After a six months trial I started my petsitting business on January 1, 2017. Why? Well there is a story to it that I will talk about in this blog. It is a story about loving dogs, being creative, using your credentials and doing what you love. My perfect lifestyle was born. (more…)
Have you ever considered working while traveling? Yes, then this post gives you more insights on how to combine the two. Of course you can have a job or work as a freelancer which doesn’t give you the opportunity for working while traveling. In that case, you need to save money and free days to travel. That’s fine. In this blog post I will explain what you can do if you want to work location independent.
What can you do?
The opportunities for working while traveling were never that many since the introduction of internet. Which doesn’t mean you have to work on the internet. Remote jobs can also include working as a freelance secretary (also known as virtual assistant), accountant/bookkeeper, coach, teacher, painter, copywriter, house or pet sitter. You name it. There are so many ways to make money while traveling.
But if you are interested in doing some online business, you can consider writing an e-book, making an online course (e.g. language course), blogging/vlogging, investing in other companies or real estate, online gaming, web designer or web developer. I know people who actually make a lot of money with online masterclasses. You can ask good money if you choose a niche market.
Even working as an employee you have several possibilities. Just ask you manager about it. Don’t assume it is not possible. Unless you are a receptionist or a sales rep who needs to visit clients locally there are more options than you think. And maybe nobody every asked your boss but he is willing to investigate what’s possible. If you are a talented and valueable asset to your company you can at least give them something to think about.
As mentioned above, you can sell yourself as a house and pet sitter. But then you have to have a special trait to get paid. In most cases people won’t be paying you anything but return the favour by letting you stay in their house for free. There are many international organisations you can use to find places you would like to travel to.
You can also consider website as Workaway where you can work in exchange for bed and bread. There are possibilities all over the world. I started my nomad life as a workawayer on a huskyfarm in northern Finland. And later on, living in Norway, I was a Workaway host myself.
This is how I do it
I help people getting the lifestyle they want. That’s why I always search for places where I can meet a lot of people. I like to stay in big cities and sleep in hostels. You will find fellow travelers who inspire you with their stories and experiences. You also find other people that maybe want to have the lifestyle that you have but have some sort of internal conflict or reason why it’s not for them.
I am a small-scale web designer. I love helping people growing their business using their website. As a marketing tool. Why small-scale? Because I want a clear focus on what I do. For me that means I can’t take many clients.
Working while traveling
It all comes down to a few things:
- Are you creative enough?
- Does the work involve your passion or some other vocation (volunteering)?
- Do you believe that you can actually make money doing this?
If you are not sure this is what you want or you have some internal conflicts don’t hesitate to contact me. I can help you to get rid of your doubts or fears.
The six human needs are an invention of international life coach Anthony Robbins. He believes there are six human needs everybody has and when they are all met, you can say you have a fulfilling life. Since I heard about these six human needs, it made a big difference in understanding my own behavior and intrinsic motivation. Why do you do the things you do?
Six human needs, what are they
The six human needs stated here are universal. Everybody has them but they are not equally important. It differs from one person to another. We all need them. They are part of the way we are built as a human being. It will need a change of species to alter them. The six human needs are:
- Certainty – you need to feel secure and have your basic needs covered at some extend.
- Uncertainty – you need to have some variety in your life otherwise you be bored out of your mind.
- Significance – you need to feel special to feel alive.
- Love and connection – you are a human being, therefore have the need for social contacts.
- Contribution – this is a need that goes beyond yourself, contribute to a better society.
- Growth – being part of nature you need to grow otherwise you die.
Six human needs explained
The way you get your human needs met, differs from person to person. Some people need to feel certain about the money they get every month. These people could never be an independent business owner. That would freak them out. Other people need so much uncertainty that they would risk their lives by meeting that need. Think about people mountain biking on the deadliest mountain paths on earth.
The third need, significance is a very interesting one. It took me some years to admit that I want to be significant. Because the way I was brought up. Never to stand out but rather try to fit in. Some people meet significance by trying to commit suicide. That will definitely some attention to them.
Love and connection, no one can do without. Some people gave up on love because they got hurt so many times in life. Maybe they choose a life with a dog. Dogs never complain, judge and are always happy to see you.
Anybody can find a way to meet these four needs even by putting a gun to somebody’s head. Instantly you score the highest points on all of them. You are certain somebody is going to respond. There is a lot of uncertainty too. Kind of exiting: what will happen next. You sure are significant and make a connection.
The last two needs are the needs of the spirit. Meeting those needs you are really into a fulfilling life. When you can contribute beyond yourself is something that really feels good. Helping an old lady crossing the street, give money to a beggar or assist refugees with their homework. Life is not about me, life about we.
Growth has to do with your own spiritual need to become a better person. You grow when you are open to receive more of whatever makes you happy. Mentally and emotionally. Surround yourself with positive people. Stop judging and arguing. See opportunities instead of limitations. Don’t want to be right all the time, be happy.
What are your dominant needs?
You can do the test to find out which are your three dominant human needs. Knowing them you can always find a way to meet them. So instead of complaining and maybe suffering because you have a boring life, understand that this means you have a big need of uncertainty. Don’t break up with your boyfriend or find another job. Book a flight, go traveling!
According to Wikipedia, a nomad is a person belonging to a community who live in different locations moving from one place to another. The traditional nomads do not travel that much anymore. E.g. the Bedouins in Egypt and the Sami in northern Europe live in houses nowadays.
The Nomad Lifestyle
The modern nomad is someone who travels a lot. The nomad is not necessarily part of a community like in the traditional sense of the word; they don’t need a community to survive. On the contrary: a nomad is more like a loner, somebody who likes to travel alone. There is no need for moving from one place to another in order to stay alive. The nomad lifestyle is a way of living. A choice, not a necessity.
To me the nomad lifestyle equals total freedom. I can stay wherever I want, as long as I want. In my case it also means I have not one place I can call ‘home’. There is no address only on paper. I have the Dutch nationality and have a Dutch passport. I also live in the Netherlands. So in that case, I am not homeless. I maybe have a different definition of ‘home’. I can feel at home in more than one place of with more than one person.
Benefits of The Nomad Lifestyle
It can be pretty relaxed if you don’t have a house you need to maintain. A friend of mine lives on the other side of the world but still has a house in the Netherlands. It’s a burden, really. She needs to maintain it because otherwise it can’t be sold and it’s on the market for nearly 4 years now!
But even if you don’t own a house, a rented house also needs some maintenance. When you have a garden, you need to keep it nice and clean if you want to enjoy if or otherwise your landlord will tell you to. In most cases you need to buy furniture and other stuff to make a house into a home. I don’t need furniture or cutlery.
You become a minimalist and immediately start to de-clutter your stuff the moment you decide to always take everything you own with you. At least, that’s what I did. Maybe there are some nomads who store their stuff. I sold it, gave of just threw it away. A minimalistic lifestyle means you only have stuff that adds value to your life. I take much pleasure in having the latest iPhone but am not interested at all to have the finest cloths.
Disadvantages of The Nomad Lifestyle
Traveling a lot and being in many different places, can sometimes be a little bit exhausting. It can feel like you are on the run. Having a grounded basic place can feel very relaxed. Because everybody has their special things that you want to cherish but don’t have to take with you all the time. Physical memories.
In certain countries it’s much more expensive to live in hotels in comparison to having your own house. Especially in the northern parts of Europe (Scandinavia e.g.) where hostels are not so widely spread. Traveling (even by plane) gets cheaper every year but still traveling to the other side of the world is still expensive. Normally people save money travel, a nomad is always traveling.
Having intimate relationships isn’t easy when you’re always moving. Unless you find your soul mate who likes The Nomad Lifestyle as much as you do. In general those people aren’t easy to find. Let’s be honest: most people like to have a house to call their home and want a regular life with a job and maybe two of even three holidays a year.
Dare to be yourself
The most heard comment when I tell somebody about my lifestyle is: “I could never do that”. And of course they are right when you say that. This is not a lifestyle for everybody and that is okay. I am not a missionary trying to convince people to have the same lifestyle as I have. Sometimes a feel that people sort of defend themselves that they have an ordinary life and sometimes they even say sorry for that.
That’s an interesting thing happening here. Why would you defend yourself for your chosen lifestyle? Or why would you even apologize to me about it. Could it be that maybe these people want to do the same but are afraid to do so?What’s holding them back? Everybody can be a nomad. There are several ways to make a living, even if you are always on the move. Millions of people nowadays make a good amount of money through the internet.
My best friends have a – so called – normal life. They are happy and stand for what they want. I love that. They would never judge me and neither do I judge them. Living the life you are suppose to live and not what other people expact you to live. That’s what makes you happy in life.
Do you want to live your life but aren’t able to, due to somethings holding you back? Let me help you finding your truth and contact me. If you read Dutch, here’s an interview I had about my Nomad Lifestyle >>>
I call it an art. Effective planning is not something easily done. Well the planning is easy but the willpower to really act on your planning is something completely different. But it is necessary if you want things done. First Thing First as Stephen Covey put in his book using his famous time management matrix for setting priorities straight. (more…)