It is completely possible for you to fulfil your travel dreams without ruining your career. No matter what job you have or what country you’re from, it’s 100% possible. With the right planning and mindset, travel can only grow your career.
Joaquim Miro, after years of travel and fortunate meetings, realized that anyone can grow their career through travel.
Today he shares a “How to Continue Working and Grow Professionally While Traveling Full Time” in an exclusive interview with The Remote Life Community.
My first trip was living on a sailboat in Panama
Q: What’s the story behind Alternative Ways?
A: After years of brainstorming and observation during my travels around the world, I realized that there are people with all types of jobs and careers that are just as legit as the set path of school, university, 9-5 career. So The Alternative Ways was born to teach people that want to travel how to do without ruining their career. In fact, they can actually grow their career through travel!
Q: What kind of an impact have you made till now? Are there any stories you can share?
A: In the past 5 years, I’ve raised over $60,000 CAD for the homeless during university, helped small businesses in various developing countries thrive by increasing their online presence, traveled to over 25 countries while growing my career, hitchhiked over 1800 KM in less than 4 days from Siem Reap Cambodia to Northern Laos, learned 3 languages fluently (with a fourth on the way) and built a blog as well as a marketing agency.
Q: How long have you been traveling for and how did you get started?
A: It’s been over a year now and still going strong! My first trip was living on a sailboat in Panama. Ever since that trip I knew this was going to be my lifestyle for the foreseeable future.
Q: What do you think is stopping most people from taking up a work-travel lifestyle?
A: Money and fear. Both of which can be easily overcome with a bit of planning and preparation. This is exactly what I teach on my website, and work one on one with people who truly want to go out and grow their career while traveling.
Q: What’s your work-travel story? What do you and how do you manage your career while on the move?
A: After graduating from McGill University in end of 2014 I landed a killer job managing a brand on a national level at one of the largest Fortune 500 employers in Montreal. I knew this was not my calling, but the responsibility, money, and learnings I would get from it where necessary to be able to jump to what I am doing now.
Over the course of the next year and a half, I carefully planned my escape, working hard on weekends to start my first business, an eco-boutique that sold sustainable alternatives to everyday household products. This taught me how to design and optimize websites, how to write content, how to do digital marketing, SEO, etc.
Now I have enough expertise in these areas to freelance and offer bigger contracts to companies. This is what I do on the road, along with building my career travel blog The Alternative Ways.
Q: How many & which places have you been to so far? Any interesting story from anywhere?
A: Over 25 countries. I’d say the most remote were solo-traveling to Zhangjiajie (avatar mountains) in China, motorbiking in Northern Vietnam (Ha Giang not Sapa), and
Q: What are the places you keep going to and why?
A: I move to a new country every month. As a digital nomad I have to work hard to keep building my businesses and make more money than I am spending. It’s the direct payoff of having all the time flexibility and geo-flexibility that I enjoy! I’d say I work more hours than I did before, but whenever I’m not working I’m exploring, and the second I leave my house, apartment or guesthouse I’m automatically traveling! The more I travel, the more I realize that the secret to travel is in the mind, not the location.
Move towards location-independent workplaces and lifestyles
Q: What’s the future of remote working/digital nomads? What’s it going to be like in next 5 years?
A: It will become the norm. With the uptick of VR, AI, and Tech-based roles we are seeing a clear move towards location-independent workplaces and lifestyles. In 5 years I think this is what Fortune 500 companies will have to pitch if they want to attract the best talent!