So the Globetrotting Texan is back in full swing. And in this post I will tell you all my secrets revealing how I remain financially stable (kind off) while I travel the world.
It’s actually pretty simple. All you need is a mixture of creativity and resourcefulness. There are many ways to make money while you travel out there. Just look around and pick the best one for you: you can have a job or a combination of jobs that are location-independent, sign up for a specific program to go abroad in search of international experiences (minus all the fees from expensive study abroad programs) and travel from your new foreign base, or even just make money by having fun. Here are my own preferred techniques.
- International Programs. I have previously mentioned the program that got me living abroad in France: TAPIF. There are a myriad of programs out there that can get you abroad, discovering new places. Why not try Peace Corps, or Fulbright? Depending on your own interests you can pick the one that fits your profile the most and just… apply. You might not get paid a lot every month, but at least it will be enough to support yourself while you’re abroad and I assure you that it will still be a life-changing experience.
- Travel Blogging. First off, it’s not easy to profit from travel blogging. It takes time, dedication and specific knowledge that — for example — I have yet to acquire. But if you want to consider this as a possibility, why not just start your own travel blog as you go about the world? You won’t see profits very quickly, but if you’re already traveling and you want to keep your friends and family aware of your whereabouts and adventures, start by creating your blog and slowly work on your long-term plan to build your travel-blogging empire. Hereare some good starter tips.
- The Big Easy. Online gambling and games. Yes, it may not be for all, but there are certain travel bloggers that are living the dream of being — quite literally — international players. If that’s too much for you, why not try some online bingo?
- Sell Stuff Online. From your used books on Amazon, to your private wardrobe items in several websites. Cut down on material possessions by putting it all out there online, and using the profits to fund your trips.
- Sell Yourself. No, not that way… unless you want to. But most of us have certain talents that can be easily marketed online. I am good at languages, so I became a location-independent translator. Some people are good at graphic design, consultancy, investing, editing, writing… so whatever your skill is, find it, and market it online.