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How To Earn Money To Fund Your Ongoing Travels

How To Earn Money To Fund Your Ongoing Travels

This is a guest post by Hannah and Chris from Loveplaywork. They spend at least 6 months each year travelling whilst growing their online and consultancy businesses. Visit loveplaywork.com/manifesto to learn our essential secrets to creating a business you can run from anywhere in the world, and join our free club at loveplaywork.com so we can send you our very best strategies and resources.

Most travellers are amazed how much they can save up before they head off on their round the world trip. But post-trip if you aren’t ready to pack away your rucksack yet, saving will only get you so far. Now it’s time to start earning while you go.

Travel doesn’t have to be something with a distinct beginning and end point. With travel and work much more intertwined, you can stay on the road as long as you like.

Remote Offices

Office work is a great place to start. If you’ve ever used a skill which required you to work with a computer chances are you can transfer those skills to work from a laptop on the beach. It won’t take long before sourcing high-speed internet will become as crucial to your plans as finding somewhere to enjoy an ice-cold beer!

Beach Office

Want to work from here one day?

Knowing you are handy with a computer is great, but how do you get clients? How do you transfer what you did in an office to what people will be willing to pay you to do now? Here are a few ideas:

Ask Your Network

Who do you regularly connect with? Online business owners? Travel bloggers? Entrepreneurs? Accountants, artists, archaeologists?!? Now find out what they need. If you do your research right you can put yourself in a position to solve their biggest problems.

A few hours here and there will turn into a steady trickle of cash coming in from people willing to hire you because they feel like they already ‘know’ you.

Case study: At loveplaywork we have a couple of random niches. We work with the fire service due to past work history; we help people prepare for selection tests because we have training in that areas; and we work with freelance coaches and consultants who want to be ‘location independent’ because we know a fair bit about that! Income doesn’t have to fit neatly into one box, so be prepared to have a diverse range of income streams.

Become An Expert

Whatever problems you are going to solve for your clients, you need to make sure you get really good at it. No one is ever going to tell you that you are an expert by the way. But pretty quickly you will have more expertise than someone out there who needs your help, even if there are also a load of people who know more than you! If you’re reliable, hardworking, care about your client’s business and are willing to go ‘above and beyond’ you’ll stand out a mile – and your clients will keep coming back.

Become an Expert!

Become an expert to stand out from the rest of the crowd!

Action: Write down a list of things you can do – even the things which you take for granted. You might be a great proof reader or spreadsheet whizz; you might be happy to take on data inputting or cold calling. There will be small business owners out there who have stuff on their list they don’t have time for or don’t want to do (check out the top skills list on elance.com). That’s where you come in; learn, develop and make yourself marketable.

Offer Locally, Even If You Aren’t!

With everything being so ‘global’ these days it can be tempting to keep our eyes on the horizon when it comes to trying to get clients, but sometimes local can work really well – even if you aren’t actually ‘local’ yourself a lot of the time! Clients can feel more comfortable working with people who they feel they have something in common with – and ‘place’ is as good as any as a starting point.

Case study: We worked with someone who set up a VA/admin support business. She decided to target very locally to one region in the UK – and her business has exploded in the last 3 months!

Set Your Own Hours

If you are planning on travelling then you don’t want to be working too much. However take on clients to fit around your lifestyle to keep the control in your hands. If you are reluctant to merge work and travel, look at it this way. If you had the choice of doing say 10 hours a week and being able to travel for 2 years, or no work at all but have to come home after 6 months, which would you choose?

Work in Bed

You can do a couple of hours of work from your bed each day!

Action: Figure out what you need to earn and how many hours you are willing to work. If your ideal hourly rate is high, you’ll have to put the work in to be worth it!

Don’t Wait To Be Offered An Opportunity

People who have turned their round the world trip into a lifestyle created opportunities to do this. Don’t wait for someone to offer you a job; make yourself indispensible -you have a great incentive to try!

Have you earned money while traveling before? Please share your best tips and advice in the comments!


  1. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Great tips! We’ve been traveling and working for the last two years and we are pretty lucky that freelance gigs still keep coming our way – because clients know they can rely on us even though we’re traveling.
    Globetrottergirls recently posted..Happy Anniversary! Today we celebrate two years on the road

    • Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:08 am | Permalink

      You are so right, being reliable is sooo important. If your clients aren’t affected by your travelling they tend to mind a lot less! I must admit I quite like it when I am somewhere really exotic and get an email from a client which gives the impression they assumes I’m suffering the same gloomy winter weather they are!

  2. Posted May 1, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Great tips!

  3. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Some really good points here! You made a great point about being able to travel for longer if you’re prepared to do some work along the way.
    Julia Barnickle recently posted..Make It Count – the 10 day challenge

  4. Posted May 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic tips. Listing your skills out and then strengthening those, even as a hobby – I never even thought of doing that! And taking advantage of opportunities is key! If you are chatting with someone and they mention they are looking for a specific skillset for a job, why not try?! That is how I landed my first sponsored travel trip, I invented a personality for their mascot and wrote as it on trips!
    Ryan recently posted..Weekly Photo Mojo: The Calm Canals of Venice

  5. Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    It is definitely worth listing EVERYTHING you can do, as it is not usually until someone expresses a difficulty with something that you realise you may be quite skilled at that thing. Great tips!
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  6. Posted May 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Great tips! If you can successful balance travel with work on the road it is such an advantage.
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  7. Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Great tips guys. Sometimes volunteer placements can also become income sources. I have been offered a short-term contract with an NGO I was volunteering with for example.
    TammyOnTheMove recently posted..Happy birthday King Norodom Sihamoni

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