You want to. . .
. . . Live anywhere in the world you want, for as long or short a time as you want. We call that being a flexpat
. . .Live full-time as an expat in another country
. . . Travel full time
. . . Get away from harsh winters but still keep your home base in the community you’re in now — that’s a snowbird or part-time expat
. . . Explore someplace new for a month or two — longer than your vacation time allows. You could do this as a digital nomad, working as you go.
. . . You’re happy in your home and community, but fed up with your commute and the corporate cubicle — you just want your freedom!
Notice I didn’t say anything here about age. . . because Anywhereists cover all the demographics. While it’s true that digital nomads (people who hop from place to place, living and working for a few days, weeks, or months before moving on again) tend to be Millennials, and full-time expats tend to be retired, there are so many exceptions that you can’t safely make those generalizations any more.
My name is Susanna Perkins, and I’m an Anywhereist. Thanks for joining me!
If you’re here from an internet search or social media, you’ll find information, tools, and support for living, working, and thriving anywhere.
A Little History
Back in 2009 when I started Future Expats, I was focused on living overseas and the process of getting from home to abroad.
As I talked with many of you, ran surveys, and navigated my own move from the US to Panama and back again, I learned that large numbers of readers needed to earn an income abroad.
So I started writing more about portable careers.
Fast forward a few years. In North America. . .
- Digital nomads are mainstream now. These are people who have created a lifestyle that’s completely location independent. Some of them travel constantly, working as they go. Others find someplace and settle down for a time.
- Companies in larger numbers are hiring distributed workforces — employees working remotely from anywhere.
- In the US, some experts are estimating that 40% of the workforce is now working in the gig economy or as freelancers, and that number will only grow.
- Traditional, location-based jobs are going away.
At the same time, the definition of an expat has changed. When I started that first site, an expat was either a retiree living abroad, or a worker with an international assignment. Today it’s more likely to be someone in their prime working years who’s chosen to live outside of their home country, but still needs to earn a living.
I thought about tweaking Future Expats, then decided it was really a whole new project and needed a whole new website. So I created Anywhereist.com.
What You’ll Find Here
Information and tools to help you establish yourself as an Anywhereist, and thrive. These will include:
- A podcast (check it out!)
- Live workshops and other events
- Courses (coming soon)
- Interviews with successful Anywhereists
- Resources from other websites
My plan is for this site to evolve, based on the needs and desires of readers, to become a communication and support center for like-minded people.
It’s not fully fledged, so your input now can have a big impact. Send me your questions, concerns, hopes, and fears, and I’ll see what I can do to address them.
I’ll be bringing in experts in various areas to add their wisdom and experience. Right now, it’s just me, and I don’t pretend I can answer every question. When I can’t, I’ll do my very best to point you in the right direction, or to try to find someone who can help.
For those of you thinking about starting an online, content marketing business, Anywhereist will also serve as a living case study. I need to earn my own living, after all, and Anywhereist needs to generate part of that income so I can justify spending many hours a week here.
In the eight years since I started my last site (WordPress Building Blocks), the internet has become much more crowded, and it’s more difficult to stand out. So I’ll share with you periodically and transparently what I’m doing, what’s working, and what’s not working from the business side. Hopefully this will help you as you go along.
Here’s another promise — I will never recommend any outside resource to you unless it is of high quality and I truly believe it will help you. If I wouldn’t recommend it to my best friend, I won’t recommend it to you, either.
I’m looking forward to the journey. I hope you are, too, and that you’ll join me.
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