The Runaway Trader Challenge
It’s an idea of magnetically entertain proportions—the
financial equivalent of running away to join the circus or
exploring the world from the oily decks of a tramp steamer.
Except in this true-life escapade, more and more
men and women are cutting themselves free from the treadmill of
life to roam the world and enjoy lifestyles like the rich and
famous—made possible by new millennium technologies.
The plot is simple: today's dazzling array of
computer products and services has enabled millions of ordinary
mortals to earn their living with online ventures that can be
managed from anywhere in the world where there's an Internet
What that means, of course, is that you can runaway
from home on a world-wide adventure with little more than a laptop
computer and an ATM card in your rucksack because you can finance
your great escape as you go.
The Runaway Premise
Think of it. I mean, really think of it:
You can hole up in a quaint, seaside hut in Manado, Indonesia and
be a freelance writer or graphic artist for those clients stuck in
some stuffy office back
home. When your assignment is
completed, email an invoice, download your earnings at the local
ATM, and then call it a day and go scuba diving in some pristine
But the proven opportunities don’t end there. For
Savvy members of eBay can snatch up
rare antiques on London’s Piccadilly and sell them to buyers
from Austria to Zanzibar. Variations of that scenario play out
everyday in more than 33 global markets between eBay’s 157
million registered users.
Entrepreneurs of every hue and stripe
now operate cyber shops with dramatic mobility trading goods and
services from anywhere to everywhere on the globe without a
trace of bricks or mortar.
Freelancers of all types – architects
and engineers, attorneys and accountants, sales and marketing
executives, graphic illustrators, Web designers, and more can
sell their services from anywhere. After all, why ghostwrite
somebody’s book chained to a 20-lb. desktop in Keokuk, Iowa,
when you could be pecking out that copy on a laptop while
sipping pina coladas on a sun-drenched beach in Samoa.
Aggressive stock traders can buy and
sell stocks on the major exchanges practically anytime, anywhere
on the planet. After e-mail, online trading is the fastest
growing consumer use of the Internet. Moreover, new smartphones
and handy tablets put traders in digital contact with brokers so
now, you don’t even need a laptop to make trades.
I’m one such vagabond who's proving you can travel
the world and "earn as you go trading stocks." By way of
confession, I’m a self-taught stock trader who for years toiled as
a journalist, author and publisher. I’ve written 30 published books,
including a few bestsellers. But I’ve given up my career
behind the typewriter and taken up adventure travel. And better
yet, I pay for my decadence as I travel with online stock trading
just to prove that traveling and earning a living online are
possible from just about anywhere.
Once you get started earning a living on the road,
it’s hard to stop. You can’t come home from one travel adventure
without having another one set to launch. And it’s fun and
affordable when you can make money as you flit from place to
place. If I didn’t have family back in Minnesota, I might runaway
and never come back.
As a warm-up, I sharpened my pay-as-you-go stock
trading savvy with trips to familiar ports like Las Vegas, Key
West, Hawaii, then more exotic locales such as Cuba and San Miguel
de Allende, Mexico and Dubai. Then I crisscrossed the United
States by car, train, and by plane, racking up at least 15,000 miles and
not a few frequent flyer chits. And I’m not done yet. On the
drawing boards are:
Trekking in the footsteps
of Tenzing Norgay to base camp Everest
Hiking the leafy back roads
of the Appalachian Trail
Pedaling in the ruggedly charming
outposts ing a Kenyan tent safari
Sailing bareboat in Belize
and its endless maze of cays, coves and atolls
Canoeing the white water
of the Tuichi River in Bolivia
And here’s the kicker: if I can runaway and earn
my passage on the go, you can, too!
Runaway Trader Will Answer the Question:
travel the world and pay for your decadence
with online entrepreneurship as you go and return home with more money
than you started with?
That's Manado Indonesia
of Charlie's ports of call →
Running Away is
So Easy Nowadays
All you need for
your adventure travel around the world is a laptop and an ATM
card. (And you could get by without the laptop if you want to
spend more time in cyber cafes.) You don’t have to work out of
your home or in Dilbert’s office sweatshop. Millions of men and
women can take whatever they do for a living on the road with
So what are you
waiting for? If you’re good at whatever you do, your laptop can be
your ticket to revel in ritzy ports of call all over the world. If
you’re not, well, you’ll be back in hometown USA with an empty
purse but a pile full of memories. And that’s not all bad either.
Get moving. Get lost!
“As the traveler
who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left
his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should
sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate
more lovingly, our own.” (Margaret Mead: Coming of Age in Samoa).
Aristotle has said, “All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind”
fate, you can follow my trading, travels and foibles and get the
skinny on all the computer and related gear that will make my
world-wide trading mission possible. And, if you like, you can
send me your photos that demonstrate it's possible to travel the
world and make a living
is possible from anywhere on the globe. Whether you’re
a day trader, freelancer, online entrepreneur or something in
between, I'll publish your stuff and we'll make the whole world a
Who knows, you might find yourself someday soon,
trading away in Margaritaville like Wetherall, or buying and
selling exotic goods on eBay from a location so remote not even
Jay Peterman can find you.
Ahhh... the wonders of modern technologies. Truly,
they can set you free.
Charlie? Who knows? Check my
blog. The epic journey is now underway!