How to Travel the World in 2024 (by Starting a Lifestyle Business)

If you’ve been dreaming of packing up your life and embarking on a global adventure, but are unsure how to travel the world, this article is for you!

Planning for a big life change like travelling the globe can seem daunting, but with the right guidance, you can turn your travel dreams into a reality.

I’ve been traveling for the last 14 years, am currently based in Phuket, Thailand, and in just a few weeks from the time of writing will be packing up my MacBook, putting on my walking shoes and once again heading out to traverse the globe!

Photo collage of my travel escapades

Read on to discover how to prepare for your world tour, from budgeting and itinerary planning to packing tips and cultural considerations. Plus of course, how to fund this wild adventure by building a lifestyle business /side hustle doing something that you love!

Why Now is The Best Time to Start Travelling the World

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1. Now is Always the Best Time to Start Anything!

There’s always a reason not to do something. We spend our lives waiting for the perfect moment to; have kids, get married, start a new career, quit a job and start a business, move home, buy that new car, etc etc.

But the truth is, there’s never a perfect moment. There is only now.

What do you dream about? What does your ideal lifestyle look like? How long have you been putting it off?

There’s no better moment than the present to begin pursuing your dreams of world travel.

Embrace the opportunity and start taking action today.

2. We Are Not Getting Any Younger

If you’re reading my content, chances are you’re 50+, and even if you’re not there yet, there’s still no time to waste.

We’re not getting any younger, and as we age, it becomes increasingly important to seize the day and make the most of our time.

I’m only 51 and due to sheer luck of the draw, I have severe osteoarthritis in my knees. I’m already going to struggle to visit some of the most amazing mountain top monasteries or castles in the world. And challenges like Kilimanjaro? Forget it! (To be fair not on my bucket list anyway, but you get the idea).

If you’re still healthy and energetic, start exploring the globe now! And if you do have some health issues, even more important to grab the opportunity while you still can.

With the advent of AI I personally believe that technology is going to exponentially explode in the next 10 – 20 years and so many of our current ills will be fixable, but there’s no guarantees.

Grab life, while you’re young and fit enough to suck the juice out of it.

3. Technology Means We Can Make Money on the Road

Modern technology means it’s easier than ever to build a profitable online business or side hustle that can fund your travels.

From e-commerce and digital marketing to consulting and coaching, there are numerous opportunities to create a location-independent income stream doing something you love.

I’ll talk more about this below, but we’ve been working remotely for over 14 years now, and it’s easier than ever these days to whip up a website, build an audience, create and launch a product and make money!

And if it’s easier now, imagine where we’ll be in just a few years with AI by our side?

4. Remote Work is More Accepted Than Ever Before

If building a business or side hustle isn’t your jam, the chances are the company you work for may well support remote working. And you have COVID-19 to thank for that.

The pandemic accelerated the trend of remote work, making it more acceptable and accessible for professionals to work from anywhere in the world.

Countries around the world are recognising this shift and responding with more varied visas to accommodate the working nomad, increasing the possibilities for combining work and travel.

5. Make Your Hard Earned Dollar Go Further

I’m no tax specialist, but for the long-term travelers amongst us, travel comes with tax benefits.

With increasing income disparities and inequities in tax burdens between large corporations and individuals, there’s no doubt that Western governments are excessively taxing their citizens while mismanaging funds for questionable purposes. (Don’t get me started).

Your specific tax situation will depend on your country of origin and the extent to which you’re willing to make changes (such as renouncing citizenship). But if you’re considering long term travel be sure to get some tax advice as the chances are you’ll be better off.

6. Improve Your Mental Health

Let me preface by clarifying I am not a psychologist, but I firmly believe traveling improves your mental health on an unprecedented scale!

Viewing the world from a different angle, meeting different cultures, and experiencing varying standards of living, broadens the mind and promotes tolerance, understanding, and gratitude. Emotions that seem sadly lacking in today’s society.

Once you’ve seen some of the things you’ll witness while traveling the world you’ll never unsee them and your new broadened mindset will change the way you view the world forever.

Whatever the reason for taking the leap and traveling the world, there is truly only upside! As Saint Augustine said;

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page!

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How I Started Travelling the World

Back in 2010 my partner & I had the privilege of visiting some friends in Cyprus who were running an online business. Fed up with life in the UK following the recession of 2008/2009, and with failed offline businesses behind us, when our friends went traveling and invited us to housesit, we sold everything we owned inside of a week, rented our house out, and jumped on a plane (with, by the way, our 4-year-old daughter, about $1000 & a couple of credit cards).

We really haven’t looked back since. Some 14 years and multiple online businesses later, we’ve visited 40+ countries and my daughter has mainly been raised here in Phuket, Thailand, where she’s attended school.

If I had my time again, we would have visited a lot more countries and she would have been world schooled, but that’s another blog post!

In just a few short weeks when she finishes her IB high school diploma, we’ll be off on the road again. (I have seriously itchy feet.)

I wouldn’t necessarily advocate the way we started our round the world trip! You have to be very comfortable moving outside of your comfort zone and flying by the seat of your pants, which isn’t for everyone, but let’s explore some of the best routes for planning, financing & making the most of world travel!

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How to Travel the World

1. Choose Your Travel Style

First, it’s a good idea to decide what kind of world traveler you want to become. Determining your travel goals, ensures you create the right plan, do the right research, and have enough money to go where you want and do what you want to do.

  • Perhaps you simply want to do one complete trip around the world and then settle back down in your home country again.
  • Maybe you’re looking at budget travel and want to travel the world with a backpack and a list of hostels.
  • You might be considering house sitting or pet sitting your way around the world.
  • Maybe you’re dreaming of traveling the world for free!
  • Perhaps you’ve had enough of your own country and want to take a one way flight to ‘destination anywhere.’
  • Or, the best route and the one I personally recommend is a combination of the above, exploring all of the worldwide opportunities via long term travel as a digital nomad. (And if you think becoming a digital nomad is ‘only for the kids’, think again. We’ll explore this topic in more detail later in the article.)
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2. Craft Your Dream Destination List

Once you have an idea of the kind of travel you’ll be undertaking, it’s a good idea to create a bucket list of dream destinations.

This will help to fuel your passion and motivation for making your world travel dreams a reality. By envisioning the incredible experiences that await you in far-off lands, you’ll find yourself more driven to navigate the various stages of planning and preparation.

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Yours truly during a 3 week backpacking trip across India. And yes, the Taj Mahal is as impressive and majestic as it’s made out to be!

3. Planning Your Adventure

Even with a steady income, it’s wise to save for those ‘just in case’ moments. When we left the UK all those years ago, we had a couple of credit cards and minimal savings. It makes for some very hairy moments I can tell you, when you’re not sure where the next months rent or food is coming from.

Depending on your risk levels, I would start with a good 6 months savings in the bank, and unless you’ve already got a steady monthly income or substantial investments, investigate all the ways you can travel on a budget.

You can travel very cheaply going down the housesitting route, volunteering or simply moving to Asia!

Then think about where you want to go, locations, duration, visas, insurance, acommodation etc. If you’re into house sitting, volunteering or looking for free stays, start exploring and signing up for relevant platforms now.

To streamline your planning process, here are some invaluable tools:

  1. Skyscanner: For comparing flight prices across various airlines, helping you find the best deals for your travel dates and destinations.
  2. Rome2Rio: Shows you how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry, and car, providing time and cost estimates for each option.
  3. TripAdvisor: Offers reviews and tips on accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, along with traveler photos and booking tools. (Tip – do not book anything through this app. Just use for reviews and places to see nearby)
  4. Nomad List: A comprehensive resource for digital nomads, offering insights into the best places to live and work remotely, based on cost of living, internet speed, weather, and other factors.
  5. WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms): This is a network that allows you to live and work on a variety of organic properties. Volunteers (or ‘WWOOFers’) spend half a day on a farm, learn about organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board during their stay.
  6. Workaway.info: A platform designed for those who want to travel and work. It connects members with hosts from around the world who are looking for help with a range of tasks, from teaching, pet sitting, gardening, to helping with eco-projects. In exchange for a few hours of help each day, hosts offer food and accommodation.
  7. Trusted House Sitters: This platform connects travelers with homeowners needing pet and house sitting. It’s a win-win: members enjoy free accommodation worldwide and a chance to experience local life, while homeowners gain peace of mind knowing their home and pets are cared for.
  8. Travel Insurance Comparison Sites (google): Essential for finding the best travel insurance policy for your needs.

🌏 Podcast: This is an old but relevant episode where I interviewed a lovely lady, Eden Rudin, about her experience house sitting around the world.

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The Surin Islands, Northern Phang Nga in Thailand on the border of Myanmar

4. How to Travel the World by Starting a Lifestyle Business

Since 2010, my husband & I have been generating all of our income online giving us the freedom to work and live anywhere in the world.

Over the past few years, the online landscape has changed dramatically making it easier than ever to launch, grow and build a successful business entirely online without the need to be in any one place for any length of time.

If the thought of starting a ‘business’ sounds a little overwhelming, the fastest route to achieving your travel dreams is to become a freelancer.

Simply define the skill sets you have to offer to other businesses, sign up to sites like upwork.com or guru.com, create a profile, and start pitching for work.

Within a few days, you could start generating what you’re currently earning in your job, except you can work on the go from anywhere!

Other options are to;

  • Start a travel blog or become a travel writer
  • Start any blog to be honest in your area of interest
  • Open your own online store and sell print on demand or physical products
  • Become an Amazon FBA seller
  • Start a podcast or become a YouTube influencer

The online world is truly your oyster. No matter what passion or interest you have, if there are others out there who share your passion you can create a business out of it.

Here are 190+ online lifestyle business ideas to help you get started.

When people talk about traveling the world for free, they usually mean by volunteering for free accommodation or Couchsurfing and living on other people’s sofas, or working for a free stay somewhere, or travel hacking credit cards and getting free flights via points, etc.

While they are all viable options for reducing expenses while you travel, true financial freedom will come from generating regular monthly income from your side hustle/business.

Plus you get to spend your days doing something you love and generate the income needed to continue traveling the world as long as you want to. Sometimes staying in budget accommodation, sometimes spending time in expensive hotels.

That is the true meaning of traveling the world for free. Doing something you love to do when you want to do it from wherever in the world you happen to be!

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Great hair day! 🤣

5. Research & Book Your Travel Adventure

Now you’ve done all your planning, have a side hustle or small lifestyle business you’re growing and are chomping at the bit to get going, it’s time to start researching your hotels, transportation options within the country, connecting with other travelers via forums and groups and finally booking your first trip!

Depending on who I’m traveling with or what our long term plans are I have a couple of different booking strategies. For example, when I go on short 3 – 4 week exploration trips with my Sister, we generally start with a rough itinerary of the places we’ll be visiting, including bucket list items in each destination, like hot air ballooning over Bagan in Myanmar or Scuba Diving with Manta’s in Bali, and then book the first flight and one night’s accommodation.

That’s it. We have no idea if the area we’ve chosen is where we want to stay or how much we’ll love the country. So the less we book upfront, the more flexibility we have once in the country.

If I’m planning longer term travel with my husband and daughter, we’re more likely to again start with an itinerary of the places we want to visit, but then book the flights and hotels/accommodation for the entire trip in advance.

We generally use booking.com for accommodation and book refundable rooms or ‘pay when you arrive’ to retain maximum flexibility.

When we start to travel again in a few weeks time, we’re spending the first three months house sitting our way around the UK while we see family etc, and will then most likely book flights in and out of countries, but only secure a few days’ accommodation until we get there and decide where we want to stay.

We use both skyscanner.net and google flights to check flights.

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Hot tip! If you’re going to be doing a lot of car hire, take out car excess insurance. It’s well worth the money as car hire firms can charge astronomical damage excess fees. Car excess insurance ensures you’ll only ever pay up to the amount of excess you’ve agreed upon and the car hire insurance company will pay the rest. We use reducemyexcess.co.uk.

Also check out Discover Cars to compare car rental prices across the globe. They’ll help you to find the most competitive prices in over 145 countries and are completely upfront, including all costs, taxes, extra fees, etc, within your quoted price so there’s no surprises.

Traveling Safely

A top priority when planning your round the world trip is to ensure you always put safety first, especially if you’re thinking of going solo!

I can’t speak much about solo travel as I’ve generally always been with my family or sister, but be sure to read travel guidelines about each country you’re going to visit.

But don’t just take your own government’s word as to whether a country is safe to travel or not. If we did that we’d never have lived in Thailand all these years!

There are enough travel blogs online now to read in-depth reports on every country around the world. Bold travelers who have already taken the plunge are writing amazing tour guides for a multitude of destinations.

Read as much about a country as you can before you go, including the local traditions, a bit of history, what its government/economy is like and learn some basic local language like hello, where’s the toilet and one beer please!

Always use common sense when traveling. Don’t walk down dark empty streets at night, don’t flash expensive jewelry unless on a private yacht sailing into Cannes, keep your bags close to your body, try not to look like a total tourist where possible, and don’t venture into areas or neighborhoods with bad reputations.

The local tourism office is always a good start when looking for local maps and must-see places vs no-go areas!

The more you can educate yourself on a country before you visit the better.

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Diving with Mantas in Bali

Other Ways to Travel the World

My preferred route to traversing the globe is via a lifestyle business however there are many other options for you to explore other countries while having fun!

  1. Become a volunteer. Sites like worldpackers.com offer opportunities for you to apply to work for your accommodation and food. Anything from picking fruit, painting and decorating, teaching or running social media campaigns.
  2. Get a job overseas. Rather than traveling to many different locations, perhaps there’s just one country you’d love to move to for a time. If that’s the case, start applying for jobs in your country of choice. Teaching English is potentially a great option.
  3. Become a Wwoofer! Wwoof.net stands for ‘world wide opportunities on organic farms.’ Choose your destination, make contact with the hosts and your price for accommodation is learning all about organic farming. Instead of spending money you’ll be saving money, while doing an active job, learning new skills and connecting with fellow travelers and discovering a new country!
  4. Go couchsurfing. Couchsurfing pretty much does what it says on the tin. People offer up couches, airbeds, spare rooms etc to travelers and many actually take their guests on tours of their cities/local areas. If you’re looking for free room and board, while roaming the world, this is a great potential option.
  5. House/Pet Sit. A great way to practically travel the world for free is to house sit and look after people’s pets when they go away. There are entire online communities now dedicated to pairing house/pet owners with travelers. If you love pets and can be flexible with your travel times, this could be the option for you.
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Making the Most of World Travel

Here are some travel tips to help you make the most of your travels;

Apps

Apps are an absolute godsend! These days you can plan & book flights, hotel stays, walking tours, car hire, tour guides, trips, train travel, rail passes, etc, all on apps on your mobile phone.

You can use apps to help you research, plan, book & track your world adventures. You can even use apps to both make and save money!

Here’s a list of my favorite travel and money apps to help you achieve your travel goals;

  • Skyscanner – All my flight bookings start here.
  • Rome 2 Rio – Add in your from and to destinations and this app will show you the best way to get where you’re going!
  • Trip Advisor – I use to read restaurant reviews and find places to eat only. It’s been a bit manipulated over the years so use lightly.
  • Booking.com – I use for 99% of my accommodation bookings. It’s transparent, usually cheaper than booking direct or with another booking agent and I’ve built up lots of credits/discounts!
  • Airbnb – Tends to be a bit pricey, but good for longer term stays
  • Klook – I tend to use for booking tickets to local attractions like shows/theme parks etc
  • GetYourGuide – I use to book tours and activities in the places I’m visiting. 100% of the tours I’ve taken using this app have been awesome so far!
  • Flight Aware – Track flight times to check your flight is on time or to see when friends or family are landing etc.
  • XE – Quickly work out the exchange rate wherever you are in the world
  • Wise – My main bank these days – can transfer money into 40 different currencies and use in 160 countries. It’s saved me a LOT of money in exchange fees, credit card fees, bank transfer fees and ATM fees.
  • Airalo – Esim provider. Rather than trying to find a phone desk when you arrive, simply pay for data online and install your temporary esim before you even touch down! Turn on and you can access Wifi before you’ve even left the plane.
  • Trabee Pocket/TravelSpend – Money budgeting apps I’m just trying out myself, will let you know which one I think is best!
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Forums/Groups

Forums & FB groups have been a lifesaver for us. No matter what country you’re visiting there are umpteen forums and groups with super helpful people willing to answer any and all questions.

Meetups

Local events/meetups are a great way to meet and connect with other travelers/people with like-minded interests. Simply download the meetup app and search for events happening near you. Facebook events are another great way of seeing what’s happening in your area.

Travel Blogs

These days someone has already been where you are and written about it! Google your destination and preface with phrases like ‘ what to do in X’, or ‘best 3 day itinerary in X’ or even ‘tips for traveling safely in X’. Everything you need to know is at your fingertips!

Balancing Work & Play

If you are growing a lifestyle business or working as a freelancer, you’ll find it easy to get caught up in your work rather than explore the place you’re visiting. Be sure to balance working with exploring!

Give yourself time to take a few days to focus on work and a few days to sightsee. Even change your accommodation options, staying in plain and functional rooms to focus on work with no distractions and then beautiful oceanfront apartments/hotels to relax and have a good time.

Even if you love your work, we all still need some downtime to connect completely with where we are.

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A rainy work day in Thailand

Managing Food Options!

When my sister & I backpacked through India, we decided to go vegetarian for the duration of the trip to avoid deli belly. It worked! Not only are the Indians primarily vegetarians, which made it super easy to follow this diet, but we didn’t experience any tummy discomforts whatsoever.

Here in Thailand, they’re famous for cooking and eating street food, but does that mean you should do also? Well, when in Rome as they say!

Of course you’ll want to try the local dishes and truly experience the country’s cuisine, it’s one of the highlights of traveling. However only you know how sensitive your belly is to foreign foods, so be sensible.

Never be afraid to ask what’s in a dish, learn the local words for no spice or no sugar or no msg, or no meat/bones, etc, if that’s important to you and do your homework. Find out what the best local dishes are, read other travelers’ experiences and respond accordingly.

Try as much as you can, but don’t get ill doing so!

By the way, Thai street food is the BEST!

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Sumptuous Korean Chicken from the Phuket Town Walking Street Market

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must.

As a family, we use Cigna Global and they’ve been amazing (especially when I needed oxygen chamber treatment after suffering from decompression sickness.) They aren’t cheap, however, so here are some other players on the market;

World Nomads

IM Global

Safety Wing

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Different Methods of Exploring the Country You’re In

Free Walking Tours

One of the best ways to see a city is to walk it! I’ve walked Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne, Hong Kong and loads more. There’s no better way to take in all the sights and sounds, experience markets, boutique shops, street foods, street performers, and all sorts.

I still remember a food cart my sister & I came across in smoggy Beijing selling toffee-covered strawberries! It was the highlight of our day.

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My sister enjoying toffee strawberries in Beijing

All across the world, there are free walking tours available. Just google ‘free walking tours’ and the City you’re in. Most will simply give you a time and a place to meet and it’s up to you to turn up. The fee for a ‘free’ walking tour is the tip you choose to give the tour guide based on how great the tour was.

Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tours

One of my favorite ways to explore a city!

Most big cities offer Hop On/Hop Off Big Bus tours. Tours usually come with a pair of headphones you can set to your language and as you ride through the city, a recorded voice tells you what great sights you’re passing along with some history of the buildings and the culture as you go.

What I have learned about cities on big bus tours! You also have the option to hop off at different destinations around the city and hop back on at a different stop. It’s an amazing way to explore and hear the best stories of a city’s history and culture!

Tuk Tuks

A ‘tuk tuk’, otherwise known as an auto-rickshaw is a major mode of travel through many Asian, African, and Central/South American countries. It’s basically a three-wheeled carriage attached to a motorcycle chassis. It’s generally open-air and here in Thailand, many are ‘blinged up’ with multicolor disco lights, loud music, and a cheery driver looking for a good tip!

They’re a cheap (and generally pretty nifty) way of traveling through a city or town, zipping in and out of traffic, dodging traffic lights and allowing you to see all the sights as you pass by. Definitely worth a ride!

Tricycles

Tricycle taxis or cycle rickshaws are big in the Philippines and thank goodness they are! The traffic in the bigger cities is so bad, getting a taxi is rarely a good option, unless you want to sit for 3 hours to only go a few kilometers.

We also got a cycle rickshaw in India to travel through the old Delhi markets, had a hair-raising ride in the magical city of Nepal, and got totally ripped off, (albeit a fab experience) on a tricycle in Vietnam.

It’s a fabulous way to see the world around you, but be sure to ask how much upfront!

Me and my sister riding a tricycle while traveling through India

Train

We jumped on a bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai and almost got completely scammed going from Delhi to Jaipur.

On my bucket list is taking the Trans Mongolian Express from Beijing to St Petersburg and the Indian Pacific Train going from Sydney to Perth.

Jumping on a train in a foreign country is a unique experience all on its own, a great way to see a lot of a country and well worth doing.

How to Travel the World Summary

To travel the world is one of the greatest privileges of the 21st Century.

Other than being able to explore distant lands, experience different cultures, climates, foods and meet amazing people along the way, travel & tourism has also opened up developing countries and stimulated economies that would otherwise have struggled.

It was incredibly sad to see, just here in Phuket, how much of the local economy the pandemic decimated. People from all over Thailand come to work in a busy tourist destination like Phuket, sending money home to their families in the poorer farming communities.

When the pandemic hit and tourism dried up, many headed home to their farms but many had nowhere to go and relied on charitable donations just to eat. As much as I hate how busy it’s now got, to see how the economy has bounced back is fabulous. But Thailand is one of the wealthier developing countries. There are so many other poorer countries desperate for tourism and foreign investment to stimulate their economies.

If you have the chance to travel and to explore the world while having a positive impact on the local economy in any way you can, take it!

If by chance you’re a travel blogger, influencer, or writer and are telling the stories/shining a light on these countries then I commend and applaud your efforts.

Get off the beaten path. Take the road less traveled and see where it takes you. Perhaps like me, it will completely change your mindset and your life!


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FAQ’s

How do I start to travel the world?

Just decide that you’re going to. Sounds kooky, but so much of what you want to achieve in life is simply deciding that you want to. Then make it up as you go along!

For a step by step plan;

  1. Choose Your Travel Style
  2. Craft Your List of Dream Destinations
  3. Plan Your Adventure
  4. Start a lifestyle business/side hustle
  5. Research & Book Your Travels

What’s the best way to travel the world?

My recommendation is to turn your passions into profits and start your own lifestyle business. Whether you become a travel blogger or influencer, sell products or videos, become a coach or consultant, or freelance for other businesses, the online world is your oyster!

How much money do you need to travel the world?

That completely depends on how you intend to travel. If you’re grabbing a backpack and are doing a hostel tour travel costs will be hugely different than if you’re planning to stay in nice hotels. Similarly, if you’re volunteering or house sitting you may have minimal accommodation costs throughout your trip.

The best thing to do is put together a monthly budget, researching and factoring in your likely costs for travel, food, entertainment, etc, and then work towards ensuring you have a few months in the bank before you go, or can earn money as you go either from your lifestyle business or paid work.

How can I travel the world for free?

I’m not one for saying something can’t be done as nothing is impossible, but to travel completely for free is a bit of a misnomer as even if you can cover your accommodation and flights costs you still have to eat right!? However, by volunteering, working on organic farms or couchsurfing, you’ll certainly minimize travel costs.

My favorite way to essentially travel for free is to earn more than it costs. To do that I recommend starting a lifestyle business doing something you love to do! Then, it doesn’t feel like you’re working at all. You’re earning while traveling and indulging in your favorite hobby as you go! It doesn’t come much free-er than that!

How do I get free flights?

There are two main ways to get free flights. If you’re already traveling a lot, you can join a frequent flyer program and generate points as you travel, which as they build up will results in enough for a free flight. Or you can get a couple of credit cards that offer rewards points as soon as possible and ensure all your purchases go through those credit cards, once again building up enough points to buy a flight or two!

How to travel the world and get paid?

My personal favorite is to start and grow your own lifestyle business. You’ll be traveling around, like I am, doing something you love every day, generating an income and seeing the world! Failing that, you can join sites like upwork.com or freelancer.com and freelance your way around the world. Or you can become an English teacher or get odd jobs as you go!

How can I travel the world for a living?

You can consider travel jobs like being a flight attendant, working on a luxurious cruise ship, or teaching English overseas. Embrace the lifestyle of digital nomads. With online work, you can earn while exploring amazing places. If you have expertise in a niche, starting a lifestyle blog or vlogging about your journeys can generate income. Remember, traveling the world doesn’t always require a lot of money, especially if you focus on cheaper destinations like Southeast Asia or certain countries in Eastern Europe.

What is the ideal age to travel the world?

There’s no precise idea of the “perfect age” to travel. It depends on individual circumstances and preferences. I’m 51 and am about to start backpacking around the world after putting our travels on hold for a while as our daughter finished school. Whether you’re 19 or 90, if you have the energy and the desire to travel the world, make it happen!

Is it too late to travel the world at 60?

Absolutely not! Age is just a number. Many travelers in their 60s and beyond explore the world, often with more money and a clearer sense of what they want. It’s more about your mindset and willingness to experience other cultures.

What’s the easiest way to secure round-the-world tickets?

Look for airline alliances offering round the world tickets. They often provide best flight deals for an extended period. Plan your round the world itinerary well. Sometimes, tweaking one leg of your journey can save hundreds.

How can I travel the world solo?

Always keep safety in mind. Research your destinations and get a local sim card for emergencies. Stay in local guesthouses or hostels to meet fellow solo travelers. Be open to free activities and engage with local people. They can give insights that aren’t found in guidebooks. Use tools like Google Translate for easier communication in countries where you don’t know the language.

Is it OK to travel the world alone? Is it normal to travel solo?

Yes, it’s perfectly normal and can be an enriching experience. Solo travel allows for self-reflection and an unfiltered interaction with daily life in other cultures. Ensure you have a valid passport, are aware of any visa requirements, and understand the local customs of the places you visit.

Which country is best for solo travel?

Many factors play into this, but countries like Costa Rica, Thailand, and Portugal are popular among solo travelers due to their friendly locals, abundant activities, and safety. If on a shoestring budget, consider destinations like Southeast Asia or South America, where your money can go a long way.

How to travel the world and make money?

There are so many ways to make money as you travel. Particularly now in the digital age we’re living in. It’s easier than ever to generate an income online! Here are my top 10 ways to travel the world and make money;

  1. Become a freelancer
  2. Start a travel blog
  3. Become a travel influencer
  4. Start an ecommerce business selling print on demand or physical products
  5. Become an Amazon FBA seller
  6. Become a videographer/social media guru and offer your services to hotels as you travel
  7. Start a podcast, build an audience and sell sponsorship and advertising
  8. Build a niche site (in anything there is a passionate market for) and generate income from ads/affiliate marketing
  9. Become a course creator and sell your courses on udemy or skillshare
  10. Sell printables on Etsy

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