We speak to people every day that wish they could just give up everything and travel around the globe. The biggest thing that holds a lot of people of people back, however, is what seemingly makes the world go round – money.

Money can’t buy you happiness (or love according to the Beatles), but many people are scared of leaving the realm of ‘financial security’ that a 9 to 5 job can bring.

There are thousands of opportunities out there in the creative industry just waiting for you to bring home the benjamins, all you have to do is just put yourself out there and search for something that suits you. Enter our good friends The Indie Projects, who did just that! They travel full time and make money on the road as they explore our exciting planet.

Going Freelance

Making money whilst you travel and doing the things that you love in the process is a no brainer, you just have to have confidence in your abilities.

Whether you’re passion is writing, photography, film making or music, there are hundreds of companies out there that are looking for skills that you can provide. As Theo and Bee explain, having an internet connection can give you access to thousands upon thousands of possibilities that are more than within your reach.

Film & Photography

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Photo by Simon Bartle, a photographer from York

If you’re going to go through nice places on your travels then it only makes sense to capture pictures and little clips whilst you’re parked up or trekking through the wilderness. Photography isn’t something that you’re born able to do; it takes practice like everything else, and it’s not about having a great camera like many people will tell you. The most important thing is having a great eye and the ability to see things that others might miss.

Companies always need photos and bits of film for their advertising, but they don’t always have the time or the manpower to go out and get them themselves. That’s where you come in!


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Patrice Koerper writing on a peaceful mountain side.

They say that everyone has a book inside them waiting to get out, but writing doesn’t just have to be about knocking out a fantasy novel every week of the year. Start a travel blog, contact a magazine and ask to write a free piece (it can often lead to bigger and better things later down the line), make catchy social media posts, and create a presence that people want to be a part of.

The great thing about writing is that you can even use a pen and paper (yes, these materials still do exist!). It’s never been easier to make your voice heard, and in our day and age you can quickly get your words to the right audience. All it takes is a little bit of research and a whole lot of passion!

Recording Music & Nature Sounds

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Van Dog Traveller laying down some beats.

If you’ve got a laptop then you have the ability to record music. There are a lot of great programs out there that you can use to capture your sounds, and the equipment is relatively inexpensive and easy to pack away.

Marketing is the new magic, and brands are always looking for a new catchy jingle to make their product stand out above the rest. The same can be said for nature sounds; your recordings could be used on everything from travel programmes to video games. Search for music jobs on the web and spend a good afternoon sifting through all of the oportunities that are ready and waiting.


For the more academic of travellers, coding is a great way to make money whilst on the go. Take Sindre Sorhus, who has upped sticks and is now travelling around Bangok. He makes his money as a ‘full time open sourcerer’ (and we don’t mean that he’s a wizard) and he gets to work whilst he’s seeing some incredible parts of the world. Or Gregory Schier, whose latest blog post ‘Moving Into a 30-Liter Backpack’ talks about his plans to travel whilst working.

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Coding on the beach

Working as a coder or computer programmer is defintely a propper full time job, it’s just that you dont have to have a fixed base to do it. Your office can be at the side of a lake, or on top of a mountain. As long as you have access to a laptop whilst you travel then you can write code.

Thinking that this could be a route for you? Check out codeacademy online and learn how to code interactively, for free!

Still Stuck For Ideas?

Theo and Bee have a link in their video above (Haven’t watched it? Why not! Click here to give it a view) which provides you with 2 free months access to Skillshare. It’s a website choc-a-bloc with instructive tutorial videos that you can use to help you to hone your preferred skill.

Whether you’re a novice or a full time professional in your chosen art, theres always something that you can learn off others. And thats the beauty of van life; there’s always something that you can pick up from the people around you, and friends that you meet on the road that might just become your new business partners! The possibilites are endless!

Want to learn how 21 Digital Nomads earn money on the road? Check out our collaboration with Project Vanlife to find out more!

Have you stepped into the world of freelance work? Join the Clan on Facebook and let us know what you do and how you got into it!

Written by Seb @vincentvanlife