A job that brings you places

Imagine that. A job that actually requires you to live in a different city each month even as you worked on a full time, permanent role. And be paid with benefits too… Isn’t that the dream of nomads of this world (hey the certificate is still available here) to have such a sweet spot?

If this (read article here) is truly available to you, would you jump up and take the offer?

Some time back, we wrote about mobile talent (here). It may not be exactly the vision you get when looking at the instagram posts of those who claim to be successful digital nomads. In fact it’s more conventional. More like working 9-5, what a way to make a living (barely getting by) but for shorter stints and in different locations. We gave some examples in that post but we are sure some of you dear readers would know of more. Care to share any?

Our own experience was one of moving around the world not many many times over a short period. Instead, we stayed for a number of years in a different location each time. And on different continents too. That gave us not only the opportunity to experience very different work environments but also the chance to explore a broad area while domiciled temporarily (albeit for a few years) in a fixed spot. And it gave depth to our soujorns too.

Our rationale: being in a particular place for too short a period of time may not sufficiently give you an all rounded experience. For the slightly longer durations we stayed facilitated us learning a new language, being able to prepare local food and building life long friendships.

Would this not count as being a nomad?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

17 thoughts on “A job that brings you places”

  1. Totally agree with this article – the countries I’ve njoyed exploring the most have almost all been ones I lived/ studied/ worked in for some period of time. It gives you time to thoroughly get to know a place, make local friends, visit more off-the-beaten-track spots, and adapt to a different culture.

    This summer I went on an extended backpacking trip back in China but somehow it just wasn’t the same – too much pressure on moving around and finding somewhere to stay, rather than having a base and doing weekend/ week-long trips further afield. Contently being on the move was just too exhausting!

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      1. Exactly! You feel obliged to rush around seeing all the sights. And when you look into it, most successful nomads do take the approach of basing themselves in a cheap and interesting country for a few months at a time – very few actually manage to be constantly on the move all the time!

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    1. Heheh… that’s right. We used the term nomad to describe those who had homes in different places because their lives depended on it. Today this term seems to be “hijacked”. We are redefining the meaning of words!

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  2. I think the feeling of being a “local” in your adopted country is awesome. The only thing I will caution against is complacency. While going home is a long time away, I often lament of not doing that thing when I could. I have a friend who studied in England for three years but never got down to visiting Scotland. And then it was too late. ><

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