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Financial Case Studies
Feeling voyeuristic? Want to hack into the lives and lifestyles of other travelers and see how they make a go of traveling as a lifestyle? Well then, these financial case studies are for you!
In this financial case studies series, I feature fellow full-time travelers who are making ends meet on the road with their portable career. There's a huge range of careers, incomes, and lifestyles out there; an ever-growing amount as more and more people embrace the nomadic lifestyle as a way of being.
In this series, travelers bear all - discussing their careers, their incomes, their lifestyles, and the perks and challenges of it all.
Marc Smith launched MarcMyTravels as a passion project and it took off, so he quit his job to live the location independent life. More on his career and lifestyle here!
Nathan Zahrt and Vivian Vuong are multi-talented sailors who live on their boat Ultima, deliver sailboats, train sailors, work as crew, and much more!
Nathan James Thomas lives and travels the world while managing Intrepid Times and doing various freelance writing, copywriting, and ghostwriting gigs. Learn how!
Agness Walewinder blogs full-time and works part-time for a remote company. Here’s a comparison of her life/career from 2016 to 2020.
Shlomo Freund and his family are location independent, balancing their time between their home in Israel and various locations on the road. See how they do it!
Liesbet Collaert (Roaming About) and her hubby have traveled full-time for almost 20 years! They’re experts on living cheaply and well. Here’s how they make ends meet.
Jon and Kach Howe traveled since 2013, lived on a sailboat, and more. Learn how their lives and careers have changed – dramatically – between 2015 and 2020.
Alex and Frankie are van lifers, traveling full-time in their van Lola, breaking world records, and managing online businesses and YouTube channels. Learn more here!
In this interview, Vanessa Rivers discusses life and work before and after becoming a mother. Learn more about Vanessa’s multi-faceted career and lifestyle!
Christopher Many’s been nomadic since 1997, as an author. I asked him to update his original financial case study from 2016, and he has even included detailed expense breakdowns of how he lives so inexpensively.
Phoebe Gill’s online career has evolved into freelance SEO and blogging. Learn how she quadrupled her income and how she used it to create new opportunities.
Learn how Rachel and Greg Denning and their 7 children have traveled full-time for the last 13 years, earning money as online teacher and WorldSchool Academy founders! Learn how their careers and lifestyles have evolved in the last 5 years with this updated Financial Case Study.
In this updated Financial Case Study, Deborah Benbrook shares how her traveling life has evolved over the last 5+ years, while working along the way.
Dalene and Pete Heck are the Hecktic Travels writer/photographer duo, and National Geographic Travelers of the Year! But 2016 threw them a curve ball, so they made lemonade. Read this updated Financial Case Study to see how things have changed.
Here’s a financial case study of graphic designer Janet Brent, and how she makes ends meet while living and traveling around the world.
Becky van Dijk (of We Are Travel Girls) is super-honest about her location independent lifestyle with this case study! She has some great real-world advice.
Isabel Leong is Bel Around the World; a travel blogger and digital marketing & SEO consultant. Learn more about her lifestyle, career, and income in this case study!
Sharon Gourlay shared her blogger career/lifestyle financial details here 2016. Now in 2019, she’s kind of a big deal, so I asked her to give us an update. Read on for this unique comparison of her lifestyle and business in 2016 and 2019!
Lidiya K is a full-time blogger and creator of Let’s Reach Success teaching millennials to achieve financial freedom through side hustles. More on her location independent career and lifestyle here!
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner hustled her way from $40k in debt to becoming a millionaire blogger. Learn more about her amazing journey in this fascinating Financial Case Study!
Mitch Glass of Project Untethered earns his location independent living through blogging, copywriting, content writing, and real estate investing. Learn more here!
Kelly Hayes-Raitt has been housesitting around the world, full-time, for the last 10 years! Here’s how the lifestyle helps this HouseSit Diva earn a living.
Hannah and Chad have developed a truly passive income through Wall Street Minimalist, and are flying around the world (in business class!) for nearly free. Learn how they manage this idyllic lifestyle and what their finances look like!
Erin’s a social influencer and founder of Explore With Erin, her 2nd blog built from scratch. Here’s what life/finances are like, with kids & (now) a home base.
Rosemary and Claire transitioned from employees to entrepreneurs in their 40s, with their site Authentic Food Quest paving the way. They discuss the realities of this income and lifestyle here!
Mikkel Thorup has a substantial portfolio of investments, real estate, and businesses (including the Expat Money Show) – all of which (more than) fund his full-time travel lifestyle. Learn more about his lifestyle and career here!
Less than 2 years ago Nina Ragusa’s travel blogger career was new, and now she makes a living that financially sustains her full-time travel lifestyle! Learn more about how she built her career thus far, and where she’s headed (literally and figuratively).
Starting a business abroad may seem intimidating, but Jon Pepper built and ROCKS Tigit Motorbikes in Vietnam. Here’s how he did it, challenges and all, and how he plans to be a millionaire in the next two years.
Amar Hussain turned his “gap year” into a “gap life”! The last 9 years has taken him to 7 continents and almost as many income streams! Now the bulk of his work is as a digital marketing consultant and blogger. Learn how he has modeled and changed his career over the years!
After a life-changing trip to Japan, Jamie Campbell started his blog Gaijin Crew as a way to financially sustain his travel lifestyle. In this post he shares how amazing – and challenging – these beginning stages can be.
Daniel Kiteski has enjoyed a fascinating variety of careers and jobs around the world! In this case study, he outlines what he’s done and where, how he financially sustains his full-time travels, and shares some great advice.
Chelse Hensley is a digital nomad who supports her lifestyle and world travels as a social media manager. She also blogs at HashtagTourist and is the founder of RechargeSocialMedia. Learn more about her nomadic lifestyle and career as a social media manager here!
Susi Kaeufer took skills she was already good at and built a career of coaching female entrepreneurs. This earns her a consistent 5-figure income each month, and allows her to travel the world full-time, living as luxuriously (or frugally) as she wishes. Learn more about her awesome life and lifestyle here!
Robyn Hartzell’s intended 12-month career break grew into a 32-month sabbatical, after she got into Scuba diving along the way and became a scuba diving instructor. Here’s how and where Robyn (known as Robyn Around the World) traveled and worked as a scuba diving instructor, and what it’s like to dive around the world.
Elaine Mendoza learned she could live and travel around the world for a fraction of the amount of money she formerly needed to live in Washington D.C. Now she fills her days with activities she loves that also earn her money: online teaching, freelance writing, leading tours/retreats, and even professional singing!
After a couple of years wandering the world as The Broke Backpacker (literally and figuratively), Will Hatton has revamped his life and businesses, and is actively managing multiple streams of income, including an adventure gear company, running tours, an SEO agency, blogging, and trading cryptocurrency.
In this financial case study, Fiona Harper shares some great advice based on 15 years of freelance travel writing experience. Read on to get her take on work-life balance, setting rates, and the inner challenges of an outwardly glamorous lifestyle.
Joanne Amos is a Wandering Wordsmith who has been running two interrelated businesses while traveling the world full-time for the last three years. In this case study she shares some honest observations and great advice about her career and lifestyle as a wandering wordsmith.
Kim and Ryan Desmond are the cofounders of CodingNomads, a traveling coding bootcamp helping aspiring digital nomads learn career-changing tech skills while on an international trip. Learn more about how they live their own lives abroad educating an empowering others to do the same through CodingNomads!
Laura has been working abroad as an English teacher since 2013 and it has allowed her to save a huge amount of money to travel extensively. Reach on to learn more about her career/lifestyle as an English teacher and blogger here!
Gabriel Morris is a vlogger who has been traveling for 30 years (!), and is among the rare but increasing ranks of people who earn a living as a vlogger. Learn exactly how he earns a full-time vlogger living and how it complements his full-time travel lifestyle.
Kara and Nate are among the increasing ranks of people making a full-time income from YouTube. They blur the lines of work and play by creating daily YouTube videos about their full-time travel adventures around the world. And they make good money too! Check out how Kara and Nate earn their YouTube living.
John Clites is an avid wanderluster, who has visited 30 countries and spent the last 9 years based in Brazil, teaching English online. Learn more about his portable career and Brazilian lifestyle here!
Lauren Juliff is the author of How Not to Travel the World (great book btw), and a travel blogger who has found an amazing work-life balance that allows her to work just half the year. I’m envious of her lifestyle, and plan to take a few pages from her book (literally and figuratively).
Beck Power has her fingers in a few entrepreneurial pies that mean she has a wildly variant income and lots of work on her plate…and she loves it. Read more here!
Sophia works in communications, and Jayme is a musician. Here is how they’ve been able to make their careers work as part of full-time travel lifestyle.
Ali Garland makes a great living through blogging, but it wasn’t always that way. Learn more about her career and her excellent advice for wannabe bloggers!
Gigi Griffis has traveled since 2012 with her growing business (as a copywriter and content strategist) and pint-sized pooch. She’s got some great advice!
Jane and Stephen have been adventuring around the world for four years and earn their living as yoga instructors and digital freelancers. Find out more!
Barbara has been a digital nomad since 2014, living in 40+ countries so far. She earns her living as a translator and copywriter; here’s how she does it!
Louise has been living abroad for the last 9 years and earns her living as in Pinterest marketing. Learn more about her career and lifestyle here!
Jenna Rose Robbins has a varied writing career, with a specialty in ghostwriting. I hope you find her career and travel lifestyle as fascinating as I do!
Lulu of Lulakilla is a digital marketing freelancer, and has looped the world a few times with her online career. Learn how she does it here!
Jessica and Will dropped their careers and 6-figure incomes to start WorldTowning. They prove that you have to put in long hours to start, but it pays off.
Ryan put his lucrative SEO consulting biz on the side to found One Tribe Apparel. Learn more about his career on the road and how it has led to happiness!
Alesha & Jarryd of NOMADasaurus have been on the road for the last 10 years. Their blogging business more than supports their global lifestyle in all kinds of great locations. Check it out!
Johnny FD went from less than $1,000 in the bank to more than half a million. Learn about his nomadic career in dropshipping, affiliate marketing, and more!
Sam Wood earns his living as a freelance writer and blogger while basing in Germany and living/travelling around the world. More on his lifestyle here!
Joanna supports her life abroad as an online english teacher. That’s right – no more being stuck in the classroom! Learn more about how she does it here!
Anna Phipps travels and works location independently as a blogger and freelance writer. And she shares top advice for people interested in this lifestyle!
Carlo and Florence have an extremely lucrative content generation business that allows them to live whatever lifestyle they want, wherever they want.
Aaron of NomadsNation has done seasonal work, taught English, and online work to sustain his travels for 5 years. He shares a TON of great info here!
Conni Biesalski is a travel blogger who makes an admirable income purely from travel blogging. Find out more about her careeer and lifestyle here!
Colin Robinson has a job as a Metrologist that takes him around (and around) the world. Here’s how it works, along with some great lifestyle advice.
Rebecca traveled for five years, and in the last year went freelance with her graphic design skills as A Creative Nomad. Here’s more on her career and life!
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:
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!
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!
Dariece and Nick have traveled full-time since 2012, and have seen some amazing places, paying for it all with their blog Goats on the Road. Here’s how:
Samantha and Yeison are based in Costa Rica and travel the world with their lucrative blog My Tan Feet. Find out more about their lifestyle and biz here!
Dan is a cruise ship employee, in addition to running his affiliate marketing business and website Wander Pig. Read on to see what cruise ship life is like!
Ray and Laura are entrepreneurs with a few online education businesses that kick out an impressive income. Here’s more about their careers and lifestyles.
Kevin Casey is The Jet-Setting Copywriter; a freelance copywriter who makes more than enough money to travel the world many times over. More on his career here!
Miguel (Travelsauro) has traveled for the last 5 years. While building his blog, he works odd jobs and volunteers for free accommodation. Learn more here!
Danielle and Mat are artists and freelancers who have supported their travels since 2012 many ways. Here’s what they do, and how they’re evolving!
Erika Bisbocci lives a semi-nomadic life, working as a flight attendant, and traveling extensively on her time off. Here’s her career and lifestyle details!
Sasha and Rachel (Grateful Gypsies) have earned money in many ways to support their full-time travels, including being paid to live in Bali! Here’s more:
Erin & Simon (Never Ending Voyage) have been traveling for 6 years, earning money as online entrepreneurs. Here’s how much they make and how they do it!
Kathryn O’Halloran travels full-time and works as a romance writer. She publishes everything herself, so it’s an interesting career. Learn more here!
Brittany and Charlie of The Trading Travelers fund their full-time travel lifestyle as Amazon affiliates. Find out more about their lucrative career here!
Leif Harum has been on the road forever, and earns his living managing multiple websites with various income streams. Find out more about how he does it!
Tricia Krohn pays her way around the world with seasonal work, and gains all kinds of amazing experiences in so doing! Here’s how she does it:
Candice Walsh has been traveling in one form or another since 2010, earning a living through writing, blogging, and more. Here is her advice for aspiring travelers:
Shannon Ullman supports her travels with ESL teaching, acting, writing, blogging, and more. Here’s more, along with some great career/travel advice!
LeAnna and Andy Brown designed their lives to travel the world AND achieve financial independence AND raise a family! Read on to find out how they do this.
Megsy and Tommo of the Travel Freedom Network fund their full-time travels with a network of websites/podcasts/ebooks etc. Here are the specifics:
Pouneh Eftekhari has lived/studied abroad for 10+ years, working as an International Education professional. Read on for her great career/travel advice!
Nick and Natasha are a traveling couple who live and teach in South Korea. Throughout their journey, they live, learn, and venture as much as they can, chronicling their adventures at Live Learn Venture. Find out more about the finances of teaching English abroad and how they make ends meet below! (See also: How do […]
In 2012 at the age of 21, Aileen Adalid of I Am Aileen quit her corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world. Today, she is a digital nomad and entrepreneur living an amazing sustainable travel lifestyle. Find out more about how she does it below! This post was originally published in 2016. It has […]
Tiffany Soukup of Vagabond Way has been on the road since 2001, living around the world and working seasonal jobs. Here’s how she supports herself:
Rachel (aka The Digital Gypsy) travels full-time and earns her living as a freelance copywriter. Here’s how she does it!
Ivan Velasco and his wife have been teaching at international schools around the world with their two children. Here are the details of their career and lifestyles.
Here’s a financial case study of Robert Schrader who earns a living as a blogger and travel coach while living on the road.
Natalie Sisson, suitcase entrepreneur, has built multiple 6-figure businesses while living out of a suitcase over the last 5 years. Here’s how she does it:
Here’s a financial case study of Wade Shepard, who lives around the world full-time while earning a living as a journalist, blogger, and author.
This financial case study is the 1st post in a new series to show you how to travel and live abroad. Meet Tim Leffel: travel writer and website manager!