Sofie has quit her job to travel and blog full time. Sofie’s case is a little different from other travelers I’ve interviewed because she still lives in the same city as before, but she has freed up her schedule so she could take off to travel any time she wants. In this interview, find out how Sofie prepared herself before quitting her 9-to-5 and becoming her own boss.
Jo of The Blond Travels grew up in Poland and lived in the UK for 10 years. Then, without having done much planning, Jo quit her job in London and moved to Thailand. Find out how she fell in love with travel and created her new lifestyle in this interview!
You caught the travel bug the first time you went to Thailand. What was it about this trip that made you want to travel more?
The sights, smells and tastes of Thailand stole my heart, but I was also taken away by the freedom I felt while travelling. We didn’t really have a schedule. We went to Bangkok first and then decided where to go next on a whim. I didn’t know that you could travel like that.
Some of my friends in the UK did backpacking and I had no idea how they could afford travelling so much. During that trip I realized that countries like Thailand are really cheap. Plus, you could stay in hostels and dorms and still have a wonderful holiday.
I finally felt like doing something else rather than being stuck behind a desk. At 30, I understood that in my 20s I should have lived my life in a completely different way, that I took life too seriously when I really should have done more travelling, have fun more.
How long does it take to be financially ready to travel full time?
The answer, of course, depends on your personal situation.
For Aileen, it didn’t take long at all. Once she recognized what she wanted, she took action to make it come true. In a matter of months, she started earning money online.
And quitting a stable job to travel doesn’t have to be a huge, scary leap into the unknown either. Aileen took small steps and reached her goals gradually.
Traveling full time usually also means quitting conventional, secure jobs.
That’s a scary thing to do, especially if you’ve always had conventional, secure jobs all your adult life. So there’s a big puzzle you feel you have to solve before you jump: How can you not run out of money when you always travel and don’t have a “real” job?
Over the years, Nick and Dariece of Goats on the Road have been RTW-ers, full-time travelers, expats and digital nomads. But it seems to me like they’ve maintained the same approach when it comes to their finances: plan for about a year or two into the future and see what happens.
If you want to travel full time, there’s a temptation to figure out every single thing before you start. I hope this interview can show that it’s okay to take it one step at a time.
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Meet Agness and Cez — a couple of friends (really, they’re just friends!) from Poland who have been traveling the world together for a few years.
They travel the world on a bare-bones budget of $25 per day and feature their cheap travel tips on their website, eTramping. For them, budget travel isn’t just a necessity, but a choice. “For us traveling isn’t that addictive, unpredictable and fun when you feel financially secure,” they said.
These two aren’t just travelers; they’re tramps — which, they say, “is about being temporarily homeless with perspectives”.
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Today, I’m interviewing Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo. Nora used to be a financial planner, but she said goodbye to her six-figure income to embrace a life of travel. She has traveled full-time for 6 years and has only recently decided to make Grenada her home base.
Nora managed to create this lifestyle by saving up before traveling and slowly building a freelance writing career over the years. She also uses a variety of tools so she can travel full time for less. Her accommodation and transport expenses are ridiculously low! She has just finished writing her e-book How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World; it’s a great resource for anyone who wants to try free accommodation options.
Read on to discover her secrets! Click here.
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. :)
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