Independent Wolf provides inspirational and actionable advice for solo travelers and digital nomads.
On top of that, while visiting Independent Wolf, you’ll find plenty of gear reviews* and general travel advice.
Those are the 2 main sentences that have staid from the beginning, the rest… well, the rest has been rewritten 3 times.
Here we go, third times a charm!
Long story short: (this won’t be short, I’m lying)
I started this website as a simple site with travel gear reviews. I like to travel and go camping, which usually means looking for gear I need, which also means A LOT of customer review reading.
Therefore, article ideas come to mind usually before a long trip to Asia or a camping trip with closest friends.
But, Karlis, you can’t possibly buy 17 different ‘best’ backpacks for a hiking trip.
Yes, you are correct!
I’m not crazy! (although, what is crazy and what is normal?)
I haven’t bought all of the reviewed products. I do a thorough research (so you don’t have to) before even writing a review article, and always at least one of the product in the reviewed article is owned personally by me.
I’m not an expert about tents, hachets, machets etc. These reviews are my personal thoughts!
I’m lucky enough to have crazed nature-lovers for friends to also hear the latest info and feedback about other products I wouldn’t have even known to exist.
You know what they say – “it takes a village….” – I think the same applies for a well-equipped solo-traveling individual!
You heard me previously say that this is my third time rewriting this “About Me” section.
Why you may ask?
Well, about a year ago I tried to create an e-commerce business where I created my own brand of camping hammocks, dry bags etc.
Emphasis on TRIED. It’s the past now. I failed and lost about 10K and quit.
Epic fail story coming soon…
Therefore, I had to rethink the focus of this website on something other than e-commerce.
So I changed it to solo travel and digital nomad lifestyle (I don’t still fully understand what the terms mean, for me they translate as – an imigrant with a good PC, more often than not an iMac).
Are you still here?
Oh gosh ok…
The website that you see now is my third attempt to rebuild this site.
I started to make changes while solo traveling South Asia for 3 months. Oh… the great memories I got robbed on the second day in the Philippines. (Yes. The. Second. Day. :D).
A few days after my bank account was banned and all I had was the money on my hand.
But in all honesty, those 3 months were probably one of the best times I have ever had.
Looking back at the trip I can say this: there were bad days and there were plenty of good days. I had to enjoy the full spectrum of emotions and different situations one could have to go thru.
And as much as I missed home and my family, as soon as I returned, I knew that eventually, I would have to do this all over again.
It was my third time traveling solo and it just grew on me.
I needed more!
And that’s how it started (again)!
Making something more out of my experience
Sitting home, planning and thinking about the next trip.
Opened Google. Searched: Solo travel…
I soon came across a ton of books and even more online resources about solo travel.
Not long after I realized that almost all of these are talking about the same things over and over again: “X Best places for solo travelers”, “How traveling alone changed my life”.
Really, it changed your life? You want to tell me you visited India, saw how the local people live there, got back to your 4 star hotel, drank a mojito by the pool and you suddenly became spiritually enlightened? Hah!
Also, while doing the research on solo travel, I found that almost all blogs have one thing common: they focus on budget travel!
You see, I’m not a huge fan of these types of online posts and books (with some exceptions).
I guess I have to mention that you will find these types of blog posts on this site very rarely.
I’m not into that. I want Financial Freedom.
First, let me tell you why financial freedom is important for me and why it should be important to you to be a classy digital nomad!
Let’s Talk Budget Travel?
It’s nice to save some money as much as you can while traveling, but this sort of thing is just not for me. I am not good at saving money, so I focus on making more!
You know, when you travel, you want to take hot showers and stay in safe places, where your laptop, phone and wallet wouldn’t somehow disappear.
No! That doesn’t mean I am a luxury traveler.
Of course, I have stayed in budget hotels and I still look for best flight deals whenever possible. I just don’t like going crazy about it.
And this has led me to believe it is possible to build an unstoppable online business or a blog that covers all of my travel expenses.
So, if you are still thinking about the next budget trip, I advise you to start thinking about how to earn more than save more.
Why? Penny piching is boring!
If you’re about to say “I can’t”, then against that I’ll put the words of one smart person “It’s easier to say I can’t than to say I can”
I want to give you lessons that I have learned from marketing over the past 5 years. And I will do that while talking about essential travel gear and all other solo travel topics.
You wanna try to travel solo but are still doubting it? Go HERE!
Do you need help on how to choose the right travel gear for your nex trip? Check out the travel gear reviews section.
Want to read some traveler stories and get some inspiration. Go HERE!
Are you a blogger or just wanna-be-enterprunuer who wants to earn money and travel the world? Read more about digital nomad lifestyle and get some actionable advice here.
But who am I for you to trust me, right?
Let me introduce myself.
My name is Karlis Kikuts. (I’m from Latvia and if this name seems in any way weird or hard to pronounce, just call me “the guy behind Independent Wolf”)
If you want to know something more about me personally, this is what I can say in short.
Things I like:
- Solo traveling
- Affiliate marketing
- Beer: Dark beer, light beer, craft beer, cold beer and all other types of beer.
- Reading a book once in a while
What inspires me to keep going:
Of course, it’s my family, my girlfriend and a few of my closest friends.
But most importantly, the journey. The journey around the world and the one online!
*Independent Wolf gear reviews include affiliate links that are a part of what keeps the site up and running.