The last few years have seen a real rise in people becoming digital nomads –
basically, working remotely from their computers so they can travel anywhere in the
world. Add this to the thousands of people already working abroad while they fly
around the globe, and it seems like the world really has become our oyster. If you’re
not convinced that working and travelling go hand in hand, here are five reasons why
you should definitely consider it.
Go for longer
One of the best reasons to work while you travel is quite a simple one – you can go
for longer! Instead of just a two-week trip, you could go for six months or more. Some
jobs will pay you in food and board, so you can just use your savings as spending
If you’re going down the digital nomad route, then you can just work the hours that
suit you, wherever you are in the world, and then use your earnings just to keep
travelling. As long as the work keeps rolling in, you could continue travelling and
working for as long as you like ( or as long as your visa lasts, anyway ).
Immersed in culture
Sometimes, when you’re travelling, you don’t have time to fully immerse yourself in
the culture of each place you visit. However, if you work and travel at the same time,
you’ll have more time to hang out with the locals. This means you can pick up on new
languages, customs, and cultural differences.
It won’t just be the locals you meet, though. If you’re working abroad at a festival, a
farm, or in someone’s hotel, then you might meet people from all over the world who
are doing the same as you. Nothing broadens your mind more than learning about
different cultures from all around the world.
Cover emergency costs
Perhaps you already have enough money to cover your round-the-world trip and so
don’t see the point in working while you’re out there. That is until disaster strikes!
Unfortunately, travelling isn’t always going to be a walk in the park, and it’s always
advisable to have an emergency fund. Doing some work while you’re travelling
means you can add to the emergency pot – just in case. For example, medical care
in America can cost up to $10,000 a day ! If you find yourself in that kind of
emergency situation, then you’re going to want to have some backup funds.
Meet new people
Making friends while travelling is another big part of the experience, which is made
so much easier if you’re working at the same time. Your colleagues may be in the
same position as you, and you could find people to keep travelling the world with
brand new travel buddies. If you’re more of a digital nomad and working remotely,
then make sure you go out and meet new people as much as possible. It may be
harder to make friends when you’re working remotely , but it’s not entirely impossible.
It’s an experience unlike any other
Finally, the main reason why you should work while you travel is because it is an
experience unlike any other. Truly. All of the things you’ll get to see and do, all of the
people you’ll meet; this kind of thing doesn’t happen if you’re sat behind a desk in a
job back at home. In fact, most people who start travelling the world while working
don’t ever want to come back! You’ll learn so much about the planet – and yourself –
that it’ll change you forever, for the better. Now, isn’t that reason enough to go?
These are just five of the many, many reasons to work while you travel. There are
plenty of others to add to the list, though, so let us know your