Are you also dreaming of traveling? If possible forever and see the whole world? You want to travel and are looking for a way of financing your trips? “Travel and Work” and exactly in that order!
I’ve already been traveling my whole life and been moving from one place to another as an expat. From Spain I moved to Austria when I was 13, then Germany and with 18 I moved to Australia. From there I went to the Netherlands to study and did an exchange year in Bulgaria followed by a year as a marketing consultant in Thailand. At the moment I move between Berlin and Sweden and I’m writing this article from San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua.
That’s 9 countries that I lived in. Furthermore I’ve traveled to more than 50 countries during the last few years and all that with my MacBook Pro in my bag!
You ask yourself how I’m doing this? How can I earn money and travel the world?
I’ll tell you… it’s not a big secret:
You need a lot of discipline. While others lay on the beach you have to work… while others sunbath, you sit in front of your MacBook and write the next Blogpost, the next chapter in your next book or answer support mails of your online course.
I’ve learned the discipline over the year but even today I still have problems to really focus on the work while others have fun around me… My boss is a really cool guy and lets me do whatever I want whenever I want… I’m my own boss and this since almost three years now and I’m only 25!
And you can do this too… You ask how? How can I earn money and travel the world?
There are many ways to earn money while traveling. I want to show you the different ways you could choose to finance yourself a nomadic lifestyle of traveling the world while making a decent income:
Advantages of Location-Independent Work
The advantages are obvious: you can work from anywhere and move freely. You can work from a co-working space in Berlin or, as we do, from a small and beautiful hotel in San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. You aren’t bound to a desk or cubicle in a smelly office where you have to spend at least 8 hours a day.
You can decide for yourself if you want to work and stay in the city, in the countryside or by the beach.
Work all of a sudden is combined with pleasure while exploring the most exciting places around the world. Ultimately, the day only has 24 hours and why don’t you combine work with sightseeing?
At home in your “normal” 9-to-5 you spend 8 hours at work every day, approximately an hour to travel between home and work and the rest of the time you sleep or spent with your hobbies…
How can you Travel and Earn Money?
As I mentioned there are many way to take your work on your travels and to earn your income from doing something you truly love while financing your never ending voyage.
Earn money with the internet:
1. Earn money with blogging:
Of course this comes at the beginning, this is how it all started! Just because of blogging I can relax in Nicaragua and go surfing every morning. You don’t have to start a travel blog just because you want to travel. Think about your interests and how you can communicate these. Google if there is something about this topic already and how successful they are. If you found a niche that is not yet covered enough then you should definitely give it a shot and monetize your blog. Become an expert for this topic. If you can come up with at least 50 titles for your niche then you should start a blog!
You can learn how to become a successful blogger in our Blog Camp Online Course where we’ve put together 10 modules, 100 Lessons and more than 40 Videos for your future success!
2. Affiliate Marketing
Do you already have a successful website or blog? Then start monetizing your blog with affiliate marketing by recommending products you trust! The advantage: no costs for you to create the product, no need to advertise or answer support questions. The owner of the product takes care of all these things and pays you a provision for every sale you make!
Here on Off The Path I make more than thousand euros every month with affiliate marketing. Have you seen the banner on top of the page for the DKB Bank? It’s a product I’m convinced of since I used it on a daily basis and therefore I recommend it to you as a reader of this blog. Every time somebody applies for an account with DKB I get a provision.
3. Consulting & Service
There are many ways to offer a service or consult via the internet. Spontaneously I come up with following:
- Virtual Assistant (VA)
- Social Media Consultant
- and many more…
We show you many more ways how to monetize your blog and services in our online course…
4. Sell your Photos Online
If you are a really good photographer, then you should try to sell your photos online. There are many ways to do this for instance by setting up shop on your own blog with SmugMug.com like Matt from Expert Vagabond or by selling it via third party websites like istock.com or GettyImages.com
I recently won a big prize for a picture of mine by Getty Images and Samsung Camera.
5. Day trader
Do you know a lot about the stock exchange? There are many day traders that make a living with this and finance their travels. A few good days every now and then are enough to fund a month of travel. Marcello funds his travels this way, check him out at WanderingTrader.com
6. Website-Design and Programming
If you know how to design and program some cool site then you have a big advantage while traveling. There are so many companies that yet have to update their first HTML website from the 1990’s and urgently need a new facelift. Even many hostels still have old websites. You could go from one hostel to another and offer them to create a new website for them!
Other Location-Independent Jobs:
7. In- & Export of Goods
Have you ever brought back cool souvenirs from your travels and your friends wanted to have some too? Maybe they even wanted to buy them from you? Chances are that many other people are will to pay for them. You could buy goods on your travels and import them to your home country and sell them online. You can either set up your own shop with WooCommerce or sell them directly via Ebay!
8. Teach languages on your travels
Do you speak more than just English? You will meet many people on your travels that will be impressed by the number of languages you speak. If you are really good in a language you could set up shop and teach others.
A few years ago I gave Spanish classes for beginners and earned a little pocket money to finance my travels.
9. Teach Yoga abroad
Are you a really good yogini? You’ve learned from the pros? Yoga teachers are wanted everywhere and you will easily find a job. It’s the perfect job to hop from one awesome resort to another while financing your travels!
10. Give Surfing Classes
If you are a surf instructor, consider giving surfing lessons when traveling. I’m not a good surfer and would easily pay somebody a few dollars to jump into the water with me and properly show me how to catch those waves. Chris Steven from BackPackerBanter.com is the perfect example how you can combine Surfing and Travel Blogging and generate a great income to finance your adventures!
11. Dive Instructor and Live in Paradise
Are you a dive instructor? Perfect! You can now live and work in Paradise and teach others the fascination of diving. Conni from PlanetBackpack.de used to do this in South East Asia. You could work in Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and in many more countries around the globe!
Is Travel and Work an Option for me?
You need to think about this carefully. It’s not something for everybody. Travel and Work can also be very exhausting and it’s not always fun. It need a lot of discipline as mentioned before. If you have problems getting up for a work that you have to do, I can only imagine what it will be like once you have the freedom to get up whenever you want…
A Few Tips to Find Out if Travel and Work is an Option for you:
1. Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
Remember: You have to take a break from traveling every now and then to take care of bigger projects that require a lot of constant concentration. This sometimes means to rent an apartment for a few weeks to get these projects done. Tim from Earth City recently changed his mind about Travel and Work and said that he introduces holidays again since it’s really hard to do both at the same time. I sometimes feel the same but at the end of the day it’s all about the mindset. If you can force yourself to get up early and get the work done, then you can easily spend the day doing sightseeing or other things.
2. Set Goals
It’s difficult to work without pressure and no things to aim for. Therefore you should set goals for yourself. This is the only way how you can stay motivated and work towards a pre-set goal.
Short Term Goals:
- 1. Month
- 2. Months
- 6. Months
- 12. Months
Long Term Goals:
- 2. Years
- 4. Years
- 5. Years
For my business I have several short term goals that I want to reach within the next 12 months and for my private life I have long term goals.
In 6 months I want to publish a new book how you can set up your own online business with little money and a lot of curiosity to learn new things!
I want to own a cool Hostel somewhere in the next three years!
Remember the time at School or at Uni? You had to study for an exam and didn’t want to? Your motivation was on holidays and nowhere to be found and you had to read and study hundreds of pages about a stupid topic that didn’t interest you?
Well, you’ll have these phases too as a digital nomad… as a blogger you might face a writers blockade where you can’t come up with any words for days, weeks and sometimes even for longer… or when you have to do your accounting…
Therefore it’s important to set short term goals. They always remember you why you chose this way of traveling and working around the world… They remind you that there are many fun things and that the less fun things are part of the whole picture and simply have to be done as well!