Cape Town – When you read the headline of this piece it simply sounds too good to be true, right?
Many of us have barely scratched off the top three to five must-visit spots on our dream bucket lists, simply because we’re without the ways or financial means to make it happen.
However, Johnny Ward has put every cliché travel quote to good use, deciding to risk it all and pursue his lifelong dream of visiting all 193 countries across the globe.
Ward, a 31-year-old chap from Northern Ireland, says in his bio of his travel blog OneStep4Ward, "Hey guys, I’m Johnny Ward, Generation Y, Irish guy who just knew that there was more to life than a 40+ hour work week, a bland social calendar and a 2 week break in the sun each year."
"Now I work 10-20 hour weeks from my laptop anywhere on the planet, whilst on a full-time journey to travel to every country in the world – check out my progress here. I’m a huge advocate of lifestyle design, so I’ve redesigned my lifestyle to allow me to follow my dreams, now I’m hoping I can help you follow yours…"
Over the last three years he's visited the 153 countries as he manages to live the ultimate wanderlust lifestyle. How you may be asking?
According to Ward, a lot of people, and travel bloggers in particular, talk about the romance of being broke and traveling.
He said in a post explaining how he earned $1million in three years, "And it’s true, it is a beautiful thing. Not knowing where you’ll end up, scoring some cheap flights on a whim and traveling to a new continent. It’s exhilarating. But forever? No chance."
Ward decided to marry both the lifestyle of a traveller, with the income of a businessperson.
"I might have been dreaming, but it was a dream I would strive for. Every day. Until I reached it. Digital nomadism and lifestyle design were on the up, rumours of people working from their laptops, traveling the world were being whispered about in hostel dorms. I wanted a slice. I had to do it."
Ward eventually starting earning money through adverts posted on his blog. However the real earning potential came when he turned his blog into an entire media company, Step4Ward Media, by purchasing and managing over 100 travel websites. Not too shabby!
You can read the all the details on how he manages to work remotely all the while embracing his spirit of adventure, sharing all his incredible experiences along the way.
Don’t believe us? Check out these pics posted to his Instagram account where he says, “Irish guy traveling to every country in the world - 153/193 done. Trying to make my millions online as I go, without working 9-5. Ever. Join me!"
Hat tip to you Mr Ward.