Living nomadic has seemed to have spiked over the past few years and the dilemma is how to fund a nomadic lifestyle. Some individuals are fortunate enough to have already obtained remote jobs where they can work anywhere as long as they have a laptop and an internet connection. Unfortunately, there are other people out there that are technologically illiterate meaning that they don’t have a whole lot of knowledge working with computers or technology. With all that being said lets dive into it.

Types of work to fund a nomadic lifestyle

There are several ways to earn a living on the road and it’s all dependent upon what skillset you have. There are several categories where you can group together the different types of ways to make money on the road. I have went ahead and came up with short-term intensive work, the digital nomad, location-based work, passive income, and dirtbagging.

Short-Term Intensive Work

One of the most popular ways to fund a nomadic lifestyle is by working intense jobs for short periods of time. Many of these types of gigs are high paying but can be strenuous, stressful, and might consist of long hours. I’m not saying all short-term gigs are like this though. Lets go over a few examples of these types of jobs:

  • Summer Camp Instructor
  • Hostel Employee
  • Tour Guide
  • Seasonal Produce Picker
  • Commercial Fishing Boat Hand
  • Traveling Nurse
  • Cruise Ship Employee
  • Handyman
  • Delivery Truck Driver
  • Holiday Retail Worker
  • Festival Worker
  • National Park Employee

Here is just a short list to name a few. Some of these jobs can be labor-intensive but include high payouts and usually last two to five months. Room and board can be covered with some of these jobs which mean you’re able to save more money and if you’re already a vehicle dweller then you won’t have to worry about paying rent somewhere because your vehicle is your home. For a nomad seasonal jobs can help you save a nice chunk of money which should tie you over until the next season.

The Digital Nomad

This is the area that I fall in. The term “Digital Nomad” is relatively new since it wasn’t until the last decade or so when people were able to make money with just a computer and an internet connection. A digital nomad either works for a company or is a freelancer that does computer-based work and is completely location independent. Some digital nomad jobs may include:

  • Translator
  • Life Coach
  • Language Tutor
  • Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Writer
  • Proofreader
  • Copywriter
  • Social Media Manager
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • SEO Specialist
  • Customer Support Representative

There are a lot more digital nomad jobs that aren’t listed here but this should give you a general idea. It can be tricky getting into “digital nomadism” since it requires some type of computer-based skill.

Location-Based Work

This type of work usually involves a type of skillset that one can use all over the place and is beneficial because it allows a person to set their own hours. This type of work generally doesn’t make a person a whole lot of money but it can keep a person afloat. It is recommended to have some backup funds before engaging in this type of work since it’s not always guaranteed. This type of work can include:

  • Musician
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Message Therapist
  • Tattoo/Body Artist
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Bartender
  • Tutor
  • Dog Walker
  • Uber Driver
  • Landscaper
  • Model
  • Artist
  • Glassblower

As you can see these types of jobs aren’t always guaranteed which means there could be times where you make no money and other times where you make a lot of money. I have met a lot of people that have these types of jobs and they normally barely get by. They make just enough money for food and gas but for some people that is all that they require.

Passive Income

Bringing in passive income is a great way to make money if you’re a nomad since it usually requires little work. It usually involves creating a business or making an investment that brings in monthly income with little maintenance. As a digital nomad I bring in passive income from web design clients. I charge monthly web hosting/maintenance fees and I bring in money from Google Ads. Here are a few ways that a person can bring in passive income:

  • Airbnb
  • Rental Property Owner
  • Stock Owner
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Software/App Publisher
  • Web Hosting/Maintenance
  • Digital Assets
  • Published Author
  • Online Advertising
  • YouTube
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Blogger

Acquiring passive income can be rather tricky and usually takes money to start out with or time to get started. This is usually a long-term process and isn’t very common in the nomad lifestyle. I have met a few people that make a living through passive income but it’s more rare.


Although this term might seem offensive it really isn’t but I guess it all depends on how you define it. I look at dirtbagging to be a lifestyle that is very minimal that basically eliminates the need for money. It’s a very “off grid” type of lifestyle and I have met quite a few people that do this and they tend to be some of the nicest people that I’ve ever met. Some people choose this lifestyle while others are actually forced into it. A few examples of dirtbagging can consist of:

  • Wandering Hippie
  • Farm Worker
  • Long Distance Hiker/Biker
  • Train Hopper
  • Hitchhiker
  • Beggar
  • Sign-flyer
  • Gas Jugger
  • Dumpster Divers

I suppose this type of lifestyle doesn’t really involve making money but rather becoming dependent on the kind-heartedness of other people. Volunteering and work-trade is pretty common with dirtbaggers and it usually comes with free meals and shelter. This type of lifestyle can be dangerous and it’s advised to have a fallback.

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