We get a lot of questions from our travel tribe, most of them asking about how we make money while traveling the world full-time.
So, without further ado – I’m going to run through what David and I do so that we can work three days per week, and still afford to live a life filled to the brim with adventure!
What he Does – UX designer working with tech companies to produce web and mobile apps that are pretty gosh darned beautiful and incredibly easy to use. The majority of David’s clients are silicon valley based companies.
His Experience – This whiz kid started working professionally as a designer when he was 15, although he admits that they probably weren’t the best looking back then, he’s come a long way – and has masses of experience.
Career Highlight – David founded an award-winning design agency, I know, you wouldn’t think it to meet him, he’s so chill!
David’s Truth Nugget – Design is one of the most in-demand jobs in the world, there’s a lot of competition, so you have to be at the top of your game to find good projects.
Even with fourteen-years of experience, and winning design awards; it’s still hard to find remote jobs that offer a great work/life balance.
What she Does – I am an equestrian and travel writer, working with a bunch of clients from animal rescues to adventure resorts to produce snazzy content. What I write about varies massively, one day – I can be writing about how best to halter train a foal, and the next day I can be writing about intrepid journeys through the Australian outback.
Her Experience – I started writing for horse magazines when I was ten-years-old and haven’t looked back since.
Career Highlight – Writing my first book.
Nadia’s Truth Nugget – Don’t expect to be given freedom, and be well paid without working your butt off to prove that you are the best at what you do. But, do keep working towards it – you’ll get there if you put the work in!
David and I work three days per week, and while many (my family included) see our life as being as easy as pie – we have worked incredibly hard to have it this “easy.”
When we were both starting out in our chosen fields, we worked pretty much every waking hour, taking on any project we could get – and working our butts off to prove how good we were for relatively little pay.
That work ethic and years of work has resulted in us being able to be picky about the clients we take on, strict about the days we’ll work, and firm on our rates.
With us both working 25-hrs per week, this gives us the freedom to have a four-day weekend, and while at least one day per week is spent running vanlife specific errands (like finding a laundromat); it allows us to spend more time doing what we love to do, and documenting the journey to look back on when we’re old and grey.
There are days when our internet has decided to play up, or we’re sick – but we never miss deadlines. We would rather spend hundreds of pounds on a hotel for guaranteed internet, or work from our hospital beds than let someone down who is relying on us.
Coming from a background of both running our own business’ we appreciate that we’re not working for some faceless corporation, but a real person who could lose money, or a client if we don’t do our part.
Don’t expect to be handed things on a silver platter.
A client of mine told me a horror story of them hiring a writer fresh out of university – the deadline for the project was approaching, and they got an email from the girl saying that she wasn’t “passionate” about the topics they gave her, so she wasn’t going to do it.
I think that too many people see the fabulous Instagram curations of a digital nomad’s life, and assume that they’re always doing what they want to do, whenever they want to do it, and get paid handsomely to do so.
In reality, most of us have day jobs and have our Instagrams and Blogs as fun passion projects.
The great news is that it’s possible for anyone to find a remote job that allows them to travel the world, and go on endless adventures.
As long as you’re prepared to put in the work, stay positive, and make sure to take time for yourself – you’re going to have the best life, trust us!
So, go on you little rabbit, off you hop and find your dream job. Any specific questions on going remote? Comment below and I’ll try to help!