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10 Methods We have Paid for Our Lifetime of Journey (+How You Can Too!)

10 Methods We have Paid for Our Lifetime of Journey (+How You Can Too!)


It’s arduous to consider, however it’s been 15 years (nearly to the day on the time of penning this) since Nick and I offered our possessions, stop our jobs, and set off touring the world. However, how have we been in a position to afford a lifetime of full-time journey and residing overseas? Discover out precisely how we do it on this article.

On this put up, I’m not going to checklist methods we’ve managed to economize, downsize, or tackle further work. That is strictly about how we earn an revenue on-line, and on the street, and the way we receives a commission to journey.

10 Methods We’ve Paid For Our Lifetime of Journey

Hopefully, this checklist beneath provides you some inspiration and concepts for the way you can also begin to earn cash on-line, whereas touring and residing overseas.

Lately, we generate income solely via our web sites and digital merchandise, however the money-making concepts on the checklist beneath have been wonderful stepping stones for us, and I extremely advocate them!

1. Creating Advertising Movies

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A drone’s eye view of the FAM islands in Raja Ampat

Nick’s nice at video modifying and over time, he’s turn into expert at working a drone. Due to this, we’ve obtained affords to movie and edit advertising movies for firms, and in trade, they’ve paid us for the finished video.

In all probability the good one was for Dive Grenada, a scuba firm in Grenada, or the one we did for a lodge whereas touring in Raja Ampat (pictured above).

We’ve had a drone since 2014, again after they have been cumbersome, heavy, and glitchy. Our first drone was the DJI Phantom 2 and it was so large that it had its personal backpack! Fortunately, we’ve upgraded drones since then.

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Our first drone was so large it had its personal backpack!

Should you’re all in favour of filming and modifying, begin honing your abilities and attain out to native companies in your area of interest or space of curiosity. Lately, the brand new iPhones take wonderful cinematic-style movies, GoPro is nice for underwater or motion footage, and naturally, having a drone will get some superb aerial pictures.

2. Educating English in China

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Volunteer educating in our makeshift classroom in rural Myanmar – among the finest weeks of our lives.

This was the primary 12 months that we made an revenue whereas on the street. It was 2012 and at this level, we had completed some volunteer educating in Laos and Myanmar, however knew of some individuals who have been making good cash educating in locations like South Korea, China and Japan.

We have been planning on touring to China anyway so whereas we have been there we determined to contact some faculties. We searched on-line, and likewise went to many cafes and hostels and located job boards with “Lecturers Wished” adverts. We then known as and emailed our resumes.

We didn’t count on to listen to from many (any?) of the faculties as we had no official prior expertise (solely volunteer work), however we have been incorrect. Many faculties have been ! So, we took our time siphoning via the choices and located an organization that we resonated with and ended up signing a one-year contract.

Inside a month, we have been residing and dealing at Shane English Faculty in Yangzhou China, educating college students in several lessons from the ages of 4 to 16. We labored 20 hours per week and earned round $1,400 per 30 days every. In the long run, we reached our aim of saving $20,000 which was put in the direction of our epic 5-month journey round Central Asia.

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Having enjoyable with a few of my college students at school in Yangzhou, China

Up to now, a few of our greatest reminiscences are from that 12 months in China. Lately, nevertheless, you don’t have to maneuver overseas to show, you are able to do it on-line from the consolation of dwelling should you select. You may learn extra about educating English overseas in our full information right here, or within the articles beneath.

Learn Extra About Educating English:
8 Finest On-line TEFL Programs This Yr
How To Select a TEFL Course (10 Tricks to Assist You Determine)
10 Finest Locations to Educate English Overseas
12 Finest On-line English Educating Corporations

3. Home Sitting and Pet Sitting

In 2013, we heard of one thing known as home sitting and pet sitting and though the idea of receiving free lodging in trade for taking good care of a furry pal appeared too good to be true, we signed up for the Trusted Housesitters platform.

After being a member for round a month, we obtained a proposal!

Not solely did the house owner attain out to us (quite than us pitching them), however it was to care for a candy canine within the Caribbean on the island of Grenada. We had no concept the place that was on the time, however should you’ve been following us for some time, you’ll know that Grenada turned our dwelling for a few years, and though we don’t stay there anymore, it nonetheless appears like dwelling.

Over time, we pet-sat at 5 completely different houses in locations like Grenada, Barbados, and Costa Rica. Whereas simply one of many owners additionally paid us a wage, others supplied to help with flight prices. With all of them, we obtained a automobile for our use.

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Our first pet sitting job was to care for this candy boy, Spare Canine

Home and pet sitting was an incredible strategy to complement our earnings. By not paying for lodging, we have been in a position to afford to stay and work in lovely locations and meet a few of the finest canines on the earth.

Ensure that to learn our full information to accommodate sitting and pet sitting, and check out the articles beneath for extra data on how one can get began.

Learn Extra About Home Sitting and Pet Sitting:
10 Finest Home Sitting Web sites to Discover a Job
Methods to Put together for Your Home Sitting Interview (and Nail It!)
Inquiries to Ask Earlier than Accepting a Home Sitting/Pet Sitting Job
Methods to Change into a Home Sitter and Pet Sitter (Full Information)

4. Freelance Writing Work

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The extra articles you’re in a position to bang out a month, the more cash you’ll earn as a contract author

At one level, this was an enormous revenue earner for us. It was one of many high methods we initially made cash on-line, whereas on the street. After we have been home sitting and our weblog was nonetheless rising, we reached out to a bunch of publications and pitched our article concepts.

Some mentioned no, however many others mentioned sure!

We had full-time columns with two on-line publications and obtained just a few one-offs now and again as nicely. At one level, between the 2 of us, we have been constantly writing 30 articles per 30 days!

Freelance writing was and is an effective way to generate income. There’s cash to be made in case you have the dedication and motivation to put in writing high quality articles. The extra articles you’ll be able to produce, the more cash you may make.

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We cherished freelance writing from right here…however didn’t final lengthy when the shade moved and the solar got here out!

Lately, we pay a big workforce of skilled freelance writers to create content material for our web sites. Lots of them write 3 articles per week, for a complete of 12 articles a month every. Those self same writers additionally produce other writing gigs…which means they’re making an important month-to-month wage for certain. Excessive-quality, human-written content material continues to be very a lot in demand.

To get began freelance writing, you’ll be able to attain out to colleagues in your area of interest to see if they’re searching for writers. Different choices are to join platforms like Strong Gigs (which sends you the very best writing gigs to your inbox every week), or FlexJobs and Upwork.

Learn Extra About Freelance Writing:
10 Finest Freelance Writing Programs
10 Freelance Writing Expertise You Must Succeed
15 Professionals and Cons of Being a Freelance Author
Methods to Get Freelance Writing Jobs for Newbies

5. Promoting Video Clips

Whereas we have been filming movies from all over the world for our YouTube channel, we by no means thought of the truth that somebody would possibly wish to purchase a few of the clips.

At some point, whereas we have been touring, Nick’s brother in Canada messaged: “This man from Korea retains calling and leaving messages about wanting a video of yours from Mongolia. I’ve hung up on him just a few occasions and I’ve ignored him, because it’s in all probability spam, however he’s known as so much so now I’m letting you understand”

We thought it was bizarre as nicely. However, we known as the man.

Because it seems, it wasn’t spam. A Korean advertising firm needed a 10-second clip that we had created from our travels round Mongolia…at a charge of $100 per second. That’s probably the most cash we’ve ever made in 10 seconds!

Should you take nice video clips together with your digicam, cellphone, or drone, you’ll be able to promote them to platforms like Artgrid, Shutterstock, and Adobe Inventory. Or, perhaps a international media firm will contact you too!

6. Social Media and Content material Administration

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For a few years, again in 2014 and 2015, we had just a few shoppers who paid us a month-to-month payment to handle their social media accounts and to create content material for his or her weblog.

We’d find out about their model and objectives, and in flip write content material that was a match for them (on this case, it was monetary and way of life which was proper up our alley).

We’d put up participating content material on their Fb, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and at one level, we have been even working Pinterest accounts. This was an important gig because it assured us a constant revenue each month.

Should you’re all in favour of changing into a social media supervisor, attain out to companies in your area of interest on locations like Fb, Instagram, or LinkedIn and see in the event that they want any assist.

Learn Extra About Social Media Administration:
Methods to Make Cash as a Freelance Social Media Supervisor
15 Finest Instruments for Social Media Managers

7. Journey Running a blog

FAM trips for bloggers
Us with the press journey crew in Chicago. Influencers from Mexico, Brazil, and Australia. Plus the PR reps for the lodge we stayed at.

That is the primary method we’ve earned cash as digital nomads and is our present (and most favourite) money-making methodology. Listed here are just a few of the highest methods journey bloggers make an revenue.

Paid Press Journeys

As our weblog grew and we obtained extra guests to our web site, YouTube channel, and social media accounts, we began to obtain affords for paid press journeys from varied manufacturers.

As journey bloggers, we’ve obtained quite a few emails from tourism boards, inns, and tour firms providing us free journeys overseas, plus a wage. This is among the coolest components about being within the journey area. We’ve met some superb folks, skilled some epic issues, and earned an important revenue alongside the best way.

Getting paid to soak in a Japanese tub in Tokyo, plot new trekking routes in Jyrgalan, Kyrgyzstan, and go swimming with pigs within the Bahamas are a few of our most memorable press journeys.

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Photograph Bomb! Swimming with the pigs was a lot enjoyable

As your engagement in your social accounts grows, or because the visitors to your web site will increase, you’ll begin to see affords coming in as nicely. You may be tempted to say “sure” to every little thing, however don’t. Solely conform to work with firms that you just resonate with, and which you can actually advocate.

In-Content material Advertisements

One other main revenue earner via our web site is from in-content promoting. We’ve all seen them, all of us don’t like them, however there are advertisements in every single place today.

There are completely different ranges of advertisements that web site house owners can select from and we now have ours turned method down. We may very well be incomes extra, however we don’t wish to annoy our readers too a lot!

As soon as our web site visitors reached 50,000 customers per 30 days, we have been in a position to be a part of Mediavine which is among the finest advert firms round.

Advertisements could be obtrusive, however they assist to help our web site and we’re in a position to earn cash from our in any other case free content material that we create. When you attain 50,000 customers per 30 days, I like to recommend becoming a member of Mediavine (they’ve an important neighborhood). You merely press a button and advertisements might be turned on to your web site. You’ll be creating wealth very quickly.

Affiliate Advertising

The ultimate main method we earn cash via our web site is thru internet online affiliate marketing partnerships. We advocate merchandise that we use, like, and know are respected. Whenever you buy one thing utilizing our hyperlink, we obtain a small fee — and we thanks to your variety help!

A number of the high associates that we promote and love are journey firms like Get Your Information, Viator, Uncover Vehicles, and Reserving.com. We additionally share the very best digital nomad firms for TEFL, freelance writing, proofreading, and running a blog.

Learn Extra About Journey Running a blog:
Methods to Make Cash With a Journey Weblog
5 Methods Journey Bloggers Are Making Extra Cash Than Ever
Methods to Select a Journey Weblog Identify
10 Causes to Begin a Weblog

8. Constructing Authority Area of interest Web sites

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Create a web site round a subject you’re passionate and knowledgable about

Goats On The Street is our child, and we’ve been working it since 2012. However, a lot of you in all probability don’t know that we now have 3 different web sites!

One is within the outside sports activities area of interest, one is in music, and one other one is destination-specific. We’ve groups serving to to run these websites, and whereas Nick works fairly a bit on the sports activities web site, we now have specialists writing on the opposite matters. These smaller web sites aren’t our predominant earners, however an honest sum of money trickles in every month from them.

Gone are the times of making spammy, get-rich-quick, web sites the place the writers and house owners are nameless (fortunately!). But it surely’s nonetheless attainable to start out small authority websites round a subject that you just’re educated and enthusiastic about and create a helpful useful resource to your readers.

Learn extra About Creating Area of interest Web sites:
101 Area of interest Web site Concepts to Get You Began
10 Causes to Begin a Second Weblog
Our New Web site: An In-Depth Progress Report After 2 Months
How To Construct a 6-Determine Weblog in One Yr

9. Talking Gigs

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Nick talking with reference to journey bloggers working with manufacturers on the World Tourism Discussion board in Istanbul

Over time, our model grew and we began to turn into often called specialists in our area of interest. We’ve been invited to talk on varied running a blog, digital nomad, and journey matters. A few of them have been in-person talking gigs in locations like Turkey and the USA, whereas others have been paid on-line summits.

We at all times love sharing our data and are nonetheless engaged on being assured talking in entrance of individuals! Making a prerecorded product for a web based convention, or becoming a member of a stay summit on-line is one factor, however standing on stage in entrance of a whole lot of individuals is kind of nervewracking.

When you begin to turn into acknowledged as an professional in your subject, you’ll in all probability be requested to share your knowledge with others. Say sure! You by no means know who you’ll meet, or the place that path will lead you.

10. Creating and Promoting Digital Programs

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The ultimate predominant method that we’ve supported our travels and way of life over the previous 15 years is by creating and promoting digital merchandise and programs on the Teachable platform.

With our Journey Weblog Kickstarter Course, we’ve helped greater than 1,000 folks begin and develop web sites in a wide range of niches! That is one thing we’re pleased with as we consider that proudly owning your personal enterprise via running a blog is the very best factor ever.

Certain, there are execs and cons of running a blog (as with every little thing), however there’s no different job we’d quite do.

On high of serving to our college students create web sites from scratch, we even have a sophisticated blogger course known as search engine marketing Made Easy with round 300 enrolled college students. Quickly, we’re planning on popping out with a brand new, extra private teaching expertise as nicely. If there’s one factor we love, it’s participating with our superb neighborhood and we’re stoked for the brand new enterprise.

If there’s a subject that you just’re educated about and one thing that you just consider you’ll be able to educate others to do, why not create a course? With platforms like Skillshare, Teachable, YouTube, or creating your personal web site, there are various methods you’ll be able to share your recommendation with the world.

Learn Extra About Digital Programs:
Free Journey Weblog Kickstarter Course (if you begin a weblog via us!)
Free 1-Hour search engine marketing Coaching Video
search engine marketing Made Easy: Superior Blogger Course
7 Finest Platforms to Promote On-line Programs

That’s it!

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Thanks for studying and completely happy digital nomadism!

To date, we’ve been to greater than 75 nations on 5 continents and have been in a position to help our touring behavior over time utilizing the ten methods I shared above. The principle factor we’ve realized is the significance of diversifying our revenue streams and that it’s okay to attempt (and fail) at new issues.

I hope you discovered this checklist helpful and inspirational! If that’s the case, please share it with your mates on social media, WhatsApp, or e mail 🙂



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