Not much can match the feeling of being a global vagabond, touching down in a new city in a new country and quickly making it your new home. But funding this sort of adventure can be tricky. Here are some ways to get out there and see the world without living like a pauper.
#1: Extreme Telecommuting
Have a sit down with your employer and discuss the possibility of working from home the majority of the time. Unless your job requires you to be physically present in order to interact face-to-face with customers all day, telecommuting could be a possibility. Try getting your foot in the door with working from home (or anywhere) and then work on expanding how much you can do away from the office.
#2: Long-Term Sabbatical
If at all possible you could see if you can work out a long-term sabbatical, but for most professions this would be a long shot. College professors enjoy a sabbatical as one of their many perks, and it often takes 7 years to earn a year off. Maybe you can’t swing a year of paid leave, but see how much you can squeeze out of them.
#3: 4-Hour Workweek “Muse”
In his book The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss says you should find a Muse, a largely hands-off income generator that lets you earn money while you’re off having an awesome life. At his blog he gives case studies showing how to make a $4,000 a month Muse, which would be enough to live quite nicely in many east Asian cities for starters.
Also, trading penny stocks for profit could be considered a Muse. It’s all a matter of doing something you can get passionate about, and that can be done from anywhere.
#4: Freelance Writing
In many respects, writing is the best job for the global nomad because you can do it from anywhere, it doesn’t take a huge amount of time, and the better you get at it the more you can earn. Be sure to set up a good base of clients before setting off, as it can be pretty stressful to start things up while you’re on the go.
#5: Travel Blogging
Similar to freelance writing, travel blogging makes perfect sense for the non-stop traveler. You could write your own blog documenting your own travels, build up your audience and feature ads and products that you recommend. You could also contribute to a pre-established travel blog and build up your following that way, trading your adventure stories for a fixed price.
If you are planning an extensive cross-globe trip you should look into getting a sponsor. Think about how amazing it would be to go all over the world on someone else’s dime. You could do something silly like “Dancing Matt” Harding and dance your way around the world, getting sponsorship from credit card company Visa to do his dancing in dozens more places.
#7: Odd Jobs In Odd Places
As a last resort you can always work your way around the world, picking up odd jobs here and there to make ends meet. There’s a program called WWOOF that has you working on organic farms located all over the world. You can also get a job on a cruise ship that would have you checking out ports in some pretty exotic locations.
No matter what, if your desire to travel is big enough you’ll find a way to make ends meet. Never let lack of funding stop you from seeing the world and living your life the way you want.