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5 Ways To Make Money as a Digital Nomad

Posted by on 7:19 pm in Blog, Expat Life | 22 comments

5 Ways To Make Money as a Digital Nomad

As the world becomes more connected through the internet, being in a specific physical location to do work has become less and less necessary. People from anywhere can do work everywhere and often do. No office. No store. This has given rise to the term digital nomad.

Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles.

This phenomenon is catching on by workers and businesses globally. Here are 5 ways to make money as a digital nomad.

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Are These the Best Jobs in the World? Jobs That Allow You to Travel (Some With No Experience)

Posted by on 2:10 pm in Blog, Budget Travel, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 21 comments

Are These the Best Jobs in the World? Jobs That Allow You to Travel (Some With No Experience)

While there are many careers that will not afford you a care-free lifestyle, or give you the option to work from the comfort of a hammock, in Bali – there are plenty that do (cue the ‘OH. MY. GOSH, no WAY!’)

Check out our list, and maybe quit your job to follow your dreams in 2018!

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5 Things to Keep With You When You Move Overseas

Posted by on 11:12 pm in Expat Life | 31 comments

5 Things to Keep With You When You Move Overseas

Whether your reasons are for business, study, wanderlust, or to be closer to family and friends, you’ve made the decision to move overseas and become a fully-fledged expat. Congrats!

Many people dream of moving abroad; to experience life as part of a new culture and have the chance to discover an exotic new land. And of the many things to consider, one of the biggest things to think about is what to pack.

Of course there will be many items readily available for you once you arrive in your new home, as you wait for your luggage to be shipped to you (this removal company ships internationally), but there are a number of things you should keep with you.

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How to Transfer Money: Expat Guide to International Money Transfers

Posted by on 11:57 pm in Blog, Budget Travel, Expat Life | 36 comments

How to Transfer Money: Expat Guide to International Money Transfers

Globalization has led to an increasing number of people working in foreign lands, often far away from countries they call home. And one factor that connects most expats, no matter where they live, is the need to send money abroad.

The reasons, of course, tend to vary. These may include paying bills, making mortgage payments, or simply sending money to family members or friends.

Sending money from one country to another has evolved considerably over the last two decades, so expats get to choose from different options now. Whether you want to know the best way to send money to India, to Australia, or China, these are your options for sending money overseas.

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How to Uncover the Real China that Few Tourists Ever Get to See (Teach English in China)

Posted by on 3:57 pm in Blog, China, Expat Life | 31 comments

How to Uncover the Real China that Few Tourists Ever Get to See (Teach English in China)

The most rewarding travel moments are when you can have an experience that few others achieve.

When it comes to exploring China, visiting popular tourist sites like the Great Wall or eating Peking Duck may satisfy the bucket list, but that makes your experience just like any other tourist.

So when we visited China, we wanted to make our experience unforgettable and uncover the real China that few tourists ever get to see. We decided to teach English in China, and on reflecting back, have the following advice for those looking to achieve an immersive experience.

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MESAY: This Voice Translator Will Kill the Language Barrier When Traveling

Posted by on 10:54 pm in Blog, Equipment Reviews, Expat Life, Technology | 59 comments

MESAY: This Voice Translator Will Kill the Language Barrier When Traveling

One of the biggest challenges when traveling is overcoming barriers to communication, and for someone who frequently travels, it’s highly likely you’ll eventually land in a country where you don’t understand a word.

And this can be quite daunting. I’m sure I’m not the only traveler who’s landed abroad and felt like a mute for being unable to speak the native language. Frankly, it’s embarrassing; so you end up taking some pictures, looking at the scenery, and leaving, without having interacted with anyone.

Though as for learning a new language, the brutal truth is that not many people have the time or energy, or even the mental ability to retain a new language, especially when you’re touring multiple countries and need knowledge of several different dialects.

So if you’re wondering how to overcome barriers of communication, you’e not alone. But you don’t need to worry anymore! There’s a new smart voice translator being released which means you can speak 20 languages in 2 seconds! It’s an incredible device, and may just kill the language barrier for good.

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Things to Consider When You Decide to Settle Abroad and Become a Fully Fledged Expat

Posted by on 11:27 am in Blog, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 32 comments

Things to Consider When You Decide to Settle Abroad and Become a Fully Fledged Expat

Whether it be for socio-economic circumstance, ambition, or even wanderlust, you’ve made the decision to settle down abroad and become a fully-fledged expat. Congrats!

Many people dream of moving abroad; to experience life as part of a new culture and have the chance to discover an exotic new land. But as enjoyable as it is to plan and plot where we’d like to go and what we’d like to do, there are some very real considerations to take into account.

Here are 7 things to consider once you’ve decided to settle down overseas.

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Organization Tips For Digital Nomads: How to Balance Work When You’re Traveling at the Same Time

Posted by on 11:23 pm in Blog, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 20 comments

Organization Tips For Digital Nomads: How to Balance Work When You’re Traveling at the Same Time

The evolution of technology means it’s easier and easier to work full time, online, and many aspiring travelers have taken full advantage of this opportunity, using their status as location independent (not being tied to the one place) to also travel full time.

And before we chose a permanent base, we too were jumping from country to country at an alarming pace. But whether you’ve created a blog (or even looking at a place to start one), write for magazines, or dabble in consultancy, it can often prove difficult to juggle full time travel when you’re also trying to stay on top of a full time workload.

So after 3 years of making money on the road, we’ve put together some of our best tips for balancing both. Because you can’t continue to travel if you’re not earning money. But likewise, you don’t want to be stuck behind a computer desk for the whole time you’re in Taiwan.

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I Quit My Life of Full Time Travel to Buy a House and My Previously Sold Stuff

Posted by on 11:36 am in Blog, Expat Life, Opinion | 134 comments

I Quit My Life of Full Time Travel to Buy a House and My Previously Sold Stuff

I’ve been avoiding the words “permanent base” for a good two years now. Even though that’s exactly how we’ve been living, I’ve been avoiding the phrase like the plague.

And in a way, it might be because I was ashamed. Ashamed of trading in a life of full time travel when being a digital nomad is all the craze. Worried I wouldn’t be seen as a “real traveler” if we weren’t living the lifestyle every single day. Anxious that we would be judged by pretentious travelers, because we weren’t traveling in the right way.

But there is no right or wrong way to travel, and I reject the notion that we should compare the way we experience the world to other people and worry if it measures up. Travel is a personal journey and an individual experience, and it really doesn’t matter where your travel style falls in the whole tourist vs traveler debate.

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Why Every American Traveling Abroad Should Mark June 15 On Their Calendar

Posted by on 9:09 am in Blog, Budget Travel, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 29 comments

Why Every American Traveling Abroad Should Mark June 15 On Their Calendar

Enjoying a hike in Asia? Kicking back on a beach in the Caribbean? Who has time for taxes? However, reading this can save you thousands of dollars in unwanted penalties and fees.

Being a U.S. citizen or resident alien has its benefits. There is the right to religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right to live permanently in the United States. Those are the positives.

The downside? Well, contrary to what many people believe, U.S. citizens or resident aliens are taxed on their worldwide income regardless of where they live. The typical tax deadline is April 15. However, if you are outside of the country on that date, the IRS will allow a 2-month extension to file your tax return and pay any tax due.

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