Dreaming about location independence

Wouter Travel, Work 11 Comments

Everyone who knows me, knows that I have been travelling a lot since I became 30. In those 6 years I have made an intercontinental trip at least once per year. And after every trip the feeling gets stronger that I want to travel even more. I try to make every trip as long as possible, but I only have 5 weeks of paid holiday per year and from time to time I need smaller breaks from work as well. This means that the longest trip so far was only 3,5 weeks and it will be hard to make a longer trip.

Working on the beach

But this travel virus has really bitten me hard, so I started dreaming about a life in which I can go wherever I want, all around the world and still continue to do my job. I work as a webdeveloper, which is in theory something I can do from everywhere, I only need a laptop and a working internet connection.

Meanwhile 2 women from Ghent, Ine and Catherine, whose blogs I was already following for quite some time, started their first experiment in lifestyle design: nomadz.nu. They proved that it is possible to run a business in Belgium and do the work remotely from 3 different countries. It goes without saying that this made me dream even more.

Another website I then discovered was Tropical MBA: “Start and Grow a Global Business From Your Laptop”. Seeing that other people can pull off a business like that is really inspiring.

So since then I’ve already spend many many hours reading about location independent businesses and about making money online. In my next posts I plan to go into more detail about more interesting websites I discovered and maybe also about some ideas I have in mind.

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    Hey Edward, lang geleden!
    Thanks for the tip, I already have that book and I started reading it last week. 😀

  2. Hi, I’m a web developer / ux designer from Argentina. I’ve started my own bussiness over two years ago and I’ve travelled several times because of this, working and not working also.
    In my experience, location independence is every bit as wonderful as it sounds, only with some restrictions:
    * You don’t have internet everywhere.
    * You don’t have fisical access to new customers, which might limit your leads.
    * You always have reasons to go back to your city

    From the last 24 months I’ve spent 40% of the time away from my city, and that percentage is bound to increase even more this year.
    My advise: make a good plan, but don’t think it will work as expected. Learn to ride the wave. And just jump. If you trust in your self, everything you want will happen.

    Good luck!

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    Thanks Martinszy!
    I’m sure I will always have my current location as my home base and I would probably not travel more than 50% of my time. Spending time with friends and family is also important to me, but there should be a better balance between travelling and the time spend at home because now I cannot travel more than 5% of my time. 🙁

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  5. I second the ‘4 Hour Work Week’ reference. Yes, it seems everyone had read this now… but you might consider the possibility of working remotely with your CURRENT employer (there’s a chapter about that in the book). Not to say you can’t run your own business or be an entrepreneur – just another option to consider. A stepping stone maybe.

    Secondly, you’re a developer. JAVA developers are generally well paid and in demand. I don’t see why you couldn’t do this on your own? Yes, freelancing does require a bit of a learning curve. But if you start figuring out how to get and hold clients (while you’re still employed), you might find you have yourself a little freelancing business in no time. Get enough work and you could build a team. (And travel wherever you would like.) 

    Anyway, BEST of luck to you with this endeavor. I’m in the middle of it myself. And, I can say that I’m more like you. I prefer to travel 50% -60% of the time, as opposed to multiple years of time on the road. 🙂

    This is an attainable dream. 🙂

  6. Thanks John!
    Working remotely with my current employer is not possible, they are not open to it. In fact I left a job two years were it was possible, but I’m working 10 to 20 hours per week less now for the same salary.
    I have always wanted to start freelancing, but I don’t feel confident regarding my commercial skills, although I know I’m a good developer. Currently I’m getting a lot of experience in team leading and analyzing, which can be very valuable if I would start my own business.
    Good luck with your endeavor! I’ve read about it on DC and I think it’s a very good plan.

  7. Thanks.

    Well, no matter what route you take, keep us up to date. And good luck! 🙂

    Also, look into Odesk. It might help you bridge the gab between your development skills and uncertainty about promoting yourself. 🙂

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