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Brian:

I rarely look at my FB email so I am lucky to have caught this and able to respond.  Email is much better for me for private messages and my FB wall for public messages. 

It is great that your wife and son will be joining you.  You will have to seriously rethink how far you want to go each day and how far you can get on the money you have saved.  If she has not wild camped poop/pee in the woods or gone several days without a shower remote areas will be a big shock. 

Men usually make a lot of mistakes when riding with their women.  It is something Cindie and I have thought about writing an article about because it is too much information to write here.  Basically you (the stronger rider) carry 75% of the weight and make every day fun for her - never ever a death march.  If you blow this she will want to go home and you may be in tow.  Make this leisure and fun for your wife and you will have a bike tour partner the rest of your life. 

As far as making a living from this..... very few have.  Off the record I can not think of anyone besides Cindie and me but I would never say that in public as it sounds arrogant.  The bike tourist you may think are making a living at this I would suggest have other sources of income such as trust funds and inheritance.  In fact, you would be surprised to know how many backpackers and bike travelers you meet on the road who receive that mysterious monthly deposit.  I do not blame them for drifting around on their money but alluding that they are making a living from their blog leads people to false hopes.  It took us 5 years and 2 successful books to just break even - earning over 100% of our travel expenses.   This is not to say it is impossible.  We did it so other's can too and probably in half the time.  I do not want to tell you you can not do it - maybe you can - I wish you all the success in the world - there is room for many like us - just have a plan B up your sleeve. 

My advise may not be what you want to hear but I will be blunt and off the record.  Assuming you are done living in Korea - save as much money as you can - while you are saving and getting ready to go write as many relevant pages on your web site as you can; we make 25% of our income with the Google ads on our site and you can too - have a scaled down and realistic trip with your wife and daughter. not 160K a day, think 30 - 80 tops - and hope you are on the road long enough to break even.  Do not expect to go viral or to get lucky and appear on Oprah.  No bike tourist has ever gone viral.  It is long slow work - we each work 20 - 30 hours a week on our computers.   Trust me - slower is cheaper and you may be able to go further than if you are riding big distances.  Think quality vs quantity. 

A trip with your family will draw much more interest than a physically challenging trip through difficult roads.  Nobody cares if you ride tons in bad weather but your son's first step in a campground in Oregon will be interesting and popular.  Still making a living from this is a huge stretch.  Probably when you finish / run out of funds you can move to Canada and start a new life.  I recently wrote a couple pages you may be interested in linked to below:


http://www.20minutewebbusiness.com/HotTopics

 

There are four basic ways to collect money from your web business:

  1. Advertising. You sell advertising space on your site. When someone either views the advertising or does something such as clicking on it or buying something because of it, you get paid. The most common kinds of advertising on the web are Google's AdSense ads and banner ads.
  2. Affiliate Programs. You place links on your site that lead to someone else's site where, if someone buys something, you get paid a commission.
  3. Subscriptions. You provide access to special content on your site in exchange for a monthly, annual or other periodic payment.
  4. Products. You directly sell goods and services, either your own or someone else's, from your site.

 

 

: trsditional ways advertising affiliate sponsors selling ebook make movies pod cast blog affiliate is not sponsors

 

Now we survive on money we make from our web site

 

 

Along the way we wrote 2 books, in the tent, in the campground on someones couch.

 

25% web advertisements         - selling advertisements on our web site is not popular with some people.

 

10% commission sales – we only recommend what we use.

65% books sales, includes printed book sales, e books, audiobook. Put both books in.

Possible add rent from our house

Speaking engagements

Bike events

We don’t take donations

The downside to recieving sponcorship is that you can no longer publicy play the part of gear reviewer.

There is always a certain amount of jelously in bike touring and recieving free gear will agrovate this

 

Sometimes we receive emails or forum post accusing us of living off government, handouts, or having a trust fund or inheritance.  Many people out traveling do so I can see the misunderstanding.  They despertly need to believe our lifestyle was somehow handed to us.  It was not!  We made our lives they way they are and anyone reading this can stear there life in any direction with the right choices. 

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