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5 Things to do Before Embarking on a Working Holiday

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 Before embarking on your travels, it is a good idea to have a set plan in place. Here are 5 ways to prepare yourself.

“5 Things to do 5 months before travelling” by SimplyEcoNomads

Things to research:

1. Remote Jobs

When you are a Digital Nomad your income comes from some sort of business or job online. That is what we plan to achieve so that we can be location independent and do what we love the most which is travelling the world. So for the next 142 days we will do our best to find a remote job online that will generate some income so that when we start our adventure we won’t have to use our savings, but keep earning money day by day.

The Internet has created a vast array of positions that can be worked from anywhere with a dependable Internet connection. From crowd-sourcing to ghostwriting, translating to customer service management, you might be surprised how many different types of jobs are available on a remote basis. Here’s a list of some of the best job areas to work remotely:


~ Consulting: data analysis, business strategy, system specialist

~ Customer Service: customer service support, online customer assistance

~ Design: graphic designer, product designer, web designer

~ Development: coding, software, analysis, programming

~ Education: online language teaching, tutoring, course leader

~ Finance: tax expert, book-keeper, accountant, claim consultant

~ Human Resources: recruiter, interviews, staff coordinator

~ Legal: counselling, attorney, real estate

~ Management: project management, team leader

~ Marketing: digital marketing, affiliate marketing, SEO, eCommerce, social media management

~ Sales: sales director, B2B representative, sales consultant

~ System Administration: network engineering, IT

~ Writing: freelance writing, editor, content creator

 

Here are the 25 best websites for remote jobs.

While Adam will focus on Graphic Design, animation, freelance motion graphics, I am will monetize my blog, work on some online marketing and freelance writing. Also, if finding a remote job doesn’t seem appealing you could always take your business online, ask your current employer if you could do your job remotely, or find a job when you arrive at your destination to raise some funds to keep travelling.

 

2. Save Money

Even if you don’t intend to travel using your savings, it’s good to have a financial pillow you can use in case of emergencies, in between jobs or payments, and if you need to give deposits.

Here are some tips to save money:

  1. Reduce your expenditures, like alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, shopping

  2. Track your spending using an app or a spreadsheet

  3. Cancel your monthly payments, subscriptions and memberships

  4. Pack your lunch instead of eating out

  5. Use cash only so you can see the money leaving your wallet instead of tapping a debit card

  6. Set a weekly budget and stick to it

  7. Move all the money you save into a savings account you can’t touch

  8. Sell your stuff

  9. Earn some extra income with freelance jobs

  10. Move back to your parents to cut on rent
     

Saving money is a pain, but anyone can do it if they set their mind to it; so remember why you’re doing this!

Put a picture on your wall to remind yourself every day and to stay committed to the plan.

 

3. Insurance

Travel insurance can seem like a boring and unnecessary item on your pre-travel to do list: why spend money protecting yourself against a holiday disaster which may never happen? However, holiday disasters, such as cancellation, medical emergencies or lost possessions, can strike at any time, whether you’re popping over to Europe for a long weekend or travelling the world for two years. That is why travel insurance is such a vital purchase before you depart for a trip. Although insurance cannot help people avoid misfortunes during their travels, it will offers consolation through monetary compensation, which can help you minimize the cost or loss you have suffered.

How do you choose the best insurance? First you have to identify the type of insurance you need based on your travelling style:

1. Who is going?

  • Single-parent family cover

  • Couple travel insurance

  • Family holiday insurance

  • Couple and child cover 

2. Where are you going?

  • Europe

  • Worldwide excluding the US

  • Worldwide
     

3. How long is your trip?

4. Are you backpacking or on a gap year?
5. Are you doing any sports or activities?

Then you need to make sure the insurance as the below essential cover:

  • Full medical cover
  • Baggage and belongings cover
  • Cancellation cover
  • Personal liability cover
  • Cover for airline or hotel failures

Here you can find more details about travelling insurance.

Here is the travelling insurance we have opted for based on our needs.

 

4. Credit or Debit Card

 

Cards can be the cheapest way to pay for things and withdraw money from cash machines abroad, but only if you use the right one. Using your usual credit or debit card might result in expensive overseas fees, so you could save a lot by getting a special ‘travel-friendly’ credit, debit or prepaid card before you go.

Debit Card

There are two main charges for withdrawing money and making purchases abroad:

Foreign usage fee: When withdrawing money or making a purchase, the money is converted from the local currency to pounds using the day’s exchange rate.

Cash withdrawal fees: Most debit cards charge you for using a cash machine overseas.

Credit Card

Along with the foreign usage fee you might also be charged interest, even if you pay off the bill in full at the end of the month. Usually with a credit card, you only pay interest if you don’t pay off the bill in full at the end of the month, but when you spend overseas some cards will always charge you interest.

How to Choose The Best Card For Your Trip?

There are lots of cards to choose from, several comparison sites cover cards for use overseas, and you can get expert recommendations from Which?Money Saving Expert and Money Supermarket.

 

 

5. Technology

Nowadays it is impossible to escape technology, it helps us get to places, buy things, speak to people, organize documents. So for better or for worse you will probably have to bring with you some pieces of equipment that will keep you connected to the matrix. However if you want to completely strip yourself from your link to society you can leave all your gadgets at home and figure things out the old-fashion way: asking people and interacting with others! 

Susan Shain said: “The abundance of information, of choice, has us terrified of making the wrong decision, of choosing the restaurant with the slightly inferior noodles, the hotel with the less-than-perfect view, or the route that takes a few minutes longer. […] Most of the time, travel isn’t Instagrammable. It’s messy, frustrating and, sometimes, downright hard. Those moments might not be pretty, but they do help us grow, and that’s what makes travel so valuable.” 

Even though I am planning to shorten my cord to technology and be more involved in my surroundings, I will have to rely on some pieces of equipment because if you want to travel for a long time and earn some money on the road, it is undoubted that having some technology with you facilitates the whole process. My advise is to bring the bare minimum (and the least weight) and maximize your technology to the best of their abilities. So this is a good time to ask yourself what equipment is invaluable to sustain your travelling and your job, and leave at home (or sell) the rest.

Always ask around your friends, they might have just what you need and can give it to you for free or little money.

Otherwise look into buying second-hand as it’s cheaper, greener and you won’t cry if someone steals it.

 

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