Finding work while globe-trotting can be tough. Typical jobs tie employees to one location, which is the last thing a travel-hungry adventurer wants. That’s why working online as a freelance writer is an ideal scenario for travelers. Success, however, doesn’t always come easily or quickly!
I’ve funded my travels by writing and selling articles online while exploring Asia, the Middle East, the USA and Australia. Here are two of the most important things I’ve learned in my journeys as a nomadic writer.
Take Online Writing on a Test Drive
Learn the ropes of online writing before you start your travels. This will give you the necessary skills and confidence, as well as an accurate idea of how much you can expect to earn.
I started writing online while living in an apartment in Kathmandu. A few months later, after hundreds of hours of practice, I was earning enough to cover living and travel expenses. Only then did I feel confident enough to take my new skills on the road, and I subsequently wrote and submitted unique articles from airports, hotels, friends’ couches, and internet cafes around the globe.
During the early weeks of writing, I benefited from a stable routine. Do yourself a favor and take at least a month to get the hang of writing and submitting articles before you set off into the great unknown.
Manage Your Time Creatively
Find a healthy balance between discipline and spontaneity. It’s essential that you manage your time somehow, but how you manage it is not so important.
If you love travel, my hunch is you thrive on new experiences and unexpected opportunities. You don’t want to be holed up in an internet cafe working 8 hours a day. On the other hand, you also don’t want to end up stone broke in a foreign country.
Rigid methods of time management simply don’t work for travelers, because there’s too much you can’t predict or control, so you need to be flexible in your approach. Either cultivate the discipline to say no to adventure every once in a while, or create a financial buffer and ensure that it doesn’t sink below a certain level. I personally have no self discipline, so I like the buffer method. This has allowed me to say yes to impromptu adventures – from a safari in the jungles of Chitwan to a decadent week shopping in Dubai – knowing that I can squeeze in extra writing time later to refill my coffers.
A number of other things will contribute to your success or failure in the world of online writing, including writing ability and technical know-how. But if you take my advice and master the ropes first, then develop a system of time management that suits your style, you’ll be ahead of the curve already. And there’s nothing quite as satisfying as paying for breakfast in Paris with money you earned while watching the sun sink into the Ganges.
by Antonia Anderson, a Constant Content writer