2011 is the start of my fourth year as a freelance writer. I feel extremely blessed to be working in this career, and despite some of the hiccups along the way, things have progressed nicely. I’ve managed to steer my career more and more towards travel writing and away from generalized content writing, and starting next year I’ll be launching a separate website that focuses entirely on travel, working remotely, and learning how to effectively live and work as a traveling freelancer, regardless of your profession. I’ll be selling travel guides that take you deep into the heart of the locations I’ve lived in, showing you how to live like a local rather than a tourist, enabling you to keep your total annual expenses between $7,000 and $10,000 per year. Note I said total expenses, not just living expenses.
The new website will also be offering podcasts and weekly newsletters focused on educating people on how to transition into a digital career, as well as how to go about finding the countries that are most suited to people living this lifestyle, and it will be documenting my journeys through Central and South America, which I fully expect to last the next 5+ years while I make my way through the various countries. In 2011 I will be making my way south from Cancun, and documenting my travels as I go, using each destination as a new travel/how-to-live-here-like-a-local platform. Right now the plan is Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil as the main stopping points along the way, and I’m already looking beyond to India/Asia after this.
With the holidays fast approaching, I have been enjoying a relatively quiet December in Cancun, with mild weather and friendly people, and I have been spending the vast majority of my spare time working on the new website and its associated content. I have finished the Cancun travel guide for the Location Independent company, and I am now finishing work on a Bulgarian travel guide that will focus on Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Veliko Tarnovo. Both of those will be available in early 2011 through my other website, which will also go live in January. For the foreseeable future I’ll be using Cancun as my headquarters, although technically my headquarters are actually whatever country I’m calling home for the duration I’m there. Still, there is something special about this place that really does make it feel like paradise, although my only complaint is that it’s almost a bit too touristy, a bit too Americanized with the Wal Marts and the Costcos and the Sam’s Clubs and the Office Depots and the Home Depots, but the beaches are beautiful and the Mayan Riviera stretching out from here is quite simply one of the most beautiful places in the world. The weather is amazing, the beaches and the women are beautiful, the food is phenomenal, the cost of living is affordable and it is just a great place to be.
As far as Complete Writing Solutions goes, it will continue to operate as it has since its inception, as an online resume, an online resource for other readers, and as a way to supplement my income while the new business gets off the ground. Eventually I’ll be transitioning over to full-time travel writer, but for now things are balanced nicely between the two.
On the off chance I do not get the time to make any additional posts between now and the New Year (Christmas and New Years will be busy for me; I have a full plate here until the end of the month, then I’m back to Florida for a week for my sister’s wedding before heading back to Cancun), I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If I get a chance to post before then I’ll reiterate those points. Cheers!