When I tell people about my worldtrip, the first question I have to answer is: “What was your best experience”? I always respond with: the nature of Scotland impressed me the most. The kindness of all the people I met really opened my eyes.
And the second question follows: how do you afford all your travels?
Well, let me explain it in this blog. I’m not working commercially for a company. This project started because of my own interest. For me traveling is meeting new people and the great environment is a gift. So, yes I saved a lot of money for the last two years. I took a sabbatical year to think about my career and to expand my international network.
Since I’m 24 years old I was telling myself: you have to go on a worldtrip before you reach your 30’s midlife crisis. During my travels, I talk a lot about what I want out of life and share stories of others.
I photographed funerals over the last few years, and that changed my opinion about life. Why saving money and only travel two weeks a year until your retirement? What is the change that your still able to travel to the other side of the world? Perhaps your health condition is getting in your way.
So many times people are telling me that they want to travel as well,
but ‘time’ is always an excuse.
Last month I read a research about people living in a hospice waiting for their ending. They had to answer one question:
What do you regret about your life? Most of them answered not traveling enough and not choosing for my own luck.
But because I don’t want to spend all my savings, I found a way to make some money during my journey.
- freelance filmmaking for travel agencies
- writing a column for a newspaper
- working with affiliate links
- publishing paid advertorials
- working as a blogger for hulc.nl
- giving lectures at schools
How do I find work?
Exactly the same as in my hometown. Through my network. I always try to connect with a lot of people and I’m asking for help. When I started my worldtrip I emailed companies, but I never got a response. That’s why it’s easier to be in the country itself and connect with locals. Staying over with locals helps me a lot. Some digital nomads only meet other travelers, but that’s not working for me.
Working for NGO’s
I try to share as much as possible about my travels. I’m leaving to Cameroon next week to film a wedding. I didn’t even know exactly where I was going. So I typed “Akum”, the name of the town in google maps. “No results”, I saw on the screen. That’s really in the middle of nowhere!
That’s funny, so I posted it on Linked In. One of my contacts (I met this guy on the Nomad Cruise) saw my post and contacted me directly. He started exactly in the same area an NGO. One meeting later I got a job to make a video for their website. Such a small world!