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!
Agness Walewinder of eTramping has been on the road in one capacity or another for almost five years. She’s currently enjoying a base in Amsterdam while she works in marketing and PR for a firm that incorporates world travel seamlessly into the mix. Find out more about Agness’s life of work and travel here!
Where have you traveled to?
After over three years spent living out of a backpack in such countries as China, Thailand and Cambodia, I moved to Amsterdam where I’ve been living for over 1.5 year now. I moved to this beautiful city to start my Master’s Degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, initially for one year, but since I fell in love with my new job, people I met here and this city itself, I am definitely staying much longer!
Please describe what you do for income.
I’m a Country Manager (Poland) in a Marketing and PR team at Poki that is a cross-platform game publisher located in Amsterdam. I’m responsible for Poki’s brand and its user growth, defining and executing social media strategies and building up long-term relationships with interesting partners in Polish market. What I do at Poki is very creative and gives me a chance to build my career with a fast-growing team of talented and self-motivated people. I learn a lot from them!
In the meantime I still blog and it is also my current income. Not as much as I wish, but still enough to cover my worldwide trips.
How many hours per week do you work on average?
I work from 32 to 40 hours per week at Poki (sometimes more) and spend at least 10 hours on my blog each week, not including my travels.
How much money do you make?
I make 23,000Euros (gross) per year with Poki and about $25,000US (gross) per year with eTramping.
Do you make enough money to support your lifestyle?
Definitely. Although Amsterdam is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, I can easily maintain my healthy travel lifestyle and afford to do a lot of fun and creative things each month. I’ve never been a big spender, but I don’t save much either. Keeping the balance is always good.
What is your vision for the future of your lifestyle on the road?
Working for Poki gives me a lot of opportunities to grow and develop myself while traveling to remote places. Thanks to being able to work online from almost everywhere in the world, I can easily combine my full-time job with blogging and traveling.
My plan for upcoming year is to go to as many new places as possible while growing in my career and exploring new opportunities at Poki. With such a great team I am working now, I bet it is not going to be a problem.
Any advice for the aspiring traveler about living and working on the road and managing finances?
One of the things I’ve recently learnt and would advise to anyone is not quitting your job to travel the world. Giving up on your career, especially when you like doing what you do, in order to see remote places may be in fact one of your biggest regrets! What you should definitely do is look for a team to work with that will fit your travel lifestyle. A workplace where you can keep the balance between full-time job and travels.
It would be cool to look around and find a company that would be flexible with your working hours, allows you to work online, help you develop your career and treat you with work travels to tropical islands once a year. I know it might sound a bit unbelievable, but these companies like Poki do really exist and they are always open to creative individuals to join their team.