In a few months you could be sitting on a beautiful Brazilian beach, gazing at snow-capped Swiss mountain tops or find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of a quirky city like Tokyo. Quitting your job and travelling the world is THE dream for a lot of people. When the monotony of the 9 to 5 gets too much to bear, you just want to get away for a while, become a nomad, see some exotic and faraway lands. Lots of people have done it! Why shouldn’t you?
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You might think it takes a lot of balls to ditch your office job in favour of a nomadic lifestyle. But we’ve got some amazing tips that will help you work from anywhere in the world. It might just be easier than you think...
1. Prepare Yourself
Some people just stand up and leave. But these people tend to fail. The guys that have managed to travel the world, whilst earning a living for years, have put a lot of time and effort into the careful planning and preparation of their trip.
To begin with, you’ll need to save up some cash to fund your travels and help you get by for a few months if you can’t find work. You’ll probably want enough money to live for about three months, as a nice little stash to fall back on.
Matthew Karsten, or The Expert Vagabond, prepared for his travels like a boss! He got rid of all the unnecessary expenses such as his gym and Netflix subscriptions. He swapped his car for a bicycle. He stopped going on as many nights out and ate on a budget. All of which meant he easily saved $7000 in a year with just a few changes to his regime.
What Karsten did that’s even more interesting though, is that he began to build up an online source of income before he left, selling electronic guide books. Although this venture didn’t pan out for him in the end, this is definitely the way to do it.
We’ll go on to discuss the various ways of making money in just a moment. But while we’re talking about prepping, it’s a great idea to start laying the foundations for the work you’re going to do aboard, before you get away. This might mean setting up a way to earn a passive income as in Karsten’s case, or building up a list of clients you will work for etc.
2. Become an Online Entrepreneur
There are a million and one stories about people giving up their snoozefest jobs and becoming professional bloggers. It’s true that it’s difficult to become successful in such a venture because there are so many people trying to do it.
But there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a bash. Even though there is a huge number of people doing it, there’s also a huge demand. It would be amazing to be able to turn a hobby or a passion into a profession and write your way around the world.
Jodi Ettenberg, the founder of travel and food site Legal Nomads, gives her account of quitting her job as a corporate lawyer to travel. What’s nice about Jodi’s story is that she doesn’t sugar coat the experience like many others do. She tells us that it’s great to be able to travel and do what you love doing but it doesn’t come without its hardships.
However, there are a lot to consider when thinking about this pursuing this option. Building up a blog can take lots of time! Therefore, it might be better to freelance and have several streams of income before that. You can offer up whatever skills you have available, you can blog, you can make a passive income selling ebooks or do all of the above at the same time. This is probably the most likely way you’re going to stay afloat while travelling.
You could even set up a business to operate from the road as one of your many streams of income. Colin Wright provides a perfect example on how to do this. He set up a brand consultancy, a T-shirt shop, a blog, sold ebooks- all simultaneously. Talk about dipping your toes into several different pools.
3. Keep Your Job and Work Remotely
Another way to fund your travels is by asking your boss (very kindly), if you can do what you’re doing now but on the road. This would be impossible for some types of jobs of course, but hopefully yours isn’t one of those types of jobs.
A great example of people doing this are the participants of a new startup programme called Remote Year. Groups of people, around 75 of them, take a year away from the office to work remotely and travel the world with this company. You have to pay for it ($27,000 – ouch!) but Remote Year covers all of the flight and accommodation costs and finds hubs for the group to work at.
If your company is not offering this yet, you can get this kind of set up by organising it yourself. You can even retain the sense of community that comes with travelling and working with a group, by finding co-working spaces in various spots, all over the globe. A few examples are the Coconat Space in Berlin, the Surf Office in Gran Canaria and Mutinerie Coworking, just outside of Paris.
4. It's not all About Online Work
Most people do tend to work online while travelling. This is probably because the internet gives you freedom to work from anywhere in the world. But it’s also true that if you have any kind of skill or a specific skilled job, you can do it anywhere.
For example, you can be a diving instructor or masseuse or mechanic, anywhere in the world. This lady works as a freelance yoga instructor to earn cash while travelling and adores it. If you don’t have the skill already, it might be worth considering getting some training, in order to gain the skilled qualification before you go away.
You don’t even have to have a skilled job, while you’re away. A couple has been cleaning toilets in order to make a living while travelling. They used to be advertising execs and now they’re cleaning up crap. But at the same time, they have travelled all around Europe whilst making money with their crappy job.
The whole idea of ditching your cubicle and getting out into the world, isn’t just about releasing yourself from stress;iIt also means, trying new things. So, why not try to have a menial job that doesn’t wreck your brain? Why not try your hand at a new skill for the experience of it?
If you’re truly passionate about the idea of giving up your job to travel the world, then you should definitely just take a deep breath, and do it. However, this doesn’t happen overnight; if you don’t want to be the ultimate fail then you should do some prepping and work out exactly how you’re going to earn an income while you’re away. But as this article has proved, you can essentially do anything, from anywhere in the world, as long as you really want this.