Have you always wished you could be one of those people who traveled the world? Have you had thoughts along the lines of, “must be nice,” or “someday when I have time and money…”?
Ok, so last time I told you a little about my story and the steps I took (and continue to take) in order to achieve a lifestyle that allows me the flexibility to travel. This time, I’m going to talk a little more about what kinds of career options are out there for those of you who can’t just drop everything and start traveling. We don’t all have trust funds, so it takes a certain amount of hard work and dedication to craft the life of our dreams, but I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely possible. With that, let’s get into some career options!
Take a moment to look at what is limiting you from achieving your travel dreams. Those reasons will be different for everybody depending on their personal situation, but I would be willing to bet that there is a significant amount of fear involved. Making a significant life change comes with a lot of uncertainty and the fear of the unknown and the possibility of negative consequences can be a powerful thing.
So…you want to be a digital nomad? There is no time like the present to start taking steps towards achieving your dreams!
If you’re sitting here scratching your head and saying, digital whaaaaat?, a digital nomad is a person who has taken their careers completely online so they can work from anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection.
Ok, so maybe that beautiful beach in the photo above isn’t likely to have an internet connection (in fact, I know it doesn’t, because I took that photo in Australia and it was a pretty remote place that involved a drive down a long dirt road to get to).
Still, if you have an internet connection and the right career, you can travel without having to quit your job. Pretty cool, right?
I am sad to say that I’m too old for a working holiday visa. (If you’re under 30, however, read this.) The worst part about the whole thing is that I wasn’t even aware that working holiday visas existed until I was over the age of 30! Imagine my excitement, and then the immediate crushing of dreams that occurred when I learned that working holiday visas existed (hooray!), and then immediately learned that you have to be under 30 to take advantage of them (wait….WHAT?!?!). I seriously went through the five stages of grief on this one.
Ok, so it’s not summertime at the moment, but I wanted to put this out there for you now so you’ll have plenty of time to think about it and get prepared before Summer arrives. I just found out that the state of Alaska recruits tons of people to come work seasonally every summer in their tourism and commercial fishing industries. There aren’t usually enough Alaskans to fill all the positions, so those of us from the lower 48 (and Hawaii) are in luck!
If you’re like me, you’ve most likely spent a significant amount of time sitting around with your head in the clouds daydreaming about a life where you get to travel more…and get paid for it! These kinds of jobs do exist, so if you’re looking for a change in career, you might consider one of these options.
I’m a working American with a full time job. The thing about this country is that it really is a great place full of interesting things to do, great places to see, delicious things to eat, and wonders to behold. The problem is, we all work too freaking much to be able to get out and experience it all! The average worker in the United States receives about 10 days of paid vacation time per year.
If you travel for business, you have a wonderful opportunity to get out there and see a bit of the world! Often times, business trips are quite quick and travelers don’t really have enough time to really experience their destination, but with a few little changes, you can turn it into a mini-getaway with minimal vacation time.
As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I have a full-time job. In an office. At a desk. I’m not particularly wealthy, and I don’t have absurd amounts of vacation hours doled out to me at my job. In many ways, I’m probably like most of you. I […]