How We’re Travelling the World Full-time

Travelling the worldIn March 2015 we set out on a journey of exploration; a journey into the unknown. We quit our jobs in advertising, sold almost everything we owned, and decided to take a year off from the comfortable lives we led, so that we could travel around the world in search of creative inspiration and reinvigoration.

We’d be lying if we said we weren’t extremely nervous, anxious and somewhat doubtful, but with our four bags packed, a ‘wanderlist’ (our version of a traveling bucket list) created, and two one-way tickets booked, we embarked on a year-long journey that would ultimately become a lifestyle.

14-months have passed, and we are still very much on our journey. We have not returned to a typical 9-to-5, we’re not locked into one location, and we are still chasing experiences, not things.

So how are we doing it? How have we continued to travel, even after our savings ran out.

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Let’s start off by saying that the first year was tough. We did some interesting volunteer work, caught many red-eye flights, shared most meals (causing Stevo to lose nearly 7kg), slept on train station floors, and got lost in huge cities on foot, but hey, it’s all been part of the journey. The hardest part by far, was taking the first step, and actually taking the plunge into the big wide world. Every step after that has felt easier and easier.

The way we saw it was: this year of travel was going to be a creative sabbatical, giving us the time and freedom to pursue personal passion projects, that we didn’t necessarily have time or energy for back when we were living our somewhat manic and highly career-focused lives pre-journey. In more recent months, we have focused on creating small streams to keep this paddle boat afloat. We’ve realized that there is no reason to have only one income stream to rely on, month after month, to get you to where you want to be.

Rome---Italy-creditedNow, as travel-blogging, Instagramming, content-creating creatives, we are always on the lookout for creative collaborations and opportunities to broaden our network and create new streams. It could be anything really, from working with tourism boards and helping travel apps in the USA, to co-writing books and teaching online. The keys to finding the right clients are knowing what your skills are, and promoting yourself in a way that shows potential clients where you can add value to  their brand or business. An obvious way to get your name out there is to grow your influence on social media, and the only way to gain some clout on the crowded platforms is to find your niche. Offer something different, something unique.

Finding your niche is the single most important thought you should have, and it doesn’t matter if you are traveling the world or sitting at a desk all day. We see ourselves as ‘nomadic creatives that go to the client’, no matter where in the world that might be, and businesses like this idea. We get to live and experience what they have to offer, and then create creative pieces and strategies that best suit their brand. This is very important, for example, when we are working with hotels and resorts. Being on-site gives us the opportunity to really live with the brands, and in so doing, we continue to travel and chase life-changing experiences, all while offering our clients our undivided attention. Win-win. The growth potential we see for this model is very positive, and it’s just the beginning.

We really do think a lifestyle where you work and travel is only going to be more popular and more possible, as  interest grows and technological advances improve. In future, bumping into a global digital nomad could be a highly common occurrence.

By Chanel Cartell & Stevo Dirnberger

For more information on our story and upcoming itinerary, get in touch at howfarfromhomeblog@gmail.com. You can also watch our online class where we give tips on traveling on a budget, or check @HowFarFromHome on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

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