Carnival of Blogs #1: Inspiration


Since I began my site a few months ago, I have been fortunate to speak with numerous other bloggers in my niche.  Speaking with them and spending time on their blogs has been extremely valuable when it comes to getting this site on solid ground.  If you search through my archives, you will undoubtedly find links to many of their sites, but I wanted to recognize all of those people/posts that have helped inspire me and keep me moving forward.  So without further adieu I would like to introduce my very first carnival of blogs!

The Art of Non-conformity – The first blog on lifestyle design and travel that I ever found was Chris Guillebeau’s.  I remember the first time I visited, I probably spent two hours searching through his previous posts and thinking about how cool it would be to live a life like his.  Work for no one, travel whenever you want.  Check out his second manifesto “279 Days to Overnight Success“.  I found this to be particularly inspiring.

Thrilling Heroics – Cody Mckibben is a fantastic example of a guy who wanted a change and made it happen.  Shortly after beginning his consulting and marketing business he decided to break out of his traditional life and head over to Bangkok, Thailand.  He has been living there for the better part of the last year, using Ge0-Arbitrage to his advantage, and continuing to build his business.  Check out his post on “Choosing the Path Less Taken” for some really inspiring words on how to take control of your life.

Free Pursuits – Only three months ago Corbett Barr started up this blog about Lifestyle Design.  I have found almost everything he writes to be extremely useful and inspiring.  Hopefully this keeps up after he finishes his 7 month Mexican sabbatical over the next few weeks.  Check out “Why the Difference Between Startup and Microbusiness Might Matter to You“.

Exile Lifestyle – Colin Wright’s blog is one of the more recent I have come across, and I enjoy it for a variety of reasons.  First off, I can relate to him.  We are both 24 and he is beginning his journey to location independence in Buenos Aires sometime over the next few months.  He offers great insights into how to prepare for such a drastic change and he has some awesome design work on the site.  Check out his free ebook on personal branding called “the least you need to know

Project 183 – Heath Tully is the one who initially gave me the idea to create My List.  He has an awesome site devoted to accomplishing 183 random things before he turns 30.  Be sure to check out the 183 goals.

Mind the Beginner – Christiaan Hillen was one of the first bloggers to reach out to me and really let me know that he liked my posts.  That was a pretty cool feeling.  He is in a similar situation as I am, looking to go independent and working on a relatively young blog.  He has some really cool ideas, and you should definitely check out his latest post “The Personal Development Community Encyclopedia“.

Nomadic Matt – Matt Kepnes is one of the best known nomadic bloggers.  He quit his job and has pursued travel full time for the last few years.  His posts are great due to his enormous amount of hands on experience, and he is proof that you can make a living doing something you love.  Check out his post on The Ten Biggest Parties Around the World.

Almost Fearless – Christine Gilbert got sick of her 9-5 job and wanted more out life.  So she quit, traveled and wrote about it on her site.  Like Matt, she is proof that it can be done.  If you need more of a reason to make a change, check out this post “8 Things I Wish I knew When I was 22“.

Live Uncomfortably – Last, but definitely not least is Derek Johanson’s blog.  Derek was the first one to allow me to guest post on his site, and I will always be thankful, as it brought a lot of traffic that I would never of had otherwise.  At his site, he has the best of both worlds when it comes to awesome travel stories and practical advice for going location independent.  Read his thoughts about quitting your job to travel in his two part article “How to Leave Your Job“.

Well there you have it, nine of the most inspiring people I have had the pleasure of coming across.  Be sure to take a look at their writing, and if you have any suggestions for the next carnival of blogs, be sure to let me know!

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Colin Wright June 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Sean! I’m thrilled to be on a list among so many amazing bloggers. Keep up the good work! We’re all tuning in!

Chris Guillebeau June 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I also appreciate the kind words.

Keep doing good stuff! All the best from Bolivia.

Derek June 29, 2009 at 1:24 pm

It was a damn fine guest post and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come from you.

Thanks for the mention. You rock!

Karen June 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Awesome list… I am only well acquainted with Chris’s blog, and recently Cody. But I love what you are doing here on your blog, and we seems to have similar interests in the travel/ LIP blogs. I can’t wait to check out your other inspirations! Seth Godin is another I’d add to the list… remarkable thinker, but not so much in the travel/LIP niche.

Corbett Barr June 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Hey Sean, this is a great list of articles 😉 Thanks for including me here. I’ll definitely be keeping up the writing after our sabbatical ends. I’m really enjoying blogging, and it’s great to connect with other like minded people such as yourself and everyone else on this list. Keep up the great work!

Sean June 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Thanks to EVERYONE for the comments. You guys deserve any and all recognition you are getting!

Sherri (Serene Journey) June 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Hi Sean,

Fantastic round up of sites here. I’m familiar with a few but a couple are new to me. Thanks for putting them out there, I’m off to check them out.

All the best,

Heath June 30, 2009 at 12:50 am

Thanks for the mention Sean – and good luck with your list!


Cody McKibben June 30, 2009 at 4:49 am

Sean, again I’m honored to be on your shortlist with so many remarkable people! Glad we’ve connected man, and I look forward to collaborating with you soon (and maybe a guest post?)

Cheers! 😉

Sean June 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm

@Cody, definitely looking forward to talk with you more as well! Lets see if we can get a skype conversation set up for next week some time!

Martin June 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

I was familiar with a few of these sites, and can always use more inspirational reading. Thanks for the list.


Rasheed Hooda June 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

Great job of putting a great list together, Sean.

I think I am familiar with most of them, but I’ll definitely check out the others and the posts you have mentioned.

I like your style and eagerness to learn. You will do great. Looking forward to crossing paths or running into you at some remote place. 😉

Keep up the good work.


Sean July 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm

@Rasheed, somehow your comment made it into my spam box…didn’t find it until now! Thank you for the kind words!

ChristiaanH June 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for including me in this list of people I look up to in one way or the other. Like Corbett said, it’s great connecting with other like minded people.

Keep up the great posts

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