The world is a wonderful and exciting place. The variety of experiences and cultures is incredible. Even two countries that are directly next to each other can be extremely different. It would take many lifetimes to see it all. But more people are looking to travel the world than ever – to escape from their desks and leave their conventional lives behind.
It’s an enticing thought – but not one that comes cheap. So, many people are opting to travel the globe and work while doing so to finance it. But what do you need to consider before setting out on your new adventure? Let’s look at what you need to know before setting off:
The first thing to consider is deciding the way you’re going to work.
The concept of remote working has gained major traction since the pandemic. Not only has this led to many more people dropping their commute and performing their work at home instead of the traditional office, but it’s also opened up the opportunity to work remotely from an entirely different country! If you become one of these people, you’ll be a true “digital nomad”.
The other, more traditional option is to find work in the countries you want to visit. For instance, Summer Camp USA is one of many programs set up to offer foreign workers a chance to earn money while exploring the USA. And there are many similar programs on offer for many other countries too.
Whatever you choose to do, when you pick your countries make sure you’ve fully researched visa requirements. Wherever you go, if you’re working it is commonplace for a visa to be required. Therefore, you’ll need to pick the locations that seem interesting and figure out how their visa process works. However, keep in mind that some are a lot more straightforward than others!
If you’re planning to work while traveling abroad, you’ll need to pack more than just a toothbrush!
Laptop – This is especially important if you’re looking to remote work while traveling. A laptop will give you the ability to complete tasks an ordinary desktop computer would while being lightweight – perfect for when you’re on the move.
Prescription medication – it can be challenging to get medication that’s been prescribed to you when abroad. The processes can be entirely different, and although some countries have very cheap medication, it can also work out a lot more expensive than at home. Bear in mind that your medication might not be available in some countries, and it also might be prohibited to import it. Do thorough research before you make any decisions.
Clothing suitable for the climate – it’s easy to be lured into a false sense of security when it comes to traveling abroad for a long time, especially when it comes to the weather. You may think of certain countries, like Australia for example, being really hot all year round. However, the reality is that they experience winter too! So, you’ll need clothes to adapt to the seasons wherever you go.
A good internet connection – the modern world as we know it wouldn’t exist without the internet. If your job relies on the internet, then you’re going to need strong and stable connectivity. If you’re sitting in a Zoom meeting and your connection is poor, it’s going to wear thin pretty quickly! Again, research beforehand and make sure there are plenty of options offering the speed and connectivity you need to do your job properly.
Power supply – Some countries around the globe are notorious for power cuts. And considering power fuels the internet, lights, fridge, and more, you’re going to want to identify which areas have good power coverage with little downtime.
Good transportation – many countries are blessed with efficient and plentiful public transport options. But this is far from universal, and many exotic and exciting locations just don’t have that level of transport infrastructure. In some countries, having access to a car is a must, and that’s why a significant amount of travelers opt for a car. Wherever you go, it’s always the smart policy to get an international driving license.
Deciding to travel and work at the same time is a big step to take. Careful planning is needed to ensure you have an answer to any unexpected problems that crop up. Hopefully, with the suggestions we’ve provided, you’ll be one step closer to creating a plan that allows you to travel the world without going broke!