How to Freelance While Traveling

Work and Travel_Chispa MagazineEarning while on the go can be one of the most rewarding ways to work, allowing for a creative and free lifestyle that can perfectly suit your needs.

It’s becoming more popular, with over 7.3 million Americans describing themselves as digital nomads. Nonetheless, it is not simply a question of going on holiday and taking your laptop with you; ditching the predictability of an office or co-working space schedule for the spontaneity of the road can come with a variety of difficulties. To make the transition easier, however, here are five ways to make freelancing while traveling work for you.

Put Your Items in Storage.

If you are leaving home for an extended period, it makes no sense to keep either your rented accommodation or mortgaged home for that time. That’s why it’s recommended to find a Storage Locker Self-Storage Facility that can take your possessions and keep them safe for you. That way you can enjoy your adventure without having to pay rent on top of hostel or hotel fees. Talking of money:

Save up Enough Money Beforehand.

While the idea of freelance travel is based on the ability to work no matter wherever you are, it ultimately starts with a fair few upfront costs. It’s not smart to turn up in a new country or place without having enough money to get by no matter what happens. You don’t want to suddenly realize you don’t have any work assigned for a week and have no way to pay the bills; something a buffer fund can help with enormously.

Avoid Extortionately Expensive Countries.

Whether you are island-hopping in the Caribbean or taking trains across Europe, it’s worth bearing in mind that some countries are far more expensive than others. The worst event that can befall you is turning up to a place, such as Switzerland or Bermuda, that charges upwards of $5 for something as simple as a loaf of bread. Check the average cost of items in countries beforehand, so on your trips you spend as little time as possible in such places.

Buy a Portable Mobile Data Device.

Unless you are an old-school novelist who can mail their transcripts from a Western Union once every few months, it’s likely that you will have to be connected to the internet no matter where you are. With some countries having unreliable network service or Wi-Fi connections, it’s recommended to have a portable mobile data device that allows you to stay in touch whether you are at the bottom of a cave or the middle of a jungle. This is especially important for also keeping in touch with your family and friends and letting them know you haven’t gone completely off the radar.

Be Realistic About Your Time.

If you have a long day’s travel ahead of you, or are tired from exploring, or the beach is looking particularly inviting one day, committing to work and having to finish it the same day can be quite a drag. Be realistic with your colleagues about how much time you can commit to projects and factor these off-days into the mix. This way you will be far more productive on the days that you actually want to work.

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Milo Senalle

Milo Senalle

Managing Editor at Chispa Magazine
As one of the managing editors of Chispa Magazine, Milo Senalle is the go-to man for all things technology, ethical, and financial concerns. Providing laughs with his style of writing and problem-solving techniques, Milo is a voice of reason among the girly staff at Chispa. Married with children, living in Atlanta, he works 24/7 on becoming a man of courage and believes honor begins at home.
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As one of the managing editors of Chispa Magazine, Milo Senalle is the go-to man for all things technology, ethical, and financial concerns. Providing laughs with his style of writing and problem-solving techniques, Milo is a voice of reason among the girly staff at Chispa. Married with children, living in Atlanta, he works 24/7 on becoming a man of courage and believes honor begins at home.