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How to Live Abroad and Travel the World as an Online English Teacher
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How to Teach English Online and Travel the World
#Digitalnomad life is all the rage right now. I wanted to be a digital nomad before I ever heard the moniker.
Having the freedom to live life on my own terms and go where I want when I want was always my ultimate goal.
There are lots of different things you can do to become a digital nomad, such as start a profitable blog, sell a service, or create your own online business. Another lesser-known path to location independence is to teach English online.
Is it the right path for you? If you think it is, I’ve created an e-book guide to help you get started!
Well, How Did I Get Here?
If you had told me 10 years ago that I was going to wind up living abroad and traveling the world as an online English teacher, I would’ve told you that you were crazy! Yet here I am, living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
I thought I wanted to work in the music business as a tour manager or promoter. I tried really hard to make that happen, but we ended up needing food stamps just to get by. Then we made this big decision that finally set us on the right path.
Man, have we come a long way since then. The road to get here hasn’t always been easy – and our journey has certainly had some bumps along the way – but we’re doing it!
When we were teaching English in Beijing, I was incredibly busy. I always had more than one teaching job so I could earn enough to live and put a little aside for the few trips I got to take a year.
In 2013, we finished up our contracts, moved out of our apartment, and went on a 14-month gap year around Southeast Asia, the USA, and parts of China.
A few days into that trip, I woke up and realized that I didn’t have anything I had to do. I didn’t have a job in Beijing any more so I didn’t have to go back there if I didn’t want to. This gif perfectly sums up exactly how I felt at that moment:
That feeling is the best feeling I’ve ever had! At that moment, I decided I was going to do whatever I could to make sure it never went away.
A Day In the Life
Now my schedule looks like this: I teach English in the morning and then spend the afternoon working on this blog. At some point, I take a break to go to the gym and then cool off with a dip in my rooftop pool.
July and August have extra teaching times since the kids are out of school, so I’m taking advantage of the extra income and teaching at night. The rest of the year I have my evenings all to myself. I usually spend them watching the incredible sunsets here, enjoying an amazing dinner, or checking out some live music.
I can make my own schedule, so if there’s an event or social gathering I want to attend, I can rearrange my hours to fit my lifestyle. Sometimes I just need a beach day. Self-care days are important, too.
The best part, though, is not having to ask a boss for permission to travel. I can live or travel wherever I want whenever I want, as long as there is fast, reliable WiFi.
Remember that gif at the top? That’s also how I felt when I realized I had reached my goal of becoming location independent. Woop woop!
We recently took our first stab at digital nomad life and spent 7 months traveling through South America all thanks to being able to teach English online.
We did some pretty epic stuff on that trip such as ring in the new year in Valparaiso with some amazing fireworks, trek through gorgeous parks in Patagonia, party at Carnaval in Brazil, spend 4 days climbing and zip lining our way to Machu Picchu, and visit less-traveled areas of Peru on the Peru Hop bus.
Being able to travel slowly and spend a full month in each city allowed us to dig beneath the surface and visit places only locals know about. It was a big learning experience and I think I have some pretty good advice to offer to others who want to do the same.
Why Teach English Online?
In the past, you had to find your own students by marketing yourself and your qualifications. These days, there is an abundance of online teaching companies that do the searching and the marketing for you. This makes it easy to teach English online.
You don’t have to have a degree in education or any classroom experience. Of course, these things will certainly help but they are not always required.
If you have ever worked as a camp counselor, a swimming instructor, or even a babysitter, that can be counted as experience. It’s even possible to teach English online without a degree.
Teaching English online allows you a very flexible schedule. You can work as little as 4 hours a day leaving a lot of time to explore new places or pursue your hobbies and/or other business ventures.
It provides a financial safety net as well as the confidence to take that first step of getting on a plane knowing that you’re going to be able to feed yourself and pay your bills.
Finally, it’s fun! We teach for VIPKID, so our students are kids. Sometimes my classes are frustrating, but for the most part, I can sing songs, play games, and act like a kid myself. It doesn’t even feel like work most days.
Let’s Get You Ready to Teach English Online!
Now that you know all the benefits of teaching online, you must be wondering how you can get started.
You could do a quick Google search for online teaching companies, but there are so many. How do you know which ones are the best?
What if you don’t have a degree or experience? Figuring out what you should do first can be a daunting task.
Once you’ve landed a job, how do you transition to location independence or digital nomad life?
I’ve created a guide that will answer all of these questions!
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I created a FREE e-book called “How to Live Abroad and Travel the World as an Online English Teacher.”
It’s designed for anyone interested in teaching English online no matter your background or experience.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- how to start getting some experience if you don’t have any
- the best companies out there right now (including those that don’t require a degree)
- tips on how to transition to digital nomad life
One of the best things about e-books is that they save you a ton of time. I’ve done all the research and found the best companies so you don’t have to.
This e-book is packed with actionable steps you can start taking right now to get you closer to living life on your terms.
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