Working While Traveling – Tips for You
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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
There are so many places in the world that are breathtaking, where it rains warm, the sea is crystal blue, and the sand is white. Countries where the sun is still up at midnight and colors dance in the sky. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
Well, millions of people make this their reality. And manage to make enough income to cover it too.
The rise of the digital nomad has revolutionized how and where people work. And the good news is that the lifestyle is accessible to most people.Many people are so used to the 9-3 then the 9-5 from school hours to work hours. Running by morning alarm clocks and clocking out hours.
So it can often feel like this is something only other people can do. But with a change of mindset and some dedication to your mission, you can begin to work from anywhere.
When you think about traveling the world, the chances are you think about a few countries, some images of sipping drinks from a coconut shell, and a lot of sand. Followed swiftly by the fact you have bills to pay and can’t do it. The second bit is the one that you have to work on pushing away. While you will be forced far out of your comfort zone, you will also realize your dreams of traveling well.
If you have a lot of debt, then you might consider either consolidating them and paying a single monthly amount. Or paying them off and working towards the goal of traveling and working.
If your current income allows you to, you should begin to save some small amounts with each paycheck. This will mean you have a little room during weeks that you aren’t getting as much work, or just to get you started.
There will be a mix of working directly, and some passive income streams required. These all take some time to lay the foundations.
You don’t need too much to get started on your digital nomad journey, and you don’t need to get everything at once, either. You can slowly build up your equipment in the lead up to jetting off on to your first location.
- Laptop – something light and powerful. Most people opt for a Macbook, and even a second-hand one will work for you.
- Tablet – if you are writing, then they can be ideal for making notes on when you don’t want to get your laptop out. As well as entertainment purposes.
- Mobile phone – get a line that is only for traveling with. And use a network like SMARTY to ensure you have a clear costing.
- Camera – While you can use your mobile phone, a cheap DSLR will give you stunning images that can work with your blog, Instagram, or for your own personal use. You can also sell images to travel magazines.
- HDD and thumb drive – to give you more storage and a backup, so your work is safe.
- Charger block and cables – so you won’t run out of power
- Headphones – something noise canceling so you can get in the zone when working
- Travel plug adapter
- Sturdy hand luggage backpack – something with plenty of pockets
Passive Income Option
Passive income takes a little while to get in order, but once you do, you will enjoy having your money trickle in while you are asleep, or traveling. Here are some great options for creating passive income.
Blogging – a great option to build passive income. You can use affiliate marketing and have room for advertisers and sponsored posts too. Tie it into your travel so that it is regularly updated too.
eBook – you can publish a range of eBooks. Write these before you go, or during your travel about specific locations. The Ultimate Guide to XX style.
Publish them on your own website or Amazon.
Courses – these are great ways to make passive income. Once they are written, or you have filmed all the webinars, you can set a price and put them into the world. People use Udemy or Teachable to host their courses.
Dropshipping – this one takes more work to set up, and you’ll need to check in from time to time. But you can sell anything from t-shirts to crystals. Once your storefront is set up and you have marketed it well, people will simply purchase what they want, it will be sent directly from the manufacturer, and you get to take a cut from the middle.
Active Income Options
Passive income is great, and while it is in the early stages of getting up and running, you are going to want to have a range of things you can do to make a higher income. You will likely need WiFi and a comfortable space to work from. You can decide on your own prices, and working hours too. Making it the most flexible style of working. Here are some great options to make money while traveling.
Teaching – Although courses and eBooks were mentioned above, you can also have a range of options available directly. Teaching English, or your native language via Skype classes is a great option.
Translations – in the same vein, you can offer translation services for documents or transcribing from audio to written copy too.
Proofreading – if you have a keen eye for detail, you can proofread. There are millions of pieces of copy being written every day, and it all needs to be proofread and edited.
While many people use Grammarly, it isn’t infallible, and a proofreader can improve the user experience ten-fold.
Copywriting – Creating a range of written content for multiple clients can be a really great way to earn a regular income. You will be able to research a range of topics or specialize in one if you choose to. While you won’t need the internet to draft and perfect a piece, you’ll need WiFi to send it. So bear that in mind when you are choosing where you want to work.
Photography – if you have a camera with you, you can take photos in the location you are in, and offer them to travel magazines. You can also sell them on websites like Getty, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, iStock, and more.
Design – if your laptop can handle the software, you can offer you design services. It can be competitive in places like Fivver and TaskRabbit, but if you have a portfolio that people can look at, they are more likely to hire you.
Blogger – Start a blog before you start traveling, but keep it travel-focused. Build up your audience in that niche and reach out to companies that work in the travel industry. Many travel bloggers are compensated for work with flights, hotel stays, restaurant reviews, and more. As well as being paid to host content on your blog, and post things on your social media too. Collaborations between you and travel companies will further establish you in the travel industry.
Social Media Manager – This might be one of the most popular remote working careers. However, there are very few businesses globally that don’t need some sort of social media management. If this isn’t something you are well versed in before you start packing your back, take some free online social media courses to help you get the right skills to make this happen.
Virtual Assitant – This one is very interesting because you will be working with a range of clients on various projects. You might have a client who only needs an hour or two a week, or you might have a client that needs a few hours each day. You’ll be responsible for a range of tasks like social media, data mining, research, notes, email management, and more. It is a position where you will gain and strengthen many other skills too.
Marketing – Tackling paid advertising, social media marketing, funnels, conversion optimization, and much more. Helping businesses to grow their online reach and sales. Digital marketing is a huge industry, and there are many smaller businesses that will be looking for someone to handle their marketing.
Web Developer – There is rarely a business that doesn’t have a need for a website. Learning to create basic websites, and building up your skill levels to more complex ones will put you in good stead.
Of course, the more of these skills you have, the more you can offer potential clients. Putting packages together that cover much of their online requirements, including their content, will see you have much more regular work.
One of the key things is to decide what you want to offer, how many hours you want to work, and the financial amount that will allow you to have the digital nomad life that you are currently dreaming of.
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen