How we afford to travel full time

Hello, we’re the O’Briens!

In 2011 I (Suz) started a business selling decorative items on Etsy. People seemed to love my products, and my husband, Ben, helped me streamline my production process to offer even better products to my customers.

After getting his MBA, Ben was interested in taking my small business to the next level: AMAZON. I was terrified to make the shift, but trusted that this could be a fun learning opportunity for him! Little did either of us realize how huge this move would be. Thanks to lots and lots of dedicated (read: frustrating) time learning how to sell on Amazon, our business really took off!

Ben soon quit his corporate job to help me run Oh, Susannah full-time. We soon realized that, since he wasn’t going in to an office anymore, we suddenly had the freedom to live the life we had been talking about since we were dating: to travel the world!

It took a long time to find manufacturers and employees we could trust, but in 2017 we did just that- made the shift from running a business outside of our home to trusting the physical products to others as we handled the online marketing as digital nomads.

It took us one year to prepare to travel full-time, and then we were off!



Since then we’ve made an epic road trip through America, and visited some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. 

We do a combination of fast and slow travel, which means that sometimes we get through an entire country in 2 weeks by renting a car and moving cities every couple of days, or we spend 2-3 months in a rented apartment and make day trips to cool places to see nearby.

We all prefer slow travel, because it gives us time to really dive into one local culture, get settled into a routine, find friends, and have some time to work. We even try to find regular babysitters or temporary schools for our son if we stay in one place long enough!

In the last 18 months we’ve explored every inch of 17 different countries:

We’re still running our business (as well as writing family travel guides on all the cool places we visit!) online while we travel, which makes life pretty interesting! Sometimes we have to choose to work instead of sightsee, and sometimes work piles up for weeks if we travel through a country with poor internet. It’s hard to make most travel decisions based on how we could maximize our work time, but that’s the plight of the digital nomad: at least we’re traveling while we work!


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In addition to writing travel guides on these locations, I also write a weekly travel journal to help others understand the highs and lows of traveling full-time with a child. I try to be honest about our lives, so check it out if you’re curious about traveling full-time, too!

You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook, where I share daily photography from some of the most beautiful places in the world with hilarious anecdotes about what it’s like to be a travel family.

I’d love for you to stop by and say hi!