Working while you travel can make your globetrotting dreams a reality. But for some, the thought of having to get a job in another country can be overwhelming. The stress of finding suitable positions and making ends meet can put people off the idea of travel entirely. Well, let me tell you:
- You don’t need to save for years to take six months off abroad.
- You don’t have to learn a second language from scratch.
- You don’t even have to spend most of your time ‘in the office’ when you’re away.
After all, who wants to travel the world if the working routine is exactly the same as it was back home?
This post will offer you tips on pairing the right kind of work with your traveling expectations. You can make it work — you just have to plan it a bit first.
Once you hit on the right combo — just like finding the right cheese and wine pairing — work and travel can be a match made in heaven.
Personality And ‘Right Fit’
You may want to visit every continent, or you may wish to lay roots in a country different from your own. There are many reasons why people want to travel at a specific time in their lives.
Aide from the practical stuff like how you’ll make money and if you can get by, the essential ‘fit’ of a location with your personality will require you to do some digging.
Take a look at some online personality tests. Brush over the Myers Briggs results (a ‘rose-tinted’ view) and check out the less agreeable facets of your ego with The Big Five test instead.
Think about things like: how much isolation you can handle, and what about noise and pollution? How easy is it for you to make new friends while traveling?
It is all well and good to dream about going on an artist’s retreat in a faraway log cabin. But if you’re an extroverted person, you may find yourself desperately unhappy within just a fortnight of isolation.
Choosing the right balance between work and traveling will require you to be honest with yourself
If you know your strengths and weaknesses you can plan a better lifestyle for you. One that will boost your good qualities and help you build your talents in other areas.
Finding Meaningful Work
If you have already found your passion in life — and you can take that career with you and start working remotely — you will be all set for planning your traveling goals. You will already have an idea of:
- How many hours you need to work per day
- How you can be contacted
- How you can make sure your life priorities in other areas will be catered for.
However, if you’re looking to start your own business, and will be traveling with some savings, you will need to come up with a reliable way to make money while you travel.
Luckily, there are so many great options in today’s digital world. You may want to check out the following occupations to supplement your travel adventures:
With the popularity of remote working contracts, it’s easy for businesses to find freelancers willing to conduct any online task — not just creative work.
If you are addicted to social media, or you’ve moderated message boards in the past, you could find work as a social media community manager. Head to Upwork and PeoplePerHour and find an industry you’re interested in.
VA work can be an excellent stopgap for creatives looking to get some money in while they build their list of clients. Similarly, VA work can be great for small business owners. You can learn how to grow by becoming a part-time social media manager.
Make the most of the timezone you’re staying in to give yourself an edge. If you can offer your services to a company on the other side of the world during your preferred working hours, you can set up your travel plans comfortably.
Voice-Over Artist Work
Set up a profile on a site like Voice Realm to see if you have what it takes to be hired for voice-over work. Some contracts, like narrating an eBook, offer high rates of pay.
This is a nice little way to earn some quick money, rather than a full-time occupation. You will need to be in an area with functional internet connectivity. Also, having a second, or third, language would be a plus!
This is an ideal way to cut your accommodation costs down as you will be living in someone’s home, rent-free, for a set period. Set up a profile on a trusted house sitting services site and get reviews from previous clients.
This job eases working capital woes for those looking to complete creative projects. You need to be willing to stay in the quieter suburbs for an extended period. Having your own transport would also be beneficial for those looking at house sitting jobs.
Language Teaching/Translation Services
Teaching another language is a great primary source of income for those who are looking to spend long periods working and traveling. You can also find language tutor positions online, where you can offer study sessions over Skype.
If your written language skills are impeccable, you can also search for written translation jobs online. Provided you have a reliable internet connection, this situation could work out well for those looking to supplement their travelling income.
Become A Dropship Seller
You can make your own website and sell dropshipped goods with no upfront inventory costs. With marketing and great-looking sales pages, you can set your own pricing and only pay for the items sold. The supplier handles the storage and fulfillment of the products on your behalf, so it’s ideal for the remote entrepreneur. With apps that run from your ecommerce host, you can switch products to sell with ease. If you find a particular niche isn’t working, you can adjust your site and marketing until you achieve a decent monthly profit. This route may allow you to enter the passive income world, where you can hire out the task of placing orders and inquiries with virtual assistants.
WiFi • Weather • Wealth
The three ‘W’s’ all digital nomads place as their top priorities in choosing a location to fit around their careers.
Finding out the cost of living, and the WiFi situation in hostels and rental homes etc. will make or break your destination planning.
Luckily, there’s a ton of travel bloggers online who have broken down all of their best tips. Most travelers will find that they can pretty much make it anywhere in the world, provided they can check off their list of basic living requirements.
For instance, if the cost of living is high in one country, you may need some savings to get you going. You may need a secure internet connection 24-hours a day, which can wipe hostels or rural locations out of the equation entirely.
Make sure you do some serious internet research before you travel. It may even help to reach out to bloggers and ask questions via email, or join forum discussion boards online.
Living Your Dreams
Finally, experiencing the local flavors of your travel destination is essential. You will want to make sure you are maximizing all of your opportunities to leave your working routine and explore.
Depending on your role, and if you’re working remotely — you can find automated online tools that eliminate mundane tasks. Whether it’s grammar apps that check your work, or scheduling tools that post on social media, invest in them to aid productivity.
With your spare time, share your experiences as a traveling worker. Many sites seek guest blog posts from real-life digital nomads. Share your experiences on a travel blog, or even set up a YouTube channel. You can use your skills in running your own businesses to help you promote and build your audience amongst fellow travel enthusiasts.
Work smart, rather than hard, and you can find the perfect pairing to combine your career ambitions and traveling goals.
Think carefully about your personality and what you hope to get out of the experience. Take breaks from building your business by hiring VA’s and use automated tools wherever possible. Diversifying your income sources will also help you meet your work and travelling goals.