Millennials cannot be tied down in one place—no, not by their parents, the institutions they work for, or their husbands and wives. They are dynamic and ambitious, with an innate hankering to see the world.
They are aggressive, impatient, and job-wise, they believe career progression can be achieved horizontally.
But like their predecessors, the “slacker” generation of Gen X, millennials have proved their detractors wrong. Perceived to be lazy and entitled, millennials are actually very hard-working, even more than their older colleagues.
They are, in fact, workaholics, according to no less than the Harvard Business Review!
Citing a survey by Project:Time Off and Gfk, HBR reports that millennials tend to “proudly” see themselves as “work martyrs” than their older counterparts; they are also likely to trade their paid vacation time for their cubicles.
Make no mistake: They actually want their coworkers to see them that way.
No wonder we’re miserable! We don’t know how to have fun!
Kidding aside, it’s interesting to note that there are also those on the other end of the spectrum.
While some are determined to slave away at the office, there are those who prefer to work on the road; yes, while sipping cocktails from tiny straw hats, or after a day of sightseeing.
These people are living a sustainable travel lifestyle while teaching English to kids, bartending, or offering consultancy services online.
There are a number of them nowadays, unlike before, and more and more people are being encouraged to live the fantasy like them.
How does one endeavor to live the same nomadic lifestyle?
Like being a self-employed individual or entrepreneur, it takes a lot of willpower to be able to work a peripatetic or location-independent job.
You have to change your mindset considerably, and think about starting small with a few trips. After all, it may take a couple of journeys away from home to get the hang of it.
Starting small, of course, means finding out whether you can survive without the company of others for just a few days. This means finding out if you can manage by relying only on yourself.
For my first solo trip, I went to Cebu City, which is a 45-minute plane ride away from Manila, for a week. It was tough at first, but I found that being alone with myself is actually doable. Of course, my purpose is to travel alone, while on vacation and not to find a job, but you get the point.
Boots n’ All emphasizes that working a location-independent job isn’t as easy as it seems, and takes a lot of planning as well. The site encourages would-be nomads to consider acquiring some new skills first before embarking on their journey.
What are the jobs that allow you to travel the world?
One of the best options for travelers is taking on a freelance writing or web design job online. This will allow them to bring their work to wherever they are.
Working on a per-project basis is highly recommended to make sure that you have flexibility. You’ll never know when you’ll have that impromptu trip out-of-town from your base camp.
Many of my relatives work at a cruise ship. The pay is better than local jobs, and working at a cruise ship has allowed them to see places from the Florida Keys to the Arctic Circle.
My dad, meanwhile, used to work at a cargo ship as a cook. This has also allowed my dad to get to see the world before he turned 30.
Then of course, there’s being an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Majority of travel bloggers work as one; whether it comes naturally or not, it is not as difficult to transition to this type of career.
To gain some experience, one can volunteer for a teaching job at small communities after obtaining their TEFL or TOEFL certificate online.
What else can I do as a jack-of-all-trades?
The question is, what skills do you have that you could peddle? If you don’t mind singing to a crowd, then maybe you may be interested in busking, as Wandering Earl suggests.
Wandering Earl has written about his and his friends’ experiences in doing sidelines that do not necessarily involve working long hours in front of a computer.
Travel bloggers Kach Medina Howe and Jonathan Howe, for instance, teach yoga and do ayurvedic massage, alongside teaching English to non-native speakers.
The possibilities are limitless. But one thing that bears repeating is that you have to be extremely committed to it.
Leaving a life behind when you travel takes a lot of commitment, but the experiences and sights are worth it.
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