The concierge greets me as she does every morning: with a wide smile and a large dose of energy. I'm in the lobby of my serviced apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the city I've been living in for the past week and will be calling home for the next eleven. In fact, this place already feels like home. I drop off my laundry at the place across the street to be picked up this afternoon - washed, dried, ironed, and folded for 60 Thai Baht (THB, $2). It's another great day in paradise.
I walk past the 7/11 to the luxury mall a stone's throw from my apartment. I grab breakfast, chicken and rice with some mixed vegetables, for 40 THB and a banana milkshake for another 20 THB. Now it's time for some "work."
The smell of freshly baked buns and bubble tea dance around me as I open up my email inbox. Overnight, two people have paid $50 each for me to do some personalized flight hacking for them via
Someone else has placed an order on my wholesale greeting cards website, a brand new venture of mine selling
Another email notifies me that a few hundred messages have been exchanged on
The last email in my inbox is a reminder of tonight's flight. I met two guys in the past two weeks that are just as passionate about flight hacking as I am, so when we found a great deal to Hong Kong, we couldn't say no. I've been to Hong Kong twice before, so three nights should be enough before returning to Chiang Mai.
With emails done for the day, I put down my phone and look around. Despite being in northern Thailand, there are a fair amount of Westerners here. English is spoken widely, but in the rare case that I need to, I can get by in broken Thai. The sunrise to my right looks great from my favourite rooftop hangout; overhead, plane engines roar as they shoot out of CNX, a 10-minute songthaew ride from my downtown apartment. Music to my ears.
But overall, I can't help but think about how this entire lifestyle began just 365 days ago. Building scalable income sources disconnected from the time I invest into them hasn't been a walk in the park to create, but the benefits are too great to ignore. And now I'm finally going to open up about how I do it.