We’d love to know how to fund a nomadic lifestyle of camping and traveling. What an adventure it would be to be living such a nomad life. Unfortunately however, we are all constrained by the need to pay the weekly bills so for many of us this remains an illusive dream.
But have you ever wondered what you would do and where you would go if you could fund nomadic living… even just for a short time a nomad life camping from place to place, literally?
Well, so have we!
In fact, we’ve been thinking about nomadic living for such a long time we’ve collected loads of information and tips about how we might actually be able to fund life on the road. We’ve researched many things like: what we need to do before we even think of packing, and tips for making enough money to extend our adventures.
As we love to share… here’s what we’ve come up with so far to help fund your nomadic lifestyle.
1. Start By Paying Off Your Debts
Before you set off on your camping odyssey of a lifetime you will need to start from a level playing field. This means paying off your debts. There are many tools out there to help you and many schemes available to help take control of your personal finances so you can start planning how you might be able to afford your dream.
2. Investigate Ways Of Saving Money While Traveling
Camping and traveling can get quite expensive (no surprises there!).
There are lots to think about, but with extra planning there’s always money to be saved. The best approach is to take each type of expense and look at ways of reducing them from the very start.
- Campsite fees stack up quickly but schemes like Britstops, Camp in My Garden and France Passion allow you to pitch up for free or for a minimal amount around the UK and Europe, with similar schemes around the rest of the world, such as ‘boondocking’.
- Diesel isn’t getting any cheaper but you can investigate ways of making bio-diesel for half the price.
- Seasonal farm work allows you to trade a day of labour for enough vegetables, milk and bread to keep you going for a few days. Very handy if you want to keep to a limited shopping budget. A useful website for this is Gumtree.
- If the farm schemes aren’t available go foraging. A lot of food can be found in the hedgerows or fields but make sure you have a good book with clear pictures to guide you about safe foods to harvest.
- If you’re brave enough you can hunt and fish for your tea, so make sure you have the right gear before setting off.
- Many people go dumpster diving behind supermarkets, which often throw out perfectly good food, but there are obvious risks to this activity.
- Think about guerilla gardening when you visit towns and cities, and keep your eyes open for vegetables growing in public places.
- Before setting off think about renewable energy. Not only is it good for the environment but if invested in early it will leave you with a continuous supply of electricity and an added benefit of being able to wild camp for free.
- If you need to buy equipment for your journey or replace it while you’re on the road think about visiting recycling areas, car boot sales, charity shops and pre-loved websites that sell goods at a fraction of mainstream shop prices.
- If you need to access the Internet there are plenty of cafes, libraries and pubs you can visit with free wifi.
3. Think Of Ways To Earn A Living On The Road
Before you leave take stock of your skills and experience. Any skill in demand can be useful but it’s important that you build an image of trust for whoever may want to use your expertise. Have professional business cards and a resume with references to hand. If you’re tight on time then there are always services such as Vistaprint, Moo and The Resume Writing Service to help you. If you think a particular skill would be useful to you, then get the training before you set off.
A nomadic life camping and traveling can be tough, and funding it can be even tougher. But the best way to stay strong is to have a number of fiddles to your bow, to diversify and to have a varied portfolio. In other words, it’s important to have as many income streams as possible, so when one dips another one will hopefully take its place.