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31-Year-Old Who Earns $1 Million While He Travels The World

CXI July 15th, 2015

 

Meet Johnny Ward, back in 2006 between graduating from university in England and taking on his steady office job, Ward had worked as a counselor at summer camps in the U.S. and taught English in Thailand - for which he spent five weeks participating in medical research in an Irish hospital to raise the money for his trip, which he remembers was between $2,000 and $3,000.

"I'd never seen money like that in my bank account before, so I booked a one-way ticket to Zimbabwe."

Before arriving in Zimbabwe, Ward had spent the last few months setting up a website - a travel blog, to document the exploring he now had the money to do. Currently, he's visited over 140 countries.

"If I forget my Facebook password, it's a struggle. I associated the concept of making money online with this like charlatan personality. I couldn't get my head around how people actually do it, and then I cracked the specific thing that I do online and was like 'Wow, I can't believe it.'".

One of the first things he did with the money was buy a two-bedroom apartment in Thailand, in cash, where he now spends about three months out of every year working and relaxing before heading off again.

"I don't live a flash lifestyle, so it feels arbitrary. I'm really careful with my money. I have a wealth manager in the UK, and I'm investing heavily. I bought a place in London and then one in Bangkok, and I'm looking to buy another in London."

"I always dreamed of being free," he says. "Initially that feeling came from backpacking broke, but I wasn't truly free because I wasn't financially free. Truly free is to have the financial security to allow you to do whatever you want to do." Want the full length story? Read more here.

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Would you ever have the courage to do this? Does his story inspire you to do the same? Share your opinions and thoughts in the comments below. 

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