2013 – 2015: Traveling – Volunteering – Working Abroad
It’s going good. Mostly. Although there are some uncertainties, some bigger than others. And sometimes it’s hard, other times – super hard. But no one said it’s gonna be easy to live on your terms.
But it started with India. Without almost any experience in traveling and with very limited funds we decided to go on a 6-month long trip.
We cycled all the way across India (5500+ kilometers / 3500+ miles ; 5 months). We spent more than 2 months volunteering on a yacht and living on a tropical island in Malaysia. We did go to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. And in the end spent a month volunteering and living in a French castle in Burgundy, France.
The trip taught us how to travel on a very low budget.
In 11 months we spent on average less than 10 EUR/day per person.
Coming back to Latvia we had no idea – what to do next? All we knew was, that we want to travel more. But at the same time we had almost no money left. So at the end for half of the year we volunteered in Fuerteventura, Canary islands, other half – had paid jobs in the Netherlands. Time in the Netherlands was tough, as we were trying to save as much money as we could, but it taught us that nothing is impossible if you work for it.
2016: Traveling Continues
After half a year spent in the Netherlands it was even more clear – we aren’t coming back to the old life. But still we had no idea, how to make this travel lifestyle sustainable. To put it simply – how to earn money while traveling every other month or even more often? And not just to survive.
So we started to read more about other people experience, who had been doing just like that. We started to learn more about online businesses, hoping that something of that would suit us as well. During the next year we traveled quite a lot. Thanks to money saved while working in the Netherlands in 2015. And if during the very first year of long term travel we traveled on a very low budget, now we were spending more. But it was all well worth spent money.
Highlights of the year – trekking Annapurna Circuit in Nepal on our own (our very first long distance trek), celebrating Songkran in Thailand, going on a Trans Siberian railway journey and hiking in Siberia.
2017 – … : Location Independent Lifestyle
Initially we funded our traveling only with our savings.
Then in 2014 we found Workaway.info, a database of volunteering (work exchange) opportunities all around the world, where you can exchange 4-5 hours of your work 5 days a week for an accommodation and a food. We tried it. We loved it. And we used it several times for almost a year in total.
While you can’t earn any money this way, there are several benefits – new experiences, new friends, better understanding of local culture, possibility to live abroad spending very little. Here you will find everything we know about volunteering!
Are you planning to do something similar? Here we are talking about getting ready for long-term travel. What you need to do and what you need to think about before embarking on this journey, step by step. Check it out!
But since 2016 we have been learning about different methods how you can earn money online and working remotely. Since we aren’t planning to stop roaming the world anytime soon, that’s what we want to get ourselves into. We want to become fully location independent.
Let’s see where it goes!