Two steps to work remotely and travel the world

By Jake Jorgovan
My desk in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Working remotely is the new American dream.

Long gone are the days of seeking a steady, safe corporate job.

Now are the days of freedom, adventure, and travel.

Instead of sitting in an office, our generation wants to work from a beach in Mexico, a mountaintop in Argentina, or even the couch at their own home.

But why is it that so many people still conform to the traditional routines of work?

They wake up, commute to an office, meet with clients in person, and then return home for the day and do it all again. Rinse and repeat.

Why aren’t more people taking advantage of the remote working movement?

My goal with this post is to share with you two simple steps to working remotely and traveling the world.


Step 1) Get paid without being present

To work remotely, you only need one thing:

An ability to generate an income without being physically present. Many people overthink this or get caught up in internet scams about how to make money online.

The truth is working remotely is much simpler.

There are two ways you can get paid without being physically present:

1) Find a position that allows you to work remotely
2) Go freelance


How to get a job that allows you to work remotely

Before you begin your job search, it's worth at least talking to your current employer to see if they would be open to a remote working arrangement.

Try slipping them a copy of 37 Signals’s book Remote. If your boss is a business book junkie like most entrepreneurs, then they will eat this one up.

But, if your employer isn't going to budge on a remote working arrangement, then you may need to start looking elsewhere.

Believe it or not, remote working job opportunities for developers are everywhere on the web. Plenty of companies realize they can get better talent at a better price by working with remote developers.

Look through sites like,, and See if there are any opportunities that fit your lifestyle and apply.


How to build a remote freelance career

The alternative is to go freelance and work for yourself. It is every developer’s dream to work remotely and have complete flexibility over your schedule.

Many people are afraid to make the jump and go freelance, but it's not as risky as most people think.

Site's like, Elance, oDesk, and others provide a safe way for you to attract freelance work. You don't have to deal with the contracts, hunting down the work, or marketing yourself.

If you have never worked freelance before, these marketplaces are a great way to get started. There are countless clients on these websites looking to hire people like you.

You just need to take the time to get on board, hustle, and apply for the right kind of jobs.

In addition to these marketplaces and recruitment companies, you can also use some marketing tactics to bring in business remotely.

Some tactics that helped me generate a remote income are:

  • - A strong website and web presence
  • - Blogging & Podcasting
  • - Cold e-mailing ideal prospects
  • - Social media
  • - Staying in touch with old employers and industry contacts
  • - Asking past clients for referrals

Step 2) Move somewhere awesome and cheap

Once you have started generating some remote income, its time to make the jump.

Pack up your stuff, throw it in storage, or just purge it all. Then buy yourself a one way plane ticket to somewhere awesome and cheap.

When I started my remote working adventure, I flew down to Mexico for five months. While living in Mexico my cost of living dropped by almost 2/3rds. This made it much easier to hit my monthly income goals and start building up my freelance business.

People think that moving to another country and working remotely is risky. I disagree.

Staying in the USA, where my cost of living was significantly higher, was actually a much riskier path.

When you move somewhere cheap, you are lowering your cost of living, which is the overhead of your freelance business. Lower overhead means it's easier to hit your monthly sales goals and there is more money leftover for your personal enjoyment.

Best of all, you are having the adventure of a lifetime while living abroad.


Quit making excuses and join the remote working movement

Remote working is an opportunity that didn't exist 10 years ago.

10 years ago tools like Skype, Dropbox, and Google Drive didn't even exist.

This is a new age. The age of the remote worker.

Get on board and design your life so you can work from anywhere.

Remember, you just need one thing:

An ability to earn an income without being physically present.

Once you can earn an income without being present, just move somewhere awesome and cheap. Then you will be off on the adventure of your dreams.

Quit making excuses, make the jump, and join the remote working movement.

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