Travelling the world as a full-time job

Travelling the world and getting paid to do it may seem too good to be true.

But two years ago, 25 year-old Hannah Martin from Mount Maunganui packed her bags and bought a one-way ticket to Australia.

After studying accounting at Waikato University, Ms Martin thought she was "on the right path" and "doing the right thing". But the corporate lifestyle wasn't for her.

"I knew deep down the three weeks of vacation a year wasn't going to curb my appetite for travel."

In her last year of study, Ms Martin decided to become a full-time traveller.

"If you'd asked me five years ago I'd have never imagined this. But the whole idea blossomed over a year, so I had a long time to come to terms with it."

With her partner, Ms Martin's road-tripped through the USA, zip-lined through Costa Rica, been paragliding in Colombia and snowboarding in Canada. She's explored 14 different countries so far.

She says it's a lifestyle made possible through the digital age, by teaching herself business and writing skills through online tutorials before creating her own business using her laptop.

She uses social media to both share her experiences and make an income. Calling herself the ‘Intrepid Introvert’ on Facebook and Instagram, she refers people to travel companies and resources, taking a commission.

"They're things I use myself anyway so I know they're good."

She says the hardest part was changing her habits and mindset.

"Being a university student, you're always under someone else's instruction. But you won't make an income if you don't do the work.

"It's about self-discipline. Anyone can do it, but it's definitely easier for some than others. You have to overcome the fear of judgement. People always question you and make you doubt your decisions, but you have to stick by them."

She says she's earning enough to live comfortably while travelling, even saving some money on the side.

And she has no plans to stop.

"We travel quite slowly anyway. It's not a new place every few days. Definitely for the next two years we will continue as we have been, and then after that maybe slow down to visiting a new place every six months."

She hopes to encourage others to chase their dreams too.

"It's never too late to change your track. Everything is learnable, so what I'm doing might seem out of reach for others but a few years ago it was out of reach for me."