Wanderlust has been a defining American trait since the beginning of, well, America. In recent years, it’s also become a very difficult itch to scratch. The corporate rat race has kept many of us at home, pursuing promotions and bonuses and other professional accolades. But is it really worth it? And is it even necessary? Here, Jake Cook talks to professionals who have figured out how to have their dream careers and their dream lifestyles. They work from Paris and Peru, from New Zealand and Hong Kong, from Cambodia and Nauru, even. Don’t know where that is? You might want to keep reading.

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