If you feel tied down and miserable in a 9 to 5 job, with 2.5 kids, a suburban home, and a minivan, you are not as alone as you might think. Legions of people all over the globe are choosing a different lifestyle and looking for ways to make money while traveling. These are the so-called digital nomads, who live on the go, all over the globe, completely eschewing conventional lifestyles and career paths. If you are dreaming of joining this modern tribe, take a look at our top tips for international travel, and our list of the best ways to make money while traveling.
1. Seasonal work
Not only is seasonal work a good source of money, it’s also an excellent way of staying fit while traveling. Couple the unfamiliar locale with the time and financial constraints of traveling, and it becomes perfectly clear why staying fit while traveling can pose a problem. Depending on your destination and the time of year, there are plenty of possible seasonal jobs, from fruit picking, farming, and construction, to festival jobs, resort work, and holiday season retail positions. One of the best tips for international travel you could ever get is to look into seasonal hire options in the area you are visiting.
There are plenty of thriving freelance communities online. Take a peek at some of the most popular freelancing platforms, and the job postings might actually give you some great ideas for earning a living. IT, design, writing, illustration, marketing, and transcription are just some of the popular fields. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and some place to work. The great thing about these huge international job markets is that you can decide how much you want to work and when.
Tutoring is a surefire source of income: whatever your skills, you’ll probably find someone who’s interested. Native English or bilingual speakers commonly teach English, either at language schools at their destination, or over Skype. Finding potential students is quite simple – just put up an ad online.
4. Writing a travel blog
If you have a flair for words, and a good eye for photos, you can turn your globetrotting adventures into a travel blog. While a travel blog is not exactly an instantaneous way of making money, it can turn profitable if you put in the effort. Beware that you need to post regular, quality content in order to attract affiliate brands or enough visitors to make ads profitable. Sometimes niche blogs reach success much quicker, so think about where exactly you fit in the blogosphere.
5. Remote IT
IT is such a huge field, with so much potential and so many job openings, that it’s quite easy to find your place under the sun, whatever skills and experience you might have. According to The New York Times, a staggering 47% of American employees report that they spend at least some time working remotely. The practice is becoming the new normal, and it particularly makes sense in IT. If you still haven’t carved out your professional path, IT is also fairly open to newbies, and there’s so many resources, courses, and tutorials online, that it’s super easy to get started.
Once you start brainstorming you might be surprised at just how many different ways you could earn money on the road. Many people get stuck because they only view themselves and their skill set through the very limited lens of their current career, or their degree. You are probably skilled at dozens of things, it just never occurred to you to charge for them. For a comprehensive guide on work abroad, read The Ultimate Work Abroad Guide: All You Need to Know to Plan Your Gap Year.