Some people make money to travel. Why not make money while we travel instead?
I’ve always been drawn by the freedom of not having a regular 9-5 job. Believe me, I have worked long hours and sometimes even more than full time, but being open to new opportunities has made it possible for me to combine work with travel. Being location independent has given me more liberty and joy than a regular paycheck. So what are the steps you can do to ”break free” without losing your financial wealth?
1. Take advantage of the digital era
Don’t quit your dayjob. Most meetings can be done via Skype or Facetime. If your work only requires you to sit behind a desk and a computer, bring a laptop with you so that you can work with a view. Talk with your employer and see if he or she thinks your tasks would be compatible with working remotely, at least to some extent. Most people have never dared to ask and just having the option to work remotely for some days might stimulate your inner travel bug.
2. Work less but for yourself
If you do quit your dayjob, try working for yourself. I have a small consultancy business. I do social media analysis for lifestyle brands. Working for myself makes it possible to trade some office hours for more travel.
3. Diversify your income stream
Being dependent on only one source of income might be hard and risky. I am studying sociology part time and I receive a small scholarship for my research each year. I have also been very interested in the stock market and have a few stocks that give me quarterly dividends. Again, no big bucks, but enough to save me on a rainy day.
4. Don’t underestimate the value of points
The biggest helper to working remotely is getting your points strategy right. This makes you fly and stay in hotels for free. Enroll in all frequent traveller programs, and seize the opportunity to accelerate or boost your points. Earn your points in nice promos where your activity will be rewarded with double or even quadruple points. Finally, redeem them when they are on sale.
5. Always be a gentleman
Be nice, flexible and always do what is expected from you. Working remotely is a privilege, so make sure your constituents know you’re grateful to be able to do so. And pay your taxes. A part of it goes to maintaining and growing your country’s diplomatic relations, which makes it easier for you to travel.