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by Mike Vestil 

5 Lessons Learned From Making Money Online While Traveling the World

As you can see from my Instagram, I have been making money while traveling the world for the past two to three years now.

And as amazing as it has been, looking back in reflection, I realized that there are 5 important lessons that I have learned throughout my entire journey.

Find out what they were in today’s video:

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Lesson #1: Life is SHORT

Odds are, one of you reading this right now will not be here a year from now.

Seriously stop and think about it.

One of you. Will not be here. One year from now.

And that’s just how life is. It doesn’t matter how healthy you are.

Accidents happen and people just end up dying. You don’t really know how much time you have left.

So for everyone that’s reading this right now, why don’t you live your life accordingly? And STOP WASTING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME.

When I first got into making money online, everyone that I knew was working 16 hours a day.

And even though they were making a lot of money, what’s the point of all of that if you don’t have the time to enjoy it?

And what’s the point in making all that money if you just save it all for the end of your life?

Guys remember the goal with making money. It’s not just to make more of it.

The goal is to use that amount of money as a resource to free up your time so that you can spend it with the people you care about and doing the things that you love doing.

So go ahead and take that trip you have always wanted.

Go to that country you’ve always dreamed of visiting!

Do not let the fact that you have not yet hit that ultimate financial goal stop you from LIVING YOUR LIFE.

Because life is so short and we have no idea how much time we really have.

So you better figure out what you would do if you would die in a year, and DO THAT NOW!

Lesson #2: Do the OPPOSITE of Everyone Else

I was once told earlier on in my journey that I had to do what others won’t so that I can live how others can’t.

It’s no surprise that 97% of the world’s wealth is owned by 3% of the population.

And that is because those 3% of people that control all the wealth did the OPPOSITE of everyone else.

Instead of TAKING value, they focused on PROVIDING value.

Instead of looking for job security, they created their own damn security with their own business.

And Instead of keeping the “learning” only in the classroom, they traveled the world and made the world their greatest teacher.

When everyone is telling you to go to school, get good grades, and get a stable job..

This is what happened to two people that did the complete opposite.

One of them travelled to Thailand and noticed the ‘tuk-tuk’ taxi drivers drinking a beverage to stay awake.

After enjoying the taste, he purchased the rights of the small company and turned it into a business now worth $20 billion. (Co-founder of Redbull; Net worth: $14.7 billion)

The second is the guy who went on a 7-month pilgrimage to India.

Later on he described that travel as “one of the two or three most important things I’ve ever done in my life.”

He’s none other than Steve Jobs (1955-2011). (The co-founder of Apple who has a net worth of $10.2 billion)

These people did the exact opposite of what everyone else was doing.

Because of that, they created empires and companies that changed the world.

So if you want to learn how to make money online while traveling the world, you need to be like them and do the EXACT OPPOSITE as everyone else.

When everyone I knew did not support me and told me to just get a job, I did the exact opposite.

I kept on going and I kept on hustling.. and now I think I’m doing pretty damn well for myself!

Stop letting other people’s opinions of you and your journey dictate your future.

Because if you don’t focus on building your own dream, then you will get hired to build someone else’s.

Lesson #3: Embrace the Unknown

As humans, we always want to be certain with everything.

But sometimes, it’s better to go without a stable plan.

It keeps you open-minded and ready for every single opportunity that comes your way.

One of my biggest fears was wondering how I was going to make new friends in a new country or how I was able to experience the world while running a business online.

But here’s the thing with FEAR: It’s just another FORM OF AN EXCUSE that prevents you from getting what you want.

One of the best things that I did was just packing my bags and going. I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do for the rest of my life at that time, and no one was following me on YouTube yet.

But going without a concrete plan and embracing the unknown has led me to more business connections and friendships than I could possibly imagine.

That’s one of the things I learned and applied from the book Think & Grow Rich.

It’s to burn the bridges.

And at any given moment, I was willing to sacrifice who I was..

in order to become the person I was meant to be..

Lesson #4: You Don’t Need That Much to be HAPPY

I encourage every single person that has found a way to make money online while traveling to spend some time in a third world country.

And only own what you can carry in your backpack.


So many people think that they need the nicest house or the nicest car to be happy.

But ultimately, what all these people are doing are just buying things they do not need to impress people that they do not like.

Here’s the thing with happiness, it doesn’t come from external things.

It comes from the internal.

It is knowing the fact that all you need to be happy in this world is YOURSELF, your capabilities, your skill set, and the mighty force of a mission.

And that is to continuously improve in every aspect of your life like your health, wealth, love, or happiness (which I talked about in my book, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Living the Good Life.

Right now, as I am making money online while traveling the world, everything that I own can literally fit in one carry-on backpack.

And man… the FREEDOM that I feel knowing that it is all I need is amazing!

And the extra money that I do have laying around from the salary that I pay myself? I spend that on EXPERIENCES with people that I care about.

Things that I’ve done:

  • renting mopeds and driving through the Mountains in the North of Thailand
  • buying one way plane tickets to places that I have never been before
  • buying beers for life long friends. . which leads me to the next lesson learned

Lesson #5: Building Relationships is the Most Valuable Thing in the World

When you find a way to make money while traveling, don’t be a lonely bastard drinking fruity drinks on the beach by yourself.

Use that freedom to actually connect with like-minded people.

One thing that is great about making money online while traveling is that you will run into OTHER people that are also making money online while traveling.

When this happens, instead of trying to take value from them by asking way too many questions about their business.


One of the first good friends I’ve met here in Chiang Mai was my buddy Aurio.

Before I knew him, he was someone that has read my blog and watched my YouTube videos.

And when he first met me, he didn’t focus on just asking me a bunch of business related questions (which gets old fast).

When I talk to people, I just want to talk about normal things and just fun stuff instead of business all the time.

And one of the amazing things about Aurio is that he focused on ways to build a new friendship with me.

Before talking anything about business, we went out, we partied, we talked to pretty girls and we just had a good time as he recommended me all of the resources that helped him while he was making money online and traveling.

And it was because of this that I went all in on trying to help him in any way possible in his business.

So guys if you have an opportunity where you find someone that has the results that you want.

Stop just focusing on ways to make more money online, find ways to BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with people that are where you want to be.

As your network starts increasing in value, so will your net worth.

So guys, hopefully that helps!

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About the author 

Mike Vestil

Mike Vestil is an author, investor, and speaker known for building a business from zero to $1.5 million in 12 months while traveling the world.

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