Recently I posted in a blogging forum, calling on couples who live on the road full time and make money while they do it to contact me for an interview.
For the meantime, I wanted to focus on couples as I find the dynamics between two people who live and work together 24-7, while travelling the world, interesting.
I was going to put the stories together in one inspiring post but the response was so overwhelming that we’ve decided to turn it into a weekly series.
Welcome to Love Mondays!
The ethos behind it is to interview people who love their Mondays, with the aim of inspiring others to live their lives the way they want to, not the way someone else expects them to.
Because, you see, the biggest regret people have when they die is that they didn’t have the courage to live a life true to themselves, instead they lived the life others expected of them.
You shouldn’t start your week hating your Monday. Remember, life isn’t a dress rehearsal – Love Mondays!
Goats on the Road
First up in the series is Nick and Dariece, the Canadian blogging couple and YouTube extraordinaire behind Goats On The Road. They have been travelling for five years and earning money while on the road for three years. I spoke to Dariece about how they make their money and their biggest travel challenges.
How do you make your money when you travel?
Our first attempt of living and working abroad was in China as English teachers! We absolutely loved that job and it really gave us a chance to fully immerse ourselves into the Chinese culture. We had lots of local friends and learned about the Chinese customs and their way of life.
We only taught English for a year and since leaving China, we’ve been earning money on the road solely from our website, and opportunities that come from having a travel blog. We’re freelance writers, ambassadors for various companies and receive sponsorships. We earn cash money from writing for various newspapers and online magazines, as well as through advertising and affiliate programs on our site.
What’s the biggest challenge you face being a digital nomad?
The biggest challenge is finding solid wi-fi! We seem to have no issues finding affordable accommodation, or cities that we’re interested in living in, but finding that sought-after wi-fi connection can be difficult. We’ve since helped our situation by purchasing range extenders!
You two do a lot of house sitting. What would be your number one tip for digital nomads looking to house sit for the first time?
House/pet sitting is a great way to live like a local, enjoy the company of a furry friend and of course, receive free accommodation along the way.
We recommend Trusted Housesitters and have found all of our sits through that site. The one thing to be cautious of is thinking that you should go for every job that is offered to you. As an example, if we were offered to house sit in Fiji, it would have to make sense to fly all the way down there. We would only say yes if we were already planning to travel around Australia, and if the sit was for an extended period of time. There’s no sense in spending thousands of dollars in travel costs to get to a one week house sit!
Has there ever been a moment when you wanted to give it all up and return to a ‘normal’ life? What was this moment and how did you deal with it?
We honestly haven’t experienced that feeling, and don’t think we will! Even if we were to stop blogging, I think that we would always be interested in living abroad and having jobs that allowed us to be location independent.
As a couple, do you ever face pressure from family and friends to ‘settle down’ and have children? How do you deal with this?
I think that our families have come to the realisation that we’re not “normal”! We’ve been leading this nomadic lifestyle for five years now and I think that they’ve come to grips with the fact that there won’t be any grandchildren or a wedding, and that we won’t be moving back to Canada.
Obviously our families would love for us to have children, and for us to live back at home, but we don’t see that in our future, and therefore, they don’t bother us about it.
Having said all of that, you can never say never, so we’ll just have to see what our future holds.
Goats On The Road is designed to show others how to turn their travels into a lifestyle.
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