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A few posts back we wrote about how to Travel for free or even make money while traveling. Later on we bumped into this man and his unique way of how to get paid to travel. It is an unusual way and definitely not one that we would have thought about.

Stan Grist

Stan Grist


Stan Grist is an adventurer and explorer. Living his life like some Indiana Jones character in pursuit of hidden treasures he travels the world. And apparently he makes good money living out his passion in this way.

It does amaze us that gold prospecting and treasure hunting is a way of making money still in these days. We thought the only money to be made in this area was by writing an adventure book or shooting a film.

Well, this just shows how restricted we are by our limiting beliefs. It shows us as well that it’s possible to make money and travel in almost any way.

How would you do it? What is your passion? How could you travel and make money doing that?

Consider these questions for a while and see what you come up with. It’s like when you’ve just learnt that you will become a parent for the first time. Suddenly you start noticing all the children in the world, who have been there all the time but just not been on your “radar”. In the same way you will discover opportunities with your passion if you give it attention.

And for all you adventurers out there who dream of going exploring and finding hidden treasures. Check out Stan’s website at www.stangrist.com .

Happy Prospecting!

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We were talking to a friend the other day about long term traveling and the fact that money being the major obstacle for a lot of people. “Wouldn’t it be great if it was possible to travel for free”, I said? It would be a lot easier for us to inspire people to really go for their travel dream if money wasn’t an obstacle.
Money to travel
Our friend took it even one step longer and said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if when you come back from your extended journey you would have more in your bank account than when you left?” This was really an interesting thought. Yes, why can’t it be that way?

That would mean not only to travel for free but actually make money while traveling. And sure enough considering the idea we realized that there are of course people who do go on extended journeys and when they get back they are better off financially than when they left.

• First of all we got those who have a passive income of some kind that makes them money no matter where they are. That makes them more money than they actually need to travel. Unfortunately not everyone is that well off.

• But then it is also possible to create a passive income for the journey itself like renting out your home. If that gives you an income and you also travel low budget, you may have more in the bank at the end of the journey than at the beginning. At the very least it will be a contribution to your expenses.

• It is also of course possible to turn your actual traveling into a money making activity. You can write articles or take pictures to sell. You can negotiate an advance on a travel book deal.

• You can write a travel blog, or any other blog for that sake, that makes you money. Some guidelines on how to write a travel blog that makes you money can be found here.

• Find a sponsorship like Matt did in “Where the hell is Matt”. Find out what’s the special twist on your journey and then find someone who is willing to pay you for doing it. We mentioned before about Ewan McGregor and his friend Charlie Boorman who rode around the world on motorbikes. They got sponsors for that journey even though they probably had the money anyway.

• You can become a guide. If there is a journey you want to make there are probably others who would like to do the same but are afraid to do it on their own. We have a friend who has been taking groups of people to Hawaii for 3 weeks once every year for the last 20 years. Our daughter Aurora who is a great Jane Austen fan (see her blog at www.myaustendreamworld.com ) just met up with friends from the USA who were visiting England and the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. A journey arranged by another Jane Austen fan…

• Get a travel job and work along the road. Stop in places, find some seasonal jobs and get to know the area. John and Tyson have some great tips her on how that can be done.

Well these are just a few ideas that popped into our heads. We are sure you got some idea of your own which probably will suite you the best.

A cool thing to remember though is that this is a mind game. What you believe you will perceive, as some smart guy said. If you expect an extended journey to cost you lot of money it probably will. But if you put your attention on finding a way for your journey to actually make you money you will sooner or later come up with a solution.

And if it is not your choice to spend time working during your extended journey then that’s just great to. All you have to do is create the money you need before you take off. You can check out our Creating Money page on some tips for that.

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Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, we all want that of course. But how can it be possible you may wonder. Actually there are many ways to travel for free. Take a look at this guy for example. Many of you might already have bumped into him since he is basically a You Tube phenomenon.

Matt Harding from www.wherethehellismatt.com has been around the world more than once to see all the great sites. And the special thing about him is that he gets paid to do this by a sponsoring chewing gum company.

Now, we are not saying that this is the way for everyone. We are not advising you to try and find a chewing gum company that’s is willing to sponsor you to travel for free if you do silly dances in front of tourist sites. There will probably be very few of you who might be successful in such an attempt.

What we do want to point out with this though, is that there are endless ways to do things. What talents do you need to be able to do what Matt does? Basically none, we would say. The dance doesn’t seem to be too difficult to perform, does it?

We are convinced that anybody can do what Matt does. It’s just about finding your personal way. What are you good at? What are you interested in? What kind of crazy idea could you come up with?

Maybe that one idea is what will take you around the world for free!

Or to paraphrase on something that our friend and mentor T Harv Ecker says:

“Money to travel is never ever a problem. It only takes creativity to travel around the world for free”.

If you have a great idea that you want to share with others please write a comment. Or join the Extended World Travel group on Facebook. We thought that this may be a good place where we can connect with each other. Hope to see you there:grin:


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