Nina Ragusa, a 31 year old raring, driven, full-time traveller, has defied all stereotypes about working and travelling, being a square peg in a round hole. At the age of 26, she set out to explore the world with barely any savings. How she managed to travel to various countries, is a story that will surely intrigue you.
We all toil and work hard for 11 months in anticipation of that 1 month break (if one is lucky!). While a steady source of income is indispensible to live and fund your travel expeditions, constantly gazing out the window dreaming about travelling around the world, means that it’s high time you put things in perspective.
Wondering how to solve this career vs. wanderlust dilemma?
It’s simple, think of ways to earn money while travelling. That way your income is not disrupted and you become more of a seasoned traveller than just a tourist. With a laptop and internet connection, you can earn a reasonable amount of money in short and long-term projects on fixed /hourly rates at entry-level or expert roles.
Now, gear up to know how you can make money transfer during travel, being a digital nomad.
Talk to your employer
This is the easiest way to work on the go. As your employer knows you professionally, the ice- breaking, negotiating and trust issues could be sorted out easily. Let your boss know that you’d like to work in a location independent model. The transition, payment, and the other dependencies could be simpler this way. Corporates too are warming up to this idea as less stress and a customised work environment increases creativity and productivity.
Blog about your travel experience
Blog about all your travel experiences, as trivial as they might be. Readers usually love the small and honest detailing than elaborate usual travel writing. The more followers you have on your blog, the better for you. You can earn good revenue via advertisements placed on your blog, affiliate linking (getting paid if a reader buys a product by clicking through your blog) and brand partnerships. You could also do freelance writing for other travel sites such as the travel channel, lonely planet etc.
As you go up the ladder, you’ll notice that tourism boards in countries would invite you over to visit and write about your experiences there, in order to promote tourism in their country.
Monetize your shutterbugs skills
You could license the photographs you’ve taken and sell them to tour companies, tourism boards and operators, outdoor brands, media outlets, ad agencies and design firms to be used in marketing and advertising campaigns.
Check out online portals
To hunt down work assignments and opportunities, check out online portals such as up work, Freelancer, Guru, People per hour etc. You can find several freelance career options such as graphic designing, web development, social media consulting, online tutoring, and translating or even remote project management.
Since you are not going to be physically around with your employer/ client, it is very important that you maintain punctuality, integrity and open communication channels to get credibility and more meaningful projects. Stay on top of e-mails and don’t forget to let your client know when you’re taking a break or getting into the woods with no connectivity so that misapprehensions could be avoided. Also ensure you have a proper, easy to understand contract in place before you commence your work. Set up an online money transfer account to send and receive money wherever you are! Also carry a multi-currency travel card with you, which will help you to travel wallet-light and safe.
So go ahead, quench your wanderlust, while still earning a handsome income!