Author: Rikki Ayers

How to Travel and Work (and Still be Productive)

Saving $5,000 for a two-week vacation can be really hard—I tried and failed at that for many years. And traveling internationally from Canada or the US is expensive (unless you’re okay wasting three-four days doing milk-run flights). Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could go away for longer and continue making money while abroad? I’ve been traveling and working in Spain for two weeks now. I’m writing this post from Ronda, Spain. Ronda is what I dreamed Spain would be like when I started booking flights: beautiful architecture with multi-layered history, breathtaking scenery, tapas and cheap, but good, wine. This...

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Three Ways You Can Work Remotely

Flexibility, travel, more interesting employment opportunities—these are a few of the main reasons people decide to work remotely. Sixty-eight percent of workers in the US say they expect to work more remotely in the future. More companies are offering remote opportunities, which I’ve boiled down into three models. 1. Digital Nomad Digital nomads work from their computer while traveling. They may or may not have a home base, but typically they spend most of their time on the road. Some run their own web-based businesses, freelance or work for a company that provides flexible schedule and location options. In 2017,...

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Remote work opportunities: what’s out there

If you’re thinking of pursuing remote work because you want to be a stay-at-home parent or you can’t find opportunities in your community, you may think remote jobs are only open to web developers and writers. Researching for my upcoming guide on remote work, most of the blogs and other resources I found were for IT and creative services professionals. There is a lot more out there than that, though. I started dreaming about full-time remote work while in university. My goal was to be able to work in a small mountain town, but to have a flexible and intellectually...

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People affected by recent natural disasters need your help

Mother Nature’s lost her temper. It’s been a wild couple of months in terms of natural disasters, from floods to hurricanes to earthquakes. This following a bad wildfire season. If you’re somewhere unaffected by any of these events, but you want to help…you should. Here’s a rundown of some of the major recent events: This morning (Sunday, September 24) a second earthquake hit Mexico’s Oaxaca state. An 8.1 earthquake hit the region September 7th. A 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City on September 19th, killing over 300 people in the area. Buildings, including schools, collapsed and crews are still working at...

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10 years in: this is what I know about working remotely

This fall marks 10 years since I started my first freelance job, where I was paid to interview people, research things, and write stories from my POS PC computer (I had a clunker desktop!). Since then, I’ve worked remotely (not in a traditional office) in one way or another for the past 10 years. Sidenote: I was at a music festival last night (Rifflandia in Victoria, BC if you want to check it out) listening to Hot Chip and my friend and I were trying to place when in time Hot Chip was a hot thing. It was 10...

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