By Angelica Bottaro
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic grounded pretty much everyone. There were no spontaneous weekends away with friends, nor were there cheap travel deals that you could take advantage of if you left, like, tomorrow. This stoppage of travel hit many people hard, even those who weren’t lifestyle travellers.
Now that there is a whiff of freedom in the air, people who may have not even considered themselves nomadic are thinking seriously about adopting a travel lifestyle and taking advantage of everything this world has to offer. After all, there’s nothing like a global pandemic to make you re-examine the way you live and all the things you have yet to see. If you’re one of those people that have now decided that the world really is your oyster, denying yourself the chance to see any or all of it because of semantics can be a thing of the past.
You want to live a travel lifestyle in a post-COVID world, it’s well within your reach if you know how to make travelling work for you.
Take Advantage Of Remote Work Options
The pandemic was full of life lessons, some of which were hard to swallow, but one that was pretty easy to adapt to was remote work. Now that many companies realise just how easy it is to virtually run operations, many people still have that option to work from home or anywhere they want in a traveller’s case. If you want a nomadic lifestyle, get acquainted with remote work. It might sound like it sucks the fun out of exploring a new place, but working vacations aren’t all work and no play. The typical person works eight hours a day, which leaves you with plenty of time to get out there and explore the sights and culture of a different country—even with a full-time job.
Choose The Right Places
One thing that deters people is money. Everything costs money, and it seems that only the rich can jet-set across the world whenever they want. While it is easier with money, it’s not impossible to be on the less affluent side of the wealth spectrum and still travel as much as possible. The secret is knowing where to go. You want to go to less expensive areas of the world such as Southeast Asia or Africa. Here, your money will stretch further, and since there’s so much to see and do, you’ll be glad you didn’t stick to the pricer destinations like Europe, North America or Australia.
Don’t Splurge On The Wrong Things
How you spend your money will be a huge factor in living a traveller’s lifestyle. Sure, staying at a 5-star resort is luxurious, but you’re not going to truly experience everything the country has to offer while stuck in a hotel. The cost alone for those types of accommodations will blow your entire budget, too. If you don’t plan on being in the hotel room for longer than a couple of hours a day, why splurge on such expensive sleep quarters? You have to know how to cut corners on costs to make the money stretch.
Learn How To Make And Save Money
Being serious about travelling means you have to make and save more money. While you’re not abroad, figure out a good side hustle that you can utilise to help fund your next destination. You can also pull a Marie Kondo and get rid of all the joyless things you have in your home, selling them off to people who will appreciate them while putting extra money in your pocket. While travelling, you can continue to earn some money by renting out your property. One last essential thing to remember about all this extra cash is that it isn’t there for spending—it’s there for travel—so keep it in a separate account so you’ll be fiscally ready to fly away on your next adventure whenever you choose.
Travelling full-time and never working a day in your life sounds like a dream because it is one. And dreams, as we all know, aren’t real. Living a life of travel doesn’t mean that you drop everything and disappear into the splendid beauty of every corner of the world at the drop of a hat. It requires planning, discipline, and feasible income opportunities. While developing your new nomadic life, remember that you can travel for just a few months out of the year and still live a travel lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be full-time for it to be worth it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made exploring as much as possible front and centre on many people’s bucket lists, and if you’re one of those folks, get planning. It’s not out of reach if you know what you’re doing.