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

It’s exhausting to consider, however it’s been 15 years (virtually to the day on the time of scripting this) since Nick and I bought our possessions, stop our jobs, and set off touring the world. However, how have we been capable of afford a lifetime of full-time journey and dwelling 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 additional work. That is strictly about how we earn an earnings on-line, and on the highway, and the way we receives a commission to journey.

10 Methods We’ve Paid For Our Lifetime of Journey

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

Today, we earn money solely by way of our web sites and digital merchandise, however the money-making concepts on the checklist beneath have been glorious stepping stones for us, and I extremely suggest them!

1. Creating Advertising and marketing Movies

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

Nick’s nice at video modifying and over time, he’s turn out to be expert at working a drone. Due to this, we’ve acquired presents to movie and edit advertising and marketing movies for firms, and in alternate, they’ve paid us for the finished video.

Most likely the best one was for Dive Grenada, a scuba firm in Grenada, or the one we did for a resort 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 huge that it had its personal backpack! Fortunately, we’ve upgraded drones since then.

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

For those who’re taken with filming and modifying, begin honing your expertise and attain out to native companies in your area of interest or space of curiosity. Today, the brand new iPhones take glorious cinematic-style movies, GoPro is nice for underwater or motion footage, and naturally, having a drone will get some wonderful aerial photographs.

2. Educating English in China

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Volunteer educating in our makeshift classroom in rural Myanmar – top-of-the-line weeks of our lives.

This was the primary 12 months that we made an earnings whereas on the highway. It was 2012 and at this level, we had accomplished 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 in addition went to many cafes and hostels and located job boards with “Academics Needed” adverts. We then known as and emailed our resumes.

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

Inside a month, we have been dwelling and dealing at Shane English College in Yangzhou China, educating college students in numerous courses 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 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

Thus far, a few of our greatest reminiscences are from that 12 months in China. Today, nevertheless, you don’t have to maneuver overseas to show, you are able to do it on-line from the consolation of residence in the event 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 Greatest On-line TEFL Programs This Yr
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12 Greatest 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 despite the fact that the idea of receiving free lodging in alternate for taking good care of a furry buddy appeared too good to be true, we signed up for the Trusted Housesitters platform.

After being a member for round a month, we acquired a suggestion!

Not solely did the house owner attain out to us (slightly 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 in the event you’ve been following us for some time, you’ll know that Grenada grew to become our residence for a few years, and despite the fact that we don’t reside there anymore, it nonetheless looks like residence.

Through the years, we pet-sat at 5 totally different houses in locations like Grenada, Barbados, and Costa Rica. Whereas simply one of many owners additionally paid us a wage, others provided to help with flight prices. With all of them, we acquired a car 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 solution to complement our earnings. By not paying for lodging, we have been capable of afford to reside and work in lovely locations and meet among the finest canine on the planet.

Be certain to learn our full information to deal with sitting and pet sitting, and check out the articles beneath for extra data on get began.

Learn Extra About Home Sitting and Pet Sitting:
10 Greatest Home Sitting Web sites to Discover a Job
Put together for Your Home Sitting Interview (and Nail It!)
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Change into a Home Sitter and Pet Sitter (Full Information)

4. Freelance Writing Work

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The extra articles you’re capable of bang out a month, the more cash you’ll earn as a contract author

At one level, this was an enormous earnings earner for us. It was one of many high methods we initially made cash on-line, whereas on the highway. 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 stated no, however many others stated sure!

We had full-time columns with two on-line publications and acquired a couple of one-offs once in a while as nicely. At one level, between the 2 of us, we have been persistently writing 30 articles per 30 days!

Freelance writing was and is an effective way to earn money. There’s cash to be made when you have the dedication and motivation to put in writing high quality articles. The extra articles you possibly can produce, the more cash you may make.

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

Today, we pay a big workforce {of professional} freelance writers to create content material for our web sites. A lot 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…that means they’re making an amazing month-to-month wage for positive. Excessive-quality, human-written content material continues to be very a lot in demand.

To get began freelance writing, you possibly can attain out to colleagues in your area of interest to see if they’re on the lookout for writers. Different choices are to join platforms like Stable Gigs (which sends you one of the best writing gigs to your inbox every week), or FlexJobs and Upwork.

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10 Freelance Writing Abilities You Must Succeed
15 Execs and Cons of Being a Freelance Author
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5. Promoting Video Clips

Whereas we have been filming movies from world wide for our YouTube channel, we by no means thought-about the truth that somebody would possibly wish to purchase among the clips.

Someday, 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 a couple of instances and I’ve ignored him, because it’s in all probability spam, however he’s known as lots so now I’m letting you realize”

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

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

For those who take nice video clips together with your digital camera, cellphone, or drone, you possibly can promote them to platforms like Artgrid, Shutterstock, and Adobe Inventory. Or, possibly a international media firm will contact you too!

6. Social Media and Content material Administration

social media manager

For a few years, again in 2014 and 2015, we had a couple of 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 study their model and targets, 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 might put up participating content material on their Fb, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and at one level, we have been even operating Pinterest accounts. This was an amazing gig because it assured us a constant earnings each month.

For those who’re taken with turning 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:
Make Cash as a Freelance Social Media Supervisor
15 Greatest 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 resort we stayed at.

That is the principle manner we’ve earned cash as digital nomads and is our present (and most favourite) money-making technique. Listed here are a couple of of the highest methods journey bloggers make an earnings.

Paid Press Journeys

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

As journey bloggers, we’ve acquired quite a few emails from tourism boards, lodges, and tour firms providing us free journeys overseas, plus a wage. This is without doubt one of the coolest components about being within the journey area. We’ve met some wonderful folks, skilled some epic issues, and earned an amazing earnings 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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Picture 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 presents coming in as nicely. You is likely to be tempted to say “sure” to all the pieces, however don’t. Solely conform to work with firms that you simply resonate with, and that you would be able to actually suggest.

In-Content material Advertisements

One other main earnings earner by way of our web site is from in-content promoting. We’ve all seen them, all of us don’t like them, however there are adverts in every single place nowadays.

There are totally different ranges of adverts that web site house owners can select from and we’ve ours turned manner down. We could possibly 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 capable of be a part of Mediavine which is without doubt one of the finest advert firms round.

Advertisements may be obtrusive, however they assist to help our web site and we’re capable of 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 amazing neighborhood). You merely press a button and adverts will likely be turned on to your web site. You’ll be getting cash very quickly.

Affiliate Advertising and marketing

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

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

Learn Extra About Journey Running a blog:
Make Cash With a Journey Weblog
5 Methods Journey Bloggers Are Making Extra Cash Than Ever
Select a Journey Weblog Title
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 Highway is our child, and we’ve been operating it since 2012. However, lots of you in all probability don’t know that we’ve 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. Now we have groups serving to to run these websites, and whereas Nick works fairly a bit on the sports activities web site, we’ve specialists writing on the opposite subjects. These smaller web sites aren’t our important earners, however a good 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!). Nevertheless it’s nonetheless doable to begin small authority websites round a subject that you simply’re educated and obsessed with 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

Speaking Travel conferences to find fam trips
Nick talking with regards to journey bloggers working with manufacturers on the World Tourism Discussion board in Istanbul

Through the years, our model grew and we began to turn out to be referred to as specialists in our area of interest. We’ve been invited to talk on varied running a blog, digital nomad, and journey subjects. 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 information 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 reside summit on-line is one factor, however standing on stage in entrance of lots of of individuals is kind of nervewracking.

When you begin to turn out to be acknowledged as an knowledgeable in your discipline, 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 important manner 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 quite a lot of niches! That is one thing we’re pleased with as we consider that proudly owning your personal enterprise by way of running a blog is one of the best factor ever.

Positive, there are professionals and cons of running a blog (as with all the pieces), however there’s no different job we’d slightly 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 optimization 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 wonderful neighborhood and we’re stoked for the brand new enterprise.

If there’s a subject that you simply’re educated about and one thing that you simply consider you possibly can train others to do, why not create a course? With platforms like Skillshare, Teachable, YouTube, or creating your personal web site, there are lots of methods you possibly can share your recommendation with the world.

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

That’s it!

Goats On The Road nick and dariece
Thanks for studying and pleased digital nomadism!

Thus far, we’ve been to greater than 75 international locations on 5 continents and have been capable of 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 earnings streams and that it’s okay to strive (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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