This very trendy phrase - to be location independent - is all about being able to do your work from anywhere in the world. So yes, you might imagine someone doing freelance work over the internet from a balmy Pacific island and there are certainly a few people doing just that! For example, one of my blogging friends, Nora from The Professional Hobo is currently "working" in the Caribbean, combining some crewing on sailing boats with several months housesitting on Grenada, all the while keeping up her blog and writing work which generates enough income to sustain this dream lifestyle - yes, she's location independent. And she's just one of many, many bloggers (and other freelancers) I know about who are taking up this location independent lifestyle.
|My temporary "location independent" office in Germany|
But that's the key here - my son! While there are people who wander the world with their kids, and I love following their blogs, we've decided to "stay put" while our little boy's growing up. I'm happy with this decision, and of course there'll still be plenty of trips, but there's just a little part of me that wishes for a time travel machine that would have put my decade of travel a little further forward into the internet age so I could have become a true "location independent". I think I would have been good at that! Though if it had been up to me, I would have coined a cornier phrase to describe it.
find cruise holidays (they have WiFi on those cruise ships these days, right?) and sail the world while writing computer programming code at night? Brush up some graphic design skills and spend your mornings in Parisian cafes sketching up new logos and sightseeing in the afternoon? Become a travel photographer, wandering the world and supplying some stock photo agency with a stream of incredible pictures from places nobody else goes to? There are numerous possibilities and I'm sure you can dream up some more for me. Let me know your location independent fantasy in the comments below.