22 November 2017
Students going the extra mile

Making money while travelling

Now 29, when Sabrina Bos finished high school all she wanted was to go far, far away. Before starting the Bachelor in International Business in Maastricht, she spent a year travelling around Australia, Spain and France – a year in which she discovered her wanderlust. Currently the alum works out of her Renault Trafic van as a freelance project manager, blog writer and online business entrepreneur. Her income covers not only her travels, but also her startup accessART. She spoke about her experiences during the recent Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Read the expert blog by Sabrina Bos for the Alumni Office, in which she explains her view of the difference between having a startup and a starting business.

Interested in travelling for work or working while travelling? Follow Sabrina on Facebook or Instagram and read her Ultimate guide to become a digital nomad.

Working without wi-fi
After spending three and half months travelling around France in the van, she plans to head south again in the new year. “Maybe even outside of Europe. It’s a dream of mine to drive to Africa or China.” But first she’ll be flying to Myanmar for a month. “It’s a family trip, so I won’t be working, also because there won’t be much in the way of wifi. Of course, I’ll be able to spend bus trips and things like that writing blog posts. And I’ll have time to make strategic plans.”

Slow travel
She works an average of six hours a day. “One day it’ll be 12 hours and the next none at all. If I’ve done a lot of driving I don’t have the energy to work in the evening. But if I’m spending four days at a campsite somewhere, or in some other place with good wifi, I take the hours I can get. It’s very different to when I was just backpacking; then I’d work in trains and on buses. Now that I drive myself around, I lose those hours.” During her tour through France she drove no more than 100 km per day. “Just ‘slow travelling’, so that I really get to know the environment. The evening before I leave, I get my Lonely Planet and my camper guide and check out where I’m headed.” During her trip around France she would sometimes meet up with acquaintances from the Netherlands, although that sometimes caused frustration. “I’d have to work on an assignment while the other was on holiday.”

text: Denise Vilerius en Joyce Larue

Bos has fond memories of her student life in Maastricht. She learned a lot “thanks to the PBL system, and the city is beautiful”. She looks back with particular pleasure on her time as a board member of the MUSST sports council. “Not only did I learn a lot during that period; with the other board members I also got to know Maastricht’s nightlife.” During the third year of her bachelor’s programme she spent six months on exchange in Peru. “A beautiful country with sea, mountains and jungle. I spent at least half of the weekends on the road.”