There’s nothing more flexible than freelance writing. For instance, as an Upwork writer, you can easily set your available hours to balance the time you work with the time you need for vacations and getaways. These jobs generate a balance between travel and work that is entirely decided by you.
To succeed as a freelance writer, your grammar needs to be on point. If you aren’t confident in your grammar, you can invest in grammar enhancement tools like Grammarly.
Training is also a huge requirement for freelance writing. If you aren’t a strong writer, you can attend some writing classes or seminars. Remember practice makes perfect, so if doing classes isn’t your thing, keep on persistently writing. In the beginning maybe lower your fee to build a strong portfolio. You can start increasing your price once you have a good collection of well written pieces.
Availability matters a lot in freelance writing, and you need to study your market or niche carefully. For instance, nowadays, the niche that’s becoming competitive is technical writing. It seems easy, but coming up with enticing content takes more than just typing; you need to research first and clearly understand your market niche.
Developing a great cover letter and profile on your writing account is essential for your success. Clients check out writers’ profiles before considering their applications. You need to be able to craft a good cover letter, and your profile has to stand out. Make sure to incorporate a few paragraphs talking about your credentials, work experience, and area of specialty.
With freelance writing you need to be able to handle rejection. Not every client that comes your way is friendly, so you may end up feeling disappointed. You have to remember that even professional writers have their articles rejected once in a while. We are all prone to errors. With this being said, if you are persistently getting rejected, it could mean that you are writing in the wrong niche.
English teaching is something any native English speaker can do. As an English teacher, you decide where you want to go to teach, and by extension travel. For instance, if you are an English teacher in China, between semesters, or during holidays, you can travel through China or neighboring Asian countries.
Alternatively, you can be an online English teacher and work remotely, giving you the flexibility to travel while you work. You can work full-time or part-time but you can’t choose your own schedule. So make sure you efficiently manage your time so that your teaching schedule won’t collide with your travel schedule.
English teaching jobs usually pay well. Depending on your experience, and where you are teaching, you can make between $20-$40 per hour.
Also, obtaining the certificate that you need to be eligible to teach English, either online or abroad, isn’t complicated. You can get a TEFL or TESOL certificate and be eligible to teach and there are several accredited companies that you can get your certification through.
I personally enrolled in an in-person course through an accredited TESOL company called Oxford. At the end of the course, I passed the certification exam and was eligible to teach, and they were able to find me a job through their many connections with schools abroad. You also have the option to pay less to do just the exam and get the certification, but you’ll have to find a job on your own. The course I took was around $1000 CAD, but I’ve seen some exam-only certifications out there for about $200 CAD.
If you’re going to be traveling the world, you might as well start your own blog. All you need to become a travel blogger is your own blog site and materials for shooting your experiences like a camera, phone, laptop, and editing tools.
The best thing about travel blogging is that anyone can do it. As long as you’re:
- A True lover of travel that has a genuine curiosity to explore the unknown.
- Comfortable with various types of accommodations from five-star accommodations to sleeping in a Shanti
- Open to new cultures, languages, and customs.
- Equipped with great photography materials.
- Knowledgeable about different blogging tools like Medium & WordPress.
Your salary as a travel blogger will really depend on your audience, as indicated by your Google rankings, reputation, and number of followers. The bigger and more engaged your audience is, the more money you can make from your blog.
Work on things like content syndication, improving your SEO rankings, strengthening your social media following to grow your blog readership. None of these things are easy, but with hard word, persistence, and some creativity, you will be able to grow your blog.
Generally, there are six income streams for travel bloggers.
- Amazon Links
- Affiliate Advertising
- Pay Per Click (PPC) Marketing
- Display Marketing
- Making link Sales
- Indirect monetization strategies
I’m not going to go through all of these in detail, but know that if you focus on building a strong audience, all of these monetization strategies will be available to you.
In Summary, If you have always dreamed of seeing the world but don’t think your current job will let you, quit, and take on one of these career paths instead (or all of them!). Freelance writing, English teaching, and travel blogging will provide you with the freedom to travel the world while you work. These are jobs you can get started on right now. So why wait? The world is waiting!