Do you wish you could travel more than that one vacation a year, or that once a month weekend trip? Well you can… Anyone can travel more if they are willing to go out on a limb and just do it. People say all the time, I have to work, I have school, I don’t have the money, I am scared, etc, etc, etc, but these are all just excuses because I believe if you want something bad enough then you will make it happen. I just want to share with everyone how I have been able to turn traveling into a lifestyle.
Ever since I was in high school I have had that desire to travel. I always thought it would be amazing to be able to travel for work or just be able to travel whenever I feel like it. Like most people, I didn’t even know where to begin.
Ever since I was 15 years old I have just had an itch to make money. I started out mowing lawns by pushing my mower down the streets to houses in the neighborhood. Within a couple of years I had gone through several more push mowers and had bought myself an enclosed trailer and a zero turn mower. At this point, I was 17 years old and I had began to buy and sell vehicles. I ended up going through about 24 different cars, trucks, jeeps and even a street bike over the next 5 years.
At 16 or 17 years old also came the time that I learned to buy and resale goods online. **One way to turn traveling into a lifestyle is by becoming a digital nomad.** A digital nomad is a person that uses technology to perform their job and make a living. You can do this as a graphic designer, a developer, e-commerce, drop shipping, etc. I started with just $200. I bought a couple of different items and posted them on eBay (You can even start with as little as $10 or $20 and turn that into hundreds within a week). Within just days of putting these items up for sale they sold and I had doubled my money. I continued to do this over and over! Finding that item that could make you 300%, 400%, 500% more than you paid for it gave me an adrenaline rush like someone may get from riding a roller coaster, or jumping out of an airplane or whatever it may be. I got to the point where my best week in high school I made about $1300 in profit. As a kid in high school that is a lot of money considering most people my age with jobs were making $10 or less per hour and I could make this amount of money in less than 20 hours (I probably averaged $60-$70 per hour) . I have continued to buy and sell online ever since I have just grown to a much bigger scale in the way I buy my goods. This has also allowed me to travel when I want, and work from wherever I want. I am currently in Europe and randomly throughout the week I get several notifications about items that have sold. So even as I am roaming through the streets of Paris, or riding the London Eye, or on an island in Greece swimming in the Aegean Sea I am still able to make money.
Another way to turn traveling into a lifestyle is by finding a job that allows you to travel. At 18 years old, freshman year of college, I met a man that explained to me exactly what I had been dreaming of. He offered me a job for the summer to work in Washington, Oregon, and Utah for a total of 8-10 weeks. Without even thinking I said “YES!” **This was the start of a traveling lifestyle for me, and this is one way you are able to travel without having to spend any of your own money AND get paid!** You can’t beat that! During this experience I was able to learn so many things about how working for a company that allows you to travel can be beneficial to you in many different ways. When traveling for work, the company put me in a hotel, gave me a per diem (daily expense allowance), covered my flights, and got me rental car. Basically any job that I have heard of that requires you to travel is going to do the same thing. Then you say, but when you do that you don’t have time to see anything because you have to work. Yes, you do have to work, but you do get days off and you do have free time after work. Time is only what you make of it. If you decide to sit in the hotel and do nothing with your time, then you are just working another job in another state, but I take advantage of the time I have when traveling for work. For example, I went and saw one of the top 10 waterfalls in the world, I went to Yellowstone National Park, visited the Grand Canyon twice, I went to a natural hot springs at the end of a 2 mile hike, I went to Park City, UT (ski resort in the summer and mountain biking during the summer and just a beautiful place), I visited Seattle and went to the space needle and a Mariners game and have done much, much, more. There are plenty of opportunities for fun, even when traveling for work. I have now been working with this company for about 2-3 months a year for the past 5 years and got another job with a marketing company that allowed me to travel to 7 states this year alone for about 10 weeks including: New York, California, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and North Carolina. During this journey with these two amazing companies I have been able to do things I could have never dreamed of or been able to afford. All it takes is research to find these types of jobs, or just meet the right people, and be willing to take that leap of faith.
Tip: *Find something you are good at and figure out a way to automate the process.* I have learned over time it is all about being efficient and effective. I like to find ways where I can make the most amount of money, by doing the smallest amount of work. Some people will call this lazy, but I look at it as being smart. I have come across so many people that just want to work, work, work just to say they are doing something or that they have been busy, but productivity doesn’t come just because you are “busy”. Something I read on lifehack.org said it perfect, **”Busy people want to look like they have a mission. Productive people have a mission for their lives.”**
Anyone can turn traveling into a lifestyle. There are things you can do when you travel to cut down on costs tremendously (which I will share on an upcoming post) and I just gave you two ways you can travel and make money at the same time. If you have any questions you can comment or send me a dm and I will be more than happy to talk. Let me know you think and you can follow my journey by entering your email at the bottom of the page or on the side bar!