OVER TWO YEARS ON THE ROAD? SO HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRIP?
Well this one gets asked a LOT. And the answer is simple: We work, just like everyone else!
The difference? We do it in short stints as we travel.
So what do we do? Well I (Renee) am a Registered Nurse, and over the last two + years I've been the main breadwinner in our family. I've picked up short term rural & remote nursing contracts, anywhere from 1 week to 3 months. Since leaving on this trip I've worked at 11 different hospitals/multi purpose facilities in 5 different states. Is it always fun? God no. But I've had some amazing experiences, learned a ton both personally & professionally, and best of all I've made enough money to fund our travels, and even save a little bit for the future.
Meanwhile Nathan doesn't just drink beers & go fishing. While we're stopped for work he's our 'tent husband', keeping everything going back at the campsite, and looking after the kid. However Nathan is a Carpenter by trade, so he does occasionally pick up work too if it comes his way. For example at the moment he's working casually 2 - 3 days a week for a local builder, working around my shifts & daycare.
But we didn't hit the road just to work all the time, or to do the same old things we did at home. So we try to limit work to about 40% of the year, and we've tried our hands at a couple of other things too.
We've worked at a bunch of farms/stations in exchange for accommodation & sometimes food, doing all sorts of things like herding goats, painting/fixing fences, collecting eggs, feed horses, or helping with cleaning & cooking.
Plus lets not forget Centrelink. No we're not swanning around the country getting the dole. But we do get a small amount of Family tax benefit, just like we did at home. It's only minimal, but every little helps. Unfortunately even though Nathan stays home to raise our child while I work we're not eligible for Parenting Payment because he's a Kiwi. If I was the one staying home while he worked we would be. Go figure.
And then of course there is always this Facebook page. Contrary to popular belief it does not pay for our travels around Australia (unfortunately!). Not even close. But we have been fortunate enough to work with a couple of great companies over the time we've been away, which helps to save us money, and does occasionally bring a little bit in too. And like I said, every little helps!
If you're thinking about traveling & working I'll put up some useful resources below. There is plenty of work for those who are willing!
For work in exchange for accommodation:
For nurses & other health professionals traveling & working:
Jobs for traveling families:
Work geared towards grey nomads:
Or just join the local community Facebook group in the town you're looking for work in, explain your situation & what skills you have to offer, and see what comes up!