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.



Epic Travel Vlog 8 Miles from Home

Adventure in Chiang Mai with 8 Miles from Home


Jmayel, Sach and their dog Eden have left the UK and settled on a working visa in Chiang Mai.  With their Volg 8 Miles from Home,” they offer us a look into their world with stunning cinematic stories that read more like an adventure book than just an ordinary life.

Their approach is a bit different than most vloggers in that they spend time between videos and offer a glimpse into regular life through the eyes of people that know they are living the dream of so many others.  While they could show their mundane day-to-day activities, they instead show us what life is like when you truly experience it as if you were the star of your own Blockbuster movie and I love the style.  It’s not your typical vlog and the time and effort spent on creating something beautiful is evident in each video.

The footage is masterfully edited and each vlog is themed and beautifully filled with the local attractions and the simple beauty of a land that many only dream of visiting.  If you’re looking for something other than a shaky cam with dizzying movements and views into the inner cavity of a travelers nose, then check out the videos offered by jmayel and Sach.

Their adventures are just that – adventures.  They do have a facebook page and a blog which are listed on their video page and on there you can find more in-depth information on the locations and situations mentioned in the videos.  Instead of making a 9 minute video talking about buying a car in Bangkok, they instead offer a full, overly dramatic story and leave the actual details for the written blog which I find refreshing.

If you’re pining away for a life of travel, these guys will give you something to appease your wanderlust and offer so much more.  I highly recommend watching their videos as it is a refreshing and unique take on living in Chiang Mai.



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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An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Headed into the wild Blue YonderTraveling around the world is a great aspiration of  many people.  Finding the time and money to do this is something that most people never even consider, because they aren’t actually PLANNING to travel the world, instead it’s just wishful thinking.

If you are actually considering this in the future then it’s best to learn as much as you can about all the things that can happen and how it may change you and how you see the world.

Below are a few picks for today’s post, each has some wonderful information and may provide you with something useful in your future travels.


Uncommon Guide to Long Term TravelAn Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

Potts gives the necessary information on: • financing your travel time • determining with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. …. Veteran vagabond Potts regales readers with his mantra: anyone with an driving a Land Rover across South America, and travelingaround the world for 

The many problems with being a long-term lone vagabond without a …
Of course, travel is a wonderful chance to learn many things about the world, pick up some weird habits, meet some fascinating people, and learn languages, but no lifestyle is perfect and has its drawbacks. …. people, since I move around so much, so I much prefer to talk about that other person, or some common interest we share, so that I can have varied and more interesting conversations, rather than go around the world to give the same soliloquy the entire time.

World Stompers: A Global Travel Manifesto
Brad Olsen, published 2001, 288 pages


Safety for Women Solo Travelers

Safety for Women Solo Travelers

Women solo TravelTraveling is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  As a young person, the world is your oyster and you can pick and choose the life you want to lead and this often includes dreams of travel.  As an older person, you find yourself thinking about living and possibly retiring in an exotic foreign land, but many people think of travel in terms of traveling WITH someone.  What if you were to travel alone?  And what if you were a woman traveling alone?

There are many dangers to traveling, just as there are many dangers to being a race car driver, each has good points and bad points.  A number of women have made the decision to travel alone, and because they are alone there are some special considerations to keeping safe.  These articles below were compiled from around the web to provide some basic safety tips.  You will also find a few blogs from women around the world that have decided on solo travel, check out their blogs posts and follow their progress.  Be sure to comment and let us know what you think about these articles.  Also, if you’d like to add your two cents to this blog with your own travel experiences please let us know…and ALWAYS be safe.



Solo Female Traveler Blogs


Adventurous Kate offers great tid bits of information on her blog.  She states on her blog “At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia.”  This is impressive and her insight to travel is priceless.  She offers subscriptions to her blog, and if you’re a woman considering solo-travel, then consider signing up to be on her list.

ALittleAdrift is another female traveler that has parlayed her travel experience into working as a travel writer.  Her bio reads: “Shannon here! I’m a traveling writer (or perhaps a writing traveler) and web consultant. In 2008, I left my home in the States to travel solo around the world … hoping to redefine my story of myself and my story of the world. Years later, I’m still on this journey—sometimes with my niece in tow—traveling slowly and sharing stories of life, culture, and vegetarian eats.”

TheTravelChica has several posts about safety.  Stephanie started her solo travel at 29 through Latin American and continues to explore the world alone and sometimes with friends.  Her adventures and her safety tips are a great intro to some of the places people only dream of traveling to.

Anna has some Badass” tips in this blog for those of you traveling as a solo female – she should know, she’s been living the dream and can offer tips to help your next travel.


Articles of Interest


These articles listed offer some insight into travel for the solo traveler.  Take some time to read them – they come from different places around the web and offer different points of view.


The Most Wonderful Problem For Solo Female Travelers To Have

It is the most wonderful of irritations and problems to have.

That people care enough about my life and well-being and happiness (and the well-being and happiness of my family) to voice uncomfortable questions and concerns in an effort to understand why I would pack up my hiking bag and hop flights all over the world.

I remind myself of this every time I want to pinch the bridge of my nose and let out an exasperated sigh.

Read more—>  http://www.forbes.com/sites/elisadoucette/2013/02/07/sarai-sierra-emphasizes-that-women-need-to-keep-traveling/


10 Simple Tips to Keep Yourself Safe on a Solo Adventure Abroad

By  on July 1, 2013

By Megan Hettwer

Solo adventures have a bad reputation – especially for women. But, there’s no reason that us girls shouldn’t enjoy a trip abroad by ourselves. In reality, many destinations abroad are just as safe (and sometimes safer) than our hometowns. If you use the common sense and street smarts that you’ve likely acquired over the years, you can easily have a fantastic solo trip.



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Me traveling solo in Berlin.

Due to recent events in the news of a young 33 year old American mother being found murdered in Istanbul while traveling by herself, the public is questioning “Is traveling solo and especially is traveling solo as a female a safe thing to do?“. The answer that I give you (as a frequent solo traveler myself) along with an overwhelmingly LARGE response from the travel community is YES. Yes it is safe and you will quickly learn from the posts I share below that the problem here that we should focus on is violence against women at home and abroad and has nothing to do with traveling solo or not.


10 Safety Mistakes Women Shouldn’t Make When Traveling Alone
August 27, 2012 9:06 am by Caroline Morse

Solo travel can be exhilarating, freeing, and helpful in learning new things about yourself. But solo travelers, especially females, can also be more vulnerable while alone on the road. We spoke to some solo women travel experts who shared their top mistakes to avoid when traveling alone.


10 ways for women to stay safe when traveling alone – TechRepublic

Women traveling by themselves need to take some extra precautions. Here are a few practical pointers to help women stay safe on those solo business trips. About half of business travelers are women. Although the travel 



Travel to Honduras

Travel to Honduras

Safety should always be a concern when traveling, but it should not be the only reason you decide not to go on that trip you’ve been dreaming of.  There are many places around the world that can seem dangerous and this is usually due to a generalized stereotyping of a certain country or peoples.  The truth is that there are dangerous places, but not as many as people think.  Of course you may not want to walk into a war zone, but many exotic locations have gotten a bad wrap simply because of one or two incidents.

Here are a few posts from around the web and some video you might be interested in.


Is Honduras Safe To Travel To?Is Honduras Safe To Travel To?
More than 350 volunteers from all over the world worked together to build schools in northern Honduras this January. We interviewed the volunteers at the wor…

Travel WarningsWarnings to Ensure Travel Safety
Travel warnings are an attempt to save you … Four of the most-consulted English-language warning sites are … How to Find International Travel Safety


Which airline is better for a Transatlantic Flight

Points and Travel

If you haven’t used your points for travel, then you could be losing out on some great benefits.  This post is from thepointsguy and offers some information you may find useful.  Check those credit cards and find out if you are getting miles for your purchases and if you are then its time to start planning that vacation you’ve been putting off.

Which Product Is Best For A Transatlantic Flight- American, British …
Without considering frequent flyer miles or anything of that nature, the best product for a transatlantic flight in my opinion is the new American Airlines First Class, which I recently flew from JFK to Sao Paulo in April. I thought it The Boston to Heathrow flights on AA are terrible (old, noisey and poor service) as they still use the old domestic planes and not a transatlantic plane. This is my regular route and BA wins every time and is a good product in all classes of travel.


A few Travel Blogs to check out

Check out these posts from around the web.  Travel blogs and Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Great Travel Blogs • Expert Vagabond

on a RTW Trip Adventurous Kate – Solo Female Travel Blog Around the World in 80 Jobs – Adventure Travel Jobs Around the World Live Independently.


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Jennifer & I celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a trip to the San Francisco Bay area and enjoyed our special day with a trip to Napa Valley with wonderfu…

Travel Photo Roulette Round #61: Colorful – Breakaway Backpacker
For each round a new theme is chosen, and independent travel bloggers are asked to submit their photos. Then a winner is chosen to host (and I was going to pick a single color… my favorite color, but instead just wanna see anything COLORFUL. I wanna see bright colors… or just one Travel with a Mate – “Motion” 9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water” 10. Vagabond Quest – “Clothes” 21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry” 22.

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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.