To work or not to work on the Road…That is the question!
We get questions all the time about working on the road. What types of jobs can I do from the road? Should I start a blog? Can I make enough money while I Travel?
If you’re considering working while on the road to make some extra money you need to first ask yourself:
Is this trip a vacation, or a lifestyle?
From our experience we’ve found the 2 don’t always go well together (How can you spend the day fishing when you have to put in 8 hours on the clock?). That said if the choice is to travel & work or don’t travel at all; then I say ‘Hit the Road Workin’! We love our location independent lives and can’t imagine going back to a sedentary life. If you are thinking you might be the same, read on!
UPDATE! After receiving hundreds of questions via email regarding working on the road we decided to start a new segment on our website called Make Money and Travel
There are lots of opportunities to work while traveling. To get your “wheels spinnin” I’ve outlined the most common location independent and workamping opportunities below. We have not found anything that will make you rich, but it’s enough to cover most expenses.
Campground Service – The most common type of temporary work you’ll find on the road. You work misc. jobs for the campground (i.e. janitorial, customer service, landscape, check-in, etc). Typically you receive free stay plus a small hourly rate.
Parkie – Services at many larger national parks are run by private companies. Jobs can range from cooking, wait staff, hotel staff, maintenance, filling station attendant, and so on. With this type of arrangement you receive a fair wage, health benefits, and discounted camping in a separate employee area inside the park. Employment is done by the season, so you might be working the same job for 3-4 months.
Magazine contribution – If you have a knack for writing and/or photography you can sell stories to magazine publications. It can be difficult to get your first article published, but once you do opportunities will continue to come your way. If you have valuable content that’s written in the same style as the magazine, don’t hesitate to contact the editor.
Create a website or blog – Anyone can start a blog, and if you’re speaking to a niche market you’ll be surprised at how many items you can get for free during your travel. Understand that a successful blog is a full time job, and can take years to begin making decent pay if you ever make money at all!
Fulfillment Centers – During busy seasons major online retailers (i.e. Amazon.com, Office Max, and Best Buy) hire part-time help. Some companies cater to the RV crowd by offering free hook-ups for workers. Do your research before you apply! Some of these jobs are cutthroat; meaning the work is hard, breaks are limited, and many have no-bull “3 strikes and you’re out” type policies! I’ve heard mixed reviews from both sides on this type of work.
Seasonal – Several workamping opportunities surround seasonal activities such as Christmas tree sales, pumpkin patch lots & farmer’s markets. Decent wages and hook-ups are typically provided.
Perform a trade
- Photography – Capture images along the way and upload to stock websites, or create a book and sell it.
- Embroidery – Plenty of small and large businesses offer embroidery services, and we’ve met people who make a living while traveling.
- Design Services – Graphic design, photographic retouching, video editing services, etc. Most services that can be done on a computer can be taken along on the road. If you have existing clientele you’ll find the transition pretty easy.
- Sales – Small and large companies need a traveling sales force, before you go full-time explore sales opportunities in your region. If you’re a great sales person you’ll be surprised how easy it is to take those sales on the road.
Convince your boss to let you work remotely – we have met several people who were able to convince their boss that they could increase productivity and/or sales on the road. Some travel around visiting clients, providing education or attending trade shows. This is where thinking outside the box is good.
Travel may not seem accessible to everyone but, it can be if you are willing to work along the way. There are loads of resources available online; simply type ‘workamping’ into your search engine and you can read for days. Whether you decide to work on the road or not, it’s great to know there are plenty of job opportunities waiting for you to apply.
We’ve Run across some interesting people on the road who have great ideas of how to make money while living on the road. Here are a few ideas to get your brainstorm ignited! (we will update along the way with people we meet, and their business)
UPDATE – We now have an entire segment on our website dedicated to Making Money and Traveling: gonewiththewynns.com/travel-money-wynns
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