Making a living on the road – how we earn an income (plus ask others to share how they do!)
One of the most common questions we get is “How can you afford to travel full-time?” I wrote about affording travel full-time here – we did a lot of saving and living frugally to build ourselves a strong financial foundation before hitting the road.
But even with all that we did to save, and being debt free when we started, we probably wouldn’t travel full-time if we didn’t have a source of income on the road. I think this is the biggest obstacle for people wanting to travel full-time – how are you going to make money when you aren’t going to an office or a job in the same location everyday?
I thought I’d write about how we make money on the road and go into a bit more detail about how we are making it work.
Nearly seven (7) years ago I created a free website, QueenBeeCoupons.com, to help folks save money through coupons, online sales, easy recipes, store discounts and more.
The website was created out of both necessity and passion after I quit my job as a Communications Manager with the Washington State Department of Transportation to stay home with my newborn son. After Liam was born I no longer had the desire to work in an office anymore and I wanted to stay home with him. But quitting my job meant our family income would drop 60% – so I started couponing to make ends meet. Times were tough everywhere – and friends and family would ask me how I was saving so much money. So I started QueenBeeCoupons.com to help others save like I was.
QueenBeeCoupons.com started with just a few page views a day (mostly friends and family) but fast forward six years later and it was bringing in nearly a million page views a month, helping people all across the country save money! I had no idea when I started it that it would become such a blessing in our lives. I count myself lucky that I get to help others save money (at no cost to them) while also earning money to support my family.
For years I managed the site entirely by myself but I was putting in 60-80 hours a week and it wasn’t healthy or sustainable. So now I currently have seven contractors who help and provide content for QueenBeeCoupons.com and although I still work on the site daily, I’m able to live a more balanced life as a mom, wife and full-time traveler.