Working while youâ€™re on the movie is something that many long-term travelers do to help fund their adventures, some even making it their career, such as a location independent professional. Whether itâ€™s teaching English, working as a web designer, software developer or as a writer, there are plenty of jobs that allow for a nomad lifestyle.The online universe has made making money online a lot easier.
If you consider taking your career onto the road or if you would simply just like to supplement your income while on a long-term journey, there are a few things to consider that will make your life much better.
Go for Minimalism
Downsize your equipment. Sure, you canâ€™t do your job without half a dozen gadgets and ten reference manuals. But do you really want to carry all that stuff through airports, hikes or wherever you plan on traveling to? Look for places to minimize: your reference manuals may be available as PDFs and you might be able to find one gadget that does everything, like an iPad.Same goes for apparel. Do you really need so many pairs of shoes?
Be Transparent About Your Availability
You can be spontaneous and wander off into the wilderness if you want, but you should make sure that your clients or employers know that youâ€™ll be unavailable for contact during your breaks. Furthermore, you will often only have a limited amount of internet access, so schedule yourself to be places with Wi-Fi when you need it. Set up an automated email response while youâ€™re out of reach, so that your clients will know about when youâ€™re back.
Check Your Insurance
Havingproper insurance is crucial while travelling. Imagine you will have to be picked up by a helicopter, because you fell badly while on a day out skiing with your new Canadian friends. Without proper insurance it will be very difficult to handle financially. Not all insurers cover travelers for even little things like lost laptops.
Have a Backup Plan
This goes hand in hand with the insurance. Travel gives hundreds of opportunities for you to lose key equipment. Back up your data on a regular basis to a central location â€” that is, one you arenâ€™t carrying with you, such as Dropbox. Youâ€™ll also want to have advance plans of how you might obtain new equipment. If, for instance, a certain type of cellular phone or specific documents are vital to your work, could you have it shipped to you quickly?
Be Careful with Your Sensitive Data
Itâ€™s a lot more likely to have your wallet stolen, than your identity. But still, credit card fraud happens. Therefore avoid using your sensitive data in public Wi-Fi areas. If you must make a payment online, best to choose a safe, private network or see if alternative online payment methods such as paysafecard are available, as these options donâ€™t require the need of a bank account.
Automate Whatâ€™s Automatable
Automate as much as possible. Even on the road, youâ€™re likely to have bills, such as your insurance payment. Schedule payments ahead of time through your bank to reduce worry. You may also be able to answer most email questions with an automated email, or handle other business details.