Every writer wants to be a world traveller. To discover the mysteries of the human race; to see the echoes of history and the bright lights of the future intertwined is the ultimate inspiration. Although I've been lucky enough to travel quite a bit during my life, I recently discovered something: it's got a lot more to do with my job than I realized. I can be a freelance writer in London, or Paris, or Toronto or any other place where internet or paper media exists. Why? Because I don't have to apply for a work permit.
Aaah, yes, the ubiquitous work permit. You have heard of it? For those of us lucky enough to have citizenship in a Commonwealth country and not have celebrated more than 30 birthdays, it probably hasn't yet been a problem. Unfortunately, this year I did celebrate my 30th birthday, making the Working Holiday Visa scheme useless to me. But what does that matter, now that I can visit any country on a tourist visa? I will simply continue to work for clients online, in countries that I note on my taxes
But what about my fiancé? A Mexican passport is not as valuable on the world stage as a Canadian passport, unfortunately. Although my sweetheart is still under 30, there are precious few Working Holiday Visa opportunities for him. Those that do exist are riddled with fine print and impossible standards. The problem is this: how the hell do the two of us spend a year away from Mexico or Canada with dual income?
It's not the sort of problem that can be solved with an evening on Google - and most problems are. No matter how Pepe and I sort out this expatriotic mess, take one thing to heart: The Freelancer Owns the World. Sure, we'll still have to apply for tourist visas, for residence permits, for business visas and the like. But on the whole, we don't have to defend our existence to a government that is anxious to keep out foreign workers. We're self-sufficient, as far as they are concerned. Unlikely to take a job away from a skilled local. A freelancer in London is fine; a foreign jobseeker is not.
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