How to be a Digital Nomad in 2017

Coastal BackgroundThere are many things to consider before going traveling. For the adventurous but responsible ones, it’s ‘how can I make a living while traveling the world as a hobby?’ that needs to be addressed first before setting sail on a trip of a lifetime.

We all have that one friend that seems to be on a never-ending journey, traveling the world without a care in the world. They often post pictures at the Full Moon party or visiting some of the most iconic museums in Europe, but how do they afford it?

Thanks to technology, people can now design their own career path to ensure that they have the freedom to travel. Everything from lifestyle choices to personal finance needs to be considered if you are to work while traveling. So with that in mind, what are the jobs that can be undertaken while still traveling the world?

Below are 5 jobs you may not have thought of that can both fuel your passion for travel and your savings account.



English teacher

If you can speak good English, there are a lot of teaching opportunities available abroad. It’s worth noting that not all of them require certifications. You can visit ESLcafe and send in your application to different schools located in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea – all of these countries are actively looking for teachers throughout the year.


Online consultant

Most jobs today need professional consultants. For instance, if you have a career in advertising, you can become a consultant and offer your services to those who may need your advice. Advertising firms all over the world are always looking for fresh minds to create marketing plans for print and online campaigns. Other industries such as tech startups, publishing, and digital marketing companies are all renowned for offering consultants remote work.


Day trading

Day trading isn’t for everyone but if you are experienced in this field of work, you can effectively trade wherever you are in the world.

It certainly isn’t something that you can pick up while traveling but day trading is something that you can do while seeing the world. Day trading, according to financial website FXCM, is “the buying and selling of securities in the same day to attempt to profit on small moves in the market.”

It is the perfect job for digital nomads if they have experience working in this particular field as it can provide professionals on the go and feasible income. The only thing day trader’s need is a stable internet connection which isn’t always accessible in third world countries.


Online transcriber

Transcribing recordings is a great way to earn a living while traveling. There are a lot of online transcriber jobs today so if you can type fast while listening, this could be a good job for you. E4S is a popular site that people go to when looking for job listings.


Travel blogging

There are a few things you must do first before you can become a successful travel blogger. First, you need to set up your own site and start publishing a lot of unique and exciting content. Only then will readers and travel companies start noticing your work.

Once your site starts gaining readers and becomes visible online due to its unique content, companies will start to approach you to place paid adverts or editorial content on your site. However, don’t expect this to happen in the first year, as your site will need time to be recognized by Google.

As Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.” Keep traveling and don’t let work stop you!



What Will You Choose?

I hope these 5 suggestions have given you an idea for all the things you can do online to fund a location-independent lifestyle. Now it’s up to you to decide how you’ll create your own path.