Do you want to move to a foreign land? Or travel? If so, you've probably asked yourself: "How can I fund my travel habit or make and save money while living in a foreign country?" Whether it's working online, renting property, teaching ESL, selling everything you own or doing seasonal work while traveling, there is something that works for each of us individually.
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My Favorite Tip: Make Your Goal a Priority!
During the course of my research for this post, I came across lots of great suggestions from other travel bloggers and expats.
While these tips were all very useful, one of them really stood out to me as something that was extremely practical and soundly based.
This travel tip comes from Skj of Skj Travel who says, "When people wonder how I afford to travel, they assume I'm independently wealthy somehow. They tell me I'm lucky I can afford to travel. I'm not lucky. I'm not wealthy. I have to make choices with my money and I simply make travel my priority. Therefore: I don't eat at restaurants, I don't drink at bars, I don't see movies in the theater, I don't own a vehicle newer than 12 years, I buy clothes at the Salvation Army on half-price Wednesdays, I don't have an "entertainment" system with huge TV etc., I don't have a cell phone or any fancy iProducts, I pay for a haircut maybe 3 times a year, etc., you get the idea. I make far less money than most of my friends who claim they can't afford to travel!"
What's so cool about this tip is that not only does it work for those who want to travel full time, but it can also be applied to those who want to move to another country and live in a foreign land.
You need a solid base to begin with when moving abroad, and counting the cost is a very important step. Keeping your goal as a priority can help you make the proper sacrifices needed to reach your dream of moving to another country or traveling the world.
But What About Other Globe Drifters?
How do they make and save enough money to live in a foreign country or to fund their travel addiction?
I took the time to ask a few of my fellow travel bloggers and expats how they do this, and they gave me insight into some of their very own "smart travel" drifter tips!
Money Making & Saving Tips From Other Travelers
Alaina from Jandals & A Backpack say, "I prefer to travel through places like Southeast Asia and India if I'm travelling long-term and on a budget. Having to spend only $15-40 per day vs $100 minimum for places like Europe is a no brainer! I find my eyes are opened to a vastly different cultural experience which makes for an even more enriching adventure."
Dani from Going Nomadic says, "I've done photography for friends, migrant worked, sold sponsored posts on my blog, bartered English lessons for getting my hair done (after 10 months traveling I needed it), shot video & photos for lunches (or) free beds, bartended in a hostel for 4 months (free lodging plus tips sometimes), and have played tour guide. I can read Cyrillic street signs and (be an) interpreter in exchange for beer and food. I barter a lot when I travel. It may not make me money, but I'm spending less and meeting cool people."
Laurie from Walking the World says, "Keep expenditures low. Live on the cheap. Take public transportation instead of owning a car or taking cabs. Five shirts are enough - you don't need an entire closet. Eat out only occasionally and/or where the locals eat for cheap. Work online. The husband is a programmer, develops mobile apps for clients, nearly all of whom are in another country. As long as he has electricity and Internet, he can work. We've also done freelance editing & writing. We know a lot of freelancers - programmers, editors, writers, graphic designers & illustrators, web designers, systems administration - all of which is done with communicating over the Internet. Set up your own business with any kind of work that can be done remotely."
Chanel from La Viajera Morena says, "I worked in SoKo for two years as an English teacher and traveled around to almost every country in Asia between 2010-2012, currently I work as both a tutor and nanny here in NYC (people spend a lot of money on childcare here) and I am finishing up my Master's degree in Education so that I can work abroad as a teacher at an international school or as a college professor in an ESL environment."
An interesting tip that caught my attention came from Jennifer who blogs at Jdombs Travels. She said, "What about a good old fashioned 9-5 job? That's how we fund our travels. And even with both working full time jobs, (we've) managed to visit 20+ countries each year for the last 4 years."
Well this of course peaked my interest, so I asked her, "How do you manage to visit so many countries a year given your work situation? I'm interested in sharing that with my readers."
Jennifer clarified her situation by saying, "It's all about maximizing your time off and traveling a little closer to home on weekends. I work for a university, so between company holidays and vacation time, I get 7 weeks off each year. We usually take four or five 9-10 days, or longer, trips. You can also do a lot on short breaks by turning a holiday into a 3 or 4 day trip. We live in Italy, so admittedly that makes it easier to get to a lot of countries on a short flight, train, or even road trip."
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I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...