There may be many of you who feel the burning desire to travel long-term, maybe your vacation abroad opened your eyes to how much there is to explore, maybe you found a country you’d like to have some roots in, or maybe you just feel wanderlust creeping up every few months or so.
The only thing standing in your way is funding and limited time. Most jobs only allocate a week or two of time off, nowhere I’ve ever traveled permits you to live there for free, and most people only have so much in their bank account before they have to go back to work or starve.
Fortunately, the key to long term travel isn’t terribly complicated and practically anyone with the right amount of dedication, creativity, planning and courage can obtain for themselves. Getting a remote job can enable you to live practically anywhere your heart desires.
Work anywhere with internet
Most remote or telecommute jobs simply require that you have a stable internet connection to enable you to connect with your colleagues or upload the work you’ve done for the day. What this means is that anywhere that has consistent and stable internet is a viable place for you to work from.
You could work from a different part of your home country, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Central America, anywhere. The world is growing more and more connected as each country comes online and there are very few that don’t have some kind of a connection.
Depending on the type of work you do can affect this quite a bit. A job that requires a persistent internet connection at all times may restrict you from living in some of the more rural or less connected parts of the world that have spotty internet. But if you’re job simply has you upload the work you’ve done at the end of the day having enough of a connection for the 10-15 minutes you need can open up more places you could live.
If you’re worried about maintaining internet connection read this article to give you ideas on how to maintain it abroad. (Insert new article link)
Income Stays Consistent No Matter Where You Live
When you obtain a remote job they pays you an agreed upon amount for the work you do that is often based on local salaries or competitive rates on the global market. This can be a huge benefit if you live in cheaper parts of the world. Say you get a remote job paying $40,000 a year or you and your spouse work part-time each to earn $40,000. Living in an expensive place like Singapore you’d be struggling to get by. But if you live somewhere like Playa del Carmen, Mexico where the cost of living is about $20,000 a year, you now have $20,000 excess every year to either enjoy paradise or start building your nest egg for retirement.
This is exactly what my wife and I did in Mexico, we had part-time remote jobs paying $40,000 a year total and we lived cheaply to save money and enjoy life. Working 4 hours a day to earn double your living expenses, who doesn’t want that kind of lifestyle?
Hours Might Be An Issue
The one thing to pay attention to when getting a remote job is the desired hours they want you to work. An ideal remote job won’t care what time you work so long as it gets done by a specific time, the difficult jobs can be ones that require you to work specific hours based on their local time.
If the company is based out of Texas, USA for example and want you to work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. their time and you live in Paris that means you’ll start work at 4 p.m. and work until 1 a.m. While you could re-adjust your lifestyle to accommodate, it certainly isn’t ideal. Now if your job is in Texas and you live in Central America or South America then it won’t be an issue as you’re going to be in the same time zone or at most an hour or two off.
One way to solve this problem is working a different shift. Using the above example let’s say you got the grave shift from midnight to 8 a.m. Texas time, but for you in Paris it’ll be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. a standard day job. The benefit with this is you’ll have less competition as few people want to work a grave shift.
So, while the hours of a remote position can be a hassle, with a little planning and creativity you can minimize some of those problems.
Some Jobs You Can Get
Any job that requires an internet connection to perform can theoretically be outsourced as a remote position. In Mexico I was a writer for a political news blog and my wife coordinated with a marketing team at an IT firm. You could work remotely as a telemarketer, customer service representative, programmer, writer, and editor among many others.
Admittedly some industries have more remote work than others due to the nature of the work. A general news writer can work from anywhere, but a local news writer needs to be local and I can’t think of any car mechanics that work remotely. But don’t let that discourage you as many jobs have surprising remote possibilities that just need a little out of the box thinking.
A teacher could do online courses or private tutoring online, a doctor could find work with a telemedicine company doing diagnoses via tablet, and that car mechanic could shift industries slightly to be an over the phone salesman for auto parts.
It’s also important to note that you might be able to get a remote position by talking to your current employer. My wife approached her employer to discuss the possibility of keeping her job and managed to work out an arrangement that allowed her to live in Mexico.
For those wanting the freedom to live anywhere in the world and not be restricted by their work a remote position is a very good place to start. It provides a reliable source of income wherever you are and can give you the opportunity to travel and live anywhere. Don’t let your current job be what prevents you from traveling.
To give you more ideas and a place to start looking for remote work, check on available remote positions available around the world.
Author: Benjamin Baker
After serving abroad in a religious capacity for two years Ben has felt the pull to travel and explore ever since. This desire was further fueled by his wife Maddie and the two have traveled to many places over the last few years. Ben’s hope is that by sharing his knowledge and experiences obtained while traveling that others can improve their lives and the lives of others through travel. Check out additional articles written by Benjamin.