I have to say 2018 has been a fantastic year for me. I finally made the move to working remotely full-time which has given me so much freedom – not only in how I spend my time, but where I choose to spend my time.
This lead me to spending 4 months of this year in Thailand with the vast majority of that time being spent in Chiang Mai.
I simply loved it there. Here’s the thing – you can have a really good lifestyle there really cheap. I rarely spent more than $25 in a day with my accommodation, food and transport all covered.
Granted, I don’t have high expectations and I don’t expect luxury. But what I did have was more than sufficient and actually in a lot of ways better than what I have here in Melbourne for double the price.
It makes me question why I’m even here!
I was also lucky enough to take a month off work. Although I do work remotely I’m basically an independent contractor so this meant no income for me for a month. This would scare a lot of people, but for me it was quite exhilarating. Granted, I had my savings, but I wanted this to stay as savings. It meant the desire to earn additional income online was no longer a want, it was a need.
In all honesty, I was hesitant, but I retained faith that I’d have enough paid survey offers to get me through. After all, I’d started averaging $50 some days!
It turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought.
What I discovered was that many survey sites don’t actually work internationally. They can pick up that the internet service provider is based overseas and thus won’t let you visit their site.
Naturally the fewer sites to pool surveys from meant fewer survey offers, but I was able to average $10 a day which lead to about 30% of my time in Thailand being funded my online surveys. So yes, I did have to dip into my savings, but it wasn’t the end of the world and it was far less than if I hadn’t been doing online surveys.
Seriously, sometimes I feel like I’m part of a secret network of people earning money with online surveys. I can’t believe more people don’t do them. I suppose they believe it seems to go to be true. But it’s not like there’s zero effort involved, it’s just that the effort you do put in goes a long way. It’s like a job where you have total choice over your hours and location. Like a job, I put in effort so I get results.
If you’re still hesitant I would say just let go of your hesitations and try it out.
It might help fund your next trip!