How I earn money while traveling the world – Digital Nomad
Now I can finally title myself a digital nomad. The dream job and lifestyle. Up until now, I’ve travelled once a month and always going back to the same place where I had a regular Monday-Friday job at a store. Sure, it wasn’t completely regular as I had the freedom to choose my vacation days as I pleased. Now I won’t have to go home between trips as I will be living on the road, traveling full time.
Now I can work from wherever there’s wifi.
I have 3 places of income at the moment. Freelance travel writer, travel blogger and Instagrammer.
Freelance travel writer
I write travel articles in Swedish, which is my native language. I write for Skyscanner and get paid per article. I got offered a writing job for one of their competitors but asked if they had a writing job for me since they are the site I am and always have been using to find my cheap flights.
I love this job. I have a lot of freedom to come up with own topics I am genuinely interested in and thanks to a lot of these articles where I have to do a lot of research, I learn so much and find out about places I have never heard about before. Let’s just say my bucket list has grown quite a bit since I started writing for them.
This is truly the dream job and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to do this.
This is where most of my income comes from.
Working as a travel blogger can look very different from job to job. There are many different forms of projects and collaborations. Not all of them are paid in money, but can be an exchange of service. For example free accommodation or tour in exchange for me writing about my experience and sharing it in pictures and sometimes also video. Some jobs as a travel blogger can be press trips, where you are paid to go to a place and share your experience on your social medias and blog.
With the variety of collabs the income from being a travel blogger varies highly. Some months it could me not a single dollar whilst other months could pay quite well. As I am a newbie in blogging my travels “professionally” rather than as a hobby as I did my first 3 years of travel, the opportunities for jobs will increase in numbers both in how many jobs and as in number I get paid. This is to me just a (very nice) bonus at the moment. I do count on my work getting better and more consistent now that I no longer have to juggle my blogging with full time studies and a full time job at the same time. I will have more time to write and I will also have more adventures and experiences to share with you guys. More time to get better in everything I do, from editing photos and videos to my writing. Still need to pinch myself to see that my biggest hobby is now my life and career.
Just like the travel blogging, Instagram is an income source that is very varied and is mostly part of the travel blogging as one of my social media’s. I’ve only had 1 paid job meant for Instagram so far. However, this is also a place where offers and opportunities increase quickly as it grows in numbers and engagement by my wonderful followers. I have also turned down offers both for the blog and Instagram when offered collabs that has nothing to do with my blog or IG feed. And if something is sponsored I always write so, as it is only fair for readers to know but also because it is the law in Sweden where my company is registered.
I often get the question how I got here. How I got my job and how I can afford to travel. I have several posts about this subject coming here soon as it is such a frequently asked question.