Intrigued by the idea of making the world your playground and your workplace? While such a lifestyle doesn’t fit every person, this career option is becoming increasingly plausible thanks to technology and greater employer acceptance of remote work.
That’s not to say such arrangements are always smooth sailing. Common complications include time zone differences, wonky Internet connections, and gathering the willpower to focus when you’d much rather go sightseeing. But if you’re willing to get up early to talk to clients on “their” time, don’t mind seriously investigating your destination’s best tech options, and can contain your desire to experience local culture until an appointed hour, you can have your cannoli and eat it too.
Here’s a look at how to travel the globe without leaving your job:
Find a flexible employer
The Internet, smart phones, cloud-based files, chat platforms, and other technological advances mean an end to the days when everyone a company hired had little choice but to work out of the same place. Removal of geographical limitations expands the talent pool and shifts the focus to who can achieve the most desirable results. If the tasks required of a position have a portable nature and the employee demonstrates true ability to deliver, many modern employers do not care if employees work from a home office five miles away or a rented villa five thousand miles away.
For instance, at the web development corporation Automattic, everyone works from the location of his or her choice. For employee Kat Christofer, a Woocommerce documentation editor, this meant the ability to visit 50 cities and 16 countries last year. Christofer loves “the freedom to choose the hours that are most productive for me and for my company and the freedom to change locations and travel without having to take vacation days.”
Become a freelancing digital nomad
Independent contractors determine for themselves when and where to work. For freelancers with wanderlust, this might mean accepting gigs based on location. A freelance software developer, for example, might choose to take on a project for a company based in Spain for several months and then head to New York City for their next paid assignment.
Another scenario involves toting your own business wherever you desire. A freelance writer with multiple clients might opt to produce copy from a rented apartment in Paris or a beach in Hawaii, knowing that as long as they produce quality content by agreed-upon deadlines, geographical decisions belong to them.
Take the case of Kristen Marano, founder of Marano PR. “Working for myself is one of the most empowering career moves yet,” she says. “I have the flexibility to design what I want each day to look like andwork from anywhere in the world as long as I have my laptop, phone, and an Internet connection. I can choose to work from my home office, a coffee shop, or the other side of the world. I can visit family and work at the same time. In the past year, I worked from a cafe in Mumbai, to a home in London, to a cafe in Toronto, where I’m sitting now.”
FlexJobs helps aspiring globetrotters pinpoint possible positions. For a general idea of what’s out there, peruse the work-from-anywhere jobs. These legitimate, screened opportunities do not possess geographical requirements and cover a variety of fields and educational levels. Recently advertised positions include copy editor, web designer, human resource generalist, cloud engineer, and sales specialist, to name a few.
If you want to narrow your search to a specific industry, try an advanced search. Pick your job category, select “anywhere” from the drop-down menu under “International,” and see what adventures await!
This article was originally published on FlexJobs.