Like the Queen song goes, you want to break free…
You don’t want to be tied down to your cubicle, rotting away in an office five day a week (sometimes more), getting stuck in traffic, falling asleep through meeting after endless meeting.
Time stands still and then speeds up. By the time you get home, you could be having dinner one minute and the next you’re asleep. Rinse and repeat. You go through the motions, day in and day out. Breathe in breath out.
And as the existential crisis looms, you begin to feel a deep craving somewhere deep within your belly, past the bagels and the leftover pizza, the craving for something different.
You need a change of scenery but what then will you eat?
Ironically, when the cold, TV dinners funded by your devotion to the all-consuming grind run out, you suddenly snap awake. You find a way out, you find a way to eat…
Logic sets in. If all you need is to get away and live the life you’ve always wanted, then all you need to keep that raging (and possibly expanding) belly satiated is a way to make money on the move.
However, be forewarned. Away from the daily grind, keeping your belly fed will probably require a little bit of planning, analysis and brave implementation.
What are your passions? What would you enjoy doing even while on vacation?
If your answer comes neatly packaged with some form of payment (cash, credit, PayPal?) then you are on your way, unless your greatest passion in life is chasing rabbits with a bucket of soap and shaving cream while making clucking noises. Consider taking your passion (and maybe even some of your God-given talents) and putting them to good use abroad.
Digital nomads make a decent living while living life pretty much on their own terms. Asia is a hotbed for these enterprising individuals and once your bags are packed, the world is your oyster. You could grab a Malaysia visa to work on a documentary in the quaint, tropical country for a year and then head off to Sweden for another.
It’s not the kind of lifestyle that appeals to everybody though. To be on the move constantly may sometimes come with a (sometimes unsettling) sense of disconnection. The general population of planet earth could be said to largely feel more secure when grounded, maybe going outside for just a little while and then going back home.
There are, however, some people that consider the nomadic lifestyle as sort of calling, something that they’d chase to the ends of the earth and revel in for the rest of their lives.
If travel happens to be one of your passions as well then maybe the call of the nomad is for you. But you still got to eat.
Here are some ways that you can make money while living the nomadic lifestyle.
Building websites, programming software or dealing with professional design work. Many from this nomadic age have taken their services to the web. Remember, chances are if you have a talent, there’s someone out there willing to pay you for it. Have business cards handy so if you happen to meet prospective clients, you can let them view your work and find you. Being well versed in social media channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook can help you spread the word about your services. There are plenty of avenues to this such as by joining Facebook groups and by using Twitter hashtags.
There is so much beauty in the world just waiting to be shared. If you’ve got a good eye for photography and some decent equipment, why not put two and two together. Discover places while capturing their beauty or unique points all while making a living. You could also offer your service to travel websites, magazines or even shoot photos for local weddings and events. There are also stock image sites online that may be interested enough in your creations to pay you for them.
Influencer or blogger
If you can amass an impressive amount of YouTube subscribers or Instagram followers, you may quickly find that you don’t need to be tied down by a specific location. With a simple Wi-Fi connection, you could earn a lot of money from sponsors or by monetizing your channel in other ways. Be creative. You could even try building a following on your very own travel blog where you can write about your adventures.