BY: ZOE MELNYK
The Internet changed everything. With this in mind, an increasing number of people have innovated ways of taking their lives on the road on the permanent pursuit of adventure.
Though it seems unfeasible to ditch your day job and actually generate a sustainable income with a nomadic lifestyle, there are a few trade secrets of the professional travel junkie.
Here is your one-stop guide to packing your gear, selling your sh*t and taking life on the road:
1. Simple Travel Blogging
The most obvious way of making this lifestyle possible is, of course, starting a travel blog. Let’s start out with a few basic blogs.
Robert Schrader is a perfect example. In his mid-twenties, Schrader felt the uncontrollable need for wanderlust but didn’t have the confidence, or the bank account, to go out on the world. That’s when Schrader discovered travel blogging, and his world hasn’t been the same since. He created one of the most popular travel blogs, Leave Your Daily Hell, writing about all of his adventures while inspiring others to create their own.
Schrader leverages his youthful-traveller image to produce brand-sponsored content for companies like Eurail, who arranged for him to promote their new rail pass.
Schrader also receives funding to promote travel and tourism in designated cities, countries or towns. One of these pieces was entitled, “Why I’m in Love with Bergen, Norway.” On top of this, Schrader will sell his travel photography to travel and tourism organizations, like Tourisme Québec or Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Sponsored brand reviews (promotional articles on travel related products) and product placements in the photography of his articles, as well as promoting companies’ contests and giveaways, are a few other ways that Schrader (and one day hopefully you) can manage an income on the fly.
2. Niche Blogging
Other popular bloggers decided to take the spotlight away from themselves and focus their writing on the different aspects of travel.
Jodi Ettenberg’s blog, Legal Nomads, focuses mostly on all the different foods around the world. Ettenberg began her adventure when she decided to take a yearlong break from her corporate lawyer job in New York City to travel. Somehow, one year has turned into now seven years, and Ettenberg has officially switched gears from being a lawyer to being a full time blogger.
Other than blogging, Ettenberg makes a living from social media consulting, and promoting certain adventure websites like G Adventures. She also turned her food blogging into a book called The Food Traveler’s Handbook.
Another travel blog, Adventurous Kate, focuses on solo female travel.
Honing in on a very specific demographic is an easy way to pull in views. These niche topics can span anywhere from food, to the best places to go jogging around the world, to the best party cities. Find your niche, and zoom in.
For some, words don’t exactly come easy and writing is definitely not an option to make a living. That’s okay, because there are still other options that allow you to travel while still making a living.
Day trading is a great option for people who aren’t interested in writing. Marcello Arrambide has been traveling around the world for the past five years, visiting 80 different countries and all seven continents, not by writing in a blog, but by day trading in the stock market.
Arrambide keeps a blog called Wandering Trader to share his travels and help others who aspire to enter the stock market world, but his main source of income comes from day trading for about 1-2 hours everyday.
This is the perfect solution for anyone seeking a nomadic life, but doesn’t have the necessary skills to create a successful blog. All the information on getting started in the day trading market can be found on Arrambide’s blog in the day trading section.
4. Create a YouTube Channel
It’s debatably one of the best ways to document your adventures, and, with enough subscribers and views, you can actually turn a hefty profit. Creating a YouTube channel during your travels is the perfect way to distill all of your newly found experiences.
Sonia’s Travels is just one of many examples of a young traveler who created a YouTube channel in order to offer advice on where and how to travel. With over 114,000 subscribers, Sonia’s Travels is living proof that a traveling YouTube channel can be successful.
If you’re still not sure that creating a YouTube channel can actually provide an income, just take a look at Charli’s Krafty Kitchen. It’s a cooking YouTube channel run by an 8-year-old girl and earns an average profit of $127,000 a month. Seriously.
5. Teach. . . Anything
Teaching English is not the only suitable option for jobs around the world. You can teach virtually anything, anywhere, as long as it’s something that people are generally interested in learning.
An example of a skill that many people are willing to pay to learn is yoga. All around the world people are interested in taking yoga classes and there is a plethora of resources online for qualified teachers looking for jobs around the world such as Yoga Travel Jobs. This website is set up to help employers post potential jobs as well as to give future yoga instructors a full list of options to teach around the globe.
The teaching doesn’t have to stop at language or yoga, either. You can teach practically anything you’re skilled in—swimming, surfing, rock climbing, dancing, singing, how to paint, how to play a musical instrument and so on. Just make sure to self advertise, network, and look online for helpful resources.
6. Sell Homemade Goods
We live in a world where merchants are no longer limited to selling their goods on the side of the road. They can now sell their thrifty knick-knacks to basically anyone around the world via the Internet—technology is a beautiful thing.
So if you’re a crafty person always busy with a new DIY project, selling some homemade goods could be your newfound career.
There are the typical websites like Amazon where people can sell goods to anyone with an Amazon account, ship out the product, and receive payment almost immediately.
However, a new website called Etsy offers a very similar set-up but it’s specifically directed towards people looking for unusual items and pieces of clothing. Take for example, the Etsy store Bohemian Findings. It’s an extremely successful business that runs through Etsy and focuses on creating eccentric charms for jewelry and clothing.
Depending on your product, you could continue traveling the world while creating and selling your creations online.
7. Become a Tour Guide
Photograph by Garry Knight, Flickr
So you’ve traveled to the most beautiful place on this planet and you can’t imagine your life anywhere else. One small problem, you have no means to stay. Becoming a tour guide not only allows you to stay and see the wonders of the location again and again, but you can share your passion with others.
You don’t need to have any particular skill set, besides being able to walk and talk, and you don’t even need to be familiar with the local language since many tours need English-speaking guides. As a side note, if you truly do intend to stay somewhere, you should probably take the time to learn the language.
Websites like International Guide Academy will set you up with the necessary recourses to become a trained and certified tour guide.