It’s a common scenario – you’ve arrived back home after two weeks in the sun and, despite your suitcase sitting in the corner of your room only half unpacked and your Instagram feed rich with gorgeous holiday snaps, you’re feeling down in the dumps. The symptoms will typically include an almost-immediate feeling of your tan disappearing, the sudden realisation that your bright blonde hair is, in fact, mousy brown and the awakening to the fact that you don’t actually enjoy your job. The diagnosis? You’ve got a case of the travel bug.

So, if this sounds familiar and the prospect of only 5.6 weeks-worth of holiday days off a year makes you want the sofa to swallow you up, it might be time to consider packing your sun cream back in your bag and booking a one-way flight abroad.

Before you do so, however, it’s crucial that you think about how exactly you’re going to fund your adventure of a lifetime – considering the variety of jobs that can be worked remotely, no matter if you’re halfway across the world or sat at home in the garden. In this article, therefore, we’re exploring 4 of the jobs out there that offer you the flexibility to pack up and go.


For those of you who boast a high command of the written word, a generally quick way of securing an income for yourself is by working as a copywriter on a freelance basis. Copywriting is a brilliant way to utilise your existing skills, as businesses all over the world look to outsource their content writing, hiring freelancers to create bespoke, engaging copy for leaflets, online platforms and magazines.

With the typical copywriter in the UK charging £342 per day in 2018, it should come as little surprise that this market is becoming increasingly competitive. As such, copywriters are selected by companies based on their previous experience and subsequent reviews. So, in order to get your foot in the door, start by offering your services at a lower-than-average cost – ensuring you produce outstanding content all the while – attracting businesses to your services and encouraging them to leave you stellar reviews as a result.

Virtual assistant

As a result of the ever-increasing technical advances of this digital age, jobs previously done in person have now been adapted with the ability for them to be outsourced remotely. This has resulted in the introduction of virtual assistants (VAs) – a global industry estimated in 2018 to be worth 85.6 billion USD.

The role of a VA includes, but is by no means limited to, the following; answering video and phone calls, managing a client’s website, creating content, email correspondence, billing, invoicing and data entry. While you won’t necessarily need any qualifications to get a job in this industry, the ability to demonstrate excellent organisational skills is essential, as well as having a strong internet connection while on the job.

Completing surveys

While you’re not going to make a million overnight, by completing surveys on a regular basis you could earn enough money to keep you moving from one destination to another. Additionally, due to their being no associated startup costs and no previous experience in this field needed, completing surveys can be a simple and easy way to earn a bit of money to pay for your next overnight bus trip.

There are plenty of survey sites out there – all you need to do is sign up! What’s more, this job isn’t time-restrictive and will allow you to adapt your working hours to suit your travelling schedule, leaving you with plenty of time in the day for the more important things in life – like scuba diving, street food tasting and hiking, for example.

Forex trading

With an average daily turnover of 5.1 trillion US dollars in 2016, it doesn’t take much to understand just why the currency market is so desirable to people from all walks of life, all over the world. In addition to this, the forex market is incredibly accessible due to it being open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week – making it the perfect part-time profession for the modern adventurer.

In order to secure the skills necessary to successfully trade in this at times volatile market, it’s vital that you learn to trade from the experts, as well as effectively using demo accounts to practise your strategy – doing so will leave you with sufficient knowledge and experience to potentially make profits.

As you’ll be able to see, there are plenty of opportunities out there that the 21st century explorer can pursue in order to benefit their pocket and overall experience – all while helping them upskill ready for their return home.

Author bio:

John James is a content writer for Learn To Trade, the foreign exchange education and learning specialists – offering a range of training courses to help people understand the currency trading market, as well as its opportunities and risks.