Ditch your Desk – Live a life of travel

Ditch your Desk – Live a life of travel

Brace yourself for this.

What if I told you in three years’ time you could be your own boss, running your own business, while making enough money to travel the world freely?

Not a week vacation in Orlando, or a long weekend in Ibiza. But a lifestyle that would enable you to travel whenever you so wished. The freedom to travel life at your pace. A few months in Thailand? Sure. A few weeks in Central America? Yes please. The freedom to be where you want to be, when you want to be. 

Not ten years, not twenty years.

Three years.

Now brace yourself for this.

What if I told you that in the three-ish years it would take to build your business that you could still travel the world freely?

Bear with me. I’m not f**king with you.

You can live a lifestyle of perpetual travel. And you can begin now. I’m going to show you a multitude of resources, tips and hacks that will enable you to travel indefinitely. Adventures. Experiences. Excitement. All of it. And in the time you are traveling the world, you will build your business, and be on the path to full time sustainability.

This is achievable with something I call The Three Step Plan. With The Three Step Plan you can confidently begin your path to living a lifestyle of travel. 

I know this because the lifestyle I’m pitching to you, is the exact lifestyle I’m living.

So you might be thinking “Come on bro! I get it, you’re a successful travel blogger, but I can’t do that and I don’t even want to be a travel blogger I hate writing!”

To which I retort. I’m not a travel blogger.

My name is Will Hatton. I am a blogger. I am a Digital Nomad. But most importantly, I’m an entrepreneur. I make a comfortable income running my online business – all while traveling the world.

My life might seem magical. People often tell me how lucky I am.

But let me tell you something. My lifestyle has nothing to do with magic. And it has nothing to do with luck (well not freezing to death hitchhiking in the middle of a Romanian winter might have been a bit lucky).

What did it have to do with?

Well to start with, it was knowing what I wanted. It was discovering my desired lifestyle.

I had spent years backpacking the world on an extreme budget, and once I started, I knew with every part of me that I would never be able to go back to normal life. I knew that no matter what would happen in the future, travel had changed me. I would never be the same, and I would never want to stop.

So I made a decision. I wanted this to be my life. I wanted to wake up every day with the freedom of choice to be wherever I wanted to be.

So I spent years building my business. For every five steps back I took one step forward. But finally after two years, I’ve made it. Hundreds of thousands of hours learning and failing and researching and struggling… but now, here I am.

And please believe me when I tell you, that this life could be yours as well, you just gotta use The Three Step Plan!

What is The Three Step Plan? It’s a simple three step process I’ve created to help you become a Digital Nomad. Easy as that. The steps allow you to identify your wants, create a plan, travel the world, build your business, and take over the planet.

Ok, maybe taking over the planet is a bit… aggressive… but I want you to feel empowered man! I’ve seen thousands of people implementing this system, and I need you to know just how simple and achievable it is. I need you to know this isn’t some scheme. I need you to know that you have every resource and opportunity at your fingertips and because of these resources and opportunities, you have no reason not to put this into motion.

In Step One I’ll show you how to get started on the path of your dreams. I’ll show you how people are making money online, what options are available, how much income can be made, and how to pick which path is best for you.

Step Two focuses on how to travel on a budget like a boss. You’ll be traveling the world, building your online business, but you’ll need to reduce the amount of money you spend and maybe even pick up some work while on the road.

Step Three focuses on monetization. Whatever your business is, it will start picking up traction. This step varies based on which DN path you choose, but I’ll show you real life examples of how people took a $1,000 a month travel fund to a full-fledged business.

I know The Three Step System works because it’s being replicated by hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and Digital Nomads across the planet.

Let me show you exactly how.

Step One

Step one of my Three Step Plan revolves around a few things, but most importantly deciding your path of income. Digital Nomadism is a large topic, with many people doing many different things. So let’s take it from the top…

The Digital Nomad Revolution

If you are wondering “what the hell is a Digital Nomad?”

According to Wikipedia, Digital Nomads “are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.”

Well said.

But more plainly put, Digi-Nomads are people who make money online. A laptop + Wifi connection = Unlimited income potential.

There are literally endless ways to make money online, and therefore there are endless “jobs” or “careers” for Digi-Nomads, but some of the most popular are…

Bloggers. Day traders. Coders. Web developers. Graphic designers. Freelance writers. Drop-shippers. E-commerce-ers. Content marketers. Affiliate marketers. The list goes on.

Some may sound familiar, some may sound foreign. Some DN’s are just one of these things. Some DN’s are many of these things (hence why it’s sometimes difficult to pen exactly what a DN does). But no matter what exactly they do, they make money online which then enables them to travel the world freely.

It’s a choice of lifestyle. Freedom to travel over material possessions.

In my travels I’ve met hundreds of DN’s all living the same dream. We travel. We build our businesses. We travel more. Our businesses grow. Repeat. We are a group of people who don’t feel the need to live within the expectations of society. We are people who say – screw the cubicle!

Call us dreamers. Call us idealists. Call us crazy! But at the end of the day, cubicle jobs are no longer the norm for us.

In fact. They aren’t just the norm for us. They are completely and utterly unacceptable for us.

Bold? Yes. But think about it!

As long as you have a wifi connection, a laptop, a bit of resourcefulness and a s**t ton of dedication, you can create a successful online business in less than five years (max). Then, this business will allow you to live and travel anywhere in the world.

That. Is. A. Fact.

So. With that information… how could a cubicle job be acceptable?

If that’s what you want, than that’s great for you! But there’s no way you’ve invested 10 minutes reading this article to get to this point thinking “yea, I want to keep working my 9-5!”.

You’re here because like hundreds of thousands of people, you’ve seen that there is a path out. It’s not an easy path. But there is a path, and it is being replicated, refined and revolutionized by people like you ever single day. The path is legitimate and verified, all it takes is a bit of time to get there.

Ok. You get it. Digital Nomads are awesome. Let’s get to the meat and potatoes.

So how do you become one? To answer that we need to look at all the different DN options, and see which one best suits you.


This is a difficult one, but probably the most appropriate place to start. Blogging is one of the most interesting and misunderstood professions in existence.

Some DN’s incomes are easy to understand.

Me : “Hi Day-Trader Digital Nomad! How do you make your money?”

DN : “Ummm. I Trade stocks. Often during the day.”

But when it comes to bloggers the conversation is more like….

Me : “Hi Blogger Digital Nomad! How do you make your money?”

DN – “Ugh. We’re going to need a drink for this one.”

Not that making money blogging is tough, it’s just complicated. Many bloggers don’t actually make money with their blog. They use their blog to build their personal brand (traffic, social media presence, etc) and use their popularity for paid gigs and free s**t.

How do Bloggers Make Money?

There are unlimited ways bloggers can and do make money, but successful bloggers often talk about “varying streams of income”. This means in a month they’ll make $100 for a freelance guest post, $230 in affiliate sales, $420 for their new e-course, $70 in ads, $210 for their e-book from last year, $220 from coaching or consulting and BOOM! You’ve got well over $1,000 a month.

[This would be an ideal location to disclose your income]

The BEST way to make money blogging is by selling your own products. Ads bring in very little money. Blogging goliath Jon Morrow summarizes it best with his 5 Step System (his blog generates $100,000 a month, take a look.)

Skills Needed to be a Successful Blogger

  1. Patience – Out of all the DN options, Blogging is arguably the longest path and most saturated industry… but if you stick it out it has some of the best long term benefits and potential.
  2. A love for writing – Because you will be doing a f**k-ton of it. Your brand is going to be built on information and content. There’s a lot of information on the web and to stick out you need to write the best articles in your niche.
  3. Resourcefulness – As much writing as you will do, it will only be 30% of your time. The other time will be spent reaching out, promoting via social media, researching the latest SEO trends, all while trying to maintain sanity. I don’t want to sound discouraging, but you have to understand that with the incredible rewards of being a successful blogger come years of understanding a very large and complex world of internet marketing.

Should you Start a Blog?

Blogging is an uphill battle, with it’s fair share of learning curves and challenges. BUT! if you do it right you will have successfully built a brand around you being a proven expert in an established topic. That sentence should make you tingle a bit, because being a proven expert is incredibly powerful and will lead to so much more.

Day Trading (Forex)

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve seen The Wolf of Wall Street. You know how stocks work. Well, day trading is a tad bit different.

Day trading has slowwwllly been creeping up in the DN scene, and now is front and center as one of the most viable means of achieving the DN lifestyle. Personally, I think it’s slow rise is because the idea intimidates people. Day Trading? Stocks? I can’t do that!

But as more and more day-trading blogs and more and more day-trading DN’s are traveling the world, the more and more people are opening up to the idea and trying it. It’s like a plague! But an awesome money making two hours of work a day plague that lets you have complete freedom in your lifestyle.

Index futures. Good stock depth. The ES. Gold. Setups. Rustle. Oil futures. S&P 500. E-mini futures.

These aren’t the random musings of a slam poet. If you get into day trading, the above terms and phrases are going to be your job, and ultimately define how you create an income.

How do Day Traders Make Money?

Entrepreneur and day trader Chris Dunne defines day trading as “Buying or selling a financial instrument within the span of one day.” Easy, right?

It’s a system of buying stocks (or other financial instruments), and quickly selling them. It’s not necessarily a complicated system. It has it’s own personality and rules, but it is completely learnable system.

Successful day-trader/entrepreneur Simon Vaillancourt (who also runs FreedomSurfer) lays it out fairly straightforward claiming “If I had to give one advice to aspiring traders it would be to first save enough money to live comfortably for at least a year. The reason? Learning how to trade profitably takes a long time.”

So where blogging could take 2+ years, expert day traders say it’s possible to learn the market and system within one year. Assuming you have the time to dedicate to it (cough, Step Two) that is a very quick payoff!

This is why we are beginning to see day trading really gain in popularity in the DN community. More and more people are giving it a shot. More and more people are learning it. More and more people are sharing their successes.

Should you Day Trade?

If you are interested in Day trading, Marcello Arrambide (aka the WanderingTrader) will be your stock-market-guru. Dude’s been day-trading and blogging about it for years, making him an authority on the topic.

Marcello consistently says the same thing about day trading.

  1. Absolutely anyone can do it. He’s trained firefighters to doctors and everyone in between how to trade.
  2. It requires certain attributes – most specifically discipline and patience. Discipline and patience to take the time to properly learn the system, and discipline and patience within your daily trades.

Day trading isn’t a get rich quick scheme. Day trading isn’t for adrenaline seeking gamblers. It’s about established rules and personal discipline. It’s about making small, sound transactions that enable you to make a comfortable living while traveling the world.  You will be looking for high probability patterns, and making conservative transactions based on those observations.

If you learn the system and possess the qualities, it’s a lifestyle that gives you complete freedom for only a couple of hours of work a day. Talk about living the dream.

Affiliate Mareting

Remember when I said that pinpointing exactly what a DN does for income can be hard? This is because it’s difficult to pigeon hole a DN’s stream of income as many things will overlap. Affiliate marketing is a perfect example of this.

What is affiliate marketing?

The primary function of AM is to connect a buyer with a seller. And whoever is responsible for that connection makes a percentage of the sale. Let’s make an example.

Let’s say Enrique has an awesome product.

And Lauren wants that product, but isn’t quite sure how to find it.

That’s where Joe, our affiliate maketing middle man comes into play.

Joe introduces Lauren to Enrique’s product. Lauren purchases. As a thank you, Enrique gives Joe a commission.

Think of an affiliate marketer as a middle-man, but instead of Joe the person, AM is done through websites.

Example. Check this out.




The Broke Backpacker’s Ultimate List of Gifts for Backpackers! Yay for self promotion! On this article I have personally recommended thirty three different gift ideas for travelers and crafted them together into a lovely looking list. These are gifts and products that I genuinely recommend, having used the majority of them myself.

So now, do you want to see what happens when you click on any of the links for the gifts? Let’s go with the $420 GoPro.



Amazon.com. Why?

Combining the two examples. Think of me as Joe (the middle man). Think of you as Lauren (the curious buyer). And think of Amazon as Enrique (the dude with the awesome product). When you purchase something through my site, it will take you to Amazon, and I will then be recognized as the source of the purchase.

I (Joe) get a small commission and a happy customer.

You (Lauren) get and awesome new product recommended from a trusted source.

Amazon (Enrique) ultimately wins the most and continues it’s path to world domination.

Make sense?

Amazon’s domination aside, affiliate marketing can be so lucrative because of the AM systems put together by the likes of Amazon and similar companies. These companies want to sell products, and are seeing that incentivizing small businesses to drive them their traffic works smashingly.

It’s a win, win, win… win? Lot’s of wins.

Also, no one likes a dishonest backsliding piece of s**t, so I (and nearly all other bloggers) make a complete disclosure about our affiliate commissions. Yay for transparency! 


How Does Affiliate Marketing make Money?

So the aforementioned example is just the tip of the iceberg. This is typically an enormous source of monetization for bloggers. Simple formula. Gain traffic. Gain trust. Promote products. Earn commission.

Affiliate marketing is farrrrr from the end all for bloggers. It’s not a main source of income, but an important smaller one. Personally, I make an average of  ______  a month from affiliate marketing.

Now. Blogging aside, let’s take this to the next level.

What we are seeing in the DN Revolution is an affiliate marketing revolution. Far and away the loudest faction of DN’s is the AM’s. They’re loud. They’re proud. Get used to them. Because they are killing it with affiliate marketing using one tool.

Niche websites.

Niche websites are sites built around… a niche.

It’s easy to look at them as a basic website serving one function. For instance, take a look at Kitchen Faucet Divas (I know, killer name right?).

When you go on the site you’ll notice they sell one thing. Faucets. Niche. One function.




Notice below the purple bar? “Where to Buy”. I’ll give you one guess where that link takes you.




You guessed it. Amazon.

Whoever is behind this site has strategized, built, created and promoted this site with one strategy. Corner the kitchen faucet market. Now while that may be a tough thing to do, sites like this have the potential to make an absolute killing. Why?

Because they can be very cheap and quick to create. There are millions of keywords and products and niches available, so there’s still an enormous amount of pie for everyone to eat. Also, affil-marketers create a f**k-ton of niche sites. The more you create, the more money you can potentially make, most of which is passive income. Look at Sharon Gourlay from Digital Nomad Wannabe.


She set up two niche sites and over two years, this is her monthly income from each site. This is passive income that brings her an extra $50,00 a year. If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will.

Should you try Affiliate Marketing?

I don’t want to say that any DN path is easy. They aren’t. But if there was an option that had the most potential with the least amount of time… I’d have to give the slightest edge to AM/niche website building. By no fu**ing stretch is it simple, but there’s a reason it’s blowing up right now.

If you like the idea of learning a fascinating and emerging market, AM/niche sites could be for you. They can be incredibly lucrative, and similar to all our other DN jobs – you only need a laptop and a wifi connection!


Coming soon bro!







As The Broke Backpacker has grown, it has also evolved. While I’m still writing for the budget traveler, I’m in a transition of rebranding into an ultimate resource for Digital Nomads. As I’ve told colleagues this, they’ve asked me if that’s a good idea, or if I should rename the site or start a new one with a new name?

I’ve thought about it, but honestly… The Broke Backpacker is perfect.

The wandering broke backpacker isn’t just a poor traveler.

The dreamer broke backpacker isn’t just a twenty-something on a gap year.

Things have changed.

The Broke Backpacker is now the aspiring Digital Nomad.

And because of that, I believe the Broke Backpacker is the world’s greatest entrepreneur.

Pursuing their dreams while living the dream.

How fu**ing cool is that?


This isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. This is a free-yourself-somewhat-quick-in-the-larger-picture-of-life scheme. Is it possible to become wealthy? Absolutely. But for me, wealth is measured in experience in life, not the zeros in the bank account.

I’m confident with my three year projection as an average. For some, it only takes one year (lucky bastards). For others, it takes five years. For me? It took ______.

But for the sake of caution, let’s go worst case and say it takes five years. I’ll give you two options.

  1. Travel the world using my budget travel techniques while growing your online business. Teach English in Asia for a year. Hitch hike through Eastern Europe. Get a bar job in Australia. Sleep in sh**ty hostels. WWOOF in Europe. All while having the time of your life and growing a business that you can run from anywhere in the world. It’ll take five years of ups and downs, but five years from now, you will have made it.
  2. Keep working the job you have now.

Which sounds better? Whichever option you prefer. Do. It. You have every opportunity and resource you’d ever need at your fingertips.

Part Three

1 – Blogger – Broke Backpacker

2 – Marco – Day Trading Academy (equally as lucrative as his day tradings)