Don’t Know How to Fund Your Travels? How About Selling Your Life?

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So often we get comments on the forum and questions sent to us from people who want to take off on extended travel but are wondering how to raise the funds to hit the road.

Well, as they say, “where there’s a will there’s a way” and Ian Usher of Wellard, Australia seems to have both. Ian Usher is selling his life on Ebay and so far the bids are near $400,000.00 Australian Dollars. The winner will receive his home, car, jet ski, parachute and other recreational equipment as well as his electronics, furniture, friends and job. Ian is careful to say he is not “selling” his friends but that his friends have agreed to welcome the purchaser and give him a chance. Likewise, his current employer (a rug company) has agreed to hire the newcomer on a trial basis. To support his sales pitch he has put together a nice web page ( he gives the details of the offer.

OK, so most of us might not go this far – but think about it. If you’re wanting to do world travel for an extended period of time you will have to do something with your stuff. Selling your things to fund your travel is not only a fine idea but it has been done successfully by a lot of people including our own Ricardo of NuNomad (read about it in our book “Quit Dreaming and Go!“) who held a local auction of his things before he took off. Personally, I’m getting ready to hit Ebay with some books and Craigslist with a dining room table to begin saving for our next adventure.

And kudos to Ian Usher who’s creative idea looks like it’s paying off big! Bidding ends on July 29. Keep an eye on it.

3 responses to “Don’t Know How to Fund Your Travels? How About Selling Your Life?”

  1. lisa says:

    I am currently travelling in Australia and working as a stripper. I hate it and wish I could spend my days making money from the internet, but I havent found a way yet. Ive looked into Affiliate Marketing but it doesnt do it for me, Im not sure what else to do. I wish I could find a way.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    There are a lot of options out there for making money while you travel. If you’re not happy with your current situation you might take a look at our jobs page ( . Some options are freelance writing, translation, becoming a virtual assistant. Also, there are other possibilities like farming with wwooff (

  3. Laptop Hobo says:

    I don’t mean to judge, but I think my life is way more cool than Ian’s (though maybe not as cool as Lisa’s). That said, I’d sell my life for a mere fraction of Ian’s last bid. It includes all of my lazy friends on Koh Lanta, Thailand. My meager bank account and my occupations as website designer and (pending approval by my partner) my partnership with
    Bids start at $1 million (Australian, US, Canadian or whatever).

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