An 11 Month Road Trip Funded by Making Money Online While Traveling

Veronica of Freedom Podcasting
Compliments of Ian Robinson

In 2015 V (Veronica) and I ran an internet business which empowered us to spend the whole year island hopping in the Caribbean and driving across the United States.

During that time we took a boat from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, flew to Miami, drove to New Orleans, New York, Canada, Detroit, Chicago, Yellowstone National Park, British Colombia and down to Reno, Nevada.

V graces the show with her presence¬†today. Unaware this is about to go down, until I shove a microphone in her face, she’s a willing participant. The aim is for her to help¬†me tell this story. We have alot of fun reminiscing. This was the best year of my life and I’m deeply grateful to share this story.

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Cross Country Talking Points:

  • Introducing V [0:28]
  • Why Live in Dominican Republic [0:46]
  • Taking a Ferry from the Dominican Republic for Puerto Rico [1:37]
  • On moving to Rincon, Puerto Rico [2:35]
  • How we flew to Miami, bought a car and drove across the USA [4:44]
  • Thoughts on living in New Orleans, Louisiana for a month [7:23]
  • On the drive from New Orleans to New Jersey [11:02]
  • Hanging with the Mennonite Communities in Harrisonburg, Virginia [12:16]
  • Veronica‚Äôs mixed experience with Washington DC [15:00]
  • House sitting in beautiful Livingston, New Jersey [17:03]
  • How we lived in Brooklyn for a month with no accommodation expense [18:20]
  • Explaining how we make money to afford this travel lifestyle [20:14]
  • Leaving New York City to drive North¬†– Disaster strikes! [20:45]
  • Driving across the midwest and into the North West United States [24:22]
  • The decision to drive to Canada on the fly [25:58]
  • The buffalo encounter [26:53]
  • RVing around British Columbia, Canada [28:36]
  • Driving from Glacier National Park to Reno, Nevada [30:24]
  • The overall experience of road tripping across the USA as digital nomads [32:02]

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Detroit is a Great Place

Do you have a day or two in Detroit? Here is a list of the cool stuff to do from a local who lives in the motor city.

Downtown

I would just walk around the downtown area. There are a lot of beautiful buildings. Everywhere in Detroit is safe during the day, and you can see a lot just by walking around downtown.

  • Guardian Building – It’s really beautiful on the inside. Check out the Guardian Building Website
  • Greektown – It’s a little strip of restaurants, etc. next to the Greektown casino. There’s always a lot of people around here, and it’s a cool little area.
  • Belle Isle – It’s a bit of¬†a drive out of downtown, but you can see the entire Detroit skyline, and across the river to Canada. Along the drive, you could also cut back into Indian Village which is kind of a standard Detroit neighborhood – there’s blocks of beautiful homes in perfect condition and the next block is abandoned.
  • Check out a Tigers Baseball Game –¬†Not sure if you’d want to see it, but you can usually get $10-15 tickets, and the stadium is really pretty
  • Riverwalk/Hart plaza/Renaissance Center – You can stroll along the river (Canada is right across it), Hart Plaza has some iconic Detroit statues. Renaissance center is GM headquarters, and you can walk in and look at cars on the ground level. Renaissance Center is the giant black, glass tours next to Hart Plaza.

Midtown

  • Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) – It’s a beautiful building with an incredible art collection. Make sure to see the Rivera/Kahlo mural.
  • Motown museum – Gives you a great history of Detroit and the Motown music movement
  • Jolly Pumpkin Brewery¬†– A brewery on Canfield St has great beers and good pizza.
  • Cass Corridor¬†– If you drive along Cass Corridor between Midtown and downtown, you’ll see abandoned buildings¬†and a lot of cool restaurants and bars.

Corktown

  • Batch Brewery¬†– Brewery on Porter St. surrounded by awesome beers
  • Johnny Noodle King¬† – A¬†new pho and noodle restaurant on W. Fort which is really cool. The bartender/servers here can tell you a wealth of information on great things to do in the city.
  • Mexican Village – It’s across the freeway from Corktown, but it has THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD!
  • Walk along Michigan Ave. There are a lot¬†of car restaurants and bars. There is a large grassy lot at the corner of Michigan and Trumball – This is where the old Tigers baseball stadium was until they moved it downtown in 2000.

Have fun exploring!!!!!

Cocktails at the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans Louisiana

What is the Commander’s Palace?

The Commander’s Palace is a legendary restaurant in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s one of the top ranked restaurants in the city and it’s one of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans. Of course, this makes it a bit of a tourist trap, but it’s a good one.

It opened in 1890. That is really old for the USA.

It’s across the street from the gothic Lafayette Cemetary. It’s a fun place to walk off the martinis and contemplate life.

Final Recommendation

Big thanks to the Rebirth Brass Band for their timeless music. If you’re in New Orleans, go see Rebirth on Tuesday at the Maple Leaf on Oak Street.