Grow Your Career Through Travel

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.

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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!

98 replies on “Grow Your Career Through Travel

  • Gupta

    I’m tired of living a mundane life everyday, and really want to earn while being adventurous. Thanks for the blog, got something to learn from it

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  • C R ANJALI

    This was indeed inspiring. It’s a must-read for every wanderlust person, who wants to make money through travelling. It’s dreamy and at the same time, a tough thing to achieve. Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful experience.

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  • Shivam Parashar

    Ever since I was a teenager, I dreamed to pick up my bag, step out and travel places randomly. This Blog post has stimulated that teenage adrenaline rush in me to explore random places, learn different languages and what not. Thanks for this !

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  • Devesh Singh Tomar

    As mentioned in one of the answers, “money and fear”, has been a big reason why people often give up their dream of travelling. In the current world, amist various dreams and goals, people often opt for their job or say their profession as a priority and it becomes important as every person wishes to secure their family. This forces them to give up their dream of travelling. This blog can be very inspiring to those people. Being able to manage their lifestyle and aiming to live their dream. Career in travelling is no myth, just a mindset and willingness to give your best to your dream.

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  • Puja Manik. Mhetre

    After reading this blog ,I remembered one thing from the Novel ‘The Alchemist’-
    “Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself”.
    This article told right that Travelling is dream of millions but Money and Fear ruin it.
    Only the person passionate about it can overcome it and live this dream.

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  • HIMANSHU BHATI

    Sir, hats off for your inventive thoughts. I am really amazed that how one can imagine of such a different career option and can get a great success in it. It’s not easy to survive in every situation like different climate, food , and people around you.

    How you managed all these things?

    It’s really an inspiring article and now several will look up to your footprints for opting travelling as their career option

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  • alefiya

    this blog is surreal. Never thought you could make a career while travelling and not tamper your career. I always had the want to travel, and explore, reading this blog, i got to learn something.

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  • Shalini

    Well this is really inspiring and adventerous. I also wants be a traveller. And your bolg is such an inspiration for me.

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  • Radhika Joshi

    Ever since globalisation has taken over and we have all become citizens of the world, it is impossible to have a successful and satisfying career without understanding the demands and requirements of people all over the world. As a result, travelling has become a part of the job profile of any company. While it may be seen as tiring and useless, but by this very means is how one gains experience and understands the various cultures of the world. Since no business is restricted to one place anymore, it is important to adjust the finer aspects of the business to the requirement of the area it is in, while making sure the core idea remains the same.

    This is a wonderful article depicting the importance of travel in today’s world while simultaneously describing the novel ways travel can help one gain the experience required.

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  • DEBASISH PRADHAN

    “Life is all about travelling. You travel to scale heights to realise how small you are in this world. You travel great distances in hope to learn new things at every step. You travel to understand cultures, religions and, of course, people bridging the gaps, making the world a family.”
    Thanks for the blog. Quite exciting.

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  • Varsha

    A little bit of planning and preparation for your dreams can lead you to achieve them without any stop.
    Such an inspiring article.
    Fresh and thrilling.

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  • Shivani Bhadouriya

    This blog is really striking to the people who set their mentality that travelling is all about wasting money and time.Your tenacity towards changing mentality of all these and towards travelling is admirable. I am sure your blog gonna be productive for everyone who read this.

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  • A.Preethi

    Wow!IT was an eye opener.The blog really helped me to understand travel does not affect the growth of career but it is the foundation stone leading us to the heights of success😊

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  • Arunaditya singh

    Impressive way to live the life you desire while working hard and making money at the same time. Very inspiring.

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  • Krishna Narain Srivastava

    It is very interesting as well as inspiring blog for me because I am also like Joaquim Miro i.e. always very curious to learn new and different things about world by travelling…

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  • Srishti

    ‘Working while travelling ‘ seems impossible to most of the people . Also there are many who want to achieve something in life with keeping their hobbies and interests alive . So this article is very inspiring for all those who love to travel and want to achieve something through it or work while travelling which requires high commitment and management too.

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  • Nikita

    And indeed many of us are scared to travel just because we have a perfect and established job but this blog helped us how to both work and travel at the same time . Many dreams are crushed which are related to travel through the world and discover new things but you guys are doing amazing job

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  • Dhara Modi

    As a student myself, i wish i could travel and earn both at the same time because we all become lazy with the school college scheduled life. Travelling brings out the most in one and increases ones thinking and admiring capacity. Thank you for your wonderful idea and for sharing your part of life by this blog.

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  • Ajinkya Mishrikotkar

    Seriously inspiring blog so far. Everyone should consider work-travel combo for living, as it is worth giving a shot.

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  • Devesh Singh Tomar

    As mentioned in one of the answers, “money and fear”, has been a big reason why people often give up their dream of travelling. In the current world, amist various dreams and goals, people often opt for their job or say their profession as a priority and it becomes important as every person wishes to secure their family. This forces them to give up their dream of travelling. This blog can be very inspiring to those people. Being able to manage their lifestyle and aiming to live their dream. Career in travelling is no myth, just a mindset and willingness to give your best to your dream.

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  • Gauri Bansal

    There are many out there who want to travel and make an earning out of it and this is the best one could ask for, including me. Your story has only made my urge stronger Joaquim. It would be a great experience to learn something from you.

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  • pranjita chakraborty

    An extremely inspiring story which is also well composed. Further, I loved the fact that several details have been addressed in easy to follow question answer format.
    Feeling the traveller inside me compelling to follow suit.

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  • Anamitra Chowdhury

    The much needed article for the huge number of people stuck in their 9-5 jobs. These ideas will surely provide them the much needed help that they need to make their life worth living by the gift of travelling.

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  • Pooja Trivedi

    The blog is actually very inspiring and useful for the people who want to live a Terrific lifestyle like this. People like this keep being a motivation for many around the globe.
    Traveling like this like proper ‘banjaras’ is a real thrill. Every Adventuresome person must try this.

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  • Charu

    It is inspiring to see people actually taking risks in their lives- a great mind-boggling, nerve-wrecking, spine chilling and crazy adventure. I cannot even imagine myself leaving a well-paying job to travel the world, even though ‘world travelling’ is one of my wishes. Kudos to you!

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  • Pooja Trivedi

    The article is inspiring.
    It gives a correct plan to be followed to step into this world of travelling.
    Along with this it lays ouy guidelines too.
    This man , Joaquim Miro , is truly an awsome personality and his story is thrilling.

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  • Shreya Ghosh

    I found this article very interesting, the question answer format makes it easy to read the blog, Joaquim Miro’s journey and how he shares his story, about how he learns from travelling is really inspiring and very informative.

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  • Shiwani

    It’s a well versed article. I look forward for more such inspirational blogs to choose travel over anything you were never interested in. And yes! Kudos to you sir for putting your experience on web and letting people know what you learned just by merely travelling around the world.

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  • Bala Raj

    The story of yours is very inspiring for young people who could not make out their passion of travelling due to the reasons you mentioned like fear and money.This is a great platform to get our passion and work going together with time.great article to go through sir.

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  • Pranjita chakraborty

    its a great and inspiring article, the question answer format of addressing this issue has been engaging.

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  • neel parmar

    By reading this it actually opened my eyes and reminded what spark i was missing in my daily life. Thank you guys for sharing it. Great help..

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  • Dheeraj mandal

    I would like to say that this story really help’s me to boost in my carreer .. This is really a nice experience ,a great motivation to us!!!! .thank you for ur sharing!

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  • Dewanshi

    I’ve been struggling with this issue for quite along time and it feels great to finally be answered in a straight clear manner. Thanks!

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  • Shwetima Sakshi

    The blog really projects an out of the box idea that travelling can bring you closer to your prospective dream along with bestowing you with immeasurable fun frolic and yet some of peace. Travelling isn’t all about exploring the world but may lead to the true you and a true purpose.

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  • Mahesh

    I’ve seen many people in my life who say that they love traveling. Some of them will make a lifetime savings to visit the most famous tourist destinations for a couple of weeks and at the end feel that they were cheated. It’s because they don’t want is meant by travelling.

    Here is a story that tells what is meant by not just travelling but what is life itself.

    Somewhere I’ve read: ” If you think adventure is dangerous then try routine that is lethal”

    This article does wakes a few dreamers:) thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience with us

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  • bhoomika talreja

    Person who loves travelling won’t actually look for excuses not to pursue such a passion. Its amazing to see such persistent people towards thier passion.

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  • Nikita Vignesh

    This is an inspiring and interesting blog!
    The idea of digital nomads is just what the current generations need…People nowadays are so busy managing their careers and hectic schedules, they forget about themselves.They forget to spend some time with themselves and understand their interests and passions.
    I, myself often feel suffocated with my life and just want a getaway.
    This thought of handling our careers while travelling and exploring new places keeps us alive and energetic, never making life seem monotonous.

    I will surely recommend this blog to all my friends and try using it in my own life too!!
    Cheers…Hoping to read more about your future endeavours.

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  • Nishtha Arya

    “Travelling alone is the single best gift you can give to yourself.”
    One of the most amazing and eye-catching blogs! This blog is truly a motivation for people who want to travel without ruining their career or grow their career while travelling. I am overwhelmed and inspired by this man Joaquim Miro. He is one of those persons who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme. The story from his very first trip living in a sailboat in Panama till travelling to different countries every month is quite adventurous and unique.
    Keep going with the marvellous work!

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  • srishti

    Great blog! It really inspires people who love travelling but can’t due their jobs.
    Thank you for these amazing post. It will definitely encourage many people to travel solo.

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  • Shubham Saxena

    It is a wonderful and a motivational blog and a story which inspire us that the traveling can be a futuristic option and people who are crazy about traveling can not only pursue their passion but also earn their livelihood. People enjoy traveling for relaxing and refreshing themselves but making it a career option for the travelers and travel bloggers can be seen from this great travel blog.

    Truely a great motivational and a exciting story!!!

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  • Shubham Saxena

    It is a wonderful, motivational blog and a story which inspire us that the traveling can be a futuristic option and people who are crazy about traveling can not only pursue their passion but also earn their livelihood. People enjoy traveling for relaxing and refreshing themselves but making it a career option for the travelers and travel bloggers can be seen from this great travel blog.

    Truely a great motivational and a exciting story!!!

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  • Aarushi Gurnanu

    Such an inspiring blog.Changed my outlook towards travel and work. Digital nomads is what this generation needs, it is important to spend time with yourself, know your passions, and pursue them as it promotes self fulfillment. This blog provides an alternative way for people who love to travel but are apprehensive about giving up their livelihood, it provides a middle ground. Absolutely brilliant and motivational blog. By travelling the individual has also has contributed towards helping other businesses grow and the homeless which highlights the fact that travel can also serve as an opportunity to help in the social issues.

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  • Chetna Tiwari

    There’s a lot of buzz around Travel oriented jobs recently, as it does give you a break from the standard tangent and is a great combination of money and excitement.
    That being said, a lot of us are still unclear as to how to go about it. Thanks for sharing this experience Joaquim, this article is truly inspiring.

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  • Sumana Ganguly

    One of the reasons why people who love to travel to different places but cannot fulfill their wanderlust is due to corporate jobs that don’t allow them enough time to pursue their passion. This is a fabulous inspiration for all those people who aspire to have a job that enables them to earn their livelihood by traveling.

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  • Himangi Karira

    This blog was interesting especially for the inquisitive people possessing wanderlust. Travel.life.blog. sounds intimidating to me as well . This was so captive that i already started planning my trips and dreaming about living those trips.
    This was extremely something new to my knowledge.

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  • Karan Arora

    A lot of helpful advice for anyone who plans to world as a means of livelihood. You’re inspiring more people to “get paid to take a vacation”

    Great work Mr. Miro

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  • Shekar panduga

    That was a great beginning as a traveller.Those words are pretty inspirationarl .Travelling guides a person into their respective career fields.

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  • Jatin Pant

    A very true and inspiring lifestyle description that boosts you up and makes you more stronger when it comes to deciding about working and travelling at the same time.

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  • Gitika

    It was really an inspiring story. Though it seems difficult but after reading this blog it seems a cakewalk for energetic people. It is an opportunity to sustain life with adventure and keeping away the trials and tribulations of life.
    Great share!!

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  • Shivani Kishnani

    The average man is often torn between his mundane life and his dream fantasy. To lose one would be calamitous- you’d be left with either drudgery or baseless visions. But to have both coexist simultaneously is unheard of!

    This is where Joaquim Miro proves us wrong; his reality is our dream.
    “Ever since that trip I knew this was going to be my lifestyle for the foreseeable future.”
    It is truly inspiring to see someone living to their design, travelling the world, overcoming challenges, and assisting the impoverished. There’s no doubt in my mind that digital nomads will soon become the norm. After all, who wouldn’t want to live the life?

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  • Aditya Yadav

    Money and fear are two reason people don’t take travelling along with career. You have answered both I guess. Wonderful article.
    Hoping to see more from you!!
    Keep rolling

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  • Aditya

    Money and fear are two reason people don’t take travelling along with career. You have answered both I guess. Wonderful article.
    Hoping to see more from you!!
    Keep rolling

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  • Kshitij Upadhyay

    Sir your experience is really inspiring first of all thanks for sharing it.Usually we always complaining that due to our jobs we can’t travel but we are keen to travel the world. Your life clearly shows that if you really want to fulfill your dreams then instead of blamimg your life think something big and intresting. Use your mind always positively instead of blaming your life.

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  • radhika singh

    This article can give hope to so many people like me, who have been dreaming of having a conventional job but still want to travel more than usual. It jotted down the points which are so relevant for people to attain and sustain their dream jobs whilst sufficing their hunger for exploring new places.
    The article truly states the correct ways in which : ” people can actually grow their career through travel! “, for the people who are not only corporate robots but wanderers at the same time, therefore, it presents a perfect method to balance between work and leisure to keep the mental, financial, and happiness quotient in sync.
    Kudos to the writer of the blog to ring the right bell in the heads of the hopeless dreamers and wanderers like me , who were somewhere lost in the dilemma of choosing between passion and career
    thanks man!

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  • radhika singh

    This article can give hope to so many people like me, who have been dreaming of having a conventional job but still want to travel more than usual. It jotted down the points which are so relevant for people to attain and sustain their dream jobs whilst sufficing their hunger for exploring new places.
    The article truly states the correct ways in which : ” people can actually grow their career through travel! “, for the people who are not only corporate robots but wanderers at the same time, therefore, it presents a perfect method to balance between work and leisure to keep the mental, financial, and happiness quotient in sync.
    Kudos to the writer of the blog to ring the right bell in the heads of the hopeless dreamers and wanderers like me , who were somewhere lost in the dilemma of choosing between passion and career
    thanks man!

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  • Sonalika Pandey

    Travelling is one of the most beautiful ways to enlarge our perspectives. You see different cultures, meet different people and learn different point of views. Statistic says that travelling makes you happier as well. The whole point of saying all this is I totally agree that there is a growing need to expand the work while travelling and it leads you to a plenty of opportunities, the opportunities you never thought of crossing paths with. Understand it’s importance.

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  • Eisha verma

    Yess i must say This idea would be soo amazing for us.. I also like travelling around the world but as a student i couldn’t help myself, but now you gave me a wonderful carrer in this field. . I would definitely recommend this to my friends and i will also go through this.. thanks for the idea. .

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  • Sanya mehta

    This blog is a motivation for all the readers. The blog is very much inspiring for today’s youth as now days the youth is so much confused what they actually want to do . While some are confused others are just under pressure of responsibilities on them . Both confusion and responsibilities leads to bad career choice which is taken under pressure . Money is important but earning money without any passion towards your work is morely like a punishment. This blog help user to know you can earn by just following your goals and earn with fun. It was amazing and great motivational story and eye-catching too for the readers.

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  • Tisha

    A classic summing up of an essence to connect work with travel. Truly one should indulge in exploring, expanding and expressing their work via travelling!

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  • Nutan kumari

    This blog is really very nice and inspiring.travelling is the exciting experience one can ever had .
    Travelling is generally less preferred by people because traveling is like stepping out from our comfort zone.we the human are habitat to live under our comfort zone. The most thing we worry is about money. ur blog has explained in well mannered way with example of Joaquim Miro.which better explained how one can grow their career with travelling..it encourage people to do both work and travelling that too with enthusiastic feel.

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  • Vivek Bhagwani

    Hi, Joaquim!
    I am deeply inspired by your story and intend to follow the same path.

    I am currently in Hyderabad, India where I work a full-time job as a software engineer in the day, and traveler in the night.
    I have traveled to 15+ cities in India myself, where I spend most of my time exploring local cuisines and famous eating/shopping spots.

    Whenever you visit India, give a shout out and we’ll hang out.
    Cheers!

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  • vidhi

    A stable life with 9-5 job and get settled in life personally. That’s how it has always been and there is nothing wrong with it but your blog is truly inspiring. It teaches an individual how to live through your dreams without being unemployed and how we as people need to find alternatives to pursue some unsaid dreams by being organised about it. Trust, Faith and a belief that you can do it is all we need sometimes to live through a journey of a lifetime.

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  • JSatpathy

    It is highly essential for people to understand that travel is the biggest learning experience for us, both enriching and fulfilling. Also we can manage our career and travel goals parallelly. Thanks for imparting this knowledge.

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