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Can you earn a living as a nomad?

by Marie-Sarah Published on December 21, 2015

During a three-month trip to South America that I took in the spring of 2015, I found myself thinking about how amazing it would be to turn my travels into a full-time career.

One of the first things I learned on that trip is that my three-month adventure was hardly a big deal to the backpackers I met along the way. And why would it be when so many of them had spent years on the road. Still, I had to wonder, what do these people do to survive? It’s not like globe-trotting comes cheap...

Technology has certainly been a blessing to the wanderers of the world, who can now make money without ever setting foot in an office. They can work from anywhere with a laptop and Wi-Fi–a golden opportunity more and more travellers are clearly using to their advantage!

They can get hired as a telecommuter or create their own job, like blogging, a path many nomads have taken. Imagine earning a living just by posting pictures or stories of your adventures! Johnny Ward, a proud citizen of the world, is doing it as part of his mission to see every country in the world. He’s already managed to visit 177 countries out of 193 thanks to his Website!

While travel blogging may be the most obvious way to earn a living if you’re a wanderer at heart, it’s not as easy as you might think to stand out in this niche market. That said, I did meet plenty of fellow travellers who made money in many other ways.

Some did freelance work in their field of expertise–graphic design, translation, consulting...The list of things a freelancer can do remotely these days to make money is virtually endless.

Others found odd jobs where they were. In many countries, people who speak English can easily find a job at a youth hostel or find temp jobs at bars or restaurants. Those who master the language can even teach English as a second language. You’d be surprised to learn how high the demand is for English teachers abroad!

If English isn’t your strength but you’re good at sports, becoming a surfing or yoga instructor is another way to go. You can even study these disciplines abroad. What could be sweeter than becoming a certified surfing or yoga instructor in Bali? I met someone who did just that while managing the social media accounts of a few Quebec brands. Talk about the good life!

So, yes, it is possible to earn as living as a nomad but while this lifestyle may seem idyllic, it isn’t for everyone and there are plenty of downsides to not having a place to call home.

Keep that in mind the next time you’re wondering if you should buy a one-way or roundtrip ticket to that exotic place you’ve always dreamed of seeing!

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