As 2016 drew to a close and family and friends were starting to feel the growing pressure of the holiday season...we hadn’t a care in the world. My husband, Michael, and I were enjoying a stay in a three-bedroom apartment in one of the nicest suburbs in Quito, Ecuador...for free.
When you love something—be it anything from corgis and yoga to travel and Mexican food—you're going to want to share it with others. And while your friends and family won't always have the same enthusiasm for learning Spanish, traveling with pets, or buying a new home overseas, there are thousands of people online who do...and you can make money talking to them about the things you love.
If you had told me eight years ago that I would be leading the life I live today, I would have called you crazy. I get paid to travel to far-flung and exotic places—Madagascar one day, Iceland or Costa Rica next. I have no boss.
As the sun set over the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, a riverside village in northern Laos, I sipped on my ice-cold cocktail and contemplated just how lucky I've been.
If you could wake up tomorrow any place on earth, where would you choose? Could you see yourself in Eze, a picturesque medieval village high above the Mediterranean along the French Riviera?
A few years ago, I made a life-changing decision. I knew there were happy people in the world, pursuing their dreams, working "jobs" that were more like passions, and enjoying every moment.
I've had a few "careers" over the years. For a while, I did layout and design for the publishing arm of a major accounting firm (I was lucky enough to get fired from that job during the early 1990s recession).
Continuous advances in technology are enabling more and more folks to work outside of the confines of a traditional office. Remote working has taken off, and there are no signs that it will be slowing down in the future.
"I've always wanted to travel the world. I love visiting new places, tasting new food, experiencing new cultures. The ability to go ahead and just do it is a dream come true," says Erica Ridley.
Despite the fact that work can be one of life's greatest sources of satisfaction, too many of us believe the opposite: that work is an inevitable joyless slog. It's not our fault. It's what we were conditioned to believe.