If you are reading this you are probably thinking if it’s possible to quit your day job and travel the world. It’s a big ass world out there and you will only get a chance to see a glimpse of it during your life – especially if you spend most of your adult life rotting in a cubicle in some mindless nine to five job.
I found myself asking how to quit my job and travel far too often and decided to do something about it.
I made a lot of research on the subject and today I will share with you my own plan and a few other ideas for financing your life abroad.
Because that’s what it boils down to doesn’t it? Money.
Every body knows how to resign or how to book a trip, it’s making the ends meet that’s the hard part.
You have essentially three options when it comes to quitting your current job and start traveling the world.
Option 1: Work abroad
The first one is to work abroad at whatever country you are currently staying in.
Finding work abroad has never been as easy because of the internet and there are many sites dedicated to working away.
The problem is that the jobs usually pay just for food and accommodation and if you have any bills back home this can be an obvious problem.
Finding “real” work abroad requires your normal recruiting process and can be really hit-and-miss depending on your profession, expertise and language skills obviously.
Usually there are also permits required to work in another country, especially if it’s on a different continent.
On the other hand work force can move pretty freely within the EU and there are probably similar agreements between Canada and the US, so working in another country can be pretty easy if you stay in your own “neighborhood”.
The point is, it’s up to you to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork done if you plan to work in another country.
And job is always a job, you get to change the scenery but most of your waking hours will be spent at the workplace.
Option 2: Achieve financial independence
The second option is the hardest, yet the one many thrive for or at least fantasize about. Make enough money to achieve financial independence – as in you have enough money in the bank to never need to work again.
There are two ways to go about this. The first one requires decent income, minimal expenditure and diligent low risk investment. This way you can achieve enough capital to be able to quit your job before 45 or so if you are willing to keep your expenditure minimal your whole life. It takes a certain type of character to be able to pull this off though.
The other way requires business sense, some education, and a crap ton of hard work and luck. I’m talking about becoming rich by succeeding in business. Be it selling a gaming company, writing few best-seller novels or even succeeding with a band.
The options are endless yet the likelihood of catching a break like this is as small as winning in the lottery – which we might as well include in this category.
Oh, and you can always marry someone rich or inherit a hefty fortune 😉
Option 3: Work online
The third option is the one I’m using myself and anyone capable of reading and comprehending this post can use it too. I’m talking about working online.
You’d be surprised at the options you have these days for online work. If you know how to code you can easily find work coding for big companies remotely.
If you are very good at writing you can find freelance writing jobs and content creation. If you are good with graphics you can do graphics design or sell your artwork and photography
The examples of online jobs that can pay over $ 100 daily in the above video are:
Virtual Book keeper
Just like the name describes, you can do book keeping for other people online from anywhere in the world.
The great thing about digitalization is that many traditional professions can now be done completely online.
If you feel comfortable in front of a camera and have some interesting stuff to share with the world, YouTube is a possible source of income. It’s easier to rank videos in YouTube than it is to rank websites in Google.
Just beware that you have to push content out fresh content constantly or you will drop out of the radar. The competition is fierce on many niches and the demand for production quality is high. Grainy videos with bad audio just won’t cut it in 2019 anymore.
You listen to audio and transcribe it. If you can do it decently fast you can earn a decent living with this, and it doesn’t require any special skills besides writing skills and knowledge of grammar.
The fact that you can do this in other languages than English is a big plus to many people.
Chat Customer Service
Like you know, almost every company has an online chat customer service these days. There’s always a person on the other side of that chat, that is getting paid for answering customers. You can be that person.
Good with fashion and clothing? There are people looking for your services and companies that will pay you to advice them.
Online Course Creator
Know some valuable information? Think you can put up a interesting online course on the subject? You can easily earn a good income this way. Beware the competition and demand for quality is high unless you have a very specific niche with low competition.
Virtual assistant do just what the name suggests. They assist people in doing stuff. The stuff can be pretty much anything from coding to organizing notes.
All these of course require some prior expertise and constant work. I really don’t have any expertise on those fields, but I know so I decided to get in to affiliate marketing. In my case it means creating content on my own website.
How affiliate marketing works
Affiliate marketing essentially means offering products to people looking for a solution to a problem.
If they find the product appropriate and decide to make a purchase you receive an affiliate commission for referring the customer.
There are affiliate programs for pretty much everything – from apples to zebras.
Well I’m not sure about real Zebras but if there are plastic ones in Amazon, then yes, Zebras.
I’m writing this post sitting in a hotel bar in Spain (I’m from Finland BTW) and since IHateWorking.net is a new site no one will find this post for a few months which it takes for new sites to climb the google ranks.
The system I use requires my post to rank on google on certain keywords for me to be able to gain traffic to offer my affiliate products to.
If you stumbled upon here, in all likelihood you wrote one of my keywords in to Google.
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, check out my Wealthy Affiliate review.
Why I chose affiliate marketing over other online work?
Affiliate marketing is an awesome way to make a living. All I need with me while traveling is a cheap compact laptop and a place with WiFi to do my work.
The thing about online affiliate marketing through content creation and SEO (search engine optimization), is that all the work you put in is cumulative.
Once you have a site that is ranking in google and has good offers for the customers with affiliate links in place, the site will do the work for you on automation 24/7.
So instead of getting paid once every time you do a “task” (e.g..write a post) the income will be cumulative.
It takes work, especially at the beginning but I bet you can see the silver lining – complete freedom to work from anywhere in the world and eventually an automated system that you just have to cultivate to keep it running smoothly and increase your income.
It’s essentially like writing a book. You invest your time without expecting an instant gratification like a monthly salary.
Instead you work diligently to create something you love. If everything goes well you will get rewarded ten-fold and possibly for the rest of your life.
The difference with online marketing is that you will have much better odds at creating a successful website instead of a successful book if you do your research right.
It also requires some maintenance to keep things up and running but the main point is that in the online world success is cumulative.
Once you start seeing results they start piling up fast and things like website traffic will usually remain fairly stable on and established site even if you leave it for a few months.
So if you want to quit your job and travel and my recommendations caught your attention and intrigued your thirst for knowledge stay tuned.
This site is dedicated to helping people find options to the conventional working life and I will be adding a lot of useful stuff for you to read. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask in the comment section below!
Oh and if you got interested in affiliate marketing I can recommend it from the bottom of my heart.
I’ve been at it for few months now and I’m just starting to see results and I’ve learned a ton about how things truly work in the online world.
If you truly want to quit your job and travel the time to take action is now – the faster you get started the faster you will reach your goal!