If I am successful in my quest, I will show you that it literally pays to travel.
And if I fall short, I hope to prove that some of the best things in life are still free.
Getting Something For Trade. I have done hundreds of legal trades throughout my lifetime. Right now I have three trades going simultaneously. I am writing marketing copy for a super organizer's website and she is reciprocating by helping me prep for this trip. And I’m jumpstarting two tech wizards on their fitness program. In return, they have undertaking the daunting task of helping me understand some of the tech I’ll need to know for this trip.
Not all trades work out as planned. I once traded for 5000 all-you-can-eat dinners so a 24 Hour fitness chain could use them as incentives to get people to do a free tour. We thought it might guilt all the stuffed people into joining the gym. Turns out, people didn’t bite – so to speak. So we gave the dinners to some bodybuilders who ate so much the smorgasbord owners wanted to greet them with baseball bats.
Getting Something For Free. This is easier to do than ever in today’s world. Two examples come to mind immediately for this trip. 1. I am doing everything possible with free software. For instance, I intend to route some of my trip on Google Maps, process my images in Google Photos, share my experiences on Facebook – and when I learn them – on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, etc.. 2. I intend to pay for the gas in my car with cash I’ve earned from paying my bills online with several credit cards.
Getting Paid To Get What You Want. I have been extremely blessed to be able to turn my passions into businesses. And nowhere have those perks paid off more than in my love of travel. Here are two quick examples. 1. As a writer and photographer for Muscle and Fitness magazine and several international health and nutrition companies, I have been paid to work great events, stay in world class resorts, interview celebrities, travel in limousines and private jets, etc.. And to be very clear, I would have never been able to do any of that on my dime. 2. Just recently a very successful CEO hired me to be his live in trainer and nutritionist in his palatial Del Mar, CA home. In the course of one month, he lost 20 pounds and gained tons of strength, while I was able to chill in Cali instead of baking in the microwave we call summer in Arizona.
I will talk about the things and services I need in the next chapter. But more importantly, I will do my best to encourage you to get what you want for trade, free or pay on the road ahead.
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