Working while you’re traveling can be an efficient way to lengthen your trip. Some careers transfer smoother than others to a traveler’s environment. A lot of factors need to be considered before you take the plunge. The steps below will help you make your decision to work or just travel, and to find ways to make money while you’re on the road.
- Consider your career at home. Can it be done while you are on the road. Do you have flexible clients who will give you a flexible schedule?
- Remove difficult clients. Remember, your time zones and schedule will be changing. You must have clients who understand this. Don’t be afraid to “let go” of clients that will make your life more difficult on the road.
- If your career will not let you go on the road easily, look into other options. This doesn’t mean you have to permanently change your career, only that you should add skills that would help you make money on the road. Consider teaching English or tutoring students. There are a variety of creative options, so do your research.
- Plan ahead how much time you want to spend working. Remember, the point of traveling is to experience life on the road. Don’t sacrifice this so you can work.
- Consider what equipment you will need. You will have to carry all equipment with you so keep this to a minimum. Also make a point to insure any valuables you carry with you such as computer equipment.
- Consider communication. Make sure you will have reliable internet access when necessary. E-mail and Skype are terrific and reliable options for staying in touch with clients, but only if you can get a connection.
- Evaluate all options before you decide to work on the road. In many cases, it is more financially lucrative to work a few more months at home to save money as opposed to working on the road. Do the math and consider all your options.