Irons in the fire — 3 sabbatical side projects

Travelling is transformative in more ways than one.

Soaking up the new sensations and spectacular sights of unfamiliar cultures gives you a whole new perspective on the world and your place in it. So when you eventually return, you might have changed significantly.

But if you plan to be away from your base for an extended period of time, side-projects that help you earn cash, dip your toes into a career and enhance your health or education can easily slot into your lifestyle and make your experience more rounded and richer.

Plus, they’re a bridge between your life on the road and future plans in a slightly more static life. 

If you want to keep a few irons in the fire while travelling, these three sabbatical side projects should spark your imagination.

  1. Fitness

Staying in shape while you travel depends on the physical activities you participate in and whether or not it’s possible to stick to a controlled diet. 

Moving from one country to another means you might have to make food choices that aren’t ideal — especially in the first few days you’re acclimatising. 

But intermittent fasting is one way of burning off bodyfat you pack on from occasionally treating yourself to too much alcohol or sweet treats. It speeds up your metabolism so that fat deposits don’t get a chance to settle.

And if you can’t access gyms to use free weights, bikes and treadmills, bodyweight exercises like push-ups, sit-ups and burpees can easily be completed in your hotel room. 

Reading these travel fitness tips from will inform you further. 

  1. Writing

Many modern travellers regularly blog about their experiences — and with a little experience, you can monetise this process to create an income stream that may grow enough to finance further adventures.

But why stop at blogging when it comes to using your writing skills to earn cash? Good copywriters these days don’t grow on trees, so they can command considerable fees.

A progressive agency might offer you a permanent part-time gig, provided you can complete the required hours and meet deadlines — or alternatively, you could throw your hat in the ring as a freelancer. 

Taking some tips from this Jason Capital article might convince you to take the copywriting plunge and earn some serious cash. 

  1. Learning

It’s not uncommon for travellers to start making serious plans for a career change while they’re abroad. If career fatigue wasn’t one of the catalysts for taking a break, expanding your physical horizons sometimes makes you re-evaluate your vocational plans unexpectedly.

And through the marvels of modern tech, it’s possible to earn an accredited degree in anything from digital marketing to business administration from anywhere on earth.

Provided you have a reliable laptop and regular access to Wi-Fi, you’ll complete assignments and interact with classmates and tutors smoothly and seamlessly.

Studying with a provider like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning means you might return home ready to hit the ground running in a totally new career. 

That’s the end of our list! Share your sabbatical side project ideas with us in the comments section. 

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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