Saying Amanda ( https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/amanda ) and I like to travel would be a little bit of an understatement. We're essentially living our lives between trips. I wanted to share a few of the photos I've taken from our trips this past year. These are some of my all time favorite pictures.

I didn't start out with this much freedom and flexibility though. I put my time in upfront. I didn't take shortcuts, I took pride in my work, and I never expected something from nothing.

In the end, I'm now getting to live the life I've always wanted. I'm not stuck behind a desk, trapped in a cubicle farm, underneath florescent lighting for the next 40 years of my life.

Here's what our 2015 looked like instead...

January

January was actually a little slow. (Hell of a way to start of a travelbrag post, yeah?) We were still recovering from the holidays and our biggest trip, of course, was the 2015 WA Affiliate Conference.

Nothing beats getting to press that giant 'Sky Lofts' button and moving to a part of the casino that most people don't even know exist.

February

February was the real start to our travel year. We were able to take a trip out to San Francisco and drive down the PCH through Big Sur all the way to LA.

March

In March, we set out for Maui. We were lucky enough to spend two weeks over there. We escaped the harsh cold winter to enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun.

Plus, it's Humpback Whale season. Whales head to Maui to birth their young and teach them all the necessary skills to survive. They breach just off the coast pretty much 24 hours a day. The next picture is by far the best picture I've ever taken.

I don't know if you've ever experienced a 40 ton humpback whale breach 50 feet away from what could only be classified as a raft. Let me tell you, my hands are still shaking from the shot of adrenaline I received.

April

We spent some time in Washington DC visiting friends and to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom!

April also included our first trip out of the country for the year. A trip to Niagara on the Lake was in order to help a friend celebrate 30. That's Toronto just on the other side of Lake Erie.

May

May was a busy month. It started with a trip out to West Virginia to meet a red panda.

Followed by a flight down to Puerto Rico.

Then a 7-day cruise around the Caribbean.

June

This was our quiet month. We needed some time off before the next few months. I did get to partially finish my home office though.

July

Yosemite was July. I have about 1400 pictures that I could easily share and they're all phenomenal. Instead, I'll stick with the basics and give you Yosemite's iconic tunnel view shot.

August

Lake Tahoe started out August for us.

Followed by a trip up to Victoria, BC for some poutine.

And we did run into some familiar faces while out there...

And a couple of killer whales.

September

New England was the target for September. We were able to hit Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island all in one trip.

We had our obligatory lobster roll.

Saw the mansions from the Gilded Age. Here is The Breakers.

And, naturally, went on another whale tour.

And saw a humpback, mouth open wide, gathering some dinner.

October

Texas was up for October. We flew down to meet Ian. He goes by the username Pribs here at WA and is a familiar face at the affiliate conference each year. The goal of this trip was to watch Texas beat the Sooners. (Success!)

And to absolutely gorge ourselves on every kind of fried food imaginable. (Double success!)

November

The fall is football season in our house. Every available weekend was spent either on the couch or driving out to catch a game.

And I should be packing for our next trip out to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving, but instead I'm writing this post.

December

As of right now, our December is wide open. We have no trips planned and it's looking to stay that way as time off from travel is needed at this point. Something may pop-up however and a weekend trip somewhere warm is starting to sound like a good idea now that snow is in the forecast.

Why share all of this?

Outside of wanting to just showcase some of my favorite pictures, I hope this post lends a bit of inspiration your way.

I wasn't in a position to travel like this the first couple years of my business. I pushed through the hard times and worked my ass off. I didn't let failure or even the fear of failure hold me back. I gave myself time to achieve success. I committed to building something that would allow me to live the life I wanted.

And honestly, with the Black Friday deal just around the corner, now is as good a time as any to make that same commitment. Commit to building something great and the life you want.

Here I am, a few years later, with 2016 nearly booked up with exotic travel plans.

I'm quite looking forward to what the future holds.


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PDWilliams Premium
You're lighting my fire.
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beckilisl Premium
Thanks, Steve. These pictures are beautiful, especially the cherry blossoms in D.C. and the whale shots. Do you know how one can copyright their digital photographs? Do you copyright your pictures?
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Tasna Premium
Wow! Love the travel pics! Very inspiring! Thanks for the share. I'm a Newbie so it will be an interesting journey ahead.
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DanTripaldi Premium
Spectacular Steve! Your site and lessons have been an absolute inspiration to me. Even though I' m only one week in I immediately joined premium on day 3 and can't wait to get my first site launched as I'm finishing up the 1st course . Thanks again Steve for sharing all your experiences. Its been truly an amazing experience.
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Incredible! There aren't really words to describe...I hope that one day I'll be the one sharing some great travel photos! Of course, for me this kind of diversity would be more like a span of ten years. I do love travel and dream of going to Italy or anywherer in Europe really. Did you take these photos yourself? Beautiful
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tessfuzzell Premium
Amazing! love all the photos.
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TianaPedro Premium
Hi Steve!
This was very inspiring and will definitely use this to pursue my dreams. I sometimes let failure stop me from continuing to succeed and hope that will not happen here. Thank you for sharing!
-Tiana
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for reading Tiana!
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Hi Steve,

I'm glad you got to travel around the USA.....in addition to Italy.
The pictures were great, thanks for sharing them.

I agree that it can be very motivational, and is a good idea.

I have been dreaming big for years, and the other things I got involved in didn't work out, but I still have the dreams.

I'm glad you have been successful, and are around to help those of us that have joined recently.

Take care and God bless,
Mike
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Wow that was fun reading and the pics was desert.. Thanks
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GirlFriday71 Premium
Love.. love.. love - thanks Steve for caring and sharing how it's done! Finding those who have achieved genuine success and who are willing to share the steps in the process is a breath of fresh air... and I can see light beyond the tunnel :)
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llucas4 Premium
Love the March photo of the Hawaiian Sun. Like I said before this is my dream vacation. And I am looking forward to making it happen with WA.
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tjjenkins76 Premium
Loving this!!
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OAG Premium
I love, love love love these pictures. My favorite was June because it looks pretty much like what my office would look lie except for the missing Jacuzzi and wine.
My 2nd best was January , i would love to be in those conferences one day.
Thanks for sharing, it was a motivating factor.
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vodkacran Premium
Hi Steve,
Phenomenal pictures!
Perhaps you should think about visiting my home state, Alaska.
I lived, ate, drank, vacationed, and worked there for 40+ years.
Many fond memories, and some that we're not so.
Give me a ring sometime and let me know if you want suggestions.
Good luck continuing in your explorations.

Ted
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RogerHumbke Premium
Love your travel accounts and especially the last 4 Januarys in Vegas! I have lived in 30+ different homes, but have yet to find a significant other who likes it as much. Will be 73 next month and married 5 times because of the Gypsy in my blood. Love your idea of working from a laptop on a cruise ship and plan on seeing you in Vegas in a year or two.
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Juniper59 Premium
Stunning photos!! Recognise many of these locations, to travel is the best motivation of all, I've visited the USA with my family on a few occasions travelling from the UK and for me Yosemite, Washington, San Francisco, Key West are amongst my favourites along with the Caribbean - perfect!! I will very much look forward to following you for inspiration - June
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camandche Premium
What an AMAZING YEAR you guys have had! Love it! Yes your pics look professional, absolutely stunning! It's so inspirational to see people living the life of dreams, good to see it's achievable if you just put the hard yards in! Hope 2016 is as adventurous! Now following!
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Oma07 Premium
Love, love your pictures. Y'all look so incredibly happy.
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Pios2012 Premium
Great Pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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BelieveItYes Premium
amazing pictures and very inspirational, as always! thanks =)
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BBR913 Premium
Great pics! Keep going east or west, doesn't matter! Or even south!!

Bernie
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Jimparaya Premium
Superb Mike
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mskauai Premium
Thank you for sharing ! I find your story with photo accompaniments, VERY Inspirational -- lmk if you're planning on visiting Kauai -- I'd be happy to help with some 411 --

Aloha,
Holly
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wherewithal Premium
Are you going to update the brown carpet in your home office? If so what color?
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wherewithal Premium
What camera are you using for your photo shooting?
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Thomas2011 Premium
Thats great, hard work does pay off. I am planning to have that freedom in 2016. Thank you for sharing.
Thomas
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chris71 Premium
Awesome Steve, let's us know what's truly possible with just a couple years of hard work.
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LizP Premium
Thank you for the inspiration. Never give up.
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CalebC Premium
Gave me a bit of drive, needed at this chaotic point in my life. Thanks!
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DJ-Yogi Premium
Great photos Steve. Have you been to Europe?
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LED63 Premium
Hey Steve
I haven't 'connected' with you before, although I've seen you around! I love this post and it gives me so much hope for the future! My husband turns 55 this year and he has had to go back to hard, physical, all-day-long slogging. The work doesn't hurt him (although I worry about him every day - he's a sparky) but I long for something better for us. We've done the hard yards all our married life and now that we have grandkids, it would be absolutely amazing to have this kind of freedom. I can't tell you how much I admire you! Your wife is beautiful BTW! Do you mind if I keep in touch occasionally? I'd really love your opinion on my websites (not just yet - I'm working on them) but realise that you are probably pretty busy packing for a trip to Aspen or ...hey! come to Australia! It's the best eh - you'll be able to swim with sharks, stingrays, snakes, box jellyfish...(kidding) - it's beautiful at this time of the year in Perth. You gotta add that to your travel destination list.
Cheers
Ellie
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hippy Premium
The whale, what a superb shot!
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jimilee Premium
I am looking forward to making enough money to travel like you have. My first goal is to pay for health related stuff. $1000 a month would cover it nicely. Then i can plan for more. Thanks for the inspiration.
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bjdluna Premium
That was definitely inspiring! I really hope I start making some money it doesn't have to be huge. Right now I would just be happy with a few bucks here and there. Since my web site is pretty much ready to hopefully sell stuff and I will be posting on Ebay! and selling stuff. In addition I am finally committed to taking the Affiliate Bootcamp and do affiliate marketing too. I hope to be successful in at least one of those things preferable all of them. You have a great life--not to mention some great pictures.
thanks for the inspiration!
Barbara
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Inspiring! Had I known you were coming to Texas, I could have shown y'all around. Jay is already an Honorary Texan.
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Cdelahoz Premium
Very inspirational! This is the lifestyle I desire as well and will give it my all to achieve it !
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Dmorrow Premium
VERY inspirational! I've been close to large dolphins but I cannot imagine being that close to a 40 ton whale!!!!
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soucss Premium
Hi Steve, I have to thank you because it's your site 'IveTriedThat' that brought me to WA, and what you just shared in this blog is at the top of my bucket list. Here's wishing! Cheers, Sylvie :)
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nickohls Premium
Thanks for sharing, Steve. You are an inspiration to me.
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Johnyipkh Premium
That's is very inspiring. john
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KatieMac Premium
thank you for sharing your travels and inspiration with us, really like your new home office
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manifestator Premium
you got me cry with the whale picture...that experience it goes straight in my " 101 things i will do before i die" list. I will remind in the dark times...thank you!!
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DarleneB Premium
What an amazing trip you've both been on. Loved your home office & the photos of your trip. That is definitely inspiring.
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
Way to go.. Awesome
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Franko97 Premium
Gives me, a newbie, something to shoot for. Thanks!
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gmegs Premium
Outstanding photography
... and a great story and inspiration for us all!

Thanks Steve
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PJonline Premium
Thank you so much for sharing that Steve and being honest about the time and effort it took to make it work.. That is so great! Much appreciated!! Love the beautiful pictures...
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TamaraP Premium
Very inspiring, thank you, Steve. Pictures are great and I am truly happy for you. I hope that I will achieve this independence and enjoy the life to the fullest because everyone deserves this kind of life :-). Wish you much success and many beautiful moments traveling around the world.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Steve,

Thanks for an inside view of what can result from developing a good plan and using consistent effort for you online marketing business!

I would say, based on the travel, that you have indeed been able to keep a balance between the work and the extra-curricular (sp?) activities...

That is an important part of any plan I would also say...Balance between work and enjoying the benefits will keep you motivated and productive!

All the best for the road ahead, it seems to be quite smooth for you currently!

Congrats on that!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Rick Jantz Premium
Congrats, Steve. You're always an inspiration.
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mjdimarco Premium
Beautiful!
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Kav Premium
Awesome pictures.
Thanks for sharing.
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dickw Premium
That was a neat way of injecting a little inspiration Steve. The pictures are excellent. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
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tommo1968 Premium
Absolutely inspiring Steve, GREAT PHOTOS, GREAT TIME, GREAT LIFE. If I get to have a fraction of your success I will be pleased.
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vinsoe Premium
Thanks for the nice pics and inspiration!
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JudeP Premium
Working from home meant that I could spend a month in Italy this summer. Great pics and inspiration, thank you :)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Man! Italy is on our list for next year. A whole month, that is awesome.
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AntoniOom Premium
Hi Steve. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures. Regards Antonius
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AmMovingOn Premium
What an inspiration. My time is almost there. I believe I have all it takes.
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LornaAllen Premium
Awesome post Steve. I too have spent large chunks of the past 18 months travelling. House sits around Ireland - 3 months in Germany then Hong Kong and 5 south east Asia countries overland. Black Friday is my renewal date for WA and I can't wait for more of the same...good luck to you kindred spirits!!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Nice Lorna! We did Ireland last year. Gorgeous country. Hope to make it back some day :)
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paulgoodwin Premium
Fantastic reminds me of the good old days but maybe now I am with WA I will be able to do the same
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betcha Premium
Wow, what an inspiration! Thanks for sharing and allowing us to cybertravel with you. Would love to see those places someday!
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maxser67 Premium
Black Friday is to soon for me, just started my site but your post gave me inspiration for aiming next years Black Friday.
If your next traveling-year includes Europe I can give you some nice advice's :)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Italy is on our to-do list!
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maxser67 Premium
Unfortunately I don't know so much of Italy :)

Three Tips:
1. Begining of April, Skiing in Åre - Sweden
2. Later in April, Alcudia/Mallorca. rent a bike and cycle through the mountains - it's wonderfull
3. Prague in May, it's the spring City of Love.
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ArletteN Premium
Wow ...
Thanks for sharing ur year 2015 with us Steve....hope 2016 gives u more insite to the world than 2015...I am in Dubai....if u ever decide to take that weekend off in Dec..come on over...
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fyrdauz377 Premium
Really inspiring me. But, I still worried about my future.
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JeffBoivin Premium
Work hard and play hard !!! Enjoy your holiday. Best regards, Jeff.
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Mike-Writes Premium
Great pictures and a very inspiring post, Steve.
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SJB Premium
Hi and thank you for sharing! I also wanted to thank you for introducing WA to me. It's been exactly 2 months today and my life has already changed! Been working my butt off too. I hope to meet you in Vegas next year!
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shelstar1 Premium
Wow, great pictures! Thanks for the inspiration.
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DomW Premium
Sorry bro, traveling only counts if you had to use your passport.
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VinceP1 Premium
Steve, this is an awesome read. This goes to show you what hard work and dedication can lead to. You are a shining example of this!

I love to travel myself Steve, and your photos are like flipping through the pages of National Geographic Magazine, with a sprinkle of Sports Illustrated. Thanks to you and Amanda for sharing and motivating.

All the best in 2016!
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IveTriedThat Premium
What a compliment! Thanks for reading :)
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EdwardLarry Premium
Thanks for sharing your pictures they are awesome.
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Carson Premium
You deserve every bit of success that you have achieved Steve, you've worked your butt off and you continue to do so day in and day out. What you forgot to mention in the post is that you're always working behind the scenes on your business and although you travel, you are able to bring your work with you and do it from anywhere. ONE OF THE BIG PERKS!

Big things are going to continue to happen for you! It was awesome hanging out in Victoria with you this summer and I can't wait to hang out again in Vegas this January for the 2016 WA Conference.

Amazing pictures, the whale ones are absolutely insane and I cannot believe that you were able to get those shots.

Great post man!

Carson
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Carson! We're always hard at work, that's for sure. Being able to work from anywhere with just a laptop can't be beat.

Victoria was beyond gorgeous. We talk about that trip all the time. It won't be the only time we make it to BC, that's for sure.
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nathaniell Premium
Nice photos man. Underwhelming statement, I know, but I mean it sincerely!

You deserve every bit of success you have bro.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks man, it means a lot. I was debating including a picture from our 5K this summer, but none of us looked remotely good haha
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Amanda Premium
Hey, that's me! What a great year of travel, and even better to visit great friends like Kyle, Carson, and Ian! We also got to see Nathaniel when he visited us on his own cross country road trip, and Eddy and Vitaly in Vegas.

I know first hand how much hard work Steve has put in over the years, we weren't always this luck. But I'm so happy to be where we are now, here's to a great 2016!
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EddySalomon Premium
It also helps when you have a great wife to support your efforts. I know I've achieved a lot of success because of my wife and I'm sure Steve feels the same way about you Amanda. See you guys in about a month.
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pribs Premium
TWO months, Eddy.
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EddySalomon Premium
Shut up Ian. I want it to be sooner! lol And keep acting up and see if I renew your black card this year. :P
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pribs Premium
I'll show up 20 minutes late to the renewal meeting, just to be safe.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well played Ian. Well played. Lmao.
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pribs Premium
I have a general uneasiness about this being posted publicly, given that it's an inside joke between the two of us. I thought about removing it, but then I decided to live a little (and risk becoming the "racist guy" at WA).
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EddySalomon Premium
I had your back either way. And noticed I initiated the joke. So guess what? No one can say anything to you. lol
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RonAlderman Premium
Very inspiring and great pictures.
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Calypso47 Premium
This is both impressive and inspirational. I think I shall be coming back from time to time and re-reading this.
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KariLee Premium
Wow! So cool that you are able to live your dream at such a young age! My travel priorities almost always take me to visit my grandkids and other family. Everyone is so scattered around the country but when I can see them it is just that much better.
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NormsIM Premium
Awesome peak into the possibilities. Have you reached this because of affiliate marketing? Do you mind mentioning what your actual business success model is?
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ConeyM Premium
Wow---the jet setters! One of the lucky people on earth...and that is YOU!
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Even if I didn't get to travel, I would love to achieve a nice home, paid for and be able to accomplish things I've always dreamed of, even though I'm now aging. That one spike in sales I had in 2013 that I have never been able to repeat is what keeps me. This year has been one of transformation. So was last year Lots have improved tremendously, but not business yet. Still too many things which I am now knocking off one at a time. It is my effort to focus down and simplify my life so I can focus.
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Loes Premium
Wauw, you live life to the fullest:) I enjoyed your photos. Traveling has not my priority, although I would really like to visit Scotland once in my life, I have something with the Scottish Highlands. We all need a bucketlist:)
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IveTriedThat Premium
We made it to Ireland last year. Scotland is in the mix for the future hopefully!
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Loes Premium
You never know, perhaps we meet eachother by accident then:)
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Sheila50 Premium
Steve,
Thank you for sharing and show us that it is all possible.
You have inspired me to work even harder to get where I want to be. I am looking to hopefully be able to quit my job in the next 6 months or so.
Thanks
Sheila
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allchristie Premium
Great stuff, truly inspiring. All praise to having youth on your side to really live life. Thanks for the virtual tour ~keep the photos coming. Larry
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IveTriedThat Premium
Will do Larry! Thanks for reading.
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StefanC Premium
Congratulations! Travelling is my greatest motivation to succeed... I have already traveled a lot but I then I had to abdicate of a career and also my financial stability. I got used to it, so now I plan to get my finances sorted with an online business to keep this lifestyle.

Thanks for giving hope this is really possible. I am willing to work 10 years here with WA in order to get to where you are now.

All the best and enjoy! you deserve!
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Mike1942 Premium
How in the world did you ever get into my dream Steve?
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hard work and time :)
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Mike1942 Premium
Good answer!
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TanjaRita Premium
What a great post! This is what I am working towards. I want to be able to travel with my husband and kids! Thanks for sharing.
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EddySalomon Premium
And that's what the Affiliate Lifestyle can give you my friends. It didn't happen over night. Steve put in his work and continues to do so. He didn't calculate how many hours he put in before he can see his first pay check. He didn't give up when things got hard or didn't see any results. He continued to believe in what is taught here and apply it until he started to see success. And he has scaled it up. So feel free to share this post with anyone that doubts if WA works or if people here are actually making money. Most successful affiliates don't yap about it because they're too busy living the life they built or running their business. But Steve has been kind enough to give back in this post. So let it marinate folks!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for the support Eddy! Yeah, we get to vacation a bit, but I'm still working my ass off each day. It's a business and I treat it as such. Anything less and this all goes away.
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tomtitty006 Premium
You certainly do not like the grass grow under your feet,I believe this year will finish me here.I cannot still think that the people here who are making the big money and are educated in the marketing world knows something that the others do not.
Was is such a coincidence you met with Kyle and Carson,I am a little sceptical of that,I doubt whether I will ever make any money here.
There have been people here when I started February 2014,I think they have all dropped off the course of the earth,where are they now?
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Fit4Twins Premium
Thank you for this inspiring (and graphically appealing) post! This is what most of us envision for ourselves. I especially appreciate hearing that you "pushed through the hard times" and didn't expect "something from nothing." I hope to one day be in that Vegas elevator. PS - I highly recommend visiting Puerto Rico (and other Caribbean destinations) in December when the temperatures are more pleasant.
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IveTriedThat Premium
It wasn't too unbearable yet in May, but yes, heading south for the winter is always a good idea :)
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