It’s something I’ve always intended to do sometime soon, do some travelling whilst working at the same time. Instead of doing this two to three week vacation thing just settle somewhere for 6 months or so, work and then move on again. This would hopefully allow me to see a few places and get to know them rather than doing the tourist stuff and then flying back (among a huge group of Americans all doing the same thing).
I know people do it, and I was reminded by chatting with an old buddy of mine who has been working in Istanbul for just over a year now. So I decided to pick his brains and get some suggestions on what I could do to get started and what tips he could suggest.
It was he says easier than you think, although there are a few things to bear in mind. First of all try and make sure you’re not too committed to one place – don’t sign a two year lease or commit to long term agreements on anything. If you don’t know a country you’re liable to make mistakes, my friend found a bargain apartment in Istanbul over the internet, and when he arrived it was in a very unsafe part of the city especially for foreigners. He had to pay a substantial sum to cancel the lease agreement.
Get your affairs in order at home, rent out your house, assign letting agents and get all your bills on standing order. Make sure you have access to all your accounts online if possible and check if they’re accessible from outside the country. Many bank accounts can’t be accessed from outside the US due to fraud restrictions, but if you invest in a US proxy server – here’s one then you can access using an American IP address. Being able to keep tabs of your affairs whilst travelling is a huge advantage and makes life much simpler.
There’s other advantages to using these sort of programs to hide your identity when travelling, firstly it means you can keep your web based business secure when using random wifi connections that you don’t entirely trust. Also it can help you keep in touch back home, my friend who is from London uses his to access British television over the internet (normally blocked due to licensing restrictions) – here’s it in action watching some BBC show online.