This Guy Makes $100K Annually, Yet Hasn’t Had A Traditional Job In 6 Years

This Guy Makes $100K Annually, Yet Hasn't Had A Traditional Job In 6 Years

In 2005, 31-year old Matt Kepnes took a trip to Thailand that would change the way he viewed his traditional American life.

By the time he returned to his cubicle in Boston, Kepnes told his bosses he’d be completing his MBA in six months — and resigning.

“My life was heading down a road that I realized I wasn’t ready for,” he tells us.

“Marriage, houses, kids, 401ks, play dates, college funds — everything you think about when you think of the ‘American dream’. While there is nothing wrong with that, it wasn’t what I really wanted.”

Since his blog started bringing in revenue, Kepnes tells us his nomadic life has changed.

“When I first started, every day was Saturday,” he says. “I had nothing to do and all the time to do it in. Now, there is work to be done, things to research, calls to make, and conferences to attend.

I am always checking out prices and asking an insane amount of questions at the tourism office or to the staff at the train station just so I can be sure I know everything to help other travelers.”

But even travel bloggers need to take a vacation now and then, and this year, Kepnes had his first. For him, travel is still work, and his time off consists of breaking away from the internet and traveling for himself.

Some people have accused Kepnes of running away from the real world. He addressed this concern in an inspirational post, saying, “I am running away. I am trying to avoid life — I’m avoiding your life.

I’m running away from your idea of the ‘real’ world. Because, really, I am running toward everything — toward the world, exotic places, new people, different cultures, and my own idea of freedom.”

“If this whole thing fails, I’ll move back to Asia and teach English,” he says. “I’m hoping it won’t come to that though and until it does, I’m going to keep riding this train.”