If there was ever an age requirement for being successfully nomadic, no one told Jeremy Noronha about it. Jeremy is the nomad behind the blog Think Travel Lift Grow, documenting his journey from dropping out of college to travel the world at age 18, to becoming a location-independent travel blogger.
Jeremy has used a variety of ways to earn remotely on the road. In his own words, here are the income sources he has used to fund his business and his lifestyle.
Being 19-years-old, after dropping out of college at the age of 18 and now I make money travelling the world for a living, the most common question I get is: “how do you make money travelling?” or “how do you fund your travels?”
Well here’s the truth… To fund my travel lifestyle, I use a few different ways to make money travelling. The sources are constantly changing. So the way I make money now might not be the same way I will be making money in a year or 2.
Because this is the big question everyone wants an answer to, I’ll try to clarify it here. You’ll learn exactly how I’ve funded my travels in the past — along with my plans to continue indefinitely into the future.
How I’m Paid To Travel The World!
I was inspired by all the stories of travel bloggers and people quitting their jobs to travel the world. I was completely enthralled with their photos and stories from exotic destinations around the world.
When I started traveling I didn’t start out with a lot in savings, if I remember right, I had barely 200$ that I saved over birthdays and Christmas. My goal was to pay for my travels by making money while travelling.
Make Money Travelling
Every day I get so many messages from old friends from high school, they usually go along the lines of “OMG! you are so lucky” and later the questions are always the same:
“How exactly do you make money travelling?”
“How do you fund your travels around the world?”
“Are you paid to travel the world?”
Before I dropped out of college, I dedicated my free time to developing new skills and always learning new things thanks to the infinite knowledge available to everyone reading this, called the internet.
Let me tell you one thing, I’m not lucky, I worked. I worked countless coffee-fueled nights and weekends doing hundreds of hours of research to learn about how I could make money travelling, while my friends were out partying.
When I finally left for Nepal in April of 2016, I had started this travel blog and I used to freelance to make ends meet.
Eventually, my freelancing business stopped as my blog grew and started to make enough to pay for my travels!
Over a year ago I started my blog, Think Travel Lift Grow, and I started it for less than 100$. Now I am occasionally making more than that 100$ in a single day, even if I don’t post something new, even if I sleep the whole day.
Whenever I share my favorite travel gear, books, hotels and other products with you, I include affiliate tracking links to those products. Meaning if you decide to click-through and buy a product, I’ll receive a small commission. The price remains the same whether you use my special link or not.
Most of my affiliate links are for Amazon. However, a personal policy is that I never endorse a product or service I didn’t actually use or believe in.
When I just started my blog I remember I made barely a dollar in my first month! But I kept on putting in the work, slowly I saw a little money coming in. Once that started happening I started focusing more of my time on making it bigger and better.
Learning new skills to write better. Learning new ideas that would help me grow the blog to what it is now. Everything I know is out there, just pick a book.
Freelance Travel Writing (past)
I used to get paid to write travel-related articles for other websites. Many travel, lifestyle and adventure related websites on the internet need content, and I have a lot of stories to share.
It can be a decent source of income, but it wasn’t something I was passionate about doing. Now that my blog has grown, I don’t have to do this anymore as I’m able to earn more working on my own site rather than writing for others.
Freelance Website Building (past)
In the process of building this blog, I taught myself how to build websites. That simple skill was my second biggest source of income during the first 6 months of my travels. I’d built websites for Hotels, Cafes, Restaurants, Hostels and also quite a variety of blogs for other people.
I would struggle to get clients online as I didn’t have a portfolio or a degree so I decided to go cafe to cafe and ask them if they needed a website! And by the end of the day, I had a client, but I also realized why everyone also had an excuse for why they can’t do something in life.
Every time I entered a cafe it was awkward and awkward was the best scenario. The most common answers were rude or condescending.
But the more cafes I went to, the more awkward situations I put myself in, the more condescending the comments, the more I got made fun of, the less I started to give a shit.
I don’t do it anymore and focus on growing semi-passive income ie. The income I earn in my sleep(or while surfing haha.)
Over the past couple of months, I began focusing on self-awareness and learning what my true skills are. What I realized is that, I’m not an amazing writer, I’m good but definitely not great! I wasn’t even very good at building websites, I was alright but I won’t be building the next Facebook anytime soon, what I was good at was marketing myself as the guy that could build websites.
I took the same approach with my blog, with the 1000s of travel blogs being started every day how do I stand out?
So many companies create products and services that may be amazing but guess what? Nobody wants them! So I took the smarter approach with my blog and started giving people quality information of what they want.
I never wrote a lot of articles instead, I focused on writing a few really good quality ones, updating them and sharing them with people who would benefit from it.
My marketing philosophy is based on the ‘Give, Give, Give and then Ask”. With my blog, I try to give and help as many people as I can!
I have people from all ages message and tell me how my blog inspired and helped them, make money travelling, get a new job or start learning skills that would help working on their passion and it’s the most humbling feeling in the world!
I started helping other businesses do the same and hence started consulting as an SEO Consultant. There’s a reason my blog comes on the first page for “dropping out to travel the world” when my blog is only a year old!
How Much Money Do I Make Travelling The World?
I know, I know. You want details. Asking someone how much money they make is a very personal question, and it’s not something I’m entirely comfortable posting, but I’ll give you an idea.
I have earned over 400$ in a single day, but I also have days when I have earned less than 20$. I make enough to make ends meet and also invest in my future!
I put most of my income back into my blog or in starting my other businesses in one form or another. All businesses need investment to grow, including blogs. My blog is only a year old but now it pays for me to travel around the world, and I plan on growing it even more.
I can travel for the rest of my life if I chose to, settle in any country I like and work on the go and only need Wi-Fi, my phone or laptop, and Coffee. Especially Coffee!
The reality is that I actually have no idea how much I’ll make next month. Or the month after that. It’s one downside to working for yourself. In exchange for freedom, you often lose some security.
I’ve chosen freedom over security.
I’m not that worried as most people would be about ever going broke because that’s something I have already experienced. I once had a week when my bank account was negative and all I had was a jar of peanut butter for my meals for 3 days until I got a new cafe as a client.
Having hit rock bottom and making my way up from there taught me more that college ever could.
I love what I do, and will continue to learn new skills and work towards living a life being true to myself. I don’t ever have to get a job and I can live life on my own terms.
I believe that anything is possible with hard work, patience, and dedication.
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