I’ve been very fortunate to hold a good job since I graduated from college almost 5 years ago. I worked in the Consulting industry doing Finance-related work, and while I can’t say it was “fun,” I can say that I learned a ton and made a lot of friends while I was there. I quit my job today, and I didn’t go searching for a new job.
Instead, I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity to make this blog what I envision it can be, all while traveling a lot more. I feel like I’m at a unique place in my life where I can take a risk like this and not have it come back to haunt me later in life. I’m 26 years old, I’ve been lucky to save a lot of my money over the last 5 years, and I’m in a position where I can keep my expenses very low over at least the next year or so. I also took the GMAT exam a couple of years ago and finally plan to apply to graduate school this fall, just to have it as a sort of back-up (I haven’t decided if I want to go or not). If ever there was a time in my career to try something risky like this, now is that time.
It’s a scary thought to not have a paycheck for the first time in 5 years, but it’s also exciting to see what I’m really made of in terms of putting together something of my own. This website has allowed me to earn some money, and although it’s extremely unpredictable how much I get paid, I’m genuinely excited to give it a try. The thought of being paid for something I used to come home and do for fun anyway is simply too good to pass up right now!
But to be more specific, here’s how I plan to make money to feed myself over the next year:
- Amazon affiliate links – If you click on my Amazon links and buy something, I get a commission. If you’re buying something from Amazon anyway, I’d appreciate the click!
- Credit card affiliate links – Right now I’m only an affiliate of Barclays. I don’t expect to get any other credit card links. If you plan to sign up for a Barclays card, I would appreciate it if you clicked through my links on my Credit Cards page.
- Website ads – I currently display a few ads on the website, and these pay me a small amount of about $20 a month. It used to be more, but Google Adsense shut me down and won’t tell me why. Oh well.
- Award Booking Service – I plan to add this service in the future. Many people have points but don’t know how to redeem them. I can help. I’m still deciding how I want to implement this.
- Mobile App – I’m actually working on a completely unrelated mobile app for iPhone and Android. This will be my first venture into something like this, so I’ll see how it goes. Hopefully you guys will support me with a free download later on when I announce it!
- ??? – There may be other opportunities still awaiting me.
So, that’s that. I’m going to take some time to relax and recharge before ramping up here. In terms of what to expect from Travel Summary going forward, you’ll see me make a lot more posts. I plan to do at least one per day and catch up on all the trip reports I didn’t have a chance to write yet. My goal is to make this website so comprehensive that you rarely, if ever, have to go somewhere else to find information. I’ll continue pointing you in the right direction if someone else writes something useful, but I want to be one of the few blogs you visit regularly.
I’m excited and anxious, and I really feel like this is the right move for me right now. A few days ago a former coworker wrote a post here about leaving your job to travel – if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do as he was an inspiration to me. Wish me luck on this new part of my life!