Hi, I’m Johannes Volkner. An Online Marketer from Germany who specialises in paid search, e-commerce and a bit of SEO.
Over the past few years I’ve been making my living online by helping other people to promote niche products on the Internet and providing clients with local online marketing consulting – while travelling the world.
Why I started Webworktravel
To give you a better understanding of what this is all about, let’s start with the facts.
Over the past few years, I have noticed on my work and travel trips that once you leave behind the popular digital nomad hotspots in Thailand and Indonesia you meet very few people who are actually working and travelling.
There are thousands of people who could explore the world while working online but in practice relatively few people are actually doing it.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with running your office from a single destination and going on vacation every once in a while, but I’ve witnessed from first-hand experience the benefits and enhancements to your life that a change in scenery can make. This lifestyle is amazing, if you figure out how to do it!
In fact, thanks to advancing technology and improvements to infrastructure in many beautiful places around the world, combining your work with having amazing travel experiences is becoming easier every year.
My intention with Webworktravel is to help you get to grips with the work and travel lifestyle by sharing my first-hand advice on how you too can do it and introducing you to amazing places that are perfect for the work and travel lifestyle. Whether you need to know about awesome places from around the World with good Internet availability before you travel to a destination, or simply want to know more about what’s on offer to get the best out of your spare time, the Webworktravel guide aims to fill the gaps.
Remember: Travelling is easy if you only need to work a few hours per week to maintain your passive income. Things become a bit more complicated however, if you need to work around 30 focused hours per week (I wouldn’t recommend more) to finance your lifestyle, as well as keeping in touch with clients and continue to grow your business online. But with the right information at your fingertips and a bit of careful planning, anyone can pick up their online business and start travelling the world as they earn.
To help you get started, the focus of my guide is primarily on identifying suitable work-and-travel destinations with a low cost of living. Depending on your income you could work less, live in luxury or even save money while travelling the world.
My aim is to make your research easier by giving you a broad-view snapshot of the most amazing low-budget destinations from around the world – and no, this doesn’t just mean Southeast Asia!
I’m currently also working on some ideas that will make the work and travel lifestyle even more fun and productive for you. But let’s take one step at a time…
Some more info about me
I’ve done many backpacking trips for a decade, ever since taking a working holiday to Australia in 2003. Over the past 10 years I have travelled to over 50 countries, often on a very low budget, but I have also lived in some of the world’s most amazing places – Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Sydney, Boracay and Bali to name just a few.
How I began working online
I began working online in 2007 when I was living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Cape Town, South Africa. I loved Cape Town but discovered that it’s really hard to make a living there, and if you are lucky enough to find a full-time job you get very little vacation time. This sucks, especially if you want to visit friends and family in Germany but also go on vacation to see new places at the same time.
By acquiring the skills to work online, it enabled me to work and get paid in Euros by German clients, helping me to earn more money while also giving me the freedom to work from wherever I wanted. The first job I had was actually being a virtual assistant for Swiss and German clients. This allowed me to quit my tourism job, earn more money and also have the time to study Online Marketing topics like SEO, paid search and much more, improving my skills and helping me earn even more in the long run.
Switching to work and travel
Then in 2010 after a break up (international relationships can be tough ) I switched to work and travel mode. I didn’t feel like spending more time in Cape Town but also didn’t want to simply return to Germany – especially after working so hard to build up the skills I needed to work from anywhere. So I decided explore the world again and visit places I haven’t been to before. If I could work remotely from South Africa, why not do the same while travelling the world as well?
It wasn’t always easy and I had to learn a lot along the way, but I soon discovered that the pros outweighed the cons by far! Today I can safely say that making the decision to work and travel was the best thing I have done in my life so far.
Am I going to work and travel forever?
Very soon I’ll have been to pretty much every place I ever wanted to visit, but a few amazing ‘must-visit’ destinations (like Raja Ampat – an archipelago of 1500 limestone islands in Indonesia) which I will keep on my list for special occasions.
Will I stop working and travelling? Certainly not. But I will adopt another approach, and plan to spend more time in those destinations I liked the most – in my case these are mainly places that offer a great quality of life and are located right on the shores of the ocean, so can go of kite surfing in my free time. I’m also planning to spend more time in Germany, – at least three-four months each year just to be with friends and family.
One thing is for sure: One day I’ll decide to settle somewhere more permanently, and when I do I know I’ll be able to say that I’ve seen all I ever wanted to see and lived where I wanted to live. The travel bug eventually fades away (I’m told!) but whether or not that’s the case, I’m happy that I won’t need to wait until retirement before trying to fulfil all these dreams – instead I’m living them right here and now. Travelling is more fun when you’re young – don’t wait for your retirement. Back up your mobile office, take to the road and start living your dreams, right now.
Final words & some advice
I predict that over the next few years thousands more freelancers, remote workers and online entrepreneurs will start to work and travel. Not indefinitely but at least for a couple of months each year – it just makes sense.
So why wait for everyone to jump on the bandwagon when you can get started right now?!
Start with a two-month trip, select two destinations, try it yourself and let me know how it goes! If you manage to do it, there is a life time of amazing experiences waiting for you.
The outcome will mainly depend on your attitude. If you really want to live this lifestyle and you have the right work skills, you can do it too! This is something that is surprisingly easy to achieve and it doesn’t even require large sums of money in your bank account.
I hope you find my resources, Facebook page and Webworktravel Guide of help, and better still, that they motivate you to get started on your work-and-travel journey.
Wishing you happy travels while growing your business online!