The fundamentals of location independence: how to work while on the road

2023-02-04 02:09:18 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

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It's commonly believed that vacationing requires a large sum of money. The reality is that you Even though getting started in the working and traveling world takes some initiative and bravery, the world has never been so open to possibilities and adaptability, and it's high time that we take advantage of this.

I understand how disheartening it is to be stuck at home or in the office while everyone else seems to be off having the time of their lives on exotic vacations all over the world. With responsibilities like paying rent and groceries, it's hard to imagine ever being able to afford such a carefree way of life.  

I guess some of them will be very wealthy. However, some of them have found ways to make ends meet on their own, so it is possible for them to do so. I'm going to give you the tools you need to successfully juggle work and travel, and I'll show you how it can be done.

Managing work and travel commitments simultaneously  

Many of us have become accustomed to working from home and would find that working abroad would be little different. Making money while seeing the world is a great way to pick up a new language, gain self-assurance, and experience a new culture.  

You can put it on your resume and reap the many benefits it offers.  

Leaving a secure job and a familiar city to venture into an unknown one can be a terrifying prospect. There's potential for great reward alongside the risks and difficulties involved.

So, what options do we have? You can do your job in ten different ways, some of which are listed below.

One option is to do some volunteer work in exchange for free housing.

It's common knowledge that volunteering is a great way to earn money while seeing the world. You can find any kind of volunteer work that suits your interests and skills thanks to the abundance of options.  

Maybe it's working at a nature lodge and gaining knowledge about environmental preservation and ecology. Perhaps it's helping out on a farm and eating local fare in a less populated area. A good example would be lending your digital savvy to a hostel in order to help them improve their online visibility. There is a place for you in the world, no matter what your special skill set may be.  

If you want to volunteer abroad for the sake of learning about other cultures, Worldpackers is a fantastic place to begin. Watch this video for a complete breakdown of how to organize a successful work exchange during your next trip.

Volunteering is a great way to gain new experiences and develop your existing abilities. Many hosts are happy to instruct guests so that the information they learn can be shared with others.  

Volunteering's lack of financial reward is one of the activity's obvious drawbacks. It's not like you're getting nothing in return; you're just compensated in other ways. This can include a place to stay, food, laundry facilities, and even excursions or activities at no cost. Where you volunteer makes a huge difference, so pick wisely.  

Work as a tour guide and spread your enthusiasm for travel with others.

Tour guiding is an exciting and engaging way to meet new people and share your enthusiasm for your community with visitors. If you have a magnetic personality and enjoy meeting new people, consider becoming a tour guide.

The best part is that you can customize it to your exact tastes. Tours could be done on foot, by bike, scooter, or even while running. There are countless potential tour themes, such as a daytime sightseeing tour, an evening bar crawl, or a culinary adventure.

Working as a tour guide requires extensive time spent in one location, but each tour provides an opportunity to learn new information and impress your clients. You will have the chance to interact with new people every day and learn about hidden gems in your own backyard.

If you want to break into this field, you should first familiarize yourself with the area you plan to guide in. Take a stroll, ride a bike, take the bus, and talk to the locals to really get a feel for the area and the culture. )

Second, look for a tour company or hostel/hotel in your area that is hiring tour guides. Thereafter, you could go out on your own and launch a business, but that's a huge leap, so start small.  

Third, you can make money doing what you love while traveling and exercising.

Working in the fitness industry isn't easy; there are always new challenges to face, new demands to meet, and not to mention the time commitment.

It's not hard to find work abroad if you have certification to teach fitness classes like personal training, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, or any of a number of others.

You can find work at a nearby fitness center if you have the necessary certifications and insurance, or you can launch your own fitness-related enterprise.

The internet is a great place to share your own fitness journey through the creation of a video on YouTube or another site. People like the convenience and cost-effectiveness of online fitness programs because they can do their workouts from home.

Keeping tabs on clients is also a breeze in the digital realm, so long as you maintain open lines of communication with them.  

When you travel, you can put your translation skills to use.

To what extent are your language skills diversified? Then perhaps you should consider becoming a translator. Translators, whether they work with spoken or signed languages, help get a message across to an audience.

A job like this would be extremely rewarding because it involves facilitating interpersonal relationships. If you're qualified enough, this could lead to a job teaching, running a business, or even hosting a TV show.

Tips for working remotely while seeing the world as a "digital nomad"

This is a rapidly-expanding field of employment that has recently seen a surge in demand. A "digital nomad" is a person who travels but maintains a remote job. Any place with an internet connection qualifies, such as their house, a coffee shop, a library, or even just the backyard.  

There will be an increased need for people with these skills as the digital sector continues to expand. Irrational as it may seem to some, it's actually quite clever. It liberates workers from being tied down to a single location by allowing them to do their jobs from anywhere.  

How, then, does one start a nomadic career in the digital age? Jobs in fields like advertising and social media are great entry-level options. Learn the ins and outs of social media, establish your brand's voice, and maintain your presence. Even though it will require effort, the payoff will be well worth it.  

As a social media influencer, you can make a living while seeing the world.

Travel influencers and social media marketers are two examples of digital nomads that some businesses may hire because they can do their jobs remotely and at the click of a button. Because most of it can be completed on the go with just a smartphone, it's convenient and easy to use.  

When promoting a product or service, some businesses will look to USG (user-generated content), which means they want actual customers to share their thoughts on the product or service.  

You can become a brand ambassador and get paid to create content if you establish a positive and trustworthy relationship with the brand.

Don't miss out on the top advice you need to become a travel influencer without spending a dime.

Sixth, you can work as an independent contractor and set your own hours.

Work from home and market yourself online if you have marketable skills like photo or video editing. There are a lot of people who have gone this route, and while it can be challenging, it's also very rewarding.  

You can get your freelancing career off the ground and make connections with people who share your interests on sites like Fiverr and Dribble.  

Freelancing, on the other hand, isn't reserved for artists; it's open to anyone who wants to work for themselves and establish their own schedule and rates.

7. Your travels can motivate you to start a career as a writer.

Have a passion for travel and telling stories If so, you might thrive in the role of a travel writer. There are many people who will pay you to blog about your travels in exchange for placing ads in your posts.  

Writing about your travels is a great way to share your experiences with others, and all it takes to get published is a love of the craft and some initiative. This is precisely what Worldpackers does. Many people from different parts of the world share their travel stories, advice, and insights in written form on websites (such as this one). )  

As a teacher, you are not restricted to working in a single location.

Can you convey ideas clearly and enjoy teaching others? What about pursuing a career in education and passing along your enthusiasm to others? One can teach in a variety of settings while on the road, from online English classes to classroom assistance to private lessons to community revitalization efforts.

9 You can make a living as a traveling filmmaker or photographer

In recent years, there has been a worldwide uptick in the need for photographers and videographers, which has resulted in a slew of new employment possibilities for those There is an audience for any type of photography, whether it be landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, or even elopements and bachelorette parties.

There is a need for experience here, but don't let that stop you from giving it a shot. A camera, video editing software, and a promotion strategy are essential tools.

This may involve establishing a profile on a social media platform or launching a website to showcase your work. Show your work (with permission, of course) to potential clients once you begin receiving paying customers.

And these are just a few examples; if you didn't know how to work and travel before, you do now. All that's required is that you make up your mind about what you want and go get it.  

For more information on Worldpackers' amazing travel jobs, check out "How to balance working and traveling the world."

Add your own ideas to the discussion below if you have them. I'm eager to hear your thoughts.  

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