Trading in the art of Freedom
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion – Albert Camus
Meet Marcello Arrambide. Seven continents, over eighty countries, and this Venezuelan-born day-trading travel-blogger is still looking for more.
In November 2010, Marcello took out $25,000 in private student loans, and traded a full-time job in for his very own ‘journey to Freedom’, leaving the States for a life of travel. “I was very scared to leave what society calls the norm – a 9 to 5 job and a weekly pay check”. Since then, the traveller has become the CEO of his own company, Day Trading Academy, in which he passes on his own experience to future travelling day traders, and has a well-established blog and website, reaching thousands of readers each month.
When asked about his reasons for leaving America, Marcello admitted that he had been looking for freedom: “My definition of success is not money or fame, just freedom. The freedom that comes from being able to live anywhere in the world, work anywhere in the world, and travel at a moment’s notice, has always attracted me”. Having recently visited his seventh and final continent, Australia, Wandering Trader seems to be close to fulfilling a life-long ambition of freedom, but Marcello still finds time to visit some unique destinations: “When I heard about the stone forest in Madagascar, I immediately bought a ticket to Africa, and was living there in a matter of months”.
Marcello’s blog has been commended by many as one of the most influential blogs at the moment, but that was never his main goal, rather a side-effect of his success: “The initial goal for the blog was to drive traffic to a day trading company I was a member of”. The blog became a way of connecting with similar, like-minded people, and keeping track of his journey.
Life as a day trader is one of the most profitable professions at the moment, and has been known to survive an economic crisis or two. Wandering Trader started working as a day trader when he was 18 years old, with $25,000 from private student loans. Day trading refers to the practice of speculation in securities, specifically buying and selling financial instruments within the same trading day on the basis of small, short-term price fluctuations. After Marcello started teaching other traders his techniques and methods at the Day Trading Academy, he found that the success rates were increasing. “Day trading is one of the only professions that I know of where you can do well in any kind of economic situation.” The Wandering Trader blog is not simply an account of his travels, but a collection of travel hints, language lessons, and lists of must-see destinations.
His company, theDayTradingAcademy.com dictates mainly where he travels, particularly as it continues to expand. Marcello is in the process of opening day trading centres around the world, most notably in Peru, Brazil and South Africa, where he hopes to train the locals in the art of trading. “The day trading industry is a unique one. Most day traders sit behind a desk, within the confines of their comfort zones, but it’s much easier now to travel around the world and to experience new things.”
Marcello’s response was confident when asked whether he has yet achieved freedom: “Travel has assisted me in framing my concept of freedom. Visiting third world countries and seeing how other people live has kept me extremely grounded. Freedom isn’t only about your own life, it’s all about being able to help others and have an impact on their lives”.
After having travelled to over eighty different countries, Wandering Trader has no plans to stop writing or travelling, and will continue to visit some of the world’s most unknown places. This traveller is one of the few travel-bloggers to have visited the world’s newest country, South Sudan, and is one of the only people to have visited Somalia, a country located in the Horn of Africa. When asked about the most memorable culture shock, Marcello replied with Singapore: “Being raised in a multicultural household, I am pretty used to experiencing different cultures, but Singapore was my first taste of a true Asian city. Everything seemed a lifetime away from America”.
“I am most inspired by the people who have faith that the world will unfold the way it’s meant to, and are confident enough to take a risk and follow their dreams.”
His final word of advice to future travellers was simple: “Let go of your inhibitions, let go of your material possessions, and follow your dreams. We all have to work and make money to live in this world. The real question is how exactly you want to live”. Although he currently lives in Singapore, Marcello eventually would like to become one of the few people to have travelled to every country in the world, and will be moving to Columbia at the end of May 2013 to open his first day trading centre over there.
“Freedom to me is not simply financial, cultural or physical. It is the ability to live your own life, dictated under your own terms.”