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Lifestyle Design, Passive Income, and Location Independence (and a few other things too)

How can I afford to live on the road? (a real question not an answer)

Posted by Mitch on 25 August 2009

Excuses #1: Jobs & Career « Tales from Technomadia: “There are many career paths that are traditionally travel friendly – such as artists, musicians, working at festivals, workamping exchanging hosting duties at campground for accommodations and/or pay, migrant workers, contract nursing, journalism, photographers, traveling sales/repair, crafters, picking up temp jobs, online professors, conference speaking/training, authors, designers, etc.” — Technomadia

Artist, Musician, Migrant work, sales, and temp jobs do not appeal at all… Working festivals sounds interesting, Workamping would be easy, Journalism or Photography would be a stretch for my current skill set (but appealing)… Online Professor – this has serious possibilities!

I absolutely love festivals… But what kind of work could I do at one? Virginia could set up a massage table and rake in the dough, but what skill or product could I provide? Wi-Fi? a mobile hotspot and internet cafe? This would be useful at many festivals… Crafts would be interesting but take up a lot of space and time and resources… a Hotspot is something I’ll be able to provide anyway… I’d just need the bandwidth! This could also easily work with the workamping part… shoot, set it up with a good automated credit card process and it will work and make me money anywhere with no effort!

Journalism/Photography. Well, that great American Novel sure isn’t going to write its self and put my name on it! Journalism would be a good way to hone my writing skills and photography would help that… Photography could be done at festivals… a booth, wander around bothering people, contract photography to document the festival… Blogging is obviously possible though of limited income potential right now.

Online professor. This seems like the most legitimate source of continuous income to support the lifestyle. Hotspot service would be a natural off shoot as I’d need internet connectivity. Journalism could be a sideline (just like every other professor). So what do you teach online? History? Finance? Game Theory? Econ?

A couple of links off the Technomadia site that could be useful in finding ACTUAL work rather than just theories:


2 Responses to “How can I afford to live on the road? (a real question not an answer)”

  1. Brian said

    I have an idea, you are a professional in your field. Why not write a book about your experiences and tour promoting the book. Or find one aspect of military life that people would pay to hear and go on a speaking tour of that. Your very personable so that would fit you very well.


    • Mitch said

      I suppose that would be a possibility… writing a book on something interesting from my career might be a bit of a challenge, but it’s not supposed to be easy right? I like the idea of touring doing speaking engagements… but most people want to talk to either very junior or very senior people and I fall somewhere in the middle… but maybe I’m just making excuses? Hmmm…

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