“My little house in the middle of the jungle is serene and simple. I have mango and tamarind trees in my yard and more birds than I can count,” says expat Carol Kandell, a California native who’s lived full-time on Koh Samui, Thailand, for the past three years.
All over the world, folks of all ages are turning their backs on the traditional nine-to-five grind and setting off for travel, fun, adventure, and profit. And they’re getting paid while they’re at it.
Back in 2009, I was taking a six-week holiday at a beach resort on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. Almost everyone there was on vacation, of course. And they were having a great time, enjoying the fun and sun, and spending money. Lots of it. Not earning it. But not me... That's because I'm a freelance copywriter. That just means I write sales letters, promotional emails, and other communications...just easy, conversational English.
The other day, my friend Rony asked me if I wanted to go to the neighboring island of Koh Samui for a little R&R. It sounded tempting, but I wasn't feeling like making the trip. So I politely declined and told her that I had to get some work done here on Koh Phangan. Then, she completely busted my objection.
"Yeah, right." That's the first thought I had when I discovered freelance copywriting...way back in 2001. I just couldn't believe that it was possible to "make great money...writing just a few hours day...from anywhere in the world." There was just no way. WAY too good to be true.
From 1993 to 1999, I traveled and lived all over the world. And during that time, I got to experience wonderful places like the white-sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands...the cafes of Aix-en-Provence, France...the wild summer parties of Corfu, Greece...the exotic culture of Bali, Indonesia...and more.
Thanks to the location independence my career provides, I've enjoyed the privilege of making a living from some truly amazing locations all over the world. Places like the top deck of a ferry crossing the Gulf of Thailand at sunrise...in the sleeping cabin of a night train on the way to Sapa, Vietnam...in a pub on Dublin's Temple Bar...
It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. "Jason," my friend Brad told me. "I know you can work from anywhere in the world." He was right. Freelance copywriters like me can make a living—and often a very good living (in excess of six-figures per year)—from just about anywhere in the world. All you need are the secrets to writing a simple sales letter, a laptop, and an Internet connection...and you’re good to go. "And I know," Brad said, "that you’ve never been to Thailand."
When Aaron Bradford first traveled to Southeast Asia in 2008, he had no idea he’d wind up staying. He visited Thailand…Laos…Vietnam…Malaysia…and Indonesia. He explored undiscovered beaches, wild jungles, and ancient temples. He tasted exotic cuisine. And he made new friends from all over the world. His original plan had him returning home once the trip was over.
the best thing about being a copywriter is that it allows me to enjoy the type of lifestyle that I’ve always wanted. Right now, I’m living and working in Southeast Asia—in a sunny, laid-back little beach resort town called Sihanoukville in Cambodia.