Ever get the feeling you ought to broaden those horizons? For so many of us, life revolves around work and home, and while enlivened by, say, a night at the cinema or a drink with friends in your local, there’s also that creeping sense your time could be better spent. Throughout history, travel has been a tried and tested way of breaking the chains of conventionality. But travel means money, right? Well, the short answer to that particular question is ‘yes’, but what if you could earn money on the move? Or better yet, earn money online?

Successful travelers, more often than not, fall into two categories; those able to find work as they move from place to place, and those with some kind of skill that means making cash with a lap-top computer. Unsurprisingly, category two is the toughest nut to crack, usually taking years of hard-graft and entrepreneurial effort before there’s any kind of pay-off. The good news, however, is that category one is available to just about anyone willing to put in a decent day’s work.

For instance, maybe it’s time to go WWOOF’ing! This, in effect, is volunteering for the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Here, travelers are invited to work on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation. The days can be long, but you’ll be surrounded by other, like-minded souls as intent on seeing the world as you are. Or, why not be a bartender or waiter? There’s no shortage of opportunity, and if it’s only experience you lack, you can learn on the job. Ski resorts or cruise ships are another good bet. In fact, if you’re particularly good a sport, why not become an instructor? Scuba diving, surfing, rock climbing. The list goes on. It’s also worth remembering that English teachers and Au Pairs are always in demand, too…

There’s been much talk about travel blogging as a means to pay your way around the globe. The truth is, though, blogging of any kind often takes years to develop (usually free of charge) before it (maybe) becomes time to cash in. That said, travel bloggers are out there, as are professional travel photographers and travel writers. Again, these all entail years of practice, never mind all you’d need to know about pitching to magazines and editors, essentially going into business for yourself. But, for those really up for the challenge, perhaps a life of freedom and adventure awaits…

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