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Working Abroad and Remotely: A Guide by Travel Bloggers and Business Owners


In this blog post you will read about female travel bloggers and business owners working abroad or remotely. We will also share show you can do it too by sharing our experiences, tips, and even links to apply to varies opportunities!


“I'm Steffi, an English teacher from the UK, teaching, travelling and scuba diving all around Asia. I spent the last 4 years in Thailand and I am currently teaching in the Maldives. I love living abroad as it has given me the opportunity to meet so many interesting and inspiring friends, and experience things I never thought were possible.”


Steffi @beachbumsteffi
“I currently teach English to the staff at a 5 star resort in the Maldives. My job includes teaching beginner students to advanced, helping proofread documents, supporting apprentices, editing CVs and resumes and I teach students from all around the world. I started teaching adults in my home town and I absolutely loved it. I realised I had found a job that I love, that also allows me to travel. So lucky!”

I am passionate about people and the environment. I am keen to help the environment and spread awareness about the state of our oceans and what we can do to help. My favourite classes are all about learning English through different topics, particularly the ocean, plastic awareness and making good choices as tourists.” 


That’s great Steffi! Perhaps there are some readers on here who feel inspired by your work! If someone out there is reading this and wants to do it too, what would they need to do? “I think it's really important to do some teacher training. Many foreigners find themselves teaching abroad in schools with little or no experience of teaching and I do not think this is helpful. We need to learn how to teach, before being put in the classroom so we can help out students to the best of our abilities. I strongly recommend the CELTA course for those interested in teaching English. TEFL is a very useful website for both training courses and finding jobs all around the world.”



Steffi has a blog “all about travelling Thailand. It contains lots of information and tips about travelling Thailand, from visiting ethical elephant sanctuaries, the best islands to visit, where to party and where to relax and all the animals and marine life you can spot there!” 



Lina, a full-time digital nomad living in Thailand, shares her passion for adventure and travel: "I’m passionate about finding that adventure. I don’t vacation. I travel! I get dirty, scrap my knees, stay in questionable places, visit remote locations. I’m passionate about seeking out the path less traveled. I’m definitely not the girl in a flowy dress and perfect hair on top of a mountain that you see on Instagram. I’m a real human! I’m passionate about keeping it real and finding that adventure."




"My husband and I moved to Thailand for his PhD research. For our 2-year wedding anniversary, we’re driving our motorcycle into mountains in Thailand on a road trip through the mountainside. It’s going to be EPIC!"

"While my husband is out researching, I keep myself busy with my photography and videography business. I also freelance: social media, digital marketing, and voice acting. For fun, I’m also a travel and food blogger and YouTuber. I do many things! I’m largely centered around strategic content creation."

My last client  needed a promo for a music festival they were sponsoring, here’s the video: 

"I also work remote proving social media education to employees of large software companies. I help launch employee advocacy programs and I teach sales teams to use social media to find new prospects." Lina shares her challenges she faces as a remote freelancer: "Sometimes working remote can be ROUGH! I have weeks where I wake up and have work and meetings from 8am until 2am, no exaggeration! Those days can be really challenging, but it’s all worth it in the end!"

"I NEED TO MAKE THAT MONEY MOVE YOU FEEL ME? 😂 I won’t sugarcoat it, traveling all the time can be expensive. I also have 3 dogs that need to go to the vet and that need to stay at a dog hotel when we travel. Outside of traveling, there are things that are expensive overseas. For example, if I’m craving Western food, I have it pay a premium for it! Working remote allows me to pay for some of the luxuries of back home!"


Thank you for sharing. But some readers may wanna know: What does it take?
"It takes an Always-Be-Learning-attitude, tons of YouTube videos, subscribing to blogs, reading books...eat, live, and BREATHE your subject matter! People who you admire who have built something great have one day started from where you are today. Take it seriously and take it one day at a time. I look back to a little over a year ago when I took my camera everywhere with me but didn’t take a single photo because I had no idea what I was doing. Eventually it just clicked, and it was a magical moment. Now I can’t stop, and I have to turn clients away because I’m overbooked!"

Where should people start their search?

"I get a lot of my work from posting in local Facebook groups and applying for jobs on Upwork! I would also make sure your Linkedin profile is up to date and that you utilize it to reach out to your network for work!"



"I’m a West African girl who started her own remote business to travel the world. Since then I’ve lived/traveled to over 15 countries. I’m passionate about challenging the norm. Learning new things by going to see what’s out there myself."



"I fell in love with traveling at a young age, my father was a pilot and every time he came home he used to tell us about the history of the countries he went to and what he saw. It became our regular bedtime stories. The way for me to experience it on my own was to find a way to support myself while on the road. That’s when I start doing research on working remotely, the type of jobs you can get, the experience you need, etc."

"Now I'm working remotely as an HR Consultant for a Tech Company and consult for startups on the side. My college degree and previous work in HR did help get me to where I am. However, it wasn’t easy getting into remote work. I decided to go the freelance route after countless rejection emails. I built up my Upwork profile for two years while working in an office before I was able to go remote full-time."



Thanks for sharing! Where do you suggest people start their search? 
"I joined Facebook groups and started applying for remote jobs on Flexjobs. While applying I started to build my freelance profile on Upwork where I got the majority of my clients. Upwork is pretty hard to build your profile, but it was great for a second income. Below are other websites I've used to search and apply for jobs:

- Flexjobs.com - You do have to pay for this but it provides International opportunities
- Remote.co - I believe most of the jobs are U.S. based but there are a few international jobs
- Pangian - I would sign up for their email campaign to get updates on available jobs
- Nodesk - Remote work job boards"


"I am a Latina educator with a passion for travelling. At 25 years old, I am proud to say that I’ve been to 25 countries." She blogs about her experiences and tips in hopes of helping aspiring travelers."



"I am passionate about learning. I enjoy learning about the history and culture of the places I travel to and then teaching it to my others. I like meeting and talking to locals about what they would recommend to see, do, and eat. I also love taking pictures of almost everything I see, of myself, and of my friends."

"I am an assistant English teacher at a public high school in Malaga, Spain. I wanted to explore Europe for a long time, while having some type of steady income."

Tell us more about how you landed a job as a teacher abroad! "In order to get this job, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree, or be finishing your degree. It can be any degree, it does not have to be solely an education degree. Another requirement is having your first language be English or something other than Spanish. This isn’t only for English speakers but also for French, German, Russian, Chinese, etc."

Where did you start your search? "I was at a job fair at my university, one of the booths was from the Spanish consulate offering teaching jobs in Spain. I started researching about this program online (Auxiliares de Conversacion) and I saw that many people around the world had taken part on it. To apply, I waited 2 more years until I graduated."



Like most people, I dreamed of traveling the world. One problem: I'm broke AF! Lucky for me, today travel is more affordable and accessible than ever. I started traveling as a teen when I moved abroad to France. My passion for travel continued through out to college and I studied abroad every year. So how did I do it? Today I am sharing all my top budget travel secrets on my blog!

My name is Elizabeth, I've been to over 30 countries and I do not plan on slowing down any time soon- or ever for that matter. I'm a budget travel blogger, educator, social media manager. 


My travels started nearly 10 years ago. Shortly after high school, I moved to France to work as an au pair. I was able to travel, learn + grow, and improve my French language skills, while earning some cash.

As I mentioned earlier, I am a social media manager, which is my first remote job! I probably applied to over 80 jobs, not kidding! I didn't hear back until several months later. It's a good fit because I can do it from anywhere on my own time.


Sightworthy is looking for remote freelance video editors!


As a travel blogger, I have gotten a few gigs: I've worked with Neutrogena and Pearson + Blue Chalk Media. My latest project includes opening a Blogger Union NYC Chapter, a community of bloggers in NYC, dedicated to growing together through kind collaboration. 



To those looking for remote or work abroad, I will advise you to search different options (you can just google "work abroad" or "remote jobs") to see what you like. Once you've done that, look into the requirements for said job. This blog post in particular is filled with links to job applications and resources so make sure you pin it, save it, and share it if you found it helpful!

Huge thank you to Glenda, Lina, Natasha, and Steffi for being a part of this blog post. Make sure to check them out and show your support. 

You can find more guides and budget travel tips on my blog!

I would love to know what type of blog posts would you like to see? Let me know by commenting on my latest instagram post or you can comment below! ↓

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  1. These stories are all so inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm currently working on a way to escape the 9 to 5 and work remotely myself :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope you found it helpful. Make sure to check out the ladies featured in this blog post - they also have blogs that may be helpful to you!

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  2. These are all awesome adventures! I have so many ideas now!!

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  3. I've considered teaching abroad. With 24 years of experience teaching both French and English (and certifications in these plus teaching English as a second language), I think it would be an easy transition for me. This has inspired me--maybe working abroad will be in my future.

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