Make money traveling!
Searching for Your Dream Job?
Are you worried about graduation day? Are you working hard in school so you can ignore the fact that you have no idea what to do when you take off the graduation cap? So was I. In fact, I was so worried about not getting a job as a freshman, that even though I was already swimming competitively 20 hours a week and going to school full time, I still applied and worked an unpaid internship.
Face Your Reality
Before you can pick a destination to travel to, you need to have a clear picture of where you’ll travel from. Maybe you’re in a liberal arts program and your career opportunities are less defined than say, someone who has a business degree. You’ll need to give yourself more time to figure out and lock in those opportunities. Maybe you’re really good at networking, but don’t have any functional skills to offer to your new contacts. Give yourself a few months to a year to try out different interests and find something you would want to become an expert in.
When you summon up the courage and force yourself to face reality again and again, you develop the quality of hyperrealism or brutal honesty — a trait that billionaire Ray Dalio highlights in his book Principles. He built one of the biggest investment funds in the world, but to succeed in doing that, he had to stare reality in the face time and time again, whether that was a rising or falling stock market.
Building a professional network is the best safety net you can have. Talking to professionals in the field will help you know which hard skills to develop, help you hone and showcase your soft skills, and maybe even get you a job (but don’t ask for it directly! There are more finessed ways of doing this). When I talk about building one your way, I mean meeting people professionally in a way that suits your personality.
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How to Make Money While Traveling the World
You might have seen montages of vloggers who get paid to document their travels in exotic places, or daily photos of Instagram bloggers who always seem to be somewhere gorgeous (though all those images might just come from the one trip they went on a few months ago, just saying.). Don’t these make you want to drop out of school and get on a plane? I know I do. So how do they do it?!
It’s Not as Expensive as You Think
Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author who also visited all 193 countries in the world, likes to say, “You don’t have to live life the way others expect.” We should always be questioning and debunking the myths that society tells us are par for the course. And sometimes, we even have to debunk the myths we tell ourselves so we can live the life we want to live.
In his book How to Travel on $50 a Day, Matt Kepnes (a.k.a. Nomadic Matt) talks about how he learned to cook and to say “No” to going out in order to save money for his travels. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be having fun as you’re planning your trip, Rather it’s that you should be looking to save as much as you can. And sometimes that requires sacrificing things like eating at restaurants and going out with friends. This is because when you’re on the road, every dollar can go a long way.
Now, maybe you’ve just taken your first trip – and realized that the travel bug bit harder than expected. You no longer want just a 2-week vacation – you want to travel full-time now. If this is you (and I don’t blame you — it’s a pretty good life), you’ll have to build some highly portable skills. And no, they don’t have to be just web design or programming.
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