Working while travelling is a dream for many of us. Is it really possible? Here’s how to make it happen.
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Rent out your home
The easiest way to find a steady income stream is to rent out a property, if you’re lucky enough to own one. Being a landlord is about more than just receiving rent – it comes with responsibilities including keeping the property in good working order. Organising a boiler repair from the other side of the world isn’t going to be easy.
There are a number of options but the easiest by far is to hire a letting agent. This does mean some of your income will go on fees, but you can also rely on letting agents to take the stress out of administration and maintenance.
If you don’t have a property to sell then there’s another option. There are plenty of people who simply work while they travel, often as freelancers. This means they work for themselves rather than as an official employee of a company.
Thanks to technology there is a lot of work that can be done from almost anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection. There are a whole host of freelancer websites including oDesk.com, Elance.com, PeoplePerHour which help freelancers find people willing to commission paid work assignments.
It’s not easy to make a living as a freelancer, but by building good relationships with existing clients and finding new ones it can be done. It might be beneficial to do some groundwork by building a client base before you jet off on your world tour.
If you’ve got a skill you think you can turn into a profession, this Mashable article is a good place to start. Be warned though, it’s a risky position to put yourself in. Work can dry up without notice and being without an internet connection for a day or two could considerably impede your ability to do or deliver the work.
Work and move
There’s one more option. It’s more popular with the younger crowd as they’re more likely to take on the work that’s suitable. Essentially you show up in a new place with some cash in your pocket and then try to find a job to support yourself.
The work could be anything, and flexible jobs like bar work are popular. These jobs are easy to leave behind when you decide to move on. Alternatively you might be able to find temp work in an office for example.
A proper temp job means putting your holiday on hold in some ways, but it’ll likely give you more cash to have extra time between jobs where you can relax and enjoy yourself. Cafe or bar work will get you less pay, but won’t be as stressful and could give you more time to enjoy yourself between shifts.
There’s a lot of flexibility here, but you’re relying on the job market too. There won’t always be work available and if your job suddenly disappears you’re going to need a back-up plan.
It’s also essential to research labour laws in your chosen country. Some will need you to get a work permit or other documents in order to earn. If you fail to do so, your holiday may come to a very abrupt end.
There are also a number of important financial decisions around savings, investments and pensions which need to be considered before you jet off.