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Sometimes, it sounds like braggin

May 3, 2009

Sometimes when I tell people who I make money I feel like it’s bragging. In fact, I find myself avoiding the subject all together as often as I can. People always want to know what I’m doing now or how I travel so much or make money. Invariably, I give them the short answer- I run travel websites (Or I tell them I do internet marketing). This leads to some follow ups where I tell them I write and run budget travel websites. How do you make money? Is it a lot of work? Is it hard?

And so I go into detail about what I do and how I do it and why I do it. Mostly, that leads to a lot of wows and a bit of jealousy at being able to have a job that pays well and lets me go where I went.

Then they ask me about what I am doing next and I tell them about my travels until I see that look in their eyes where they are waiting for me to stop and I shut up.

My friend Cody (he does this too) and I were talking about how pretty easy our jobs are. I mean a hard day at the office for me is 7 hrs of work. I can go about 3 or 4 days without doing really anything and still mange to find income.  I was staying with Cody for a few days when I first came to bangkok and though we sat on the comptuer pretty much all day, I think I saw him eek out abour 4 hrs of solid work. (facebook and streaming media suck you in!)

But the point is no one really wants to hear about your easy job. I bet most people are more productive on monday than I am in a whole week. So when I start telling people just exactly how my job works and what I do, I’m starting to feel like I’m bragging.

Maybe it is just how I say it but I really dont like talking about it because no one wants to hear about how easy your job is and when i tell people i can see that “i hate you for your easy job” look.

then again maybe its in my head

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Where You Can Find Me…

April 19, 2009

Today I realized I have an obscene number of websites. This is because well, I’m now devoting all my time to making money online. I want to be able to work everywhere. It’s no do or die. Then again if you never try, you never succeed and, if I fail, I still developed some skills. But if you do want to find me on the web, come check out all my websites.

There’s this blog where you can find random thoughts and tips.

You can read my flagship blog, Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. This site brings me lots of visitors, connections, and a bit of money. Any travel advice you need is there.

You can see all my pictures from around the world on my photo site.

You can get tips on how to travel the world on my site about traveling the world on a budget. There’s good tips like how to find cheap flights, get rtw tickets, and how to pick the right travel backpack.

If you want geeky SEO information, you can check out my SEO tips site and learn about what I actually do online.

There is also this music site I run which is an online guitar community. The has good guitar articles and a guitar forum you should visit.

So that’s 6 websites that I update regularly and that’s not counting all those little money sites that are designed to make money (There’s 10 of them right now!).

This is why I’m so busy.

I have a job

February 15, 2009

I got a job. I’m working as a teacher here in Taiwan for 10.5 hrs a week. I know. Only 10 hours a week? Yeah but it covers all my living expenses and gives me time to continue growing my web business, which is growing quiet nicely.

The downside is that I have to teach little kids and I hate little kids. I don’t think I could do it for more than ten hours a week anyways! And they give me a visa to stay here so that is pretty sweet.

Other than that- not much to report. I really should get out more but I really want to get the ball rolling on these last websites. I do go out a lot- but that is pretty much to the bars. In Taiwan, every club is all you can drink for 10 bucks. Insane huh? And on wends this big bar has free drinks. Its very good on the wallet. I hardly spend any money!

Not really digging the food here though. I miss Thai food and the great restaurants in Bangkok. I can’t find a good italian place and there’s no indian food here. I’m so glad I’m going to Bangkok next week because I am going to eat like a king!

Now that I found out KLM runs $180 RT tickets to Bangkok from Taipei, I’ll probably take frequent trips!

A Little VIP Treatment

November 21, 2008

As part of my “consulting” job (because working in Thailand is prohibited on my visa), I help the sales staff at the airport learn English. Every Tuesday and Thursday I spend too much of my day at the airport teaching Thais how to sell products in a language they can’t really grasp. Obviously, it doesn’t work out great most of the time but occasionally you get some good students.

This week I got to leave the training center and head right into the airport to give some tests. This meant getting an official ID and going “behind the scenes.” Security is much quicker with an ID! I got to breeze past the metal detectors, head past immigration (good thing they didn’t want to see the passport), and head through the airport through the service corridors to give my test.

I was pretty excited about it. Sure, I was just giving a test but how often do you get to be a bit of a VIP at an airport and ignore all the security and controls? Probably not often. So it was a pretty cool experience. Sadly, the pass was only good for one day so when I return to the airport this weekend to head to Singapore, I’ll have to go through security like everybody else. No VIP treatment.

But they did let me keep the security pass as a souvenir.