I’ve always loved travel.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do as much of it as I would like, due to the fact that is so expensive.  I have some friends that were born rich.  They don’t have any problems traveling.  I also have a few friends that live a virtually homeless lifestyle. Somehow, those friends are also able to travel extensively.  The trick that these friends have is that they are able to leave everything behind in the United States.  When they are in one of the numerous Latin American countries that they travel in, my friends that live like homeless people in the US, live that same way in Latin America.  They have discovered that one can live very cheaply in a developing nation.  My issue is that I am somewhere in between my rich friends and my poor friends.  I don’t have the money to travel the world in luxury.  At the same time, I don’t want to travel like a homeless person.  I tried it once in my 20s.  It was great at the time.  But, as I am now in my thirties, I want a little more luxury in my travels.  I was on a quick visit to Thailand a couple of years ago where I met a man from Argentina that was working as he traveled.  The manner by which he traveled was by being a commercial photographer.  The man, whose name was Manu, took photos with his Canon SLR and sold them to a number of travel publications when he got back to his homeland of Argentina.  I asked him a lot of questions because I was so fascinated.  When I got back to the States, I decided to look into it.  It turned out that he was doing something pretty common.  The role of commercial photographer has been outsourced to the masses who have professional grade cameras.  Being a filmmaker, I had several cameras around the house.  I decided to give it a go and try to fund a trip to South America by pretending to be a commercial photographer and taking pictures.  The trick to the process is making sure that you can sell the pictures that you take once you get back.  I wasn’t necessarily confident that I would be able to sell my photos, so I decided to take a small trip that I knew that I could afford.  On the trip I actually went to visit Manu in his home town. He was excited that I had taken the plunge.  We talked more about the different ways of selling photographs.  There are numerous websites that one can upload photographs to in order to sell them.  After my short trip to South America, I got back and tried to sell my photos.  Luckily, I was able sell enough that I payed for my trip.  I officially became a commercial photographer.  Since the first trip, I have taken two other trips that I was able to pay for with my pictures. I love to travel.

John

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