Over the past two years, traveling for work has taken on a completely different meaning, and with the rise of the work from home lifestyle, more and more people are able to work from their laptops, and take their laptops with them on the road.
While traveling for work used to mean boarding a plane just to sit in a boring meeting on the other side, now traveling for work means that you’re going on a workation, in your chosen place, preferably from a hammock!
When you aren’t confied to the walls of an office, Brazil seems like a great option to start with. If it’s your first time working while traveling though, here are some tips for adjusting to digital nomad life.
Maybe you’ve been traveling while working on your next best-selling novel, or have a steady job traveling and writing for an international publication. Or perhaps you’ve lived the digital nomad life while writing on your own blog.
In any scenario, if you’re thinking it’s time to settle down in one location, you might be wondering about the most peaceful places to live for writers. One thing is true for all kinds of writers and creative digital nomads – location is key to creativity.
While we’ll be the first to tell you that travel is extraordinarily inspiring for any type of writing, sometimes having a stable headquarters can provide a more grounded, structured environment for professional and amateur writers alike. With this in mind, how do you go about choosing a quiet, peaceful place to live that will keep you inspired?
If you’re one of the millions of people who can do their jobs completely remotely, you have access to a once impossible perk. Instead of saving up paid time off to go on your dream vacation, you can head off anytime, and take your work with you!
While the idea of being a digital nomad is not new, the option was mostly limited to self-employed people or business owners. Now that employers are more comfortable with their workers doing their jobs from home, this lifestyle is accessible to more people than ever.
Remote work opens up the possibility for a different kind of travel experience. These types of trips combine some elements of everyday life, such as a basic routine, with the adventure of exploring a new city and culture. If this sounds like a great idea to you, read on for how to turn your digital nomading dreams to reality.
As a young traveler on my first flight trip, I made the mistake of taking a very bulky carry-on. I had no idea how narrow the aisles were on the plane and how tight the storage space would be underneath the seats. This made for a less than pleasant experience as my big laptop bag (which also doubled as my purse) overlapped onto the arm rests of passengers and embarrassed me all the way to my seat.
Thankfully I’ve learned so much since that first flight. As a writer, I need to always keep my laptop readily available (much like my partner, who needs to keep his camera ready as a photographer).
But more bags equals more problems, so 9 times out of 10 I just end up carrying my device in the crook of my arm. It was less than ideal, but it was better than bulky baggage, right? That is, until I discovered The Laptop Strap! It’s the perfect way to carry a laptop for any traveler.
The pandemic saw many of locked down in our homes, and while we used to be able to travel during our down time, these past two years, most people have put their travel budgets instead towards interior design.
The home renovation market has boomed since the pandemic, and for travel lovers this is a chance to fuse your passion for exploration with redesiging your home.
Taking the top home decor and interior design trends in 2022, here are a few ideas for fusing your passion for travel with a living room redesign.
The best places to invest in Sedona depend on what you’re looking for. However, the most popular approach to investing in Sedona is investing in a luxurious vacation property and then turning it into a long-term home.
Sedona has many advantages when it comes to real estate. Demand is high, it has room to grow, and its perks as a winter vacation destination are irrefutable.
Record-low mortgage rates are also keeping demand consistent.
With resources such as vacation rental management companies in Sedona, even though you can never predict how a market will respond to fluctuations, Sedona seems like a safe bet.
I started life as a digital nomad 7 years ago. At this time, working from my laptop while traveling the world wasn’t heard of.
And even in 2019, it was still a very ‘out of the box’ idea for most of society, that you could pack up your belongings, grab a laptop and a travel monitor, and work from the road.
My office has been on a cruise ship in Antarctica, from a hammock in the Galapagos Islands, and from a treehouse in Costa Rica with the sloths and monkeys as my neighbors for the night.
Of all the 100 countries I’ve visited, my laptop and portable laptop monitor have always been with me, and now that the world has woken up to being able to work from home, people have also realized ‘home’ can be substituted for the road.
Whether you’re working from home or the road, the INNOCN Travel Monitor N1F PRO is one of my favorite entry level laptop monitors for personal business, office, and travel.
An expatriate or ex-pat is a person that goes to live abroad for an extended period or permanently. If you’ve suddenly decided to become an American ex-pat in the UK, there are some things you need to get in order before you leave.
Regardless of why you’re moving across the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a question you need to answer: will you sell your car or take it with you? If you’re unwilling to part ways with your vehicle, it might be time to look at car shipping companies.
When people move to Hawaii from other parts of the USA, they often seek seclusion and privacy. Not to mention, they tend to prefer warm tropical weather. But regardless of why you’re leaving the mainland, you have to deal with the whole moving process.
Planning a move and dealing with professional movers and car shipping companies isn’t always easy. However, the process won’t be nearly as bad as you think with these tips.
With the recent increase in remote work and freelance jobs, becoming a digital nomad is easier than ever!
However, the process of going from a desk job to digital nomadism can feel overwhelming, so this article will provide five tips to successfully launch your career as a digital nomad and begin traveling the world.
Of course, making a career switch of any kind always requires a polished resume. Consider using a professional resume template to jumpstart your nomadic adventure and set yourself up for success as a freelancer or remote worker.
They say “Virginia is for Lovers” but it seems like more than just affectionate couples are relocating to this beautiful Atlantic Coast state. Virginia offers something for everyone whether you’re a retiree, student, or family looking for a safe place to raise your kids.
If you’ve been contemplating a move to Virginia, you’ve likely done a fair amount of online research, looking up things like Arlington real estate or other notable regions within the state to get an idea of available housing.
And you wouldn’t be alone, as Virginia seems to be attracting people from all across the US, most coming from states like Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, California, and New York according to some of the latest data.
Of course when considering a big move to another state, you often want to weigh up the pros and cons. Thankfully, Virginia seems to provide a great deal more pros than cons no matter if you’re looking at moving to Arlington for a job in nearby Washington DC or live seaside in Virginia Beach.
Here’s a look at the many things Virginia has to offer, along with a few of the drawbacks you may experience when relocating to the state.
“I can’t believe I exist on a planet with the aurora borealis and coral reefs, and snow capped alps, and sparkling waterfalls, and I have to be tied down to a job”.
So many millions of people feel like they were made for more. Made to create; made to inspire others; made to live instead of just simply exist and go through the motions.
But so many millions have also realized that you don’t have to settle for the average anymore; that you can live life on your own terms, making an income through a business model that let’s you live however, where-ever, and be who-ever you want!
And you’re probably thinking, good on those people for cracking the code. But the secret is that it’s not a very difficult code. And those people are normal, every day folks, who simply had the courage to take society’s blueprint for life, and throw it out the window.
Want to be among those people? Read on!
Whether it’s booking a simple holiday overseas or planning a move to another country, it can be an extra anxious time if you have a disability. Knowing whether your chosen destination offers things like accessible public transport and attractions, Braille signs and currency, and information around the general legal rights and welfare system is important.
People with disabilities understand the need for accessibility. Moving is already full of uncertainty, and not knowing whether your chosen relocation destination is accessible can only add to the stress.
Thankfully, there are a number of countries that are taking steps to make disabled persons feel more inclusive by implementing ways to help them navigate daily public life.
Everyone is familiar with the term homeschooling, but how about Worldschooling? The latest buzz word in alternative education. But what exactly is it?
Worldschooling is not just a method of education, but instead is an all-encompassing whole family lifestyle choice. Some people choose to live like this for a few months of the year while they go travelling, others make it a way of life. It’s all about learning from the real world. It is experiencing different cultures, places, people, food, history and societies while travelling and it can be an incredible enriching education.
If you dream of travelling but think it’s not possible until your children are grown and have finished their formal education you might want to think again! But how does Worldschooling work, and can it work for your family? How should you teach your children on while you are on the road?
First it was the election of a certain US president that led Americans to contemplate moving to Canada and now more recently it has been Canada’s better handling of the pandemic.
While Canada may have had a pause on both travel and migration for much of the pandemic, restrictions are now beginning to ease which is allowing people from all around the world the chance to once again relocate to the country.
Canada is on track to welcome the largest number of annual immigrants in its history. Nearly 40,000 permanent residents were admitted into Canada just in July 2021, with the possibility of reaching over 400,000 annual migrants by year’s end.
Canada has long been known for its generous acceptance of migrants, offering up a broad range of visas and a possible pathway to citizenship. The country attracts people from just about every country, transforming the nation into a diverse melting pot of cultures.
If you’ve considered relocating to another country, you may want look into moving to Canada. The following are just some of the many reasons why people worldwide are choosing to take up residence in the Great White North.
The pandemic has made many of us rethink our priorities and the way we live our lives. Many people are even considering relocating to a new country once the pandemic is under control and international borders open up more broadly across the world.
If you’re thinking of possibly moving overseas for work, school, or to simply to enjoy a bit of new culture and surroundings, here are some of the top countries that consistently rank the highest by expats in terms of opportunities and quality of life.
When choosing a new country, there are many factors to consider, like cost of living, employment, economic stability, personal freedoms, etc. Though where you choose will also largely depend on where you’re moving from and the availability of visas.
Whether you’re looking for a country that offers a lower cost of living, more fun and adventure, better careers, or simply more ideal weather and a better work-life balance, here are some of the top countries you should consider.
As an independent travel agency, there’s so much you have to do in a day. But one of the most important things on the list is to promote the services you offer.
The travel industry is about building loyal customer connections, and especially now that travelers are looking for COVID safe experiences, trustworthiness is big. You need to present yourself as the most cost-effective and most reliable option out there, in a way that garners the most attention.
These days the most modern and effective way to promote your travel agency is to market it online. While putting up flyers in your neighborhood might help, the only real way to exponentially increase your reach and scale your brand is with digital marketing.
If the marketing aspect of your business seems overwhelming, don’t worry. We’re here to help! We’ve compiled our favorite strategies for promoting your travel agency online. Read on to find out what they are.
Moving to a new state or country can be exciting, but you don’t have to fall into the modern stereotype of selling everything you own and starting over with nothing.
The pandemic has sparked a migratory wave across Australia, and moving out of the cities is something Aussies are doing now more than ever before.
But there are a lot of responsibilities involved, including packing your items, decluttering unused objects, sorting out the boxes, and transporting your belongings.
With Sydney being one of the biggest hubs from which people are fleeing, we’ve touched base with removalists Rouse Hill for tips which will help you choose the right removalists for your move.
The rise of Instagram has not only inspired us to travel more, it’s also inspired us all to become better photographers. We’ve also seen the creation of the social media influencer, a potentially lucrative career that didn’t exist just a few years ago.
While the number of professional photographers was once quite limited and mostly employed by large publication companies, there is now a wide array of travel photography jobs available with many photographers simply working for themselves.
The idea of a photojournalist covering a war-torn region or capturing images of rare wildlife for National Geographic used to be the picture of a travel photographer, however today people are successfully combining their passion for travel and photography to make money in all sorts of ways.
Whether you’re interested in photographing food, landscapes, architecture, wildlife, people and cultures, products, or big events, there’s a place for you in the travel photography market.
You can score contracts working for tourism boards and hotels, make money from photographing the cuisine and interiors of restaurants for promotional purposes, become a destination wedding photographer, do studio portraits while working on a cruise ship, or even become a paparazzi who chases celebrities around the world.
If interested in monetizing your travel photography, here’s my informative guide to everything you need to know about starting down the path towards becoming a professional travel photographer.
Whether you find yourself moving to another country for work, school, volunteering, or to be with your international love, it’s common to feel a sense of homesickness at some point.
Despite the excitement of moving abroad, it’s common to feel a sense of loss being away from home and anxiety from trying to adjust to your new surroundings.
While many expats experience homesickness, the causes and emotional / physical impacts are different for each person; from acute emotional distress all the way to an almost debilitating depression which can impact your health.
Whether you’re taking up a lucrative employment offer in London or Dubai or simply researched incredible Bangkok condos for rent, understand that no one is fully immune to homesickness.
The key to dealing with homesickness is to be able to recognize the feelings and work through them, rather than trying to ignore or prevent them.
Feeling homesick is completely normal and nothing to be ashamed of, and there are a number of strategies that will help you to better cope with the various effects of homesickness.
Travel costs often rank as one of the top five expenses businesses incur each year, with global estimates that businesses spend well over a trillion dollars annually on travel. While the recent pandemic has shown businesses that it is possible to reduce the need with tools like video calls instead of necessarily needing to meet in person, there are of course times when it is absolutely necessary for businesses to have their employees travel.
As business travel begins to get back into gear, businesses are rethinking corporate travel plans and are looking for ways to track their expenses more effectively and reduce costs whenever possible.
Saving money on business travel-related expenses is possible but it requires careful planning and effort from all your employees. While I may not have a large group of employees working under me (yet!) I do have to manage my own business travel expenses as a sole trader and use many of the strategies successful businesses utilize to track and reduce their travel costs.
It’s widely accepted that the best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself. But how do you immerse yourself in Japan when borders are locked down? Or when you don’t have the means to just take off and escape to Italy (a girl can dream!).
There are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in language from home these days; apps, games, and even video chat with foreign strangers (though that’s if you’re paying attention to what they’re saying!). The problem is though, that while companies are constantly trying to make language learning fun, you still need to take time out of your day.
But that just changed! Toucan is a free Chrome extension (download it here) that helps you learn a language as part of your normal, everyday web browsing. Once turned on, it scans the text of whatever website you’re reading and changes a small number of words into the language you want to learn.
It peppers your normal daily web experience (social media, news and everyday reading) with translated words so you can pick up a new language without even trying, without changing your behavior, and without taking any extra time out of your day.
Whether you’re just visiting or newly adapting to expat life, one of the most challenging parts of being in a foreign country can be learning the local road rules.
You can easily find yourself driving on the opposite side of the road and trying to navigate road signs displayed in a different language. There may also be road hazards you’re unfamiliar with and harsh fines or punishments for breaking rules you’re not used to.
If you’re planning to travel to Dubai or have the opportunity to make the move here, there are some things you need to know before driving a vehicle that are unique to the UAE.
Dubai has a wonderful network of roadways, and having your own vehicle allows you the freedom to explore the hidden gems beyond the reach of the city’s public transport along with driving to the other emirates within the UAE.
While Dubai may offer a well built public transport system, there are many benefits for tourists to rent a vehicle or for expats to lease a vehicle. If you do plan to drive, be sure to check out this guide to driving in Dubai to ensure you’ll stay on the right side of the law and stay safe on the roads.
There are many ways to make money from a travel blog, but it really comes down to producing quality content. To help you get on the right path to creating engaging content, here are my top 5 content ideas you should be implementing as a travel blogger.
An exchange program in the United States can be a life-changing experience. You get the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge and get a taste of the American way of life. But there’s also one thing you shouldn’t forget: your J-1 visa tax return.
The Exchange Visitor Program has allowed millions of people from every corner of the world to work, study, and live in the United States. Visitors who enter the U.S. through this program, also known as J-1 visa holders, are subject to federal and state laws – including taxes.
Here’s a quick guide to taxes for J-1 visa holders, including what taxes to pay, what forms to file, and everything in between.