Long-term travel without income is impossible for most of us. In this podcast we explore some legal methods of making money while travelling.

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On visas, permits and bureaucracy

One of the hardest parts of working overseas is understanding the law and dealing with the bureaucracy surrounding your situation. If you’re working for a company, it’s nice and clear cut: get a work permit! If you are visiting a country and doing billable work there, you may also be liable for local goods and services or income taxes, even if you’re already paying tax at “home”!

Everyone’s situation is unique, so check with local embassies or consulates for work permit applications and with your small business advisor/lawyer/accountant if you’re self-employed.

One thing under-thirties should be aware of is the great “work and travel” programmes where you can do casual work for six months out of a twelve-month stay. Some countries allow you to double that if you meet a required need, fruit picking in Australia for example.

Working for others

Unskilled and semi-skilled work is almost always easily available: labouring, fruit-picking, cleaning, retail sales and bartending/waitering often have high turnover rates providing opportunities for work. Many hostels offer free accommodation and a moderate wage for in-house cleaners and staff.

LIP resources

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Art of Nonconformity
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How to be location independent

Jobs such as nursing, teaching and professional services are also available, but ensure your qualification matches those required by local regulations, and consider having important documents officially translated before you arrive. Likewise, health and safety permits and other vital training courses may need to be re-applied for locally. We’ve spoken previously about ESL teaching qualifications for travel and finding short-term work overseas.

Working for yourself

Modern communication networks have resulted in a growing number of “location independent professionals” (LIP’s) and Digital Nomads. Although freelance creatives, such as writers and artists, have always been somewhat free to travel, the internet has dramatically changed the way we are able to work with global teams and clients.

Although working for yourself gives you freedom and, in the best cases, passive income, the amount of initial investment in planning and building your business can’t be understated. Like any small business, if you’re not working, you’re probably not earning and one can spend as much time finding clients as doing the actual work.

The resources on the right link to websites and books that we have found useful in transitioning our work from employment to self-employment. You should also investigate:

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Your thoughts on "Make money while travelling podcast"

  • great ideas - thanks!

    on July 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • I am always looking for ways to make money while traveling. Thanks for the great ideas.

    on August 1, 2009 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Hi Craig & Linda-- Thanks for highlighting these great tips! With the economy being what it is, I think it is a great time to combine all of these topics: travel, working for yourself & working for someone else. I think the best thing you can do is pick a destination, move your location 'dependent' business into one that can travel with you. I have found that you can always back up your plan by working for others if need be. But the biggest leap is just getting on the plane and making it happen!! Cheers, Brooke

    on August 3, 2009 at 8:10 pm Reply
  • Some good tips there! Being independent is the way to go I think. Either that or finding some friends and founding something for yourselves.

    on August 9, 2009 at 4:42 am Reply
  • thanks for the shout-out!

    on August 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm Reply
    • Sweet as, mate - love your work :)

      on August 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Great information. There are also quite a few online writing opptys, such as Associated Content, Helium, etc.

    on January 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm Reply

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