Make your ‘work’ work for you
Your work doesn’t have to weigh you down and keep you in one place. There are several options available for working while you travel.
It’s called the World Wide Web
We’re all in an incredibly fortunate position. We carry computers in our pockets and communicate instantly at the press of a button. If you’re looking to travel for extended periods then using the internet and some basic, learnable skills can get you really far. Consider freelance writing, design and social media and become the ultimate digital nomad. You could even start building your own digital community and work towards becoming an ambassador for travel related brands.
Traveller friendly work
Jobs for travellers, although not the most glamorous, are the staple of any seasoned long-term traveller. Research your chosen countries for the type of work available or ask fellow travellers who have been in the area for a while. You’ll find that there’s plenty of traveller friendly work such as bar work or teaching, these can keep you afloat as you make your way through the country.
If you want to get organised with your traveller friendly work then you can specialise in seasonal work. Working surf seasons in the summer, whether you’re instructing or in hospitality, can be a great way to travel in the sun, year after year. You can use the same principle for ski seasons, working in chalets, bars or as an instructor. In essence you can move between two seasons and two types of locations, building up expertise in both. After a few seasons you’ll have an amazing network of contacts that will guarantee you yearly work and even take you on to new locations!
Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to the countries you visit. By volunteering you help charities around the world but also gain the opportunity for unpaid accommodation and food, and a chance to get really immersed in a country’s culture.
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There are always opportunities to save money
Making the most of your funds is just as important as working for it. Here are a few ways you can stretch out those Rupees and Baht.
Be smart with your transport
It might be tempting to hail taxi or hire tour guides but using the local transport can save you money. From sleeper trains to tuk-tuks, be sure to learn the cheapest way to travel. You can also travel internationally in off-peak times and use lay-overs to bring your air-fare costs down.
You can still find clean, cheap accommodation which can come with some perks. Hostels often offer breakfast included which can be cheaper than finding your own. They also usually come equipped with a kitchen meaning you can join your fellow travellers in a large shared meal. If you want to be even savvier you might be able to do some camping, just make sure you follow the country’s laws about where you can pitch a tent.
Plan and budget
This seems obvious but it’s also one of the most important ways to stay travelling for longer. Make a rough plan for the year and start to budget. It doesn’t have to be a week by week itinerary but should at least give you an idea of where you will be throughout the year, how you will plan to get there and what you might get up to. When will you need to work to continue travelling? Is work easier to find during certain parts of your trip? Will you need more money for some areas than others? These are all questions you should be answering before you head out.
Long term travelling isn’t easy, and isn’t for everyone, but it can be done. With a little work, some smart decisions and some clever planning, you can make your life the travelling adventure you dreamed of.