Remote work arrangements are becoming much more common as companies come to the realization that their hiring options are no longer restricted by location. Why hire an app developer locally if you can find better talent on the other side of the world, potentially at a lower cost and minus the overhead of office space?
Bright young IT professionals are taking advantage of this to “Go Nomad” – travelling the world while continuing to work from a laptop. Sites like Digital Nomad Empire have sprung up to teach aspiring remote workers the ropes of finding and keeping location independent work, whether it be through a web based business or through a remote employee contract.
Will the trend continue in the future? Time will tell, but the advances in cloud technology and video conferencing would make it seem like the logical assumption.
There are some ethical questions that pop up as a result – for instance, the use of low-paid virtual assistants in countries like the Philippines, often an integral part of running a location independent business. Is this exploitative?
Well, the big day is approaching: I will be jumping on a plane to fly down to New Zealand for six weeks to travel around in a campervan. A lifelong dream come true.
I wanted to take a quick opportunity here to write a post on how I plan to budget and save money along the way.
For starters, finding a good budget travel guide is invaluable. I have just recently come across New Zealand Travel Secrets, and I have found it extremely useful for getting ideas and links to resources for budget travel in my destination country. Of course, big sites like Tripadvisor are also really handy for this.
I think another important thing is to break down which parts of your destination country are most expensive, and which are the cheapest, so you can plan how much time to spend in each place accordingly. For example, according to NZ Travel Secrets, Queenstown travel is particularly expensive – so while I would love to check it out for a good period of time, I will be extra careful to plan my budget well while I’m there.
Of course, I think it’s important to remember as well though that you shouldn’t let budget concerns get in the way of once in a lifetime opportunities!