My Favorite Tip: Make Your Goal a Priority!
While these tips were all very useful, one of them really stood out to me as something that was extremely practical and soundly based.
You need a solid base to begin with when moving abroad, and counting the cost is a very important step. Keeping your goal as a priority can help you make the proper sacrifices needed to reach your dream of moving to another country or traveling the world.
But What About Other Globe Drifters?
I took the time to ask a few of my fellow travel bloggers and expats how they do this, and they gave me insight into some of their very own "smart travel" drifter tips!
Money Making & Saving Tips From Other Travelers
Lisa from What Boundaries? Travel says, "We house-sit. So far we've saved about $30,000 in a year and a half of travel and have spent time in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and in Italy now. While we're not earning money, it's a great way to stretch travel dollars."
Noel from Travel Photo Discovery says, "I enjoy doing slow travel so my favorite way to save on a destination is to do a home exchange, I usually get many offers for my Hawaii property, but if I'm targeting a specific destination, I usually am more pro-active."
Sarah from Chasing the Donkey says, "Our travel fund comes from the resources industry. My husband works for 3 weeks straight, earning a great income. Then we have 3 weeks to enjoy life and travel before he goes back. It's not perfect, but it's a great way to have both cash in the bank and time to travel."
Beth from Besudesu Abroad says, "Teaching English in Hong Kong has been great for funding my slow travel around Asia. Rent here is high, but the cost of living is cheap. We can generally save around $1.5USD per month, and get plenty of vacation days to go traveling on. On top of that I often write freelance blog posts to make a little extra on the side "
Meagan from Life Outside of Texas says, "Teaching in Korea was a great way for me to save money. By living moderately, I was able to save half my pay each month (about $900). If you teach for a year you get about $4500 at the end of your contract from last months pay, a months pay as a completion bonus and pension refund (only certain nationalities apply). The money just keeps going up the longer you work."
Chris from Chris in Thailand says, "Stay connected to the local business communities - especially when travelling slow. They may not know it, but they need your skills as an English editor, a photographer, a website developer, a guitar player, etc. Find something that you're 100% certain at delivering, (and) approach the owner (or) manager. Have a name card handy with your online portfolio (or) website and e-mail address."
Nancy from Family on Bikes says, "Be open to all possibilities! Just because you have never thought about doing something to make money, doesn't mean you can't. Branch out. Jump on opportunities."
Shane from Jobs Abroad Bulletin says, "Our site carries lots of vacancies for travellers looking for work abroad: bar work, tourism jobs, teaching, volunteering, etc. We allow employers to advertise for free to get as many opportunites for our readers as possible but sometimes they upgrade to a premium and and we get to eat that day."
Well this of course peaked my interest, so I asked her, "How do you manage to visit so many countries a year given your work situation? I'm interested in sharing that with my readers."
Jennifer clarified her situation by saying, "It's all about maximizing your time off and traveling a little closer to home on weekends. I work for a university, so between company holidays and vacation time, I get 7 weeks off each year. We usually take four or five 9-10 days, or longer, trips. You can also do a lot on short breaks by turning a holiday into a 3 or 4 day trip. We live in Italy, so admittedly that makes it easier to get to a lot of countries on a short flight, train, or even road trip."
- The question we will be discussing next week is:
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