In 2014, Jordan Simmons sold his possessions, quit his job and began to travel the world full time. Over 2000 days later Jordan is still not missing his old 9-5 life. He’s visited some of the world’s most exotic destinations – such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Syria – and taken on some epic adventures like attempting the Great Wall Marathon.
Now, he’s on a slightly different mission: to share everything he’s learned with you. Jordan knows that there are endless ways to make money online and, in turn, to travel the world full time. In this Q&A interview, we caught up with the continuous traveler to learn more about his adventures around the world and how others can realise this dream too. Read on below.
Where did you grow up and what inspired your love of travel?
I grew up in a small village about an hour away from London in the south of England, near Oxford. I always wanted to travel and work for myself, but I had no idea how to do it. When I was younger it just seemed like it was reserved for the rich, rather than being accessible to everyone.
What inspired you to set off on this journey to travel the world full time? Have you really been traveling for 2000+ days straight?
Initially I set off with my challenge to vlog each day and share it on my YouTube channel: The Life Of Jord. With that, I wanted to show people how to travel full time and work online. Learning as I went along, I wanted to share these lessons. That was always my mission, to travel the world continuously and show other people how they can too!
How many countries and continents have you visited now?
I’m now over 2000 days and 5 and half years into traveling the world, through 80 countries and 6 continents so far!
What are your top 3 favourite countries and why are they so special?
Even more than that, they are home to some of the friendliest people in the world! I’ve also now decided to set up Bali as my home base, still continuing to travel the world full time but having a home in Indonesia to come back to.
Do you have a favourite memory from your travels that you could share?
My favourite recent memory from my travels has to be failing the Great Wall Marathon in China. I trained for it for months and in the end I got injured after 27km and had to limp off, crying. So why is this my favourite memory then?
Because I tried something that was completely outside of my comfort zone. It felt like I pushed myself to do something new. Even though I didn’t manage to complete it this time, it still sticks out as my favourite travel experience. Next year, I’ll be back to do it again – properly this time!
What country presented the biggest challenges for you and how did you overcome these challenges?
I would say that Dhaka in Bangladesh presented the biggest challenge for me. I was only there for 3 days but it felt completely outside my comfort zone. The heat, the traffic and the number of people was overwhelming.
This was a few years ago now though so I’d love to go back and see more of it to give it a second chance. At the time, I just decided to leave early and flew to Bucharest, Romania as this was my next destination.
You have traveled to some ‘off-the-beaten-path’ destinations such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Syria. What do you love most about visiting these countries?
In general, the world has become so globalised that a lot of places can start to feel like ‘the same’. To really be pushed outside of your comfort zone, you need to go to places that other people aren’t going to right now.
How do you fund your continuous travels? Would you be able to reveal a couple of your strategies that allows you to live this incredible lifestyle?
This is exactly what I like to share with people on my website TravelContinuously.com! There are so many ways to make money online these days to fund long-term travel – and I want to help people to travel the world full time.
For me, it has always been through online video making i.e. YouTube AdSense, stock footage, video licensing and sponsored campaigns. But there are so many more ways to make money too. My long term plan now is to help and coach people how to do this for themselves.
Do you ever get homesick or think about going back to a normal life? Or are you simply having too much fun?
I can safely say that I am not thinking about going back to a 9-5pm working life, but I’m not sure I would call that normal! It is becoming far more ‘normal’ for people to work remotely and work online.
These are things that just weren’t possible 10 years ago but now, with the rise of faster internet and online businesses, it is so much more practical to make this your ‘normal’ life.
What are your plans for 2020? Where will your travels take you this year?
More importantly, I want to help more people travel the world full time. This is my main focus for this year and so it will be taking some time away from my constant adventures – helping other people have their own adventures!
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