International Living - You Can Do It!
You've all seen the pictures - yachts, flash cars, fast women, casinos, jetsetting, hobnobbing with the rich and famous, wild parties - you name it. Life in the fast lane. I guess that's a common response to what international living may be all about. But it's not the essence of what I mean when I use the term. It's also not the meaning as understood by the many people who lead this lifestyle.
Essentially, international living means just what is says - living internationally, as opposed to just living in one place all the time.
Of course, there are good reasons why most people live in one place. First, that's where they grew up probably. It's where their job is. It's where their family and friends are. It's "home", and it's familiar. And to most people, the nearest they get to international living, is the occasional overseas holiday - or a backpacking trip while still young enough to be able to stand living in hostels!
However, the idea of international living certainly has allure. And many people could possibly be interested in such an idea, if they could find a way to do it, and had the mental wherewithal to make it happen.
The first barrier to international living is the security of having a job - which is usually tied down in one place. Sure, there are some lucky folks whose job may actually have them living in different countries. But these are the exception, not the rule.
The second barrier is familiarity - the bonds of friends, family and surroundings. And it is this emotional barrier that is perhaps the strongest. But if you look at the trends, the patterns of work and relationships, then it is obvious that in the future, more and more people will be "on the move", so to say.
Perhaps the easiest entry into the world of international living, is via a portable occupation. After all, work is a fundamental fact of life - and unless you can take it with you, you are more likely to find yourself anchored in the port of your home country for good. Of course, if you are financially independent or retired, then such a lifestyle is more accessible.
And this is where the internet comes in. For the first time in history, it is possible to have a "job" - and yet not be stuck in one place. This phenomena is also present in the idea of tele-working - where you literally work from home via the internet. Extend this one step further - and teleworking can easily mean work and international living.
The possibilities for tele-working are boundless - and increasing every day. If you're a consultant of some sort, then you can easily sell your services around the globe, If you offer services that can be delivered digitally - like artwork, web design, music, photography, film direction, accountancy, even medical diagnosis - then you can be in one place, while working virtually in another.
Then there's the internet itself - not just as a means of sending work files back and forth across cyberspace, but as a sales medium in its own right. There are many possibilities - but just one example: you could become an information publisher, offering either paid-subscription information services, or perhaps selling e-books. The point is - there are literally unlimited ways you can use the internet to generate an income, and do it remotely from where you actually live.
This change in the dynamic of how we work is having far reaching consequences even now - and can only be more so into the future.
No longer is it necessary to think of just having a job, settling down for life and waiting until you retire - before you get out and see the world. You can do it now - with the help of a laptop computer and internet connection.
But international living is not for everyone of course. But is now a viable alternative for those who desire it, and those who can see the many benefits of it. Each of us travels down different roads in life - and we all make our choices. Fortunately, those choices are becoming greater.
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