Find a Job that Lets You Travel the World
Every millennial loves to travel, and seeing the world is probably a top item on every young adult’s bucket list. What most people don’t know is just how simple and easy it is to live and work abroad. You don’t have to be filthy rich — in fact, you can do it while working a regular job and making an average salary. Here’s how.
You’re sitting in your apartment, scrolling through Facebook after another typical, monotonous day at work. Your newsfeed is pretty standard: another high school friend is getting married, your aunts and uncles are posting problematic political statuses, and there’s the occasional cute dog picture or meme. Then, you come across the posts of your more adventurous friend, who just shared a photo of herself sipping a cocktail on the Mediterranean after she left “the office.” You feel a surge of jealousy: why aren’t I doing that?
As the workplace evolves in conjunction with an increasingly developing tech world, more and more jobs can be done via laptop from essentially any location (as long as it has wifi). Progressive company structures allow more freedom and flexibility to their employees, who are being given the opportunity to work from home — wherever said home may be. With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, countless jobs can be done remotely, including those in the fields of: coding, programming, writing, consulting, sales, marketing, social media, etc.
Freelancers and independent contractors also have the ability to live the lifestyle of a digital nomad, and it’s almost a waste not to. Considering the soaring rent costs in the U.S., it’s a lot cheaper to live abroad, especially since the dollar purchases more in other countries than it does in the United States. Anyway, logistics aside, who doesn’t want to travel the world?
If your job is remote-capable, but you’re still trapped in an office, have the conversation with your boss to see if they would be open to you working remotely. Outline a proposal to frame your request in a way that will most effectively demonstrate to your boss that your best work can be accomplished from home.
Make sure you have a thorough understanding of your company’s remote work policy prior to discussing the possibilities with your boss in order to strengthen your negotiating position. Additionally, be sure to familiarize yourself with ample research proving the benefits of telecommuting. GlobalWorkPlaceAnalytics.com and the Harvard Business Review are both great sources that evince how working from home increases productivity, employee satisfaction, engagement, and efficiency. It is also important to highlight the reasons why working from home will be beneficial to you, personally, because a happy employee is more motivated and reliable addition to the company.
Our favorite websites that offer a vast quantity of diverse remote work opportunities are Remote OK and Remotive. In addition to those, however, Jobpresso, Working Nomads, Indeed, Skip the Drive, We Work Remotely, and Flex Jobs are also all incredibly convenient and efficient search engines on which to browse for telecommunications jobs and to really get a sense of what’s out there. For technologists, programmers, and engineers, Stack Overflow and WFH allow you to refine your search from the beginning in order to find jobs best suited to your skillset.
To subscribe to daily email lists for remote jobs in the tech field, head over to Jobscribe; if you’re a remote worker in Europe, Europe Remotely has a myriad of jobs you can apply for. If you’re interested in working for a startup, AngelList and Outsourcely hire skilled workers for long term positions, both remote and on site. For freelancers, Upwork, Toptal, Guru, and HubStaff Talent each provide a range of offerings, from teaching you how to become a successful freelancer to connecting you to companies if you already have the ball rolling.
Evidently, remote work is increasing in popularity. Resources for finding these jobs are expansive and thorough, and it’s even possible that your current job will allow you to begin working from home. The convenience and opportunities that arise from becoming a digital nomad are ample. If you want to travel the world, there’s no longer the excuse that your career is what’s holding you back.
NOMADX is a real estate technology platform developed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing global community of location-independent remote workers, or “Digital Nomads”.
As Digital Nomads ourselves, we know what the market is looking for: trusted, affordable accommodations in highly-attractive locations worldwide at 50% less than AirBNB. We also offer educational masterclasses to help master the lifestyle as well as community events to help foster new friendships.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Williams is the CEO and Co-founder of NOMADX with his base in Lisbon, Portugal. Dave is a US pioneer in the digital marketing, advertising, and ad tech industries as a serial digital entrepreneur over the past 20+ years with multiple exits in the early formative stages of the search engine marketing, social media, and ad tech industries.