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Inspiring Stories from Women Who Made Working While Travelling Their Reality

These women are thriving in flexible lifestyles

Martin Barraud/Getty Images
Martin Barraud/Getty Images

If you read our latest piece about our Women’s Only Coworking Space Popup Event you’ll know how wonderful the event and response to it was. We hosted the event in Chiang Mai, Thailand in December and met so many inspiring women that we decided to share some of their stories. These women show it is possible to create lifestyles you truly love, and thrive in them. Read their stories below!

Lola Méndez is a full-time traveler and freelance writer sharing her adventures on Miss Filatelista as she adds to her collection of passport stamps. She travels to develop her own worldview and has explored 53 countries. Passionate about sustainable travel she seeks out ethical experiences that benefit local communities. Follow her journey on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

“I left my life and career in New York City in March of 2015 and have been traveling and working remotely ever since. I decided to take off after being told I was up for a very competitive promotion and raise. When I heard the news I did not feel ecstatic. Instead, I felt doomed. I loved my role as a fashion publicist but knew that there must be something more meaningful out there waiting for me in the world. I had been working with clients that benefited various global charities and wanted to shift my lifestyle and career towards one that was more sustainable and allowed me to use my skills towards developmental projects.

I did exactly that when I worked pro bono as the communications officer for a women’s empowerment NGO in India for 3 months. I developed a relationship with Visit.org and worked on the social travel marketplace’s business development and communications efforts. Through Visit.org I began to work with charities and other do-good organizations around the world to help them create tourism activities to support their causes. I also began to work with nonprofits in the travel sector directly to help share their stories on my blog, Miss Filatelista, and other digital publications. In 2018 I’ll be focusing mostly on freelance writing gigs but am always open to projects that can benefit from my branding and marketing expertise. To keep up with my adventure be sure to follow me on Instagram @MissFilatelista.

Without traveling I wouldn’t be able to learn firsthand the unique stories that I get to share as a freelance travel writer. I am inspired daily cultural phenomenon, local cuisines exotic flavors, traditional handicrafts, and the incredible people I am fortunate enough to encounter around the globe. These experiences have allowed me to continue to support my travels by being paid to write about travel-related topics. But I am a traveler first and would never travel simply to sell a story. If I lost access to the internet tomorrow I’d simply find another way to fund my explorations.”

“I think traveling and working from anywhere in the world seems like this weird, mystical unicorn that sounds great but isn’t actually possible long-term. The truth is anything is possible, you just have to decide what you want and learn from the people who are doing what you want to be doing. I knew in college that Corporate America wasn’t for me, so I spent basically my whole time in college researching unconventional ways of living. I got involved with Network Marketing, and even though I realized it wasn’t for me, I’m grateful for it as it opened my eyes to the world of entrepreneurship.

Right now I’m teaching ESL online and building my own e-commerce business, and this spring I am launching a weekly interview-style podcast showcasing young people who are living life on their own terms and how others can do so too. I’m also a blog contributor for @bossbabe.inc, which I love. I’ve spent the past 3 months in Thailand, am currently spending a week in the Philippines, and am moving to Bali this spring! My goal is to show people my age that anything is possible.”

Brenda DeGroote

“As I child, I always had the dream of traveling forever, being free and unbound to a specific place. I love to discover new places, not knowing what is literally ‘on the other side of the mountain’. As a writer and illustrator, all I need is a pen and paper, a computer, and a bit of WiFi. Just like that I realized, I could make my childhood dream come true. So I booked a one way ticket to the other side of the world.

To make this lifestyle possible, I write books and articles for several websites on health, food and a plant-based lifestyle. I love creative work, and it is helps enable me to focus more on my passion projects: monkeys and art (in progress). Many women dream of traveling and exploring new places on Earth but I’ve found that most, come up with excuses not to pursue their dreams. Excuses like, “I’ll never be able to do that.” “My boss / job won’t let me.” “I don’t know how to do it.” My response to these is this; don’t think you are a special case – lots of people have done it, and you can too, 2) if you don’t like it, then just book a ticket back, 3) Tim Ferris’ overhyped bestseller book has some great tips, and 4) write down your dreams and make a plan for how to get there.

But remember: the most important of all is to book that ticket. Otherwise your ‘yeah, ever’ will become a ‘nope, never’. Don’t be afraid, that is fantasizing in the wrong direction.”

Originally published at gobehere.com.

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