Our Family’s Journey To Becoming Working Nomads

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We have been working nomads for almost four months now! It is strange to think that just earlier this year, I was sitting in an office building pulling my hair out over project proposals and budgets.

These days, my work involves writing blog posts, keeping my blog active on social media, pitching to magazines and brands, and preparing for an upcoming conference that I’ll be presenting at. It’s a huge change from my life prior to becoming digital nomads!

Hanging out with murals in Oklahoma City (October 2018)

How to make money while traveling

One of the biggest questions we had before embarking on our around the world journey was how to make money while traveling. Both my husband and I are blessed with skills that make remote work possible, but even considering that option was a big step.

In the past, families who wanted to travel around the world would need to save up hundreds of thousands of dollars to support their family travels. This was the conventional way of doing things, and even our family fell into the trap of thinking that saving money was the only way we could travel. But after talking to other working nomads, especially nomadic families, we realized that we could support our travels by working remotely!

For our family, answering the question of how to make money while traveling involved a bit of soul searching and self-assessment. There are plenty of options for families to make money while on the road: selling a product online, consulting and freelance work, or getting remote working jobs. The possibilities were endless for us to becoming working nomads!

Working nomads visiting the Grand Canyon
Looking out into the Grand Canyon (October 2018)

Getting remote working jobs

Before quitting my job, I toyed with the idea of staying on with my job. I had already done remote work with them when I would have to travel for projects, and it wasn’t unprecedented for team members to be based in different locations. But the more I discussed the option with my company’s HR team, the more I realized that the constant changing of locations for our family would make it logistically more complicated for my company. In the end, I decided to quit my job.

For my husband, though, his company offered him the option to stay on remotely part time. This has been a godsend for our family, as it has afforded us a steady stream of income as we consider other options for making money on the road.

Finding remote working jobs is a great gig for working nomads, if you can swing it. FlexJobs posts hundreds of jobs that can be done remotely, and only costs $14.95 a month, or $49.95 a year to join. Consider the skills that you have, and figure out a way that you can do it remotely.

Working nomads visiting the Petrified Forest
Looking out into the Petrified Forest (October 2018)

Creating our own digital nomad jobs

One thing I realized after I quit my job was that now I have the freedom to pursue my own business. Rather than finding remote working jobs, we could essentially create our own digital nomad jobs! Because my husband was already running a web development side business for the last five years, it was not hard to consider scaling up his side business so that it would be a  full-time gig. This is still part of our long term plan.

As for me, I have been part-time freelance writing for the last two years, and as well as part-time blogging for the last three years. Now that I have more time on my hands, I can focus on making writing and blogging more substantial digital nomad jobs for me.

Whatever your skills and talents, consider how you can turn it into a business. It may not be as profitable as making money with an employer, but it will certainly be meaningful remote work to bring you money while you travel.

Pretending to be Wilma at Bedrock City in Arizona (October 2018)

Connecting with other working nomads

The most important part of our journey to becoming full digital nomads has been connecting with other working nomads, and seeing how they make their work life fit their travel lifestyle. During our trip, we have spent time with friends in Utah, Colorado, and Oklahoma who have found ways to be working nomads in their respective fields. The work varies – graphic design, web development, online marketing, blogging, freelance writing – but these friends of ours have all been able to use their talents to create digital nomad jobs.

As we continue to figure out how to make money while traveling, creating connections with other working nomads will continue to be important. Networking and community building is such an important part of the travel experience. And I’m sure it will also be important in helping us find new remote working jobs in the future.

Do you have a talent or skill that lends itself to remote work? How are you using it to help you towards your travel goals?

Our Family's Journey To Becoming Working Nomads

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