Now that we’re getting closer to winter, I thought this was the perfect time to talk about how to make money while traveling. It’s one of the most common questions we get from people we meet who are weekend RVers but would like to enter into the world of full-time RV living or even people who would like to have the freedom to travel for most of the summer.
How Do We Make Money While Traveling Full-Time?
Because we get asked this question so much, we shot a video and wrote up a blog post about how we make money while traveling full-time. This post goes in-depth into our story of making a remote income.
We’ve tried a lot of ways to make money from home over the years (A LOT) and blogging has been the best fit for us and what we’ve been most successful at. Blogging allowed us to make money while traveling the U.S. and Canada and we are extremely grateful.
The Best Time to Do Your Research About Making Money While RVing (And to Get to Work!)
When we decided to make this RV lifestyle happen, Todd and I started doing some serious research during the winter months. It was the perfect time for us to research everything we needed to do so we could launch at the end of May.
Since we already knew how we were going to earn an income on the road, we were able to make this transition from suburbia to life on the road very quickly. Only 100 days in fact from initial idea to launch, which you can read about here.
I believe this is the perfect time for you to do your due diligence on making money while RVing so you can be well prepared for a spring or summer launch into a new life.
This is also the perfect time to put your head down, make a plan and get to work!
Jobs You Can Do On the Road
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of blogging and deciding if it’s right for you, I need to clarify one thing.
I am not an expert at jobs you can do on the road. Not even close.
I know how to make money blogging and that’s what I can teach you. If you decide blogging isn’t for you, there are tons of other ways to make money while traveling.
Remote Work 101 Online Course
One of the best places to start is with remote work expert Camille Attel. I met Camille at a blogging conference in September of 2017. I was only about 4 months into full-time RVing, so when I found out she was also a full-time RVer living on the road, it was so exciting to meet someone else who understood this lifestyle and who was farther ahead than we were.
Camille is the real deal and she knows her stuff. She left corporate America to hit the road full-time and has since become a go-to source for people looking at making money on the open road.
Her blog More Than A Wheelin’ has a ton of resources about remote employment:
- Top Remote Jobs for RVers
- 6 Ways I’ve Made Money Since Leaving Corporate America
- How to Find Remote Work
If you’re really serious and want to turn your dreams of remote work into a reality, I would highly recommend Camille’s course, Remote Work 101.
What will Remote Work 101 do for you? Well, for starters…
- It will help you put your dreams into an action plan
- You’ll see remote work opportunities you didn’t see before
- It will help prepare you for the interview process
- It will help you navigate internet connectivity on the road
And plenty more…
After you go through the 7 self-paced modules, the 17 multimedia lessons, the activity sheets, and the additional resources, your remote work dream will be your reality. All you have to do is implement the strategies (remember, it’s up to you to land the job) and techniques Camille teaches.
When you have a dream like working remotely, having a guide to hold your hand and lead you down the path saves you both time and the frustration and headache of figuring it all out by yourself.
You can see an overview and Remote Work 101 course price here.
Another fantastic resource for finding jobs on the road is FlexJobs.
FelxJobs helps you find the best remote and flexible jobs that work for your situation. They help you ‘find your better’ and here’s what they mean by that:
But what does better mean for you? It’s different for each of us, but also often similar. Maybe it’s about work-life fit or having more time for our families, paying our bills with less stress or being able to find a good job without having to move, getting rid of a long commute or having more freedom in where and when you work. We could go on, but you probably get the idea.
Whatever your better work situation is, we’re here for you. So, let’s get started now to find you a better job, a better way.
Some of the employers featured on FlexJobs include Hilton, Dell, Apple, and the American Red Cross, just to name a few.
How can you get started? Go here and fill out a personal profile, take a tour of the site or start looking for jobs.
How to Make Money While Traveling – Part 1: Is Blogging Right for You?
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of blogging, you need to decide if blogging is right for you. I’ve read far too many articles that say blogging is for everyone and anyone can blog. I don’t believe this to be true.
Blogging is most definitely not for everyone.
How do you know if blogging is right for you and one of the jobs you can do while traveling that fits your personality?
Some Questions to Ask Yourself Before Turning to Blogging
Here are a few questions to ask yourself in order to see if blogging might be a good income path for making money on the road:
- Are you self-motivated?
- Do you like to write?
- Are you willing to learn or hire out technical challenges?
- Are you willing to educate yourself and do the work (writing, promoting/marketing, graphic design, etc.)?
- Can you be patient (and realistic) with income generation?
- Are you willing to work consistently even when you’re making zero money?
- Are you willing to get up early or stay up late to work when everyone else is sleeping?
Here’s another way to find out if blogging is the right path for you to make money while traveling…
Just Try It
If you answered ‘I think’ to some of the questions above, you might just have to try it and see if it’s for you.
This is what I recommend to friends who want to try blogging to see if it’s a good fit for them:
- Set a blogging schedule; ideally two posts a week
- Choose only two social media platforms to promote your blog on (you do not need to be everywhere even as a full-time blogger; find out where your audience hangs out and promote there)
- Set some clear and defined goals (I’ll go into detail on goal setting for bloggers in another post)
- Set a ‘not give up’ date, meaning you will blog your butt off and give it everything you can until that date when you will then make a decision about your future with blogging
I truly hope this post has helped you start thinking down the path and planning for how to make money while traveling.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our blogging series and be sure to keep this page bookmarked, as this is where I’ll link to all of the blogging/how to make money on the road posts.
Please let us know if you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover!
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Julie Bonner is one-half of the TREKKN team. She specializes in helping you whip up delicious meals in your tiny RV kitchen, as well as RV organization tips and helping fellow RVers make their RV feel like home. Her favorite RVing spot is in Banff National Park in Canada where yes, the water really is that blue and the people really are that nice.
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