I already wrote about this, but as it has been mentioned again please bare/bear (LOL) with me...
1) I have traveled by land and sea (mostly by land unfortunately) and have seen many musicians finance their trips playing in bars and restaurants so if you have this gift what are you waiting for? But do be honest and self critical about your real abilities! Do you attract a crowd; are people just being polite; or do they rush to the nearest exit????
Please do not be offended, because I know if I started singing people would certainly rush to the nearest exit, but only after throwing all their empty bottles, cans and anything else close to hand at me!
So all you Irish singers please bring a Guinness for me!
2) Writing (e-books/blogs/or any e-service) seems to be a real possibility and I am following that path right now. Please check www.createspace.com
as it may be the channel for you/us would-be authors.
Again before hoisting anchor
and sailing into the sunset with empty pockets, better to make sure you are actually making some money first. I'm not yet, but live in hope!
Once my first book is online I'll post an update, plus the link off course, so you can all buy one or a couple of hundred to give away as gifts to the people you meet while traveling...
3) I sincerely hope nobody suggests hairdressing again as a means of traveling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4) Just throwing a suggestion into the air. How about offering technical expertise via Skype or email
. This could perhaps be done with a panel of experts so when one is offline cruising there are others to hold the fort. There have been times when I sorely needed some advice about fixing boaty things and the local Jack-of-all-Trades were of no help whatsoever. Maybe you could walk someone through diagnosing the problem and fixing a diesel engine
or how to wire and install equipment
. Better to pay for expert advice and get it right first time than pay for trial and error mechanics. I paid a guy two hundred dollars plus about 150 us$ in parts
to fix an overheating engine
and guess what? Yes, it continued to overheat! After days of fiddling I found the problem, the cooling water
for the exhaust
manifold was leaking into the engine and I fixed it with a cheap
tube of plastic gasket
sealing goo. Sorry about my "technical" explanation, but it did resolve the problem. So if someone does set this up I'll be your first client, but seeing as I made the suggestion I expect any services to be on a free-of-charge basis...
4) Regarding teaching English
, this really DOES work and you CAN make money and you DON'T have to be a qualified ESL teacher and you DON'T have to speak the local language provided you offer conversation classes
to intermediate or advanced students. I know because that is how I finance my travels. BUT it does require a fairly long-term commitment in each port of call. So please read my earlier post which discusses this in more detail. (Sorry too darned lazy to find the number of that post!!!).
Hope this helps...
"Don't count what you have, because it is what you don't have that makes the difference".