If you could pack your bags and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
What language would you learn if you had complete freedom to travel?
And free time.
I mentioned recently in a blog post that some people have told me that my success with language learning all boils down to being able to freely travel at the drop of a hat.
That somehow ‘easy travel = immersion = language success’.
“Well, it’s easy to learn languages when you can do immersion trips anywhere anytime!”
I explained why this is not necessarily true.
Regardless of where you are or even how much free time you have, language learning is a conscious, daily effort and something you have to really push yourself to do.
Simply put: It’s work.
*But* of course I have to concede that having the freedom to say “I want to learn Italian so I’m going to get on a plane, move to Italy for 4 months and rent an apartment in the alps” is not only incredibly fun and liberating, but also yields countless learning benefits! 🙂
This is something I actually did recently after my stint in Russia.
It was incredible.
I rented a dirt cheap villa on the Italian-Swiss border where I’d sit and study Italian while staring out my window at snow-capped alps and vineyards.
I could then go downstairs and practice with my neighbours over gnocchi and local wine.
Not even kidding!
The whole time I was thinking – “I could literally spend the rest of my life doing this.”
This is what I got to stare at everyday while I was working:
I was completely and utterly content.
Or perhaps you’re not even interested in overseas travel but the extra freedom to focus on languages at home is hugely appealing to you.
So this short post today is a little off the topic of languages.
It’s more on the topic of achieving the freedom to live a location independent lifestyle so that you can focus on the things that you love (travel, language immersion or whatever it may be).
If that doesn’t interest you at all, then you can just disregard the rest of this post.
Otherwise read on! 🙂
If you’ve been following me and my travels for a while, you might remember me telling you about The Paradise Pack the last few years.
It’s only up for 7 days per year.
I’m normally very reluctant to share things with you that aren’t specifically language-related but this is so helpful that I can’t help but let everyone know about it.
Every year, some of the biggest travel/location-independent gurus get together and run a massive pre-summer sale on thousands of dollars worth of products related to travel and living freelance.
These experienced people from various walks of life pool their collective knowledge together and offer it all in one big bundle.
The bundle includes language learning (incl. Benny Lewis of Fluent In 3 Months), how to travel “hack” to get free or very cheap flights anywhere in the world, blogging/vlogging, language teaching, freelance writing, business/entrepreneurship and more.
If you’re planning to travel somewhere this summer or curious about how to achieve what I call the ‘language immersion lifestyle’, there’s a tonne of useful content here.
Here’s why it’s so popular:
The combined value of The Paradise Pack is now over $8,000 (!!!).
Incredibly: The price tag is only $497 (that’s 90% off).
That huge price drop is why they limit it to 7 days a year only.
If you love travel as much as I do and want to learn from various industry experts how to make a lifestyle out of it, then head over and take a look now.
Just remember that after 7 days they shut it down for a whole year.
Also worth noting that 10% of all their sales proceeds go to both the Pencils of Promise(helping to build schools around the world) and Travel Access Project (student scholarship program) charities as well.
NOTE: It’s over again for 2018.
But you can also find some of the contributors’ other products here:
Fluent In 3 Months – Benny Lewis
The Suitcase Entrepreneur – Natalie Sisson
May I Have Your Attention Please? – Mish Slade
How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul – Ruth Soukup
Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide For Authors – Carla King