This Arkansas Attorney quit his law career and became an International Travel Writer. Michael Hodson was a Lawyer in Fayetteville Arkansas for 10 years and at the age of 41, quit to circumnavigate the globe in 12 months…without getting on a plane. The 12 months turned into 16 months and then turned into 7 years.
What is it like to be a full-time traveler with no home to come back to and all of your possessions in a backpack? How do you get into this? How do you pay for it?
Michael started on his 12 month journey and began travel blogging when the ‘travel blogging’ industry was just beginning. He built a solid following on his website Go See Write and then migrated into the video industry by shooting promotional videos for hotels in exchange for a place to stay.
Being a full-time travel blogger looks glamorous when you follow their social channels but Michael paints a much different picture. He explains exactly how he did it and the emotional struggle and the toll that constantly moving and the constant disruption takes on your emotional well-being.
In the end, the emotional side of constantly traveling brought him off of the road and now he’s taking what he learned in his travels to start a virtual reality video company.
A massive ripcord from arguing with judges in Fayetteville to strapping on a backpack and hitting the road for 7 straight years.
In this episode we cover…
- Walking out of a 10 year law career to get on a 24 hour bus trip to Mexico City.
- Crossing the globe in 12 months without getting on a plane.
- Packing WAY too much and spending WAY too much.
- Getting robbed in Costa Rica.
- Traveling cheap tips.
- Travel blogging reality.
- What professions work the best for a ‘location independent’ life.
- How long it took to finally break even on travel expenses.
- Advice for aspiring Travel Bloggers.
- The emotional toll of constantly moving.
- Virtual Reality video production.
Image Source: Michael Hodson