If you could leave everything you have behind and travel the world, would you go? Such is the dream of a lot of people who never make it a reality because they believe there is no way to meet their financial obligations without staying at home and working a full-time job. But nothing could be further from the truth.
It is fair to say that full-time travel is not for everyone. But for those who fit the mould, there are literally dozens of ways to fund one's travel while on the move and, when necessary, have additional money to send home. Below are just a few suggestions.
Agree to Teach English
One of the most popular ways to travel and work at the same time is to sign up to teach English. Believe it or not, countries all over the world are desperate for English teachers year-round. These are great opportunities because you do not necessarily need to be a certified teacher as long as you are a native speaker. Often you do not have to commit to a full year, either. There are opportunities for part-time assignments that make it possible to switch locales multiple times in a given year. And while you are teaching, you get to learn all about local culture and customs.
Be a Blogger
If you have decent writing skills and a laptop computer, you might consider blogging. Travel bloggers are very popular right now, providing lots of valuable information for others planning to take their own trips. You can raise money by either selling advertising, selling memberships to your website, or contacting travel related companies and asking if they are willing to sponsor your blog. Just spend a few minutes searching travel blogs online; you'll be surprised how many there are with paid advertising.
Become a Freelancer
Freelancing is an excellent way to travel and work at the same time. Whether you are a writer, photographer, graphic designer, or technical consultant, you can probably work virtually anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. There is only one caution to this mode of funding, however: deadlines are the bread and butter of freelancers. You have to be careful not to get so carried away with your travel that you do not make the deadlines your clients set. Otherwise, you could find yourself out of work very quickly.
Produce Travel Videos
Another great idea is to create travel videos as you go. You may never be an international television star, but there is a market for self-produced videos from real people. You can sell your videos on your own website or through your favourite online retailer. Conversely, you could create a membership-based site where viewers pay an annual fee to watch your videos.
And there you have it. Just a few ideas to help you on your quest to travel and fund your adventure as you move. If you want to see the big wide world, there are ways to pay for it.