Yay I’ve almost made it to 5 years full time travel (with a quick holiday to the UK)
Okay when I set off in 2014 this was totally not my intention.
In reality I thought I’d be in New Zealand for 3 months and then run out of money and have to go home. Well, all these years later I’ve managed to survive on the road making money many different ways and here’s how.
I know what everyone really wants is quick fix answers, and you’ll be glad to know that you WILL be able to find them right here.
I get so many messages asking how I afford to travel full time, so here’s the answer:
Digital nomad life is as good as it gets! Right now at this current chapter of my life I am an online English teacher earning £15 an hour USD$18.50 I can teach in what ever location I happen to be in (as long as theres WiFi) and I can honestly say that this is the most free I’ve ever felt. Working from my mobile phone in whichever country I find myself in is a blessing.
I don’t have a university degree and I left school at 16. So if this doesn’t prove that ANYONE CAN DO IT then I don’t know what will. If you want to find out more about which company I teach for and how I got my TEFL/TEYL certificate then click here.
Before becoming a digital nomad I worked in every country I visited.
I’ve worked on a boat as a photographer, in bars, I’ve scrubbed floors and shovelled snow with a broken arm in New Zealand, I’ve performed (playing music) in bars, restaurants and ski resorts and I’ve worked on farms in tropical northern Australia etc…
Working holiday visas are easy to acquire online and you can work in each country for a whole year without having to renew your visa! I ended up getting a sponsorship in New Zealand from the Ice Bar I was working at and this allowed me to stay in the country for over 2 years.
In Australia you must complete 88 days or 3 months of farm work to get your second year visa. I completed all of my farm work but haven’t used my second year visa yet.
Saving money is a huge part of long term travel, you become really money savvy whilst on the road. When I go to a party I only drink water, I don’t like the idea of spending money on something I can pee out, why do that when you could save for a flight? I know drinking water and eating cheap food sounds really boring, but for me it’s either that or having a 9-5 in the UK, I know what I choose.
Add all of these tips together and there you have it! Full time travelling for as long as you want! Life is about sacrifices, and to travel full time you’ll have to make more than a few, but I promise you, it’s so worth it.
If you’re interested in teaching online, click here to find out how you can join me in this digital nomad life.
Thank you so much for reading.
Wishing you safe adventures,
The Lost Girl