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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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9 Ways to Grow Your Career While Traveling

Posted on June 20th, 2017

The following is a guest post contributed by Joaquim Miro, founder of The Alternative Ways

 

The first time I told my friends and family that I was going to quit my job and travel, it didn’t go so well. They were nervous, anxious, and even scared for me. “How will you find another job when you come back? How will you make enough money on the road?”

 

While I didn’t have answers to these questions at first, I knew deep down that as long as I worked hard and continued to develop relevant skills, I would be okay. 10 months later, I'm proud to announce that I’ve been offered jobs, year-long volunteer programs, and promising business opportunities.

 

What I learned is the following: no matter what career you pursue, you can incorporate as much travel as you like.  

 

Here’s how.

Ways to Grow Your Career While Traveling

 

 

1. Learn a new (relevant) language

With every new language, you open a new set of doors. Being able to speak to previous employers, work colleagues, friends, and even acquaintances in a new language will show them you weren’t just fooling around during your trip. You invested time and effort towards attaining a goal — and succeeded.

 

2.  Start an online business

There are countless benefits to starting a legitimate online business before you hit the road. For starters, you will get access to tax benefits and have a great story when you return to the job market.

 

Building an online business takes guts, time, and persistence. You will need a proper inbound marketing strategy to attract people to your website, forcing you to learn new skills that are useful in almost every industry. Not to mention you are now the lead accountant, writer, social media marketer, growth strategist, and CEO of your business. You can add these complementary skills to your CV, showing your willingness to learn and determination to succeed.

 

3.  Freelance

Did you know 60% of millennials are either self-employed or planning to be in the next year? One of the best ways to have more freedom while working full-time is to do contract-based work. Here are a few great freelance websites to get you started.

 

If you want to work with your hands, you can download apps like ServisHero and Checkatrade that work in the countries you want to go to.

 

4.  Work Abroad

One of the best ways to retain job security while experiencing new cultures is to work abroad. A great place to start looking is on international websites like Indeed and Monster. You can also use the following resource to get an idea of the work visa requirements per country.

 

On the contrary, if you currently work for a Fortune 500 company, asking to move abroad could be a good career move. Most VPs and CEOs have moved multiple times throughout their careers, so starting out early and showing your eagerness to move up will help you in the long-run.

 

Related: How To (Really) Find a Job Overseas

 

5.  Work Remotely

The concept of remote work has only recently become mainstream. After successfully running a digital marketing company with remote clients in 8 countries, I can assure you that working remotely is possible. The only hiccup is that you will have to reduce your hourly wage considerably, especially if you are new to the industry. Nevertheless, this allows you to have real life experience and a growing portfolio to showcase upon your return.

 

6.  Volunteer Abroad

There are many established volunteer abroad programs that are recognized internationally. Some of these include Peace Corps, and Projects Abroad. If you are a nurse, consider MSF. If you are an engineer, go help build houses in Ghana or code for a cause.

 

7.  Write a book / Start a blog

During your travels, you can write a book relevant to your industry. As soon as you become a published author, you will have something to offer that most people don’t. And it will prove you weren’t just traveling, but taking time to publish something worthwhile and become an expert on a specific subject.

 

8.  Pursue Further Education

Rather than doing a graduate degree close to home, you can find an advanced degree program that suits your needs in another country and live abroad for 1-2 years during the duration of your studies. This will most likely be a more cost effective option, as well. If you are currently an undergraduate student, you can look into going on exchange. 

 

9.  Just Travel!

Traveling will give you many skills that organizations desperately need.

 

You will learn the art of negotiation – Learning how to negotiate in a foreign country will help keep your budget in line and ensure you aren’t getting charged astronomical prices for everything you buy. This skill set can be used to negotiate improved terms with a supplier or to better handle internal politics.

 

You will become more resourceful – There are many times when you may feel completely helpless. You missed a flight. You are in the middle of Northern Vietnam with no access to Wi-Fi and no one speaks English in a 50km vicinity. Your luggage was sent to Hawaii instead of Japan.

 

When things go wrong, the only option is to think outside of the box. It's this type of thinking that businesses need to thrive.

 

You will make decisions on the spot –  What differentiates a great manager from a mediocre one? His or her ability to perform and make decisions under stress. You can either learn this through 5-10 years of corporate experience or through real life situations.

 

Related: Don’t feel like quitting your job? Here are 9 ways to be happier at work

 

 

Joaquim Miro is the founder and chief editor of The Alternative Ways. His work has been featured on multiple publications, helping people learn how to grow their career through travel. In his free time he is also a digital marketer, food enthusiast, pianist and paraglider. You can reach out to him via L’Autre Couleur or Facebook.

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Now I use Office Hours to help my clients do the same.

 

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