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If you’re a freelancer, remote worker, or an entrepreneur, you know working independently and having a location-independent lifestyle can be freeing.
But moving that often can also be an adjustment. If you are not prepared, your work may suffer, and that can hurt your source of income.
So here is a list of tips and tools to make your location-independent lifestyle easier.
Bonus: If you are looking to quit your job and start your own business, here’s a complete guide to get you started on building a life you love.
Choose the Right Place to Stay
Choosing the right place is more than picking a destination. You have to think about what’s most important to you and what brings you joy.
Know What Environment You like
One of the amazing things about living a life of travel is that you get to explore many places. As you travel more, you will learn what environments you enjoy the most.
I know I feel alive with the sun, so I choose destinations that have temperate weather and where nature is abundant even if it means letting go of some conveniences.
For me it is about the quality of life and the experiences I get to have with other travelers like going to the beach to watch the sunset.
When choosing your destination, ask yourself what would improve your quality of life.
Some question you can consider are:
- Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
- Are you a city person or a country person?
- Are you comfortable sharing a room, a house, or prefer a place to yourself?
- Do you prefer a place with more natural scenery or a place filled with tourists attractions?
Not only will choosing the right type of destinations bring you more joy, the environment will help you get into the flow of your work with more ease.
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Choose a Work Friendly Environment
Aside from knowing the types of destinations you enjoy, it helps to know what accommodations you need to feel comfortable and productive.
Type of living setting
There are many options for stays when you travel, each for different personalities and budgets. You want to consider what type of setting works best for you that is within your budget.
A hostel may not be the best option if you need plenty of personal space or if you have done that and are ready to try a different life of travel.
Other people may choose spaces with co-working areas like those offered by Selina, We Work, and Coliving. These could be great spaces to network and create lasting friendships with people who have a similar lifestyle.
Pro tip: One way to break the ice is using games like in the loop card game to start building deeper connections that make your travel life more fulfilling.
Needless to say that if you are traveling, your work will be done virtually, so you will need a reliable internet connection. Wherever you decide to stay, check that they have high-speed internet connection.
Find a traveling pace that works for you
We are all different, have different energy levels, and have different priorities. So when you are thinking of this lifestyle, think about this: how fast can you move and still sustain your workflow?
Some people like my friend are slow travelers who stay months in one place while others prefer to travel more frequently.
Recommended: If you want to learn about how to start your location-independent life, check out my IG live with Guido on the first steps you should be taking.
The pace of your traveling life will depend on your own energy and even the type of work you do (e.g. if you need more time for deep work moving at a slower pace can let you do that more efficiently).
Tools of Your Trade (and more)
When you travel, you also want to make sure you have the necessary tools for your success and ease of mind.
Your Work Tools
With virtual work you will want your laptop, and any other tools you need to run your business.
This includes a portable tripod to take your branded pictures for a cohesive social media feed to make your brand memorable.
Digital tools to consider
In addition to physical tools, consider digital tools that make communication and organization easier, and tools that will help you grow an online business.
Some of these are:
- Client management tools like Honeybook and Calendly to keep track of appointments and communicate with your clients
- Project management tools like Clickup or Google Workplace that will make delegation easier when you bring additional support like a virtual assistant.
- Flodesk– everything feels intuitive with this powerful email marketing tool and one of the key reasons we love it here at Livin Vivaciously.
- And tools like Canva and Inshot will make content creation for your business social media simpler.
- Financial tools like Bench who will take care of your bookkeeping needs, so you don’t have to stress about it and are prepared for tax season.
Whichever your choice, do your research, so you can choose the tools that make working while traveling easier for you.
Choose Items that Bring You Home
This tip may be unconventional, but the truth is that being away from loved ones is not easy. Even if you are very free-spirited, you may miss those close to you.
This is why I suggest you travel with items that make you feel at home wherever you go.
For me that includes my copy of 365 Tao, tarot cards, affirmation cards, and my journal. These help me tap into my inner self, so I can always feel at home in the world.
A friend I met on the road travels with a little rug she used to use in her camper van. It instantly makes her feel at home.
Ask yourself what items help you feel centered and at peace with yourself.
These are a few things to think about as you go on your own journey and discover what a location-independent life looks like for you.
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