Learning to how work remotely and travel is daunting.
You may have an idea of the remote jobs available and some skills you need to learn to make it happen, but…
…How to take the very first step?
That’s what this 7-step framework is for.
It’s the exact step-by-step that led us to work remotely AND travel Australia full time!
We have 5+ years of experience as digital nomads, living on the road, and travelling full time.
It was always our dream to do this, and it took a leap of faith to get here, but now we want to make it as easy as possible for others to do it too.
This article will remove the “overwhelm” factor from your journey. Just follow this framework and you’ll be on your way to working and travelling, living by the rhythm of your own schedule.
No more time to waste! Let’s get started:
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Table of Contents
1) Choose the category that describes you best
Over the years, hundreds of people have asked us how we fund our travels with remote work (spoiler: we build, renovate, and sell websites! Here’s where we learned).
However, ours is one of hundreds of ways to earn money online. The real question is how to find the right remote job for YOUR goals.
To do this, you need to know why you want to work remotely in the first place. Knowing this will help you set goals, otherwise, you won’t have a direction to take.
So, over time, we started noticing that most people fit into one of these four categories:
- You love your job but want to do it remotely. You essentially want to swap from an in-person to a remote job. You’ll do the same thing, just online. Learn more here.
- You want to transfer your pre-existing skills to remote work. You have certain skills – from your current job or hobbies – that can be transferred to a new remote role. Learn more here.
- You dislike your job and/or feel unfulfilled. You need a change, no matter what. You really don’t want to go to work, you may even want to go into a completely different field. Learn more here.
- You want to be a remote business owner. This is our category. You want all the freedom you can get and are willing to put in the time and effort. Learn more here.
Choose the option above which resonates with you the most… This will help you start mapping out a path towards your goals.
This also helps you set clear expectations, as some paths are more challenging than others.
Having an idea of what you’re getting into will help you go through the hard times and you can resist the temptation of giving up mid-way.
2) Write down a quick list of remote job ideas
Now that you know the driving force behind why you want to work remotely, it’s time to determine the “how”.
We wrote a free PDF to help you exactly with this. It has 30 tried-and-true remote roles that we and/or our team have done to earn money online so you can travel.
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Once you check it out, write down each job opportunity that resonates with you. Don’t give it too much thought, use your gut.
It doesn’t matter if the list is huge or short. The goal is to give you an overall idea of the things that may interest you, so you have a few options to explore later!
Also, keep in mind that what you end up doing online might not be clear at first. Sometimes it takes a bit of dabbling to find what interests you online.
3) Take a deep look at your interests
Once you have your chosen category and a quick list of possible remote jobs, it’s time to look at your interests. This will help you nail down which remote jobs align with you.
The purpose of this is to find your intrinsic motivation. When you know what that is, it will open up your potential horizons so much more.
It makes the entire journey much more pleasant, which in turn ensures you can actually do it in the long term.
Here’s an exercise to help you identify your interests
Start by writing down 3-5 things that you’re interested in, that you read about, that you enjoy doing, and/or that you’re passionate about. For each one, answer:
- Why do you enjoy doing it? What do you get out of it?
- Can you reframe that interest into a remote role?
Another approach is writing down 3-5 things that you are absolutely NOT interested in. Then, answer why you don’t enjoy each one and what remote roles could take you away from them.
Knowing your dislikes is just as valuable as knowing your interests. Both give you powerful information about yourself, which you’ll need as you move forward.
4) Set travel goals – how do you want to travel through Australia?
This will determine the type of remote work that’s best for you and set your expectations:
By this, we mean jumping on a plane or your car and spending a few days at your destination. Maybe stay in a hotel/hostel/camping grounds, do some tours, visit the main attractions, and head back home.
Travelling Australia this way gives you a few ways to balance remote work with travel, like:
- Work as you travel – e.g. work a few hours in the morning and explore in the afternoon.
- Work more before/after your trip to get stuff done, so you don’t have to work during your visit.
To do this, it may be best to find remote jobs with flexible schedules – content writing, building websites, etc. That way, you can work whenever you want as long as you meet your deadlines.
This is a whole experience in itself, and the best way to save money while travelling. However, it may not be a good idea to bring your laptop during your trips.
Not only because of the added weight on your backpack but also because you risk damaging your computer or someone stealing it. Depending on your itinerary, it can also be challenging to find spaces to get work done.
So, if you want to backpack through Australia, we’d recommend leaving the laptop at home. For you, freelancing may be best.
You could work per project, so once it’s finished, go backpacking for a few weeks. Then go back home and work on other projects to save for your next adventure!
Living on the road
This is what we do! We live in Bunji, our ’93 Toyota Coaster. We converted it into a home so we could live on the road and travel anywhere we want to, whenever we want to.
It takes an investment upfront, as you have to purchase a vehicle and renovate it. You also have to do a bit of planning, not only for the destinations you want to visit but for life in general – i.e. where are you going to park to sleep?
Bus life needs some preparation, but it’s an incredible lifestyle and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
And you can do pretty much any remote work you want, from freelancing to owning a business. You’ll also meet other digital nomads along the way!
5) Identify things that can hold you back (and tackle them)
Being a digital nomad is life-changing, but some people don’t take the first step towards it because of “what ifs”, such as:
- …I fall for a remote work scam?
- …I can’t earn a stable income?
- …I have to sell to my friends and family?
- …I don’t have the skills required to make it happen?
- …I choose the wrong remote job?
- …I don’t want to own a business?
- …I don’t have a reliable internet connection?
You are not alone – we feared those same things too. It was paralyzing, but it wasn’t until after we faced those fears that we were able to move forward.
We bust each one of those fears and give you tools to face them in this article: 7 Common Online Work Myths Debunked.
6) Be aware of the challenges that may come up
Like anything, remote work has its unique set of challenges and disadvantages.
The common challenges of remote work include:
- Establishing a productive environment.
- Communicating with coworkers in different time zones.
- Working while travelling. Without careful planning, your travels can easily become remote work trips, where you’re stuck with work.
Here are a few disadvantages of remote work:
- It doesn’t make life perfect. Problems still happen but in a different setting.
- People in your surroundings may discourage you, more so if you want to go into remote working to become a business owner.
- It forces you into a sedentary lifestyle. You can counteract this with exercise and getting ergonomic equipment to reduce the strain on your joints, like a laptop stand.
Being aware of them beforehand gives you the advantage, as you’ll know exactly what to do to minimise or avoid them entirely!
7) Choose a low-hanging fruit to get started
Now that you have the whole picture, it’s time to kickstart the journey! Here are a few low-hanging fruits that can get your engines going:
- Go into Airtasker or Upwork for your first gig.
- Go to an online networking event to meet other remote workers.
- Book an entire trip using the “reserve now & pay later” modality.
For more ideas, here are 7 quick wins to start working remotely while travelling!
Is it possible to work remotely and travel?
Yes! It is possible to work remotely and travel. You can do this from the comfort of your laptop and with a good internet connection.
There are several remote work opportunities you can do while travelling, like content creation, virtual assistance, and even creating websites and selling them for profit.
However, it requires discipline and time management to strike a balance between work and play.
Can I work remotely from another country?
Yes, you can work remotely from another country. However, working remotely abroad requires careful planning. Here are some things to consider:
– Is there a stable internet connection in your destination?
– Where and when are you going to work?
– Time zone differences.
– How are you going to communicate with your team? Through chat, video calls, emails…?
– Visa and tax requirements.
How can I work remotely on a road trip?
You can work remotely on a road trip by planning your itinerary carefully – you don’t want it to become a remote work trip instead. Here are some things to consider:
– Bring a reliable mobile hotspot or check for internet coverage along your route.
– Check for spots where you can stop and work – cafes, co-working places, etc.
– Prioritise tasks and set realistic work hours, so you have time for both work and exploration.
– Keep your essential work tools, such as a laptop and power banks, readily accessible.
– Be flexible to adapt your work schedule according to the demands of the trip.
The bottom line
Working remotely is not a “one-size-fits-all” kind of thing. It has to be customised to your needs, goals and interests. But once you have those things clear, the starting point becomes much more obvious.
The possibilities are endless. But, it’s key is to understand your motivations, identify your interests, and seek out remote job opportunities that align with your aspirations.
Remember, the path to remote work success may have its challenges, but with determination and perseverance, you can conquer any obstacle that comes your way.
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