When I first started following Christine Gilbert’s blog, Almost Fearless, I had already moved from the US to Central America with my husband, 1 1/2 yr old boy and a baby girl on the way. Our family had made the choice to live simply, travel and design a lifestyle of interests and experiences. We were able to do so with ease, knowing that we could earn an income by working remotely, via the internet, as digital nomads.
We didn’t know it back then, but there are more people doing this very same thing every day. Christine and her husband Drew have spent 2 years filming a movie about this new generation of digital nomads.
About The Wireless Generation
(From Almost Fearless) The internet has changed everything. Not just how we work, but where. Working from home in the US has increased dramatically in recent years and they estimate that by 2016, 63 million Americans will work from home at least part time (Source: 2011 Forester Research).
We wanted to look at the edges of this movement, the people who are not just working from home and keeping the status quo, but those who are taking this new freedom — the opportunity to choose to live anywhere without having to consider workplace location — and what happens next.
If you shift your life from being centered around where you to work, to being centered around how you want to live, what happens? Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?
We followed the stories of 18 individuals who take work from home to the next level. They’re living abroad, traveling, experiencing things that they would have never have seen if they worked in a traditional office. This is the first generation of people who realistically can hold a 9-5 job and travel around the world at the same time.
We call these people The Wireless Generation.
We interviewed people across five continents including:
- a sociology professor teaching online from Thailand
- a financial analyst for American Express backpacking across South America
- a family of four traveling with their kids across Asia as they build websites for their clients back home in Australia
- a day trader living in Colombia
- an internet entrepreneur who only works a few hours a month and spends the rest volunteering in places like Haiti and Rwanda
These people have each found ways to make the ultimate dream of traveling the world possible — while keeping their careers. All it takes is a good wifi connection, a little creativity and the desire to do something different.
This project will only be funded if they reach their target of $35,000 – so there’s a long way to go, and they really need your help to get to the Sundance film festival.
We’re happy to have supported the project for $125.
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