5 Jobs That Can Be Done From Anywhere

The more we travel, the more we meet other travelers, and everyone makes money in different ways. Digital nomads of many trades are common. With questions about how one can travel and work, here are just a few jobs I’ve come across that can be done from..well…anywhere!1149321_4461935765084_57536907_o

  1. Teaching English

Teaching English is in demand in many places around the world, and we have met several people who do so in foreign countries, as well as online. Jobs ranged from weekly Skype calls, to tutoring locals independently, to teaching in institutions.  While a BA/BS is preferred, one is not required by law in many countries in South America, Central America and Eastern Europe (although some institutions will have their own requirements). An accredited TEFL certification can increase the chances of getting a job too. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a 4-6-week intensive course which teaches practical training and different language methodologies.

Here you can see a chart on teaching English abroad in 50 countries, their education requirements, visa rules, estimated pay and some other good info.

2. Translation

Knowing two or more languages is also a ticket to working from anywhere. The globally connected marketplace needs translators who aren’t tied to an office. Translation jobs are available online through dedicated translation sites like Proz or Translatorscafe. Additionally, freelancing platforms like Freelancer have a translation category with many opportunities. If wanting to translate professionally, going through the ATA certification can help to gain credibility, as it is one of the most respected and recognized credentials.

3. Web Design

We have also come across web designers who have cut the cord from their corporate jobs to go for it solo from any remote location they choose. Quality web designers are highly sought online, and the average rate as of 2015 is reported at $21/hour. While training and experience is required, those who have it are sitting on their ticket to work from anywhere.

4. Research Assistant

I never knew that being an efficient Google searcher was worth money, but that is a highly sought after skill set. Many companies are looking to outsource research for a wide range of topics, from cold calling lists, to the latest research on robotics. Flexjobs is just one of the websites offering remote research gigs.

5. Writing

Lastly is writing. There are so many types of writing that can generate income. English speakers are in high demand and jobs are available for writing anything from short stories, to blogs, to glossaries, to birthday cards. There are also big opportunities in sales, legal and technical writing. We have met many people in the writing business, on many levels. Freelancewritinggigs, Guru and Freelancer are a few places offering jobs.

These 5 jobs are just a few that can be done from anywhere, many thanks to the digital age.  The internet has opened up  opportunities that weren’t available a decade ago, granting freedom to work from home, an iPad or another country. Woohoo!

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Why Would Someone Be a Perpetual Tourist?

If you could do anything, what would it be?

Skydive?

Go to space?

Be a doctor?

For us, we have always had the itch to travel. We like to go, see, and experience what’s out there.

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This “itch” has inspired us to adapt our lifestyle so we can travel and take pictures year around. But what is it about travel that gets us? Why would someone be a perpetual tourist?

One could answer “Why not!?”, but there is a real answer and it’s not the sights, food or culture per se.

As we see amazing places in Poland, we have all felt in awe. We have been struck with curiosity about the origins of certain places; what are the stories and inspirations behind these massive structures with insanely intricate details?

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We have enjoyed days together in beautiful places, bursting with fall colors like we’ve never seen.

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At the end of they day, ARE these things at the heart of our desire to travel? There has to be a very good reason because…it is not easy. We make sacrifices, we miss family, we miss friends, we create our own income and we only own what we can carry. (Think about all the things you would leave behind if you could only carry one suitcase.)

Then there’s the problems that peek their pesky heads at the darnedest of times. Whether it is a lightning storm that knocks out the power for 3 days (when our entire business is online), or a life threatening pancreas attack that put one of us in a foreign hospital. Shit happens and we have had to fight for what we want. lightning

So what makes travelling important enough to us that we are willing to subject ourselves to this? In the most challenging moments, the reason is uncovered.

It comes down to asking what we want out of life.

Will we settle for anything less than what we want? Will we make excuses and work jobs we never wanted? Will we trade freedom for comfort and convenience?

Hell no. All the hard parts that we work through, reap to us the life that we want. Living our dream is only hindered by excuses, complacency and fear, and it is realized by facing those fears and being honest with ourselves.

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So as for the reason why someone would become a perpetual tourist, it’s not just the delicious food, fine wines, pubs, friends, diverse cultures, beautiful sights, adventurous lifestyle or the excitement. That comes and it goes.

It is the process that subtly unfolds.

Questions abound, which beg to be answered. Limits are pushed. Comfort zones are eliminated. We are humbled as we make fools of ourselves in different languages. We are tested. We grow. Each place reveals a new understanding of the this planet we live on. We gain a greater understanding of what is going on on a larger scale.

By travelling, we scratch that itch within us that desires to learn without ceasing;perpetually.

There are many paths to take in this life, and that’s ours as of now. What has inspired you to choose yours?

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOME

When you hear the word home, what does it bring up in your mind? I have had many people ask me what it is like to travel with my family and how I like it.10309204_10200790724249018_6644362473688666096_nWell, it has been one hell of an adventure so far with ups, downs and everything in between, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. One main difference though is that we don’t have one specific place we consider home. That got me thinking about what a home really is.

My Home Growing Up

I grew up in one house for the majority of my life with my mom, dad and brother. It was nestled into a cul-de-sac. 10270607_10202858546118437_6702844560179731554_n

Three other families on the block had kids and we spent long summer days playing together. My ideas of “home” are tethered to that place.

Our Home

When we had our own son, we wanted a home to call our own, so we got a house. It was a 2-story in the back of a cul-de-sac. There happened to be three other families who had kids our son’s age on the block. Sound familiar?kids playingWe worked long hours and our son was with family, babysitters or in day care often. For the most part, we each lived our own separate lives working 40 hours per week at least, and that was considered pretty normal.

A Different Life

However we had a different dream. We had a desire to work for ourselves and experience all we could in this life with each other. We only live once, our son only grows up once, and we wanted to make the most of it. Unconventional? Yes. Did people think we were crazy? Most. Did people believe in us? Not many. But we decided, we planned and we went for it.

We started an online business, planned where we wanted to go, visited, bought tickets to move, gave up our house,walked away from our jobs and sold our belongings. As I watched someone walk off with my crock pot and my favorite chalkboard, it made me wonder”What would be home where we were going? Would we have one?”

Our First Foreign Country

When we got to our first destination, Costa Rica, we got settled in our new house. Everything was different. We didn’t know anyone, we didn’t speak the language, we didn’t have anything but backpacks of clothes, toys and laptops, and we had to figure it out and rely on each other. Over time, we did meet friends who we value dearly and still talk to regularly, we did accumulate things, we did find our favorite places, but none of these people, places or things would be able to come with us when we left to our next destination.

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Some Things Stay

Over the next 2 1/2 years, and 6 different places, I realized that some things do remain with us wherever we go. We always share meals around a table. We always have our bedtime ritual with our son. We have our inside jokes that only we know. We have our games we play together. We share our experiences of the places we go and the things we learn. We hold our home within us, and we are constantly building onto it. We have more now than I can say we had with our house, our pool, our cars, and our full time jobs. We have memories together that I would not trade for the world.

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While I don’t think you have to travel ongoing to build this kind of home, it does push us to grow by being in new situations together. What makes your home a home? How do you break out of the rat race to focus on what is important?