I could have titled this something like “How to make money while traveling” and piqued a wee bit more interest and possibly aroused the SEO spiders into action. But really I’m just stating that I did earn money, and letting you know where that money came from. It might help you get some ideas to fund your own travels, but in general I’m making statements not suggestions.
I have never been one of those people who don’t talk about what they earn, and have always been happy to share what I earn with people (and to find out what they earn). When you are sharing that info online though it is a little bit different, because you just don’t know who could be reading, and when your movements and income are so transparent, well it has risks. But in the interests of science-ish type stuff, I shall divulge this months veritable deluge of disposable income to anyone with a computer, dial-up and the very unlikely chance of stumbling on this post. Enjoy…
I don’t remember the last time I was busy, by busy I mean work type stuff. June has for some reason turned out to be a busy work month, and as a consequence my biggest month for income since I quit my job in Perth and hit the road as a full time traveler.
Even though this month has been a big earner, it is by no means big compared to the average salary in the west (well the average salary of my peers and those higher up the income ladder than I was). In general I pull in a few jobs every month, and right at the beginning of our travels, a job every few months. But as we have been working on stuff and getting to know people (Sarah is responsible for that last one, I don’t do a lot of getting to know people, it’s just how I roll), The work load has gone from a trickle, to a trickling-deluge (it’s like a really small deluge, or a really big trickle).
Of the two of us, Sarah is the dominant bread winner, out ahead by a country mile in fact. Which I’m OK with because that’s just how modern I am and because she buys me pretty things. But recently even my workload has begun to pick up. So what is a big month of earnings for me these days?
Well this month I will have earned around $1800! Yo whussup, the big dog is in the hizouse, Cristal is on me!
That may not seem like a lot to some people (like my fellow westerners), but when your rent and food bill is a quarter that of say Australian prices (’cause the last thing I was was an Aussie), and you don’t have any other bills whatsoever, it is a veritable fortune! I could pay rent and food for Sarah and I for two months on that. And that ain’t even being frugal. If I was being frugal? Well whoa Nelly, I could probably last 6 months with a wad of cash like that.
So how is it that this month was so profitable and do I expect it to continue?
Well I just picked up a number of jobs from different sources this month, I didn’t canvas more or do anything different, just being available for the multitude of things I can do seems to have allowed these opportunities to arise. The little jobs which usually come one or two at a time all came at once, so:
I am currently building a new travel blog for someone in England.
Had three small graphic design jobs for a company in Australia.
Did some online work for a business in Mexico.
Sold a few sponsored post thingies to one company in Australia and another in the States.
Add to that the interest I earn by having my savings in a high interest account, and kabloohy! $1800.
Do I expect it to continue? No not really, not consistently anyway, and to be honest I don’t really mind if it does or doesn’t. I left Australia for a reason. I want to travel, I want to experience life, and more than anything, I just want to live. For sure the workload this month didn’t take up anywhere near as much time as a full-time job would, but it took a lot more time than what I usually do. I am grateful that I had a pretty big month on the earnings, and if more work comes my way, I know myself well enough to know that I will take it. You gotta make the most of it for those times when nothing comes in.
That’s how it works with our lifestyle. You have a lot of time to do the things you want, but you also don’t know how much you might be earning on a day to day basis. Sarah and I are not as bound by our income as a lot of travelers seem to be, but we still have to be careful. Mainly because I don’t want this journey to have to ever end, and because I don’t want to be one of those travelers who has to spend fifty plus hours a week working. That is not why I’m doing this.
So thanks everyone who sent work my way for the month, and thanks to anyone who sends me future work. It is nice to add to the savings, and it is nice to add to the “adventurous things we wouldn’t do if we didn’t earn some extra cash” fund. Either way though. She’ll be right mate 🙂
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