Do I have to quit my current job to create remote streams of income that allow me to travel the world?

When I tell most people that I’m going to travel the world for a year, they respond in one of several ways…

“Oh – are you in the military?”

“Wow – are you independently wealthy or something?”

“Soooo, what are you going to do for work?”

Then, I tell them that all the work I do is remote and the lightbulb goes off…

“Ohhhhhh, I get it.”

And here’s the cherry on top…

“You’re so lucky to be able to do that.”

Oh boy.

I hate when people say that…


Look, I agree that my position is quite enviable – being able to travel the world and work from anywhere with four different streams of income backing me up… that’s pretty great.

But claiming that I am lucky to work remote is like claiming that a marathon runner is lucky to run a marathon.

The runner trained day after day to get to the point that his body could endure 26 miles of shin-pounding hell.

And I actively worked to create remote streams of income that would allow me and my family to travel the world.

I set goals, I determined how much money we’d need to make, and I pursued those goals with laser focus.


The bad news is you can’t say I’m just lucky.

The good news is that anyone can do it (yes – even you).

But when people start setting goals and trying to determine how to create remote streams of income, they often ask…

“So, I guess I’d have to quit my job then?”

For obvious reasons, that thought paralyzes most people. They don’t take any steps to build remote income because the prospect of quitting their job cold-turkey and pursuing something else is absolutely terrifying.

Fortunately, you don’t have to quit your job – and you probably shouldn’t. At least not right away.


Here are 3 remote income options you have if you’re nervous about quitting your job immediately to pursue your dreams, luck-free.

1. Negotiate remote working conditions

This won’t work for every job, but it will definitely work for some.

If you want a shortcut to creating remote income and traveling the world, then negotiating a remote work agreement at your current job is a fast-track to paradise.

Of course, if you do something that requires your physical presence, then you won’t be able to negotiate much of anything. You might, though, be able to try and move into a different position at the same company with remote work potential.

If your position is completely digital to begin with, then there’s a chance that your company will give remote work a go.


Just make sure you propose a trial-run period – most bosses will accept a trial period better than they will a sheer-cliff proposition.

Consider something like this…

I’d like to try transitioning my current position to remote work rather than in-office work. I think this will increase my productivity and my focus. Plus, my family and I have a dream of traveling the world and this would allow us to do that.

But, I understand that that would be a big change.

So what I’d like to do is transition to remote work starting next month. Then, we can do a trial period for 3 months and see how everyone feels about it. If you don’t like it or you feel that my quality of work has decreased, then I’ll come back in the office.

If my quality of work and productivity has increased, though, then we can keep doing remote work.

What do you think?

If your boss accepts the proposition, go above and beyond over the next three months to prove to them that you’re more productive outside the office than you are inside a cubicle.

If they see quality results and higher productivity, they’ll likely continue the remote work agreement since it’s in their best interest.

And you’ll be sipping on a Pina Colada while you work on the beach in Puerto Vallarta.

2. Apply for full-time remote positions

If you’re stuck in a cubicle during the day but dream of beaches in Rome and wine in France…


…then one way to escape is by dedicating one hour every evening to applying for remote jobs.

In today’s world, there are TONS.

Plus, getting hired for a remote work gig could jumpstart your traveling dreams faster than trying to build your own streams of income. Once you’re having the time of your life, then you can start creating independent income streams on the side.

But there’s no time like the present, eh?

You could get hired for a remote gig next week, give your two-week notice, and be on the road in a month.

Here’s a list of sites where you can find businesses looking for employees (you) – who’ll be totally remote.

Of course, this is where most people throw in the towel. It’s where excuses flood your mind…

Ehh, but I DO like my job. This can wait. 

I don’t know… do I really care about traveling that much? 

I’m kinda busy at work right now… maybe I’ll do this next month?

What if I end up in a job I hate? 

Here’s my only follow-up question for you…

What does it hurt to apply? It’ll take you 15 minutes per application and you can always say “no” if the gig seems terrible.

More importantly, though, if you do find a remote gig that’s awesome, how might that change your life?

3. Start a 1-hour per day side-hustle

How much TV do you watch every evening?

How many fiction books do you read?

How many video games do you play?

How many tiddle-and-taddle pointless tasks do you engage in?

Pick your poison…

We all spend the 5 to 7 hours after work every day doing something. And for most of us, it’s not a productive something.


What if you sacrificed just one hour (or even just thirty minutes) every single evening to build a new stream of income for you and your family?

What if, after a year, that stream of revenue allowed you to quit your job and travel the world?

Would that one extra hour every evening be worth it?

Heck, most of us don’t even really enjoy our evening routines, we just do it because… well, it’s a routine – it’s what we always do.

Fortunately, you can break that pattern and start investing a bit of your time into something that could change your life rather than just entertain you.

Because here’s the deal: even if you have a remote full-time job, you’re going to have a boss who tells you what to do. For most of us, that isn’t the dream. For most of us, the dream is making our own money, on our own time, from anywhere we want.

That, though, will take commitment, persistence, and grit.

More specifically, it’ll take about an hour every evening (5 days a week) for the next 6 months.

But it’ll be well worth it once you’re making money while you sleep.

Only question is, what kind of revenue stream should you start creating?

Here are a few options to consider…

  1. Freelance work
  2. E-commerce selling
  3. SaaS (Software as a Service) company
  4. Consulting
  5. Blog monetization
  6. Podcast monetization
  7. Real estate investing

Those are just a few ideas. Hopefully, though, it’ll get your mind stirring to find the perfect option for you.

In the end, the decision can’t be mine. It has to be yours.

You can do it.

But you might not.

That is your choice.

Tell me in the comments what your decision is and how you’re going to start really pursuing your dream of personal and professional freedom, without having to quit your job right away.

What’s your game plan?

My beautiful wife admiring Roma from the top of the Spanish Steps while our 1-year old sleeps.


2 thoughts on “Do I have to quit my current job to create remote streams of income that allow me to travel the world?

  1. Mary Smith

    Mike, this is such a great blog post! I think your influence on others is really going to make a difference in some people’s lives. I hope you and your family are enjoying all this world has to offer. (:

    Right now, I actually do work remotely! For 4 days a week. The other 3 days a week, I work at a lash bar in DC. Honestly, I am still hammering out my plans and figuring out what I want out of life. I know I want to influence people to be better for themselves, for our planet, and for animals. My biggest dream is to have a farm animal sanctuary from factory farming. It’ll take a lot of money to do that, but hopefully with a few books we have coming out, it will be possible! I want to put my money into making this world a better place. For the travel aspect, I would love to spend a month in Southeast Asia, Spain, Egypt, and New Zealand, and then travel to other places from there.

    Keep up the good work! (:

    1. michaelblankenship

      I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

      I love the passion you have for the animal sanctuary. That’s a wonderful thing to do with your life.

      So long as you keep those goals in front of you, I have no doubt that you’ll achieve them. Often times, the only things that holds us back from achieving those dreams is our own beliefs about who we are and how the world turns. Other people have done similar things to what you want to do, so you can do it as well. End of story. *Just a bit of encouragement :)*

      On that note, Grit by Angela Duckworth is a phenomenal read.

      We plan to travel to Spain probably near the end of next year. We’ll also be in Barcelona for a four-day skip within the next month, so we’ll get to see a bit of it then as well.

      And please, keep me updated on your own journey! I’d love to hear more as your story develops. 🙂

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