About Work Hard and Wander
Work Hard and Wander is a website dedicated to teach people on how to start a work-travel lifestyle. This website aims to show our readers that our life is not bound to be in just the four walls of our office space. Work hard and wander focuses on how to keep up with working remotely, travelling while working and helpful travel tips and advice
Most of us have the desire to travel and explore new places. However we may…
- Feel stuck at our desk only dreaming of a relaxing vacation somewhere.
- Not have enough annual leave entitlement
- Have a ton of work to do and your boss won’t allow you to take any lengthy breaks to travel to where you want to go!
- See your bank account is shouting to your mind that you don’t have enough money to do these things.
How Work Hard and Wander can be beneficial for our readers:
- By encouraging readers to follow their dreams of travelling while working – it’s never too late.
- To give tips on how to keep up with work and travel lifestyle – yes it is a lifestyle, and a decent one.
- Let me inspire you and make you realize that life isn’t just about nonstop reporting and long boring meetings.
- To let you know that there are far more beautiful places other than the four walls of your office
- And to show you where to travel through our travel destination blogs
How did it all start?
In April of 2018, my life had taken a massive turn. After working in call centers and as a corporate world slave for a total of 14 years, I decided to take a job offer that would totally change my perspective of traditional office work. Here’s the story:
Working remotely isn’t a new thing for me. Back in 2012, a friend introduced me to oDesk (now Upwork) and that’s when I found out that I could earn extra money at the comfort of my own home during my free time. So I signed up, worked hard to establish a hireable profile and started getting clients from different parts of the world. I would work for 2-3 hours a day on top of my day job, doing admin tasks, research, data entries and other virtual assistant stuff. Fast forward to 2015, I’ve met a client from United Kingdom. He would give me projects and tasks regularly and that definitely sustained some of my financial needs.
Being a full time employee at the same time, I felt like there was no more growth at the company where I was working. And although I loved what I was doing there as an account manager, it felt like I was stuck. The everyday commuting was also exhausting as the traffic can be really terrible.
So after gaining enough freelancing experiences, I told myself that I might be ready to take a new leap. One day, after working for my client in UK for almost three years as part-time virtual assistant, I randomly suggested to him if he could hire me as his full-time remote employee. He was uncertain at first, but he gave it some thoughts until one day, he offered me the full-time position. I was surprised; I thought it was never going to materialize.
I was happy but also kind of petrified at the same time because I needed to step out of my comfort zone. From 14 years of working in a traditional office setting to a full-time remote work for an employer that I haven’t met in person, that’s a pretty big decision to make.
But of course, I accepted the job and one of the major deciding factors is because working remotely gives me the opportunity to travel. Fortunately, my flexible working hours allows me to follow a dream that I’ve wanted to do for so long, which is to travel while I have the resources and time. This is how Work Hard and Wander started. I want to be able to share my experiences as a remote worker and how I manage to travel while working at the same time. The ups and downs of working remotely are my motivations to build this website. My love for travel and my dedication to work are my inspirations to write articles that might help people who are contemplating about starting a location independent lifestyle.
And there you go; I hope that you find the contents on this site valuable and encouraging.