EFP 49: The Traveling Lifestyle Business Entrepreneur

Justin Cooke

May 30, 2013

Building a business and travelling the world – can you really do both?

Introducing Cody McKibben of Thrilling Heroics

In episode 49, Joe and I sit down with Cody McKibben from ThrillingHeroics.com to get down and dirty behind the scenes with lifestyle businesses. We dig into some of the pros and cons when it comes to setting up a home base, slow travel, and the living the tech nomad lifestyle.

Cody’s been doing this longer than we have, so we thought it might be interesting to hear his insights on whether travel has helped or hurt his business.

Check Out This Week’s Episode Here:

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“There are some real benefits to planting your roots in SEAsia” – Joe – Click To Tweet!

“You don’t want to miss out on the ‘lifestyle’ with your lifestyle business” – Justin – Click To Tweet!

“Slow travel expands your adaptability and makes you more resourceful” – Cody – Click To Tweet!

Topics Discussed This Week Include:

  • Our privacy policy, Niche Site Gold, and a customer service mistake we made
  • Laying down roots and setting up a home base outside your comfort zone
  • The “slow travel” approach
  • Nomadic travel as an entrepreneur
  • Expanding your circle and making connections


Which method of travel/work do you prefer? Do you like to dig in roots or do you never seem to settle down? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below!

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  1. John Gorge says:

    It is possible to build a business and travelling the world. Learning from traveling can be applied while engaging in business ventures.

    • Justin Cooke says:

      Thanks for the comment, John!

      It’s definitely possible and many do it, but it does come with its unique set of challenges. When you first set down in a new country you want to go EXPLORE! Sitting down to knock out “the work” can be difficult when there are so many new/exciting distractions.

      There’s also the problem of not knowing where the best wifi is, where to go food shopping, etc. It can take a while to get everything sorted and running smoothly, heh.

  2. Josh says:

    Wohoo go Brazil!
    I wonder Joe, have you thought about using your foreign language skills to build Adense sites in Portuguese?

    • Justin Cooke says:

      We haven’t built foreign language sites, but know other readers who have had success with this. When targeting country-specific keywords it’s also useful to use country-specific domains for your primary keywords.

  3. Iain Robson says:

    I thought the privacy policy question was an interesting one. This was mainly because I’m never sure what to look out for in a privacy policy.

    At the moment, I’m limited in my travel because who I teach. They tend not to know much about technology, so convincing them to do a skype chat would be hard.

    Great episode gents.

  4. Richard says:

    Another great podcast guys. My wife and I are looking to do something where we can travel and move around 6 months at a time. We homeschool the kids, so planning the moves to coincide with lessons on history, culture, geography, etc. makes a lot of sense to us. We can’t be quite as freewheeling as a lot of single entrepreneurs, but it will still work great for us.

    • Cody McKibben says:

      Awesome, wish you all the best with it Richard. You can look to families like Soultravelers3, YTravelblog, 1Dad1Kid, & RaisingMiro, for inspiration.

  5. Hi guys .

    I am kinda jealous of this traveling lifestyle and business stuff . I would like to spend a year traveling the globe . But then I think : I am too old for this … Or am I not ?
    Anyway , great episode .

    See ya !

    • Justin Cooke says:

      Definitely not too old, Ilias!

      This type of thing definitely attracts the younger crowd, but that’s just because they haven’t established more permanent roots (chains?) that keep them locked down in a particular place. Still…there are plenty of us old folks running around too. :-)

    • Cody McKibben says:

      Yeah I know TONS of retired couples, folks in their 70s+ that live abroad, somewhere sunny on the beach, or travel regularly… There are lots of cool folks I get to run into randomly every once in a while, in different parts of the world sometimes… WHY NOT? Nobody ever said you have to stop traveling, exploring, or doing things your way once you get to any certain age!

  6. Eran Mei-Tal says:

    Thanks for bringing this information in the best timing ever.

  7. Adam Finan says:

    Hey guys, just want to say this was a great episode. Always enjoy listening with your advice and ideas and now you have just introduced me to Cody. I met with a very successful travel blogger recently who gave me massive inspiration and his #1 piece of advice was ‘You are the sum of the 5 people you hang out with it’.. Make sure them 5 people are successful..

    • Justin Cooke says:

      The “sum of the 5 people” point is mentioned often in our circles and I think it’s mostly true and good advice. Have you ever noticed how close friends, girlfriends, wives/husbands, etc. seem to rub off on each other? Happens to me and around me all the time…

      • Adam Finan says:

        Hey Justin, I honestly think you guys in the Philippines have a world class mastermind circle (You, Joe, Dan, Chris D, Ian, Damien T) amongst others… I’m sure ideas and inspiration be flying around the table there! It can be tough to cut the negative uninspired people from your life but you have got to be brutal sometimes..

    • Cody McKibben says:

      Glad you came across me here Adam! Yeah I don’t remember where I first heard the “5 closest friends” thing, probably from Napoleon Hill or Tom Peters, but I’ve been following this advice since 2005 or so in college… here’s the first article I wrote about peers and MasterMinding if anyone’s interested: http://www.thrillingheroics.com/how-to-use-your-peers-for-fun-and-profit

      • Adam Finan says:

        Hey Cody. . I have read Napoleon Hill ‘TAGR’ more than once myself and I agree with the 13 principles in there. Finding a community/mastermind group is 80% of the reason I am planning a move to Chiang Mai ir BKK in the next few months. This is where a lot of bloggers/IM’ers/Freelancers seem to be located and I think it will be a good place to be to surround myself with these guys and gals. I have sourced a handful of people to meet up with in Queenstown but there are not many.

  8. Hey what’s up guys, just wanted to say thanks for the awesome interview with Cody. Been a fan of Thrilling Heroics for a while and I also found it was a bit “loco” to find out Cody wasn’t even used to be traveling around before deciding to buy a one way ticket overseas damn! haha

    Anyway cheers and keep up the awesome work!

    • Justin Cooke says:

      Thanks, Sergio!

      Yeah, I didn’t know that about Cody either, which is why I kept mentioning it and had a hard time working through it! hehe Surprised to here he wasn’t like that before moving to SE Asia.

    • Cody McKibben says:

      C’mon Sergio, you know I’m loco! :D

      I *had* been very fortunate to travel quite a bit on regular trips here and there, Hawaii, France, England, Spain… but just the standard 10 days-2 weeks trips. But yeah, I had always lived in my hometown Sacramento, but you know eventually you just get bored of the same thing, and need a BIG change. So I bought a ticket and took a leap—I wanted to go somewhere as weird and different as I could imagine. Just needed a drastic mix-up at that point in my life, and it was the best thing I ever did!

  9. Cody McKibben says:

    Awesome episode guys! Thanks for the shouts, and BIG thanks for having me on the podcast for a great roundtable conversation! It was loads of fun catching up with you guys and talking biz, lifestyle, and relationships!

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