You’ve probably noticed over the last 6-12 months that I’ve been away at least once a month, if not more. Whether it’s popping up to Scotland for some camping, exploring the souks in Morocco or taking in the beauty of the Alps, I’m always on an adventure somewhere. My friends and family always joke about how they rarely see me working.
The fact is, the world we live in today allows everyone a chance to shape their own destiny no matter where they are in the world. There’s a growing movement of people who are doing it and so can you. Today I am going to show you how I am able to travel regularly without going broke, and how you can too.
Offer Freelance Services
With the internet, anyone who cares badly enough can buy their freedom from the corporate world just by typing on their laptop. The internet is the greatest tool ever invented for financial and location independence. As someone who travels a lot, this model works great for me as I can make money from anywhere in the world.
If you haven’t realised it yet, the gig economy on the internet is so huge that you can replace your full-time salary in a matter of months freelancing online and/or side hustling. I have found success and worked with very interesting people online at a level I never imagined possible.
If you are currently gainfully employed, you’ve got proven skills that people are willing to pay for. Your employer wouldn’t be paying you if they couldn’t make a profit off your work. When you get rid of the middle man – your employer – and go straight to the customer, you can make even more money if you are smart and have reasonable self-discipline to work without supervision.
Make Money Blogging
Old media is dying. Look around you. Everyone is either looking at their phone or at their laptop screen. You are also reading this on a screen. You, just like everyone else around you, are consuming content that was created by someone who is probably no smarter than you.
These people make money off the attention you give them. Just as newspapers raked in lots of money trading eyeballs, bloggers and websites are trading impressions and clicks to advertisers. I have made money blogging because I take blogging seriously. Treat your blogging business like a real business with its own separate bank account, business credit card, legal name and work hours.
Travel On The Cheap
I have mastered the art of getting great travel deals. You’ve probably seen YouTube videos of people traveling around the world first class by collecting air miles and squeezing every point they can from their travel credit cards. If you travel regularly, you’ll quickly learn that travel companies want to keep their most loyal customers for the long term and they are willing to do almost anything to keep them coming back.
It is not manipulative as it helps them get a lifelong customer while helping you travel on the cheap. As long as the company is making a profit in the long term and you make savings, everyone is happy.
Sometimes, I Don’t Pay for Hotels!
I didn’t mention this, but my blog, in some instances, allows me opportunities to travel almost for free. My blog attracts an audience that every company will pay money to reach. If I wanted to travel somewhere and I am running short on cash, I can just email hotels and tour companies and mention that I run a travel blog and would appreciate it if they gave me a deal in return for reviewing their service. Not all companies will agree but the conversion rate is pretty decent.
This is one of the reasons why you should start blogging if you are going to be traveling a lot. You practically have nothing to lose. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You ending up with a blog chronicling your travels even if only a handful of people read it is not a bad deal at all.
My goal here is not to brag but to inspire you. None of the things I have done are extraordinary. If you start taking steps today in the right direction, you’ll wake up one day a free human. The key is to start. Start today!
Next month my *incredible* best friend is heading to France to help refugees in need. This isn’t the first time she’s done something like this either – she’s always lending a hand to those who need it most. She is such an inspiration, and it’s got me thinking what I can do to support those less fortune in the future.
Once a month I bag up my old clothes and take them to my local charity shop, I regular offer pro-bono services to non-profit organisations, and I’ve raised money for sporting activities in the past; these are all baby steps, and despite not getting my hands dirty, these still give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Now I want to do more.
We all know that giving to charity can help those in need, but what many people don’t think about is the positive impact that donating to a good cause can have on them. Below is a list of reasons why everybody should lend a hand to charity once in a while…
An opportunity to make a difference
You only have to turn on the TV or read a newspaper to see what’s going on in the world right now, and it’s natural to feel the urge to help. Even if you feel like you’re miles away from the problem itself, charity organisations give you the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of men, women and children all around the globe.
There are a number of ways you can do your bit for charity. For example, making a monetary contribution is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to help those who need it most. You could make a one-off payment, sign up to contribute on a regular basis or choose to donate like many Muslims by giving zakat. Regardless of how you go about it, donating to charity is a great way to make a difference, and whether you can afford give a little or a lot, any amount of money is appreciated by these types of organisation.
Aside from giving money, you can make contributions in other ways too. You could donate your unwanted belongings to your local charity shop, such as clothes, shoes, books and jewellery, while some organisations accept contributions such as non-perishable foodstuffs and useful goods including sleeping bags, tents and blankets. Even if these items don’t mean much to you, they could mean the world to someone else.
Experience the feel-good factor
Apart from having a huge impact on others, giving to charity could make you feel good too. Regardless of whether you choose to contribute money, donate items to a charity shop or you decide to dedicate your time to volunteering, the act of giving is guaranteed to be positive and rewarding, and in turn, it should make you realise just how lucky you are. Selflessly giving to charity is not only benefitting others, but it could help shape you into a more grateful, understanding and compassionate person.
There’s no denying that giving to a charity, to some degree, is a serious matter. However, when it comes to fundraising and increasing awareness, there’s no reason why you can’t have some fun. There are a whole host of exciting charity projects you could get involved with. Whether you take part in an organised event, such as a sporting activity like a run, walk, bike ride, triathlon or mountain trek, or you choose to hold your own Great British Bake Off style competition with your colleagues at work, you’ll soon discover that you can have fun while also doing your bit for a worthwhile cause.
It’s no secret that giving to charity is a great thing to do, so why not get involved and help make a difference today?