Work Remotely & Travel
The number one question I get in my travels.....
How were you able to find a remote job and start traveling full time?
The number one question I get in my travels..... How were you able to find a remote job and start traveling full time?
I thought of my own personal journey and narrowed it down to the 4 steps you can use to ditch the day job and start traveling full time.
1) Decide you’re going to do it
I mean REALLY going to do it. Have you ever made a New Years resolution you didn’t stick to? You resolve to lose 10 pounds, you do all the grocery shopping and hit the gym HARD for 2 weeks. Then somehow a month down the road, you’re sitting on the couch wondering how it all fell by the wayside?
Commitment to a goal is like this. Especially a goal as BIG as this. You have to want it so badly, you’re willing to do ANYTHING to get there. You’re going to have to get uncomfortable. You’re going to have uncomfortable conversations with your boss, family and friends. You’re going to have to save, sell and barter. You’re going to have to pack, dig and throw things away (I still struggle with this one)
Through all of this, you’re going to need and unwavering commitment to get out of what you know, and into the great wide open. This takes commitment, guts and a high pain tolerance.
You’re going to have to wake up and choose this everyday until it happens. It will be messy and imperfect and you’re going have to want it then too. That’s when it’s time to dig deep and stick with it, because that’s when most give up.
Tom Hanks said it best. “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard, that makes it great.”
2) Get comfortable will feeling uncomfortable about money
The number one thing I said to myself when starting this plan was “I don’t know how I’m going to make the money to do this, but I trust that the universe will support me”
This is big.
Honestly, I didn’t land a job making 100K that allows me to travel full time. I found a job making SOME reliable income and trusted that I’d find the rest on the way.
You always do. When the chips are down and the rent is due, the hustlers find the money where others think there is none. If this is you, you’re ready. Even if you think it’s not the right time.
3) Find a remote job
You may be looking for a remote job that’s going to pay you the same as your current full-time job. If you can find that, or you have that, GOLD STAR for you! Please comment below and share your secret so we can all join in on the money- making fun.
How did I do it? I found a job that would pay me enough to make ends meet, bare minimum. This way I could bring in a paycheck while traveling. Knowing I’d also need hustle my ass off to find a way to make more.
It’s a trust building exercise with the universe and I work on it every day.
Now the nugget you’ve all been waiting for, places to actually FIND some of these jobs:
AngelList A site where startups post jobs. Type remote in the search bar and surf through what comes up. You can narrow based on your skills. Recruiter, HR, developer, etc. Some jobs require you to work a specific time zone, some don’t. Be conscious of this while interviewing. If you want to gallivant off to Sri Lanka and are expected to be available 9a-5p US EST, you either need to change your travel goals or be cool with working in the middle of the night while everyone else is partying or sleeping
We Work Remotely: This site is ALL remote jobs, no need to sort. Dig in and find something that fits your skills and lifestyle
Remote Like Me: This girl boss delivers tips, tricks and even real job postings! She sends actual live jobs in her weekly round-up. Sign up for her emails for opportunities straight to your inbox. She also delivers advice for how to tweak your resume, appeal to remote companies and everything in between. She basically a badass remote work angel fairy godmother type. She’s also hella inspiring
Forbes Top 100 Remote Jobs: Forbes recently posted an article for the top companies to work for remotely in 2018. This is a great way to find companies who value remote workers and keep an eye out for jobs at companies you admire.
4) Develop your risk-taking muscle
Let’s face facts, It’s going to take guts and courage to make this happen. Taking a risk this big can be tough, especially If you’re not used to it.
So start small.
Take a path home from work you’re not used to. Get up and go to that workout or dance class you’ve always been too afraid of taking. Book a weekend trip to a place you’ve never been before and go ALONE. The more you develop this risk taking muscle, the easier it will be when the opportunity arises to take the job, sell your stuff and hit the road
I started using the tips and tricks in 100 days of Rejection, to get into the habit of risk taking. Once you get used to taking the risk and facing the fear of rejection, the sting of its possibility is diminished ten-fold.
What this isn’t…. A fool proof method for ditching the desk and traveling full time
What this is: A recount of the steps and courage it took for me to get there. A look backwards with and desire to pay it forward.
No matter what your goals, know they are possible. You’re whole and complete exactly as you are, and you can draw ANYTHING you desire into your path. All you need is possibility, patience and persistence. Mixed with and unwavering belief in yourself.
No matter what your dream, I support you.
No go forth and be awesome
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