We’ve all been there: you arrive at your desk on a Monday morning and a wild thought sweeps over you – what if you quit and travelled the world instead? Rather than gearing up for that 9am catch up meeting, you could be strolling into a Parisian cafe, sinking your toes into the golden sand of a beach in Bali, or watching the sun rise over the Tuscan hills. We all dream of giving up our jobs for the excitement of travel sometimes. And yet the reality for most of us is that we need to work and we have bills to pay, caring responsibilities and other factors in our lives which make spontaneously booking the next flight to Australia out of the question. That doesn’t mean that combining a career with travel is impossible though. You can make seeing the world a part of your life without giving up everything to become a full-time traveller.
Choose A Global Organization
While there’s no guarantees, choosing to work for a company with a global base is a good start to ensuring that travel may well be a part of your job. Think about local industries and what they can offer, or any multi nationals who are based in your area. Some industries lend themselves to travel while others are necessarily more based in their own country. Things like working for a hospital tend to be local, while working for a university may involve more travel if you work in certain areas such as jobs in student recruitment. And getting a job working for a company whose base is elsewhere in the world opens up new horizons too.
Become A Digital Nomad
The concept of being a digital nomad is something which is often talked about these days, but what does it mean? Well, essentially, you will need to have a skill which can be offered digitally and on a freelance basis. Things like marketing, web development and business consultancy lend themselves well to this. The idea is that when you take your job fully virtual, you can do it from anywhere with a good Wi-Fi connection. However, there are a few things to consider. First of all, you need a strong client base and good business development skills in order to keep the work rolling in – this can be harder to do digitally if you don’t already have a well-established client base. Second, you will be competing at a global level, which means securing the rates of pay you want may be difficult, especially if you don’t already have a body of work and a great reputation within the right circles. Thirdly, you still have to make time to work, which can be difficult when there are all the temptations of a foreign land waiting right outside the window. And lastly, depending on where you’re planning to travel to, you will need to factor in time zones and making that work with your clients. It can be done, but it takes a little more dedication and hard work than we might sometimes picture.
Learn, Teach, Travel
Another route into seeing the world while working which suits some is to combine learning, teaching and travel. There is huge demand globally for those who hold a TEFL qualification – Teaching English As A Foreign Language. That can really take you places, following a well-established track of language schools around the globe. There is also the opportunity to combine this with further study of your own – you can do things like an accredited online MBA program delivered virtually while you’re also off scratching your travel itch. And this is a great way to make sure that you get to see the world while not sacrificing the idea of building a career. With a little careful planning and saving, you can do both!