2017 Spherical Up

It’s essential to mirror on how we failed, how we succeeded and what we skilled within the yr gone previous, as we ramp up for brand spanking new objectives for 2018. I’m tremendous responsible of at all times focussing on the following aim, forgetting what’s gone on earlier than, and I do know many others are too. We don’t must dwell on the previous, however a contact of mindfulness and pausing for a second to odor the roses is essential too. For that cause, I’ve pressured myself to jot down this round-up. Life is quick, it’s busy, it’s worrying and it’s onerous. So wanting again may give a way of grounding. Let’s give it a crack…

2017 recap
2017 recap

Journey – 2017 will at all times be an enormous milestone in my life, it’s the yr I completed certainly one of my life objectives – to go to each nation on earth. I began 2017 on 194/197 and I had Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Norway left. It’s truthful to say I was obsessed. As you guys know, I don’t rely border hops, I don’t rely an hour in a rustic, or a disputed nation like Somaliland as Somalia (therefore my journey to Mogadishu!), however I had practically completed. 2017 was the yr. With loads of assist, and loads of journey, I managed to get to each Saudi and Yemen (extra on that under) and ended up with an enormous celebration in Norway to lastly end my aim. Then I continued to journey, as a result of I like it! 11 extra international locations since ending my aim. Perhaps I’ll find yourself doing all 197 twice!  After which after all is our charity, the GiveBackGiveAway.com, as we proceed to attempt to develop that.

Enterprise – at all times a worrying matter, however one I’ll deal with later down under. New companies began, extra failures, some successes, new investments. All a part of the journey. Test it out under, with the obligatory inclusion of cryptocurrency!

Life – I don’t wish to be outlined by journey, ‘ the man who has been to each nation on the earth’. No thanks. Nor do I wish to be outlined as a ‘self-made millionaire’ or entrepreneur. Positive these issues are all a part of me, however they don’t outline me. Life is deeper than that. It’s about love, and relationships, and household, and generosity of time, spirit (and cash). So 2017 in that respect has been robust. I misplaced a detailed member of the family, my mum continues to excel regardless of her Parkinson’s and I too have taken a couple of activates my private journey too. Test that each one out under.

  • Ending my international locations! I did it, all 197/197!

195/197 = Saudi Arabia. Properly this was a tricky one. You may learn how I managed to FINALLY get my visa to probably the most tough nation on the earth to go to right here. As soon as I made it to Saudi although, I used to be actually stunned with how ‘regular’ it was, contemplating how reluctant their ‘authorities’ is to let foreigners in. Individuals had been pleasant, and I used to be taken out for breakfast, lunch and dinner extra instances than I can rely. In actual fact, one gents refused to let me pay for my very own resort, got here to fulfill me on the airport, took me to a resort, and sorted my for my complete keep in  Jeddah, simply one other instance of why I really like the Arab world. Additionally, ladies with no headscarfs, females assembly me for meals, the entire thing was rather a lot much less intense than the media would have us consider. Am I fan of how Saudi is run? Not by a protracted shot, they’re oppresive and archaic. Is it as loopy as we’re led to consider? Additionally under no circumstances.

How to visit Saudi Arabia
195/197 international locations visited!
My superb host

196/197 = Yemen. One final journey.

I began my journey to each nation on the earth 10 years in the past, after I hitchhiked on a Chinese language cargo ship on the Mekong river to China as a result of I couldn’t afford to fly (lengthy story). Now as you guys could know, I’ve made a few million on-line from running a blog so issues have modified, nevertheless it felt so pure to come back again to the fashion the place it began. Yemen is in civil conflict, it’s horrific, and the world doesn’t care. Heartbreaking. As a possible vacationer, that additionally means it’s subsequent to inconceivable to go to the nation. Now whereas some folks would merely hop to the border with Oman (which I additionally did) and tick Yemen off the field, after 10 years and $250,000USD spent, I felt that’s towards the true nature of journey so I had my coronary heart set on Socotra, Yemen. I spent 6 months making an attempt and failing, examine that horrible interval out on this weblog put up right here. Till I ended up, by likelihood, assembly the Grandson of the King of Socotra, Yhayha, who was a celebrity to me, bribed officers, received me on an Indian cargo ship, hooked me up along with his mates in Immigration and after four days on a cargo boat there and again, I had achieved it, and it was superb, and so I turned the one vacationer in Yemen – take a look at the total weblog put up right here.

For me this was the actual final leg, I had Norway to come back however that was about celebrations, Yemen was the tough one. I used to be in tears on the way in which again on the cargo boat, 10 years, and I might see the end line.

How to visit Yemen
Socotra, Yemen. 196/197 international locations. Completed correctly.
cargo boat to yemen
Hopping borders isn’t journey. I needed to do it correctly for myself.

197/197 = NORWAY!

And so the end line arrived. It was humbling to see my family and friends from all around the world fly in to have fun with me. We flew to Oslo, linked as much as the Arctic circle and spent the following few days snow-mobiling throughout frozen lakes, sleeping in Snow Accommodations, and chasing the Northern Lights. 10 years flew previous in a heartbeat. It looks like yesterday I left Eire to go and educate English in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2007. Life is brief, it’s stunning, nevertheless it’s quick. Profit from it.

visiting every country in the world
snow hotel norway
Within the bar within the snow resort in Kirkenes, Arctic Circle, Norway

So 197/197 achieved, what’s subsequent? Quite a bit! For a begin, I had visited northern Somalia throughout my quest for 197, however that’s probably not Somalia. It’s sort of dishonest. So I ended up going to Mogadishu to verify I wasn’t dishonest myself! That was fairly a visit. Al-Shabaab attacked a resort compound the evening earlier than I arrived, they usually attacked the airport the day earlier than I used to be attributable to depart. Not the neatest resolution of my life, however I made it – examine that insanity right here.

I raced tuktuks round Sri Lanka, partied with Pavel Nedved in Prague, drove a 2-week epic street journey round Eire, opened an evening membership in Taiwan, chased dragons in Komodo, visas runs and enterprise journeys backwards and forwards to Malaysia and Hong Kong, and assembly new mates, bloggers and instagrammers at a couple of occasions in Turkey. Add that to Eire and UK, my ‘dwelling’ in Bangkok, Thailand and it brings me as much as 11 international locations since ending. Simply one other 186 to go for spherical too haha!

tourism in mogadishu
Visiting Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
    Taipei, Taiwan

    road trip in Ireland!
    Street journey in Eire!

  • GiveBackGiveAway.com

After which comes our pleasure and pleasure – how  certainly one of my finest buddies, Josh, and I unintentionally arrange a charity. Since then we’ve constructed a faculty in Myanmar, a dormitory and playground on the Thai border and a redeveloped kindergarten and playground in Cambodia. Now, the GiveBackGiveAway is making an attempt to develop – it’s worrying, it’s costly and it’s so worthwhile. We’re operating four journeys in 2018 – India in March, the Philippines in April, Nicaragua in August and Tanzania in September. AND we’d like your assist. Donate to https://giveback-giveaway.causevox.com and enter your self in with an opportunity of successful a free journey to certainly one of our initiatives, and in addition merely leap on our web site and e-book a ticket to certainly one of our journeys!

Josh and me outdoors the brand new faculty!
The brand new faculty in Myanmar

And that kinda brings my travels in 2017 to an finish. three new international locations, 12 international locations since ending. Plus Oman, UAE. That’s 17, however I could also be lacking a pair. Both manner, it was sufficient! Now let’s see what 2018 brings.


Now onto enterprise. I want  my charity and my travels received extra consideration than my biz stuff, however I do know folks want cash to be free so I perceive. Earlier than I made cash on-line I used to dream of the approach to life, after which out of the blue you crack it and see it’s not all that tough. I wrote a weblog put up about folks promoting their time dreaming of an enormous wage but when they focus that power on their very own desires, they’ll get there rather a lot sooner. So the place does all my enterprise stuff relaxation in 2017? Principally I’ve my weblog, my media firm, a second media firm (extra on that under), three properties (2 in London, 1 in Thailand), my inventory portfolio, my cryptocurrency portfolio and money. So let’s take a look

I do know i’ve been speaking about this for some time. However I’m releasing my course this yr. It’ll present how I went from being a broke backpacker, to being financially free. three modules representing my three steps. Educating english in Asia, then beginning a weblog, then beginning a media firm. I’m an fool with these items, and it’s made me tens of millions. That’s the trustworthy reality. After I rent new folks in my biz, they’re shocked how little I really find out about tech. This course will present you the way to do what I did. It’ll be priced someplace between $999 and $1999, and in the event you comply with it, it’ll change your life.

2 good mates received me concerned in Cryptocurrency halfway by 2017 (thanks Paul and Dunc!). I had no thought what it even all meant, actually I nonetheless actually don’t (that’s a typical theme in my life, running a blog, funding, charity, property – no thought what i’m doing with any of it, however you gotta take an opportunity!). Now I’ve a 6-figure cryptoportfolio. Ether, Neo, BitCoin, BitCoin Money and OMG are my important holding for many who are asking. Monero, Cardano, IOTA all fascinating too.

Crypto Gains
Crypto Good points

So my firm talked about under, Step4WardMedia.com, together with my weblog made me my first $1m. I realized the way to monetize blogs and the remainder was historical past. Now it’s totally on auto-pilot. So I needed to launch my course and present you guys the way to do it. However then I believed how I might really feel after I was first beginning out, bemused, disbelieving of some irish man slinging one thing on-line. So I began a brand new small media firm to run in competitors with my very own. My title isn’t connected to it, and I began from scract three months in the past, to show to individuals who spend money on the course, that the sport remains to be ready for brand spanking new gamers. It’s not making me wealthy, nevertheless it’s achieved about $6k monthly revenue every month from the primary month. Stable.

It’s nonetheless ticking over nicely. I’ve three gross sales guys, three writers a tech man, me and an assistant (presently in search of a brand new one!). After I was hungry and centered, it was doing $50okay+ monthly. Now I spend extra time on investments, crypto, journey, health and my charity it’s much less. However nonetheless pulls in 5 figures each month and after I focus it might attain excessive. I ought to spend extra time, cash and energy on this actually. It most likely generated $200okay/$250okay or so final yr I suppose, however I’m so slack I haven’t even tracked it.

My (uncared for?) child. Beginning my weblog modified my life, and I’ll always remember that. It created an exquisite neighborhood of 300,000 social media followers, it will get between 3m and 6m hits per yr, however I dont give it wherever close to the like it deserves. As I discussed above, I’ve frolicked specializing in different issues. However I really like to jot down, to encourage, to encourage, I should be somewhat extra devoted. 2017 was a nasty yr for onestep4ward.com in essence, visitors is down, output is down, however authority available in the market is up because of me ending each nation. I’ll get again to this when my travels sluggish. Will that ever occur?!

What does occur now although is extra model ambassadorships, extra public talking. That is higher paid, and as a model, I’m extra reliable now. I don’t promote sh*tty stuff, I’m self-made, I’m trustworthy, with integrity. Manufacturers respect that, so I hope that continues to develop. Ideally I’d love 10 small model ambassadorial positions with firms I take advantage of anyway, paying between $500 to $1500 monthly on going, that may be $10okay monthly passive earnings.

A irritating yr in all honesty. I’m an enormous believer in property. I take imaginery cash from the web, and put it into tangible issues like my travels, my life-style and properties. I attempted to purchase 2 locations in London and Manchester (UK)  final yr, however had my mortgages rejected twice so I failed. Irritating. My property in Streatham was rented out all yr, in order that generated $20okay value of mortage funds, plus a conservative three% enhance in worth is one other $15,000 or so. My Slough property (a city outdoors London), most likely one other $10-$20okay enhance there. My Bangkok property has doubled since I purchased it again in 2013. I purchased it for slightly below $100okay USD, and now it’s about $190okay. 5 years, roughly $18okay per yr enhance. That is why I really like property, I’ve a busy yr with journey and work this yr, however i’ll proceed to purchase extra locations I hope.

My aim is $1.5m in property, proper now it’s about $1.1m so 1 extra property might get me there. I’m torn although as a result of I wish to begin constructing my dream dwelling. Let’s see how biz works out in 2018 and I’ll decide.

I’ve a portfolio with St James Place by my cousin within the UK, it does OK. Between 5% and 10% per yr, nevertheless it’s secure. I want it did somewhat higher however I’m a reckless kinda man so maybe a secure funding is the most effective plan! I didn’t monitor final yr, however most likely someplace round $15okay or so revenue. After which Crypto, which is superb!  The remainder I maintain in money in numerous locations. I don’t like to carry money really however once you’re both saving for a property or figuring out the following step, I suppose it’s the most effective factor to do?

Speaking at InFlow
Keynote talking in Istanbul, Turkey

My aim with funds is to try to extend my networth every year my $100okay. My dream is to make sure my investments do this for me, so something I ‘earn’ proactively might be spent on my life. Final yr, in any case my journey and biz spend, I elevated my networth by $200okay+. It’s all about a number of streams, and never sitting on the cash you do make.

The final 18 months have most likely been the health of my life. I joined Aspire, top-of-the-line gyms in Bangkok, and it’s made my life in Thailand so a lot better. I’m fitter, stronger, more healthy and I’ve extra mates than ever within the metropolis. Expat life might be onerous however Aspire has helped me a lot, big because of Dan the proprietor. It’s onerous to remain in form once you journey as a lot as me, it’s an actual weak spot of mine, not figuring out onerous after I journey. In Bangkok I kill myself, noone works more durable, however on the street? It’s all events, late nights and good meals. Hmmm… possibly I dont wanna change that? I’ll have a protracted give it some thought!

Aspire club Bangkok
My 100th session at Aspire, Bangkok

2017 is the yr I gave up meat. I’m now 100% vegetarian (really 99% vegan, however with the odd leather-based belt, and pizza after I’m struggling, I received’t name myself that). I did it for Animal Rights really, as an animal lover I’ve hated myself for consuming meat for about 5 years, however selfishly continued. Now I realise it’s hypocritical to name myself an animal lover however nonetheless eat meat. So I stop, and it feels good. Morally and ethically I really feel higher. However as a by-product I really feel brighter, lighter, brisker. Oh, and hangovers are a lot much less unhealthy – what a bonus. That’s karma proper there.

Acai bowls - I'm officially addicted
Acai bowls – I’m formally addicted
  • Household, mates and relationships

It’s been a tricky yr. I grew up in a single mom household, with my grandmother subsequent door. There was simply four of us. 2017, at aged 93, my granny died in November. It was robust, for my sister, for me and for my mum. However we get by it. And we grow to be nearer. And we respect what life means, what relationships imply, that life is brief and to be loved. Thanks for the teachings granny x

My relationship is difficult as at all times, however I respect it for what it’s. Who is aware of what the long run holds. I’m a tricky companion, with my life-style, that’s the reality, so anybody who can put up with that’s an angel in a single kind or one other! And my mates, I attempt to respect that friendships, like companions, want work. Use them or lose them. So I do attempt, telephone calls, meet ups, effort. And friendships flourish with that respect, thanks guys! Additionally, I used to be honoured to be bestman at certainly one of my closest pal’s marriage ceremony this yr, that may be a humbling responsibility certainly. In a world the place folks can select anybody, they usually select you. Thanks Paul.

Lastly (on goal) is appearence. I’m conscious that when you’ve got a platform on social media, you will have some modicum of energy. Individuals ought to use this for good. In the event you’re message is ‘look how good my make up is, look how good my ass is in a bikini, look how a lot cash i’ve – do that, and you can be completely happy”, then you definately’re an asshole. Social media is doing loads of injury, so let’s use it for somethign optimistic. To interrupt down obstacles, to carry folks up. That being stated, to half self-love isn’t a nasty factor, to respect your self, to know that wanting your finest can carry you as much as. Be wholesome, smile extra, good posture, be assured, look good. However don’t make it the be all and finish all.

So this yr i’ve been engaged on that. While I’ll by no means hand over my flipflops, I additionally am 34 years outdated, and I really feel it. I’m completely happy to be 34, and I’m completely happy to decorate like a 34 yr outdated. So this yr I’ve fastened my enamel with Invisalign, in Bangkok (thanks, Physician Ken, you’re workforce at Thantakit are superb!), top-of-the-line resolution of my life for positive. I really feel completely happy to smile, to talk on digital camera, to open my mouth broadly. You don’t realise how a lot it has effected your life till you repair it. I couldn’t advocate it larger.

I additionally received my first swimsuit, tailor-made at the most effective tailor in Thailand – Tailor on Ten  in Bangkok (Thanks Ben, it’s superb). As I converse at extra occasions, and current extra stuff, I felt I ought to respect the occasion and ceremony that I attend. At 34 it was time. So I took the plunge and did it, and it was nicely value it. I’m lastly appearing my age, at the very least 10% of the time anyway.

Tailor on ten
New smile, new swimsuit!


Life’s not straightforward. It wasn’t straightforward after I was broke and no-one knew who I used to be, noone learn my weblog or adopted my social media. Now, with all that, it’s no simpler. Consider me. All of us undergo anxiousness, all of us get down, all of us doubt ourselves and our capability, me greater than most I’d think about. However we set our objectives, and we have to hold our eyes on the prize. This recap was my try to mirror, earlier than I set my objectives for 2018. Thanks for becoming a member of my journey, I respect each single one that takes their valuable time to see what I’m as much as. I hope you may be a part of me on a Givebackgiveaway journey, I hope my course can change your life, and I hope all of us attain our objectives collectively. 2018 we’re coming for ya!