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.
"I'm no world adventurer," says Richard Marazzi. "I'm just a guy with a laptop who can run my company from anywhere there's an internet connection...and has had some incredible experiences because of it.
Crowdfunding has become popular in the last few years. It works by raising capital from the general public via specialized websites. You launch a campaign for a set time, outlining your project, and setting a target for how much you want to raise.
"My life here is as close to ideal as I could ever imagine...it's amazing," says Salem Orion, who lives in the beach city of Mazatlan on Mexico's Pacific coast. "Every morning I wake up with anticipation, not resignation."
It's true that you need some video equipment in order to shoot travel videos...but it's not nearly as much as you might think. Some folks get started with just a simple camera or smart phone.
I have a hard time deciding which part of Mexico I like best. It's quite a big country, about three times the size of Texas. And there are so many different regions with different climates, landscapes, and lifestyles.
When I signed up to produce a travel video of my hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro—followed by a luxury safari and a beach vacation—I had no idea how much people pay for this kind of adventure...and how truly life-changing it is.
A few years ago, shortly after my retirement, I stumbled across an online photography workshop and decided to give it a try. I learned a lot about photography from this course, but the breakthrough moment for me was when I learned how to use the video setting on my camera.