The 5 Second Exercise to Determine Whether or Not You’re Going Anywhere in Life

by Alexander Heyne · 10 comments

thailand waters

I just got back from 3 weeks in thailand and, as always happens, people back home said to me, “Waaaaaaah how are you so lucky that you get to travel to cool places all the time?”

They usually assume:

A. I’m loaded (I’m not)


B. I’m a full-time nomad (I’m not)

So, honestly, I neither have a lot of money or a lot of free time.

So what’s the secret?

First of all, it’s not luck. Success rarely comes by luck – it usually comes through a deliberately crafted plan. Whether you’re trying to take an international trip once a year, or you’re trying to build a business or build a marriage – there is a carefully crafted process for doing so.

I’ve previously shown just how easy it is to travel the world for cheap.

So the truth is that for many of you (If you earn at least $30k), earning money isn’t the problem… it’s what you’re doing with it once you’ve earned it.

The Method I Use to Put Away Thousands a Year to Travel on a Tiny Dayjob Salary

First of all – I have a day job. And I don’t make a lot. I chose to have a more variable free work schedule because I’m investing 20-30 hours a week building a business.

So for those of you that have a “real” salary – $50 or $60k – this will be a cakewalk.

I use Ramit Sethi’s “personal finance automation” tips.

In fact, I highly recommend you buy his book.

Here’s how the process goes:

  1. You roughly calculate how much you need for rent, bills, spending, traveling, investments, etc.
  2. You then set up automatic monthly transfers into specific accounts

Personal finance automation

So even though I’m not earning a lot of money, I have automated the process of sending between $100-$300 a month into a travel savings account.

It requires no thought or effort. I just wake up before my trip and realize I have a few grand saved.

By far, the best way I’ve found to do this is by using CapitalOne’s online banking.

With their accounts you can set up automatic transfers, create new accounts with names (Wedding, bills, etc.), and then pre-program it monthly. It’s effortless.

The 5 Second “Secret” Exercise to Know Whether or Not You’ll Ever Attain Your Dreams

“I hope I get a chance to travel the world… but I don’t have any plans.” like the recent Avicii song goes.

Are you one of those people that has always been saying you want to travel the world so badly? And you’re jealous of how lucky other people are?

Well here’s the exercise: in the past 5 years have you actually done anything? Have you saved money for a trip? Have you put aside $5 a day? Have you started beefing up that savings or travel account?

If you haven’t done that even once… then chances are the next 15 years will look the same. Chances are you’re going to die unhappy and unfulfilled.

You’ll continue to envy others and not travel.

Your life will continue on the exact same trajectory it has always been going.

And, chances are, you’ll be one of the many unfulfilled souls that dies never having lived. That sounds all doom and gloom, but I see it happen every day. I already know which people – by age 25 – are going to die unfulfilled. It’s easy to predict, assuming they don’t change.

But the fix is simple – and in just an afternoon, you can turn yourself into one of those people that is the “envied” because of your exotic, foreign trips every year or epic life. So get started.

– Alex

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Lauren Rains November 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Nice post Alex!
I’ve had many a friend and stranger tell me that they envy my lifestyle. And while I understand it can be tough to break patterns we’ve been doing for years, I still look at their envy with a bit of bewilderment. We’re trained to think that living outside of the box is impossible or only certain people can do it but “not me”. And it’s just not true at all.
The truth is, we’re all going to be dead and gone one day, 6 feet in the ground. And that’s that for this life. Why are we so concerned with hoarding our money and possessions?
It’s like you said, with a little bit of planning, and making a few decisions, it’s really in arm’s reach.


Alexander Heyne December 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hey Lauren –

Yeah I’ve had people say the same. The irony is that most people will “envy” our lifestyles, but aren’t willing to put in the work (or have the courage) to do what we’re doing to live our current lifestyle. There’s no such thing as something for nothin’…


Nikki November 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I love, love, LOVE your website! It’s what I have been searching for and just ‘gets me’. After having recently had a break-up I am trying to find the purpose and meaning in my life on my own. I have heard big claims like you only get one life etc before but never have I understood what that really means and the importance of living a kick ass life ! Why the F not?! What’s the alternative! Your website is awesome, you are awesome – I LOVE it all! I’m sure you have already done this many times before but I want you to know you are contributing to changing this girls life for the better…THANK YOU!!


Alexander Heyne December 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Amen Nikki :)


Suzanne November 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hi Alex, loved the theme and the automated savings plan. So very simple and those dollars soon will start adding up. Just plain common sense. Your blog is always fresh and appreciated!
Thank you,


Alexander Heyne December 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thanks Suzanne, glad you liked it!


Steven Le December 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

Very interesting post! It actually brought some insight to myself. I agree with what you are saying. It sort of opened my eyes in a sense. I mean I’ve always wanted to travel the world but yet have not put any money away for it. Not to say that I haven’t been working on ways to generate the additional income required!

But will definitely start looking at how I’m doing things now!

Thanks for posting!


Alexander Heyne December 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

No problem Steven! Let me know how it goes –

– Alex


Colleen pollaro December 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Milk the pigeon coaching please


Alexander Heyne December 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

Haha Colleen, I’ll be opening it next month in January :)


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