I will not just be traveling as i explore Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. I will continue operating my two e-commerce websites. I run two businesses that are the reason I can afford to do this. On the first website, which I started in high school, I sell a variety of products such as t-shirts, cologne, lighters, neon signs, etc. Fortunately, most products are shipped directly from the distributors and manufacturers. For the other products i create locally, my sister has volunteered to ship.
The other business is a career service specializing in writing resumes. This is where it gets interesting. I started this business last April. Since then, it has grown a lot and i have increased my prices more than 300%. If there is one thing that will let me support myself abroad in the future it will be with this business because all I need is an Internet connection and can earn money from people of developed countries while i live in a developing country.
Living abroad permanently is a dream of mine. A few months ago while lying in bed (the place where i think best), i thought about marketing my service to long term travelers. These are the people who take a gap-year or two to travel the world, returning with a big gap in their resume/C.V. I believe that by marketing my service to these traveler is a business niche that will allow my business to thrive.
I have since been working on putting my thoughts into action. Over the past few months I developed a professional e-commerce website where clients can purchase my services. I have slowly begun marketing it online. I also had business cards designed to distribute to potential customers as I travel. I am in the last phase of preparation now where I am developing an engaging postcard to distribute in hostels, language schools, tour agencies, etc. while I travel. The postcard design is almost complete and in the coming days I will be rushing to get these printed in time for my trip in 18 days.