Last Update: 12/09/2016

How to Make Money While Traveling in a Van – Part 1

Back of van open, selling tourist maps, info, and brochures, plus bead strings.

Big question wannabe van life travelers have is, how do you earn a living on the road? Vanholio’s gonna tell you his secrets in this 6-part series. These principles apply to nomads, rubbertramps, boaters, and travelers of all stripes. Hell, they even work for your sticks-n-bricks types.

Starting With First Principles

What I ain’t gonna give you is a list of van life jobs. Nope, Vanholio’s gonna begin at the beginning. You need to get your mind unfucked first, IMHO.

But if you just can’t help yourself, check the Also See at bottom for shitloads of specific ideas.

5 Ways to Make Money on the Road, or Anywhere

Now, most of you is trained up as wage slaves, so you only think about getting a job. It’s most common these days for most people. But it’s time to pull your head out of your ass. Vanholio’s got the jaws of life to do it!

Listen up! There are 5 – and just 5 – ways to get your material needs met in this world:

  1. Reduce Your Needs
  2. Do Things Yourself
  3. Sell Goods or Services
  4. Invest or Loan Capital
  5. Get Others to Support You

That’s it! That’s some high level thinkin’ there, down to first principles.

The big secret is to use several of the 5 to create an income “portfolio.” Well, you could just get a job, but then you got all your eggs in one basket. Stupid.

Read the 6-Part Series

Part 1: OverviewPart 2: Reduce Your NeedsPart 3: Do Things YourselfPart 4: Sell Goods or ServicesPart 5: Invest or Loan CapitalPart 6: Get Others to Support You

Gettin' mail on the road? Traveling Mailbox! (review)

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