There are people of this sort in every office building. Every day they come to the office on time, briskly walking to their designated chairs, with their heads are continuously running a to-do-list. In their busy lives, while juggling people, deadlines and expectations, sometimes they pause and think of the times when they were free. There was a time when chains that shackle them to the desk did not hold them back from chasing after dreams and curiosities. Every month rent and utility bills and the fight to stay on top keeps these free-spirited individuals from leaving the nest made up of ‘the dull repetitive usual’. If the reader can relate to these chained wild mustangs, please continue reading and know how to finance your travels without hyperventilating.
Native speaker, English teacher
Most Britons who chose to live the nomadic life become English teachers in countries where English is not so common but still required and valued. There are no advanced qualifications required; merely go through the course objectives, brush up on grammar rules and try to be the best English teacher possible. The demand for English teachers is on the rise in Pacific Asian countries like South Korea and Japan that have westernised cultures but still conduct their businesses and education in their local languages. Travellers can quickly fit well in these countries and explore their cultures and lifestyles at the same time. There will be a steady inflow of money if you opt to become an English teacher. While teaching, you would get multiple opportunities to interact with the community and have many adventures before you are ready to move to another great destination.
Hotels and resorts pay good money to foreign staff members. A familiar face at a resort somewhere in Indonesia or Tanzania can retain customers. Many resorts, therefore, hire Britons to greet tourists from the United Kingdom and to take them through safaris and show them the tourist attractions in the area. These jobs do require specific basic skills like driving a vehicle full of nature lovers and some in-depth knowledge about the area around the resort, but almost everyone is capable of learning that. You can also choose to be on the front desk and communicate effectively with the Anglophones arriving at the resort. Resort jobs are good for people who want to retain their nomadic lifestyles, but from time to time like to interact with people from back home.
Online Freelance Employee
To work freelance is also a great way of financing you globetrotting excursions. If you can design a webpage, write, do graphic designing or programming then you can convert your laptop into a mini workstation anytime you like. The timings are flexible, and most freelancers set their own targets. There is a minor drawback in becoming a freelancer – it is subject to the internet availability. Most remote places in the world either have poor internet connectivity or none at all, but if you stick to the major cities or hunt for good internet cafes along the way, you can communicate your work to a team halfway across the world, get paid and be given a new task every other week. Join Odesk and Fiverr, two leading websites that allocate jobs to freelance workers. Do build a profile and a relationship with a few employers before packing your bags.
Blogging and Advertising
Travel Blogging is one of the few ways travellers can make a few more pounds on the side. Travel blogging is difficult and time-consuming, but once a week vlogging or blogging can go a long way to get some extra cash to pay for another trip into the jungles of Borneo or to bicycle across Germany. After gathering a substantial cyber following let businesses know you like to advertise their products. Depending on how seriously you take your blogging talents and how many subscribers tune in to check on your content, companies can pay hundreds of pounds just so that you mention their products in your next vlog. YouTube has been sustaining many dreams of travel bloggers like Mark Weins, who film their trips and explorations, fund their travels and end up with a net profit.
If you can cook, join a local café or a restaurant. If you can play the guitar or the violin, show your musical talents to a club owner and start getting paid in a new town. Some modern age nomads make a living by giving haircuts. They make almost thirty pounds every day by making friends with students around hostels and dorms. Soon there is a steady flow of customers who love getting a cheap haircut by someone who lives free like the birds and exchange stories. If you intend to remain in Europe and have electrifying bartending skills, then the party can go on forever. Some travellers can also finance their adventures by giving dance and yoga lessons. The idea is to monetise any talent, skill or ability that you have and run your trailblazing ventures on the earnings.
Earning money on the road is not as impossible as you think. There are people in many countries in the world, right now, that are successfully financing themselves, and are on a perpetual vacation, an endless adventure. The reader can also aim for this lifestyle, make new friends and explore new paths. Who knows, along the way you find your soul mate and a city closer to your heart than the one you left behind.