If you have a business-savvy brain, as well as a love of travel, then being able to combine the two is pretty much the dream, right?
You can start a business from home that allows you to travel. You can get to see the world, all the while making money and getting to class the business off as a travel expense. But is this all too good to be true? Or are there actually careers that will allow to you do both? It isn’t too good to be true!
There are plenty of options that could work for you. So it just depends on where you want to travel to and the kind of business that you have in mind.
Here is just a sample of some careers or businesses that will allow you to work for yourself and to help you to travel all around the world. (Also read; 100+ ways I save + earn money to travel the world)
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But if you get into travel blogging, it can lead to many press trips, that are either paid or all expenses paid, so that you can see different parts of the world for free. You would just be writing about it
You would just be writing about it afterwards, depending on the requirements of the business or tourist board. If this sounds like something you’d like to get into, then start a blog to talk about trips that you’ve already been on or will be going on.
Share tips and tricks, as well as advice for someone visiting somewhere for the first time. Write posts that people would search for online, such as what to pack for a weekend in Berlin, for example. Get creative, share your content, and gain some readers. From there you can approach travel companies and see who wants to work with you.
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If you live in an interesting place that is a bit of a tourist spot, you could start a business being a tour guide where you live. Most major cities will have scope for this kind of thing, so it can be pretty easy to set up.
However, if you want to be able to travel as you work, then being able to be a tour guide in various cities across the world can be the best way to do things.
Even if you just did it for a set amount of time, it means you get the best of both worlds; exploring on your days off, but still getting paid for the work that you do. The hours can vary and be flexible to work around what you want to do. But getting to be in a popular city and seeing the sights on a day to day basis could be just enough to treat your wanderlust.
Of course, if you’re going to be living abroad, you need to check into the necessary visas and requirements. If you’re in Europe, then it is a little easier to move from one country to another. Or if you’re in the US and just moving from somewhere quiet to a busier city like New York, then you wouldn’t need anything in place.
If you are looking for a way to make some big money, then the property is always a relatively safe way to go. There are several ways of looking at it, though.
You could invest in property or manage a property. If you went for the latter, then it would just mean moving somewhere new, and dealing with all of the bookings, care, and maintenance for other people’s holiday rentals.
Though you wouldn’t own the properties necessarily, you get a cut of the bookings. So it is in your interest to advertise and promote the villas or rental homes for holidaymakers.
If you choose to go into property development, then it can be much more lucrative. Though you need to pick where you invest wisely.
If you don’t know much about the country and their financial and property climate, then it could be a mistake. But when done well, you can make a good profit, as a rule. Take looking for homes in Singapore, for example.
A lot of the property developments over there are government owned and run, by the Housing and Development Board (or HDB). But you could look for the best HDB resale price to get a bargain and invest in those properties.
In big cities like Singapore, there is always going to be a demand for rentals. Whether from locals or people looking for somewhere to stay as they vacation or visit on the business of their own.
For anyone with a love of travel, and someone that has traveled quite a lot in the past, this can be a perfect fit for mixing business with travel. A travel consultant could look at anything from international health and safety, public relations for travel or tourist boards, as well as marketing of travel products or travel agencies or airlines.
So what you have worked as previously could lend a hand in you landing a role in an existing travel consultancy, or even better, starting your own. Decide where your strengths lay; are you better at the PR side of things or do you have experience in marketing? Then you can choose to specialize and go from there.
Although this isn’t a business that you can start yourself, it is a career that does allow you to travel. If you have little commitments where you are and can work completely flexible, then being able to travel as a member of an airline cabin crew, can help you see all different part of the world.
Some trips can include overnight stays, where you can explore in the downtime. Other times it could just be half a day to explore or even just have a stopover in the airport. But you can get a feel for a variety of different countries and cultures, even from just in the airport.
You’re likely to get some discounted flights as a staff member, so it means in your time off, you can still get to explore the world pretty inexpensively. Experience in customer service and someone that keeps their cool under pressure will stand you in good stead for this kind of role.
This is still the most traditional travel-based business, but there is still plenty of room for more. Based online or offline, it is easily a business that can be run from home.
You can specialize in a particular type of vacation, from safaris to spa breaks. Or alternatively, take the more traditional route by finding the best deals on flights and accommodation for others. Not only will your days be filled with travel plans and travel talk, but you are likely to get some good discounts yourself. It could also mean some business trips to experience hotels and airlines yourself. The great thing about owning your own business is that things like that can be classed as a business expense. So it does makes travel much more affordable.
It could also mean some business trips to experience hotels and airlines yourself. The great thing about owning your own business is that things like that can be classed as a business expense. So it does makes travel much more affordable.
As you can see, there are so many different things that you can do to have a business or career centered around travel; this list only scratches the surface on the options available to you. Do you have a travel related business or career? What are the highs and lows of it for you? There are plenty of aspects to enjoy if you’re willing to work hard.
Do you have a travel related business or career? What are the highs and lows of it for you? There are plenty of aspects to enjoy if you’re willing to work hard.