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Remote Working as a backpacker

If you consider yourself a free spirit, meaning that you cannot picture yourself working from 9 to 5 in an office surrounded by the same people for the rest of your working life, then keep reading this article. Why? It is almost 2024, which means that you can conduct your business almost anywhere in the world. This is especially true if you are a software engineer and all you need is a laptop and internet connection. Wouldn’t it be great to travel around the world, see some faraway lands and still be able to complete all work-related tasks, grow your company, and earn money?

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Yes, we can all agree that this sounds like a dream job. Big companies like understand this which is why they offer multiple remote job opportunities. This means that whatever your qualifications are, you can still find work. If this sounds like something that you would like to do, for a year or even in the long run, keep reading this text, because we are going to give you some tips and try to explain to you how everything functions so that you would know what to expect.

The very first thing that you have to know is that this isn’t something that you can plan overnight. If you opt for this step in your career, there are many things that you have to plan and organize. The whole process might seem daunting if you have never done this before, so firstly, we are going to give you some tips on this subject.

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Obviously, before anything else, you have to find a job. You cannot organize everything for the trip if you don’t know what you will be doing and how much money you will earn, right? In addition, there is a lot of paperwork that you have to complete, so having a job is of utmost importance. So, how to find the work? Well, maybe there is an opening of this kind in your company. Why not apply for it? On the other hand, as already mentioned, this way of life is something that a lot of people strive to these days, which is why numerous companies offer these positions. Finally, if you already have some experience in freelancing, then you can contact partners and customers you have already collaborated with and offer them your services.

Secondly, you have to learn everything there is about visas, passports, and also insurance. These requirements depend on the country you want to travel to, so you have to choose where you want to go before dealing with these documents. You will need work or travel visas for some countries and they usually come with restrictions on how long you can stay there. In order for everything to run as smoothly as possible, our advice is to go straight to the embassy and inquire about all the requirements. Also, you should find other people’s experiences online and contact them if you have any additional questions. Just be aware, that the process of getting a visa can last for months so you should gather all the documents and apply for it as soon as possible.

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Thirdly, try to save some money while you are organizing everything for the journey. Yes, since you will be able to work, you are going to earn money, but it is always a good idea to have extra in your pocket when you embark on this adventure. You will have to pay for housing, food, insurance, travel expenses and so on. Clearly, the cost of these is going to depend on the country, but still, you are probably going to make mistakes and overpay for some stuff. If you plan to travel to different countries, you should get a credit card that offers travel points. This is another thing that you have to inquire in advance just so you would know how much money you will need.

Furthermore, when it comes to housing, you have a few options. If you have some relatives abroad, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is to ask them to help you find an apartment in a certain part of the city. If this is not the case, then you should start looking online. Airbnb is currently the most popular house-sharing website, which means that there is no way you cannot find something here. Contact the owners of the apartment you like, negotiate with them, and inform them about your budget and how long you plan on staying. In addition, there are also home swapping websites that allow you to find people and trade homes with them.

These are some essential things that you have to do in advance. Now, we are going to tell you why this lifestyle might be perfect for you. Obviously, the first benefit is that you get to see the world. If you feel stuck and need a change, and there is a country you have always wanted to visit and explore, this might be the perfect opportunity. Plan your days so you could finish everything on time and also go and explore the city, learn the language, meet the locals and go on adventures.

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Moreover, even though it might seem odd, you are going to save a lot of money if you spend an entire year traveling. How? Well, when you are on the road, you won’t have to pay rent for your apartment, there won’t be any utility bills, and you won’t even have to pay for a monthly bus ticket or any other kind of transportation fee. You are the one who determines where you are going to conduct the work. You won’t have to travel to the office, but instead can stay in and work from the apartment, or go out and work from the coffee shop, park, or even while sunbathing on a beach.

Lastly, there is no risk of burning out. We all know that feeling when we are sick of going to work, doing the same old thing in the same environment and looking forward to the weekend or our next vacation. Since you will have so many different and interesting things at your disposal, you will be more efficient in your job. In addition, we believe this to be a perfect opportunity for you to travel and experience new things, but not to have a gap in your resume.

To sum up, although we have tried to write a short guide, as you can imagine, this isn’t nearly as much information as you need. If you want to do this, then you need a lot of time to consider everything and get all your ducks in a row.

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