One year ago, I quit my job to travel the world!

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One year ago, I quit my job to travel the world!

I always knew from when I was young that I wanted to explore the world when I got older. My first experience on an aeroplane, to try and distract myself from my fear of heights, I told myself that the aeroplane was simply a man-made portal used to teleport me to the other side of the world. I would force myself to fall asleep and knew that hopefully by the time I woke up, the doors of the aircraft would open and voila, I would have teleported to a new location.

I was hooked ever since.

When I was 18 years old, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s book, ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ and that triggered the inner desire to create a fulfilling life, to be whatever it was I wanted to be, in this case, a world travelling magician. Whatever passion or hobby it is that you have, I honestly believe in this day and age that there is a way to find time to do more of the things you love and be able to move away from the conventional day job.

More recently, it was Tim Ferriss’ book, ‘4 Hour Work Week’ that put the wheels in motion for me to plan my future world travels. Many books have inspired me over the years but it was Tim’s book that really ignited the fire within.

One year ago, I quit my six-figure job at one of the biggest companies in the world to live out my dreams of world travel and to give me time to perform as a professional magician, sometimes both at the same time.

Over the last year, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel over 80,000km to some of the most exotic locations in the world, and although this is a milestone in itself, it is a comfortable accomplishment when you’ve given yourself the time to be abroad, to slow down and to explore the globe at your own pace.

To live out this dream didn’t happen overnight. It took me 3 years of careful planning but I know numerous people who have made the dream come true in less time. Regardless of how long it takes, it is worth the effort and time put in to be free to do the things you love.

I know many people out there hate their jobs and can’t wait to one day say goodbye forever. Although that itself can be a big driving force for you to create a location independent lifestyle, I honestly, truly, deeply loved my day job and the people I was surrounded with. There was absolutely no rush to get out. My friends thought I was crazy at the thought of giving up such a great career, but I just knew there was a bigger purpose for me, out there in the world, and I had to at least try to find out for myself.

What’s the worse case scenario? Everything fails and I get back to working a day to day job? That’s not so bad at all so it was definitely worth the pursuit of freedom. Even if I was stranded abroad with no money, there are many ways to continue to fund your travel. How does volunteering in an animal shelter or working in a bar sound, in order to fund your travels? A good friend of mine who is joining me on my next trip to Thailand is able to continue to work as a graphic designer straight from his laptop and do his daily emails via his iPad.

So how did it all come together for me to finally leave my job?

I’ll ensure in future posts that I expand in more detail, all the separate parts that made this dream possible for me. For now though, here’s a quick snapshot of the things I did to prepare myself leading up to the last day on the job, before I set sail, literally, to the exotic islands of Thailand.

The Myth: The one myth that I want to debunk right now is that travelling is expensive. World travel is possible for many people, and it is a lot cheaper than you think. I now spend less per month travelling, compared to what I used to spend. Whilst in my day job, I lived a repetitive and relatively mundane lifestyle, with monthly bills, transport costs to and from work, and the coffee addiction of 3-4 a day to keep my mind energised. Now I spend less per month and do more, and drink coffees from across the globe. More on that later. While you’re here, also check out, ‘9 ways to spend $9 around the world.’

If you still don’t believe me that exciting travel can be cheap, you’ll have to wait for my future post where I share cool adventures that can be experienced for $20 or less.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of my preparation and pursuit to freedom leading up to the day I left my day job:

Airbnb: I love using this website for accommodation bookings and hands down is one of my favourite websites in the travel sphere. Not only that but after seeing how much I enjoyed using the service, I knew I had to one day rent my own apartment out to other travellers. Not only was I involving myself in a business model that I love, but it also eliminated my monthly mortgage commitment with the revenue that was coming in from the guests’ stay. Depending on where you are located, vacancy rates can vary, but I was consistently booking out 90% of the year.

Living frugally: I was willing to live a frugal lifestyle during my employment in order to prepare for my future adventures. This meant cutting down on many luxuries and careful budgeting. I remember one time after putting all my money away into investments, I was left with 80 cents one day to survive lunch at work. This got me a can of corn from the nearby supermarket and trust me, it was the most appreciated can of corn ever. I even heated it up.

Eliminate. Eliminate. Eliminate. You’ll be surprised how much junk and possessions we have that we really don’t need. I was able to condense my entire life into two boxes, and not only was I able to sell things and have more money for travel, it was also a mentally cleansing process. I’m a happier person, by having less. You find that your mindset changes to what experience and adventure you can have next, compared to what you can buy next with your pay cheque. I was able to also donate a lot my things to charity, especially clothes that had been in my wardrobe for years. Note: For the simplicity of this post, I’m ignoring the props and equipment that I use for my stage magic shows. Same with books! As much as I love using my Kindle, nothing beats the feeling of turning pages in a real book and the scent of an aged classic.

Investments: All my money, I put into shares and businesses knowing that it would give me a backbone for when I was to quit my job. Before quitting and setting out on my adventures, I sold all my shares. I kept my investment in some businesses however as a financial backbone, but I don’t see anything wrong in selling everything either like many other nomads.

Businesses: Aside from performing in stage magic shows which I will discuss later, I have two criteria that need be met for me to invest into anything.

a) The business needs to be self-running or managed by a team, without locking me in as an owner-operator. Otherwise, this would have the reverse effect of workload and tie myself down to one physical location, going against the point of being location independent.

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b) The business model needs to be able to be managed from a laptop, allowing me to try all the coffees of the world whilst being able to work from anywhere in the world.

The backlash: Some of my friends have said that my ability to travel the world is only possible because of financial security and preparation leading up to my escape. Of course, it certainly helps, but I can tell you now that I would be just as happy working around the world in order to fund my travel.

Work while you travel: Here’s what a 5-minute google search came up with for jobs that I could do if I had no savings or investments before I set sail for the world:

-Teach English via Skype on various websites.

-Manage small businesses’ social media accounts and online presence from my laptop.

-Volunteer on a farm in exchange for accommodation and food.

-Be a rental boyfriend in Japan. I’m not even kidding – I could fund my world travels by pretending to be someone’s boyfriend!

So that’s it for now. World travel, and being location independent to do the things you love is possible. I did it to give me more time to explore the world and to live out my dream of performing magic. Now I want to share with you all how it was all possible. Whether you sell everything and pack up, or you have nothing to sell at all, we now live in an age where travel is just a click away.

What is your dream and where would you go if you had more time to travel the world?

Please message me your thoughts and comments through Instagram and Facebook and go live out your wildest dreams.

Your friend,

Peter Paxx.

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Zouk Nightclub KL: Back to Malaysia!

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Malaysia, thanks again for showing me your love for magic. It will be a pleasure to be back in Kuala Lumpur this week as I perform at Zouk Nightclub KL. July and August will be full of travel, both for magic and also for some leisure and relaxing, and I promise to update you on my next adventures. In the mean time, please enjoy one of my most viewed posts, ‘6 reasons why getting lost is good for you.’

Until next time!

Pete

Tioman Island: Here we come!

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It has been an exciting first half of 2016 and after the success of our sold out shows at FRINGE World 2016 in Perth, Australia it was time to step away from the madness and escape to Tioman Island off the east coast of Malaysia. The Beyond Reality crew are ready for the coconuts, hammocks, cocktails, beaches and scuba diving.

Our journey will take us to Kuala Lumpur as a pitstop to meet up with magician Andrew Lee and his beautiful assistant Cindy, and together we will make the 6 hour bus and ferry ride to Tioman Island.

Photos to come shortly!

How I faced my fear of heights by flying in an ultralight.

Travelling often gives you more time and the feeling of being liberated, feeling free and adventurous to do more things than you normally would at home. When I travel, I hardly do any shopping, rather opting in for the experiences that are a little more different to my daily grind. I’m sure you’ve gathered from my previous posts that I prefer memorable experiences over tangible objects any day.

They say you are at your most honest self while travelling abroad, your self encouraging itself to do what you actually feel like in the moment, and allowing you to desire and do the things you have always been curious about. You have no familiar faces around to judge you and you can be anything you want and do almost anything you desire. It also gives you a chance to face some of your fears!

What is one of my fears?

The fear of heights!

If you have a fear of heights, you know the feeling:

-Sweaty palms.

-Heart thumping like a beating drum.

-Dizziness.

-Weak stomach and legs and the feeling that you might trip and fall to your free-falling death.

Naturally, by having a crazy fear of heights (my body trembles even when going up escalators!) I’m even more curious about what it’s like to try and tackle this fear and face it head on – somewhat.

Nope, skydiving has not yet been crossed off my bucket list, but more recently I got to get high over Poland, literally, getting a bird’s eye view of Elk, a tiny town in Poland, while flying in a paraplane ultralight.

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How is this different to flying in an airplane? 

You’re not in a cabin, your feet feel like they’re dangling in the sky, and you feel the wind against your face! It’s like watching a GoPro video that’s attached to a drone, but you are the camera and there’s no frame limiting what you can see.

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What did I discover while flying in an ultralight over Poland?

I realised that as pansy as it sounds having a fear of heights and getting nervous even when standing on an apartment balcony, I had no fear when I was immersed in nature. The beauty of flying over Poland was so overwhelming that the feeling of fear had no time and place to exist. I’ve since realised that trekking up mountains, and being amongst treetops gives such an amazing view that I don’t have time to care about how high I am above ground.

If you’re reading this and have a fear of heights, I’m not guaranteeing that flying in a paraplane will crush the fear for good, but I honestly challenge you to do it for the views, the thrill and for a split moment, being able to forget that fear.

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What fears do you have and have you been curious enough to tackle it head on?

And no, I’ve still not made any plans to skydive!

See you next time,

Peter Paxx

How moving to London can help your fashion career: An interview with Emma Pulbrook.

Travel is often a necessity to live out your biggest dreams.

I’m always inspired by stories about people who push their personal boundaries to do whatever it takes to live their dreams, especially when it involves moving or travelling to another city. It may be scary to commit to moving to a faraway place, but sometimes the desire to live out your biggest dreams is just too strong to ignore.

After sharing with you all how travel has helped me connect more with others around the world, especially with talented people from across the globe, I’ve recently had the pleasure of doing a mini interview with fashion stylist Emma Pulbrook, who moved to London to pursue her fashion dream. As I’m progressing along on my magic act, I’m excited to have Emma as my personal stylist to help guide, dress, garnish and glamourise me as an illusionist. No one wants to look like a dated magician from the 60s, pulling rabbits out of their top hats anymore!

Please enjoy the read, check out some of the projects that she has worked on and visit her website at www.emmapulbrook.com to see her amazing, inspiring work. I’ve also got permission from Emma to feature some of her work below, which include some of my personal favourites.

What made you move to London to pursue your fashion dream?

In London, I knew I could be my own person without being labelled by what people knew me as previously. There is freedom and flexibility to ones identity in London. It’s also is a melting pot of people all bringing forth their own ideas and experiences. It’s an inspiring, yet intimidating city.

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There are fashion hubs all around the world, what makes London so special?

The fashion hubs are really in Paris, Milan, New York, and London. However, London is a great place to nurture the young designers and young talent in the industry and it’s also becoming the place where everything has a base. It can come across a lot more progressive and liberal than other cities.

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What about New York and Paris?

New York can be at times too commercially focused and lacking proper creativity. Paris is generally not accepting to new talent and is a place to go once you’ve established yourself within the industry. Unfortunately Milan having a smaller population and because of the Italian economy it has suffered a little there. All the cities have their own character but I feel London is the most experimental and also has the heritage brands such as Burberry or Savile Row. It’s also the biggest city in Europe so it’s great to be inspired by other areas of creativity rather than just the fashion side of things. There are loads of other cool cities in Europe too like Berlin and Antwerp which have cool fashion scenes and being based in London makes everything a lot more accessible allowing me to be inspired whenever I visit another city.

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Thanks for your time Emma! I’m sure there are many readers who also dream of making the big move to live out their wildest dreams. How can readers connect with you?

You can reach me at my website but I’m also on Twitter (@epulbrook) and on Instagram (@emmapulbrook)!

Hope you all enjoyed the read. I’ll be updating you all on my work with Emma as I too live out my dreams.

Peter Paxx

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