A web magazine like never quite created before, with short stories, practical how tos, tips & reviews for those who love to wander.
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The number of folks out there who consider themselves "full-time travelers" is staggering, some estimates put the number at nearly one million.
They wake up to wherever they'd like, taking in the new glorious morning views of the elk leaving tracks through the Rocky Mountain snow or vivid auburn and golden hues while the leaves of New England blanket the world outside of their windows. Some live in RVs, hauling their homes around from desert to ocean whenever the whim strikes them. They're not exclusively retired couples, nor are they all young solo travelers. They are hippies, conservatives, families and the forever young of all walks of life.
We're a varied lot. Some of us, yes, are hitchhikers, traveling bands and business execs gone hobos. But many of us are just your average folk who've figured out how to leave behind the schedules of the "real world" and turn our passions, our skills, into mobile careers.
Wand'rly is here to show you exactly how to do that for yourself, as soon as you're ready.
The Wand'rly Magazine Kickstarter Project
With Wand'rly, we've created an online magazine experience like none before it. We're not just another blog or website stuffing tons of info down your face randomly, we've designed the site from the ground up to be a hybrid experience of a paper magazine, with all the ease of use and portability of the web. About once a month, we put out a new issue featuring real life wanderers--full-time travelers such as buskers, roadschoolers, trainhoppers and just every day ordinary folks making their dreams of location independence possible--along with a multitude of articles about a particular place, say Asheville, North Carolina, the Grand Teton National Park, or the Oregon Coast.
We do reviews of everything from great places to grab a drink after exploring, to the best deals on hotels, to the little secrets about a place that even locals don't always know about. We write short stories. We do in-depth, informative how-tos to inspire and teach people on everything from how to change your life, learn to work for yourself, and take the steps necessary to hit the road, to tips for those already traveling like how the US Highway system works (there's a method to it!) or how to homeschool your kids while pursuing this lifestyle.
Our website is gorgeous on laptops and desktop machines, customized for easy reading on iPhones and other mobile devices, and particularly stunning on iPad, where we've set the site up to be as close to a paper magazine as possible, without all of the hassle of having a fixed address and cutting down trees.
We're more than your usual website, we're about providing epic content each and every time. We put a lot of heart, a ton of time, and every ounce of our souls into each issue. Check out the latest issue on Bisbee, Arizona, Traveling Bands and How to Start Your Own Travel Blog at wandrlymagazine.com right now if you'd like.
The Goal of Wand'rly
We are here to entertain, yes. For those of you already traveling, or those of you who just like to live vicariously through others, we put out quality stuff that will keep you engaged the whole way down the page.
But that is our secondary goal. You see, we've been doing this full-time traveling thing for quite some time. We've seen the world. We've smiled after having our butts kicked by hiking a mountain, we've tipped canoes, and we've frozen our fingers when the firewood ran out in the desert night. But we used to be like most everyone else, full-time jobs, obligations piling up, the idea of retirement so far away that it haunted our every waking mornings. The only difference between us and so much of America is, we figured a way out. And you know what? It wasn't as hard as you might think.
Life has been good, and we firmly believe in paying it forward. We could go on traveling and spending our days with each other, watching our kids grow up and enjoying this life all to ourself, but we want to spread the word. The number of digital nomads, those who make a living from the road while exploring the world, is rising, and we want to make it as easy as possible--not through vague "10 Steps to Getting Free" type of blog posts that you see out there, but via in-depth, step by step how tos that explain exactly what you can do to change your life--for anyone else who's up for letting the sun rise over a new place to call home, as often as you'd like.
This is not a "4 Hour Work Week". This isn't a win the lottery, get rich quick, retire early type of venture. We show you how to take the skills you already have, turn them into your own business, and then how to hit the road and see some amazing places, have some fantastic experiences.
What we're doing here is raising some capital to get the next year of Wand'rly off the ground. 12 issues. 12 months. 12 locations. 100s of articles about intriguing people, inspiring stories, and practical advice.
About the Cast & Crew of Wand'rly
We're a family run operation. My name is Nathan, and I'm the primary writer for the site. I have also been an incredibly successful web designer for the past ten years, and so I've put everything I've ever learned about building a great site into Wand'rly. I've written a novel, been featured in Wired Magazine and Freelance Switch and have traveled the world on the back of my freelance web design career. I'm a proven entrepreneur, writer and web designer, and bring the majority of the skills necessary to pull off Wand'rly. In fact, I've already been doing it since April, as a kind of a side project up until now, and the results have been amazing. 40,000 readers, 11,500 Twitter followers, over 500 Facebook Likes. But most importantly, we've already helped dozens of people make the transition from working 9 to 5 in a place they don't love to calling anywhere new their home tomorrow.
I'm not alone, though. Aside from my three beautiful young sons, their mama and woman of my dreams Renee is at my side. She's a trained photographer and captures the beauty of wherever we go. She's a free spirit and opens up the possibility of something new with every next stop along the way. She's a beautiful soul that inspires just by looking at her face.
We've also got Renee's mother along. Nancy spent years in the travel industry, working for travel agencies and sorting out who should be where, how to get the best deals on flights and hotel rooms, and generally organizing people in motion. She's our logistics.
We also work with other local photographers, musicians and writers as we go to put together the most comprehensive, "locals only" content we can provide.
We're adventurers, clean, clear and through. We want to help others find their adventure as well.
Funding - What Will We Use the Money For?
We fund all of our travels already on my web design business, clicknathan.com. We've been traveling full-time for five years now, and there's no turning back for us, at least not for the foreseeable future. We've raised babies on the road, rented homes for months at a time on cliffs overlooking beaches, and have well learned the intricacies of a lack of fixed location. This is just what our life is about.
What we'll be using the money we raise here on Kickstarter for is specifically this:
1. To ignite our advertising program. We believe in creating content, not pushing a ton of ads down your throat. We only sell one ad spot per article. The ads are always relative to the article and travel in general. Best of all, the ads last for the life of the article (that is, for as long as Wand'rly exists). Just like a paper magazine, if you purchase an ad on our site, it will be there forever. You can login to the site and change it, make it work for you as times change, but you'll never get bumped and you'll never share an article with any other ads. Unobtrusive, relevant advertising is the wave of the future. With this ad system in place, we'll be able to hire additional writers, photographers and just generally do bigger, better, and way more stuff with the magazine.
2. New Delivery Systems. The second thing we'll be doing with these funds is implementing a better delivery system, including getting the magazine into Apple's Newstand, as well as beefing up our site to deliver our content in the way our members want it, before it's available to the public. We believe fiercely in allowing people to read our stuff in the way they want.
3. More Time to Focus on the Magazine. The third aspect of this funding is simply to relieve some of the burden that creating an entire issue of a magazine puts on my current workload. As I said, I'm already a freelance web designer, and that more than pays for the bills around here...but along with raising three babies, loving my lady, and exploring the world, it doesn't leave as much time to dedicate to the project as I'd like, as it deserves.
4. All Other Rewards Will Be Created By Us. Aside from the cost of physical goods like the t-shirt, leather for the minimalist wallet, etc., all of the rewards on this site will be 100% paid for and made by us. The social network, blogging platform, the app, these will all be created with our own time and labor.
5. 12 Issues of Wand'rly in 2012. The primary end result of all of this, though, is the guarantee that Wand'rly will put out 12 issues in 2013. We already have the know-how, the business model, and the means to do it, we just need the dedication of a few good backers.
While the magazine is free for anyone with an Internet connection to experience, we do have a plethora of great rewards for those of you backing the project.
Membership with the site, which gets you additional resources like discounts, easy access to mp3 downloads from local bands, and early access to issues, is one of them.
But we've been doing this a long time, and know that there are more resources and goods for this lifestyle that just aren't out there right now.
Little things like the minimalist wallet. Simplifying your life is the first step to getting on the road, and this handmade beauty is the embodiment of that goal: nothing you don't, everything you do. It's about needs, limiting the wants, so that those things you truly desire are achievable.
And resources like a social network dedicated exclusively to travelers, as well as an easy to use blogging platform for those of you who're roadworthy. We'll be creating these resources anyway, but they'll be free to you for life and you'll get in on the ground floor of their development.
Or how about our Wread'r web app, which allows you to get all of your content--from Twitter, YouTube, your favorite blogs, calendar updates and so much more--all in one place. It's an aggregator for your life, one that can live right inside of your phone. It doesn't add complication, you still go on adding calendar appointments and whatnot with whatever application you already use, it just allows you to get everything in one, convenient place. It's like Google Reader "to the max".
Have any other questions? We're 100% committed to making sure every backer knows what they're getting, both from their rewards and the magazine in general, just ask!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This project involves a ton of time. It involves taking our experiences--everything from lunch at great hidden spot in some exotic location to kayaking a river--and instead of just completely and fully immersing ourselves in them, it means we must document them as well. This takes time, and for a freelancer supporting a family of six, time is money. Your backing will insure the magazine lives on.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Oct 1, 2012 - Oct 31, 2012 (30 days)
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A digital high five for being so great, delivered to your email inbox + a Wand’rly Magazine sticker to slap on your rig, cover up that hole in your shirt or defame an innocent telephone pole somewhere.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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One Year Subscription to Wand’rly Magazine, giving you access to free mp3s from local bands, early access to issues, the ability to vote on where we go next and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from being so frickin' awesome!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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One Year Subscription to Wand'rly + access to our Travel Reader app as described below.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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Backers Package: Lifetime Subscription + your name and website mentioned on our Blog. We're talking fame and SEO here, folks!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Backers Package + Forever free access to the magazine as we release it via Apple's Newstand (which means an even better Wand'rly experience on iPads).Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Backstage Package: includes Backers Package + Access to our behind the scenes blog with videos of interviews with bands, buskers and other travelers, the full copy of all of our interviews with people already doing this full-time thing, where we're headed next (in case you might want to meet up!) and special deals only for Kickstarter backers.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Social Wand’rers Package: Backstage Package + Access to our new Full-time Travelers social network, a Facebook & Twitter integrated service that puts you in touch with other full-timers with all of the fun friends, status updates, and integrations with both your existing favorite social nets but without any of those lame game requests or advertisements.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Social Wand’rers Package + a limited edition Wand’rly T-shirt + a loving shoutout on our Twitter, Facebook & Google+ pages.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Social Wand’rers Package + an interview with you / your family on our site. We can talk about your accomplishments, your hopes, dreams, your business, or your cat. Whatever you want.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Social Wand’rers Package + Handmade Minimalist wallet. I've perfected the art of the wallet, and you'll be in on a handmade, leather, minimalist wallet that can hold your ID, a credit card or two, a bit of cash and even your keys if you want...all without bulging out of your pants. Hand stitched, classic beauty, and built rugged for life. You can even open a beer bottle with this thing! (instructions included!)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Social Wand’rers Package + a limited edition, zip up Wand’rly hoodieEstimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Social Wand’rers Package + access to a backers-only, one time online class on how to perfect photographs, like we do on Wand’rly, in Photoshop. Everything I've learned over ten years of Photoshopping, at your fingertips.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Digital Nomads Package: includes Social Wand’rers Package + access to the Photoshop class above + a free copy of our Travel Reader app which puts your Google+, Facebook and Twitter updates, RSS Feeds, calendar updates & various Wand’rly updates from your Wand’rly social net & our various articles all in one place. Includes handy Google Maps of our favorite locations & more.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Digital Nomads Package + you and/or your significant traveling companion/family will be the basis for a series of fiction short stories on Wand’rly Magazine in 2012. Includes personal conversations with our writers via email and phoneEstimated delivery: Apr 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + One year long ad on an article of your choice on our website (as long as it doesn't already have an ad - we only do 1 / article)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Digital Nomads Package + 5 hours of free email consulting on how to get your life on the road. We'll look at your current situation, your skills, what kind of traveling you want to do, and how you can turn that all into a reality with a clearly laid out plan.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + Choose from a list of locations in the US for us to review next year.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Digital Nomads Package + a copy of the one time only paper printing of "Wand’rly Magazine, This Year, this Highway", a coffee table book of the most popular articles of 2013Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + I will write & illustrate you your very own short story (for a friend, child, whatever!) Check the description to the left for more details on this.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + one lifetime ad on an article of your choice on our site *or* happy hour, lunch or dinner for four on us (must be in a location we’re traveling to or through, food & drinks included, everything else is TBD)Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + "Almost All" Expenses paid trip to the Wand’rly Travel in Review Party in Terlingua, Texas next Winter. You’re responsible for getting to Terlingua, but once you’re there we’ll pay for your food, drinks, and lodging for up to 4 nights (and up to 2 people) while we throw our annual party which includes, of course, music and adult beverages by night, and guided hikes through Big Bend, a trip to the unforgettable Agua Fria swimming hole, ATV and/or SUV tours through the desert’s beauty and history, and all the fun of hanging with the Wand’rly crew (not to mention Terlingua locals!) Travel arrangements will be able to be made from and back to the closest airport in Midland, Texas if you require.Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
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Digital Nomads Package + We'll do one travel related How to article, the topic of which will be of your choosing and, if you're game, feature you in some way as well.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + Our web designer will create you a custom informational website, that’s $1000 below his usual rates! What a guy he is to hook us up like this, eh?Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + your ad on every article of an entire issue of your choice. Ads last for the life of Wand’rly Magazine.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Digital Nomads Package + We'll feature the location of your choice in a 2013 issue of Wand'rly Magazine. That's around 20 articles all on your favorite place in North America.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + Join us for an adventure, live and breath with us, either in your own RV, van, etc. or in our deluxe accommodations tent or hotel (depending on the adventure!), on a particular future wander (we'll let you choose from a list once we've got them all down for next year). Hike the Rockies, float the Colorado, wine and dine in some fabulous city, we’ll pay for everything you need to complete the trek: camping/hotel fees, food, drinks, and any admission or park fees involved. You just have to be able to meet us wherever the journey begins and find your way home when it ends, but of course we'll work with you on that, too!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Digital Nomads Package + Your ad on every article of five issues in 2012/2013/2014Estimated delivery: Dec 2014