Quitting your job to travel the world sounds like an outrageous thing to do for most people.
But for the adventurous, the people that know it is 100% possible, it is actually a lot closer to attaining than you think.
Why does quitting your job to travel work as good as it does?
Because you use less expenses and less money compared to rent, utilities, monthly bills, etc.
It is surprisingly cheap to travel the world in 2019 and allows people to do it full time with the help of social media and other means of side income to fund the lifestyle!
In this article I’m going to walk you through the ins and outs, the right way to go about it and other things to keep in mind.
Because let me tell you that you can actually do it full time without having to go back to a normal job when you run out of money, time, etc.
Millennials are the future
Studies show that millenials would rather have flexibility over pay (probably why they would rather do their own thing and refuse to be tied down to a 9-5 job).
Whether you like it or not, whether you think millenials are entitled and want everything for nothing, they are the future and they shape and sculpt what’s to come in the upcoming years and decades.
But there’s one thing that millenials do that I’m a big fan of, it’s their creativity and ability to think outside the box and do what makes them happy.
This kind of thinking is what the older generation lack and the reason why older generations think travelling the world full time is simply out of the question.
However, if you’ve been on the internet for the last few years you would have seen travel vloggers, Instagram models and photographers travelling the world and making money while doing it.
Most people will talk smack towards their way of life because it’s not the “status quo”
They know how to think outside the box, and with the help of the internet, everyone willing to take things to the next level CAN do it, but it takes a special kind of work ethic and mindset to make it happen.
So what does this have to do with you?
Well when there are people doing exactly what you want to do, it makes sense to figure out what they are doing differently to you and how to copy their exact formula.
And it’s not even about lack of money, most millenials are making a killing due to the long hours they do.
But this causes them to get burnt out easily and they never have anytime to spend it.
Just from using millenials as an example here, you could learn a lot of lessons from them that you can implement into your own life.
Because lets face it, most who travel the world full time ARE millenials and they are doing things so far out of the norm it’s almost frowned upon by most people.
Anyway, lets get into the good stuff so you can make your dreams come true too!
Before Making The Big Move
1. Realize that you don’t need mountains of money
You do not need boatloads of money to travel the world full time, all you need is a little capital to fund the next couple of weeks before you embark on your journey.
You could have as little as $5000 and make it work.
As most people who travel full time find small jobs in the town they’re staying in to pay for their accommodation, food, etc.
They are not actual 9-5 jobs, they are small jobs that require little effort that’ll keep you on your journey to living your dream and travelling!
2. Consider selling everything
If you’re adamant about packing up and leaving, you should consider selling everything you have and putting everything you earn into a savings account until you sell everything.
Selling everything can get you an easy $5,000 and oftentimes family and friends will purchase your stuff to support your choices and get good deals 🙂
It’s a win-win for everyone.
And yes you should give people good deals because you’re trying to make fast money, you don’t want to be selling stuff a year later!
Keep in mind that your house will be empty with minimal furniture when it gets closer to making the big move.
When you sell everything it’s sort of like a “no turning back now” situation.
You’ve sold everything so turning back isn’t an option.
Trust me, when you’re out relaxing on a tropical beach on an island, turning back will be the last thing on your mind.
3. Save as much money as humanly possible
The secret to making this work once you start selling your furniture is to make as much money as you possibly can and save, save and save some more, every cent possible.
Think of it this way.
Would you rather go to an expensive restaurant now or use that money later at a beach side bar with the suns UV rays shining down on you?
I know what I would rather do.
You could also move in with roommates to help save even more money.
This is a preferred method as you have the flexibility to sell literally everything and keep the stuff you only NEED.
4. Start with the cheapest countries first
Don’t go all out on the most expensive countries in the world.
This is a really big mistake you want to avoid.
You want the best bang for your buck, and that means travelling to countries that are cheap but have everything worth seeing.
There are lots to see and do in cheap countries so don’t be put off by the low price tag.
Get your feet wet in the travelers game first and when you learn the ropes, move on to more advanced/expensive countries.
Newbie travelers are going to find it hard, BUT it gets easier and when you learn the ins and outs to travelling, it’s simply amazing and beats any 9-5 job!
Don’t for a second think that quitting your job and travelling is going to be expensive and not possible, because that is far from the truth and I’m about to tell you why.
Sure, accommodation is costly and one of your biggest costs when you’re abroad especially if you’re staying in hotels everyday of the week!
However, there are ways around paying $100 a night, and some are for free.
1. Get yourself a campervan
To save yourself on accommodation costs, you should get yourself a campervan.
Again, nothing expensive, even a minivan is fine.
Throw a mattress, pillows and blankets in the back and you’re away.
You are free to explore the entire country without having to worry about a place to sleep anymore!
Because gas is much cheaper than $100+ a night on accommodation.
Sure, it’ll be cheaper to get around on buses and trains but you’re saving on accommodation which is actually your most expensive cost while travelling (not including flights).
The quicker you get yourself a campervan the better, as you have more money for more important expenses like travelling to better countries, visiting the best places in the world and indulging in the local food!
2. Freedom camping
When you have a campervan, you open up endless possibilities of what you can do.
You can now stay in awesome campsites across the country or simply stay at free campsites.
Freedom camping is still very much alive and it’ll never die down.
There are so much opportunities with a campervan and that’s why I can’t recommend it enough.
It is your home away from home, your safe haven, your warmth and comfort at night.
Because when you’re out of your comfort zone, away from friends and family and you really don’t know what to expect, something safe and cozy to snuggle into at the end of the day is going to be a tremendous mental boost!
3. Consider couchsurfing
If you are tight on funds and want the ultimate most cost-effective way to travel the world without a job, that would be to backpack your way around and couch surf.
Couchsurfing is completely free so you’ll always have somewhere to stay without paying for accommodation.
Sites like www.couchsurfing.com provide a safe way for travelers to stay with others and not pay a dime.
Travelers get free accommodation and meet the locals while the locals meet travelers and hear their amazing travel stories 🙂
4. House sitting for free
Yes, house sitting is a real thing.
Pet owners know that pets are much more happier in their own home and don’t want the hassle of moving them around for others to take care of them.
They would rather get someone they trust to live in their home while they’re away and look after their home and pets!
This is a win-win for both of you!
You get a kitchen, a bed, a hot shower, hot meals, everything a normal home offers.
This is a great opportunity if you’re on a low budget and want to spread your savings to last even longer.
You can sign up at www.trustedhousesitters.com.
5. Stay in a hostel
Hostels are not for the feint-hearted but they are a viable option if you’re tight on funds and don’t mind sleeping in the same room as strangers and sharing everything like the bathroom, kitchen, etc.
You need to realize that it’s not the same as having a hotel room with all the privacy you need.
I do recommend you give hostels a try and see they’re right for you.
Most have everything a hotel offers, even free WiFi, where you can update your FB status, upload your pictures and keep your friends and family up to date on your journey.
Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation for travelers all around the world.
Essentially, you are paying to stay in a lodge, holiday home, condo, large home or even just a room.
The good thing about Airbnb is that there are way more cheaper options available in comparison to hotels, and allows travelers on a strict budget to find accommodation without paying an arm and a leg and running out of money quickly.
A lot of the time you have complete privacy and better deals than hotels, all with more features and amenities.
Making Money On Your Travels
I know, I know, the last thing you want to be doing is picking fruit when you can be relaxing on a beach with a cocktail, getting a tan!
However, those who travel full time have some type of side income to make their savings last longer, and that’s what I want to touch base with you.
There are thousands of ways to make additional income, both online and offline.
Below you will find the best and most proven to work.
1. Ask around
Getting jobs as a foreigner is a lot easier than you think.
Employers don’t mind helping travelers earn money in exchange for your time and labor, and they will make it worthwhile for both of you.
Yes, that means cash under the table.
The most easiest way of getting work is to ask around wherever and everywhere you go.
Ask the bartender if they’re looking for a worker for a couple hours a day, ask all cafes and restaurants if they need an extra hand at the busiest times of the day or even ask resort owners if they want someone on front desk.
Even a few hours work per day is enough to get by and you’ll learn a lot about the country and locals.
2. Work in a Hostel
To get your hostel room completely free, well, in exchange for your time and labor, you can work in a hostel.
The work consists of cleaning or being a receptionist.
The good part about this is that your accommodation is free and you save money to extend your trip even longer.
3. Advertise your services in a hostel
There are travelers making a good income doing this and it funds their travel so they can continue travelling full time.
They offer haircuts and massages to travelers in hostels for a small fee.
I mean, who doesn’t want a relaxing massage after a long day site-seeing, hiking or wandering the town or city.
4. Work remotely
If your current job allows this, you don’t even have to quit and you can work from your laptop and still get paid!
Talk to your boss and see what options are available.
It doesn’t even have to be a big income, even a few hours a day on your laptop is a lot of money earned when you’re travelling low-budget.
5. Make money online
Making money online is my absolute favorite and I would always recommend it over making money in real life.
The fact that you get paid anywhere you are in the world, without having to constantly find jobs, makes this method the best of them all.
Here’s 5 best ways to make money online to fund your travels:
Social media is a very big deal in 2019, and in the upcoming years it’s going to get even bigger.
It’s common for influencers to make a full time income with the use of social media and also enough room for new people to make additional income.
Instagram is one example. Acquire a loyal following with pictures of your travels and you can monetize your Instagram account with merchandise and ads.
It’s a passive income opportunity that the majority of the population still haven’t discovered!
Although it’s getting harder and harder to make money with YouTube, it is still a viable option if your sole purpose is to provide great content for your audience and you actually enjoy it.
There are lots of ways to make money on YouTube, but here are 10 of my favorite.
Most survey sites earn you around $1-2 per day depending if they have good surveys for that day.
When you sign up to lots of different survey sites, you only need to work a few hours a day and you could earn up to $10-20.
Your earnings will vary daily but nonetheless, it is good income when you’ve got no other options.
Freelancing is a great way to earn a good income online.
You don’t even have to know a lot, people will pay you to perform simple tasks just because it’s more convenient to pay someone than do it themselves.
Freelancing can consist of writing content for a website, data entry, marketing, virtual assistant, editing and proofreading, call center, etc.
There are thousands of freelancing opportunities, choose one and give it a go!
Blogging is more of a long-term strategy but the rewards are much better than the rest.
First and foremost, it is completely passive income when the ball gets rolling.
There is no income at the start but later down the line it pays off when you’re receiving $10, $50 and even $100+ earnings per day even on days you don’t blog!
That’s why if you go with this method, you should start your blogging journey early so it’s already making money when you make the jump!
This blogging training platform took me from zero to 4 figures per month all within the span of a year!
Bonus Tips & Advice
1. Participate in cash back and loyalty programs
This is good to use if you’re mostly using hotels and things of that nature.
Cash back reward programs can get you one night free every 10 nights plus 3-6 percent cash back on ALL hotel purchases!
That is a lot of money back considering hotels aren’t cheap.
Of course this is only possible if you’re on a high budget and don’t mind splashing out.
It’ll help make your money last longer and allow you to continue doing it full time, which is the ultimate goal at the end of the day.
2. Stay in one place longer than you think you need
Every traveler I’ve read about or spoken to all have one thing in common.
They wish they stayed in their respective locations a little longer just to settle down a bit and really IMMERSE themselves in the culture, the food and the lifestyle of the locals.
Staying in one area for a week at a time is overwhelming, even for the experienced traveler.
They all wish they settled down for at least 30-60 days.
You don’t feel so overwhelmed all the time, you’re not always rushing to get to your next location and you can really learn a lot about the area, and most of all, work in that location a few hours a day and make lots of new friends!
3. The reality about new friends and old friends on your travels
You are going to lose friends, some of them are going to be really close friends, however, that’s expected when you’re doing something so far out of the ordinary.
They might get jealous, they might think you’re bragging when you post your pictures on social media, or they simply do not care about hearing about your travels so they’ll just distant themselves from you altogether.
But at least there’s plenty more opportunities to find even more friends that are doing the exact same thing as you are and can relate to the feelings you have and the struggles you go through.
4. If you’re worried about what will happen in the future
Lets face it, going into the unknown is so far out of your comfort zone it’s most likely holding you back from taking the giant leap.
However, keep in mind that worrying is only going to ruin your trip and make a perfectly good travel adventure a bad one, full of regret.
You need to live in the moment, focus on the present at all times because that’s all that truly matters right now.
If you’re worried about what the future holds upon returning from your travels, go to this article.
It explains everything you need to know.
5. Travel light if possible
You’re going to be moving around the globe frequently.
When you’ve just settled in to your new place after 30 days, it’s time to pack up and move again, and doing this over and over again with lots of luggage makes it more tiring than it needs to be.
So what you can do is take things you think you need, and then overtime get rid of the stuff that’s more of a burden than anything else.
You will learn what works for you, what you like, what you need and what’s a big waste of time.
6. Get a global sim card
You’ll be travelling from country to country, and you need to stay in touch with friends and family.
Instead of having to purchase a sim card in every country you’re in, get a global sim card, that way you’re already connected to the rest of the world no matter where you are.
Because trust me, it gets tiring after a while ALWAYS having to get a new sim card.
It’s just so much easier and more convenient to get a global sim card.
7. Document your journeys on social media
Whether it be Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter, or even all of them, you should document your journey not just to inspire others but for your own memories later down the line.
Plus it’s possible to gain money through these social media giants, which will help fund your trips even further!
As long as you’re genuine, you post consistently and love what you do, the followers will continue to come and you will continue to make more and more money.
This is how a lot of Instagram models and travel vloggers make money doing the things they love, because they document their journeys and share them with the world.
Inspiring people to move out of their comfort zone is powerful in this day an age, especially when everyone feels stuck in dead end 9-5 jobs that they can’t seem to get out of because they feel trapped.
When you can show people that they don’t have to live that life, you can create a lot of trust and loyalty and people are willing to do what you say.
Travelling full time is going to be one of the best, most exciting and scariest thing you’ve done in your life.
There’s going to be a mixture of emotions and plenty of times when you just want to pack up and go home.
But that’s when you have to remember that you did this for a reason, you did it for the thrill and to BE out of your comfort zone.
Because this lifestyle is not for the feint-hearted and there will always be struggles along the way.
Only those strong enough will handle the tough situations and reap the rewards of being a full time traveler!
Thanks for reading and I hope you found what you were looking for in this article.