Here’s a thought for you..why not find a way to quit that dull office / manual labour job and find a way to fund a life on the road. Yes, I’m talking about a location independent lifestyle where you can be wherever you want to be. Many people aspire to it, some write about and a few have actually done it. One person who has, Nora Dunn, has recently released the perfect guide aptly titled Working On The Road.
If you are not familiar with Nora Dunn then have a read of her interview on Travel Blogger Interviews. In 2006 she quit a successful business in Canada to create a life on the road. More than 8 years and over 40 countries later she’s still on the road. Amazing to think really that she has done this. The even better thing is that her book Working on the Road shares the secret of how she’s done it. Not just that, there is a breakdown of her costs and working history from this time. You may be surprised to know that a life on the road can be substantially cheaper than a life at home and Nora shows you how.
That’s not all. Nora calls upon other beneficiaries of a location independent lifestyle, many you may have heard of:-
Nomadic Samuel – have you heard of him? Well he’s featured.
It’s not just travel bloggers who are profiled. There are freelance workers, entrepreneurs and people seeking working visas abroad too. It really is a fascinating insight into how anyone, yes virtually anyone with the determination can make a new life abroad.
The examples feature solo travellers, couples and even families. They may not all be digital nomads looking to escape the rat race but they are people with an appreciation and desire to explore the world around them.
You might think this book is like others promising an unattainable dream. Well I can assure the book is not like that at all. Yes it is promoting an aspiration many have but it is one within reach. It also provides many of the tools required to get you started. I certainly learnt of lots of useful resources I didn’t know about before.
The book covers a range of examples on freeing yourself from the office cube and becoming location free. Examples include online tutoring and coaching, freelancing, remote working for an employer, or converting an existing business model. Working on the road is also given lots of coverage with fabulous resources provided to cover the essentials you need to know. Examples of working whilst travelling include the usual hostel working and bar work. There are also some options you might not have considered before such as working on a boat / cruise ship and teaching abroad. That’s only the start! Is entrepreneurship a career for a traveller? You bet your life it is.
Nora offers wise advice in the book. You can’t just start a blog and expect it to fund your travels, it just doesn’t work that way. Nora’s comments back up my own experience on this site. I’ve been blogging for more than 2 and a half years and barely get loose change pocket money income from it. Only a very small few are able to fund a travelling lifestyle from blogging alone. Even if you do succeed chances are it will be years before you’ll see a reasonable and sustainable income from it.
If you choose to become a digital nomad or to begin working on the road then there are many considerations to bear in mind. Nora advises wisely on the requirements to check your tax obligations, managing your finances and visas. There are also numerous suggestions on tools to use for working from a computer. These include data storage, data back ups and using a VPN. I endorse and use these myself. I personally swear by the requirement of a good VPN service. Nora makes a couple of suggestions on ones which work for her. Personally I use Hide My Ass. You of course should choose the one fitting to your location and needs.
Costs of working on the road
For me, probably the most interesting part of the book was the breakdown of annual costs of a life on the road. Nora shares a couple of years of her costs and they are astonishing. For example in 2011, for a year on the road Nora spent a total of $173 on accommodation, yes $173 for the year!
I know this sounds amazing but it is quite understandable when you know her secrets. In her book she explains how she was able to obtain free accommodation around the globe. Some deals of course were better than others.
Make your location independent lifestyle a reality by working on the road
After reading working on the road I certainly learnt a lot of new information. I understand the experiences Nora went through, not always smoothly, and how she found a way to a sustainable working life on the road. I also had an insight from the many people she interviewed who are also pursuing their dream.
The least experienced and lowest skilled of people right up to the vastly experienced and knowledgeable in all forms of work and life can offer something to sell. They can all make that dream a reality. I’m more than happy to endorse Working on the Road as a resource for all aspiring working travellers. Click the following link to find out more and buy a copy of Working on the Road .