How Do I Afford To Travel Full Time As A Vet Tech?
Updated: Sep 24, 2020
I know what it’s like to scroll through an Instagram page and wonder, “How the heck can they afford to do that?” A strong case of wanderlust will have you searching through countless destination photos, travel vlogs, and just about everything that helps you scratch your travel itch.
As a licensed vet tech, I was never rolling in the dough. Sure I could afford to go on one big volunteer trip abroad a year, but saving enough money for full-time travel as a vet tech just wasn’t an option. My short term veterinary volunteer trips were incredible experiences, but they all had one thing in common - they ended too soon.
I found myself planning my next big adventure before my current trip even ended, and I was just living for my vacation time.
I wanted to create a life that filled me up, so I knew it was time to look at my veterinary career in a different way. Sure I had my veterinary experience and degree to bring along with me, but that didn’t put money in my pocket once I walked away from my full time job. That’s when I realized that I already had the perfect tool for a steady flow of income - my laptop.
You’re probably well aware of how vast the online world is. Even the most modest of animal clinics and pet businesses have a website, so just think of how many online pages are actually animal and vet med related. With these pages comes the need for content, and that’s where skilled veterinary professionals can help.
I was well armed with a plan to find a way to take my veterinary career online, but I needed some help with the execution. That’s when I stumbled across a credible online course that’s worked with thousands of women to assist in creating their own online businesses. I completed my 90 Day VA Course by Esther Inman that helped me learn the ins and outs of online work and virtual assisting, and soon set out to pitch my vision to every animal brand that would listen to me!
If you’re at all confused on what content creation and virtual assisting is, I’ll help you out.
A virtual assistant is basically just an online assistant for a client, online business, or any kind of digital organization. A virtual assistant has an endless list of job opportunities to help bring in the money. Some tasks of a virtual assistant include:
Social media management
Social media content creation
And the list goes on. Every single one of these tasks can be applied to a veterinary related business, so the opportunities for an online vet tech are vast.
I spent about 6 months gaining experience in a range of online tasks. At first I was heavily involved in graphic creation and social media management, then I began to switch my gears to focus on blogging and article creation.
For 6 months I worked 40 hour weeks at my full time job at the ER and spent the remaining hours of my day hard at work in my business. After launching my online business in February of 2019, I was bringing in enough money to quit my full time job by October of 2019.
Fast forward to now and I am a traveling vet tech living in Southeast Asia full time with my writing business in tow. I now have 12 clients that offer me regular blog contributions each week, which results in an income even higher than what I was making working at my full time clinic job.
I spend about 4 days of my week working online all day, and the other days volunteering at local animal rescues or exploring the current city I'm in.
Now I’m not telling you to follow these “surefire” steps to success (there were definitely bumps in the road), I’m just asking you to open up your mind to the possibilities of an online career in veterinary medicine.
As a veterinary professional, our lists of skills are already endless. We are expert multitaskers, we have excellent client communications, we have a kick-butt attitude to get us through a long day, and we have an undying passion for animals that can help us achieve just about anything in this field.
We are already a million steps above the average Joe that attempts to start an online business. So what do you say, are you ready to create a remote veterinary career?