A guide on how to tavel and make money

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Getting Started

A lot of people who want to live or are living the Van Life know that finances are a big problem. I mean, first you have to buy a vehicle, maybe you’ll buy a new camper or build one yourself. But the real pain is when you want to be off grid for let’s say a year. How in the world will you ever be able to afford that?

When I grew up in Peru (South America), my family, friends and I would often go on road trips together. We would rent a van and drive through the Andes and along the ocean visiting beautiful glaciers and small towns. However, often there would be 9 people crammed in our van with luggage driving for several hours a day.

Family, Friends, and myself (taking the picture)

It was those moments that got me thinking.

Although we always had a lot of fun and I love traveling in a van, I started thinking about building my own van. My idea was to be independent, travel, and not have to worry about finances.

For most people that is something that they can only dream about. We watch You Tube videos of people living the Van Life and having so much fun, and at the same time imagining how it would be like if myself would be able to do that. You want it so bad, but it seems so far away.

The Problem

The problem that I found while researching how to live the van life, was that I couldn’t find a clear instruction on how to get started and continuously support myself. On that topic I found those options to travel and make money at the same time:

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  • Travel and work at local places
  • Getting famous on Social Media
  • Save up money for a long time
  • Be an affiliate marketer/having your own business online

Before I go any further, let me tell you that I have not built my own van yet. I think it is key to have all the knowledge of how to live financially independent before I start building my own van and living in it.

So, referring back on how to make money while traveling, for me travel and working at local places wasn’t such a great idea because I work on construction sites and wanted to get away from that.

Getting famous on social media is hard and takes long time.

Saving up money is hard because one might already live on a budget.

What really caught my attention was affiliate marketing/having your own business online. Imagine having your own business online and all you have to do is to work on it a few hours a day and at the same time travel financially independent!

This is where Affiliate Marketing comes into place.

Tablet on a desk displaying online marketing

Affiliate Marketing is where you refer someone to a product and if they buy it, you get a commission ($) in return. Some You Tubers are doing that. For example, they would link their camera that they used to film their van in the description of their video. If someone clicked on the link and bought the camera, the You Tuber would get 10% of what the camera originally costed.

Here are some Pros and Cons to Affiliate Marketing

The Benefits of Affiliate Marketing

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1. It is a secondary source income

This means that you don’t have to leave your job at all. You can earn while you learn. This also means that you can make money while you sleep!

2. Billion-dollar Industry

Affiliate Marketing is a safe Industry that is big and growing every year.

3. Low Cost-Business Idea

Compared to other businesses this does not cost you much. You’ll have to pay for your own website, domain, ads (if you want fast results) and some training which is crucial. It really doesn’t take that much to get started. You might think that building a business takes millions but, in this case, it only takes hundreds!

4. Convenience and Flexibility

The Affiliate Marketing niche is so big and there are so many products to choose from. You can sell anything you want. If you see that one product is selling better than the other focus on it and give it more attention.

For most companies you don’t have to pay anything to be an Affiliate Marketer. All you have to do is sign up and there you go. You can now sell their products.

5. About Customer Support

The great thing about being an Affiliate Marketer is that you only have to att

ract the customers and make them buy. You DON’T have to worry about them not being happy with the product and wanting back their money.

6. Independence

No one will tell you how much time and effort you have to invest in your business. You can work however long you want at any time. Of course, the more effort you put into it, the more success will come back to you. It is yourself that controls everything.

Also, once you are earning enough to sustain yourself, you can work anywhere in the world and travel at the same time.

7. Marketing Material at your Fingertips

Most of the times when you sign up marketing material such as videos, pictures, and posts are often provided by the vendor. So, you don’t have to make your own videos or pictures.

The Disadvantages of Affiliate Marketing

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1. Competition

Since Affiliate Marketing is a low-cost online business, there are a lot of people that try this out. Of course, there are talented Affiliate Marketers out there, but their competition shouldn’t scare you if you are consistent and determined to be successful.

2. No Guarantee for Results

It is no guarantee that you will get results right away. This is a big challenge that a lot of people are faced with. They think that they are going to make a ton of money right from the start, which mostly is not the case. It takes time and effort to be successful.

3. No Connection to other Marketers

Starting out alone in a business like this can be overwhelming sometimes. You won’t always understand everything. It is hard to find someone likeminded online that will help you and give you advice on how to do your business.


Person working online from the comfort of her home

I believe that Affiliate Marketing is the easiest way for a Van Life liver to sustain himself. It is a long-term solution that you will have to put effort in for it to start, but once it’s up and running you’ll have way more time and money to travel.

If you want to know more about how I work this business message me in the comment section!



While I agree that income is one of the most important aspects of everything in life, I’m not so sure about affiliate programs.

I think owning your own business is much more lucrative. I know people with hands free websites raking in $100k+ a year. I know others that actually work their own online businesses making similar money, and no we’re not talking about social media sites.


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Yea I guess you are right but in order to understand how it all works it might be better to start out with afffiliate marketing and then work your way up. That’s just my opinion though


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Refresh my memory, how much do most of the affiliate programs pay these days?


"I can live like a king because I work like a dog." ~ An anonymous vandweller

Well the program that I work with is pretty unique. I don’t know how much most affiliate programs pay.
So this program teaches how to start with affiliate marketing and how to build your own online business.
If I reffer someone to that program I get a commission. So lets say you start by applying and pay $90 a month, I would get $200 for that. If you decide to level up and do other training that costs more, I would then get more.
And in theoretically you can do the exact same thing as in reffering people to that site.
If you want to have a look at the page send me an email silas.fehr@gmail.com



That sounds interesting. I’m in favor of you going ahead and posting a link here, because it has the potential of helping a lot of people.

(I am not in charge here, and have no say in what is or isn’t okay to post, but anything teaching people how to make money online should be okay in my humble opinion.)


"I can live like a king because I work like a dog." ~ An anonymous vandweller

Okay so on this site http://tidyurl.com/6qkykd put in your email and get a Free 7 Day Video Series which will help you to decide if this is really for you or not :slight_smile:


I hate to burst your bubble, but SFM is a pretty well known scam…


Many other reports on google show it as a scam as well.

Their real goal is to bilk their customers out of as much money as possible. Basically they are charging people to teach them how to promote their own business, not your own. They teach you how to (or scam you into) spend money to promote THEIR business. Using their plan, you are competing with every other member, to promote their business and make them far more money than you’ll ever make.

This is one reason that I like ebooks, it’s cheap/free to create your own unique product, that they HAVE to buy from you alone, and you keep all the profits, not just a commission. When I was doing ebooks, I combined the info from numerous free resources, and compiled them into a more comprehensive guide. I didn’t create any new content, just a new and better product by combing multiple sources. You can make really big money doing similar. I’d sell about 1,000 copies in a month, then quit advertising them, prices ranged from $9.95 to $39.95 for them. Sometimes sales dropped off pretty fast, especially for holiday related stuff, but sometimes sales would keep coming in for a very long time. Some people keep selling the same ebooks forever, others create new ones occasionally. Some do both. I made more money the first month, selling a single ebook, than I did working construction for a full year.

Then I proceeded to work on the bottlenecks in my system. Streamlining things to make my job easier. A full webpage to promote each ebook instead of only classified ads, an order page, and automatic delivery of the ebook after payment. These simple improvements improved my sales, my profits, and my amount of free time.

Today, I make my money doing in person and remote computer repairs. I make good money while helping others, and equally as important to me, I’m out meeting people and making new friends. I missed that when I was selling ebooks, I don’t make a good hermit. I also do a lot of volunteer work in my free time these days. As I get older, the value of friends is getting more important to me.


"I can live like a king because I work like a dog." ~ An anonymous vandweller

Well it’s funny you say that because I am in that program right now and what I am experiencing is that all the money I have spent has been totally worth it. I have learned so much! Things that not only show you how to generate a new income stream but also how to change my life and live better. People wrote bad reviews because maybe they quit and gave up. I think you need to see for yourself before you judge…


I wish you all the luck in the world, I learned more than enough to make all the money I’ll ever need and more for free…


"I can live like a king because I work like a dog." ~ An anonymous vandweller