It’s a good thing you don’t need money to daydream! I find myself doing it regularly as I prepare for my travels. I’ll read a blog post from a traveler I follow, watch a youtube video a fellow nomad has posted, and I get sucked right in.
When I’m at work and a technician calls me from a state I am less familiar with, I will always ask for recommendations. I’m creating a list of places to see or visit. I also ‘favorite’ the location on Google Maps. As a result, there are a lot of little gold stars on my Google map. A lot.
Someone at work suggested I’ll get tired and bored after a year on the road. They said I’ll be ready to settle down again before I know it. I chuckled slightly at the suggestion, but smiled politely and said, “I guess we’ll see”. If she only knew. I’ve never really been settled down. Maybe I should show her the other map I have. The one that lists the 30 plus cities I’ve lived in over the years! 🙂
Sure, there may be times I want to hang out for a little while. When that mood strikes to leave though, I will go almost immediately. (I’ve never been one for long-term planning)
Without an exception since becoming an adult, I have not stayed in one area more than 3-5 years. Even in those few years, within that area, I tend to move every 12-18 months minimum. Too long in one spot and I start getting anxious. I start craving completely different experiences, scenery, shops, restaurants, people, etc.
It’s hard to make assumptions now, but not much will plant me in one spot long. Health issues would cause challenges of course. I just have to be careful to take care of myself. The rest is up to the universe. lol
If my income streams are slow to take off or don’t earn what I expect them to, I may have to stop and work now and then. Ideally, I will be able to find something mobile if I have to work for someone else. I am currently subscribed to Flexjobs.com for remote work opportunities. As I have mentioned before, if I get a month or two from my launch date and am not bringing in the money I want, I will start applying in earnest for mobile work positions.
There are truly so many options out there, more than many people realize. Yet the number one question working age nomads get is “How will you make a living?” I am by no means an expert on the subject but I have found a few people that I call on for expertise and there are more resources online than you can imagine! Here are a few random links I like. Perhaps they will ease any concerns and motivate you like they did me:
The Barefoot Nomad – 45 Jobs you can do While Traveling the World (this article was originally written a few years ago but has very up to date resources)
Escapees RV Club – This RV Club (for travelers of ALL ages) has its own Job Board for Nomadic minded travelers
Technomadia – Mobile Income Sources for Non-Retired Rvers – Some good links in here!
Additionally, the topic comes up every single week without fail during the Nomadic Fanatics Podcast – see the YouTube channel for replays.
If you don’t have a skill or nothing in those links give you any ideas, take a class! Get a certification. Build a niche website. Write. Take pictures. Create something!
Figure out your passion, understand your purpose, and build something from there. Don’t ever give up, the money will eventually follow. If it doesn’t seem like it’s possible, ask yourself if you truly want this lifestyle. If your answer is yes, don’t stop brainstorming until you figure it out.
Every person I know who is living their dream made a sacrifice somewhere at first. Almost everyone took bold risks, defeated obstacles, and overcame moments of doubt to get where they are today. They never stopped trying (or believing) until they were doing what made them truly happy. And you know what? When and if it no longer makes them happy, they’ll do something else.
That is really the core of everything in life as far as I’m concerned. Happiness. No matter what it is, no matter what anyone says, you absolutely must do what makes you happy. You’ve got one life. Don’t die with your dream, unfulfilled, inside you. Go make it happen!