Have you ever wondered what full-time travelers do for a living? It might seem strange, the idea that people can travel the world and earn an income, but it’s entirely possible with the right education, training, and a little ingenuity. One of the issues of traveling the world is getting jobs in foreign locales. It gets tricky when you want to work at a location in-country. You often need work visas and tax documents to get jobs internationally, which can make traveling frequently a big headache. Instead, many digital nomads work remotely. They learn how to pack light and still have ways to make money. There are plenty of work options that suit a nomadic lifestyle perfectly, and here are a few of the best.
Social Media Manager
Managing other people’s social media channels is a thing. The great news is that many people who own social media businesses learned the skills necessary to do the job through online training versus taking college courses. The business knowledge, marketing insight, and social media savvy of these professionals makes this the perfect role. Since social media posts can be scheduled through scheduling apps, these managers can work any time of the day. Many social media managers choose a couple of platforms to specialize in to ensure they are knowledgeable about changes to algorithms and the best way to get engagement from followers. Some social media managers also get additional training in areas like influencer marketing and social media marketing to expand the services they can offer to the businesses they work with.
Podcasts are the new talk radio. Except people young and old listen to podcasts instead of just older adults like talk radio used to attract. Do a quick search on iTunes and you’ll find countless podcasts. Anyone can start a podcast about almost any topic. Listen to shows on parenting, conspiracy theories, politics, sports, true crime shows, and more. Podcasters gain a following through creating regular content that listeners find to be interesting, exciting, or helpful in some way.
Podcast editors understand interactive media and can edit podcasts to create shows that have a great flow and consistency. They adjust levels on recordings, add intro and outro content, edit out unnecessary pauses and even splice out extra words like ums and uhs. Podcast editors can work from anywhere if they have the necessary software to do it. With internet access, their clients can upload raw recordings for the podcast editor to work on.
Writers can create prose from anywhere as long as they have a way to write it down. With just a laptop and an internet connection writers can create blogs, e-books, marketing writing and so much more for their clients. Writers can create their own content or ghostwrite on behalf of others. Some digital nomads earn a living with their own blogs and share their adventures on the web. They earn an income often from affiliate links, selling e-books, and other kinds of media. Writers are critical for companies who want to increase their SEO and share their products with the world.
Looking at the photographs from National Geographic or Travel magazines can leave you looking in awe. The world is beautiful and adventurous photographers capture the smallest details. They can show you majestic cliffs or the simplicity of a fox with her cubs. Travel photographers capture the beauty of other cultures and bring dignity to people groups from around the world. Photography requires a camera and a way to edit and upload images.
With solar powered packs and satellite internet, travel photographers can create beautiful landscapes, find animals in their natural habitats, and find hidden people groups from all over. Some digital nomads sell their images to publications, others sell through stock photography sites. And still others create their own following and offer prints and products through their own websites.
There are so many more ways for digital nomads to earn a living. The beauty of a mobile lifestyle is that people can discover new places, meet new people, and find opportunities all over the world. The internet opens options for people to teach foreign languages, create online courses, and find other products to sell on autopilot. You’ll also find opportunities in hospitality, working on farms, and unique options in co-ops in beautiful tropical locations around the world. With your imagination and the ability to learn something new, you can easily develop skills that’ll help you find work from anywhere.