As I surf the web, I sometimes come across blog posts where the blogger reveals how he or she manages money while on the road.
And because these location-independent bloggers have done a great job at explaining how they support themselves, I feel like interviewing them would only repeat information that’s already available on their own websites.
So I decided to present some of those blog posts here.
I have chosen five location-independent bloggers who have continue to make money as they travel.
Because these are prominent bloggers, they may also make money from their websites. But as far as I can tell, they can all survive without blogging income.
Because it’s been a while since some of these blog posts were written, I also reached out to these location-independent bloggers to check if they have any updates.
I think it’s interesting how they do very different things to earn money while traveling. :)
Talon of 1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure
Talon took his son on an adventure with only $900 in his savings account. He has secured some work before leaving and continues to find gigs as they travel. Talon has worked as a medical transcriptionist, writer and scuba dive instructor.
- Medical transcription work
- Freelance writing
- Teaching scuba diving whenever the opportunity arises
That article is still accurate. I think I mention this in the post, but basically I want to emphasize to people that they really are only limited by their imagination. There are SO many ways to earn and save money while one travels. I really encourage people to think outside the proverbial box, make a list of ALL the things they LOVE to do and see if just maybe one or more of those things couldn’t become an income stream for them.
After I published this post, Talon also added in the Comments section below that his blog does account for most of his income now. Over email, he also further clarified:
When we first began our trip, doing medical transcription and freelance writing were my main income sources. We were traveling for just over a year before the blog started making any income, and it was about 1-1/2 years before it became our primary source of income.
Audrey of That Backpacker
This Canadian had her first taste of travel while escaping Canadian winters on family trips. She continued to travel in college and moved to South Korea when she graduated. She teaches English in South Korea and writes for various online publications.
- Teaching English in South Korea
- Freelance writing
[This] specific article talks about the different ways I have funded my travels over the years: part time jobs in high school and university, teaching English in Korea, freelancing and blogging, etc. Nothing new to add to it, it’s pretty up to date. :)
John and Nancy of Family on Bikes
When John and Nancy took off to travel with their kids, they rented out their home in Boise and also lived off the 5% interest they were getting from their savings. Then the housing market collapsed and the savings interest rate dropped to 0.5%. After doing some thinking, they decided to move the money from their savings account into real estate instead. Now rent has become a considerable portion of their income. (Read this post on passive income for more details on making money from investments.)
- Rent from properties
- Interest from savings account
We are not traveling now, but yes, that is still how we fund our lives. If we were to take off, not much would change in the financial arena.
Shannon of A Little Adrift
Shannon was working online as an SEO consultant in LA when she decided she needed a change of scenery. When she told her dad that she was thinking of moving to Boston, he said, “Well, you can pretty much work from anywhere, so I say do it.” This one sentence gave Shannon “an epiphany of sorts”. She bought a one-way ticket to Australia and has been traveling ever since.
- SEO consulting
- Book royalty? (Shannon briefly mentioned publishing a book in the blog post, so I assumed she would be earning royalty now, but read her response below for her clarification.)
I still do the SEO and online consulting for sure, and that pays the bulk of my bills each month. My book is now out, but the income stream from that is negligible really. The book has brought me some great press, but it was a self-published book and so it is not and was not published for the money-making part of the equation.
My website brings in a very modest (maybe 10% of my monthly earnings) income through Amazon affiliate links.
Hope that helps. The consulting remains the way I fund traveling!
Marcello of WanderingTrader
Instead of going to college, Marcello took out a $25,000 student loan and invested it in stocks. The stock market beat him and he lost all that money in one month, but he didn’t give up. Today, after almost 10 years of day trading, Marcello only has to work one or two hours per day to generate enough income to travel.
- Day trading in the stock market
Read more here: Here’s What WanderingTrader is All About at WanderingTrader
I make money from wanderingtrader as well via travel.. I day trade, train guys to trade, and also make money with the travel site