Last Updated: 26th November 2017.
When you’re going traveling you need to somehow be able to afford it – obviously.
Sadly, money doesn’t grow on trees and my parents don’t have millions of dollars in their bank accounts that they can hand out to me, so instead I need to finance the trip myself. Boooh. I do this in various ways and I’ll let you in on my secret right here – okay, it’s not really a secret, but here goes.
Do you want to know how I can afford to travel the world full time? Let me tell you.
You’re probably going to be disappointed by hearing this: there is no magical recipe. It’s all about working hard and making money. You could also try and win the lottery, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
I work my butt off every day to be able to fund my adventures. It’s not always easy but I’m lucky enough that I’m doing something I actually love – which makes it worth it.
I’m a freelance translator
I don’t have a ‘normal’ job that pays me at the end of every month any more as I decided that it would be much more fun to be my own boss. And it really is. So I decided to become a full-time freelancer.
I’ve talked about this a lot in the past and I keep mentioning it, because I want you to know that it is an option worth considering. Not just being a translator, but being a freelancer in general.
I’m not gonna lie to you: it’s not a stable job. One day you have a contract with a client and the next day you don’t. It’s not secure like a regular job, but it’s worth it and anyways, security is too comfortable.
When I first started out as a freelancer I had one client. Now I juggle several clients at a time and even though it’s hard work, my bank account is definitely thanking me for it.
My main freelancing gigs are English-Danish translations. I translate everything from websites to apps to video games. Even though I first and foremost see myself as a freelance translator I also do other things for other clients. I do a bit of admin and freelance customer service on the side. I just have one requirement: I need to be able to do these jobs in my own time when I want to. If I have to work according to a schedule then I’m not interested.
Becoming a freelancer is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m much happier now and I am able to be in charge of my own life instead of selling my heart and soul to some company.
I’m a travel blogger
This is a job that I love a lot as well. This is what I am passionate about and I would do it even if I didn’t make a penny from it. In fact, my first year as a travel blogger didn’t earn me any money at all what-so-ever.
I will never become rich from travel blogging – I sadly don’t put enough time and effort into it, but I make a decent amount. But it’s also bringing in other opportunities than just cash. I’ve worked with hotels, hostels, tour companies and tourist boards all over the world thanks to this blog.
I wrote and published an eBook
When my eBook became available on Amazon I didn’t actually think that anyone would buy it. But they did and it made me happy. Yay! I wrote about how I became location independent as a virtual assistant in a very short time and I wrote about how you can do it, too. As I mentioned in it: I want us all to succeed which is why I’m always happy to help people out.
It’s meant to be a short and sweet guide that will get you started as a VA straight away. If you haven’t embraced the whole eBook thing just yet, you can purchase it from me as a PDF file instead by emailing me.
So as you can see there wasn’t a magic recipe anywhere. No one is throwing money at me for the fun of it – but hey, feel free to. I actually have to work hard for it just like everyone else does. But thanks to this hard work I will be able to travel full-time and long-term which is all I’ve ever wanted to do.
How do you afford your travels? Let me know by leaving a comment.