Work From Anywhere & Travel The World
Work from anywhere: How we fund our full time traveling family
Hello friends! We’ve had quite a few people ask us recently how we work from anywhere and afford to fund our full time travel by working remotely so here’s the scoop.
There are many ways that people fund long term travel or full time travel. It’s obviously vastly easier if you are a single person or couple- travelling without kids means saving on transport, accommodation, food and often activities (here’s what we spend in one month in Bali). However we have found many ways to save for travel, including these 20 easy tips to afford more family travel that we recently published.
We choose to travel in places where our pound goes further- we couldn’t travel full-time in many places in Europe on our current budget (although there are ways to do it, if you are willing to rent long-term, somewhere rural and live very simply).
Why Work Remotely?
Our long term purpose for travelling is to hopefully work with a charity based in Thailand, and Patrick and I love south-east Asia, so along with budget considerations that made our decision to come here fairly straightforward. We chose to start in Bali as we hadn’t been here, we had heard good things and we knew that we could travel cheaply here.
How To Minimise Travel Expenses
While looking for hotels on booking.com or hotelscombined.com (click to search the best hotel and accommodation deals!) we’ve seen accommodation advertised for as little as £2 per bed per night (that was in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand). Accommodation that cheap is usually a bunk in a dormitory, and some people don’t want to travel that way- for the die-hard few who don’t mind bunking up with strangers (Patrick and I have done it, with mixed results) it’s a super budget friendly way to travel.
It’s very possible to eat out for around £1 per meal in south-east Asia; in the coastal town of Sanur in Bali, where we are staying at the moment, we’ve found a local warung that serves a meal for 60p. That’s mixed veggies and rice with tofu and tempeh- delicious, freshly cooked and nutritious.
We also bought decent quality travel equipment before we started our trip, often with warranties- so this minimises the potential costs while on the road. We are minimalist and don’t go shopping for pleasure, so this helps keep money for when we need it too. (Check out my 12-item travel wardrobe here!)
Anyway, that’s a bit of ramble about how possible it is to spend economically while travelling in some parts of the world.
But how do we get our money?
Work From Anywhere: Our Jobs
The answer is pretty simple: I work online. I freelance, I write for a large UK travel publication and I research and write copy from my laptop, which can be done anywhere in the world. I am paid in Sterling which has a good exchange rate over here in Asia, so my writer’s salary gets us by if we are frugal. In some countries such as Indonesia I can’t work on a tourist visa but if we are somewhere for a long time we will get a work visa to facilitate this.
We have some savings- because of the changeable and unpredictable nature of freelance work, we needed that small safety net in case there are months where my work dries up or if we travel to places that we can’t work because of visas.
People reading this and hoping to travel with their family, or on their own, might be disheartened reading about how we earn money- perhaps you’re not a writer and think that you won’t be able to earn online?
Work From Anywhere: Remote Jobs ARE Possible!
The good news is that remote work is becoming increasingly popular, and there are many jobs that need remote workers. Administration, call centre work and transcription, social media management, proof-reading, editing, web development and coaching are all roles that can be remote and I’ve seen remote roles advertised for these occupations.
If you have an employable skill that you can travel with, have a look at the remote work websites to see if there are any roles you can fill to become a ‘digital nomad’. The popular websites for this are Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr.
You can also go on recruitment sites like Indeed and search for ‘remote’ or ‘from home’ jobs. If you impress an employer while applying for a ‘from home’ role you may be able to convince them to take you on even if you’re in another country- or start while you’re at home, do a great job and make yourself invaluable before you start travelling.
Work from anywhere: Take your job with you!
If you have a ‘desk job’, talk to your employers about taking your role on the road. Offering to go freelance gives employers many benefits- they save a lot of money by hiring a freelancer via a contracted employee, and if they know and like you already it may seem preferable to allow you to go remote, rather than hiring someone new if you hit the road.
Make it appealing for your employer- offer to do a trial period from home if need be- and put together information on the benefits of hiring remote workers. There are an increasing number of studies that show that remote workers are more efficient, happy and productive than those in an office- and that’s no surprise. Dropping the commute, the office politics and the artificial lighting for a laptop on a sunny veranda is sure to boost employees’ morale and increase productivity.
Of course, remote work is only really just coming into the spotlight. It took us six years of research, thought and skill development before we actually got employment that allowed us to travel full time. Six years. You have to really, really want it, have a core purpose and commit to the graft and disappointment that comes with any journey to new employment and lifestyle. We feel extremely thankful that we are able to do this, and it’s not without its downsides- we are on a small budget, when you work for yourself you are 100% responsible for paperwork, there are no sick days and work could dry up tomorrow. Nothing is perfect!
To find out how far our money goes in one month in Bali, click here and to see our top reasons why we moved our family to the island!