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“How can you afford to travel so much, Laura?”
I’ve lived nomadically for 18 years and this is the #1 thing people ask me about my life.
Since the age of 16, I’ve lived and worked in 13 different countries and learnt to speak 4 foreign languages.
I’ve travelled to almost 60 nations on six continents and held over 40 different jobs — most of which I wasn’t qualified for and had to learn on the fly.
At the time of writing, I live on a private off-grid island in the South Pacific for a large chunk of the year and spend the other months wandering the world slowly. I live and work wherever I feel inspired, from the Greek Islands to the Himalayas of Nepal and the cafes of Paris, usually staying in one place for a while until it starts to feel like home.
Nope, I’m not a superdooper rich corporate woman cashing in on frequent flyer miles… and I’m definitely not a bikini model Instagram influencer with a gazillion followers… in fact I’ve been living nomadically since before social media existed, when mobile phones were for emergencies only and my suitcase was filled with canisters of Kodak camera film.
I’m also not famous for anything or sponsored by anyone…
I’m just a culturally curious minimalist who earns more than she needs, and I own absolutely nothing of value that doesn’t fit in my handbag.
Over the last 2 decades, I’ve discovered dozens of ways to find work around the world, and also live in a way that significantly reduces my basic costs like food, accommodation and transport.
So I earn less but save more, spend less and travel more than most people I know.
People are constantly asking me “How do you do it? How do you travel so much? How do you find work when you’re always moving around? How can I do it too?”
I spent so much time writing emails to people to explain the basics of how to find work that travels that I decided to jot it all down in a document. My perfectionist-ass nature meant that document eventually became this full length book that took 18 months to research and write.
So if you’re keen to break away from the earn/spend/debt cycle of modern society and discover alternative ways to live, earn and explore the world, this book might be for you.
Work The World covers:
- How to find jobs online so you can work anywhere with good internet access
- Options for starting an online business you can run from your laptop anywhere in the world
- How to find part-time work to cover your food and accommodation costs in many countries around the world
- Why living a nomadic lifestyle can be much cheaper than most people think
- How to find gigs teaching English, taking care of children, or working on cruise ships and yachts
- What it means to go on a “Working Holiday” in 50+ countries that have one year work visas for people aged 18-30
- Where to find ethical volunteer gigs that pay for your travel and living expenses
- How to become a housesitter so you can live rent-free around the world
- Two skills you can learn so you’re employable everywhere
- How to find work opportunities according to the seasons
- How meaningful travel and making connections with people from other countries and cultures may be the path to world peace (true story!!)
- Tips on how to stay safe and sane while travelling long-term
After years of getting messages from people asking to “take me for a coffee” so they can “pick my brain”, I’ve now filled over 170 pages with my most brain pickable advice, including 100+ useful links, and I’m giving it away for the price of a Frappuccino.
Because after a few years living on a tropical island in the South Pacific, I’m more of a hot weather, cold coffee kind of girl…
Praise for Work The World
“Work The World is one of the most comprehensive guides I’ve ever read on how to find work as you travel the world, no matter how old you are, what skills you have or where in the world you want to visit and live. It covers everything you can think of from working holidays, working on cruise ships, finding work online, nannying, housesitting, setting up your own online business, work exchanges – every type of possibility you can imagine…
Everything that Laura writes about in this book she has lived personally, and she writes from such a genuine and helpful place that I know anyone that reads this book will get so much value out of it. If you want to get real-world, practical advice from someone who lives and breathes the nomadic lifestyle and genuinely cares about the cultures, countries and people that she interacts with, then this is the book for you. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Note: 10% of all ebook sales go towards programs supporting people at risk of human trafficking, refugees and stateless people around the world.