Earning a Location Independent Living: My 2016 Income

This is my 6th year of publishing my income while traveling full-time. Read on for a full breakdown, along with a business plan for 2017!

Earning a Location Independent Living: My 2016 Income Earning a Location Independent Living: My 2016 Income

My 2016 Full-Time Travel Expenses

For the 7th year in a row, I'm publishing my full-time travel expenses! Here's an uncensored breakdown of every penny I spent in 2016, traveling full-time.

My 2016 Full-Time Travel Expenses My 2016 Full-Time Travel Expenses

5 Countries and 30,000 Miles: This Was 2016!

2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here's how it all came out in the end:

5 Countries and 30,000 Miles: This Was 2016! 5 Countries and 30,000 Miles: This Was 2016!

Giant 2016 Travel Gear Roundup: Don’t Leave Home Without…

I tested out a boatload of travel gear and services this year, and here is the cream of the crop, from packing tools to clothing, books, and more!

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WELCOME TO THE PROFESSIONAL HOBO!

by Nora on September 25, 2016

Welcome to The Professional Hobo! Check out this video to meet Nora Dunn (that’s me!), and find out what the last 10 years of full-time travel have been like.

Can’t see this video? Click here to watch it on YouTube.

In this series, we’re exploring the various careers of world travelers, and how they make ends meet financially while living abroad. Yes, financially sustainable full-time travel is possible!

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson has spent over 30 years in the Metrology field, the science of measuring. During this time he programmed, serviced and sold Coordinate Measuring Machines and more recently Video Measuring Microscopes. This type of work requires extensive travel visiting customer accounts. He currently works for Vision Engineering as their Senior Metrology Manager. Also, he has a small business building websites, and he’s the editor of Work Smart and Travel where he shares his work travel experiences with others. Keep reading to learn more about his traveling job!

 

How long have you been living/working on the road, and where have you traveled to?

I moved to the United States from the UK in 1987. Since the move, my career has taken me to France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Ireland and back to the UK. I also travel within the United States and have visited each of the continuous 48 states. In addition, my work traveling have afforded my wife and I to visit Australia, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Italy, Canada, Mexico, France and the UK for vacation.

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Earning a location independent living can take many forms, and can accommodate many lifestyles. If you’ve read my book Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom, you’ll know that the possibilities for earning a location independent living are broadening every day.

Each year I publish my own full-time travel expenses, as well as my income for the year. I do this not to set the bar for what you should earn or what you should spend in order to travel full-time in a financially sustainable way; rather – as the years go by and my own income and expenses vary – to demonstrate that there is no bar.

In fact, it has been pointed out to me a few times over the years that I don’t earn very much money. I know this, and generally speaking, I like it that way.

I don’t work huge hours (in fact, I’ve been tracking my time recently and it turns out I work a lot less than I thought!), and I have the freedom to work where and when (and on what) I want. My expenses are always in line with (and usually less than) my income, and so I’m never left wanting for anything.

But my paltry income is far from the potential that earning a location independent living can yield. My Financial Case Studies series profiles real people earning a location independent living around the world. Can travel bloggers earn six figures? Why yes, yes they can. And some even do it without working much more than I do (once their business foundations have been established).

So, I’m neither a shining example of earning a location independent living, nor am I any kind of failure. What I love about being an entrepreneur, is that it’s up to me to design my career – and lifestyle, and income – however I wish.

Without further ado, here is exactly how I earned my keep in 2016.

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Financial Case Study: Rebecca, A Creative Nomad, Graphic Designer

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Rebecca has traveled on & off for five years, but in the last year took the plunge to go freelance with her graphic design skills. Here’s what her life is like as a full-time traveler and freelance graphic designer.

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Peru travel: Living in Peru vs USA (Vlog Ep. 5)

01 | 30 Peru

The Peru travel lifestyle is a very different thing from life in the USA and other western countries. Here are some of the challenges (and gifts) of each, as discussed in this month’s Travel Vlog!

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Financial Case Study: Dustin Main – Technology Services Entrepreneur, Tour Guide

01 | 23 Financial Case Studies

Dustin Main has been traveling since 2009, while overseeing his technology services company and dabbling in other ventures like being a tour guide. Here’s how he makes ends meet:

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My 2016 Full-Time Travel Expenses

01 | 16 Annual Expense & Income Reviews

For the 7th year in a row, I’m publishing my full-time travel expenses! Here’s an uncensored breakdown of every penny I spent in 2016, traveling full-time.

Read the full article →

Financial Case Study: Nat and Rob, Bloggers, Consultants, Landlords (Love and Road)

01 | 09 Financial Case Studies

Nat and Rob left their lives in Brazil for the open road, and they earn their living as bloggers (Love and Road), consultants, and landlords. Here’s how!

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5 Countries and 30,000 Miles: This Was 2016!

01 | 02 Canada

2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here’s how it all came out in the end:

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Financial Case Study: Will Hatton, Former Jack-of-all-Trades Turned Blogger

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Will Hatton has been traveling for 9 years and has earned his living many different ways in that time. Now he’s a full-time travel blogger. Learn more here!

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