How to Travel the World Without Quitting Your Job, According to People Who Did It

It’s a fantasy that crosses many of our minds at some point: Why don’t I quit my job and travel the world? While it’s a nice thought, the reality remains that in order to travel, you need money, and to have money, you need a job.

But thanks to the rise of remote work, it’s now very possible to work and travel at the same time. All you need is a device with access to the internet — and permission from your boss, or a reliable staple of clients if you’re a freelancer. People who do it might work for companies based in the U.S., but live in Europe, Asia or elsewhere. To get a better understanding of how to accomplish this balancing act, below, five remote workers share their advice on how to manage the best of both worlds.

Start with the right mindset

In addition to travel preparations, remote workers also spoke on the importance of preparing themselves. As Trevor Gerhardt, a programmer for a U.S.-based software consulting company who is currently in Bali, Indonesia, says: “Working remotely full time isn’t for everyone, just like living in New York City or Florida or the Midwest.”

But he adds that it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. “For a lot people, one year or a few months of a work-travel program can be just the right amount of experimenting with the lifestyle. It will also bring them priceless experiences, deep friendships, and eye opening knowledge of the world.”

And Carolina Borrás, the director of customer education at online drawing tool Scribble Maps who is currently living in Cartagena, Colombia, says those deep friendships will prove incredibly valuable. “Simply going to a new country won’t change your life necessarily,” she says. “But by fostering close relationships with people who you mesh well with you can engage into a meaningful friendship with them.”

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