It isn’t necessarily unique to daydream about living life as a carefree nomad on the road.
Waking up one morning in the misty mountains wrapped up in a blanket having coffee by a campfire, and that same night watching the sun set over the warm desert…
It’s downright dreamy, isn’t it?
It’s certainly not unattainable, and more people are beginning to do it every day.
It essentially takes one thing to turn any dream into a reality; dedication.
You have to be willing to do a little homework, find out what it takes, and then decide for yourself if it’s something you’re willing to work for.
While a nomadic life seems like the opposite of something you would plan for, realistically there are aspects you’ll need to think about.
The likely first thing on everyone’s mind would be money, right?
I mean, you have to eat.
And gas ain’t exactly cheap.
There are several ways you can make money while you’re on the move.
Many people of all generations are taking advantage of this every day in many ways, with and without the use of the internet!
Let’s explore five ways you can make money while you’re on the road.
1. Document Your Daily Life
Basically, become a travel writer. If your life is about going from one place to the next all the time, that’s the kind of thing people would love to read about and see pictures of. Write about pretty places you see or stay, great (or terrible) restaurants or cafes you visit, and funny things that happen along the way. Be sure to take lots of pictures!
Not only can you freelance for online publications and or magazines, but you can also start and monetize your own blog.
Don’t get me wrong, this takes time and work to pull off, but again, people do it all the time!
No reason you can’t, too!
2. Sell Your Photos
While your out documenting your life and seeing all kinds of unique stuff, consider selling your photos to places like Getty Images, iStock, Andes Press Agency, and Shutterpoint.com. Now, the quality of your photos is important if you want to make any kind of a living at this by itself, but it’s important to remember that people all over the globe use these stock images sites every day for pictures of literally everything and anything. You make money basically by giving these people the right to use (and possibly make money off of) your photograph, in exchange for a fee. The fee generally varies depending on the type of use they plan on getting out of it. For example, someone using the photo in their blog might pay $1 to use a photo, but the same photo would cost $1200 to put on a billboard. The sites that you sell the photos to usually have their own price ranges for these that are pre-set, but sometimes you are able to name your own price.
3. Work on an Organic Farm
I know, I know, this sounds almost too traditional. But it’s actually a thing, and lots of people do this.
If you’ve ever heard of “WOOFing” (Work On Organic Farm), you’ll know a bit of what I’m getting at here.
Again, you’ll probably want to go through an organization rather than relying on word of mouth or something like Craigslist, primarily because it’s safer.
There are farms from one side of the United States to the other (including Alaska and Hawaii!), as well as thousands in every corner of the globe.
Check out Transitions Abroad to find farm work anywhere in the world. You can plan trips by where you’d like to work as you go! Also, check out these great articles by the Matador Network: A First Timer’s Guide to WOOFing and How to Find Paying Work While Traveling in Europe.
4. Resell Travel Trinkets Online
This can actually be incredibly lucrative. Have you ever been to a truck stop, airport, or even most gas stations and seen an entire corner dedicated to souvenirs? People love these, and tons of people also collect them. There’s a huge untapped market for these online for people who need to complete or add to a collection of something and can’t go halfway across the nation/world to obtain it. Sites like eBay are great when you want to auction things off, but keep in mind that this means you’ll need to ship the items they sell, so you’ll need to make some trips to Post Offices. Another option would be selling these items via Fulfillment by Amazon. The perk to this is that you can ship the items several at a time to one of the Amazon Fulfillment Centers, and they take care of the rest! This way, your items will all be Prime, so the customers purchasing them also enjoy free shipping. All you need is to sign up for an Amazon Business Account (~$39 month), then follow the instructions for labeling and shipping your items to a Fulfillment Center!
5. Sell Handmade Items
If you like sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting small figures, making jewelry, etc; consider selling these at vendor fairs, on online platforms such as Etsy, or even the side of the road. Be aware that State or local law may have rules about where you are allowed to peddle goods and may require a Peddler’s Permit. Be sure to check this out in the region you’ll be heading through. Many Etsy selling who stay in the game for over 6 months can make a decent living, so long as customers leave good feedback about the quality of your items and craftsmanship.
There are literally thousands of different items you can make money off of while you’re on the road.
Remember, people like you do this every day!
There’s no reason you can’t!
Do you have other ideas of how to make money while traveling?
Share them in the comment section!