How Global Citizens are Redefining Work

My cousin Emma McGowan is a citizen of the world. Sure she grew up in Vermont, pays US taxes and is nominally a US resident. But she’s hardly ever here.

A few years ago she was living in Argentina, and then moved along to Chile, where she met her boyfriend Benjamin Earl Evans (another world citizen, ostensibly from Britain). I reconnected with them about a year ago when they lived in San Francisco for a few months. But it didn’t take them long to hit the road again, stopping off in Colombia and Guatemalaand then on to Bali where they both live now.

Are they independently wealthy? Touring the world for a year or two before they settle down and get real jobs? Nope, instead they’re building careers and working hardyet without the physical roots such a task would have required just ten years ago.

Emma’s a freelance writer, and a darn good one. She writes for, Bustle, Mashable and a host of other publications, and has carved out an expertise in both entrepreneurship and the intersection between human sexuality and technology.

Boyfriend Benjamin is a startup guy. They were in San Francisco while he nurtured his company through a local incubator, but then headed off again to grow it from various different locales around the world. His “where I’ve lived” page on Facebook also includes Guyana, Jamaica and Irelandalong with Emma’s destinations listed above.

Although wonderful folks, Emma and Benjamin aren’t terribly unique in their lifestyle choice. There’s a whole generation of mobile professionals under the age of 30 who live without borders, flowing to where rent is cheap, living is easy, and the nightlife is rocking (or somnolentdepending on preference).

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