How to Work Anywhere and Travel the World Forever
Hey everyone, my name is Mike Swigunski. I am the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling travel book called Global Career: How to Work Anywhere and Travel Forever as well as the founder of GlobalCareer.io, a remote job board. Both of these projects were inspired by my 10+ years of international work and travel experiences.
After visiting over 75 countries, my goal is to continue traveling and visit every country in the world. Recently my life story was featured on Forbes. Today, I am excited to share with you guys some insights as to how you too can travel around the world and work online.
How to Work Anywhere & Travel Forever: 3 Easy Ideas to Consider
There are lots of ways to work and travel today. If you dream of traveling the world forever you need to get a decent paying job. Today, I am going to share some of the easiest ways to secure employment and start traveling around the world full-time.
For starters, it’s important to understand that just about anybody can live this same lifestyle that I do. It doesn’t take any sort of special intelligence or skill to generate a nice level of income to support this lifestyle. Especially once you understand the means by which most people are able to do this. Here are some of the most common ways to work remote and travel the world.
1. Working Online
Working online is perhaps the easiest and most consistent way that expats all around the world are able to secure positions abroad and keep income coming in. The good news for you is that you don’t necessarily have to be a coder or somebody with a vast knowledge of technical skills like software engineering, graphic design, and so on. Here are some of the most popular ways to work online.
If you are reading this article, you already have a valuable skill. If you come from an English-speaking country, it is easy to see your language as worthless. After all, it is all that you will hear walking down the streets every day.
The world doesn’t quite see the English language this way. This is why many companies, namely Chinese companies, have a heavy interest in employing native English speakers. If you want to get an easy route to securing a $25/hour and up position, consider teaching English to students in China.
If you don’t mind sitting on your computer all day and writing about topics that you don’t necessarily know anything about, content writing might be a great fit for you. What is great about this career is that you can always work at your own pace and choose your clients.
Content writers also don’t typically make any sort of physical content with their employers, making their job entirely remote. This is another one of the many lures to this sort of position. Keep in mind, though, that there are various other options to pursue.
Generating Money with an Affiliate Website
Have you ever thought about having a website that generates enough income for you to survive? The truth is that this is actually very possible. One of the most popular ways to ensure that you create a profitable website is to use the Amazon Affiliate Program. This is a pretty complicated topic which takes a learning curve, but let’s discuss the basics of how affiliate sites work.
The way it works is simple. Create a website in a niche of products that are sold on Amazon. The goal here should be to narrow down your niche as much as possible. If you want to do home products, as an example, pick something like handheld vacuums. Then, create a niche site where you review and give informational articles on handheld vacuums.
Becoming a Freelancer
Being a freelancer is one of the absolute easiest ways to get your feet wet in the world of online work. Just note that this isn’t a very stable position. At least not right away. Typically, what you need to do is build a profile on a popular freelance site, like Upwork.com, and build a portfolio and reputation.
Freelance jobs are normally short-term positions. This is why I mentioned that they are not usually pretty stable. However, this is a great way to both get started working online and to have a fallback option in case you start to run low on funds during your travels.
Working a Full-Time Remote Job
Working online and having a stable position is probably the best way to work anywhere and travel forever. After all, there will always be a consistent paycheck for you to rely on when you need it the most. This is part of the reason I created GlobalCareer.io.
If you want to find a full-time remote job, the hardest part is to connect with the employer interested in hiring you. Make sure to check out Global Career if this is an option which interests you.
2. Finding a Local Job with a Working Holiday Visa
If you aren’t quite ready to start working online, then getting a job abroad is one of the easiest ways that you can start traveling and experiencing life abroad. Especially if you don’t have an online job, or aren’t interested in pursuing one. Here is how you can secure work abroad.
Select a Country Which Interests you the Most
The first step to getting a job abroad is to make a list of the countries that you would consider visiting. Remember that securing a job abroad probably means that you will need to live there for 6 – 12 months or so. Make sure that you think hard on this one. Narrow down your options until you are left with one clear choice.
Consider what Skills you Have to Offer this Country
Typically, getting a job abroad as a native English speaker will mean that you can easily secure a position teaching English. There are also clearly many different types of careers to consider, though. If you have professional experience in a certain field, do some research to see if your desired country offers work in your field.
Reach out to Potential Employers
Once you have determined what type of job you want to find abroad, the next step is to start reaching out to potential employers. The best way to find them is usually online. Send in applications to different jobs. Eventually, you will receive a call or e-mail expressing interest. This is a great sign that your dreams of traveling are about to come true.
Arrive in the Country After Receiving Employment Contract
Do not make any sort of travel plans until you are confident that you will be able to have work when you arrive. If you don’t, you will quickly exhaust your funds and return home broke. Once you receive an employment contract, you are ready to start looking at flight tickets.
Secure your Working Holiday Visa
Depending on the country you want to visit, you may or may not get assistance securing your work visa. In any case, this will be something discussed during the interview process. Once you arrive, though, there will be steps you have to take in order to secure your visa and legally stay in the country for your job.
3. WWoofing or Volunteering Abroad
Those with limited funds that want to experience natural aspects of a country have an additional option to consider. Especially if finding an online job seems a little out of your reach right now. If you are willing to volunteer for 4 – 6 hours a day, then WWOOFing might be the best option for you.
What is WWOOFing?
To put it simply, WWOOFing is volunteering at farms around the world. There are farmers in all corners of the world who simply need some help. For you, this means that you get a free bed to lay your head down at the end of the day. For a small annual fee, wwoof.net connects you with farmers in your target country for volunteering opportunities.
Do you Get Paid to WWOOF?
Although it is plausible that you may get some money under the table at your WWOOF farm, keep in mind that this is not paid work. After all, you are already being given a smoking hot deal. If you want to live abroad for next-to-nothing, though, this is a great option.
Other Volunteering Abroad Options
Outside of WWOOFing, another way to volunteer abroad and receive a free bed to sleep in is to work at a hostel. In just about every corner of the world, you will be able to find hostels seeking volunteers that will put in some hours working every day. In return, you receive a free place to stay.
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