I’ve only been living up to half of my name lately – and not the good half. The “wandering” part of Wandering Sasquatch has been conspicuously absent lately, leaving me to be only a hairy, seldom seen man-beast, with the occasional online picture surfacing to try and prove that I still exist.
I wish that I could say that I’ve been sucked into the Coconut Zone. I’d love to report to you that I’ve fully embraced the mañana culture here in Sayulita – that my days have been awash in a margarita and guacamole haze and that the hardest decision I face is what book to read next as I lay on the sand listening to the crash of the waves on the beach.
Man, doesn’t that sound nice.
Aside from the occasional day here and there, my life in the Mexican Rivera has looked very little like the idyllic description above. But then again, Kim and I didn’t come here to see how well we could score on the beach-bum test (if they could actually get up out of their beach loungers and develop a test, that is).
No, Sayulita was designed as a 5-month work retreat. And that is pretty much what I have been spending every single day for the past 2+ months doing.
And I’m as happy as a hippie in a drum circle to announce the fruit of this labor: Travel School eCourse.
So what is Travel School? It teaches you everything you need to know to travel long-term. Think of it as everything my brain has learned in the last 5 or so years, dumped into a self-paced ecourse (don’t worry, I filtered out all of the Sasquatch life-habit facts, baseball statistics, and cricket chirps).
Anyone who has traveled long-term knows just how long it takes to research, plan, and save up enough money to travel the world. It can literally take years to do all of this, and even then you probably don’t feel like you are truly prepared to live a life of traveling. Travel School is here to reduce the learning curve for anyone who wants to travel long-term. It does this in 4 learning modules.
Module 1 focuses on preparing your financial before you hit the road. This includes showing you just how to develop a savings plan, creating a saving goal, and how to keep your savings on-track when unexpected expenses pop up. But Module 1 is about more than just saving money – it also includes what steps you can take now to manage your money, now and while you are traveling. This includes what banks are good options for long-term travelers, good credit card options, and how to pay your bills and taxes while you are overseas. In Module 1, you learn how to develop the financial foundation that makes long-term travel possible.
Module 2 covers the non-financial part of trip preparation. This includes things like how to choose where to go, how to decide what to pack, how to pare down your possessions, and what you need to know about the insurance options you’ll have. Also included is what I think is the most comprehensive breakdown of how RTW ticket programs work that you’ll be able to find on the internet.
Titled “The Heart Part”, in Module 3 you’ll learn how to clear all of the emotional hurdles that long-term travel will put in front of you. This includes working through the fear of a major life change, leaving friends, family, and pets, and how to overcome one partner wanting to travel more than the other. But The Heart Part isn’t all about your pre-trip emotions. You’ll also learn what to do when you hit emotional speed-bumps on the road. Things like travel burnout, decision fatigue, and spending so much time with your partner can make the best travels seem like a chore, so you’ll learn how to work through all of these common emotional hang-ups when you are on the road.
The last part of Travel School, Module 4, is all about your life on the road. Covered are some important aspects of on-the-ground travel like how to stretch your travel budget, what you need to know about VISAs, and how to stay safe while you are traveling. But Module 4 isn’t all about the serious part of traveling – it’s also about making your life easier, so things like how to find rooms abroad, good travel apps, and tipping etiquette are covered.
Everyone who joins Travel School gets access to 40 video tutorials. Included in your enrollment to Travel School are supplemental workbook with the videos, access to the Travel School Facebook Group, invitations to monthly video chats where your individual questions will be answered, plus access to the ever-growing library of videos and resources.
And best of all, everyone who enrolls in Travel School gets lifetime access to all of these resources. This means that you can not only go at your own pace through all of the modules, but you can come back to each video any time you want a refresher on that topic.
If you want to learn more, you can click here to go to the Travel School website. The course is currently in a pilot program, but will go live on Monday, February 9, 2015. Until the program launches I am running an early enrollment sale: anyone who signs up for Travel School before February 9 is eligible for a 20% discount on the enrollment fee.
Also, if you want a taste of what Travel School is like, you can get free access to a video that lets you know how much money you’ll need for your long-term travels. Along with the video, you’ll receive a spreadsheet that shows the budgets of 15 different world travelers AND a budget planning spreadsheet that will help you develop your overall savings goal for long-term travel.
I can’t tell you how happy and excited I am for this program to finally be in existence. If have any questions that aren’t answered by the website, please email with your question here.
Also, for any other travel bloggers out there reading this, we will be launching an affiliate program with Travel School. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate member, please email me by clicking here.