033: Expat Entrepreneur Shares What He Has Learned In His 3 Decades As A Professional Travel Writer – Tim Leffel

Interview with Tim Leffel on The Expat Money Show

Tim Leffel, an award-winning travel writer and author of several travel books, including, Travel Writing 2.0: Earning Money From Your Travels in the New Media Landscape, and, A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live. Joins us on The Expat Money Show to talk about travel writing, life as an Expat Entrepreneur, and to give advice to new travel bloggers and travel writers in the industry.

Tim started backpacking in the ’90s through a number of countries and learned how to make money. From teaching English to writing articles for hotels. Over the next 3 decades Tim Leffel’s journey has taken many turns along the way, so let’s see into the life of an entrepreneur Travel Writer!



Have you ever wondered what life was like before the internet? Before YouTube sensations, Adsense, and computers and there was only TV, News and a typewriter? And to travel as an entrepreneur travel writer was considerably more expensive and time-consuming. That’s where Tim started, long before what we know today was the norm in the world of blogging.

With Tim’s experience and knowledge, we break down how you can become successful in a career where you might see yourself in the next few years.

Listen in with Mikkel and Tim as they talk about the secrets to being successful as an expat entrepreneur travel writer and blogger:

  • Being Focused
  • Having passion
  • The fundamentals of writing for a living
  • Is SEO really all that important
  • How often should I write
  • How often should I post
  • What’s the key to writing a good blog post


Where to next?

Ever wonder where someone who has been travel writing for 3 decades still hasn’t been to. We talk about that one special place that Tim and his family have yet to be to (hint: I lived there for 1 year as an expat).



It doesn’t surprise me how many people leave their home to travel, to see the world and to educate themselves and their family. Many just want to travel, but a lot of our listeners will attest to this, they find their home country is heavily taxing them and their freedom could be in jeopardy.



Many Americans have figured out they can live somewhere else and not in the USA. Tim and his family live part-time in Mexico and part-time in Florida. In this interview, we talk about a number of benefits to living outside your country of birth and how you really can make life work on your terms.




Twitter: @timleffel



I loved this interview with Tim Leffel because he is living the life of his dreams. He set out to do something he loved and has become an expert in his field. For an hour we talk about how he has made his dream a reality as an expat entrepreneur, and what you can do to follow in a similar path, and as one of my mentors always says, find someone who is having success doing what you want to do and model them…

On The Expat Money Show, I aim to bring in the best expat entrepreneurs from around the globe who are doing some really incredible things. Tim Leffel shows us that patience is a virtue and that if you always do the very best you can do and stick to a plan you can have a truly wonderful life!

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About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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  1. John on 07/26/2018 at 11:14 PM

    I’ve followed Tim Leffel for a while now. Man oh man, is he living the life! I always enjoy finding these type of people that I can live vicariously through.

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