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Working and Touring: Yes, it's possible!

Old 03-03-14, 07:34 PM
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Working and Touring: Yes, it's possible!

I work and tour at the same time, and I love the lifestyle. I'm a freelance writer and, currently, don't own property. Just a bike and a dream for just a little bit longer.

Here's my setup!

Anyone else do more than blog from two wheels?
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Old 03-03-14, 07:41 PM
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No, but we all probably dream about that lifestyle. I know I do.
You are actually pulling it off.
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Seems it's its selling books that counts .. got a literary agent?


I can list a few Authors that Have written Books that were successful enough.
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I would find writing for a living too hard. My I deal job for riding a bike would be to test ride and review new equipment.
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Old 03-03-14, 09:06 PM
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I would find writing for a living too hard. My I deal job for riding a bike would be to test ride and review new equipment.
Not the same as writing a book for sure, but to earn a livelihood reviewing new equipment would still count as writing for a living, IMO.
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Old 03-03-14, 09:11 PM
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Not the same as writing a book for sure, but to earn a livelihood reviewing new equipment would still count as writing for a living, IMO.
That would be a lot easier writing for me, but there are also youtube reviews or other video reviews.
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Old 03-03-14, 09:33 PM
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I heard this guy (Tim Mooney) on a podcast (The Sprocket Podcast) talk about working while touring. You may want to check out his website: https://pedalshift.net/.
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Years ago, Adventure Cyclist ran a photo of a guy who was riding around the country with one of those old push mowers strapped to his B.O.B. He was financing his trip in part by mowing lawns.
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Old 03-05-14, 01:46 AM
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I worked part of the Harvest Trail here in Australia. I ended up landing a permanent full-time job after several months. I now have the skills to get work in just about any fruit orchard in the country if I wanted to work the trail again.
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Ignacio Duran is currently on tour who is a translator and language teacher. His journal is on CGOAB.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=9791&v=1j4

Bill Weir is a full time travel writer and is here.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=13478&v=Ix

But, for the large majority, it will only be a dream.
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Old 03-05-14, 08:38 AM
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All I say is you're in the perfect time/situation in your life to do it. Keep thinking creatively, work hard, stay positive, and with a little luck you can make it happen. I say definitely go for it.

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mdilthey what is your blog? I'd like to check it out.

Also just think about the expense eliminated with no house, vehicle, etc.

EDIT: It's in his sig line: MaxTheCyclist.wordpress.com
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Ah, the dream!

I too am on the same road as you, Max. As a freelance writer, and I too hope to one day cycle around the World, and work for a living while travelling from the seat of my bicycle. I've set up my own website, as you have done. And, come Spring, I will be churning out touring content!

Until then, I'm securing clients! Who knows what will happen in the coming months and years... But as long as I've got my bike and an internet connection and stories to tell... Then the journey will continue!

Best of luck to you in your travels, buddy!
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My wife and I had the pleasure of hosting Tore Groenne from Denmark this past fall. He was doing a one week tour of the Ozarks, writing a story. He has toured 35 countries, extensively in India and China. He is a journalist. Check out his website: https://www.toregroenne.com/English-Menu.php
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Old 03-06-14, 12:04 AM
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I really loved reading all these comments. Thanks for the support! I hope you guys enjoy the blog; it's been a pleasure to update. Tour reports coming this weekend!
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Thank you for the website. I live in the Midwest and have toured a couple of times, and am enjoying your information. I am working on improving my setup using my Salsa Fargo (which I love), and am trying to lighten my load as well as move more weight up front. Nice to hear your thoughts about your setup with the small panniers in front.
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Not being a talented writer, I financed my 1981 cross country tour by washing dishes along the way. It was easy work to find in most any town, Cash money for a night's work ,a Hot meal and often free lodging kept the pedals turning for over 5 months.
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Old 03-10-14, 06:34 PM
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I've done touring and working as well while in Australia in 2012, and going to be doing again in June when I hit up New Zealand. It's really not that hard to do. I usually end up labouring in construction and do odd jobs as my writing skills suck and my photography is slowly improving

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