Life on the road has become more than just an uncommon alternative lifestyle. Even before the pandemic, which promoted the idea of remote work – the Census Bureau in 2019 reported that more than 140,000 people in the U.S. were living in vans, boats or other recreational vehicles. Since then, it has only risen. With #vanlife on the up and up, more and more people are trying to navigate the balance between work and play. If you are considering heading out on the road, there are so many ways to make money while you travel. Instead of waiting until retirement to see the world, people of any age are changing their lives and taking off on amazing adventures. If this is something you are interested in, you might be wondering how to make it a reality. After all, not everyone has remote jobs already. Wondering how to make money on the road? Let’s get started.
In terms of work, freelance and remote positions are aplenty nowadays. Since the pandemic has opened doors in every single industry, I’m sure there are freelance or fully remote opportunities for practically any skillset. While job searching online, narrow your search down to “remote” and see what you can find. Personally, beyond simple remote opportunities, I think freelance options are the best for being on the road because they often are way more flexible. As a freelance writer, I can do my work when I want to and when I have time to. Some remote positions may still have specified set work hours, while freelance work is usually given out in a pretty individual mindset. While deadlines are set for you, your work hours are set by you, alone. This means that you can schedule yourself to work whenever you want to, and keep your focus on your travels.
This is one I had never even thought about before. But think about it – while you travel, you can actually be paid to stay in someone’s house. Even if you have a van, trailer or RV of your own, it can be really nice to stay in someone’s home for a while. Stretch your legs out, walk a dog, watch over a home, and get paid for it. On websites like Trusted Housesitters, Rover and Wag, you can find some gigs to sign up for while you’re out on the road. Have a set place you want to head to next? Search for that place online, or if you’re going where the wind takes you, scroll around and see if there’s anything you’re interested in. House/pet sitting is an easy way to get free housing (while getting paid) so you can travel around the world.
One of the easiest ways to make money while living on the road is to pick up some odd jobs whenever you can. In the fall, work at a Pumpkin Patch. In the winter, hit up a Christmas Tree Farm or a ski resort. In the summer, you can be a lifeguard at a waterpark or a city pool. Taking on seasonal jobs can be an easy way to make some money for the rest of your year. There are even some awesome apps that can help you pick up odd jobs wherever you are. Use InstaWork, TaskRabbit, EasyShift or even Craigslist to find some quick odd jobs near you. Have a few hours, days or weeks to work? Doesn’t matter where you are, work is always needed!
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