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How Do I Afford to Travel? Learn Thai Yoga Massage in India

“How do you make money to live your life? To travel?”

When I left nursing to move to India after meeting Ben, I wasn’t sure what direction my career would head. I didn’t like nursing, but needed a job, and knew I wouldn’t want to work in healthcare in Goa. I have this website more as a hobby at the moment, but when people e-mail asking: “How do you make money to live abroad and travel? How can I?”

It is possible for the average person to do, because I found a way! No, not by blogging (well maybe by blogging if you’re really good at it), but by learning a new skill. One that can be put to use all over the world.

I’ve gotten e-mails asking if my parents pay for my travels, or if I make a lot of money from my website, if I sell crack, even if India tourism is paying me to be here. I haven’t made much money from my website at this point. I just put ads on this week, as you’ll notice in the side bar. When people click on them I make 3 cents. Also, when someone clicks an amazon link in my posts and buys something, maybe not even what I linked, I get a 3% affiliate payout. Other than that, I make money from massage, a skill I never thought I’d use!

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afford travel learn thai yoga massage in india

afford travel learn thai yoga massage in india

Intro to Learning While Traveling

While you travel, you’ll see signs and ads promising to teach you to become a yoga teacher, learn reiki, or become a masseuse. People travel to Goa and the mountains constantly to learn to be yoga teachers. In fact, most girls I meet that are in Goa for a month are here taking yoga teacher classes. I saw the signs while I was traveling, some of them only a week long and thought, “it’s a scam”.

It wasn’t!

My friend Chloe came to India planning to take Thai Yoga Massage classes in the mountains. I told her I’d find something else to do, but eventually I went ahead and took the class since it was only Rs 5,000 (90 USD).

I’ve been a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist for a year and a half. I earned that money back in the first two massages I gave.

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I was a nurse before I traveled to India and took the class for fun. I figured I could give my friends massages at least. I was shocked to find it a legitimate class with one-on-one teaching and a true certificate at the end. Although, no one has actually asked to see it. Many Westerners come to India to learn to teach yoga and go home to open their own studios. Think how much you pay for a yoga class. Other than paying rent for their teaching spot, those teachers are making a nice amount of money! Learning a new skill abroad that you can monetize from is a way to start a new life.

How to Become a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist

Thai Massage is a healing art using the combination of acupressure, meditation, yoga, Reiki, physiotherapy, and reflexology. The masseuse gets almost as much of a work out as the client using feet, elbows, and entire body movements to massage the client. The client wears loose clothing, like pajamas and receives the massage along with positive energy transferred through Reiki, pressure points, gentle rocking, and twisty, joint-cracking fun! This is not your typical Swedish massage, and is my favorite type to receive.

Also called the “lazy man’s yoga”, the client feels like they’ve just done a work out when actually they’ve just laid there.

Truly, you could become any type of massage therapist, not just Thai yoga. I preferred this method because I don’t like the idea of rubbing naked folks down with oil, although I love to be the one getting rubbed down! I am a huge fan of massages and got one every other day in Thailand.

In India’s tourist zones: Pushkar, Mcleod Ganj, Goa, Manali, and Udaipur to name a few, you will see signs to learn massage. Classes may be a couple weeks and it could cost upwards of Rs. 10,000.

You don’t need to plan ahead for this, as there are numerous outlets for massage training. If you want a certificate that is translatable to the U.S. you can go to Kerala to an approved school.

How I Got Certified & Tips to Promote Yourself

I was training by Ram in McLeod Ganj. He’s a kind Indian guy that training in Thailand and Mexico in Thai massage, Reiki, Reflexology, and healing.

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In my training I learned all those aspects along with chanting, meditation, and small amounts of holistic healing with reflexology.

Because it was off-season, Chloe and I were the only ones in class. This meant we got a great deal and class was only one week (all day) because Ram had more time for us. He is the main massage teacher in McLeod so ask around and you’ll find his place near the center of town.

I don’t interject the chanting, meditation, or Reiki into the massages I give, as I don’t truly feel comfortable teaching or implementing all those aspects. As a western trained nurse, I also don’t use Reflexology to treat heart failure or high blood pressure. I do Reflexology, but just for pain and stress relief.

I have fliers (pictured below) up around town in the yummiest of restaurants like Thalassa and Baba Au Rhum. I use those and word of mouth as my only source of getting clients now.  I put the name and price at the bottom and don’t negotiate rates as I feel I offer a fair price. If you do the same, of course it’s up to you to figure out how much you want to charge.

 

I work from home either in a room of my house I fill with relaxing music and incense, or I take the ordeal to someone else’s home, in which case I usually charge a little more. The massage is given on a yoga mat, which is ideal for switching up locations.

The only negative: I am careful to go to someone’s place where multiple men want massages. Indian men, when alone with a woman, are very forward and may ask you on a date as well. The other snag is that many call for massage expecting oil. I make sure to explain on the phone what the massage is, in case they didn’t actually read the flier. Many times when I say no oil, Indians don’t want the massage, as their national massages are with lots of oil (Indian Deep Tissue and Ayurveda).

 Work For Yourself

The great thing about working for myself is that I can publicize more if I like and become busier, or I can continue to focus more on my blog. I could even go to classes to become a Thai yoga massage teacher myself and teach from Goa. For a 100-dollar class I took on a whim, it sure has been beneficial to me and I truly enjoy doing it.

I could also do massage in the U.S. by word of mouth, as a private service, as I don’t think I am certified in the U.S. As long as I’m upfront with people, and will be charging less than a salon, I could still make a living is I market it right. It’s great to have back-up plans. Even as a backpacker, imagine offering massages at cheaper rates to people you meet abroad in the hostels!

So, now my readers, (you guys!) know how I make money abroad. For more options, check out Alex’s series “Earning Abroad” where others’ share how they live abroad. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re bored of your 9-5 and looking for change, you could look into classes in somewhere like India where they are much cheaper than home. Just make sure what you learn is transferrable.

Doing a Yoga Retreat in India or Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in India

If you are interested in taking courses but want to pay safely and not get ripped off, you can use bookyogaretreats.com for retreats and bookyogateachertraining.com for YTT. These are owned by the same team and they only list the best of the best on there. There are reviews for other yogis who have been there so you can dive in and do some serious research. I recommend sorting by the “top recommended”.

The top places for yoga in India are Rishikesh, Dharamshala, and Goa.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India almost four years ago where she is now a travel writer. Her website gives advice on the 35+ countries she's been to but has become the go-to site for India travel, focusing on offbeat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine, Tripadvisor, and Thomas Cook. Her blog is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world based on traffic. She also enjoys writing for BravoTV.

94 Comments

  1. Colleen Brynn April 14, 2014 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Also, NO HAPPY ENDINGS! Haha!
    You should be proud of yourself for going out and getting this training and for following your heart! :)

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2014 at 1:21 am - Reply

      lol, no the ending will not be as happy as they hope hahah!

  2. Christie April 14, 2014 at 6:22 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great skill to have, and something that you will probably use on some level for the rest of your life. I had no idea that massage was so cheap & straightforward to study! I plan to travel longer term within the next few years so I really love learning how others earn abroad, thanks for another great post :)

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2014 at 1:22 am - Reply

      Yes, I think that we got a great deal because we went in off-season to where we practiced, but either way it’s still very cheap in India. In the US I think you have to take classes every day for 6 months!

  3. anuj April 14, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    now i can understand how u make money earlier i thought u are borrowing from parents.Also indian parents never allow to go in a live in relationship,can u suggest the benefit of indian culture and disadvantages considering the life of youth.

  4. Catherine April 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Every other blogger seems to just make money from blogging or travel writing, it’s so interesting to hear a different story! You’ve certainly inspired me. Not sure I’d want to massage people, but definitely going to be looking into learning new skills that can be used on the road. Thanks for such a great post :)

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2014 at 1:24 am - Reply

      I mean I’d love to make money from my blog, but it definitely hasn’t happened haha. Perhaps I’m not business minded enough. Other than massage, there are so many different classes you can take. You can even become a holistic doctor. People in the US eat that up!

  5. Katie April 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I remember seeing posters like that in Thailand, and thought it was a scam also! Great to know its not… I did partake in a Thai Yoga massage, and it was fabulous! How often do you typically work? I don’t think I’d want to do the oil massages either. :)

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2014 at 1:23 am - Reply

      Aren’t they the best? After getting a thai massage I never want the regular ones anymore!

  6. Agness April 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Let me tell you that you are so right here. Everyone can afford to travel, you just need to find your own way. I am teaching in China, you are a Thai Yoga massage therapist and we are happy to fund our travels this way. Wow, you job is so wicked and unusual. 90USD for a course? Sounds like a good deal!

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2014 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Yeah girl it was a great deal! I wasn’t even sure I’d use it but knew it’d be nice to have in my back pocket. I see many other people in India that have learned massage and opened clinics, etc. So it definitely has potential to grow! It’s a shame there aren’t many teaching options in Goa- I’d love to do it.

  7. Rebekah April 15, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

    This is amazing. I’m legit going to look into becoming a yoga teacher next summer. I’m teaching in China now but have no set plans for life afterwards. I think what you’re doing is awesome. Have you offered massage anywhere outside of India? Do you get most of your business from locals or other expats?

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2014 at 7:56 am - Reply

      That’s great! You should look into becoming a teacher in India. I haven’t done massage outside India, but I won’t be in India forever and do plan on continuing massage after I leave here. It’s a mix between who comes for massages between Indians and expats. Usually Indians on vacation rather than locals though.

  8. Camels & Chocolate April 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    This is really interesting! I had no idea you were a massage therapist…and now after reading this whole post, I desperately want a massage myself ;-)

    • Rachel Jones April 16, 2014 at 1:07 am - Reply

      haha I am obsessed with getting massages and all I think about while I give one is “omg I’m going to be sore, I need a massage!” One day I gave 3 in a row for some german expats and since it’s Thai I do a lot of lunges and stretching.. I couldn’t walk up the stairs and told my boyfriend ok, now call the masseuse and tell him I need a two hour one! (we have this indian guy who does really cheap ones) hhaha so I”m a bit pathetic at the moment.

      • Joy Rigel February 6, 2016 at 3:41 am - Reply

        Rachel, your blog is amazing! You are so generous with your insights and your posts are a pleasure to read. I’m coming to Goa in March and am really interested in the Thai Yoga Cert Program. Can you refer me to the man who taught you? Also, if these amazing cheap massages you speak of are in Goa, I would love to hear about them! If you are free and would like to connect with a sister from the Philly area, please get in touch! I’d love to buy you a drink/tea or share some beach time while I am there. Bless! Joy

        • Rachel Jones February 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

          The teacher I had was in McLeod Ganj and his FB page is called “ram yoga house”. There are loads of massage places in Goa. I have a guy who comes to my house these days, but there’s a good one on Vagator clifftop and also at the edge of baga bridge.. sadly I don’t know names of places!

  9. Victoria April 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Well done. It just goes to show that travelling brings out a whole other different side to what we think we can actually do. The sky is the limit!

    • Rachel Jones April 16, 2014 at 1:06 am - Reply

      Traveling does change people and open you up to wanting to learn new things!

  10. Alex, Denglish Speaker April 16, 2014 at 7:42 am - Reply

    How interesting! I’ve never heard about Thai Yoga Massage but it sounds super invigorating. What a great way to earn abroad! You’re a rockstar for going about self-employment.

    • Rachel Jones April 17, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

      It’s AMAZING! You have got to get a thai yoga massage! It’s kind of like when I was the only kid who could french braid hair, but couldn’t do my own… all my friends had awesome hair and I didn’t. That’s massage. I make everyone feel amazeballs and no one can give me a thai one back! grr!

  11. Empty Rucksack April 17, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

    This is excellent! I am looking at something like this myself but Thai and Yoga in one line sounds like putting too many keywords together :P

    • Rachel Jones April 17, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply

      haha yes it’s great though! It’s like your typical Thai massage, but more of the bendy fun stuff!

  12. Ailsa Ross April 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Good for you, for making your dream life work!

  13. Cindy April 18, 2014 at 12:08 am - Reply

    There are indeed a lot of jobs you can do “on-the-go”, and lots of opportunities to get training abroad – faster, more intensive, and cheaper. I am myself a Yoga Teacher and work in Thailand, how much more zen can it get ? My partner is a Dive Instructor.

    • Rachel Jones April 18, 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

      Wow, so you guys have got it all figured out! That’s awesome.

      • Cindy April 19, 2014 at 6:10 am - Reply

        Hey, Would you still remember the name of the school you went to ? or maybe they have a website ? I’ll be quite interested in adding thai yoga massage to my skills !

        • Rachel Jones April 20, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

          No, I actually looked all over to find out. I know the fliers all said “RAM’s MASSAGE” but couldn’t find a site. If you’re in McLeod Ganj you’ll find it 100%, but online seems no chance :( if I’m back up I plan on checking into it!

  14. Mateen Asad April 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    That is the most unique way to earn money, but I must say a good one!

  15. Eeva April 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Well I could do rather well when I travel as I am a registered massage therapist in Canada. I can put my education to use while traveling. For those of you thinking of studying massage, especially in Canada, please do not rely on a course that is not recognized in your country. Canada has the highest standards for massage in the world (though only 4 provinces have massage governed in provincial health care acts). As an RMT I received an extensive education – my course was 3,000 hours (you read that correctly) & took 3 years. I learned much about the body systems, muscles, bones, nerves, pathologies, massage techniques, indications & contra-indications for massage as well as exercises & stretching. As an RMT I am considered a primary health care provider. I do believe in the US, Australia & UK also have some regulations (varies from state to state) so make sure you know what your educational requirements are if you plan to take up this career in your own country. Massage is a great form of drug free therapy.

    • Rachel Jones April 20, 2014 at 2:09 am - Reply

      Yep, if I want to practice in the U.S. it would have to be unofficially to friends and family. I know from Brits that got certified in Kerala and practice, and usually the schools in that state are more likely to cross over to the western world. It’s important to check into it if you’re planning on practicing at home and not abroad.

  16. Empty Rucksack April 24, 2014 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Rachel,

    Please share details of the place where you learnt this, and also any other places that you may have checked or heard from others.
    We checked online and there are too many options, so its very confusing

    -Empty Rucksack

    • Rachel Jones April 24, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Hi I’ve sent you can e-mail with the information I have.

  17. Jill May 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Very interesting to read. I’ve been thinking for awhile that massage would be a good skill to have… you can take it with you everywhere you go! Perhaps I should seek out a course like this to test to waters… and if it’s all good get certified in my home country. I will definitely continue to mull this over.

    • Rachel Jones May 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      I agree.. it’s something that you can use while you travel anywhere!

      • Olivia July 9, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Hi Rachel,
        I enjoyed your blog..I live in Ontario Canada and I just registered for the Massage and Hydrotherapy course at a recognized college. I am researching the potential of the job and this just sparked my imagination. I have a passion for traveling and it would be great to get paid for it while also learning new skills to bring back to Canada. Can you email me with tips and/or ways this can be done if you have more info than what’s on your blog?

        Thanks so much!!

        • Rachel Jones July 11, 2014 at 3:53 am - Reply

          Hi Olivia, I have put all the info I have on the blog unfortunately. I think massage is a great way to work abroad though you can just put fliers up saying where you got ceritifed and add your phone number to do house calls :)

  18. Christine May 19, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

    So interesting! We have people emailing us all the time demanding to know how we can afford to travel. I think everyone assumes we’re trust fund kids, but we just travel reallly cheap! It’s great to hear in detail though how other bloggers are able to afford to travel. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Cheyanna June 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I found this super interesting since I’m a LMP in the states. Such a great idea for travel abroad! Just so everyone knows though: In most of America this will NOT be transferable or legal to charge. We have to go to school for much longer and learn quite a few things (most of which you likely learned in nursing school). It’s good to know this can be done though, I’ve often thought of funding my travels this way. Glad I found this new blog, cheers!

    • Rachel Jones June 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      You should totally look into doing it abroad! Yep, you’re right about it not working at home in a legal setting, although to friends and family at home it is an option I look at!

  20. Christiana June 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I just came upon your site. I love this unique way of making money abroad. I am currently teaching kids English in Mexico, but I don’t think teaching English is for me, at least not little kids. I always read about the usual jobs abroad like teaching, so it’s very helpful to read about other possibilities.

    • Rachel Jones June 13, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

      I’m glad it interests you! Enjoy Mexico even if the teaching isn’t great :) I’m sure some good will come of it!

  21. JimmyC June 25, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Western female giving out Thai Yoga Massages is definitely going to generate lots of buzz in my city, Medan. I don’t think there will be any shortage of clients and incomes. Anybody coming by here?

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  23. Sarah July 6, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Amazing! Such an inspiration. :)
    I am looking at doing this course to help fund my travels, do you know of any places they teach in Goa over a week?

    • Rachel Jones July 8, 2014 at 5:04 am - Reply

      In Goa, no there aren’t any classes. In Kerala you might find some! I don’t know of any others though.

  24. Ally July 8, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

    I haven’t heard of thai yoga massage before but it sounds like a great alternative to earning purely from the travel blog which seems to take for ages to become substantial.

  25. kum August 23, 2014 at 7:28 am - Reply

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  26. Anna September 11, 2014 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Really inspiring post! What an awesome idea – I might just give it a go …

  27. Alonso November 11, 2014 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel, cheers on your journey and decision to do it! Im personally thinking of doing something similar but lack the courage (or balls maybe) to quit my job as a laqyer in a firm, risking it all and going on the journey.. how hard was it and how rewarding is it? cheers!

    • Rachel Jones November 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      It actually wasn’t that hard, depends on the teacher! But so rewarding, just gave one massage this AM and one more to do later today. Great way to make money abroad I think and keeps me in shape with all the stretching

  28. Haley December 20, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel! I’m finding your blog to be such a breath of fresh air and so inspirational. I’m about to go teach English in Korea for the next year or so, and everyone is so shocked that I’ve managed to find a way to travel and make money. I’m hoping to get my YTT in Rishikesh once my contract is up, and now I’m thinking about getting my massage certificate as well. Please never stop posting-I think you may be my spirit animal!

    • Rachel Jones December 20, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

      How exciting!! Good luck with Korea, seems everyone who does it, loves it. I don’t plan on stopping posting anytime soon :)

  29. Liz January 16, 2015 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel-

    Ive felt pulled to India for quite some time now, and have always had interest in massage and reflexology and holistic healing, so what you are doing sounds right up my ally. Ive saved up the past year working in the “real world” and now am in between jobs and feel like now may be the time to go. Could you tell me what you are calling “off season” there? Ill be traveling alone, and am also a young blonde woman and am a bit apprehensive. Thanks!

  30. Georgina January 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Hey, just researching thai massage courses in India and came across your awesome blog! Any chance you could send me any more info about this course? Is it at ram’s yoga house? Would love to do it!

    • Rachel Jones January 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      I think Ram’s yoga house is the name of his new place.. I don’t have any info though actually I just saw Ram’s on Facebook recently but other than that, couldn’t find #’s etc.

  31. bhaskar March 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Inspiring..and indeed courageous(that too in India). I always love traveling, but couldn’t gather up courage to leave my comfort job life to settle in different places. keep posted and good luck. Will certainly take a cue from you..
    By the way, just out of curiosity, how yoga has been linked with Thai messages ??!!

  32. ievta April 25, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    So cool, I would never expect tip such a “learn massage” as a way how to make money during travels:)

  33. Kate May 4, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the very interesting and useful article.

    I did a 3 weeks Thai massage course (more acupressure than stretches) in Chiang Mai last year and I was thinking of using my skills on the road at some point. What I was wondering is: do you think is possible set up/get started with these kind of services services while travelling? I mean: what about the local laws? Did you have any problems yourself? Do you think it can be done even if I moved from place to place without fixed abode? Like in hostels etc…

    I might to travel to South America next and I was thinking to stop a bit longer in destinations where there’s a lot of trekking and sore muscles… :)

    Thanks in advanece. Take care. :)

    • Rachel Jones May 28, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      local laws in india are different than most of the world… so i am not sure about the legalities. i think u do have to register. i think you could in hostels if you dont charge too much! I know when i was traveling I would have paid 20 bucks for one – which is nice for an hours work if you’re just bumping around

  34. Kate May 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the tips. I think I will go the hostel route than. :)

  35. Nitin Sharma June 6, 2015 at 5:11 am - Reply

    This article is so encouraging. In fact all your blogs are so very positive. I call myself a corporate burnout. My wife and me are planning our first trip to Goa with honest intentions of not returning back to the urban jungle where we live. I will drop you an email once we finalise our travel dates. We would love to meet both you and Ben and exchange stories. Regards.

  36. Taylor September 26, 2015 at 2:32 am - Reply

    So, i’m working my 9-5 job right now and I came across your blog. My dream is to eventually open my own yoga studio but before I do that I want to travel across the country and eventually go to India, Germany, and Australia. I’m not sure whom/where I want to become certified through but it’s kind of funny because I’m currently going to school to become a RN and I was going to do yoga on the side. However, there are many days where I question what I’m doing. I’m also from Ohio and my heart and soul tells me to just pack my bags and go.

    • Rachel Jones September 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Wow big plans! I hope you decide what you want to do next. Sometimes if you travel it’ll get decided for you :)

  37. Jayesh October 2, 2015 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Amazing post! Would like to meet you and know the experience more in detail , someday !

  38. Javier October 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Awsome and inspiring story!

    I want to ask you as i see you very king in your response. Im planning to go to India next month and i want to do a teacher trainning there as a thai massage teacher as i have been 6 years doing that amazing massage…

    Thanks a lot, and keep going doing massages , travelling and writting!

  39. Eva November 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hi there

    This sounds great.

    Does your teacher still run the course for one week at 90USD.

    Would you be able to pass their information on.

    Thanks

    • Rachel Jones November 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I sort of doubt it, as it’s been a while now – but his FB is Ram Yoga House and that seems to be the best way to reach him!

  40. Gopika November 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    thanks for sharing. I would like to see the flyers you mention here to take some idea for my own massage flyers. I cannot find it in the website, where did you post it?
    Namaste!

    • Rachel Jones November 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      I took it down as it had my phone number and I was getting too many phone calls. Sorry!

      • Gopika November 26, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        Oh! Boo :(
        Would u post it again without ur contact? Or can u send it to me without ur details?

  41. Evan December 4, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Hey there.

    How are you doing? We are 2 American guys looking for a good recommendation where to stay. We have been here for a night at a hotel in Baga and the hotel is under construction. We are looking to meet some awesome locals and travelers and go out :)

    • Rachel Jones December 5, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Hey typically I don’t stay on the Baga side, instead look at Anjuna and Vagator where you will meet many people!

  42. Jacqueline December 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Rachel, I am 55 and qualified in Uk in massage therapy, I have worked in NHS for 20 yrs as a psychotherapist. Reiki, clinical hypnotherapy, trauma specialist , NLP master practitioner, all integrated. I did 200 hr yoga teacher training in India last year.
    So, my question is ….. to learn thai yoga massage like you know how, who what and where should I go as I am solo, older and very very very unstreet wise and not at all confident with travel as aside from India which had an airport to door pick up I am useless at finding my way. Literal and metaphorical. Im planning to rent my house out for up to 6 months to do this and pay my expenses.

    • Rachel Jones December 29, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Hi Jacquline, It sounds like you have a lot of qualifications and could work anywhere you choose. If you’re not confident living and working in India, perhaps somewhere a little more laid back like central america would be better for you.

  43. Johanna January 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I really love your blog! You are a great writer and your articles are really inspiring! :) I`m Physiotherapist myself and I´ve thought about it for a while that I could finance my travels by doing massage. Now I`m traveling to India and I was planning to do few massage courses (thai yoga massage sounds great!), and maybe stay for a while and work. How is it there with legal matters? Taxing? Have you registered your company? I mean will there be any problems with that?
    Keep writing and inspiring! :)

  44. Bec January 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel :)
    Super inspiring life you’re living, thankyou for sharing your experiences!
    I’ve pretty much decided to go to india and do this course! (p.s. I contacted Ram and the price has only gone up $10 in 2 years!)
    Just wondering, did you use a tourist visa while you were massaging? Do you know how strict the regulations are with working a little on the side?
    Thanks!

    • Rachel Jones January 30, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

      wow that’s amazing! I’m happy it’s still affordable. I am not on a tourist visa, but I don’t think it’s too strict if you are just doing something from your home- people do. but yes technically it’s illegal on tourist visa.

  45. Heartofhippie April 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing that information and heads up.. Really helpful for pending travels to India next month ! Namaste xx

  46. Elle November 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel! I just discovered your blog tonight while searching online for people who travel as a massage therapist. I am 6 months away from completing my massage training, but I would like to say that I too have disliked the idea of rubbing a strangers body with oil! I am currently on a break and go back to school in January, but I am torn whether it’s worth learning basic massage vs Thai or Ayurvedic?? You mentioned getting your training from Ram in McLeod Ganj. Does he offer the Thai massage training in Thailand? I ask because I have been considering Thailand as my first destination out of the states. I am not too far in to school, so I could focus on saving money to get to Thailand and then from there do my massage training. What are your thoughts? Is it beneficial to have the certification in massage from the U.S. when traveling??

    • Rachel Jones November 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Elle,

      No not in Thailand I think only in India. There are many people who offer this, probably even in Mexico! If you want to do massage while traveling it doesn’t matter where you get certified but these overseas certificates will not allow you to work in a real massage place in the US or a similar country.

  47. Thanh Hoa December 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    HI Rachel,

    Thank you so much for all your great and inspiring stories you have shared here. :D

    I am from VietNam and also want to explore the world like what you have described. :D I am taking the Thai yoga massage training course (90 hours) in Viet Nam and working to save money for my next travel. That is the only school here offering the course with certificates. But i m not sure they will meet the other countries’ requirements to give massages while travelling there. You also mentioned that its illegal to do a massage with a tourist visa. Therefore, I have some concerns: (1) what kind of certificates should I need for traveling and making enough money to afford it?; (2) if I only have a tourist visa, how could i do sth like you have done to earn money? or any other advice which helps my travelling dreams come true is appreciated.

    Thank you so much.

    • Rachel Jones December 6, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Hi Thanh,

      You’ll want to get a certificate that is International. I’m not sure in Vietnam where/how to do that. Then you want to get a sponsorship from a company in India to invite you to work for them, so you can come on a work visa. If you are coming on a tourist visa and just giving massages to other tourists at the hostel that is fine instead.

      • Thanh Hoa December 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        Hi Rachel,

        Thank you for the reply. Does the training centre you have studied Thai massage offer international certificates or certificates which are translated into English?

        All the best!

  48. T. Jackson April 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I really appreciated your article!! It has inspired me to do massage while traveling :) I would love to get contact information for your instructor, Ram. Ill be going to macleod gange in a month or so.

  49. Rhonda June 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I loved this blog!
    Very inspirational and exciting!

  50. Suus August 18, 2017 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this article!I did my thai massage course in Chiang Mai but want to do a follow up in Kerala soon! Exactly for this reason! Id love to give massage in Bali tho, as a way to live, but its quite hard to work there legally unfortunately… One question, may I ask you how much you charge for one hour when you give amssage in India? Thanks you!

    • Rachel Jones August 18, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Hi Suus, I am no longer doing massages as blogging has taken over, but I was charging 2,000 Rs for one hour or 3,000 rs for 90 minutes ($46)

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