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People always ask how we have the flexibility to travel as a family of five. Even more frequently asked is how we make money if we're always traveling.
First, it wasn't easy! We quit 2 rat-race jobs about 5 years ago and became self-employed in new ventures. However, that business, come to find out, grounded us even more than our rat-race careers. Incidentally, we discovered that in order for us to travel full time, we would have to make a steady income with a laptop and an internet connection.
Once that realization was made, it took us roughly one year to make that dream come true. We call it: a Laptop and a Dream. Our profession is writing and blogging, but there are a host of other Internet-based professions that are conducive to permanent travel. In addition, there are also many skills and trades that are ideal for adventuring nomads.
Below are 5 ideal professions for perpetual travelers:
1. Writing and Blogging: This one tops this list because nearly anyone can make money with a blog. Blogs have become simple to operate and as attractive as expensive websites. All the tools and blogging tips are readily available to monetize and promote a blog. And one doesn't have to be a great writer either because the tools to correct grammar and spelling are so terrific. The only thing that is needed is passion. When your passionate about your blog subject, it will seep through your words and be magnetic to your readers. Additionally, plenty of writers can find many other venues and outlets to apply their skills. Finally, free-lance writers have the flexibility to work whenever they want which allows the perfect flexibility to enjoy new scenery.
2. Web Commuting: We've met several travelers that are able to work full-time jobs from anywhere in the world. In fact, many of them have taken pay cuts for the privilege but they all seem ecstatic about the opportunity. More and more companies are allowing employees to telecommute via the Internet a few days per week from their homes. If you're one f these people and want to take your show on the road, ask your superiors if it is possible. You may be surprised. Some Web commuters we know run online stores and other web businesses which is also an opportunity for those who want the flexibility for travel.
3. English Teacher: According to TransitionsAbroad, "The ability to teach ESL may be all you need to obtain a job and a work permit abroad in areas such as Asia and Eastern Europe, and many other English teaching jobs exist around the globe." It seems just being a native English speaker is sufficient qualifications for most positions, however it's helpful to have some formal training. It is a great way to travel the world, meet new people, and learn new languages yourself. If the adventure is worth it and you have limited skills, teaching English is the easiest avenue to pursue.
4. Photography/Film/Art: The same concept of blogging can apply to photographers, film makers, wannabe photojournalists, and artists of all kinds. Each of these professions can be run independently from any location and can be monetized in a variety of ways from personal blogs or vlogs, to freelancing work, documentary film making etc. If you possess the ability to create something beautiful, you'll always find your way along the path.
5. Nurses: One profession that seems to always be in high demand in the industrialized world is nursing. In fact, for many countries, being a registered nurse is one of the easiest ways to get work visas and/or residency. Although it's not ideal for short-term nomadic travel, it's excellent for a mid-range stay to thoroughly check out foreign countries.
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