One of the benefits of working in digital media is the absolute freedom when it comes to office space, needing a vehicle, a permanent residency and so on and so forth. As long as you have a laptop and a passport you are good to go.
In fact, many freelancers work what is considered the Location Independent lifestyle. While I myself have not been completely location independent in the past few years, I did have a base of operations in a country where the cost of living was roughly 1/3 of what it is in the United States, which allowed me to spend a lot of time in countries around the Mediterranean and Aegean.
Now that I’m back in Colorado for a few months, I’m already looking towards the next step of The Journey. Right now I’m contemplating one of two choices.
First, I could stay in Colorado for the winter and look towards heading back to the Mediterranean next spring/summer. But I’ve spent a lot of time in and around that area already, and while I certainly have a passion for it, I’m thinking that it might be time to try something different.
Which leads me to my second choice. Working my way down through Central America and then into South America.
My travels aren’t something I’ve talked about much on this site because I’ve focused most of my efforts on providing writing tips for the readers, but now that I’m single again after 9 years I am looking towards a new path. I am debt free and work as hard as I want in order to live the way I want to, and the question I asked myself today was, “Do I really need to remain locked into one location?”
The short answer? Nope. Not in today’s day and age when WiFi connections exist in all but the most remote locations in the world and most countries around the globe allow you to stay for up to 6 months on your passport alone. My office is my laptop.
Yes, there are downsides to being constantly on the go without a permanent place of residency, but it depends on your outlook. If you love travel, are beyond the addiction that most people have to “things” such as fancy cars, big houses and lots of “toys” to make your neighbors jealous, and have a sense of adventure…there is a great, big wide world out there just waiting to be explored. And when you work online your office goes with you, no matter where you go.
So, I will say this: I am actively and currently researching the reality of spending the next year (or two or three) living and working my way down the coast of Central America and South America, exploring the ancient Aztec, Inca and Maya ruins, the Amazon and the wines of Argentina. I’m thirty years old, debt free, I have a decent savings and a global supply of work that only continues to grow as more and more countries around the world enter into the Internet world and need websites and written content to fill their business pages.
I haven’t made a final decision quite yet, but I plan on having my mind made up by the end of August, so that I can begin preparations to either find a place here in Colorado or start my new adventure in October. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as I find out more!