Expat Stories: Earn an Income Having Fun

Earn an income having fun as an expat

I posted an article with International Living back when I was managing Ocean Connections Water Sports. While my life has changed quite a bit since then, the idea holds true years later: it’s possible to earn an income having fun! In this edition of Expat Stories, I’m telling a bit more of my own.

If you’ve been here for a while, you probably know I ended up working long hours managing the dive shop for a while. But it was still for a purpose I enjoyed, which – beyond just getting to hang out with cool people from all over the world – was to create jobs for locals after facilitating their professional training.

That’s something I’m very proud of and it’s what I focused on during those super long days dealing with hordes of cruise ship guests. I also focused on the mentality I shared in this International Living article

At the end of your work day, if you’re smiling and you feel like you’ve contributed something worthwhile, that’s a perfect start. If you’re also living somewhere that makes you happy, you’re living the dream!

Wherever it is that makes you happy, find something that you love to do and find a way to earn an income. When I first moved to Roatan, I just needed a paycheck. I ended up loving the work and learning so much while I was there.

And when I realized I’d fallen into that same old American mindset and was wearing myself too thin, I stepped back and reevaluated. I forged a whole new career path that I’m still on today. It’s a path I plan to stay on for as long as it still makes me happy.

So while I may not be sun-kissed with bare feet here in Edinburgh (a tragic byproduct of this particular move, I might add), I’m closer to family and experiencing what I used to love about city life all over again.

I guess the updated title for this article would be “Edinburgh, Scotland: Culture…Family…And An Income On My Own Time.” Has a nice ring to it, right?


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I posted an article with International Living back when I was managing Ocean Connections Water Sports. While my life has changed quite a bit since then, the idea holds true years later: it’s possible to earn an income having fun! In this edition of Expat Stories, I’m telling a bit more of my own.

If you’ve been here for a while, you probably know I ended up working long hours managing the dive shop for a while. But it was still for a purpose I enjoyed, which – beyond just getting to hang out with cool people from all over the world – was to create jobs for locals after facilitating their professional training.

That’s something I’m very proud of and it’s what I focused on during those super long days dealing with hordes of cruise ship guests. I also focused on the mentality I shared in this International Living article

At the end of your work day, if you’re smiling and you feel like you’ve contributed something worthwhile, that’s a perfect start. If you’re also living somewhere that makes you happy, you’re living the dream!

Wherever it is that makes you happy, find something that you love to do and find a way to earn an income. When I first moved to Roatan, I just needed a paycheck. I ended up loving the work and learning so much while I was there.

And when I realized I’d fallen into that same old American mindset and was wearing myself too thin, I stepped back and reevaluated. I forged a whole new career path that I’m still on today. It’s a path I plan to stay on for as long as it still makes me happy.

So while I may not be sun-kissed with bare feet here in Edinburgh (a tragic byproduct of this particular move, I might add), I’m closer to family and experiencing what I used to love about city life all over again.

I guess the updated title for this article would be “Edinburgh, Scotland: Culture…Family…And An Income On My Own Time.” Has a nice ring to it, right?


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About the author

Amanda Walkins

Expat writer and passionate proponent of seeking happiness, wherever it leads you. Your options are endless. Whether you are retired, working, or studying, don’t be afraid to follow your own path. Do good and be happy.