In­dian pro­fes­sion­als hit the road to make a liv­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Anubhuti Matta anubhuti.matta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: If you’re young, child-free and ea­ger to travel, the one thing hold­ing you back tends to be your job. But there’s now a grow­ing num­ber of In­di­ans find­ing ways to earn a good liv­ing us­ing their core pro­fes­sional skills, as they make their way around the world.

An an­gel in­vestor who helps start-ups iden­tify new mar­kets and places to set up of­fices; a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive who of­fers con­sul­tancy ser­vices to ho­tels and tourism boards; even a con­tent writer now sell­ing pho­to­graphs as prints and post­cards.

While th­ese con­sul­tancy gigs typ­i­cally bring in about 60% to 70% of their earn­ings, the rest comes from travel-re­lated skills that they hone along the way, in­clud­ing blog­ging, travel-writ­ing and free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy as­sign­ments.

“We don’t earn what we were earn­ing with our full-time jobs, of course, but we are man­ag­ing to fund our trips with­out dip­ping into our sav­ings,’ says de­sign strate­gist Anuja Joshi, a Mum­bai­ite who has com­mit­ted to 12 for­eign coun­tries in 12 months and is trav­el­ling with her hus­band, a user ex­pe­ri­ence con­sul­tant.

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