Travel is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself.
Exploring the world allows you insight into the many different ways people live across the globe. Exposing yourself to new cultures can teach you important lessons and help you reframe your day-to-day life back home.
Travel can also help you learn about yourself. Putting yourself in new situations and environments can help you build your sense of self confidence as you learn how to maneuver confusing or unexpected situations.
It’s no wonder that so many people are turning their attention to travel then.
Unfortunately, traveling isn’t always easy. While it would be great if you could just hop on a jet and explore whenever you wanted, life often gets in the way.
One of the biggest issues with traveling is often your job. Jobs that require you to work in an office or storefront don’t exactly give you the freedom to disappear for a week.
But what if there was a way to work from anywhere?
I’m here to tell you, there is.
Remote work involves working from wherever you happen to be using the internet.
During the pandemic, many employees and professionals were forced to switch to remote work because of social distancing requirements. This showed that remote work could be just as effective as traditional office work.
And that trend has continued. Many people, including industry leaders, are allowing their employees to continue remote work indefinitely.
This means that employees now have the freedom to work from anywhere they want.
While this does in theory enable remote workers the freedom to travel whenever they want, in practice, it isn’t so simple.
For starters, many employers still require employees to make weekly in-person meetings. Even if these meetings are only once a week, they still limit your ability to take a week long trip.
Additionally, the time zone differences can make it hard to work even if you don’t have to do anything in-person. If your work day is from 9-5 in Chicago, you’d have to be nocturnal in Australia.
So what are the alternatives? How can you gain true work from anywhere freedom?
Starting your own business is the best way to make a traveling lifestyle line up with your career.
Starting your own business means you set your own hours. You don’t have to work any set schedule, you just have to make sure all of the work gets done.
Business owners can also explore the world using their business. You can attend various conferences and networking events in many different states and countries, allowing you to seamlessly unite your travel and your profession.
That said, not all businesses are equally suited to the nomadic lifestyle.
When building a business around travel, you need to consider your products or services.
Selling physical items or in-person services can severely limit your flexibility. If you have to ship items, you have to have the items on hand.
Unless you plan to lug your entire inventory around the world with you, this is a pretty ineffective business for the travel-oriented.
Likewise, if you offer in-person services, you’ll either have to leave your business behind when you travel or find a way to quickly drum up business in each new location on the fly.
Instead, it’s far more effective to offer online products or services. Things like software can be delivered entirely virtually, meaning you can continue selling from wherever.
Online services like content writing, accounting, or web design are also great for the traveling entrepreneur. No matter where you go, all you need is a laptop and an internet connection to do your job.
While it may seem daunting initially, starting an online business has never been easier.
If you’re looking for a way to travel the world without having to constantly take time off from work, starting a business online is your best bet.
Build a business that offers online products or services and you can visit all the places on your bucket list without a using a single vacation day.
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