7 Quick Wins To Start Working Online While Traveling Australia

Do you want to travel full-time, and have as many experiences as possible without needing to ever worry about money? Then working online is your best bet.

…But how do we get from the 9-to-5 grind to traveling worry-free through Australia or the world?

Well, here are 7 quick wins to help you take that very, very first step – like getting your first bucks online, booking cheap trips, and learning the mindset remote workers need to make their dreams come true.

We have been doing it for 4 years now and have learned a heap along the way… including some easily avoidable mistakes. More on that below…

The hardest part is getting started. So, today is all about getting you quick wins to get that engine going. Let’s go!

Key takeaways

  • If you’re an absolute newbie, start with low-hanging fruits – earning quick cash online, going on nearby weekend trips, etc.
  • These allow you to slowly but surely build up to the life you want.
  • Be flexible – fixating on a very specific way to travel or to work remotely may set you back.

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1) Go to Airtasker to earn your first bucks online

Airtasker is a place where you do tasks for people who need them. This is the easiest way to get some online experience. It’s also a low-risk way to know how it feels to work remotely.

Just go to Airtasker.com and:

  1. Sign up
  2. Go to “Browse tasks” 
  3. Filter the location for “Remote tasks only”
  4. Click “Apply”
How to use Airtasker for remote work opportunities

You’ll have a list of dozens of remote tasks available. Check them out and pick one you think you can do!

It doesn’t have to be anything huge. Remember that the goal is to give yourself evidence that you can earn cash in a remote working style

2) Check remote work opportunities within your industry

Maybe you don’t want to do tasks. Maybe you want to know what’s going on in your industry regarding remote work and available opportunities.

Well, to do this, start by visiting Seek.com.au:

  • In “What”, type in your career
  • Leave “any classification” blank
  • In “Where”, choose “work from home” or “work online”
  • Click “Seek”
How to use Seek.com.au for work-from-home listings

Check the results to get an idea of what’s going on within your industry regarding remote jobs. Read the job descriptions to know what responsibilities you’d have, the skills needed, etc. With that said…

Some industries may have a harder time providing online opportunities.

This can be the case for healthcare workers, tradies, etc. If that happens, do not give up! It’s time to get creative and open your scope up a bit more. 

The easiest way to do this is by going to Upwork.com and:

  1. Filter the search bar for “Jobs”
  2. Type in your industry and choose the option that suits you from the dropdown menu
How to use Upwork for more online work opportunities

You’ll get dozens (if not thousands) of results with a variety of job offers related to your industry. This will give you ideas on how to use your pre-existing skills online.

3) If you want to travel more… travel more!

Travel doesn’t have to be something you do every two years. It can be an integral part of your life, but you have to start somewhere.

It doesn’t have to be a 2-week-long vacation. A quick day trip somewhere close to where you live can count as travelling if you want it to.

For example, back when we started our work-while-travelling journey, money was tight. So, to quench our thirst for travel and save money, we’d go on cheap weekend trips along Western Australia’s coast.

A cheap full-day trip to a nearby beach can count as travel if you want it to!

We even slept in the back of our car (a Holden Viva).

Now, we reckon that’s not something most people would want to do, but the point is that there are travel opportunities all around us. It’s about being flexible with what we “count” as travel.

Another way to travel more is by booking a holiday destination without paying a cent

To do this, take advantage of the websites that have “reserve now & pay” later modalities, like:

And just like that, you’ll book an entire holiday without paying a cent. The goal here is to change your mindset, showing you there are many ways to make the travelling lifestyle possible. 

Learn more: How to start working remotely to travel (7 steps)

4) Plan your destinations strategically

When it comes to travel while working online, you have to take a few considerations. Apart from the places and things you want to do, your budget, and so on, you also have to plan for:

  • Reliable internet connection: Research the speed and stability of internet services in your potential destinations to ensure a smooth workflow. We use starlink.
  • Time zone compatibility: This is key if you need to coordinate with clients or your remote team. Reschedule video calls and/or phone calls if necessary.
  • Where will you work, physically?: Plan your remote work trip to schedule where you’ll set up your “portable office” – a co-working space? A coffee shop? The beach?

5) Embrace time management

Having a remote job with your own schedule is a blessing… and a curse (sometimes). It can be challenging to balance work and play on your own, mostly at the beginning.

Establishing a routine has been key for us to balance work and travel

Here are some ways to start:

  • Set clear work hours. Try to align with your most productive times of the day, too This helps create a structure and ensures that you dedicate focused time to your tasks.
  • Establish a routine. Designate specific blocks for work, breaks, and exploration. This will allow you to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Embrace productivity tools. Some apps block certain websites (or other apps) during your work hours and minimize distractions. Free apps are excellent for most people.
  • Learn to prioritize. Prioritize tasks based on their importance and deadlines. By focusing on essential tasks first, you can ensure progress without sacrificing the joy of exploration.

Managing your time effectively is key to finding harmony. But finding that balance takes practice, so be patient and listen to your needs. Over time, you’ll find your limits of work and play and get better at time management.

6) Read (or listen to!) the “4-hour work week”

If you are still on the fence about whether it’s worth trying to work remotely and travel, read this book.

Tim Ferris shows you a step-by-step on how to live life the way you want to, doing more of the things that are really important to YOU.

He shares how he left the 9-to-5 grind to chase his passions – learning and travel – by creating a business to fund this lifestyle. 

This book completely changed our perspective, 100% recommended! Image: Amazon

We read it a few years ago and it completely changed our perspective on how we wanted to live our lives.

After that, we were dead set on living life the way WE wanted to – travelling the world – instead of waiting for retirement to do it. 

Even if you don’t want to work 4 hours a week, or even if you don’t want to own a remote business, check this book out. It’ll change your perspective in the best possible way.

Note: If you don’t have much time to read or want to multitask, you can always listen to the audiobook version!

7) Go to a meet-up with like-minded people

Go to Eventbrite or Meetup and find free events on topics such as business, remote working, and mindset. You can find these meet-ups in co-working spaces, too. 

The goal here is to start surrounding yourself with like-minded people and other remote workers. You have no idea how powerful this can be. 

Chris is a great example.

If it wasn’t for that mindset seminar he went to back in 2016, he wouldn’t have met Matt and Liz from the eBusiness Institute.

Chris (left) with Matt and Liz from the eBusiness Insitute, sharing his success story with other students. Image: eBusiness Institute

Through their courses, Matt and Liz taught him the things he needed to create the business we have today. He always says that, if it wasn’t for that, he’d still be in FIFO.

Note: Here’s an unfiltered review of our experience with the eBusiness Institute. Check it out if you want to know whether it’s right for you or not!

Actively seeking out these events will help you meet people who are where you want to be.

You’ll learn how they got to where they are and the strategies they used. You can also make friends and keep each other accountable.

If you feel a bit intimidated by it, start by seeking out online events or chat groups.

Other things to consider when working remotely while traveling

After you’ve compounded a few of those quick wins, you’ll feel the momentum going – don’t lose it! Go head first into learning how to work remotely and travel. Also:

Make sure you have a reliable mobile office

The whole point of being a digital nomad is that, as long as you have a laptop and internet, you can work wherever and whenever.

At the very least, your laptop should cater to your specific work requirements.

That said, there are a few other tools that can make sure you can meet your deadlines or build your business wherever you are:

  • An external hard drive, to have a backup of the documents you need. This is key if you travel to a place with little or no internet connection.
  • A reliable portable charger, more so if you’ll do long journeys or travel to areas with limited electricity.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones. Sounds like a luxury but they are a lifesaver if you need to focus while working in noisy environments.
  • Secure Wi-Fi hotspot devices or portable routers. Invaluable when dealing with unstable or unsafe internet connections.
  • Cloud storage to access your files from any device.

Now, these items are not necessary for every single remote worker. Consider where you’re travelling, your type of job, and other factors before purchasing anything.

Don’t forget about taking care of your overall health

Self-care is the most overlooked thing when working remotely while travelling.

We want to embrace every corner of the place we’re visiting while keeping up with our job responsibilities.

It’s easy to forget that doing that can actually be challenging to keep up – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Self-care practices such as exercise, meditation, journaling, healthy eating, and enough sleep make sure that you have the energy and focus necessary to perform at your best.

Don’t forget to take care of your physical and mental health

This helps you stay productive at work while enjoying the adventures that await you.

Remember – taking care of yourself is not selfish. It’s essential for long-term success and enjoyment in your remote work and travel journey. It should be a non-negotiable part of your routine.

FAQs

Can I work remotely from another country?

Yes, you can work remotely from another country. You’ll have to do a bit of planning, so here are some things to consider for working remotely abroad:

– Legal requirements, restrictions, and tax obligations (for long trips).
– Internet access.
– Time zone differences.

How can I travel and work from home at the same time?

To travel and work from home at the same time, you have to consider a few things such as:

– What kind of remote jobs do you want to do?
– Where do you want to travel?
– Where and when are you going to work during your trip?
– Is there a reliable internet connection?

With careful planning, effective communication with your remote team, and a structured approach, you can successfully travel and work from home, embracing the best of both worlds.

Keep reading: How to work remotely and travel at the same time?

How can I work remotely on a road trip?

You can work remotely on a road trip by:

– Planning your route and stops, identifying potential places along the way where you can work.
– Create a mobile office. Invest in a comfortable laptop stand or desk, a reliable power inverter to charge your devices, and a mobile hotspot device for reliable internet.
– Use productivity tools, to stay organized and manage your tasks efficiently.
– Schedule breaks during your road trip to explore and enjoy the destinations you visit.
– Be flexible. Your work environment may change frequently, and be prepared to adjust your schedule or tasks as needed.
– Be open to unexpected detours or changes in plans while staying focused on meeting your work commitments.

Remember to prioritize safety and adhere to local traffic laws and regulations while driving.

The bottom line

The only way to start working remote while travelling is by doing. Your actions will give you the evidence you need to get started. These quick wins are low-hanging fruit to do exactly that.

The goal here is to show YOURSELF that, in fact, you can absolutely, undoubtedly, work remotely while travelling.

But remember – it’s not just about the destinations you explore, but also the transformation you undergo along the way.

This lifestyle offers a unique opportunity to find balance, discover hidden treasures, and create a life that is truly your own. Let the world become your office – adventure awaits!

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