The New Comfort Zone

The Five Best Ways to Travel the World, Work Remotely and Generally Win at Life

Of Course One of Them Is to Become Instagram Famous

By Sam Eichner ·
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Traveling the world.

Earning a living.

Totally killing it on Instagram.

Yup. It all sounds pretty wonderful. And today, thanks to the ubiquity of remote work (and Wi-Fi, generally), it’s all significantly more possible than at any point in human history.

But just in case you require an extra push to finally spend that year abroad—which, understandable—here are the five best ways to make living this particular dream a reality.

Be a Good Guest

By which we mean: build a good CouchSurfing reputation, spend a few weeks working on an organic farm with WWOOF or teach English in a foreign land. All three are great ways to get your accommodations taken care of. Plus, they’ll give you ample opportunities to connect with locals (and eat their food).

Reinvent Yourself as a So-Called “Digital Nomad”

An increasing number of remote work programs, like Remote Year and WeRoam, can provide just the sort of infrastructure—solid co-working spaces, accommodations, a community—you need to convince your boss to let you telecommute from some of the coolest cities in the world.

Generate an Above-Board Passive Income

Play the stock market. Create a web store on Amazon. Put your apartment up on AirBnb. Purchase crypto-currency and watch its value increase as the world burns. Or doesn’t. Either way: crypto-currency.

Just Freelance

It sounds so simple. And yet freelancing, particularly if you’re a writer or coder, can be the best way to earn a steady, remote income without the strictures of a traditional 9-5, office-bound desk job. Especially if you happen to be making US dollars while living in a country with a relatively weak currency.

Become Instagram Famous

Maybe you’ve heard of #Vanlife: those oft-beautiful people who circle the globe in old vans, snapping pictures of enviable sunsets in exotic locales. Now, we’re not suggesting you sell all of your belongings and live out of a van. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility for you to build a strong social following, given you cultivate the right kind of brand and recoup some of those pesky travel expenses from some supportive sponsors. Well, it’s not that out of the realm of possibility.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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