Even though you will get to live in some awesome places it definitely is not all fun and games. You have to work for a living, also you need to feed your creative soul. We all want some purpose in life you may find you might not need to work a five day a week job. But instead you want more time to enjoy the finer things in life and live in the moment. I’m a firm believer that work should not consume more than half our life in order to have that balance between work and play, especially if you don’t enjoy your work. I’m lucky I enjoy what I do, or at least most of the time. If you have the ideal job then you may want to work more. It all depends on what you want from life.
Not many of us have the chance to dream and really know what we want from life, and its something that lies beneath the surface of our mind. My advice is get to know the real you, taking more time to really think about what you want from life, not just in work but in play. The next step is to figure out a way to get there.
One thing traveling has taught me is I need less in this life, I don’t own a car or a house, so this allows me more freedom to move if I want, because none of these things hold me down. This enables me the chance to live in countries that cost less to live, which allows me to save more and prepare for the important things in life, like my health and my loved ones, I cherish the experience more.
Don’t get me wrong if I was a millionaire I would have a Harley Davidson Rocker with all the whistles, then I’d go for the Dodge Charger, perhaps I’d have the villa on the beach. Maybe one day I will, but I may rent or hire it instead from the interest my money makes else where.
The best things about traveling especially in Asia is we can afford a nicer lifestyle.
If you want to travel and work at the same time my first bit of advice, is to get started before you leave, this will give you the chance to see if you can make things work for you before you go. Once you have a new routine and you are confident you can make a living online, this will make the experiences of traveling more enjoyable and you won’t be stressed out about making money. I speak from experience here, I did not figure out a way to work online, and I hit a few emotional blocks inside my head. I run out of money early on in my traveling. I like earning my own money so having to rely on my partner was tough, but I was fortunate enough to have a partner who was not worried about me earning money, while I went through the transition.
When I started traveling I had no idea on how to earn a living on line, or what I wanted to do, plus I really was not that computer savvy. I didn’t have the confidence to talk to people online. But with one step at a time and a partner who knew the ropes, and help guide me along my path I got there. My writing was a problem too, I didn’t know how to write my feelings down and I made spelling mistake after mistake and I still do. I’m not a writer, but I know my experience and if I can help anyone to be inspired to do something for themselves? then thats all that maters right? After all I’m only human and we all make mistakes, its what we learn from them that counts.
Today 7 years on and I have overcome those fears and many others, but I’m still learning and adapting to my life moment by moment.
Think about what you want to do and research to see if you can do it. Starting an online business before you travel will be like walking before you can run, you will need confidence that your idea can work. If there are any ideas or questions that springs to your mind, Google knows just ask! Information now is there at a push of a button, and people with experiences are behind those buttons. It may be a cyber world but its very much organic behind the scenes.
Here is small list of jobs that can be done online:
- Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Online jobs elance this link will break down this list and show you more of what can be done online as well as give you examples of jobs you can do.
Today it is getting easier to work on line, the most important thing to have online is an Paypal account (or something similar) an online bank account which most high street banks have now, a friendly bank that you can use overseas, most do, but some have better rates than others. So now you have those two in place you can access your money and get paid for work, all you need is a job. If you have an online internet job already then great, you can get packing.
If you don’t then you need to think about where you can work. Online freelance jobs can be a great way to start earn a living. Heres a list of the different ways I earn a living online at the moment.
- Website design
- Tattoo Flash
- Competitions, always brings in commissions too 😉
- Book Illustrations
- Royalties from sites like Zazzle and licensing my art
- Affiliates although I don’t earn to much from this, but every little helps.
Location independent Lea and Jonathan Woodward on independent lifestyle coaches
4 hour work week Tim Ferriss on setting up a business and outsourcing work