Can you make a living traveling? Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job, says yes. “Why are we so certain that love and money cannot coexist?” she asks.
(And I have to say, if the guys she tells you about here below can turn THEIR passions into profits… YOU most certainly can!)
There’s plenty of money to be made traveling the world. In fact, each week we strive to bring you practical how-to’s for doing just that.
Today, Barbara Winter serves up what I hope will be a bit of inspiration for you… encouragement to get out there, get traveling, and start turning your adventures into income-earning trips.
Director, Great Escape Publishing
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]
YOU COULD NEVER MAKE A LIVING DOING THAT…
By Barbara Winter in Las Vegas, NV
It is not uncommon for me to talk to someone who says they know precisely what they want to do and then adds, “But I couldn’t possibly make any money doing that.” Why are we so certain that love and money cannot coexist?
Part of the problem is that many of us have too few role models of creative ways of making a living. That’s the conclusion drawn by college students Mike Marriner and Nathan Gebhard, who set out to uncover exciting careers. The result was their book Roadtrip Nation and a college course called Road Scholars.
It’s good for the imagination to notice unusual businesses and let that knowledge stretch your own creative spirit a bit. Here are four businesses that challenge the notion of what is viable and what isn’t. Start your own list and collect unusual, one-of-a-kind enterprises to remind yourself that nothing is impossible if you love it enough.
* Picture a stage with a ton of ice and three guys with chainsaws, fancy lighting and music and you’ve got a description of Fear No Ice, a business that turned Scott Rella and his two partners from chefs into performance artists. They now dazzle audiences around the world turning blocks of ice into temporary works of art.
* Then there’s Rhonda Fahleen-Pillager, who every week rents out her 150 mud turtles for the local turtle race in Nisswa, Minnesota. She took over the business from a local minister who sent his kids to college on the money he made renting out mud turtles.
* Nobody could earn a living building treehouses, right? Ask Jake Jacob about that. He’s just one of several designers who create treehouses for grown-ups who have never gotten over their childhood desire to go out on a limb.
* Howard and Amy Waddell have found a unique way to share their knowledge and passion of history. Howard began making swords when he was 9 years old. Today the Waddells own Abalon Armors, a company that makes historically accurate ancient armor. They sell about 160 pieces every month to collectors from around the world.
There’s more where this came from…
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Barbara Winter spoke at our Lucrative Traveler’s Conference this past weekend. She is author of Making a Living Without a Job, and is a self-employment advocate who grew up in a family with more wanderlust than travel funds. When she discovered her own entrepreneurial spirit, she realized that her business could be a vehicle for seeing the world. Since 1989, she has made more than 40 tax-deductible trips abroad. On her website, www.barbarawinter.com, you’ll find lots of resources she describes as “travel gear for the joyfully jobless life,” including her best-selling newsletter, Winning Ways: http://www.barbarawinter.com/winning_ways.htm]