I was inspired to write this piece after getting word that some people would like to travel and leave the States. There are much problems going on with lack of jobs and dearth activity. So first, I’m going to place a few choice websites. I would HIGHLY recommend Maverick Traveler. I actually purchased one of his excellent entrepreneur programs to build this WordPress site and have an idea of what I want to perform as a writer, though I was inspired by a fellow WordPresser at Slaying Evil.
After, I will write a few remarks on how to get around to travel.
Expat King is an excellent website written in dedication to Black American men, but frankly Western Black men in general. I listed their Resources page because it gives a nice breakdown of various resources such as Jobs, Travel sites, Housing, etc. Highly recommend it as well.
Now, lets get to the main topic at hand. What is stopping you and where to start?
Well, the first is 1) Where to go, 2) How to get there, and 3) Sustain yourself.
Let’s talk about WHY first. Your why is going to be most important. For myself, I have traveled extensively as a private individual as well as a military member once. My recent why has been the malaise in the American economy, dating field and lack of inspiration. While I have a love for America, I will say it is largely boring, materialistic, and artificial. And do not get me started on the women in the dating field. Most who’ve had their fun and seeking some poor soul to overlook their actions, idiotic, moronic, narcissistic Millennial women. Not my cup of tea. The music is largely gutter, Satanic, weakening to the heart and soul.
For me, my WHY is very powerful and drives me to leave. So please figure out your why. That will keep you on track to escape the virtual bubble of comfort and laziness.
Now, the first place after figuring out your why is Where. Are you seeking a wife overseas, maybe a girlfriend? Travel to Brazil perhaps. Investments and economic opportunity? Maybe Switzerland or Dubai. Martial arts? Maybe Brazil again for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) or Capoeira. Or Muay Thai/Boran in Thailand. How about reconnecting with an ethnic homeland? An African nation for Black men, perhaps Nigeria, Ghana, or Mali. Or Angola and Congo. If you are White, the same could be said of Norway, England and France. Etc.
I hope you get the point. Now lets see your How?
Well, there are several and numerous sites that will better offer your How. Perhaps I can ask you to review my previous article on obtaining your passport and why it is important. Certain passports have more privileges and esteemed status, such as an American (US) passport. Then again, due to certain geopolitical events and news, it may be dangerous to travel as an American. Particularly if the holder of said passport happens to be White. Just an observation.
So get that passport and avoid having a child in America!
Finally, let us speak of Sustain
This is possibly the most important for any man who has not traveled or is frightened of economic insecurity. Granted it is a legit fear. One we will demolish reader. My best recommendation is to pay off any debt and have a surplus of reserves before travelling.
I have used this in the past and I can attest to its effectiveness. I was unfortunately in a position of debt while pursuing higher education due to being unable to find work and at least my education debt isn’t much. Many men have a higher debt ratio due in large part to not finding suitable work. My best recommendation is to get your own business. Since it is much more critical for Black men, this MUST be your priority.
If you can start a side business without experience, go ahead. Example would be dog walking, cutting grass, etc. Keep in mind I want you to have businesses you can do FROM home. If you are aiming to be a Digital Nomad and/or Expatriate, this must done. An excellent way to be an entrepreneur is blogging. WordPress is great for that and it does not take long to get started.
https://maverickbootcamp.com/ I used this course to learn how to really craft my brand and in the near future I will be getting away from certain “people” and focusing my brand on what is near and dear to me.
So I highly recommend blogging, in addition to other businesses. Now, you want to have a business you can work from home, perhaps as a consultant, or provider of service and/or product. As I said before, if you cannot do it yet do to fears of paying taxes, filing LLC and updates, etc., hire a Virtual Assistant! As you may have inquired, a VA can help you as personal secretary without paying wages or benefits. They are also in the business of helping businesses. Even without a business yet, you can hire one for a reasonable fee. I have a VA that helps me stay on course whether it is studying for IT certifications, losing weight and exercising, and keeping me motivated. I implore you to get a VA.
Here are 10 things a VA can help you with: https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/299695
Here are some popular sites for working with a VA, or even being one yourself. You can also find a VA anywhere in the world. Just keep in mind it is a relationship building.
Finally, I want the reader to get experience for his or her business. As I said earlier, some businesses do no require much experience. Others do. You cannot have a business in gold prospecting without an engineering background and 4 year degree or land surveying experience. On the other hand, you can have a business as a hunter in the wilds after a few months of being in the country and having someone teach you the basics, showing you the proverbial ropes. Even with natural talent, some experience is needed.
My recommendation? If you cannot get a job that is suitable and will pay you while you learn, rarely is that the case, get a retail and low wage job where you can. If you want to work with your hands outdoors or construction, go to local hardware store. Computers? Find a big box retailer where you can be exposed to components, hardware, networking, etc. Martial arts? Do martial arts and rise through the ranks! Maybe you want to have a business in guns? Well, learn all you can, go to the range and maybe get a job in a gun range business. The examples of analogies are endless.
Why am I recommending low wage jobs? EDUCATION!!!! If you can’t get a nice paying job, you have to pay bills and can’t do that with a low wage job. With a low wage job, you still cannot pay bills or finance overseas travel. So get educated and learn your craft, preferably something without being tied to a location, that you can do from home or that you can travel with. Also, you will be able to NETWORK!!! You will find all sorts of people who will educate you as you do the same in serving them. If you stick out in a positive way, they can have you move into the more nitty gritty operations where you can really shine and learn the attributes and technical skills of that field.
Again, if you are in IT, they may let you work in service fixing computers where you’ll gain the basics of stripping and building and repairing. In a Gun Range, learn how to work with different firearms. In a hardware or big box Do It Yourself (DIY) store, learn carpenter, electrical handling, inspection, etc. Working in a automobile parts store? You can learn the ins and outs of a car, just by knowing the parts and dealing with people. Even working fast food industry, you learn how to manage people, deal with money, inventory and logistics and fast paced action, Keep in mind if you want to have your own business in food, that is a nice way to learn. I also want the reader to visit the E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber. Many entrepreneurs look at their business as an interdependent job, but focus near exclusively on the technical aspect and not the business ownership and management parts. This article is on the technical aspects, but always remember to cover the business ownership and management. You are all 3.
You also may meet a customer who likes your way of work and will hire you for a suitable job with high wage and benefits. Or at least, when you finally decide to get your own business, you will have at least some education and skills to serve your customer.
I hope this article was enjoyable to read, please leave comments. Have an amazing life!