Making an Income as a Personal Conversation Coach

Funding your Round the World Travel with Talk


Teaching opportunities can open the door to the life of a Digital Nomad

Teaching opportunities can open the door to the life of a Digital Nomad

Talk is cheap, or so the saying goes, but in reality that conversational English you’ve managed to learn can be of great benefit as well as well as a source of income.

Consider the interesting fact that there are a number of people around the world that need help learning conversational English (Spanish and French apply as well) but there isn’t anyone around to help them out.  This is the scenario you’ve been waiting for.

There are opportunities in this situation and one of them is working for a company called SameSpeak.  This company offers you the opportunity to connect to people around the world and have a conversation while helping them learn the art of conversation in English.



If you’re the age of 16 or older, have a computer with internet, and know how to use Skype; you can make $10 a session from the comfort of your own home.  A session is 30 minutes so you could potentially make $20 an hour if you scheduled 2 sessions an hour.

The demand for this is based on student demand, so the work is not exactly steady, but it’s a way to bring in extra income from the comfort of your own home.

As I write this I can tell you there is a surplus of coaches, but keep this site in mind for future options in teaching conversational English.  SameSpeak.



Italki is another company that offers to pay Language Teachers and not just for English.  This site is larger and offers a variety of different options in setting up your own schedule and offering your services at the price you consider acceptable.

You can work from anywhere in the world and the site handles the payments and the security to make sure you’re covered.  The chance to teach your native language can be lucrative or just something to pass the time and bring in a few dollars.  If you’ve considered life as a Digital Nomad and you have the skills to teach a language, this might be the perfect fit.

There is no fee to sign up at italki so it’s worth the look to see if this might fit your idea of possible income opportunities.

Currently as I write this the site has approximately 1.5 Million students, +2000 teachers, and is one of the largest and most successful sites offering more than 100 languages.



Tutor ABC is another website that is in the business of languages.  They are a little more specific when selecting tutors so you will have to have a college degree to work for them.  They are currently recruiting coaches with previous working experience and are one of the leading online learning companies focusing on language.

This is an opportunity to work from home and make an income with that degree in German you got from Alabama State.  This may not appeal to certain people as it can be demanding if you are not used to teaching over the internet, but the possibilities to be employed as a foreign language teacher with your own hours and schedule is too much to pass up.


 Teaching English in a Foreign Land


TEFL by Barry O'Leary

TEFL by Barry O’Leary

If you’re not familiar with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) also referred to as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), then consider reading my previous article here about this very subject.

I also wanted to introduce you to Barry O’Lear; an author who has published a book that offers you an insider’s view of his personal experiences as a teacher in a foreign land and that’s worth a look as well.

The book is a steal at only $0.99 at this time on Amazon – if you’d like to get a copy then click on the book cover to the right and it should open up for you in the next window.

If you get a chance to read this – it could open your eyes to the reality of teaching in a foreign land as well as offer you some of the wonderful things that can happen when you step away from the yellow brick road and follow your own path in life to places you might never have known existed.


What’s it like to be an Online Teacher?


I wanted to share a blog post with you from John Clites who is living in Brazil and teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). He’s living his dream and doing the things he wants to do but also working on the side to bring in additional income.  His international lifestyle has advantages that many people only dream of, but he’s also working to make a living just like most travelers.

Click through to see his article here, where he talks about a typical day and what he does as an EFL teacher.  The article is something you should consider reading if you’ve ever thought about world travel and how to fund it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post,  I hope it’s offered  you some practical advice and pointed you in the direction you want to go.  If you long for an unconventional life or you’re searching for ways to fund your international travel then Teaching English or another foreign language might just be the best thing for you.



Couch surfing You want to sleep where?

Couchsurfing…this isn’t your

daddy’s barcalounger!




The idea of couchsurfing is something many people hear and immediately think of every bad urban travel story they’ve ever heard. I think I’ve seen enough horror movies (Hostle 1&2, Tourista, Brokedown Palace) to know that travel can kill you…but usually only in the movies.

As a military brat I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a number of countries and all before I was 15.  I’ve never once encountered a cannibalistic, ax-wielding, organ-harvesting host and I don’t believe I ever will.  While traveling through countries as a minor I it was often with limited or little supervision and as I got older I never knew I was supposed to be afraid of traveling by myself.

I talk to people about my dream to travel around the world and I’m not afraid to do it solo, but it’s not that big of an issue.  The thing that weighs on travelers is often the small bouts of loneliness that tend to happen when you find yourself somewhere new and don’t know a soul in the cityand this is where couchsurfing comes in.

Couchsurfing.org is a website devoted to helping strangers find each other.  It is a unique way to travel and share experiences that could never happen otherwise and it offers a traveler a place to sleep.  It can be an actual couch, a yert, or maybe even a boat, but it’s a roof over your head and an opportunity to see the cities and locations from the perspective of the locals.

Signing up is easy but finding people to host can sometimes be hit or miss.  You should host a few travelers in your own home/apartment/abode and see what it is all about.  Often the connections are brief and the idea is a cultural exchange that is beneficial to both the traveler and the host but sometimes it’s just a place to sleep while others go about their daily life.

There are stories of people having problems, but then again the world isn’t perfect.  There are problems the moment you wake up in the morning, but to discredit the opportunity without serious investigation means you’re going to miss out on the chance to see the world in a way you may never have thought of.

There are many different videos available online to watch adventures in couchsurfing and there is even a documentary called One Couch at a Time where one woman- Alexandra Liss, and 3 strangers hook up to travel the world for 6 months and document the entire thing.  They test the boundaries of sharing and living a nomadic experience.  If you have a change to view it I highly recommend it, but you can also view similar types of adventures when you click through on some of the YouTube videos by people currently living the travel dream.

Spending the night on the couch of a stranger is something that many people have done in their life, it happens in our youth before we begin to lose the shine in our eyes.  There are many more good people in the world than there are bad, and those that populate this little corner of the web at couchsurfing.org and people like Alexandra Liss are more than willing to share their experience.

Have you couchsurfed?  Tell us about your experience.

For additional information on the One Couch at a Time Documentary <—- click the link if you’d like to know more about the creator then check out the link below from Thefourhourworkweek blog.


How to Travel Through 20+ Countries with Free Room and …

Alex had just returned from six months abroad, traveling through 21 countries for free while shooting her full-length documentary, One Couch at a Time. She was wrapping up the film and had requested an interview with me.



Hack the World

The New way to Live

Ditch the Day Job and Travel Hack the World

For 10 years Chris Guillebeau has been traveling the world on a mission to see all 193 United Nation Countries and he’s done it.  This guy knows more about travel hacking than any of the “guru’s” out there and he puts his money (well not really) where his mouth is. For a decades now, Chris has travel hacked his way into countries by doing both simple and complicated things to get to where he wants to go, and he’s not alone.

Many of the people celebrating with him on his birthday got there just the same way – by travel hacking.  What is this travel hacking you ask?  Well, it’s a way of getting your travel for free using several different means.  Most people don’t know about travel hacking but they actually do a version of it when they use the various points they accumulate on their credit card purchases – but travel hacking takes this to a whole new level.

If you thought extreme couponing was outrageous, think about how it works when someone is a fanatic about free travel. This is what happens when you put a little elbow grease into the mix and start planning and conspiring to get to the best travel locations and do it for free.  If you’re interested in learning more then there’s no one better to learn from then Chris Guillebeau.

The man who travel hacked the world – NBC News.com

Apr 8, 2013 On Sunday, Chris Guillebeau, known as the godfather of travel hacking, turned 35 in Norway, the last of the 193 United Nations member 



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The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide – Nomadic Matt’s Travel
Discover all the way you can travel hack your trip, bring your costs close to zero, and never have to pay for flights or accommodation again.



March 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM ET


Mike Hrostoski smiles in a field.

Mike Hrostoski
The death of Mike Hrostoski’s mother spurred him to jettison his life and go a global road trip, partially subsidized by getting Expedia.com to give him $1,800 a year in free hotels.

After ditching nearly all his material possessions and quitting his six-figure job in a Fortune 50 human resources department, Mike Hrostoski, 31, says he’s “living like a millionaire just on travel hacking.”

There’s no breaking into airlines’ websites required. The informal term “travel hacking” means using unexpected shortcuts to quickly earn free or reduced price airfare and hotel stays. This year’s first quarter already finds Hrostoski visiting Amsterdam, Berlin, Cancun, Columbia, and Olso, all for free, all from frequent flier miles.

Read the entire article here —> http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/boss-free-globetrotter-games-expedia-1-800-free-hotels-1C8809731


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Insider Travel Tip: How to hack the Sydney ferry. Two Sydney Habour Cruises for $11.60.
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Teaching English in a Foreign Country

Teaching and Traveling

TEFL by Barry O'Leary

TEFL by Barry O’Leary

Ever wonder how some people can afford to travel the world? Well, one of the many options of making money while you travel is actually teaching English in foreign countries.  It’s referred to as TEFL or Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. There are several places to get your certification, and there are a number of locations around the world in which you can teach.  If you’re interested in learning more about this then consider a few of these books and be sure to click on the links below to find out where you can get certified. The caption to the right is a book ($ 2.99 USD) written by Barry O’Leary about his experience teaching English in a foreign land.  It’s worth a read and definitely provides a first-hand view of what life is like when you teach.  If you are thinking about traveling and want to have the opportunity to make some money on the road or to sustain a traveling lifestyle – then consider the benefits of this kind of employment. Check out Barry O’Leary’s book in Amazon – to be clear this is my affiliate link to Amazon so I do make a few pennies when you click on it – if you feel you would rather not use my link, then just type in the name of the book and the author and it will lead you to the read.


TEFL Certificaiton

Getting your certification for TEFL can be as easy as checking online.  This is a link to the TEFL E-book guide from TEFLonline.net and it’s worth it to investigate the options.  The download is free and it offers great information on how to get started.  The website is user friendly and if you read their Facebook comments you’ll see what kinds of questions and concerns people have when considering this line of work.


OxfordSeminars.com is another website to check out – they offer seminars and In-class courses in more than 130 locations throughout the US and Canada.  They also have a free package you can request for additional information.  The website offers various media options when learning about their program such as information packets and videos.  Learn more at : http://www.oxfordseminars.com/tesol-tesl-tefl-course/

Tesol.org offers a wealth of information on how to get started with TEFL as well as additional teaching and certifications.  Their website might look a little clunky, but the information provided is abundant.  Finding the right course and location for your training is the first step to getting out into the world and contributing while traveling for your own needs.  If you are just starting out and TEFL programs look like they may be too much to deal with, then consider shorter and more convenient training – learn more here at Tesol.orgs Program Page.   If you’ve always wanted to travel and you have the initiative to do so, then consider TEFL as one option to keeping your travel lifestyle going.  This certification could lengthen your stay at a specific location, but if it offers you the freedom to travel around the globe, then it’s worth the effort to investigate. Please feel free to leave comments.


Travel Hacking with and Without Credit Cards

Using Credit Card Purchases to Travel Hack

Learning To Travel Hack with and without Credit Cards

Learning To Travel Hack with and without Credit Cards

Have you ever wondered how some people can fly to all these exotic locations and do it for pennies or even for free?  Well, it’s not really FREE TRAVEL – instead these people have learned the art of Travel Hacking.  I know most people dread the thought of getting a credit card for the express purpose of airline miles, but it is one of the many ways people have been travel hacking and traveling for free.

When you think of airline miles and credit cards, you might want to check “what’s in your wallet?” All credit cards are not made the same and although the airline miles for purchases have been the mainstay of previous Travel Hacking Experts, using only credit cards might not get you to your travel goal.  When next you receive that credit card offer in the mail, consider your purchases and start planning how to use the credit card in a way that can benefit you and your family, but look into other options as well.

Travel Hacking is like an art form and there are more ways to travel hack than most people realize.  With a bit of exploration and research you may be able to find some interesting alternatives to just credit card miles.  If you’re interested in learning more; there are some great links on this post that will get you started toward learning how to TRAVEL HACK.


Chris Guillebeau – Author of The $100 StartUp is the King of Travel Hacking

Chris Guillebeau could be called the king of travel hacking. Author of the $100 Startup, his travel hacking blog has 80,000 regular readers.

So what is travel hacking? Essentially, it involves finding ways to earn Frequent Flyer Points to either fly for free or at a heavily reduced price.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advisor/travel-hackers-secret-tips-revealed/story-e6frfqfr-1226622176492#ixzz2ZqAPQyuB



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Sherold Barr talks about how you can earn miles and get special promotions to travel in Chris Guillebeau’s Travel Hacking Cartel.

Looking for more information on Chris Guillebeau and his Travel Hacking Lifestyle?  Check out his blog The Art of Non-Conformity.

Tips from Lifehack

Tips from Lifehack

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Why Travel Hacking Is More than Just Credit Cards

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Hack My Trip

Hack My Trip.com

About Scott Mackenzie
Scott founded HMT while traveling on a budget during graduate school. He stays loyal to United, Alaska, Hyatt, and Starwood.

Travel hacking starts with all the things you could do to save money and travel better if you woke up tomorrow morning and wanted to book a trip. You can’t do that with credit cards alone. You’d need to have great credit just to start, and then you’d have to apply for the cards and usually meet some minimum spend. Then you’d have to find availability. Not exactly the hardest thing, but roadblocks nonetheless.

My version of travel hacking requires none of that. Tell me the trip you want to buy, the one you were just about to pull the trigger on, and I’ll tell you three ways you could change your plans to save money or make it more rewarding. It’s not always about flying free. Sometimes it’s just about knowing how the system works. Building up elite status and, yes, credit cards can make this game even more rewarding, but you don’t need them…

Read the entire article from Scott Mackenzie at his website www.HackMyTrip.com



Ever wonder if anyone really gets to 1,000,000 miles?  This is what it looks like when they send a letter to tell you that you’ve spent an unnatural amount of time flying in the air.  Humans were not meant to fly or we’d have wings…well just tell that to Chris…as he earns more miles.

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Miles & Points Interview: Canadian Travel Hacking. Steve writes his blog to show folks in Canada how to use miles and points to travel. Canadian Travel Hacking – Interview with Steve1. Family photo near beach in Obidos, 



Keeping Your Passport Safe

When traveling to the US a visa is required

Keeping Your Passport Safe

Keeping Your Passport Safe is a major concern when traveling the globe.  Without a Passport life can get a bit difficult and your future is basically stalled until you get the paperwork completed.

Because of the latest measures, travel has become increasingly difficult, no matter if you are taking a quick flight from Seattle to Portland or going outside the boarders to Japan.  The level of difficulty begins when you leave the boarders of your home country and without proper documentation you can find yourself stranded in the waiting room from hell.

Consider making a few copies of your passport and keeping them separate from your other documents.  This allows you to provide a copy of your Passport when checking into a hotel, instead of giving them your only sure way out of the country.  If turmoil and chaos ensues, you don’t have to find a hotel employee to give it back or worry that it will be held ransom for some strange reason.  Keeping your passport in your room safe is a better option and allows you to control when and where the document is removed.

Also, consider scanning your passport and keeping it (as well as other important information) on a small memory stick or some sort of USB flashdrive set up to look like jewelry or something that attaches to your key chain and is unobtrusive.

Here are some other Tips from around the internet.

Travel Tips: Avoiding Passport RobbersTravel Tips: Avoiding Passport Robbers
Cracking the Secret Code of Travel every Thursday. http://bit.ly/SoniasTravelsYT Sonia Gil shares her tips on how to keep your passport safe when traveling. …

Understanding International Travel Advisories | International …
Tips and Advice On Staying Safe When … on the warnings. Both the date of when the warning was issued and … see what the international travel safety …



Travel Hacking

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Inspired by “Where the Hell is Matt,” I decided to self-fund a 120000+ mile, 16-country, 18-month adventure around the world. You can read the whole story h…


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http://bit.ly/-Budget-Travel Find thousands of luxury places to stay at for free on budget travel. Read our blog http://rawontheroad.org/ Budget travel is a …

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Bargain tips, message boards, an online magazine, and information about the guidebook series published by Wiley Publishing. 5 Things You Don’t Know About France. The Best Eats in Emilia Romagna. 15 Decks of Elegance & a BBQ, Too. Recent Member Photos.

Travel App Offers Free Museum/Zoo Admission
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With Google’s Field Trip app you can get free admission to 23 museums and zoos until the end of July. Cities with participating institutions include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Reno, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Mashable has 

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