Being a full time traveler, who somehow manages to have a flexible lifestyle, is having a superpower.
Generally, $20,000 is the baseline cost for a trip around the world for one person for one year. If you prefer a “Business class Travel (not seats)”, get at least 50,000$ ready in your pockets.
That’s a lot of money for some. That’s why money is only one of the concerns for a full time traveler. There is ‘a world of other things’ to be considered if you want flexibility along with your busy travel schedule.
So, how can you actually maintain a balance with your overall lifestyle? What are the ‘travel things’ that are disturbing you in your ‘non-travel life’? What are the things that you can do to keep a good balance between lifestyle and travel, and still be a full time traveler?
Here are some secrets for having a flexible lifestyle as a full time traveler:
1) Begin with your Identity
Who are you? What is your purpose in life? How do you want to be perceived by others, especially in social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.? If you’re planning to travel full time, then make sure that what you’re doing is actually aligned with your purpose. Create a blog and write about it if nobody else can understand what it is about. Share your travel stories with everyone and everyone can understand what it is about.
If you’re a part of an organization, create a sub-organization, create a community and reach the people. Create an online community, this will help you in your professional life. If all of your friends are bankers or engineers, then you need to find out things that they don’t know about so that they can understand what it is like traveling around the world!
What I did for the purpose was social media. I always wanted to be known as a person who travels. Now, I’m officially known as an “Entrepreneur, Blogger and World Traveler” – that way I never need to explain myself.
2) Have a secondary source of happiness in your life
It’s important to have something other than travel that you’re passionate about, to be able to maintain a balance between home and work, and work on something that brings happiness into your life.
You’re probably not going to be working for a startup and creating something that you love. You need to focus on the process, not on the outcome. It’s important to spend time on work that you love and do what you do best. If you’re doing something that you don’t really enjoy, then it’s probably not your passion or it’s okay for now but at some point in life, find a way to get out of that situation. Don’t focus on just money or material things!
This is because traveling full time and, at the same time, having a flexible lifestyle can be difficult. The best way to have a healthy lifestyle, a healthy relationship with your teammates and a balanced life is by having a second source of happiness!
3) Traveling full time? Get organized!
The first thing is to remember your mail when coming back home. Take care of important documents and make sure that everything is organized properly. Keep copies of important documents. If you have a family, talk about your travel plans before going out there. Make sure that your wife or husband is okay with this and not just simply saying “okay – go ahead”.
It’s important to accommodate them and to make sure that they’re on board with your travel plans. If you have kids, do consider these questions: Are you provided for them? Is there a way for them to live comfortably when you’re not around?
4) Don’t be afraid to share your experience!
Most people who travel full time are overseas, they are not in the same city or close by. So if you meet someone new and they can’t experience what you’re going through then what’s the point? I’m sure that this will happen in social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. etc.
Carry a journal when traveling so that you can jot down things that happened when traveling. When you jot down things that happened, it helps you remember small details. When you go home, reflect on your traveling experience in the journal.
5) Be active on social media!
Create your own blog or create a Facebook page, use Twitter and Pinterest to help promote yourself and your travels and maybe even write some articles for magazines or newspapers to make a living from it!
Other than that, share content online as well and be active in communicating with other Travelers out there. This not only helps you maintain a flexible lifestyle along with your traveling, it also creates a lot of new friends to help you travel.
6) Stretch, exercise and stay fit
If you’re a full time traveler, then it’s very important for you to have a healthy and flexible lifestyle. You need to have a balanced body and mind that’s important for you to be able to handle your situation better. Flexibility of your body contributes a lot in flexibility of your life, more if you are a full-time traveler. As a person who travels often, your physical body is often tested, on and off travel.
When you maintain your fitness level, it also helps in developing a lot of new skills that are not just physical but also mental. This will be helpful not only in traveling, but in each and every aspect of your life.
For example, being physically active can generally be beneficial for you in the following ways:
-reduces your risk of a heart attack;
-manages your weight better;
-maintains a lower blood cholesterol level;
-lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers;
-maintains the blood pressure;
-strengthens bones, muscles and joints and lowers the risk of developing osteoporosis.
7) Don’t be afraid of trying new things!
As a traveler, you need to be adventurous. You need to try new things, explore the country and simply do fun things like visiting a place that you’ve never been to before and experience something brand new!
Don’t stick with what you know, don’t stick with what everyone else is doing. Be confident of your abilities and be adventurous. Explore your surroundings and absorb everything that you can from wherever you go. Go out there, experience something different!
8) Be responsible
You are traveling full time, so it’s important for you to have control over yourself in terms of finances and spending on things like alcohol or cigarettes or other temptations. If you have any debt left for clearance, take a break for a few months or years from your travel hobby/job and work on paying it off.
After all, you have a life aside from travel, even if you are a full time traveler. You can not afford to keep adding on debts with no plans/ways to pay them back.
9) Stay healthy
You need to stay healthy to travel full time. It’s important for you not to be overweight and not to move around in a way that’s going to cause injuries on your body. Eat healthy, stay hydrated and exercise!
Staying healthy will give you more benefits than having extra weight on your body that you don’t need. Just be active in maintaining a good balance between traveling and staying healthy. If no other options are available, you can always be fit just by walking all the time.
10) Make your traveling hobby pay for your trips
In an early 2022 report, the UK Department of Transport had revealed that one activity that thrived as a result of Covid-19 was cycling; the sport had then seen a staggering 200% increase since the first lockdown in March 2020, .
Now, nearly 3 years down the line, the popularity of the two-wheeled hobby remains high. According to a report from the Adventure Travel Trade Association, 72% of adventure travelers admitted to planning to undertake nature and outdoor activities on their next trip, specifically cycling.
Instead of taking money out of your pocket, you can be smart and try to earn money by traveling. While Travel Vlogs and blogs have become quite common nowadays, you can also dig other good and uncommon ways to make money traveling.
Travel Vlogs and blogs are without a doubt, effective. But other unique ways can be something like creating different products from your trips or selling your photos or anything that’s related to traveling.
I think the most important thing is to be adventurous and try new things. You can even go on a trip every week on a fixed income! If you want to travel full-time, then you need to do it in a smart way, get organized, go out there and make money by traveling. Get yourself organized and go out there!
Likewise, do not be afraid of trying something new and doing it with confidence! Be confident in yourself so that you won’t feel guilty if you’re unable to do something due to lack of money or things like that. The most important thing is to maintain a flexible lifestyle along with your full-time travel life. The above 10 tips will surely help.