Building a Nomadic Income Which Allows us to Travel
You should have seen me coming back from our Christmas cruise this winter – from the
It was hard being returning, knowing that because of the need to be nearby for work, our exploring and wandering on the boat would be limited to the southern section of the Oxford Canal until I could get time off again in the summer.
I know, I know, I should count my blessings. I am privileged enough to to live this dream life on a beautiful boat, but the wander bug has bitten and I have a bad case of wanderlust.
The need to be nomadic…
Living on the canal and knowing that adventure is as easy as starting the engine and untying our mooring ropes, is wonderful. Knowing that ahead of you are thousands of places just waiting to be explored. It’s an almost cruel tease then when you realise that this adventure is right there ahead of you, but at the moment it has to wait as you need a change of career and still have a few more ducks to line
How I am making this happen…
Back in summer last year, I decided that it was time to start writing again. At various points in my life I have been no stranger to the pen and really do enjoy being creative and telling stories.
I decided that I would have a go at seeing whether I could turn my joy of writing into an income which would allow us to travel.
In August I started to write Family Life on a Narrowboat and finally in December it was published on Kindle, with the paperback coming out soon.
After an initial flurry of sales, it has now settled and is selling a couple of copies a day. I’m a realist and understand that this isn’t going to allow me to retire, but it is now an income which I now have access to which I didn’t beforehand.
These two sales a day equate to around £100 a month. Not a lot, but what it is, is a start! It’s going to be an incredible amount of hard work, but 10-15 books would give me the sort of income that would allow me to seriously untie those ropes to go off exploring and realise my dreams of being nomadic and also a full-time writer.
With having to hold down the day job, it would take me 5-7 years to create enough material for these books, but it’s not just about the money, so if it takes me longer then so be it – the most important thing is that I create work to be proud of and that is of use to people.
I aim to write more on canal life, which obviously has become a great passion of mine. I also want to cover other topics which are close to my heart. I have written a children’s book centred around a character named Compost Lou. I am just waiting to find the right illustrator for this one, but once I have, hopefully, there will be a series of 10 books around him and his adventures. This feeds into my other passion in life which is organic horticulture –
I have thought about other ways to find an income, such as YouTube, but it hasn’t really clicked with me the way writing has yet so at the moment I am going to stick with what I enjoy and hope for the best.
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