Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Travel the World While Working

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Visiting a Starbucks, you will always see half of the patrons glued to their laptop or tablet.  Some of them might not be living in town, not even in the country, they could well be from the other side of the world.  And they could easily make their living from the internet, giving them the freedom to travel around the world, sometimes with their whole family. 


It's Called Internet Nomads
Now with Skype, Internet, Cloud storage and Google Voice, you can conveniently work from places such as Munich, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Melbourne or Santiago de Chile, traveling the world, and things aren't much different for their clients, they might even not know your whereabouts.
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Business Worldwide
Entrepreneurs who are rarely meeting their clients in person, for example:
  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Developers
  • Social Media Strategists
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Translators
  • Writers / Editors / Bloggers
just to name a few.  There are certainly many more fields where it's not necessary to meet with clients in person and which allows worldwide travel for extended time.  Write Your Way Around the World is a great article that gives you tons of ideas. Check it out here.
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Chris and Danika are Traveling the World
Chris says:  "The fact that I'm sitting here in Berlin dealing with a client is exactly the same as being down the street. "A lot of the people I work with have been clients for years, and they're aware that we're traveling. They don't see a difference, but we feel it."
After nine months away from home, they have proved their working-on-the-road strategy is pretty sustainable.  The whole 9-5 working thing completely stopped," Chris says. Because we don't have distractions of going into an office, we're able to work far less and still have the same amount of progress on projects," he says.  Depending on how much work they have, they estimate they work about 20 to 40 hours a week.
"Important is a smartphone with internet. Perfect in case the Wi-Fi in your apartment fails, or you have a four-hour train ride," says Chris. Make sure you know where the cafes are that have Wi-Fi."
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The Best Cities to Live and Work Remotely
Worldwide Info for Internet Nomads if offered in a free list that contains among others:

  • Monthly short and long-term cost of living
  • Co-working space
  • Basic Meal costs 
  • 1-bedroom Apartment rent in downtown
  • Climate and air quality of this city
  • Internet Speed*
It's a very helpful listing, containing information that are otherwise not easy to get, and even shows which cities are popular or trending among internet nomads.
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So Popular That Even Forbes Writes About
Read an interview on Forbes with Ally Basak Russell, a digital nomad, based currently in London.  She gives insider tips, based on several years of travel and working independently abroad, which includes, among others:
  • Add the World Clock Google Calendar widget
  • Get an unlocked phone and local SIM card
  • Give up Skype for Google Hangouts
  • Buy an inexpensive USB Ethernet Adaptor
  • *Before you rent, test the Internet with www.Speedtest.net
See for yourself if it is worth, living the life you want to, not the one you think or even worse: others think, you should live. Better blogging from Paradise ...

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