You want to travel long term but how are you going to pay for it? Depending on your travel style and skill set, chances are there’s a gig or business you can create to fund your wanderlust. Much has already been said about earning money on the road, and said well. We’ve collected the best places to start:
Freelancing and Remote Work
If you’re not sure what you want to do for money but have a digital skill set, freelancing and location independent jobs are easier to do now than they’ve ever been before. Not sure if you have the right skill set? The easiest way to find out is to browse the job listings at the most popular freelance sites, such as Upwork.com and Freelancer.com.
These articles are good summations of the types of work you can do from the road:
- 25 Career Ideas to Design Your Location Independent Lifestyle
- Become a Digital Nomad in These 17 Jobs
- Digital Nomad Jobs (Advice on Getting Started) by BecomeNomad
- 23 Awesome Travel Jobs and How to Get Them
If you don’t already have the skills you need to do the job you want from the road, you can absolutely learn them. These articles discuss ways to ease into the digital nomad lifestyle.
- What Freelance Skills Can be Learned Quickly (Yes, it’s a Quora article, but it’s very helpful!)
- My Secrets to Becoming a Successful Freelancer by Emil Lamprecht
- If you’re pretty sure you want to freelance, read this first and see if you’re still sure. 7 Cold, Hard Facts About Freelancing
Discipline and Routine
The most important predictor of a successful nomadic lifestyle is whether or not you’re living sustainably in terms of productivity, emotional and mental health, and human connection. No matter what you’re doing to earn money on the road, being your own boss in this hectic lifestyle means you will need to deliberately foster, study, and experiment with the best ways to maintain productivity and mental health on the road. Here are a few places to start:
- 5 Healthy Habits for Digital Nomads by Nicole Kelner
- Prepare yourself for the Dark Side of the Digital Nomad by Mark Manson
- Find Your Rhythm and Increase Your Productivity as a Digital Nomad by Natasha Benjamin
Calling All Entrepreneurs
Are you always rushing to write down new business ideas? Has the idea of owning your own business appealed to you for a long time? Do you like building and solving interesting problems? Maybe you should grace the rest of the world with your awesome ideas and start your own business. Here are a few resources that we’ve found helpful.
The Tropical MBA is a must for location independent entrepreneurs. Grab a notepad and settle in because we suspect you’ll listen to every amazing episode.
Seth Godin’s Startup School podcast is an essential listen for those new entrepreneurship. Seth discusses a number of mental models or mindsets that you’ll need to internalize as an entrepreneur.
Greg Mercer and Scott Voelker lead the pack on discovering and selling products on Amazon’s FBA platform. If you have the upfront capital, this is one of the most viable ways of earning income while living location independent.
- A Digital Nomad Toolkit
- 5 Tools to Help Launch Your Business Remotely
- A few of Taylor Pearson’s free downloads. If you like what you see, his book The End of Jobs is a great kick in the pants for wannabe entrepreneurs.
Volunteering Your Way Across the World
See How to Ethically Volunteer Anywhere in the World by Shannon O’Donnell
Shannon covers everything: from choosing the type of volunteering you want to do, to the top volunteering organizations out there, to the questions you should ask your volunteer organization. She’s also written a book on the subject.
If you’re not an entrepreneur or just not ready to work for yourself, working for other people in exchange for room and board can be a great way to explore the world.