How To Travel For The Rest Of Your Life
How much do you travel? Once a year? Maybe twice?
Do you spend the whole year working, just to have a two-week vacation in summer, and maybe another week in Christmas?
Or maybe you’re a bit luckier than the rest and get to do some quick weekend trips every once in a while…
Still, not enough! At least for me.
What about you?
Are you one of those people who, when asked about what you would like to do for the rest of your life, would say: TRAVEL! Just that… TRAVEL!?
If you wake up every morning and just think “travel”…
If you see a travel add and your heart starts pumping like it’s gonna give you a heart attack…
If you get anxious as hell when checking your Instagram feed and watching all those pictures of places around the world where you’d like to be just now…
I feel you. We’re on the same page here. You’re a travel addict, and that’s the most amazing addiction a person can have, don’t you think?
If you have other interests and travel just means some winding up from work for you once a year just to tourist around, I respect it, but I guess this is not your post. Anyway, you can stick around for a while if you want, maybe you change your mind and become one of us (not a cult or anything… just yet :P).
OK, How Do I Do That?
I know that stating that you want to travel for the rest of your life is not the same as actuallly doing it.
It takes courage and determination.
You just need to stop for a second…
Now, clear your mind of all the noise it does with your thoughts and feelings and worries, and just think how badly you want to do it.
Just think about you life now, and where you would like to be doing at this particular moment if some genie in a bottle gave you one wish to make.
If the answer is, again, that you would like to be somewhere else right now, that you’d rather be traveling, then “no more questions, your honor“.
You know, things are in fact easier than how we think they are.
You only have one life to live (at least that you know of), and I bet you don’t want it to be just work, paying bills and having some little fun every now and then, do you?
If you want your life to be completely meaningful, you’re the only one who can do it.
It just takes a change on your mindset to decide to change your life for good and make the most of it.
Are you ready for that change?
And When I’m Determined To Do It, Then What?
If you’re at this point, Congratulations! You are already one step ahead of many people.
Now, the only question standing between you and your dreamed lifestyle is…
In which way do you want to do it?
Which kind of journey do you want to undertake?
There’s many ways of traveling, as there are many types of travelers, so how you’re gonna work it out is up to you.
So, let’s first talk about the ways you can travel the world and adopt the nomad lifestyle and we’ll later discuss another important point here, which is how you can fund your journey to happiness.
Ways To Travel The World
Let’s talk about the different forms in which you can travel, to see if you can relate any of them or maybe discover new ones that can fit you:
You get yourself a backpack and start walking. Pretty straightforward, right?
The idea here is a low-cost, adventure-oriented kind of journey, where you would use cheap accomodation and transport along the way.
Sometimes you can even hitchhike and work while you travel on farms, hotels or other places in exchange for accomodation and food.
So this is just for the adventurous spirits, not a children game.
You need to thoroughly check out the pros and cons of backpacking, before you chose this option.
Let’s say this is like an upgrade of the whole backpacking idea.
You get yourself a vehicle and hit the road. Also a pretty easy concept, huh?
In this case, we’re talking about something which requires a bit more of planning.
The idea here is a more confortable kind of travel, since you not depend on others to move around. You got your own ride, and you decide where to go and when.
You need to take into account that money is going to be an issue here since, unless you get yourself a solar car, gas is not free.
You have a wider range of possibilities to analyze, when it comes to road-tripping, depending on which vehicle are you using (it’s not the same to travel by motorcycle than doing it in a motorhome), and your financial possibilities (these will determine where you eat and sleep).
BY ANY MEANS
So you say you don’t fancy carrying a backpack and walking around and you don’t have a car either. You can still travel nomad-style making use of all the means of transport this world has to offer you.
In this case, you’re going to need a little budget to start over, like in the road-tripping case, and then figure out how to maintain yourself when the money is gone.
This way is for those who have some savings and want the wheel to start turning and then flow with it.
So in this case, your transport choice, and where you eat and sleep will depend on how you want to spend that budget, at least at first.
Now, How Do I Fund That Nomad Lifestyle?
Having seen which ways you have to travel the world for good, we have to focus now on how you can get a money flow coming for those options which require it.
If you are a free-spirit kinda person and want to adopt the natural nomad style and leave money out of the equation, you don’t need to read further. You know how to do it, and already considered the pros and cons so, if that’s your thing, just go for it!
On the other hand, if you want your travel experience to be different than that, and you are on a stage in your life where you don’t want to face that kind of daily struggle and want your journey to be easier, let’s comment some of the most used options to Earn Money While Traveling.
START A BLOG AND MONETIZE IT
Easy peasy! Internet offers you endless resources to create revenue with your site today.
So basically, you only need a laptop and a decent connexion, you create your free website and you have a business you can run yourself from anywhere in the world.
You even have online platforms where you can learn and network with many people all over the world.
But if you want to do it the right way, and you don’t want to trust any of those right away, check out my full review on the Best Online Marketing Community, with more than 800.000 members willing to help you anytime and which offers outstanding training, WordPress-based website platform and 24/7 support, all in the same place, and the most important thing here, it is completely free to join.
From that point, you’re good to go and follow your dreams.
SELL YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
If you love photography and have a tone of them from all the places you’ve been in your hard disk, you can sell them!
Yeah! You don’t need to be a professional photographer to sell your pictures.
Millions of companies all over the world are always looking for new images to add to their marketing campaigns, websites, products, and so on, and they don’t have to be pieces of art, actually the most sold ones are usually the most natural and simple shots.
If you’re into this, don’t forget to check my tips on how to sell your photographs online and turn your passion into a full-time thriving business.
HOUSE / PET SITTING
There’s many online companies that offer free stays all over the world in exchange for other services.
For instance, Trusted House Sitters puts you in contact with people who will let you stay at their homes when they are away, and the only thing you have to do is take care of their houses or their pets if they have them.
So if you like animals, this would be a very good option for accomodation. You save on one of the main expenses of your travel plus you get to hang out and look after animals during your stay. Sounds good, right? 😉
You can check out here my full review about this company.
There are many professions that allow you to work anywhere in the world.
If you are, for instance, a graphic designer, a programmer, an app developer, a consultant of any kind, a writer, illustrator, translator, marketing expert… (the list of fields is endless), there are platforms like UpWork which help freelancers contact companies requiring many types of services.
You just contact them, wherever you find yourself in the world, do the work they need, send it to them and get paid.
Just think about your hobbies and other stuff you do for fun and you’re good at.
Let’s say you’re an expert dancer, diver, surfer, personal trainer, musician, photographer…
You can teach any of them anywhere in the world and get paid for that. For real!
Even languages. It doesn’t have to be only english. If you are good at any other language, you can easily teach it wherever it’s more demanded.
CRUISE SHIP OR PRIVATE YACHTS EMPLOYMENT
This is a good way to get a decent salary while traveling the world.
Actors, waiters, customer service agents, sales persons, engineers, cooks… There’s hundreds of positions to fill on these field, so there’s also many opportunities there.
The bright side of this kind of job is that you don’t need to spend any money on food or accomodation, so your total monthly salary ends up right into your pocket.
Are You Up For This?
Remember at the start of this article, when you agreed you’re a travel addict like me?
There’s nothing stopping you now but yourself.
So think no more and do what you love!
I’m sure some of these ways to travel the world for the rest of your life have inspired you enough to take the leap and change your life for good.
Remember that nobody got anything awesome from staying in their comfort zone.
So just do it, do what you need to be happy and then, come back and tell us how you’re loving it!
We’ll be thrilled to know about your experiences out there, and maybe you can inspire somebody else do the same!
And if you know any other ways to travel the world and make it your lifestyle, please feel free to leave a comment and share them with all of us.
Good luck and have a nice trip!