? Did you have to get HUNDREDS of shots before stepping foot outside of the US?
    If I can help it, I’m setting a goal to leave by my 21st birthday, plenty of work to do in 9 months but I’m determined now. :]

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Lesha – Thanks for the comment and I’m very happy to hear that you’ve been inspired to hopefully get out there and travel! As for your questions, just have a look at my “Getting Started” page and you’ll find the answers to just about all of those questions right there :)

  6. Terry says:

    Hi Earl. I am a general manager of a restaurant with 15 years experience in the food and beverage industry and am wanting to get a job aboard a cruise ship. Where would you suggest I start in my search?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Terry – I would check out my eBook – How to Work on a Cruise Ship – as it provides every single thing you need to apply for any position on board the 18 major cruise lines. It gives you the step-by-step instructions as well as detailed advice to ensure you have the best chance possible of getting hired. And of course, if you have any specific questions once you have a read, just let me know and I’ll help you out as best I can!

  7. Priya says:

    Hi Earl,

    Thanks for all the articles you have written on your travels, I think I have juiced up on enough of them to land myself a fun job overseas to fund the travel bug, thanks for all the inspirations that you shared through your blog and let me put my magic hat on and create that x job in a fabulous y country and I will come back to contribute to your Wander Fund with the good news: let me be the next testimony so to speak that this life style is indeed possible!

    Best Travel Luck Cheers,

    Priya

    • Earl says:

      Hey Priya – You clearly have the right mentality and seems like you’ll be on your way soon enough :) I’ll be very interested to learn how it goes for you but I’m quite confident that it will work out perfectly and you’ll end up traveling wide and far as well!

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