Cold Remedy: Free Flights Anywhere in the World


Where would you go if you had a free ticket anywhere? The island of Bohol in the Philippines? (source: WisDoc)

Not long ago, I received the following comment — edited for length — from Ryan N.:

I hate you Tim. I had a secure future ahead of me, and I left my job, my reasonably well paying professional career all because of your book. Best thing I’ve ever done!!

I was wondering if you might be able to put up a blog post where people could post their ideas or muses as case studies. I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who would like to share their stories and listen to others living the 4HWW.

Here’s to 2010 being the year everything changes.

Indeed. Here’s to 2010 being the year everything changes.

I decided to take Ryan’s advice. Below is a post of just a few select video case studies. This is also where you can win a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world.

That would be a nice way to start 2010 with a bang, right?…

I’m sure you’ve dreamed of taking that big trip, but it’s been put off due to the million things that interrupt and overload all of our lives. The fact is this: there is never a convenient time to do the most impactful things, whether having a baby, quitting your job, or taking a dream trip overseas. It’s something you pull the trigger for despite imperfect circumstances, not because of perfect circumstances.

Let’s end the wait.

Here’s how it works – simplicity itself:

1) Upload a video to YouTube of 5 minutes or less where you describe how you’ve most successfully applied techniques or tools from The 4-Hour Workweek to your life or business. Be sure to tag your video with “4hww success” in quotation marks. Click here to see what it should look like when you are uploading your video.

2) Leave a comment on this post with a link to your video and a brief description of what worked for you (no need for more than 1-2 short paragraphs). Do all of this no later than 5pm PT this Saturday, December 26th. Early responses get bonus points.

3) I and a few secret judges will select our top favorites, and then you all will vote for the winner.

4) I will then provide a roundtrip ticket anywhere in the world that the 25+ airlines in the Star Alliance fly.

In the meantime, find below some fun examples to get your juices flowing. Included are:

– Electra, a mother who uses batching to run her business while making time for the kids
– Michael, a father of two who’s lived in Argentina and explored both international and home schooling while earning full-time income.
– Harris, a father who can take his kids to the zoo on a Wednesday or take the entire family to Barcelona for a month.
– Jed and Chelsea, who quit their previous jobs, moved to another city, and are reinventing themselves one step at a time.

Last but not least, we have Aaron Carotta, who was diagnosed with cancer but still achieved the four-hour workweek in 60 days and documented it all on video. Here is the cliff notes version, in his words:

-Diagnosed with cancer
-Lost wages
-Accumulated medical bills
-Received the book as a gift
-Documented his interpretation of the book
-Achieved goals to free up his lifestyle
-Successfully opened and sold a business in another country
-Generated automated money
-Now successfully runs a company that allows his to travel for a living, The Seven Wonders Tour [with sponsors, Vibrams!].
-Continues to live healthy, travel the world, and be happy

I’ve included a 3-part video diary compilation of Aaron’s experience at the end of this post after the other case studies. Total viewing time is just around 20 minutes.

Enjoy these wonderful examples and don’t forget — your own video submission and comment on this post must be up no later than 5pm PT this Saturday!

Question of the day: where would you travel if you had a free round-trip anywhere in the world?


If you’ve ever fantasized about taking time off to globe-trot, I would highly recommend Rolf Pott’s Vagabonding. It is one of only two books I took with me when I traveled the world for 18 months. Outside Magazine founding editor Tim Cahill calls Vagabonding “the most sensible book of travel related advice ever written.”

I recently partnered with Rolf to release the exclusive audiobook for Vagabonding. For more on this incredible book, click here.

Get the brand-new Expanded and Updated 4-Hour Workweek, published 12/15, which includes more than 50 new case studies (including families) of luxury lifestyle design, muse creation, and world travel. Make 2010 the year when you make the leap.

Recommended and Related:
Tim Ferriss on Twitter – what adventures and mischief am I up to this instant?
Tim Ferriss on Huffington Post – marketing case studies, travel how-to, and more

Posted on: December 22, 2009.

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183 comments on “Cold Remedy: Free Flights Anywhere in the World

  1. This is such a great idea to build buzz and share stories. I need to make a video about my story. It hasn’t been the perfect 4HWW story, but it’s done good for me so far. Looking forward to seeing all the case studies that will undoubtedly pour in here.


  2. Hopefully next year at this time I’ll have a video on how I’ve been successfully applied techniques. I’ll get there but I’m still working on it.

    As for where in the world I’d go, that’s tough, the Maldives for Mongolia. Not sure.


  3. These video’s are awesome…I’d go to Waimea, Hawaii right now to escape the 14 inches of melting snow outside my Philadelphia window. Video is in the making Tim, looking forward to sharing about my project and taking my lowly freelance interest to the next level!


  4. Loved the videos!
    Thanks to all of you who took the time to put together and share your stories.
    It is always a real motivation to hear about others accomplishments.

    It’s time for me to get serious now, and put in the hours.
    2010 will change my life.


  5. So excited about all of this! I’m in the process of opening an online store that sells mobile tent saunas that you can pack up and toss in your car trunk. Wood burning to boot! Everything is drop shipped and I’ll just run the website. SO excited to see it get off the ground! All of the inspiration comes from the 4HWW and started about 2 years ago (I’ve had like 4 other terrible ideas before settling on what I’m actually passionate about…)

    Thanks again Tim!


  6. Super Idea. Hmmm… very tempting. I probably wouldn’t win but maybe I can squeeze this in atleast for fun. :-D This is at the worst time Mr. Ferriss :-p

    Free? I would take advantage of the costly ticket to Australia. :-D


  7. Hello Tim,

    I’m writing from Antonio ‘Italy after reading your book in Italian’m trying to impstare my life lavorabdo less and avoid all unnecessary things.

    When will the new book of 4 hours per week? I also hope I can achieve a similar company but it is very difficult if you do not have the right people.

    A greeting to all friends of the blog


  8. Hello Tim I’m writing from Italy

    The first book ”4 ore alla settimana” I read was great in 2 days.
    I hope to apply what I read in my life but if
    do not have the right people is very difficult but not impossible.

    A greeting from Italy in particular from the town of Sorrento!!!!


  9. Man, this came at the perfect time.

    I’ll need these videos for inspiration. I just finished your book and am super excited. My fiancée and I have been inspired to make several changes over the next two years, and we’ve begun the process of planning and defining the challenges. We want to create total mobility, and promote building small homes and simplified eating habits.

    Just a couple days ago we started a free website to document the whole thing, which will basically just be our case study as its happening (click my name above). Hopefully we will have a video for you in a year.

    These vids were great, can’t wait for more. Tim, you kick ass!


  10. Tim-
    My case study finally pays off. Its not how much money I earn but the lifestyle your book gave me. Thanks for post and your the thoughts. cant wait to see others join in on this lifestyle and here see their videos!!!
    Adventure Aaron


  11. These videos are truly inspiring…

    This is a great way to start thinking and planning for 2010. BTW, I’d probably want a plane ticket to South Africa for the World Cup!!!


  12. Aaron Carotta’s documentary was awesome, inspiring, and shows that once you get past the fear, it’s well worth it. He went from being the crazy guy of his friends to the guy people wanted to be. He did it so quickly too, compared to several who seem to let it drag on for months after reading your book.

    Great work to everyone involved. I’ll be there for the live session tonight, thanks!


  13. Hi Everybody,
    So here’s the link to me video.

    Did this make me New Rich? No. Did it help me do something I really wanted to do and prime me for success on my next try? Hell Yes.
    The biggest piece of advice I can give is don’t half ass it. Don’t think you can skip a step. It won’t work, there’s a reason they are there, and if you skip it and fail(and you will at least once). Don’t stop! Do it again and again until you get it right and you get the Muse that works for you.
    If you want to check out the iPhone app that resulted, it’s here:

    If you want a free copy, the first 25 people to email me at joshua dot lowman at gmail dot com will get one.