I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about some tips for traveling while working at the same time. If you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, you may be interested in these tips. I hope you enjoy her article!
Not that long ago, the ability to travel extensively was limited only to those with substantial financial resources. However, the rise of digital technology has made our world a smaller and more connected place, with more people traveling abroad. Many people, including artists who work day jobs, can now find the time and money to travel to even the most remote locations. If you dream of traveling but can’t afford to quit your day job, you are in luck. There has never been a better time to protect your source of income while simultaneously traveling the world.
Look for Flexible Gigs That Offer Remote Work
Many jobs these days offer remote options. Whether you work in product design, blog commercially, or work in sales or customer service, it may be possible to do your job from a remote location for some time. Even if your employer does not advertise this option, if you don’t require physical contact with clients or customers, it may be possible. You can send in your resume, talk to management or human resources and see what your options may be. If your current employer isn’t flexible in this manner, it may be time to start looking for a job that offers similar compensation but allows you the flexibility to work from a remote location.
Focus On Monetizing Your Experiences and Skills
For some people, traveling and creating art while maintaining a source of income is even easier. Their income is based more on their passion than a day job. If you haven’t already started moving in this direction, now may be the time to consider it.
Can you sell your finished work? Do you have a way with words that will drop people into a blog? Can you upload photographs of your travels to Instagram and use that platform to secure an advance for a book? Travel work is possible for those with the discipline to finish what they start. If you want to travel while creating art and making money, your best bet is to find a way to monetize the things you already do and are passionate about continuing to do.
Find Inspiration for Your Art Everywhere
While you can’t necessarily take your dark room with you on a cruise ship, you can take your art anywhere you go. Even if the tools of your trade are prohibitively heavy or large for travel, you can still find inspiration for your next pieces everywhere you go. Take photographs. Write notes. Create in-depth plans and sketches for art you can begin working on when you return home. Finding the beauty and inspiration in your travels will create more well-rounded art and allow you to appeal to a broader base. It can also help you monetize the experience that you are having while traveling abroad.
Travel can absolutely contribute to your skill as an artist. Unlike a few decades ago, a desire to travel is no longer mutually exclusive with ongoing income. If you have the travel bug, now may be a good time to consider where you want to go and how you can support yourself while you’re there.