Life is such a wonderful gift especially when you can explore the beautiful world we live in. Do you dream of climbing the Machu Picchu, seeing the sun rise in Borobudur Temple, exploring undiscovered Papua New Guinea, or maybe experiencing Thailand while munching on its finest street food? “How wonderful it would be to travel while still earning money for a living, right?” If you unconsciously nod on that last line, this article is for you.
The number of people who want to travel and making the best out of their “annual leave” have rapidly increased. Research also shows that more meaningful work tend to be done in a span of short yet dedicated work hours and during our travel. This short guide how you can travel by working remotely hopefully inspires you and takes away any arguments for not doing so.
Digital Nomad Jobs
In case you don’t know, there are endless possibilities of finding jobs that can be done while you’re traveling abroad. And all it takes are only a laptop, strong internet connection, and an open-mind. Some expertise can give you the opportunity to take a leap from a 9-5 office job into a remote working life. Here’s some possible work that can be done with just a laptop:
1. Content Writer
In this fast growing digital world, more companies, startups, and brands need a writer that is capable of creating meaningful and shareable content. You can start simple by offering your service, writing a few articles per month for either a business / online media that needs content to support their online presence. Tips: Choose a brand with value that resonates with your interests.
2. Website Developer
This job requires an ability to either operate as a back-end or front-end developer. From writing simple code to maintain the front end code, it also applies for those who understand UI or UX feature.
As a freelance photographer, I sometimes brave myself offering photography service to potential brands / media that align with my vision. You can for example offer a photo story to a magazine /online media. You also can set-up a professional account in a photo stock website such as OFFSET by Shutterstock and sell your photos.
4. Online Educator
If you’re good at a specific skill, why don’t you share it with other people? There are many online courses run by an individual / freelancer that can be executed from anywhere; from writing, design, online marketing, blogging, to finance course.
Usually an online course will be sent out through emails, supported by worksheet, with a weekly follow up / homework for the participants. It also includes a Facebook group to support one another.
5. Graphic Designer & Illustrator
I’ve worked personally with a freelance graphic designer friend who lives in a different part of the world to develop some designs to support social media content. It is doable and the results are rewarding. One important thing that I learned along the way is communication and management skills are very important. The brief has to be very clear from the beginning with deliverables at the end of project. It is the graphic designer’s duty to really dig into what the clients’ need is, and setting up a work timeline.
Example: brand identity development project, selling an easy to use design template for startups, as well as illustrations, selling prints, etc
6. Freelance translator
Translation jobs you can do anywhere around the world. With platforms like Upwork or any of these 17 alternatives it will be very easy for you to show your skills to employers around the world and start generating income.
Videos are becoming more and more important for brands around the world. If you have a passion for making stunning videos, then why not sell them online or partner with brands to make stunning videos for them.
8. Digital marketing consultant
The demand for digital marketers has significantly increased as more companies are spending more money on online marketing. Although this has made this sector more popular, still with the speed at which this has grown it has led to a skill shortage across the marketing sector. Neil Patel of Quicksprout shares with you the 9 digital marketing skills that are high in demand right now like SEO, Social Media, Content Marketing, Marketing Automation and Analytics experts to name a few.
For an ever longer list of great potential jobs check 42 ways you can make money and travel the world of travel blogger Wandering Earl.
Platforms to offer your skills
Do you need some more convincing that also YOU can travel while working remotely? Then read this impressive story of Eddie Contento, a 24-old who has built his business while traveling.
The rise of the freelance economy is palpable. Check out some great resources below if you consider working while you travel:
Power To Fly : a platform dedicated to female tech-savvy hustlers (engineering, developers, writer, sales & marketing)
We Work Remotely (programming, business & management, design, marketing, customer support, consultant, etc)
Working Nomads (development, analyst, education, marketing, copywriting, administration, etc)
CloudPeeps (public relations, administration, marketing, strategy, social media, etc)
Remote ok (software development, customer support, marketing, design & ux, non-tech)
PeoplePerHour (from design, development, content and promotion)
Fiverr (a very broad range of categories from music & audio, digital marketing, designing, business as even fun& lifestyle)
Co-working spaces are everywhere
Gone are the days of working at home or alone with a cup of cappuccino at your favorite coffee shop. Co-working spaces are on the rise all around the world. This is the ideal place for a digital nomad to hustle on their work, but also a wonderful way to meet like-minded people from around the world. Here’s is a reliable list of co-working spaces around Asia:
HUBUD, Ubud, Bali
Jl. Monkey Forest No.88X, Ubud, Gianyar,
Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
The Onion Collective, Ubud, Bali
Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Pengosekan,
Ubud, Bali, 80571
Co Work Inc, Jakarta
WIMO Building 3rd fl,
Jl. Kemang I No.7, RT.12/RW.1, Bangka, Mampang Prpt.,
Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12730
19 Soi Ekkamai 4, Sukumvit 63 Rd.,
Prakanong Nua, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
The Hive Thonglor, Bangkok
Piman 49, 49 40/9 Soi Sukhumvit 49, 40/9 Klang Alley,
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
+66 2 662 6062
131 Cầu Giấy, Yên Hoà, Cầu Giấy,
Hà Nội, Vietna
+84 90 452 97 86
CirCO Coworking Space, Saigon
1st Floor, H3 Building,, 384 Hoàng Diệu, phường 6, Quận 4,
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 93 248 44 68
Remote work programs
There are also a couple of programs that offer a once in a lifetime experience to really dig into the digital nomad life. They give you the opportunity to live and work in various places around the world while covering your transportation, accommodation and co-working spaces. These programs last from 1 month, 3 months, to 1 year full of working remotely while traveling the world and making new friends. Check for example Remote Year, Remote Way, and Hacker Paradise for your future references.
Taking a leap from a steady full time job into a remote worker life is not an easy thing neither acceptable for everyone. Some efforts such as learning new skills to support your digital nomad life, become more organized with time management, sacrificing the time with family and loved ones are some challenges you might face. But, the option is there and it’s more convenient than ever to really explore the world while still earning money for a living.
Still doubting if this is for you or having arguments that prevent you from following your dreams then the book Escape The City is a must read! Also the blog ‘How to make money while traveling‘ gives a lot of other ideas.
This blog post has been written by Fransisca Angela a photographer and travel blogger who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.