With fierce competition for the same jobs these days, it’s very easy to get swept up in the mindset of “I’ll travel later”, not wanting to leave a gap in your resume.
It’s long been thought that a large gap in your resume will mean being treated unfavorably by a prospective employer – especially if your explanation for the gap is “I was traveling the world”.
Though here’s some news – travel may actually boost your employability. As long as you can explain the benefits of your travel experience to a potential employer it could actually help your resume stand out, and improve your chances of being shortlisted for an interview.
But travel isn’t as novel as it used to be, so how can you properly market your time abroad to make your skills and experiences look good?
Screenshot of my actual personal resume, after traveling for 7 years, is at the end of the post.
The internet has made traveling abroad not only manageable, but pretty easy in-fact. We’re now at the point where the phone in your pocket can translate words, give you directions, and recommend must-do activities.
I’d be hard pressed to name a traveler in the 21st century who doesn’t rely on some form of smartphone app. But of course, most of these apps are dependent on having a stable internet connection.
Without one, your phone camera might work, but that’s probably about it. But thankfully, staying connected isn’t all that difficult. Multiple options exist and these days, most won’t break the wallet. The following are the most convenient ways to keep an internet connection while you’re on international leave or vacay.
These days, more and more travelers are choosing a life on the road as a digital nomad. Enhanced opportunities to work remotely, along with home sharing platforms like Airbnb, make it an increasingly alluring prospect.
The life of a digital nomad might represent the ultimate freedom for some people. However, it does present various challenges when it comes to entertainment on the road.
One such challenge arises when it comes to choosing an online casino when you’re living in exotic countries. What was just a matter of registering, depositing, and playing, can become a lot trickier when you’ve no fixed abode!
While this will affect those who enjoy gaming as a hobby, it’s also a big challenge for those who use gambling as their side hustle for making money while traveling. But here is a guide with everything you need to know.
Every year, more and more people are trading in their 9 to 5 office job for a digital nomad lifestyle. Companies are becoming increasingly more flexible in allowing their employees to work from home, especially since the pandemic hit and they were sometimes forced to.
While it may seem like a dream working remotely from home or wherever you decide to set yourself up, there are a few things to consider before ditching the cubicle.
There are all kinds of careers these days which allow you to become a digital nomad. You can be a website developer, online yoga instructor, or e-commerce wizard selling products on Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy.
Being a digital nomad often means you get to set your own hours and work schedule. You can conduct business from the comfort of your couch or while enjoying a view of the beach. So long as you have a computer and an internet signal, you can begin to capitalize on modern technology and potentially earn a lot of money.
If you’re an independent thinker and think you have the drive and commitment to work for yourself from home or simply want to search for an online job offered by a company that allows you to work remotely, there are a number of tips that can help you get started and succeed.
If you’ve ever wanted to relocate to somewhere warm and tropical like Florida as I did, check out my top tips for becoming a digital nomad in Florida.
Vacations are supposed to be about logging off, but most of us still end up traveling with our laptop.
Whether we need it for business, or checking on emails and loading travel pics to our social media feeds, our laptops can be a lifeline to our life back home, and a valuable tool when booking tours, tickets, looking up directions, and researching things to do in the area you’re visiting.
While most of us check and recheck to make sure we packed our laptop, we often don’t give nearly as much thought into keeping our laptop protected both physically and in terms of making certain our personal data that is stored on it remains secure.
From the moment your laptop leaves the safety of your home, you make it vulnerable to getting damaged or potentially stolen. Thankfully though, there are many ways you can reduce the chances of anything happening to your laptop and the data that’s stored on it.
Want to know how I afford to travel the world full time? Thanks to affiliate marketing on my travel blog, I can go anywhere, at any time and still have a steady income no matter my destination.
After implementing affiliate marketing on our travel blog, Adventure in You and creating a strategy where it works around the clock (so that we don’t have to), we actively earn five figures each month passively, allowing us to make money on the go from anywhere in the world.
My partner Tom and I have now been on the road for the past five years, fully supported by our travel blog. In fact, we make more now than we did as a school principal and an engineer… COMBINED!
While we have multiple income streams on our blog, the bulk of the money we earn online is through affiliate marketing, which pads our pockets while providing continuous value to our audience, all while we circle the globe.
Today we’ll talk about the basics of affiliate marketing, some of the best affiliate programs for bloggers, and how this monetization strategy can become your bread and butter, no matter what kind of blog you have.
One of the many ways in which the world is smaller thanks to technology is the ease with which a non-US seller can sell products in the United States.
Amazon.com is among the easiest of ways to do this. Though like almost every business venture, there are tax consequences to consider.
The impact on a seller’s taxes depends on a few things, including whether the seller is a business or an individual, and on whether there is a tax treaty agreed between the seller’s country of residence and the United States.
For anyone who loves to travel, the ideal situation is to find a job where you can get paid while traveling the world. Few opportunities let you do this, though even fewer offer a steady wage that allows you to contribute positively to society.
When you think of the best travel jobs, the first job that springs to mind may not be nursing, but this is actually a highly in demand job, all around the world.
The sad fact is that two billion people around the world lack access to basic medicines needed for day-to-day health care, and many more suffer for want of simple surgical procedures. As such, qualified nurses are in high demand in many countries.
If you have a basic level of medical training, you can join one of the charities or international organizations dedicated to providing worldwide health, or you can set aside the prospect of a comfortable US salary and take a job in a developing country where your skills are desperately needed.
Most travel nurse jobs require at least 1 to 1 ½ year of clinical experience. If you’ve got the experience and think it sounds interesting, here are 6 reasons why you should do it!
The life of a digital nomad is an inspiring one; the ability to work from anywhere and be your own boss is somewhat of a dream vocation, being able to travel and make money from the road.
But while it’s still a very non traditional career, being that more and more people are looking to become digital nomads, it’s also become somewhat of a competitive vocation.
Being that the world of freelancing means there are remote work opportunities in every industry, and every field, the skill set of the digital nomad is broader than you can imagine; everything from teaching English online, to web coding.
You won’t need to be skilled in every single area or method for making money online, though with a constantly evolving industry, expanding your skill set puts you in the best possible position for being able to sustain the lifestyle.
Wanting to expand your digital nomad skills? We got you covered!
The idea of becoming a nomad family is inherently romantic, and an idea that lots of households toy with, yet seldom take the plunge.
Of course, it requires a certain degree of courage to take the kids out of school, take a sabbatical from work and travel the globe with your little ones, earning and educating your kids as you go – but the decision can be an incredible one!
If you’ve made the decision to spend time as a nomad family, (perhaps you want to get away for a while you build a house, or just take a year off), we’re 100% behind you – you’re about to give your kids the best education in the world!
Of course though, that’s not to say that the life of the nomad family is all sunshine and smiles. Just as there will be incredible experiences and life-changing moments, you’re also likely to run into your fair share of learning curves.
As such, here are some essential survival tips for keeping the whole family happy, healthy and as far from one another’s throats as possible while on the road!
House sitting has become a massive movement in the travel community, and we can totally understand why; from luxury villas in the countryside, to modern lofts amidst skyscrapers, and cottages right by the ocean, it’s an incredible way to travel, and sample local life.
An exchange where you take care of someones property and pets while they’re away, and in return are allowed to stay in their home, house-sitting is basically “borrowing the homeowners lifestyle for a period of time”.
Owners have peace of mind that their home and pets are lovingly cared for, and that pets get to stay in their own home, while pet loving sitters experience life in new places, without having to pay accommodation.
Now a massive movement, it’s super easy to find house sitting opportunities all over the world, of all kinds; it’s a very viable way to travel (some people even do it full time!), and while some house-sits might only last a few days, some can be for weeks, or even months at a time.
Taking care of someone else’s home and pets might seem like a dream come true, but you do need to be a reliable, responsible, and committed sitter. And there are some things that you just shouldn’t do.
When I tell people I work as a freelance copywriter, 90% of the time, they think I have something to do with protecting people’s inventions from theft. But copyright and copywriters are completely different!
Copywriters produce advertisements, articles, promotional material and ads. We’re the ones responsible for the text on billboards, those catchy advertising slogans, and the ones who write those ads you typically ignore, as much as we’d love you to click on them!
Becoming a freelance copywriter is a great career choice for a digital nomad, as it offers a location independent lifestyle, where you can work from home, or travel full time, while working from the road. And it typically doesn’t require and education.
Anyone with a computer and writing ability, who is able to run their work through a plagiarism tool like Scribbr.com, can copywrite and make money on the internet. It takes a flair for writing, a creative mind, though also some serious motivation to succeed.
Want to dive into the world of freelance copy-writing? Here’s what you need to know!
Have you ever wanted to just pack up your things, quit your job and take off on a never ending adventure?
Once upon a time mankind roamed freely, from country to country, moving from one place to another. The very first human societies were nomadic (worth noting that some still are!)
Nowadays though, people are more reluctant to seek a nomadic lifestyle. After all, there are bills to pay, mortgages, health cards – all the trappings of modern life. We’ve come to view our 9 to 5 routine as normal, and save up for the occasional trip for a week of relaxation and leisure.
But increasingly, as technology evolves and more employers embrace remote positions, there is an ever growing movement towards nomadicism once more. I mean, what if it were possible to satisfy your wanderlust and earn money at the same time?!
That’s exactly the definition of a digital nomad! Before you jump into the lifestyle though, it’s important to full understand the pros and cons.
The cultural shift towards working remotely has been one of the biggest trends of the 21st century. In the 1900’s, people were proud of their traditional office environment, but once the 2000’s hit, we dared to reinvent this.
We dreamed of working from our laptops in Sicily one day, and Switzerland the next. Of filing reports from a villa in Bali, or answering emails from the plane, en route to our next exciting country.
Yes, the concept of remote work has been one of the biggest movements of the century; it’s now incredibly common for entrepreneurs and freelancers to sustain themselves through online income, and more and more companies are offering positions for remote employees.
And while this is exciting; total freedom of movement, and the ability to work from anywhere as long as there’s a laptop with a connection, there’s a lot of work and discipline required to stay on track while traveling.
There are many tools and products that make life easier as a digital nomad, from blue-tooth keyboards, to lap desks, and portable wifi, but today we’re going to look at the apps you need for success.
Covering everything from your accounting, to your diary, and easy-to-use video conferencing, the best thing about the apps in this list is that they’re ALL FREE … keep your business expenses down by using these!
Look out your window, whether that be your office or your bedroom; what do you see? Is it the same old scene; dreary, boring, cold? Is the nine to five, Monday to Friday ritual just becoming too repetitive, too samey? Wish you could magic yourself away for a while?
If only there was a way to fund your travels whilst gaining valuable work and life experience that would not just bolster your CV, but also your character and social network …
Oh, wait, there is! You can teach English as a foreign language – TEFL for short.
For a while now, people young and old have travelled to other countries to teach English. There are a myriad of reasons why: for the love of teaching, experiencing other cultures, funding globetrotting, gap years, a break from the ordinary… the list goes on.
Fortunately, the demand for English grows as the language solidifies its reputation as the international lingua franca. Business, diplomacy, tourism, trade – all are areas where English is invaluable. All the better for you, an aspiring teacher!
Below is a brief guide on the TEFL industry. Read on if you’re keen to learn more about qualifications, destinations, and valuations!
Deciding to relocate can be exciting, but as someone who has made many interstate (and international) moves, believe me when I say that it can also be really stressful.
There are many things to organize, plan, and take into consideration when you’re planning a move, and you’ll have even more on your plate when you’re in the middle of actually relocating. So when it comes to the actual act of moving your belongings, you want to make sure that it all goes smoothly.
We’re all for saving a buck when traveling, and travel hacking our way to paying less, but trust me when I say that you don’t want to scrimp on money when it comes to your move. This is one of those instances where you get what you pay for, so we’ve put together the following reasons why you’ll want to work with a top out of state moving company when it comes to your move.
Few destinations have undergone quite the transformation that the United Arab Emirates has in the past couple of decades. And Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, more so than the rest.
As an emirate, Abu Dhabi is far more quiet and conservative than Dubai, and offers visitors a more authentic glimpse of the regions’s culture. While tourism is drawn towards the fast-paced cosmopolitan of Dubai, Abu Dhabi has become an attractive hub for expats.
In fact, data from the UN has revealed that 88 per cent of the UAE’s total residents have come from abroad. That’s massive!
So, just what is it about this Emirate which is attracting so many expats?
Being a digital nomad who has the ability to work from anywhere is amazing. But many a travel blog and YouTube star seemingly gloss over the whole “work” part of things, while continually highlighting the adventures.
But any aspiring digital nomad or remote worker knows there’s a lot of work and discipline required to stay on track while traveling.
Which means we all need a few tools and tricks to ensure we stay on top of tings’ while moving and grooving.
So with that in mind, here’ 5 remote work essentials for digital nomads.
Working remotely has become a modern day dream job – the possibilities to travel as you work online now exist in almost every industry, and every country in the world has lost residents to the idea of being a digital nomad.
While there are many things to consider when pursuing a location independent lifestyle (like staying productive while traveling, keeping organized, and setting up nomad travel insurance), one of the most commonly overlooked things is your life insurance.
Being that you have to think about financial security once you start working for yourself, life insurance is important to ensure your business continues to operate without interruption, and your loved ones are supported if you die.
Even if you have life insurance in your home country, there are circumstances where you might not be covered by insurance while you’re abroad. So we’ve put together this guide of everything you need to know as a digital nomad.
The biggest question people having been asking this year, is how to start a travel blog in 2021. And even if you’re not thinking about making money from your blog, hobby blogging can be a fantastic way to keep a record of your adventures.
Ultimately, a laptop, a mobile phone, and a camera are all the tools you need to make it as a blogger professionally. BUT when it comes to starting a blog, there’s quite a lot to think about; a lot that goes on behind the scenes.
So, if you’re thinking of starting a travel blog in 2021, strap in, as we’re about to introduce you to a world of domain names, hosting, widgets, and beautiful travel WordPress themes!
There are 195 countries in the world today, which presents endless possibilities for those wishing to live overseas. But, when it comes to setting up your life in a new country, Thailand has become an incredibly popular nation.
A true expat hub, Thailand boasts a low cost of living at a very high standard, a high quality of healthcare, a huge range of opportunities for travel, and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere – after-all, it’s called the land of smiles for a reason!
Having moved to Koh Samui, where I am just one of the 500,000 expatriates who have made the move, the following are five reasons you should consider living and working in Thailand too!
The VARIDESK Laptop 30 is a height-adjustable workstation that turns any desk into a standing desk, meaning your work can be comfortable, productive and energizing again.
When you need to sit, you sit, when you need to stand, you stand. There are a range of different height settings, but best of all, it’s super easy; with the pull of a lever you go from sitting to standing, and vice versa, in three seconds flat.
It requires no assembly, is easy to adjust in height, and is portable and light enough to travel with. It’s essentially a desk converter, perfect for mobile minimalists like digital nomads!
A desk job isn’t for everyone. Indeed, if you’ve worked in an office environment for an extended period of time, it’s likely you’ve felt the desire to get out of your workspace and explore the world at large at least once or twice.
But traditional jobs usually only offer 2-4 weeks of leave, and you can’t exactly ‘see the world’ in that amount of time. While we might dream of just taking off and leaving our boss behind, the one thing that usually prevents us from doing so is the money side. The answer? Live and work abroad!
One of the most common paths to living and working abroad is to find an overseas job teaching English as a second language (ESL). It’s the chance to experience different countries, meet new people, and make a lot of money. Considering teaching English abroad? The following are a couple of things you ought to know.
Did you know that approximately 650,000 New Zealand citizens live in Australia today? This made us wonder, what draws so many kiwis away from the beautiful scenery of their island to set up a life in Australia.
So we asked them!
Based on feedback from the NZ expat community in Australia, the following are a few of the most common reasons why kiwis make the move down under.
Working while traveling – for many people this is the dream; to set up an online business and freelance as you’re traveling the globe. And in our increasingly tech savvy world, there are even more opportunities for freelancers than ever before.
But, traveling the world as you’re working from your laptop presents a unique set of risks, and one of the biggest considerations is how to protect yourself from data theft.
Unfortunately, as technology has evolved, so also has the common criminal. In an age where identity theft is an all too regular occurrence, devices and user data should be protected from prying malicious attacks at all costs.
Open Wifi networks and malicious software await travelers at every step of their journey, so using devices while on the road should undoubtedly require the same level of care as a wallet or passport.
If you’re a digital nomad who freelances and runs your business while jumping from one country to the next, the following are tips for how to keep your data safe while you’re abroad.