Have you ever gone on vacation to a particular destination and loved it so much that you thought “Man, I’d love to live here?” We’ve all done it, whether it was within the US or in a foreign country, but the fact of the matter is that, that particular destination gave you such a wonderful and meaningful experience that you thought about what it would be like to actually live there.
That’s the whole point of vacations, right?… you’re paying for the experience of that destination. Can you imagine what it would be like to live a life of travel and have those experiences more often than once or twice a year when you have enough vacation time saved up? Well, digital nomads do it all the time! And because of today’s technological advancements, the lifestyle is more accessible now than ever before.
If you really think about it, traveling is truly how you fully experience life. There’s so much more to life than just work but unfortunately, people all over the world only live by the working motto. Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you could live a life of travel while earning an income?
Well, there are lots of reasons to quit your 9 to 5 and start traveling that are actually more beneficial than you might think. Take a look at some of the best reasons to drop your full-time 9 to 5 job and start earning as a digital nomad.
Reasons to Quit Your 9 to 5 and Start Living a Life of Travel
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It Develops Your Resume
Believe it or not, traveling the world can be an impressive notch on your resume, according to thestreet.com. The article states that one of the biggest complaints among employers is the lack of soft skills among potential employees. If you’re slightly unfamiliar with the term, soft skills include being able to effectively communicate, cross-cultural engagement, and knowing different languages.
It’s not that jobs won’t hire you if you don’t know how to speak Mandarin but when you travel the world, you’re immersing yourself in different cultures, picking up on different languages, and opening your mind to understanding differences within cultures. By adding your travels to your resume, employers see hiring you as a great investment to the company.
You Meet New People and Gain New Opportunities
Sometimes being in your own bubble at work makes your vision a little foggy to the possibility of there being people who aren’t just interested in what you can do for them… there are actually people out there who are interested in how they can help you too.
That’s not saying that you have to fly across the globe for this but when you travel and meet new people and experience different cultures, the reality of this possibility just seems more apparent. You’ll start hanging with other digital nomads as well as the locals and eventually build relationships with them. Whether the relationships you build are professional or personal, the fact is that you are getting to see the world from a new perspective.
Gives You a New Perspective On What You Want Out of Life and Your Career
If you’re like most people, you’re working a job you’re not happy at, and that’s okay. By no means is traveling the world the cure-all pr anecdote for job unhappiness. But what traveling will do for you is allow you to stop and reflect on what truly makes you happy. If what you’re doing right now isn’t bringing you happiness, it will make you reflect on what you can do to bring happiness into your life.
While you’re taking this time to reflect on what makes you happy, you can be earning as a digital nomad in the process, because let’s be real, traveling takes money, so you might as well enjoy your travels on your journey to self-discovery.
Ways to Earn As a Digital Nomad
Now that you know why you should quit your 9 to 5, you now need to know the different ways to earn as a digital nomad.
Work Remotely For a Company
As a digital nomad, working remotely can come in two different forms: You can either work remotely for your current company (which means you technically wouldn’t have to quit) or you can find a job with remote work opportunities.
If you choose to stick with your current company, you just need to see if there are work from home opportunities that will allow you to travel. If you are a programmer or a writer for a service that sells term papers online, it’s easy. If not, there are lots of businesses investing good money into remote workers for all the benefits they bring.
Start an ECommerce Business
Starting an e-commerce business is not only one of the best forms of passive income but it’s also one of the best ways to earn and travel the world too. By owning your own ecommerce store, you have the freedom to sell products as well as your specialized services.
Maybe your e-commerce store niche is travel gear for business and leisure travelers but because your travels have taken you all over the world, you’ve become an expert in the travel industry… With your travel expertise, you can now not only sell travel gear that will make traveling much easier but you can also sell your travel expertise by becoming a travel agent as well.
As a travel agent, you have the expertise and experience to not only plan travelers’ vacations but you can also recommend bucket list essentials for any kind of traveler! If that’s not killing two birds with one stone, nothing is.
The best part about all of this is that it starts when you build a professional-looking site that’s reflective of the products and services you’re providing. Shopify.com has a good website builder to start with, especially if you’re not too familiar with building a website. But once you get your website going, business can start booming in no time!
Perform Freelance Work
In the digital nomad world, freelance work is a very popular way to earn, simply because it can be done on your time, on your terms. Everything from writing and social media management to affiliate marketing and transcribing, your earning potential has no bounds.
The awesome thing about it is that this is a way to earn from multiple sources. You’ve heard the term multi-talented… Well, if that describes you, then freelance work will earn you “multi” sources of income!
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