There are actually a few career paths that make traveling possible. They all have advantages and flaws, and they aren’t for everyone.
In the following weeks, I’ll be describing those paths in detail. Right now, I’ll explain them in general terms to put things into perspective.
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A Corporate Job Connected to Traveling
Some corporate jobs involve a lot of traveling. Working as a full-time tour guide, a stewardess or an international salesperson are just a few options that enable you to have a career and travel a lot.
Pros: You have a steady paycheck and all the perks connected to having a corporate job: health insurance, a corporate phone and/or a car. Your travel expenses are covered by your employer. And you have vacation time on top of all that.
Cons: A corporate job, even one that involves traveling, is still a commitment. You don’t have much control over your daily schedule and tasks, which means you may neglect your family and friends. You spend most of the time during your travels working, and this is normal. After all, you are an employee.
- Example: A long-time friend of mine, Marta, has been working in a big consulting company. She travels a lot to her clients every year (although, 2020 is kind of different 😉 ), and she took a gap year to travel around the world. She described her RTW trip in thie article.
Working as a Professional Sports Instructor
When you’re a diver, sailor, windsurfer, etc., your passion may as well become your job. You earn money by teaching people. This is not an office job!
Pros: You do what you love and spend time in beautiful places. You’re often close to nature—your office is where your laptop, smartphone and sports gear are. You have the opportunity to stay fit because your work allows you to take care of your body.
Cons: There actually is such a thing as burnout when you have this kind of job. Plus, being a sports instructor means you have a big responsibility toward your students. And, arranging all the necessary licenses and certifications may cost a lot if you want to be among the best. Finally, an injury can jeopardize your business unless you have a sports company with assistant instructors who can keep your cash flow going.
- Read here how to become a professional skipper and sail the world. Four inspiring sailors share their tips!
- Read here how Honorata quit her job and became a diver who travels all over the world!
Professional, Full-Time Traveling
Becoming a professional traveler is not only about moving from one place to another, but also about making a living out of it. It can require various types of income streams, mostly from monetizing a popular blog or from being a social media influencer.
Pros: Traveling for a living sounds like a dream come true. You can follow your dreams and get creative about new destinations. You could cut the costs of living by spending more time in affordable countries. You may also influence and inspire other people.
Cons: Many professional travelers rely on ad hoc income: they run ad campaigns on their websites and social media. Unless you already have an established, large audience, that income can be disappointingly small. And creating such an audience requires time.
Establishing an Online Business
Nowadays, everyone writes about creating an online business by making scalable digital products (courses, ebooks, etc.). And yes, this is indeed an excellent way to create the lifestyle of your dreams.
Being your own boss sounds very tempting—it means more responsibility, but also more freedom. The core of such a career is to earn money by creating online, scalable products that make money even when you’re sleeping.
Pros: This job gives you great flexibility and freedom to work from anywhere. It’s great for both introverts and extroverts, as you can decide how much time you spend socializing with your potential customers and fans.
Cons: More freedom means more responsibility. Not everyone can accept the self-discipline that this lifestyle requires. Online businesses are competitive, and they usually involve investing considerable time, money and knowledge in a project before earning any income.
If you want to establish an online business, these posts will help: