Imagine you are on the coast of Ecuador, taking in the sweeping ocean view, the comfortable year-round temperatures, and relaxing in the quiet stillness of an area that isn’t overrun with traffic and noise... You open your laptop to spend several hours “working” on an interesting assignment... When you feel like you’ve done enough for the day, you press a few more buttons, and close it out. Within a few hours, a payment for your work drops into your bank account, ready to be withdrawn at the ATM.
The first time I saw this sight, I wondered, “What the heck?” That photo was taken in San Miguel de Allende—one of my favourite cities in all of Latin America... Once upon a time, I would never have got to see a street like that—a hangover from the lifestyle I led over a decade ago. Back then, when I travelled to international destinations for business or pleasure, I was always in a hurry... I mean, I only had a week or two at the most to check out everything.
Every day you meet new people and just about all of them are set to return to their humdrum lives in a few short days. They tell you... you have the best job in the world.
Whether you’d like to create an occasional income—or profit centre—to take on the road or build one from a new location, there are countless ways to make that happen. This is, after all, the age of the virtual office which means you can set up shop on a Caribbean beach, in a cosy Swiss chalet, or on a rainforest riverbank.
Mexico taught me to add flavour and spice to my life...to live bigger. I loved the colourful surroundings, passionate people, and many festivals. At the end of my teaching day in Sayulita—one of the prettiest towns in Mexico—I would often go to the beach for shrimp quesadillas and the most fantastic piña coladas.
And I get paid to walk around barefoot, hop on and off boats, and high-five people to celebrate their accomplishments. What is it I do? I manage a water sports company in Roatán, Honduras, offering scuba diving, snorkelling, sunset cruises, under-water scooters...the works.
Teaching English to students from all around the world by Internet, while based in Oaxaca, allows me to receive a good income in a city with a low cost of living.
Expat Steve Quinn is living his dream running a beach bar overseas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. As a busy carpenter and contractor in his native Canada, Steve Quinn relished his regular trips to Costa Rica to relax and unwind on the beach.
As an overseas writer, I can work from anywhere on the planet and file my stories and articles via the Internet as though I am working in the same office as my editors.
The beauty is that the more I choose to live life authentically and share it online, the easier it becomes to support our lifestyle. When I soak in the sunshine, enjoy hours of chasing my son on the beach, and then report back about it on my blog, sales always go up and up.