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Living Abroad as a Freelance Writer
Making a Living as an Expatriate Freelance Writer
Many of us dreamers imagine living the romantic life of a freelance writer, sitting in your comfy chair with your coffee mug steaming beside you and your best playlist of “music to write to” playing softly in the background. You occasionally look up from your writing to your window, offering an expansive view of mountains or ocean, whichever you may prefer, and you take a sip of coffee before getting back to your story on that topic you find most engaging to write about...
It sounds wonderful, writing for a living. And yet, when you tell anyone your plans for what you so aspire to become, they look at you with pity and say “that is not an easy career path…how do you expect to make enough support yourself?”.
Well, don’t you let those old skeptics hold you back. You know as well as they do that freelancing is not the most stable of jobs, never knowing if you’ll be making enough money to pay the rent or get the groceries that week. Considering the cost of living in the U.S. there is no question that an aspiring freelancer will encounter difficulties meeting all her essential needs. That sure doesn’t mean that your dream needs to be squelched.
There is a very interesting possibility to consider which could be your solution, provided you’re willing to take that bold leap into unknown territory.
Expatriatism! There are a great many places outside the limits of the United States where living costs are a fraction of what we encounter here. For example, in parts of Central and South America, for a single inhabitant, you can rent a place in the city for as low as $150, or only as much as $500/month for a more “luxury” place. Food can range between $30 to 60/month. Now these prices of course vary between countries and location within a country, but, depending on where you want to go, you can likely find a good deal if you’re willing to give up some of your North American habits!
To live at a reduced cost from what we are use to in the states, working remotely as a freelancer can become a much more attainable goal. Not to mention you’d be experiencing a totally different culture and life that has a potential to offer many great topics to write about!
While this may not be every freelancer’s desire, it could appeal to many as a means to do what you love while not having to worry about going broke. Resorting to a park bench as a bed and a newspaper blanket or, (gasp!) giving up the life you dreamed of, might very well point in the direction of life as an expat.