In April 2016, I left Goa, India after dropping and off college and began traveling the world, ever since that time the most common question I get to this day: “how do you make money traveling?” or “how to get paid to travel?”
This isn’t going to be a clique article writing about 100 of ways that you can make money traveling and include stuff like “busking”, “picking fruits in a farm” because let’s me honest, that’s not the kind of life you’re looking for when you follow your favorite Instagram Travel influencer.
No, this article is on one particular issue: How can you make money traveling in a way that’s sustainable.
Having dropped straight out of college, I never ever got a “9-5 job” nor do I ever plan on. I dropped out mainly because a degree wasn’t going to help achieve the goals I wanted out of life. I didn’t want to spend the greatest years of my life leading a life that felt like a lie.
How I’ve Made Money Traveling Since 2016
Before I dive into how YOU can make money traveling, I’ll share a bit about how I made money traveling since 2016 to give you an insight into how someone can make money traveling.
For starters, when I started traveling I didn’t start out with a lot of savings, coming from a middle-class Indian family, I had barely 200$ that I saved over birthdays and Christmas as my startup capital. My goal was to pay for my travels by making money while traveling, instead of the usual “make money, save and then travel.” that’s more common
Every day I get so many messages from old friends from high school, they usually go along the lines of “OMG! you are so lucky” and later the questions are always the same
“How exactly do you make money traveling?”
“How do you make money to pay for your travels around the world?”
“Are you paid to travel the world?”
Before I dropped out of college, I dedicated my free time to develop new skills and I’m always learning new things thanks to the infinite knowledge available to everyone reading this, it’s called the internet.
Let me tell you one simple thing, I’m not lucky, I worked! I worked countless coffee-fueled nights and weekends doing hundreds of hours of research to learn about how I could make money traveling, while my friends were out partying.
1. Freelance Website Building
In the process of building my first blog, I taught myself how to build websites.
Note: I don’t know to code, I was building super simple WordPress website. This is something you can easily learn over a weekend.
That simple skill of building basic websites was my biggest source of income during the first 6 months of my travels. I built websites for Hotels, Cafes, Restaurants, Hostels and also quite a variety of blogs for other people.
I didn’t get my first clients thanks to some “secret” or a “hack” but actual hard work. I typed cafe *city name* into Google and made a list of all the cafes, then filtered down to the ones which were active on social media eg Facebook.
Checked off the ones that had a website and finally, I was left with a list of cafes that understood the benefits of marketing on the internet and would benefit from a website.
I would struggle to get clients online as I didn’t have a portfolio or a degree so now that I had a list, I then went cafe to cafe and tried to convey about how having a website would benefit them. At the end of the day, I had a client.
At the same time, my friends and fans of my blog who now contact me every day who have 10X-100X the level of skill I did are complaining about not being able to get clients. I also realized why everyone also had an excuse for why they can’t do something in life.
Here I was a kid who didn’t know to code making more money building websites then many computer science graduates.
It’s about doing the things most people aren’t willing to do, to live a life most people won’t ever get to live. I don’t believe there is a “secret” to success it’s smart then hard work!
I stopped doing this once my travel blog grew (read below) as I wasn’t passionate about it and it was more of a means of a way.
2. Travel Blogging
In early 2016, I started a travel blog called, Think Travel Lift Grow. Eventually I grew it to over 100k monthly users from Google in less than a year and its income was enough to sustain my travel.
Later on I closed down the travel blog and started this new site at JeremyNoronha.com.
I don’t like ads personally and I didn’t feel fair to bombard my viewers with them so I never used them on my blog. Instead, when I share my favorite travel gear, books, hotels and other products with my readers, I include affiliate tracking links to those products. Meaning if you decide to click-through and buy a product, I’ll receive a small commission. However the great thing is that the price remains the same whether you use my special link or not, I get paid out of the companies cut!
Most of my affiliate links are for Amazon.com. However, I have a personal policy by which I never endorse a product or service I didn’t actually try or believe in.
Also, I’m always looking for win-win offers that’ll benefit my viewers much more than it’ll benefit me. Here’s an example, I promote the trial offer of Audible quite often on the blog. I love audible and use it often to listen to audiobooks. If someone clicks on my link to audible and then signs up for an audible trial, they get a free month of audible and 2 free audiobooks, they don’t have to pay anything but I earn a small commission for referring them. WIN-WIN!
When I just started my blog I remember I made barely a dollar in my first month! But I kept on putting in the work, slowly I saw a little money coming in. Once that started happening I started focusing more of my time on making it bigger and better.
I focused my energy on learning new skills to write better, learning new ideas that would help me grow the blog further and eventually it grew to be a full-time income. I don’t believe there is a “secret” or “hack” to success! It all comes down to Smart and then hard work. I have an article that’s over 6000 words long that shares everything you would need to know about How To Start A Blog And Make Money
3. SEO Consulting
In the process of growing my blog I became really good at something called “SEO”. Which is basically getting things to come higher up on Google.
Many of you guys reading this article right now, (yes you! ;) ) Probably Googled “How to make money traveling” and clicked on this article.
Because I’m good at this “SEO thingy”, I’m usually at the top of Google for most of the things I write about and even beat big travel blogs, online publications and even companies with a huge team :P
Of course, thanks to that I managed to get into some pretty impressive consulting roles. EG. I became the Head of SEO at Foundr Magazine.
Recently, I quit SEO consulting to just work on my own websites.
How Much Money Do I Make Traveling The World?
I know, I know. You want details. Asking someone how much money they make is a very personal question, and it’s not something I’m entirely comfortable posting also a lot of it is confidential haha ;), but I’ll give you an idea.
I have earned over 500$ in a single day, but I also have days when I have earned less than 20$. I make enough to make ends meet and also invest in my future!
I put most of my income back into this blog or in starting my other businesses in one form or another.
All businesses need investment to grow, including blogs.
I can travel for the rest of my life if I chose to, settle in any country I like and work on the go and only need Wi-Fi, my phone or laptop, and Coffee. Especially Coffee!
The reality is that I actually have no idea how much I’ll make next month. Or the month after that. It’s one downside to working for yourself. In exchange for freedom, you often lose some security.
I’ve chosen freedom over security.
Now, I’m pretty sure many of you reading this are super inspired right?
Well, in early 2016, I was the guy sitting in the library of my university and Googling the exact same thing you just did.
I looked at all the top bloggers and people traveling the world and realized that “Alright that’s great for them, they definitely put in a lot of work to be where they are, now what can I learn from them so that I can do the same?” Instead of complaining about my circumstance, I believe in taking responsibility and putting in the world.
I believe that anything is possible with hard work, patience, and dedication.
Digital Nomad Lifestyle
I was resistant for a very long time to write an article about “Digital Nomads” as there is a lot of bullshit out there in the Digital Nomad community about sitting on the beach doing nothing while having millions pour into your bank account.
Firstly shit like that doesn’t exist, sorry to burst your bubble and a few people are selling that dream of being a “digital nomad” to make a quick buck.
The term “digital nomad” gets used so much on the internet nowadays and sadly most people get exposed to the term by someone trying to sell them something.
Hopefully, this article will actually share some practicality to anyone who is curious about the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and wants to know how they can lead it!
I personally feel like the term “Digital Nomad” is overused way too much and has turned into the equivalent of a teenage kid putting “entrepreneur” in their Instagram bio (something I was guilty of years ago lol)!
Just a quick fact before jumping into what a digital nomad is: Putting ‘entrepreneur’ in your Instagram bio won’t magically make you the CEO of a successful business, you still got to hustle and build it!
What is a Digital Nomad?
Well, it’s basically someone who works online and travels. As mentioned above this statement basically sums up this entire subculture.
According to Wikipedia, “Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their lives in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely – generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, coworking spaces and even recreational vehicles – to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.”
On social media, Digital Nomads are often portrayed as a typical 20-something-year-old sitting with his MacBook on the beach with a drink in his hand, I mean just Google “digital nomads” click on the image tabs and you can see for yourself!
But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Digital nomads aren’t just the people on Instagram sitting with their laptops on the beach, the diversity of digital nomads is incredible! There are digital nomads over the age of 60 at the same time they are people who started out at 18 like me! It’s not just bloggers or CEOs who are traveling around the world, earning on the go. Digital Nomads come in all shapes and forms.
On the technology-focused side, we have coders, programmers, developers etc. On the creative side, we have writers, authors, designers etc. On the business side, we have day traders, business owners, project managers etc.
On the marketing side, you have everything from social media managers and growth hackers to SEO Consultants like me. The digital nomad community also consists of everything from YouTubers and bloggers to online English teachers and translators.
Why did I start out by pointing out the incredible diversity? Because everyone is unique! Not everyone is going to travel the world coding or blogging! Each person has chosen a field and industry based on their skills and interests.
Similarly, due to the diversity, there is no one first fixed the path of “how to become a digital nomad”!
It’s not possible to make a step by step course on how to become a digital nomad as there is insane diversity and there is no one fixed path to make money traveling. Anyone trying to sell you a course of how to become a digital nomad “exactly” like they are most likely making his living selling the dream of being a digital nomad instead of creating any actual value.
Find out where in this spectrum you belong as a professional! What are you good at and what do you like doing? Because the opportunities are endless but if you pick something just because that’s what this digital nomad “guru” on the internet told you to do, you’ll probably get sick of it and won’t be willing to put in the work. Don’t even listen to me, think for yourself, I’m not your guru!
It’s the same way I feel about content creation and personal branding; I don’t believe everyone should start a blog like me because some people are better on video while others are better off starting a podcast! You need to find the medium through which you communicate best in, similarly, you need to find what you are good at and like doing!
Maybe you don’t really want to start a business and would prefer working as a marketing manager for a business! Just because it’s glamorous to be a business owner and entrepreneur in pop culture now doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right path for you!
I asked my followers about the biggest questions they had about Digital Nomads and the idea of traveling and working and one topic that came up was the Digital Nomad camps, programs and everything else out there.
Firstly I should let you know that I have friends that run and work in some of the biggest ones out there, however, this is going my unbiased opinion about the Digital Nomad Programs which is going to piss some of them off but it needs to be said.
I don’t believe these programs are for the majority of people, especially not those just getting started with this lifestyle! The programs have a lot of benefits that I have to point out like being amazing to meet like-minded people and networking, however, a Reddit user jlengstorf summed up these programs better than I ever can:
“I think you have to look at *it* for what it is: a pre-packaged, year-long, working vacation. It’s not a career development move. It’s not a launchpad to make you rich or internet famous (though you can ride their coattails to get into all the major sites that talk about remote work). It’s not a guarantee of a remote job or a way to make money.
So if you can afford it and the idea of traveling alone freaks you out: do it.” Here’s a link to the whole discussion!
I would also add that the overhead of many of these programs is pretty darn high as you can have nearly the same experience by spending half the money or even less, going to a major city with a digital nomad community!
Check out NomadList, an amazing resource that lists the average price of living in different cities around the world!
From the professional perspective of becoming a digital nomad or advancing in your career, these programs might not be the right move for most people. As I mentioned above access your skills and interests and figure out what you like or are good at, If you are interested in programming, it’s a better allocation of your time and money to go and attend a coding boot camp instead!
Many of these programs are too vague and aren’t necessary for people curious about the digital nomad lifestyle. If you want to become a writer, start writing on Medium and other online publications and network in groups of bloggers and online business owners on Facebook!
There are specific courses on each industry that will let you become good at a certain skill that you can then leverage to earn an income, you can’t just “become a digital nomad” by paying 2k$ a month because that doesn’t mean shit.
Saying you want to “become a digital nomad” is like saying you want to become an Olympic medalist. Alright sure, first tell me in which sport are you interested in? I can then direct you towards a coach for that sport, but there is no ‘olympic medalist coach’.
Similarly, access your skills and based on the field you choose, focus on coding or design or writing or teaching.
I do have to point out the positives of these programs! The fact is that through these workshops you get exposure to people doing a variety of different things that can expand your mind and it shows you what’s possible, also maybe it’s not possible to put a price tag on the connections you will make! Also as many long term nomads will tell you, it sometimes gets lonely on the road for some people and programs like this provide a community and that’s another key selling point!
But you can achieve the same benefits by going to a major city and heading off to a few coworking spaces or joining local Digital Nomad Facebook groups and attending the meetups.
So what do I think about these programs? They fit the needs of a certain kind of people – if traveling alone scares you – if you are afraid to jump into this lifestyle alone and would love a community around you, go for it! Else spend your money and time in getting better at your core skill(s).
How To Make Money Traveling Outside the Internet
I always make the claim that you can get paid to travel the world much more easily than most people think it is.
Before I dive into the actual sustainable ways, let’s dive into the most popular ones often seen shared on travel blogs around the world.
1. Teaching English Abroad
This is one of the easiest types of job to get if you are a native English speaker. Teaching jobs, especially for English are incredibly abundant around the world, especially in Southeast Asia and China. They pay well, the hours are flexible, the cost of living is low and some schools will pay for your flight over. I have so many friends teaching English in Vietnam and China right now.
The requirements vary from one country to another, but most people can qualify for a reasonably high-paying job with a little preparation. Most English teachers have TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA certification in addition to a college degree. The TEFL certification is the easiest and least expensive to obtain. Courses ranging from 40 to 120 hours are offered online.
Dave’s ESL Cafe is your best resource if you want to teach English while traveling.
Some employers will hire teachers who lack credentials, but the pay and benefits won’t be as high as with the certification.
CONS: Teaching English is more of “Make money and travel” strategy instead of “make money traveling” as in many situations you’re going to have to commit to a single location.
Pro Tip: Companies like VipKid allow you to teach English online thus making this more of a possibility for people who want to travel.
2. Work in a Hostel
If you stick to very touristy areas hostels are often looking for staff to work the desk or show the guests around town. If you can speak a language no other staff member can, that’s really going to help you to pull ahead.
You can find hostels jobs pretty much anywhere, particularly places which appeal to backpackers and budget travelers! Even if you aren’t getting paid and just volunteering you will get a free room and saving on accommodation and also maybe food.
Having a working holiday visa will encourage the hostel owners to choose you over others. Helpx and Workaway are used often by a lot of travelers, but it also provides other volunteering opportunities in rural schools, yoga retreats etc.. Network and put yourself out there.
Cons: Again you are tied to a single location. Pay for jobs like this are rarely that great and this isn’t the type of job you’d want to brag on Instagram about.
3. Sell Your Service
Everyone is good at something and no one can say that “I’m not good at anything.” You may be good at let’s say makeup tutorials, I can bet you and I’m sure that I will win the bet every time’ that there is someone out there making a killing and even millions of dollars doing makeup tutorials.
Use your skills and talents to find work. Teach people how to play music or how to dance, cut hair, hula hoop, cook for people — use whatever skills you have to find a job. There are so many opportunities.
- Musicians: Sing in bars, hostels, hotels, expat/tourist spots.
- Busk on the streets
- Paint murals at a hostel or cafe
- Sell handmade crafts at local festivals
- Write or proofread menus
- Translate if you have strong foreign language skills
It doesn’t matter what you are good at if you want it bad enough you will find a way. Sell your service to people who will actually benefit from them, that way you will find it that you don’t mind doing it like it’s something you would do for free.
Cons: Unless you can do your service online, its highly unlikely that it’ll be scaleable and you’ll be restricted in your travels. (read the freelancing section below)
4. Do Seasonal Work
Whether it’s the Australian work visa and you are picking vegetables, fruit, flowers or picking up grapes in a vineyard in Italy. Farms are always looking to hire seasonal workers. So many of these places require additional help and people during the peak seasons and they usually pay well.
Fruit picking jobs in Australia is some of the easiest work to find, but the trade off is that it is also some of the hardest work out there. Harvest jobs often pay great, especially if it involves big machinery.
If I couldn’t work online or if I didn’t have this blog and I wanted money to travel I would have probably ended up picking fruit in Australia, it’s amazing to gain some extra cash to extend your trip.
If it’s diving season and if you are a certified diver and want to become an instructor (additional classes may be needed), there are dozens of huge scuba destinations around the world where you can easily find work. You can always go there and ask around.
WWOOF provides organic farming jobs all over the world.
Cons: You have to be at the certain part of the world for a certain time. Falls into the camp of “make money and then travel)
5. Start Busking or be an instructor
Yoga, Zumba, dance, surfing, diving … the list is endless. Do you possess any skill and have enough experience in it to teach others? Why not hold classes and make an income as you travel the world! This way you can earn an income doing what you love.
You will have to grow a thick skin when you begin. But remember that people pay for whatever impresses them, so the more unique and incredible, the larger the income.
I’ve met plenty of travelers who are playing guitar, juggling, dancing and singing their way around the world. It may be illegal in certain places so be sure to check the rules.
Cons: Pay isn’t great, unreliable. However, a good experience.
6. Au Pair
The word “Au Pair” is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to”, denoting living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children.
It’s perfect if you love kids, you’ll get a room, board and a weekly paycheck for helping take care of a family’s kids, allowing you to explore the country you end up in during your free time as well.
Here are a couple of websites for finding Au Pair jobs:
Cons: Tied to a location. (Not really “making money traveling”)
7. Get Paid To Travel and Review Hotels
If you run a big Instagram account or have a website with a lot of visitors, hotel, tour companies, tourism boards, and destinations will pay you to visit them.
Even websites like Hotels.com will pay you to travel the world and review hotels. For example, recently Hotels.com was hiring a “Poolhop” to travel across the country and test the waters at six different hotels, including establishments in Hawaii, Florida, Vegas, L.A., New York, and the non-beach town of Colorado Springs.
However, getting a job like that is pretty much close to winning the lottery and I wouldn’t recommend betting on that. Instead a better bet is to become an “influencer” or grow a large audience.
Influencer marketing with destinations and hotels is a great way to get paid to travel and review hotels which is dream for many people.
8. Working in the Airline Industry
A year ago, I bumped into a flight attendant in Nepal and it was pretty darn amazing to hear her stories from all around the world. Getting paid to fly the seven seas sounds pretty darn amazing, doesn’t it? Especially the huge discounts on airline tickets and hotels!
However it is also a lot of hard work and long hours (and heavy lifting if you work for United lol, too soon?) but if you want a life of wanderlust, it rarely gets better than this.
Now, those are usually the most popular strategy many people will share on the popular travel blogs on the internet.
Now there’s nothing wrong with making money by doing any of them, many of the things mentioned about are great experiences. However, if you want to make money sustainably over the longer term keep reading on.
How to Become A Digital Nomad
Become A Digital Nomad By Getting A Remote Job
- Pros: Stable Guaranteed Income, Don’t need to find new clients/customers and might come with benefits (401k, health insurance etc)
- Cons: Less Freedom and Flexibility (You still have to report to your employer), limited lifetime earning potential.
You don’t really have to quit your job to become a digital nomad as many popular “quit my job to travel the world” articles on the internet will have you believe! If you work on your laptop and your work could be done with you sitting at home instead of going to an office, you could also do it from a beach in Bali (Okay maybe an air-conditioned cafe by the beach :P)! This obviously won’t apply to all professions as you can’t perform heart surgery from across the world, however, if you work in the tech or business sectors it’s very likely that your job could be performed remotely.
Many times this might mean negotiating with your current employer and other factors however the idea of working remotely is becoming insanely popular with some of the biggest companies choosing to allow their employees work remotely! From Amazon and American Express to IBM!
Remote jobs are one of the most popular methods of how digital nomads earn a living, the benefits of being a remote worker is the security of having a fixed monthly income coming in! If you can’t turn your current job into a remote job, maybe it’s time to apply for a new job that allows you to work remotely.
There are companies like Automattic (the guys behind WordPress.com) that only hire remote workers and there are sites like FlexJobs and WeWorkRemotely that list remote job offers from companies like these!
How to Get a Remote Job as a Digital Nomad?
One way to get remote jobs would be to apply to them from the sites that I’ll list the resources! Having past work experience is always a plus when applying for a new job!
However, these sites aren’t the only way to get a remote job! They are a great resource and if you have the skill and the credentials for getting a remote job will be a breeze! However, I’ve had remote job offers by networking in Facebook groups and other places online.
I can’t stress this enough, Don’t don’t ever spam! You won’t ever achieve anything by doing that! Bring value to the people you communication and form actual relationships! Business is all about people at the end of the day and forming actual connections and relationships with people will be your greatest asset.
In February 2016, I started out as a broke college drop out in Goa, India, now I consult in marketing for companies like Foundr! I didn’t know anything or anyone in the marketing or online business or start-up industry when I started, but now I have a ton of successful CEO’s in my address book and many of them are close friends! I didn’t get to this point by spamming people, I got here by bringing people value in the moment I have their attention!
Bring value, form actual connections!
- Flexjobs: Currently hosts more than 20K job listings including part-time and freelance opportunities!
- We Work Remotely: This site is sure to host remote opportunities at some of the hottest tech companies.
- Working Nomads: Working Nomads delivers a curated list of remote jobs right to your inbox.
- Here are a couple more: WFH.io, Angellist.co and Stack Overflow
Become A Digital Nomad By Freelancing
- Pros: Flexible hours, control over jobs and clients, limitless earning potential.
- Cons: Unsteady Income when starting out, work-life balance, no employee benefits.
According to Wikipedia, “A freelancer or freelance worker is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term.”
I started traveling by freelancing, I learned to build basic websites off Youtube and Google and then went cafe to cafe and pitched in order to get my first clients! Later as my portfolio grew I was able to network online and get more clients.
I’ve mentioned this a tons of times on this blog, but freelancing is the easiest in to enter and the path to success as a freelancer is simple. Simple, but requires you putting a lot of hard work.
Take a skill, one that you like or at least are interested in and get good at it! Maybe take a few courses on SkillShare to get even better! Then start doing that skill for other people that will benefit from it and get paid for it!
You can freelance doing almost anything, from being a virtual assistant, building websites or teaching English!
How do you get good at your skill? Well, one way is by doing it and learning more! eg. As a writer, a good way to get better at writing is to write more and read more! Similarly, each industry will have its own way of improvement!
How To Find Freelance Clients As A Digital Nomad
This is where most of the people struggle when they decide to start freelancing! How in the world do I get freelance clients that pay?
- Just like in Remote Jobs, there are a couple of sites that list freelance jobs that you can apply to. The most popular ones are Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr. Other than that, there are industry-specific sites like 99designs for graphic designs, where you can apply for a freelance job in your specific industry!
- Network! Form connections and create relationships with people, online and offline! When I started I had to go cafe to cafe and pitch as I was broke and I needed the cash to put food on my plate. However, most people won’t have to do things to that extent but it’s just an example to show you that the excuses of not getting clients if usually absolute bullshit!
- If you are in a marketing position, use your marketing skills to get more clients. If you are a writer, start networking with online business owners and other writers. Always start off by bringing value to the other person!
Become a Digital Nomad by Starting An Online Business
- Pros: Unlimited Income potential, you are your own boss, not selling time for an income.
- Cons: Time to grow, uncertainty with success, a lot of hard work and patience.
Most of the people who get exposed to the digital nomad lifestyle and read books like the 4 Hour Work Week, usually get the impressions that to lead the “digital nomad life” that they need to build an online business that makes “passive income” ie millions of dollars pouring into their bank accounts while they sit on the beach drinking a beer! That’s usually the idea being sold to people, to get them to buy a course or into a system, and shit like that just doesn’t exist!
There is no magic algorithm or secret that will make millions while you do nothing! Any online business takes a lot of hard work and patience to grow!
With any online business there are only a few ways that you can make an income; Create and Sell a product (eg. book, software etc), provide a service (web design, translations etc) or sell advertising (Ads, affiliate marketing etc).
There are a lot of options here from an E-commerce store to a Youtube channel. Here’s my take on it and what I would do/did. Build a business around on your passion or interests. Why do I say that? Because when you are working on something you love/like it doesn’t really feel like work.
I would pick an interest and start either a service based industry, a Blog, a Youtube channel or a Podcast around it. Why these options? Well not everyone can do all of them, I personally would suck at a podcast right now (have you heard me talk!? if not join me on Facebook Live sometime), but I’m killing it with blogging!
Why start and grow an online business? Well because it can make you money even when you don’t work. Let’s say you upload a video to Youtube and you decide to monetize it by running ads before the video, now if someone watches the ads and the video while you are asleep or even surfing you will earn a small amount. Now, what if a thousand or 10 thousand or a 100 thousand people do that?
Long-Term Benefits Of Starting An Online Business As A Digital Nomad
You could talk about Smurfs or whatever you want and make a living doing it. Ads are the easiest form of monetization. You could do affiliate marketing too where you can recommend products eg books on Amazon and earn a commission if someone buys something.
The links in my Nomatic Travel bag’s review are affiliates link if you click through and buy the bag I earn a percent! However, as the buyer, you wouldn’t pay extra for the bag as I get paid out of the company’s/Amazon’s cut for recommending the bag! Almost all companies have a program like this where you can earn a commission on products if you recommend them. Just Google “*Company Name* Affiliate”!
Here are a couple of articles wherein Affiliate Links are used so you get a better idea of how this works
- Free e-book For Digital Nomads by And.co
- Podcast: This article by my friends at Foundr is a great resource to start a podcast!
- Youtube: I would recommend you watch this video by Practical Psychology if you want to grow your YouTube Channel.
- Blog: This is where I know my craft and I have a huge in-depth article on How To Start A Blog And Make Money that is packed full of resources and that’ll help you get started with Blogging less than 30 mins.
- How to Hire a Great WordPress Developer
How to Become a Digital Nomad? Bring Value.
First, You need to understand that it’s all about value! In the capitalistic society that most of us live in, everything is about value! Most people are used to working and earning by the hour, but even there it’s about value. How? You are exchanging your time for a paycheck. The reason you are paid an X amount per hour is that you are bringing enough value to your employer that it’s worth for him/her to pay you that much per hour.
Let’s me explain that in a simple example, let’s say I run a video company and that makes 100$ per video, but I’m not good at editing. So it’s worth for me to hire someone to edit my videos for ~30$ as that person is bringing me value by not having to learn how to edit and saving me time so I can focus on other things. Now, I don’t care about this person’s degree or qualifications or which part of the world he is from if he can deliver actual results. He could be sitting on a beach in Thailand or in an office in India. However, if his/her edits are shit, I won’t hire him/her, as he/she is bringing me absolutely no value.
Over the long term, your degree, qualifications or who your father is, doesn’t matter if you can’t bring vaule to the marketplace and deliver.
Start out with the mindset of value. If you as an individual can provide value and you learn how to convey your value to others, you won’t ever need to worry about being able to make money! How can you provide value? Well if anything you do can save someone else time, money or energy, or make someone else more money, you are bringing them value.
Value! Bring value with your content, that’s how you are going to succeed in whichever medium you choose, whether that’s a podcast, a Youtube channel or a blog! You need to provide helpful information that helps solve problems!
Ready For The Digital Nomad Lifestyle?
The digital nomad lifestyle isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, it takes a lot of courage to take the leap when you are just getting started. However the hopefully after reading this article on “Digital Nomads” I hope you get a better idea and appreciation of the reality! It’s not sitting on a beach, magically making money on the internet, it takes hard work! But it sure is worth it…
Cya on the road,
keep going man
Jeremy Noronha says
abishai mascarenhas says
I like your blog :) very impressive . keep going :)
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you very much ☺
Puspakumar Naik says
Good Work Man.Its very helpful,let us know something in Brief how to get a start,because first time it seems too difficult to leave behind everything
Jeremy Noronha says
Well each person should do it at their own pace. For me I was determined because I knew this was the life I wanted. So i dropped out of college in February spent 2 months learning new things, setting up the foundation and left Goa in April.
Find something you love doing, whatever it may be and get so good at it that people will pay you to do what you love.
hi i just want travel all over india without money ….. iam just ready to go with in a week ……..
Great, interesting post and very timely for us. We left the UK 8 weeks ago indefinitely to travel, live and work abroad. My travelblog and husbands YouTube channel are in the early stages but it’s motivating to hear from you can make an income early on.
I guess it’s all about putting the time and effort in and learning the required skills on the way. Now settling in Cambodia for a year (with some side travel), so hopefully with some work to tidy it up and improve it we may start to see some income from our blogs!
Good luck and keep up the good work
Jeremy Noronha says
Hey! Wow that’s amazing! and yes you can. This blog is about 7 months old and it pays for my travels. Hard work, patience and effort in becoming better creates wonders! I wish you all the best with your blog! I am planning on starting a youtube channel as well soon :D.
I hope you like Cambodia, I am in Sri Lanka for the next month, then will visit Vietnam for the new year and then I think I’ll be heading down to Camodia. I hope we bump paths.
All the best Good Luck! Keep in touch :)
Congrats on monetizing your blog in less than 6 months old. If your blog were a baby I would say he/she is a genius!! ? I’ve been hoping to meet more digital nomads as I traverse through Europe so hope to cross paths some day! Keep it up and keep in touch. :)
Jeremy Noronha says
Haha :D Thank you so much Emily! I don’t know when I will make my way to Europe but hope we cross paths soon! Take care and good work on happynfull! Cheers xoxo
Pulkit Singhal says
Actually what i imagine, @ThinktTravelLiftGrow is practical submission of my imagination or my thinking.
Really a great idea and awesome concept.
Thanks for the information.
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you so much Pulkit! Your most welcome and I’m glad I could be of some help :D
Awesome blog. I really loved it. This post is very readable and informative But I think if you share travels materials it could be better. Whatever Looking nice blog But I think you should add a category page in sidebar it could be better. By the way keep it up and carry on. See you again.
Jeremy Noronha says
Thanks Amanda. That’s a nice idea, I think I will implement that. Thanks ?
Are you using wordpress?
Jeremy Noronha says
Yeah but the open source self hosted version. Not WordPress.com
Lem Enrile says
Interesting. Will be following your adventures because you’re wearing a Dragon Ball jacket. ^_^
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you so much Lem! :) Haha!
Kathy O'Gorman says
I always enjoy your posts and admire your strength and courage.
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you so much Kathy! :)
Vasudev CM says
Awesome!!! You really took my inspiration to the next level….
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you so much Vasudev! :) #humbled
Great one bro.. rock on..!!
Jeremy Noronha says
Thanks, man! Appreciate the support!
Caspar Sausa says
Great content in simple everyday language! Brilliant work so far Jeremy! Keep shining to help the world!
I am advocating for the young generation to read, practice and develop all aspects of their lives and I am working on my blog too now! I would like to help people to live a purposeful life on this planet. I BELIEVE THAT IF YOU CAN READ, YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST TEACHER IF YOU PRACTICE WHAT YOU READ!
Thankyou for being an inspiration to me though.
Best, wishes, enjoy your travels and take care!
Abdul Zunair Muneer says
Although you claim yourself as not a good writer, you have articulated the message in a better way than a writer would do. It is really an inspiring stuff from a college drop out boy. Keep going, man. Your innocence will take you to the best place.
Jeremy Noronha says
Being completely honest I got better in writing by actually writing and I guess that how most things work. Cheers! Appreciate the kind words and support :)
savika gomes says
i will ask my daughter (13) to read your blog. no pain, no gain. thoughtfully penned and honest rendition of your journey so far.
thanks for all your inputs….
will follow you on instagram, as im sure this is going to get very very interesting. and of course, worth following.
all the very best!
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you so much for the kind words :) truly glad to hear that you like my story.
Wow, what an inspiration you are to me. I teach 20 year-olds like you at a university and I wish they had at least half of the insight into life as you. I guess that only comes from hard work and an undying passion to live a beautiful life. Keep it up, Jeremy. I plan to travel the world someday too on a slightly different note :)
Jeremy Noronha says
Thank you so much! :) Really humbled by your comment! I wish you all the best with your travels :D
I am presently in first year of engineering.And i love programming, software engineering.You really inspired me a lot!!!Thank you and all the best.
By the way,did you consider what your career will be a few years from now?
Jeremy Noronha says
Well, about the future I’m not really worried and I’m more concerned with people who believe in job security as that doesn’t really exist with most jobs nowadays. I became the head of SEO and Organic growth at Foundr.com a months ago, couldn’t imagine that happening months before. Having a 5-year plan is setting yourself up for failure according to me as your interests and lifestyle can always change. It’s just about adapting to the situation.