This is Part 5 of the “Foundationology of Migrationology” series.
Migrationology is about finding a sustainable way to turn your passion into your life.
Just as Wildebeest in the plains of the Serengeti make an annual migration to find necessary food, so migrationology is about migrating into a lifestyle that your’re excited about.
What are your passions and your goals?
Here are a few starting steps:
- Map out your passions: What do you really love to do?
- Clear things out: This isn’t necessarily about minimalism, it’s more about not falling for the things that aren’t taking you to your objective.
- Shift your thinking: Live intentionally, not aimlessly
- Set goals: Pursue your passions and make them priorities. I could be partying my cash away, or I could be rock climbing a limestone cliff overlooking a turquoise tropical beach.
- Try new things: I didn’t used to like writing, or even the internet. Then I tried it, and it grew on me. Now I highly enjoy both. I also taught English – I got through it, but I wasn’t thrilled.
- Experiment: Test ways to intertwine a sustainable way of living with your skills. You can read about what steps I took through this series, but you have to adapt to your own situation – everyone has their own migration.
Keep your dreams at the front of your head (not in the back of your head), because when dream are at the front, you’ll make them a reality.
What are my goals?
As you can probably tell, I am highly passionate about 2 things: travel and food.
My goal is to take my passions and turn them into a sustainable way to live, learn and help others. Oh, I would also like to eventually be able to afford a family.
What does that mean for me?
- Be able to migrate to new countries
- Continue to work on the medium of the internet where location is limitless
- Eat awesome food from around the world and take photos and blog about it
- Offer useful travel advice and writing
- Help less fortunate people
What steps am I taking?
I live well for less than $300 per month in Bangkok. This is a low enough cost for me, where I can afford to take time and push to develop my ideas that revolve around my passions.
My home base at the moment is in Bangkok, but it’s a home base because it’s a great link to the world. I can continue to travel and make trips during my migration.
I’m in the process of building Migrationology. At the moment I publish 2 articles and 1 photo favorite each week.
I do work hard, often sitting at the computer for 14 + hours a day (not everyday, but when I have no plans), but I enjoy it.
Aside from Migrationology, a friend and I have collaborated on a Thai street food blog at EatingThaiFood.com. Thai food is made to share, and it’s our goal to get that word out by publishing all sorts of media about Thai food.
I recently launched my first ever product, the Eating Thai Food Guide, a collaboration of my hobby, something we must do on a daily basis, and an opportunity to make some profit. It came at the cost of a lot of eating, some time, and a few computer frustrations. But it’s there, it’s a sustainable product, and it now costs me nothing to keep selling (apart from a $5 per month e-junkie fee that swiftly takes care of all sales and downloads of an e-product).
At the moment, I’m working on writing a couple of travel guides, keeping up with a number of blogs, and doing some freelance writing.
I hope this Foundationology of Migrationology series has been beneficial.
Many thanks for your help and support.
I’d love to hear your questions or comments below.
This is Part 5 of the Foundationology of Migrationology series.
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- 5 July 2011: How Failing the SAT Helped Me Make Enough Money to Travel the World
- 12 July 2011: 7 Simple (but Effective) Strategies to Save Money to Travel
- 19 July 2011: Migrationology: The Sustainable Way to Travel Long-Term
- 26 July 2011: How To Live Like a VIP in Bangkok for $285.06 Per Month
- 2 August 2011: Migrationology: Living With Future Intentions