Let’s get started: Nomad as a way of life. Part I

Have you ever dreamed of changing your life? Leaving the office and starting a new lifestyle? Wondering around the world and traveling as a living?

I thought about it a lot of times, I dream about it many more. One day I started to plan this change: once you take this decision of changing your lifestyle, there are many things you have to keep in mind. Since I took the decision until I finally did it, it took me around 6 months of preparation.

Picture by Guido Schauwecker! 🙂

I thought that before telling you my experiences while traveling, today I want to start explain you how to plan a long trip, but when I mean long, I’m talking of an “open end” trip, of a couple of years: being a nomad.

For me, the first thing you have to think about it’s how you are going to live when your saving are over! While traveling there are many things you can do to earn money. There’s also the possibility of exchanging services. So what would you like to do while traveling?

– teach languages? learn new languages to live & work in other countries?
– be sports instructor?
– you prefer to be surrounded by other travellers?
– you have IT skills?
– you love pets or being surrounded by nature?
– you prefer sailing? …

Ask yourself which is your favourite hobby or which things would you like to do while wondering around the world, and get started to prepare yourself!

In my case I decided I wanted to practice water action sports, like kitesurfing, go sailing and write a blog. Once you have an idea of what would you do, you start preparing yourself: start courses, study for exams, and achieve all the necessary certificates to succeed in your new nomad life!

If you want to teach a language abroad, inform yourself which certificates you need (for example in case of teaching English you might want to have the TOEFL certificate)

For the once who prefer to be sport instructors, think about the first aid courses and CPR  as well as any other necessary certification, which are different in every case: diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, etc.

In case of wanting to work with other fellow travellers at hostels, there are a few webpages where you can suscribe for a fee (around 20 dollars per year) and be able to apply for this kind of jobs: worldpackers, HostelJobs, WorkAway

If you are more in the “digital nomad” there are 2 really good websites where you can find many jobs for IT developers, translations, writing, etc: Elance and Odesk. 

For animal & nature lovers there are more options: Wwoof and Farm Travel Jobs, which are related with jobs helping in farms. There is also the possibility of doing “housesitting“: Mind my House, House Sit World. When the owners of the pets go traveling and they need somebody to take care of the house and the animals, they post these opportunities in these pages.

If you love sailing there are also opportunities with boats which need crew: Crew Seekers, CrewBay, Reddit

In case you are not sure what you want to do, these links have  like a “mix” of different opportunities for volunteering worldwide: Your Travel Jobs, Volunteers Base, Work Away.

Many countries also offer “working holiday” visas, which allow you to work & travel in the country of issue for a period of time (normally 1 year). The most usual destinations for these visas are Canada, New Zeland & Australia. Check out if your country has any agreements to allow you to apply for this visa.

Obviously there are more ideas and fields where you could work while traveling, but these are only some, to make you start thinking and dreaming about that new life, which is not difficult to achieve!

In the 2nd post related with this topic, I will give you some tips of the “to do’s” before leaving…and then it’s time to start your new lifestyle!