In the past, these two seemingly conflicting pursuits were reserved for an elite few who had jobs which required constant globe trotting. It was mainly tourism related jobs like travel magazine writer for a publication like Lonely Planet or a tour guide that oversees a 30 day tour. There were also other jobs which naturally lead to the cohesion of work and travel, such as pilots, flight crew, cruise and container ship workers.
If you were not in a position to be in one of these jobs, the other option to meld the two was being a corporate big shot. Paid business trips abroad to mix a bit of work with pleasure was seen as a premium experience earned by successful business people of the world, and somewhat a badge of honour representing the ultimate success.
These days, with improvements to communication technology globally, and the rise of the digital age, pretty much ANYBODY can travel and work around the world.
As long as an internet connection of some sort can be established, your mobile office can manage your business services as if you were in that dull office you were so keen to abandon back at your previous job.
Yes. Yes it is. And you would be surprised at the number of people doing it and achieving success.
The success is two fold. Firstly, they are creating an income while travelling. Secondly, they are creating a lifestyle they actually want.
As exciting as this prospect sounds, most aspiring to reach this goal seemingly always underestimate the work side of the demands, and eventually give in to just concentrating on the travel. This will make for a short digital nomad experience!
Relating directly to the question of ‘how to work and travel around the world’, people are often looking for a simple answer. They crave for someone to tell them to do this, or do that, and it will work. The fact is, there is no simple answer.
Most people working as digital nomads around the world have individually created their unique lifestyles tailored to their own needs. Through trial and error, they have found the balance that works best for them.
It’s not a matter of working ‘x’ amount of hours or earning ‘y’ amount of money to make the travel and work experience succeed. This is something that you will discover yourself, and it will depend on factors like your general working discipline, your time management, your professional skills value, your desire to work and how much you actually need to work.
So if you landed on this article hoping for a straight forward answer on how to work and travel around the world, we recommend you create your own experience.
Try a few approaches, see how they go. If you find it is not working out for you, don’t be discouraged. Most of us take time to get it right. You can take a different approach altogether and so long as you are willing, you are every chance to establish a successful blend between work and travel.
No longer is the working travel lifestyle reserved for the select few. Get in there and see what you can make of it. Opportunities are endless in the Digital Age.
Prepared by Work Play Nomad
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