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Ep. 68 How to travel well for less and be a nomadic entrepreneur with Tim Leffel

Have you ever wondered how to travel well for less?

This week I am so excited to speak with Tim Leffel who is an award winning writer and blogger.

Tim  is a travel destinations expert who has written  articles from five continents over a period close to two decades.

Having traveled around the world three times, he has been able to give so many people realistic and achievable goals to travel well for less. 

Listen on to find out how to travel for  less and succeed as a nomadic entrepreneur.

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In this Episode:

How did you take the leap to finally leave your job to becoming a travel writer?

  • It was a gradual transition and Tim even came back to his 9-5 when he and his wife had a baby.
  • Doing your side hustle during nights and weekends is a good way to slowly transition.
  • It can be safer and less risky to be a freelancer than working for a company because you can always get laid off.

What is the one thing you wished you knew before becoming a freelancer?

  • Going into the blogging industry sooner.
  • Realizing that things take time and you have to be patient before you see the results you want.
  • It is important to work on multiple projects so that you do not solely rely on one income.

What is the biggest setback you have experienced and how do you handle them?

  • There can be months where you face set backs, especially with late payments from clients.
  • You have to learn how to budget your money well to get through those hard months.

Have you been able to create a system that helps you go around the late payments from your clients?

  • In certain situations like sponsored posts you can ask for quicker payments.
  • One way to get around late payments when you are working with companies is to be a part of ad networks, amazon, google ads, because they will pay you on time.

What is the worst advice you have ever received?

  • Getting advice from people who have fear of travel.
  • Instead trust your instincts and experience the world in your own terms.

How are you able to create income from the start and how do you continue to create income today?

  • At the start of Tim’s writing career, he wrote articles for different publications.
  • He was able to turn his income from active to passive by writing books and with his blog.
  • Make sure to spend your time on tasks that are making big impact rather than tasks that will waste your time.

Where have you found the people you have used to outsource tasks?

  • Fiverr is a great place to find people to do tasks that are not long term.
  • For longer term assistants,  Tim has found through word of mouth, while others were found on
  • You can advertise in a different countries in English to make sure you get English speaking applicants.

How are you able to train your assistants affectively?

  • Make sure to spend the time to train your assistants so that it will save you time in the long run.
  • Be clear on what you want and expect. 
  • Do tutorial videos so that it will be easier for your assistants to understand the tasks.
  • Creating a manual and checklist that they can follow.
  • Regular checkins to make sure that things are running smoothly however making sure to allow your assistants to do their work and not to micro manage.

What legacy would you like to leave and what do you want to be remembered for?

  • Tim wants to be remembered for his body of work with his writing. 

What has been the most life changing meeting with an individual that you have ever encountered?

  • The most memorable encounter Tim has had was with a man he met in Morocco who showed him and his wife incredible hospitality.
  • Tim learned that you should keep your guard up but to also be open and trust people. 

Is there any question you wished people asked you more of?

  • Tim wishes that instead of asking what his favorite country is they would instead ask what is the country he keeps going back to.
  • Tim keeps going back to Mexico and Peru because of the rich culture and history.

Click here to get the extended interview with Tim on how to live abroad for less. 


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