Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured in The Huffington Post.
One year ago, my husband and I quit our lives of “normality” and set off for a yearlong around the world trip. The question we received most often was, “how did you afford it?” I want to respond with everything they’re thinking, “We sold our kidneys, won the lottery, and then had mom and dad bank roll it.” Or not.
We decided it was time to shed some light on the world of long-term travel and how you can make the change to travel full-time.
How to Travel Full-Time
Work Remotely: One of the best ways to make an income while traveling is to work remotely. If you work in graphic design, copywriting, or digital media, this will be way easier than someone who has an office job that requires them to actually be in the office. These days, it’s easier than ever to be a digital nomad. Ask your boss if you can work remotely and see what they say. If they say “no”, try starting with 2-3 days per week as a test of working remotely. You could also freelance on websites like Upwork.com.
Rent Out Your Home: One of the scariest things about leaving for our around the world trip was the fact that we had a mortgage payment to take care of. Try renting your home out (we did so fully furnished) to cover your mortgage and if possible, make a small profit on the home.
Play Currency Arbitrage: One of the best ways to save money and travel full-time is to play a game of currency arbitrage. Pick a location where your dollar goes far while still getting paid in your local currency. For instance, if I take my key ingredients of earning in US dollars and living in Argentina, and I add a splash of a 1:15 conversion of US Dollars to Argentine Pesos, I come out with a currency feast! We are lucky to have been born in The United States and to travel in 2015/2016 when the dollar was at an all-time high.Save Up To 75% Off Hotels, Cars, Cruises and More!